My husband is notoriously hard to buy gifts for, and it frustrates me every time. I remember one year he returned or exchanged every gift I bought him, even the one he picked out himself. Don’t get me wrong, he is awesome and I love him dearly. He is just a bit picky when it comes to gifts, and I’ve never excelled at gift giving. Do you know those people who always choose the perfect thoughtful gift for everyone they know? Yeah, I’m not one of those. I was thrilled for us to have the opportunity to review a wood watch from Jord Watch, because I knew my husband wanted one. The ordering process was so easy, and he loves his watch. Read on to find out more about Jord Watches and exactly what we think about them.
Wood Watch Review
In the name of Christmas card photos, I coerced my family out in to a field at our favorite hiking spot dressed in coordinating clothing while I snapped 1,276 frames trying to get a few usable ones for our cards. My precious Pearl Girl is wearing the most darling little dress from my new favorite local shop. I am in love with Olive Mae Clothing, a Plano based store featuring gorgeous handmade clothes for little girls designed and sewn in the back of the shop and sold in the store and online here.
Kids are a blessing and a gift to parents and family, but they can be expensive. There are so many ways to save money on your child’s wardrobe to help you make it through these fast growing years without breaking the bank. How many times have we had a child outgrow an outfit before they even get a chance to wear it? Very rarely do my kids actually get to wear something until it is worn out. They grow too fast! Spending a ton of money on kids’ clothes just doesn’t make sense when you are on a tight budget, but there are ways to dress your kids well without spending a ton.
Today’s Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide brand review is all about the stylish wee ones. My sweet Pearl Girl helped me review a gorgeous pair of gold Freshly Picked baby moccasins and we can’t wait to tell you all about them. If there is a child on your holiday shopping list, these are a hot ticket item. Handmade in the U.S.A. from 100% genuine leather in sizes 1-10 (baby-preschooler), these shoes are durable, super cute, and won’t come off. Read on to find out what we thought about these precious shoes.
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My sweet girl officially has hair long enough to style, and it is a daily challenge for this mama. She may look cute and innocent, but my little peanut turns in to a MMA fighter when I try to style her hair. Thankfully I’ve learned a few tricks that are making it easier on both of us. Sorting out her tangles with the Goody TangleFix brush and then throwing on a cute headband is our new daily hair routine. I created a fun fall felt leaf headband for a mother/daughter style that is easy to throw together. Read on for the full tutorial and more of our toddler hair tips.
Today I’m showing you how to make a super cute tiny turban headband for the little cutie in your life, made from old onesies or t-shirts. These are so simple and quick to make, but I love the way they look and that my daughter’s stained and outgrown clothing can find new life in darling accessories. These require no sewing and can be made in about two minutes, seriously.
Here’s all you need to make these cute headbands:
scissors (sharp for cutting fabric)
old baby t-shirt or onesie with at least a 2 inch stain free strip in the middle
Patterns and stripes are especially cute if they are a similar shade on both sides of the fabric.
Cut a strip out of the middle of the t-shirt or onesie. Knit fabrics are ideal because they are less likely to fray. I like to cut a 2-3 inch strip for each headband, but you can test different widths and see what you like the best.
This is the perfect use for all of those outgrown onesies with stains around the collar, and is so quick and easy. After you cut out your strip, stretch it out using your hands. Then twist it over once, then once more to form the turban style twist shown below. You’re done. See what I mean about super quick and easy? Find a cute baby to wear it and whip out 20 more while you catch up on Downton Abbey.
Isn’t it the cutest on my Pearl Girl?! Another bonus is the headbands are super comfy because they are made from soft, worn in fabric. Here’s another fun idea: make one in your size to match your little one. You can also cut the strip and tie a knot to create another style of headband.
What is your favorite way to upcycle old clothes?
I am in the midst of a postpartum fashion crisis. I’ve lost 2/3 of the baby weight, but as I was 20 lbs overweight when I got pregnant I still have a long way to go. In the mean time I need some clothes that actually fit. Maternity clothes hang off me like a tent, but pre-baby clothes are tight and ill-fitting. I’m living in wardrobe limbo. My body has changed a lot because of the pregnancy, c-section, and breastfeeding. Holler if ya hear me, mamas.
I was watching Stacy and Clinton regulate on “What Not to Wear” and came to the realization that they would be horrified by my current wardrobe. I am shocked at how quickly I fallen into bad mom clothes. To add insult to injury, I haven’t had a hair cut in over a year. Yikes. Please send help. I’m trying to see this as an opportunity to start over and buy classic pieces that will last. Stacy and Clinton gave their pupil a list of basics, so I went to the TLC site to check it out.
The “What Not to Wear” Basics List
- 1 cocktail dress
- 4 day dresses – I have 3 summery ones, but nothing for fall.
1 walking short I don’t wear shorts. Yuck.
- 6 blouses – bought a few cute nursing tops from Gap
- 2 cardigans – just bought one, a lovely dark teal for fall
- 1 denim jacket
- 4-5 assorted camisoles
- 1 trench coat
- 2 blazers
- 1 black peep toe heel
- 1 red heel
- 1 ballet flat – got it
- 1 wedge – I had some rockin’ Toms wedges, but my feet seem to have grown during pregnancy. Will the injustice never end?
- 1 sandal – got it
- 5 bangles
- 5 earrings – got em
- 5 necklaces – got em, but could use a few new ones
- 1 clutch – got it
- 1 everyday bag – got it
I would add a pair of dark, stretchy jeans, a pair of black pants, and a few a line skirts. What are your fashion basics? How did you deal with the postpartum body change? How did you lose the baby weight?
I love all of the gorgeous statement necklaces that Anthropologie and a lot of other stores have been featuring lately. The ones at Anthro are priced from $42-$198, which is way out of my price range, as usual. I found this lovely faux pearl bib choker at an estate sale for $2. Vintage costume jewelry is my favorite kind of estate sale find. It needed a little help, so I removed the broken clasps and attached ivory grosgrain ribbon so that I could adjust the length.
The ribbon ties in a bow and falls down my back. I love it!
Here are the different length possibilities:
The necklace is backed with lovely ivory satin. It is a little stained and worn, but I like to call that vintage character.
One clasp wouldn’t come out, but it doesn’t show when I wear the necklace. I simply glued the ribbon on with craft glue. It would probably look neater if I sewed it on, but I don’t know how to sew. Oh well, it works.
Some of the pearl beads are worn, but I don’t mind.
I love the finished necklace, and can’t wait to wear it.
What do you love to find at estate sales?
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hi, my name is becca, and i’m a shopaholic. seriously, i have a problem. i love to partake in a little retail therapy when i’ve had a bad day, or really any day. we’ve been credit card free for a long time now, so that limits my spending. because of the strict budgeting, my new favorite places to shop are marshall’s, ross, and tj maxx. i have to tell you that i found the cutest mexican style dress at marshall’s for only $15.99! it has pockets and is perfection. i haven’t taken a picture yet, but i’m sure i will soon. the only difficulty i have at those stores is the search. i think you have to go in with a few items in mind, otherwise the madness and disorganization will drive you up the wall.
the dress is great, but my favorite thing to search for at those stores is… bras! i fell in love with calvin klein perfect fit bras several years ago, but they are pricy. they run $38-45 retail, and that is just too much. i have found many at marshall’s in the $6.99-$12.99 range. holy monkeys, that is a big discount!
my next mission is to find a new pair of jeans… i’ll let you know how it goes.
what is your favorite search item at discount stores?
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i found these lovely “rosalita” sandals on anthropologie last week. i fell in love, but they cost $148. that, my friends, is not in the budget. here they are:
i then went to old navy and found these beauties for only $19.99. that is a little more in my price range.
i made 4 fabric roses using this silky vintage fabric i bought at an estate sale. i backed them with felt, and attached them to the sandals.
here is the finished product. they are a little different from the inspiration shoes, but i love them. i especially love that they didn’t cost very much. that makes them even more fabulous. if you want some lovely vintage fabric rosettes to add to your favorite sandals, let me know.
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