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5 Spring Fashion Picks Plus a Giveaway

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5 spring fashion picks

A few weeks ago I got an email from Christopher & Banks about working together to style some outfits for spring, I am not going to lie I was not quite sure how my style fit with this brand. After browsing online for a bit I was excited about the treasures I was finding in such an unexpected place. Seeing items online can still leave you with questions so I spent a few hours in store styling outfits and I had a blast!!!

One of the things Christopher & Banks asked me to do was make a top 5 list, that ended up being harder than you can imagine because I liked quite a few things. Since I promised to pick 5 here they are:

Updated basic tee – Every mom needs a great basic tee that you can throw on and look put together. I love this tee because it has a great length to it AND it is mixed media which instantly adds interest and gives it more style.

Perfect Fitting Capri – A great pair of jeans can change your life and the same is true of great capris. These capris fit like a dream and offer SLIMAGE Denim Technology which creates a slimmer appearance with a hidden support panel.

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Easy Ways to Alleviate Seasonal Allergies in Kids

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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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If your kids suffer from seasonal allergies then you know how awful they can be. My kids run the range from mild symptoms to serious symptoms that require multiple prescriptions to handle. Regardless of where your child falls on the seasonal allergy spectrum there are some simple things you can do to help provide relief for them.

When spring hits the air fills with allergens and those allergens  stick to our body and our clothes so it is important to remove them effectively and in the least irritating way possible.

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How Not to Potty Train Your Child

“This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.”

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As a mom of 5 I have successfully potty trained 4 kids, 3 of them it was on the first try and 1 kid will start the process this spring. Instead of telling you how amazing I was when I potty trained my kids I want to focus on the kid that took 2 tries… because it was all my fault.

It was my first child and of course my first time attempt to potty train anyone. Like a good mom I read all about potty training from the experts and felt very prepared. We bought Pampers Easy-Ups, I had a stash of rewards and we got a cute new potty. Heck we even had a book all about Elmo going potty that made flushing sounds, we were prepared and it was going to be sooooo easy! Well the one thing I forgot to include in the equation was my daughter and whether or not SHE WANTED to be potty trained. Spoiler alert she did not! Even though we did all the right things not considering her readiness really messed it up for all of us.

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How to Pack the Perfect Diaper Bag

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how to pack the perfect diaper bag

 

I distinctly remember the first time I packed a diaper bag. I was about 36 weeks pregnant with my first child and I was deep into my nesting phase. This meant I was preparing my hospital bags and of course that included a diaper bag with all the essentials for my new baby girl. I can’t remember exactly what I packed but I do remember that I did not pack what I actually needed. Since then I have had 4 more kids and packed more diaper bags than I care to count. All that experience has led me to today when I can easily pack the perfect diaper bag. It doesn’t matter if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding (I have done both) these essentials are universal to babies.

So what exactly goes into the perfect diaper bag?

First you have to start with the bag itself. Over the years I have had many diaper bags and loved each of them for different reasons. If you like to be hands free, I suggest a Petunia Pickle Bottom Backpack or the SkipHop Backpack. With my first child my bag constantly slipped off my shoulder and whacked me when I bent over, a back pack diaper bag was my saving grace. Once I had my second child and embraced baby wearing that no longer worked so I switched to a traditional diaper bag but one that offered a cross shoulder option like the SkipHop Duo so I could do that when not baby wearing. Finally, there was the phase in my life when I needed a ton of space with 2 kids in diapers and 3 kids not in school for that I loved my Petunia Pickle Bottom Wistful Weekender.

 

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Now that we have the perfect diaper bag let’s fill it up with essentials. Here are the things I think need to be in a diaper bag and why:

  1. Diapers – I always carry 4 diapers at a time and I only use Pampers. After trying most every name brand and several store brands Pampers is the only one for me and my kids, I especially like Pampers Swaddlers. 4 is a good number because it accounts for most any length of trip and any issues or surprises (with kids those things tend to happen like peeing while you are changing the diaper so you use 2 diapers in one change)
  2. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – Yes diaper cream is important and the brand is even more important. This was one thing I neglected with my first child and then my second came along and I learned the hard way how being without it can lead to a painful mess for baby. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is my favorite brand and they have several options to choose from: Original Butt Paste (for minor or moderate rash), Maximum Strength (for stubborn rash), and All Natural (for minor or moderate rash but made with natural ingredients and is petrolatum free). The natural is my favorite and the maximum is great for my kids with sensitive skin who tend to get more severe rashes. I love that Boudreaux’s Butt Paste uses safe natural ingredients and is still super effective ( and fast acting). In case you are unclear when to use it… pretty much all the time!
  3. Wipes – Always have a package of wipes, you never want to be caught without baby wipes!
  4. Muslin or Bamboo Swaddling Blanket: Having one of these can serve several purposes. It is a blanket to keep baby warm or lay baby on as a clean surface. It can cover and protect baby from the sun and it can serve as a nursing cover, it can even be used as a burp cloth in a pinch.
  5. Burp Cloth – If your diaper bag is small you can skip this and just use your blanket, otherwise have one burp cloth for spit up.
  6. Baby Toy – Every mom knows to never leave home without some form of entertainment. Whether you choose a wooden teether or rattle, make sure you have something they love.
  7. For nursing moms: Extra nursing pads and a nursing coverFor bottle feeding moms: 1-2 bottles and plenty of formula. I used dry formula and liked having this formula dispenser full of enough for 3 feedings with me at all times.
  8. Extra Clothes: Be sure to have on complete outfit change for baby including socks.

Now you can stop right here if you are a bare essentials person but if you want to be fully prepared add these items:

  • Pacifier
  • Extra shirt for mom – for when you get coated in spit up or other bodily fluids.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks – as they start into food be sure to have food, I love the pouches with spoons for on the go feeding
  • Bib
  • Baby carrier – I love the Boba Wrap for newborns and the Boba 4G for up to 2 years old.

 

So now you know how to pack the perfect diaper bag and you will never be caught unprepared.

WIN IT: I am helping you stock your diaper bag by giving away a Boudreaux’s Butt Paste prize pack valued at $35, enter in the form below.

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How to Style a Maxi Dress with Ballet Flats

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I love maxi dresses, they are easy to wear, forgiving and bonus you can wear them even if your legs are white or in need of a shave.

Deciding what shoes to wear with a maxi dress can be tough, I usually go for something with heels. It elongates the look and is flattering with a long flowing dress. But if I am looking for comfort I need a great flat shoe and the Brian James ballet flat is the perfect combination of style and comfort. I own these shoes in several colors and they are amazing!!

So how do you pick the perfect ballet flat for with a maxi dress? Look for a shoe with a sleek and minimalist design, nothing chunky. If your dress has lots of color and pattern pick a solid that will seamlessly blend into the look and if your dress is solid grab a fun color or one with a print.

 

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Black Denim Cropped Jacket  / Maxi Dress  / Ballet Flats

Once you have the perfect shoes you can complete the look by adding a cropped jacket and fun jewelry. I like to wear longer necklaces to fit with the long lines of the maxi dress and the cropped jacket also adds to the long and lean look.

So what do you think? Would you wear ballet flats with your maxi dress?

These Brian James shoes are fabulous, be sure to check out how Andrea is styling Brain James shoes from Momma in FlipFlops.

 

Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

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