Fall Favorites ’17

I haven’t done one of these in a while! Today, I’d like to share with my readers some of my favorite things that I’ve been using this fall – and just in general. From fashion to housewares to kid stuff, lets get started!

Ps, can we just take note of how cute my daughter, Amalia, is in the cover photo? Four months old is fast-approaching and this mamma’s not ready!

First up, baby’s fall wardrobe. Old Navy has a lot of really cute fall clothes for everyone, especially the kids. I bought the blue dress that Amalia is wearing in the photo above during the summer and it has been discontinued online. You may still be able to find it in store at some places though. I also bought her this floral one below. I am loving the colors of this season in fashion! She wears the 0-3 month size in dresses at Old Navy. And what fall outfit wouldn’t be complete without some leggings/tights and boots? Boots are from O.N. and have a Velcro inseam for easy dressing. They’re a soft-sole, crib shoe-type which are great for those wittle baby feet. The cable-knit socks are from Amazon and are absolutely darling. Amalia is wearing size 0-3 month boots and the tights are the 1T size. The tights go all the way up her thighs, which will come in handy when it gets cold outside, and she will have plenty of room to grow into them and use them again next year. For size reference, she is about 10 pounds and wears 0-3 month Carter brand clothes. The headband she is sporting was made by yours truly. Let me know in the comments section if you’d like to see a tutorial for that!

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Next up is my pair of running shoes. I’ve been trying to do some walking/running and some exercise inside a few times a week. The mom bod is what it is, but I still try to work on it. I have the Nike Dart Sock shoes. They are amazingly comfortable. I really do love a shoe that doesn’t have a tongue that is detached. I had a pair of pumas once that had the tongue similar to these. I hadn’t been able to find anything like it until I came across these. They don’t come in half sizes though. I ordered a 7 – normally I wear a 6.5 in Pumas, and nearly every other shoe. I think that I could wear a size 6 if I wanted to get another pair when these wear out, but the seven fits fine. The nature of the dart sock is that it fits like a sock, so even though I’ve got a little extra toe room, they don’t slip off at all.
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I always run a humidifier in the house when the weather starts to get cool. The sickies come to visit and they dry air from having the heat cranked up make it stuffy in the house. I usually just get the personal sized cool mist one from Walgreens. It does the job, and its almost $30. This year, I bought the VicTsing brand from amazon – oh how love my amazon prime! It is more stylish and it doubles as a diffuser if you use essential oils. You can change the color of the lights. It is about the same price as the one at Walgreens too. Side note, I always buy a new humidifier every year. Humidifiers can collect bacteria in the reservoir and the filters and can make you sick. I rinse it daily while in use and clean it with white vinegar once a week and dispose of it at the end of the season. If you clean it with bleach, be sure to rinse it VERY well.

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Next, I’ve got the Youkidoo bath toys line. I got this one on amazon. The boys love to play with these things. They suction to the inside of the bath tub and the kids can pour water through the toy and it makes the gears turn. The little cups are also stack-able. They have a battery operated submarine one as well as a couple others. I’m thinking about Christmas gifts already!

Last but certainly not least – and probably my favorite on this list – is my instant pot. I am really loving this thing! It is a digital pressure cooker that has tremendously helped my dinner prep time. It cooks many foods in half the time that a crock pot would, and sometimes even beats the oven! I’ve made fall-off-the-bone ribs in 32 minutes several times and cooked pork chops that were the more tender than I’ve ever had. Slowly but surely I am learning how to convert recipes to pressure cooking. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see some recipes!

 

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