It’s been awhile since I’ve done a style post and I am so excited to have partnered with Ruthie Grace Boutique to talk about one of my favorite trends right now – bell sleeves! But, I found the mother of all bell sleeve tops; it has everything I’m loving right now. This one has eyelet detailing, a lace-up collar, scallop hem, and a flattering a-line cut.

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One of the great things about having a second baby (when it comes to “stuff,” that is) is that you don’t need nearly as much new stuff as you did with the first one, right? If you bought gender neutral equipment the first go-round, you really don’t need much of anything, right? Well, maybe. The transition from one to two wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and there were a few things I found myself needing with Baby #2 that I didn’t with Baby #1. I’m 2.5 years into being a mom of 2 and so I thought I’d round up what we actually used, some of which we still use. Here are my Must Have Items for Baby #2.

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Ah, consignment sales. There seems to be a ton of them in multiple locations, usually in the spring and fall. It’s perfect timing: Spring Cleaning and Christmas Prep. I personally am a huge fan of the pop-up sales as a shopper; I tend to get the best deals there vs. the consignment stores that are open all year long. Now, I typically consign my girls’ clothes at a local family-owned store in my community; I love being able to just drop it all off and let their staff sort and label it all. Then, I just pick up a check whenever I feel like. Easy peasy. This year, though, I had a bunch of big equipment-type stuff that I wanted to off-load and knew I could keep a higher % of the sales at a pop-up (70% vs 50%). So, I decided to do the pop-up sale in addition to my normal store-consigning. Mistake. Now that I have that experience under my belt, I have some thoughts. Here are 5 reasons you should consign at pop-up consignment sales.

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Motherhood is hard. Social media has done so much good in how it connects women and creates a virtual community but I also feel that it’s done some harm for the new mom, too. When you’re a tired, desperate mama who spends her middle-of-the-night feeding sessions scrolling through everyone else’s highlight reels, it’s easy to compare yourself to everyone else and feel like you’re doing something wrong. Well, Mama, I’m here to tell you that you’re not. Inspired by a new mom who is very close to me, today I’m sharing some wisdom, truths, and advice for new moms from my own experience.

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Let’s talk about sippy cups, shall we? They always leak, am I right? I feel like in the 4.5 years I’ve been a mom, I’ve tried what feels like every cup on the market. Even if not right away, they all end up leaking at some point and it’s so frustrating. My beige microfiber sofas are covered in dried liquid rings from leaking cups left laying down by little hands; I don’t even bother trying to clean them anymore. Well, I’m so glad to say that I finally found one that saves my sofas! I’ve partnered with Playtex Baby as part of the #ForBetterBeginnings campaign to share their Sipsters cups with you! Spoiler alert: they don’t leak!

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