Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Adventures for Toddlers

Link Lovin ThursdayIt's hard to find toddler friendly Halloween events.  Taking the babe trick or treating seems a little pointless when they can't eat candy.  BUT, you're a relatively new mama and you want to celebrate with him or her, so what do you do?  I did some research and found some age appropriate events for my one year old.  He loved getting dressed up and people watching.

Here are some Halloween events appropriate for a one year old:

1.  Boo at the Zoo! - I live outside of Chicago, not too far from Brookfield Zoo.  They have a Halloween event the last two weekends of October with a costume parade, pumpkin chuckin, face paint, and pumpkin decorating.  Check out your local zoo for something similar.  Plus, dressing up is encouraged.

2.  Business Trick or Treating event - This weekend we went to the Lincoln Square (Chicago neighborhood) trick or treating event.  There was face painting, bands playing, and the littles could go trick or treating in a safe environment at local businesses.  Any town with a downtown area probably has a similar event.

3.  Library Halloween Events - The Evanston Public Library has fun Halloween craft and story time for the young ones.  Check out your local library for events.

4.  YMCA Healthy Halloween Night - This event is for the whole family.  It encourages movement and fun with a Halloween theme.


Halloween events for toddlers


What Halloween events did you do with your toddler?


What I listened to while writing:

The Bears game in the background; plus, the H yelling at the TV.


Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homemade Cleaning Products

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When I learned that I was pregnant, I decided to move away from harsh products around the house.  As the child of ultimate hippies (they traveled around the country in a van with their dogs, need I say more?), I learned from an early age that products from nature can be just as effective as chemical products, but better for you.


Sore throat:  Gargle cayenne pepper in warm water, almost instant relief.

Facewash:  Baking soda and water as a face scrub (my skin is never so smooth as when I use that).

Irritated Eye:  potato cut in half and placed on the eye - just kidding!  That was a fail.  My dad did that when I got a contact stuck in my eye and it hurt like hell and did not help.

Back to the cleaning products

All purpose cleaner:  Mix white vinegar, water, dish soap, and maybe just a little essential oil scent.  It will clean anything beautifully.  My stove shines when I use it.  Plus, safe to use on any of your baby products.

Window Cleaner:  Use white vinegar and water, leave out the dish soap.

Wood floor cleaner:  Use the mixture for the all purpose cleaner and add a splash of olive oil.

Stuck on mess?  Use baking soda and water as a scrub.

This is tried and true.  I use these recipes for my cleaning products, exclusively.  Side note:  If you're concerned about the white vinegar smell, as soon as it dries, you can't smell it anymore.

What I listened to while I wrote:

Football, my H yelling, "Yes!!"  I guess da Bears did something good?

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Monday, October 27, 2014

Super Smoothie! The super food awesome list.

As I write and schedule my posts for the week, I realize, this week is pretty hippie-dippy.  It's all about health and natural fixes this week (and a little Halloween!).  Today, I am talking about the awesomeness that is super food smoothies.  I started making them last week, and the first day I already felt more alert.  They make you more alert, give you more energy, healthier immune system, and even can fight depression.  To be honest, life is a little stressful right now, and this week is the first week I haven't been stressing over everything.  AND, it was a damn stressful week.  My little was sick again, and I didn't feel comfortable asking to work from home more than usual, so we were vying for sitters for a few days and trying to help our baby boy get over his illness.  With all of that, I didn't stress, and I have to thank the awesome smoothies for that.

super foods

First, let's discuss the benefits of the super foods I have tried this week.

Maca:  Supports adrenal glands, helps your body deal with stress, supports hormone system, and provides energy.

Camu Camu:  High on vitamin C (500x the amount in OJ).  Here is an Amazon offer for Camu Camu with a special 20% off discount.

Flaxseed: Reduces inflammation, protects against forms of cancer, essential fatty acids, and fiber.

Cacao:  Fiber, good for the heart, beneficial for high blood pressure and glucose levels.

Chia:  High in Antioxidants, full of nutrients (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, zinc), and a good source of omega-3s.

Coconut Oil:  Fatty acids, provides healthy energy, therapeutic for brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer's, helps you burn fat more efficiently, kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi (I rubbed this on my son's rash when he had hand, foot, mouth disease), lessens your appetite, lowers your risk for heart disease, and protects against skin damage.

Elderberry:  Antiviral effects and promotes good circulation (I only use it when I can feel an illness coming on or when people around me are sick, to try and lesson my odds of getting it).

Apple Cider Vinegar:  Antioxidants, amino acids, kills many forms of bacteria, lowers blood sugar levels, helps with weight loss, heart health, protects against cancer, clears skin, and reduces acid reflux.

There are many super foods, but these are the ones that I have been using in my smoothies every day.  Also, there are many more benefits to these superfoods, but I just noted the benefits I found to be the most helpful.

How do you make a super food smoothie?

Step one:  Choose a base - I use coconut milk, but you can use that, almond milk, regular milk, water, or coconut water.

Step two:  Choose a veggie - I use spinach, but you can pick any high vitamin veggie you would like.

Step three:  Choose a fruit - I choose whatever strikes my fancy.  I almost always add banana for consistency, but sometimes I add pumpkin (not sure what food group that is!), strawberries, blueberries, apples, or pineapple.

Step four:  Choose your superfoods - Pick whatever you like.  I add all of the ones above and can't taste any of them.  In fact, I can't taste the spinach either.  The only evidence of the spinach is in the green color.

Step five:  Blend!  I use the Oster blender.  You blend in the container you drink out of - very convenient.  Here is a similar one from Amazon.

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Do you make super food drinks?  What recipes have you tried?

What I listened to while writing:


Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How do I style this vest!?

Link Lovin ThursdaySo....this is embarrassing to say.  I am a vest virgin.  I know.  I know.  They had a big moment in the early 2000's.  I didn't partake.  I just didn't have it in me.  I was still wearing baby tees and flared jeans.  I wasn't ready for the vest just yet.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I did it.  I bought a vest and I have no regrets!!

This is the bad girl that I bought.

fall fashion I bought it yesterday from Target.  It's glorious!


Being the girl who skipped this trend the first time round, I didn't know exactly how to style it.  So, Pinterest saved the day.

How to style the fall staple:  the VEST:

Button-down shirts

Striped button down and polka dot puffer

Herringbone Vest

Crew Neck Sweaters

Really loving the vest and beanie I'm suddenly ok with cold weather lol

45+ MORE Fall Outfit Ideas - This Silly Girl's LifeThis Silly Girl's Life

And here is a variety of ways to style

Check out this post for some serious puffer vest inspiration!

Click on the images for the original websites and beautiful fashion blogs that put together the styles that inspired me.

What I listened to while writing:

Either Way by Beta Radio

Sofa Song by The Kooks

The Girl by City and Colour

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gross Pregnancy Questions Answered!

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When you see the little "pregnant" sign on the digital display of your pregnancy test, all you can think is, "I'm going to be a mommy!"  That lasts about 4 seconds before all of the questions pop in.  How am I going to afford childcare? What is this going to do to my body?  What am I going to wear for 9 months?  The biggest question you will have is, "Is this normal?"  All first time moms have weird pregnancy questions, and some are embarrassing.

I have compiled a list of questions friends, family, and the internet has provided me that might be a little embarrassing to ask.  And, I am going to give you the embarrassing answers.  Every mother goes through it.  You are not alone.  I promise.

Question:  Is it normal to be really gassy?

Answer:  Um....yes.  It gets worse the further along you are.  Your intestines are more sluggish when you're pregnant, and the more pregnant you get, the harder the baby pushes into the intestines.  Sorry.

Question:  Is it normal to have more discharge than usual?

Answer:  Um...once again, yes.  And, once again, it gets worse the further along you are.  Third trimester you see the most because the mucus plug comes out.  And, sometimes it comes out over time, instead of all at once.  Use a panty liner.

Question:  Were you really thirsty?

Answer:  Yes, and that is probably a good thing.  Lots of water is good for you, your baby, and your skin.  Keeping your skin hydrated helps reduce the odds of stretch marks.

Question:  Did you leak when you laughed/sneezed/coughed?

Answer:  Yes.  Woot, woot.  There's a lot more pressure on your bladder and it can cause you to pee when you didn't mean to.

Question:  I sweat more!  Why?

Answer:  When you're pregnant, you're body is working in overdrive.  Therefore, you sweat more.  If you don't want to use an antiperspirant while you're pregnant, be liberal with the baby powder you get at the baby shower.  It'll help absorb the sweat.  The lavender scent should cover up any odor as well.

Question:  I am drooling.  Are you effin' kidding me?  Why!?!?

Answer:  Pregnant women produce more saliva.  A lot more.  Suck it up, buttercup.  Welcome to motherhood.  All glam.

What I listened to while writing:

Shake by The Head & the Heart

Emily by The Mowgli's

Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Monday, October 20, 2014

Work Week Style Inspiration Board | October, Week 3

I've been in a shopping mood lately!  My purse literally cried this weekend.  I called a news station.  It wasn't natural.

I am always looking for good pieces that are transitional.  I need to be able to par down a work outfit to work for the weekend, or bring it up a notch, so it is appropriate for a formal occasion.  I'm cheap, and if my separates can't get enough runway time, then I don't bother.  This week's inspiration board is all about items I can transition for different occasions.

office style1.  Baublebar Statement Necklace | 2.  Express crew neck sweater | 3.  Gap Dress | 4.  Express black midi skirt

To transition these pieces:

  • The statement necklace I would wear with t-shirts, crew neck sweaters, or this awesome Gap dress

  • The Express crew neck sweater can be worn with skinny black pants, jeans, or the midi skirt pictured

  • The Gap dress pictured can be worn to work with a blazer or worn to a cold-weather wedding with black tights and patent leather heels.

What I listened to while writing:

Clean Lights by The Mowgli's

Nice Try by I am Arrow

Out of my League by Fitz and the Tantrums

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How do you like them apples? How to use up your overzealous apple orchard trip supply.

pumpkin patchI have two apple trees in my backyard that were very...fruitful this year.  Seriously - I have so many apples, I am researching and researching what to do with them all.

My top choices were applesauce, apple butter, Paleo pancakes, apple pork chops, apple pie filling, and rum infusions.

I already made a batch of applesauce.  Anyone who regularly reads my blog knows that I don't cook unless it is as easy as can be.  If there is more than 5 ingredients in a recipe, it is way too high maintenance for me.  The apple sauce recipe I found and tried had two!  Two!  Two ingredients!  Do I need to repeat myself again?  Okay - TWO!

apple recipes

applesauceHere is what to do to make crock pot applesauce:

  • Get the slow cooker ready

  • Peel and core as many apples as will fit in your slow cooker

  • Add a little bit of water on the bottom

  • Place apples in the slow cooker

  • Add cinnamon

  • Stir occasionally

  • Note:  I had mine on high.  The apples were in the slow cooker for about 4 hours.  I stirred for a minute or so once an hour.  The apples will break down on their own, but you can mash them a bit to help them along.

  • Note two:  Sooo effin' good.

You can find the food recipes on the Pinterest board below.

Here is a link to how to infuse alcohol with apples and cinnamon!  While this recipe is for vodka, we are using rum.  Our plan is to put them in Mason jars with apple cider for Christmas gifts.

What I listened to while writing:

Broadripple is Burning by Margot & the Nuclear So & So's

Wasted Time by Vance Joy

The Great Divide by The Mowgli's

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease: What to do when it happens to your baby.

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Jax was hit with hand, foot, mouth TWICE.  It ain't the chicken pox.  There is not a one and done policy with hand, foot, mouth.  The first time he got hand, foot, mouth, he started to show symptoms at his first birthday.  It was sad.  He wouldn't eat, he had a high fever, and all he wanted to do was sleep.

The symptoms of hand, foot, mouth are blisters/rash usually on the hands, feet, or mouth (including throat, tongue, gums, lips).  This strain that has been going rampant in Evanston, IL - where I live - contains a body rash.  Jax had the body rash, blisters in his throat and on his tongue for the first round.  Before the rash and blisters, the baby will get a fever for a few days, which Jax had.

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The hand, foot, mouth knocked him out so bad the first time, his immunity system was fighting it big time.  He ended up getting pneumonia immediately after because his immunity was done from fighting the hand, foot, mouth.  About two weeks after the pneumonia was cleared up, he got hand, foot, mouth again!  This time it was a more tame strain.  He had blisters on his lips and throat and a low grade fever.

The first round, he had it for about 5 days.  The second round lasted about 3 days.

There is no medicine to make hand, foot, mouth go away, so when Jax got it again, I began researching ways to make him comfortable and ways to make the symptoms more tolerable for him.

The first thing I tried was coconut oil.  You can rub it into the rash and blisters to help heal them.  Coconut oil has a lot of immunity boosting properties.  I put it on his blisters twice a day and rubbed it all over his body in the bath.  After day one, he didn't seem to be bothered at all.  He was eating again.  His blisters weren't bothering him at all.

I also found recipes for anti-viral toddler soup - recipe here on the blog Ring around the Rosies.

After researching hand, foot, mouth, another item I will be adding to my medicine cabinet is Elderberry syrup.  It strengthens the immune system and is safe for toddlers.  I learned about that, plus other homeopathic hand, foot, and mouth treatments on the blog From Faye.  See them here.

Your baby may not want to eat while he or she has hand, foot, mouth.  What I did to get Jax to eat is make him plenty of bottles with formula.  Although he is off formula, I didn't want him to miss out on important nutrients, so we went back to formula for a week.  We also put Pedialyte in his water, for a boost of electrolytes.  Lastly, I would give him the baby food pouches with a variety of fruits and vegetables, because they were easier on his blistered throat.  I could usually get him to eat a little something when I gave him a pouch.

Did you ever experience hand, foot, mouth?  How did you deal with it?

What I listened to while I wrote:

Believe by The Bravery

Who the Fuck are the Arctic Monkeys by Arctic Monkeys

Mr. Maker by The Kooks

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Monday, October 13, 2014

Work Style Inspiration Board - October, Week 2

This week, I am feeling black and white and in between.  When I want to feel like a real live grown up, I go B&W.  It's classic, chic, and always looks polished.  Enjoy my October, week 2 inspiration board!

office fashion1.  Minni Pant, J. Crew | 2.  Aztec Sweater, Express | 3.  Naturalizer Gusta, Zappos | 4.  Clutch, Zappos (aren't the tassels awesome!?)

What I listened to while writing:

Trojens by Atlas Genius

More than Life by Whitley

From the Ritz to the Rubble by Arctic Monkeys

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pregnancy is like Training for a Marathon

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In May of 2012, my H and I decided we would start trying for baby one at the end of the summer.  We dubbed that summer, the summer of George!  We went all out.  We went to parties we normally would have turned down.  We went to every concert we could get tickets to.  But, I had my own plan during the summer of George.  I began my training for pregnancy.

While I always worked out, it would be more like - 3 days a week one week, 5 days another week, and 0 days the next week.  I wasn't consistent.  I wasn't consistent about eating healthy either.  When I knew I would soon be pregnant, I decided to get my body prepared to carry a life.  I started eating healthy (most of the time).  I made a regular workout routine and stuck to it.  I stuck to this diet and workout routine through my entire pregnancy, and still maintain it today.

My diet during pregnancy was mainly meat, vegetables, and fruit.  Once in a while I'd indulge.  I counted my calories every day.  I love eating, so I knew this was the only way to keep it under control.  I increased my calories by 100/day each trimester.

My exercise routine consisted of the gym 2-3 days a week and walking for 30 minutes/day on off days.  At the gym I did 30 minutes of cardio, 25 minutes of weights, and 15-20 minutes of abs.  Yes, I did work my abs throughout my pregnancy.  I just made sure to not do any exercises where I lay flat on my stomach or back.  I used mostly machines to work my abs.  My strong abs during labor helped tremendously.  As I pushed, I could feel my abs doing their job.  From my water breaking to meeting my little man, I had a total labor of 6 hours.  I only had about 20-30 minutes of pushing.

By treating my pregnancy like I was training to cross that finish line of labor, I was able to maintain a healthy weight (29 lbs of weight gain), a healthy pregnancy, and my baby was perfect.  Although, he came 4 weeks early, he was perfectly healthy.  That boy trained with me!

My inspiration for my healthy lifestyle during pregnancy was Jax.  I read so many studies touting the relationship between exercise/healthy eating and a healthy baby.  Every time I felt too tired to work out, I thought about Jax.  Studies say that women who work out throughout their pregnancy have babies with higher IQs.  They are healthier overall.  I may not have felt like being healthy all that time, but it was well worth it in the end.  It may not be the same for everyone, but by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I was able to have a healthy baby boy and a definite bonus was that my body bounced back quickly.

What did you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle during your pregnancy?

What I listened to while I wrote:

Eric and Kathy in the morning!

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Doc Band Questions Answered

Doc Band questionsWhen my son was 4 months old, his doctor, my H, and I decided it was best for him to get a Doc Band.  For those who don't know the doc band, it's the helmet that makes your baby's head more round.  Jax was born 4 weeks early, so he was very susceptible to having a misshaped skull.  His skull was softer than a baby's skull who went the full 40 weeks, so, we had made a good effort to try and prevent his head from flattening in spots.

To prevent it, you need to rotate the side of the crib your baby faces, so he/she isn't putting excess pressure on one side.  For those who know us, you know my H and I are extremely stubborn, so naturally, Jax is too.  We would move him, and he would move back to his favorite position immediately.  So, my stubborn baby eventually needed the Doc Band.

We were lucky that we started so early, he was 4 months old, but his skull was at the hardness level of a 3 month old because he was 4 weeks early.  It only took 7 weeks, and the process was completely done.  Below you'll find the most common Doc Band questions, answered from a mommy who went through it.

Q:  What's the process for getting the Doc Band made?

A:  The doctor's office takes a 3D scan of your baby's head.  It's kind of sad looking.  Jax wore a stocking over his head, and had to sit in the center of these weird cameras while they took the pictures.  They use those images to make a custom shaped cement model and that is used to make the doc band.

Q:  How long did it take to start working?

A:  We started noticing a difference within the first 2 weeks, and it only took 7 weeks to be completely adjusted.

Q:  How often do you need to get the Doc Band adjusted?

A:  Weekly, it's really annoying.

Q:  How did you decorate the Doc Band?

A:  This was the fun part!  We painted it, and then cut out pictures from Where the Wild Things Are and mod podged them onto the Doc Band.  There are also vinyl places (like car wrap companies) that will make a custom design for Doc Bands.  I also found artists that created beautiful pieces of art of out the Doc Band.

Q:  How do you clean it?

A:  Rub it down with rubbing alcohol every day.

Q:  How long does my baby have to wear the Doc Band in a day?

A:  23 hours

Q:  Does it affect how the baby sleeps?

A:  Jax slept great with it on.  No problems.

Q:  Did your baby get hot?

A:  His head was a little sweaty, we sometimes had to wipe it down.

Q:  Did your baby get the Doc Band dirty?

A:  I would recommend taking it off when you feed him or her because Jax would get food on it when I'd forget to take it off.

Do you have any questions about Doc Bands?  I'd be happy to answer them for you!  Obviously, every baby is different, but these answers are based on my experience.

What I listened to while writing:

Morning radio!

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Weekend - Wedding and Family Time

On Mondays, I usually write about my work week style inspiration, but today I'm veering off my schedule.  My weekend was too jam-packed to faux shop.  Today, I'm talking about my weekend and fall wedding style.

On Saturday, we had a friend's wedding to go to.  It's rare these days that we get to dress up, AND, we have never gone to a cold season wedding, so we were excited to compile a fun fall formal style.  I went with a red and black quarter sleeve dress (Sonoma, Kohls), and Kyle wore a gray suit with a red/plaid shirt to complement my dress.

fall wedding styleMy hair inspiration was a photo of Lauren Conrad from her wedding.  I must admit, I made a half-assed attempt because it was snow/raining on Saturday, and I figured the curl would fall anyway.

[caption id="attachment_168" align="aligncenter" width="236"]wedding hair inspiration Photo via Pinterest from US Magazine[/caption]

For my nails, my co-worker did the coolest matte gray manicure for me (Thanks, Vicky!).  I don't like girly nails.  I don't know why, but my nails are usually way trendier/cooler than the rest of me.

wedding nails, trendy nails, cool nailsWe had a blast at the wedding!  The bride was beautiful, speeches heartfelt, and the decor was gorgeous.  To top it all off, they had a candy bar and photobooth!!

Photobooth CollageJax had his own fun.  He had a sleepover with my parents.  His nana went toy crazy, and filled the house with toys, toddler friendly food, and they even baby proofed.  They certainly made him feel at home.  So much so, he didn't even look back when we left (ouch).  They danced, played, read, and carved pumpkins.  He had an amazing time, and I am so grateful that he has family that loves him so much, and makes an amazing amount of effort to make him feel that love.

pumpkin carvingThat was my weekend round up!  Today, Jax has more family time, he stayed home from daycare today to hang out with his other grandma and his Aunt Kendyl!  He's such a lucky boy to have a family so in love with him.

What I listened to while writing:

Eric and Kathy on 101.9 The mix!

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Friday, October 3, 2014

Momsanity Asylum - the babe can drive you insane!

mom problemsI have to tell a quick story while the babe naps.  Listen to this load-o-crap, I get called from Jax's daycare Tuesday because he is acting sick (he continued to play it up throughout the night).  I kept him home Wednesday and he is totally fine, and running around like a lunatic.  I think, no fever, crazy amounts of energy, he's going to daycare Thursday.  Thursday, I bring him to daycare, I GET A CALL AGAIN!  He's sick.

I go rogue.  I walk to his doctor's office, baby in tow, and ask if anyone can see him.  I manage to get an appointment.  Babe has no fever, but blisters in his throat and tongue.  He has hand, foot, mouth - round two (are you effin' kidding me?).

Friday (today), I keep him home.  The boy is eating everything - clearly the blisters are not affecting him too badly.  He's pulling the cord of my router out of the wall as I work.  I lost a project (thank you, dude).  He's needy all day, but throwing fits when I hold him.  He's just a real joy.  So what did I do?  I plead momsanity.  I turned Panic at the Disco up really loud, picked up the babe, and started dancing like a crazy person.  It was the only thing I could think to do to keep my sanity, besides run away and cry.

So I danced.

I danced until my legs hurt.

Side note:  I still remember when I was little and my mom went momsane and pulled the car over while my brother and I were fighting and stuck her tongue out and shook her head from side to side - true crazy style.  Now, I get it.  I get it, mom!

What I listened to while I was writing:

Jax's Dave Matthews Band Rockabye CD.

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Coat Obsession - Leather Sleeves | Link Love Thursday

Link Lovin ThursdaySo, on Monday night the H and I stayed up late (9:30pm, gasp!) to watch the Veronica Mars movie.  Laugh away, whatever.  It was full of suspense and thrills.  In one scene, Veronica was wearing a jacket with leather sleeves and that was the end for me.  I have been obsessing over coats with leather sleeves ever since.  Here is my list of coats I am contemplating.

While indulging my addiction to this particular style of coat, I discovered the coolest site - ShopStyle.  It will send you an alert when the coat (or whatever) that you want goes on sale!

1.  Vera Wang | 2.  Calvin Klein | 3.  Vince  | 4. Mackage

What I listened to while writing:

My Eyes by Blake Shelton

Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

Whatever She's Got by David Nail

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

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