Sleep & Play for the Win!

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Over the past five years, I have given birth to four children (yes, my hands are full). I have learned a lot while raising my little tribe of misfits 😜, and I feel quite confident in my abilities to build a comprehensive wardrobe for a newborn.

With that said, one of my absolute favorite pieces for a baby is the Sleep & Play (also known as a footed 1-piece and very similar yet not identical to footed pajamas). They are so easy and versatile, as they work for both daytime and bedtime (hence the name). I have been through my fair share of brands, styles, and fabrics, and I definitely have my favorites! The best part about Sleep & Plays, you ask?

No.👏 Lost.👏 Socks.👏

If you are having a baby or know someone who is having a baby in the near future, I highly suggest you get your hands on a few of these for yourself or for the mother-to-be. They are without a doubt my number one wardrobe staple for baby. Below you will find some of my top choices organized by category, and at the end of this post I will share my all-around favorite Sleep & Play.

 Feminine & Floral

Gap First Favorite Floral Footed One-Piece

Organic

  Little Planet™ Organic by carter's® Floral Footie        Little Planet™ Organic by carter's® Floral Sleep N' Play in Pink

Kimono-Style

ideal for a newborn’s healing umbilical stump

Janie and Jack STRIPED ELEPHANT KIMONO FOOTED 1-PIECE

Fabric

Terry- Like a soft beach towel

Thermal- Super soft and breathable waffle-like material

Fleece- Warm & snuggly. Perfect for cold winter weather.

Quilted- If only this came in adult sizes… I literally can’t think of anything more comfortable.

Muslin- Breathable, soft and comfy

With Accessories

perfect for hospital stays or coming home outfits

Magnolia Baby

 Yes, you read that right. Chip & Joanna have a line of baby clothes, because Of. Course. They. Do. And I am obsessed. These pieces are sweet, Southern, and classic.

 

Overall Favorite

This footed one-piece from Old Navy is my absolute favorite for a few reasons. For starters, the fabric is incredibly soft. The sleeves also fold over at the wrist to form mitts around the hands, which is so helpful with a newborn. The mitts protect their faces from scratches and they can’t fall off like other baby mitts do. Best of all, Old Navy’s footed one-piece is zip up, which is crucial when changing a fussy baby during the middle of the night.

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Valentine’s Day Lookbook 2019

Valentine’s Day is about a month away, which means it’s time to start shopping for an outfit for the big day. Although I am personally not a huge fan of the holiday & my husband and I usually skip out on the forced romance of it all, my kids love it. Probably has something to do with all of the candy they get to eat! #duh

I have to admit that Valentine’s Day is more enjoyable now that I have kids, but isn’t every holiday?!? And would I really be doing my job as a parent if I didn’t drench them in head to toe hearts for their classroom parties? The answer is no, I would not.

Below are some of my top picks for this year. My advice is to shop early before the inventory is low and you are left with a less than stellar choice. Been there, done that (sorry kids)!

Happy Shopping!

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 Gap

I love Gap because they frequently have sales (oftentimes up to 40% off). I rarely purchase anything at Gap for full price. If you would like sale alerts, be sure to sign up for our newsletter. 

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This is my all around favorite Valentine’s Day outfit for a baby. 

The perfect set to coordinate sisters. I would pair the onesie with these ruffle trim leggings to keep baby warm.

A practical choice for your little one. 

Old Navy

Like Gap, Old Navy always has a sale of some sort going on. I like Old Navy when I am looking for something cute & affordable.

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This dress is perfect for a party or the playground! You can find the matching shoes here.

All of the pieces below were selected to be a complete outfit. At the time of publishing, the ENTIRE outfit cost less than $20! 

Janie and Jack 

Although not always practical, Janie and Jack never disappoints in the ultra-adorable department. 

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 These pieces are all the heart eyes! 😍😍😍 Pair with some red Mary Janes and it’s amore!

A daintier version of the Gap footed 1-piece. I love the sweet, girly details. 

I’d describe this dress as “sporty chic.” Pair with these socks and these white shoes (less expensive option here) for a winning combination. It comes in sizes 3M-12Y, so it is also a great option if you like to dress your daughters alike. #twinning

I love the quilted heart pattern on this matching set. If Don Draper had a baby girl, she would most certainly wear this outfit on Valentine’s Day. 

Boutique Selections

Because sometimes it’s fun to shop off the beaten path.

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This is a more low-key V-day look that will work for spring and summer, too. I love the ruffled leggings to keep your girl warm during the cold winter months.

  

How cute is this smocked dress? I’d pair with a big red bow to complete the look.

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A girl can never have too many accessories, amiright? I’m also including two options for the boys in your life.

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Snowpocalypse & Online Shopping

The weather in Texas has been pretty dicey the past few days.  The “Snowpocalypse 2014,” they’re calling it. Here is a picture of the horrifying conditions.

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*photo courtesy of keithkreeger on Instagram

Our entire city shutdown on Friday due to the dusting of ice we received late Thursday night. It happens every year, and the response is always the same. You see, native Texans don’t know how to drive on the ice. We get stuck. Our cars roll over. We skid off of the road and into the trees.

It ain’t pretty.

In an effort to keep the crazies from getting behind the wheel, school is cancelled, businesses close, and we all hunker down to wait out the storm. I’m a teacher, so I naturally jumped for joy when I received a phone call at 5 a.m. informing me of the cancellation. My otherwise mundane day at school would be replaced with a PJ day at home with my little man. I also had every episode of The Bachelor on my DVR just begging to be watched. Hello, Juan Pablo!

It’s a good thing that cold temps are not the norm in Austin, because all I want to do when it is frigid outside is eat.

And eat.

And eat.

And shop online.

I love warm weather, flip-flops, and bright colors. I spend every winter looking forward to the first day of spring, because regardless of temperatures, I will be wearing a colorful dress or skirt of some sort.

Yesterday, I perused the internet for spring fashion for myself and my little one, hoping to add a little artificial warmth to my day. What really caught my attention however, was the adorable options available for baby girls on Zulily right now. If you haven’t joined Zulily (daily deals for moms, babies and kids), do it today! Zulily is an awesome website where you can find adorable clothes at a fraction of the original price. You have to act fast, though. The deals usually don’t last for more than a few days.

In fact, if you do decide to join Zulily, use this invitation from LWO. We earn a $15 credit when your first order ships. If we rack up enough credit, we’ll purchase some baby garb to giveaway to our Facebook friends!

These are some of my favorite pieces I came across online yesterday. Don’t be surprised if you see some pics of Baby J sporting girls clothing in the near future.

Only kidding… Kind of. 

sailboats

$29.99

Brand: Les Petits Soleils by Fantaisie Kids

mint dress

$32.99

Brand: Little Cotton Dress

nauticalhearts

$11.99

Brand: Samara

blueyellow

$36.99

Brand: Caught Ya Lookin’

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$29.99

Brand: Turtle and Pumpkin

romper

$11.99

Brand: Cuddled in Cute

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$37.99

Brand: Caught Ya Lookin’

safaridress

$19.99

Brand: CyBaby

My husband braved the treacherous roads and drove the entire two miles he drives to work each day. We made sure to document our day at home by bombarding him with photo updates via text.

Not annoying at all.

Try to ignore the poor photo quality. These were taken with my iPhone.

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The opposite of napping.

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No smile for mama.

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Photo bombed by Kirby.

My husband finally accepted the fact that we were not going to let him get any work done, so he came home to join in on the fun!

Hope y’all are all staying warm and enjoying some actual snow!

Mommy. Fail.

I’ve failed at many aspects of mothering (and life in general), some moments worse than others. This does not bode well for my future as a mama, considering I only have one child whom is a mere six months old. Fortunately, he IS only six months old, as he won’t remember any of it… Right? I feel sure my husband will jump at the chance to divulge my less than stellar moments, however. One of the more minor offenses I have committed- depending on whom you ask- relates to holiday apparel.

About a month before Thanksgiving, I spotted an adorable long-sleeved onesie set at Carter’s that was perfect for the occasion. (I’m a sucker for anything with an appliqué on the bum of my lil’ man’s pants).  

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Being the procrastinator that I am, I waited until a day or so before Thanksgiving to purchase J’s holiday getup, and as any person with half a brain could predict, it was completely sold out. There were plenty of cute Christmas outfits in stock, however, which I made a mental note of as “something I need to purchase for the upcoming holidays.” You would think that based on my immediate experience with outfit failure number one, I would go ahead and purchase the Christmas outfit to avoid a potential last minute crisis. For whatever reason (baby brain?), the thought never crossed my mind.

Fast forward to Christmas. Now I did manage to order this adorable outfit for Christmas Eve, which we celebrated with my side of the family. Okay, in all honesty, I actually ordered it a few days before a wedding we attended the weekend prior to Christmas, but it did not arrive on time (shocking, I know), so I quickly recategorized it as Baby J’s “Christmas formal wear” and called it a day.

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On Christmas morning, we drove to Houston to spend the next few days with my in-laws. Last year, my mother-in-law instituted a Christmas day matching plaid pajama tradition (think awkwardfamilyphotos.com), so I was granted a reprieve as far as outfits were concerned.

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One happy little plaid family. 

My husband’s extended family has a large Christmas celebration the weekend following Christmas, which meant one more chance to make things right for my sweet little J.  Unfortunately, I was forced to settle for a winter-inspired penguin number, as the Santa set I spotted back in November was sold out. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that I waited until the day after Christmas to buy it. Sigh.

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Thankfully, my opportunity to right my holiday fashion wrongs is quickly approaching…

Valentine’s Day.

My least favorite holiday of all time. I suppose a perk of having a baby is that Valentine’s Day takes on a whole new meaning. Contrived romantic gestures are replaced with another excuse to dress our little love muffins up in ridiculously cute clothes, take a zillion pictures documenting another “first,” and annoy the crap out of our childless Facebook friends whom must endure the barrage of holiday baby pictures that will undoubtedly fill their News Feed.

I will not procrastinate. I will not procrastinate. I will not procrastinate.

These are some of my favorite V-Day ensembles available right now.

Click for stores/pricing info. 

Baby Girl

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Baby Boy

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First Month Wardrobe Necessities

When I was pregnant with my son, I relied heavily on my sister’s guidance in the motherhood department. She has three kids under the age of five, and her experience proved invaluable to me.

You see, I was that girl who would turn down holding babies when my proud friends invited me to the hospital to see the newest addition to their family.

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My mom holding my nephew Blaine. Notice who is not holding the baby? 

It wasn’t anything personal… I mean, I’m no baby hater! It was more like fear of the unknown. What if I hurt the baby? What will I do if it cries? And worst of all, what if my baby-loving friends write me off as a mommy failure before I even have the chance to prove them wrong?

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Held this little guy long enough to take a picture. Immediately returned him to his mama.

This is going to sound horrible, but I did not change a single one of Baby J’s diapers until we arrived home from the hospital. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I just really had no idea what the hell I was doing. I had maybe changed three diapers throughout the course of my entire life prior to having a baby, and none of them were particularly messy, if you know what I mean. The nurses would come in to wheel J away to the nursery (which does not make one a bad mommy, might I add), and I would assure them that his diaper was clean and dry. The reality was I hadn’t even thought to check. Thank God for my husband, who despite his complete cluelessness in the baby department, managed to pull his s**t together when I couldn’t. He swaddled, he burped, he soothed, and I cried.

I cried because I was exhausted. I cried because I was terrified. And I cried because that’s simply what you do when you’ve just had a baby… I would have been lost without him.

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First date night post-baby. A much needed night away.

Thanks to my knowledgeable sister and her savvy advice, I was able to get one thing right in the first few weeks of motherhood, and it’s pretty darn important if you ask me.

Newborn wardrobe… Nailed it.

And in the spirit of celebrating the small victories of motherhood, I thought I would share my list of clothing necessities for a newborn baby. It’s easy to get carried away because baby clothes are so stinking adorable, but remember, there is plenty of time to shop after they are born.

J was just over six pounds when he was born, and contrary to what my mother insisted, he wore newborn-sized clothing for a very long time. Of course every baby is different, but this is what worked for us.

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Can one really have too many onesies?

pants

4-6 pairs of cotton pants

The infamous “old man” pants. God I love them. Baby girls have it slightly better with cute colors and a girlpantsruffled ankle.

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3-4 sleep & plays

Do yourself (and your baby) a favor… Buy the zip-up version. Snaps at three a.m. are never a good idea.

2-3 “other” sleep outfits

Gowns, and sacks, and swaddles! Oh, my! It’s hard to predict what your baby will prefer to sleep in, so it is wise to have an assortment of options. We tried all, and the onesie/Woombie combo was a winner for us.

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3-4 pair of socks

Finding a pair of socks that will stay on your little ones’ feet can prove rather challenging, even more so when they are five months old and sucking on their toes. The only pair of socks that I have had any success with is this pair from Carter’s. Yes, paying fourteen dollars for three pairs of socks seems excessive, but it sure beats the “one sock” syndrome that will otherwise plague your baby. I welcome any less expensive suggestions that have worked for you!socks2

Depending on the weather, you may need other accessories to keep your baby warm. My son was born in July, so this list met all of our needs. And of course I bought a few over the top designer outfits that Baby J never had the opportunity to wear, and you should, too. They are babies only once, after all.

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