Wednesday, May 22, 2019

10 Pretty White Tops for Summer


Top (similar) - LOFT / Jeans - Old Navy / Sandals - Target / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory / Earrings - Vineyard Vines / Sunglasses - Amazon


Every year like clockwork once the temps start to rise, I start to shop for little white tops. They're so quintessentially summer. They just make me think of fireflies, trips to the beach, barbecuing, and bonfires. Of course, have I ever told you I don't really like bonfires? It's not the fire itself, I like that. I just don't like the idea of sitting outside at night staring at a fire because it makes me think someone or something is going to sneak up behind us. I usually casually disappear inside after a few minutes. Yay, irrational fears! 

I love a pretty white top because they're so versatile. Here I'm pairing one with light wash jeans (which also feel so much more summer-y than dark wash - try switching yours out for warm weather!) but I also love them with shorts and skirts too. Or, if you're feeling really spicy, pair a white top with your white jeans, add in some bright accessories, and spend your day trying not to spill! 

While my top is old (insert crying face emoji), I went and rounded up my top ten wishlist of pretty white tops for summer: 














Top (similar) - LOFT / Jeans - Old Navy / Sandals - Target / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory / Earrings - Vineyard Vines / Sunglasses - Amazon





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Monday, May 20, 2019

Motherhood Monday: On Taking a Break


Yesterday Jeff took Mia to his parents' house, and I was all by myself. I mean, Jeff has watched Mia before, but this was literally the first time I'd been in the house without her since she was born.

I thought about just laying around, but since I have a lot of quiet time in the house already while Mia naps and since I have a hard time relaxing these days because I always feel like I need to accomplish something when I have a moment, I decided to get out by myself and hit the town.

I took myself to brunch at Gather, which normally would be impossible to walk in and get a table on a Sunday morning but since I was by myself I was sat immediately. I know a lot of people feel awkward going out by themselves, but I have always weirdly enjoyed it. I sat at the bar and sipped a bellini, did a little people watching, took my time ordering and eating, and made some progress on The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, which, coincidentally, is about a mom on "momspringa" where she takes a vacation from her regular life. I wasn't ready to go home after that, so I wandered down the street into a coffee shop and a few shops, and decided to treat my neglected nails to a mani pedi.

And you know what? The day was so nice! I missed Mia of course, but just a few hours completely to myself (that didn't revolve around a doctor's appointment) were so refreshing. I, like a lot of moms, have an issue really letting go and letting someone else be completely in charge of my kid. Even though Jeff is amazingly helpful, I'm always going, going, going when I was at home. I didn't realize how much I needed a break until I got one!

So to all of you mommas out there, remember to get yourself some me time whenever you get the chance. Just like putting on your oxygen mask before your kid's in the airplane, it's important to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of them!



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Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! This week was a bit of a doozy. After posting about our schedule on Monday I totally jinxed us, because Mia has not been happy to nap outside of her car seat at all this week, and decided for some reason she hates one of my boobs. Hmmmm. Don't worry, she doesn't have an ear infection or anything, I thought of that. 

So as you may guess, I'm pretty excited it's the weekend so Jeff will be around to help! The weather is maybe going to be nice, so we're hoping to get outside a little and maybe spend some time on our favorite patios! I've also been hoping to go to Home Depot and buy flowers to plant on our balcony this year because now I'm THAT person. 

So anyway, here are the finds for the week! Three are from LOFT, which is reminding me, did you see they have a new subscription service? So like, you get three items and can return them as often as you like to trade out for three more. I've always been pretty anti these subscriptions before, because I always want the tangible good for my money and am unsure how sizing work and worry that I'd just be wasting time and money. But, I shop so often at LOFT and I keep hearing about how terrible fast fashion is for the environment, so this is sounding like a good idea to me. I would probably just do it for spring and summer though, because I'm never as into their fall / winter clothes. Would you sign up for a subscription like this? 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weekend Mom Style


Tee (similar here and here) - J.Crew Factory / Jacket (currently on sale!) - J.Crew / Jeans - Old Navy / Bag - Madewell / Sneakers - New Balance / Sunglasses - Amazon



My "mom style" so far has leaned towards the very casual haha. Not that I expected anything less, I think I wore leggings for about 97 days straight when I was pregnant. So for me, dressing up a little for running around the neighborhood with the family means putting on an actual pair of jeans with my sneakers and wearing a fun tee shirt instead of one of the three tee shirts I rotate through at home that are nursing and allergic reaction-friendly. 

(Have I mentioned my crazy allergic reaction to you here or just on Instagram? Basically since having Mia I've been having an allergic reaction to something, and while it's much better than it was it's currently making my arms and feet itchy. Fingers crossed I'm not just allergic to having a baby.) 

It's so funny living in Chicago in the spring. In any other city, at 55 degrees people would be bundling up. In Chicago, it was a sunny and not windy 55 degrees so everyone got the eff outside. I mean, the park by our house was basically standing room only. I saw people walking around in shorts and sandals. Jeff and I decided to take the baby for a long walk through the park and around our neighborhood, and it made me so excited for the weather to actually warm up and for us to spend lots of time outside this summer. I'm even considering buying this totally necessary leather blanket for laying in the park with Mia. (Did you see that part above about my skin? Yeah we so aren't touching grass here 😂) 

Anyway, back to the outfit! I've loved the button-front jean trend from afar while I was preggo and then recovering from being preggo, and was really excited to try it out myself. Well, it turns out that to get all those buttons on the fly, your jeans basically have to be high waisted and as a short torso-ed person I am not here for that. Mid-rise jeans already manage to cover my belly button, and high rise jeans basically touch my bra. I tried on many pairs but basically chalked it up as something that would never work for me. 

But then I found this pair from Old Navy that have just an 8" rise, not 10" or 11" and you guys, they totally work! They come up just to my belly button, and the button fly holds you in a little more than a zipper making them super comfy and flattering. I also am loving the lighter wash, which feels so fresh for spring. These are definitely a stiffer denim than most of my skinny jeans though and don't have much stretch, so while they're really flattering I probably am not wearing them all day. Which works for me, as we rarely are outside of the house for more than two hours at a time, and you and I both know I'm putting on cozies as soon as I walk in the door. 

Add in a cute leather tote and my favorite jacket (which I somehow managed to cover in chai latte drips, can you tell in the photos??) and I'm basically a walking J.Crew model / basic b mom. And I am here. for. it. 







Tee (similar here and here) - J.Crew Factory / Jacket (currently on sale!) - J.Crew / Jeans - Old Navy / Bag - Madewell / Sneakers - New Balance / Sunglasses - Amazon






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Monday, May 13, 2019

Motherhood Monday: Mia's 2 Month Schedule


Okay, I should preface this by saying we got really lucky with this little girl. I've never functioned great when I don't get enough sleep (which for me means eight plus hours!) and usually get terrible headaches if I haven't slept enough, so I was pretty nervous about this aspect of parenting.

But it turns out, Mia LOVES sleeping. Jeff and I hesitate to tell other parents how much Mia sleeps so as not to incite violence or jinx ourselves. So I won't be telling you here ;)

That being said, she was a great napper during the day for the first month, and then when Jeff went back to work it was like a switch flipped and she wouldn't nap at all. Like, she was consistently awake for six to eight hours straight, with just short catnaps when she finished nursing until I tried to put her down. And she would get MAD by the end of the day, usually from when Jeff got home from work until she went to sleep for the night she would be super fussy and do quite a bit of screaming.

Finally in the last few weeks we seem to have figured a few things out. First is that I should be looking to put her back to sleep within two hours of her waking up. Second is that while we were swaddling at night, she really needed a swaddle for her naps too. And third is that instead of trying to lay her in her Dock-a-Tot in the living room for naptime, she really should be off in her crib instead so that my activity doesn't wake her.



So here's Mia's typical schedule - keep in mind that these times vary day-to-day. And regularly get thrown off due to explosive poops and emergency baths.

8:00 am - Wake up and eat eat eat - I grab a boppy so we can just sit in bed and watch the news.
8:30 am - Diaper change and eat eat eat some more. The pediatrician said that since she sleeps so much, she's making up the calories here.
9:00 am - Mia hang out in her lounger and stares at her favorite piece of artwork (lollll it's a terrible generic wood carving from Target) or sits in her bouncer while I get ready for the day. If I didn't manage to shower before she woke up, I'll do it now, or depending on my laziness level skip it and add on another layer of dry shampoo and deodorant.
9:30 am - Playtime on her play mat in the living room. The doctor told us that HALF of her awake time should be on her stomach, so I try to squeeze in a lot here while she's up and happy.
9:45 am - She is OVER tummy time and starting to get little grumpy, so we do a little more eating.
10:00 am - We move downstairs to her nursery, get in the swaddle, and nurse a little more until she falls asleep. Yes, nursing to sleep is bad, but the pediatrician said it's okay at this point. Then I run around like a crazy person trying to get things done around the house or on my computer while simultaneously trying to consume as many calories as possible.
12:00 pm - Wake up and eat some more, definitely not while singing some Disney songs.
12:30 pm - Diaper change and then play time on the play mat or in her bouncer. Try to put her on her tummy and try to avoid the screaming that ensues.
1:00 pm - Load up into the car seat, double check that I have the one thousand things I definitely won't but potentially could need, and make our way down four flights of stairs for an outing. If it's nice we'll go for a walk, or we might run errands or explore Target again. She stays awake for a little, and then will fall asleep.
3:00 pm - Come up and shlep Mia, the car seat, the baby bag, and whatever things I have managed to acquire while out and about back up four flights of stairs. I nervously watch her sleep in her carseat (since that's a thing babies aren't supposed to do anymore) while I put away said things I've acquired and try to cram some more food into my body.
3:15 pm - Take Mia out of her car seat as gently as possible but definitely wake her up every time, then we eat some more.
3:45 pm - More playtime and definitely no tummy time screaming.
5:00 pm - We've been (impatiently) waiting for daddy to get home from work and starting to get fussy, so we eat a little more.
5:15 pm - Head downstairs to get back into the swaddle and nurse to sleep again. Dad gets home and wonders where his child is and assumes that she must just sleep peacefully all day. We try to pull something together for dinner before Mia wakes up.
6:15 pm - This nap is usually shorter because Mia prefers to be awake as soon as we've got hot food on our plates. She eats more.
6:45 pm - Our longest awake period of the day. Mia will play with daddy, maybe get a bath or Facetime with her grandparents, hang out in her bouncer or in her swing, and maybe eat a little.
9:00 pm - We head into the bedroom to change into pajamas, do one last diaper change, put on her Owelet smart sock (so that her parents don't have to be crazy worry warts), and do lots and lots of eating (while I watch an episode or two of Schitt's Creek) before she falls asleep - usually around 10:00 pm.



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Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! We have a packed weekend ahead, between my nephew Clark's FIRST BIRTHDAY (it was Jeff's birthday this week too, so I requested he get a smash cake of his own 😂), Jeff's baby sister's baptism, and my first Mother's Day as a mommy! I requested some quiet alone time as my Mother's Day gift, so fingers crossed that actually happens.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Blue and White for Spring


Top - LOFT / Jeans (these are old, linking a super similar pair here) - Gap / Mules (similar here, here, and here) - Nordstrom / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Sunglasses - Amazon


White and blue are 100% my spring and summer colors. They're so pretty and fun and fresh. Perfect for getting that beach vacation vibe, whether you're actually on a beach or just hanging out in Chicago's 50 degree spring weather.

I love the look of white denim with a blue and white blouse, and have the closet to prove it. As things heat up, I'll swap out the jeans for my favorite white denim shorts or maybe even a skirt, or I'll pair the top with denim shorts and a white sweater blazer for a cool summer night.

I'm so sad that this top sold out so quickly (although as I'm writing this, I did find one size left in petite). I hate when I come on here to share something new with you guys and it's already unavailable. But, no fear, I did some searching for similar tops and found a few winners:



I've actually had these white jeans for a couple of years now and still love them. White jeans may seem scary to keep clean, but they really aren't so bad. To keep them looking fresh, I toss them in the wash with a couple of bleach packets. And, for any stubborn stains, I have a new trick - laying them in the sun! I started trying this for tomato stains and had one completely disappear off of my favorite fleece, then for baby poop stains. It's freaking incredible. Oh sun, who knew you were always the best man for the job?








Top - LOFT / Jeans (these are old, linking a super similar pair here) - Gap / Mules (similar herehere, and here) - Nordstrom / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Sunglasses - Amazon






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Monday, May 6, 2019

Motherhood Monday: An Unexpected Perk



I've mentioned before that I have what I like to call "social anxiety." I mean, it's not an official diagnosis or anything, just how I refer to my issues. It's definitely gotten better over the years (I used to literally be nervous to spend time one-on-one with a friend) but it still lingers, especially at parties. They've always been a little scary for me (or let's be honest, a lot), as I have the hardest time making the first move and approaching strangers. I once had my dad drive me two hours in traffic into Chicago so I could go to a networking event while I was in college, couldn't figure out how to talk to anyone, and made him come back and get me ten minutes later. Yeesh.

Nowadays the social anxiety isn't nearly as bad, but it can still rear its ugly head. And, it turns out, I have a new perfect fix.

That's right. My child. 😂

No but really though. We took Mia to a party a couple weekends ago where I didn't know many people, and it was all kinds of awesome. When you're holding a baby, people just want to come up and talk to you. When you're in an awkward conversation sans baby, you can easily excuse yourself to go find the baby. When you're in an awkward conversation with the baby, you can just say she needs a diaper/bottle/pacifier/her dad. When you scan the room and aren't sure who to talk to, you can just find your baby and hang with her instead. Jeff does not have the social anxiety and he even was talking about how great having her around for those exact reasons can be.

So, if you see me out and I quickly excuse myself to "go relieve Daddy of baby duties," you know what I'm really up to. 😉



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Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Finds

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