May 2016 Clothing Budget

May clothing

May clothing May 2016 Clothing Budget

Old Navy Striped T-Shirt Dress (black and gray stripes): $11.50 each after sale + Splender cash back
Old Navy Striped Ponte Sheath Dress: $0 after CC rewards certificate
Old Navy Striped Jersey T-Shirt Dress: $13
Nike Rival 4″ Shorts via eBay: $26 including shipping
J. Crew for New Balance sneakers (current version) via eBay: $59.75 including shipping, worn here and here
Lucky Brand Emmie Flat via Macy’s: $9.87 after sale + gift card + Ebates cash back, worn here

Not pictured: Also used my Shopbop credits to get these black Hunter boots. I have green ones but feel like black will get more wear long-term. That means I’ll be selling the green pair…no sense in having two!

Total: $131.62– $177 income earned (via eBay and Poshmark sales) = -45.38 for May, but I’m just calling it zero (because I might just treat myself and hit up some Memorial Day sales). YAY!

Annual clothing allotment: $600– $193.90 spent so far = $406.10 remaining for the year

I LOVE a summer dress more than anything. Let’s be honest…it’s like wearing an outfit with a built in air conditioner. Does it get any better in the hot, humid summers?

With an active toddler, I pretty much need all my clothes to have stretch so I can move around and play side by side with my little guy. And I’ve always been a dress gal, so I refuse to stop wearing them altogether just because I’m down on the ground more than usual (hey, half the time it’s just us anyways!)   I really like the look of dresses with sleeves…I just feel a little bit more comfortable in them versus tank top dresses, and them seem to look more complete as an outfit in my opinion.

So I found a few enticing dresses for summer from where else but Old Navy. Can’t beat their sales, combined with cash back sites and credit card reward certificates. Yes, they are all black (or gray) and white striped, but they are all a bit different in their own way, very remixable and certainly eliminates decision fatigue when it comes time to get dressed.  And when they are all under $15, I just can’t pass ’em up!  They are all incredibly comfy and casual, although the ponte one is a bit dressier, great for church or something where I need to be more dressed up for something work-related.

Beyond that, I grabbed aonther pair of my new all-time favorite shorts. I got a pair in March, and decided another pair was a necessity. These are the only short that don’t ride up when I run, which I attribute to the 4 inch inseam. I never wear shorts to run because of that, and now I can in these humid temps we are having right now– what a difference!

To round out my purchases, I got two pairs of shoes this month. The New Balance sneakers were a decent deal on eBay, but I’ll admit- I’m having a bit of buyer’s remorse on these. Not as remixable as I thought (although I’m open to ideas!)  Might be selling these, so we’ll see. And the cognac flats are SO comfortable. Definitely look like the expensive Tiek brand shoes, but at a much cheaper price point. And they have a nice cushioned sole with great support.

I must say, I’m super impressed with myself on my $600 budget for 2016. So far at least! Almost half way through the year and still have 2/3 of my budget left. I have been fine-tuning my wardrobe and selling several pieces on eBay/Poshmark to help offset my purchases, which has helped a TON.  It’s kind of a nice way to curate pieces that fit your current lifestyle without breaking the bank. We will see how the rest of the year goes!

So tell me- how did you do this month?

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Links and Loves (May)



Bubbles, bubbles everywhere!

Sharing some links and loves for May with ya…

First up, sharing a love that hits close to home. Quite literally.

T and I have so enjoyed our time in our first home. But it’s time for a new chapter!  We found a fantastic house not too far away and we will be moving later this summer. That said, we are putting our home on the market. Praying that it sells quickly, and we can focus on the move…things are about to get a little busy in these parts!  It’s been a roller coaster of emotions…so much going on!

And how about some links?

Speaking of moving, will definitely take these tips on moving with littles. Do you have any to add?

And when it comes to selling a house, the ‘ol trick of having freshly baked chocolate chip cookies doesn’t hurt, right?  With 4 ingredients, I can handle these recipes.

For the littles:
Great post on building a home your kids want to come home to.

Trying to practice these baby steps in ethical fashion.

Reasons why successful people are choosing to wear the same thing every day.

It’s time to bust out that white denim! Check out my latest look in the “Mom Style” series…

On the fitness front:
Would you take a spin bus to work?

I am in love with my jogging stroller. Taking runs with Bryce is so wonderful– love that he loves it too!

For a laugh:
35 blogger struggles. I can relate to several of these…along with this post on blogging + money matters.

A dad/baby dance class. Enough said.

What happens when your toddler barfs in the car? This Dad’s texts had me literally laughing out loud.

For a cry (you’ve been warned!):
Time needs to slow down with our kiddos. Seriously.

Do you have any links or loves? Share them in the comments!

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Mom Style, Vol. 16: Easy like a Sunday morning…



Top: Mindy Mae’s Market {exact}
Jeans: Target {exact}
Wedges: Kohl’s- 3+ years ago {option, option}
Earrings: Target on clearance a while back

Whenever I have a song as my blog post title, the said song always gets stuck in my head. On repeat. Arrrgh!

Anyways, the song is particularly fitting because this was an easy outfit. And it was taken on Sunday morning before church. So there you have it! I’ve discovered that as much as I love wearing dresses and skirts, pants are the way to go for Sunday mornings because often times we will find ourselves in the kid’s room at church after Bryce finishes his snacks, reads his books, and gets bored sitting in Mommy or Daddy’s lap and needs to move around a bit (and I’m basically out of tricks to keep an active toddler quiet and still.)  Much easier to get on the ground with him and the other kiddos vs. a dress.

I grabbed these pants when I was at Target recently and love the light olive color. They pair well with this top, which I am in LOVE with.  It was a total impulse, and came from a boutique that popped up on my Facebook newsfeed (Sidenote: Facebook is crazy, scary smart you guys…)  I resisted the urge to buy all.of.the.things. and got the “Nantucket” top and am so glad I did. It ended up coordinating really well for Bryce’s recent 1 year photo shoot, too. (I hope to share the rest of the photos at some point…I’m completely smitten with them.)

….easy like a Sunday morning…ahhh ooooo!  Is it stuck in your head too?! :-)

mommy sonVia

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Our Bedtime Routine


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Parents (or anyone who has ever taken care of babies/toddlers for that matter) know that sleep can be oh so challenging. While we yearn for hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep, our littles often have other ideas! One thing I have learned with Bryce is that he really thrives on a bedtime routine.

When I was pregnant, I remember reading and speaking with fellow Mamas about sleep and bedtime routines.  And with a year of motherhood under my belt, I’ve found this to be true myself: children are creatures of habit and they LOVE knowing what comes next. So, if you can get them accustomed to a routine followed by sleep, you will (hopefully) set yourself up for some deep, restorative sleep too!

I thought it’d be fun to share the last hour-ish of Bryce’s day with you and what our bedtime routine consists of. Bryce typically goes to sleep around 7:30 these days. I prep dinner as T is getting home from work and we eat together as a family around 5:45-6.  (That includes Izzy, as you can tell.)

After dinner, Bryce gets cleaned up (some days are messier than others) and he likes to play and run around. I don’t know how anyone sleeps well after that, but it seems like he needs to get the last bit of energy out before the day is over. Often times, we will play in the family room or even take a quick family walk in the neighborhood if the weather is nice and play on the swings.

If it’s a bath night (he typically has baths every other day), we start it around 6:45 or 7pm. Bryce loves playing with his toys, reading his waterproof books and pulling the drain plug.  What a stinker!


T and I like to take a team approach to bath time- I usually play with Bryce while T does the prep work: getting the tub filled, laying out PJs, setting out a towel and a fresh diaper & related supplies, pouring a sippy cup of milk, refilling the humidifier in his room, etc. Then we both usually give him a bath and play/chat with him, although sometimes we switch it up. After Bryce is done in the bathtub, we dry him off and lay him on top of our bed so we have room to dry him off, then follow up with some lavender scented baby lotion, a diaper and PJs (he wears two piece PJs and they are oh so adorable!)

huggies overnites bryce

The main products we’ve been using with Bryce that are a serious staple in our nighttime routine are the Huggies OverNites Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes. I had no idea there were diapers specifically for overnight…what a game changer. These have saved me from middle of the night diaper changes since they provide leakage protection for up to 12 hours! There’s nothing worse than having your little guy get woken up from a full diaper (and having your sleep interrupted too!)  These diapers have really held up to their name…no issues so far and we’ve been using them for a couple weeks. And the wipes are really gentle on Bryce’s skin and no wonder- as the wipes are 99% water.  And equally important- they get the job done too!

After Bryce is all clean and dressed (is there any better smell in this world than a clean baby?!), we brush his teeth and bring him into his room, where the curtains & blinds are drawn since it’s still light out around that time.  We turn on a dim light, flip on the humidifier and his sound machine and Daddy will kiss him good night. Then, I’ll rock Bryce while I read him a book while he sips on some milk, say our prayers and then it just takes a few minutes after that for him to fall asleep in my arms.  I love those precious, quiet moments that him and I share…and I just love staring at his peaceful little face as he breathes deeply while he nods off to sleep.


After a few more minutes of snuggling, I quietly place him in his crib, turn off the light and tip-toe out of his room (and you should see me- I look like I’m trying to navigate around a land mine…I try to avoid the squeaks in the floor if Bryce is sleeping lightly- it’s woken him up before so I try to avoid those areas as much as I can!)

*Most* nights, Bryce will sleep till 6:30-7am the next morning. I say most nights because there’s things like teething and such that can mess up his sleep, poor guy.

I’m not sure if our schedule and consistency has molded him into a great sleeper, or if he’s just naturally that way – but I’ll take it! I really think the sticking to a bedtime is key for the littles. I think they need it and after a full day, I’m thankful for a 7:30 cut-off time when I can relax a bit!

And part of my nighttime routine?  Once Bryce is asleep, I take a few uninterrupted moments to go through emails and such. And order anything I might be running low on, like diapers and wipes- via Amazon of course. (Love my Prime subscription.)  Takes just a second and I don’t have to leave the house!

Here’s a more few tips to get your baby better sleep at night:

1) Establish a bedtime routine and start early, and stick to it! Take a bath, read a book, turn on relaxing music, etc.
2) Have a good nighttime diaper.
3) Set up a safe sleeping environment. Check out these tips on sleep safety.
4) Create a sleep-like environment. Make sure your baby’s room is dark, and try using a sound machine.
5) Make sure baby eats well during the day and takes bottles as needed.
6) Above all else, don’t stress about it!

What do you do every night with your littles to make sure they get a full night’s sleep? Please share!


And check out this coupon to score some Huggies goodies for yourself! 

Mom Style, Vol. 15: White Denim



Vest: J. Crew Factory {similar}
Button-Up: J. Crew Factory {exact}
Jeans: Old Navy {exact, comes in several rises and cuts}
Flats: Lucky via Macy’s {exact}
Bag: Nordstrom {exact}

I’ll admit it. I was hesitant to wear these white jeans, especially for a “Mom Style” blog post. Or even pre-baby for that matter. I was always worried that I would get a stain on them and ruin them. And with a toddler in tow, I thought that was even more the case. And for that reason, I never reached for them in my closet.  They just sat there, unworn.  For a loooong time.

But you know what?  I am finally putting them into my outfit rotation these days. Besides white denim, I have several pieces in my closet that I don’t wear, either because I am worried I will ruin them, or some other silly reason where I feel I have to “save” the article of clothing for something that I can’t even put my finger on.  And then you see the problem, right?  These things just never get worn! Crazy, I know. So I’m putting an end to this subconscious thought and these pieces.  It doesn’t do me any good when I have things just sitting in my closet.  They are meant to be worn!

Besides, if these jeans do happen to get stained, there’s nothing a stain remover can’t fix! And if they are beyond repair, it’s under $30 to replace. No biggie for something that I will actually wear. :-) In fact, I think white denim is a great spring and summer staple for my wardrobe, and versatile too.  Works with patterns and solids on top, like I did in this outfit. I added my new favorite (reversible!) tote and walking-on-clouds cognac flats and voila- a fun spring outfit.

Do you “save” certain articles of clothing and realize you just don’t end up wearing them?  Tell me I’m not alone!

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Where Fashion Meets Function, Baby-Wise

cybex stroller

This post was sponsored by CYBEX as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central.

cybex stroller
Let’s face it- in many aspects of our lives, details make the design. Whether choosing the perfect shoe to accessorize your style, or decorating your home working with colors, textures and patterns to make your space feel warm and inviting, details help make every moment our own.

Once you have a baby, keeping up with the details needed to maintain our sense of ‘self’ seems increasingly difficult.  So when a product comes along that marries our pre-baby style with post-baby needs, we jump at the chance to add it to our lives, right?!

Enter Cybex. They tailor each and every product to real parents – those who understand that life doesn’t end with parenthood, but is enriched by children, designing innovative yet safe and functional products, like their Gold Line available at Buy Buy Baby.  For me, a stroller is a great example of a product that I look for that combines security and helpful features with a nice design…style plus function!

Mamas–what kinds of products do you look for that combine your personal style with baby’s needs?

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Toddler Swim Time Essentials


This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.

I am so excited to spend some time at the pool with Bryce this summer now that he’s old enough and technically..gulp…a toddler! Last month, we started swim lessons at our local YMCA and he is loving being in the water, laying on his back and trying to blow bubbles. Once the warmer weather hits, it’ll be so nice to head to the local park districts where they have parent-tot swim times just for parents (or caregivers) and littles. Counting down the days!

1st swim
So I figured I’d do a little roundup of some toddler swim time essentials I plan to pack along in my bag. Yes, the majority of these are blue, but many of these items come in pink and other colors too!

toddler swim time essentials

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

And with summer right around the corner, it’s a great time to teach our littles how to swim. I remember learning when I was a kiddo…such an invaluable life skill for both fun AND safety. In fact, did you know that National Learn to Swim Day is May 21st this year?  SwimWays started this day in 2012 and is passionate about educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim.

So I definitely plan to celebrate as pools open in the coming months. I’m really excited for Bryce to have fun in the water this summer, but I’m admittedly a bit nervous about water safety.  Luckily, I can use products like SwimWay’s Baby Spring Float to give me some peace of mind! They say it’s the best baby float on the market today and is perfect for introducing kiddos to the water for the first time.


I really believe that a smooth transition to the water creates a life-long love of swimming – and I want my little guy to love the water like I do! I can’t wait to bust out the new baby spring float to give Bryce a safe and fun time in the water as he develops his skills. It’s going to be an awesome summer – I can feel it!

What other essentials are on your list? Any tips for keeping swimming fun and safe?


Mom Style, Vol. 14- Cardigans


For this month’s Mom Style Remix item, I was excited to see cardigans featured for May. They are a versatile layer through all the seasons, and obviously, you don’t have to be a Mama to rock them.

So today I put together a little round-up of some of my favorite outfits featuring a cardigan.  As you can see- I own several- open front, drapey, cocoon, button-up, you name it. And color-wise, I run the gammet- prints to neutrals to colors. #sorrynotsorry

I had fun going through past blog posts and picked out a few looks: two from pre-baby (coral and yellow, bottom right two looks), while pregnant (orange and red, bottom left two looks) and post-baby (top row).  Just goes to show that cardigans can be a great completer piece in various phases of life!  I linked to the full blog post for each outfit below…

mom style remix- cardigans
Top row: one | two (see below) | three
Bottom row: one | two | three | four

For this most recent look, I paired up some solid colors and wore this to dinner at a place that has an amazing fish boil over the border in Wisconsin (sidenote: it is SO delicious and such a hole-in-the-wall spot!)

And now that I see the photos of my look, I’m not so crazy about the black denim with the sneakers…thinking jeans would have looked better.  Thoughts?


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Cardigan: Target (similar version now on sale B1G1 50% off)
Tee: Costco (exact)
Necklace: Kate Spade (exact)
Jeans: Gap Outlet (exact)
Shoes: J.Crew for New Balance via eBay (current version)

Check out my previous looks: Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 | Volume 6 | Volume 7|Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10 | Volume 11 | Volume 12 | Volume 13

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My Fitness Must-Haves + a Giveaway!


IMG_8464 Whenever I can, I try to squeeze in a workout almost every day. I feel so much better when I do- it reduces stress, gives me energy and keeps me focused so I can be the best version of myself– as a mother, wife and employee.  Plus, it’s important for me to set a good example for my son.  When it comes to fitness, it really helps to have the right gear (and hey, a new workout DVD or outfit is always a nice to keep you motivated along the way!) Here’s my current fitness must-haves: 1// DVDs (exact) I started doing T25 workouts post-baby for several months and loved that they were intense and got me working up a good sweat in only 25 minutes. But after a while, I was ready to change it up and have been doing the 21 Day Fix DVDs. About 30 minutes each and a great workout. Beachbody knows how to put together a great program- especially if you are tight on time! 2// Water bottle (exact) Always necessary to have water on hand for workouts, and throughout the day. I love my monogrammed water bottle and I have it with me wherever I am! 3// Sticky socks (my fave, and for more athletic/running socks, these are my go-tos) I love wearing sticky socks throughout the house and for workouts like barre class, yoga and pilates- gives me some extra grip on the wood floors without having to wear slippers.  And even cuter that they make sticky socks for the littles so Bryce and I can match (and is perfect for him as he can use the extra grip when he walks around!)  When it comes to socks I wear with shoes for running, etc. I love Smartwool. 4// Headband (love these) If you have lots of whispies along your hairline like I do (that postpartum hair!), I love wearing a headband like this one that stays put. I’ve tried several other brands and these are the only ones that don’t slide off my head.  I have them in a variety of colors and wear them constantly. 5// Mat (exact) When it comes to ab work, stretching, and any other floor work, you have to have a nice mat. This mat has a ton of cushion and is super thick and holds its shape. It’s amazing. (Why yes, I am emotionally attached to my mat.) Worth the moolah if you ask me! 6// Tank top (fun, affordable options and if you like graphic tanks, these are fun, I wore a few here) Confession: I spend more on workout clothes than my work wardrobe. But technically, my work wardrobe these days is workout clothes since I work from home…so it’s justified, right? Regardless, workout clothes are comfortable and efficient, especially when I can do a quick workout over lunch- no need to change!  I prefer wearing tank tops, finding I have more freedom for movement. 7// Long sleeve/pullover (save, splurge— I own both of these and love them!) As I warm up, I love having another layer and same for after the workout. My “gym” is in my basement and it can get pretty cold, so having some long sleeves are essential! (In fact, just picked up a few in my April clothing purchases.) 8// Capris (save, splurge-waaaant!) I have a weak spot for cute capris. Stripes to prints to solids- I love collecting these bad boys. Perfect for every type of workout. I prefer wearing capris for runs too over shorts (no chafing!).  And a little secret? I prefer to go commando in these. Ever since a couple running pals of mine mentioned they do it, I tried it and never looked back. A game changer, I tell ya! 9// Sports bra (save, splurge) Proper support is essential, and it doesn’t hurt to have a stash of cute sports bras. I had to replace some of my old sports bras recently (they were worn well beyond their life) and what a world of difference it makes! 10// Watch (exact) Ever since I upped my running game a few years ago, I tried my first GPS watch. The technology is incredible! So great when you want to run for distance or time. (I used to own a Garmin and then won a Fitbit. I like the user interface and look of the Fitbit more, but find that the Garmin is a bit more accurate, especially when it comes to stroller runs.) 11// Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths (click here for a coupon!) As I mentioned in #8, it makes all the difference going commando- underwear is the last thing you need standing in the way of setting a PR at a race or showing through your capris in barre class. That’s where these cloths come in. Cottonelle® has CleanRipple Texture in their flushable cleansing cloths and toilet paper gets you clean so you can go without. IMG_8469 Cottonelle® has CleanRipple Texture designed to clean better, so you’re clean enough to Go Commando. And for those of you in the Chicagoland area, Cottonelle® is sponsoring the upcoming Wanderlust 108 Festival on May 14. Wanderlust 108 is a triathlon a bit different than the rest. This “mindful triathlon” brings three events together in your favorite local park: a 5K run (or walk), an outdoor yoga experience, and a guided meditation – but with a twist. From DJs on the main stage to lawn activities like hooping, slacklining and acroyoga, to local food and craft vendors, there’s plenty to do when you’re not on your mat. Nationally recognized teachers, speakers and musical talent are featured at each event to make for a fun-filled day. Want to take part in Wanderlust in a warmer locale? Enter their sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to Wanderlust 108 Festival in Miami on October 22! IMG_8463 And even better, I’ve got a sweet giveaway too!  It’s called The Cottonelle® “Come Clean” Reader Giveaway, and up for grabs is a Cottonelle® Stylist Kit ($50 ARV). Each kit will include a selection of fabulous fitness “must haves” — Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths, Benefit mascara, Dose of Colors lip gloss, Klorane dry shampoo, Emi Jay hair ties, and a plain black baseball cap. Giveaway starts today at 12:01 a.m. EST and ends at 11: 59 p.m. on May 22, 2016 (the “Entry Period”)  Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck! cottonelle giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are your fitness must-haves?

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When Baby is Sick…


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We’ve had a pretty amazing year with Bryce in terms of health.

Knock on wood.

Knock on all.the.wood.

Both he and I have {for the most part} remained healthy. Neither of us have had to go to the doctor for a sick visit. I think a large part of that had to do with the fact that he had exclusively breastmilk for the first 6-8 months of his life. Another big factor I think would have to be the fact that Bryce isn’t in daycare. Sure, we’ve had a sniffle here and there, but overall, we’ve been blessed with good health.

But being the prepared mom that I am, I always have something on hand to take care of any ailments Bryce may have. I had heard of the Little Remedies® products before he was even born, and already had some Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops that I used with Bryce that we found success with, so when I had the opportunity to partner with them and try out Little Remedies® NEW Probiotic Plus Electrolytes product, I was more than thrilled.

Because I’ve been a fan of Little Remedies since the beginning of motherhood, I know that they make each of their products with the fewest and most natural ingredients without sacrificing the product’s effectiveness. A win in my book- I know it’s a safe choice for my little guy.

A little more about the Little Remedies Probiotic Plus Electrolytes: It’s an ideal Dietary Supplement for babies and little ones to help keep the digestive system in balance and supports immune function.* It also contains electrolytes to provide vital minerals and nutrients to help support hydration.* In fact, it’s the only pediatric product that combines a probiotic and electrolytes in 1 convenient packet.


It’s also gluten free and has no artificial flavors, artificial dyes or parabens. It comes in a berry flavor and dissolves quickly and has been shown to reduce crying by 60% in as little as 1 week. Crazy!


When those sick days do strike, I always like to be prepared and keep a supply of products on hand just in case.  At first, I just had a drawer full of random items in Bryce’s nursery and in our kitchen, but I found that I couldn’t find things I needed quickly, and often times the things I needed where on the other level of the house (doesn’t it always happen that way?!)  That said, I decided to make my own portable medicine cabinet.  While I was at Target, I grabbed my supplies.

First, I grabbed Little Remedies Probiotic Plus Electrolytes and a few other medicine related supplies like bandages, ointments, etc. (Note: this product is actually located in the digestive aisle, NOT the baby department!)  And now through 5/14, if you buy 1 Little Remedies product, you get a $5 Target Gift Card!

Then I found a cute wooden container to house all the supplies. (I also grabbed a slightly larger white plastic container– haven’t decided which size will work best yet!)  I found a cute letter B to add to the front too, and plan on using my chalkboard pen to write the rest of the letters of his name across the front.

Then I added in the other items, like:

  • Thermometer
  • Nasal squeezie (or whatever you call them!)
  • Bandages
  • Vapor chest rub
  • Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops
  • Little Remedies Probiotic Plus Electrolytes
  • Anti-itch ointment
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Nail clippers (always good to have on hand, I’ve discovered!)
  • Fever meds
  • Syringes in various sizes
  • Baby tooth gel

Easy little project, and now I have everything I need in one spot for when those sick days come. Good peace of mind for this Mama :-)

Find more great reasons to love the new Little Remedies Probiotic Plus Electrolytes here. (And be sure to take advantage of the $5 Target Gift Card offer now through 5/14!)

How do you store your child’s medication and related supplies? What other products do you keep on hand?

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Mom Style, Vol. 13: Sneakers and Stripes


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Jacket: Madewell c/o Shopbop (exact)
Shirt: c/o Orvis (exact)
Jeans: Madewell via Poshmark (exact)
Shoes: J.Crew for New Balance via eBay (current version)

I could also title this post “That Cargo Jacket I Wear Nonstop.”  Yes, another outfit with another cargo jacket. I have been reaching for it all.the.time because it works so well as an extra layer with these semi-chilly temperatures around Chicago lately. Plus, it matches with nearly everything. So there’s that.

And prior to having a baby? I loved wearing heels and wedges–shoes with some height. But nowadays? Comfort and functionality are king, coming in the form of flats and sneakers. But that’s not to say that fashion is thrown out the window…

Case in point- these sweet new kicks I scored on eBay. LOVE them. In fact, I’m working on transitioning out my work heels and “going out” shoes for flats and sneakers, and these are a nice neutral with a fun pop of color, great for spring and high on the comfort scale. (Is it wrong to plan an outfit around your shoes? Because I’ve got some ideas…)

So yes, these days I prefer sneakers over heels. And along those lines, working out over going out.  I’ll take happy hour at the barre over a bar, although a cocktail after wouldn’t be bad either.  Who’s with me?!

Check out my previous looks: Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 | Volume 6 | Volume 7|Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10 | Volume 11 | Volume 12

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April 2016 Clothing Budget

April clothing budget

April clothing budget

April 2016 Clothing Budget

C9 Champion Seamless Long Sleeve: $8, on clearance for 70% off
Old Navy V-Back Long Sleeve Top: $13
Lululemon Rest Less Restless Pullover: $54 via Poshmark (sign up with code JOIJL for $10 off your first order!)
Lou & Grey Spacedye Signature Soft Maxi Dress: $42, half off
Old Navy Black Board Shorts: $16
Old Navy Espadrille Ankle-Strap Sandals: $16
Madewell Skinny Skinny Ankle High Riser: $17 via Poshmark

Not pictured: Ended up buying a gray long-sleeve technical zip up from the race I did last month for $15.  They were really nice and I find that I need another layer on when I work in the basement, so this was a great addition.

Total: $181– $260 income earned (via eBay and Poshmark sales) = ($79) in April, but I’m just calling it zero.

Annual clothing allotment: $600– $193.90 spent so far = $406.10 remaining for the year

My April clothing budget was an interesting one this time around. Notably, I sold a TON of stuff on eBay and a little on Poshmark, so that help offset my spending and more than cover it (although I am just saving that extra moolah and not applying it to my annual allotment.)  Last month, I sold a Kate Spade bag on eBay and after lots of back-and-forth, I got it back and was able to relist it and earn even more- HA! Also sold a few other name brand items, and wow did it add up!

So what did I add to my closet? Well, I got three “work shirts,” or really, workout wear.  (Man, working from home means my athletic gear is on point. :-) I think I justify it because I consider it dual purpose: work clothes and workout clothes.) Anyways, I wanted some long sleeve options because I always find that I’m chilly. The Target pullover was an impulse, but on crazy clearance so I couldn’t pass it up. The v-back top is super cute…and honestly, I had a gift card and promo code and Super Cash and ordered a few more things that I ended up returning, so costs are approximate. And the Lulu top was a splurge, but I love it so dang much! Warm, cute and functional. (And one of two items I purchased on Poshmark, which was new to me!)

Other items I added:

  • Madewell jeans- I got an actual high rise pair (in the correct size this time), and they fit like a glove. And best yet? They were $17 including shipping on Poshmark! Quality denim, and I try to wear “real pants” every now and again instead of yoga pants. #keepingmehonest
  • Black sandals- Love the criss-cross straps and sole of these from Old Navy. I prefer buying cheaper sandals and replacing them each season if I need to. That was the case this time.
  • Black shorts- These board shorts are perfect to slip on over my swimsuit after swim lessons with Bryce. No brainer.
  • Gray maxi dress- I have the sleeveless version of this dress,  but when I saw this one, I had to grab it while it was on sale. But I don’t need two gray spacedye maxi dresses, so I’ll probably sell the sleeveless one.

So tell me- how did you do this month?

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Links & Loves (April)


A few links and loves for this month…

Loving the Clear Regular Strength Kit from Paula’s Choice. Seriously, it’s a game changer (once my skin got used to it). My skin has never looked better, and I’ve tried it all from Accutane (yuck) to Proactiv. They have a trial kit for just $13….trust me, it’s worth it! Better yet, use my link for $10 off your order. (You have to spend $15 to use the coupon, but throw in something small OR get a second trial kit for the gym, travel, etc.) Plus, I get $10 too. Win Win!

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Playing trucks with my little buddy…

How much Bryce is like his Daddy…like their mutual love of spreadsheets. Totally the son of an engineer.

Other links & loves?

Baby love:

  • I’d totally sign up for a class like this…Bryce loves when I hold him and dance!
  • This bike/stroller contraption. It’s legit…and crazy expensive.
  • Did you see my post last week on some great baby brands we love?
  • This car booster seat looks too good to be true.  Lightweight, compact and affordable!  I might preorder one…
  • If you love Instagram as much as I do, you’ll want to get one (or several) of these books from Chatbooks. (I’m ordering one of Bryce’s week-by-week shots!) It’s only $8 per book, 60 pages included. Free shipping. Use  code M443KWX4 for your first book free!
  • This. All of this. #mommyhood

Closet/beauty love:

  • This top. Perfect for barre class…or lounging around. And with a sports bra like this to peek through!
  • These striped capris. And in this color. WANT. (Hint– I’d totally dig this for Mother’s Day!)
  • I got a pair of SmartWool socks in a raffle a long while back. They are quality socks for running, let me tell you. And now they make them in cute designs like this!
  • I signed up for Poshmark…and I’m hooked. I listed a few things recently (find me at vpstyl23), and I purchased two great items already, which coming in my April clothing budget at the end of the month! Sign up and download the app with my referral code JOIJL for $10 off your first order.
  • Lessons learned on creating a spring capsule…
  • Did you know? Sephora offers free beauty classes.
  • How perfect is this tunic for spring?
  • Just in time for Mother’s Day, college graduation (or a spring closet refresh), treat yourself or give a gift of Stitch Fix! I may or may not have treated myself for Mother’s Day… And did you know they have shoes now? Schedule your fix!

The big picture:

  • Why we do what we do and how it relates to faith…read the post. And I just started getting into podcasts (wow, I feel old.)  This one is quickly becoming a favorite.  What other podcasts do you listen to?

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My Baby Boy’s 1st Birthday Party


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Last Saturday (at 8:55pm to be exact), this little guy turned ONE!  We celebrated with our friends and family and Bryce has a fantastic time!  I’ll let the photos do the talking…

We got these t-shirts from Jessica’s Etsy shop, Beach Town Baby. She makes the most ADORABLE tees for littles and adults!  They were perfect for the occasion. (It was hard to get a shot head on with Bryce, but you can see them over on my Instagram or this shot from Bryce’s 1 year photoshoot.)


We put together a slideshow to loop on the TV…it was hard selecting just a few shots, as I’m sure other Mamas can imagine…


Crazy to see how little Bryce was. My how he has grown!

And I had fun with the decor.  I didn’t really go with a theme, but we used blue, red and gray throughout (similar to his nursery). I tried to incorporate a mix of items we already had, along with a few pieces I picked up- like the straws from the Target dollar section (a great place to shop for party items, by the way!)


Our dessert station! The chalkboard and B letter, banner and cake stand were from Target. Also got the gray gumballs and plates on super clearance there too. The rest of the items I pulled from throughout the house.



This cake. LOVE IT!  First off, you have to get the cakes at Costco. They serve 48 people. And they are delicious. And it’s only $18.99. They don’t do any custom decorating, but they piped on the lettering and the edging and I added crumbled oreos and plopped Bryce’s trucks on top. Love how it turned out!


I decided to go all out and ordered a Cookie Monster smash cake from the grocery store.  It was so worth it.


Besides our counter tops, we used the island in our kitchen for some of the food. I picked up a roll of chalkboard paper from Target for $3 and wrote on it with a chalkboard marker. It helped make clean up a breeze too!





We made a simple backdrop with crepe paper and I cut out colored felt and hot glued the letters O-N-E on a plain burlap banner for the front of his high chair. The burlap banner? Yep…Target again.



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Instagram heart photo on the wall from Minted (love that thing.) See my review here.

And a shot of me on the verge of tears…that kid gets me every time!


After lunch and an epic cake smash, Bryce had a quick bath and we opened some presents. (Or Mom & Dad did…he was a little distracted as you can imagine.)



Among the many thoughtful gifts from guests, his uncle (a talented musician) made him a marimba!  It was so thoughtful and Bryce got the hang of it almost immediately. So cool!


Happy 1st birthday, Bryce Nolan!  We love you to the moon and back!


Bryce: 12 Month Update

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12 months

Photo by Jessica Lynn Studio

Bryce: 12 Month Update!

birth weight: 7 lb 2 oz
6 months: 17 lbs 15 oz
9 months: 21 lbs 6.5 oz
12 months: 24 lbs 1 oz

at birth: 19 inches
6 months: 26 1/4 inches
9 months: 27 1/2 inches
12 months: 29 1/2 inches

Diaper: Size 4

Clothes: The 12-18 month range, but the 12 month stuff is getting tight!  The length on some of the 18 month stuff is a bit long on him, but fit well otherwise.  He just got some new summer PJs since his fleece footie PJs are getting snug (and a bit warm!) These new ones really look like biy boy PJs (think Cookie Monster pants and t-shirt, Batman, Elmo, etc.) and he looks like such a big boy!  Otherwise, we are going to need to do a little shopping for some more summer clothes in his new size!

Bottle–right before he turned 1, we started to transition him to organic whole milk mixed with his formula. Started with 1/4 milk, 3/4 formula. About a week later, we upped it to 1/2 milk, 1/2 formula and intend to use up the formula before he goes solely to whole milk. I’m guessing it will be a few more days till we run out! He was drinking three, 8 oz bottles throughout the day, but the pediatrician is recommended 16-20 ounces along with his meals.  And we can officially put the bottle warmer away…and the bottles!  He is pretty good with a sippy cup when he has water during meals, but I wonder how he will react when he doesn’t have the bottles? We will see!

Food–No surprise here, he’s still a GREAT eater. Loves almost everything we give him and loves feeding himself…not so much with utensils, but those fingers are nimble! Still doing 3 meals a day, and we will be adding in a couple snacks now that he will be off formula. But the doc said his appetite will diminish in year 2, and he may become a pickier eater. Did anyone else notice this with their kiddos?!  We also did a “test run” with a cupcake to see what he would think of it prior to his birthday, since we weren’t sure how he’d take it. Needless to say, he was a natural.  Oh, and when he is full and there is still food on this tray or he doesn’t care for something, he enjoys throwing it down to Izzy…something we have to work on ;-) He also has two teeth on the bottom (for quite some time) and six on the top!

-Naps- He had been taking two naps a day, but literally to the day when he turned one, he decided he wanted to do one nap. At first, it was a morning nap, but we are now transitioning him to an afternoon nap after lunch. It is (usually) a longer nap instead of the two shorter ones, so will be nice to have a longer period of time for Momma to get some stuff done!

-Nighttime- After our nighttime routine, we are rocking and relaxing around 7:30pm, and he is out shortly after. Sleeping through the night, and up around 6:30am.

The Highlights:
-Bryce (and I) had our first time away from each other for more than a night. I was in California for work for almost a week, and he did so great with his grandparents. T was able to be there after work each night, which worked out so well.  He handled it like a champ?  Mommy on the other hand? It was tough, but I survived!
-If feels like to the day he turned one, he was acting more like a toddler- being super independent, random bouts of being upset/pouty for no reason, etc. Can you call a 1 year old a toddler? Or is 2 years when they are a toddler? Semantics, I suppose!
-Super affectionate these days, and I love it!  Still lots of kisses, and he started to take soft things like blankets or stuff animals and hug them and put them to his cheek- adorable!  And cuddly! He walks up to me when I sit on the floor and lays his head on my back or shoulder for a lingering moment. Precious!
-Words: so far, LOTS of Daddy and even Izzy (which is hard to say!) No Mama yet, but lots of kisses whenever I ask him to say it. Equally awesome if you ask me. Doc says he will have 3-5 words under his belt by his next appt by 15 months.
-Looking forward to lots of outside time as the weather warms up!  Had a fun play date with neighbors and he LOVED the water table.  And we start swim lessons for fun at the local YMCA, along with the “next level” of library classes in a couple weeks (with the more mobile kiddos, 12 months +)
-Walking all.the.time!  He started at 11.5 months or so. He usually pulls up on something to stand and just recently, he will walk up to me and reach up with both arms or tug on my shirt to get up. Adorable.
-Loves- answering his toy “phone” up to the back of his head, playing with bowls in the kitchen, holding Izzy’s bones or toys in the air with his arm outstretch for her to take and petting her, pulling the air vents on the ground (?!), having his arms scratched (holds them out straight and smiles), playing trucks, playing with the TV remote, flipping pages in books, giving high gives, playing peek-a-boo, walks (or runs) in the stroller, opening and closing doors and cabinets, including our sliding door (he is strong and knows to use his whole body vs. a regular door!) playing hide and seek and exploring. Lots of exploring for this curious little guy!
-He’s also starting to point to more things, help put things away in the basket, load his dump truck, give kisses when asked, waves and likes to gesture to songs like “no more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
-We had such a wonderful birthday with friends and family this past weekend, along with a photo shoot for this milestone. Will share bday photos in another post coming up!

So there you have it– a full year.  When they say time goes by fast, it’s true. I’m so glad I did this each month so I can look back on what things he was doing.  Incredible to see how he has grown.

One year ago, our lives changed in the most wonderful way. Week by week, we all learned from one another as we figured out this whole parenting thing. We’ve had fun family adventures and made memories I’ll never forget, taken too many photos to count and have created a bond that is truly unbreakable.

One year later, our sweet baby has grown into a curious, fun-loving, smart little boy, always full of smiles. Bryce Nolan, you are an incredible blessing in our lives and we love you to moon and back! (And thanks for putting up with your Mama for these weekly shots…what a trooper!)

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