I am so excited to share that we are expecting a baby girl! What a surprise & such a blessing. She will be here early July. Kai is over the moon, constantly wanting to talk to her and kiss my belly. Hopefully this sweetness remains and he doesn’t get super jealous when she arrives. Seriously, it’s the cutest thing ever, my heart could explode.
This pregnancy was a complete shock. We were always open to having another baby, but we had such a hard time getting our little miracle Kai that I wasn’t sure it would happen again. And here we are, halfway there. Surreal. The quote “Life happens when you are making other plans” couldn’t be more appropriate.
I haven’t posted here in way too long. The first trimester I felt so drained of all creative energy. Now that I’m feeling human again, I’m excited to start updating the blog more. One thing I really want to post about is styling the bump. I’ve found that maternity clothes are really lackluster, so I’ve come up with a few options that are working better for me that I’d like to share!
Thanks for reading & for all the kind words on Instagram & Facebook!
Last night I made these mini pizzas that were so delicious I had to share. I’m always finding inspiration via Pinterest and I like to modify the recipes based on what my family likes. Whole Foods sells gluten free mini pizza crust (they come refrigerated in packs of two), and they’re actually quite yummy. These only take about 20 minutes to bake, and you can put so many different spins on them depending on your liking. They’re pretty effortless and equally delicious.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 White or Yellow Onion
Wild Arugula (I buy bags at Trader Joes)
Salt and Pepper
Red Chili Flakes (optional)
Raw Brown Sugar
Preheat oven to 425.
Thinly slice and caramelize the onion (cook in a pan on med/high heat with olive oil and salt and pepper until the onions are light brown and soft.)
Meanwhile, place mini pizza crusts on a baking sheet. Cover with mozzarella. Add the caramelized onion, goat cheese, and very lightly season with the garlic powder.
Bake pizzas at 425 for 20 minutes or until the edges of the crust are a golden brown.
While the pizzas are baking – mix 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp of sugar together and bring to boil. Once its boiling reduce to a simmer and let thicken for about 10 minutes or so.
Remove the pizzas and garnish the top with arugula and balsamic glaze (cilantro & chili flakes = optional).
Thats it! Hope you enjoy as much as my family did. I even got my toddler to eat a piece (minus the chili flakes of course)!
After I had my son, I felt pretty frumpy for a while. Not that I really cared, to be honest. I was so in love with him that the last thing on my mind was what I was wearing. I think I actually put on jeans maybe one or two times and I had to buy a much bigger size than I normally wear. After the first month I started to get out more and started to care a little more about what I was wearing. I think that there are some key pieces that every new mom should have on hand. When your body has just made another human, it most likely needs a little time to transition back to what it was like before. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still feel and look good.
A cute, comfortable, inexpensive pair of jeans. Go to Target or H&M and spend 30$ on a pair of jeans that fit your body right now. I was living in leggings and finally got a pair for the first night my hubby and I went out. I got a pair that fit me at the time, and just the act of wearing jeans instead of leggings made me feel human again. Plus, if they’re a little big after a few months they may still be cute as more of a boyfriend jean.
A good hat. Throwing on a good hat when you’re unshowered can really make a huge difference. There are so many cute styles that are versatile and inexpensive. It covers up a potentially disheveled mess of hair (I’m speaking from experience here 🙂 ), and makes you look chic and stylish.
Comfortable but cute shoes. Let’s be honest the thought of putting on heals is a little overwhelming. I remember being scared I would trip when I was carrying the baby. I happen to be a big fan of Converse and Vans, and I think they are timeless and just a step above wearing actual shoes you would wear to work out in. Vans and chucks look cute with jeans, whereas I wouldn’t really wear my Nikes with jeans. If Vans or chucks aren’t your style, Topshop makes some really cute lace up flats that I happen to love, They’re extremely comfortable and $48. Or again – Target. Target. Target. Target. You can literally find everything on this list at Target.
A diaper bag that you actually love. I think most moms buy this before the baby arrives. I had mine picked out before I was pregnant lol. There are so many bags out there, I happened to want something without a print or design. Something that looked a little more like a regular carry on. I spent more money on mine but I will be able to use it forever. Whatever your style is, make sure you love the look as well as functionality of it. Because that bag is gonna go everywhere with you for the first year or more. I still use mine whenever we leave the house.
A comfortable, supportive nursing tank is a necessity if you are breastfeeding. I had them in several colors and would layer bigger tops over them.
When I was pregnant I was all about styling the bump, and was proud of my big belly. After having him, I wore a lot of blousey, flowey tops. I love chambray and denim button downs, and bought a few in different colors & bigger sizes. You will wear them still if you lose weight and they look cute with just about anything.
A good pair of leggings. Nice ones that fit you well and feel good. You are going to wear the hell out of them and the cheaper ones tend to lose shape and the fabric thins out. If you can invest in some Lululemon or Lorna Jane black pants you will have them forever. I bought some that were a little tight at first but fit me right after and still fit.
Lipstick!! In a great color. I love red. Whenever I put on red lipstick I instantly feel like I just took my whole look up a notch. Even if you don’t wear a ton of makeup or have a ton of time to apply it, lipstick is quick and easy.
Manicure. Pedicure. One or both. Preferably both. Do gels (they last longer). If you can’t get to a salon, then paint them yourself. It’ll just make you happy. Do it. You deserve it.
The maxi dress. Depending on the time of year and where you live of course. I live in California so I can wear a dress pretty much all year round. I had a few on rotation that were so comfortable and cute. I stocked up on cheap ones from Old Navy also. You can layer then with a sweater or that denim shirt, your hat and throw on some lipstick and you’re effortlessly ready for brunch. Or Target. Or Trader Joes. Confession: I would regularly go to Target and walk around aimlessly while my son slept in his infant carrier. It was just so nice to get out of the house. And there’s a Starbucks there. Enough said.
Some of you may have seen on instagram, but I wanted to do a blog post as well about my new venture and tell everyone how it came about. I recently took over a kid’s t-shirt company called little black shirt. It was created by a sweet friend of mine, and the moment I met her I knew we had a lot in common and were going to become fast friends. I started this blog as a creative outlet. I actually wanted to start a kids t-shirt company last year. It just felt like something that made sense for me. I love fashion, and since having my son I adore children’s clothing & fashion. I didn’t have a plan though, and as fellow mamas can relate, the idea of starting something from the ground up was a tad overwhelming. So first, I decided to start my blog and see where that took me.
I started D+F in November and I have absolutely loved blogging. It feels awesome to have something that is creative and all mine. Then I met Anna, and realized that she had a kids shirt company, the aesthetic and vibe and name, everything was so spot on what I had envisioned for myself! I immediately ordered a bunch of shirts and started posting them on my blog & Instagram. She had another career path shaping up (Anna is a go getter – creative, smart & inspiring Mama for sure!!!). A few months back she sent me a text that made me get the hugest smile on my face. She asked if I knew anyone that would be interested in taking over little black shirt. I knew I had to talk to my husband, but immediately knew it would be me.
Right now I’m in the trenches of production, and the process is a little slower than I’d like but soon I will have a lot of new inventory. I am so stoked about this and ready to spread the word and get these tees on kiddos! Everything is made in the USA, designed right here in California. I have been loving the creative process. I’ll post some of the new designs soon. Stay tuned. xo
So I am fairly new to the whole blogging world, and have mentioned before that I started it as a creative outlet since I am a stay at home Mama. I am having SO much fun with it, and one of the coolest parts about being a blogging Mama is all of the inspiring, beautiful women that I have “met” through having my blog & on Instagram. One of those women is Caroline over at The Mint Mom. Her blog is so chic, and she is a real sweetheart. I love her fashion tips, mom tips & advice.. the girls got great style. Anyway, she so graciously nominated me for a Liebster award. I had no clue that this even existed, and am so honored and flattered that she thought of me. Basically the Liebster award is an award given from one blogger to another. Its an awesome way to recognize up and coming smaller blogs. The way it works is I post 5 facts about myself, answer Caroline’s 5 questions (below) and nominate 5 other bloggers and give them 5 questions to answer. So here it is! (and thanks again Caroline!) xo
Facts About me:
I am from Kentucky
I just purchased a kids t-shirt company and am totally excited about it-> (little black shirt)
It took me 5 years to have my son. We did IVF and are so incredibly grateful that it worked! Infertility struggles SUCK to say the least.
I am very close with my family (in KY). We FaceTime almost every day.
Before I got pregnant, I did a lot of pilates. I even went through the course to become an instructor.
1. How do you stay motivated?
My son motivates me every day. I want to provide a nice life for him, but more importantly I want him to look back and know that I always did my best. My husband motivates me, he has an incredible work ethic. Other women doing their thang and killing it inspire me so much!
2. What is the best parenting advice you’ve recieved?
Don’t wish away any of the hard times. Even when you feel like you’re losing your mind, you will look back on these moments and wish you could have them back.
Oh my gosh. Um…. I seriously have no clue. Probably well over 50 (yikes). I mean my blog is called denim + fringe. I kinda live in them.
5. Why did you start your own blog?
I started D+F as a creative outlet. I have always worked, and although this Mama job is the hardest I’ve ever had, I still wanted to tap into my creative side. I love being able to express myself, write about new products I love, just write in general. I also love being held accountable to something. It may sound strange, but I love having something that is all me. I can make it whatever i want, and I have to hold myself accountable to come up with new creative content.
Here are my 5 questions for the bloggers I’m nominating:
What is your guilty pleasure as a parent?
What does your “mom uniform” consist of?
How did your marriage change after becoming a parent?
Who is your favorite person to follow on Instagram?
What is your favorite beverage?
I’m nominating the following ladies for the Liebster award!! If you want to participate I look forward to reading your posts! You Mamas are super talented + inspiring! xoxo
Hi D + F friends! I’m Molly, Katie’s little sister and soon-to-be mama from Kentucky. With my first baby due in two short weeks, Katie and I thought it would be fun to share the baby’s nursery and my new favorite room in our house. This 9 month journey has been an amazing experience… I’ve been blessed with a fairly easy pregnancy (I’m assuming based on what other mothers have shared and what I’ve read) and one of my favorite things during this time was creating this calm, serene and playful space for our little peanut. My husband and I decided to let the gender be a surprise (I CANNOT WAIT!) so all of the colors and items were designed to relate to either a boy or a girl. I’m also a huge fan of DIY so several items in the room I handmade myself. I see things online that I love and think, “I could totally make that” and while it may not be perfect or identical to what I was envisioning, I love it a million times more knowing I put the love and hard work into it for our baby. I hope you all enjoy the nursery as much as I do!
When searching for a dresser that would also serve as a changing table, it seemed as if the Hemnes Dresser from Ikea was the way to go. It has a ton of drawer storage and fits a changing pad perfectly. I wanted to spruce up the hardware a bit and found these adorable drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby. Such an easy update! One thing that made me nervous was having the changing pad move freely on top of the dresser. Only one problem… changing pad trays are ridiculously expensive for a wood rectangle (!). I found this one on clearance at Babies R’ Us for $19!!! My husband and I cut it down to size, painted it this minty green and voila!
This mobile is one of my favorite DIYs from the nursery. It’s made from an embroidery hoop, felt balls, beads and string. It’s hanging in the corner of the room because we have a fear of hanging anything above our peanut’s head. This was so much fun to create. I highly recommend giving it a try!
I can’t take full credit on this DIY Light Pendant. I basically purchased the items and my husband did all the work – I’m glad I married a handyman! I bought the sphere at HomeGoods, spray painted it gray, and hung it from the twine light pendant kit from World Market. We had to screw a large hole in the top so the light bulb would sit flush against the sphere. I’ve seen very similar lights in high end decor stores (for lots of $$$!) and it makes me proud of our little project. I love how it turned out and it’ll be perfect for story time or those late night feedings. 🙂
Pictured above: I found a super easy tutorial on Pinterest on how to make a crib skirt that adjusts with the height of the mattress. It was inexpensive and easy! And no, you do not need to be a designer seamstress to pull any of these off. I would classify myself as a beginner or even pre-beginner seamstress, if that even exists 🙂
My husband bought the bulletin board for my office pre-pregnancy and I thought the colors fit with the nursery perfectly. We decided to hang 3×3 B&W prints of our family from twine and mini clothes hangers so when the baby gets a little older they’ll have pictures of Auntie Katie, cousin Kai, grandparents, etc. It’s a sweet reminder of all the people that love him/her so much already!
One thing several of my mom-friends told me they didn’t realize they would use a ton of were burp cloths. I registered for a few and in true Molly fashion, decided I’d make some instead. I used the cutest prints from JoAnn Fabrics for the top and a real soft minky material for the bottom. Super easy and when paired with a matching bib, it creates a great baby shower gift for new mamas!
The headbands are in the baby’s hospital bag just in case we have a little girl. I’m not a fan of the huge bows that cover the majority of a baby’s face so I bought some soft, stretchy jersey fabric and glued flowers and handmade bows to it. I like the unfinished edges and again… super easy, cheap and so sweet!
Side Note: That’s our sweet dog, Moose, laying in the middle of the floor. I caught her napping in there one day. I think she’s ready to be a big sister!
Last but not least, I made this embroidery hoop with one of my favorite lyrics from Coldplay’s “Yellow”. Music and lyrics speak to me and for whatever reason, (other than being a huge Coldplay fan) this song meant a lot to me and is my song for the babe. I wouldn’t say this project was “easy” but once you get the hang of it, it starts to come along. Just don’t ask to see the back of it 🙂 I also made one for Katie (the Pisces constellation since not only are we sisters and BFFs, but also Pisces sisters) and I made one for my mom that says “Home is where Mom is”. I used navy linen fabric, an embroidery hoop and white embroidery floss.
Thanks for checking out our nursery and all the fun DIYs! If you have any questions regarding any of the projects or items, leave a comment below! Most of the pictures my best friend Lindsey from Lindsey Heringer Photography captured for us so check her blog out while you’re at it! ❤
Last week we were in Kentucky visiting my family for my sister’s baby shower. We had such a great trip, it went by so so fast. One thing that was seriously stressing me out was the flight with my 20 month old. I have flown numerous times with him, but he was little enough for me to have on my lap and he slept much more back in those good old days. Now he is so active and the mere thought of sitting on a plane with him alone for 5 hours was giving me a mini panic attack.
My dad is the best, and he flew out here so that I didn’t have to go at least one way alone. (Dad you ROCK!) So I had a little practice. I wanted to make this blog post because I know that I am not alone in my anxiety over flying with a toddler. All of the Mama groups that I’m a part of on Facebook have had a thread going about this at some point or another. So I wanted to post what worked for us.. (Because yes we made it and it was not that bad!). I also want to give props to all of the Mamas who make really long international flights with their babes. I feel like a wimp having had such anxiety over a measly 5 hours when there are so many women doing much longer trips with stops. So hats off to all of you!
1. Since my son is not 2 years old yet, technically I did not have to get him his own seat. But he’s a big boy and there’s no way I could imagine being stuffed next to someone else with him on my lap. I had some miles and used them to get him his own seat. It’s so expensive to fly these days and I would not have bought him a $500 seat, but using my miles and having the extra room for him was so nice. If you can afford it or have miles, I highly recommend getting a seat. It makes a world of difference. Side note – because I used my miles for his ticket and purchased my own, we were under different itineraries. Meaning he was technically an ‘unaccompanied minor’. Really stupid. All this meant for us was that we had to get to the airport even earlier and wait in the Special Services line to print out his ticket, since we were unable to print it at home. A total pain but we had enough time so it wasn’t the end of the world.
2.I know that every kid is different, but it really worked for me to keep him awake until the flight (no nap). This will of course vary depending on the flight time, etc. But he was so worn out that he could not stay awake. So each flight he ended up napping for at least 2 hours, which was amazing. I was able to kick back & watch a movie with a glass of vino!
3. When he wasn’t sleeping, I made sure that I had TONS of options. We of course downloaded all of his favorite shows and a few new movies on the ipad (you cannot stream video via the plane’s WiFi so make sure to download everything or you won’t have access to it). Other than the ipad, Target really saved me. I didn’t have a ton of room in my carry-on, so I went to their cheap dollar section in the front of the store and bought tons of different little things for him to play with and explore. They have packs with stickers and notepads and crayons, little birdie shaped balls, slinkys, chalk, etc. etc.. They have so many great things, and since they’re cheap you don’t have to worry if your kid drops and throws stuff and you never see it again. I also found a little airplane toy that I bought him at the airport that he didn’t set down the entire flight. He loved it and it got him excited about flying. Also, Melissa and Doug make these cool no-mess watercolor pads called Water Wow. He loved ‘painting’, and I loved the fact that there was no mess involved. We played with that for a while.
4. Snacks. Lots of snacks. Whatever your kid loves – bring. I had a bunch of different things for him to choose from. I would alternate between a new toy, and a snack. It seemed to make the time go by quicker. (They do let you bring pouches, baby food, liquids, milk, etc. Basically anything thats for the kid is allowed).
I hope this is helpful to anyone flying soon with their kiddos! Safe travels and don’t stress too much 🙂 (easier said then done, I know!) – xo
Stripes, Floral prints and Bomber jackets were all over the runways for Spring. I put together a few inspiration boards for each trend with affordable pieces. Anyone else looking forward to Spring?! I know I am!! xo
All images via Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Asos
‘They’ say that life has seasons. I’m just finally starting to realize that this is true. I think I’m in a new season of my life. Sometimes it is tough, sleep deprived, and far from glamorous. I have a feeling I’m gonna look back on it and it’s going to be one of the most special. This is the season of life where a late night out means home and in bed watching Netflix by 10pm. When you literally cannot think in the morning before you’ve had your coffee. When the only people you really want to hang with are people who are in the same boat as you (other parents).
So many times throughout my short time as a mother I have seen an older woman at the grocery store give me a sweet, knowing smile. There is a wistfulness in her eyes and I can almost read her mind. I know she is thinking “Slow down. Enjoy this. It goes by so fast.” I know she is right. Yet it is so hard sometimes to be in the moment. I find myself distracted by a million things I need to do, when all I want to do is leave my house messy, order take out for dinner and play outside with my son all day.
Some day my husband and I won’t argue over a messy house and whos turn it is to change the poopy diaper. Some day we’ll have an empty nest and miss these days. ‘They’ say these are the best days. The glory days. Being young(ish), having small children, learning every day as you watch your child see things for the first time. I have to remind myself of this often. I’m sure I will miss this season in my life. I’m positive I will miss him being small enough to pick up and cuddle. Its crazy to think that he will be bigger than me some day. I am going to try from this moment forward to cherish the moments, good and bad. To savor his sweet childhood. Relish in his cuddles and baby smell.