Thursday, August 29, 2019

.Baby Roundup and Breastfeeding Journey.


Plaid Blouse (medium, runs tts) // Cardigan (medium, runs tts) 


Now that I am officially 22 weeks, the pressure is on to start getting things ready for baby! Especially since I am due New Years Eve, the holidays are going to fly by. I told Tyler I would like to have almost everything done and organized before Halloween, but honestly that is probably wishful thinking! We shall see how that goes. I am determined to get a move on it though!

A huge part of preparing for a new baby is thinking about how you are going to feed them. Whether we want to prepare for a breastfeeding journey or get everything in order to formula feed. I am a huge believer in fed is BEST and however you choose to do that is a personal choice for each mama. Did you know that August is National Breast Feeding month?! I think that's so cool that there's a whole month dedicated to all the hard work that goes into breastfeeding! 

I mean it when I say hard work too. When I was pregnant with Kennedy I just assumed breastfeeding would come natural to us and I would do it for the first year of her life. After a first couple very hard and challenging days, I came to the realization that it just wasn't going to happen for us. I gave it my all and like I said, I knew fed was best and breastfeeding just wasn't in our cards. I ended up exclusively pumping and bottle feeding her. That came with its own challenges, but ended up working out great for us. 

So this second time around I am going in with an open mind! I am going to try nursing, because I would love to be able to experience that, but if it doesn't work out I will pump again and supplement with formula. The one great thing about being a second time mom is knowing the products that really worked for us the first go around. While each baby is different, I do have an idea of the essentials we will need. 

I've been doing a lot of research too about who has the best prices for all these items. Since it's been over 4 years we are essentially starting from scratch and needing to grab a lot of products again. Not only has Walmart been killing the fashion game, they have a fabulous baby section! They carry most of the name brands that we all love and trust for our littles! They are also running a couple incredible deals on the bigger tickets items, like this breast pump! If you are expecting I highly recommend checking out this page where you can see all the must haves broken down from newborn to 18 months. It would be extremely helpful if you're wanting to do your registry too!


I'm curious, what were your must have items when it came to feeding your babies? 

Thank you to RewardStyle & Walmart for sponsoring this post. Per usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rounding up my favorite products here:





Tuesday, July 30, 2019

.Pop Of Leopard With Walmart.





Dress (wearing small) || Leopard Jacket (wearing small)

It's safe to say leopard has officially taken over my wardrobe! I just can't seem to say no when I come across something in this print. I am not complaining though, because I love adding it, whether I am dressing up or keeping it casual doing #momlife. I really think it adds a certain fun factor to every outfit. This jacket is such a fun piece too! I was super drawn to it, because it's very lightweight which makes it great to wear now and you can layer into the fall. It would be cute styled with a black tunic and leggings or styled like I did here over a black dress! So many options and it's guaranteed to be that fun piece you reach for when you wake up feeling extra sassy! 
Side note, jacket is available in plus size sizing too (shop here

I had to take a second to gush about this dress too! It was a surprise purchase that I wasn't expecting to love so much. It is so flowy and hugs in all the right spots; it really works with a bump! I stuck with my normal size (small) and have room to grow. I would say it runs a little big and if you're in between (and not pregnant) you might want to go down. It has adjustable straps and comes in 3 colors total, one of them being blush! It's a great one that could work for everyone! Layer with a blazer for the office, layer with a cardigan if you're a teacher, wear it on it's own with heels for date night, or style it like me with the leopard jacket! The black is such a classic and every closet needs a little black dress!

You girls know that Kennedy and I have been rocking a lot of Walmart lately. Just like leopard, I can't quit them! I am always obsessed with getting a good deal and love mixing high and low price points. That's what I think is great about Walmart, you can find an $18 jacket (like the one pictured) and pair it with anything and you would never be able to tell how much I paid for it! I think that's what is fun about fashion. Finding the hidden gems! That's what I have been loving about shopping Walmart. Also the fact that I get my items the next day for free when I spend over $35+!! Anytime I can shop from the comfort of my own home and get my items asap, is a mega win in my book!! 

Xo, Kayla 

**Thank you to Walmart & RewardStyle for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own**

Here are a couple other items I am loving from Walmart right now:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

.Back To School With Walmart.









Kennedy
 Jelly Sandals (purchased in store) similar here

Kayla

I can't even believe it, but my baby is starting preschool in less than a month! Such a bittersweet milestone. I know there is going to be tears shed on the first day, and not from Kennedy! She is so ready to be in preschool and I know she's going to flourish. It's just going to be surreal not having her home with me most of the time. What am I going to do with all that time on my hands?! 

One of my favorite memories about going back to school was shopping for clothes and supplies with my mom. She always made it so special and it was so exciting. I remember laying out my outfits the night before and being so excited for my new pens + folders. So the fact that I get to do all this with Kennedy brings a whole new level of excitement. 

When I thought about where I wanted to shop for her back to school clothes and supplies,  I had a couple things that came to mind. I wanted everything to be affordable, because kids play hard and I knew we might be going  through clothes faster than normal. I also wanted to make sure we were picking cute (duh) clothes that she would love as well. I figured if she's excited to wear it, it might make getting ready in the morning a little bit easier...fingers crossed ;)

Of course, Walmart came to mind! We all know they have been killing it in the clothing department not only for women, but the whole family! Honestly, the toddler section might just be my personal favorite. Their brand Wonder Nation makes the cutest little pieces and at a price I can completely get behind. #winning 

The best part, when our order came in, Kennedy was beyond excited to see everything we picked out. The unicorn clothing and $9 backpack  made her day! Seriously a total mom win!! I love that I was able to grab her 4 outfits, 1 pair of shoes and a backpack for around $50! You seriously can't beat that. Another thing that I love about shopping Walmart is that they offer free one day shipping on a lot of items if you spend over $35!!

I love that I am feeling organized and ahead of the game, so I can focus on spending the next couple weeks doing all the fun things with Kennedy before school starts! It's such a wide range of emotions gearing up to send your little love to school. I can't even imagine how I'll be feeling next year when it's Kindergarten! 

Xo, Kayla 

**Thank you to Walmart + RewardSyle for sponsoring this post. As usual all outfits were picked out by me 
and all opinions are my own**

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

.June Top 10.



Hey, friends! Hope you are having the best week so far. I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that we are in July, but here we are! Before we dive into all the #Nsale madness, I thought I would share my June Top sellers from you ladies. It's always fun to look back and see what you are loving. I have to say the number one seller was also my personal favorite of the month too :) 

I also want to say a huge THANK YOU for always going out of your way to use my links and shop thru me. I appreciate the support more than you'll ever know. Plus the fact that I get to "shop" with you girls daily is just the coolest! 


Blouse (size xsmall) || Shorts (size 6, go up one size) 
Sandals (size up 1/2 size) || Sunnies 

This top was a dream when I was trying to hide my early on baby bump! But in all seriousness I love a good, flowy basic and this one is just that. For you nursing mamas, the buttons are functional!  It comes in a couple colors and would absolutely work with leggings. I would suggest sizing down because it does run on the large side, I'm wearing an xsmall. 




Great news!! My Heels are currently 50% OFF ($44) + FREE SHIPPING today! 
I've had these since the beginning of the year and love them. The fact that they are "kitten" heel makes them insanely comfortable for everything from weddings to the office. I love the stud detailing too. The color is perfection for going with everything because it's a blush/nude. They are also available in black! 




I have talked about this bra non-stop over on Instagram Stories for good reason! Finding a good bra can be hard. I was skeptical when my mom first shared this one, but once I got it I totally understood why she loved it. It doesn't budge and is very comfortable. I wear it every single day, unless I am wearing a bralette. 

Sizing- I went off reviews and sized up one in the width. Meaning, I am typically a 34 and I went with a 36. I am so glad I did because it fits perfectly and like I said it's so comfortable! 


Ruched Body-Con Dress (wearing a medium) currently 20% OFF + FREE SHIPPING 
 Sunnies || Sneakers (run tts, between do down) || Necklace 
Denim Jacket (small for fitted look) currently marked down + 25% OFF 

This is one of those dresses that's crazy flattering whether you are expecting or not! I can't tell you how many times I have almost purchased this dress in the past. I knew it would be  a staple this summer for my growing bump. Plus now it's 20% off online, so it basically made the decision for me ;) 

It comes in a bunch of colors and will be a piece you can layer for fall & winter. I got a medium to wear my whole pregnancy (would have got a small pre pregnancy). This is a piece you will be seeing multiple times!

6) Button Down Dress (light green) 

Button Down Dress (light green) wearing a medium
Sunnies  (only $50!) || Sandals || Earrings  ($14 + prime)
Denim Jacket (small for fitted look) currently marked down + 25% OFF 

Another fantastic Amazon find! I bought this dress a couple months ago and I still reach for it often. I shared it in June because I packed it for our Phoenix Vacay to wear as a cover up. 


Sunnies  ($9 + prime) || Sandals (size down if between) 50% OFF
Purse || Self Tanner  (new FAVORITE!)

I loved this dress so much I bought it in the pink option! It's hard to tell here, but it's a soft blush floral pattern. I also went with the medium just like in the green. I would say this print runs a tiny bit smaller, if you're between size up.


Magic Jeans (run tts, between go up) || Cami (wearing small) 
White Denim Jacket (wearing small) || Sunnies
Sandals (run tts, between go up) $22 + FREE SHIPPING 

Kennedy's Dress  On sale for $8 today when you add to cart!
 Jelly Sandals || Bow  (15 bows for $10 + prime)

Every month since last summer these jeans have been a best seller! It's no surprise, they truly are magic! If you're new, I dubbed these the "magic jeans" because they are flattering on everybody that wears them. Unlike normal jeans, there is no button. They pull on and have a slimming waist band that sucks everything in. 

I have always been asked if they work during pregnancy. I obviously haven't been able  to answer that until now. They were the only jeans I have been wearing since I started showing. I plan on sizing up one and to continue to wear them!! I will keep you girls posted how it works out.

Summer & Miller Sandals just go together! Make sure to size up 1/2 a size for the best fit. I personally think the patent hold up better too!




LV Dupe Pouch ($15 + Prime) 
Light Wash Magic Jeans (run tts, between go up) 
 Studded Sandals (size up 1/2 size) 

I was not expecting to love this card/key chain pouch as much as I do! I'm downright obsessed with it. The size is perfect and fits way more than you would think. It holds all my cards & cash with plenty of room to spare. It even has a spot that you can attach your keys to.  It has fully replaced my wallet! 


Studded Sandals (size up 1/2 size!) 50% OFF + FREE SHIPPING today
Sole Society Bow Sandals || Leopard Blouse (only $15 at checkout) wearing small
Boyfriend Shorts (size up one size)

Kennedy's Dress || Sandals  (only $8 today)
 Bow  (15 bows for $10 + prime)

I had a feeling when I first shared these that they would be the number one seller! They are without a doubt my personal favorite for the month of June. I have pretty much worn them every single day. I love the stud detailing that makes them easy for keeping casual or dressing up for a date night. They are currently 50% OFF ($34) and FREE SHIPPING today if you had your eye on them. They are also available in 3 other color options.

Sizing- They run a little small/narrow. I would highly suggest going up a 1/2 size for the best fit. 


Xo, Kayla

Friday, July 5, 2019

.BOGO with Victoria Emerson.





Blouse (size small) || Shorts (size up one) 
Purse || Sunnies || Sandals (size up 1/2 size) 

I hope you all had the BEST Fourth of July and are continuing the celebrating well into the weekend. I have to admit, I love having it on a Thursday because it's a four day weekend of absolute fun. We host a small get together every year at our house on the 4th for our community parade and it's always such a blast. The best part about being a parent is experiencing all the holidays through your kids' eyes. Kennedy had such great time she was snoring by 7:00pm...I'd call that success!

Along with the holiday comes all the amazing sales! One I had to share with you girls is the Victoria Emerson BOGO FREE Sale!! Yep, all bracelets are BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!! (no code needed)

Their bracelets, which you probably have noticed, are absolute staples in my wardrobe! Most recently, the boho cuffs have become the ones I reach for the most. I adore how you get such a fun, unique arm stack wrapped in one bracelet. They add the perfect touch to any outfit! 

I've also been loving mixing the wraps with a boho cuff. By mixing and matching you can create a stack that is all your own. My favorite combo right now is the one I styled. I added in a single pearl wrap (only $15) with the boho cuff! It's a little edgy with a girly flare by adding the pearls. My perfect kind of stack :) 

If you're just starting out your own collection, I will say this neutral wrap and pearl wrap are great pieces! They are two of my first pieces and ones that go with everything.


I will warn you that her bracelets typically sell out in lightning speed when she runs deals this good! If you have your eye on one, or two...or four grab them fast! 

Xo, Kayla 

**Thank you to Victoria Emerson & RewardStyle for sponsoring this post. As always each piece was selected by me and all opinions are my own**



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

.OH Baby, Sharing All Things First Trimester.



First of all, thank you for all the love and support you girls have been sending our way since we shared our big surprise! Keeping this from you girls, for what felt like an eternity, was SO hard! There were plenty of times I wanted to jump on and share little things or even explain why I wasn't on. I loved all the questions you ladies sent in and wanted to answer them in one place. 

When I was pregnant with Kennedy, I used to do "bump-updates". They were huge back then! Is this something you girls would be interested in? It wouldn't be a weekly thing, probably a monthly round up of things that are happening, what I am loving product wise, and just all the fun (and not so fun) things that come along with pregnancy :) Let me know!

How & when did you find out:
I found out basically as early as humanly possible at home! Since we were technically "trying" that means you are tracking everything. I was very aware of when I was in my cycle. It was a Friday night and we were headed to a friend's 30th birthday and I had a urge to take a test. I thought to myself, I was crazy for even testing this early, but sure enough a very, very, very faint line (I'm talking you'd have to squint) showed up right away. I honestly could NOT believe it. I didn't say anything to Tyler because I knew if I showed him the test, he wouldn't be able to see it & would think I was crazy, lol.

The day I decided to take a digital, which again was pretty nuts because I was so early, but sure enough the word "pregnant" popped up a couple minutes later!! The next day was Easter, so I decided to wait to tell Tyler. I'm not good at keeping secrets, so this was torture for me. 

I wrapped up the test in a really cute Easter bag and had it sitting on the table for him and while Kennedy was opening her basket, I gave it to him to open. It was the perfect Easter present, since the holiday before (Christmas) was not so great!

How did we tell Kennedy:

We waited to tell her until after our first doctors appointment. I just wanted to make sure everything was moving along perfectly before we told her anything. I did make the decision this time to tell our immediate families pretty early on just in case something happened. But I knew her 4 year old mind wouldn't be able to process what was happening if we told her early and god forbid it didn't work out. 

We told her when we were at Disneyland for my birthday! She has been asking for a baby sister or brother (mostly sister, lol) for months! I thought she was going to freak when we told her, but to our surprise she just asked to go on another ride haha. It took a minute for it to sink in and ever since she has been OVER THE MOON! She asks every single day when the baby is going to come out.


Will we find out the gender and share it with you guys:

This was the number one question! 
Yes, we are going to find out. In fact, we already know :) We were tossing around the idea of waiting till the baby was born to find out, but neither of us has that will power! Also, I just wanted to be prepared. I'm a shopper (duh!) and couldn't wait that long to shop for cute clothes & accessories! Especially if it's a boy because then we would be starting from scratch. 

We found out pretty early with the blood test. It wasn't covered by our insurance, so we went with the clinical sneak peek done at the 4D ultrasound place. We do have an ultrasound coming up so I want to wait to confirm what they told us & then we will announce here and Instagram. 

What has been different this time:

I showed way faster than I did with Kennedy! I knew this was a possibility because they say you show earlier with your second. With Kennedy I didn't start showing until around week 15/16 and this time it was right around week 10! 

What are you most excited about for baby number #2:

Without a doubt, watching Kennedy become a big sister! Also, just enjoying the process of having a newborn more. As a first time mom you are a nervous wreck, at least I was! I thought Kennedy was going to die if I did anything wrong. I'm looking forward to taking it all in and enjoying the little moments. 


How have I been feeling:

To sum this up...not good! But you probably picked up on this from my lack of insta-stories. Right when I hit 5 weeks the dreaded morning sickness hit. Except it wasn't in the morning, it was alllll day! I felt like I had the worst hangover of my life/motion sickness and extreme exhaustion. It was a brutal combo! It let up a little around 11 weeks and I thought I was in the clear, but it's been coming back lately. Mostly in the afternoons. I have never really been a napper, but I have been sneaking them in when Kennedy takes one because I just can't hang! Overall, I am feeling more like myself and hope this sticks because work wise July is a crazy, crazy month!

Cravings/Aversions:

The aversions really takes the center stage on this question! For about a solid month I lived off saltine crackers, toast, soup, and bagels. Basically all the carbs! It was the only thing making me feel a little better. 

Everything I once loved is really everything I can't stomach. I mean, the thought of Chick Fil a makes me want to get sick....how sad, right?! 

The worst one was/is: coffee! This happened with Kennedy too and I was hoping I could avoid it. The morning I woke up and coffee sounded gross I wanted to cry! I mean, you're already exhausted & now I don't want coffee....cue the tears! I really didn't have coffee for about a solid month, the whole month of May and part of June. Then I figured out I could stomach iced coffee so all is well again ;) I stay within my caffeine limits for pregnancy, but I realized I have to have it to function and be a mom & wife! #forreal 

When is your due date/how far along are you:

I'm 14 weeks & due December 31st! 

The month before we found out, I remember crying to Tyler that we wouldn't have a baby in 2019 and then when I found out our due date I started laughing. We 
made it by ONE day! Although most babies are born on their due dates. I keep having this feeling that the baby is going to be born on Christmas. Which would be the best gift of all considering what happened on last Christmas! 

Did we use fertility treatments or what apps did we use:

Fortunately we did not have to go the route of fertility treatments! When we had the miscarriage back in December the Dr. told us that it was probably an isolated incident and to just keep trying for the next year and then if nothing happened, we could look at our options. It took us 4 cycles, but I really think my body needed the time to get back on track. 

I did use a couple apps to track my cycle: Ovia & Glow. I found them very helpful and they had lots of info. 

Any must have pregnancy products so far:

I really haven't switched anything up in my routine so far! I do use this lotion daily to keep my skin moisturized, but I swear by this lotion no matter what. I am on the hunt for a pregnancy pillow because it's about that time for my back. I had my eye on this one that I came across on prime! I'll let you know which one I end up ordering though. If you have one you LOVE, please share!

Clothing wise, these shorts (that I always rave about) are perfect for the first/second trimester. You know when you're starting to show & don't want anything tight! There's a reason I kept sharing them last month ;) Regardless of being pregnant, I love them every summer. I just really, really love them this year! 


Are you going to keep doing try ons:

YES! Now that the secret is out and I'm (hopefully) feeling better I can get back to try ons. I missed them more than I thought I would! I also got the question if I was going to show a lot of maternity options. I am going to try to stick to non-maternity brands and size up and continue to shop places I love. Because I know the majority of you are not pregnant, I still want to be a great resource for all of you! But I am sure there will be some exceptions as I get very pregnant, ha! I am excited that I finally get to tell you from my own experience how the magic jeans work while pregnant!!

Again, thank you for all the love during this special time! I am excited to share our experience this time around and all that comes along with it!

Xo, Kayla 

Here's a couple pictures that are special to us that I didn't get to share......


 We used this picture to tell our moms/families on Mother's Day. Kennedy had NO idea what the sign said! We told her to smile as if she was getting a baby brother or sister :) 

If you're announcing soon, this letter board is so cute and comes in a ton of colors. I had pink because it's in my office. It's super affordable, great quality & on prime (here).


Our first sonogram, the day before my birthday! There's nothing like seeing and hearing your babies heartbeat for the first time. It was a GREAT day! 

We forgot to take a picture the day I told him because we were so excited. 
This was a couple days later right after a blog shoot. I carried that thing around with me in my purse, ha! 


Thursday, June 13, 2019

.Off The Shoulder Tops Under $20 with Walmart.



Something I reach for, summer after summer, is off the shoulder tops! They are my jam in the warmer months. As of lately, Walmart has been a go-to shopping spot for me. I knew they would have some affordable and adorable off the shoulder options! Of course, everything I found on their site did not disappoint. 

Honestly, Walmart is killing it in the summer fashion game! I love how they break it all down by trends and it's easy to shop exactly what you are looking for! Best part, everything is so affordable without sacrificing quality...total win!


The first off the shoulder top that I fell in love with was this super soft white one! It actually comes in 5 colors total and I currently have the pink one in my cart. I love how it is comfortable like an everyday basic top and since they are all solid colors, you can mix and match to create so many different looks. It would look adorable paired with patterned shorts if you wanted to mix it up. 

Today I kept it summer chic casual because this is a go to everyday look for me! Perfect for mommin' around town, meeting the girls for lunch, or whatever you weekend plans might be. 

It does have clear button detailing on the front too that I love! I want to add too that the off the shoulder is very comfortable. You won't feel like it's digging into your shoulders at all.




Their accessories are some of my personal favorites too! 
This perfect summer straw tote is the prettiest shade of blush! 




Tropical Top (wearing small) || Shorts  (wearing a 6) 
Blush Straw Tote || Sandals (run tts, between or wide foot size up) 

The second top that caught my eye was this $19 tropical off the shoulder beauty! The print reminded me of a designer brand that sells tops for 4x this price. If you're not into bright colors, it's also available in a black + white option that is beautiful too. The quality on this piece is amazing! If you're headed out on a beach vacay, this would be the perfect piece to pack! I love it paired with the light-wash shorts, but it would also be stunning paired with white denim. 

I own these shorts in just about every wash now! If you remember I first shared them with you girls (here) in the white & distressed version. They quickly became my absolute favorites and daily shorts, so I knew I had to have the light-wash as well. I did go up one in my size to a 6 because they are the same exact style/fit as the white ones I first showed. They do have a great amount of stretch to them, but don't bag out. Basically they are the perfect shorts and you can't beat the $13 shorts! Truthfully, I would pay way more for these.


I mentioned that their accessories are some of my favorites as well! This blush straw tote and this floppy hat being at the top of the list! I wore this hat all weekend when we were in Phoenix and it was great for sitting poolside, looking cute & protecting your face! The best part is they come in a 3 pack (mine is pink) for only $13!! So you can get one for every poolside look you have or share with your girlfriends and give them as a gift.

**Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring today's post. As always, all opinions are my own!**

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