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If you've been following my parenting journey then you know it was a nightmare of a struggle to breastfeed. The process of breastfeeding was VERY overwhelming and exhausting for me. There were so many times when I got completely flustered and felt like it was too much work. I reached out to lactation consultants and asked them for help. Using their tips and advice, I was able to figure out the easiest way to breastfeed without feeling overwhelmed. Here's the Lazy Bitch's Guide to Breastfeeding: Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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When it came time for Melanie to start wearing cloth diapers (which didn't happen until she was about two month old), the actual act of cloth diapering suddenly became VERY overwhelming. Like, I got completely flustered and felt like it was too much work. So, I reached out to friends who cloth diapered and asked them for help. Using their tips and advice, I was able to figure out an easy-peasy system for cloth diapering. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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When it came time for Melanie to start eating, the thought of having to remember to buy all those little jars of baby food, lug them home, and then figure out how to get rid of a shit ton of empty jars... was NOT going to happen. Like, it seemed easier to make the damn food myself than deal with that hassle week after week. And y'all, I can absolutely confirm that is it MUCH easier to make baby food than you think. Here's the Lazy Bitch's Guide to Making Baby Food: Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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My baby girl is a whole two months old, y’all and now that she’s FINALLY sleeping outside of my arms for longer than two minutes, it’s time to share her birth story. I debated whether or not to do this but had people ask me to write about it so… here we are. This is a no holding back, all the details account of how Melanie Jocelyn came into this world. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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For those of you who have a soft spot in your heart for your home state (wherever that may be), you might be interested in showcasing that "homey" feel and incorporating it into your home decor or wardrobe. For anyone who holds Illinois near and dear to their heart, I'd start with a few of these fun home accessories and fashion finds. Interested? Then check out today's State of Style: Illinois Decor and Fashion! Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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If you've been following my parenting journey then you know I had a great birth that was natural and nearly pain-free. A huge part of having such a great birth was that I used the HypnoBirthing process. I decided to give this birthing theory a try after reading about it years ago and realizing that, with my Social Anxiety Disorder, I was going to need something to help me deal with the fear and anxiety of labor and delivery. I stumbled upon this book and used it to figure out the easiest way to implement the HypnoBirthing process without feeling overwhelmed. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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Remember how I made a cute "My First Visit" T-shirt for my daughter to wear her first time at Walt Disney World? I made the graphic myself and then uploaded it to my Cricut Explore Air - it was so easy! Well, we're headed to Disney again in May (I've got the bug!) and I wanted to do a little something special again for that trip. When we went in January, it was pretty humid and we ended up bringing several bottled waters with us every day to the parks. This time, I picked up a few refillable water bottles to bring along and refill at water fountains throughout the day (because that will be so much cheaper and less wasteful) but I wanted to add a little something to make them fun. So, why not let each person in our family pick out their own bottle and then add their initial to it? It's SO easy to upload your own images to the Cricut Explore Air! Read on for a tutorial on how to personalize your refillable water bottle with your initial and your Cricut Explore Air! Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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My good friends Helen and Adam Peabody bought their first house recently, a fixer upper with great bones, and have been doing some amazing stuff to the kitchen on a microscopic budget. Helen very kindly offered to write a review on the product they used to refinish their ugly laminate countertops. This is not a sponsored post nor does it contain any affiliate links - it's purely an unbiased review and great advice. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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One of my major concerns after I gave birth to Finn was how I was going to fit in time to pump. I exclusively breast feed so having a storage of pumped breast milk in the freezer in case of an emergency (I get sick at have to stay in the hospital or get stuck in traffic for a really long time) is incredibly important to me. However, I'm a full time, work from home mom with an extremely active 3 year old so I was feeling overwhelmed by the act of pumping. So imagine how thrilled I was to receive the NUK® Simply Natural™ Freemie® Cups and discover how EASY and stress free they make pumping. Not only that, but they are incredibly discreet and make pumping much less of a production than traditional pumps. They allowed me to figure out 4 tips to help any on-the-go mom pump and I would like to share those suggestions with you: Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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One of the hardest parts about being a mom is remembering to care about what you look like. Often, you're overworked and struggling on a budget so taking the time to dress nicely or invest in a few items for your "new" body is just too overwhelming. I know - I feel like I'm there every. single. day. So, I'm helping you out. Here's some solid and affordable capsule wardrobe pieces (and a couple of investments) for a few looks perfect for a stay-at-home mom: Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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For those of you who have a soft spot in your heart for your home state (wherever that may be), you might be interested in showcasing that "homey" feel and incorporating it into your home decor or wardrobe. For anyone who holds Idaho near and dear to their heart, I'd start with a few of these fun home accessories and fashion finds. Interested? Then check out today's State of Style: Idaho Decor and Fashion! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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When it comes to weddings, The Dress is like, a big deal to a lot of people (not me, I got mine free from a stranger) and that's great! If it's important to you then you should be able to mark it as one of your splurge items. But, shopping for the wedding dress can be a bit of a big deal and, if that's not your thing, you may be looking for some alternative options - like shopping for your wedding dress online! And did you know that you absolutely buy your wedding gown online and get one that's lovely, well made, and flattering? Yep, you can. To help you out, I've rounded up 12 gorgeous wedding dress that you can buy on Amazon (yes, THAT Amazon)! And don't forget to become an Amazon Prime member so you can take advantage of the free two-day shipping. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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Spring in the Texas Hill Country is down right beautiful! The air smells amazing, the wildflowers are in bloom, and the skies are a clear blue color. I love this time of year and try to get my kids outside and playing as much as possible. We smell the flowers, play in dirt, and build little houses out of sticks. We run, yell, and laugh. Because we're so active and messy in the outdoors, I make sure to dress Melanie and Finn appropriately - in clothes that allow them freedom of movement and that can take a beating. It's so important to me that my kids wear clothes that can be played in but also look good and show off their personal styles. For Melanie, shorts and a colorful T-shirt are must while Finn is rocking rompers this spring. Are your kids the same way? Then I'd like to encourage you to get out there and start enjoying some #FieldsOfFun with your kids this spring plus, I'm giving you chance to win a $50 gift card from OshKosh B'gosh to buy some clothes for your own little ones! Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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I am so glad you all stopped by to read this post. I love creating content for my audience and I really appreciate that you've stopped by to learn something new. As many of you know, like with my first child Melanie, I exclusively nursed Finn until he was six months and we've been working hard to get him used to drinking pumped breast milk from a bottle. I have some classes that I teach and a few out of state conferences coming up so being able to leave him with his dad and a bottle plus pumped milk would be very freeing for me. Also, my husband is looking forward to getting to share more one on one feeding time with his little guy. We've been trying various bottles to no avail but then had the chance to try out the NUK Simply Natural bottles and - we appear to be on something! This bottle's nipple is designed to mimic the shape of a breast and provide a perfect fit for Finn's mouth. Plus, it is made of a really soft silicone with a pliability that allows Finn to create a create a stable latch with the nipple. I feel like these bottles must really feel like my breast to him while he's feeding. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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Since I gave birth to Finn, I'm very conscious of how my hair, nails, and skin are looking so I started taking Nature Made® Hair, Skin, and Nails adult gummies. After all, Nature Made® is proud to be a trusted partner in making my overall wellness a little healthier. I love how they are a #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand and help me pursue wellness through their product innovations and quality ingredients. Plus, I can easily pick them up at my local grocery store! When it comes to maintaining an a balanced, active lifestyle post-baby, it's important to remember your hair, nails, and skin. And it doesn't have to take up a lot of your time or money to one-up your hair, skin, and nails health either. From drinking water, to trimming split ends, to taking a daily vitamin – little choices pave the way to improving your wellness. Read on to find out my 5 tips for taking care of your nails, hair, and skin post-baby with Nature Made® vitamins and supplements. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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Finn turned 7 months old on Monday and, well, I forgot to take pictures until today. My bad. But y'all - seven months is BANK. Finn's sitting up on his own, quite the wiggle monster, and starting to give kisses. It's freaking ADORABLE. He's still working on crawling and way, way NOT into eating solid foods but loves watching other people eat. Like I did with Melanie, I'll be doing a little photo project for his first year with monthly photos and a brief rundown of what's happening in his little world (I'm sharing this in a format that I plan on using in a photo book featuring his first year): Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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Remember when I wrote that tutorial on how we repurposed the tables built from wooden pallets for our wedding into a cool ceiling treatment for our entryway? Are you dying to do one of your own? These ceilings are perfect for small rooms with good ventilation - like a powder room, hallway, or entryway. Try to stick to a room with a ceiling that you can clean (cobwebs and dust do get stuck on this due to the rustic, uneven nature of the medium). We really love the look of ours and it was SO easy to do (a bit tedious but SO easy). Interested in doing one yourself? Here's a round up of everything you need to DIY your own wooden pallet ceiling is on Amazon (and don't forget to click through and become an Amazon Prime member with free two day shipping!): Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was born and raised in Alaska, roughly two hours from the Canadian border. It's funny growing up there, because it always feels like Canada is a part of you (like, you refer to the continental United States as "the Outside" but Canada is "next door"). Growing up, we often hosted high schools from Canada at sporting events or cultural activites. So much so, that basically everyone in Alaska knows both of the national anthems of the two countries. I sang "The Star Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" before many a high school basketball game and, to this day, I still know both by heart. So when I realized that my "other homeland" was going to be celebrating their 150th birthday - I immediately wanted to do a little something to embrace those memories of singing their gorgeous anthem. So, I busted out my trusty Cricut Explore Air and made a fun, glittery banner! Check out my step by step tutorial on how to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with this DIY "O Canada" banner! Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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For those of you who have a soft spot in your heart for your home state (wherever that may be), you might be interested in showcasing that "homey" feel and incorporating it into your home decor or wardrobe. For anyone who holds Georgia near and dear to their heart, I'd start with a few of these fun home accessories and fashion finds. Interested? Then check out today's State of Style: Georgia Decor and Fashion! Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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Planning to hit up Walt Disney World with your baby and preschooler? Curious as to what you'll need in the park every day and what you can leave behind? Well, I just got back from a week long trip to Disney World with my husband, 3 year old daughter and infant son and I can totally help you! I'll clue you in on the items that we were SO grateful to bring with us every day, to the ones we liked having just in case, and which ones you can just leave behind (either at home or in the hotel). And as an extra bonus? EVERYTHING can be bought on Amazon TODAY (and don't forget to click through and become an Amazon Prime member with free two day shipping!): Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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You all know and love my mom capsule wardrobes so much that I thought I'd share a few more tips and picks with you. Primarily, I'll be focusing on that inherent need within each of us to freshen up our wardrobe each season with a few special pieces. Think of these as fun building blocks for a fabulous spring look. I've selected a few pieces that can be used as staple items (ones that you'll wear again and again) to a handful of items with a touch of spring that can be used to make that outfit POP. And the best part? Every single piece can be bought on Amazon TODAY (and don't forget to click through and become an Amazon Prime member with free two day shipping!): Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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Cooking. It's one of those things that you either LOVE or you really don't enjoy it. For me, cooking is something that I like to do for my family but I'm not one of those people who is over here inventing recipes everyday. So, if you look in my kitchen, you won't find a bunch of gadgets or specialized kitchen tools - what you'll find is a selection of high quality, well-designed items that work great. I always look for versatility in my kitchen tools and really need ones that can do multiple jobs really well. Because, when it boils down to it, here's the top 12 items you actually need for your kitchen: Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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For those of you who have a soft spot in your heart for your home state (wherever that may be), you might be interested in showcasing that "homey" feel and incorporating it into your home decor or wardrobe. For anyone who holds Florida near and dear to their heart, I'd start with a few of these fun home accessories and fashion finds. Interested? Then check out today's State of Style: Florida Decor and Fashion! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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I'm not a native of Texas but since moving here, I've fully embraced the spicy, bold, and flavorful foods that make up this state's culture! In particular, my family has embraced anything deep fried and barbecued. Bold flavors make up the bulk of our meals and I'm always looking for some solid ways to bring that taste into my home. Right now, my crew is particularly enamored with State Fair® Corn Dogs. They love how the brand is tasty and made in Texas (a huge part of my husband's heritage) and I love that they are a good source of protein. Plus, they are so easy to make - just 20 minutes in the oven and dinner is served. Recently, I had our neighbors over to watch the Spurs play and needed to feed everyone. So I busted out some State Fair Corn Dogs, mixed up these three fun dipping sauces, and let everyone go to town. They're delicious enough to stand alone or pair them with some coleslaw and potato salad for a true #TexFest gathering. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle
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The wedding registry. For some, it's a fantastically fun experience and for others, it's a difficult chore. Traditionally, wedding registries are comprised of a mountain of fancy kitchen gadgets and formal dining pieces. And that's awesome - if you're into that kind of thing. But what about the rest of us? The one's who enjoy cooking but are just learning or who don't try out every trend. What about those of us who like having friends over for yummy food but aren't formal? Well, you CAN have that kind of registry. It's yours so why not pick out exactly what you just know you'll use and enjoy? From simple flatware to investing in quality cookware - you should get what you will need for your new kitchen. Don't believe me? Here's why I think even beginner cooks will love having the Braun MQ777 MultiQuick 7 hand blender on their Bloomgingdales.com wedding registry! Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Kiss My Tulle