The City by the Bay

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Happy Monday, my loves! I’m officially back from vacation and feeling very rejuvenated, recharged and inspired! San Francisco was such a great time and I can’t wait to recap it all for y’all but that’s going to take some major time and this gal’s gotta get the house packed up for our Labor Day weekend move. Yep that’s right, T-12 days till the big move back across the country. But enough about the epic move of 2014, let’s get to talking about this outfit!

This, my friends, is the first outfit from my SF trip. When people say the City by the Bay is chilly during the summer months, they aren’t joking! I did my homework and checked the weather forecast for our time further west so I was prepared for the fog, the chill and the refreshing breeze. I’d been experiencing 105+ degree weather for quite some time hence my complete and utter excitement for anything other than the dry desert heat. 

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These pictures were taken right off the iconic Lombard Street. It was so beautiful and insane how steep the street ran! A definite must see, for sure! I’m excited that almost all my outfit pictures from the trip were taken at infamous San Fran spots! But don’t worry, I’m also putting together a little city guide;) Thanks for stopping by!

Get the Look:

Romper - Target [similar] | Tank - Old Navy | Jacket - SheInside [cute similar in brown under $50!] | Scarf - Target [similar] | Booties - DSW [similar]


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Remy - Thirteen Months Old

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We’ll be moving back east in less than a month and I’m eager to see how Remy interact with all of her cousins! My brother has five kids so Remy will never be without a friend, that’s for sure! Here in Arizona we really don’t have many people to hang out with but we have been able to have her socialize with other babies at daycare and we aren’t afraid to take her out to restaurants and/or family adventures (we went to the Tempe aquarium for her birthday and she loved it!). But it will be totally different when we are home surrounded by family and friends. I can’t wait!


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Routine: Remy’s regular routine has been really wonky for the month of July. I’m ready to have her back on a set schedule and routine and I think she kinda misses it too. It brought stability to our day. 

Napping/Sleeping: Those middle of the night wake ups have pretty much stopped! There is still the occasional wake up but if you pop her pacifier in her mouth and rub her tummy she’s usually out like a light within minutes.

Remy is still taking two naps a day, one after her morning feeding at 8:30 and one after her lunch feeding at noon. Don’t get me wrong, there are times she fights those naps but then we make sure she gets one in after her dinner feeding at 5:30. 

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Eating: Home girl drinks actual cow’s milk now, which has been very cost efficient. The transition was easy as pie, too! We handed her the bottle and she destroyed it within minutes. She currently takes four 6oz bottles daily. She only eats table food (no more purees!), especially if we are out at a restaurant. Overall she’s a pretty good eater and is willing to try pretty much anything.

New foods that have been introduced this month: battered fish sticks, string cheese (loves!), spaghetti and meat sauce, wheat bread with a little butter, quesadilla, and broccoli (didn’t like at all).

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Growth: No official stats until her 15 month check-up, womp womp. Note to self, find a pediatrician as soon as we move!

Remy currently has eight teeth and is working on her two bottom canine teeth as well as a back molar. Drooling central over at our place. 

Clothing wise she is wearing 12-18 month and is wearing size 4 shoes. There are two pair of Chuck Taylors that are on the bench waiting to be worn! They are size fives so she’ll be fitting in to them soon. I can’t wait! She also has a pair of moccs that should fit by winter!

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  • Remy is working on saying ‘up’ when she wants to be picked up. She’s not quite there but pretty close and you know what she wants when she lifts her arms and says ‘uhh’
  • Remy’s vocabulary includes: dog, go, hi, no, mama, dada, uh oh and possibly giggle. It really sounds like she’s saying giggle! I need to record her.
  • Home girl has figured out how to shimmy off the couch without any help. According to Kevin and his mom, Remy’s also figured out how to get on the couch but I haven’t witnessed it yet.
  • She is really into books right now. She’ll sit in my lap and points to a picture and I read it to her. 
  • Girlfriend needs a haircut. She has the cutest soft curls but they are crazy! I like to call her Kramer. I’m thinking of taking her to get one once we’ve moved.
  • She knows how to go down the stairs. No scooting but standing, holding on to the railing, step by step. Oh geez!?

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This next month is going to be awkward and as a family we have quite the transition ahead of us. We’ll be staying with my in-laws until we sell the house and I get a job (then we can buy a little home for ourselves) and it will be interesting, to say the least. 


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Earlier this week I shared my tips for secondhand shopping. The infamous chambray dress I spoke of, well here she is, ladies and gents, in all her thrifted glory! Isn’t she a beaut? This dress reminds me of a 70s stunner my mom used to wear back in her hay day. I vaguely remember seeing a picture of her with a similar dress, chunky, platform heels and her signature short feathered hair. She was a total babe! In the picture she had this massive radiant smile and her eyes sparkled. I’m pretty certain the picture was taken only a few years before I was born, so that would put my mom in her late 20s when it was taken. Hmm, like me now. I only hope Remy sees a picture of me in this dress when she’s older and admires the women wearing it as I did when I saw the one of my mom.

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Get the Look:

Chambray Dress – Thrifted [similar options below] | Heels - Old Navy 

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TOP TEN: Mommy Beauty Must Haves

If you weren’t a multitasker before kids, rest assured that you’ll become a natural afterwards. With feeding, a 9-5 job, diaper changes and everything in between I’ve had to find products that are both effective and useful. Today I’ve rounded up the 10 makeup, hair and skin care products that have made my beauty routine a hell of a lot easier in the last year. These mommy beauty must haves have my seal of approval for convenience, performance, and overall value. The best part? All products are under $40!

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  1. Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Polish – I envy the moms that have time to stop and get a mani/pedi at any given time. Those days are long gone for me but I’ve found that Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry Fast Dry nail polishes are great, effective, and long lasting!
  2. Nivea’s Touch of Renewal Body Scrub – The perfect cross between a moisturizing cleanser and an exfoliating scrub and leaves your skin supple and smooth without the spa retreat.
  3. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo – Who has time to wash, blow-dry and style their hair every day? Not this mom!? Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo is the prefect lightweight dry shampoo that lifts roots and adds volume, all while smelling fresh.
  4. BareMinerals Ready Eye Shadow (4) – a great quad variety pack of shades that complement each other and don’t take up much space in your makeup bag.
  5. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm – I rave about this stuff a lot, so it’s no surprise it made my list. A ton of shade offered in both matte and glossy options and its long lasting color, no need to reapply throughout the day.
  6. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara – I swear by this stuff and always have one stashed in my purse in case I need a little more drama to my peepers. Stays put throughout the day and adds both thickness and volume.
  7. Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes – Come night-night time, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s too exhausted to wash the day off my face. Cleansing wipes are the perfect quick and easy alternative.
  8. Jergens Natural Glow Self Tanner – A safe and quick self-tanning lotion that adds a healthy glow? Sign me up! Streak-free coverage that absorbs quickly, and isn’t greasy is always a winner in my book.
  9. Garnier Natrisse Hair Color – Enriched with moisturizing fruit-oil concentrate, this is by far my favorite boxed hair color brand. Nourishes hair and leaves it shiny and healthy looking for a couple months before I need a touch up.
  10. Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System – For under $40 this battery-powered facial cleansing brush does wonders for your skin. Skip the facial and get yourself one of these! I promise you won’t regret it. 


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