Let’s Be Reasonable

I want to be real, life is not everything that fits in that tiny perfect square on IG. Life is unfiltered stains and snot like 90% of the time. And E and O have some cute ‘fancy’ as some have put it, pieces in their wardrobes. At times they are dressed to the nines and I’m over here in my holey jeans and a tee, but this isn’t about me. I try to live each day remembering they’re only little once and we all only have one life to live. I really like them to have clothes that they can play and have fun in, not break my bank, AND look adorable to boot. Buying small or USA made isn’t always an option, like as much as I’d love to be able to drop $36 on a pair of leggings that shiz ain’t happening.  I have loved Target’s lines previously and was slightly devastated when they said they were discontinuing some of the brands we love so well. And then I saw their new line.

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E is at the age where she is too tiny for big girl’s clothes but right on the cusp of being too big for toddler stuff. She wears a 3t in most everything and wandering through the big girl’s clothes in Target has me all the heart eyes. So I threw together a quick list of my top picks from the new lineup!

 

Leggings I have always been a fan of the Circo leggings from Target. They are reasonably priced and pretty adorable. Like when something cost $5 I don’t cry when she stains them or tears a hole in them or they go missing. I can handle ‘real life’ in clothes these. Don’t get me wrong you can dress them up or down, under a dress, solo and so on. I’m basic and I die for the everyday easy look when we don’t leave the house. They’re like pjs but not, you know?

The military vest is all the rage right now, and I love it’s in tiny kid form! This piece is from the big kid’s section and runs 4-16 making it an awesome piece for this fall and perhaps the next 3 years. I love transitional pieces for my wardrobe and the kid’s clothes too, and I feel like this will be a favorite piece for the life of it! (Yes I’m that crazy lady who buys some clothes ‘bigger’ to make them last) It’s a tough canvas and Olive and gray are my jam for neutral colors year round. I went with one of each but I’m kinda obsessed…

This dress is a-freaking-dorable. I love all the colors in it and it’ll wear really wear through to next spring. Again with the price as reasonable as it is, she can wear it in the yard or get paint on the front and I won’t be worked up about the potential of it being ruined for life. I can see her wearing different colored tights or shoes and making it look fun or different with each wear! Plus I love white bc you can bleach it. Like this one I’d use the little bleach pen and be able to get all the white back to white!

These socks are my life. I am currently and well for the past year and a half in love with animal stuff. O’s nursery is woodland-y and so is his first bday party theme. These are the socks that you see retailing for $12 a piece but they aren’t! They are $5 ladies and they go up to 5t! They are true over the knee socks but not super thick so she could potentially rock them on an 85 degree day and not be too hot.

Those socks will go perfect with my boot picks. Imagine them peeking out above the cute fringe ones or the riding boots. I may have snagged both of these for the price of a pair of boots I was lusting after from another big retailer. They seem comfy enough and true to size and well look AMAZING with tights this winter/fall.

These little patches are totes cute and just a sampling of the other adorable accessories they have available for your tiny tot! The patches will look adorable on the vest btw.

Finally this hat. I’m dead. I tried to force E to wear it but she refused. She would be such a cute little fashionista in it, wondering through the fields in fall boots and all, or in the cart perusing the aisles of Target…but she hated it. So someone buy it and think of me when your girl wears it!

Also they have adorable stuff for little babies. My little baby is too big for it but you should def check it out if you have a tiny nugget!

My hands down favorite thing is Target is guaranteeing their line for 1 year. Yup one year from purchase if you aren’t happy with your purchase or it somehow falls apart, with your receipt they’ll return it! And if you haven’t signed up for a Red Card they are legit worth it, faster shipping and an extra 5% off everyday!. You can do a debit card, it’s linked to your bank account and comes out as you shop or the credit card, which is a credit card…

Now for the winner of the Freshly Picked giveaway: John G! Congrats to you! Shoot me an email at casey@tinymilkcoma.com to choose your moccs! And thanks to you guys for playing along!

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Oh Baby Shoes, I love you

 

freshlypickedboysWe all know I have an intense love of all things baby. Like my children dress at least 75% better than me on most days. And when it comes to buying their clothes I spare no expense! My HANDS DOWN favorite brand of shoes since E started wearing shoes is FP mind you it’s been almost 4 years (insert teary face).

 

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Freshly Picked (for those of you living under a rock) is a brand that makes leather baby moccasins. These things are like butta y’all. But really I love them because they are great for first walkers, the flexible sole lets little ones walk practically bare foot while those tiny tootsies are still protective from the yuck that is the world. Not to mention they look damn adorable on fat baby feet.

Susan’s business started small. Like in her own home small. She spent an entire summer in 2009 banging glass out of aluminum framed windows. She took said aluminum and sold it for a $200 to purchase a bag of leather scraps and that is how the FP empire was born

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Now that O is starting to try and walk I found myself looking to FP again for his first shoes! The great thing about this brand is a lot of the colors are great for boys OR girls. I looked back through E’s early years and pulled a couple pair out to share with baby brother! There are some I refuse to let him wear though, because her precious footprints are on the bottom of them (and my husband nixed purple or pink on him). Another thing I love is that they are hard for babies to get off! Like O tried for about 30 minutes to pull and tug and contort them off his feet no dice buddy.

FP can be dressed up or down which I think is important when making such a large investment in baby shoes. DUH I know his feet will grow and then he won’t be able to wear them anymore BUT you guys there is actually a large following of moms that buy used baby shoes/clothes. Mind blown right? Maybe it’ll help you convince the ole ball and chain that a pair is on the horizon….

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IF NOT then you too can be the owner of a new pair of fresh buttery goodness! I’ve teamed up with Freshly Picked to give one of you a pair of your choice of FP MOCCS!!!

 

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A note: The winner of Freshly Picked moccasins CANNOT have won a pair within the past 60 days and MUST BE in the United States.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas is fast approaching and I am behind. Like we haven’t even had a Santa picture made yet people. With our big move to the Dallas area I just feel out of sorts. I don’t really know my way around too well yet and have frequented the malls during the holidays to know the lowdown on Santa. On that whole Santa train of thought, did you let your kids believe in Santa? In your house is Santa a real dude that creeps down your chimney or in your front door and leaves gifts for good boys and girls? Or are you the parent who lays it all out for your kids: look Santa is a fairytale, just like the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny I put the gifts under the tree and if a creepy old bearded man comes down our chimney he will get a rump of buckshot?! Back to Santa photos maybe I’m the only weird one, but I expect Santa to be all gussied up from head to toe in his red suit. I don’t care if it’s 95 or 32. For some reason here, the big guy doesn’t rock the coat, at least not a Santa I have seen. It bothers me, like he is wearing an odd shirt covered in snowflakes or bears at 2 malls I’ve visited and I ain’t about that life y’all. In Hawaii last Christmas, Santa was wearing floral shorts and shirt. I was offended, therefore there are no photos of said Santa. Also I am obsessed with the kids coordinating if not on some sort of matching level, like an overbearing mother who will make them wear matching Christmas pajamas until they are 30.

When I planning their outfits I had to take a number of things into consideration. First and foremost this weather is killing me. I hate it. This isn’t Christmas weather; it’s not even fall weather. I am looking for 50 or less, crisp air to feel really in the spirit of Christmas and ole Mother Nature just isn’t cooperating with me. So *hopefully* this week when we head out to see Jolly Old Saint Nick, the weather will be cool enough for one or the other of my 2 choices! I often get asked how I plan outfits for pictures of all sorts and honestly I find one piece for one person (usually E) and then I plan for the rest of us around her! For Santa pics thankfully I am only dressing 2 people, which makes it easier. The thing I like about both of these outfits is that I can add or subtract layers: sweaters, tights, or a long tee.

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1,2&3)Zara 4)Freshly Picked 5)Hello Hadley 6)Alice + Ames 7)Hanna Andersson 8)Gap

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1) Hello Hadley 2)Rylee + Cru 3)Oh Cozy Knits for Rylee + Cru 4)Zuzii Footwear 5)Gap 6)Rylee + Cru 7)Freshly Picked

And now what you have all been waiting for the winner of the Freshly Picked Giveaway!

Marian C! Congrats lady you have 24 hours to contact me with the info on the size and color moccs you want!

On a side note, I want to make known that I, as well as any other person running a giveaway, can see if you actually follow through with the entries you claim! Be certain if you want to be considered you are actually completing the steps if you want to win!

 

 

Hey There, Want to Win Some Freshly Picked Moccasins?

I’m glad to be back and thought what better way to kick off a welcome back than to give away a pair of moccasins (soft soled) to one of you guys that have stuck around with me this whole time!

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Just a sampling of our ever growing mocc stash!

Boy to girl I think Freshly Picked moccasins are perfect. Of course colors can sway the shoe to more ‘girlie’ or more ‘boyish’. I think they were one of the best investments I made in my daughter’s wardrobe, because they are a quality shoe and they can cross that girl/boy barrier. I was certain that I would have another girl, and I could pass her wardrobe to baby 2. WRONG! But the moccs are something that my boy can rock, that his big sister wore previously.

Little Miss had the tiniest feet, she wore size 1 moccs at 7 months! Meanwhile her brother is barely squeezing his tubby little toes into those size 1s at 3 months! The staggering of the shoes will eventually lead them to both be walkers in  the same size shoes, but I’m slowly building up his mocc stash so he can have some of his own things his big sister hasn’t worn.

The Pros

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The shoes fit fat baby feet. Or skinny baby feet. E had the skinnest little tiny girl feet, her brother is the exact opposite with his square chubby feet but the shoes still fit! I think it’s the shape and the elastic band that holds the shoes on that make them versatile for all baby feet sizes and shapes. That same elastic also keeps them on the toes!

They are super easy to pull on, and slightly difficult for kids to get off! E couldn’t remove them for the longest time, I knew when I put her in the backseat she’d have her shoes on when we arrived at our destination. And little babies cannot just kick them off by rubbing their feet together in that adorable little baby way.

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FP provides generous sizing. Most shoes give you maybe a quarter inch or less ‘wiggle room’ between sizes. Dependent upon the size you can get as much as ¾ of an inch! This handy little feature allows your kiddo to rock their mocc for longer. When you are paying the big bucks for a shoe this is an important feature!

I bought E a pair of hard soled sneakers around her second bday. She ran so funny in them. They didn’t bend quite right for her to run in, she didn’t seem to run as fast or be near as comfortable when playing as she did in FP moccs. I attribute that to the soft sole on the moccs. The soft sole makes it easier for a toddler to run and learn to walk. We wear them to the park/playground/travel/dressup you name it she’s worn them. Literally.

They are a versatile shoe. As I said before they can be worn for any occasion. E has worn them to the White House and the playground. With a fluffy fancy dress or a pair of denim shorts! They have that casual yet sophisticated look about them, and I love that about a toddler/baby shoe!

The Cons

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Price, of course everyone talks about the price. It’s a quality shoe y’all (see I’ve been back in Texas). They are made to last, E wore the h e double hockey sticks out of her gold size 5s. She has been wearing them for about 6 months and one day she wore a hole right through the shoe, but  gold was our go to color and I expect she would have grown out of most any other shoe in that time frame. But I am willing to contradict myself here, I have paid equal price for a toddler shoe that began cracking and the sole separated after 2 wears!

The colors are a positive and a negative imo. The fun vibrant colors have a tendency to stain little toes, however a quick scrub in the bath will take the stain away. The color do make it fun to match specific outfits or for fun occasions. Or you can grab a neutral for your little and they can rock it with anything and everything!

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Don’t get them wet, as with any leather you should steer clear of rain puddles and swimming pools. This makes them less than ideal in climates where snow is frequent BUT now we are back in Texas they will be perfect year round! We have tried them out in the snow and rain and washing the car or hopping in the pool (last 2 cough cough DAD) and they get a little well, crunchy. The leather also has a tendency to shrink a bit once it’s gotten wet.

Soooo here’s what y’all have all been waiting for: YOU (that’s right you) could win a pair of SOFT SOLED Freshly Picked moccasins, in your color choice! It’s an awesome chance to build up your #moccstash and get a pair of moccs under the tree in time for Christmas!

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I was given a pair of moccs for this review, and a pair can be yours too! Just enter in the widget below and stay tuned for the winner!

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I’m Baaaaaack.

todolistI’ve been taking a break. I seem to be doing that a lot lately, BUT in my defense I just had a baby.  3 months ago… transitioning from one kid to two was no joke. My delivery didn’t go exactly as planned and baby O arrived a few weeks before I anticipated which threw me for a huge loop! After an extended recovery period I’m feeling more like myself and getting a handle on this mom of 2 thing. I’ve even ventured out into public with the 2 kids SOLO not once, not twice, but 3 times! That my friends is an accomplishment.

Things that have been happening since we last spoke: I had a baby (duh) potty training is a thorn in my side. She was doing so good, and we sold our house and moved into a townhouse. After a couple months we welcomed her baby brother into the world and her whole life was turned upside down and we suffered another set back. She regressed and quit telling me she had to go and would just go. We moved AGAIN this time across the country to a new state and a new house and she just couldn’t cope. We have fully regressed back to a diaper and she has her moments, but mostly she isn’t interested anymore. I hope that we can get back on track but, we have a few really good days and then we have poop days. Literally take your diaper off and take a dump in the corner of your room days (this is an unfortunately true story). E learned to escape her room quite awhile ago now shortly after she began climbing the baby gate. She just army crawled across my room one night and climbed up the bench at the foot of my bed and I hear a sweet little ‘hi mom I climbed my room’ yup. So there’s that. All the while I was planning the most complicated move of my life. Sure movers came to pack out my house and ship my boxes across country, but I had to plan to not have all of our goods for  2 weeks. And to no sh*t be trapped in the car with a 2 year old, newborn, and an aging dog who needs to pee every 2 hours. It took us 5 days to make it from DC to Dallas!

Back to that baby thing: he is everything right now. He loves to be held ALL THE TIME, and really only by his mama! All the squish and the smell of a newborn, I swear I don’t even care that I haven’t really slept in months. I can’t remember so many things about E being a babe it was so long ago. There have been so many sleepless nights between here and there and I can barely remember what life was like before she started walking and talking! She’s an opinionated little butt and took forever to warm up to him. I don’t understand how all these people post sweet pics of their kids ‘loving’ each other from the start. My husband says it’s all the way people want life to be perceived, all they need is one sweet moment to plaster all over social media and make you think they are a big happy family. Regardless it broke my heart she wasn’t all about him as soon as we brought him home. I expected her to immediately love him and accept him into the pack. My dogs were more accepting when we brought O home than E. They sniffed him and kissed his head and were like come on in guy, you can’t be worse than the girl one. Home girl was like um no ma’am. I don’t know who this little crying baby is you’re carrying around but imma need my mom back. Seriously, it took her a month to even acknowledge him. She would hold him and investigate him, but she’s like whatever. That was super stressful for me, I had visions of love and hugs and kisses. And help bringing diapers or just general oogling him, she wanted NONE of it. I’m happy to say now she loves him and wants to hold him and kiss him and bring clean diapers and share snacks and toys! But it was a long road to get here.

Must Haves for Baby 2

As my due date fast approaches YIKES! I thought I’d put together a list of my fav must haves for baby boy!

Aden + Anais swaddle blankets: I love(d) these for E. They are huge in comparison to most blankets making it easy to swaddle a bigger baby or an older baby. You can use it for a nursing cover, a blanket in the car, a ground cover in a pinch, picnic blanket, something to change your baby on. E still uses hers at night and when it’s chilly out for rides in the car. A lot of people are wary of purchasing such an ‘expensive’ blanket when there are so many other options available. In my opinion these are one of the best investments I made! You can find them at many of your local retailers, but be aware they aren’t all the same quality which will reflect in their price. The more expensive ones will be softer and you’ll be able to tell the difference, while the ones from ‘box’ stores will be not quite the same caliber. Don’t get me wrong they’re still amazing blankets but it’s not quite the same!

4mom MamaRoo: I swear I didn’t see/hear about these with E. I went to the store bought a similarly priced swing and it worked wonders for her. BUT since she swung it to its death we were in need of a new swing for the little guy. So it only made sense to hop on the bandwagon and snag this one. While reviews vary I’m hoping he loves it.

Noodle and Boo (everything): Sooo I found this stuff several months ago, and I fell in love with the way it smells! And have implemented it into E’s bath routine ever since. They have cleansing cloths for the days when baby doesn’t need a bath or can’t have one yet due to the whole umbilical cord stump being attached. The lotion makes baby’s (or toddler’s) skin oh so soft and I can’t even describe the soft sweet smell that the whole line provides. It smells like I want a baby to smell!bringing home baby boy

Bringing Home Baby Outfit: There are a ton of options out there. Literally a million, I was having the hardest time deciding what to bring baby home in. I want it to be an heirloom quality piece, not too trendy, adorable, comfy and appropriate for his September birth. A lot of the things I loved, my hubby thought were too feminine and wouldn’t agree on.  And then I found these little numbers. They are 100% GOTS organic certified with coconut buttons and dyed with ingredients free of synthetic chemicals and toxic irritants! I mean who doesn’t want something soft, organic and natural to be the first thing to touch their little munchkin’s skin? The only problem I’ll have is what color to choose!

Carseat: Speaking of bringing baby home. A carseat is a MUST! How else are you gonna drive home your little bundle of joy? In your lap Britney a la 2006? Not on 495 people! I am currently torn between a convertible carseat or an infant. My choices are here and here. We have the Peg Perego for E and I love it, but she didn’t start using it til she was over a year old. I’m nervous about the whole 5-70 lb aspect of it, so I’m still on the fence. Some part of me can’t justify spending the money on an infant seat, since the life of them is so short!  Update: The hubs decided to have an opinion. So we bought an infant seat for now! He should be able to use it for (hopefully) about a year and then we can move him into a convertible seat. We went with the Graco Click Connect 30, for safety ratings, cost efficiency and because E had the same type and we can use her stroller and car seat base!

Diapers: uhhh duh like I should even have to say this. BUT my fav for newborns are the Pampers Swaddlers! I love that they have the wetness indicator and I pretty much used this brand and style until we moved on up to 2s. At the hospital we were given Huggies but for some reason I just didn’t loooove them on a tiny babe as much as the Swaddlers. And as E got older I became a loyal Huggies lady. And at Target if you purchase 2 boxes of select diapers this week get a $10 gift card for your next purchase!

Wipes: I used the Pampers Sensitive wipes for E. They are soft and seem to clean better to me than any other brand I tried. The Huggies brand just seemed so rough like it’d chap your butt, and if I don’t want a chapped butt why would my baby?

Butt Paste: Yes I call it butt paste judge. Desitin is by far my favorite, it was recommended by E’s doc when she had a gnarly rash on her rump several months back. We were told it’s even better than prescription strength stuff y’all! I have tried natural holistic organic blah blah and they just don’t work. When in doubt use what you know will get the job done. There is nothing like your babe suffering because you refuse to use anything ‘unnatural’.

Sleep: I’m going to be blatantly honest here. I’d prefer a crib for baby boy BUT we are moving approximately 2 months post birth, and the room in our rental is sizably smaller than the house we just sold. I fit E’s crib, a swing, changing table, glider/ottoman combo along with 2 dressers and king sized bed, a vanity etc in my house. The room in our townhouse there is still space for all our bedroom furniture, BUT some massive rearranging is going to have to be done in order to make a bassinet and glider fit in there. Not to mention the fact movers will come pack out my house a few days before we move and I will be DRIVING (ok riding) cross country with a newborn, toddler, and 2 dogs. So I’m still hunting for the perfect bassinet/co sleeper for this nugget. Update: After talking with my sis in law I was recommended the Chicco Lullago! I’ve placed my order and can’t wait to see how it works out! It is a ‘travel bassinet’ so it will make it easy to break down and take with us on the go!

White Noise: I need white noise in my life, I cannot sleep with the whir of a fan or the ac. And let’s face it if the baby is sleeping in my room he’s gonna need to block out some of my loud coughing or dogs barking, husband snoring or E yelling from down the hall. Enter the sleep sheep. I actually am considering the fox bc it’s just darn adorable and matches the foxy/tribal theme of his nursery BUT we need noise. Constant

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Baby Book: This go round I stalked out baby books from the beginning of my pregnancy. I knew for certain I would be going with the brand Lucy Darling for boy or girl! Well it turns out it’s a boy and I love the animal book. It could be considered gender neutral if you like it for a girl or to give it as a shower gift! I loved these books so much because of how cute the illustrations are and they go up to several years after birth. It’s just one page per year but still! How sweet to have all those memories in ONE book!! And it has a little section for ‘before we met you’. Which is fun to be able to snap a maternity pic and put it in there for the little one to see later in life. And it prompted me to HAVE to take a pic.

Baby Monitor: Currently E has this monitor in her  room, I loved everything about it for the past 2+ years. It comes with a under mattress sensor, that made me feel safer knowing she was still breathing while she was asleep and I didn’t have to be that awkward creepy mom and go over and touch her or put a mirror under her nose to ensure that she was in fact still alive. With baby 2 well on his way, I really want to use that for him! I want to have that same reassurance that he is still alive and kicking even though he isn’t moving around like a toddler! This lead me to an new issue. E won’t have a monitor. Now that she sleeps in her own ‘big kid bed’ I need to be able to see what she is up to in the middle of the night. On occasion she wakes in the night and I don’t want her wandering around her room unattended! Enter this little gem. I scoured the internet for the best dual video monitor and this is what I found to be the ‘best’. Until we are ready take away the under the bed sensor for little guy, I can use just one monitor, and once he moves out of my room and into his own he can have his very own monitor on the same system as his big sister!

When planning for your 2nd or 4th were there items that were on your must have list? Feel free to share in the comments and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

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