Hair by Aly Thayer 

A couple weeks ago I was feeling adventurous. So when Michael had a weekday off he took the baby for a few hours and I headed over to my girlfriend, Aly’s hair salon. I wanted to try something new – which if you know me is big because I have had the same haircut since I was eleven.
Aly cut off about four inches, balayage my hair, and to top it off- I got bangs. Let me just tell you, I LOVE it!! Aly is so talented. She was super honest about the limits of my hair as far as color went. Her priority was setting realistic expectations and keeping my hair healthy. She told me sometimes she gets clients in who want drastic color changes and she isn’t afraid to say no. In my opinion, that is so important! I have a relative who’s hairdresser just wanted to get paid. She didn’t look out for the hair’s best interest (okay that felt weird typing, but it’s real) and this relative’s hair started falling out!! They literally fried it after years of excessive dye jobs.
The salon, Salon West, was also precious. It had a totally Nashville feel. There was hardwood and exposed beams, which is such a trendy look right now. The “dry bar” was super hip and industrial looking. Overall it made me feel cool, but still totally welcomed. If you need your hair done, do yourself a favor and contact Aly! Check out her Instagram to see some of her latest hair wins (and cute belly bump pictures)! Or you can click here to drop by her website. She has a killer portfolio and some helpful hair tips on her blog! Let her know I sent you over too. I want her to know I’m bragging on her, she deserves it!

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DIY Christmas Wreath

Yesterday Sophie and I were hanging out when she mentioned that Christmas was about to explode in her house. Less than an hour later we found ourselves trying to balance car seats and handfuls of Christmas decor on the tiny carts provided by Hobby Lobby. (Seriously, why are they so small?) I won’t lie, it was by far the most stressful joint shopping trip we have ever been on! Nolie’s allergies from the dust and glitter in the air were killing her, both girls refused to sit in their seats, and I dropped at least a dozen items. Don’t worry nothing broke. Then when we went to check out things got even crazier. Sophie was finished checking out first so she asked if I would keep Mia next to me while I checked out and she would go grab the car. Great plan right? Except I accidentally handed her my wallet to take with her and so I had to chase after her, both babies screaming at me. I ran back, covered in sweat and judgment from the long line behind us. It was delightful. However, when we got home we had everything we needed to make the perfect Christmas wreaths!

Originally we were just going to buy pre made wreaths, but when we finally found the wreath aisle we changed our mind! A preassembled wreath was averaging $129! That is insane. So I suggested we make our own. Sophie loved the idea, Christmas products were 50% off today, and I am all about craft days. It was a complete win!  Here is what I bought, the price per item, and the total cost. The only thing not listed are three or four ornament hooks Sophie gave me. (I don’t have Sophie’s receipt. However, I assume she spent about the same. Her wreath is smaller, but she overall has more expensive ornaments on hers). 

 

Supplies: 

  • Christmas Wreath ($12.99 // 50% off) $12.50
  • Squirrel Ornaments ($6.99 // 50% off) $3.49
  • Wooden Letter ($11.99 // 50% off) $5.99
  • Santa Ornament ($5.99 // 50% off) $2.99
  • Branches ($1.59 // 50% off x 3) $4.77
  • Gold Acorns ($0.99 // 50% off x 4) $1.96
  • Porcupine Ornament ($2.99 // 50% off) $1.49

Total wreath cost: $33.19

 

We started by weaving in the branches with berries. Sophie chose a more realistic red berry while I went with gold. Next we placed our last name initials since they would be a focal point. Sophie fastened hers with metals hooks. I used the malleable wire branches to secure mine. Then we used the wire hooks to secure our ornaments to the wreath bases. It took less than an hour! It was beyond simple and I saved a tiny bit under $100! Plus, it was exactly what I wanted.

It was such an affordable wreath option and a new bestie holiday tradition! als, the   ornaments are not permanently placed so next year I can just replace what I want! I could even decorate per holiday if I wanted to. I hope you give it a try and then tag me (@wifetalk) so I can see what you’ve created! Have fun!






First Time Homeowners

October 27, 2017 Michael and I bought our very first house together! It is beyond adorable. I feel so blessed! We now own 1800 sq ft of blank canvas to build our lives on. (Plus Michael’s workshop. He’s very very excited about that). I love the backyard, the location, and the giant windows! It is such an amazing house. We have had a roller coaster of a ride. We started casually looking several months ago, but every time we thought we found the perfect house we either got outbid or inspections revealed massive issues. One house needed easily $30,000 in basic repairs before we even touched aesthetic remodeling! It started to become very disheartening. However, two of my girlfriends, Sophie & Brittany, kept saying the same thing. “God has the perfect house for you”. Even though I knew it was true, it was still frustrating spending hours and hours looking up and visiting houses.

However, now looking back I can definitely say it was worth the wait. In today’s market buying house is tough! We were so lucky to have the experience we had. The sellers of our house chose our bid because of a letter we attached talking about who we are. They actually asked to meet us at one of our inspections. We had a great time walking around the property as they explained how to care for the pear & fig trees, where their boys liked to play, and other personal details. The wife even knitted our baby girl a pink blanket! It was such a relief to have people so friendly. They even supplied us with boxes to move in! As we were getting to know them I couldn’t help but think about how right my friends were! It felt like this house was meant to be. Especially when we got a call from our real-estate agent, my momma. The mortgage company had called to ask her if we wanted to go down to their office in Hendersonville, or if we wanted to meet in Mount Juliet. The agent said that he usually went to a local cafe. He asked my mom if we thought we would be able to find a Billy Goat Cafe… He was totally unaware that Michael and I had met there when I was 15 years old. What a perfect place to sign our names on this new stage in life! I thought that was unbelievably cool.
After we got our new keys we picked up seven gallons of paint (I can’t wait to do before and after pictures) and headed to the new house. That afternoon our friend Carrie, of SwakPhotography , (you may remember her from our style shoot) came over to document our first afternoon in our first home. We had so much fun taking pictures and laughing at Nolie’s many expressions.
I am so grateful for everyone who helped us make this happen! We had a great team and I would totally recommend using them. We used Josh from US Bank (Mount Juliet branch) and Heidi Nanto, my mom, as a real-estate agent. I would love to connect you if you would like! Enjoy some of these precious photos of our family and new home!
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Clothing Details:
Me- Shirt: Banana Republic // Jeans: Lucky // Boots: Lucky // Cardigan: The Limited // Ring: Tiffany & Co
Michael- Shirt: J.Crew // Jeans: Lucky // Shoes: Sperry // Watch: Fossil // Belt: Fossil
Nolie- Shirt: Janie & Jack // Jeans: Old Navy // Shoes: Baby Gap // Bow: Janie & Jack
Rug: Target

Trunk or Treat 2017 

Last night we went to Nolie’s first trunk or treat at the Hermitage Church of the Nazarene (the new church we’ve been attending the past few months). It was a serious blast!! We met up with Sophie and walked around with our… wait for it… matching “bestie bees”. Cuteness overload! Thank you Target for supplying these precious costumes. 
It’s beyond crazy to me that next year they will be waddling around with their baskets, collecting candy. I’m so excited for that season of life, and yet so terrified by how fast everything is going. When I was pregnant every day felt extra long while I was waiting to meet my girl. Now I feel like I blink and a month has screamed by! What’s happening!? 
Anyways, I’m loving this fall weather and also having Sophie and our Mia girl back in town! Enjoy some beyond precious photos below & comment with your favorite baby costumes.  

// overalls: American Eagle // sweater: Ensemble Nashville // boots: Lucky // watch: Fossil 

// Nolie’s bee costume: Target 

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.

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)