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Monday, June 26, 2017

Beauty Empties

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I'm back with June empties and I actually have a lot to share this time around! I notice that once the weather warms up and I start going out more/having more events to go to, I go through more products. Makes sense, I guess! I have everything from cosmetics to skincare to products I've used up for Dillon. Let me know if you've tried any of these!

Babyganics Foaming Hand Sanitizer - As a new momma of a preemie, I keep hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE. I absolutely love this bottle to keep in my purse, diaper bag, and car. The foaming formula is gentle and it smells incredible. It really smells like fruit loops! I love it. I love the babyganics line in general and this product is no exception.

Johnson's Natural Head-to-Toe Foaming Baby Wash - This is actually the second bottle of this I've gone through so I figured I'd include it in this empties. This is my favorite body wash for Dillon, especially for the affordable price tag. With him being a preemie and going to daycare, we do bathe him every day so we go through a lot of baby wash. This stuff smells amazing and is nice and gentle on his skin.

Almond Cookie Shea Souffle - I love this moisturizer SO much! It smells absolutely divine and makes my skin feel so unbelievably soft. I put it on after every shower I take and I truly notice a difference in my skin. If you have really dry skin on your body I highly recommend this!

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Towelettes - These are hands down my favorite towelettes EVER! They have become my holy grail and I always keep 2 or 3 extra as backups. I truly can't live without these. These are unbelievably soft and take off literally all my makeup with just one towelette. If you are a junkie and love a good towelette, definitely give these a go. I cannot say enough good things about them!

Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scub - I would definitely say the products that I'm bougiest with are facial and body cleansers. Hey, you only get one set of skin so might as well take care of it! I'm a Kiehl's junkie so I figured I'd give this scrub a go. I prefer scrub-type cleansers because I don't have sensitive skin and I really love to take the day off. This one smells incredible and my skin feels great after using this. I will probably repurchase this.

Boots No.7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum c/o - I got this in a PR package from Boots and I was excited to try something from the line. I'm all about the glow and illumination, so I was game to try this. I love the way this serum felt and it smells really good, too! My makeup went on really smoothly after applying and I do think my skin has looked more glowy lately. However, I will say, I use a lot of brightening products so I can't say that this by itself was the game changer, but it was a welcome addition to my skincare regimen.

R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray c/o bluemercury - I am really sad that I didn't love this. It was a decent hairspray but for the price + size, I was not overwhelmed. I don't think it held my hair incredibly well or left a nice texture. It does smell good but I just wasn't impressed, especially for the price. I will definitely be going back to my holy grail hairspray.

NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray - I've tried a ton of different setting sprays and I really love this one. The price point is fantastic and it really does everything it says. I prefer a dewy look so I usually use a lot of glow products and I love that this spray tones it down but doesn't completely mattify my face. They also have a dewy version but I prefer this to offset all of the products I use. I highly recommend this spray.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil - Rikugien - I got this as my birthday gift from Sephora and I really love this lip pencil. The color is a beautiful dusty rose shade and the formula is really smooth. I actually used this as lip liner more than anything for any day I wore a mauve/nude lip. This is a great product if you are a lip junkie. This is a good dupe if you like the color/format but not the price tag.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Finds

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Friday, we meet again! Mike's cousin is getting married this weekend so we have lots of family time on the docket. We got a little tuxedo for Dillon for the ceremony and I can not WAIT to see it on him!! I'll be posting a lot on Instagram stories so be sure to follow on there to see! Let me know what you guys are up to this weekend in the comments. Enjoy!


Anyone buy into the hype on this?!

These sandals are so fun and in the most gorgeous color! Plus, they're under $70!

This romper is absolutely stunning and under $30!


Anyone want to put me in their suitcase?!

This meal plan is super easy to follow plus affordable and healthy! I'm definitely inspired.

This is my current favorite cover of my current favorite song. Anyone else have it on repeat?!


Dillon is 9 months old!

The most gorgeous under $30 maxi your closet needs.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Floral Maxi

Wow, you guys. This dress is a stunner! At under $30, it really can't be beat. I wore it to Mike's company picnic at the Cincinnati Zoo and I got so many compliments on it! I even heard a girl whisper under her breath to herself when she saw me "I need her dress". It's that good. It's so comfortable but can absolutely be dressed up or down. I styled it here with pink heels which would be perfect for a summer wedding. But once we got to the Zoo, I actually changed into black braided sandals and it made the dress ultra casual. If you're looking for an easy dress that can be worn to a variety of occasions this summer, look no further.

Dress: SheIn c/o [I sized up to ensure a comfy, flowy fit] // Heels: Jessica Simpson [old, love these] // Bag: Gigi New York // Earrings: Pretty Pony Boutique // Necklace: Kate Spade // Sunnies: UO // 
Ring: Forever 21 [similar here + here] // Watch: Michael Kors

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Dillon - 9 Month Update

How is my baby 9 months old?! I've already starting thinking about his 1st birthday party. Yeah, cue the tears. D turned 9 months on the 17th and life has never been sweeter. For any parents who follow Wonder Weeks, D finished his 5th leap and wow, that one was a doozy! But ever since, this boy has been non-stop smiles and laughs and I can't get enough. We had his NICU follow-up and they were so thrilled with his progress! Today I wanted to give you a little update on what's going on in little man's life!

This month’s highs:
  • Dillon's belly laughs. I swear I could listen to them all day long.
  • Trying more and more foods! He's tried every stage 2 and 3 combination from the purees and we're slowly venturing into the world of puffs, yogurt melts, and soft "real" foods like avocado and mashed potatoes! This little due LOVES to eat.
  • Crawling!!! D is officially on the move. It's so funny watch him figure out that he has the ability to move. I can't turn my back on him now or he'll be halfway across the room. Lately he's been loving pull himself up onto Oliver's bed! It is equal parts hilarious and gross. 

This month’s lows:
  • D saw his next illness - a sinus infection. Poor baby has now had 2 ear infections and 1 sinus infection in only 9 months of life. BUT, we are so lucky because he is the happiest babe despite being sick! He just had the sniffles and some coughing/sneezing but it doesn't phase him at all. If the doctor didn't tell us, we probably wouldn't have even known based on his happy demeanor. However, 10 day antibiotic courses are never fun. #daycarelife

His schedule:
I will preface this by saying every baby is different and what works for Dillon may not work for your baby, and that's ok! We aren't super rigid with his schedule but we do try to stay in this ballpark.

6:15AM -- Dillon wakes up and we change and feed him a bottle. We then get ourselves ready for the day.
7:15AM -- Dillon goes to daycare. While there, he gets two 7 oz bottles, eats breakfast and lunch, and takes 2 [sometimes 3] naps. This kid loves his sleep!
5:15PM -- I pick up Dillon and we come home from daycare. We then play for a bit and I feed him dinner and give him a bath. Then it's a little more playing/hanging out. Sometimes we'll take a walk.
7:30-8PM -- Last bottle of the day. Then we take him in his nursery to get him ready for bed. We turn on the sound machine and humidifier. Then he's down for the night usually by 8:15-8:30PM!

He'll then sleep until we wake up at 6AM and do it all over again! We're really lucky that he loves to eat and sleep.

On weekends, we keep the same schedule except we're of course giving him his bottles and he'll take his naps here. His longest nap of the day is usually between noon-3PM. We're also super lucky that Dillon will sleep anywhere and everywhere, regardless of noise. So, we're not strict on having to be home during nap time, which is good for us!

Currently loving:
be good Bath Set c/o -- I got this sent as PR and we have been loving this for bath time! The smell is absolutely divine and I love that the products are free of all the junk you don't want to put on your babies. D had a bit of a weird time where his skin was a bit bumpy, and once I used this, it went back to normal! If you're expecting, a new mom, or needing to put together a baby shower gift, I definitely recommend this!
Mommy's Bliss Probiotic -- Still loving this. I think it really helps his gassy little tummy.
Rompers -- Now that the heat is here to stay, I have been loving putting D in rompers. They're so easy, especially if you're out and about, and I know he can stay cool in them. Plus, they're adorable!
Skip Hop Seat Cover - Since I have a big boy on my hands now, little one does NOT want to stay in his car seat when we're out. In fact, we never clip the car seat into the stroller anymore because he always wants to be sitting up and facing out. This cover has been a godsend for when we put him in a shopping cart or a public high chair. It folds up into itself so it's really easy to throw into my diaper bag. I highly recommend this if you have a baby 6m+.
Stacking Ring - This is the most old-school, basic toy but D LOVES it! We take this anywhere where we will be for a good bit of time because he can spend so much time playing with it. He's starting to learn to take them off and put them back on and it's so fun watching everything click in his mind. I'll be honestly though, most of the time the rings and the stick end up in his mouth, ha!
Tommee Tippee bibs c/o - D has always had bad reflux so he spits up a good bit. These bibs have a little ring around the neck to catch spit-up and drool and it's brilliant! They are so soft and look adorable on him too. I wish I would've gotten these from the start because they would've been so perfect when he was a newborn. Now that D drools a ton [teeth may be in the near future], they're helpful for that, too!
Badger Bug Spray & Sunscreen - For the summer, I did a lot of research on what was the best products for D's skin to protect from the sun and bugs. I finally landed on Badger and I am obsessed with these products. I got both the baby sunscreen and anti-bug spray and I highly recommend both.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Finds

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Friday, we meet again! While you're reading this, I'm currently en route to my best friend's bachelorette party! While I am so sad to leave D for the first time, I am SO excited for a girls weekend somewhere warm! I haven't been on a plane in a YEAR and for those who know me, know that is a true eternity. I'll be sharing the shenanigans on my Instagram/IG stories so be sure to follow along! Below is what I've loved this week. Let me know what you guys are up to this weekend in the comments. Enjoy!


I picked this travel set up for my trip and I LOVE it! Highly recommend, especially for $12!

This OTS top is 60% off and a perfect summer staple.

These sandals are adorable and under $30.


I am always game for a no-makeup, makeup look in this summer and I love this list of face options.

If you're [extremely] Type A like me, this post from Carly will hit right home.

Katie and Chelsea recently dined at Teller's and I think I need to make a reso ASAP!


An adorable pink striped knotted tee for only $10!

The [under $25] throw-on-and-go dress.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The "Throw-On-And-Go" Dress

I use "throw-on-and-go" way more than I'd like to admit. But in all reality, as a new mom, it's what I gravitate towards in most things in life. Ain't nobody got time to waste! I am constantly adding dresses to my closet that I can just grab and put on and know I'll look good without having to think about it. When I saw this under $50 paisley option, it was a no-brainer. The fun sleeves and grommet neckline made it interesting but the fit is insanely comfortable. I paired it with gladiator sandals and a cross-body bag (duh) for weekend errands and I got so many compliments on it while out. If you're in need of some no-fuss dresses, I highly recommend this one! Thanks for stopping by!

Dress: Abercrombie // Bag: Goodnight Macaroon // Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff [available here and in this year's style here] // Sunnies: Ross [similar here] // Necklace: Kate Spade // Watch: Michael Kors

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Easy Does It

I know I just wore these shorts on the blog, but I love them so much. The high waist paired perfectly with the knotted tee and the whole thing was casual perfection. I know I've shared my momiform before, but this could also be it. This knotted tee is so adorable, cozy, and only $10! It truly is a steal. I kept it casual with some sandals and a crossbody bag. I wore this to a brewery with a friend and D and it was the perfect weekend outfit!

Tee: SheIn c/o // Shorts: J.Crew // Sandals: Target // Bag: Gucci // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: David Yurman // Sunnies: UO

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