Thursday, August 25, 2016

Parker Grace | 18 Months

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Last Friday Parker turned a year and a half old! She's got such a big personality and heart. She loves all animals, especially dogs and cows. She blows kisses, gives high fives and knows quite a few of her body parts. She loves showing people her belly. She blows bubbles in the pool and is learning how to kick and scoop at swim lessons. She says cheese whenever a camera or phone comes out. She knows how to work the iPad better than some people I know. She loves food. Especially dip. If it can be dipped she will eat it! She is shy around people she doesn't know but loves other kids. Her favorite person is her dad. 

She's just a peanut at 21 lbs and 31 inches tall! She weaned herself to just breastfeeding first thing in the morning and right before bed. I'm not going to force her to quit anytime soon but I can see the end of our breastfeeding journey in sight.

Parker loves books, taking showers and going shopping. She's a very easy-going toddler but can be a diva. She uses the word no way too often! She loves doing anything mommy does. I'm hoping potty training is a breeze because she has to be there when I'm in the bathroom!

I haven't settled on one nickname yet. I call her Princess, Parks, Love, Sweets and Miss.

She's my tiny sidekick and I sure love her! 

Target Dress | Old Navy Sandals (similar) | Little Poppy Co Headband

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Stylish Mama | Key Pieces to Make Transitioning to Fall Easier

Hello, my name is Rema and I am the writer and creator over at Jewelry & Jeans a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog. I am a wife to Kevin and mom to two little men who fill my heart completely. I am a fashion enthusiast and beauty novice, who loves playing with new styles. I enjoy design and exploring my creative side and it is an added bonus when I can do so without breaking the bank. I began blogging as a way to share my style with family and friends but I love that I have been able to connect with people from all over. Stop by and say hello, I love meeting new friends. 

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With fall around the corner I'm starting to pull out some of my key pieces for transitioning into cooler weather. My go to outfit has been these ripped skinnies and this incredibly soft tee.  I don't want to take them off so I've been working on how to work them into my fall looks.

Some of my simple tricks involve additional accessories and one trend that I loved last season is still so great for this fall season, the military vest or jacket. Whether paired with shorts and a tank or jeans and a tee, it is incredibly versatile and a great layering piece.  As the weather gets even cooler I love pairing it with some of my long sleeve tops and booties. Some of my other must have transitional pieces include scarves, boots and hats. What is your favorite way to make your summer wardrobe fall appropriate?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Stylish Mama | LBD for Fall

I have a treat for you this week! Two days of The Stylish Mama. I took a two week break from them while I waited for the new contributor's posts. I'm making up for it this week! If you like to submit a post for The Stylish Mama series please email me at Our first post is from Annie...

I am The Real Housewife of Fresno; I am a wife, mama, Realtor, and lifestyle blogger.  My blog is about family, friends, food, fashion, and my favorite finds.  I was born and raised in Fresno, CA and I truly love this place I call home.  I married my high school sweetheart, Kevin in 2009 and we welcomed our first bundle of joy, Emily Grace in 2011 and our second baby girl, Madison Anne in 2014.  I wear a million different hats a day but typically love all my roles.  My obsessions include reality tv, anything sweet, high heels, handbags, arm candy, sunnies, lip gloss, buffalo chicken salad, hot tea (I hate coffee), Instagram, Pinterest, and a good book, a pool, and a cocktail!

With school back in session I'm thinking of fall.  I know it's right around the corner even though I'm not quite ready for it.  Even so I'm starting to prepare my wardrobe for the changing seasons.  I try to stretch the wardrobe which stretches the budget and for those of you that know me, you know I'm a penny pincher.  I love staple pieces that can transition from one season to the next.  I think simple and basic pieces are great for transitioning.  It's the accessories that not only add style but also change with the seasons.

I'm loving this simple LBD.  During the hot summer days it's light and cool.  Although its simple, it has enough detail to make it unique. I'm able to wear it with wedges to run around town, flats when I'm chasing my girls around, and black pumps when I need to work. And no look would be complete without my sunnies and arm candy.

Fall days in Fresno can be beautiful and still slightly warm.  So adding a light scarf, over-the-knee boots, and a floppy felt hat make it perfect for the crisper days.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

How to Create a Functional and Stylish Changing Station

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New moms receive A LOT of advice. Some is good and wanted advice, some is terrible and some is based on personal experiences/preferences. I was told not to bother with a changing table by several different people. They said I would end up changing my daughter wherever I was at the time in my house, on my bed, on the couch, on the floor etc. I was not convinced by this advice though and created a multi-functional changing station in Parker's nursery. It's been 18 months now and we use it all day, everyday!

The star of our changing station is the new Playtex® Diaper Genie® Complete from Target. This Diaper Genie has undergone a makeover and is their easiest system yet. It has a foot pedal for a one-handed diaper toss and it is just the right height so there is no need to bend over! I love the sleek white design and the fact that it can hold up to 270 dirty diapers.

To create our changing station, I started with a nice big dresser. I wanted everything I may need for an outfit change and diaper change all in one location. Plus, she can continue to use the dresser throughout her childhood and we aren't stuck with a changing table. On top of the dresser is a changing pad, wipe warmer, and bin for shoes. Because what baby doesn't need a bin full of shoes!?

I utilized several drawers in the dresser for items we use all the time. The top drawers house Parker's butt creams, q-tips, thermometer, nasal aspirator, wash clothes, extra covers for the changing pad, socks, and hats. The middle drawers are clothes and on the bottom I store extra diapers, wipes and refills for the Diaper Genie.


Above the dresser I have a handy storage shelf. This is where I keep items we need to access throughout the day. Diapers on one shelf, lotions and sunscreen on another. The other shelves are used to store Parker's tights and moccasins. And of course the hooks hold Parker's vast headband collection. The hooks could also be used for bibs, teething clips, sunglasses, and teething jewelry. I utilize the top of the shelf for storage and to display items.

I placed our Diaper Genie Complete right next to the dresser. This allows a convenient change and toss! No need to walk to a different part of the house to throw the smelly diaper away. Having everything in one place is better in so many ways. When Parker was a newborn and pooping through outfits several times a day, I had everything within arms reach. Now that she is older, I have her helping when she gets ready. She brushes her hair and we sing songs and count while she sits on the changing pad. It's actually become a really special place for us. Not just for diaper changes.

Target has always been my go-to for baby supplies. You can pick up everything you need to create a functional changing station in one place! Right now (through 9/3) you can purchase the new Diaper Genie Complete at a special price with Cartwheel. If you're expecting, add it to your Target Baby Registry. You won't be sorry!

Do you or did you utilize a changing station with your baby?
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I feel like this week flew by. We spent a lot of time outside, in the pool. Parker doesn't seem to mind the 85-90 degree days. I, on the other hand, am melting. Thank goodness for AC! How was everyone's week? Is it hot where you are? 

Before we get the weekend started here's a few of my favorites from the week...

1. My little fashionista was featured as one of the "13 kids totally crushing it in the ootd department" on The Cuteness this week!


2. I'm obsessed with the Rifle Paper bows from Everly Ave! Don't forget to use KERRYAFDEM for 15% off your order.

3. Little miss is a YEAR AND A HALF old today. How did that happen!? She loves naked swimming. I'll post a full 18 month update next week.

4. I'm really digging Instagram stories. Have you tried it? It's a little like Snapchat. You add photos and videos to your story throughout the day and they disappear after 24 hours. Basically I don't have to worry about oversharing on my page!

5. Today is the last day to enter our Camping Hair Don't Care shirt giveaway. Click HERE for all the details!

Have a great weekend! We're going to try to escape the heat by going to the water. We don't know where yet but you can bet I'll be jumping in when we get there!

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