Reflections & New Outlooks


We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season!

As the year comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year. What went well, and what could have gone differently. Although, this is not the time to beat yourself up. The working mom has an end of year or even end of fiscal year review. It’s a great time to sit down and reflect on accomplishments of the past year. However, stay at home moms, or even working moms, often miss out on this opportunity to reflect on the past quarter, six months or even year of progress. How quickly our small children grow and develop new skills! Isn’t it time you made some time to set goals and perhaps even learn a few new skills too?

For example, I felt like I did really well in the spring planning out our weeks, and even our meals. Then somehow this all fell apart. So this is my number one goal for the new year. Lots of healthy meals that (fingers crossed) everyone will eat! As well all know toddlers can be really picky eaters. I’ll be sharing a lot of our favorite recipes here.

Here are my top three changes I’ll be making in the new year.

1. Plan Meals for the Week & Schedule our Time

I greatly enjoy cooking. I know not everyone does. But I have been so happy that our little girl also loves to help mommy in the kitchen. After my husband built us our own helping tower it has been so much joy being able to cook with her! Here is one of my favorite planners I use to print weekly, and then hang on the fridge. FREE WEEKLY PLANNER My husband and I met on a camping trip in the great smoky mountains. So you know we love to be outdoors and active. There are lots of great groups that let moms be social and also exercise together.  I plan on becoming more involved in my local groups and meeting up with them once a week.

2. Schedule Time to Learn New Skills.

It’s important your children reach their important milestones, but what about you? How fantastic would it be to take some continuing education courses related to your career? Or maybe you’d like to learn a new skill like hand lettering, kick-boxing, or investing in the stock market. There are great sites that can connect coaches with students, the possibility is literally endless! Skill Share literally has thousands of classes, why not try one?

3. Start a weekly vlog.

I’m really excited about this one. I want to share more about trials and errors and find vlogs a fun and easy way to consume and share information quickly and easily. You can listen to a vlog and do other things at the same time! It’s no secret that building massive podcast audiences is possible, but how about vlogs? I intend to find out!


These are my top three goals for 2018.

Are you ready to make your own goals for the new year? Here are some tips from Entrepreneur Magazine, goals should be:

  • Specific, achievable and realistic– Make sure your goals are concrete, concise and attainable. …
  • Measurable– Frame your goals in such a way so you can measure your progress. …
  • Timely– Give yourself a reasonable time frame for achieving your goal.


As I reflect on the past year, and the new friendships I’ve built, I’m so grateful to have you visiting our blog. Thank you so much for your support and we hope you’ll continue to visit!




A Minimalist Guide to Stress-Free Traveling with Toddlers & Babies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It also means the days are getting shorter, and we’re all rushing around getting ready for the holidays. If that includes traveling, a little planning in advanced could mean the difference between a jolly holiday, and a stressed out mama. Follow these 5 simple tips for a stress free trip.

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1 // Paperwork

Make sure you have all paperwork for the airport / road trip. This includes drivers’ license for mom and dad, and a copy of your little one(s) birth certificate for the airport.

2 // Pack light

You’ll no doubt need to bring snacks, a change of clothes and a few favorite toys, but try to keep the “extras” to a minimum. What can do double duty? That baby blanket, could it also be a nursing cover? Do you really need a stroller and a baby carrier? Select those items which will make your life easiest going through security.

3 // At the airport

Arrive early. I can’t say that enough. It took us an hour to go through security on our last trip! Taking a stroller? Consider if the stroller / wheel chair lines are moving more quickly through security. These are often shorter but do come with their own risk of getting stuck behind a grandma who brought too many bottles of perfume or liqueur filled chocolates.

4 // On the Plane

Once on the plane, try to snag an isle seat so you can get up and walk around if the little one(s) get fussy, but if the plane is already looking half full, grab a seat as close to the front of the plane as possible. You might be exhausted after your flight and won’t want to hang out on the plane any longer than you have to waiting for all the other passengers to get off. Speaking of getting on the plane, ask the flight attendants as soon as you enter the plane if you can have a water. Often they can easily grab a can and hand it to you as you walk by. Unless you remembered to fill your water bottle in the terminal, this refreshing water will be awesome, I promise.

5 // At your Destination

Make plans a head of time to discuss a meal once you’ve arrived. Is there a place by the airport you’ll want to stop by? Or will you be heading straight to relatives house? Call ahead of your trip to discuss having a meal that is quick and easy to make – something that your little one(s) will eat. Believe me, you’ll be thankful for this opportunity to get some real food in their bellies. This will be a great time to get an inventory of what toiletries, diapers, etc., are available, and what you’ll need to shop for during your visit.


If you’re driving to your destination, you may be temped to pack everything you “might need” because, well, you have the space right?! Avoid this temptation, as it will mean you have MORE to keep up with. Also, can you plan out stops on your trip? Perhaps there are fantastic parks or sights you’d like to see on the way to your destination? A trick from my in-laws is to have each parent only drive 90 minutes. It may seem like too many stops, but if you have a newly potty trained toddler in the back seat, they’ll appreciate the stops (so yes, bring that little potty!). And it will keep mom and dad fresh and attentive to the road.

Airport Tips

Below is our MINIMALIST Packing List.

For Baby


  • Diapers (enough for your travel time, plus a couple extra)
  • Wipes (lots! And these can double-duty for cleaning the plane seat area)
  • Pack a change of clothes (things happen)
  • Favorite toy(s)
  • Nursing Cover/ Blanket (if you’re still nursing)
  • Snacks
  • Sippy cup / bottle(s) (Avoid temptation to fill sippy cups ahead of time if possible, TSA will slow you down to check these. But formula and breast milk bottles, and baby food CAN BE brought on board. Be sure to tell the TSA agent ahead of screening to save headaches.)


  • Infant Tylenol or Motrin
  • Small Hand Sanitizer
  • Diaper Cream


  • 2 outfits per day of trip (extra in case of accidents, over 5 days plan to do laundry or purchase on trip, you’ll have a fun memory and a new shirt!)
  • Socks
  • Swim Diaper / Bathing suit (these will not take much space & are hard to buy)
  • Hat (warm or cool weather depending on your destination)
  • Pajamas
  • Brush/ Comb
  • Sweater / Dressy outfit depending on events
  • Shoes

For Parents


  • Driver’s License & Wallet
  • Empty water bottle
  • Sunglasses or glasses for vision correction
  • Phone & phone charger(s)
  • Sweater or Jacket
  • Extra shirt


  • Pants (shorts, jeans, leggings for mamas, etc. We recommend 1 pair of each depending on your events schedule for every 4 days of your trip)
  • Shirt (1 per day of your trip, over 5 days plan to do laundry or purchase on trip, you’ll have a fun memory and a new shirt!)
  • Dress / Dress Shirt & Slacks (Based on your personal style, bring more dresses and less pants/ shirts if you like to wear dresses- 1 per every 4 days of your trip).
  • Undergarments & Socks
  • Bathing suit (take one, it takes very little space and is difficult to buy)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush
  • Hair brush/ comb
  • Curing iron / straightener
  • Small bag of makeup essentials, hair ties, bobby pins
  • Medications
  • Shoes / Sandals
  • Sweater

Leave home your toothpaste, face wash, make up remover, dry shampoo and hair spray and other small toiletry items as these can be borrowed from relatives or purchased cheaply at your destination.

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Minimalist Travel Guide

If you’re traveling with gifts, be sure to leave them unwrapped. Airport security may need to check your bags and frowns upon gift wrapped items. We hope our tips and packing list helpful. We love a certain airline where bags fly free and highly suggest weighing all your options/ costs when booking airfare.

Thanks for checking out our tips and packing list and happy travels!




We want to hear from you! What would you add?

  • For those who have traveled with a baby or a toddler, what tips would you add?
  • Are there other things you did to make the trip easier?
  • Was there something else you did to reduce stress?
  • Would you ever have one parent fly with the kid(s), while the second drives your car to your destination?

Gift Guide for Him

Gift giving for the guys in our lives can be difficult, they always say they don’t need anything. Am I right? But let’s face it, they appreciate a nice gift. I’ve teamed up with a few of my favorite guys to put together this helpful list of ideas for you to give to the special guy in your life! You’re sure to find something here for your Dad, brother, boyfriend, or husband. I’ve linked all of these items for quick reference.

I’ve sectioned the gifts into wearable, tech, and for fun. When gifting, remember it’s not about finding the perfect gift, it’s where it comes from that is most important. Giving from a kind, loving heart and hands are what matters most.


Gifts for Any Guy

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 Gloves // Slippers // Shirt // Socks

These are a few of my favorite items you can gift to almost any guy. These leather gloves from Nordstrom are needed across the US (unless you’re a Floridian of course). And a good pair of leather gloves will last a lifetime if well taken care of. I love the quality and durability of these Land’s Ends cozy slippers. Did you see the hard bottom? How many times do guys run outside to fetch the mail or say ‘hey’ to a neighbor and tear up the bottom of soft sole slippers? Another favorite is the L.L. Bean flannel, super soft and in the most flattering colors, you’re sure to have a winner here. And of course, we had to include Gold Toe socks. These come in dark colors and light, and are things guys never buy for themselves, but really do appreciate. This fun pair with deer and ever green trees are perfect for the holiday season and can even be worn to the office to spread some holiday cheer!

Luxury/ Tech Gifts

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Dopp Kit // Belt // Ear warmers // Wallet // Headphones

These next items are special items you might think are a little bit of a splurge, but who doesn’t love to spoil their guys a little every now and then. I love this Banana Republic dopp kit, it’s stylish and still just the right size to fit on a carry on when traveling. The two sides make it easy to separate liquids from things like a comb, razor, toothbrush and nail clippers. A new brown or black leather belt, when bought in the correct length and width like this one from Nordstrom make a classic gift a bit more dressy. Brown belts can be worn at almost anytime, with just about any colored pants and are the most likely to  need replacing. This black would be a great gift to give before a company holiday party when your hubby realizes his old belt no longer fits. Either way, it will be a great item to give! These ear warmers from Target are inexpensive, stylish, easy to pack and carry. While not a splurge item, most guys won’t admit to needing a hat and will most likely not buy one for themselves, even in the coldest weather. You know they’ll think of you every time they wear them and feel a little bit warmer. I love this slim wallet design, enough space for the guy who has tons of cards, or the minimalist card carrier. And Banana Republic leather products hold up really well to daily use. My absolute favorite splurge item are these Bose headphones. They are amazing quality and use bluetooth connectivity so he won’t be tied down with wires. With built-in-mic with HD Voice and an easily packable fold-flat design may be his favorite gift under the tree this year.


For Fun

Just Listed


Pandemic // Coup // The Resistance // This One Time, I…


There are so many great games on the market today, it’s so hard to pick just a few. For the avid game lover who has all the best games, these indie games will put the smile on their face you are looking for! Pandemic is a co-operative game (no hard feelings like Monopoly) and can be played in smaller groups of 2-4 players.  In this game, a team of specialists in various fields play together to find cures to save the world. Coup is a game for a slightly larger crowd, 2-6 players and can be played in a relatively short period of time. He’ll love to play this game with relatives that he would secretly love to crush as the winner must manipulate, bribe and bluff their way into absolute power to win. The Resistance is not a game for the faint of heart as it is a very intense social deduction game. Good for a very large group, 5-10 players, and is a fun way to test how good a liar your friends can be. The final game is a hilarious one called THIS ONE TIME, I… THE GAME OF LUDICROUS LIFE CHOICES. This is the Party Edition, and has been called the best adult icebreaker card game for men and women. This is a super fun, pregame, drinking, and party game where rules are optional. It’s ages 17+, so you decide where it’s best to break this gift out. 



Still looking for more ideas? Personalized gifts are always great. Perhaps a photo of you in a frame for their desk or a new mug with your favorite vacation photo or coasters with your favorite memories together. Or perhaps you’re looking for something even more simple, maybe a last minute gift? How about a gift card? A Lowes Home Improvement, Topgolf, Fandango, or even Amazon gift cards are all great ideas.


What would you add? Leave a comment  below with your great gift ideas!



Gifts for the Hostess, a Simple Way to Say ‘Thank You’

I’m so excited to share this very special post written by a very special blogger, my step-mom! I asked her to help me put together a few tips on gifts for a hostess for all the upcoming holiday get togethers. It’s once again that exciting time of year filled with holiday parties, sparkling galas, and dazzling cocktail parties. Let’s take a moment to also remember those who put so much love, patience and effort into hosting these wonderful events.

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity.

Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness.

It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free.

All you need is within you.

Find your heart, and you will find your way.”

-Carlos Barrios, Mayan leader

These are wise words, and great advice. Our lives have gotten so busy! We hurry to work, to the grocery store, to pick up the kids from school, get their costumes for dress rehearsals, our own clothes from the dry cleaners, new dance shoes, the list goes on. In all our busyness, are we missing out on the simple pleasures of the holidays? One of life’s simplest pleasure is giving, and saying ‘Thank you.’ We all know this, but it seems like its just one more thing on the to do list.

We know we should bring a gift to the holiday party we invited to, but struggle to come up with anything. We spend countless hours searching Pinterest, Amazon, or Google. It is so easy to get lost in the search for proper gift idea, or proper etiquette, even what should be simple advice on how to give, what to give and when to give. It all becomes dreadfully overwhelming! After countless articles, opinions and other wild ideas we see online, often we still have no gift and feel more overwhelmed than ever!

A hostess gift shouldn’t be complicated, it doesn’t even have to be something you spend a lot of money on.

Giving, saying thank you, and sharing is in my family’s second nature, you might even say it is ingrained in our DNA. We didn’t have the internet, nor did we spend hours reading books on etiquette. For us, it was simply the pleasure of sharing. The best received gifts are often those based on simplicity. A box of chocolate, a single rose from my mom’s garden, a small plate of warm cookies, a homemade fresh bread, even a bowl of fresh fruit. No matter how simple, it spoke of kindness, it spoke of the heart, and the message was simple – you care!

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For a modern twist on a hostess gift, consider fresh and fragrant gifts. A bouquet of fresh herbs would be a particularly welcome gift to the home chef, but anyone can enjoy fresh greenery in the home. A few sprigs of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram, and lavender. Give extraordinary, ordinary herbs.

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Your lovely bouquet could be a simple conversation starter. For example, did you know these herbs have specific meaning, used by herbalist for centuries as aids for upset stomach, to improve mood, as antiseptic, to boost confidence, not to mention there were times when almost all of them were part of a wedding bouquet.

Combine your herbal gift with a dipping dish, some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh bread for more elaborate gift.



Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you’ve been invited to dinner party. When you’re desperately searching for elaborate, proper hostess gift, remember to think of something simple. It doesn’t matter whether you choose a simple bouquet or a more elaborate presentation. The most important thing keep in mind is that whatever gift you give, it comes from a kind, loving, giving heart.


Wishing you peace and kindness,


A Delightful Second Birthday Party

I’m so excited to share a few photos from a very sweet 2nd Birthday party my dear friend Sarah hosted for her little girl. Sarah is one of my new mom friends I made since our move a year ago back to North Carolina. She has the heart of gold, and is such a super mom. Not only did she throw this sweet and girly party right around Halloween, but she was 8+ months pregnant with baby number two!



She carried out the pumpkin theme so well including a few orange and white balloons throughout the house. And a backyard full of fun climbing toys and lots of outdoor seating for everyone!


The best part was the decorate your own mini pumpkin to take home! The children loved being creative, and what a clever way to add to the personal touch of the goody bag! Decorating each little pumpkin with fun fall themed stickers and felt leaves, made it easy enough for even the youngest toddlers to participate in!



Our pumpkin.


Mama’s dress Old Navy

Mini’s dress, leggings & boots Old Navy

Dad’s shirt, Croft & Barrow, denim, Banana Republic





Top Picks from the Sale of the Season!

I’m so excited to share with you my top picks from the Nordstrom Fall Sale! I wish I could have everything on sale. There are some great finds for nursing mama’s too! And since I’ve taken the time to shift through all the items for sale to narrow it down to these top few, you don’t have to!

Shirttail Wool & Cashmere Boatneck Tunic 

Tie Tunic Top

Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

Marilyn Stretch Twill Straight Leg Pants

Ami Colored Stretch Skinny Jeans

Darci’ Round Bracelet Watch

Both of this pants have high waists, perfect for keeping everything tucked in. And this watch is the perfect balance of sparkle, felinity, and a touch of class without being too fussy.

Paivley Bootie

Nadia Loafer Mule

Desert’ Wedge Bootie

I love these shoes for the versatility and style! Dressed with jeans or even joggers, these will become your go to shoes this fall! I love all these amazing finds, and I hope you will too! If you still want to find a splurge, or perhaps even get an early Christmas gift for yourself check out a few of my favorites from today’s try on below.



What to Wear for a Holiday Party

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I absolutely love this sweater and cropped pants, they’re so cozy and comfortable, yet with your favorite pair of heels can be dressed up for the best holiday get together. The v-neck front of this sweater is so flattering and really soft. The pants are super cute and comfortable, who would have guessed?


Work Wear or Mom by Day to Date Night Attire

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Pleat Back Blouse , Alina Uplift Stretch Skinny Jeans , Survival Mule

This would be the perfect attire to wear to a casual busy mom day, drop off the kids at school, run to the office to drop off a proposal, and then wear out later for date night with a pair of super sexy heels. Everything about this outfit is so flattering, without much effort. The jeans are amazing, and sculpt and lift everything. The shirt is so flowy, you’ll love it. And the shoes are so comfortable, you won’t want to take them off.

These are my picks, what would you add?



Reflections of the Changing Seasons

There is much we can be thankful for, a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, friends and family to spend time with. Yet, as mothers we worry about a lot. Are my children happy and flourishing, are they kind to their friends? Is my spouse happy, does he like his job, does he find me attractive? How is our marriage? There is much to think about as a wife and mother. And yet, nature shows us examples of the most beautiful thing we can do for ourselves and our families. Let go.

Instead of holding on tight to the idea of being a perfect mother, having the perfectly clean house, the perfect wardrobe, the perfect job or the perfect car. Can we just be there for those we love, and not worry about holding ourselves to a standard of the “perfect mother?”

Earlier this week I had a conversation about loss,  a young mother suffered a miscarriage, the doctor said she was 11 weeks pregnant. Of course her and her husband were devastated. Loss it seems, is something rarely spoken about, but perhaps the more we speak up, the more we’ll see that its more frequent that we though. Losing someone is never easy, be it a child, family member, friend or even pet.



These are my first two “babies” who hiked with me to the top of Hanging Rock Park near Danbury, NC.

Each fall, the leaves on the trees turn the most beautiful colors, like the deep, rich red of the sugar maple tree, or the breath taking purple from the dogwood tree, and all the beautiful golden tones by many of the other trees. But we would not see this beauty without the trees be willing to let go.

What can you let go of today so that your inner beauty can shine through?

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My New Favorite Chili Recipe

When you have a hungry husband, and a picky toddler in the house, how do you feed everyone? My very good friend Kristyn at Carolina Fireflies suggested white chicken chili to me months ago. I’m sure I chuckled a little inside and thought to myself (beans? kids don’t eat beans). Well let me tell you, she was right!

So I’m sharing with you, my own twist on White Chicken Chili. Try it out and let me know what you think!


Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 6-8 hours

Serves: 4-7


  • 2 Large Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 cups of Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 Medium Sweet or Yellow Onion
  • 2 cups Frozen Corn or 1 can White Corn, drained
  • 2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed
  • 1 can Mild Diced Tomatoes and Chilies, drained
  • 1 Packet McCormick White Bean Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • ½ cup Sour Cream (reserved)


  1. Prepare slow cooker, sauté pan, and chop onion.
  2. Add 1 tsp olive oil to a non-stick skillet. Sauté chicken breasts at medium heat until browned. Remove from pan and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining olive oil and chopped onion and cook over low heat until onion is translucent in color, be careful to not burn the onion. Add to slowcooker with chicken.
  4. Place all other ingredients, including 2 cups of chicken stock into the slow cooker except sour cream and stir. Cook on low heat for 6- 8 hours. *Tip: For firmer beans, add one hour before serving the dish.
  5. Immediately before servicing, remove chicken breasts and shred using two forks.
  6. Sir in sour cream (and additional 1 cup of HOT chicken broth if sauce is too thick).
  7. Return chicken to slow cooker and gently mix everything together.

Serve chili with remaining sour cream, corn tortilla strips, shredded cheese, avocado, or how about goldfish? Hey, its all about balance, right?


If you make this recipe for your family or next potluck, leave a comment here to let me know how you like it!



My Current Favorite Fall Trends 🍂🌾

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the crisp fall air and outdoor picnics and campfires. I love that there are more family get togethers, and lots of activities on the weekends. I mean, who doesn’t like apple picking, hay rides, fall festivals, football games, state fairs and eating and drinking pumpkin everything? What do you and your family like to do together on weekends? Do you have traditions you do together in the fall?

I’m so excited to share with you a few of my favorites from current trends for fall. I love Nordstrom for their quality of clothing, but also amazing customer service and free shipping and returns on everything. Sometimes it’s impossible to go into a store to shop, especially if you have to drive thirty or more minutes to get there with little ones in-tow. I love that I can order something I find online, but if I need a different size I can exchange it easily.

Here are a few items I’m currently obsessed with!

I love the bell sleeves on this fun sweater, it looks cozy and is so on trend right now. And this caramel colored, wide-brim felt hat was a super awesome find from Nordstrom. Can you believe it’s less than forty dollars? Distressed denim is in right now, in a very big way! And these high wasted pair tuck in and slim the tummy so nicely. At their current price, these are a steal compared to an other designer pair I’ve had my eye on which are well over $100. But can we talk about how cute these booties are? I love my Naturalizers and could live in them everyday if I had to.


This open front cardigan and soft pink mule sell out every time they get restocked. If you’re lucky enough to catch either of these, go for it! These shoes are perfect for running out the door in the morning and getting the kids in the car without much thought or effort. And the cardigan keeps you cozy, but still so stylish! It runs a little big, so size down from what you would normally wear.


The vest is always in style during the winter in the south, but these two are a little twist on the basic. A super soft sherpa shell and a smooth inner lining, you can’t go wrong with this cream colored vest. It will go with everything.  Wear it to cheer on your alma-mater at football games, or just out to watch the kids play soccer, its a winner. And I love the color on the berries galore frost-free vest for women. It’s such a beautiful rich color that any women could wear and look amazing. Pair it with a berry colored lip and you’ll be one hot mama!

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And finally, I had to include this fantastic maternity dress for all the pregnant mamas out there. The three-quarter length sleeves and A-line make it so flattering, you’re going to look amazing.

I really hope you’ve found this post to be helpful. Maybe there are few trend pieces you could see yourself wearing, maybe they’ll become staples in your wardrobe. Who knows? 🍁 Please leave your comments below to share your favorite trends or what you would like to see added to this post.

If you love the dress I’m wearing, you can pick it up at Old Navy, it’s on sale! And my belt is calf-hair, it’s from J.Crew’ve and I’ve had for years. I love that it goes with everything and leopard print never goes out of style, right?


By the way, Old Navy is one of my favorite stores to buy cute clothes for our little girl. They seriously have the cutest toddler clothes!

Maybe my next post should be an infant/ toddler clothing post, what do you all think?

Or if there are other topics you’d be interested in please comment below.