Beauty & Fashion

Maternity Top After Pregnancy

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Margot’s Outfit: Pom Pom Ice Cream Sweater Leggings

Colette’s Outfit: HeadbandOnesieLeggings

Mama’s Outfit: Cold Shoulder Top Jeans

It’s frustrating to buy maternity clothes when you only wear them for about five months… if that. My first pregnancy I bought all the pregnancy clothes. I thought I would need them, but in reality, I didn’t wear all of them that often. With my second pregnancy, I bought a few essentials but didn’t purchase many. Partly it was because I had some left over from the first, but also because I was pregnant during the winter months (cue all the big comfy sweaters).

One thing I tried to do with this pregnancy was find maternity clothes that I could also wear post-pregnancy. A few things didn’t quite fit right after I lost that big old bump, but one of my favorite items was a long sleeved cold shoulder pink ruffle top from PinkBlush. It fit perfectly during pregnancy and now that my daughter is here and the bump is gone, it still fits just great.

Although this top is currently out of stock, I’ve linked a similar option to check out, and it’s only $24. Happy shopping!

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Baby · Life At Home

Sink Baths with Aveeno

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Word to the wise for all you pregnant mothers out there reading this; sink baths will change your life.

The other day I realized two things. The first is that this little girl is two, and only has a limited number of sink baths left in her life. Soon enough she will not be able to fit in this sink and enjoy this cozy little kitchen environment for her baths.

The second thing I realized is that a bath in the kitchen sink is so much easier for this pregnant mama than a normal bath. I don’t have to awkwardly bend over while my ever-growing belly runs into the side of the tub. This has been so much easier on my back, and sometimes while she’s playing in there I can even get things done around the kitchen. That’s what I call a win-win.

Another win-win is Aveeno. We’ve been using Aveeno baby wash and shampoo, as well Aveeno baby daily moisture lotion and absolutely love it. The baby wash and shampoo blend natural oat extract into a rich lathering wash that cleans without drying. It’s so gentle on skin and hair and leaves a soft fresh baby smell that I simply cannot resist.

Aveeno’s baby lotion helps to soothe and protect my daughter’s delicate skin. It is naturally nourishing and the non-greasy formula absorbs quickly. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and is so gentle for daily use. My daughter’s skin has never been smoother.

I know my daughter won’t stay little forever, so I am enjoying these beautiful moments while I still can.

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Thank you to Aveeno for sponsoring today’s post and for always having the best, quality products for parents to use on their babies! All content and opinions are that of my own!

Life At Home

#BringJoyHome with Joy Cones

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I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with Joy Cone to give one lucky winner the chance to win an ice cream date with their best friend! Joy Cone is giving away 1 box of waffle cones, 1 box of waffle bowls, 1 box of cake cones, a $50 Visa gift card (for ice cream), and a selection of BoDean’s toppings! All you need to do is hop on over to my Instagram account @brittalivengood and complete the following steps to enter to win!

  1. Tag your best friend (you can tag up to 3 people for additional entries) on the post on my Instagram profile
  2. Like my Joy Cone picture on Instagram
  3. Follow @brittalivengood and @joyconeco on Instagram

Let’s face it, nothing is better than ice cream! So head on over to my Instagram and enter the giveaway today. Offer ends July 2 at 9PM EST.

Good luck!

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Life At Home

It’s Okay To Get A Little Wet

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Well it’s official. My daughter is obsessed with being outdoors. She loves going for walks, playing in the yard, but most of all chasing our dog around.

Today it was raining. We needed to let the dog out. I thought, “There is no way she’ll be out for long in this weather”.

Oh how wrong I was. She loved it. But I guess rain is more fun when you’re 1 than when you’re almost 30. We walked from the front yard to the back yard, waved at neighbors, dogs and cars driving by, and of course splashed in puddles. The entire time I watched those cute little pigtails run around, I couldn’t help smiling and enjoying myself despite the cold, dreary weather.

Today Margot reminded me it’s okay to go outside when it’s raining, to jump in puddles when you’re an adult, and to embrace the messy weather. I’ll always be there reminding her that I have an umbrella if she wants to stay dry, but she’ll always be there reminding me that sometimes it’s okay to get a little wet.

 

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Baby · Life At Home

#Momlife for Non-Mom’s

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#Momlife. It’s a phrase I’ve found myself saying a lot lately.

My daughter is a little over a year and a half old. She literally never stops moving. She’s constantly climbing up and down on the couch, chasing the dog, and getting into every cupboard or drawer in our house. It is truly like a mini tornado running around my house, and I feel like I constantly am putting away tupperware and collecting all my tampons off the floor. So many times I think to myself, “this is my life now”, or simply just… #MOMLIFE.

The other day I was exhausted at 8:30. I had just put my daughter to bed, cleaned up the house a bit, brought up the laundry and began folding. Again I thought to myself, “Man, mom life can be hard some days”.

Then I had a realization. Nope. Life can be hard some days. My tiredness actually had nothing to do with being a mom that day. It was just a long day for multiple reasons, and honestly my daughter had been extremely easy. I did a million loads of laundry before my daughter was around, I cleaned the house every night before she lived here, and there were many nights before she existed that I was tired around 8:30. I realized this wasn’t #momlife, it was just #life.

To my non-mom friends:

It must be hard sometimes to live in a day and age where #momlife is used pretty much daily. I know Instagram right now is a #momlife craze. People (like me) posting pictures of children, and sharing their lives and how hard they are working, and how tough their life can be. Please know, this does not mean we think you are any less important or have it easier. It is most likely a mom just looking to vent, and hopefully find support that they are not totally messing up this little human they are trying to raise. We know you work hard, we know your life can be tough, and we appreciate you just as much as we appreciate other moms.

 

When my child poops on the floor, decides to smear yogurt on my TV, or clogs my toilet with magnets, you better believe I will still use the hashtag #momlife because that’s exactly what it is. But I will remember that we all have laundry, we all run late sometimes, and we all have bad days whether you’re a mom or not.

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Baby · Fashion

Pineapple Clothing- Mommy & Me

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Margot and I have hit the jackpot. We have found the cutest site that houses the most adorable clothing for mothers and daughters. It is called Pineapple Clothing and has tons of cute products made in the US. From leggings to dresses and skirts this website has so many options for mothers and daughters who like to match. Or for mothers who like to match their daughters when in reality the daughters have no choice. #sorrynotsorry

We tried out some of the printed leggings and they fit us both perfectly. I especially love the way they fit Margot. She is a tall girl for her age, and I was worried they wouldn’t be long enough, but they were so stretchy that they were easy to get on her, and fit like a glove. My next purchases will be some dresses for Easter and Mother’s day.

Right now I can offer you 20% off your entire purchase with the code brilivCheck out their website for tons of mother and daughter options!

Thank you to Pineapple Clothing for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Gilmore Girl’s Relationship

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When I was in college my roommates watched “Gilmore Girls”. They knew all the episodes, characters, plots and even the inside jokes. I didn’t know it very well, but would watch bits and pieces.

I started watching Gilmore Girls the day I heard the phrase, “It’s a girl!”

We came home for the doctors, I got in my sweats, cozied in on the couch and turned on Netflix. What was the very first show to pop up but Gilmore Girls. I thought to myself, “This must be a sign”, and from there my addiction began. I finished the entire series before my daughter was even born.

I was so intrigued with the relationship between Lorelei and Rory Gilmore, as well as Lorelei’s relationship with her mother. The relationships were very different. One was more strict and formal while the other was very open and silly. I wondered what kind of relationship I would eventually have with my daughter.

One night I saw a video that a YouTube mom put on Facebook talking about how mothers and daughters should not be friends. From there it led me to a different YouTube video of another mom arguing the opposite point. Thus began the debate of the “mother daughter friendships”.

The first woman felt that mothers and daughters should not be friends, but have a strict mother daughter relationship as matriarch and child. She argued that you should not be friends with your daughter because your child will not respect you as much if you are put on “their level”.

The second woman stated how important it is to become close friends with your children. Their argument was that if you do not become friends with your child how will they ever learn to trust you, and feel like you are on their side?

After watching both videos I thought about what my stance in the matter was. Did I want a Gilmore Girls relationship with my daughter, or not? Then I realized my thoughts were the same as every other parenting debate I’ve ever come across.

Every single mother is different.

Every single child is different.

Every single parent/child relationship is different.

Some mother daughter relationship’s work better as friends. Some work better in a more strict environment. Some moms choose to breastfeed, some don’t. Some mother’s choose to stay at home with their kids, some don’t. Some parents spank their kids, some don’t. People need to understand that we all make choices, and we should not judge others for making choices that are different than ours.

My daughter is only one, and I have no idea what type of relationship we will have yet. All I know is that it will be a relationship we are both happy and comfortable with, and I hope people don’t judge our decision. If you want to be like Lorelei and Rory Gilmore then go grab your coffee, have a speedy conversation and be friends like them. I’m not judging you.

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