Five Things I'm Thankful For

November 25, 2015

Five things I am thankful for...

God. I usually don't share a lot about my personal life on the blog, because this is my space for fashion and personal style, but I am. I'm so thankful for God's grace. He is so much more powerful that many of the challenging things I've been faced with and he never fails to take care of me through it all. I am so lucky to be a daughter of Christ. He impacts my life daily.

Motherhood. This year has changed me so much. Becoming a mom is the most amazing adventure and unlike anything I have ever experienced. From growing a baby in my belly, to giving birth to Grace. Watching her face light up each time she sees me will never, ever get old. I am so in love with who she was as a newborn, who she is now, and who she will be someday. Seeing her experience life for the first time is so rewarding, and I constantly find myself wanting to be better because I know she will look up to me for the rest of my life.

Unconditional love. Becoming a mother means that you are sharing your attention. My husband and I have been together for years, and this is the first year that he we are sharing our love and attention with a third person. Still, we love each other in a way that is much deeper than we did before. Becoming parents has strengthened our relationship and being forced to overcome obstacles has helped us develop a different kind of love. I love this kind of love more than the love we had before ;) if that makes sense. haha.

Family. I am thankful for those in my family who are still supportive, and present. I'm thankful for the ones that continuously show their love for me and my little family. I love all of my sisters and wish that we lived closer, but I am so thankful for the ones that keep in touch like they do.

Community. There are several types of community. I adore my mom group, which is new to me, but I love the comradery that moms have. I am also very thankful for my Instagram and blogging buddies, whom I love dearly! I have met so many amazing women through blogging and been rewarded with so many great opportunities. 

I'd love to hear what you are thankful for this year (and every year, of course.)

Thank you for following along. So happy to have you part of my life.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Holiday Gift Guide | Well-Groomed Guy With Ulta x People Style Watch

November 24, 2015

Hi ladies! Today I'm sharing my favorite holiday gifts for everyone's well-groomed man! Let's all be honest, no one likes a guy who is scraggly with yellow teeth and smells funny! I have hand picked some amazing items from Ulta that are super affordable and will make the perfect gift basket or stocking stuffers for your lover! From pearly white teeth and minty fresh breath, to a ravenous scent and smooth (or trimmed) face; your guy will be super well-groomed this holiday season with these amazing gifts!

Plum Perfect

November 22, 2015

Hi beautiful ladies! Thank you for stopping by today! I am sharing a casual, chic outfit that works for pretty much any occasion. I threw this together in like two minutes because I was rushing to get out of the house but I have to say I'm very pleased with the outcome! 

I adore this black bag (which is an AMAZING Rebecca Minkoff knock-off from Forever 21 (only $22) and several colors! I think it matches perfectly with my black lace-up flats. We all know lace-up flats are super popular right now, so grab a few for yourself! They're comfortable and stylish with dresses, jeans, skirts, pretty much everything! Have a great day, and happy shopping!

Thank you so much for reading!

Spotlight Weekly Link-Up | Week 116: Plaid

November 18, 2015
Wearing: Pink Blush Plaid Flannel dress c/o Lulu's Knee-High boots c/o | Forever 21 hatTory Burch Robinson tote | J.Crew beanie | Baublebar necklace (color: blonde marble) | InPink Pave Link bracelet c/o TAudrey 'The Fashionista's Diary set' bracelets c/o | Bumble Collection 'Amber Tote' Diaper bag tote c/o | Southern Touch Monograms necklace c/o 

Hi loves! Thank you so much for visiting Spotlight Weekly today! This week is all about the plaid. I am styling a gorgeous, comfortable plaid flannel dress from Pink Blush. It is seriously so soft, and only $38. It comes in four different colorways, as well. Paired with boots and a floppy hat, the outfit instantly looks chic! 

I'd be lying if I said I only carry one bag around, but since becoming a mama, I now carry two. Ha! My Bumble Collection Amber tote diaper bag in Royal Ruby Montage is so stylish (love that it matches all of my red plaid outfits lately) and lightweight. I also have it in a gorgeous print called Majestic Slate. Be sure to check out their site. There are seriously so many great bags, and even little lunch coolers, if you're on the market for anything like that!

Lastly, I wanted to point out my super cute gold monogram necklace. It's no secret that I've been a bit monogram obsessed, but I love this one that I just had done by Southern Touch Monograms. It is so gorgeous, light, and the perfect size. Be sure to check out their shop. It's a great destination for personalized Christmas gifts.

The lovely Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! This week our theme is plaid! Or you can pick any fashion/beauty related post to link up! Come back weekly to visit us! 

(Click after the break to link-up!)

Classic Style | Trend Spin

November 17, 2015
 Wearing: Old Navy boyfriend plaid top (only $29) fit: size up for a loose fit like I have above | 9Fifteen pants c/o | Sporto 'Julie' Lace Up booties c/o | Tory Burch Robinson tote | J.Crew beanie | Baublebar necklace (color: blonde marble) | InPink Pave Link bracelet c/o InPink 'baguette bijou three rhinestone cuffs' c/o | Hidden Crown Hair extensions c/o  | TAudrey 'The Fashionista's Diary set' bracelets c/o

Hi ladies! Happy Tuesday. I'm sharing an outfit that I looooove because not only is it super comfy, it's pretty trendy and festive too! This Old Navy boyfriend plaid top is the perfect fit and I adore how it's longer than an average button up. It also comes in black and white, and remember - plaid never goes out of style so you can re-wear it each Fall/Winter! I am wearing a size Medium because I like a looser fit in my button-ups! Also, if you're a nursing mama, button-ups are your best friend!

My cute black leggings are from 9Fifteen, an amazing way to shop directly from your phone. Whether you're at work on your lunch break, nursing your little one, or even on a date night (haha) you can literally shop simultaneously! All you do is sign up for 9Fifteen, then follow them on Instagram, and when you see a piece you adore, and can't live without (which happens pretty often, not going to lie) you can simply comment with your size and it'll be shipped to you right away after you pay the invoice! So easy, and so unique.

Lastly, today I'm co-hosting the Trend Spin Link Up with two of my sweet blogger friends, Erin of The Fashion Canvas, and Laura of Walking in Memphis in High Heels. I adore these lovely ladies, so be sure to check out their blogs and outfit details for this week's trend: classic style!

Thank you so much for reading!

Click after the break to link-up with us! 

Bloggers Who Budget | Holiday for Less

November 16, 2015

Hi loves! Happy Monday! The Bloggers Who Budget and I are styling our favorite Holiday Looks for Less! I'm in love with my Pink Blush dress (it's an amazing deal) and my faux fur vest from Chicwish. I bought it last year, but seem to have worn it many times already this Fall! This outfit paired with some booties and some of my favorite yea round accessories is a total winner - you could totally wear this to Thanksgiving dinner, and the dress + vest is only around $75 total! Also, this glittery, sequin clutch is THE perfect holiday bag for storing cell phone, lipstick, and keys at parties, etc.; at only $9 how can you say no?!

This month we are sharing about an awesome shopping site called Lyst. If you haven't heard of it, it's a site where you create an account and shop! (Easy enough.) But really, it's a shopping experience that's unique to every user. The more you use the platform, the more it learns bout your shopping habits so you begin to only see items from brands you love! I personally love Nordstrom, J.Crew, Shopbop, and Tory Burch (for investment items) but also Topshop and Asos for my budget-friendly items. I love that my shopping experience is not only tailored to my favorite items, but I can also make cute little collage lysts to plan out my wardrobes (super helpful when outfit planning for a week long trip I have coming up!) Lastly, Lyst actually alerts you when some of your favorite items go on sale or are back in stock. If you haven't before, head over to and check it out - it's perfect for holiday gifts or to holiday treat yo' self! 

Thank you so much for reading, and have a fabulous day! xo.

Homemade Baby Food Adventures with Summer Infant | Purées

November 12, 2015
Hi loves! I hope you're doing well. Happy Friday! I have decided that weekend are my times to post all things baby related, because although this is a fashion blog, it's also a personal style blog, and having a baby/caring for my baby is something that I'm personally learning about every day, so why not share it with all of my mama-to-be, new mama friends?! If this topic disinterests you, do not fret! I'll be back Monday with a regular fashion post ;)

So, I have so many friends asking about my Snapchat and Instagram posts since I often take photos and videos of what Grace is eating, and I did mention on there that I'm making her food at home. It took me 15 minutes, literally, and she's been eating the same orange sweet potato for the past 3 weeks! Haha. This method is wayyyyy cheaper than buying canned foods, and although that may be convenient, I chose to go this route. (No judgement zone here, by the way, all mamas must do what works best for them and their families.)

What You Need

Here are some of the things I bought, and I obviously had the pan and steamer basket already. I'll include links to this stuff below so you can easily find it, but it was fairly inexpensive and I don't really use the 'glass food cubes' as much as I thought I would as I'm super inconsistent with what I feed Gracie (food before 1 is just for fun!) and I like to keep it safe in the freezer until I use it. I also bought different spoons - I'll link to them, but I love the silicone ones. They are much easier for her little mouth to use!

Baby Led Weaning Vs. Purees

I actually wanted to do Baby Led Weaning with Gracie (if you aren't familiar with it, basically it's just having your baby eat what you eat, so say you have chicken and sweet potato pieces for dinner, your children basically eat the same exact thing - whole pieces of chicken and whole pieces of sweet potato.) I am a bit of a worry wart though and may wait to do Baby Led Weaning fully until she has teeth, so we are doing purees. I do love those pouches though because Grace can feed herself and I don't have to force bites into her mouth haha. The most we've done with Baby Led Weaning is cutting up an apple without the skin and letting her suck the juice out of it, and she did like that, so I may try more of it. It's basically getting her used to pieces of food and practicing those fine motor skills (grasping a small object). 

When To Offer Solids & How Often

A couple of things before I start explaining how I made the purees. The first is that I chose not to be consistent with solids. She isn't 100% into it yet and that's okay. Babies should get their main source of nutrition from either breastmilk or formula until one year old. The solids are just extra nutrients and helps them get acquainted with various tastes as they get older and eventually eat all sorts of foods. Second, I read that you should offer foods in the morning in case babies have an allergic reaction throughout the day, and that way it doesn't happen at night, which would be more stressful for you and baby. ***There's an exception though - breastfed babies are used to more variety of tastes through mama's milk, so I did read that you can offer them things in the evening if you like. 

Grace only eats solids 3 times a week and always at dinner. Make sure to offer the same food for at least a week long. This will ensure that your baby isn't allergic and can continue to eat that food in the future. So far Grace has eaten sweet potato, avocado (her favorites), and peas (not so great haha) and that's it. We've been eating solids a total of 6 months.

When Is My Child Ready?

I was dead set on waiting until 6 months old to start Grace on solids, but it's true what they say: if your baby tries to take food off of your plate, shows interest in what you're eating, and can sit unassisted, they're probably ready for solids haha. Gracie would reach out for whatever I was eating and eventually it got so bad that she would stare at me with each bite I took! She had her own timing in mind, and when we did first give her solid food, she was absolutely ready and didn't make funny faces or have any hesitation. That was our sure sign haha.

Making Purees

So, onto the good stuff - we chose to feed Grace sweet potatoes as her first food, and she loves them, so for my first baby food making adventure I chose two things - sweet potatoes and peas. Both healthy. I chose not to start with a fruit or cereal (again personal preference - everyone does their own thing) since cereal is just empty calories to make them full and fruit is sweet which they'll probably end up preferring if you don't try out the veggies first, so veggies it was! See the graphic below for pictures and short-version directions. After the graphic I go into detail about how I made the peas!

Green Pea Puree

1. I just bought a bag of organic frozen peas (I buy organic because so little food feeds her for such a long time - the 50 cents doesn't make a difference to us.)

2. Pour half the bag of peas in and add just enough water so that the peas are covered (about a cup for a half bag.) Bring to a boil and let it boil for 5-7 minutes until peas are soft!

3. I used a food processor the first time, and a blender the second time. For first timers I would definitely start with a blender - the liquify setting is much better, but as Grace gets older, I will most likely use my food processor because I liked how it left little chunks of the food in there! I thinned the peas out with breastmilk (make sure to use fresh breastmilk, not defrosted frozen milk because you're going to be freezing the food and you can't refreeze and thaw breastmilk if that makes sense) I just pumped on the day I made her food so it was fresh milk OR you can thin it out with the water left after draining the peas/any filtered water. Make sure the consistency is very runny though.

4. Those silicone cube trays are just the best - they are super bendy. After leaving the trays in the freezer for 5-6 hours I transferred the little frozen cubes of food to a freezer safe container to store and wrote the date on them for reference. 

How Long Does Baby Food Last?

Baby food is considered safe after 48 hours in the refrigerator. Anything after that and it must be frozen. Frozen baby food should be used within 3-6 months for optimal nutrition.

Sweet Potato Puree 
(This method can also be used with butternut, acorn, and zucchini squashes.) 

1. Peel and slice sweet potatoes.

2. Fill a pan with an inch of water and insert steamer basket into the pan (let it get to a boil while you're peeling/cutting potatoes) and place the potatoes in the steamer basket and cover. Let steam for 15 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.

3. Transfer sweet potatoes to blender and either use breastmilk to thin or leftover water from the steamer pan (it has nutrients in it!) Liquify to desired consistency - should be pretty runny!

4. Pour mixture into silicone ice cube trays. After leaving the trays in the freezer for 5-6 hours I transferred the little frozen cubes of food to a freezer safe container to store and wrote the date on them for reference. 

Serving Your Baby

I defrost the cubes of food in warm water (don't defrost in hot water because that could cause bacteria to develop as you're defrosting!) Or, if you like, you can bag the cubes separately and just take one baggy of two cubes out of the freezer and put it in the fridge to defrost all day. It's completely up to what works for your schedule!

Grace eats most of the two cubes, but some days she will take three bites and be done. Remember this is only to assimilate solids within babies diet veryyyy slowly. I've heard some babies take to them and eat three square meals a day (with formula/breastmilk still of course) and others take months to really like them. Every little one is different :)
I really had fun writing this out! It took quite a while, but it was so worth it, and I hope this helped you in your baby food making adventures!

Leave any comments below if you have additional questions or you need me to clarify something! I love talking all things baby! xo.

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