Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Whats In My Hospital Bag? Tips from an experienced mommy!

It's finally here..
The long awaited hospital bag post!
It just so happens that our little guy is finally here too, so I'm writing this post today as "an experienced mommy;" having dredged through the depths of the maternity ward and back ;) 

So without further ado, here's "What's in My Hospital Bag", and a few tips on what I learned while spending 3 long days in the hospital :) 

I literally agonized for weeks over what to pack in my hospital bag. I researched, I asked friends, I added things and took things out. In the end, I didn't use a lot of what I packed. So I've consolidated this post down to what I actually used while in the hospital :) 
 My absolute MUST HAVE clothing items included a soft and stylish birthing gown (This was so much more comfortable than the smock they give you in the hospital, and much cuter!) and comfy maternity/nursing pajamas for recovery. (I could live in these Bela Bum Bum pjs from Cloud Nine Pajamas! they are butter soft and so convenient for nursing)
I packed my toiletries and makeup in a separate pouch.. and can I just say how thankful I am that I packed my own shampoo/conditioner and soap?! It's the little things ;) 

  1. Bella Blu Maternity BG Birthing Gown in Blueberry Pie (One Size Fits Most)
  2. Cloud Nine Pajamas Bela Bum Bum Ikat Nursing Cami & Pant Set (Size M) 
  3. Medela Nursing Sleep BraAdore Me Nadya Contour Nursing Bra
  4. Regular Hanes/Fruit of the Loom Underwear (No thongs, or bikini style!) 
  5. Going Home Outfit: Maternity Leggings, Top and Cardigan from Ross 
  6. Slippers, Cozy Socks & Flip Flops

  1. Up & Up Overnight Absorbency Pads
  2. Deodorant
  3. Ban Refresh Cooling Body Cloths
  4. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
  5. Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  6. Dove Sensitive Skin Soap
  7. Travel Size Shampoo & Conditioner
  8. Altoids/Breath Mints
  9. Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  10. Hair Brush
  11. Body Spray
  12. Sock Bun, Hair Ties
NOT PICTURED -  Makeup: Foundation, concealer, powder, blush, mascara, highlighter, chapstick

I actually gave birth in full makeup haha (yes, I was that crazy pregnant lady running around applying foundation and lipstick while having contractions 3 min apart). My recovery was pretty rough though, and honestly, I didn't worry about applying makeup again for the next 3 days in the hospital. 

Baby's bag should be small and simple, as the hospital will provide the majority of necessities for him/her. For Colton I packed a going home outfit, swaddle blanket, cozy fleece blanket, burp cloths, and Boppy pillow for nursing. Don't bother lugging diapers, wipes, multiple outfits, pacifiers or bottles for your little one, the hospital will provide you with these items.

  1. Boppy Nursing Pillow
  2. Blanket
  3. Going Home Outfit (newborn size onesie, hat) 
  4. Burp Cloths
  5. Swaddle Blanket

The most important miscellaneous items that I packed were SNACKS! Every hospital is different, but our hospital has to win honors for absolute worst food ever... no seriously. So I was very thankful for little snacks like granola bars, crackers and candy.

  • Crackers, granola bars, sugar free hard candy, any other snacks
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera w/ battery and extra memory card
  • Pillow & Blanket from home 

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments

Happy Holidays Beauties.

I'm sharing a festive & easy DIY over on my Youtube channel today.
How adorable are these DIY Photo Transfer Ornaments?! 
I had so much fun making these over the weekend, and absolutely love that I was able to use Colton's newborn Christmas photos :)

Want to make your own?
See the full tutorial HERE.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Brunch Ideas | Christmas Table, Hot Cocoa Bar & Home Decor!

Happy Holidays, friends.

My favorite time of the year is finally upon us..
Tis' the season for family, friends and festivity!
We threw a Holiday Brunch at our home this past weekend, and invited family over for tasty treats, and lots of laughs :) 

I was so excited to decorate our dining room with Christmas cheer, and set up a gorgeous holiday tablescape using affordable decor from Walmart!
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Home had a ton of beautiful dinnerware to choose from! (um have you seen the new Pioneer Woman line?! give. me. EVERYTHING.) 

I chose The Pioneer Woman Paige Crackle Glaze Plate Set & Better Homes and Gardens Snowflake Plates for my place settings. I loved the farmhouse simplicity of the Pioneer Woman dinnerware coupled with the festive metallic accent of the snowflakes.. holiday perfection.

To decorate I decided to go with a mixture of glitzy metallic decor and of course, natural burlap accents (you just cant take the farmhouse out of the girl). I trimmed our table with burlap ribbon runners, gold jingle bells, small silver ornaments and fresh greenery. 
For an easy and affordable centerpiece, I filled a glass apothecary jar with faux glitter snowballs and gold bells.

Now on to the important business of FOOD.

For our holiday brunch, I made coffee cake muffins in snowflake liners from Walmart's holiday baking section, ham & cheese quiche (find the easy recipe here) powdered doughnut snowmen and fruit skewers. 
These Better Homes and Gardens Rectangular Platters were perfect to display my delicious treats. I also made a pitcher of cranberry apple cider, and set up a hot cocoa bar. 

The hot cocoa bar was probably my favorite addition to our holiday brunch; I think it turned out so cute! 
I decided to set everything up on a rustic Wire Tray from Better Homes and Gardens on our buffet in the dining room so that our guests would have easy access to everything they needed. I filled mason jars with cocoa and marshmallows, and put out candy canes and crushed peppermint bits for toppings.
 On a tiered tray, I added mugs with striped paper straws, small pine trees, and an Anchor Hocking Mini Trifle Bowl filled with Bob's soft peppermint sticks. I also adorned the hot cocoa bar with a festive Die-Cut Snowflake Banner.

And who could decorate for a Holiday Brunch without adding a Christmas tree?! Not this girl.I found this perfect Holiday Time Greenwood Pine for only $30 at Walmart! Can you believe that?! Now I'm wishing I had picked up two.. or ten.

I added clear lights, burlap ribbon and rustic ornaments to complete the look. At the base of the tree, I placed an X-Large Wood Crate from Walmart, which I stained to match our decor; and added grain sack pillows for a farmhouse feel.

Will you be throwing a festive holiday brunch or other holiday gathering this year?  We had so much fun with ours that I think we might make this an annual event! :)

Be sure to check out Home for all of your holiday party shopping, and tag #AffordableStyle on social media to show off your fabulous finds! 

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Easy Ham & Cheese Quiche Recipe | Holiday Brunch

December is finally upon us!
Tis the season for friends, family and of course, delicious food :)
We threw a festive holiday brunch for our family this past weekend, and this easy ham & cheese quiche was a big hit! 

This was literally my first time ever making a quiche (admittedly, I'm lacking the Betty Crocker gene) and I was surprised at how easy this was to make, not to mention, really tasty! 

(serves 8)
1 (9 inch) refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
2 tbsp butter
1/4 onion, minced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 cup half and half
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Press pie crust into 9 inch pie plate and flute edges, set aside.
  3. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in melted butter until translucent, about 5 min.
  4. Stir ham into onion mixture and transfer into pie crust.
  5. Beat cheddar cheese, eggs, half and half, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; pour over ham. mixture. Sprinkle paprika over entire quiche.
  6. Bake in preheated oven about 30-45 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

As a side note, I actually made our quiche the night before our party and refrigerated it, covered, overnight. The morning of the brunch I simply covered the quiche with foil and reheated it for about 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
I hope that ya'll will enjoy this recipe as much as we did! 

Don't forget to check out my entire Holiday Brunch post (coming soon!) to see all of the yummy goodies we made, and the affordable and festive decorations I purchased for it at.. wait for it... Walmart?! ;) 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Nautical Baby Shower

Hi Beauties.

I'm so excited to be sharing a few party setup photos from the Nautical Baby Shower that my sweet sister and mom threw for me last month!
It was such a fabulous shower, complete with a ton of cute anchor & sea touches! :) Colton and I were showered with so much love!

My girlfriends over on Instagram also threw me the first ever Insta Baby Shower (so fun!)
Check out my video opening all of my handmade gifts from these fabulous ladies & creators HERE: