Super excited to be sharing these four sweaters from H&M for fall! I love a nice cozy sweater, especially ones that are oversized (and on sale!) Here are my four recent fall sweater finds. I bought mediums in all of the sweaters because there is some wool in them and I’m afraid I’ll shrink them when I go to wash them! I love when my sweaters are nice and roomy!
First off, the sleeves on this sweater are amazing! They are super roomy and oversized. I love the look of this sweater when I walk. Makes for a very cute fall outfit! This sweater would look really cute paired with ankle booties and some oversized earrings. It does have a cropped feel to it, so if you pick your arms up, your side will show!
I love a good poncho. Easy to pair with leggings and dress up or down. Would look super cute with a pair of black heels and leggings! This will definitely be one of my work go-tos! I would probably do a top knot with this poncho to dress it down a bit. I also will probably wear it as an extra layer with a long sleeve white shirt underneath because I’m always cold.
I think this is my favorite fall sweater! I love sweaters that can be worn off the shoulder. You can wear this one off of one shoulder or both! This sweater is definitely one I would wear to date night with a pair of heels. I would also love to wear it with a pair of leggings to dress it down. I am OBSESSED with this sweater!
This sweater is super soft and is a camel-y color (excuse the wrinkles! #momlife) It does have some white threads it in when you look closely which you can check out on my Instagram H&M highlights! It has a mock neck and looks super cute with a front tuck! Definitely an adorable sweater that would even look cute paired with a vest!
I know some people go either way with pacifiers, but over here, we love them and can’t get enough! I posted on my Instagram a couple of weeks ago about when Greyson should be ready to give up his pacifier and many of you said your kids had their pacis up until 2! I don’t know if we will continue that long, but what I do know is Greyson’s pacifier has been a sense of comfort for him, but also provided him with a few health benefits that I didn’t even know until we started using one!
This pacifier that we partnered with Ryan & Rose on is Greyson’s latest favorite! The pacifier and clip were just released on 8/13 in a new color, Heron, and we could not be more in love with it! I got a stage 2 Cutie Pat Round pacifier. We got stage 2 because Greyson has teeth now! (finally.) I love that this pacifier is 100% medical grade silicone and one piece, so there is no way for soap to get stuck inside the nipple or for parts to come off. What I also love about it is this pacifier is a paci/teether in one! The other side of the pacifier has a teether on it to soothe the FIVE teeth that Greyson just cut! He is also able to use the teether to easily put the pacifier back in his mouth. Of course, we detach the clip for naps, but the clip is great when we are out and about and don’t want him throwing his pacifier all over the grocery store. Check out their other awesome colors here!
Okay, back to why we love pacifiers!
The use of pacifiers has been shown to lower the risk of SIDS
As a new mom, I worry constantly. I worry when I’m with the baby, not with the baby, etc. It has become my new normal. One thing that I was terrified about in the beginning of Greyson’s life was SIDS. Of course I read every website (with authority) about precautions to take for SIDS and I found this: according to Family Doctor.org sleeping with a pacifier has been shown to lower the risk of SIDS because supposedly babies sleep lighter when they have a pacifier. So, if they do roll over on to their bellies, they will wake up.
Pacifiers may soothe your fussy baby
Babies are born with a natural instinct to suck. Sucking is soothing for them. Giving Greyson his pacifier when he was fussy, helped him to calm down and soothe himself. We waited to give him the pacifier until he was a good breastfeeder, so that he wouldn’t take the pacifier over milk. For awhile in the beginning, he was unable to hold the pacifier in his mouth himself, so he needed help! He finally got the hang of it after awhile. Now, whenever he gets a little too fussy, he needs his paci for a few minutes and then he’s good! 🙂
When we were sleep training Greyson, I wrote a whole blog post on how we used the pacifier at night to our advantage. When Greyson finally did take his pacifier, he was having trouble at night when it fell out because he was unable to put it back in himself. Luckily, we were able to teach him how to put it back in his mouth himself! Check out that blog post here. I also chat about what pacifier we use at night for Greyson.
Don’t get me wrong, Greyson does not have his pacifier every waking moment. We save it for nap time and bedtime or if he gets too fussy. Hopefully, weaning from the pacifier will go smoothly when we finally decide to attempt it!
With fall quickly approaching, I wanted to make sure Greyson is ready to rock fall in style! I got all of these items from H&M for 15% off and then an additional 10% off for signing up for their loyalty program. I used the code ‘3413’ for the 15% off and then I used Rakuten to get 2% cash back on top of it! Check out my referral link here to get $10 off when you make your first purchase! Just activate the retailer’s website and shop! It’s that simple. 🙂 There’s literally no catch!
Check out my Instagram stories to see each of these adorable items up close! All of the items I purchased were 2-3 years.
Pile Jacket – Blue: so soft and cozy, has pockets – linked two above – one has a hood!
2 Pack of Henleys – loveee these! They come in a two packs, with two sets of colors. Linked both above! Run on the smaller size, so size up
My husband and I built our house last year and moved in in August, five days before Greyson was born. Many of you already know that crazy story! Since then, I have spent the past year furnishing our home with items we love and that fit our style.
We are going for the modern farmhouse, cozy look. Many of the items we have found for our home were items that we searched for for months and months because we didn’t want to buy something unless we were completely in love with it. These are the stores we have had the most luck with in the past year that have beautiful home furnishings – we also got many items from the bigger stores on sale! I always love a good deal.
#1: HomeGoods & TJ Maxx
HomeGoods and TJ Maxx are partner companies, so it should come as no surprise that they carry very similar home decor items. TJ Maxx is more clothing based, but they do have a small home section.
We purchased a lot of our kitchen knick knacks from HomeGoods, mainly Calphalon pots and pans. They are much cheaper and I found some pots that have a built in strainer, so that was a bonus! You do need to shop in store at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx.
If you watched my Instagram stories recently, you saw I am on the hunt for chunky rope baskets. I found one originally at HomeGoods last year and bought it for Greyson’s nursery, but I have yet to see the style I want since. In the meantime, we are just storing all of Greyson’s toys in the cubbies in his playroom. Like I said, I’ll wait months before I purchase something just to make sure it is exactly what we want!
We have purchased almost all of our baskets from HomeGoods, as we did a little Konmari method cleaning this past year as well. We have baskets ranging in size from small to large, styles ranging from wood to metal, and they are all beautiful and inexpensive!
We also picked up a beautiful Kate Spade comforter, bathroom decor, and bath towels from HomeGoods!
I found all of the metal baskets and faux plant from HomeGoods. Check out my laundry room makeover! I love it!
Target is our go to for more than just home furnishings, but they have a wonderful selection of home decor items as well! We got our bed sheets, bedroom curtains and curtain rods, and kitchen stools from Target, as well as some other little toiletries and knick knacks. We got most of these items on sale as I purchased them online and waited for them to have 25% off home furnishings!
Wayfair’s website is so big that you can literally get lost for hours in all of their pages of home decor. We purchased the majority of our furniture, aside from our living room sectional, from Wayfair. We purchased our bedroom furniture, headboard, foyer clock, baby nursery furniture (check out my nursery post here), dining room chairs, and living room chair from Wayfair. Their customer service is awesome and their items are usually always on sale!
#4: Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn is one of my favorite items to window shop. They have beautiful holiday decor and items that just make the home feel cozy. We purchased our throw pillow covers, both seasonal and every day, as well as serving ware for entertaining. All of our dishes and platters came from Pottery Barn as well! They usually have 20% off your order with free shipping, so make sure you wait for a sale! These are my favorite items from Pottery Barn: dishes, platter, flatware
#5: Crate and Barrel
I love Crate and Barrel for drinkware. We purchased all of our drinking glasses and stemware from Crate and Barrel online and on sale! Everything was shipped in beautiful packaging and nothing was damaged!
We are still furnishing our home with items as we see a need, but I love it so much that I don’t mind it! Where are your favorite places to shop for home decor?
Check out my post on our farmhouse bathroom decor here and my post on our DIY farmhouse table here! Enjoy!
I graduated from college in 2011 and a lot has changed since then, but not what the average kid needs for their dorm! Every time I walk through Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Target, they have the cutest prints and patterns for dorm rooms. Not only is everything adorable, but it can be very overwhelming deciding what you truly need, what would be nice to have, and what you don’t really need at all. Back to school shopping is one of my favorite things to do, even though I love being home with my little guy. I am narrowing down your college dorm shopping list to these TEN dorm room essentials. These dorm room ideas are the only things you NEED.
Most of these items are from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, so remember you can use a 20% off coupon if you sign up for their email list. If you use Rakuten (formerly Ebates) you get $10 back once you sign up and make your first purchase! Rakuten is free to use at places you already shop AND you get cash back! I am linking my referral link here!
#1: Comforter and 2 Sets of Bed Sheets
Having a comforter is a dorm room essential and makes your room feel nice and cozy like home. Also, having a comforter gives you an extra layer in case your room is too cold. You can also take off the comforter if you get too hot, but it’s nice to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it!
Having an extra set of bed sheets allows you to change your bed sheets and not have to do laundry right away. Also, if you’re sick and not feeling well, it’s nice to have a spare set of sheets 😉 Make sure you buy Twin XL in both a comforter and sheets!
#2: Portable Fan
Some dorms are hot, some are cold. Some roommates play with the thermostat all night (that was me!) so it’s nice to have a portable fan in case you get too hot!
#3: Mattress Pad
College dorm beds have a firm side and a soft side. They can still feel like you are sleeping on a brick, so buying a mattress pad not only puts a barrier in between the bed a hundred other people used, but also gives you a bit extra cushion in case you like your bed a little softer like me. They make so many different pads nowadays that make your bed extra cozy!
#4: Shower Flip Flops
No one wants athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. Buy these cheap Old Navy rubber flip flops to wear in the shower and protect your feet, please!
#5: Shower Caddy
Organizing your bathroom stuff in a shower caddy lets you grab your stuff and shower without having to schlep everything to the bathroom.
#6: Backpack style laundry bag
I did laundry about once a week when I was in college, but the laundry room was never on my floor! Having a backpack style laundry bag allowed me to throw all of my dirty (or clean!) clothes on my back and carry my detergent down to the laundry room with me!
Having a good amount of storage in college is vital because you will accumulate stuff. Under bed storage and closet storage is a must! That closet hanging storage is on mega sale right now!
#8: Backpack or Purse
I used a purse when I was in college (this was my FAVORITE), but a backpack is pretty standard!
#9: Two Bath Towels
Kind of like having two pairs of bed sheets, having two bath towels is a college dorm room essential because your towels will get dirty and if you are behind on laundry, it would suck to shower and dry yourself off with a dirty towel!
Some might view this as a luxury, but where else will you keep your leftovers! I loved keeping some groceries and water in my mini-fridge and I still use it to this day. Money went spell!
What are some of the college dorm room essentials you find yourself needing?
So for starters, I got this jean jacket on mega sale. Like 60% of sale! It retails for $110, but I got it for under $50! JCrew was having a 50% off sale at the time I bought it and then I used an additional 15% off! When I read the reviews, many of them said that jean jacket ran small and to size up. I did and got a medium, but my goodness was it tight in the shoulders! It fit very nicely everywhere else, but I had to exchange it for a large. I was also afraid that if I washed it, it would shrink, so I wanted to make sure I would be able to layer with it.
The large fits perfectly! So if you plan on purchasing this jean jacket, take my advice, and size up at least one size, if not two. This jacket is so soft and seriously goes with everything. I love the color, not too dark, not too light, and it can be worn day or night! I also think depending on the outfit you wear, you can either style this jean jacket up or down.
I also love rolling up the cuffs instead of keeping them buttoned. Rolling the cuffs makes such a cute look! Enjoy!
If you know me, you know that I LOVE summer. Not only do I get summers off being a teacher, but I’m also usually wearing at least one extra layer than most people because I’m always so cold. With the end of summer quickly approaching (I’m already crying), I thought that I would post some adorable and fun summer to fall transition outfits. These transition outfits would also be perfect on a chilly summer night! I’m linking everything here, too! What’s awesome about these outfits is I got the majority of them on sale for AT LEAST 40% off AND I activated my Ebates (now Rakuten), so I got extra cash back! Talk about a deal! I’m linking my Rakuten referral code here, so you can get $10 after you shop on top of any cash back you earn! It’s free to use and I always get cash back when I shop online just because!
Okay, I am OBSESSED with this dress/jean jacket combo. This dress is super comfy and it can easily be dressed up or down. I sized up in this dress because it is form fitting and I wanted a little extra room. This dress is also bump friendly. 🙂 This classic jean jacket is from JCrew and I can’t get enough of it. It does run incredibly small, though. I am wearing a size large! It will be in my lineup much more frequently with cooler weather approaching! This summer to fall transition outfit is a good one because you can wear the dress without the jacket and then throw it on once the sun goes down!
I’ve owned this sweater and pair of shorts for a couple of years now and they never go out of style. The oversized sweater is from Lulus and I’m wearing my normal size (small). It does run large, but I like the extra room! If you use my referral code you get $20 to spend on your next purchase!
Like I said earlier, this jean jacket is going to be making many more appearances in my wardrobe. It is soft and goes with literally everything. This black maxi dress is a great summer to fall transition outfit because it is a tank style on top, so you can wear it during the day without the jacket and then layer at night with the jean jacket! Wearing size small in the dress. Love!
Okay, this asymmetrical snap up fleece is from Abercrombie & Fitch is literally my new favorite cozy (wearing a medium). I love the olive green color AND it even has a front pouch. My jeans are also from Abercrombie & Fitch and they are the softest and most flattering jeans. I like my jeans low rise (because I have awful back problems) and the low rise seems to help! I sized up one in the jeans because after having Greyson, my hips got a little wider, and I got them in size long because my legs are so long! (I’m 5’7″ wearing 28L for reference!) I ordered on the A & F app and got $10 off my $50 or more purchase just for ordering from the app!
These are the same shorts from JCrew as above. I love this gold sweater from Loft (wearing size small). It can be styled up or down and would even work well as a winter piece! I layered it with a tank underneath because it would be see through otherwise. If I got a medium, I would be able to tuck it in which would look super cute!
This is the same sweater pictured above, but it goes great with jeans as well for a more laid back style! I love the gold color because I feel like it just screams fall! These jeans are from Abercrombie & Fitch as well, and I sized up again just like the other pair. I also don’t like my jeans to be super tight in the waist because they are always so tight after the dryer! I love the ripped knee detail in these jeans and the bottoms have a little cut off detail, too!
The final summer to fall transition piece is this chambray shirt and white shorts combo! I know the “rule” is you are not supposed to wear white after Labor Day, but I’ve never been a huge rule follower in that department, ha! This chambray shirt is incredibly soft and I love the look of it with the shorts! Wearing size medium and I have plenty of room!
I’d love to see some of your summer to fall transition outfits, too! Be sure to connect with me on Instagram!
I’m very excited to share my most recent discovery with you! Filling up my phone with pictures of Greyson, my puppies, and everything in between leaves me with a lot of wonderful memories. I’m always looking through my phone, scrolling to find a location, date, or person I want the picture of. Luckily, now I can find all of my most important memories in one place!
Photobook Worldwide, also Photobook America, takes all of the memories on your phone or computer and transforms them into beautiful products. They ship all over the world. Check out their Instagram, too! I am sharing 3 products here with you today! I will also be posting the products on my Instagram stories/highlights you can check out here!
The first product I received is the Simple Book. This fun little hardcover book comes in sizes 6×6, 8×8, and 11×11. I got the 6×6 book and ordered on the app. Search “Photobook Worldwide” on the App Store and you will see a little blue “P.” I have to assume it is the same in the Google Play store! Just pick the pictures you want in your Simple Book, upload them to app, and organize them in the arrangement you want. I uploaded pictures (really quickly, too) from my phone, all from Greyson’s first year of life, to create my own little memory book! You can also add text to the back of the book. I chose to write Greyson’s name. This book would make a great grandparent gift or gift for the holidays! You can order as many copies as you want and give them to friends and family!
I have an exclusive code for you to get your own FREE Simple Book with code GREYPBWW. All you have to pay is shipping! So worth it!
The next product I am going to share with you is the Lil’ Photobook. You have a choice of making a square photobook (sizes 4×4 or 4×6) or a landscape photobook (sizes 6×4 or 7×5). I made the 4×4 and I am in LOVE. My husband and I built our house last year, so I wanted to put the entire home building process in a memory book for us to look back on and enjoy.
I used their website to create this Photobook because I had so many pictures to upload. The upload process was simple. I selected the pictures that I wanted and clicked “upload.” All of the pictures I selected were uploaded and then all imported into the website. Once I had them on the website, I was able to place the pictures in the order that I wanted them to go in. I started with the pictures when the lot was just dirt, when the framing began, drywall install, fixtures, lighting, etc.
I love how easy the website was to use and how many options there are to customize the Lil’ Photobook. I could crop pictures, rotate, resize, and adjust them to get the look I wanted. When designing the cover, I put a text box with our address and a picture of the front of our house. I was very impressed with the amount of fonts and color choices available to me in order to get the look I wanted.
Another thing that I liked about the design process is that when I thought I was finished with my book and clicked next, the website gave me two error messages saying that my text was out of the printable range and to go back and fix it. I like that because I did not know that my text was out of range, so I would messed up the text unknowingly! Thankfully, because of that notification, I was able to go and adjust what I needed in order to make the text fit appropriately on the cover.
Okay, this product is my favorite. I used the Photobook Worldwide mobile app to upload my pictures and create the most beautiful canvas print of when Greyson was born.
The Canvas Air comes in three different sizes: 8×8, 12×12, and 16×16. I got the 8×8!
Once you choose what size you want, you are able to upload your photos straight from your phone. You can choose to do as few as 1 picture to as many as 4. I chose to upload 4 pictures. Greyson is just too cute to not do 4, ha! There is a little randomizer button that will re-order your chosen pictures into different layouts and positions and you can pick your favorite OR customize your own layout! You can rotate or crop the picture to get the look what you want and then order. Again, super easy to use and I can’t believe the quality of the canvas print! The Canvas Air also comes with mounting directions, so it’s very laid out for you! It was easy to hang and looks so beautiful hanging in Greyson’s room!
Photobook America also has Metal Prints and Wood Prints where you can do the same thing! Our house is a farmhouse style and both of those finishes would look so cute in our house! I can’t wait to try out both!
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the quality of the products and how easy both the mobile app and website are to use. I love that this company ships worldwide and they have sooo many amazing products to choose from! Don’t forget to check them out here.
Don’t forget to use my exclusive code in order to get your FREE Simple Book! Use code GREYPBWW – good until 9/30/19! Also, see these products up close in my Instagram highlights here!
A big thanks to Photobook Worldwide. Products were received for free in exchange for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!
Greyson has been sleeping terribly the past few nights. If you saw my Instagram stories the other day, you know what I mean! The Nanit camera recorded his wake ups and detected sounds literally every 5-10 minutes 😳
On the bright side, a third bottom tooth is popping through and it appears that a top tooth is attempting to come through, too! My little man is growing up.
The lack of sleep has made my skin look less than ideal and I have such bad under eye bags that I look like a zombie. Each month, I get a Play! by Sephora (thanks to my amazing friend) that has 6 samples of beauty products. This is how I learned about IT Cosmetics. I loveee their under eye cream that came in one of my Play! boxes. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream depuffs, hydrates, smooths, and brightens my tired looking eyes. I put it under my eyes after I clean my face in the morning and my eyes look instantly brighter!
After the under eye cream, I put a little IT Cosmetics Color Correcting Full Coverage CC cream (color Medium) all over my face and rub it in with a foundation brush. It has such great coverage for any blemishes, but I’ve noticed that my summer freckles still come through (as long as I don’t use too much!)
Finally, the absolute best under eye concealer I have ever used in my entire life is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer (Color Light Nude). I use the smallest amount and dab it under my eyes in little dots. I like to use a lighter color for the under eye concealer, so that my eyes look bright and awake! I use a beauty blender to blend it in and my eyes look instantly more human! I cannot believe the difference in my eyes with this concealer. It is now one of my beauty staples!
Sea scallops are one of my most favorite things to cook. Sea scallops are fairly easy to cook, but they are temperamental. They can overcook quickly and become rubbery, so it is important to watch them closely as you cook them. Pan seared scallops with risotto is a dinner that I like to cook often and when I pair it with power greens, we get an extra boost of vitamins and minerals!
I like to get the risotto going first because it will take at least 20 minutes to cook. Cook risotto according to directions. If you want to make mushroom risotto, sautée 8 oz of fresh mushrooms after you sautée your onions, about 5 minutes and cook as directed. At the end, give a healthy squeeze of lemon. We like a lot of lemon! Be sure to taste the risotto as you go. It should be creamy by the time you are done cooking and the arborio rice should be tender, not hard or mushy. Check out my Instagram Food highlights (@homewithgrey) to watch me make the lemon risotto!
Sautéed Power Greens:
Costco sells this HUGE bag of “Power Greens.” Power Greens are basically baby kale, baby swiss chard, and baby spinach. I love them because of how many vitamins and minerals they pack! In a LARGE sautée pan, heat one tbsp of olive oil and one tbsp of butter. Once the butter melts, add at least 4 handfuls of power greens. They will cook down a lot. Feel free to add more. Once they cook down and soften, add salt and pepper to taste.
Sea Scallops: Here’s the fun part, the scallops! I cook them last because you want them to be warm when you eat them! If you know me, you know I am obsessed with Gordon Ramsey and all of his TV shows. He has a sure fire method of cooking sea scallops, so that they come out translucent in the center with a crispy crust on either side. I have been cooking sea scallops this way for the past 5 years and it is the best method out there! Here it is…
Rinse your sea scallops and remove any feet (the crunchy thing that dangles off) – it doesn’t taste good to eat
DRY THE SEA SCALLOPS WELL – the key to a good crust is to dry the sea scallops. Season both sides with salt and pepper
Heat one tbsp of olive oil and one tbsp of butter in a pan until it is HOT. A good way to check if your oil is hot enough is to put a drop of water in the pan. If it sizzles, the oil is hot enough. If it doesn’t sizzle, don’t put your scallops in yet!
Once the oil is hot, start putting your scallops in the pan one at a time, arranging them clockwise. (Watch my Instagram food stories to watch me do it!)
Once all of the scallops are in the pan, I count to 120. Like 120 Mississippis! Once I count to 120, I flip the scallops over in the order that I put them in the pan. So, the first scallop that was placed in the pan gets flipped first.
Then, count to 90. Again, 90 Mississippis! Have a paper towel lined plate ready to go. After you count to 90, remove the scallops and place them on the paper towel. Again, remove them in the order you put them in.
In order to make a lemon butter sauce, I add another 1/2 tbsp of butter to the pan the sea scallops were cooked in. Then, I add a few squeezes of lemon. Again, we like a lot of lemon!
In order to assemble everything, put the risotto down first, followed by the greens, and finally the scallops with the lemon butter sauce on top. YUM!