There are so many good sales going on right now I can’t even keep track. I’ve been doing a lot of holiday gift planning the last few days and have stumbled upon some great items. A lot of the picks for this volume of Things I’m Loving are on sale and most of them will work great for upcoming holiday parties or if you’re just feeling festive!
Things I’m Loving:
Abercrombie Sweater Dress
Love the length, the color, the long sleeves, the ribbed knit. This would look great with OTK boots or even ankle booties. Plus, it’s 30% off through the rest of today.
To stay with the velvet theme, this peplum tank is absolutely gorgeous. The wine color is so beautiful, but it comes in other color options as well. This is a great top to get you through your upcoming holiday events. Pair it with black skinny jeans and heels.
Now that I’m part of the motherhood club, I find myself having different conversations and different beliefs than I did when I was younger. Being a mother have certainly changed my perspective on things and I find that there is a new bucket of topics that I have an opinion on. I thought these sorts of topics would be a fun thing to include on the blog since I’d really love this to be more of a conversation than me talking through your screen. 🙂 This isn’t meant to include the non-moms at all. In fact, I think your perspective is equally as important and interesting and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Today’s topic is a question I find myself debating the answer to day in and day out.
How many kids do you want to have?
Growing up, my answer would have always been THREE! I am the middle of three girls and I thought that was the perfect family size. Even up until I had Finn I thought it would be The Gregorys, Party of 5. Nowadays, however, I’m not so sure.
Okay, let me take a step back first. There were moments throughout pregnancy where I thought to myself “wait, people do this more than once? And then you’re supposed to feel this way and take care of another kid?!”. Not looking forward to those days…
But once we had Finn our world changed so drastically. There have even been days where I thought Finn might be an only child because I don’t have the patience, the energy, or the time of day to be a mom of more than one, let alone be a good mom to more than one.
So, what’s my answer? I think David and I have settled on two kiddos. Of course, this is open for discussion and nothing is set in stone. However, we’d love to be able to give our children great lives and that means taking into account our lifestyle, our career ambitions, our finances and our sanity :). We want our children to be involved in clubs and sports and we’d like to be able to watch them do those things! We want to travel with them and introduce them to new places. With all of that in mind, two kids sounds like the perfect number.
Realistically, giving Finn a brother or a sister is a strange idea. Just like bringing him into the world, a new child will bring challenges and adventures that we will face together as a family. It’s an exciting thought!
PS. No, I’m not pregnant 🙂
So tell me, how many kids do you want? And if you have kids, do you think you’ll have more? Did you think you’d have less?
Happy Gift Guide Season! I’m starting off the gift guide series with options for the women in your life. I have two wonderful sisters who have actually received items off of this list! Whether it’s your BFF, sister-in-law, or your co-worker, I’ve put together some great options for all the women in your life!
if you’re not using essential oils, you’re missing out! i use oils for everything from soothing coughs, to relaxing in the tub, to reducing anxiety. giving a diffuser is a great gift idea for any woman in your life! it’s like having a great smelling candle in your home, but with added benefits for your mood and health.
i love the idea of homesick candles! the company created a scent for each state or region that reminds you of being there. i loved that new york included scents that remind you of the adirondacks and fresh water. i gave these to my sisters last year since they both live in colorado and they were a hit! both of them said that the scent brought them back to our childhood in upstate new york 🙂
i’ve got my eye on this one for sure! a crockpot AND pressure cooker combo for under $100. if you keep your eyes peeled, i can almost guarantee that this will be on major sale for black friday and cyber monday.
i love the idea of giving a fitbit, not only because i’m obsessed with mine, but because it truly brings a community along with it. if the women in your life haven’t gotten on board with the wearable fitness trend, grab them a fitbit. they come in all shapes, sizes and prices and they keep you accountable for getting up and moving!
give the gift of self-care with a charcoal mask. these are meant to revive and purify your skin, and especially during winter, you need all the help you can get. this one is 100% vegetarian and has awesome reviews.
David and I love to travel! We don’t get to do it nearly enough with jobs and PTO and lives here in Virginia. However, one thing that we refuse to let hold us back is Finn! In fact, he is the reason we want to travel more. I grew up traveling a bunch. I think by the time I was in high school I had visited every state on the East Coast. I want to give this same lifestyle to our kids. Adventure is always a good idea and there is so much to see in this world. Money, time, and certainly not kids, should hold you back!
However, I am going to admit that traveling these days is much more chaotic than it used to be. We’ve gone on a few trips with Finn and I thought I’d share some of our tips for successful traveling. Whether you are in a car or on an airplane, these are some rules we live by when traveling with a toddler.
1. Food is always a good idea.
One of the biggest things I’ve realized when traveling is that on-the-go-food (ie. sandwiches, subs, etc.) is not conducive to toddlers. For one thing, I try to feed Finn a well-balanced diet at every meal, and second I’ve yet to see an 18-month old hold and eat his or her own sandwich without throwing it everywhere. Instead, we like to bring our own food along. Cheerios, Goldfish crackers, sliced fruits and veggies, these yogurt pouches.
When Finn was bottle/breastfed, we always kept extra to-go formula packages and a bottle of water in the diaper bag. Those days seemed so hard at the time, but now looking back, everything was laid out for us. Finger foods and snacks are always in our bag these days. Along with a spare sippy cup!
2. Bring only what you need.
The first time we traveled with Finn he was only 6 weeks old. I overpacked and ended up stressing out everyone around me. I realized after that trip that just because he sleeps in a certain bed at home doesn’t mean he won’t sleep elsewhere on the other end.
Ask the hotel you are staying in if they have a crib or pack-n-play option. You only need one sleepsack or blanket. You only need one or two bottles, max. If you are flying and don’t have a carseat, Uber has an option where you can pick cars with a carseat in it. And if you’re only going a short distance and you’re comfortable with it, most states don’t require a carseat in cars for hire.
I do suggest bringing a stroller everywhere. Unfortunately it’s the bulkiest thing we own for Finn, but not only does it give him a place to sit and potentially nap in, but it also acts as a carrier for all the other stuff you are bringing along. Another great tip, bring a baby carrier (we loved our Bjorn) for those occasions when a stroller isn’t going to work.
3. Forget the schedule. You’re on vacation!
The best thing we ever did for Finn was get him on a schedule. He goes to bed at 7pm every night, like clockwork. Now that he’s older he typically takes only one nap from 12-2pm. When we are home, we are pretty strict with the schedule because no one likes a grumpy baby. However, when we are traveling we tend to be a little more flexible. For instance, last weekend when we were in Boston, we didn’t want to head back to the hotel at noon to sit and wait for him to nap. Instead, we kept pushing through, and after fighting it for a few minutes, he collapsed in his stroller and got in a pretty decent nap. I’ve found that as long as he gets some kind of nap, he does pretty well.
That being said, we do make sure that he gets to bed early if he skimped on nap time. One great piece of advice I was given – as long as he naps the same amount in a 24-hour period it doesn’t exactly matter when those hours are!
4. Go hands free!
I recently invested in a backpack diaper bag and it’s a game changer with a toddler. I loved my shoulder diaper bag when Finn was a baby cause it was so big and easy to access. Now that’s he’s running everywhere I need both hands to wrangle the crazy kid in. I love having this backpack with me! It’s one less thing that needs to be jammed under the stroller and also counts as a personal item on an airplane!
I remember when I first saw my favorite fashion bloggers rockin’ the OTK boots a few years back. Most of them were wearing this $798 Stuart Weitzman pair and I laughed until my abs hurt at the thought of spending that much money on boots! I also told myself that my soccer player legs would never fit into anything that looked like that, so I rolled my eyes and moved on with my life.
Two years later and OTK boots are still hanging around and with that, a ton of options have made their way onto the market. Can we all say a little “AMEN” for knock-offs?! (But seriously, do people really spend over $700 on boots?!)
I’ve come around to the idea of wearing OTK boots and have actually tried on a few pairs. Surprisingly, they fit over my calves and looked great! I’m still contemplating on which pair I’m going to go with, but there are a few on major sale right now so I thought I’d gather a list of the best ones I can find and maybe y’all can help me pick out the best pair?
Can’t beat Steve Madden quality! I love the low heel on these beauties. They come in a taupe color, too, which I actually like more, but I think black would be more versatile. These are currently 20% off making them under $100. I promise you these will be high quality!