This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.I love dressing Malakai in dapper clothing – I mean, nothing is cuter than a little boy in suspenders. Am I right?Some of the best fashion I have found for toddlers comes in the form of comfort. Yes people, babies like yoga pants as much as their mamas! But when they make adorable little clothes that average sized people would look ridiculous in – we just have to buy it. These suspenders were by far my favorite find from OshKosh B’gosh and they are now Malakai’s Sunday pants. I love that I can pair it with a nice shirt or just a standard polo and it’s giving him a new look. Did I mention he loves peanut butter sandwiches? 😉Another style I love are jogger pants. Whether their in Jean form or sweat form, they just look adorable and I can’t get enough. Malakai seems to be drawn to them too because he never tries to take them off like other stuff he wears. We paired this pair with a nice henley one-piece and these crib shoes. Malakai is almost walking and is getting more confident by the day to take off on his own. He loves these crib shoes because he can naturally curve his foot when he’s trying to take steps. I love all the designs that OshKosh B’gosh offers. I wish too that I could have gotten him these sandals but that’ll just have to wait for now. OshKosh B’gosh is a great brand for kids because they sell practical clothing and stylish clothing. You can find everything you need from affordable comfort to great Sunday clothing and especially holiday clothing. Now you can save 25% using this Oshkosh Coupon and get your Spring shopping on! Shop online or find your local OshKosh B’gosh store here.
This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.So Malakai is almost one. I cannot believe it. We’ve come so far from his days in the NICU and it almost seems like it was someone else’s life. I’m so glad he is healthy and strong today but we do have a ways to go. I want to share with you the best Fall baby boy fashion to grab at one of our favorite stores.
When Malakai was in the NICU, the best preemie clothes we were able to find were at Carters. Their original bodysuit is something that I’ve used with all my kids and have found it to last longer and it was more durable than the ones you grab off the shelf at the supermarket. For the preemie clothes it gave my son the sense that he wasn’t a hospital patient. He was dressed so cute like a baby should be and the clothes actually fit his tiny body. Most premature clothes are wide and short. The Carters preemie clothes are close to the skin, give them actual designs on the clothes and were soft enough for them to be comfortable.
When Carters asked me to grab some items from their new Fall line, I was excited because of how much of their items we already own. However, being a baby photographer is not my thing and I think Malakai fell over 5-6 times. We went to our local pond and changed him a bunch of times into the cutest baby boy fashion you’ve ever seen.When choosing a wardrobe for a baby, think comfort. I think some new moms don’t realize how often they’ll be changing a baby and how accessible a baby’s bottom needs to be for diaper changes. I love to get packs of the original bodysuit and always have a layer under my babies regular clothing. I also love the comfy pants that Carters has to offer. I also grab their Sleep & Play jammie’s but I try to stay away from the fleece. Because Malakai was a micro-preemie, he over heats a lot. He cotton is plenty warm for him and it does the trick. It’s also an experience thing when trying to figure out what works for your baby. Go ahead and try new things and see if it works for your family.
Carters clothes are so comfortable for babies and it makes a big difference in how they feel staying in certain items all day. Softness and durability are key when looking for baby fashion. There are so many fads going around and while they’re all adorable, you have to ask yourself if it’s really worth it for them to wear for a short amount of time for the money you’re spending. From my experience it’s all about comfort and sustainability which Carters clothing fits into those categories perfectly. When I am looking at baby boy or baby girl clothes, I want something that will last and that will also not break my budget. There are very few things that I find are actually worth spending the big bucks on like soft sole shoes and a good baby carrier.Carters always has great sales and you never have to pay full price for anything, ever. If you’re on their email list, they send you coupons all the time. They also have a reward program and the best thing is is that it’s all traceable in their system so you don’t have to go digging for the previous receipt. We love Carters clothing for our baby boy but I was especially appreciative that they had the best preemie clothes on the market. Use the coupon below for more savings!To find your nearest Carters, click here and to get it all shipped to your home, click here. I’ve loved working with Carters and I know Malakai is as snug as a bug in their new Fall line.
Carters is also having a Pinterest contest called ‘Pin Baby Pin’ and you have the chance to win a $50 gift card by just uploading your favorite Carters baby’s first look to Pinterest and submit your link here. Contest ends 9/26/16 and 75 lucky winners will be selected. Good Luck!
This post is brought to you by our friends at The Baby Cubby.Diaper bags are so hard for me to get right. I’ve had several through the years and I finally made the perfect choice with the Ju-Ju-Be Be Classy and guides like this one from The Baby Cubby helped in that search. I’m going to be answering questions that I’ve often wondered about in how to pick the perfect diaper bag. I’d love to hear some of your feedback as well.How many pockets will you need? You definitely want one or two on the exterior to hold your bottle. I like that the Ju-Ju-Be has insulated pockets so that you don’t have to take a separate insulated bag to keep your water warm. I also like them to be easily accessible for everyone involved. If you have to dig through your bag just to find the bottle, it’s not worth it. On the interior it’s great to have 2-4 more so that diapers, medicine, Copper Pearl bandanna bibs and pacifiers all have their own dedicated space.
How large should it be? I am a big bag lady – not the Erika Badu kind – the larger the purse is, I’ll buy it. I personally think that no bigger than 18″ on the base is really needed when it comes to diaper bags. You want it to be large enough to carry all your essentials and yet easy enough to carry.
Should I get the backpack or purse style? I prefer backpack style so that your arms are free to do the heavier duty things. Backpack style bags are great for traveling and walking around but it’s a little harder to keep on if you don’t have both straps around each arm. Purse style diaper bags are great for convenience. Their zippers are easily reachable and you can grab and go and not worry about other straps dragging on the ground. Look for a purse style that has a strap that can be added to convert it into a tote, I think you’ll love that.
What will I put in it? Your life! It’s so important to have the little things available when you need them and you’re not always going to be home. I like to stock up my bags with at least 10 diapers and a pack of wipes. I always have an extra change of clothes on hand because they’re babies we’re taking care of. I also keep some medicine and always a spare pacifier because I lose those all the time. I’ve already lost 4 pacifier clips and I’m surprised I haven’t lost my baby…yet. What material is best? I go for a material that I know will not get holes easily (that’s obvious) but there are so many options when it comes to material it just is really about preference. I’ve had a real leather bag that to-be-honest wasn’t worth spending all that money on. I have a faux leather backpack style one and I do appreciate that one because the pleather is on the inside and out. I personally prefer the Teflon protection that the Ju-Ju-Be bag offers. It’s easily cleaned and it has my favorite ‘crumb drains’. You have no idea how much you’ll use that feature. Get one that can be wiped down or washed easily, that’ll make life so much easier than having to walk around with a giant stained bag.
Should I buy a gender-neutral bag or go all in on patterns? When you invest in an item, you want it to be timeless. The same thing is true when buying diaper bags. Get one that suites your style and can be carried by both you and your partner. Get one that most people can’t tell it’s a diaper bag. You’re already tired from having a baby, you might as well feel like your style is somewhat amped up with a stylish bag.
How much should I pay? I would rather pay once for a good quality bag than have to buy 2-3 bags at $50 a pop. You end up getting the one you want in the end anyways. Be sure to try it before you buy it. Don’t be afraid to see if there is a local boutique that carries the bag and try and bring what you think you’ll carry in it to give you an idea of functionality. If you buy online like I do, be sure to buy from a company that has a good return policy and don’t throw anything away until you’re sure it’s the right one.
Will I use it as much as I think I will? Answer for me was yes. I did opt for the neutral patterned bag and so I use t as my purse and my diaper bag at the same time. Look for bags that serve a dual purpose and ones that have places for mom, not just baby. Be sure to get the style that you will like as in the tote style, backpack style or purse style. Get one that you actually want to carry around and your investment will be well used.
*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my business!You can do so many things with your Cricut Explore and one of the great things about Design Space is that you can set a canvas to give you the measurements that you will need so you don’t have to wait until the end to see if it’ll fit.To set your canvas, open a new file in Design Space. On the left hand side it’ll give you the canvas button, click that. Go through the list of objects and select what you’ll need. When the canvas is set be sure that it’s the correct size of your object. It gives you options of shirt sizes, iPhone case sizes, etc. To do that, click on the canvas tab on the right side near your edit buttons. It will have a drop down scroll for type and size so set it there. You’re done!I used the iPhone 6 case canvas and made my personalized phone cases from there. I used a watermelon, pineapple and cherries and I used the Adhesive Foil Sheets. I cut it on the Foil setting under the custom dial and selected it from the drop down list. I also grabbed some inexpensive clear cases off of Amazon. I grabbed six because I want to be able to switch it up a bit. The ones I had are rubbery plastic, when I buy again I will get the more durable plastic because I don’t think it’ll peel as easily because it isn’t bendable.All those designs are available through Cricut Access and I have links to the pre-made design available at the bottom.
After you’ve set your canvas, choose your design and copy and paste it until you have enough to cover the entire case. Be sure to attach the images so that they will cut in the order you’ve designed them in. Weed out the negative foil or vinyl and then place your transfer tape over the top of the design and press well. I can’t tell you how much I love the new and improved transfer tape.Peel the transfer tape up to include your images and transfer it onto the desired object, in this case it’s the phone case. Be sure to give your images a really good press so that when you lift the transfer tape, your image stays put on the case. The foil is not as pliable as the vinyl so the edges don’t stick great or round off great either. It also doesn’t work great for tiny details to transferEither omit those designs or just cut them to the edge so you don’t have any peeling. Voila, you’re done!
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Citrus Fruit Coasters from Tastefully Frugal
Red, White & Blue Heart Koozie from The Casual Craftlete
Soft Kitty Dalek T-Shirt from Housewife Eclectic
Welcome Summer Party from The Quiet Grove
Personalized Kids Coasters from Crafting In The Rain
Trendy Phone Cover from Frenchie
Easy Like Summer Morning T-Shirt from 7 Alive
DIY Planner Dividers from Auntie Tay
Summertime Sign from Crafting In The Rain
*This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are 100% my own.
I love fashion but I’m larger so it’s a bit trickier to find. I like Forever 21 for a few reasons – cost, style and cost. I don’t have the money that I would like to have to be able to buy some of the things that other plus size bloggers are wearing and that’s ok. I’m able to go to stores like Forever 21 or Asos and find fashionable and affordable clothes for my plump bod.
Plus Size Pleated Eyelash Lace Skirt and Shirt – $22.90-24.90
Plus Size Cat Plush PJ Jumpsuit – $29.00
Love Graphic Bomber Jacket – 49.90
Heathered Longline Jacket – $37.90
Boxy Crepe Top – $19.90
Pointed Faux Suede Booties -34.90
I’m so glad to be apart of the Ansley Pattern Tour. This pattern is insanely easy and has the best feature I’ve ever seen in a pdf pattern. When I received the pattern from Blaverry, there were options on the left side that she walked you through to choose the side you need. You check them, press print and it prints all the pages that you need in the size that you need. No need to figure out what pages of the 80-page pattern you need, she’s done all the hard work for you!
With this shirt, I decided to use a light stretch denim and some extra leather I had lying around the house. With the collar, she recommended that we cut two but since the leather is so thick, I didn’t think it was necessary. I love how the hem has the high/low going on.
Leila was very excited to get a new ‘dress’! Who wouldn’t be excited to get something as fabulous as this? The best part is, is that it’s stylish enough that it doesn’t look like it’d be homemade. She’s offering everyone 10% off in her shop with the code ILOVEBLAVERRY10 so be sure and see what she has to offer. This pattern was really easy to follow and I’m not a very good pattern follower.
*I received this pattern free to review but all opinions are 100% mine
Let me tell you about TAGS, we here in Utah have a pretty terrible selection of thrift stores. We have DI and that’s about it. The message behind DI is great but their stuff comes from the back straight to the front and it’s a lot of crap. That’s exactly what you’re buying, someone else’s crap. Sometimes you hit the motherload and get something so amazing you wonder why in the world would they give that up but it’s just a little blessing in disguise. I think that is why Utah women are so creative, we have to take others crap and make it beautiful. Why, because we can and we want to.
However, there is a new way of thrifting here in Utah and I couldn’t be more excited. You hear those stories about people finding Designer items and you’re questioning your thrifting abilities. You shouldn’t be questioning your abilities, you should be questioning where you’re shopping. TAGS is different, they have so many places where they bring their items in from that they get those special items. See the jacket that I’m modeling, oh…it’s just DIOR and it was $20.
Fall fashion is just around the corner and trenches are going to be hot. They haven’t been on the radar since the early 90’s so a lot of trench coats were there and a lot of good ones too! I’m plus size and never find any kind of clothing for me at thrift stores so I usually just stick to shoes, bags or home decor. I had so many options here and so many that I liked, they weren’t mom clothes.
FYI, I love a good joke.
- Coat – Christian Dior – TAGS $20
- Pants – Old Navy – $9
- Shirt – Cents of Style – $15
- Chambray Shirt – Old Navy – $29
- Shoes – Ross – $9
Why is TAGS different? First, they have one warehouse where they collect and sort their items. They are planning on opening two more locations by the end of next year in Utah so this will be awesome because each store will have the same pricing, everyone will know what is going on and that it is supposed to be that price. You won’t have a $5 shirt at one store and it’s $2 at the other store. Second, they have partnered with Avenue Bakery to have them in the store! Score for the pastries! They also offer free wi-fi and a Barnes and Noble type setting so you can just come hang out. Third, they actually care about the community. They have buying centers where you can come sell your items to them, whether it be clothing or home, you have that choice to take the money or you can donate that money right on the spot to a charity of your own or they have partnered with a charity called Feed the World and non-profit partners like the American Fork Band.
TAGS is fresh, it’s clean and it’s really here. It opened today, September 19th! It’s fabulous and I recommend for all because if you can’t find something than there is really something wrong with you, j/k. I encourage you all to share this post to get the message out there to let our fellow Utahan’s know about this treasure in our own backyard and we support them to stay in our community and keep growing and supporting these fabulous charities.
Make sure you check them out, they are just in Spanish Fork at 680 South 500 East and their website is www.tagsthrift.com.
Also, if you didn’t know I used to be a model when I was 5 for Fred Meyers and I was bringing my glory days back until my husband was mocking me. That’s when he got this face. Don’t feel bad for him!
I did attend a blogger night out on behalf of TAGS Thrift and received this jacket as part as compensation. All opinions are 100% mine and true.
Babes, have you ever in your life been so impressed with someone and what they’ve done with their lives that it’s made you question your path and what you want to be and do? I got the chance to meet Susan at The Pinners Conference in November of 2013 when I started on my Frenchie journey. She changed the way I was thinking about a lot of things. She has such an inspiring story and has a killer vibe for style and for styling children.
I contacted Freshly Picked in April and everyone there was so sweet. They take the time to answer whichever question you may have. Whether that be on Instagram, Facebook or through their website. They have people in their office working but they also have everyday moms helping with their social networks. Susan has perfected the social network game for sure!
FP’s Moccs come in so many fun colors and go up to size Toddler 10. I really thing that they need to have adult sizes but I can only imagine how ridiculous we’d all look with these on our feet. Kids look so cute with them – us, not so much!
The colors are really the hardest part. I want them all! The colors that I chose for Leila girl were Platinum and the Neon Pink. Platinum is perfect cause it goes with anything and everything. You have to have one of those pairs and you have to have a fun pair. These Neon Pink ones are insane. Neon is so in this summer and it’s absolutely unisex.
The other part of these you can tell is the wear. She wears these all day, everyday. In fact, when we first got these, she was so in love with them that she slept in them. She can just do the silliest things and it can be so practical, because the leather on these are some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. Along with sleeping in them, she destroys them and they take it. She colors on them, rubs her feet in the asphalt, hops around, you name it and she done it. These have still stood the test of time. I love how Kaylynn from Among the Young, showed her daughters foot prints in her FP Moccs so undoubtedly I had to show you Leila’s.
You know the best part of this post? I get to offer you a pair to win! Leave a comment below and enter using the Rafflecopter . The rules are simple, in order to win, you just cannot have won a pair of FP Moccs within the last 60 days. You can choose any size and color that is in stock on their website at Freshly-Picked.com
Good Luck! XO, Lindsay