mommy monday

blush cashmere scarf

This blush 100% CASHMERE SCARF is not only a mommy must have, but a fall must have! At only $60 and in five color options, you cannot purchase this oversized scarf quickly enough. It will sell out, I promise. I have already purchased the beige one as well and as the San Diego autumnal weather is currently not cooperating, my daughter loves wrapping up her lion or baby in it to get them "cozy cozy."  I am already having to fight her for the good stuff in my closet. Here is the ribbed version that comes in 3 colors and is also $59.99.

best sippy cups

While the cups that are popular in our house change month to month, these SIPPY CUPS for Leo and these TODDLER CUPS for Madrid are tried and true continual favorites. The sippy cups I use for milk and water for Leo and Madrid only drinks water out of her cups. {we give her milk upon her request, and serve it in a cup with these GLASS STRAWS}. While the toddler cups are leak resistant, they are not 100%, which works for a toddler, since Madrid knows to place her cup down when she is through. The sippy cups are 100% leak proof, to the point I leave one with water in Leo's crib. This is perfect for his phase, as he tends to simply drop his cup whenever and wherever he is through!

I purchase almost everything on Amazon, but I have seen both of these types of cups at my local Target if you want to add them to your list next mommy Target run!

best light pink polish

While I am huge fan of the ever popular gel manicure, as a mom, I have a hard time finding time to get one. I also notice that I almost worry more about it, as they stay on for so long, that a tiny chip will have me worried about the rest of them for the next two weeks. Therefore, I have recently re-fallen in love with giving myself a manicure. That way a simple chip can be easily fixed and I can change the color at bedtime or nap time. 

My at home tips are not quick and make your manicure an ongoing process, but this is what works for me: after doing the dishes, bath time or my own shower, I trim my cuticles and file my nails. Next time I am able to sit down and not have to do anything with my hands {bedtime, nap time}, I paint my nails in 2-3 coats of polish, letting each coat try completely {15-20 minutes} before the next coat. This may mean I get the filing and one coat done one evening and finish my manicure the following night. I don't worry about not painting the skin, because 1. my nails are extremely little and this is too time consuming and 2. I wash my hands a billion times a day and the nail polish on the cuticles will come off. My other favorite tip for this issue is to give your self a manicure on a day that you wash your hair and before you do so. Once your nails are dry, take your shower and wash your hair as normal. Before you get out of the shower, gently pick off the left over polish on your cuticles and it will come right off. 

Finish your at home manicure with this GEL SETTER TOPCOAT and your nails will look like you did have time to go get a gel manicure!

muslin sleep sack

I never quite got down a system or nap time and bedtime routine to use a sleep sack on Madrid {since we adopted swaddling late}, but I have used one on Leo everyday since we stopped swaddling. #MomTruth, I am not sure why but I hated hated swaddling, especially in the middle of the night. I cannot explain it, but I could barely bring myself to do it. 

The sleep sack, in my mind, sets the tone for bed. When I put Leo in his, he knows what is coming and that sleep time is happening. I always always have the same routine so he is all set: change his diaper, put on his sleep sack, turn on the SOUND MACHINE, close the blinds, breastfeed him in his glider with the song for the sleep that is happening {I sing different lullabies depending on the time of day. i.e., he gets a certain song at the first nap, a different one before his afternoon nap and a completely different one for bedtime}. 

I have found this to be helpful so I don't have to put him in pjs for naps, or if everything else goes array, like, when traveling, teething or sick, then at least I can rely on the sleep sack to 1. keep his cozy, 2. not overheat him {I always use these muslin ones} and 3. sets the tone so he knows when it is nap time and bed time.

monogrammed dinner napkins

Moving into a new home with a formal living room, my immediate thought was what kind of table setting I wanted. So I know that y'all are not surprised that one of the first purchases I made was for monogrammed napkins. I was originally going to get these ones at Target and take them to my monogram lady, but found these MONOGRAMMED DINNER NAPKINS on Etsy, that were cheaper and would be done faster! They were extremely helpful and I plan on ordering from them again, this time in white and I can't decide if with a gold, navy or beige monogram. The women I look unto for anything and everything monogram, Jane Hodges Scott, the founder of Leontine Linens, says that the LBD of a well set dining room table is a white dinner napkin monogrammed in gold!

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