Baby Wipe Comparison

When we found out we were pregnant I remember standing in the baby aisle staring at over half a dozen brands of baby wipes and feeling overwhelmed. To you that may seem incredibly trivial, however, to a soon to be first time mom it seemed like a monumental decision.

Now that my hormones have slowed down I realize that choosing a wipe brand truly isn’t a life or death situation. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t developed an opinion! I have tried several brands and here is what I think of them.

Honest Company (72 count for $4.99)

The Honest Company Wipe is definitely my favorite. One thing I love about these wipes is that they are textured. I feel like that makes it a little easier for some cleanup jobs. These wipes also have the prettiest packaging- I know in the grand scheme that means nothing. However, I love it! Lastly, the Honest Company wipes are entirely plant based. The biggest drawback though is the price. This is the most expensive wipe I have tried.

Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes (64 count for $2.42)

This is my second favorite wipe! I have so far only used the “sensitive” line. There are a few other options within that brand though.  One great thing about the pampers wipes is that there is a reward code system (though, admittedly, it takes a ton of points for small rewards).  They are thicker than other wipes i’ve tried, stay moist, and the packaging is a good quality.

Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes (64 count for $2.42)

Like the Honest wipes, these were also textured. They were also the thinnest wipes. However, I don’t think that necessarily effected the performance of the wipe.  It still worked better than the Target brand. I just preferred the thicker wipes. This brand also has several other “types” under the Huggies brand name.

Up & Up Unscented Baby Wipes (72 count for $1.59)

Overall this is my least favorite brand so far. The top of the plastic container pops off if you hit it even the slightest. I have knocked the lid off and spilt all the wipes out twice just this week.  Also, the wipes as a whole are rather dry and each individual wipe is thin. It is the best deal financially, however the few cents it saves isn’t worth sacrificing quality. (And honestly, you have to use more per diaper so I don’t think it actually saves money).

Babyganics Unscented Baby Wipes (400 count for $14.99)

These wipes were nice because they were also plant based. However, unlike the Honest Co wipes, these had zero texture. They also felt more on the thin side. The smallest package you can buy of these wipes (at Target) is the 400 count box. However, that makes it within half a cent per wipe in comparison to the individual packages of Pampers and Huggies (not the value packs). Also, Babyganics does regularly  offer coupons in the Target Cartwheel app!

Anyways, I hope that this information is helpful to you. Hopefully you’re not stressing the small things like I was! Feel free to comment below what your favorite brand is and why!


* Pricing based on Target’s standard price, with no coupons.

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StyleBee’s 10×10 Challenge Recap!

Yesterday marked day ten of the ten-day closet challenge that I attempted after one of my blogger friends, Bailey, asked me to try it with her! It was a fun little adventure. In some ways it made my life easier. With limited choices, choosing what I’m going to wear went a lot quicker. However, it also meant that when the baby spat up on me and then I accidentally spilled spaghetti sauce when I was making dinner, I had limited choices in what to do.  Right now this isn’t a very feasible long term option. In this season of life I need to have back up clothes on back up clothes on back up clothes.

That said, so far the biggest thing I would’ve changed about my clothing choices would’ve been my shoes! I wanted to choose shoes that I thought would go well with my outfits, but let’s be honest, I’m a mom and choosing a pair of heels was so impractical. I mean, yes,  I got to wear them to church. But besides that when do I actually need to wear heels unless it’s date night? So it’s safe to say I definitely missed my Birkenstocks, but I am surprisingly happy that I utilized some of the less loved shoes in my closet.

One thing that I realized from this challenge is how versatile my closet can be. I went outside of my comfort zone, as the StyleBeee blog challenged, and choose a cotton skirt that I haven’t worn in three years. It was fun to get to use it again. It felt good to take advantage of what is in my closet.

This has been a fun experience! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who asks. Here is a peek of what I have been wearing the past few days. Thank you so much Bailey for challenging me! This was a fun thing to do with you and Laura Beth. If any of you decide to try this please tag me that I can follow along with your experience!

((All of the clothing brands and sizes worn are listed in my original post, here. The jewelry is a mix of a fossil watch and an assortment of rings & a pendant necklace from Tiffany & Co. The bracelets are from my MOPS group and the chunky black necklace is from the clearance table at Franchesca’s- $9 what what!! The black purse wallet is from Michael Kors. It is several seasons old, but it is a classic shape and they have an almost identical bag in sock today. The blurred out black bracelet was from Kate Spade’s 2016 cat themed novelty line, which isn’t being sold anymore!))

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DIY Headband Frame

Reason five million why little girls are the best: the hair bows. I never knew how exciting buying hair bows could be until one morning Michael, my husband, pointed out that I have dozens! This immediately got my mind turning on a more efficient way to store them. At first I searched online for places to buy what I wanted. However nothing was just right! The only products that came close were incredibly expensive.

    
So, earlier last week I decided I finally wanted to just make a bow holder for my sweet baby girl. I headed down to Goodwill to find a frame to use as the base. I found the perfect frame, it was huge and only $5.99 (I’m going to list the rest of the costs at the end of this post). Then I ran over to Joann’s to look for some paint brushes, as well as ribbon and white clothes pins. (I knew I already had white chalk paint and flowers at the house).

    
When I got home from all my errands I opened my trunk to see that when the Goodwill man put the picture frame into my car, he accidentally broke the frame. I was super disappointed, but I also didn’t want to give up on the frame quite yet. It was so so close to perfect! Unfortunately I tried fixing it before asking for my husband’s advice. This just in – do not try and dump an entire tube of gorilla glue into a picture frame to try and fix a crack. Apparently it expands, making it nearly impossible to fit back together.

    
Anyways. We decided to put the project aside for the night and start fresh in the morning. Friday morning we woke up, showered, and headed to Lowes. Michael helped me pick out my own hand staple gun and the staples I needed. ((Side note: I LOVE my hand staple gun. Everyone needs to have one! I will include a picture of the packaging, it made it so easy to use. There was a list of brands and what size staple was compatible. I felt like it was super user friendly! This is a total win in my book. I’m literally planning new projects just so I can use it).

 

When we got home we took the frame and pulled out the original artwork, scraped out the gorilla glue, and laid it out over a piece of plastic. Then we stapled all of the four corners together. It was really nice having Michael hold it together so that I could have both hands on the staple gun. After everything was stapled it still didn’t look incredibly stable. So Michael filled in the seams with liquid nail for better adhesion. We had to let it dry for an hour, but then came back and caulked over the seams for a more finished look. Now we were FINALLY back to where I thought I would be when I got home the day before.

Next I cleaned up my area — it was messy from scraping off dried gorilla glue. Then grabbed my chalk paint and brushes and got started painting! After my first layer I let it dry for about two hours and then did a second coat. It made all the difference! Then THAT had to dry. This project had a lot of waiting, something I really am not fond of!

    
When that had finally dried I set about to attach the ribbon which would serve as the “clotheslin” to pin the fabric headbands onto. I really wasn’t exactly sure how to approach it, so we went with trial by error. First I measured the length across the frame, adding in a little extra so I could attach on either side. The main things I had to keep in mind were making it secure for everyday use, flat so it hung against the wall, and loose enough that you could fit a clothespin.

     
I also knew I wanted three rows, spaced evenly. That said, I did need a little buffer at the top. I ended up (going from top of the frame down) marking at inches • 11 inches • 19 inches • 27 inches. That way there was an even 8 inches under each ribbon for the hanging headbands, as well as a three inch boarder along the top.
I marked both verticals sides of the frame with a pencil at the above mentioned lengths. Then stretched the ribbon across, matching the top line of the ribbons along the tick marks, and used my handy new stapler to secure it in place. At this point I started getting really excited!! It was seriously coming together. Now all I had was the aesthetic aspect.

     
In Nolie’s closet I had leftover flowers from two other projects – her mirror and statement piece. I pulled those apart (they come in preassembled flower bunches) and plugged in the hot glue gun. Five minutes later- I finally had my perfect headband holder!! I’m so thrilled with how it came out!

     
If I hadn’t run into the broken frame fiasco, my out of pocket costs would have been right at $22. That’s seriously not bad at all! However I did have to spend another $22 at Lowes. That brings me to a total of about $44, which I’m honestly happy with because it is exactly what I wanted.
That said, I already have realized I need even more bow storage. So I will keep you updated on what I decide to do! Stay tuned and feel free to tag me in your DIY pursuits! I love getting new ideas or seeing people’s twist on my ideas.

        
SUPPLIES LIST & PRICING

Goodwill:

  • Frame $5.98

Joann’s:

  • Ribbon $5.99
  • Clothespins $3.49 x 3
  • Paint Brushes $5.99

(I used two 50% off texts coupons on clothespins and one 50% off online coupon for the ribbon- did you know that you could mix online and text coupons! It’s the bomb! So I actually spent less than that).

          
Lowes:

  • Arrow Staple Pack $5.98
  • Bostitch Hand Staple Gun $14.98

Already owned: 





Ps: don’t forget to check in Sunday to see how my StyleBee  10×10 challenge is going! 

StyleBee’s 10×10 Challenge: A New Momma’s Take on a Limited Wardrobe

 

A few days ago one of my “blogger babes” friends, Bailey (author of the blog Little Pile of Good Things), challenged my friend LB (author of blog LB in the City) and I to join her in a 10×10 Challenge! This challenged was created by blogger Lee Vosburgh of Canada, who writes an eco-minded style blog about reducing consumerism and focusing on supporting brands with good ethical standards. The blog, StyleBee, has an ongoing challenge that is composed by the following guidelines:

  1. PICK ANY 10 ITEMS FROM YOUR CURRENT CLOSET
  2. STYLE THOSE ITEMS INTO 10 DIFFERENT LOOKS
  3. USE 10 DAYS TO DO IT
  4. HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY!

 

Here are some tips she blogged about to help get you started!

  1. Check the forecast and pick practical items for the weather.
  2. Don’t give yourself too much time to choose. Try to make the call in under 30 mins. But if you need more, that’s cool too!
  3. Go for an easy, lean colour palette. Think neutrals, denim, white, black and grey with 1 or 2 colours.
  4. Reach for your favourites first and then add one or two pieces you’d like to wear more or aren’t sure about.
  5. Avoid Dry Clean Only items or pieces that are a pain to launder so if need be you can refresh them during the 10 days.

 

At first I was pretty excited, however I started to get nervous! I wasn’t sure how I was going to maneuver a limited wardrobe in this season of life. A season full of baby drool, spit up, and nursing bras. However, I really wanted to try. In her post, Lee specifically says this challenge is for someone in one of the following categories and I definitely felt like I fall in several of those!

  • Take a break from shopping.
  • Reinvest in their existing closet.
  • Test their style creativity.
  • Make their closet work harder.
  • Find a better sense of personal style.
  • Test out a capsule closet.
  • Establish a couple of go-to uniforms.
  • Pack for a trip. 10 x 10 Challenges are ideal for travellers looking to pack lighter.

 

I am so excited to start. I just finished picking out my ten pieces-  2 pairs shoes, 2 skirts, 1 pair jeans, and 5 tops. The 10×10 challenge includes core pieces, but not accessories like scarves, jewelry, bags, or hats. I will say that the challenge does include sweaters, but I may cheat on that. Right now our forecast is all in the 80’s so I am not choosing any for my ten items… However, if it decides to be unpredictable and fickle, as weather in Nashville does, I may grab one!

Feel free to join in at anytime, there doesn’t have to be a specific start date! I would love to be inspired by your choices. This is going to be an interesting (possibly reoccurring) adventure. I hope you tag me if you decide to try so I don’t miss it! You can also tag the creator of this challenge with either  #StyleBee10x10 or #UnFancyRemix . 

 

Have fun! And wish me luck. 

 

// tops: Banana Republic White Tshirt (size XS), Old Navy Forest Green Tank (size S), Banana Republic White Button Down Tank  (size S ), One Clothing Grey Graphic T (size S), & Maurice’s Grey Graphic T (size S)

// jeans: Lucky Brand (size 24) 

// skirts: Bannana Republic (size 0 Petite) & Forever 21 (size S)

// heels: Lucky Brand (size 7.5) 

// flats: Maden Girl (size 7.5) 
 

 

A Step Towards Healing 


Monday morning we woke up and saw the terrible news about Las Vegas. My heart ached for the victims and their families who’s lives were changed forever. One of my most favorite people ever is staying with her husband on the strip in Las Vegas while the band he tours with has taken up residency there. Even though she was safe, I couldn’t help but spend my morning thinking about if her and her sweet new baby had been in the line of fire.  

 
Before my baby girl was born I worked for a lady who goes to church with my dad. My job primarily consisted of dropping things off to various offices around Nashville and picking up signed invoices. Now with the baby I don’t have time to do that very often, but still do a couple a times a month. Monday was one of those days. As I drove I flipped through stations on the radio. My heart broke as I heard the body count rise and as people shared their stories. I stopped for a while on one of my preset stations for a Christian radio show. The man was talking about learning to heal after tragedy. I listened briefly, but was still feeling incredibly emotional as I pulled into the office I was visiting- a pediatric dentists office. It hurt me to think that the people effected had moms that love their children as much as I love my baby.  

 
It felt like I walked into the office with a grey cloud looming over me. I quietly unloaded the product and brought it inside, completely stuck in my own head. As I walked in a little boy, maybe three or four, walked up to me without saying a word. He followed me around with huge eyes. His grandmother asked if he was bothering me and I replied he wasn’t. I asked the little boy if he wanted to help. He gave me a shy smile and without a word followed my every instruction. As we quietly arranged the product I brought, I couldn’t help but smile. Here was this little boy unaware of the evils of this world, unaware that our skin was a different color, unaware of the concept of selfishness. He only had honest curiosity and a desire to help. When I finished I gave him a quarter I had on me to “pay” him for his hard work. As I walked back to the car I realized that a tiny piece of my heart had been healed. I had been touched by this child’s genuine desires.

  
When I got home I scooped up my baby to kiss and to love. She smiled up at me with complete trust and adoration. I made one of her toys dance above her head and she laughed. And again, a tiny piece of my heart healed.  

 
Half an hour later we went to brunch at a house favorite, Monells at the Manor. The seating is set in communal fashion. When we arrived our table was empty, but soon an older couple joined us. After a few awkward minutes we had engaged them into a lively discussion of my love of bread. The jokes soon turned to conversation and we learned where they were from, what they did for a living, that she was retired Navy, and more. Soon, as all things seem to do lately, the conversation turned to politics. We agreed on some things, disagreed on others. However, more importantly than that- we all listened, we all shared, and we all respected each other. No one flung mud. No one stooped to cursing or name calling. We just had a conversation. (I am a big fan of conversations over meals. I think food brings people together and softens hearts. There is something unifying about sharing a meal with a person. It puts the participants on equal ground. I think there are tons of biblical examples of that). 

 
As we left that table I felt my heart get lighter. It gave me faith in honest conversations and respectful listening. I sat in thought as we drove on to our next destination. I recounted the events of the morning from my heartbreak to the current moment. I realized that I was still terribly sad for the victims of Las Vegas, and I was still mourning the wickedness around me. However, the authenticity of a child, the love and innocents of my baby, and the intelligent debate I had participated in had changed my perspective from that of the early morning. I had found some good and it was healing.  

 
As we go about the next weeks I hope we all pray for all of those suffering, wether from unexplained violence, natural disasters, or ignorant hate. However, I also encourage you to live in your moments. Don’t miss the small things that quietly heal our hearts and brighten our world if we let them. 

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love”
                                  — J. R. Tolkien 

“Pink-A-Boo” 

Having a baby girl is amazing for a thousand reasons… but one huge one is the adorable clothes! It’s like having a little doll to dress up everyday. (But with a lot more drool). Luckily my sweet girl doesn’t mind all the bows and frills. In fact, when she is bored I just change her outfits and put her in front of the mirror and she stares with wonder! It’s so cute to watch her realize that it’s herself in the mirror every time. 

My current favorite outfit is one of her pajama sets by Kate Spade. I think the soft pink and white make her look so cuddly! 


I also love the detailing. There are pink bows on the sleeves and then adorable ruffles on her cute booty.  It’s so precious!! The shirt reads “pink-a-boo” and the pants have clouds and sheep.  This is definitely one that I’ll keep for her to pass on to her future daughter.  


She’s just too cute not to post a hundred pictures of! Hopefully this adorable, smart girl has brightened your day! 


//Pajama Set: Kate Spade // Doll: Target // Pillow: Target // Bow: Carters 

The New Blog in Town

I absolutely love lifestyle blogs. They are filled with genuine thoughts, fun projects, and pretty things. Who wouldn’t love that?! Recently one of my girlfriend’s from Trevecca started her very own blog, LB In the City.

It’s sparkling new, and yet I am already obsessed with it. Incredibly trendy, stylish photos, and fun content! You all HAVE to check it out! (Especially her charming bio! It makes you want to be her bestie). Last week she posted about some boutique finds. Her post included links and prices to everything she was wearing. It was so fun! I can’t wait to follow her adventures around Nashville.

So seriously… Check it out!!

 

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