Wantable August Intimates Review

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I know, I know.  I’ve been on a Wantable kick lately.  I got the Wantable Style Edit earlier this week, and took advantage of the recent 50% off sale they were having on the intimates collection, making it only $20.  I had some credits and figured that if they nailed my clothing style, could they get my loungewear style too?

Spoiler alert: they did.

Here’s what I asked for: “I want practical, neutral underwear, tanks (no spaghetti straps, prefer flowy racerback tanks) and cute PJs, like Pajama Drama brand.”

Here’s what I got:

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Dreamwave Pajama Drama Racerback Tank, Grey (Retail: $16, my cost: $6.46)
Dreamwave Pajama Drama Raw Edge Tank, Tan (Retail: $16, my cost: $4.92)
Dreamwave Pajama Drama Raw Edge Short (Retail: $16, my cost: $4.92)
Tart Noir Zola Hipster, Maroon (Retail: $12, my cost: $3.69)

I loved everything I got and can totally see myself wearing all of this!   Definitely a fan of the colors, patterns and styles all around.  They nailed it and I plan to keep it all (and at those prices, I’d be silly not to!)

FYI, here’s how the Wantable Intimates Collection works:
You get 3-4 items handpicked based on your preferences.  Keep what you love, send back what you don’t. First month is $40, then $36 thereafter.  Subscribers receive monthly collections and can cancel/skip anytime and also receive a $4 credit with each order.  If you liked what I got, be sure to request it when you fill out your profile- the more specific the better, I think!

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August 2015 Clothing Budget

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August 2015 clothing budget
August 2015 Clothing Budget

J.Crew Factory Quilted Puffer Vest: $61.60 (30% off)
Saucony Ride Running Shoes: $59.40 on sale + 15% promo code
Target C9 Champion Bike Shorts: $9.50 on clearance + Cartwheel savings
Old Navy Black marbled Top (similar): $5.99 on clearance
J.Crew Factory Wrap Front Dot Dress: $25.79 on clearance

Not pictured: my favorite underwear on clearance (got 2 for $7) plus 4 pairs of awesome Eddie Bauer athletic socks for $9.50 after store rewards.  Also got a turban headband and celtic knot style headband from Etsy to wear during the day to keep the hair of my face as I play with Bryce…hoping they work out and keep those annoying whispy hairs out of my face!

I’ve been crushing on the quilted vests from J.Crew/JCF and really wanted to treat myself to one for the fall. They seem to be very popular, so I snagged one during a 30% off sale + free shipping offer.  I figured navy would work best, although I’m tempted to try ivory too (but might opt to get a cheaper version with my SuperCash at Old Navy.)  I also added the wrap front dress to my cart because I am a sucker for dresses and have been missing wearing them, and the low cut cross front of this dress makes it easy for pumping!

To round it out, I grabbed a cute sweatshirt like marbled top on clearance at Old Navy, along with a pair of bike shorts on clearance at Target for those T25 workouts at home where I typically wear running shorts, but I like that these don’t gather/ride up when I’m jumping around!  It was also time to purchase some new kicks since I had too many miles to count (along with holes) on my old Saucony running shoes.  These beauties are great and I’ve taken them out for a couple long runs for half marathon training already.  I typically go for the previous year’s version of the shoe to save a bit more moolah.

All in all, this month’s purchases were again covered by blog income and eBay sales. High five for me for budgeting post baby! :-)

And to round out the month, I received the following from my sponsors/partners (thank you to supporting those that support me!):

So tell me, what did you treat yourself to this month?  Post it in the comments!

August sponsored items
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Hair Tips for New Moms

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Top: Nordstrom [exact]
Jeans: Old Navy [exact]
Necklace: Kate Spade [exact]
Earrings: c/o Majestical Jewelry [exact]
Shoes: Payless [save, splurge]

As a new mom, it’s admittedly hard to find time to do much, if anything, with my hair.  So for you fellow mommas out there, I’ve put together a few hair tips to take care of those locks!

  • Try to shampoo your hair every other day (or longer) so the oil in your hair regulates itself and you don’t dry out your hair/scalp.  I’ve noticed a huge difference since I’ve started doing this! Experts say that if you gradually increase the time in between washes, your hair will adjust and eventually appear just as clean as it did when you shampooed vigilantly.
  • Take time out to trim.  Get your hair cut every few months to snap your hair back to life!  And avoid any drastic changes to your hairstyle,like adding lots of highlights or color, which will require upkeep and extra moolah.  And if you choose to change the length of your hair, try a trendy new style or get bangs, just keep in mind you will be looking down at that little bundle of joy for several months, so you might have to get back to the salon every six weeks to keep up with it.
  • Keep popping those prenatal vitamins!  They help with thicker hair, strong nails and can even combat hair loss. And keep up a healthy diet by staying hydrated and eating lots of fruits and veggies!
  • Slick back wisps.  It’s a fact that mommas lose hair in the months after delivery, so slick them back with a little product (or a headband/wrap) to keep them under control.
  • Perfect easy looks with your hair up.  Let’s face it, babies will try to grab at your hair if you keep it down.  If you are bored with your standard ponytail, try a bun or other style (see The Small Things blog for inspiration).
  • Get a good shampoo/conditioner brand and stick to it. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on salon products, so I tried CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ shampoo and conditioner.  The brand defies that traditional beauty approach by encouraging women to focus on the scalp, where 99% of hair’s natural strength and beauty comes from.  It is clinically proven to help replenish the scalp with essential hydration with regular use, leaving hair strong from root to tip—just what I need! I can tell you that after using it for a few weeks now, my scalp and hair are in great shape!  The shampoo doesn’t leave that “coated” feel that I’ve tried in other brands.  And the conditioner legitimately smells like a fancy salon product and feels almost like a mousse- very rich and thick.  It’s available at Target.com and Walgreens.com for between $4.99 – $5.99.

What am I missing?  Any hair tips for new moms that you want to share?

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Wantable Style Edit Review July 2015

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Wantable Style Edit Review July 2015
Wantable Style Edit Review: July 2015

Ok, so I know it’s late August, but I just got my July Wantable Style Edit a couple days ago.  I was scheduled to get it shipped on 7/22, but I kept waiting and waiting.  Finally, I emailed them and asked what was going on and they said they were waiting to receive the right inventory to make my edit a good one.  They also suggested if I update my profile to include more options (colors, styles, price ranges, etc.), I would likely get it sooner.  So kind of a bummer I had to wait nearly a month for my July edit, but as you’ll see in the pieces I got, I do feel like they matched up my style really well.

So here goes!
Wantable Style- Project Social T V-Neck
Wantable Style Edit- Project Social T V-Neck Project Social T- V-Neck
Like: Basic, classic solid top, casual, remixable
Dislike: Too sheer (don’t want to have to wear a cami underneath all my tees), and really dislike hi-low tops- just don’t work on me!
Verdict: Return

Wantable Style- BB Dakota Beretta Sweater

Wantable Style Edit- BB Dakota Beretta Sweater Oatmeal
BB Dakota Beretta Sweater
Like: Love the oatmeal color, super soft, good length
Dislike: A little too sheer for me, especially for that price point.  And although the detailing on the sleeves and chest is nice, that would get ruined by my little guy grabbing at it or in the washer somehow.  I just know it.
Verdict: Return (plus, I do own an oatmeal sweater from last year that is very similar)

Wantable Style- Olive and Oak Pleated Tank

Wantable Style Edit- Olive and Oak Pleated Tank
Olive & Oak Pleated Tank
Like: LOVE the color, so fun!  The pleats are fantastic and I like the style of it!  Is it super practical for my lifestyle?  Not really, but it’d work for a date night or special event.
Dislike: The torso is super short.  I’m only 5’5” and consider myself to have an “average” build and it was more of a belly shirt on me.
Verdict: Return

Wantable Style- Jack Nyx Jacket

Wantable Style Edit- Jack Nyx Jacket
Jack Nyx Jacket
Like: I am a sucker for an olive cargo jacket.  I’ve made tons of outfits with a couple different versions so clearly, I’m a fan.  Plus, there is a hood which I don’t have in my current jacket.
Dislike: It was a size medium and ran really large, especially on the bottom.
Verdict: Return, can’t justify adding yet another jacket to my closet when I already have one!

Wantable Style Edit- Dex Wide Elastic Waistband Legging Dex Wide Elastic Waistband Legging
Like: Fun ankle zip detail and love the wide waistband.  Very comfy.  The seams down the front and back go down the middle of your leg, which makes it a bit dressier. Nice price point. (I’m wearing these leggings in all the photos above, FYI.)
Dislike: A little too tight for my liking.  These were a medium.
Verdict: Return, I already own black leggings.

Overall, I was pleased with this edit.  I was impressed by how well they matched pieces to my style.  Unfortunate that I had to wait so long, but it really was me to a T in terms of the pieces I got.  Hopefully my August edit will arrive a little sooner since I adjusted my preferences!

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here.

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Baby Boy Fall Fashion at Carter’s

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

Ahh back-to-school season. Kids are ready to start up another school year after a fun & relaxing summer.  While we aren’t at the age for back-to-school shopping yet, I am still all about getting my little guy some new clothes for fall!  I mean honestly, how can you resist the little man outfits?!

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I was pumped when I had the opportunity to partner with Carter’s because I adore the looks they have for little boys right now. So much plaid – I love it! And the camo pants and chambray shirt?!  Absolutely adorable.

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There’s definitely something about dressing kids like little adults..and Carter’s definitely has the selection for it. I love to dress Bryce in clothes I’d get for my husband….he looks like a mini-me compared to him! The options at Carter’s are fresh and modern, and obviously incredibly cute.

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I also love how Carter’s makes it easy for me to shop with simple outfit sets, coordinated collections and ready-to-play shorts and tees for babies and kids. I can literally go in there and everything is right where it needs to be for me to grab and go. The clothes are adorable, and they are a great value (your money goes a long way there!)

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Here are a few pieces I picked up for Bryce. I found a super cute 3 piece bodysuit & shorts set that he can wear now for summertime. And when the weather cools down a bit, I got the adorable navy plaid shirt with matching pants.  Then, I hit up the clearance section and grabbed a colorful swim set that he can use this Christmas when we are on a family vacation!

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Button-Front Shirt | Pants

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3 piece bodysuirt & shorts set

And of course, in true style/fashion blogger form, I had to do some outfit photos with Bryce…and he was up for the challenge!  What a charmer!

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Somebody is looking to be in the next ad campaign for Carter’s…I mean look at this cutie!  He looks like such a little boy now…growing so fast!

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And because I always am on the hunt for a good deal, I have a coupon to share with you for 25% off  your purchase of $40+

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A little more about the sales going on at Carter’s:

Count Me In Preschool Sale (Up to 50% Off): Now through August 31st

  • Doorbuster 2 or more: $6 leggings, long sleeve tees, boys terry pants & slogans

Labor Day Weekend 50% off Entire Store or More: 9/1 – 9/7:

  • Doorbuster $12 5-pack bodysuit, $9 2 pack pants, $10 turn me around sets (9/3 -9/7 only)

AND…Carter’s now offers clothing up to Size 8 and shoes up to 3y!

So get set for fall and visit carters.com for great fall fashion and even greater deals! #CountMeInCarters

Where do you love to do to your back-to-school clothes shopping?

Links & Loves

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Some recent links & loves for ya…

On the parenting front:

For the funnies:

On the fitness scene:

  • Bugaboo stroller brand misses the mark in their new ad campaign…like WAY off mark.
  • Green Bay gives flex time to its employees for half marathon training.  Bravo, Wisconsin!
  • Amazing video of how fit moms are happy moms for their kids.

Style-wise:

Healthy Living Tips for New Moms + Giveaway

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipandBeFit #CollectiveBias

Healthy Living Tips for New Moms
As a new mom, it can be really hard to take care of yourself with a little one becoming the center of your world.  But it’s so important to make sure you are taking care of yourself so you can take care of your baby!  So, here are my tried-and-true healthy living tips for new moms:

1.  Hydrate.
Definitely first on the list.  Hydrating when you are pregnant is important, and it is just as important while you are nursing. The pros out there suggest drinking an 8oz each time you nurse. Lack of the appropriate amount of water/fluids is proven to increase your fatigue, and you don’t need any more than what you may already be feeling!  My beverage of choice is usually water, but sometimes it just gets old, so I definitely gravitate towards something with a sweet fruit taste, but doesn’t have a ton of calories (or sugar).

I checked out my options at Walmart and stocked up on a few tasty drinks

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I grabbed the Diet Peach Tea Snapple, Neuro Bliss, and Brasilia Blueberry Bai5.  (I want to try that Vita Coco soon too!) They are all pretty low in calories and taste great- a nice pick me up and change from water when I get tired of it.

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2.  Snack smart.
It’s hard to find time to prepare full out recipes (or meals), so having smart snacks around to curb your appetite is really helpful.  It’s easy to grab a handful of chips or in my case- chocolate chips.  But I try to keep fresh fruit and veggies on hand in single serve containers so I can just grab it and go.  I also try to make a habit of hydrating and having a snack (beverage + fruit + lactation cookie, usually) when I am pumping to keep up my supply and to keep my energy going throughout the day in case I forget to eat (it happens, trust me!)  It’s so important to get those nutrients in so you can pass them on to your little.

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3.  Shower.
Let’s face it.  Sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to shower everyday (and on days when you aren’t leaving the house, why bother, right?!) But honestly, a shower will make you feel like a million bucks.  Turn on that warm water, lather up with your favorite body wash scent and just close your eyes.  It’s invigorating and almost as good as a nap.  Almost.

4.  Take those vitamins.
Don’t forget to continue taking your prenatal vitamins.  I’ve also heard that taking fenugreek helps with supply for nursing mamas (I got mine on Amazon).  Try to keep all your medications in one place and take them at the same time of the day so it becomes a habit and you don’t forget!  For me, it’s right by the coffee maker when I have my morning cup.

5. Accept Help
I was so grateful that T had two weeks of paternity leave, but after that, it was hard those first few weeks on my own during the day!  My parents helped quite a bit, and friends would visit and bring freezer meals, dinner for that night, lactation cookies, you name it.  Accept as much help as you need and don’t be afraid to ask for help either!

6. It’s ok to say “no”
At the same time, it’s ok so say no to some things. It’s important to have alone time with your spouse and new baby and get adjusted to your “new normal.” Even in the hospital, it felt like such a whirlwind that we only had our parents visit since we were incredibly tired and never really sleeping with doctors, nurses continually popping in. It is overwhelming to bring home a new baby and you are very sleep deprived getting used to a new routine. Sometimes, visitors who mean well, don’t realize how exhausting it can be. You love them, but it is okay to say “no” to visitors when you need space or are exhausted.

7. Take it all in.
Relax. Breathe deep. Snuggle with your baby. Savor all the precious moments and memories. It goes by so extremely fast. Don’t worry about the dirty dishes, piles of laundry, or long to-do list. I know I had a hard time with this initially and am still trying to work at it. But just remember to slow down and simply enjoy your new little bundle of joy!

Phew! If you made it through all those tips and pieces of advice- congrats!  Here’s a little something to help you live a healthy lifestyle: enter to win a $50 WalMart gift card and $150 fitness tracker via the widget below.

#SipAndBeFit Sweepstakes!

Mommas- what tips am I missing?  Do you like fruity drinks to stay hydrated? What’s your favorite snack? I want to hear from you!

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Weight Watchers Check In + Tips

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Necklace: Kate Spade [exact]
Vest: J. Crew Factory [option, option, option]
Dress: Old Navy, out of stock [option, option]
Sandals:  Tommy Hilfiger via TJ Maxx [exact]

Well, it’s been about another month since my last Weight Watchers check in so figured it was time for another update (not trying to be vain, just want to hold myself accountable here.)  As of now, after 10 weeks on WW, I am down 17.8 pounds- YES!

I am officially back at my pre-pregnancy weight, although I would like to lose a little more since I was still not at my “goal weight” when I was pregnant.  I’m feeling really great, my milk supply is relatively unaffected, and my old clothes fit again, which is such an awesome feeling!

Here’s what I’ve been eating/doing along the way:

Workouts:

  • T25 during most weekdays during naptimes (or Bryce will play while I sneak in the quick 25 minute workouts!)  I was getting a little tired of them but had only been doing alpha and have now graduated onto beta.  Talk about a quick, effective workout!
  • Half marathon training: currently, I am only running 1 day a week.  Not ideal, I know.  I do my long runs on the weekends but am trying to figure out when I can get in at least one more day of running.  I’m usually too tired by the end of the day to do it at night, so I may have to resort to the treadmill during the day.  Hmmm…
  • In terms of races, aimed to do one a month and have stuck with it!  I did a 5k over 4th of July in northern Wisconsin, did the Gurnee Days 10k (time: 50:20, only :31 from my PR!) and plan to do the Hero Half 10k in September and the Valpo Half Marathon in October!

Eats:

  • Can’t get enough zucchini!  My faves?  Zucchini pizza bites, one pan chicken parmesan and roasted zucchini, and shrimp scampi zoodles for two.
  • I found THE BEST copycat recipe for the Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino.  Hungry Girl makes a mean swap with  protein powder for only 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.  I’m currently experimenting with her recipe and hope to share my version soon!
  • Looking for an alternative for Oreos? Take chocolate animal crackers (the ones I have are 4 points per 10 crackers) and dip them into fat free cool whip (0 points!)  SO indulgent and tastes pretty close to an Oreo is you ask me…
  • I am going to eat my way through every Pioneer Woman recipe, I tell ya.  This shrimp stir fry is on my menu for the week.  Tons of fresh veggies and lots of flavor.
  • Loooove Quest bars.  TONS of protein and so delicious with flavors like cookies & creme, chocolate brownie, cookie dough, etc.

Any good WW tips to share?  Any tasty recipes/swaps you’ve tried lately?  What is your workout routine like?  Tell me in the comments!

Favorite Etsy Shops

Favorite Etsy Shops

Favorite Etsy Shops
If I had an Etsy gift card, I would be all over some of my favorite shops.  I’ve got a mix of baby-oriented items and home decor, organization/planning tools and cutesie stuff I enjoy on my list!

One– Zozubaby: adorable headbands, bowties and bows…I’m thinking a bowtie for Bryce and matching headband or headwrap for me!  (store will be open in a few weeks!)

Two– MommaCocoDesigns: home decor and handmade party goods, perfect for parties or even the nursery!

Three–  Greyhound Graphic: adorable tees and tops with “punny” sayings

Four– One15: trendy t-shirts for tots and mamas…I love some of the sayings on these!

Five– Turbansfortots: mommy & me sets (again, I’m crazy about these!)

Six– SweetFineDay: posters and prints- loving the kitchen conversion artwork- beautiful AND functional!

Seven– TneesTpees: custom teepees in all sorts of colors and patterns.  What kid wouldn’t want to play in these?  This takes “building a fort” to a whole new level!

Eight– ThymeisHoney: functional and cute notepads to keep me sane, by a Madison-blogger gal!

Do you have any favorite Etsy shops?  Share in the comments, I want to check them out!

August 2015 Stitch Fix Review

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So I had a $25 credit in my Stitch Fix account and figured I might as well get a fix coming my way!  Plus, it had been a while since I had gotten a fix and I am still waiting on my Wantable Style Edit to arrive (last one was in May).

Here is what I asked for in my profile:
No accessories. Want timeless, classic, simple pieces in plain colors- not too many patterns.  Think J.Crew, Loft, Banana Republic.  No dolman sleeves, boxy tunics or sheer tops. New momma, want casual clothes (semi-form fitting) I can wear with regular bra. Please see Pinterest board for specific pieces I want.

And here is what I got…apologies for the photos.  Took these quickly during naptime, hence the bare feet, crazy hair and general lack of makeup.  But hey, that’s real life!

August 2015 Stitch Fix
Let’s get down to it!

Market Spruce- Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee, Stitch Fix
First up in the August 2015 Stitch Fix Review: the Market & Spruce Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee
Plain and simple- just what I asked for.  But it is kind of sheer (I have a tank underneath), and if I am going to pay near $50 for a shirt, I better be able to wear just the shirt and not have to worry about a cami underneath.

41 Hawthorn- Breyson Pleated Tab-Sleeve Blouse, Stitch Fix
41 Hawthorn- Breyson Pleated Tab-Sleeve Blouse
Next up: 41 Hawthorn Breyson Pleated Tab-Sleeve Blouse
This was my favorite piece in my fix.  But, I did receive the exact same shirt in a previous fix (although it was teal and a different material.)  Kind of frustrating.  The color is described as coral, but it is more of an orange color.  I felt that the material on this version laid nicer than the knit version, which was clingy.  And I love that you can wear the sleeves long or 3/4 length.  (Apologies for the dark bra there- whoops!)

Market Spruce- Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan, Stitch Fix
Third item: Market & Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan
Perfect- a neutral, comfortable cardigan! I liked how it laid when it was open, but when zipped, it fit me weird.  The draped neckline was nice, but there is the fabric underneath that I don’t know what to do with!  Perhaps if I got one size larger it would work?  Besides, I got this asymmetrical zip jacket from UnderArmour as part of my June budget

Gilli- Darby Maxi Dress, Stitch Fix Got the Gilli Darby Maxi Dress
My stylist saw this Gilli maxi dress on my Pinterest board and apparently it wasn’t available, so she sent something similar.  It’s similar, but I really wanted a maxi dress with black in it, and one that had short sleeves.  Oh well!

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Rounding out my fix was the Papermoon Kasidy Swing Skirt
I didn’t care for the swing skirt style- it doesn’t flatter my figure.  I looks best tucked in, but I wasn’t a fan of the print either and don’t think it’d be very remixable.  That was a definite no.

So, even though I feel like my stylist mostly stuck to my notes, I ended up sending everything back.  Just wasn’t overly attached to any of the pieces.  Would you have kept anything?

August 2015 Stitch Fix
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Maternity edition | #4 | #3 | #2 | #1

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Bryce: 4 Month Update

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Bryce: 4 Month Update

Weight:
birth weight: 7 lb 2 oz
4 weeks: 8 lb 6 oz
9 weeks: 10 lbs 8 oz
12 weeks: 11 lbs 15 oz
16 weeks: 12 lbs 11 oz

Height:
at birth: 19 inches
4 weeks: 21 inches
9 weeks: 22 inches
16 weeks: 24 inches

Diaper: size 1
Clothes: 3 months

The Highlights:
-Literally the day I posted Bryce’s 2 month update, he rolled over for the first time!  On July 17th (13 weeks), he rolled over twice in the morning when I put him down for tummy time.  I tried to get video, but he was done.  I excitedly called T and texted my parents…it made my day!  Not too much rolling since then, though. Lots of kicking, however- especially when he is on his back, he just goes crazy.  Future soccer player perhaps?!
-We are noticing that he is interacting with toys a lot more this past month.  He will reach for them and hang onto them.  He loves mirrors, sounds (Baby Einstein toy), and his ball and crinkly toys, and will focus more on books when we read to him.  Definitely more developmental milestones in this month compared to last!
-Little guy is definitely starting to teethe.  All the tell-tale signs: drool, putting everything in his mouth, fussiness, you name it.  Not really a fan of his soothie pacifier these days though.
-The drool.  Oooh the drool!  An overabundance this past month for sure…the burp cloths have been in the laundry and an constant rotation
-Bryce is noticing his hands so much more.  For instance, he will reach out and try to hold his bottle.  Such a big boy!
-PT update: Bryce is improving with his torticollis and we are down to visits every two weeks now as opposed to once a week.  Lots of tilt and rotation exercises (some of which he doesn’t like) and sidelaying, tummy time and supported sitting.  Next up is trying to work on the small flat spot on his head!
-Loves to play peek-a-boo with Mommy & Daddy and both sets of Grandparents (and heck- really anyone else!)  When he is being held he will look out to the person, then get all bashful and “hide” back in my chest and nuzzle.  Then, he will turn his head back out to peak and smile, and turn back it.  It’s ADORABLE!
-He really is loving his baths.  It’s easier to see how big is he getting when we put him in his 4Moms bathtub.  Pretty soon, we will have to transition him to the regular tub- ahhh!
-We went to the Wisconsin State Fair over the weekend and put Bryce in his stroller front-facing without the car seat attachment and it went really well!  He definitely looked like a big boy when we did that!
-Still loves being held (especially being held and swaying or moving around), and is fascinated by the TV screen with all the colors and motion.

Eating: Still eating 4-5 ounces six times per day. At his checkup, we were hoping he had put on more weight than he had, so we got the ok to start giving him rice cereal once in the morning (after his first bottle) and once at dinner time.  We tried it for the first time last night (mixed with breast milk) and it was SO.MUCH.FUN.  A little messy at first, but he was a champ after he got the hang of it!  Even reached for the spoon to attempt to hold it.  I could tell he was trying to say, “Mom, I’ve got this!”

Sleeping:  Still sleeping like a champ through the night.  We put him down in his crib all swaddled up in his Halo Sleep Sack around 9:15 and he will wake up anywhere between 6 and 6:30.  I try to do my first pump session before he wakes up to get ahead of the game, and luckily if he is awake, he will just sit quietly in his crib, looking around like a little sweetheart.  When I walk in and he sees me, he always gives me a HUGE smile and it melts my heart. Every time.  Never gets old.  Naps are a little hit and miss still.  Small cat naps here and there with a longer one (or two) depending on the day, although if we have to run an errand and drive anywhere over 5 minutes, he will snooze.

So, my little Bryce boy, you light up my life like none other. Being your momma? It makes me feel more “me” than anything ever has before. I couldn’t be more thankful for my little love, and I have a feeling that it’s going to keep getting better!

Check out the other updates: 1 month | 2 months | 3 months

The Only Bracelet You’ll Ever Need

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Tee: Nordstrom c/o Splender [exact], see review here
Pants: J. Crew Factory [exact] NOTE: size down
Sandals: Target [exact]
Earrings: Kate Spade New York c/o Shopbop [exact]
Necklace: Kate Spade New York via eBay [exact]
Bracelet: c/o Bittersweet [exact]

Today’s outfit is another “momiform” outfit- comfy tee, relaxed linen pants and the best bracelet ever!  I’m not a fan of wearing bracelets, but I can tell ya that I am definitely going to be wearing this bracelet on the daily.

I came across Bittersweet bracelets and posted about them as a fun new find for moms.  The bracelet holds a hair tie so you always have one on you to throw up your hair.  No more indentations on your wrist or getting your circulation cut off from your hair tie!  Talk about a bracelet with dual purposes: functional AND stylish!

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And I think these are perfect for moms that are nursing so they can wear the bracelet on the side they last nursed on.  Genius, right?!  And if baby is pulling on your hair and you want it out of your face?  The hair tie is right there…problem solved!

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Shireen at Bittersweet was kind enough to send me one to check out for myself, and let me tell you- these bracelets don’t disappoint!  These beauties are so stylish and range from $45-85- totally worth it if it’s something you would wear every day- for work and play.  They come in silver, gold and rose gold.  Mine came with a black hair elastic, but you can always swap it out for a different color like I did!

Like I said, it’s the only bracelet you’ll ever need!


Two images above courtesy of Bittersweet

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Summer Style Remix with Splender: 1 Tee, 4 Ways

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As a new mom, my style has changed quite a bit.  My summer style, for instance, is all about casual, relaxed outfits that I am comfortable in all day and are nursing friendly.  Often times, that means a simple tee and either shorts or a skirt of some sort if I want to be a little more dressed up.  As a result, I was looking to add a few more quality tees to my closet that I can wear on the daily, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money.  I mean, they are just tees that are going to get covered in baby drool anyways!

To aid me in my bargain hunting, I checked out Splender, a great site where you can earn cash back on your online purchases.

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A bit more about Splender:

  • Cash back on your online purchases (get up to 40% cash back)
  • 800+ popular stores to choose from
  • Stack cash back, coupons, & offers to increase your savings (Example: 15% off sale + extra 30% off coupon + 5% cash back = big savings)
  • Great deals and cash back all in one place: no more jumping from site to site to find a great price, coupons, free shipping offers, or cash back.
  • Simple and easy-to-use: quickly find stores without being bombarded with irrelevant ads and links
  • Free to join and use for all your online shopping

How does it work?

  1. Select a store at the Splender site
  2. Click a deal or offer you want and you’ll be transferred to that store’s website
  3. Complete your purchase on the store’s website as you normally would
  4. The store then pays Splender a commission for sending you there to shop
  5. Splender shares that money with you in the form of cash back (this video also gives a good explanation)

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When you log into your account, you can clearly see your pending cash back (typically 3-5 days after a purchase- you also receive an email), available cash back (available 45 days from date of purchase in case you return something, etc.) and shopping history.  I’ve been using it to shop at other online retailers and it’s great!  You do have to have a minimum of $10 before they automatically transfer the earnings into your Paypal account (check via mail is also an option).  Cash back payments are made on the last business day of every month.   Very easy and seamless!

 

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So like nearly every style out there, I took advantage of the recent Nordstrom anniversary sale and tried out the Halogen Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tees.  Not only were they on sale, but I was able to get another 8% cash back!  Plus, you can’t beat Nordstrom’s free shipping and returns.  It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shop because of that.

I styled the tee four ways for you below. (Note: it does run large.  I am typically a medium and I ended up exchanging for a small.  These tees are lightweight and flattering and the length is just right for bending over or playing on the ground with a baby- nothing riding up!  I did order a solid version of the tee in both a light and dark color, but they were a little too see through for me, and I didn’t want to have to wear a cami underneath.  The striped/patterned shirts are much better and can be worn alone.  I also got it in a raspberry/ivory stripe color, too!)

Summer Style Remix- Tee 4 Ways From left to right:
Tee: Nordstrom c/o Splender [exact]
Maxi skirt: c/o Red Dress Boutique [exact]
Pants: J. Crew Factory [exact]
Sandals: Target [exact]
Necklace: Nordstrom c/o Splender [exact]
Shorts: J. Crew Factory [exact]
Skirt: J. Crew [exact, JCF option]
Wedges: Payless [exact]

I styled it with solid colors and didn’t layer much for simplicity’s sake, but this tee would go well with a blazer, cardigan, jean jacket, cargo jacket or vest too!  And layer it with jewelry or a scarf in the fall with leggings or jeans and boots- the possibilities are endless!

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A casual look with white linen pants and a colorful sandal

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Black shorts and wedges along with a statement necklace really dressed it up!

IMG_4603 Tucking it into a skirt with wedges really classes it up- I’d wear this to church or date night!

Which look is your favorite?
Be sure to check out Splender to start saving money wherever you shop online- it’s a no brainer!

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Easy Breakfast with Quaker Real Medley Yogurt Cups

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I’m always on the lookout for quick and tasty breakfasts.  And if there are no dishes, it’s even better.

Enter Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups.  Crunchy. Cool. Yum.

This new product come in three flavors: Strawberry Almond, Apple Cinnamon and Raspberry Pecan.  My local Walmart carried two of the three in the ready-to-eat cereal aisle, so I grabbed a couple to try out- and at a reasonable price point too!

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I mean, what’s not to love?  Simple, quick, satisfying and delicious.  I haven’t really seen nothing like this before!

All you have to do is stir in cold milk (not almond or soy milk) , stir, and let it sit for two minutes and enjoy!  I can totally handle that—easy to prepare while I’m warming up Bryce’s bottle!

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Real Medleys is a delicious blend of yogurt and multigrain granola with real fruit and crunchy nuts. You can see that they are filled with real ingredients that make for a convenient, better for you breakfast.  (In case you are curious, these have 10g protein when you add 1/2 cup skim milk and have 7 Weight Watchers Points Plus.)

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I thought it would be fun to put together some yummy mix-ins for Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups.  I had dried cranberries, almonds, trail mix and vanilla cinnamon granola.

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I went with trail mix and granola for the Strawberry & Almond and cranberries and almonds for the Apple & Cinnamon.  The mixture of different textures, colors and flavors really takes it up a notch. Both were really good, although I think I prefer the Apple & Cinnamon just a little more!

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Download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive information tutorials on Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups.  And be sure to check out the upcoming Quaker Real Medley demos at your local Walmart happening August 13-16.

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Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups – First shelf-stable convergence of granola, fruit and yogurt – all in a single serve cup!

Which flavor would you try?  Strawberry Almond, Apple Cinnamon or Raspberry Pecan?

Be sure to check out more delicious recipes with Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups at QuakerRealMedleys.com.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe + Protein Powder Recipe Roundup

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Taking care of a 14 week old baby while training for a half marathon takes a LOT of energy.  Needless to say, I am hungry all.the.time.  Between exclusively pumping six times a day for Bryce and getting in my workouts, I need nutritious options that keep me fueled.  Often times, I don’t have the luxury of preparing something that takes forever to make OR that has a ton of ingredients (no more dishes!)  I know it’s super important to get protein in your diet, and an easy way to get mine in is with protein powder—I use it in everything!

I stocked up on EAS Complete Protein at Walmart, along with a few other ingredients for my beloved smoothie that I’m going to share with you today.  Previously, I bought a smaller tub of their vanilla flavor and liked the taste, so I was glad to commit to a larger container knowing that I tried it already.

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More about EAS Complete Protein Powder:

  • Has a sealed top and scoop located in lid so you don’t have to put your hand in the powder.  Genius!
  • It’s supplemented with calcium, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • It benefits not just your muscles but your bones and digestive system too.
  • It can help you manage your weight and increase your energy—two things I want to do!

The recipe I’m sharing today has been my go-to for the past couple of months…I make one literally almost every day. It’s quick and easy, SUPER delicious and filling and only takes 5 ingredients!  It’s like a drinkable peanut butter cup…no joke.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie
adapted from Hungry Girl  | Makes one serving | Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4

Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or skim milk
1 small banana or 1/2 large banana
2 tbsp. vanilla EAS Complete Protein Powder
2 tbsp. chocolate powdered peanut butter
6 – 10 ice cubes

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.  Then enjoy!

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And although I could use the entire tub of protein powder on just those smoothies, I’ve rounded up a few other recipes featuring protein powder that are favorites of mine…and you’ll note that almost all of them are centered around sweet treats.  Gotta satisfy that sweet tooth!

What recipes do you have that incorporate protein powder?  Share in the comments…I could use more ideas to fuel me before that half marathon in the fall!