Toddler clothes I’d buy my son if I was made of money (lol)

Baby clothes, toddler clothes, kids clothing in general. It’s all so hard to resist. 95% of beb’s clothing is hand-me-downs or were given to him as gifts from family/friends when we were in Newfoundland over Christmas. Occasionally I’ll buy him a few pieces from H&M, or Zara. It’s easy to style kids clothing, because you can have SO much fun with it, and if you love it enough, buy it in a bigger size to fit him/her in the future. I’ve done that with a pair of striped leggings that I recently bought him – now he’s got another pair in size 2/3 for next year/fall.

H&M and Zara are the primary two places I buy his clothes from (if/when I do). If I was home in Canada, it’d most definitely be Joe Fresh – they have adorable clothes for kids, too. One of his jackets is from Joe Fresh, his Nanny and Granddaddy gave it to him for Christmas and it’s perfect for California spring mornings when we head out with him in the stroller.

I got to thinking, maybe I should select some of my favourite pieces every now and again from these two stores? I’m not going to be buying any, since I’m not made of money, and he has a TON of clothes jam-packed into his dresser already. But, doesn’t hurt to look! Here are a few of my favourite pieces for toddlers this spring.

Not sponsored btw. Just sharing. Since I’m living in California, all the prices are in USD..

Two pack of leggings: $12.99| I love that these go all the way up to 3T-4T. My bebs is super tall for his age, but H&M always seems like such a large make (great for us) for kids clothing. I love the baby-ish zoo animals on this one, so sweet.

3-pack white cotton jumpsuits $18.99| I’d primarily use these for the summer nights as PJs for him. Too bad they’re pretty much all sold out. I wonder if they’ll restock? The buttons are a pain in the rear, as I prefer zippered PJs for him…but I still think they’re nice.

Graphic tee $3.99| Any tee under $4-$5 is a “deal” in my opinion. I love the little police + fire truck! Beep beep lol…

Ribbed knit cardi $24.99| Too expensive, and if I were to buy it, I’d wait for it to go on clearance. I love teracotta shades on bebs, it suits his hair/skintone. Not sure exactly how I’d style it on him, but I’d love to play around with it (if I got it for him). Layered somehow with jeans and a grey v-neck tee?

Striped Jumpsuit $19.99 | I LOVE jumpsuits on babies/toddlers. But I can almost never put bebs in one. They’re always so short in the legs. And if I size up, they’re huge around the body/waist for him. I love this striped one so much. Also, if it were to fit him I wouldn’t be able to put it on him unless I rip all the buttons off lol. He chews the buttons on his shirts all the time and I’ve stopped putting those tops on him since I”m afraid he’ll get them undone and swallow one! Ugh.

Cotton pants with suspenders $24.99 | Okay. This is something I may have to buy when it’s 50% off. HOW CUTE. I love suspenders on bebs. He’s worn suspenders a few times already and it’s amazing. Pair this with a grey or a white tee? Outfit made.

Cotton jacket $24.99 | H&M seems to recycle their clothing from year to year. I bought this exact jacket for bebs while I was pregnant! He’s been wearing it this entire winter. I love it on him.

Jacket with cars $19.99 | Speaking of jackets for him, he got this for his birthday last month. I sized up and bought it for him to fit in the fall.

Also. Always always wait for a sale at H&M before buying anything. They do 30-40% off sales what seems like every month. So add that stuff to your cart and be patient for a sale. And!! If you live near one of their stores, you can buy online and return in store for free (I’ve done it for the past 13 months).

Are you guys into these kinds of posts? I could also do another one that I’m eyeing up for Zara kids clothes. Thoughts?

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Minimal mood (+ favourites)

Minimal mood. I search constantly on IG, and all over the web for visually appealing images. I save them. I love looking at them. Hundreds of images (including some of my own) are saved on my phone to flick through for…I suppose, inspiration of sorts. I love simple looking flatlays, stationery posts, beauty products in unique packaging. I want to do more shots like that.

Below is a picture I shot when my sil was visiting us. Looks like we’re in a far away place…I love how it turned out. Are we in Mexico? No no.

It’s been pouring rain here in California what seems like daily since January pretty much. I’m dyin’ for a bit of California warmth to come by again. Believe it or not (and remember, it’s all relative, for my Canadian friends) it gets chilly here. The other morning there was water frozen on our street (lol). And, it does dip down below 4°C. Seeing as I don’t wear my super warm Canadian winter coat here, but rather a fall-like jacket, you do tend to get a bit of a chill some days.


Sweet mercy, this post is all over the place (just like the good ol’ blogging days haha), but I did want to talk about a few of my favourite things as of lately:

:: lofi chill beats on YT [a live stream]
:: white, black and grey in this top. It’s been pretty much my uniform the past 1½ yrs
// drink:: this new-to-me coffee shop [I want to do those explore coffee shop posts again]
// food:: TJs mushroom risotto [pure heaven. I serve it with baked salmon + roasted broccoli]

Have a great Wednesday!

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A day in the life…

I didn’t include my husband in this day-in-the-life. I respect the fact he likes to remain internet anonymous ;) 

6:45a| The sun is starting to rise, and I hear bebs stir in his crib, hoping he’ll stay quiet and play in his crib til about 7:15 or so.

7:15a – 7:35a| He lets me know he’s had enough quiet time and starts getting loud. I nurse him, change his diaper, and put him into his clothes I set out the night before. This is SO helpful for me. The less decisions I have to make when I first get up, the better.

7:35a| I either let Alfie out of his crate then, or bring bebs into the bathroom with me so I can get changed and ready for the day. I also set my clothes out the night before, just one less thing to think about to get our morning started. I like to put on a bit of makeup in the morning, so I get myself dressed and ready too.

I bought a new foundation that I’m liking. I saw it on one of Allana’s latest YT videos. I don’t think it’s available in the USA yet. I ended up ordering it from Feel Unique. Anyway, long-winded story to say that it’s pretty great (so far I’ve only applied it using my fingers, then blending out a bit with a dampened sponge). Little one is usually in the bathroom with me too while I get ready for the day, but for the sake of blog-takin’-pics I decided to take these pictures while he was napping. 

7:45a| Carry bebs outside, let Alfie do his business, feed Alfie his medicine and start cooking his egg (he’s still on his cancer specific diet and he loves his food lol)

8:00a| Sit bebs down in his highchair and FaceTime my Mom while I start getting beb’s breakfast (could be anything from a baby oatmeal which is quick and one of his favourites, or a scrambled egg with toast and fruit on side)

8:30a| Playtime! Then diaper change before we head out. But first, a new car arrived for us! We had the Mazda 6 Signature for the week. hooray!

9:30-ish| I need to get out of the house at least once a day. So around this time I usually head out in the car with bebs and go to a library, a play-date, grocery store etc. We’re usually gone anywhere between 1-2hrs. This day we took the car out to Walmart, then I decided to take some pics of it for my Instagram (see here, and here).

11:45a| Feed Alfie his first sausage of the day. Feed bebs lunch (we usually reheat leftovers from the night before, for lunch, or something that I took out of the freezer the night before), and I start making supper for us for the evening. I feel if I leave it until it’s actually supper time to prep supper, I won’t be in the mood to cook. It’s all about being organized in the days for them to go smoothly for us.

I’m making something for supper and sprucing it up with a bit of rosemary. The planter it’s in, you can get a similar one here from Wayfair.

I definitely don’t have a green thumb, so hence the no-live-plants around but some fresh cut flowers. But love having fresh herbs for cooking in the kitchen and I enjoy putting them in a few nice looking planters rather than having them in the plastic containers they usually come in at the grocery store. Makes it feel like it’s supposed to be there, rather than it not.

12:15p| Diaper change, put bebs in his sleep sack, turn on noise machine, and nurse him for his nap. I’m surprised he went down for one. He hasn’t been napping much the last month (a change where he used to nap anywhere from 1-3hrs). Those days no nap days are always a bit more difficult.

12:35p| This is when I get some housework/blogwork etc. done. Or if I don’t feel up to doing any of those things, I literally veg on the couch with Alfie and scroll instagram for a bit. I’ll eat my lunch around this time too.

2:00p| Bebs is up, I change his diaper and we hang out in the living room for some more play time. I’ll give him a snack around this time too. He loves Bambas (they’re like peanut butter cheesies), Gerber star puffs, or mum-mum crackers.

3:00p| Alfie gets his second sausage of the day. Once he finishes that up, I get everyone suited up for a walk around the neighbourhood to get some mid-afternoon fresh air. Alfie’s pretty good walking next to the stroller, and knows the daily routine at this point.

4:30p|Alfie gets fed his “bonus” sausage and I take his sardines out of the freezer for his last meal of the day (lol he gets a lot of small meals a day).

5:00p| Supper time for bebs. After that we  sometimes hang out on the front porch and blow bubbles, or chat to the neighbours. Shortly after, then into the bath.

5:45p| prep bebs for bed after his bath. Start calming things down, cleaning up the play area, putting on relaxing music, read books with him and get him into a bedtime routine. I’ll put his pjs on at around 5:45, then put his sleep sack on, nurse him to sleep and he’ll be down at around 6:00.

6:10p| Feed Alfie his last meal of the day: sardines + pumpkin mash. Start muckin’ up a bit of supper for myself.

6:30p-9:00p| is pretty much up in the air. I’m a morning-sh0wer type of person but this evening I ended up getting one after I put baby to bed. Seriously every day is different, the day could end with me starting chores, or doing nothing at all (lol!)…depending on those energy levels I have goin’ on. But one thing I try to do each night is keep the kitchen in tip-top-tidy shape. Always always put the dirty dishes in the washer and so-on. I don’t like waking up in the a.m. with a huge chore list to tackle before I make breakfast. Making sure Alfie’s food dishes are clean and ready to go in the morning.

9:30ish| I head straight to bed. I go to bed semi-earlyish because I LOVE sleep (lol).

And that’s it! A little glimpse into what any day can look for us right now with a 12mth old. Also, huge thanks to Mazda for loaning us the Mazda 6 for the week!



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