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Dressing Baby // Gap Finds Under $50

February 10, 2016

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Before having a baby, I had no idea how much I would enjoy dressing Miss Ainsley! I swore I wouldn’t be one of those moms who was obsessed with cute girly clothes but I’m totally eating my words. There are just so many adorable options. Our favorites stores for kids clothes are Gap Kids, Old Navy, Crazy 8 and the second hand store when we can score a few good deals on our favorite brand-name clothes. There is also a neighborhood-wide garage sale in our town where we scored a lot of cute finds this fall.

I’ve been on the hunt for a cute dress for Ainsley’s first birthday party and while browsing Gap Kids/Baby I was overwhelmed with all the cute options. I pulled together a list of my favorite items and linked to them below. I dare you to try and resist!

1. Pleated Flutter Dress
2. Eyelet Flutter Dress
3. Mini Heart Cord Dress
4. Floral Ruffle Two Piece
5. Metallic Slip-On Sneakers 
6. Floral Fit and Flare Dress
7. Solid Peplum Tunic 
8. Quilted Drop-Waist Dress
9. 1969 Embellished Dress
10. Floral Pleated Tank Dress
11. Pull-On Legging Jeans
12. Tulle Skirt Legging Duo

Madison

Family, Fashion

Mom Bods + Bikinis

February 7, 2016

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This summer I’m taking my mom bod to the pool in a bikini. Let me back up and say that because of my very long torso I’ve always been a big fan of the two-piece swimsuit out of necessity. But I sort of assumed that after having a baby you were bound to a life of one-piece swimsuits forever and ever, either out of a duty to modesty or a desire to hide things that had stretched and expanded or contracted in funny ways.

Let me take a quick detour to say that I’m incredibly excited that in recent years there has been a resurgence of the one-piece, and I sincerely hope I can find one that works with my body type because there are so many pretty options. I actually have this one on order right now because it’s beautiful and the reviews say it runs long. Fingers crossed!

But after having a baby, I wasn’t quite ready to give up two pieces forever. I’ve always loved wearing a bikini, not because I have the most amazing body (I don’t) or because I look like a supermodel when I wear one (spoiler: not true!) but because I’ve always enjoyed wearing them. I think back to summers spent on the beach in Florida, two summer trips with my family to the Bahamas, endless vacations to warm-weather locals where beach-lounging, swimming and reading was always on the list.

I wore a bikini on every one of those trips and felt so free doing so. While I was never one of those stick-thin high schoolers, putting a bikini on always gave me a sense of carefree confidence. So you can see why the idea of hanging the two piece up forever made me incredibly sad.

A few weeks back it was determined that if I was going to wear a two piece suit post-baby, then it was sure as heck going to be a high quality suit that fit well. I’ve been eyeing the Mara Hoffman bikinis for years, so this January I bit the bullet and ordered 10 different suits online so I could try them all on at home. Ladies? Let me tell you that there is no other way to go swimsuit shopping. It’s much less painful to try them on in the comfort of your own home.

The winner out of all 10? This suit, which fits so well and is so incredibly comfortable. Worth every penny!

As one of my amazing Instagram followers put it…

“Moms should totally rock bikinis! It’s the only time in my life I’ve been confident enough to wear one proudly!”

So, mommas, here’s to finding a bikini that makes you feel and look great and not hanging up our two-pieces quite yet.

Madison

Fashion, Food & Recipes

Friday Favorites

February 5, 2016

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Happy, happy Friday! We’re laying low this weekend with no real plans on the books, and I couldn’t be more excited. We have a handful of small house projects to work on, but other than that we’re laying low and taking it easy. Here are a few of my favorite finds from around the web this week!

Have you seen a dress this perfect before? I die.

A really amazing low-income housing project.

Practical advice on sharing the gospel with your littles.

The tinted moisturizer I can’t live without.

Why it’s okay to be uncomfortable sometimes.

Making THIS for dinner sometime very soon.

A good reminder on passing on Biblical womanhood to my daughter.

I think you need these booties in your life. Buy them for me?
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Madison

Fashion

Favorite Old Navy Finds

February 1, 2016

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This weekend Joe and I took a trip to our nearest city, about an hour away, because I was in serious need of being around large groups of people, eating Chick-Fil-A and drinking a cup of Starbucks while browsing stores and picking up a few things for Ainsley’s first birthday! (Cue all the tears…)

I ended up going to Old Navy because it’s my go-to for cute, cheap basics and trendier items I’m not sure I really want to spend a lot on. They had so many cute things, and I went home with a few new items for my wardrobe. Since online and in-person can be so different, I thought I would share with you the items that caught my eye!

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1. Quilted Crew Neck Sweatshirt 
2. Popcorn Stitch Sweater
3. Go-Dry Pullover
4. Classic Cardigan
5. Oversized Scoop Neck T-Shirt
6. Denim Jacket
7. Go-Dry Keyhole Back Top (pictured above!)
8. Short-Sleeved Tunic Tee (it’s just so good! I bought one but want to buy more!)
9. Long-Sleeved Boyfriend Tee

Madison

Fashion

The Number Doesn’t Matter

January 27, 2016

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A few weeks ago, I made a rookie mistake. You see, I found the perfect pair of jeans a few months ago. They fit great, looked good and were so dang comfortable. Then, a couple weeks ago, they started to feel a little bit loose. So what’s a girl to do? I bought the size smaller. Despite making huge strides in my journey to body self-acceptance, I let myself slip into thinking that the number on a pair of jeans had anything to offer me in terms of telling the story of my self worth.

Sure, the jeans zipped and buttoned, but they didn’t make me feel great. Actually, they made me feel like a sausage. I felt uncomfortable and self-conscious and generally gross. Because instead of seeking out clothes that fit my body just the way it is, I started chasing the number on a tag. And, as most of you know, that’s never a road that leads to happiness or satisfaction.

Since I needed a little reminder and re-focusing, I went back and read my post of finding the perfect pair of jeans. Hint hint: Tip number 5 was finding a pair that fits well, regardless of the number on the tag. Why do we always need to be reminded of this?!

In this case, the smaller number wasn’t the best fit. I felt more comfortable, confident and good about my body in the jeans that I had been wearing all along! And in case you’re looking for some additional reading, I remember reading this article from my blog-buddy Stephanie that is totally worth the read!

Madison

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