Everyday Style - Make it Interesting

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Utitliy vest, gray tee and floral skinnies

Shirt: Everlane
Vest: DIY
Jeans: Target
Shoes: Old Navy

Blush and camo

Shirt: Thrifted (Delias)
Pants: TJ Maxx
Legwarmers: The Chic Orchid

red lip, military jacket and graphic sweatshirt

Sweatshirt: DIY
Jacket: Eddie Bauer
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Converse
Lipstick: NYX Indie Flick

Stripes, dark denim, fringed moccs

Sweater: Target
Pants: Levi
Boots: Thrifted (Minnetonka)
Earrings: ONE little BELT

This week's edition of Everyday Style is all about making an outfit interesting. I own a lot of basics, but I typically mix them up in an unusual way, or I make them interesting by adding one unexpected piece. Sometimes that unexpected element is a very trendy item, and sometimes it's a just piece with more character or personality. In each of the outfits above, there is an element that pulls the outfit together and adds some character - the floral jeans, the legwarmers, the red lip/graphic sweatshirt, and the fringed moccasins. 

So buy your basics, but if you see a printed scarf or a crazy pair of shoes that you immediately love, buy them! You need a handful of items that are just 'you' that you can pair with more neutral clothing. You don't need a closet full of trends or quirky pieces, just a few to mix in with your stripes and solids and blue jeans. 

What are your favorite character pieces in your wardrobe? Do you think about this when you get dressed too?


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What I Wore - Mixed Print Baseball Tee and Destroyed Denim

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Mixed prints baseball tee and destroyed denim and Converse

Mixed prints baseball tee and destroyed denim and Converse

Mixed prints baseball tee and destroyed denim and Converse

Mixed prints baseball tee and destroyed denim and Converse

You may not be surprised to learn that pigs are my favorite animal. I've been begging my husband for a pet pig since I found out that they come in miniature size years ago. I just can't resist them! Okay - I can resist the weird, creepy, or gross pig figurines, or the gigantic, hairy potbellied pigs at the fair, but a piglet or a teacup pig is totally my weakness! When my friend Mandy sent me the link to this fabric asking if I wanted her to add some to her order, I had to say yes. She talked me into making baseball tees with her, and the day we got our fabric, we whipped them up. I love how it turned out! Granted it isn't perfect - I'd do much better on the second try - but it is so fun to wear. It is totally my style and maybe even cool? I didn't plan to do a tutorial, but this is the pattern we used, and my fabrics can be found here and here. It took about 45 minutes and sewed together well.

Do you ever sew clothes for yourself? Am I the only one with a crazy animal obsession?



Shirt: Made by me
Pants: Thrifted (GAP)
Shoes: Converse
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What I Wore: Navy Stripes and Navy Camo

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Navy and white striped sweater with navy camo and camel ankle boots

Navy and white striped sweater with navy camo and camel ankle boots

Navy and white striped sweater with navy camo and camel ankle boots

Navy and white striped sweater with navy camo and camel ankle boots

3 Signs I'm Ready for Spring

1. I'm feeling the itch to go spring clothes shopping. Until about a week ago, I felt like winter would never end and neither would my sweatshirt wearing, vitamin D deficient days. But then I ordered some new TOMs on Zulily and that felt like my first official spring/summer purchase. Then I picked up the Spring Issue of Instyle and suddenly felt hope for pulling out my pleated skirts and cropped tops! (Worn layered of course.)

2. Every day, I have been hacking at my hair with the scissors and have to restrain myself from pulling out the bleach. I am dying to go lighter with my hair. Something about going blonder just feels fresh and new and exciting! I won't go crazy (maybe), but I do want to lighten my locks in the near future.

3. I've stopped wearing a coat. Everywhere I go I think, "It's a little warmer today; I don't need a jacket." And then I get outside and I'm wishing I had not only worn a coat, but gloves and a hat too. Its a bad trick that I play on myself daily.

Have you been playing tricks on yourself too? How do you know you are ready for spring?



Sweater: Forever 21
Pants: GAP
Shoes: Target
Watch and Earrings: ONE little MOMMA



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What I Wore - Color Pop with Teal and Red

Pops of teal and red with black and white

Pops of teal and red with black and white

Pops of teal and red with black and white



Pops of teal and red with black and white

Pops of teal and red with black and white

When I was younger, I loved writing. I wrote and illustrated stories. I spent time writing poetry, writing in my journal, and penning dramatic notes to friends. As I get older, I find that writing serves a different purpose for me. Writing about something is often how I discover what I think or how I really feel about something. Often when my husband and I disagree, I feel like (and sometimes I do!) I just need to stop the discussion and then write him an email about it later once I have collected my arguments or apologies. I'm so much better with my words on paper! That is one reason that I love blogging. I have gained so much from blogging about my phobias or my insecurities. First, it helps when I get feedback and comments that I am not alone in my challenges, but also writing about them makes them so much less scary to me.

After declaring my fashion phobias last week, I've decided to start getting over them. I'm feeling brave and the first one to go is my fear of dark/bright lipstick. This was a timely decision because my Valentine's Day gift from Soren arrived in the mail this week and it happened to be the BRIGHTEST red lipstick I have ever seen. He ordered it because I had left it in my Amazon shopping cart after seeing that Cara Loren had worn it in a recent post. He truly surprised me by ordering it and it surprised us both by how really bright it was. But I've decided to embrace it. I love the color so I'm sure I can pull it off - in the right setting at least!

I paired this pop of a red lip with these red t-strap flats I thrifted this weekend. They are my favorite kind of cool flat for every day. Another everyday fav right now is this drapey lightweight cardigan from Dana Leigh Apparel. I love the color and the style, but the comfort level is just right for this SAHM. Use code OLM20 to get 20% off of your Dana Leigh Apparel order.

Have you decided to work on any phobias lately? Are you better in person or on paper?



Cardigan: c.o Dana Leigh Apparel
Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Thrifted (DC Brand)
Earrings: ONE little MOMMA
Lipstick: NYX Indie Flick


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Sunless Tanner Q&A's - Follow Up

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Sunless Tanner Q&A's---- answers to common questions about using sunless tanner

A few weeks back I posted about my sunless tanner routine and your response really surprised me! I'm so glad you are wanting and willing to try it because 1. if I can do it you can do it and 2. it really is such a great addition to your beauty routine. I did my best to get back to individual questions about my tanner, but there were a few that I wanted to share because they weren't covered in my last post

Does your tanner smell?

A little. My husband can smell it, but it really is minimal. Unlike other self tanners, I cannot smell it on myself throughout the day unless I really stick my arm to my nose. I don't mind the smell on its own, but definitely smell any tanning lotion before you buy it because it will stick around to some degree. 

Did you have to go a shade darker with your foundation after you started using self tanner?

I have not. But I do think it is a good idea to have a darker shade on hand. (I haven't because I'm cheap.) On the days when I apply tanner, I can tell that my skin is darker than my normal foundation, obviously. But because I contour and use a bronzer in my makeup routine, it doesn't affect my overall look. 

Do you use the same tanner on your face as your body?

Yes. I was worried about extra breakouts or blemishes, but so far it hasn't caused any problems. I know there are specific tanners out there for your face, but I have not felt the need to try any. If you do use a separate tanner for your face, please tell me why in the comments - maybe I should be using one! 

When do you put on your tanning lotion versus your moisturizer and anti-aging creams?

I do use a toner and a moisturizer in the morning and at night. I will usually use both before I use my tanner. My face gets especially dry in the winter and moisturizing before I tan helps to keep the color even and soften any dry spots before the color hits them. I typically put self tanner on in the morning after I shower and before I do my makeup. 

Does your tanner ruin your white sheets or clothing?

Yes and no. Self tanner will ruin anything that is white if it is not totally soaked in. I let my tanner absorb for about ten minutes before I get dressed. I have an old robe that I slip on after I apply tanner so that I can run around the house somewhat clothed while it sets in. Yes a little rubs off, but as a momma of three boys I don't have time to just stand nude in the bathroom for ten minutes and expect to be left alone. Also, we have dark colored sheets so I cannot say if it has gotten on my bedding. I can guarantee you that if you use self tanner you will ruin or stain something, but you can keep it to a minimum if you rub it in well and wait for it to absorb before you put clothing on your body. 




Sunless Tanner Q&A's---- answers to common questions about using sunless tanner

If you have any other questions you can refer to my first post or leave them in the comments. I'll do my best to get back to you!

Have you tried tanner since I last posted? Do you have any tips I haven't shared?

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Change is Awesome



I feel like I have been in limbo for the last few months as I've thought about the future of ONE little BELT and where I really want to go in the future. I'm finally ready and moving on some changes for ONE little BELT and ONE little MOMMA. I hate to be vague, but hopefully I will have big news for you in the next few weeks. As part of that change OLB will no longer be carrying ties and bow ties. We are closing out our remaining inventory and are ready to ship it out to you! Ties are all 30% off and ship free until they are gone! If you follow me on FB or IG you got an early heads up, but if not head over to see what cute styles are left. There are colors and prints for all season so stock up on baby gifts, photo props or your little man's accessories this year.

Thank you for supporting our shop and I promise you will love the changes that are on the way.

Find all of our sale items HERE!


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Honest: I Think People Forget Who I Am

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A month or two ago, Soren and I went on a date. I picked him up from work and we headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. It was a rare, but welcome night out just to catch up and eat together (also rare!). We sat down and deliberated over what kind of wings to try. It being my first time at the restaurant, I had no idea there were so many kinds of wings. But I knew I liked wings in general, so we went with the basic mild recipe. We waited for our food to arrive and people-watched. 

One of the waiters looked really familiar to me, which isn't crazy because I grew up here in Kansas City, but it was kind of crazy because we were on the other side of the city. I told Soren, "I think that guy's name is Ethan. I think we went to elementary school together. I think we were best friends and ate orange peels together at lunch." So Soren replies, "Well you should say hi to him and stop looking at him like that! You look like you hate him!" That sent me on a whole rant of, "Well, I'm just squinting to see if I really recognize him. What if he doesn't remember me? What if it isn't him? What if I say something dumb and he thinks I'm crazy? What would I even say to him - especially if he doesn't recognize me!?!" Of course Soren thought I was being ridiculous and even rude, but I maintained my position. 

So, I said nothing. I actually kind of tried to avoid looking at him, just in case it was him and he did remember me. Now I really do sound crazy right?

Around then, our dinner arrived. I typically order milk with my wings (much to Soren's embarrassment), but that night I stuck with Diet Coke and oh, I paid for it. That mild was not mild. I gave in to the heat after about three pieces and then stuck with my salad.


Neither of us could handle the heat! I could not stop laughing at Soren painfully working his way through those wings. He does not like spicy foods at all, but he also hates to waste, so he just agonizingly finished them off. 


We finished up and I definitely left feeling like dinner was a let-down, but not because of the food or the company. I felt small. Like I really had been a chicken and maybe even rude. As a self-declared introvert, I don't feel like I naturally possess all of the best people skills. I'm generally afraid of things like phone calls or potentially awkward situations. So in line with that, I honestly believe, like deep in my heart, that if I haven't seen someone for a few years - or maybe even a year - that they don't remember me. I also probably don't remember their name (I'm terrible with names), but even if I do, I would bet money that they don't remember my name or my face.  


Talking to my husband on the way home and in subsequent conversations I have realized that 1. I am probably wrong. They likely DO indeed remember me. And 2. Wouldn't it make their day if I said "Hi, I remember you!" first? I'm sorry if this is like totally normal human knowledge, but these ideas had never entered my thoughts. I was so worried about how I would feel if they didn't remember ME or if I didn't say the right thing or if I was embarrassed. Seeing a theme? Me too. Why hadn't I thought of it from the other perspective before? 

It feels great to be remembered! Any time that someone recognizes or remembers me I am so taken aback and it feels wonderful - whether I know them or not! I really want to work on this challenge this year because it is all about being brave and open and confident in the best way. I can't say I've done it yet, but I'm committing to it now. 

Have you ever struggled with this?  What do you say to people that you haven't seen in a long time and aren't sure if they remember you? (I'd really like to hear it - I need ideas!!!) 



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5 Trends To Keep Wearing This Year (and Next!)

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5 Trends to Keep Wearing This Year- it's not too late to try these ones out!

I know everyone has their different opinion on trends and following them, but I happen to love them. I love spotting new trends, starting my own, forecasting trends, and of course styling them too. There are classic pieces that will never go out of style, but I love updating my wardrobe and trying new things. I don't think everyone should or needs to try every trend. I know I don't! But adding several trendy items to your wardrobe each season will really make your basics exciting. I will preach that your closet absolutely needs a balance between basics and on-trend pieces in order to have great style! 

Do trends frequently change? Yes, definitely. But I can't imagine only sticking with items that are timeless - how boring! And often, trends stick around and un-trend themselves into mainstream style for years at a time. In that case, your trendy pieces move into more of your basics category for the next few seasons. Today, I've got five items that have been around for a few seasons and that I predict will be around for a few more. If you find any of these items that you love at a great price, snatch them up for now and for next fall and winter. You will definitely get some use out of them!

5 Trends to Keep Wearing This Year- it's not too late to try these ones out!
1. Ankle Boots - Ankle boots have been around for several years, but they won't be going anywhere. If anything they are getting more interesting and fun to style! There are so many styles, from lace-up to pull-on, but boots with buckles and cut-outs will definitely be hitting hard this year. I'm loving the peep-toe ankle boots for spring too!

5 Trends to Keep Wearing This Year- it's not too late to try these ones out!
2. Oversized Cardigans and Kimonos - This trend is not my husband's favorite, but I think it is one of mine. There is no denying the comfort factor of these cardigans, but they look great too. I would love to find the right lighter weight one for spring/summer, but be on the lookout for heavier ones on clearance. They will work great through the cold spells of spring and then you can pull them back out in the fall.


5 Trends to Keep Wearing This Year- it's not too late to try these ones out!
3. Faux Fur - You know how much I love fur, but don't worry about it disappearing next year. It will be back again in more colors and accessories. If you find the right fur vest or scarf, be sure to grab it. You can even wear it with the right tee this spring.

5 Trends to Keep Wearing This Year- it's not too late to try these ones out!
4. Leopard - Leopard is the print that just won't quit. I still love, love, love it. Leopard is getting bolder and showing up on more than just accessories now. Be on the lookout for a leopard cardigan or even the right leopard coat. And keep your leopard flats in rotation - they are still the perfect neutral flat!

5 Trends to Keep Wearing This Year- it's not too late to try these ones out!

5. Leather Jackets/Leather Everything - Leather had a big year last year and it is sticking around. There are so many ways to incorporate it, but a leather moto jacket has become trendy this year. This type of jacket will go a long way for seasons to come, even if it isn't exactly a moto jacket.

5 Trends to Keep Wearing This Year- it's not too late to try these ones out!

There are items in my wardrobe that I will always love, whether they are on trend or not. Items like my denim jacket or the perfect striped tee will be sticking around as my classics, but style is so much more fun if you are open to new things! Consider adding one or more of these trends to your closet this year and see where it takes ya.

How do you feel about fashion trends? Have you been wearing any of these trends? If not are you wanting to try any of them?

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What I Wore - Moto Jacket and Converse

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What a weekend! It started off so well, and then it tanked big time! Valentine's Day was such a fun day of eating chocolate, making cookies, and eating our Papa Murphy's heart-shaped pizza. I made each of the boys a handmade Valentine and got them each a tiny box of chocolates. They were in heaven! Saturday was a good day too, but on Saturday night, the stomach flu hit our house and it was not pretty. Kesler and I both woke up sick in the middle of the night. Talk about a long night. It was miserable watching him be sick and feeling total empathy because I was feeling the exact same way. It was a new motherhood moment as I found myself nursing Knox while holding the bucket for Kesler, while feeling sick myself! Won't forget that one!

Thankfully Kesler recovered pretty well by the morning, but I did not. I really do not do sick well. Between nursing and being sick all night, I got majorly dehydrated. I sent Soren to the store for Gatorade after church and called him while he was gone in hysterics because my arms (from the elbow down) and my legs (from the knees down) were crazy tingly and frozen in a clenched position. I literally could barely move them, like the ultimate charley horse! I realized that it was most likely electrolyte imbalance, but there was nothing I could do about it - I couldn't move! A family friend who is a doctor came over when Soren got home and determined I didn't need to go to the ER, I just needed to drink the Gatorade and it would get better. I was a little annoyed that no one was as panicked as I was about the situation, but he was right. Thankfully it did get better, but it took a lot of Gatorade and more than an hour to relax. Thankfully, no matter how traumatic, I survived - and being sick definitely made me catch up on some much needed sleep. Sleep, however, is the only thing I caught up on while sick so I'll definitely be catching up on everything else this week. I'm sorry if I haven't responded to your emails, messages, or comments. I'll do my best to get back to you, but don't hesitate to remind me!

As for the outfit... I keep wishing for spring. This week, the weather is looking up. I am getting a little more daring with my rolled hems and wearing boots less often. My ankles have been a bit chilly, but I am enjoying the slightly warmer weather look, even if I do still have to wear a jacket or coat. I am so done with big sweaters and lots of heavy layers, so expect more outfits that hint of spring and wish for warmer temps.

How was your weekend?



 Jacket: Thrifted
Tee: GAP
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Converse
Bag: Thrifted




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Must Ask Mama - Round One

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Remember last month when I announced the new series that I am contributing to?  Well, today is our first edition featuring questions from you! Must Ask Mama is the perfect place to submit your questions about style, babies, family, and motherhood to a panel of six different moms to get real answers and unique feedback. We would love to feature you so, after reading today's goodness, be sure to send your inquires over to Lynzy at sparklingfootsteps@gmail.com. Make sure your questions are featured next month by emailing early! We would also love to link to your blog along with your questions! Thank you!

MUST ASK MAMA: Round One

QUESTION ONE: "What should I be looking for in clothing/what types of clothing should I be looking for as I move into the postpartum stage? I have six weeks of maternity leave before I need to return to work (I teach K-12th grade English as a Second Language) and will need to have a business casual wardrobe for work. I don't want to invest tons of money into tons of clothes that I will only wear a short time. The most common suggestions are leggings and t-shirts, which is not work appropriate in my situation. I am excited to hear everyone's sage advice!" - Erin from Mrs. Bookworm


Veronika: "This is a great question! I think a few items that you could add to your wardrobe to get you through the transition of returning to work postpartum are pieces with lots of versatility. My suggestions are below.

  • A-line/fuller skirt dresses - they tend to be more forgiving than a pencil silhouette
  • A long blazer (I like the exeter blazer by the brand Talula from artizia.com)- it goes with absolutely everything and the longer length skims the body nicely. It can dress up any outfit and even looks great with a simple v-neck tee or dress shirt 
  • Think about accessories. A basic tee or shirt can be dressed up by adding a bold necklace like a long chain, tassel necklace, or something with a little sparkle. It also draws attention to your face.
  • Stretchy fabrics, like the ones in this Banana Republic dress, are fantastic - and so is ruching.
  • Wrap dresses like this one are also a great choice because they are adjustable. I wore my faux wrap dress from BR before, during, and after pregnancy. It's so versatile.
Also, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing maternity pants back to work postpartum as long as they still fit nicely. No one will know and it will give you time to transition back to your old wardrobe and not have to buy new pants."

Lynzy: "Hi Erin! I lived in my maternity yoga pants every day around the house when I was postpartum (bought them at Motherhood Maternity). However, as far as going back to work, I would invest in just a few pieces that you can rotate for the first two-three months. I looked about five months pregnant for the first few weeks after delivery. By six weeks you will have lost a lot of the weight, but of course might not yet be fitting into your pre-pregnancy clothing. I would invest in some black pants that have a stretch band at the top (Gap and ASOS make great ones or even H&M!) I would also buy tops that are non-maternity but flow out at the bottom a bit (something you can wear all the time and not just "maternity" tops). I really, really love ASOS for tops like that!"


Brittany: "My favorite things to wear right after my daughter was born was yoga pants. Those carried me through the first six-eight weeks when you are still sore and recovering. I had a few pairs of yoga-styled pants that were dressy enough to pair with a dressier top and I could pull it off as business casual. Some of my favorite styled tops post-baby were peplum tops and tunics. Things that are loose fitting in the tummy region were the most comfortable. Another go-to top was a casual button-down shirt that I could throw a cardigan or sweater over. Chunky sweaters are also great, too! Hope this helped. :)"

Erica: "I had to return to law school two days after giving birth to my baby girl, and know exactly what it's like to not want to spend a bunch of money on temporary but appropriate clothes. I was able to find a few skirts from Express that had waistbands made of a stretchy material that still worked after I lost the baby weight. Maybe you can find a couple of these in neutral colors and wear them with tights to make them more teacher-appropriate? If they're still too big after you lose the baby weight, they're usually much easier (and cheaper) to have altered than pants. Button-down shirts (also from Express) were also a wardrobe essential for me during that time, and with the style I was able to find I didn't even have to go a size up to camouflage the belly poof and bigger boobs. Wearing an open blazer also helped me feel less self conscious about any muffin top action I had going on. There are of course a few things I had to cave in and buy, but only because they were on sale and knew I wasn't finished having babies yet. :)"

Denise: "I would hold on to your pregnancy clothes! As not exciting as that sounds, sometimes those pregnancy pants can hold you until you are ready for your pre-pregnancy clothes. Also the Belly Band! I wore this during pregnancy all the time so I was able to wear my regular pants but just leave them unbuttoned. Well, the same went for after baby. The Belly Band is great and would work with your pants that you already have for work. As far as tops, I really love loose-fitting button-down blouses. I got some great ones from Old Navy right after my baby and I wore them all the time – out to the store, to dinner with the hubs – everywhere.  And they were silk so you can dress them up (for work) or down (for weekend). I would check Old Navy and Target for reasonably priced options!"

Kilee: "This is such a common question for so many new mommas! While most of us want to be right back into our pre-baby clothes, it is highly unlikely by just six weeks postpartum. So yes, be ready to buy some new things! If you had business casual maternity clothes that you like, you will probably be able to keep wearing a lot of them. I would also look for some skinny-fitting black knit pants with some stretch to them and loose-fitting tunic sweaters. The black pants will act kind of like leggings kicked up a notch and will look great inside tall boots or with cute flats. Long, loose fitting sweaters will hide any tummy and wear well with slim pants. I would stick to looser fitting tops and tighter or slimmer fitting bottoms."

QUESTION TWO: "My son is 2.5 years old & every mealtime I struggle to get him to eat "real" food that isn't goldfish or applesauce.  He won't touch things like pasta, chicken, etc. So do you have any ideas on how to get him to at least try things or foods that your 2 year olds like?" - Katie from Tied Ribbon

Kilee: "My kids are actually great eaters! They love salad and veggies as well as goldfish and applesauce. I can't take credit for all of it, but I think there are some habits that we have that help. First, I let my kids help me grocery shop. If they ask for something that is healthy at the store, I'll buy it. I also sometimes encourage them to choose a fruit or veggie to purchase. They frequently help me cook meals. It is definitely messy, but we enjoy it. Whenever we sit down to eat, I don't offer other meal choices. What is on the table is what everyone eats. Every meal has something that the kids like so there are foods that they view as safe and then sometimes new ones to try. I think my husband's and my attitude about the food also rubs off on the kids. We aren't picky and are enthusiastic about the benefits of healthy food. And it may seem silly, but the show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has several episodes that focus on trying new foods, and my kids can't help but memorize the little songs from the show. If Daniel Tiger says to try new foods, my kids are up for it. "

Veronika: "I don't feel I can really answer this one, but I've heard of parents making their children's food into fun shapes and little designs on their plates to make it more appealing/more likely that they will at least try it (perhaps you could even try cutting real cheese into goldfish shapes to see if he will eat something that's the same shape). I also read that babies and children often need to try a food 10-20 times before they will eat it, so just keep offering. Children and babies can be such picky eaters, but based on my friends who have older babies and their experiences, it tends to be a phase when they are consistently only eating certain foods."

Denise: "While I do not have a 2.5 year old (I only have a 6-month-old), I do have four nephews (ages 1, 4, 5, and 12) and have seen this problem. I would try making it a game! Maybe pick one or two new foods a week (at most) and make it a game for your child to try new foods. It could be a family Friday night tradition. That way you aren’t throwing too many things at your child at once, and focusing on one night a week seems manageable. If he/she starts to enjoy those foods, then you can incorporate them into meals throughout the week. "

Erica: "I too have a difficult eater so I feel your pain! One thing I realized in my case, however, is that my daughter is less picky about the types of food she eats and more picky about when she eats them. My doctor recommended I keep a healthy food tray readily available for her to much on throughout the day. We realized she is more of a "grazer" than a three-meal-a-day person. That being said, there are still a lot of foods she simply refuses to eat. One way I've been able to get her to eat more of these foods is to pair them with something she really, really likes. I keep the food she likes out of reach and tell her she can only have a bite of it after she has a bite of the thing she doesn't like. In your case, for example, I'd have a plate with chicken on it and say, "Would you like a goldfish?" When he says yes reply, "Well if you take one bite of that yummy chicken you can have a goldfish." I've read that kids sometimes need to try a type of food up to fifteen times before they are accepting of it. If you haven't tried something like this already, it may be worth it!"

Lynzy: "I do not feel equipped to answer this question. I have a 4.5 month old and we haven't made the jump from milk to food yet! I have a nephew who is 13 months old and LOVES everything - his mama introduced foods early and always offers him a variety. I will leave this question to the other mamas. :)"

Brittany: "I would give smoothies a try, and toss in some spinach leaves for him to get some greens! You cannot taste the spinach, and you can add whatever fruit he likes for taste. Also, another fun way to get him to try new foods is to make his favorite characters out of the foods. Maybe he can even help you. I saw a blogger make Halloween candy corn out of fruits for her daughters breakfast. Just a thought. :)" 

QUESTION THREE: "My question for you ladies is: How and when do you start transitioning your baby to sleep on their own? At what age can you just put her in the bed and she falls asleep on her own (instead of feeding and rocking her to bed)? Marli is 10 months and I am not sure if I should start easing her into this when she's a year old...help!"  - Linh from A Beautiful RAWR

Lynzy: "Okay so my little babe is 4.5 months old and she was very colicky for the first three months (we are talking - screamed from 3 pm - 11 pm every night without fail). She was forming some bad sleeping habits around three months and the best thing I ever did was to get her into her own room into her own crib. We started at three months and we have an entire bedtime routine. It goes like this: bath at 7 pm followed by a massage and PJs, then a book. She will then nurse and +/- a bottle as well. Right after she is done eating and burping, she is placed in her crib and she goes to sleep in less than five minutes, however, we did sleep train her a bit at three months - which I believe is the reason that she is very good at soothing herself and putting herself to sleep. I always put her in the crib awake."



Denise: "I have a 6-month-old, so my advice is limited. However, I would think Marli is most definitely ready to fall asleep on her own in her crib! But I also see nothing wrong with rocking/singing to her before bed. Just put her down before she falls asleep! Sometimes I think people expect a baby (or child) to go from play time to sleep time in three minutes and that is just not practical. My husband and I had to learn this when we were first letting Georgia sleep in her crib. I know I couldn’t go from laughing and goofing off to zonked out asleep in three minutes, so I can’t expect my baby to either. I would say establish a good night time routine (bath, quiet massage, story time, sing one song), and then lay your child down before falling asleep. If you do this for a week, I bet she will learn to fall asleep on her own!"

Veronika: "I want to know the answer to this one myself! I think our plan is to eventually give a bottle before bedtime but not at bedtime. We've been really good about sticking with a night time routine. We do the exact same thing every night: play for a bit in the nursery, bath time, diaper/PJ's and then she has her bottle while being rocked in the glider. Harper is pretty stuck on the idea that she needs to have her bottle to go to sleep, so this will be a challenge for us too!

Because I will be facing your exact same scenario soon, I think we will work towards developing a bedtime routine that has the same level of consistency as our current one, but with some added elements like story time. I think reading before bed is a wonderful thing to do, but right now Harper is at an age where she just wants her bottle and wants to sleep. I think after her bath I will hold her and rock her in the glider and see if she will fall asleep that way. As a mom who works outside of the home, I cherish that evening time with those extra snuggles."

Kilee: "Each of my kiddos has been different. The first one I let cry it out, the next didn't fall asleep easily until about 16 months, and then my third started doing pretty well at about 7 months. I think the earlier you can start to push them to fall asleep on their own, the better. That might mean letting them fuss a little before going to get them or having Dad rock them to bed instead of Mom. Sometimes I think babies and kids are more capable than we give them credit for, but they will enjoy being rocked or held or fed if it is offered."

Brittany: "We transitioned our daughter to her crib at 8 weeks old. After a few unsuccessful nights, we went back to the bassinet in our room. She didn't sleep any better in her bassinet, but we figured we would just go back to how we had it since nothing changed with her sleeping. We learned soon after that she had severe reflux and we quickly invested in a rock 'n' play. We kept that in our room for a few more weeks and realized she was sleeping so much better. We decided to give it a shot, and we moved her rock 'n' play into her nursery at 4 months old, and she did great. After about a month, we moved her back into her crib. She became a very good tummy sleeper and we haven't looked back. :)" 

Honestly, our pediatrician told us at 4 months to start putting our daughter in her crib while she was awake. That didn't really work for us. We tried, and found she slept worse, so we just played it by ear. At around 6 months, we noticed that after she was done with her night time bottle, that she was happy and drowsy. We just began to put her in her crib at this phase and she would end up putting herself to sleep. Although I still enjoy rocking her to sleep when she is drowsy just to have that little us time before she goes down. I think it comforts her to know I rocked her for a bit before I put her down to put herself to sleep. We use the Dr. Ferber's method now for anytime nighttime fussiness, and it works wonders!! I highly recommend it. It is a comfort cry it out method, and our daughter has never cried for more than 10 minutes with it. You basically just go into their room and comfort them every 3, 6, 10, and then 15 minutes. We've never gotten to 10 before. It isn't for everyone, but figured I'd mention it in case you were interested. Good luck. :)"

QUESTION FOUR: "I'm a full-time working mommy and wife. I need tips/advice on how to deal with my son's unpredictable tantrums!!! My son will turn three on Thursday the 23rd. Owen is a smart boy who loves to make people laugh. Of course, we have the moments where we have a huge meltdown, jumping up and down, whiny scream comes out of nowhere and of course it happens in the grocery store or my favorite - church!! The tantrums at church have caused my husband and I to change our schedule Sunday mornings (daddy was leaving before for music practice) we decided to change up our schedule to maybe leave all together. If we see a change we will stick with it but of course I'm asking for tips/ advice on how to manage/control the tantrums and whining." - Amanda

Denise: "Oh my goodness I am SO unequipped to answer this question so I am going to say PASS to these other mamas and I can’t wait to read what they say (and bookmark it for my future reference!)."

Erica: "My daughter is just getting into the "terrible twos" phase and we're beginning to have to deal with tantrums and whining as well. I know how difficult it can be, but I think the most important thing to do is not cave in. I've often done the opposite and just given my toddler what she's whining about to shut her up, but I think the less I do this, the faster the tantrum stage will end. I read in a recent toddler update email of mine that it's also important to call your toddler out when he or she is whining, every time they start doing it. Remind them that as long as they are using their whiny voice, they will not get what they want. Sometimes I think my toddler is just whining or yelling to get a rise out of me, and in those cases I correct her behavior once and then simply ignore her until she stops. This isn't always as easy in a public place, of course. When I'm in those situations, I calmly take my toddler outside (or somewhere more private) until they cool off (if I can). I'd love to tell you that these methods are guaranteed to work, but my toddler still has meltdowns fairly often so that would be a lie! Just try to do the best you can and remember that toddler tantrums happen. :)"

Kilee: "This is a tough one. A huge part of it is the age he is, but it also might just be his personality. My first never did, but my second little boy can throw a tantrum that is unreal! I can't believe how worked up he will get over nothing! In our case, I've learned that there is no talking him down from it. He has to decide to get over it and change his emotions. The fact that he is so passionate is a blessing because it comes out in his humor and in his loving side, but it is so hard to deal with when he is mad. I doubt you will like this advice, but honestly just learning not to react to his tantrum and showing him love afterwards is my best advice. You just gotta wait it out patiently. It shows him that you can control your own emotions, you understand he is expressing himself in the only way that he can at that moment and that you are there for him when he decides to pull out of it. Then whenever my son is done with his fit, if I have the chance, I hug him and hold him and talk to him about what he was feeling and what might be a better way to respond next time. I know it is hard and embarrassing and frustrating, but it really can be a way to get closer to him rather than pushing him away for his bad behavior."

Lynzy: "I am definitely not equipped to answer this question! I will leave it to the other mamas. :)"

I would love to hear your thoughts on these questions as well! How do you handle tantrums or picky eating? What were your favorite things to wear postpartum?


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Love Ya

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Happy Valentine's Day! I'm home with sick kiddos today so we'll be laying low, making cards for friends and eating our heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's. We have a date planned for tomorrow night so I'm crossing my fingers for healthy kids and a night out.

I hope you feel loved and appreciated today! I sure do thank you for your love and support and to show ya I'm gifting you 14% off in our shop with code LOVEYA. (Free shipping is still on too!)

What are your plans this weekend? How are you showing your love? Has anyone really made you feel amazing?

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Everyday Style - Forget About High Heels

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I'll be honest, I've been breaking my own everyday style rules lately. Last edition of Everyday Style, I preached about just changing out of your pajamas to up your daily style factor. I have so been breaking this rule lately, but I'm blaming it on the snow and freezing temps that have kept us somewhat homebound. Whatever my excuse, I'm back to keeping my own commandments because I did not feel good or like myself on the days when I went makeup-less, un-showered and bra-less until 3 pm. I get that it happens to the best of us, but I sure don't prefer it!

Striped tee, serape scarf and tall tan boots- Everyday style with ONE llittle MOMMA
Shirt: GAP
Pants: TJ Maxx
Boots: Vintage Thrifted

Gray tee, red cords, flag scarf and Converse
Shirt: c/o Everlane
Pants: Thrifted (GAP)
Shoes: Thrifted (Converse)
Scarf: Very Jane

Teal cardigan, dark denim and ankle boots
Sweater: c/o Dana-Leigh Apparel
Tee: GAP
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Old Navy
Earrings: World Market

This week's tip is all about shoes. Buy cute shoes that you can wear every day. Choose shoes that have a low heel and are comfortable and stylish but still practical! There are PLENTY of cute shoes out there that fit this description. They don't all have to be sneakers (although a cute pair of those will go a long way), but don't spend much money on 5-inch heels, no matter how gorgeous they are! I have found as a mom, heck even in high school, as a college student, or pre-motherhood, I need fabulous shoes that work every day with all of my clothes. I will not wear running shoes daily and I almost never get to wear heels. Who does get to wear heels every day? I read a lot of fashion blogs and the main complaint I have is their shoe choice. I love beautiful shoes with a high heel or wedge, but if they are not workable on two or more days of my week, I almost never buy them!

Some of my favorites are Converse, TOMS, ballet flats, low heel or flat ankle boots, tall boots with a low heel and moccasins. I know some people love rain boots as well, but I don't love them for everyday wear on me. In the spring and summer, I love to wear wedge or platform sandals, but they have to feel more like a shoe than a high heel. Otherwise I only real heels for dates or church.

What is your go-to shoe? Have I missed any great ones?


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