Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Five


1 .  A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on Instagram hosted by Poppy Lane & Co.  It was my favorite kind of giveaway, no reposting images or looping through twenty some accounts, just a tag a friend or twenty for entry, so I tagged a few girl moms to share this gem of shop, and some how luckily won the prize of  the entire Spring collection!

I was able to get each each bracelet in my size of choice, so I choose three for myself and had the rest sized to fit the girls.  I decided to get theirs all in the 18m-5years size so they could share and spend more time wearing them, rather than getting one for Kenley now.  I think I might even save them to give to them at special occasions to mark a memory, perhaps special mommy/daughter dates.


I chose the pearl, seafoam, and salmon for myself and the rest of the Spring collection - cotton candy, chrome, seafoam/seaweed, sunshine, aqua, teal, hot pink, and clementine.  Definitely a "nice" piece of costume jewelry for the girls to wear on holidays and special occasions.  And you know me with gifts, since they sell baby sizes, it'd be a great gift for Godmother to a Goddaughter or from the family to the Godmother to match the baby.  Simple, sweet, and starting at $15 totally affordable.  Such a special keepsake.  I'm not being perked extra to say any of this, I'm just really stoked over winning and love these bracelets.  



2.  We've been talking about Ashlynn's new room to her a lot lately.  I asked her if she'd like to switch rooms and move to the current guest room; it's a smidge bigger, has a better closet, and is closer to Kenley/further from us.  We always assumed those rooms would be the kids' room.  She seems to be excited about it, saying she's taking Mimi's room.  I think we'll still leave her converted toddler bed in her current room for a bit in case she has trouble sleeping in a new space.  

However, I'm hoping the new scenery and bed improve our current bedtime battles.  I think it's time we give up the nap for good.  While, she'll still sleep 1-2hours when forced to nap - on my bed with me (I don't hate it), it really seems the days she does she really is a pain those nights with crying and asking for everything under the sun.  I used to make threats, "I'll take a friend (stuffed animal) from your bed each time you make me come back in here!", "no fruit snacks in your lunch tomorrow!", "I'm taking back the blue Elsa I gave you for going to bed like a big girl!", clearly negative reinforcement wasn't working, which I should have known since I've a gazillion things about not doing negative reinforcement.  It's just that I wanted her to know I meant business, and the games were acceptable.  So the other night, she asked to see her Penny bank,  naturally, she asked for money so I told her for every night she goes to bed without making trouble, she can put a coin in the morning.  Yes, we are literally paying her to sleep.  But if that means she can buy herself an ice cream cone once a year for going to bed and not being a pain, I'm totally down.  Plus, am I not teaching her about money, saving, and hard work?




3.  Some of her bedding arrived yesterday, and I've already started picking up and picking out some items for her room.    Thank goodness for timely Easter decor!



4.  I finally took some pictures of our bedroom and bathroom.  Neither are "finished", but realistically, it could be a long time before they are.  They are functional, and mostly pretty, of course I'd love a shelf here, hang the mirror on the floor there, and find the perfect towel ladder, but you know, nothing wrong with a real life progress shot.  Because who really lives in Better Homes & Gardens?  I'll get them up next week!


5.  White and gold, completely.   Which just confirms my eyesight is totally shot.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

[Crafty Lady] $5 DIY Jewelry Display


I shared last week some inspiration for a jewelry display for my closet.  I wanted to do this as cheaply as possibly, so I tried to upcycle or use as many items as I had on hand.  


The Ikea Flang is a piece I've had since college. I used it back then to hang my necklaces from, and continued to do so, until we moved into this house and I put it in Ashlynn's room for her headbands.  I thought about painting it, but instead used some of the left over gift wrap I had from the girls' Ikea Latt Table makeover.   I unscrewed the knobs and used spray adhesive to adhere the gift wrap.  I popped the screws through the paper and put the knobs back on.  I have considered painting the knobs gold or even black, but might just leave them.  


Especially since they match the silver jewelry tree, I picked up from Target for $5.98 on clearance.  They had a handful of them on an end cap and they were originally $19.99, and had been marked down 30%.  Since there was so many, I assumed they'd be marked down again, a few weeks later were, 70%.  Target stalking pays!

Oh, and yes, that's a ten+ year old bottle of my husband's Curve cologne.  It's a bit sentimental, the scent, not the bottle, so while it's not used, I like the memories it creates.  

Moving on, the display frame!  I originally thought I would get a shadowbox frame, but when the prices were close to $30 or more, I decided to pass.  I had also thought about creating my own peg board and customizing it to fit my needs, like this, but I really didn't want something giant on the wall.  It's just my space to get ready, not a showroom. So I grabbed a wooden tray, from the wood crafts section by Artminds (can't find it on the website) for just under $5.  It's extremely lightweight, and a bit cheap (obviously), but completely serves it purpose.  


I painted the handles and sides black, and then used spray adhesive for the Rifle Paper Co gift wrap.  I did a top coat of Mod Podge because I thought about giving it to the girls to use with their table as a serving tray.  Yeah, greedy mommy, I'm keeping it for myself.  I hot glued two picture hooks to the back, since all the screws I had were too long for it. I just used some clear push pins to hang the necklaces.   And the handles hanging vertically allow my to place my wide bangles for display too.


I'm sure I'll keep moving things around, or find new homes for some of the items in my jewelry box, so I stop forgetting I own certain pieces.   Nothing like a pretty and CHEAP DIY!










Monday, February 23, 2015

Stitch Fix #5

My fifth Stitch Fix arrived on Saturday, luckily we had just let Ashlynn sit down to watch Frozen.... because it was snowing, so that's like a given, so I took Kenley upstairs so I could try things on.

warning: photobombing in progress



I was lucky enough to have my same stylist as last time.  In my "note" to my stylist on the Stitch Fix website, I addressed it to her in hopes she'd be able to style again for me, since last time everything was on the mark.  She was close this time, definitely knows my style, but sadly not everything was worth keeping.  Or maybe, happily, for my husband's sake.

I had requested a light chambray shirt, my current one is spit up stained and it's time to chuck it.  I also requested any blouses that would transition to spring, casual pullover sweaters since I've been living in the other ones I've kept from previous fixes, and possibly a pair of denim I could wear with my booties.

She started her letter apologizing that they didn't have any chambray in stock, which is a bummer, since I probably would have kept it if it had the right fit.  She then said she included the Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean ($88) since it was a great color to pair with booties and would go with every item in my fix.


I decided to try them first.  Surprisingly they fit perfect in length, which being 5'2", I rarely find a pant with a perfect inseam.  However, I would classify them more as a straight leg jean than a skinny leg.  The pictures aren't the best, but the color is gray stone.  Because of the cut of the leg, they did not cuff well to be paired with my booties and overall I felt the style looked very hiker granola lady. Not trying to offend if you like cargos and Keens, but it's just not my style.  Going back.


Since she had said that the pants went with all the tops, I decided to try on the Skies are Blue Uruguay Pintuck Detail Top ($48).  


I love blue and white (umm, look at my bedroom behind me, ha), but I couldn't decide if I liked the floral print.  I decided to try it on with jeans, since I was over the pants.  While waffling over the print, I realized the pintuck detail at the center was pulling the fabric away from my midsection, making me feel like I was wearing a maternity shirt. I know blouses like this are meant to be loose and flowy, but the profile just wasn't flattering.  Going back.


Next up was the Fate Marshall Stripe Sweater ($78).  Rachel noted she chose the sweater because I had a lot of striped sweaters on my pinterest board.  One pin even had a plaid scarf so she included the Octavia Dustin Window Pane Print Infinity Scarf ($32), and she thought they would be a nice pattern mix together.  


The sweater has a different feel to it.  It's a bit stiff, and almost reminds me of a "summer sweater".  I looked at the content and it's 90% linen and 10% acrylic.  Which means it might actually be nice on cool summer nights.  Bad news, handwash or dry clean only.  Being a mom to two young toddlers, handwash and dry clean are not my first choice.  However, I (surprisingly) love the cropped fit and I generally don't buy black, so the stripe and style is like nothing I already own.  



Tried it on again later, still deciding. Wish it was $10-$20 less. 



I did try on the scarf and while I love the color and window pane print, I just don't need another scarf. And it feels a bit Fall/Winter in color and weight.  It'd be too warm for Spring, so while I like it, just bad timing and something I don't need.  I do agree with my stylist, it looks cute with the striped sweater.  Going back.


Finally was the 41 Hawthorn Colibri Arrow Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse ($48).  My stylist saw I had a few versions of this blouse pinned.  I had previously searched for Stitch Fix reviews on pinterest to find looks and items they have to show my style and preference.  She sent me one in arrow print. 



It's light weight and silky.  I like the fit and cut, though it is a tad longer than I expected (a bit more tunic length than blouse on my frame).  I like the versatility to dress up or dress down and that it could be worn any season.  It'd be cute with cut offs in the Summer, a blazer and riding boots in the Fall, dressed up with dark denim, black boots, and jewelry for a Winter date night, or just like above for a girl's day out shopping or drinking, or shopping and drinking.  Still undecided about this one too.  


If you'd like to sign up and try out Stitch Fix, please use my referral link here.  I'd love to hear your input while I decide which items I keep and send back!



Previous Fixes


Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Five

So much random today...


1.  When I prodded Ashlynn some more for some bedroom inspiration, like what colors she wanted she answered,

"White.  Gray.  White and gray."  (my girl!)
(long pause)
"And red, purple, and green.  And pink"

Me:  "Do you like polka dots?"
A:  "No.  No polka dots.  I don't like them."
Me;  "Do you like stripes?"
A: "yeahhhh, I like stripes."


Aside for her dislike of polka dots(?) she's making this a breeze.  Luckily, there are some blatant bunny prints out there if I go in that direction.  I figure she is only 3, might as well make it fun for her, hopefully I can class it up bit.  As much as you can 'class' up a bunny room ;)

2.   I finally got myself a new wallet during the Kate Spade Secret Sale last week.  It was basically 60% off and I've had my outofdate lovely black on black Coach signature wallet for easily over 10 years.  It only has 6 card slots and considering I have probably 20 some cards, between credit/debit, rewards, gift, and IDs (medical, library, gym, etc) I've really been wanting to switch over to a wallet with twelve.  I rarely carry cash or my checks, so it's unnecessary.

I'm going to send in my wallet, along with some other unused bags to ThredUp who is wrapping up their "BagUp" promotion where you receive 100% of the sale price on all bags accepted.  I actually received over $80 for the matching Coach tote I sent in a few months back, which I was pretty sure they weren't even going to accept.  Worth the shot.  You can sign up and request your BagUp donation bag here!  You'll also receive a $10 credit to spend by using the referral link.


3.  Speaking of 'treat yo'self', Land's End is having their Friends and Family Sale.  You can sign up here with my member link to receive an email for $25 OFF your purchase over $75 and you can use Friend's and Family code SHARE30 and Pin 1001, just in case you need a pair of booties too!


4.  I love this jewelry organization set up.  I'm in the process of trying to get mine neatly all together in my closet and this was great inspiration.  I just need finish a few more things and I'll finally get my closet pictures together!


5.  The weather can stop it now.  Seriously.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Toddler Life

In just two months, my first sweet little baby will be three years old.  Every day she seems to grow, whether the fact she's finally wearing 3T, her ever expanding vocabulary and conversational structure, or her social skills with becoming braver to talking to people and using her manners.

She received a Frozen Look & Find book from my mom for Christmas, and I can't remember if I mentioned it, but she is obsessed.  She has every object memorized, yet, she still requests to 'read' it every night.  She now can pick out each item by name, and narrate the search the herself... "how about the grappling hook?"or "I don't see the pickled herring... there it is!".  Definitely adding a few more of these books to her collection.

We also decided that we are going to alternate party years with the girls, giving 'parties' as in bigger parties with lots of friends on even numbered birthdays.  This year Kenley will get a party when she turns 2 (Ashlynn had a 2nd birthday party last year) and Ashlynn will get another party when she turns 4 next year, etc.  Of course, her birthday will still be a big deal.  We'll have a family party and I'm planning on taking her to a tot salon for mommy and mini mani/pedi's and letting her get a glitter updo or braid if she wants.  She's already made a few present requests like a pink bunny, although today she asked for a yellow one, an Ariel barbie (like her cousin), and Elsa shoes.  I gave her a pair of Rapunzel shoes for her Valentine, since Target didn't have any Elsa one's and she loves 'Punzel just as much.  She's become a full on clacker around here.  #thetoddlerwearsprada

We did decide that we would finally makeover her room into a 'big girl' room, getting her a twin bed and bed frame and of course, a bit of new decor.  When I asked her what kind of room she would like - fearing character specific "Frozen" and hoping for less vague "Purple!" - she told me "bunny!"... a bunny room.  Good thing I have a jumping point for inspiration!



I've decided I'm going to sell her curtains.  They were custom made by Rocky Top Design are 84" long and have added black out lining.   They are in excellent used condition, no stains, and basically look brand new.  I'm asking $100 plus shipping.  Feel free to email me any questions if interested!

On a unrelated note, Valentine's is over, which means we busted out our green around these parts.


You bet our Irish eyes are smiling!


Monday, February 16, 2015

These Booties Were Made for Walking

I'm about to get really wordy because that' how I roll and if I was talking to you in real life, this is the discussion we'd have in between telling our children to share, not to stand on the table, and wiping up spilled milk.


I live in my Nikes.  They are comfortable, easy to slip on and off, keep my feet warmer than my flats in these insane cold temperatures, and I actually find I have more stability on ice with them, than actual snow boots.  However, since I'm trying to occasionally wear clothes other than leggings and hoodies and actually putting myself together if even just for a playdate or running errands, I've been missing a shoe I can wear with jeans, sweaters, and blouses.  I love my riding boots, but I always find myself skipping them, since they require boot socks, and sitting down to get on and off.  We always use our mudroom when entering the house and when my hands are full of bags and kids, and trying to help them get their shoes, coats, and accessories off, I just find the boots a hassle.  I love the bootie trend, but have been afraid of investing in a pair because I'm unsure how much I'd wear them, with them having a heel.  When out at the Anthro birthday event, I waffled over what shoes to wear because I didn't want to be standing around in my heeled boots, knowing my feet would never handle it.  My friend wore her pair booties and I asked if she wears them a lot and if they are comfortable.  She said she was actually surprised how often she does wear them.  So I decided to get looking.  I favorited these pairs and compared prices, sizes and discounts available.


I love the style of the Rag & Bone Harrow Booties, but can't stomach the price.  I decided to check out Land's End after getting an email with a 30% Off one full price item code, and found these.  I was able to get them for under $100 and free shipping!


They are perfect, I wanted a pair that dipped in front to help not cut straight across my ankle, a taupe suede color, a lower heel, that was still higher than one 1", and best of all, they aren't made with synthetic materials.  I do wish there was a strap or some embellishment, but I think the lack of one makes them more versatile.  They are so comfortable and I already know I will definitely be wearing them into the spring.  Excited to see what my next Stitch Fix has for me to wear them with ;)

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Do you find yourself wearing practical shoes (running shoes, toms, uggs, etc) all the time like me?  I'm thrilled the running shoe trend is in, but happy to have found a real shoe thats comfy and cute.




Friday, February 13, 2015

[Little Foodie] Go Play with Your Food!

A month ago or so, I came across an instagram account with the most adorable personalized melamine (BPA-free) plates by Dylbug.

The personalized plate, comes with not only child's name, but hair style and color, eye color,  and choice of skin tone. The plates come in two sizes, 8" and 10", and each can be ordered with a matching dress cookie/sandwich cutter.


I've mentioned before that Ashlynn has started to enter a pickier phase in her eating habits.  She used to eat anything and everything, especially veggies of all sorts.  Lately, she's become a classic toddler, refusing to try things based on looks, and insisting fruit snacks and cheddar bunnies are a complete and healthy lunch.  I started giving her "bear toast" on school mornings where she is running behind since she eats it pretty quickly.  She never would eat peanut butter toast for breakfast before, but add a few blueberries and banana slices (something we always have on hand), and she gobbles it up.  I knew when I saw this plate, it might help get her to try new things or old favorites she's recently turned her nose at. 



I definitely need some more practice with playing with my food, but look at some of these amazing ideas from Dylbug's insta page



And fret not boy mom's, they also have Little Me boy versions!  Seriously, the pirate... dead.



And Dylbug sells more than just Little Me Dress Up plates, but other personalized dish sets, placemats, lunch boxes, and puzzles too!

I'm excited to come up with new dress up ideas and hope that it encourages Ashlynn to branch out and eat more (nutritious) foods.  Do you play with your kids food to encourage them to eat?



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FTC Disclosure:  I received a discount on my purchase of a Little Me Dress Up plate and cutter in exchange for my review.  As always, all opinions stated are mine.




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sweetness

It's been a rough week over here with Ashlynn fighting nighttime fevers over the weekend and some fluke stomach bug on Tuesday, after a loooong self requested nap yesterday, I'm hoping she's on the mend.  Kenley is finally cutting her molars, so I'm hoping her sleep improves soon too.


Luckily, we've been entertained with giving and receiving Valentines.  In addition to the swap we participated and shared yesterday, we were invited to another swap this time being paired up with another blogger for a little mommy Valentine gift swap and of course, Valentine's for all the littles. Ashlynn was def feeling quite loved with all the heart shaped mail.


I was lucky enough to be Erin's Valentine and she nailed it.  The requisite heart shaped and themed  plate from Target and two sets of cookie cutters - assorted sizes of hearts and rectangles!  And the most amazing hot pink disco dust, the holy grail of edible glitter.  I had the grandest plans to make some sugar cookies, but the needy children and early wake up calls kept my motivation away.  I don't have either set of cutters yet, and the versatility of the rectangles is kind of blowing my mind, the possibilities! I already have my Valentine cookies planned, just need to bake them!  

Lex sent Ashlynn (and Kenley), the cutest mermaid valentine with jelly bracelets and crayons.  An obvious hit over here. 


I was Tawnya's secret admirer, so if you're interested in what I sent her, check out her post here.


A big thanks to Karra who organized the swap days away from delivering her beautiful baby girl! We had so much fun!



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tiny Valentines


Last year, I had so much fun creating a Valentine Day's craft with Ashlynn by sending Valentines she painted to our blog friends.  I was excited when we were invited to participate in an exchange this year and of course a bit frazzled, since all these kiddos are getting older, I knew I needed to step up my game with something that kids would like, you know, like candy, snacks, sticks, etc.

I always appreciate when Ashlynn's classmates (erm, parents) and teachers give holiday goodies that skip the sugar.   So after looking for ideas and knowing I was going to make more for Ashlynn's class, I decided to stick with something easy to mail and fun for kids.


Cartoon characters, temporary tattoos, and a pun-ny quote that toddlers would never get :)


Of course, Ashlynn has been having so much fun receiving all her Valentines in the mail.  I've been storing them away in a felt envelope I grabbed from Target's dollar spot.  I had plans to make one for the last few years, but hey, I'm not on the ball and you can't beat a dollar!


Veronika @ Veronika's Blushing


Did you make Valentines with (or for) your kids?  What did you make? 

Monday, February 9, 2015

[Crafty Lady] Ikea Latt Chair Makeover Refresh with Rifle Paper Co


So I teased a shot of the girls updated chairs last week.  I'm pretty sure I mentioned when I originally made over the children's Ikea Latt Table about this time last year, that I wasn't entirely sold with style choose.  I couldn't commit to painting the seat of the chair, not wanting to do stripes again, but was afraid of picking a design that would be too trendy and being over it way too fast.  (For the record, I couldn't shake the idea of triangles in a X pattern in black, white, and the coral from our other table set).


So I grabbed a fabric I had laying around that matched the play kitchen and called it a day until I could figure out a better plan.  I never even got around to sealing the paint with a coat of polyurethane.




Of course, in the year that has now passed with no update, the gray chairs have been scuffed all over by the ebony stained table.  With a dual living room/play room update in the works within the year, I finally was able to decide a pattern that would work for the girls and work for the space since the room is shared - or will be after we get some non-plastic furniture and decor in there ;)


I'm still obsessed with Rifle Paper Co's botanical prints.  I have a stack of similar style notebooks that I've accumulated the last few years that are full, but I hoped to repurpose, I used similar style art in Kenley's nursery by The Painted Arrow, and I finally replaced my ancient phone case that's been broken close to a year now.   When I found their printed gift wrap I knew it'd be a perfect compromise of a print I love, that's still whimsical and feminine for the girls' space.


I painted over the latex based Stonington Gray paint with some acrylic craft paint I had on hand, Martha Stewart Beetle Black in satin finish.  I decided to keep the white stripes because I liked the contrast and classic look.  I took the chair apart and removed the fabric that wrapped over the seat.  I cut my gift wrap to size and tried two different ways to apply the paper to the seat.  The first way was painting the seat with mod podge and covering with the paper.  Once dry, I painted a coat of mod podge (matte) over the paper to seal and protect it.  This created some crazy ripples and bubbles, but after the glue dried, they flattened out.  The second attempt was applying the paper with spray adhesive.  This worked great, it was so smooth I was sure it was going to be the trick, but again, once brushing on the mod podge to seal, it ripples and created air bubbles.  They were easy to smooth out one dry.  For both chairs I gave a few coats of mod podge to protect the paper from the girls climbing on the chairs or any spills.  After they cured, I sprayed the chairs with clear acrylic sealer.



Do you have a print you just can't shake?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Anthro Birthday Event

Last month, I was invited to my local Anthropologie's Birthday Event for sips and snacks and personal styling for me and a friend.  I jumped at the chance for a mom's night out and have been counting down the days for a chance to get out and browse around one of my favorite stores with a drink in hand.

I still have a small amount remaining on a gift card and my 15% birthday discount, so I did a little pre-shopping scooping to see if I can find any of these items to try on.

1 | 2 | 3
4 | 5 | 6 | 7
8 | 9 | 10 | 11


Have you ever attended an 'event' at a store?  I kind of feel fancy. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Life Lately

Lots of random thoughts today...


- First up, cable.  We've been talking about ditching cable since last February when our bill went up $25 for no reason other than, it was a new year.  I actually got the Husband Apple TV for Christmas.  He had been waffling over what streaming device to get, and that is why we never made the switch.  He did some research, and the Apple TV model is like two or years old and apparently there will be a new release later this year - I have no idea if that's rumors or fact, so don't take it from me.  Since we already have Netflix and Amazon Prime, we returned the Apple TV and got a Roku 3.  We hooked it up two weeks ago and we're forced to start using it this past weekend when we killed the power to the house to install the light fixture in the bathroom.  When we turned the power back on, our DVR cable box went on the fritz and started blinking like a strobe light.  We called Comcast Sunday morning and since they were unable to help they scheduled an appointment for Wednesday.

Yes, thankfully we were able to watch the Super Bowl on a different TV, but we cancelled the appointment and are ready to return the box and start our Hulu subscription.  Pretty excited to start saving some money (especially since our bill went up another $25 this month), but also pretty sad to be losing my access to E! News and Red Carpet. Womp Womp.


- I talked about the bathroom light.  Yes!  Our bathroom is finally done.  The glass doors were installed last week and our backordered light arrived the next day.  All we need is a shade/blinds for the window and we'll be set.  Pictures to come!


- Continuing project completion, my closet is finally put together and organized.  I still want to create a jewelry display, some hooks for scarves and bags, and a basket to corral the things I grab on the regular like pjs and sweats.  Again, pictures to come!


- I'm not sure why it's taken me so long, but I finally bought an electric broom. I really wanted a cordless one and thought that's what I ordered, but it's not.  Although, for the $18 I paid for it, I don't care.  It's already paid for itself since I pretty much use it after every meal, especially Kenley has been obsessed with graham crackers.  I mean, we have dogs, and they usually grab food that falls (or is thrown), but there are still so many crumbs I can feel I'm walking on and inevitably end up on the floor wiping them up.  So much easier.


- In the midst of a little makeover for my little women.... more to come on that, too.


- And ending on a sweet note.  I usually have ice cream every night, and lately it's been Ben & Jerry's FroYo Half Baked.  The Husband likes Klondike bars, and while, I'd still eat one, definitely not my first choice.  However, if you haven't had the Caramel Pretzel, run.  Still more calories than my froyo, but so good!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

[Child Style] Resort Ready

I know it's only February, but the release of all the resort wear collections are making me crave a vacation.  We don't have plans for any this year, just the standard trips back home to Ocean City over the summer, but either way the snow on the ground and high winds are making me long for some warm sun and sand between my toes.

I came across this suit on Pinterest a few weeks ago, while it's a little much for jumping waves and digging sandcastles with the kiddos, I'm reevaluating my stance on one-pieces.   I'm usually kind of meh on about them because I don't have many curves to start with, so they usually don't do me any favors.  Although, I do feel a little awkward at times being the mom in the bikini.  However, this one looks like it could be flattering and a happy medium between looking cute and looking modest (and hopefully comfortable too!)



Of course, the majority of my warm weather unrest has come from all the adorable suits being released for girls.  Confession time.  I'm not really a fan of bikinis on baby or toddlers, more babies than toddlers, but even some of the toddler ones I see a bit much.  I'm not going to stand on a soapbox about the over sexulization of young girls, if anything, it's driven more by my inner tomboy and the fact I didn't wear a two piece until I was 14 and even then it was a racer back top and boy short bottoms, but either way, it's not really for me.  Of course, disclaimer, no judgement if others choose them for their little girls, I just would rather not worrying about applying sunscreen all over. 

Up until last year, Ashlynn only had one pieces.  ADORABLE one pieces, because as fun as the mommy suit is above, no adult looks as a cute as a little diapered bottom babe in a bathing suit.  However, lesson learned.  TWO pieces are the way to go when changing diapers or potty training - two things I was doing last year with K and A last summer. On top of that, the rash guard is the best way to avoid missed sunscreen and unwanted sunburn, which our Irish skin is prone to.

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I loved the two piece I got Kenley last year, and again, BabyGap as knocked it out of the park with the mix print suits. However, I've seen some really cute suits all over.  These Osh Kosh suits are perfect for coordinating sisters, and even look a bit like the gap styles. 


And just other adorable suits, I watching for sale time and swim lessons.

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I can't be the only one dreaming of warm weather, right??