Baby Favorites || Small Toys (6 - 12 months)

I am still in disbelief that my baby is turning 1 in less than a month. In honor of Cam's upcoming birthday celebration, I wanted to start a mini series of our 'baby favorites' highlighting some of Cam's (and mommy's) favorite things. This series will run for the next month and I will be posting weekly with different categories of favorites.

This week is all about small toys. Every morning we have playtime in the family room (which has now turned into Cam's playroom). I have 3 baskets with small toys that we keep in our cabinet under the tv for easy access. These toys help keep him busy while I rush to make that first glorious cup of coffee. 

Here is a round up of Cam's favorite small toys (each under $16):



1 || Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Click n Learn Remote - Cam goes straight for our remote when it's in his sight. This one was a no brainer. It has big buttons, lights up and really obnoxious voices that sing and say numbers and such. 

2 || VTech Rhyme and Discover Book - We have a similar sound book made by Fisher Price at our house, but my mom purchased this one to keep at their house and Cam loves it! The 'pages' are thick and plastic so it's easy for him to turn them and the buttons, lights and sounds keep him very entertained. 

3 || Fisher-Price Babys First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle - This was given to us by Bill's parents and it is one of the most used toys! Camden loves the rings, especially the one on the top that rattles. We also love the blocks and bucket for learning shapes and colors. 

4 |Baby Einstein Roller-pillar Activity Balls - These are a recent find from Target. Camden loves the balls that rattle and the smiley face one lights up when you hit it. 

5 || Oball Grip & Play Sensory Toy - This is the perfect distraction in the high chair. Cam usually plays with this for a bit while I get his food ready. It suctions right to the high chair tray!

6 || Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stack & Roll Cups - These are definitely on heavy demand these days. The cups not only stack, but they also nest in each other. Cam loves to bang these together and drop them on our hardwood floor! This boy loves to make noise!

7 || Baby Einstein Musical Toy- Keys to Discovery Piano - This was actually a gift I added to his Easter basket and has been one of his favorites ever since. The little piano keys play music and also say "1, 2, 3" in english and spanish. It is also a great toy for on the go and in the car. 

8 || Little Tikes Play Triangle - I got this toy for Cam shortly after he started sitting up. I liked that he could sit with it and play. There are so many little gadgets that he can explore. It's also lightweight and rattles when he picks it up. 


There you have it! The first round of Cam's favorites!

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We are taking Cam trick or treating (to my parents house and maybe our neighbors tops) tonight! I can't wait to see him in his little fury costume :) Follow me on instagram to get a little peak at all the fun tonight!

Fall Basics || Mixing Patterns




striped long sleeve tee (less than $10!) | blanket scarf (out of stock, similar here and here) | jean leggings | boot socks (similar) | hunter boots | satchel | ray bans


It is really starting to feel like fall now. This week it has been quite frigid in the mornings. We did have a sunny day in the afternoon on Monday, but the rest of this week is looking chilly, grey with some showers. This outfit is my go to on cold rainy days. This blanket scarf (out of stock currently, but I've linked to similar ones below) is so warm and is literally the size of a blanket! I've been meaning to do a post on how to wear a blanket scarf, but for time's sake if you need some inspiration, click here

One of my favorite fall trends this year is mixing stripes with plaid. This striped long sleeve tee is so comfy and it's less than $10!! I've also 'invested' in a similar white striped long sleeved tunic that I love for layering with my blankets scarves. 

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I can't believe it's just a few days away from Halloween and it will be November next week!
Our neighborhood's Halloween is tomorrow night and I can't wait to get Cam dressed to go trick or treating! We probably will only make it to a few houses, but it will be fun!

Happy Wednesday and happy fall shopping!

Weekending

It was a cozy fall weekend that flew by so quickly! Bill's parents were in town Friday and Saturday, so we spent a lot of time just at home with them. I think they really enjoyed the quality time with little Cam man. It was chilly and drizzling most of Saturday, but the men were able to complete a few house projects and rake leaves. Bill and his dad actually got a new toy (a leaf vacuum/shredder) to help clean up our lawn. It works pretty well! 

Saturday night we were able to sneak away while the grandparents watched Cam for a date night! I always look forward to our fancy date nights when we have the chance to get out. 


We went to dinner at Oscar's in Dublin. The food was phenomenal! Neither of us had ever been to Oscar's before and we were very impressed. It's a pretty non-assuming place on the outside, but inside it has a nice bar and dining area. I ordered the scallops with cauliflower mash and green beans. The sauce with the scallops was a sage browned butter with almonds and capers. So amazing! Bill ordered the fillet with blue cheese, mashed potatoes and a wine sauce. Of course, we also enjoyed a few glasses of wine because #yolo. 


Of course, now that we are old a few glasses of wine equals a next day headache. Since when did I become such a light weight?! So we spent the majority of the day in our PJs, but we were able to get out of the house for a nice walk around the block. It was a gorgeous day! 

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I can't believe it is already Halloween week! I picked up a few goodies at my local Target last week to help get me in the mood. I've been so obsessed with Camden's outfit, I hadn't really planned anything for myself?! I think I may use those devil horns... in a creative way :)


How was your weekend?

I'm linking up with Biana for weekending!

I have an 11 month old...


I'm in serious denial (possibly why this post is a few days late)... My baby can't be 11 months? Didn't I just have him?

This also means that his 1st birthday party will be happening in less than a month. #help!

I have the invites addressed in the mail. There have been cute little packages with monkey decorations arriving at our door almost daily (it's going to be sock monkey themed!) and I have his little birthday outfit all planned out. I've truly enjoyed starting to plan this fun day. But, I can't help wishing that this month would go by at a snails pace. I just want to enjoy my baby being a BABY!

Just the other night I thought about how I may not be able to hold and rock him in his rocking chair while I feed him a bottle in the morning and at night much longer. I just love holding him that way, just like I did when he was a newborn. Pretty soon he will push away from me, holding his own sippy cup.... sigh...

Here are a few highlights of the past month:

* Cam is pulling up onto furniture and some of his standing toys (baby einstein play table and v-tech walker). He also LOVES our 2 stairs we have in the family room. We have a sunken family room and when I put him down to play in that room now he goes straight for the stairs! If you follow me on snapchat (@LindsayRumple), you probably have seen a few snaps of this in action! Thank goodness he has not found the basement stairs yet!

* He's also been standing up in the crib at night. Almost every night after we put him down, he will immediately stand up in his crib when we leave and whine for a while. 

* He has also mastered the art of throwing his paci out of the crib and yelling for us to come and get it. Of course, I give in every time... I know the pacifier weening needs to happen soon... recommendations welcome!

* He is so curious! He has to hold and touch anything new that he hasn't seen before or things he knows he can't have including dog toys, shoes, remotes, etc. Curious Cam!!

* He popped another tooth on the bottom and it looks like a fourth is coming through. Still no signs of uppers as of yet. 

* We've definitely been more adventurous with food this month. I've been starting to feed him more protein in the form of eggs and some chicken here and there. He loves shredded cheese, banana, mini pancakes (we love these), puffs, yogurt melts and any of the baby food pouches. We've also been steaming/roasting veggies and cutting them into bite size pieces for him to eat. Our favorite veggies are butternut squash (Trader Joe's sells BNS already chopped! All you have to do is roast it!), zucchini, broccoli and carrots. 

* Naps are still one shorter one in the mornings and a longer one in the afternoon, but the times vary depending on what we are doing that day. Bedtime is still around 6:30-7pm. 

* He has definitely gone through somewhat of a growth spurt in the last month or so. I feel like we completely skipped over the size 12 mo clothes right to 18 mo! Most of what he wears is 12 - 18 months.

* Some of my favorite moments this month have been seeing him light up when he sees children, animals and any family member. He smiles so big and makes the cutest little noise! It's pretty close to saying "hey!!!"

* He also waves hi and bye! And sometimes does it without coaxing, randomly which is the cutest!

* Another new favorite is his little swaying/dancing he does when he hears any music. This started with the Mickey Mouse Club House opening song and the Hot Dog song at the end. Now he does it when he hears any music! 

* My favorite sound in the world is his belly laugh. I wish I could bottle that sound up to keep forever! He loves to play 'peek-a-boo' in any situation and setting. He is ticklish under his arms and around his neck. He loves to watch daddy and our dog charlie play chase. It is always guaranteed to get a good baby belly laugh!

Although the days with him can get exhausting (talk about marathon training!), I would not trade these days for anything! I love watching him grow and learn! And I can't get enough of those baby cheeks and squishy thighs! 

Please stay a baby forever my little monkey! #cryface


The onesie he is wearing in his 11 month picture was purchased on our Germany/Austria trip! I decided he needed to wear it before it was too small! Our little Octoberfest baby! :)

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Fall Basics || Leopard Accessories

Welcome to round 6 of my fall basics series. This time I am talking about my favorite 'nuetral' accessory... anything leopard print! Leopard, in my opinion, is a neutral. It goes with everything and it adds a punch of sass to any outfit. One rule I have with leopard print is that you only have one leopard accessory per outfit. There is such a thing as too much leopard...

Below is a great example of an outfit I would wear during the day running errands, working from home (or Panera or Starbucks), lunch or coffee dates with friends, etc.


Here are a few other leopard accessories I'm loving...



beanie | scarf | Old Navy leopard clutch | Clare v. leopard clutch | kate spade iphone case | leopard pumps

What is your favorite leopard accessory?

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See my other fall basics outfits here: one | two | three | four | five

IG Outfits Roundup

Hi Friends! I'm still feeling a bit sore after the half marathon on Sunday. I'm so happy I accomplished my goal, but also kinda glad it's over! ha!

I have been meaning to compile a round up of my recent outfits I've been posting on Instagram. For those of you who don't use liketoknow.it (which you should!), I've linked to all items or similar items under each photo.

I've been trying my best to get dressed (aka not wear PJs, sweats or yoga pants) on days that I work from home. I also use these days to run errands, so it's important that I look somewhat put together! All my looks are very easy to recreate and the items themselves are all affordable! Please let me know if you have any questions about any outfit or item!

hunter boots | black skinny jeans | plaid shirt (this color plaid is sold out, similar here) | cardigan (so soft and cozy!) | starbucks travel mug | mug monogram decal | bag | nail color is essie's 'after school boy blazer'

blanket scarf (out of stock) similar here and here | my favorite tunic | distressed jeans | booties | bag


plaid tunic | leggings | booties | statement necklace | sunnies | similar kate spade watch

If you would like to shop my outfits via IG (follow me @lindsaykr11), simply go to liketoknow.it and sign up using your email address. That way, when you like a post, you will receive an email with direct links to items in my outfit.

Leave a comment and let me know if you like these types of posts!

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Because I'm running a half marathon on Sunday...

That's right, folks... It's happening. I can't stop it. I can't turn back now. I just have to do it (like nike). I signed up for this half marathon at the beginning of the year in hopes that it would give me the motivation to keep working out and to lose the 'baby weight.' 

Well, I still have a few extra lbs hangin' around, but overall I feel a lot better than I did 10, 6, even 3 months ago. I know that only focusing on cardio while working out does not equal losing weight. In fact, I feel as though I've gained or sustained my weight the past few months just because I've been so hungry after running. My body knows it needs calories to burn off and I'm constantly craving carbs! 

The good thing about training for a half marathon? 

1 | It helps to increase my endurance. Having and taking care of a baby is no joke. Especially when they are mobile and constantly on the move. Carrying around a 20+ pound baby all day will definitely wear you out! I've noticed that I'm huffing and puffing a lot less now that I've been running consistently.

2 | It allows me to enjoy the outdoors. I typically run outside around our neighborhood or on a jogging path. I love running in the spring, summer and early months of fall when the weather is nice. This is how I've been able to maintain my 'joggers' tan as I like to call it.

3 | It allows me to have ME time. I can listen to my jams be at one with my thoughts in peace for at least 45 mins! The time I spend running, I make sure that someone is able to watch Cam. I typically go running on work days (3 days x week) in the morning right after I drop off Cam. I make sure to get in a good run before I start my day. This way I'm not rushing to get done or feel guilty about the time I'm spending away from him. I also try to get a run in on the weekends when Bill is able to watch him for a few hours.

I think it's easy for mothers to make excuses for why they don't workout or don't have the time. There's always time, it's more about how you stack your priorities. I came across this post that was shared by Natalie and Annie (on fb) and it struck a cord with me. Definitely a good read and something all moms should contemplate. 

All that said, am I the most fit and healthy person in the world? Not even close!! When it comes to dieting... That is where I truly struggle! I'm such a comfort food junkie! 

And now I will leave you with a little collage of items that are on heavy rotation when I run (and on days when I'm home with Cam). I will let you in on a little secret... They are all from Old Navy except my shoes! I refuse to spend more than $30 per item on clothes that I will sweat in. I just. can't. do it! Everyone raves about Lululemon workout clothes and I'm over here all 'I love my ON workout gear!'


1 | Burn out tanks : these are super soft and I love the elastic racer back detail. I size up in these so they are very flowy and comfortable.

2 | The go-dry pullover : I wear this thing all the time. It is supposed to be a little chilly this weekend, so I may bring it with me to the race to wear over my running tank. It is super lightweight and comfortable. AND it's on crazy sale right now for only $10!!

3 | High support racerback sprots bras : I need a little extra support in this department and these bras are the best that I've tried. They have a little extra lining in the front and the racer back helps with the support also. 

4 | High rise compression pants and crop pants : Trust me on the high rise thing. I have experience running in mid rise/normal pants and they always seem to slip down after long distances. The high rise helps to keep them in place. I will most likely wear these this weekend since it will be cold!

5 | Nike Free 5.0 running shoes : These shoes are amazing. They are so lightweight and comfortable I feel like I'm running barefoot, but with the right amount of cushion and some arch support. I'm so glad I invested in these shoes before this race!

PS - kudos to me for blogging everyday this week! In case you missed it:

Please say a little prayer for me on Sunday morning!! :)

Have a great weekend!

Halloween Decor




Truthfully, I'm not a big fan of Halloween. I really don't like all the skeletons, blood, scary creatures. Every year I always think, "can we just skip this and go straight to Christmas?"

However, I've been working on collecting cute holiday decor to put up on our mantel every year. I had yet to find anything I really loved for Halloween until Shayna contacted me and told me about her new shop. The moment I saw the cute burlap 'boo' banner, I knew it was perfect for our mantel! Throw in a few little trinkets and some bat garland from the Target $1 section with some mini pumpkins and there you have it! 

This little 'boo' banner is the perfect little accent for our mantel for the month of October. Shayna's shop, The Fancy Yancey shop, also offers custom name banners, wedding decor and more! 

And now Shayna is offering all Lovely Life Styling readers 20% off purchases from her shop with the code LLSTWENTY!

Make sure you stop by The Fancy Yancey shop to check out all of her handmade and painted items!

*Thank you Shayna for providing the 'boo' banner for review!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for thoughts for Thursday! 

Fall Basics || The Perfect Tunic

I was unable to get some outfit photos this week, so I'm hoping these collages will suffice. I wanted to express my love for this tunic. I ordered it from Nordstrom a few weeks ago with the plan to use it as a back up top for our family photos. I actually had planned to wear a different navy colored top and I'm so glad I went with the burgundy color (specific color is 'tawny port'). However, after wearing it once, I want to order it in white, black and the olive color! It is so versatile. You can wear it tucked in the front (which I did for our photos) with jeans or can be left untucked and is definitely long enough to wear with leggings. 

I put together 2 different looks for you (day and night) to illustrate my point:

tunic | leggings | navy plaid scarf | monogram necklace | tory burch tote (use code INTHEFAM25 to get 25% off!) | booties (use code INTHEFAM25 to get 25% off!) | kate spade watch

For the look above, I would wear the tunic untucked with comfortable leggings and a cozy scarf for running around, shopping or lunch/coffee dates during the day. 

tunic | black skinny jeans (use code INTHEFAM25 to get 25% off!) | kendra scott earrings | clare v. leopard clutch (use code INTHEFAM25 to get 25% off!) | black suede pumps (use code INTHEFAM25 to get 25% off!) | kate spade watch

With the above look, I would wear the tunic tucked in the front for a more polished look for cocktails and/or date night!

This tunic is definitely a staple in my fall wardrobe!

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Check out my other outfits in my fall basics series: outfit 1 | outfit 2 | outfit 3 | outfit 4

Happy fall shopping!

Fall Family Photos













I just love how Jenny Beck Photography captured these moments! Jenny was so great to work with and so flexible (we had to reschedule 4 times due to rain!!). There are so many good ones it was so tough to narrow them down to just this group! 

I'm so happy we have these sweet images to look back on. Cam is at such an adorable age and I wanted to have these photos to remember this time with my little family. These photos were definitely worth the wait!


You can follow her business page on facebook here and on IG here. 


Weekending + Recent Purchases

Another fall weekend that flew by! I was feeling a little under the weather with a head cold end of last week and this weekend (sorry for the lack of posting), so we didn't do too much. One thing that I was determined to accomplish was decorating our front porch. We didn't make it to the pumpkin patch this year, but I'm hoping we can take Cam next year when there may be more of a chance for him to remember the experience. I was able to get a cute picture of him with some pumpkins, so that makes me happy. Thanks to our local Home Depot, we got pumpkins, straw and mums for our front porch. I also picked up this festive door mat at Target. My heart was so happy! 

That was pretty much the highlight of the weekend, other than watching football and spending some quality time with my boys. I'm starting to feel a bit better now and Cam is showing no signs of catching what I have/had, thank goodness.

We also worked on baby proofing the house now that we have a mobile baby! He is crawling and pulling up on everything and of course goes stright for what he shouldn't! We also dropped the crib matress to the lowest level because he's been standing up in his crib... He's growing up too quickly (que the cry face emoji)!!

Another highlight of the weekend was this awesome mail day I had at the end of last week:


Each of these items were under $30! The red crossbody bag (also comes in black and white) is almost an exact replica of the Rebecca Minkoff 'mini MAC' crossbody bag. I have been coveting so many RM bags, so when I saw this one on F21's website I knew I had to snag it! I also decided I really wanted a satchel bag. They seem to be the current handbag trend and I'm not ready to fork over a lot of money for one at the moment. When I saw this satchel bag (also comes in black) I thought I could try this one out for a while to see if I like carrying it before I splurge. 

These leopard heels are so perfect and the price is just right! I have been eyeing this Halogen pair for a while and this pair from Target is a pretty close match, but priced over $70 less! 

So here's your Save vs Splurge for the week:







I'm linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
I hope you all had a great weekend!

Fall Basics || Hunter Boots





hunter boots | leggings (sold out, more options here, here and here) | plaid tunic (perfect with leggings and less than $25) | quilted vest | kate spade watch (similar) | ray bans | nail color essie "after school boy blazer"

Outfit #4 from my fall basics series is pretty much my go-to on rainy fall days! After the few rainy and cold days we had last week and this past weekend, I dusted off my good ol' pair of Hunter boots. I'm so glad I invested in these boots a few years ago. They are the perfect rain/cold weather/winter boots. I'm planning on purchasing a pair of the cable knit sock inserts this winter for more insulation and added warmth.

On another note, let's talk leggings. They are most definitely a fall/winter staple around these parts. Last year at this time I was practically living in my maternity leggings. This year will most likely be no different (non-maternity this year...). The pair I have on I found at Nordstrom Rack for a only $10! I couldn't pass up that deal. They are really comfy and thick enough for fall temps. I am contemplating purchasing this pair because I've read nothing but great reviews on them and the wide waist looks as though it would suck me in be very flattering.

I'm also loving this quilted vest from Old Navy. It's light weight and not too bulky like some other vests I've seen. I feel like the puffer vests may be a bit too bulky on my frame. The vest also comes in an olive green color, which seems to be a trendy color this fall.

I've linked to all items from this outfit (as well as similar pieces) below:



Check out my other outfits in my fall basics series: outfit 1 | outfit 2 | outfit 3

Happy fall shopping!

An Easy and Delicious Chili Recipe

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I always look forward to making the first batch of chili in the fall. It is the ultimate comfort food! This recipe is orginally derived from this one and has been altered a bit (I add a jar of salsa instead of adding chopped onions and canned tomatoes) to be even easier to throw together. I like this chili because it has a milder/sweeter taste and you can add more chili powder or jalapenos to add heat. 

What you will need:

* about 1 - 1.5 lbs of ground beef (can substitute with ground turkey)
* 1 family size can of Campbell's condensed tomato soup
* 1 jar of mild or medium chunky salsa (I always use this one)
* 1 can of kidney beans (about 15 oz)
* 2 tbs chili powder (more or less to taste)
* 1 tbs garlic powder (or can add fresh minced garlic)
* 2 tsps ground cumin

optional: extra chopped onion and or chopped jalapeƱos. We always add a few chopped jalapeƱos for a bit more heat.

Directions:

Cook the beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

Stir the cooked beef and the rest of the ingredients together in a slow cooker.

Cook on low for 8 - 9 hours.

I have also made this in a big pot without the crock pot and just brought it to a boil and then let it simmer for about 20 minutes or so. It's just so much better when you let it cook in the crock pot all day! And the smell in the house is amazing! 

Don't forget to add your favorite chili toppings. Mine are shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Frito's corn chips!

Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite go-to fall meals?