Must Haves For New Moms

Monday, November 2, 2015

This is a guest post I put together for the Madre Beads blog and am sharing it here as well!

Looking for something unique yet practical to give your favorite new mom or to treat yourself? Check out these awesome ideas for gift giving - - - cocoa scented dry shampoo for those days when a shower is just not going to happen  +  a pretty zipper pouch she can use to organize her diaper bag  +  a mason jar suede cuff to make staying hydrated a bit more fun  +  gorgeous jewelry and accessories for mama to wear that are also safe for babies to pull, tug, suck, and chew  +  lavender scented bath stuff meant for kiddos but so awesome that mama will want to share  +  a diaper bag in disguise as a stylish purse  +  obsession worthy lip balms  +  a ring sling to carry baby in style!

it's time to break out the cardigans. . .

Friday, October 2, 2015

For many of us, the weather is starting to cool off which means it's time to break out the warmer clothes. I've been spotting some really cute Aster Cardigans on Instagram and feel inspired to make a new one for my girl since she's outgrown the ones I've made in the past. In case any of you want to sew up some cozy cardigans for the fall, the Aster Cardigan pattern is on sale for only $6 for the next week! No coupon code needed. Be sure to tag your creations #astercardigan so that we can all see them. Have a great weekend!

*sale ends Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11 pm cst

Free | Printable Bill Tracker for A5 Planners in 3 Styles

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I bought myself a nice planner (a large / A5 sized Kikki.K) earlier this year in hopes of keeping better track of our budget and bills. Scraps of paper and my pregnancy addled brain weren't up to the task any more. I came up with a printable bill tracker worksheet type thing that I could use in my planner to make life easier. And since it worked out so well for me I knew I'd want to share! I tweaked the original and came up with two more versions for the sake of variety.

lately. . .

Friday, August 28, 2015

He's here! Well, actually he's been here for almost 6 weeks and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it. Oops. I've done better about keeping up with things on IG though so there's that. So, his name is Liam and he's sweet and feisty and in a hurry to grow. I love him to bits which is a good thing because this whole newborn sleep deprivation thing is ROUGH. I know it won't last forever though so I just try to keep that in mind.

Birth story. . . it's pretty short actually and not at all what I had planned. Isn't that how it usually goes? I wanted an unmedicated VBAC and was lucky enough to find a doctor that is very supportive of that sort of birth. More than supportive really. Things were going well enough with my pregnancy but I was going in for weekly non-stress tests from 32 weeks on. I went in to the hospital for one of those tests on Monday, July 20th figuring I'd be there for 30-40 minutes and then I'd be on my way. I had Syd with me, my purse, and cell phone. Within minutes of getting hooked up to the monitors, the baby's heart rate started dropping. And that kept happening whether I was having a contraction or not (Braxton Hicks I assume because I was most definitely not in labor). So, it was another emergency c-section for me. Pretty much the exact same thing happened when I was pregnant with my daughter except that she was born at 33 weeks while Liam was born at 37. He was born around 8 that night weighing 6 lbs even and was 19 inches long. I managed to get us out of the hospital by Wednesday afternoon because I was SO ready to go home. It's been an adventure ever since!

In other news, I'm having a sale in the shop to celebrate "bringing home" my latest sewing pattern, the London Backpack. It was originally part of a collection for Willow & Co. To save 40% off your total purchase, enter code 'backtoschool40' at check out. Sale ends this Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm CST. I'm hoping to slowly get back into the blogging/sewing/pattern designing swing of things in the coming months because I'm going through sewing withdrawals! I have a pile of projects ready to be made but just need to find the time to make them.

p.s. the quilt in the last photo was made by Anna of Noodlehead - isn't it awesome??
p.p.s the sweet necklace Syd is wearing is from Madre Beads - absolutely love her stuff!

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