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Preppy Varsity Sweater Dress
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Varisty Squad

Everyday Outfits, Fashion, My Style

Realistic Faux fur Jacket from Amazon{AMAZON Faux Fur Jacket, ZARA Varsity Sweater Dress, VINTAGE Beret, SAINT LAURENT Scarf, J. CREW Crossbody Bag, MICHAEL KORS Ankle Boots}

Hey Peeps!

Spring has sprung, and I’ve finally come out of hibernation. Unfortunately, the temps are still in the 40s in my neck of the woods. So I’m staying cozy in one of my favorite sweater dresses, plus a little faux fur on top. I’ve always loved the preppy look of varsity sweaters (also known as tennis or cricket sweaters), and have collected a few different iterations over the years. 

Preppy Varsity Sweater Dress
Realistic Faux fur Jacket from Amazon

Preppy Varsity Sweater Dress

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Cozy for the Holidays {Featuring Vera Bradley}

Lifestyle, Product Reviews

Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018{c/o VERA BRADLEY Hooded Robe, Printed Slippers, and Throw Blanket in Bordeaux Blooms}

The holidays are always my favorite time of year, and even more so now that I have my son Christian to celebrate with. Christmas in New York City is always pretty magical, and while I love things like ice skating in Central Park and viewing the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center, what I’m really looking forward to is spending cozy evenings at home, snuggled up on the couch with my little one.

This Vera Bradley robe is probably one of the softest things I’ve ever put on my body, and the hood makes it extra homey. Christian kept reaching up to stroke the fleece whenever I held him. We have hardwood floors throughout our apartment, so the floors tend to get chilly. I’m always on the lookout for cozy slippers, and these keep my feet nice and toasty (especially when I’m sneaking into the kitchen for a late-night hot cocoa). Seeing his tiny face light up when we put up the tree was the best feeling in the world and would melt even the toughest Scrooge’s heart. And of course, I couldn’t resist the matching throw blanket, that’s so soft, warm, and perfect to bundle up under during cheesy Christmas movie binges on Netflix.

As soon as I saw the Bordeaux Blooms print, I knew it would be perfect for the holidays.  Vera Bradley has tons of iconic prints, and as some who’s always been a sucker for matchy-matchy ensembles, I absolutely LOVE that they have so many products available in each pattern. You can even shop-by-print on their site.

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for a lucky lady in your life, you really can’t go wrong with Vera Bradley. They’re a classic brand that never goes out of style. I’m especially enamored with their travel duffels and backpacks which are perfect for weekend getaways.

Happy shopping! 

Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018
Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018

Full Disclosure: This post is brought to you in partnership with InSTYLE and Vera Bradley. Although I have been compensated, rest assured that every product and recommendation has been fully vetted by me, and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your trust and for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

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Baby Talk: Introducing a Bottle While Breastfeeding {Featuring Boon NURSH on Amazon}

Lifestyle, Maternity

HEADS UP: I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #NURSHOnAmazon campaign, sponsored by Boon on Amazon. Although I have been compensated, rest assured that every product and recommendation has been fully vetted by me, and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your trust and for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

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I’m about six months into this first-time Mom business, and I’m slowly but surely getting the hang of things. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to exclusively breastfeed Christian up until recently when we started introducing solids – but we’ve definitely had our share of ups and downs along the way. One of our early challenges was getting Christian to take a bottle. I quickly realized that this is a common issue breastfeeding moms face, so I decided to share a few tips that helped us out tremendously.

#1 Start Early and (Somewhat) Often
This was probably the best piece of advice I followed. I knew I wanted to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first six months, but I also wanted the freedom to offer breastmilk from a bottle in case I was away or out and about with Christian in a place that would make nursing difficult (like a dirty crowded NYC subway, for instance). Introducing a bottle early – within the first two weeks that we brought our little guy home – gave us a much smoother transition than if we’d waited longer. Since then, I try to feed Christian from a bottle a few times per week so that he remains used to switching back and forth.

#2 Find Your Perfect Match
We had to go through several different bottles (I think five brands in total) before finally settling on ones that worked for us. If you find that your baby refuses to drink from a bottle, this might be the easiest fix. There’s a dizzying array of bottle choices available, but we had a few requirements that helped us narrow down the playing field. I wanted something easy-to-clean, made of safe materials, and with a nipple design that wouldn’t disrupt my little one’s latch when it was time to breastfeed. Our top choice hands-down was the Boon NURSH Silicone Pouch Bottle. It met all of my requirements and has a nice soft design that mimics the natural feel of a breast. I notice that Christian definitely gets a lot gassier when he drinks from a bottle, so I really like the fact that Boon NURSH is designed with a silicone pouch that collapses as he drinks which helps to squeeze out any excess air that can lead to gas. You can find them on Amazon, and I think they’re a must-have item to add to your registry.

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#3 Let Dad Give it a Shot
Truth be told, it was Eric who was finally able to get Christian to successfully take a bottle after my many lackluster attempts. Let’s face it – babies usually prefer to get their “fix” straight from the source. In the beginning, anytime I held Christian near my bosom he automatically wanted to nurse. We quickly found that when I left the room (or better yet, the apartment) little man was much less distracted and far more willing to take a bottle. As an added bonus, he and Dad got in some much-appreciated bonding time. It also eliminated a lot of pressure from being solely responsible for those late-night feedings. Fun-fact: Eric was also the one who got Christian to finally take a pacifier as well!

#4 Heat Things Up
Bottle feedings go a whole heck of a lot smoother when the milk is warm – around the same temperature as when it comes straight from mom. We went old-school in the beginning and just warmed our bottles on the stove. To be honest, the thought of fumbling around with a gadget with a hungry, fussy baby in tow scared me off from getting a bottle warmer at first. However, once I was introduced The First Years 4-in-1 Remote Control Bottle Warmer, I became a total convert. Warming up bottles of frozen milk is much faster than our previous stove top method (and a lot more precise). And now that Christian is eating solids, we can also use it warm up baby food. But the best feature has to be the fact that you can place a bottle in overnight (using the included ice packs that keep liquids chilled for up to 8 hours) and warm a bottle up before you even get out of bed using the remote. You can find the First Years Bottle Warmer on Amazon.

#5 Slow & Steady Wins the Race
As much as I wanted my baby to nurse from a bottle, I was also worried that he might start to prefer one over breastfeeding. Through my research, I learned that babies can develop a preference for the faster, more even flow of a bottle. To cut down on that risk, I always used a slow-flow nipple with my little one. That seems to have done the trick, and we’ve never had any issues switching between boob and bottle. Once Christian got the hang of drinking from a bottle, we began to incorporate pace-feeding which a method of bottle feeding that mimics breastfeeding. If you’re interested in pace-feeding, I highly recommend this article as well as this one.

So there you have it mamas (and papas!) – my quick tips and tricks for getting your breastfed baby to take a bottle. I by no means have it all figured out, so if you have any additional tips, feel free to share ’em in the comments!

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