Wednesday, July 1, 2020

2020 Beach and Pool Favorites

Happy hump day, friends! Only one more day ahead until Friday and I cannot wait!  We are heading out Friday morning to go spend the weekend with my brother and his family in Myrtle Beach.  We usually stay for a week, but with everything going on this year we decided to make it a weekend trip.  Either way, I am so excited to see my sweet nieces and nephews, and so our my kiddos! 

I decided to start making a mental list of what I needed to pack for our trip this morning and it hit me that I hadn't shared my current beach and pool favorites for this year.  I know this post is always a big hit, and since most of these items will be coming with us on this trip, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my favorites with y'all! 

Homitt 30 Can Soft Cooler (aka the cheaper Yeti) 

I purchased this cooler for Todd about two years ago and we have used it SO much since then!  Even though we have never personally owned a Yeti, we have a lot of friends that own one and we've brought this bag on trips where they have had their Yeti's. When we've compared the two together, they are almost identical with space, keeping things cold, and quality. 

We bought this earlier this summer and it's perfect for the beach!  It's easy to put up and take down, and it's perfect for providing shade for the kids to eat or for the baby to nap. 

Okay, I know I've talked about these towels a few times before, but we LOVE them so much and they just came out with these fun new colors so I thought I would share them again. 

Okay, this little baby gadget is officially our favorite product yet!  We love it so much that we keep it up inside all of the time.  This is actually what Reese is currently in right now as I'm typing this.  She loves to play on it and also bite on the book and the log...ha! 

I don't have this exact bag, but I have one very similar and it's so nice to take on quick road trips to store all the kids stuff in.  It would also be perfect for a picnic or maybe even grocery shopping. 

My parents have these floating lights in their pool and the grandkids LOVE them.  Oh man, I so wish we had a pool in our backyard! 

This is another item that is PERFECT for the pool.  This float looks so comfortable and I love that you can sit up in it or lay back and lounge so you can get a better tan! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer Dressed For Summer Sale

Good morning friends, and happy Tuesday!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  Taylor had a friend sleepover last night so she is currently entertained and baby Reese is down for her morning nap.  I am trying really hard to get Reese on a nap/nursing schedule so I can carve out a little time to hop on here more often.  If you guys have any good app or book suggestions that have worked, as far as getting your little one on a schedule, I would love for you to share!  

But anyway, as I'm sure most of my Lilly Pulitzer lovers already know, today is the last day to shop the Lilly Pulitzer dressed for summer sale.  Since I'm trying to get this baby weight off, I am sticking to just ordering a few things for Taylor and Reese, but there are SO many good dresses and tops that I'm loving, so I thought I would share my top 5 favorites from all of those categories. 

Also, if you're looking for some really cute swimsuits and cover-ups I have listed a few of my favorites below.  The prices are marked way down on some of these! 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

5 Affordable / Super Flattering Swimsuits

Hello friends!  WOW, it's been SO long since I have logged onto my blog!  I have missed writing and connecting with you all so much, and today, I finally have the baby sleeping and the rest of the crew entertained!  That being said, I decided I would hop on and share five of my favorite swimsuits.

Times are different this summer to say the least, but thankfully, we are able to get out and go to the pool and the beaches around here.  With that said, this mama is still nursing exclusively, eating all the bad things, and I haven't lost any baby weight.  I've had to order some new summer attire, and if I'm being honest, I am pretty sure I've gained about eight extra pounds since giving birth!  My plan is to get back on a workout routine and start eating healthier next week, fingers crossed, I can actually stick to my plans for once...haha!  In the meantime, I have decided to just be okay with how I look right now and enjoy some time outdoors with my family until I get this extra weight off. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces that I've found that look great on all body types and are super budget friendly!  I am hoping to share all my new favorite beach and pool essentials next week, plus, with the new baby I've discovered some really awesome items.  You can check some of them out here on my Amazon page.

Stripe V-Neck One Piece Swimsuit

This swimsuit is SO cute!!  I love the ruffles and that it has full cup support!  Plus, you CANNOT beat the $32 price tag!

Scallop One Shoulder High Waist Bikini

I can't get over how amazing this suit looks on, and you guys, it's only $22!!!  I think I may just have to get this one in a few different colors.  And if you like the scallop look, you should also check this one out as well.  I love the printed bottoms with the solid color top.

Two Piece High Waist Flounce Top Suit

Okay, this little beauty is currently on it's way to me now, so when it arrives tomorrow, I'll be sure to share what it looks like on!  Judging by the reviews along with the $26 price tag, I am sure it's going to be a keeper!

Halter Two Tone Swimsuit

Love love this one!!  The ruched waist and bottom half is super forgiving, and the top is perfect without showing too much.  I can tell it will be nursing friendly!

La Blanca Goddess Bandeau One Piece

This suit will always remain one of my favorites of all time and several of the colors are on sale right now.  I have it in this color and the blue (I have it in the size 6 in the pink and the size 8 in the blue). Right now, the blue one is fitting a little better, but I can still squeeze into my pink.  It's such a flattering suit no matter what your size is and it's also made nursing so easy this summer at the pool and waterparks.

I know this obviously not a swimsuit, but I actually just ordered this coverup in the navy color.  It's such a good one that I wanted to share it with you guys!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Life Lately

Good morning friends and happy Tuesday!! 

Sorry for the radio silence around here...sweet baby Reese has been keeping me quite busy.  That being said, I am definitely not complaining because I've been soaking it up and loving all the baby snuggles.  I can't believe she will already be six weeks old this Friday! 

As you can see from the pictures below, I'm not the only one who's loving the baby snuggles and sweet kisses around here! 

And how sweet are these matching elephant pajamas!  Taylor was so excited to match with her baby sister! 

Not only are they super cute and soft, but they're also on major sale right now!  

And I apologize for the lack of fashion content right now, but this is pretty much my daily uniform.  I haven't started back at the gym yet because my sweet girl refuses to take a bottle and leaving her makes me too anxious right now.  I've been trying to go on walks as much as possible while also doing squats and lunges around the house.  And while I still have a ways to go to get my pre-baby body back, these leggings are my favorite and they suck you in like no other! 

The picture below was baby Reese's first walk.  While she may look peaceful, this only lasted for a few minutes...ha!

I have had a lot of questions about this blanket.  You can find it here and her stroller here

Looking so sweet and comfy in papa's arms. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

10 Must Have Baby Essentials (My tried and true favorites)

Even though this isn't my first re-do with a newborn, it definitely feels like it is in many ways! Especially when it comes to baby products!  I can't believe how many new products are out there, and being that it has been almost eights years (along with the fact that we didn't keep anything), I've had my research cut out for me.  And while I have ordered a few things I haven't loved, there have been many items that I have to wonder how I lived without for our first two. 

While there are definitely more than 10 baby items I'm loving this go round, these are my top 10 and ones that I know most new mamas will love as well.  I feel like I could write a separate post on products that have helped baby Reese with her reflux, fussiness, and gas so I would love to know if you guys would be in interested.  Let me know in the comments if you would, and I'll be sure to share what has helped us so far.  I would also love to hear from any of you that have also dealt with reflux, and if you have any must have items or medications that worked. 

These are by far my favorite sleepers!  They are warm and cozy, the price is great, and I love the solid colors along with the patterns that they come in.  Plus, you can't beat the price! 

This little bouncer has been my saving grace when I need to hop in the shower, cook dinner, or help Carson and Taylor with something.  Being that Reese has reflux, most of the time she's crying if I'm not holding her, rocking her, or nursing her, but this little vibrating bouncer seems to help soothe her tummy and keep her happy when she's not in my arms. 

I love this diaper pail so much more than the diaper genie.  For one, it looks, two it's cheaper and so are the refills, and doesn't smell at all! 

I have used Dr. Brown bottles with all of my babies, and while Reese has only taken a pumped bottle a few times, these seem to be her favorite.  Plus, I know from experience in the past that they are hands down the best for reflux and gassy babies! 

I can't say enough wonderful things about this travel system!  My favorite part is that the stroller can also be transformed into a bassinet, so it's perfect for travel and for your infant to be able to lay flat and sleep.  It reminds me a lot of the Bugaboo, but for a fraction of the cost! 

Being that Reese is still in our bedroom, this diaper caddy has been perfect!  We use it to hold her diapers and wipes along other small things like her pacis and diaper rash cream.  Plus, I love the sweet white rope design and the fact that the liner is adjustable!  I also linked up our favorites above, as far as the diapers, pacis, etc. that we also love.

Wi-Fi Baby Monitor Camera with Sound and Movement Detecting

This past weekend, we started putting Reese in her crib for naps so we finally got the chance to try out her new baby monitor and we LOVE it!  The picture and sound are both super clear! 

This is what Reese sleeps in at night and some during the day!  Not only is it a really pretty moses basket, it's a great size and I love that it's so portable.  She is actually napping in it beside me in my office as I type this!  Also, this is the stand I have for it and it fits perfect! 

We had this exact tub in blue for Carson and we loved it!  So when I found it in pink online, I snagged it up and baby Reese has loved her baths in it. 

Even if you don't have babies, I highly recommend this sound machine.  Todd and I both said that when Reese starts sleeping in her crib upstairs, we are ordering one of these for our room...ha!  It plays the most soothing sounds and has helped me fall back to sleep in between those every two-three hour feedings :)