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Baby Puffer Vest

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Welcome Fall, my favorite season for dressing. Why? Because I am obsessed with layering and I live for vests. I especially love puffer vests because they can work over anything and everything from workout gear to day-time chic meetings. I picked up Reese’s entire look at Old Navy {shop above!} and seriously she could not be any closer to a mini me. Matching button downs, matching puffer vests, matching black skinny jeans for heavens sakes! {Reese is wearing an Old Navy White Dot Twill Shirt, Baby Skinny Jeans, and Frost Free Puffer Vest; too cute!} I couldn’t help myself and just had to get in the pics with her. Totally #Twinning!

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Newborn Baby Essentials List

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When it comes to your first pregnancy, the process of preparing for your baby can be so overwhelming! There are endless books and registry lists, not to mention the never ending hours of unsolicited advice! So with Brooks now turning three months and this all being very fresh in my mind, I wanted to share my Top 6 List that I would recommend to any mom either as an addition or adjustment. I made my newborn baby essentials list quick and I made my reasoning real. I have tested and used these products and swear by them. So if you are registering for your baby, I hope I can make your decisions slightly less stressful!

6 Newborn Baby Essentials:

  1. My choice for a car seat was the Chicco Key Fit 30. Why? a. Because it can carry a baby up to 30 lbs {my daughter used it until she was about one – not because she weighed too much but because she got too tall}. ie. A year is a good length of time in car seat talk. b. It’s incredibly easy to buckle into a car – you just put a seat belt through two hooks – no base is necessary. c. It is great quality – we are using it again for our second baby and after a quick wash it looked good as new!
  2. My choice for a diaper pail was the Ubbi Diaper Pail. Why? a. Because it looks sleek. b. It works with standard trash bags – which sounds unimportant but in the scheme of convenience and cost is actually incredibly helpful!
  3. My choice for a Baby Swing was the 4Moms Mamma Roo. Why? Read this Fashionable Hostess Post – enough said!
  4. My choice for a swaddle blanket was the Preggie Baby Miracle Blanket. Why? From the time Brooks was 2 weeks old he twitched so often during naps that he would quickly wiggle loose from his swaddles, causing him to be woken up. After trying the Miracle Blanket I realized he could stretch and twitch without coming undone – this equated to longer and better naps - as any new mom comes to learn – this is priceless!
  5. My choice for a diaper bag was the Skip Hop Versa Diaper Bag. Why? a. It’s well-priced. b. It hooks on to your stroller. c. It has about 100 pockets / zippers – incredibly important when you need to shove things in at the park. d. It’s so light which is great for when you need to carry it with you when you leave the stroller behind!
  6. My choice for bottles were the Born Free Bottles. Why? a. As my lactation consultant said – she was shocked at how natural the size 1 nipples seemed. She reassured me that my baby would have no problem adjusting to a bottle with these. b. She was right! Both of my kids immediately took to a bottle in between nursing with no problem! c. They are great quality – 19 months later I am still using the same package I bought when Reese was born!


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Organize your Baby Bows

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One of the things I was most excited about when I found out I was having a baby girl was the fact that I could dress her up like my very own barbie… and in baby land that means endless and endless bows. I started asking for bows as gifts so I would have every color to match the FHB’s outfits and in no time I had enough to fill a whole drawer. Not wanting any to be squished combined with the idea that I wanted to be able to easily match back my options to my outfits, I came up with two solutions. One was for my clip bows and one was for my headbands.

For bows, I took a long ribbon and clipped each of my bows (by color and then by style) along the edge. I took a hammer and nailed the ribbon into my wall, then covered the nail with a large clip flower (also can be hidden by a large bow).

For my headbands, I simply bought a classic tie rack and hung my headbands by color! How is easy is that! Now my baby girl has endless options… and the best part is, unlike her Newborn size clothing, she won’t be growing out of these in a wink!

Now go have a boatload of fun organizing!

Need bows for your collection? Shop some of my favorite Bows at Nordstrom:


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