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?

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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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The Daily Six: November 9th

Kids Clothes

$19.99 and Under at Gymboree

Holly Dress– $16.99 Perfect for the Holiday Season

 

Shop all Gymboree sale here.

Mama’s Wardrobe

Nordstrom Fall Clearance

Pair with skinnies and booties (or sneakers) for an easy fall look. This tiered long sleeve tee by Caslon is on sale for $23! Comes in a variety of colors.

 

Shop Nordstrom Fall Clearance here.

Baby Gear

LILLEbaby Early Black Friday Sale

Up to 50% Off Select Ring Slings and All Season Carriers

  

Shop LILLEbaby sale here.

For the Home

25% Off Entire Store at Kirkland’s

Cozy up by your glowing fireplace all day long with this Red and White Snowflake Sweater Throw! You will love the woven texture of this lovely blanket.

 

Toys

Design & Build Water Blocks– $19.99

Turn any water play area into the perfect space for creative building!

Wildcard

Buy 1, Give 1 at Zulily

Do some good while you shop this holiday season. Click banner for link.

 

 

Happy Shopping!!

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The Daily Six: November 8th

I am a mom who wants it all. I want my house to be beautifully decorated (so that my kids can destroy it- ha!). I want to feel good in the clothes that I wear and I want to feel good about what my kids wear to school everyday, too. I want nice makeup, though I rarely have time to put it on, and I want all of the best baby gear so that my baby will thrive.

The caveat of course is that I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg purchasing all of these things, so I love to find a good deal. I spend more time than I should hunting for sales and my inbox is overflowing with promo emails from almost every retailer you can imagine. So why not share my passion for a good deal with fellow mamas? Below you will find my top picks for today! This post contains affiliate links.

Kids Clothes

25% Off Nike at JCPenney

My boys LIVE in Nike and Under Armour… These pants sets are perfect for fall and winter!

nike pant set   

Shop all Nike boy here.

Mama’s Wardrobe

40% Off with Promo Code WORKIT at Loft

I am loving these Mixed Media Shirttail Tees & Sweaters for my postpartum bod. They are flattering, forgiving, and oh so cute!

    

Shop all Mixed Media Shirttail Tees & Sweaters here.

Baby Gear

DOCKATOT DELUXE+ DOCK for $138.75 (normally $185)

Meet the game changer in infant & toddler comfort!

For the Home

25% Off Entire Store at Kirkland’s with code VETSDAY

A unique twist on the traditional holiday wreath

  

Toys

Krate and Kids Ikat Playhouse- Sale $89.40 reg. $149.00

This sturdy white playhouse will provide the perfect foundation for any kid’s imaginary adventures.

 

Wildcard

Kohl’s- 40% Off Matching Family PJS

Happy holidays! Share laughter and love with your matching family in these Jammies For Your Families matching pajamas.

Shop all matching pajama sets here.

Happy Shopping!!

 

Spring Fever

Things are looking up in the A-family household. I’m getting closer to my pre-baby weight (not counting Monday mornings, of course- Hello weekend fooder*), Jack is paid-off at long last, and it’s the first official day of spring! Ice days are a thing of the past, and it’s time to leave the drab colors of winter behind.

Motivated by the changing season, I spent at least an hour last night perusing the internet- more specifically JCrew and Carters- for spring fashion inspiration, longing to drop a significant chunk of change on new clothes for both Jack and myself. Thankfully, my computer ran out of juice before I had the chance to purchase anything, as pay day is four lonnnng days away, and my funds are already whittled down to almost nil. I have online shopping baskets filled to the brim with outfits that I will probably never buy. Sigh.

I don’t know why I spend more money than is absolutely necessary on Jack’s wardrobe. The kid is eight-months old. He spends his day in a house with other children who have no concept of “cute”. On a good day, he ends up with spaghetti sauce all over his shirt (side note- He is finally eating solids. Hallelujah!). On a bad day, well, use your imagination. Despite the fact that J won’t even be able to wear these clothes in a few months, I simply cannot help myself. When I finally pick him up after an exhausting day at work, seeing my happy little nugget in an outfit that I love makes my day. And can you really put a price on that? I think not.

While browsing online last night, I made a visit to zulilly.com and stumbled upon a charming line of diaper bags and accessories. The brand is called Caught Ya Lookin’, and the bags will be on sale for two more days. This amazing find then inspired me to search for other diaper bags, not that I need another one or have anything better to do with my time… At this point, there’s not much I wouldn’t do to avoid the mound of papers I meant to grade over Spring Break. Whoops.

These are my favorite diaper bags right now. Clearly, I am a sucker for all things preppy, striped, nautical, and/or bright. I actually own the first Pottery Barn Kids diaper bag, but in a different color scheme (and sporting a lovely red wine stain- go figure). Click the bags for purchasing information. Happy Spring!

*fooder- an eating frenzy of sorts

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Jack’s *Themeless* Nursery

When my husband and I first found out that we were expecting, I couldn’t get my hands on a computer fast enough. I wanted to search girl’s names and boy’s names, the dos and don’ts of pregnancy, and of course, nursery decor.

Thankfully my husband and I were in agreement regarding the direction that we wanted to go with the room… Light, airy, and themeless. We didn’t want our nursery to be cheesy or feel babyish, despite the fact that the room would eventually belong to just that, a baby.

I couldn’t be happier with our decision. These are the pieces that we finally settled on for Baby J’s room.

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These precious baby animal portraits are my absolute favorite part of Jack’s nursery. We have the monkey, lion, zebra, and giraffe hanging above his changing table. He loves looking at the zebra when I change his diaper… It must be those black and white stripes. These were the first pieces of art that we purchased for the nursery, as they captured the exact essence I wanted his room to exude: Simple & sweet. 

earth

I am obsessed with the Global Child Collection by ChildrenInspire, an Etsy store that describes its pieces as “eco-friendly recycled collage art for children.” I originally found this set on Zulily, the daily deal site for moms, babies, and kids. The center piece touts a message that I want to engrain in all of my children, “Compassion for the Earth and All Who Inhabit It.” The set also features numbers one through ten and the alphabet. What’s even better is that you have the option to purchase these pieces in a multitude of languages. We chose Italian, as that is my husband’s heritage.

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compassion

These pieces are also from the Global Child Collection by ChildrenInspire. I chose the second map that reiterates the message of compassion (though in English this time), but I also equally love the other map that reads “My Roots Lie Here.” You can customize the map to your own heritage using little heart stickers to locate and highlight a child’s roots. A teaching moment that will last throughout the years… Love it!

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This is another piece that I adore for two reasons. First of all, this canvas features an iconic Austin image that is painted onto the side of a restaurant on South Congress Avenue. Everyone flocks to this site to take pictures with loved ones in front of the painted wall. As you can imagine, it is uber-popular for engagement pictures. South Congress (SoCo) is a funky strip of shops and restaurants that are just about as “Austiny” as it gets. I was born and raised in Austin, so incorporating local artwork into J’s nursery was important to me. Secondly, I love the message. That’s a given. We have this piece hanging above Jack’s crib.

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My sweet baby boy. God I love this picture. J is less than a week old here, and although he is way bigger now, he still has those perfectly pursed lips. The colors in his hat blend seamlessly with the rest of the artwork we have in his room.

All of the furniture in Jack’s room is white, but we made to sure to include plenty of color throughout the rest of the nursery to prevent a sterile, hospital-like feel.

crib

At $150, this Graco crib was a steal.

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We purchased this toy box and three white book ledges from Land of Nod, which we were able to purchase with leftover Crate & Barrel gift cards from our wedding. Score!

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This aqua-colored rug was also purchased from Land of Nod with a Crate & Barrel gift card.

bedding

This is J’s Bedding Set from Pottery Barn Kids. We followed the AAP’s recommendation and opted out of a bumper. 

B and I saved big bucks on the dresser and rocker/glider by buying used. Actually, the dresser was free, as it previously belonged to my uncle. He was going to sell it at a garage sale, but we convinced him to give it to us instead. After painting it white and replacing the pulls, the dresser looks like it is straight out of a Pottery Barn catalogue.

I found the rocker/glider on craigslist. The chair looks almost new and is super comfortable… Plus it cost us next to nothing. We went back and forth on new vs used, and at the end of the day I am happy with our decision. Baby J has certainly worn the chair in, and endless spit-up episodes might sting a little more had we shelled out a thousand bucks on the chair. Of course I am not ruling out an upgrade for baby #2. Sorry Jack!

Putting together a nursery is a long, expensive, and mostly enjoyable process. Thank goodness we had nine long months to find all of the right pieces to complete our vision, and nine long months to pay for it all!

XO,

Elleigh