Happy Tuesday and welcome to this edition of blogging where I talk all about the importance of oil changes and why we use Shell Rotella Gas Truck Oil. We’re honestly so excited to be a part of the #RotellaGasTruckRollback campaign and to have my handsome hubs in this post along with me! I mean, how cute is he? A man who looks good changing the oil, how lucky am I?!
For as long as I can remember, Shell has been a trusted product for servicing our families vehicles. The Rotella Gas Truck Oil is on rollback right now, is FTC compliant, one of the most effective in protecting your engine and allows you to go a little bit longer between changes. It’s a sustainable product for those heavy loads, treacherous driving conditions, extreme temperatures, and even frequent short trips. It also protects horsepower and prevents sludge and all the icky stuff that can corrode your engine.
Speaking of frequent short trips, I am always on the go. Between school, baseball, photo shoots, and all that is mom life, it’s important to keep my car in tip top shape and ensure the safety of my family in the meantime. Conrad is constantly asking if everything is working like it should and to make sure I am servicing the engine as often as necessary. I have a GMC Yukon and so the Rotella Gas Truck Oil is perfect for keeping us safe on the road. For me, it’s an easy stop at the #walmart AutoCare Center and 20 minutes to get my oil changed efficiently and affordably. We’ve even bought the oil at our local Walmart and Conrad’s changed it a handful of times in the driveway for me.
Being a daughter, grand-daughter and now wife of generations of oil and gas, its imperative to use the best. Which is why my family relies on Shell products and trusts the Rotella Gas Truck Oil to get us where we need to go. So excited to have been a part of this campaign and to have been able to share more about what this product actually does. The next time you’re at your local Walmart, let them change your oil, and be sure to tell them you want the Shell Rotella Gas Truck Oil especially if you have a truck or SUV to keep your engine free from wear and tear and running clean. Let them know we sent you and enjoy the ride!
Along with animal print, skirts are majorly on trend this fall! Mostly broom and leather, but in this case I’ll be sharing and showing you three ways to style a black leather skirt. Really, how you can style them in general, not only a few ways! I love how versatile a leather skirt can be. They are fit for many occasions and can be worn season after season; from summer, to fall, winter and spring. They are so cute year round and I’m so happy to see them being styled all over the gram right now!
I will say, I think there’s a misconception about leather skirts and that they can only be styled one or two ways and only a certain person can pull them off! Also, a myth I’m here put to rest and to share a few ideas I wear often and know will look great on you too, if you’ve been on the fence on whether to not to pull the trigger in adding one to your closet this season.
One common way I’ve seen most and feel is most classic is a sweater, fitted or oversized, with a fun bootie, printed embossed snakeskin or leopard. My favorite look today is a spin on the traditional yet a little edgier. I love to pair my skirts with graphic tees and throw on a denim jacket and a wide brim hat. It’s more of a boho meets rocker chic and a look I think would be so cute for a concert, girl’s night out, or even date night. I probably won’t be wearing this for drop off or pick up, 😉 but think it’s so fun for those mentioned above! You can also totally dress it down. One way I wear it just running around town is to style with a basic white tee and a converse sneaker like the ones linked below. Staying on trend, but also keeping it more casual. I’ll throw on a denim jacket if it’s a cooler day, or tie a plaid flannel around my waist. Another shoe option for this look is to style it with a combat boot. Also making a statement this fall. I never thought I’d say I own a pair of Dr. Marten’s past high school, freshman year at that, but here we are! What goes around, comes around Amiright?! I’m thinking these or these to complete the look.
Another laid-back style is just pairing it with a classic and easy oversized sweater, like the one I have pictured, a ball cap, crossbody, and my Golden Goose. This look is perfect for rooting on your favorite team (guns up) and if you’re a true fan add a pop of color on top and a spirited earring to give the outfit a little pizzazz. Such a fun way to style it, while remaining effortless and chic. I personally love to style my skirts this way, especially with sneakers because I feel like it creates more of an everyday look and can be pulled off so easily without trying too hard.
Lastly, snazzy up your black leather skirt starting with a body con base. I would suggest a bodysuit or more fitted top, especially if you plan to layer. I think this is exceptionally true when adding a faux fur vest, teddy coat or faux fur coat. Going back to the bodysuit. It doesn’t have to be boring. Mine is a burnout fabric with velvet leopard but it’s subtle enough to not be overkill. Add in some texture if you feel like the basics are too basic. Now faux fur. I have a few that are fluffier than others, for a lack of better term, and feel a slimmer base is needed to achieve that polished look. I like to finish this look off with an over the knee boot. You can go a step further and add a hat or like me, just accessorize with a pair of oversized sunglasses. I also think a trench over the top is so pretty and chic. So good for holiday parties, or social events that require you to be a little more dressed up. I am LOVING these trench options and think keeping it monochromatic is so classic and also so on trend. You can also wear a black leather jacket on top too. Sets are also a big trend, so putting pieces together that look like they were bought that way, is never a bad idea. Especially if it’s still warm in your area for coats and vests. I’ve also decided to link a couple of skirts that are a little longer too, so if you’re in the workforce, these would be appropriate for special events, holiday office parties, etc as well. To cinch in your waist, you can always add a fun belt to accentuate, when adding a coat over the top to give your waist a smaller illusion. Love this too if you’re not big into jewelry. It will provide a little more put togetherness and then complete the outfit with a tall boot or heel if you prefer.
I hope this post is helpful and inspires you to try this trend out and step outside the box in making a black leather skirt your own. Let me know how you style it!
Today, I am so excited to be partnering with Walmart to talk about one of their exclusive lines. Parents’s Choice is celebrating 20 years this October as Walmart’s premiere baby brand! They have a variety of products at competitive prices that suit the needs of parents everywhere. From their best selling fragrance free and hypoallergenic wipes to plush baby blankets and everything in between, you will find exactly what you need to keep your baby clean, fed, and warm in every stage from infancy all the way through toddlerhood and beyond. You can view the entire Parent’s Choice line here.
One of our favorite Parent’s Choice items is the Rosette Blanket in white. Camilla loves it and it goes everywhere we go lately. I also love their infant and toddler hangers. They come in a pack of ten and in four color combinations and are so handy. We can never have enough hangers, and I love that they keep us organized! Speaking of organization, how cute are these storage bins? So cute if you’re trying to keep things tidy and perfect for small spaces! These would be great for diapers, lotions, and necessities and could even be used later for toy storage. Parent’s Choice seriously has so many great product options for the nursery too. Take a look below at their selection for their selection of all things newborn and decorating. If you’re a new mom or mom-to-be, planning a registry or just need a little inspiration, this section is for you!
If you’re a seasoned mom, and are still buying diapers, here are a few options Parent’s Choice offers to ensure your baby stays dry in the newborn phase through the potty training phase. They’ve got you covered, literally! They have 36 count packages of diapers to a 328 count, which is priced at $38 and ranges from sizes Newborn to Size 7 or over 41 lbs. Then there’s their premium line, with a great value as well. Whatever your needs, Parent’s Choice will exceed your expectations. See below for diapering and feeding options available.
I’m so happy to have been able to share with you a little more about Parent’s Choice and Walmart’s exclusive and celebratory baby brand. I hope you’ll try some of these great products out, and if you do, be sure to let me know what you think!
A special thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post.
Can you believe Halloween is almost here? It doesn’t seem possible that we’re already half way through the month of October. This is one of my favorite months of the year. That crisp, cool morning air, the leaves changing, carving pumpkins, decorating my porch, and all of the fun fall festivities and Halloween carnivals. Speaking of carnivals, our church actually puts on an amazing Trunk or Treat. Several families participate and go ALL out decorating their trunks and creating a theme at each stop. They have bounce houses, food and of course more treats than imaginable. It’s always so much fun and I look forward to going this year and for Camilla to experience her first Halloween in her cute little costume. It’s always a good time and one of the many opportunities we have that Corbin enjoys. Did I also mention his favorite holiday is Halloween? So last year he was a vampire, but two years prior he was Spiderman and y’all, he literally wore that thing EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t get him out of it for months. It was also that phase of not understanding Halloween only comes around once a year and that “tomorrow” wasn’t Halloween again! Hah! Oh my goodness! Anyone else remember that with their toddler? So funny! Then we went through the vampire phase. Not a scary vampire, but a nice one, he would tell me. Then when his vampire costume and teeth arrived, it was an entirely new dilemma and a flashback of Spiderman all over again. He loved those crazy vampire teeth. It was a hoot!! I kept finding them in bizarre places and he even tried to wear them into pre-school a time or two. That boy! I’m interested to see how Cami will be in those phases. I’ll let you know once we get there!
Today, since everyone is beginning to gear up for all of the fun activities ahead, I thought it would be fun to share a few Halloween books we’ve loved and read this time of year every night before bed. It’s a fun tradition Camilla gets to join now too, as we snuggle up in Corbin’s bed, freshly bathed and ready for a good story to end the day. He picks one each night, sometimes the same one and I read it a “couple” times, but it’s one I enjoy year after year and one we’ve had since he was a little bitty guy. I’ve always read to him but I think we can agree, themed holiday books are the best, amiright?! Memories I hope they will always remember and traditions to someday begin with their littles.
The post wouldn’t be complete without some children’s Halloween outfit inspo and some cute pajamas like the ones pictured too. I mean, how can I not? We are fans of our jammies, guys! I love coordinating the kids, like I’ve mentioned before, and even think its fun in pajama form for all the holidays. Coordinating is always a good idea in my book! Here are some of our favorites below! I hope you enjoy this fun share and that you soak up the rest of October, like we are!
Wishing you a boo-tiful and spook-tacular Halloween season!
Hello and happy Wednesday, friends!!!
It’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog post, but thought today I’d share some fun mommy and me matching inspiration. With fall here, I wanted to showcase a few versatile pieces, some matchy matchy, and some understated that don’t have to be worn with your littles and look cute styled on their very own.
BUT… Oh how I love the idea of matching! When I started this space, it really began with me sharing complimentary outfits between Corbin and me. Fall outfit ideas for family photos, and just the two of us wearing similar pieces was really where my love for the blog all began. I still love matching him, when he lets me, and remember the matching outfit trend with my mom when I was little. Laura Ashley floral dresses were our jam back then, and we have the life size hanging portraits to prove it! Now, I may not go that far but I do think complimenting your babies wardrobe from time to time is adorable. 🙂
I’ve linked several options below on how to coordinate or completely match your kids and loved every minute of putting this together. I have even linked mine and Camilla’s fall sweaters from the pumpkin patch, AKA Walmart if you want to shop them. Her sweater is under $25 and a purchase I made long before having her. I got lucky to be able to find mine! Hope you all have a fantastic hump day!! As Corbin would say, two more “sleeps” til the weekend!!!
Happy Thursday from beautiful San Diego!!!
I’m so excited to share my review on the Mamapod carrier! It has been in use by us since the first part of July and is hands down Camilla’s very favorite to be carried in.
I have literally tried three separate carriers and this one has been a hit and the most comfortable, especially for her. I think one aspect she loves most is the foldable seat. It holds her in a very supportive position and the seat acts as an actual chair-like device, which leaves her feeling secure. She mostly enjoys sitting forward facing in it so she can observe the world around her and be apart of it all!
One unique aspect that the Mamapod offers versus other child carriers, is it comes with a detachable support pole. I’ll be honest and say I’ve only used the pole once to try it, and found it to be a little bit awkward. It’s something you’ll have to carry around while using for going short distances or it can be folded up in a pouch under the seat, which is my preference. It can even be held in your hand, or worn on your side until you’ve reached your destination to rest. I do think it would come in handy if you were to use it hiking or doing any type of strenuous activity. However, I don’t feel like it’s necessary for us, considering I use mine for short term activities but definitely think it would be helpful depending on your situation. It’s simply designed to assist in carrying for long periods of time to distribute weight. The support pole also is adjustable by height and is fully collapsable.
Overall, it’s both functional and stylish. It has shoulder and waist straps for comfort, adjustable leg openings, a mesh layer for those hot summer days that is extra breathable for your tot, and is a soft material that will keep your baby cozy whether facing inward or outward. It also comes in a couple of color options to satisfy your preference and holds newborn aged babies up to toddlers.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our Mamapod so far and are looking forward to watching our girl grow into it. It has been so handy y’all, that I actually keep it in my car at all times to grab and put the baby in during my every day errands. We genuinely love it and am so thankful to have been able to try it.
I would 100% suggest and encourage you to try it, buy it, add it to your registry and have linked it here for you to look into further.
A special thank you to Mamapod for gifting this amazing product to us and to Stills and Ink Photography for these images of baby squish and me. So thankful!
Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!
I’m so excited to FINALLY share my thoughts on our Halo DreamNest! We’ve been using it for about a month now after outgrowing our Halo bassinet and I have to say, we love it! Camilla sleeps so soundly in it and it gives me such peace of mind even though she’s still sleeping in our room. I’ve told y’all before that the Halo bassinet was one of my favorite purchases this time around! I loved the swivel affect, vibration settings and how tall is was, considering our bed is not an average height. I can confirm now, the DreamNest is right up there with my top favorite baby products!
The transition to the Halo DreamNest was incredibly smooth. Camilla took to it right away and it has surpassed my expectations in regards to safety and comfort. It has a breathable insert or “mattress” which allows the flow of oxygen at all times while your baby sleeps, through the mesh fabric and muslin crib sheet. It can also be stationary or if you prefer, has a rocking type attachment, which has been a great feature that our little girl loves. It also has wheels for the ease of transfer from room to room. We’re currently using the mattress in the bassinet or bassinest position which is great for up to 15 pounds. Soon, we will transition to the lower setting in which the mattress will sit on the bottom and this setting will be sufficient for up to 30 pounds.
I love that she can play/nap in it in the living room while I clean or do laundry and at night I can easily move it into my room for bedtime. It is much more versatile when it comes to mobility. We’ve even traveled with it this summer and once it’s set up is perfect! It is a great size and the bag that it fits in when folded can easily be loaded in a vehicle or if traveling by airplane can be safely checked. The only thing I haven’t mastered is having to collapse our DreamNest. It’s actually kind of difficult to tear down and set up, honestly. Conrad has had to help me on a couple of occasions where we’ve traveled out of town and taken it with us. The mattress will also fold down but has to be completely taken apart, so I just tend to carry it if we’re traveling by car and keep it at it’s full capacity. The frame after collapsing is a little bit more difficult to snap in place than our Pack n’ Play but I definitely like the DreamNest much better once it’s completely set up. I feel like it’s well made which is why it may be a little more trying to put together. Just my opinion! You may find it super easy to set up and collapse, just my opinion alone. Luckily, we don’t have to collapse it often and each time we’ve traveled, Conrad has been there to rescue me from setting it up.
We were also gifted a Halo SleepSack! If you’ve been around here for a hot second, you know I am a believer in wearable blankets for infants! I never used them for Corbin and feel he didn’t sleep as well or as long until he was quite a bit older. We’ve been using them on Camilla since about 6-8 weeks old and she sleeps like a rock for anywhere from 10-12 hours per night. I wish I would have tried them out our first time around, but hey, you live and learn right?! This one is one of our favorites! I love the zipper, how soft it is, and that it keeps her just the right temperature as she sleeps, with our home staying around 68 degrees. The HALO SleepSack grow with your baby – from newborn sizing for their SleepSack swaddle to toddler sized wearable blankets and everything size in between. I would highly, highly recommend trying the Halo SleepSack! It is a game changer, my friends and I’m so thankful they have allowed us to try the HALO SleepSack easy transition which helps control the moro reflex for babies who no longer like to be swaddled, but still need a bit of security around their arms.
We are truly enjoying our DreamNest and if you’re on the fence, I would say definitely add it and a couple of Halo sleep sacks to your registry. Halo stands behind their products and I just feel they are the absolutely best for infancy and beyond in their product line. They have developed and designed state of the art products for every day use and have hit the big check marks every parent has when it comes to purchasing what will be both the most safe and effective.
Thank you to Halo for sponsoring this post and for allowing us to try the new DreamNest. I am a believer in every Halo purchase I’ve ever made and feel so honored to get to share my honest feedback with all of you! I hope you will consider the Dream Nest for your little one as well! If you have one, tell me what you think in the comments!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Photography by: Stills and Ink
As a busy mom of two, I like many other moms tend to put my needs and self-care on the back burner. Not at all complaining and I wouldn’t change it for the world, yet mama sometimes needs to pamper herself. Anyone else feel this way? 30 minutes of alone time, yes?
I was recently gifted a product that I’ve found to be very effective for under eye circles, is safe for expecting moms, and is so easy and convenient to use. The VII Code oxygen mask is SO good y’all! It feels amazing and has become a staple in my weekly routine.
This mask helps reduce the appearance fine lines and wrinkles (can I get an amen?) and how I like to apply mine is at night before bed. I can sleep in it for up to 8 hours and wake up looking less like a tired mom and more like an energized 20 something. Okay, maybe that’s going a little far, but it’s definitely made such an impact in my routine and I think is something that could benefit other women wanting to take a little time for themselves, even if it’s while you sleep. I have tried many eyes masks in the past. Prior to pregnancy I was using an eye mask that included retinol as an ingredient, not safe for pregnant or nursing so quickly had to come up with a safe alternative that would do the job and that would make me feel like I was making improvements to my skin in the meantime.
The VII Code mask has been wonderful and I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to use it. If you’re also interested, you can check out the oxygen eye mask, here. Let me know your thoughts and what your results are looking like and remember to always take time for yourself! Doing so will make you a better you to care for those around you!
Happy weekend, friends!
Thank you to Stills and Ink Photography
Anyone else so happy the weekend is here? I don’t know about you but I’ve never met a Friday I didn’t love!
Camilla is a whole three months today! I can’t believe it, y’all! Part of me feels like we’ve had her here forever and the other feels like she was barely born. So crazy how infancy works. One minute they are sleeping 20 hours a day and the next you’re putting away those newborn clothes and listening to sweet giggles. Insert all the sad eyes regarding those cute newborn clothes. It really does fly by and gets a lot easier in the meantime, especially if you’re a first time mom following along. Soak it in, thats all I’ve got to say! You blink and they are a little bit older and need you a little less.
Okay, before I start crying, let’s get to the good stuff!
Holy moly there are some awesome inventions out there since even having Corbin! I figured I would share my top 10 favorites for you and products that I use every day and LOVE!
10. Wubbanub Pacifier– The binky of all binkies. Loved these with Corbin too!
9. Baby Shusher– Just the best kept secret thats really no longer a secret. This portable sound machine is like a dream, literally. I turn this on and Camilla is asleep in minutes. It’s so good, I am nearly asleep in minutes too! You need this mama’s!
8. Mamaroo Swing– Still the best swing on the market IMO. It’s currently on sale too-BONUS!! It has 5 or 6 different movement settings, a dock for music from your phone or iPod, and is easy to clean. Corbin and Cam have lived in this thing! Always remember to buckle them up, especially when they are able to roll! **
7. Copper Pearl Car Seat Cover and swaddle blankets– Another product I didn’t have with Corbin that has changed my life. They are SO SOFT and the carseat cover doubles as a nursing cover as well. Such a good baby shower gift too! I have two covers I swap out and use the blankets daily!
6. Nose Frida– OMG I cannot believe I’m adding this to the list but it is a game changer. I refused to use this with Corbin but use it daily with Camilla. It’s 100 times better than the dreaded bulb sucker and I feel is much more sanitary. Once you get over the idea of sucking boogers out of your kids nose, it really isn’t so bad! 😉
5. Halo Bassinet– Camilla sleeps in this next to our bed every night. It has a few different settings for soothing, and makes me feel comfortable knowing she’s right next to us. Love how it also adjusts to the height of the bed and is convenient in that it swivels and the sides slide down to enable picking her up and laying her back down.
4. Haakaa Silicon Breast Pump– If you’re breastfeeding, this is life! Seriously, it helps maintain milk production, and keeps waste at bay. I use it on the opposite side when nursing during every feeding and its allowed me to store and freeze milk.
3. Dock-A-Tot– For co-sleeping or travel this is a must! Easy to maneuver and I actually carry it from room to room if Camilla is sleeping or wants to play under her gym. Also, she only wakes up once at night and a big part I believe is due to this product.
2. Owlet Monitor– Worth every penny IMO. It alerts you on your phone if something is wrong with baby by giving O2 levels and heart rate at your finger tips at all times and gives peace of mind when transitioning baby to crib at night or during nap time.
1. Doona– The greatest invention to date. A carseat/stroller combo. Pricey, but SO stinkin worth it. I LOVE this thing and would buy it again twice.
There are a few more products I could list that I swear by and love, but these are the most consistent in our every day routine. Hoping this is a helpful list if you’re in the market for baby items or gifts! Send me any questions regarding any of the above if you have them in the comments and have a lovely weekend, friends!