Super Cute Shirt Under 15 Dollars

I stumbled upon the cutest shirt yesterday while shopping at H&M and I just had to share.  It’s so convenient being able to go to ONE STORE and buy stuff for my boys and for me. Plus, everything is so reasonably priced!

I’ve been known to find a top and buy it in every color, so I stayed true to form and did that yesterday with this shirt (I only bought three though). I’m rarely able to shop for myself sans kids and I rarely find a top that is all encompassing in cuteness, cost effectiveness and versatility. Dress it down like I have here with leggings and sandals on those #momlife days with school drop offs, errands, sports events, etc. Or, dress it up for a night out with a cute pair of distressed black denim jeans (tuck the front) with some cute wedges. I’m wearing a Kendra Scott Rayne necklace with my mom outfit because sometimes wearing that and putting on some bright lipstick is all I need to tackle my Momday (besides coffee).

I recently donated a CRAP TON of clothes to the Goodwill, so my closet is pretty empty and I have to admit I’m kind of loving the simplicity of getting dressed in the morning, so I love a versatile blouse that can be worn in various settings. Capsule wardrobes still give me anxiety, but I’m sort of starting to see the appeal.

Sorry for the photo quality. I’m a stay at home mom and my three year old can’t quite take pictures yet so I resort to mirror selfies in the office because my room is covered in mounds of clean laundry waiting to be folded. I’m actually avoiding it right now as I write this blog post.

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Here’s a direct link to buy it; I also got these two below. For some reason the red color isn’t available online! HOWEVER I noticed a striped one online that I didn’t see in store. Gonna need to get that one too haha.

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Hope you all think this top is cute too and I’m not totally losing it!

xo,

Bethany

 

**This post is not sponsored; I just really like H&M and this top!**

How I got my Baby to Take Naps

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I cannot believe I went through one full kid without knowing about these magical inserts that make babies sleep. I’m legitimately amazed at how it has transformed my afternoons. A couple of weeks ago, Preston would NOT take two naps and honestly, I was lucky to even get one (besides the lame 30 minute cat or car naps all moms just love).

Fast-forward to today and he’s a napping pro and it really did change as soon as this bad boy arrived; the DockATot Grand. You might be rolling your eyes at the fact that this is clearly a sponsored post, but guys I swear I will not put a product on my blog without really believing it’s cool or worth your while.

As soon as we put this thing in his crib, he instantly started napping two times a day – and he puts himself to sleep with ease. I’m not saying this is guaranteed to happen with ALL babies, but I do know two other mama’s who have had similar experiences.

I think there’s something about them feeling a little more secure while laying inside a DockATot. Cribs can seem a little large for babies; even a 12 month old like Preston. Also, crib mattresses are kinda hard (I’ve always thought that) and I think the DockATot provides Preston some comfort and a snuggle-factor that a crib mattress and sheet cannot.

If your baby already sleeps great, how nice for you. If you’re struggling to get your baby to nap (or even sleep through the night), I highly recommend you giving this product a try! It totally worked for us!

Xo,

Bethany

 

 

Hey Diddle Diddle 1st Birthday

First birthdays have always been a big deal, but millennial moms have taken it to a whole new level if you ask our Baby Boomer parents. What can I say? That’s just how we roll…

Preston’s first birthday was definitely not as detail oriented as his big brother’s was because it’s just harder to plan parties with two kids in tow (second child syndrome) and also, Preston had Croup just one week earlier so we were a little distracted.

Still, I wanted Preston to have a special first birthday.

I decided on a Hey Diddle Diddle theme because Preston gets particularly excited whenever he hears that nursery rhyme. It’s pretty adorable :).

I didn’t find a ton of Hey Diddle Diddle party ideas on Pinterest that I liked, so I sort of just threw this together. I picked some colors and ran with it — I threw in some Hey Diddle Diddle references here and there, but it was definitely understated because I just couldn’t spend the kind of time on this that I would have liked. I kept the menu easy by having a sandwich bar. The smash cake and cupcakes were made by my favorite Sacramento bakery, Freeport Bakery. Here are some pics for inspo in case you ever want to use this party theme!

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Hair Care Routine

IMG_3865.JPGI was hesitant to do this post because I don’t like to come across as braggadocious. Bragging about stuff just isn’t my style AT ALL, but as a blogger, I have to work on getting over that and being open regardless of how it comes across.

My hair is something I’ve always been complimented on, and it’s one of the few things about myself, appearance-wise, that I have zero insecurities about. When I get compliments on it, I often say “well it’s all I have going for me” because that’s my way of basically admitting that there’s a lot of things I don’t like about my appearance, but my hair isn’t one of them.

Since I was a teen, I’ve had people (even complete strangers) ask me if I have extensions and also what it is that I use that makes my hair so long and healthy. I’m sure there’s a good portion of this that is attributed to genetics, but I also think I’ve discovered some pretty great hair products over the years. So here we go…

Shampoo’s on Rotation

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I LOVE this shampoo because my hair changed when I started using it – it just makes it feel smoother and it protects against damage caused by coloring your hair.

 

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Now that I’m a mom, I’m lazy about going to specific salons to buy my hair products because I always feel like there’s way more important things to get done, so I like to have this giant bottle of affordable Pantene Pro-V on hand because I’ll likely use this for a solid month before finally buying a new Bumble and Bumble. Can’t beat the convenience of Costco

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Now that I’m back to being blonde (I have hair color ADD) I’m back to using a purple shampoo once or twice a week. Here’s the one I use because I didn’t want a super expensive one, but I wanted sulfate-free

 

The Best Conditioner EVER

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I don’t remember the exact year that I discovered this, but I’ve been using it for a decade at the very least. I’ve tried different conditioners here and there, but NOTHING ever compares. If anyone really wants THE SECRET to how my hair isn’t super damaged, this is it. Since I sometimes neglect to brush my hair and opt for a mom bun, I will usually brush my hair in the shower after this conditioner has set in for a few minutes – this helps me avoid breakage.

 

Hair Product (for people who hate hair products)

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I HATE hair product – I always have to tell a new hair stylists not to put product in my hair because I hate the way it feels. It makes me feel like I need to go home and wash it again. Ladies, this one is the exception. It gives my hair just a tiny bit of extra something so that when I dry it, it responds better to styling (usually waves for me). This stuff is amazing and I’m totally addicted.

 

The Hair Spray that changed my life

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For YEARS I tried various different hair sprays at various price ranges. For YEARS I either had something that made my hair feel sticky and crunchy (hello Big Sexy Hair) or something that just didn’t hold or help my do. Discovering this hair spray changed how my hair looks when I actually do it – and I immediately started getting more compliments on my hair.

 

The all-natural hair mask, found in the cooking aisle

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One day I asked my hair lady (who is very seasoned I might add) to do some sort of a hair mask on me because my hair felt dry – I told her I was willing to pay.

Her response: “No way I’m taking your money for that. Just go to the grocery store and buy some extra virgin coconut oil and soak your hair in it; start doing that every couple of months and don’t ever waste your money on hair masks.”

This stuff is legit ya’ll (I’m not even Southern). Go try this if you haven’t already

 

As I mentioned in my Insta post, I also try and stretch my washes to every 3-4 days if I can- it def helps that I HATE washing my hair. Also, thick hair runs in my family so at the end of the day, some of this stuff is just genetic, but I still wanted to just share some of my fave products with you all.

Xo,

Beth