August 31, 2018

The DIY Stain Remover That Removes Everything

Have you ever bought an adorable baby outfit only to have your baby ruin it on the first wear? What about those nasty blowouts that never seem to come out? This homemade stain remover has worked wonders for us. It is super easy to make and uses common ingredients that most people already have in their homes. What's better than that!?

August 16, 2018

When Lela Grows Up

When it comes to parenting, raising a reader has always been at the top of mine and Austin's priority lists. In today's world of tablets and screentime, there is no shortage of information about how reading is beneficial for your child. More importantly, the magic of books was always something that I lost myself in as a child, and I want the same for Lela. So, when the opportunity to create a personalized story for Lela with Hooray Heroes came up, I couldn't get it ordered fast enough!

August 3, 2018

Working Mom Hacks

I've always been the type of person that has needed a big goal to work toward. Whether it was climbing the corporate ladder, starting a blog, or even just being a mom, I've always wanted to be the very best at whatever I was attempting. I've been back at work for a little over two months and have been juggling making all of the pieces work. So far, it's been easier than I expected, but it hasn't been without a lot of planning and life hacks. Here are some of the things that I do to make life a little easier-

July 31, 2018

Lela's Closet

I could list a million reasons why having a daughter is the greatest thing ever, and dressing her is pretty high up on that list. She somehow makes everything look so cute, though it hasn't come without challenges. Every brand has different sizing and fits so there has been a lot of trial and error over the past 18 months. I get a lot of questions about what Lela is wearing so I wanted to share what our favorite brands are.
Pajamas
Baby Gap is hands down our favorite brand for pajamas. Their pants have an extra panel in the butt which gives her cute little-diapered butt a bit more space. They've always held up extremely well after numerous washings too. Plus, the prints are just so cute!
Coming in a close second are Kickee Pants PJ's. We recently tried them because they're all the rage in the boutique world and I have to say I was impressed. The fabric is so soft, but their sizes run pretty small. While Baby Gap runs large, I'd say Kickee runs small. Lela comfortably wears 12-18M in Baby Gap PJ's but a 2T in Kickee. Holy size difference!

Shoes
We love Native Shoes for Summer. They are waterproof and (easily) wipe clean. I was hesitant to spend $30+ on shoes that I knew Lela would outgrow, but they were worth every penny. She has scuffed them up pretty badly on the playground, but they've always washed clean in the sink! Side note, I bought ours on sales at Sweet Tea & Caviar boutique. If they aren't having a sale, use code LELA15 to save 15% off your order.

Everyday
People will probably be surprised to hear this, but most of Lela's daycare shirts are either secondhand Baby Gap or cheap Old Navy t-shirts. I love dressing her up in the latest season's trends but the mere thought of sending her to school in an expensive outfit makes me cringe. I belong to a bunch of Buy/Sell groups on Facebook, so I'm always looking for cute, inexpensive shirts that I can send her to daycare in.
All of Lela's jean shorts are from Old Navy. They are high quality, but pretty inexpensive, around $8-$12/pair depending if you catch them on sale. The waistband is elastic, so there's already a decent amount of stretch, but there are also adjustable elastic pieces on the inside to maximize wear for growing babes.

Weekend
When I'm home with Lela on the weekends, it's my chance to dress her in all of the cute stuff that I won't let her wear during the week. Some of our favorite rompers are from Baby Gap/OldNavy, but their sizes run large, and Lela is small, so I have to be careful that they don't run past her knees.
Our favorite boutique rompers from Sweet Tea & Caviar are Silkberry Baby (so soft!) and Joah Love (fashionable, but not too expensive). Joah Love runs pretty true to size, but it's important to note that their sizes are really in between sizes. For example, a 12M is 12-18M, and 18M is 18-24M. When in doubt, Sweet Tea & Caviar will let you try things on your babe in the store which is so amazingly helpful. Dont forget to use code LELA15 to save at checkout!

Tell me, what are your favorite brands?

Cheers!
Mandy

July 20, 2018

Why Your Toddler Needs a Schedule

I catch a lot of grief from my family because I rarely deviate from Lela’s schedule. Like, a lot of grief. The older generations are quick to judge that I’m too strict but then also judge if I allow a deviation and my child acts out because of it. Being a parent today is hard. Not only are the older generations quick to tell you what you’re doing wrong, but the internet is also paralyzing you with information at every turn. I’ve made being on a consistent schedule a priority because it’s been linked to better sleep, fewer tantrums and overall happiness. Who can argue with that?