New babe faves

Ever since Fitz has come along I’ve clung tight to a few of my tried and true faves from when Ev was a little guy, but I have found some new baby items that I’m pretty excited about too. Here are just a few:


1 // Little Unicorn burp rags: I love the size and fabric used on these and if you are in the market for a swaddle or two, Little Unicorn has darling prints.

2 // Freshly Picked moccasins: I missed the boat on these for Everett, but I’ve already amassed a small collection (Velvet Night and Weathered Brown) for Fitzie.

3 // Tory Burch leather bracelet (similar): Instead of using a hair tie on my wrist, I decided to upgrade this time around when trying to keep track of which side to nurse on next. My older version of this leather bracelet does the trick and looks good too!

4 // Kickee Pants: My sister bought this brand for her second and I loved how soft and lightweight the items were, so I picked up a few for baby #2. The pieces can be a bit pricey, but I’ve been able to find sales here and there.


5 // June & January essentials: Ever since I first found out about this company via one of my fave bloggers, I haven’t been able to stop purchasing. Both Ev and Fitz have a lot of their clothing, but their new newborn essentials have me swooning. I wrap Fitzie up in their basic blankets daily.

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The pack is back

Starting next week Everett will be attending full day two year old preschool and this mama will most likely be a hot mess. Luckily, I’ll get to blame postpartum hormones…

After the past few years of being cared for by his grandmas, this is going to be a bit of a change. I think he’s ready. I hope he’s ready. I’m just so excited for him to start school but at the same time sad because it means he’s growing up 😭

I can’t wait to make him take a first day of school photo, complete with my chalkboard print and a cute new backpack.


I snagged Ev’s Freshly Picked backpack during their Memorial Day sale earlier this year, but I’ve managed to round up some equally cute bags for your back to school babes to rock.


Herschel Mariner Stripe // J.Crew Iridescent // Cat & Jack Dino
J.Crew Snaggletooth Monster // Cat & Jack Chevron // State Bags Mini Kane Dino


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FP x Boho Indigo release

Guys, I am so excited to partner with one of my new favorite companies, Freshly Picked, to tell you about the release of their newest collection, Boho Indigo! It includes super cute, new moccs, but my favorite is the Velvet Night we received.

I’m totally obsessed with the deep navy color of these moccs because I know they will pair with pretty much everything in Fitz’s closet this fall/winter. Did I mention that FP moccs make for the perfect shower gift or birth announcement card?!


Galvanized letter // faux sheepskin rug // book // Jacques the Hippo
Cat & Jack bodysuit // Velvet Night Mocc c/o Freshly Picked // ruler (similar)

When shopping the release, keep in mind that some quantities of the moccs are already in stock and will be shipped out immediately. Once that first batch has sold out, all other orders placed will be special order, and will be shipped in 4-6 weeks (hello, holiday season gifts), so don’t be late! The release happens tomorrow, Thursday, August 18 at 10am MST (11am CST/12pm EST).


You diggin’ the new release as much as I am? Then head over to my Instagram account where I am giving away a pair of Freshly Picked moccs this week!

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Meeting Fitz

We are already a week in and it’s love people. Fitzgerald has been such a great baby boy so far and we are getting settled in here at the log home.

Here is a sneak peek of our newest addition, Fitzie.

[their first meeting]WrappedUp
[made it home]Besties
[lots of big bro cuddles]Bubba
[Fitz’s first outing to try out Bubba]Snugs[loungewear game is strong: June & January top (similar) // pants // blanket]

Things should get pretty real quick here as daddy leaves for his first work trip tomorrow and will be gone overnight. Send me good vibes (and a glass, or two, of wine)!

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He’s here

I’m a big pile of mushy goo. My second son is here and my heart is full!

Fitzgerald Richard Branstad
August 2, 2016 at 12:54 p.m.
8 pounds, 1 ounce
20.25 inches

It’s amazing. A mother’s heart always makes room.

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Little looks: back to school 2016

Guys, it’s hard to believe that it is August already. What the heck happened to June and July?! Everett will be attending a two year old preschool starting at the end of the month. I’m so excited and nervous for him, but I know he will do great!

With this month, comes all the fun (?) of back-to-school shopping. Love it or loathe it, it must get done. So in hopes of helpin’ a mama/papa out, I’ve pulled together some cute looks for your little one to wear as they head into to those locker-lined hallways.


top // Wal-Mart
bottom // H&M
socks // Gap Kids
hoodie // Childhood’s Clothing
backpack // L.L.Bean
shoes // J.Crew



vest // Target
socks // Gap Kids
top // H&M
bottom // Target
book // This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
hat // KidFanatics
shoes // New Balance for J.Crew


headband // J.Crew
necklace // Little Lux
boots // Target
dress // Wal-Mart
book // Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
tights // June & January


vest // Target
socks // J.Crew
top // H&M
skirt // Target
backpack // J.Crew
clog boots // Target

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Still no baby

Let me go ahead and answer your questions:

“Yes, I’m still here.”

“Yes, I’m still pregnant.”

I know my due date isn’t officially until the 28th, but I’m quite ready to get things moving along here. Swollen ankles and sheer exhaustion are a regular occurrence and I’m over it.

Here are a few things that are keeping me occupied at the moment:

[not included in my nesting phase: dealing with Karl the door destroyer]

[my sis giving me a peaceful trip to Target by watching Ev for a couple hours]

[picking out a new friend for Everett to give the little guy from Eden]

[if I’m still preggers on 7/31, I’ll be in line to pick up my copy]

[trying to resist buying these leggings from Target’s new Cat & Jack line]


[failing to resist June & January’s newborn essentials collection, sorry hunny]

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