Monday Musings of a New Mom

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Happy Monday!! It’s the first day of August and I’m feeling great after an amazing weekend. Baby Will could not stop laughing the whole time and his mood was contagious. He’s three and a half months and such a cutie pie! Even though I’m still not used to leaving him to go to the office every day, I feel so blessed that I can come home to his smiling face every night.

Above is an outfit detail from the Cynthia Rowley dress I’m wearing to work today. Don’t you just love the perforated sleeves?? This is the first dress I bought for myself after Will was born. He was about 6 weeks old and I was exhausted. My mom came over to help me, took one look at me in my messy hair and leggings and ordered me to get showered, dressed, and go do something for myself. So I went shopping in the village! I felt so guilty leaving Will but I was only gone for three hours and he slept for most of that time.

Putting on this dress this morning made me smile because it’s a symbol of my new life and love, and also reminds me that becoming a mom DID make me a new person–a better version of me.

Happy Monday!

Link Lovin’: My Favorites from This Week

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Happy Friday, everyone! Here are my favorite links from this week.

The Washington Post fires at PBS for airing 4th of July fireworks displays from previous years.

Travel+Leisure announces the winners of the World’s Best Awards survey, with Charleston (above) as the readers’ favorite city on the globe.

The Cut’s Laura June explains “The Real Reason You’ll Never Be Able to Parent Like a French Mom.”

Laurenconrad.com proves that summertime can be even more fun with these sunny day accessories.

Food52 helpfully walks us through How to Juice Without a Juicer.

Vogue transports us to Rome for Fendi’s 90th Anniversary Runway Show by Karl Lagerfeld.

 

My Favorite Baby Clothes

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Above, Little Boy Blue Heart Pants by Sapling.

As a new mom, I can’t help but be overly picky when it comes to what I put on my baby. When I first got pregnant I was totally against buying any cotton clothing that wasn’t organic… but that has definitely changed since I’ve become a mom. There are a few organic and eco-friendly clothing companies that I love, like Sapling (aren’t their little heart pants above adorable?!!), but when it comes to practicality I can’t completely discriminate against non-organic brands.

The key is knowing which brands to splurge on and how to save. Herewith, my favorite clothing brands for my new baby.

Sapling
This Australian baby clothing brand prides itself on using only 100% organic cotton. Their designs are super fun and printed with only water-based, non-toxic dyes. Items are well-made and keep their shape even after multiple washes.
Botton Line: $$$

Giggle
My go to for simple essentials, Giggle’s Better Basics line is made of 100% organic cotton. From bibs to pajamas, the styles are all simple and the fabric as soft as can be. All perfect for baby’s sensitive skin.
Botton Line: $$$

Ralph Lauren
Hands down one of my favorite brands for baby. The clothes are never sloppy looking or ill-fitting so I know they’ll always look good on my little guy. I love some of the outfits so much that I’ve bought them in multiple sizes! Pricing isn’t cheap but the website is always running some promotion or another so I make sure to only buy items when they’re on sale.
Botton Line: $$

Little Me
This brand surprised me as my favorite for footie pajamas. The designs are super sweet–many of them have baby animals on them–and my little one looks adorable in them. The company uses only super-soft fabrics like cotton and velour, too, so their clothes are always extra cozy for baby to sleep in.
Botton Line: $-$$

Carter’s
This brand is an obvious favorite for all mothers. I love that they sell clothing in cute little mix-and-match sets, and that they’re always having a sale. Styles are all made from durable fabrics that keeps their shape even after multiple washes each week.
Botton Line: $

 

 

 

I’m Going to Be A Mom!

We're Expecting!
Since my husband and I found out we were having a baby, I’ve taken some time off from blogging and Instagram to focus on life and preparing for our new addition. Baby boy is due in April and with just two weeks to go I feel as excited and nervous as ever about the changes that are coming our way. I’m finally ready to share this magical experience with all of you!