I get asked a lot of questions on social media about mom-related stuff. But one of the most popular questions I’ve gotten in the last few months is “where did you get that bath seat!?” So I thought it would be helpful to post it here, so I can always just reference this post and you can all put your little ones in this great bath seat too.Read More
Before Quincy was born this year, I thought I knew all there was to know about baby gear. He’s only 18 months younger than my middle child, so I assumed not much had changed. Then I discovered all the new stuff out there — baby gear and tech products that are absolute game changers. So even though I didn’t plan to add many new things to our list of essentials the third time around, I couldn’t resist picking up some of the innovative, cool baby gear that’s really been life changing with baby #3.Read More
Wanna know the best kept secret of survival for second time mommas (or third or fourth, etc.) with other young children? Breastfeeding while babywearing! It is something I always wanted to be able to do but could never quite master. Until the third time around. This time I have it down, and it is a lifesaver, I tell ya.
Every baby, boob, and nursing situation is different and not all moms or babies may be able to accomplish nursing while babywearing. I always thought I was one of those moms. You might be one with baby #2, but with baby #3 you figure it out, so it is definitely worth trying with each baby and at different ages if it is something you want to be able to do.Read More
I’m such a huge fan of denim. It’s my favorite neutral because it can be dressed up or down, goes with everything, and is classic. My son wears a uniform for school, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t do a little bit of fun back to school shopping for some denim basics to pair with his navy and white uniform. I have fun memories of doing back to school shopping with my mom: the anticipation of a new year and the excitement of some new outfits to wear. I’d like to carry on that tradition with my boys. I was super happy to find stylish denim options for back to school this year thanks to Arizona Jeans at JCPenney.
Jeans are a staple in our house, and a well made pair is a must considering my son is notorious for getting holes in every knee of every pair of pants he wears. He’ll wear jeans on the weekends and can also wear them on free dress days at school. If the wash is dark enough he can even wear denim as part of his uniform. I love that this pair of Arizona Denim jeans is fitted without being too tight. It gives Charlie room to be comfortable and play while still looking stylish.
I’m also a sucker for a denim jacket. A good denim jacket can last forever! This one is also Arizona Denim and is perfect for chilly mornings when we’re headed to school and will transition well into fall. I also love that it has a hood and the sleeves give it a letterman jacket style that fits well with a school uniform.
Besides having great back to school styles this season, JCPenney also partnered with the YMCA to help ensure every kid has the basics they need to start the school year off right. JCPenney will donate $1 for each pair of Arizona Jeans sold to support the Y’s academic achievement programs through their #SoWorthIt campaign. As if you didn’t have a good enough reason to buy great denim basics before, now there’s an even better reason to go shop. Because shopping for a good cause makes great deals even sweeter, am I right?
This post is sponsored by JCPenney, but all opinions are my own.
The time has come to evict Quincy from our bedroom and put him in the nursery (because I really need more sleep!) Which means the time has come to evict Calvin from the nursery and move him in with Charlie. I’ve always planned to have the boys share a bedroom, but Quincy’s arrival made that happen a little earlier than I originally planned since we ran out of bedrooms sooner than expected.
Combining an almost 6 year old and a two year old in one room that needs to function as both a bedroom and playroom for both is a bit of a challenge. Especially when you are as sleep deprived as I am. So I enlisted the help of the Design Services team from The Land of Nod. We started with a Pinterest board of my design ideas and I provided a detailed layout description with wall and window measurements. Within a few days my designer Stephanie emailed me back an inspiration/design mood board that reflected my ideas with a few design elements thrown in that I hadn’t thought of. She also created a 3D layout of the room with furniture and items we wanted to include and an overall floor plan. I can’t tell you how much I love this and how helpful it has been for me in planning the space!
I am not a theme-y type of person. I was inspired more by color, things the boys love, and making a space that is functional as well as beautiful. I don’t function well in chaos and neither does Charlie (it’s hard to tell with Calvin but I think he functions well in any and all spaces) so I wanted to move much of the toy storage into their walk-in, under stairs style closet so that the room itself wasn’t cluttered and chaotic.
We already have a campaign dresser and that teepee, which I’ll be including in the room. I also have a play kitchen that we want to keep, book shelves already installed on one wall, and some windows, doors, and a space heater to design around. But I think the end result will work great for them.
We’ll be getting the Abridged Bunk Beds from The Land of Nod — I love that they aren’t as high as traditional bunk beds, which works perfectly in our space and for our boys. I also like the placement of the ladder – it doesn’t jut out into the space.
I’m also including this Bin Play Table and two of these Little Felix Chairs. I love that the table has a bin below for storing legos or other small toys and that it looks WAY nicer than the ugly plastic lego table we currently have. And it will grow with the boys and can be moved to other spaces and still look really nice.
Other than that I’m including some bedding designed by Ampersand Studio and a few key decor pieces, like this Cryptids banner, a volcano pillow (Charlie LOVES volcanos!), these prints from Brainstorm, and a couple of details from some of my favorite makers.
Stay tuned for the finished room tour, hopefully coming by late September! Any tips for transitioning a toddler into a bed from a crib (Charlie was in a crib till 3 so it was easier, and he’s a rule follower) or moving two littles in together?
This room is being done in collaboration with The Land of Nod.
This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service and is sponsored by Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, but all content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Choosing an engagement ring can be so difficult, and for good reason. It is more than a ring — it is a symbol of your commitment and future marriage. It is something that will be worn forever (hopefully). It will be ogled and photographed and passed on to future generations. There is just SO much pressure to choose the right one.
Before you start, you should ask yourself a few questions:
- What kind of ring does she like? Does she like a round stone, or a princess cut? Does she prefer a solitaire stone or a more detailed setting? 4 prongs or 6? Platinum or gold or rose gold? If you don’t know, ask a friend, sister, or even your girl herself.
- What is your budget? Setting a budget and sharing it with your jeweler will ensure your expectations are met and you are able to find something that works for you.
- What is her style? Classic, trendy, fashion forward, timeless? Would she like something vintage or modern? Remember this is the ring she’ll not only wear now, but forever.
- What is her ring size? Besides the obvious need to know what size ring to get, some styles work better with specific sizes.
- Are you working with a trusted jeweler? Don’t rush into a purchase and don’t let yourself be pressured into buying anything before you are ready and have done your research.
Where you choose to buy your ring is really important. That’s why Jared is so great — it has the advantage of scale and selection as well as the feel and intimacy of a local independent jeweler. They have a full custom design studio in every store, which means they can literally make your engagement ring dreams come true. They have exclusive products from well-known designer collections like Neil Lane, Vera Wang, and Angel Sanchez to name a few. And now they have Chosen by Jared, a new collection of diamonds that allow you to go from raw diamond to the engagement ring of her dreams, and incorporate the diamond’s journey into your love story.
But regardless of style, size, cost, or cut, at the end of the day, you’ll have a beautiful ring that she’s sure to love, most of all because she loves you.