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I’m not a style blogger by any means, but I am a practical woman who happens to have just had a baby five weeks ago. I’m dying to get back into my pre-baby clothes, if for no other reason than I don’t want to have to buy new sizes in everything.

A little over a month ago I was contacted by BLANQI to do a review on their new, more affordable line coming to Target stores. It’s called Bumped by BLANQI. The line features maternity and postpartum tanks that support your belly, or slim the post-baby curves.

I wasn’t brave enough to put on a sports bra and leggings and dance around for a photo demo, but I found a lovely model to do it for me.

I was brave enough to put on normal clothes and put a little make up on.

I have other maternity/postpartum tanks and honestly, I can’t get enough of them. So I was excited to try this one out and tell you about it. First, to explain what I think of it I’m going to compare it to other types of shirts I have with similar results in mind:

-I have a maternity/postpartum tank that stretches long to cover up zippers that may or may not be buttoned/zipped.

-I have belly bands that do the same thing, and maybe a bit of belly slimming, but they aren’t tank tops that go all the way up the back.

-I have nursing tanks that unsnap when I’m feeding my baby, but they aren’t real long or stretchy.

Capri jeans: Old Navy; Necklace: Banana Republic; Cami: c/o Bumped by BLANQI

The Bumped by BLANQI cami is sort of like the best of all of these. The cami swoops down below the bust line, (“low ridin”)so there’s no need to unsnap both your cami and your nursing bra. It’s long and stretchy, so even though I appear to be fitting in my pre-pregnancy size 4s, no one knows they aren’t actually buttoned or zipped. … Well, now you do.

The cami also helps me “suck it in” for pictures, without actually having to suck it in, in a good way. I mean, it’s slimming, but not restricting. It’s also very breathable, and it has a nice stay-dry design.

Big T’s Romper: Baby GAP (via consignment); Lime onesie: Baby GAP (via consignment)

Overall it’s really comfortable, and I honestly wear it almost every day. In fact, I am ordering another one in black. For just $34.99 it’s worth it for a new wardrobe staple. And since I’ll be nursing my little guy for at least a year (maybe two) it’ll come in handy when we’re out and about.

I recorded a video so you can see how it works. Big T told be he wanted to be in it but then he fell asleep right before we hit record (I didn’t bore him to death I swear). I haven’t done a video review in a long time so I was a bit rusty, my husband was uninterested, and I still haven’t managed my postpartum blog/life balance during daylight hours. All that is to say… Don’t judge.


The only criticism I have, which comes with a lot of tops made of this material, is sometimes it rolls up and doesn’t stay stretched out flat, depending what I’m wearing. It’s pretty flawless with jeans, but sometimes with yoga pants or workout clothes it’ll roll up. Still, not bad enough to keep me from buying another.

BLANQI makes two types of camis:

Both camis come in either ivory or black.

And now here’s your chance to win:

I’m giving away a BUMPED by BLANQI maternity or postpartum nursing/smoothing cami in black or ivory (your choice!), and a $25.00 Target gift card to one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Big thanks to BLANQI for sending me a cami to try out and for sponsoring this giveaway. Opinions are all mine.

I made Lil’ J a couple of St. Patrick’s Day outfits this week. A ruffle mini skirt which I need to take some photos of this weekend, and a t-shirt dress.

I added some green ruffles and buttons to the dress and decided instead of adding the clover fabric as the hem ruffle, to add it as a belt, so after the holiday we can take it off, and she can still wear the dress all spring.

I took a bunch of photos of her wearing it on our bus ride but sadly, those were lost, along with a few hundred others thanks to a crappy card reader. Anyway, she spilled water on her dress before these pictures so forgive the wrinkles.

Her bows are from Little Trends Boutique.

What were your kids sporting this week? Link up your mini mod post below and show them off!

Also, in an effort to bring my sexy back, I’m trying to stock up on modestly-hot women’s dresses. Shabby Apple is one of my favorite places to get them.

One of my readers will win a Spanish Steps Shabby Apple dress. Use the raffle copter widget in this post to enter. If you can’t see it, click on the title of this post so your page will refresh and you’ll see it. Good luck!

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Mini Mod

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Welcome to Mini Mod #10! A weekly fashion link up for the minis in our lives!

If you read my post first thing this morning… I’m sorry. I call that “drunk blogging” but without the alcohol. But I guess I was tipsy from lack of sleep and I woke up today going “now what did I say again?”

Most of it is still here but I edited my typos and added the links and photos I promised you at 3am.

I’m so proud if myself; as this week, not only did I sew Lil’ J three dresses, make her Halloween costume (and sustain severe hot glue gun burns in the process) clean the whole house (minus our room), keep it clean, make dinner (one night) and get the car’s emissions and inspection taken care of, make my family lunches every single night this week… I also did all the crap I normally do while working a full week. I’ve never felt this accomplished and I feel like Super Woman.

The only thing I haven’t been doing much of is sleeping. (Hence this blog post via iPhone in bed at 2:40am. )

If you’re following my Facebook Page at all you’ve probably seen Lil’ J wearing Halloween attire all month long to school.

Before some of you freak out about the assumed cost and waste of resources for things she’ll wear just a few times (if that) let me explain… She’s done some boutique modeling, we’ve done some thrift shopping, and I’ve made her a few things, so it’s averaged out to fantastic deals on lots of Halloween fashion. I’d be surprised if we spent more than $50 on everything.

She doesn’t quite have 31 Halloween outfits. Just enough for the 3 days a week she goes plus some things for weekends and parties. I didn’t count everything but I tried to snap a photo on my phone each day.

Here’s an iPhone collage of her Halloween Fashion. I used a cool iPhone app called Pic Collage. I think it was free, or .99 max.

I was up late making this dress for her to wear today as I knew it would be her last chance to wear it to school before the holiday is over (Monday she’ll wear her costume). I messed up a bunch at the very end and it was tragic. I almost stabbed myself to death with my thread picker. But this morning, when I put it on her, it looked cute. Mistakes looked minimal to the average eye.

Dress by Mom! Pattern from: Designs by ElliEtte

I made her a matching bow, put a long-sleeved shirt underneath, and cut her some mismatch leg warmers real quick before we got in the car since it was chilly out this morning. Hopefully I’ll be able to show off some cuter photos later once we get home to have a photo shoot. This one may be my favorite one I’ve made so far.

She wouldn’t stand still for me to take a picture so here’s a sneak peek from the back. And if you can’t wait to see it, I posted a picture of it without her in it on twitter last night/this morning.

What did your kiddos sport this week? Link up and show it off. I’ve been loving looking at your links and fashionable kiddos. This week I wanted to showcase this cutie pie, little Ari from Ari’s Journey Through Montessori.

She needs some love on this post so stop by and say hi when you get a chance. And visit other linkers in the blog hop. I visit you all too. Grab a button too if you so choose, so more people can join the Mini Mod party!

Mini Mod

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Welcome to my weekly addition of Mini Mod. Share a photo of your cutie on your blog, and share where it’s from or if you made it and link up below. Then visit other mamas showing off their little mini fashion bugs!

Top and Bottom: Gifted from China; Shoes: Cambria Laine

This week I made an appearance with Lil’ J. My friend Heidi recently went on a trip to China and brought back this adorable outfit for Lil’ J. I couldn’t wait to get it on her.

I’ve always been a huge fan of mandarin collars myself. I have a really long neck and I feel like they make my neck not appear as long.

My husband also has a long neck and we thought we’d have a giraffe baby but she came out with a perfect little neck that we could hardly see because of her triple chin. Now we can see it more but it’s still perfect, and not absurdly long like ours.

Anyway, like I said, I love mandarin collars and I didn’t realize how cute they’d look on a child. I want to find more this style for her.

My dress is from eShakti. I’m not sure if they’re still selling it but here’s one that’s similar. The standard dress had a regular collar but you can customize your dress length, sleeve type and collar type so I chose this collar for this dress and I love it. It also started sleeveless and sleeve length but I adjust it to elbow length sleeves and mid-calf length. I LOVE this site and have recently bought 4 dresses from them in the last two months and I genuinely love them all. I plan to keep buying at least two a month until I get sick of them, but I doubt that. Being 5′ 11″ it’s hard to find modest dresses in my size for be height and weight plus having sleeves, yada yada yada. I’m excited to stock my closet full of dresses again.

If you decide to check out the side and order something you can use code “BMM0811” to get $20 off until the end of October I believe. Yes, by you using that code I’ll also get a perk to use towards my next dress, so share away!

And please share your photos again this week. Link up below and I’ll stop by (sometimes it takes me a few days but I will visit) and return the favor to others who link up to blog hop.

I about died looking at all of last weeks links. Your kids are SO CUTE! I just have to show of Peyton from Baby Shopaholic this week though. Showing off her fall fashion wearing Uggs with her jean skirt. Too cute!

Baby Shopaholic

And next week I’m going to do my best to get this post up before midnight and include another Mini Mod Spotlight! Happy Friday!

Mommy's Idea

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I HATE LOVE shoes.

If you take me shoe shopping I will be bored out of my mind. With a size 11 shoe, everything either looks like it’s made for a clown, or non-existent. I was beginning to feel unwomanly thanks to my shoe demise. But that’s all changed since Lil’ J started walking about a month ago. Now have a new mission to hunt for adorable toddler shoes. And she is just as obsessed as I am.

Shoes via Immauel’s Closet; Bow via Simple Little Things

This month I got her her 3rd pair of cowgirl boots (she’s outgrown her other pairs), and some new Mary Jane style shoes with flair. She’s grown so accustomed to having something on her feet that when she doesn’t, she finds the nearest shoes and brings them to us and sits and whines until we put them on her feet. Oh, and we have to wear shoes too. She’ll bring me my shoes to put on and sit there waiting until I obey. When they’re on, she drags me to the door because then it’s time to go outside.

But it doesn’t stop there. Yesterday we ran into a store and she toddled over to the shoes. Grabbed one that was on display and tried to hand it to me to help put it on her.

I’m crating a monster.

I had always ordered her shoes by months according to the sizing on sites like Robeez or See Kai Run, but I finally figured out her feet are a size 4, while we were cruising down the shoe aisle at Walmart. I considered picking up the $10 pair of Mary Janes because they were sparkly, oh so cute, and only $10, but I said I’d search etsy first and see what else I could find.

I stumbled upon some adorable ADORABLE shoe stores, many of which I’ll be sharing with you in the near future, but the one I’m sharing today is Immanuel’s Closet.

I was posting some baby shoe sites I was finding on my facebook page when an email popped up from the owner of this store. My search for cute shoes ended right there and I died and went to shoe heaven.

Seriously, red bottom boots? Uggs? STOP IT SHUT UP!

It’s too much for me really.

Lil’ J got the Sasha pair to start with and I love them so much I took a billion photos of them. They are ivory, and very elegant, with gorgeous fluffy flowers on the end,  feather embellishments coming off the sides and a silver bead in the center. I’m amazed by the detail. So was Lil’ J because she kept trying to pull the flowers off and probably smell or eat them… Most likely eat. Luckily she hasn’t managed to destroy them yet.

Latasha, the owner of Immanuel’s Closet is as sweet as can be. She is not only a show maker but a lawyer–Go figure! Lil’ J’s shoes are made with walker soles, so they are a little more sturdy than her Robeez style, but not as thick as say sneakers or my heels.

I know some of you are looking at this going “Jennifer, what the *bleep* are you talking about? $50 for toddler shoes? You’ve lost your dang mind!” Right? Well, she has a deal I’m dying to get into. It’s her shoe of the month club. For $180 you get 12 pairs of shoes of your choice, a pair a month. Including those red bottoms you know you’ve been eying–Don’t lie. So that averages out to $15 a month. Look, I even did the math for you. You’re welcome.

I asked her what if she decides she hates making shoes in six months, but she promises me that won’t happen. I still need to ask if she accepts payments or layaway. I’ll get back to you on that.

So this is the first of several new shoes we have in our repertoire. I thought I’d change Mini Mod up this week and show off her feet. Considering how many shoes she’s been rocking lately, we’ll definitely have to do this theme again soon.

Check out this other Mini Mod diva here!

A spotlight from last week is Weather Anchor Mama and her little Princess. She’s showing off an over the top bow from Izzy’s Boutique. Be sure to stop by her blog and say hi!

What did you cutie wear this week? Link up and show me! I’ll pick another to spotlight next week!

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I’m not a morning person. At all. So when I was asked to switch from evening anchor to morning anchor on the weekends I wasn’t exactly pleased.

“It’s only temporary,” I told everyone who asked me what I thought about the new gig. “I’m doing everyone a favor while we’re short staffed.”

I had filled in for the morning anchor a few times in the past, and switched shifts from time to time so she could have a longer weekend, or so I could have an afternoon off. I never enjoyed the shift. Something about being at work at a God forsaken hour just isn’t normal. Nor should it be. Usually Saturday I’d be all pumped up on adrenalin but by Sunday, or Monday if it was a long weekend and I was working it, I wanted to die.

Giving my past feelings on the experience, I prepared to hate it.

It came time for my first shift and I prepared by stocking up on 5-hour Energy. I seriously could do a commercial for these people. It works. I know it’s probably not so good for me but I only drink about 2 and a half hours worth a day. It’s my version of coffee I guess. Anyway, long story short, it wasn’t that bad. I think being in the mindset of “I’ve gotta do this” helps, but it’s also exceptionally nice having afternoons off with my family.

Lil’ J’s romper via Sassy Sitches Boutique (closed); My shoes: Payless, Skirt and Jacket: Ross; Dress (as a shirt) via eBay

I don’t get to go to all three hours of church. I can however make sacrament meeting during my lunch–Or breakfast, rather– break. Which was my biggest worry about helping out with this shift.

Yesterday morning I woke up before 3am to get ready. I normally set out my clothes and get ready as much as I can the night before, but I had forgotten to pick out my shoes. I guess I’m more daring and care-free at 3am because for some reason I decided to grab and wear a pair of heels (which I never do).

I half expected myself to fall down the stairs while half asleep on my way out the door, but I survived.  My only stumble was over Snoop who was sleeping in the dark hallway.

I must say though, the best part about being at work at 3:30am is being done around 11:30. I came home and was able to start my day like normal. (Luckily I’m not working today, so I can do that).

Today when I came home from work I asked my husband to take a couple of photos of Lil’ J and I before I changed. I brag about being the queen of frumpy, but I wanted to have proof that sometimes, I do look decent. I take so many photos of her and want more photos with her, but setting up the tripod and using my camera remote isn’t always convenient. He’s agreed to help me out so long as we’re fast.

Afterward I ate some lunch, took a nap with Lil’ J, then went out to take more photos with her at a park.


I hate to admit it but I’ve re-learned a classic life lesson. Don’t knock it ’til you try it. Of course this doesn’t apply to dangerous things like crack or murder; but with a new shift at work, I think it applies.

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08
2011

Wedding do-over?


Why can’t I stop looking at wedding dresses?

Part of it is probably because I’ve been watching TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress almost daily since the birth of my daughter.

Or maybe it’s because deep down I’m wishing my wedding was bigger and better than it was. I mean, back then all I wanted was to marry my husband. We didn’t care about a big wedding or a reception. I rented my gown and had a small open house. From engagement to wedding it was exactly two months. My parents weren’t supportive and didn’t help with the bill. Now of course we are all past that now so I won’t go into it. The point is, all of a sudden I’m a bit wedding obsessed.–Six and a half years late.

I wasn’t that girl who had planned out her wedding from childhood. I knew I wanted a pretty, unique dress, a hot husband, and a temple marriage, and I got all three. But now that I’m older, and perhaps a little more vain, I’m longing for a more fantasy, and special day.

I was at work and reading a news story about someone celebrating their anniversary in a big way when it hit me–We should do a vow renewal! But when? I’d love to do it on our 10 year anniversary when I have more of a chance of retaining my small figure, and youthful looks. My husband says we should tack on another 10 years to my reserved date. After all, our 10 year anniversary is in just three and a half more years. Perhaps we’ll compromise and do a 15 year celebration. Either way, I’m already dreaming about it.

To be honest, I never, EVER browsed wedding dresses, except for right before my wedding. It’s weird. I’m obsessed with wedding dress shows, but my taste in wedding dresses is so picky I rarely seek them out because rarely does a particular designer catch my eye.

Until now.

If you know me, you know I’m a Disney fanatic, the biggest fanatic in the world. So when I discovered the Disney Bridal Collection last week I nearly cried. Designed by Alfred Angelo, these gorgeous princess-inspired gowns are all under $1200.

$1200? I know, that’s freaking expensive. But for some reason my heart leaped for joy when I saw the price tag. Probably because I’m used to seeing the $10K budgets the rich girls have on my TLC shows, and that’s just for the dress! Whenever I see a woman walk in to Kleinfield talking about a $1,500 budget I laugh and think “Honey, you’re at the wrong store.”

Before I go on let me just say I’m this isn’t a sponsored post or anything of that sort, just a truthful, 100% honest obsession with this Disney find from a Disney princess fanatic.

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I wore an A-line dress at my wedding, but I’ve been dying to try on a mermaid style. I never did and I wish I would have known how it would look on me. This Ariel dress would bring me full-circle from my Little Mermaid Halloween costume I rocked in kindergarten. This gown aint a costume though.

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The taffeta on Sleeping Beauty’s gown is a dream. I want to put this on and just twirl around and shake it. It’s enormous, and I love that, but I also know I don’t wear poofy too well.

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Which is why I’m also a little unsure about the Cinderella dress. I love it. Love the sparkle, and that it’s truly the classic princess dress. But when I was trying on dresses for my wedding this is exactly what I thought I wanted. A huge tulle dress. Actually I think I wanted satin. I wore a huge white tulle dress for prom (I know right? What was I thinking?) and though I looked good in it, the same idea for my wedding just wasn’t working. We kept adding more and more layers because I thought if it got just a little bigger I’d love it. But nope. Instead, when we let it down to a regular a-line I fell in love.

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Now I look back at picture though and think SNORE! Sadly, that’s kind of the feeling I get when I look at the Jasmine gown. I love her in the movie (#2 on my list) but I’m not a huge fan of the bridal gown. It’s a little too nightgownish for me, and simple. I want WOW!

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I love dropped-waist gowns. The Belle is so beautiful. I really love this dress. The crystal corset is ravishing–As Mrs. Potts would say (correction–I just remembered it was Ms. Armoire not Mrs. Potts who said this). And I like the cap sleeves on it.

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The Tiana gown is the other dropped waist gown I love. It’s got a sexy princess look, it’s asymmetric and beautiful! Plus Tiana is one of my favorite princesses so I have a natural connection to this one.

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And finally the Snow White down. She is probably my least favorite princess but I like her essence they captured in this gown. The satin sash and little flower details throughout are classic and just the right touch of nature.

I honestly love them all (ok, minus the Jasmine one) and I’m trying to think of what story I can make up so I can go to a local bridal store and try all of these on. I guess I could tell them I’m planning my anniversary celebration, and just omit the year.

I’m not sure if these will still be my taste in 3.5-13.5 years or if I’ll finally have grown out of my lifelong princess fantasy. I just can’t help but think that a decade after my first wedding in a castle, a second wedding (to my same husband) in a Disney castle would be the perfect way to celebrate.

I was never a fan of skinny jeans. They just looked so tight and restricting. I’ve always been one to enjoy a pair of boot legs, or flairs. Lately the more I see them on people (mostly the women) the more I wish I could wear them.

They look so skinny.

I saw some skinny jeans (or jeggings, whichever you want to call them) for babies for $3 at Walmart and bought them in every color her size.

Walmart Jeggings: $3.50; Hair Bow c/o Mother Goose Collections

Even with her thunder thighs she looks so adorable in them. They’re–dare I say–Flattering?

My eight month old has inspired me once again. I’m making a mini goal to get a pair for myself. My first pair of skinny jeans. I’ve never even tried them on! I’ve been too scared. But now I want to find the perfect pair. Preferably some that don’t expose my pudgy postpartum stomach, give me a muffin top or a flat booty, and that don’t cost $100. 

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Express is usually my go-to place for jeans so I guess I’ll start there. Though I’ll probably cry because the last time I bought clothes there I was at least two sizes smaller.

If anything, even if I don’t look it, maybe they’ll at least make me FEEL skinny. Even if they are size… Well, we won’t go there.

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