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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Romper Love

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This summer, I discovered the fabulous romper. I've purchased three over the past few months & just adore them. I love to dress them more casually with a denim vest & some fun earrings. I thought I would share some of the latest rompers that have made my wish list this month.

1. Nature Lover Romper via Forever21 Plus  |  2. Free Spirit Wide-Leg Jumpsuit via Forever21 Plus  |  3. Feline Fancy Romper via ModCloth  |  4. Porch Swing Reading Romper via ModCloth  |  5. Sunshine Your Light Romper in Ivory via ModCloth  |  6. Coral & Royal Blue Polka Dot Romper via Zulily  |  7. Apricot Crocheted-Trim Romper via Zulily  |  8. Royal Blue & Pink Arabesque Romper via Zulily  |  9. Royal Sash-Tie Strapless Jumpsuit (Plus) via Zulily

What are your favorite summer staples? Do you love rompers as much as I do? For more fashion inspiration, be sure to follow Our Holly Days via Pinterest.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MSW #33, First Day of School

Welcome to Mini Style Wednesday, a weekly link up where child fashion takes center stage. Styling & helping my kids discover their fashion identity as they grow is one of my favorite parts about being a mother. Myself & Chelsea, from Chelsea Beeswax, co-host this weekly event where you can link up your kid fashion photos from Instagram or from your blog. Our goal is to inspire other parents & their kids to help express themselves through fashion & explore their personal style. Follow along with us each week & share your kid or baby style posts & Instagram photos.

tank: Target
shorts: Target
shoes: Target

Collin & Aiden both had their very first day of school on Monday. They are participating in a preschool program here in California called First Five. They are in the same class together, which I think will make this transition easier for both of them. I didn't get any first day photos of Aiden because he's been at his Mama's house for the past week. I'll get some of him later this week when he's visiting us, though. For now, I'm just sharing Collin's first day photos.

Seeing my first child off to his first day of school is a huge deal for me & it's just confirmation that my little dude is growing up. There is nothing I can do to slow it down or stop it. These babes we have been given the honor of raising... well, they aren't ours forever. And an event like starting school just gives your gut a reality check.

The morning of his first day, Collin woke up & came into my bedroom, "Mom! It's my school day! Let's get ready!" My heart was heavy & light all at the same time. I'm so proud of both Collin & Aiden, but also a little sad to know that this chapter of our lives is closing while a new one begins.

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Did your kiddos start school this week? Have any advice for this first time Mama? I'd love to hear your thoughts & advice in the comments below.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Shoes for Kids, 6 Cute Pairs for Boy & Girls

With back to school season in full effect, us mamas have been on the hunt for affordable and trendy shoes for our kids to rock their first impression! This week, I'm over at SoFawned.com to share some fabulous finds for both boys and girls. From camo sneakers to gladiator sandals, I've hunted down a little bit of everything to keep your kids fashion forward and confident for those first weeks back to school. Head over now to see all six fab pairs!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Toddler Diaper Station Tips & Tricks

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As Evelyn grows, changes, & evolves, so do her diaper station needs. She isn't a teensy baby anymore, therefore she doesn't need the normal items I kept at her changing station. I recently did a small changing station makeover with Parent's Choice diapers & some fun new organization ideas that now meet our current needs for Miss E.

Since we no longer cloth diaper for various reasons, we now no longer need a wet bag & have replaced her cloth stash for Parent's Choice diapers which have increased diaper absorbency that is equal to national brands. And at a great value that saves me up to $240 in annual savings. Hello college fund! In addition, you can receive $1.50 off Parent's Choice Jumbo Diaper Bag or Box with this coupon. #BabyDiapersSavings

We love our Parent's Choice diapers because of the savings & great quality. We never have to sacrifice absorbency or softness when we use Parent's Choice & saving the extra money is awesome; especially when you're feeding a large family like ours. Can we also note the adorable little designs?

We also no longer use burp cloths or rags, so we didn't need a bin devoted to them any longer. Since she is now a walker girl, I swapped out her rag bin for a more fun shoe bin. What gal doesn't want an entire bin of shoes? Since this is where I dress Evelyn each morning, it made sense to keep her shoes within reach.

We used to have a bin reserved for itty baby supplies like ear swabs, baby soap, & washing wipes. Since she is a toddler now & has little need for those types of items, we now keep her hairbrush, tangle spray, extra wipes, & lotion inside of it. Again because this is where I dress her & prepare her for the day or before we leave the house so it gives me easy access to everything I need to have her looking like the lovely princess she is.

I donated our wipe warmer & now keep only quilts & clean blankets in it's place. After a really wet night or an accidental blow out, it's easy access to clean bedding that I can swap out rather than searching through our linen closet which is just a nightmare right now. Connect Four pieces mixed in with pillow cases does not a nice linen closet make. Ha!

I have been enjoying our updated changing station now that it meets Evelyn's always evolving needs... 

...& so is she! Ha!

Do you have a changing station for your diapered baby or toddler? What items do you keep near your station? I'd love to hear your ideas & thoughts in the comments below.

FROZEN // Desert Style

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Love is an open dooooooorrrrr! Love is an open doooooooorrrrrr! #FROZENFun

There! Now that I've got a FROZEN song stuck in your head, you'll be in the perfect mindset to hear about our Anna & Elsa love over here in the desert. As I type this, Collin is on the floor belting out botched lyrics to Let It Go. Yes, little dudes love Anna & Elsa too. Especially Collin & Aiden who request to watch their favorite snowy characters daily. Daily, you guys.

Evelyn is most definitely in on the action & with all of the irresistible FROZEN merchandise at our local Walmart, it's easy to show our love for our favorite snowy sisters. She's grown out of most of her pajamas, so when it was time for new ones, I didn't hesitate to grab this adorable Anna & Elsa set. I also may or may not have grabbed a fluffy ice blue tutu skirt for her to dance around in because dancing, y'all? It's her favorite thing. Okay, so I grabbed it. Thankfully, Walmart's prices are low, so this was a guilt-free purchase. Besides, every little girl needs a dancing dress, am I right Mamas?

Am I the only person who finds it comical to see my daughter in FROZEN apparel with a desert backdrop? But it's oh, so darling! And I ended up loving the pajama top with her skirt. I would absolutely dress her in this again on a normal day rather than pajamas alone.

Walmart carries tons of awesome FROZEN merchandise for your kids to enjoy including apparel, toys, wall decals, school supplies, lunch boxes, & even on some of your favorite snacks. I'm sort of obsessed with this Elsa throw blanket & thinking of adding this Talking Olaf Pull-Apart Plush to Evelyn's Christmas gifts.

Are your kids as obsessed with FROZEN as mine are? I'd love to hear your FROZEN stories in the comments below.


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