Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! Today Jeff's mom is coming to babysit all day so I get a full, uninterrupted day of work! Weirdly excited about it haha ;) We don't have a ton going on this weekend, so I'm also looking forward to getting some stuff done around the house and maybe going on a hunt for some mums (#ThisIs30).

Here are my finds for the week! Three of the items are from Madewell and are on an awesome sale right now for Madewell Insiders (all you have to do is sign up for their emails). The dress is 20% off, and the tee and boots are an extra 40% off the sale price. Not bad! And I looooooove that green poncho but the fabric has wool in it so it's a no go for me 😢so please buy it so I can live vicariously through you. How cute would it look with a long sleeve striped tee underneath?!





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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Outfits Lately

I lapsed on sharing my daily outfits - they were starting to feel a little repetitive and boring. That plus my room was a complete disaster for about a month. Now it's only a somewhat disaster. 


We went out to dinner last Friday and it was so lovely!! We went to Bar Roma and sat out on the patio, it felt super safe. They're only doing a three course prix fixe menu, but there were a lot of options so I was happy :) But really I probably would have been happy anywhere as long as they were being safe, it was so nice to have someone else make me a cocktail and to eat a nice meal without making a sinkful of dirty dishes. 














Threw on a lounge set - high waisted leggings and a crop top - and then realized there was NO way I could wear that in public hahaha. When I was ordering, I felt like I was brave enough ;) Especially funny because I have a really short torso so the top and leggings alllllllmost touch! 





Same day, but got cold :) 






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Monday, September 14, 2020

Motherhood Monday: Our Favorites at 18 Months



Looks like I haven't shared Mia's favorite things in months and months! (In case you missed it, our favorites for newborns, at six months, and at nine months. The smock bibs are my #1 overall pick though!) I, like every parent, bought approximately 1 million unnecessary items at the beginning of the pandemic hoping to keep Mia occupied, and of course her favorite activity is still taking all of our DVDs out of the cabinet. But, we do have a few new favorites I wanted to share. 



Climbing Triangle - I saw these on Instagram last year and thought, well that looks fun but not like something we have space for. But as I'm preparing for #pandemicwinter, I thought having something Mia could climb on indoors would be really nice to have for burning off energy and getting out her need to climb. I love this thing so far. We got the triangle with the slide/rockwall combo, which I like now but assume I will love once Mia figures out how to get onto the slide by herself. The only note I'd give is to just get the natural finish, and the white finish has already started to chip a little on the slide from flipping it over. 

Angelina Ballerina - Mia is obsessed with this book, we read it at least 10x a day. The story is about a little mouse who wants to be a ballerina. The book is so well done, the little illustrations are really cute and detailed. I remember reading the rest of the series that was written in the '80s and it turns out they're out of print! So I ended up finding a set on eBay to keep the love going (I found another set available here). I plan to give them to Mia one at a time as gifts over the next couple of years. 

Soccer Ball and Net - When we first started thinking about outdoor toys for our roof deck, every idea I had seemed like a bad idea on a fourth floor deck. I just had images of baseballs and basketballs flying off the roof and hitting passers by. A slide Mia could climb on also seemed like an exceedingly bad idea if it meant she could then climb up onto the waist-high wall. So a soccer ball and net it was! She figured out almost right away how to kick the ball, and even if she isn't kicking loves putting the ball in the net and cheering. 

Lovevery Toddler Kits - We received the baby kits as a gift when Mia was born, and I loved them. They are boxes filled with "Montessori" style toys, meaning they are mostly wood or natural materials, don't make noises or have flashing lights, and encourage babies to play in multiple ways to build creativity. There were always a few "filler" items in the boxes I didn't feel were necessary, but then all of Mia's absolute favorite toys came from the boxes too. The toddler kits, however, are a whole different ball game. Every item that comes out of them has been high quality and fun! If there's any problem, it's that we have too many toys now! 

Water Wow Books - I want to get Mia into coloring, but she is so dang messy with everything that I don't always want to go through the effort of pulling everything out and cleaning it up just for five minutes of fun. These books are great for mess-free painting at home or on the go. You just fill up the little "pen" with water, and they paint on the blank pages to reveal color. They dry blank again so you can use them over and over! 




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Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday Finds

Happy Friday! Mia's grandma is picking her up for a sleepover this morning, so we have 24 baby free hours on the docket!! I always end up missing Mia terribly, but not being responsible for keeping her alive and not having to pick up all of our belongings off the floor tonight sounds great at the moment. Jeff and I are planning to go out tonight for our first dinner date since FEBRUARY tonight so I'm just a little bit excited. Don't worry, we're going to a patio where we will be wearing masks, and it's walkable from our house so we won't be on public transit or in a cab. Very excited for someone else to make me a cocktail and do the dishes :) 

Here are the finds for the week! Those glasses are bluelight glasses - have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? With all the extra staring at screens of the past six months, I'm starting to think a cute pair would be a good idea. 





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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Labor Day Weekend

Oh hey there! Just wanted to hop in and share some (read: maybe too many) photos from our Labor Day Weekend trip. We rented a lake house in southeastern Wisconsin for four nights, and it was kind of crazy how long and "vacation-like" it felt. We truly got to unplug and relax - or, at least as much as one can relax when your toddler is constantly trying to dive headfirst off the couch! To keep things safe, we just had a couple of family members we're seeing anyway during quarantine join us (and even then made sure we had a lot of circulation, and well-spaced bedrooms and assigned bathrooms), and brought in all of our food and beverages so we wouldn't have to shop locally.







My dad said there were at least "a hundred dollars worth of snapping turtles!" out on the lawn one morning 😂











Lots of frogs... including one Jeff caught in our bedroom!! 












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Friday, September 4, 2020

Friday Finds

It's an especially happy Friday today because we're in the middle of an extra long weekend! We rented a lake house with some of our friends waaaaay back in January for the long weekend. Sadly we decided it was the right call not to have twenty friends come with us (😓) but kept the rental anyway so we could still have a little getaway. 

I hope you're having a great long weekend!! No new content here on Monday, but I'm working on some posts for the rest of the week. I feel like that's pandemic life - one week I have everything totally together, and then the next week I post zero times. Anyone else? 

I did manage to have one win this week that felt fairly normal - I scheduled our family photos! Just a little PSA: if you haven't done pro family photos in the fall before, now is the time to book! Photographers offer mini shoots in September/October for you to use on Christmas cards, they're quick photo sessions (good for little kids) and are cheaper than it typically would be to book a photographer. Last year I waited until late-September to try to book something and all of the photographers were full. We ended up getting a family friend to do them for us, and I was so happy with how the photos turned out I think we'll try to do them every year. 

Anyway, here are my finds for the week. These posts are always a little dangerous to put together, I may have ordered this sweatshirt (and then this one too - eep!) while putting this together. I figure if this quarantine thing goes on all winter I could use a few more loungewear items ;) 

one / two / three / four / five



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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

August Budget

I share my clothing budget here every month. My budget per month is $350, which may seem like a lot to some people or a little to others, but for me feels just right. I include all of my clothes, coats, shoes, and accessories in that budget, but not athletic gear, pajamas, or intimates.

Happy SEPTEMBER!! What??!?!?! September means it's been a full six months of quarantine, and a full year since I went back to work from maternity leave. It also means Mia is officially a year and a half old - 18 months tomorrow! 

I shopped and shopped and shopped at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so I held back purchasing anything else. Then my Nordstrom order came and I only wanted to keep one thing, so we've got a bit of a lighter month. I'm super excited for the couple of items from LOFT, they're so gorgeous and fun for fall! Unfortunately that leopard print skirt is already sold out, which is especially sad because the fit is much more flattering than the bias-cut slip skirts that have been so popular. I'm linking it anyway in case it comes back in stock! It sold out super fast so I'm hoping they do a restock.

Here are my purchases in August: 

What I bought in August - pretty pre-fall pieces

LOFT Leopard Skirt - originally $79.50, on sale $35.70. Crossing my fingers this comes back in stock for you! Zero stretch so keep that in mind for sizing. 
LOFT Tiered Dress - originally $80.00, on sale $30.00. This is the exact same cut as my pink bird dress, so basically perfection. It's loose and flowy but also manages to still be flattering. I love the print because I think it will work well with tights once the weather cools down. Also are we still doing tights in 2020 or are we just giving up once it gets too cold for bare legs? 
Leith Cozy Long Cardigan - originally $69.00, on sale $39.90. The one item from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I decided to keep! It's surprisingly soft and fills a hole in my closet. 
J.Crew Striped Tee - originally $39.50, on sale $19.75. Just another wardrobe staple over here! I love J.Crew's tees because they're nice and thick. I suggest sizing up as they tend to shrink a little in the wash. 
LOFT Tiered Skirt - originally $59.50, on sale $29.75. Super comfy thanks to the stretchy waistband. I got a tall so it isn't too short on me. I wore it with a black tank in my Instagram stories, but it also has a hint of pink in it so it would look cute with a pink sweater too. 

Total spent: $155.10

For September, I'm on my perpetual hunt for the perfect booties (not too high of a heel, either lower profile on the front of the ankle or taller than ankle length) and probably stocking up on a few sweaters as all of my favorites are getting a little old looking. How about you? 




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Monday, August 31, 2020

Motherhood Monday: Mia's Schedule at 18 Months

Baby schedule at 18 months

When this girl turn into a full-on toddler?!? I realized I haven't shared her schedule in a while, so I wanted to share before we start our preschool pod next week. (Yes, we are in a preschool pod. Words I never thought I'd hear myself say! Just with a couple of other toddlers we know and whose parents we trust. You can read about why we stopped going to daycare here.) 

7am: Wake up and start the day! I'm in charge in the mornings, which is very handy for outfit selections. We head upstairs, immediately chug a sippy cup of water, and usually start our day with a few books.

8am: Breakfast! Mia really does eat as much as you may have seen in my Instagram stories, usually two kinds of fruit, eggs, toast with cheese, maybe some more fruit if she cleans her plate, and Cheerios. 

8:30am: We usually head out for a long walk or to the park to burn off some energy as long as the weather is nice. Then we'll come home and generally destroy the living room until its time for lunch. No morning snacks here since breakfast and lunch are 3 hours apart. 

11am: Lunch time! Jeff is usually in charge of lunch, but we aim for one fruit, one vegetable, and a peanut butter sandwich or leftovers from the night before. 

11:30am: Additional living room destruction and wind down to nap time. 

12:30-ish pm: Nap time! We are currently trying to push her nap back a little to get ready for the pod. Some days Mia naps for 2+ hours, but usually she wakes up screaming at the 45 minute mark and won't fall back asleep. 

1:15pm: We watch an episode of Sesame Street or read books to try to calm down from the screaming end of naptime. 

2pm: Snack! Mia usually eats some crackers, cheese, and maybe a little more fruit. Snacks are usually pretty small, she just isn't very interested. 

3pm: More outdoor time - we head up to our roof deck or go for another walk. 

5pm: Dinner! We try to mix things up but Mia usually ends up with a vegetable, sweet potatoes or another side, and pasta with meat and cheese in it. She often gets our leftovers here too. 

5:30pm: We usually FaceTime with a grandparent, run around the living room screaming, and climb on furniture when we hit the toddler witching hour. If it's been a long day, we might do a little more screen time. 

6:15pm: If it's a bath night we head on in to bubble up. Mia has really sensitive skin so we try to only do baths 2x a week. 

6:45pm: We head downstairs to brush teeth, get in pajamas, read two books, and go to sleep! 

So basically it's two five-hour awake windows, with a meal or snack every three hours. We try not to let Mia snack in-between meals so she'll be hungry for those vegetables. 

Toddler schedule at 18 months



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Friday, August 21, 2020

Friday Finds

Happy Friday again!! Don't these things just seem to roll around every week? We don't have a ton of plans this week, but do have a reservation for the zoo on Sunday which should be fun. Otherwise it's just going to be us, our toddler, and a mini blow up pool on the roof :) 

Here are my finds for the week. Full fall shopping mode over here, anyone else??




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