I’ve styled a few pieces from Hazel and Mae at this point, you could say they are my favorite boutique to shop from right now! I love the feel of their clothes, they aren’t the every day trends that you see flooding boutiques but more thought out selections for your wardrobe. These overalls caught my eye the moment I saw them on the Hazel and Mae Instagram feed. I’ve been searching for a pair of denim overalls for quite sometime now and this pair fits perfectly. My body is still healing after giving birth to Scarlet Reese and these hide all of the parts that I don’t want to draw attention too. I styled them with a tank top and a pair of slip on sneakers that I purchased from Gap Factory earlier this year but I love the versatility of them! I can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. These would look fab with a pair of wedges or nude pumps. I plan on wearing them out on a date with Derrek whenever we get the chance to have some alone time. Hazel and Mae has supplied a 15% off coupon for my followers. This expires August 31st so head over to their website to shop and scoop up all of the beautiful new arrivals. The code is: LSW15. Please tag me in your photos so I can see how you style your new pieces from Hazel and Mae Boutique!
This blog has been compensated by Munchkin and I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer page for more information. August is Breast Feeding Awareness Month, so I wanted to share a little bit of what makes breastfeeding and bottle-feeding easier in my life. With Scarlet being my third baby and this being my third time breastfeeding, I knew that I would have to prepare myself for engorgement during the first few weeks. Thankfully, I purchased a breast pump with the gift cards from my baby sprinkle and have stored a pretty impressive milk stash in the fridge. One of the things that Nolan has really wanted to do once Scarlet was here was feed her with a bottle. He understands that I feed her mommy milk, but I knew that him being able to actually feed her would bring him a lot of happiness. I’ve tried several different bottles with each baby, but I’ve always found that the Munchkin brand is really well-loved by my kids.
The issue that a lot of breast feeding moms find is that there is nipple confusion when they introduce bottles. It can be really frustrating emotionally and financially trying to find the right fit for your little one. Thankfully, we found the Munckin Latch bottle and it worked like magic during feeding time. The soft nipple is what I think contributes to the ease of use with this bottle. I’m so thankful that we found a bottle that Scarlet likes because I know in the future I will need to go out of town to work or would like to go on a date with Derrek and not having to worry if she will take a bottle will take a lot of stress out of being gone.
We also love the ease of clean up with their bottle brushes. I have always dreaded trying to clean out a bottle, but now that we have the Munchkin bottle brushes, the clean-up is super easy and makes me feel confident that I am cleaning the bottles correctly and thoroughly. Not only is cleaning her bottles easier after feeds, but cleaning my breast pump parts has become a breeze. Munchkin makes a really easy to use bag that you put your breast pump parts into for easy clean up. You steam it in your microwave and voila!, all of your breast pump parts have been sanitized and are ready for use. I love how if I’m on the go, I can stash my parts in the bag and steam them when I get back home. This takes the mess out of pumping and makes it a less unpleasant experience all around. I’ve found that by using the Munchkin products, I have been able to enjoy these parts of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding versus dreading when they happen. The kids and Derrek really enjoy being able to feed our new little one and making memories that will last a lifetime.
This blog has been compensated by FabKids and I received these products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer page for more information. I cannot believe that my first born starts kindergarten this year! Watching him prepare to begin school, it feels like Nolan has grown overnight from a newborn to this independent four-year-old.
Like so many experiences in motherhood, this, too, is bittersweet. I am so excited to see him go to school, but at the same time, I’m a little sad that he won’t be in the house all day. When FabKids reached out about collaborating on a look for his first day, I got him involved by letting him pick every part of his outfit from head to toe. He is really into dressing himself, and if I try and get him to wear something he doesn’t like, he will tell me how uncool it is. Ummmm, hello teenager! Haha!
When we scoped out the FabKids website, he didn’t turn his nose up at one style; actually he was quite indecisive about which outfit to go with. Finally he decided on this surfer shirt with cargo pants (for all of his things) and blue sneaks. His favorite color is blue, so I knew he would gravitate towards clothing of that color! I love how great each piece works together, and it makes it so easy to interchange them with other options on their website. With a monthly membership, it’s easy to purchase without spending a fortune AND you can gradually add to your child’s wardrobe without overbuying. Head over to the FabKids website to see what styles speak to you or your little one!
I am all about leggings and over sized shirts during the fourth trimester. There’s nothing better than being comfortable while your body is healing and you have a newborn to take care of. On the off chances you need to dress nicer than your typical mom uniform, I’ve got you covered! Wearing clothing postpartum is all about figuring out what works for your body and not trying to get your body to work to fit into the clothing. One of the worst things you can do to yourself while you already feel a certain way about your body is trying to stuff it in clothing that isn’t meant for your body at the moment. I have a huge box of clothes that I wish I could wear but I packed them up so they wouldn’t torture me while I can’t wear them. Not having them stare me down in my closet helps take the pressure off of squeezing into them right now. Instead, I take comfort in wearing flowy dresses when I need to dress up for something.
Dresses like this one from Kin Maternity hide all the parts that I’m insecure about and show off all of the good parts like my milk boobs and legs… (Ow, ow, mama, you got this!) Wedges are my go to shoe with some height. I am so short that I love a good heel but I’m not experienced enough to walk in sky high stilettos without looking like a newborn giraffe. These fringe wedges came from Dottie Couture Boutique earlier this year but have sold out since so I’ve linked a similar pair above. I am obsessed with the fringe trend and they are a great POP for this outfit. I really hope that you take it easy on yourself about your body, no matter what stage of life you are at. Dress for yourself and don’t try and make something work that doesn’t, this is my advice to keeping yourself happy.
This past weekend, Scarlet Reese turned two weeks old! It’s hard to believe that it has been two weeks she since entered our lives, we love life with her! I haven’t really ventured away from home since she was born and I was hit with a case of cabin fever. We decided to make a quick family trip to the beach to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, Carolina Roadhouse, so I could get out of the house for a little bit and we could all enjoy some good food! Before we had kids, Derrek and I used to go there on dates and now as a family, we still love to go there for the same reasons.
When you walk into Carolina Roadhouse, the interior is definitely eye catching. You are surrounded by wooden planked walls and ceilings, custom built booths and huge palmetto trees in the center of the room. The entire building is open so you can see from one side to the other, including an open kitchen. We always sit at a round booth so we can trap the kids in and it’s perfect for nursing without having all eyes on you!
We always start with an appetizer of the fresh handmade croissants… This is the reason why Carolina Roadhouse is my favorite place to eat! They come out really hot, perfectly flakey and drizzled with the most amazing honey butter. The kids gobble them up so quickly we have to grab a few before they are all gone! When you go eat there, you also HAVE to make sure that you enjoy one of their house salads as well. They make their own dressing (I highly suggest getting the hot bacon honey mustard vinaigrette) and top their fresh greens with almonds, eggs and bacon. It’s also served with a hot croissant if you don’t splurge on the appetizer of them, enjoy it with your salad!
Whenever we go I switch up what I enjoy for my entrée but this time we went, I ordered the salmon with creamed spinach and it was to die for! The salmon was cooked perfectly and it didn’t even need sauce to dip it in. The kids love fish so they kept coming over to me to get some of mine. I always order the creamed spinach as my side because it is my absolute favorite side! It never disappoints.
Anytime we are able to eat at Carolina Roadhouse, we always leave happy and stuffed! I’ve never had a meal there that I didn’t love and the service always surpasses our expectations. They train their staff to take care of you like they would want to be taken care of at a restaurant and it shows! You never have to worry about your drink not being refilled or waiting a long time for your food. It’s always a treat when we go there and it meant a lot to me to be able to enjoy it after I’ve been cooped up at home. Finding a great place to eat for me is such a comforting notion because food is my love language.