February 12, 2018
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Whatever Lola Wants…

…Lola gets? Well, it’s obviously her Mom wanting these things, but the post title is just too good to pass up. I spend waaay more time looking at items for Lola then I do for me. I would have thought before I had a baby that would be a bad sign that I was “losing all my own personal identity” or something, and who knows, maybe it is, but it brings me a lot of joy soooo I guess I’m ok with it. My brain is already gearing up toward spring mode (it really can’t get here fast enough for me) and besides the temp and sunshine the other best things about warm weather is that all the baby legs come out of hibernation! Cute babies in short rompers are irresistible…Here are my top things I have my eye on this month:

Two words ‚ÄĒ Valentine’s Day.

I have an outfit in mind for Lola’s one year photo (of course that all depends on if it still fits by then!) but these shoes would be perfect! And these I just want for every other outfit ūüôā

I wasn’t sure I was going to do hair clips for Lola any time soon, but these may change my mind!

Maybe the perfect blend of pre-tech hippe baby and the modern world?

Ugh, this bodysuit is perfect to pair with a cute skirt (and I looove the back detail).

This knitted romper is my favorite thing I’ve seen lately and and I can totally picture her in this come spring! Such sweet ruffle straps.

DOES THIS COME IN AN ADULT SIZE?!?

I don’t know if this has happened to any of you, but so much of the denim I wear these days is distressed that anything without rips looks odd to me now (even Lola’s baby jeans). I think these will solve the problem nicely…

I want to make Lola a busy board soon, but I love the coloring on this toddler version‚ÄĒperfect colors for my house and it looks so fun!

I would love to get her some more play romper for around the house (I’d rather not have her in her actual pajamas all day since they get dirty so fast with her crawling around on the floor and then we run out of PJs so fast) and I love this pattern¬†(although these are literally bananas and would match her banana sheets too).

She is WAY to little for this mind-blowingly cute bag, but maybe I could keep it for her for a couple of year!! I’m dying…

I think this shade of mint is so pretty on Lola with her coloring so as much as I love my pink, I should also have a few more sweet rompers like that.

I have a feeling I’ll be getting more and more into hair accessories as her hair grows too (which it definitely is doing every month) so¬†I’ll be keeping an eye out for that category in the coming months. I think her little side swept bangs will be so cute with little clips on that side‚ÄĒcan’t wait!

xo. Laura

January 26, 2018
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Help! How’s A Mom Supposed to Workout?!

Man, I knew it would be hard to find time as a working Mom to workout, but gollygeewhiz it’s so hard to find the time to do anything in that category. When I was still on maternity leave I could go during Lola’s morning nap to a local workout class that designed for new Moms and that felt so good to accomplish that on those days I went. Now, it’s so hard to wake up before Lola in the morning to workout because she sleeps so well at night but if she hears any little noise in her last few hours of sleep, she’s up for the day. And since I work during the day (Todd is on Daddy Day Care duty) that’s not really an option either. And then after work it’s dinner, cleanup, and trying to spend as much time as I can before Lola goes to bed where I then either collapse exhausted onto the couch for an hour or continue to finish up any other items on my to-do list that still need to be done. It still seems like night is the better option with an afternoon workout possible on the weekends but even then, what should I do??

Maybe a youtube video thing? I’ve got the whole yoga mat/weights/birth ball set up so sometimes I’ve done circuit training on my mat. I definitely would like to work on my postpartum belly a bit. I just feel like there’s an air pocket there¬†and I’m not sure how to get it to suck back in. I’ve heard that’s a pelvic floor issue so crunches won’t really help and you have to work different muscles to get it to tighten back up. Anyone have any luck with exercises to help with that??

As dumb as it sounds, I’ve thought about getting a new workout outfit to help motivate me. For some reason having a workout outfit I like has actually worked in the past to get me to do it more. It’s kind of a¬† “fake-it-til-you-make-it” sort of a thing, like if I feel like I look like a put-together workerouter then my body will follow along and want to work out. Maybe some¬†new leggings that show a little leg¬†(or a lot of leg) or have a little more pattern? What about some blush sneakers¬†(these are pretty sweet too)?? I can also always wear those out in general so if my plan fails they would still be useful. Also, are nursing sports bras necessary? Or only if you are out at a mommy and me workout class? I just have the old regular sports bras but I figure they can always be pulled up if needed. Either way, I definitely want this gym bag‚ÄĒit’s perfect!!

There’s always the warm weather option coming up too. We did a 20 minute walk almost every day after dinner before it got cold so I’m sure we will start that again and maybe that will help inspire me. Although it will be a few more months before it’s light again at that time. Maybe I’ll get Lola a baby tracksuit and do one of those “use the Baby as the weight” type of workouts in the den‚ÄĒmaybe she’d like it too??

Anyways, if you guys know of an awesome post-partum youtube workout video or tips for getting in quick Mommy workouts, let me know! I definitely have to figure something out!!

xo. Laura

January 17, 2018
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Lola’s Nursery Tour!

Is it weird that Lola’s nursery is my favorite room in the house to hang out in? When designing this room in my head I knew I wanted it to feel fun, sweet, and peaceful while matching the color scheme and aesthetic vibe of the rest of the house. We spend a lot of time in this sweet room and I’m so glad that I spent so much time making it special for her‚ÄĒ all the effort was totally worth it in the end!I wasn’t sure if I really needed a glider before she was born, but let me tell you, I’m so glad that we got the one we did. It’s super comfortable and I still nurse her in it daily and in the middle of the night as well so it’s nice to have it rock so easily with just a tiny bit of motion (which is all I can muster at 4am anyway). I actually just recovered a plain footstool with furry fabric to use at the base of it and I added a gold planter¬†in the corner behind it and a gold side table (an old Target find) to bring some more gold into that¬†area as well. I¬†wanted an area to add a few photos and knick-knacks and this marble and gold shelf¬†is perfect for the space. I have her baby bracelets from the hospital next to that wooden rainbow¬†and¬†a few wooden animals help complete the look¬†(love that little dino!). I’m so glad that I decided to do a dresser with a changing table top instead of a separate changing table (we use this changing pad). It definitely saves on space in a smaller room and she can use it as a real dresser right from the start as well! I have a few changing pad covers (definitely something you want to have more than one of!) but that watercolor cactus cover is my favorite right now. I got Lola that leopard coat for Christmas and it’s SO cute on her. Maybe I’ll get her this version¬†for the warmer months too!I wanted a special light for Lola’s room and that Perla chandelier is so amazing. Almost every light in my house is from¬†that shop. I also wanted to create custom closet doors for her room and those starburst doors fit perfectly with the overall vibe. I had so many books on my baby registry that people we laughing at me during my shower. I love books and I have so many favorites and special memories of being read to as a kid so I wanted to make sure we taught Lola how to love reading as well. That amazing house bookcase is the perfect spot to keep a bunch of them within reach and lately her favorite thing is pulling them all off the shelves she can reach while I read to her.¬† Since we¬†don’t have extra space on her dresser top for diaper necessities I added a¬†diaper cart¬†next to the dresser to store her wipes and nail clippers and what not. We use cloth diapers most of the time¬†(read more about our cloth diaper routine)¬†but I keep disposables on hand for babysitters or ill timed diaper laundry days. Also, that diaper pail is awesome!
The hand painted wallpaper was quite the project but it’s my favorite thing about the room‚ÄĒit’s so personalized! Another sweet detail I love is that¬†kitty hamper (Pottery Barn Kids item from last year) and I made that lion bust for her as well, I think he has such a¬†kind little face. This crib is basically the crib of my dreams (sold out from Land Of Nod, similar here)! Lucite sides make it look like the crib is floating in midair and it has three adjustable heights and a toddler rail to use on the front to turn it into a big kid bed later‚ÄĒso cool! We also got an organic mattress and pad and those banana sheets (also organic!) are literally, well, bananas!! That large print above her bed is a digital print that I altered a bit and I love how it adds a bit of drama to the space and Funny Girl is my favorite movie so the quote is just perfect (similar gold side table¬†here).¬†And could I have a nursery without a cactus pillow? Probably not!¬† What’s cuter than a baby in pajamas?? These are on my wishlist for when they come back in stock in her size.Lola is just now big enough to ride that lion rocker¬†(with a little help of course!) and as you can see she loves it! I’m also so glad that we have a soft¬†and beautiful¬†rug that is machine washable too! Such a big help in a baby’s room for sure and I love the giant pink tassels on each end. I’m sure that Lola will eventually be helping to pick out things for her own room buuut until then I’ll just have fun being in charge of the space while she doesn’t seem to mind ūüėČ

xo. Laura

P.S. Interested in our favorite baby gear? Check out my newborn and 6 month favorite lists for Baby!

January 10, 2018
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Our Cloth Diaper Routine!

So, people have been asking about our cloth diapering system for a while now and though I have shared a few things about it online I’ve been promising I’d do a more thorough post on it at some point, so here it is! I waited until Lola was 2 months old before starting cloth diapers and we used these disposables¬†in the meantime (they had really good reviews from natural Mama blogs that I read and we liked them a lot). I know there are lots of Mamas that start on cloth right away, but I knew there would be so much happening getting used to newborn life so I just wanted to make anything I could a little easier in those early days. You can read more about the differences between diaper types so you can decide which sound best for you, but here’s what we use!

Diapers: I first got started on my diaper stash by getting lots of different kinds of cloth diapers from baby resale shops (not all sell them but some do‚ÄĒtry craigslist, sometimes you can find them there too) so I could test out different brands and systems. You’ll want to prep your pre-owned stash with one of these methods. I¬†got¬†some sleeve diaper covers (most of mine are this brand)¬†and¬†I bought some prefolds to fold and put into the covers but most of my stash¬†are the pocket diapers¬†that have inserts¬†which are stuffed¬†inside the diapers (my favorite brands of that style are this brand¬†and this brand¬†are my favorite). Overall, I will say that I do like the pocket style better and that was the kind that I ended up rounding out my stash with. I find that the prefolds can move a bit in the sleeve diaper covers so sometimes you get a leak that may not have happened with the sleeve cover but I still¬†use the sleeve covers so they are still worth having if you can find a good deal. It seems to be that people suggest having somewhere around 24 diapers to keep you from having to do laundry everyday and I would agree with that.

Diaper Pail: I use this diaper pail and these liners to hold my diapers between washing. I would suggest having two liners so you can still use the pain when one liner is in the wash. I also keep this wet bag in her diaper bag so I can put dirty diapers in it when we are out and then I throw it in the wash with all her other diapers and liners. Size-wise I wish it was just a bit bigger as I really have to stuff in my diapers when I get close to wash day, but overall it works great, keeps the smell in, and looks pretty sleek in the nursery.

Wipes: We used only disposable wipes up until a month ago (these are my favorite by far as they only have 2 ingredients are are almost all water-based) but¬†I finally took the plunge¬†into reuseable wipes and they are great!¬†We use¬†these for the actual wipes and this for a plant-derived wipe solution (if you want to make your own just¬†cut up 8″ x 8″ squares of t-shirt type material). I was surprised at how quickly I liked the new system and it didn’t really feel like much more work at all than using the disposable since you can just throw the wipes in the wash with the cloth diapers and spray a clean cloth with the wipe solution before using.¬†Not much more work at all and you can fold the wipes to pop up out of a regular dispenser too which is nice (some people pour the solution into the container also so the wipes are already wet).

Diaper cremes: Not all diaper cremes are approved for cloth diapers¬†so I use this diaper balm¬†and i’ve been trying this new one lately and I like it a lot too (and it smells great).

Liners: So this type of liner is different from the diaper pail liner, because this liner catches your baby’s poop! If your baby is exclusively breast-fed then you don’t have to worry about this yet as you can throw all your poop diapers right into the wash and it will be gone like magic‚ÄĒyay! If you formula feed or have started solids you’ll need to either use a liner¬†on top of your diaper before you put in on your baby¬†(I use these liners). The liner allows the pee to travel through to the absorbent diaper while catching the poop on top for easier removal (you can either flush the liner or throw it away). Alternatively, you can¬†also get a spray system to spray the poop into the toilet before placing diaper into your diaper pail (and maybe a spray pal too!). I haven’t used the spray system myself yet but I know there are a lot of people who do it that way and I may switch over to that at some point.

Nighttime Diapering: This one has been a bit of a recent thing to try and figure out! I had been using disposables at night for a while after starting cloth diapers because I was scared to try a cloth for the whole night, but eventually I started just stuffing my pocket diapers with two liners instead of one and it seemed to work pretty well! Now that she’s a bit older, she keeps wetting through the double-stuffed ones so I decided to try a wool cover and a fitted diaper combo. I’ve heard such great things about wool covers and it seems to work well so far! Since you wash the covers so much less than traditional diaper covers, I only have one so far, but I may get another one so I can have one while the other is drying after being washed. I would suggest maybe 3 of the fitted diapers to last you 3 nights before washing, but you may need one more depending on how often you do a load of diapers.

Laundry Process: I would suggest starting to do laundry when you have about 4 diapers left, that way, you won’t run out before your laundry process is done. I do keep some disposables around for babysitters or when I don’t time the laundry cycles right, so I would suggest always having a few on hand for that reason. I found Fluff Love University to be so helpful for me and I looked at their detergent index to choose which detergent would be best (I use this one) and they even have a spot where you can look up your washing machine to see how to best set it for your laundry. Using their cycle suggestion I haven’t had to strip my diapers (“stripping” is when the diapers become extra stinky and you have to strip all that gross buildup away) since following their suggestions so I think it’s worked really well for us. Some people will tell you that you should pull all the inserts out of pocket diapers before tossing them in the wash, but I saw that not everyone does that so I elect to skip that gross step and 99% of the time the inserts fall out on their own during the wash cycle. And if they don’t fall out and stay in the diaper? Well, I’ve given those the “smell test” after the cycle is done and they smell just as clean as the rest of them so I say skip that step too if you can! After washing the dipes, I put the inserts and fitted nighttime diapers either into the dryer or I just dry them and the covers (covers shouldn’t go into the dryer or you’ll wear away the waterproof lining they have) on a drying rack. I like to dry them all outside in the summer and put any stained ones in the sun to bleach away stains (works really well!) but I’ve noticed that sun-dried liners and prefolds are not as soft as when you dry them in the dryer, so if your baby¬†is really sensitive to texture, you may want to dry them in the dryer. The wool cover take a bit of extra¬†care to prep and launder them, but it’s not hard and you don’t do it nearly as often, so it’s just a different process from the other diapers. Once everything is clean, it’s time to assemble them back together and start all over!

“But where should I start?” Good question! Overall I’m so glad that we decided to do cloth diapering. It does save money in the long run and I especially love the “less diapers in the landfill” thing so that’s the biggest plus for me personally. It is extra steps since we have to launder the diapers, but it’s really not nearly as hard as I thought it would be overall. There are a lot of different blog post and detailed opinions on cloth diapering and my biggest suggestion to anyone wanting to get into the process is to not get too bogged down in alllllllllll that you can read about cloth diapering. It’s a lot. It’s very overwhelming. I¬†would just start out with a very small stash of pre-owned diapers of different types and just go from there! Use one trusted resource (like Fluff Love University) and just trouble shoot as you go. Sometimes a lot of research can help, but for me it just muddled the water until I didn’t know which route to go…if you have friends that do it, maybe just start doing exactly what they do so you have someone who can really help you with any issues because they know that particular system well.

I’m definitely not an expert on all things cloth diaper but if you have any questions I’ll try and answer them! Like I said, thankfully we haven’t had to do diaper stripping yet (knock on wood) so I really don’t know anything about that process at this point. And if you’re looking for the best baby items or trying to create a registry for a new baby, check out my favorites list for newborns and six month old babies. Happy diapering!!

xo. Laura

December 29, 2017
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A Nashville Christmas!

Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas! While I did miss my family a lot, it was actually pretty fun to just have the 3 of us here on Christmas morning. We facetimed with my family after opening presents and it actually really did help to feel like they were there for a bit. Even though Lola can’t really open presents yet (although she will play with the paper and ribbons for sure!) it was still cute to open things for her and show items to her.¬† We had our friends the Larsons over for Christmas Eve dinner and I made some dishes that my family traditionally makes on Christmas Eve. Friend shrimp and a potato casserole are the Blumer tradition and we added in a Gummerman family salad that they love to make on Todd’s side of the family. It was really sweet to have friends over that also have a new addition to their family this Christmas (little Nova!) so it was kind of amusing to have the two high chairs on either end of the table‚ÄĒtimes are changing for sure! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Mom: skirt/H&M (similar) Baby: shirt/Maple Clothing, leggings/Baby Gap (similar) I got her a faux leopard coat so we can do a matching outfit sometime and my Mom sent her a few presents along with this mellon baller that she loved playing with at their house. She literally held onto it all morning…crazy baby! I got those white furry boots at a resale shop this summer, but these would be cute when she grows of out this pair soon. Todd has been wanting one of those penguin race toys ever since he would play with one at his friend’s house when he was a kid so I told my Sister in Law Sarah¬†to get him one (she was his secret santa this year) and he LOVED it. Lola isn’t sure why the toy isn’t for her, but he’s been sharing with her pretty nicely so far…¬† Overall we had a cozy morning here at home and Todd and I made an indulgent brunch (mostly Trader Joe items‚ÄĒha!!) during Lola’s nap so that was fun to just sit and drink coffee and soak in the Christmas morning magic in the air. Hope your holiday has been great so far too!

xo. Laura