UPDATE: Helllllo babes! OH MY GOSH, ya’ll- I shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early last week and there was SO much good stuff! I’m not even exaggerating. I found some amazing items that I CAN NOT wait to wear! Today is the first day of the sale for EVERYONE! I’ll share some iphone shots/a little dressing room diary session below- I’ll also share what sizes I got so that it hopefully helps you pick your correct size. I just have to put it out there that these items WILL sell out extremely fast, so if Read More
“Motherhood comes in all shapes. As much as we’d love a how-to manual on raising kids, we believe the real magic happens in the unscripted moments, when in between all the doing, you find the time and comfort to just be.” #BYMOMSFORMOMS – THIRDLOVE
Oh how I LOVE that quote by THIRDLOVE! Becoming a mom is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. It is also THE hardest thing that I have ever done. There is no how-to manual. There is no “right way” for every single baby. Raising tiny humans is a huge job, but one that I am so glad I am blessed to do. From right when you become pregnant, you give yourself fully to this little human. I know from the first day I found out I was pregnant with Truman, I completely changed. Everything was for him. Once he was born we instantly bonded and it was love at first sight. I remember nursing him for the first time and I just felt so at peace with the amazing bond we were creating together. My nursing journey started out rocky. I got mastitis right away and was trying to figure out supply issues, but I pressed on. One of the first suggestions that pops up when searching “mastitis” is to get in bed with your baby and try to nurse and rest as much as possible. So that is what we did. Fast forward 10 months- Truman had never had a bottle! He was exclusively nursed and I was SO proud of the hard work I went through to get us there. It was a struggle the entire time, but something that I worked hard at every day. At that time, I was not really working and only had Truman to take care of. When I had Tatum, my world was rocked. I never once thought that I wouldn’t be able to nurse as long as I did with Truman. Well, week two into two kids and I got super sick. I remember being in bed and at the end of the day suddenly realizing I hadn’t played with Truman once. This totally devastated me. How was I going to pull this off? Well, I ended up nursing and supplementing. And guess what? That was totally okay. THAT was what was going to work for us. We slowly supplemented more and more, but what mattered most was that my baby was fed + happy. With social media, I think you get pressured and feel the need to be perfect and do everything perfect. Every mom, every child, every situation is different. I know my children and I know what’s best for them. I am so thankful for both of my experiences. I will never take for granted the times I get to spend feeding my babies and I will always and forever cherish those amazing moments. Even now, I always try and make it a goal to be completely present while feeding Tatum. No phones, no tv, etc. I try and soak it all up because it really does go by so fast. I think it’s so important to just do you and focus on what works best for you and your family! Don’t compare yourself to others. I know I have connected with so many women who have children the same age as I do and it has been so amazing to root each other on, give & receive support, and all around connect with these amazing, strong moms.
I partnered with THIRDLOVE on this post, because as a mom who has nursed two babies, I was SO excited to learn about their new nursing bras and to of course share all about it with my fellow mamas! So let me tell you about their new line. First of all they were designed #FORMOMSBYMOMS … I mean who better to design a nursing bra?! Women who have actually gone through the nursing process and who know exactly what we need in a bra. The collection includes two bras: The 24/7 Classic Nursing Bra & the 24/7 Classic Underwire Nursing Bra. They are both made of super soft fabric, have easy open cups, front closure, and a smooth back (this helps smooth the silhouette). If you are also a mama, then I am sure you know how much your breasts change. From pregnancy to post nursing, this bra is perfect for it all. Let’s chat about the changes we go through:
- Pregnancy- I know my breast are the first things that change when I am pregnant. They definitely get larger and more tender. THIRDLOVE suggests a wireless bra during this time for a softer support as your body goes through various changes during pregnancy.
- Birth- Once your baby arrives, you produce milk within a few days. Your breasts will usually swell. I always always always get engorged the third day after giving birth. I know a lot of women actually love to not wear a bra during this time. This may be TMI, but I am usually so chapped and engorged and hate ANYTHING rubbing against me. So, I always love to use my nipple cream and have a nursing bra on to avoid anything else irritating me.
- Nursing + Back To Daily Life- A GOOD nursing bra is key during this time!! I always think it’s good to have two or three nursing bras to rotate through. Right before feedings, your breasts will feel full and large, and then will soften and feel smaller. So the THIRDLOVE nursing bra was designed to feel comfortable and supportive throughout the day and feedings. (I know I always kept nursing pads in my bra to try and avoid leaking through my bra and shirts!) The cups in this bra are easy to open which is essential (I’m sure all of you nursing mamas know that easy access to feeding is SO, so important… I know I’ve nursed everywhere! The car, while out to eat, church, you name it) I know I also went through my share of pumping and even donated milk with my first baby, so the easy open cups are realllly helpful with that, for sure!
- Post nursing- Once you are completely done nursing, I am sure that you will notice your breasts and ribcage are a different size than when you were lactating. I know it took me a bit after pregnancy + nursing with Truman to completely change sizes, so it is helpful to wear the nursing bra while your body changes. After that, it’s important to remeasure yourself and order a bra accordingly. We will probably be at this step soon and I am excited to order another bra (I have one already that I wore in between my pregnancies) from THIRDLOVE! They have a super easy way to measure at home for ordering online here.
I know many of my followers and readers have reached out about nursing, and I’m not going to lie- I feel like it’s a very personal thing. But although I do feel it’s an incredibly personal subject, I felt it important to share both of my journeys with you guys. I take my partnerships very seriously and I am confident that any of you expecting or nursing moms will love this bra! It is a top notch design, amazing quality, and sooo comfortable! I’d love to hear about your journeys! Did any of you have similar experiences to mine? As requested, we will also be sharing how we are introducing solids in the next couple of weeks. Thank you all so much for stopping by + for always being the best support system! XO
*Thanks to THIRDLOVE for partnering on this post!
Hi loves! I just finished up an order of things I got from the athletic section of the #NSALE & wanted to share some of my favorite finds! I have raved about these leggings since I started blogging and they are still a wardrobe staple in my closet! I wear them as normal leggings too because they are so thick and flattering- I just ordered myself a brand new pair! Anyways, there are SO many good picks. I know “athleisure” is a huge trend right now, but the items I listed below are all amazing brands and pieces for actually working out too 😉 Read More
Hi babes! I had to get this look up TODAY because this jacket has just been restocked in all sizes + colors! If you missed out on it earlier this week, grab it before it’s gone + I promise you will NOT be disappointed! I also grabbed this cami in all three colors and love how it looks Read More
I don’t know about you but I totally have a Rocky moment every time I see this bad-A tee! For all you mama’s out there, I thought it was only right to share this look on a Monday when we’re all gearing up to take on another week with our crazy children, haha! If you’re like me, you may need a little “pump up” song to get you going- play “Eye of the Tiger” and I swear you’ll be able to take on the world.. or at least the grocery store (although we all know I’m all about the grocery pick-up life.. it’s all about efficiency, ya know?) I swear every Read More
My little miss is 5 months old… time is truly a thief! I can not believe how much she has changed and grown. These last 5 months have been THE hardest + most amazing of my life. Balancing two babies and balancing work from home is no joke, but I truly am blessed with some amazing babies! Tate is just an absolute angel. And I am not just saying that. She is the sweetest, happiest, yummiest little thing. She is also SO patient. I think she kind of has to be with Read More
Happy Monday, loves! We are home from our Newport family vacation and I just have to say that this was my most favorite one yet! We have been going to Newport Beach every year since I was a little girl, but this trip was just so special. Our family is growing and it was so fun to get to know the new members of our family even better. I also looooved being able to bring both of Read More
*Thanks to FabFitFun for sponsoring this post!
Hi babes! I’m bringing ya’ll something a little different today. I have gotten the FabFitFun subscription boxes a couple of times now and I have to say I really do love them! If you’ve been a long time follower of mine, you probably have noticed that I like to dabble in a few (or a lot 😉 ) of different areas. That’s why this subscription box is basically my fav (& the only subscription box I love at the moment!) I love that this box contains something for the fabulous, fit, AND fun babes! FabFitFun is a subscription box with full-size fashion, beauty, fitness and lifestyle products. This box comes Read More
I’m so excited to team up with David Yurman to share how I styled their gorgeous new Bel Aire Collection! This collection is not only new, but different, fun, & gorgeously colorful, and might I add, absolutely perfect for summertime! What I especially love about this new collection is that it is so unique and different. You can wear the pieces multiple ways & style them with different Amulets. This mix & match concept allows you to match your unique personality and express your creativity in a variety of ways. This gorgeous collection is perfect for women of all ages, but I love how young & vibrant it is! I am a big time fan of David Yurman and have been for quite some time. Their designs and quality are top notch and they are pieces that you can wear proudly. I especially love that they are always evolving while still keeping true to their classic style!
For this particular post, I wanted to share a few of the different ways this fun transitional collection can be worn. You can mix & math the chains to create a layered look. You can wear the necklace as a single strand and attach unique Amulets that match your personality (my personal favs are the turquoise feather & the emerald cut). You can also wear the necklaces as simple chokers (immediate major style uplift) and or layer them up with a couple of colors! I also love wrapping it around my wrist for a fun, layered bracelet. So many fun options! I always make sure to look for jewelry pieces that are classic and higher quality. I love my jewelry to elevate my look and take it to the next level. I think these amazing pieces do just that! I chose to style the DY Bel Aire Collection with a boho white dress to show you just how easily you can vamp up a simple outfit and totally complete the look with these beautiful pieces. I’m especially loving the pop of turquoise, it’s the perfect addition for a unique summer-time look!
Check out some of my favorite pieces from the collection below! I’d love to hear what some of your favorite items are from the Bel Aire Collection! PS How do you even survive in Houston without shaved ice in the summertime?! XO
*Thanks to David Yurman for partnering on this post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!