So for the last few months, Emmy has been asking us for a big girl bed. We were a little reluctant at first but decided it was a good time for her to work towards it- as a goal. She loves sticker charts and is always asking to make them for one thing or another and she is at the age where she totally understands the actual concept and that she has to earn what she wants and if she does what we ask of her, she will get a reward at the end. So my husband and I decided we would make her a sticker chart and once she stayed in her bed a certain number of nights- she would get her big girl bed And low and behold- it worked like a charm. We went through a really rough patch for a while where she would not stay in her bed at all. Every night we would have to bring her back into her room over and over again. We really did not want her to get into the habit that it’s okay and normal to sleep in our bed. For us, that just won’t work. I know for some people it does, but we did not want to get into that.
Anyways- I digress. My point is, the sticker chart worked like a charm and after she filled up the first row, she was able to get her big girl bed. My husband built it and I dressed it all up one day when she as out with her Mimi. The look on her face when she saw her new bed was absolutely PRICELESS. She is so in love with this bed, words can’t even describe it!
So here is her bed (and Emmy) in all her glory! This bed was actually a crib first and with the bed rails, we were able to make it into a full size bed. I plan on her being in this bed until college! Ha! We shall see!
If you know me at all, you know I probably did NOT need another fuzzy jacket. I have so many already BUT when you live where it’s cold half the year, you really do get your cost per wear out of them. Anyways- I was not in the market for another jacket until I saw this fuzzy one when shopping in Nordstrom last week. It stopped me in my tracks because it looks (and is) SO SOFT. I grabbed it immediately and went to the cash register. I think I even sold the girl who was ringing me up on it too. She was going to go check it out after! It really is such a good one and less than $100. It would also make a great gift for a sister, best friend, mom, girlfriend, etc. I know if my husband gifted it to me, I would be over the moon! Sizing wise, I took my regular size and was still able to wear a sweater under it as you can see! So stick to your normal size!
Moving on- let’s discuss this sweater quickly. It is so soft! Like so so soft and comes in 9 colors! I am definitely going to be ordering another one or two. I have my eye on the pink one (for a pop of color) and the coral color. I took my regular size and it works great. If you want it to look even more loose and relaxed you could size up one size.
Lastly- these shoes. Oh my goodness, you guys know my obsession with them is SO real. They are hands-down the most gorgeous pair of shoes I have ever owned. The detail on them is just stunning AND they are actually comfortable. Total score! They also run true to size.
So next time you are in Nordstrom, don’t forget to check out the outerwear section, even if you already have 100 different coats and jackets like I do! You never know what you’re going to stumble on that you just have to have.
Today I am partnering up with Express to Express Your Gift- and show you a couple of super cozy sweaters and accessories I recently found! You probably know by now that I am ALLLLL about the cozy knits this time of year! I am basically living in sweaters 24/7- from now until April! It actually snowed a little this morning so it’s completely justified. Now is the perfect time to head into Express for some holiday shopping and pick up a few cozy pieces for yourself or as gifts! Bonus- I have a discount code for you to make your holiday shopping a little easier on the wallet!
Right now Express is running a promo- $25 off your in-store purchase of $100 or more using code: 2253 until 12/15. Terms and Conditions apply- can not be combined with any other promotions.
Sizing info- I took a small in the ruffle sleeve sweater. I am normally an XS in tops but I needed to size up for more length. In the cowlneck sweater I took an XS- it is a bit more oversized! In the jeans I took a 00S- they hit me right at the ankle. They are tight but not TOO tight. The 0 was too loose.
Here’s my secret to holiday shopping – get it done! It doesn’t have to be stressful. The key is to do it well in advance, then you can rest easy and sip hot chocolate in your cozy home when everyone else is stuck in line at the cash register. Besides, shopping for kiddos is always my favorite. I wanted to kick off my Holiday Gift Guides of 2017 with toys for the babes! I concentrated on the toddler age but stuck a couple things in there for both younger and older kiddos.
Elliott got this chair for his birthday and absolutely loves it! For less than $25, it’s an absolute steal. He sits in it, stands on it and hides things under the seat cushion. Of course the best part is his laughter when he lifts the seat and sees what he hid!
There is also a pink version if you want something more girly!
The beauty of this toy is its simplicity. Sit. Scoot. Hit the buttons. Laugh! At 15months, Elliott is the perfect size to be able to get on and off by himself and “fly” around the room. This is another toy Elliott was given for his birthday and what a hit it has been! The buttons light up and talk and he is big enough (at 15 months) to be able to actually sit on it and scoot around. It is one of his favorite toys for sure!
When you look around the room, how many of your kids’ toys did you play with as a kid? None? Me neither – except for Legos! They are one of the few toys to really have stood the test of time. They’re just as awesome as they were then. Also, you don’t need to find a poorly-fitting container to store all the Legos as this case is perfect.
This is the coolest gift ever! This would be ideal for those older kids who are hard to buy for or the kid that has everything. I would love this for myself even! It comes in a ton of different colors as well!
This is a great gift to give a little babe. Both Emmy and Elliott played with this for months and months, starting from when they were just able to sit up on their own. This would also be great to gift a family with a newborn or one on the way!
There’s nothing cuter than hearing Emmy pretend to call the zoo to talk to the animals. Kids love to copy what their Mama and Dada do and talking on the phone comes naturally to them! (FYI we do not call the zoo to talk to the animals!)
This would be my kids’ dream gift! There is a toy store near us where we shop sometimes and they have this train set out to play with. My kids could sit there for hours playing with it. Definitely an amazing holiday gift!
I wish I knew about this when my kids were a little smaller. They love playing in ball pits at play zones so how fun would it be to have your own little play zone at home with this toy?! Totally portable and so much cleaner than a sandbox!
These are just a few of the amazing gifts that Walmart has to offer! If you take a look at the Toyland section of their website, you can get lost with all the fun gifts for kids! The sky is seriously the limit with all they have to offer and the prices are cheaper than what I have seen elsewhere!
I am really loving this purple and grey combo right now! Ever since I found this bow-sleeve sweater at Nordstrom, I have had my eye on more and more purple pieces. It ties in so seamlessly with my already light and neutral wardrobe. I am so glad I found this sweater at the store, otherwise I probably would have ordered the wrong size. It runs quite long so I am actually wearing an XS petite and it’s a perfect fit.
Also- I have definitely gotten my moneys worth out of this vest. I wear it ALL THE TIME. I actually just ordered the full fleece in khaki so you will be seeing that in my feed very soon.
Lastly, can we discuss these cute Ugg boots?!?! I am SO pom pom obsessed these days. I am sure you already know this though. I also have both these slippers and these moccasins with pom poms so when I saw these boots, I had to have them. They are so cute and comfortable and I have gotten SO many compliments on them! I will be living in these all winter for sure!