What I've Learned As A Mom

+You wont be able to do it all. It's OK to ask for help.
Especially in those early days, or during a transition time (new baby, a move, etc.) You are only one person, cut yourself some slack!

+Your friendships will change. You will lose some and gain others. 
Some friends may not understand your new mom life. Surround yourself with those that do, and that you know you can rely on. Having friends who know exactly what you're going through is so important.

+You will learn really quickly that everything is just a phase. 
That or teething. Always TEETHING!

+It's completely normal to WANT a break, to have "you" time.
Don't feel guilty for this. Keep doing the things that you enjoy doing - make time for yourself!

+You will become an expert at multi-tasking.
(In the past two months I've somehow learned how to feed two kids, a dog, and myself all at the same time.)

+Put your marriage first.
This one is so hard once you have kids, but probably the most important. Love your spouse BETTER than you did before. Tell them how much you appreciate them. Tell them what a good parent they are. Get a babysitter and go on those date nights. 

+You will have a new appreciation for your own mom (and other moms you know.)
It's like all of a sudden you just...get it

+Your kids will occupy your mind every minute of every day. 
And sometimes, it's plain exhausting caring for tiny humans so freaking much. But, your heart will grow like you never thought was possible.

+You can do hard things!
Just like everyone says, "the days are long, but the years are short." 


Favorite Baby Shops On Etsy

Baby Etsy Shops

I had way too much fun putting together this list! I've been asked a lot recently what my favorite baby Etsy shops are, so I wanted to round them up and share them today! From personalized baby books...coming home outfits...trendy clothing and accessories...birth announcement pillows, I'm crazy about all of them. Etsy is just one of those websites you could spend hours on, especially for cute little kids stuff.

I've ordered from all of these shops personally (some even multiple times) and the quality of their items are top notch!

+Lulu & Roo (sweatpants, sweatshirts, leggings, beanies, beach shorts)
+Infantly Cute Boutique (burp cloths, bibs, pacifier clips)
+Monogramme Maison (personalized coming home and holiday outfits)
+LP Outfitters (beanies)
+Maine Girl Creations (take home baby sets-this is where I got Grayson's "hello world" outfit)
+2Giggles (albums and keepsakes)
+Finch and Cotter (personalized birth pillows-this is the exact one I got for Grayson's room)
+Sew Sweet Stiches Baby (closet dividers)
+Mamis Little Muse (the cutest handmade baby and toddler clothing)

Oh, and I got matching big brother and lil bro shirts from here.

I always recommend a baby album, personalized bibs, or a blanket when people ask me for baby shower gift ideas. I have this album for my kids - it's great because you can get pretty much any page you'd ever need or want in it...

Share with me in the comments your favorite Etsy shop so I can add them to my list!


Sale Alert: Nike Juvenate

Are you obsessed with running shoes like I am? If so, you'll appreciate this post. I swear to you if I could wear Nike's every single day I would. Honestly, all the heels in my closet haven't seen the light of day in a long time and probably have dust on them. Mom life...right?  

Anyway, I fell in LOVE with the Nike 'Juvenate' Sneaker from Nordstrom that everyone raves about but they are constantly out of stock, and I also kind of wanted to wait to buy them until they went on sale. 

Well, I'm really glad I decided to wait and dig a little deeper to find them elsewhere because the same exact ones just became available online at Finish Line and are on sale for $15 cheaper (only $70!) than at Nordstrom! Shop them here. Don't you love it when that happens?!

 And to top it off, I found this very similar striped pair marked down to $60! I actually ordered both pairs and will return whichever one I like the least (this works for indecisive people like myself...)

I'm obsessed and had to share this good find. I love how neutral they are because they will go with everything. Happy shoe shopping ladies!

Hope you all had a great weekend!