More Family Photos… (A little late)

Looking through my “Draft” posts last night, I realized I put this one together back in October and never actually published it! Since I LOVE these photos so much, I figured I may as well share it now. :)


To say I love our family photos is an understatement. If I had the time to sit and stare at them all day, trust me, I would. They turned out so amazingly, and they just capture Blaire’s little personality so perfectly. I just had to share a few more.

Blaire Golf Balls

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Hopefully she doesn’t want to kill us for those last two someday. Her baby rolls are just the cutest, how could we not document them?!? I actually went in to this shoot with the mindset that I was against “naked” baby pictures. But then our photographer found the amazing spot with the long grass and asked if we wanted to try some with just the crown. Seeing how happy she was and how adorable she looked in the crown made me change my mind and I was down to do whatever we could to document our adorable little girl. The floral crown was custom-made to match the little dress she was wearing. My friend Tiff at Tied in Twine  did an amazing job and she had such a fast turn around time. With Blaire growing and changing every day (or so it seems), I wish we could get them taken every month. I know that’s extreme. So, how often do you get family photos taken? I’d love to hear which milestones you schedule your photos for. xo

Yay! for New Headbands.

From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I have spent hours stalking Etsy for the perfect baby headbands. And one of my favorite new shops, Aubrey Charlotte Co., has some of the cutest little headbands I’ve ever seen! As you can tell from the majority of my pictures, Blaire is usually always rocking some type of GIANT bow/headband. So this delicate glittery, gold bow is a nice change of pace. I think such a small, sparkly bow really brings out those beautiful blue eyes of hers!

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Gold Glitter Headband C/O Aubrey Charlotte Co.

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Mama & Me Gold Lace Headbands
C/O Aubrey Charlotte Co.

These are just a few of our Aubrey Charlotte Co. headbands! Be sure to follow her on Instagram and you’ll be the first to know about her new products. I hope you’re having a great week!

Brunch with Santa

Last Sunday we had brunch with Santa! It was my MIL’s birthday, so it was the perfect excuse to have both sets of our parents come along. Jason, Blaire and I decorated cookies and made Blaire a Christmas stocking. Blaire was okay with Santa when he was standing a few feet away while offering her a candy cane, which she did NOT want to give up. Santa had a gift for each child there and Blaire was excited to help rip off the wrapping paper and then play with her new Elmo bath toy.

BUT… when it came time to sit on Santa’s lap for a picture, Blaire was not a fan. However, it was past her nap time. She was grumpy and hungry, and just not having it. Poor girl! I thought she might calm down if I held her, and as you can see in the photo below, it didn’t help. We still plan to take Blaire to the mall to see Santa. I’m hoping if there are less people around and she’s not hangry, then it might go better. PLUS, she has the cutest outfit to wear to see him. If you follow me on Instagram, which you should DEFINITELY be doing, then you already have seen a sneak peek! ;)

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Chritmas Stocking

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I just had to wrap up with a family picture! Blaire is looking down at our dog Mocha, in case you’re wondering. HA! How was your little one’s visit to Santa? What traditions are your favorite for the holidays? I’d love to hear them! xo

Freshly Picked Moccasin Giveaway

Today is the day!! We kicked off our FP Mocc Giveaway on Instagram. I thought it was the perfect way to reward a hard-working mama. One lucky winner will win one pair of moccasins from Freshly Picked in his/her choice of color/size. You can find all of the details on my Instagram: @shopaholicandababy. GOOD LUCK!

If you have never owned a pair of these moccs before, then let me tell you that you’ll never want to put any other shoes on your little one! They are so easy to put on them (even toe-scrunchers like Blaire!) AND they actually stay on! PLUS they’re the cutest things EVER. We’ve already gotten so many compliments just in the few days Blaire has had hers. :)

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IMG_2994.JPGRose Gold Moccs C/O Freshly Picked

Now head over to Instagram and enter to win! :)

Baby, it’s cold outside.

Well, I asked for it… I wanted the weather to be cooler so I could layer up and curl up in front of the fire place in my cozy PJs. It has been around 50º during the day… with next week calling for 30s and the possibility of snow. All of this cooler weather means layers of cozy fabrics! Below are some of my favorites for mama and baby girl right now.

Women's Winter FashionScarf /// Snowflake Leggings ///  Sweater /// Knit Headband /// Cozy Socks /// Fur Vest /// Sleep Pants

Winter Wonderland Infinity Scarf: This scarf combines three of my all-time favorite things: The color gray, sequins, and the fact that it’s a scarf. Bonus… it’s only $16.

Snow Day Leggings: The leggings are cute AND they’re fleece lined. You can’t get any better than that… except for the fact that they’re on sale for $7.

AEO Jegging Sweater: Thanks to Pinterest I decided that a red sweater is the most amazing piece to layer under vests. Don’t believe me? See this pin and this one. Point made.

AEO Soft Shimmer Knit Headband: You don’t have to tell me that beanies are all the rage right now. But, even when I had long hair, I just couldn’t pull them off. I like to stick with a headband. It looks cute with your hair up or down. And I love anything that shimmers, so this one is a winner!

Old Navy Cozy Socks: I am obsessed with socks. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many socks, and that plain socks are just too darn boring. I will basically buy anything that’s leopard print so these little guys are perfect.

Faux Fur Vest: I searched EVERYWHERE for an affordable faux fur vest. This one was only $30 at Target, plus they had a coupon on Cartwheel (if you don’t have their app, you need to get it. NOW!) so it was only $22. SCORE.

Leopard Sleep Pant: Who says you can’t be cute when you’re just lounging around at home? Since I work from home three days each week, I typically don’t change out of my PJs those days. Wearing cute PJs makes me feel a (little) less like a bum. ;)

The only thing I love more than shopping for my own clothes, is shopping for tiny clothes. Dressing a little girl is even more fun that I ever could have imagined. Our bank account can vouch for me on that. These little things better all make their way into Blaire’s wardrobe.

Cozy Winter Fashion for Baby and Toddler Girls

Plaid Headband /// Leopard Sweater /// Fur Vest /// Moccs /// Merry & Bright PJs /// Plaid Tunic

Plaid Turban Headband: If you tell me this isn’t the cutest little headband you’ve ever seen… then you’re a liar. I. am. obsessed.

Jumping Beans Leopard Heart Fleece Sweatshirt: As previously stated above, I’m obsessed with leopard print which means Blaire is obsessed with leopard print. This little sweatshirt is so soft, and it’s only $7.50. :)

Infant Girls Faux Fur Vest: Clearly I love a good fur vest. Target for the win again. This little guy is only $15 and could be the cutest furry thing I’ve ever seen.

Freshly Picked Limited Edition Amour Moccs: You know I love a good mocc! These limited edition moccs are SO Cute. And they’re neutral enough to match everything in your LO’s closet.

Carter’s Merry & Bright PJ Set: Although I am a lover of footie pajamas, these are SO cute. Looking at these PJs makes me want to hang up our stockings and decorate for Christmas right. now.

Carter’s Buffalo Plaid Tunic: Everyone needs some buffalo plaid in their life. Everyone also needs a good tunic in their wardrobe. Enter, this adorable little buffalo plaid tunic. Bonus: It’s super soft.

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B’s Outfit /// Headband (Icing, Sold Out)
Vest  /// Sweater (Banana Republic Factory, In-Store) /// Jeans /// Watch (Coach, Similar Here)

What adorable cozy things are you loving right now? Stay toasty, friends. xo

Pumpkin Patch Trip 2

This past weekend was so beautiful! It was in the low 70s and sunny, which made for perfect pumpkin pickin’ weather. We spent a few hours at a giant pumpkin patch about 45 minutes away. Jason and I actually went there when we first started dating because they have a giant corn maze (and I feel like every couple feels like they have to go to the pumpkin patch together). So it was fun to go back! We went on a hay-rack ride, walked around the pumpkin patch and watched a pumpkin canon shoot pumpkins almost a mile! Blaire wasn’t such a fan of the loud noise at first, but got used to it pretty quickly. Blaire loved the petting zoo and seeing all of the kids running around everywhere. Have I mentioned that she loves kids? Anytime she spots one she gets a giant smile. I think it has to do with the kids at daycare. It’s like she knows these people do funny things, so she better pay attention! Anyways, we all had a lot of fun and Blaire was asleep minutes after I buckled her into her seat.

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She just loves her tiny pumpkin.

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She’s adorable even with a mean mug.

Last week our country club had pumpkin decorating at family night. Here’s some photos of our pumpkin with her pumpkin. ;)

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Can you believe Halloween is only two days away? I am SO excited to put Blaire in her bunny costume. What is your little one going to dress up as?

Blaire: 8 Months

Okay, I feel like I’m going to say this every, single month… but WHAT? How is Blaire 8-months-old already?  That means there’s only 4 more months until we’re celebrating her 1st Birthday. I can’t take it.

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She just wants to stand allllll the time. Whether it’s in her bouncer or jumper, or walking with our help, or holding onto the side of the couch and using it to taking steps on her own… she just loves it! The smiles and giggles when she’s standing and taking steps are my favorite! She is so mobile now. She crawled (forward, with her belly off the ground) for the first time this weekend! She mostly just pulls herself forward when there’s something she wants to get. She can crawl backwards and sideways and roll all over the place. She can even go from crawling back to sitting on her own. She was so proud of herself the first few times she did it. Getting Blaire to sit still is easier said, than done. She’s just so curious about everything! Everything she hears. Everything she sees. Everything.

Standing CollagePJs (Pink/Blue) /// Vest Outfit /// Headband is Homemade /// PJs (Purple/White)

Blaire has started babbling more and more and it still sounds like she says “da da”, “dad” and “hey”. We love it! It’s so funny when she makes noises that sound like words. It just cracks us up! She still loves being outside and loves animals. The park we go to for walks has a large pond with lots of ducks, and their quacks always make her laugh. Watching her grow and develop her little personality is a greater joy than I ever could have imagined. I have always tried to spend a lot of time with my goddaughter (who is now 5!) as she has grown up. Through this, I’ve known first-hand that every new stage becomes your favorite. You may miss your tiny baby, but watching them learn is so exciting and rewarding… even more so when it’s your own baby!

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I’ll be posting our 8 Month Must-Haves soon! I’d love to know what age has been your favorite with your little one. xo

More Fall Style – Baby Edition

Well fall is in full effect here in Iowa. It’s been in the 50s each day and I couldn’t be more excited. My favorite part? As I’ve previously stated, it’s the clothes! I’m loving anything glittery, metallic, striped or just plain cozy… for myself and my mini. All of these items are adorable and fit the bill. The majority of these items are from Carters, which just happens to have 40% off of everything online right now. (Nothing states when the sale ends.) If you’re on their email list, then you’ve already received the coupon posted below, but if not, then here you go. You can either print it, or just present it in store. :)

Fall Baby ClothesFuzzy Vest /// Plaid Shirt /// Moccasins /// Fox Tee /// Fleece PJs /// Wild At Heart Tee

Carters 20% Off CouponLink to coupon

Something else I’m super excited about? I just ordered Blaire a Zipadee-zip! (Find their website here and Facebook page here.) We saw them on Shark Tank a few weeks ago and I’ve been dying to get my hands on one. They just restocked them today and I placed an order immediately. If you’re not familiar, Zipadee-zips are sleep sacks that have parents raving about how miraculous they are. I haven’t seen a bad review yet. Most parents boast that it immediately made their child sleep through the night. I. SERIOUSLY. CAN’T. WAIT. TO GET OURS!

What are your favorite clothing pieces for your tiny person? Please let me know in the comments below. I’m always on the hunt for cute, new things. xo