mama style – scarf to kimono

Today I am showing you my favorite trick as of late.  Here’s a little back story: I bought a cute kimono at the beginning of the summer and ended up wanting to wear it every. single. day. because it was so dang comfortable, it covered up my extra baby weight and nursing in it was a BREEZE.  Every day I wore that sucker.  Then I decided I needed an entire closet full of kimonos for the rest of my nursing life.  Lucky for me, now my drawers full of scarves have turned into my new wardrobe.

Step One: Fold scarf in half. (you’ll have folded side in one hand, open side in the other.)

Step Two: Tie the fold and open corners together

Step Three: open the open side to reveal your new kimono.

Step Four: Slip it on over a jeans and T, a pencil skirt, or use as the PERFECT swim cover-up.

Did I also mention you can discretely and comfortably nurse your baby in this?  Because that’s a selling point for me.

I love scarves and keep one in my diaper bag at all times.  It can be used as a blanket, a sun shade, a nursing cover, a changing pad and a sling.  I love to find soft and light fabrics that aren’t too hot and wouldn’t you know it? Brickyard Buffalo has a collection of these on sale right now for $7.99. RUN!

And while you’re at it, enter my giveaway to win a $50 swag bag from BB.

Do you have a favorite way to use a scarf? Tell me!

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brickyard buffalo – giveaway

Today I’m teaming up with Brickyard Buffalo to give away a lucky reader a swag bag worth $50!  If you’re a follower of Brickyard Buffalo, you already know that anything coming from them is going to be awesome.  If you’re not already a follower of Brickyard Buffalo, they’re an online pop-up market that showcases different companies and their freshest items.  If you want to know what’s cool and in style – Brickyard Buffalo is where you go.  For one of a kind style and accessories for myself and for the girls, as well as awesome one-of-a-kind christmas gifts (did I just mention christmas?!) BB is my go-to.

 girls jackets : c/o brickyard buffalo
my color block top (swoon!) : c/o brickyard buffalo

To enter to win your swag bag of goodies worth $50, follow Brickyard Buffalo on instagram, as well as myself and subscribe to their mailing list (where you’ll be the first to know what’s going up before it’s sold out!).  Leave a comment to let me know you’ve entered.

Winner will be announced Friday!

Now let’s just talk about these baby blues….

“I literally can’t even.”

xoxo

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all the days

It’s 12:07am.

In 9 hours I will be dropping you off to your first day of kindergarten.

The memories of bringing you home from the hospital are still so fresh on my heart, I can smell them.

How did we get here?

How did all those days already go by?

I can still hear that first giggle and taste those pureed peas.

I can still feel your diapered bum fresh in jammies and the weight of your one year old head on my chest as you sleep.

I still know those first words, and the way you like to be tucked in.

I can still feel the frustration of potty training, and the relief of potty training.

The tantrums over nothing (everything) are still almost tangible to me.

Sweeping the crumbs off the floor, wiping the high chair trey, tubbing you in the sink.

My darling, it’s all so fresh it hurts.

The sick days, the exciting days, the new days, the same days, the first days, the last days, the holidays, the quiet days.

The days I had you at home, all to myself.

Where did they all go?

Tomorrow I will drop you off to your kindergarten classroom, in your big elementary school, across town from our home.

I will check my watch ever couple minutes, afraid to be late to pick you up.

I will wonder what you’re doing.

I will wonder if you’re happy, or if you’re sad or scared.

I will wonder if you remember to wash your hands after the bathroom.

I will wonder if you made a new friend.

I will wait to hear all about your first day from the back seat of my van on our way home.

Not so unlike that time I brought you home for the very first time, just those days ago.

I worried, and thought, and cared, and hoped, and loved you all the same, just those days ago.

On this day, I will promise to savor every single minute.

Because now I know what they mean when they say, “It really goes by so very very fast.”

To me you will always be that brand new baby swaddled tight in the carseat on that first ride home.

To me you will always be that one-year-old baby asleep on my chest.

To me you will always be that smart and spunky toddler.

To me you will always be my very first kindergartner.

And my darling, I will love you this much all the days.

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stella turns four

Motherhood is really just a great big crazy time-warp, y’all.  Stella seemed like she would be my baby forever and somehow over the weekend she turned four years old.  FOUR YEARS OLD.  That’s such a big girl age.  I am loving her so much at this stage, but it brings a tinge of pain to think back on all the cherished stages before.  I can’t believe how quickly we’ve moved through them.

Stella has been planning her birthday for months MONTHS.  Ever since January, she has had the line of people’s birthdays’ before her and she just kept moving down the list.  “First is your bwuthday, then baby Grae will be here, then daddy’s bwuthday, then grammy’s bwuthday, then my bwuthday!”  She kept them in perfect order and as one of us had a “bwuthday” she would happily move down the row.  The anticipation jumped a bit as we came upon daddy and grammy’s birthdays and she was next.  This moved to “how many sleeps til my bwuthday?” and from 10 sleeps on, she counted down.

On the nights Stella sneaks out of her bed for some extra snuggle time, she’ll whisper in my ear, “Mom, let’s talk about my birthday.”  We have written her ideas down on a little card in my planner.  She has been ecstatic about her own special card in my planner.  She planned out her whole party with a few ideas of what she wanted for her birthday. “A mermaid outfit for me and for Harlo.”  That’s what I love about my girls, they are always always thinking about each other.

Much to my dismay, our kitchen remodel happened right over the top of Stella’s birthday.  I was crushed to not be able to give her the party we had been planning, but with a kitchen torn to the bones, there was just no way.  My little happy-go-lucky Stella didn’t skip a beat, though.  We quickly arranged some other plans I and I tried to incorporate as much of her ideas into each event as I could.

We made a long weekend of celebrating our favorite 4 year old.  She picked where she wanted to eat (Mongolian bbq of all places for her special lunch with Gram) and all the things she wanted to do (lots of swimming, treat-getting and the movies).

We have packed birthdays with small little traditions to make the day special.  As my girls get older, these little traditions become more and more fun.  We didn’t do anything extravagant for Stella’s birthday this year, but the day was still filled with magic.

The night before Stella’s birthday, I found a gift bag on the ground in the kitchen and when I went to put it away, I saw this sweet envelope addressed to Stella in Harlo’s handwriting.  My heart almost exploded!

Stella was thrilled to be turning four.

Since “a mermaid outfit for me and for Harlo” was nearly the only thing she asked for this year, you better believe my mom took that seriously and whipped something up.
I almost peed my pants when I saw she had made one for Grae, too.  (and so did the girls)

You can easily assume that anytime you stop by my house in the next few months, the girls will be in their mermaid outfits…. they even slept in them the first night.

We ended the birthday festivities by sending off birthday wishes on the pinkest balloons I could find.

 When I asked Stella what her favorite part of her birthday was she thought for a minute and said “sending off bwuthday wishes in the sky.” :) and then she added, “…. and my mermaid outfit.”
Sweet sweet success!

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