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10 Spring Outfits You Need to Try for Breakthrough Style

Monday, March 27, 2017
I love Spring.  It's my second favorite season behind Autumn.  (Don't you love the word "Autumn"?  It sounds so much better than Fall, lol).  It's a great time to refresh your wardrobe and get inspired by new trends.  I wanted to do a roundup of some great Spring outfits I found in Blog Land this week.  These ladies all have great style and you should totally try to incorporate some of these looks into your style.  I can't wait to incorporate them into my wardrobe.

Note some of the trends featured: jean jackets, little white dresses, florals, stripes, khaki, blush pink, graphic tees, shoulder cut-outs, one-shoulder tops, and statement sleeves. 



via Bows and Sequins
This is an adorable striped top and I love the long gold pendant.  Dark jeans takes this to look up a notch.



via The Fancy Things
I love this white midi dress.  It's easy, breezy and so cute.  Her studded sandals are perfect.



via The Southern Style Guide
Can you say layer love?  The little floral blouse is so cute and the blush jacket really works.


via Fashionably Lo
Neutrals are my thing and I love that khaki is actually trending.  This trench with other neutral accessories sets the trend off right.



via Lady in Violet
Someone is so happy that one-shoulder tops are in.  That someone is me, if you didn't guess.  This festive top is great for the season and is perfect paired with distressed jeans.



via Life's Candy Jar
Bell sleeves, flared denim, and that bag!  Yes!  So much yes!!



via Beijos Events
Have you ever thought to pair a graphic tee with a maxi?  Do it.  This is such a great Spring outfit and easy to pull off.  Try pairing this look with espadrilles to take you into the Summer.



 via What I Wore
I love this casual outfit and think the olive shorts are so cute.  A baby is the ultimate accessory.  And I love the jacket although I don't own one and have never worn a jean jacket.  Crazy right?  I love how they look on others but I just can't see myself in one.  How do you feel about denim jackets?  Do you think I should stop being so rigid and get one?



via Moxie Fashion Blog
The blush joggers are life!  I am obsessed.  And of course the clamshells are everywhere and are an athleisure staple.



via The Glamorous Gal
This lightweight sweater has the coolest cut-outs and I love the color.  Also loving the light grey bag and studded flats.  This is how you elevate a casual look.

Here are some key pieces I scoured the interwebs for to make it easy on you to shop.  You're welcome and happy Spring!

Here is Why I Love the NUK Simply Natural Bottle

Saturday, March 18, 2017
This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.

I didn't really get into breast feeding with Briggs b/c with all the issues I had with Dax, I knew how awesome and easy bottle feeding is.  Both he and Dax were moderately tongue tied (ankyloglossia) and we chose not to have their frenums clipped.  That made latching a bit more difficult.  I did give Briggs a nice bit of colostrum in the hospital so I'm not all the way selfish.  He was able to latch quite a bit better than Dax but he still had some issues.  

Even though I'm not breastfeeding, I wanted the bottle I use to really mimic the breast as much as possible and help with Briggs' latching.  I'm not sure that people understand the importance of finding the perfect baby bottle.  There are so many factors to consider: nipple size and shape, anti-colic features, bottle material, bottle shape, cost, ease of use and ease of cleaning.  I tried a few different brands before I fortuitously received the NUK Simply Natural Gift set.  I was so pleasantly surprised at how well these bottles worked for us.  Briggs had none of the latching issues he had with the other bottles.  I believe that is due to the innovative features The NUK Simply Natural bottles have.  



The nipple shape is pretty true to the way mom's nipple is shaped while nursing and it has up to nine holes depending on the flow rate.  I thought this was so cool because it works just like breasts!  Now that I'm back working full-time, I have to prepare bottles for Briggs for daycare so another feature I really appreciate is that the NUK Simply Natural bottles are easy to transport.  I love how easily the cap pops on and off.  Perhaps my favorite thing about them is that they are easy to clean.  They have a simple anti-colic valve and a soft nipple that feels more like a breast.  There are not any complicated parts to clean every time like some other brands.  These things seem like minor details but to a sleep deprived parent, anything that causes less frustration and saves time is important.

I've never felt that my bond with my boys is less than because I bottle feed but I do wish I had these bottles when Dax was a baby.  To me, they really mimic the breast and would definitely help ease the transition from breast to bottle for mamas who need a break, who want dad or others to be able to feed baby or for those who supplement.


Not to be left out is how I feel about the NUK orthodontic silicone pacifier.  Dax took to the standard hospital issue "pacie" like a champ.  Briggs, on the otherland was a bit more finicky.  Sometimes he would take it when sleepy, other times he would just spit it out and continue to fuss and cry.  Not so with the NUK pacifier.  He took to it right away and it soothes him so much better than the non-orthodontic type.  I think it helps that the shape of the pacifier and the shape of the bottle nipples are not too far off.  This pacifier has been a lifesaver us.


The set I received came with 2) five ounce bottles, 2) nine ounce bottles, 2 slow flow nipples, 2 medium flow nipples, 2 fast flow nipples and 3 orthodontic pacifiers.  Buy a couple of these and you're set because they really grow with baby.  You can find them online or in-store at Target and Walmart.  Visit the NUK website to learn more about these awesome bottles and their Simply Natural Freemie cups, also available at both Target and Walmart stores.


I realize that every baby is different but it's nice to have advice as a good starting off point.  So my advice to you is to do your research but ultimately go with the flow (tee hee) when your baby arrives.  You never know what's in store until you meet your little wonder.  For those already in the throws of "babydom" what features are most important to you when it comes to bottle feeding?   

InstaWhat: March 17

Friday, March 17, 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Holidays that aren't really holidays are sometimes more fun than real holidays, ha!  Think Cinco De Mayo and Halloween.  I love that I get a free pass today because I have green eyes but every once in while I'll dress festively in green and show my Irish spirit.  Today, however, I had to show off the kiddos.  


Aren't they cute?  This is Dax's shirt from last year and we are squeezing every last wear out of it!  Luckily, my mom bought little brother an outfit that included a green onesie so I didn't have to buy a special St. Patty's day outfit for him.  It's still cute - I mean, it's green.

In other news, here's an update on life lately from Instagram
The creepy tree canopy of Wilmeth Road, McKinney, Texas
Look at these little feet!  #StarsAndStripes

Peanut butter truffle Cookies - recipe here
Briggs in his cute little Lolly Wolly Doodle outfit gifted from a dear friend.
My pink Nikes (similar here and here)
A "Margatini" from National Margarita Day
My favorite new booties - Seychelles Snare Blush Booties
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10 Songs To Soothe Baby That Are Actually Cool

Thursday, March 16, 2017
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I love music.   It's a very important part of my life and I'd say it may mean more to me than it does to the average person, although my husband seems to love it to the same degree as I do.  We just love music!  Hopefully it will be the same for both of my children.  It just seems to me that when people are not that into music, they are grumpier and less cool. Right?

These days I'm really into downtempo, acid jazz and instrumentals.  Luckily, this kind of music is kid friendly. And, I'll one up that - certain songs from those genres can even be used to put kiddos to sleep.  I know because I play real music for Briggs at night time and for Dax in the car when I want some chill time.  I do play some lullaby channels on YouTube for the baby but if I'm going to sleep at the same time, I can't listen to that.  He's still in our room in the bassinet so I need to be able to play him some mommy friendly music if he needs soothing.

This playlist I'm sharing features a nice mix of chill jazz, adult contemporary and downtempo music that is very sleepy baby friendly.  Music that an adult can also listen to and not have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.  Meaning, it's adult friendly and actually cool but safe and soothing for little ones (make sure to keep the volume low).  After all, you can still be cool and be a parent.  I promise.

















From top to bottom:
I Go To Sleep - Sia
Familiar Ground - Cinematic Orchestra
Little by Little - Groove Armada
Drift - Alina Baraz and Galimatias
Sleepwalk - Renee Olstead
Little One - Bilal
Good Knight - Emancipator
These Dreams - Heart
Sapphire - Bonobo
A Gentle Dissolve - Thievery Corporation


Do you have any go-to songs you play for your kiddos that are not actually kid songs?  I think I'll compile a kid-friendly pop/hip-hop playlist soon so I'd love to hear from you on this.  Remember, I love music!