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How to stretch your toddlers wardrobe

How to stretch your toddlers wardrobe

Let’s talk about clothes baby,

Let’s talk about brand and fee,

Let’s talk about all the good things,

And all the cuteness that may be.

(Bonus points if you can guess what song that sounds like).

Clothes, clothes, clothes. Buying new ones has always been an addiction of mine and that addiction D O U B L E D  when little E came along. Including the price tag too. Sometimes the clothes could be more pricey than something I’ve bought for myself, how is that even possible when it’s a fraction of the fabric? Fear not, you don’t need to spend a small fortune on their clothes when they just out grow them within a month. Because that is super annoying right?

Quite a few people comment on little E’s clothes and that she always looks stylish and adorable (totes blowing my own trumpet there). I obviously think she always looks on point adorable but you know you’re not just biased when others comment on it too. So, I am here to tell you one of my top secrets to Esmé’s wardrobe (not really a secret but makes it sound even more interesting haha).

B l o o m e r s — these have literally become my best friend. Esmé has about six pairs and I’d have her in them every single day if I could. They are perfect for an all year round fit, bare legs and sandals for summer, tights and boots for winter. They are stretchy so can be worn lose or a little bit tighter, meaning they get a longer wear out of them which is a win win for us parents, right?

Throw a few different style tops in to the occasion and you are on to a winner. One pair of bloomers could be used in three-four different outfit combos, it’s a given that these are a staple in little E’s wardrobe. They looked adorable when she was little and she still rocks them now.

Ive previously purchased mine from mama’s and papas, which WAS the only place I could find any until I stumbled upon the world of insta. Now, my bloomer dreams have come true. Any colour, frills, bows, you name it, it can be found. All hand made by some pretty amazing super moms. Alllll hail those moms because they make my life a whole lot easier!

I’ll list a few of my favourites just in case you want to jump on the bloomer band wagon. I absolutely recommend it, you won’t look back I promise.

@floral_threads — this one may just be my absolute favourite, I have a few different colours from here and the quality is just spot on (and the price). Check them out on  Instagram, you won’t be disappointed.

@evie.et.al — another very close, top favourite. A unique twist with lots of different fabrics for you to chose from. With gorgeously themed bloomers for all celebrations, christmas, Easter, special occasions etc. I promise you won’t regret having a peek, PLUS, the price tag is even more reasonably priced. WINNER.

@freya_lillie_ — ahhh I cannot decide my top favourite because they are all SO good! Absolutely gorgeous quality, so durable which is one you need for crazy toddlers let be honest. Again, reasonably priced with others gorgeous clothes like romoers. Which are also a massive staple in little E’s wardrobe. Check them out, you’ll thank me later.

I could go on forever but I’ve given you a fair few, amaaaazing options there. I love finding new shops that sell bloomers so any recommendations? Leave them in a comment below.

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This is not a sponsored blog post. It is based solely on my opinion and is unbiased.

Ohthatstacey

xo

Why you should have a clear out TODAY

Why you should have a clear out TODAY

Did you know that people spend FIFTY FIVE minutes a day looking for things in their home? That’s TWO WEEKS a year!!

+++ did you know that decluttering your house can reduce housework by up to 40%?!? I know I’ve caught your attention with that one because who doesn’t want to deduct their housework?

How easy is it to build up boxes/cupboards/drawers of items you don’t necessarily need or papers that you definitely don’t need to keep? Pretty easy for me anyway. I only moved into my new house two years ago and already I have managed to collect enough kit to stock a whole charity shop. Please tell me I’m not alone in this? I try to be sensible, promise.

After what feels like the thousandth time to go through EVERYTHING with the bin, give to charity and keep piles I have made a vow to myself to N E V E R let that dang junk drawer get as full again. You know what draw I’m on about right? The one where the letters go, that spare screw that you don’t know what is from goes, that set of pens, that spare crayon. The list could go on forever, whatever random thing you find that you don’t want to be left out on show ALWAYS has a home in the junk drawer. After having a clear out, I almost feel like a new woman. Opening the draw and finding what I want just at a glance, rather than having to dig through is SO refreshing! I want Pinterest worthy cupboards and drawers, so that is my goal. If you’re a Pinterest gal/pal you’ll know exactly what I mean. If not, join the Pinterest hype because you are for sure missing out my friend.

I’m not saying I put my clothes in colour order (although that sounds amazing right now), I don’t really have the spare time to be faffing around with that. BUT getting your home into order, does a whole lot of good for that little, old brain. It’s amazing really and I cannot recommend it enough.

I have always been a lover of decorative nik naks being placed around the home, but as I get older I’m starting to appreciate the minimalistic look more. I literally have big, black bag after bag after bag to dispose of AND it actually feels suuuuper refreshing and therapeutic to get rid of them all. My brain feels a little less messy, my life feels a little more in order and my home feels a lottttt more cleaner and organised. It’s a good feeling for sure. If you’re feeling like I did, a clear out should be put on to your schedule. It is more therapeutic than you may realise. I’ve found that with children, you collect SO much and before you know it your house is full to the brim of bits and bobs that you may but majority of the time, may not need.

I’m definitely not saying chuck out everything that isn’t necessary so you have a bare home, I’m all for keepsakes. I’m in the middle of organising some photo boxes/books and a keepsake storage box. I’m talking about shoes that you haven’t wore in too long, clothes that you no longer like, just sitting there waiting for you to love them again. I’ve just gave away 17 pairs of shoes, S E V E N T E E N pairs?!?!? How is it even possible to have collected that many and STILL have plenty of pairs left that I’m keeping. I didn’t realise I was such a shoe collector. And some times, that is half the problem. You don’t even realise how much you have until you organise. While clearing out the shoe cupboard, I asked myself “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?” If the answer was no, out it goes. From here on out, I am going to be keeping an eye on everything I keep and make sure that my home/life is 99% organised. Because let’s be honest, being 100% is just unrealistic and that’s okay, I’m not aiming for perfection. Just to be better.

Every. single. day. clear out something that doesn’t deserve you. Whether it be a sock with holes, a book you’ll never read or a cruddy thought. Your mind and soul will thank you for it.

Stuck on how to get started? Download my F R E E  list of what item to chuck out once a day for the rest of the month starting from today, just to make things a little easier. I know how busy all our schedules can be. Use #ohthatdeclutter19 on the world of insta, I would love to see your journeys/outcomes.

Link for the declutter list is below, just click.

ohthatdeclutter19

Happy decluttering ♡

Ohthatstacey

xo

D I Y spa night

D I Y spa night

If you’re a mom you’ll know the struggle of not only getting time to spend on yourself but also, not feeling guilty about it. When I first became a mama I made a pledge to myself that I would continue to take care of myself too. I’m not just a mom, I’m Stacey too. I vowed to never forget that.

I am pampering yourself’s biggest fan. I believe that EVERYONE should make time for themselves. Not just to take care of themselves physically but to take care of themselves mentally and emotionally. Every time I have a pamper night/day/session I feel refreshed, ready to take on the next day. So, have you had a pamper session recently? If the answer is no… Give yourself a gigantic kick up the bum and read on because this one, is for you!

Pamper sessions really can be as short/long, complex/simple as you like. DIY gives you the ability to run things exactly how you want them to. Make the most of it!

Preparation:

Get all the products that you want, if it’s just a face mask then that’s cool. You can stay simple or you can go alllll out. I recommend going all out, spoil yourself, you deserve it. I’ll link a few of my favourites below.

  1. Space eye mask from @lobellaloves. My absolute favourite, go to eye mask and so cheap too!

link: https://lobellaloves.com/collections/mind-body-soul/products/spacemask-eye-mask-for-mums?variant=38067724165

  1. Any bath bomb from the amazing Lush.

link: https://uk.lush.com/products/bath-bombs

  1. The Queen of all body scrubs from The Body Shop. It smells AMAZING and leaves your skin feeling even more amazing.

link: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/range/mango/mango-exfoliating-sugar-body-scrub/p/p000926

  1. My favourite face mask. Ever. From Temple Spa.

link: https://www.templespa.com/power-breakfast

M a k e   T h e   T i m e.

This is possibly the most important. I know it’s probably the most laughable too. Time, what even is that? I run out of it on a daily basis. BUT, if you make something a priority, you’ll have the time. Guaranteed. And you, you should be a priority for sure.

The rest is so easy to do, light some candles to set the mood. There’s just something super relaxing about sitting in a bubble bath in candle light. Give it a try, there’s no chance you won’t feel relaxed, promise.

Put some of your favourite music on. It’ll be even more of your favourite when there are no children crying in the background. I often just YouTube spa music, I know totally classy but hey, it does the job. If you’re feeling lost of what to listen to here’s what I normally go for —

Then, when you’ve set the scene and you’re soaking in the tub, put on your face/eye masks and justtttt relax. Honestly, it is just bliss and one of my absolutely favourite things to do.

I aim to do a pamper night once a week, even more times if I’m feeling adventurous. My skin, my body and my soul thanks me for it and yours will too if you incorporate one every once in a while into your busy schedules. I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to just be you, focus on you and prioritise you every now and again. You don’t need to go somewhere to pamper yourself, you can do it in the comfort of your own home when your children are fast asleep. It really is that simple.

If you’re a spa night lover like me, what are your favourite ways to achieve the perfect spa night?

Happy pampering babes. ♡

Ohthatstacey

Xo

My top five inspirational quotes

My top five inspirational quotes

I’m currently sitting on the beach after a little morning run, taking in everything around me and feeling so blessed for all that I have.

There’s been a lot of times in the past six months where I’ve felt like I’ve been pushed to my absolute limit. Like things couldn’t possibly get any worse. I’m sure we’ve all felt like that from time to time. We all have bad days/weeks/months and even years. If we say we haven’t, we must be lying.

I’m here though, I’m writing this and I am alive. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger right? If you’ve been following my blog you will know I talk a lot about trying to live a positive life. Don’t get me wrong, I have bad days as much as the next person. I get tired when my little doesn’t sleep, I get completely hangry when I’ve not eaten enough food and some days, I just want to stay in my pjs, veg out and not have to smile at anyone — hope I’m not alone on that one.

Just because I’m trying to incorporate positivity into my life, doesn’t mean that the bad days aren’t going to come. Buuuut, I’m trying to get through them with the best possible attitude I can give and appreciate more the good days AND try to get those Cheshire Cat smile days more often. And also, trying to teach that to my little girl. I want her to know that when the bad times come, because they will, she can and will get through them.

If you hadn’t already guessed, inspirational quotes are my favourite. You know, the ones you read and there’s a massive ‘D I N G D I N G D I N G’ that goes off in your head because it is EXACTLY what you needed to read/hear. If that’s not happened in your life yet, you’re definitely missing out my friend.

“Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons” has got to be my most favourite.
Not that there is anything wrong with being a pigeon BUT if you could be a flamingo, you would be, right? Not to mention that I LOVE flamingos. So much so, that I planned my little girls first birthday party around a whole flamingo theme. Dedicated. 😏
Be you. Even if that’s different to everyone else. I love fashion, but I’m not afraid to have my own style. I like what I like and if other people don’t that doesn’t matter. You should be proud of being an individual and do you best!

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right”.
How often do we not take risks because we’re afraid of the outcome? I’m trying to take hold of my life with both hands and make the most of every opportunity that comes my way, regardless of the risks. A moment of happiness is worth the risk every. single. time. Sometimes, things do go wrong BUT sometimes, things go right. So right. And if that’s not a risk worth taking then I don’t know what is.

“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald.

One of my all time favourite quotes. Teaching the world that being beautiful isn’t just about having the perfect shaped body, or the perfect hair, or on fleek eyebrows. It’s pure beauty, the only beauty that comes from the heart. Kindness, thoughtfulness and passion. The kind of beauty that we should all be striving for.

“Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside”.
Because pineapples are the bombdigity. And who doesn’t want to wear a crown? I’m going to throw out there that I like to think we all wear an invisible crown. Or at least, we all should think we do becauseeeee we is important. We don’t need a crown to show it but it would sure help us feel it.

“When something goes wrong in your life just yell “PLOT TWIST” and move on”.
This one makes me chuckle and it’s actually something I want to tell when something goes wrong just to make myself laugh. Having this sort of mentality though would be top notch positivity. I’ll try it if you do too?

Now, I know reading some quotes isn’t going to miraculously make life better BUT it sure helps. Helps to understand that life goes on and that you will get through it because everyone does. I don’t think just saying people have it worse will make you feel better about your situation. Understanding that there will be a time when you are happy again will help though. Cling on to everything that makes you happy and smile in your life so that when the bad times come you can karate chop them away… eventually. You got this babes.

ohthatstacey
xo

 

My top three go to mama hairstyles

All mamas out there will know that on most days we don’t get chance to spend very long on our hair. I L O V E trying out different hairstyles and it’s even better if I get them done in limited time. That is definitely a mom win!

I have three hairstyles that are my favourites. I try to mix things up a lot and try all different ones but these are easy, quick, and practical. If I can save five/ten minutes on my hair and still feel good then we’re on to a winner!

Hairstyle one: All hail the mighty mom bun. I think this one is probably a well known one for all mamas out there.

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Super easy, quick and definitely practical. You know when babies get into that hair grabbing stage? This is the bomb digity hairstyle for that my friends. Up and out of the way. Looks great with minimal effort, yes please!

I tie my hair in a pony, bring my two for fingers on my left hand to in front of the pony and wrap the tail over. Twist my hair around and pull my fingers out while holding with my other hand still. Then I fold it onto my head and mess it around a little bit. Secure it with a bobble and then I bobby pin in different places until I get the affect that I want. Pictures for a demonstration of the twist steps are below.

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Processed with VSCO with c1 presetYou really cannot go wrong with this one, pin your bangs back into a fringe, curl some bits and leave them out, style your bangs in and straighten them. Literally can mix it up anyway you want. Mom buns are life. Easy life.

Hairstyle two: (this may require overnight action).

I LOVE this hairstyle because you can mix it up so it looks different but is actually exactly the same. Too good to be true, right? Fear not ladies. Introducing, the some up pony? Some up some down?  Not actually entirely sure what this one is called but we’ll roll with it!

With this hairstyle you can change it up which is why I like it so much. You can have your hair curly, poker straight orrrr beach babe waves. The one that takes the least time is the beach waves, just pop your hair in French plaits the night before.

This one is suuuuper easy. You literally just grab the top section of your hair so that it is even around your whole head, making a pony with the top part of your hair and pop it into a hair tie. I like the pony to be quite high up on my head as you can see in the photos above. I then mess the top section of my hair up a tiny bit to give it a little volume.

In the top right photo I have taken a small section of the hair from the pony and wrapped it around the hair tie so that you can’t see it and just bobby pinned it in place. That’s again, just a different spin on the hairstyle. This one also has the hair out of your face a little so if you have hair pulling babies this one is also a good one, if you don’t fancy the mom bun.

Hairstyle three: (this requires overnight action)

Pop your hair into French braids the night before. As you’ve probably noticed, this is one of my favourite things to do because all I have to do in the morning is take the hair ties out, poof my hair about and ta daaa, ready for the day. Except, with this one you just add a couple of braids in the morning and it’s like a whole new look! Winnerrrrr! I’m all for easiness here.

Grab a section of hair from each side of your face, it can be as small or as big of a section as you’d like. Depending on how chunky you want your plaits to be. Plait both sections and wrap them around the back of your head so that the sections end on the opposite side of where they were plaited, pin them into place.

I like to open the plaits up a little bit and mess with the top bit of my hair to give it a bit of a natural, messy look. But this is totally variable so can be done exactly how you like it.

Sometimes I do a fishtail braid as well which looks super affective, super easy and I always get lots of compliments on it. Can’t go wrong with that really.

We’ve got to make this mom life a bit easier on ourselves. I love trying out new hairstyles so if you have any good recommendations leave them below and I’ll give them a try.

I hope this makes your crazy hair days a little more easier to manage with a little hanging off your leg! Remember my loves, you deserve some you time and to feel good about yourself too. ♡

Ohthatstacey

xo

My top alone time tips as a mama

My top alone time tips as a mama

I know, I know, you’ve probably read the title and are thinking, alone time as a mama? Does that even exist?

When I say alone time I don’t mean, a whole day or two to yourself. I mean maybe an evening when the kiddies have gone to their grandparents for the evening. Or even just when they have gone to bed. You know, that time when moms everywhere hope that is not a broken sleep night. And when that shuffle you heard upstairs is in fact just them having a dream not one stirring, about to wake up. We’ve all been there I’m sure.

Alone time even comes if you’re a lucky enough mama that your baby naps during the day. Even if it’s just an hour, that my friends is alone time and us parents have to take all of the alone time we can get. No matter how short. Alone time means me time and I’m not going to deny it. Sorry, not sorry.

I think as parents, every living minute we spend devoted to our children. Making the best, most happiest life we possibly can for them so every now and again, I feel like we have the right to be “selfish” and think about ourselves a little. Which actually isn’t selfish at all may I just add.

I do a lot of house chores when my little is awake, she enjoys helping me. So, I’m keeping her entertained, teaching her aaaand cleaning the house at the same time. Winner winner. Am I right or am I right? So, in my alone time I do things that make me happy because I sure as heck deserve it and so do YOU. I recommend giving this a try. I promise you won’t regret it. Take some time for you, no matter how small because you are important too.

Watching a favourite programme/movie of mine is one of my favourites. When do you ever get another chance to watch one uninterrupted? Never would be my answer so I take full advantage. There’s nothing quite like watching your fave movie with snacks you don’t have to share. AND without watching the same movie on repeat because your kiddie just can’t get enough of the movie trolls.

Paint my nails, fake tan, face mask. You catch my drift. If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ll know that I’m big into pampering. It’s so much better with some of your favourite music on, no crazy kids around and timeeeee. I know, I know. It’s hard to fit everything in but even if you do something different to pamper yourself each day you WILL for sure feel better about yourself.

N a p. Ohhh the holy grail of all choices. Some days, I forget everything else and just catch up on the all important z’s. There’s no shame in this for me and I enjoy every single minute. How do we expect to look after crazy little’s if we don’t properly look after ourselves?

Eat that gorgeously hot meal. How many times have you cooked yourself a meal and then had to shift your attention to your little? By the time you get back to your meal, it’s cold. And it just doesn’t taste the same once reheated. It’s no lie that I’m a MAHOOSIVE foodie so, food plays a massive part in my life. This is also one of my favourite things to do. (As you can tell, they are all my favourites because they are all as important as the other). Try it, you might just become a foodie too if you’re crazily not already.

So to all you child carers out there. Of course I’m not saying to put yourself above your child but definitely don’t put yourselves too far below. You work hard, crazy, long hours 24/7. No one can deny how hard it is and you deserve to do something/anything for you. Next time your lucky enough for your little to be sound asleep? Take some you time and don’t feel guilty. Your heart, mind and soul needs it, believe me.

Happy taking you time babes ♡

ohthatstacey

xo