Current Confessions: Baby Registry Favorites!

Baby Registry Favorites...
for the MOM-to-be! 



I'm giving you permission, yes YOU, mama-to-be to create a registry of items for yourself! It can be an actual registry on Amazon (because they have everything) or from stores of your choosing, or a list of items written on a post-it that you give to your significant other with buying directions! Whatever works just get yourself some, or better yet all, of these items!

Let's get to it. Here are the top 10 items that the mama-to-be should register for, or purchase for herself, before the arrival of baby.


1. Bluetooth headphones. These will free up your hands, while allowing you to listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts, whatever entertainment you prefer! You can hold baby and jam out to your favorite tunes! I own these in black (there's an option for blue if you are interested), but there are tons out there.

2.  Magazine, Audiobook, TV subscription for binge watching, reading or listening...anything that tickles your fancy. Now you see why you need those headphones, right? This one doesn't have to cost a thing if you don't want it to. You can download the audible app and sign out books from your local library all for free. Just do it before baby comes so you have your source of entertainment during late night feedings all ready to roll!

3. Dyson stick vacuum. Ok ok, so this one is a little strange, I get it. I like a clean, neat and tidy house. We have a dog and now two kids, so I find myself vacuuming daily. Instead of opening the closet and pulling out my vacuum, then unwinding the cord and plugging it in, I can just grab my Dyson and go. Super duper easy and manageable. Go buy one! BONUS - vacuum when baby is crying - they usually like the sound. Clean House + Happy Baby = Happy Mama. Side note - we purchased this one from Target on Black Friday, but I have seen them for cheaper prices on Groupon and Zulily, however they are generally refurbished. Worth looking into though!

4. Laughable coffee/tea mug (one for home and one for travel). If you are anything like me you are going to need require a source of caffeine to keep you awake from the late night parties feedings. Who doesn't love a quotable mug? Find one that makes you smile and use it daily after you have your little bundle of joy. I am currently loving these choices (5 different styles to choose from!) from GroopDealz. I also love this traveler mug from Anthropologie. This one is cute too. Don't forget to stock up on your favorite brand and flavor of coffee or tea, too! We enjoy Starbucks kcups at my house.

5. Automatic car starter. You need one of these installed if you don't already have one. If you live in the Northeast like I do and end up having a newborn in the winter, this is an absolute must! Mama doesn't have time to run out to the car to turn it on before leaving the.

6. Athleisure wear. And lots of it. Suggestion- get joggers WITH POCKETS. I LOVE these ones from LOFT. You never know when you might need to stick an extra binky in your pocket, maybe your phone, or a granola bar for late night snacking. Stay in style and be comfortable. Anyone object? :-)

7. Clothing subscription. Remember that Athleisure wear I told you to get? Well, you can have styles selected for you and delivered right to your door step with subscriptions to services such as Stitchfix, LeTote, Trunk Club, etc...Easy peasy! Win win! My personal favorite is Stitchfix, but I know others have had good luck with the other two that I mentioned. If you try Stitchfix please use my referral code (https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3739434?sod=w&som=c), if you don't mind. Please and thank you!

8. Ear plugs. When your SO takes over caring for your little one then you need to put these suckers in your ears and sleep!

9. Candles. Now I love Bath and Body Works candles, but buy whatever brand you prefer. Why candles? Just another thing to make you smile when you're tired from late night feedings.

10.Subscribe or hire any service that will knock off at least one item on your to-do list. Want dinner delivered? Sign-up for Blue Apron or another type of food delivery service. Laundry not your thing?...Hire a drycleaning service to pick-up, launder, and deliver all of your clothes. We are using the website Care.com to help us find someone to do light housekeeping.The sky is the limit when it comes to hiring help for daily chores.

11. BONUS - If you love color coding with fun flair pens or sharpies, then buy yourself a huge pack of them and a new planner and plan in style, girl! Currently loving these tropical colored flair pens! Many bloggers swear by the Erin Condren planners. I have yet to try them - such adorable designs on the website! I purchased this one from Target and have been loving it!

That's a wrap!

Happy Matching,
Marcie

MatchiN'spiration Wishlist & Friday Fave

It's Friday! Yahoo! Today I'm sharing a few matchiN'spiration pieces that I have recently discovered that are on my virtual wishlist, as well as a Friday favorite item that I own. Let's get down to business shall we?

Everything on my matchiN'spiration wishlist this week is from an online boutique that I recently discovered: Pink Pineapple Shop. Pink Pineapple Shop? The name says it all. So fun! I absolutely love love love the style of clothing they sell. (Side note - I believe there is an actual brick and mortar store, but not anywhere near me.)

First up...I need this pullover in my closet ASAP! It comes in a variety of other colors if this gorgeous green isn't your thing.The pic on their website has it styled so cute with one of their pom pom hats (I could do an entire post on their adorable hat selection) and a striped tee underneath. I just love everything about this top!

Looks so cute with pink wellies! 



This mitten sweater just speaks my quirky matchiN'ista language. Paired with leggings, oh so cute! Bonus it's on sale. 

Doesn't this sweater scream cozy?!? It looks so soft and is the perfect cream color for winter. 

How cute would this elbow heart patch tunic and pom pom hat look to wear for Valentine's Day! Sadly the tunic is sold out right now but the company will email you when it's back in stock if you provide your email. 



Now on to my favorite! This monogram necklace from Anthropologie is definitely something I'm loving lately. I bought it a few months ago and have been wearing it almost daily ever since. 


That's all for now! I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Happy Matching!
Marcie

Thoughts on Thursday


I’m hoping to do a weekly post titled thoughts on Thursday where I get to share random tid bits of things I’ve pondered over the course of the week. Nothing too earth shattering or thought provoking, just a whole lot of randomness. My brain is always always always thinking about something. Sometimes I wish I had a pause button that would slow things down a bit. Anyone else feel this way? Not the case, so I’ll embrace my always-thinking-a-million-thoughts brain and share little bits with all of you!

Here’s a bit of randomness for you...
1. Should I try Hubble contacts?
I keep seeing advertisements for Hubble contacts, have you? I wear dailies now, so what’s the difference? I need to look into them.

2. Should all women really wear eyeliner? I have super small eyes so I know eyeliner would help enhance them. Every kind I’ve tried ends up on the skin underneath my eyes. So do I give up or continue searching for the right one!?!

5. Internet lingo... side hustle, tribe, currently (insert anything here), mom hustle, and the list keeps going. I love that this little blog world I’m in has its own language.

6. What the heck makes Starbucks holiday blend coffee so darn delicious?

7. And speaking of coffee I prefer drinking out of ceramic travel mugs and not plastic ones. No idea why. Anyone else?

8. I wish someone would invent an automatic dog washing machine...sort of like a delta sonic, except I want one at my house. I envision my dog running through a tunnel type thing immediately after being outside and coming out spic and span!

9. Shakeology shakes interest me. Especially the chocolate ones that I see all over Instagram.

10. I would love to move somewhere super duper snowy. I want more snow!

11.  Can all of the baby contraptions we own fit in a tiny house? Umm I doubt it. Not unless we had a separate tiny house for all of the stuff.... pack and play, swing, bouncy seat, newborn lounger, activity gym, etc. etc..How do these other families do it?

Ok, so that’s about it! Not really, but I have to stop somewhere!

Feel free to comment or share your own random thoughts!

Happy matching!
Marcie


Latest Confession: Jean Shopping 8 Weeks Post Partum

I decided to throw this post together quickly because both kids are napping (mama win!). Kids, as in plural you ask? YES! You didn’t think I was neglecting my blog to sit around and eat bon bons did you :-) Of course not! I was busy working on baby boy #2. More on that later!

So, I finally got out of my house after being cooped up with sick children and cold cold cold weather. Where did I go?!? Shopping of course! I stopped by a few of my usual spots: J Crew, Bath and Body Works, Anthropologie....and finally I struck gold at Loft. I am hit or miss with Loft. Their items generally fit me just fine but I don’t always like their styles. Well these jeans I found are a game changer!

They are mid-rise, which I’m loving because they hide my proud mama pouch. They are stretchy: perfect for curves, and they are distressed, so I’m still in style! Three for three! You can’t see me but I promise I’m doing a little happy dance over here. Buy these jeans and you will join me!


I love a nice long cardigan. I found 2 on this recent shopping trip that I adore.

I found this one at J Crew that is super versatile. It runs large (I sized down to an xxs).
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It comes in 3 different colors, but gray is always a win in my book! 

This one I bought at the Gap and it is so so so stinkin’ soft and cozy.


This last one is from my most recent fix from Stitchfix.

Side note - have you tried Stitchfix before? If you answered no to that question you need to get on it, girl! Please use my referral code if you don’t mind. (https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3739434?sod=w&som=c)

Happy Matching!

Marcie

Please note  - this is NOT a sponsored post. I am not being compensated in any way to share my opinions. These opinions are my own.




Confessions of Life Lately

Hello, there! Long time no see. Life has been busy, but things are slowing down a bit, so I thought I would share what we've been up to in this neck of the woods. I'm totally fibbing, things are not slowing down but I miss blogging so I decided to forego my weekend cleaning and type this blog post instead!

Since so much time has passed and I have so much to share (all super important, of course!), I thought it best to break 'life lately' into categories...this mama is all about categorizing. It keeps me organized! (along with color coordinating, pattern mixing and matching, to-do list making, as well as lots of other quirky things!) 

Family 

Mason is 17 months old and I can't even believe it.
We took him to get his first haircut on Saturday morning and I can't believe how grown up he looks now.  I'm not sure who was more traumatized by the experience; him or me?!? 

This picture was taken before his haircut....check out those curls! Love, love, love his little curls.


Like I said, I'm not sure who was more traumatized by the whole experience, him or me. At first he was fine sitting on the panda, but then we had to put the cape on and it was all downhill from there. Thankfully his hairstylist, Maggie, knew just what to do. She put on Sesame Street and the tears were gone within no time at all!

All better! Look at his big boy haircut!

My hubby has been Busy! Busy! Busy! at work. And checking things off of our my to-do list. I convinced him that we needed a new storm door to the entrance of our home and so he installed it. Yesterday. In 30 degree weather. Then this morning all 3 boys enjoyed the full-view.


Not too much is happening with me these days. Just enjoying spending weekends with my little family. Still enjoying my fave ceramic mugs from Starbucks, too! Hubby surprised me with this Valentine one the other day. 


In fur-baby news, Wesley ate my EOS Chapstick on Friday, so, yeah, there's that. Thankfully he's ok! I called the vet and they said to watch his behaviors for 48 hours. He's 100% back to normal! 


Fashion

Omg, I finally purchased my first pair of LuLaRoe leggings, thanks to my mom. Of course I had to get a patterned pair, one with hearts, perfect for Valentine's Day! I can't wait to rock the outfit below on Tuesday!
Ok, so if I'm being completely honest, the outfit above is not even close to the perfect match that I thought it would be when I purchased each item separately. However, since neither item is refundable and I only have one day to sport my valentine's day gear, I'm going to rock it to the best of my ability. This goes against every MatchiN'ista principal in my body, but that's life, right?

Of course I couldn't just purchase one pair of LuLaRoe leggings for Valentine's Day! I also have this outfit that I've been sporting on the weekends.

Hubby bought me an Apple Watch for Christmas and I can't say enough positive comments about it. I'm looking at new bands, ones that match my outfits of course!  

Entertainment 

Have you seen Shameless? We are watching it on Netflix and cannot get enough of the Gallagher Family! It's a must see according to me! 

Home 

We are all ready for Valentine's Day! I get sucked into one particular section of Target (yes I'm talking about you, one spot!) on every shopping trip and of course I can find a use for almost everything they have. Mostly Valentine's Day stuff as of late! 









Work

Life on the work front has been pretty busy. I'm changing one of my bulletin boards in my classroom and found these two ideas on pinterest that I'm considering. 


Have I confessed my love for conversation heart speech-language therapy activities?!? I've been using the chalk textured, pepto bismo tasting hearts for every activity and the kids think it's the best thing ever. So, I'm rolling with it....right into this week when we actually get to celebrate Valentine's Day! 

Ok, well that's it for now! Hopefully I'll be back sooner rather than later.....no promises though. 😉

Happy Matching! 
Marcie 

Run to The Gap Now!

I'm back! Wow, twice in one month! Mama's on a roll! :-) 

I couldn't resist sharing a few outfits that I purchased the other day from The Gap because 
#1 they are so matchy-matchy (insert all kinds of excited squeals)...from head. to. toe.;  
#3 one item + multiple colors = one happy MatchiN'ista because if one is good, two is better and three is fabulous; AND
#4 the prices are drop dead fantastic!

ENOUGH SAID!  

Don't hold back, see for yourself why I felt like doing cartwheels in the dressing room because I was giddy over the cuteness of these outfits. Just for the record, I did not actually do cartwheels because I need to set a good example for my little guy (#mommin'isseriousbusiness), but I definitely thought about it!

Ok, let's get down to business!


This dress is soooo comfy. I absolute love it! It has a straight fit, hits a little above the knee and comes in so many different colors. {Fit tip: The striped version of this dress fit a little looser than the solid colors, so I would suggest sizing down one in the striped version.} Because I'm such an excellent photographer (NOT), you can tell that the sleeves have a little roll in them and the scoop neck has the right amount of dip so you don't need to wear a cami underneath. The price?!? Only $20! When I looked at this same dress online it was more expensive, so get off your couch, lace up your shoes and go to the store for even better deals! 

Isn't this scarf PERFECT with the dress?!? Don't forget, there are sandals to match! 


dress/scarf {this scarf is only $5.99 in store!}//sandals are a few years old

You know me, if one is good, two is better.....so here's the same dress in blue. The scarf is the same shade of blue, but has the perfect pop of green on the tassels. I almost passed on this dress since I already own something similiar, but I knew I had a pair of sandals at home in the same shade of green, so I just had to buy this dress and scarf combo, too!

Aren't the green tassels so cute?!? 

And last but certainly not least...in true MatchiN'ista fashion, if one is good, two is better and three is fabulous...dress number 3 is equally as adorable as the other two! Add a scarf and matching sandals and you've got yourself a third outfit. Easy peasy! 

dress//scarf//sandals
{side note: please excuse the tag hanging from my armpit in this pic. I was so excited to show you these fabulous finds that I just pulled them out of the bag, stripped down, put on these cuties and took pics!}

Chances are if you see me around town this summer I'll be sporting one of these three adorable outfits! 

Happy Matching! 

Marcie 

Fourth of July Oufit Inspiration

Hello, Friends! Long time no see! Just trying to balance mommy life and work. I still haven't figured out how to fit in my blog, but oh well. I'll figure it out...or maybe I won't and I'll just keep popping up every now and then with random posts like today!! 

For some exciting news....I'm on summer break now!! Yippee! It's all about the sunshine, daily walks and trying to fit in as much fun as possible over the next 8 weeks.

Ok, so back to the good stuff! Fourth of July is right around the corner..do you have your outfit picked out? You don't?!? (gasp) Well, guess what?!? The only reason I have mine picked out is because I happened to stumble across a top that I was trying to match a pair of red shorts to and voila! This outfit was born...
The shorts aren't a true red, but more like a redish orange. Lucky for me the top has the same redish orange color in it, too. It's a perfect match!

shorts (vibrant flame)//top (deep navy papaya - on sale!)//watch//cute sandal option (mine are long gone!)

I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!! 

Happy matching!
Marcie