How to wear fall apparel before fall

It’s every where you look, all the latest fall and winter trends on Facebook, Instagram, and department stores. Heck, you can even start finding Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas decor starting to pop up in the aisles of your favorite stores.

So what do you do when you see these amazing deals on sweaters, boots and jeans? You stock up in fear that they will not be available later on. Which more than likely you’re right.

Now you have all kinds of cute new clothes, but sadly the thermostat still reads 95 degrees. 😩

If you are like me, you have no patience, and want to wear all those cute clothes right away. It’s been that way since we were kids, you know the deal, all that back to school shopping, mom buying you a sweater and pair of jeans one size up in July knowing you’ll fit into them by Christmas, and on that first day of school in mid August you are sporting that sweater and jeans because it’s new!

Things haven’t changed much now that we are adults except for the buying a size up part, well unless maybe you’ve been thinking of that delicious turkey dinner you’ll be having, now that’s thinking ahead!

In this post I’m going to show you a few ways I wear my new Fall apparel when my weather app reads “feels like 104 degrees…”

The best way to wear that super cute sweater is to rock it with a cute pair of distressed shorts. It’s like wearing a pair of jeans with a tank top but flipped, so you won’t look too crazy wearing a sweater in the heat of the outdoors. This is also a good time to rock the booties as well.

We all love a good flannel top for fall, but again it’s way too hot to be wearing flannel, so a super quick and easy way to wear your flannel is as an accessory to your look! Here I paired it with some comfy leggings and a basic white tee.

To the left to the left…Yes I am aware I am looking left in every shot. What can I say? It’s my good side. ;p Now the last look– I’m pretty sure cardigans are the “it” clothing item of the fall season, they are advertised everywhere you look. These are probably the easiest to style as you can wear them over anything, a tank and shorts like I am here or even over a cute summer dress.

 

How I get baby to sleep all night.

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Please note that I am not an expert in sleep training babies. I do not co-sleep. Also, I may just have been blessed with babes that like to sleep, and last but not least, every night can be a total hit or miss.

Now that all of that has been put out there I wanted to write a blog post about what I have done to get all three of my kids to sleep most of the night early on.

Ever since Adalynn was born I’ve believed in giving babies and kids a good daily routine especially when it comes to bedtime. Once babe is home from the hospital and we are settled in after the family visits, getting that milk supply in and somewhat regular breastfeeding is happening our daily routine starts.

First things first, pick a bedtime. It’s not necessarily when you want babe to be asleep but a time you just want baby to be to bed. No matter when babe woke up from their last nap put them to bed every night at the same time. Now like I said, doing this doesn’t mean they will fall asleep immediately but they learn this is bedtime.

With the girls part of our bedtime routine was a bath. With three kids it’s just gotten tough having that time every evening so Max gets a bath every other night but still, it’s only right before bed and not any other time of the day. It’s an adjustment to our previous routines but it’s still routine.

Once again no matter babe’s last feeding I always try and feed them one last time to get that little tummy nice and full. I do that after bath time and putting baby in jammies. I do the feeding quietly in their nursery even if baby is still sleeping in my room because it’s usually the most quiet peaceful place in the house.

Now this I think is truly the key to teaching babe that it’s bedtime and not just nap time. We only swaddle at night! During the day when baby naps we never swaddle. With the girls I just used the easy Velcro swaddles like these and that’s what I started out using with Max but he grew out of them super fast and we had to put him in a good ole’ fashion swaddle blanket which is good if that’s what you have and like. Max was getting out of them too easy though so I went on a search and found Star Sack. I contacted the owner to give it a try and let me tell you it’s a game changer!! It helps when the basic swaddle gets too small and or baby gets too strong and easily busts out of the traditional swaddle folds.

Another thing we’ve added since Max is a mobile! We use this one, it gives baby entertainment while they slowly drift to sleep. We have a video monitor and watch him lay in his crib for an hour quietly before falling asleep so I truly think the mobile works!

Like I said most nights this has worked for us but there are times babe still gets up. When they do, unless they’ve pooped, I don’t take them out of the swaddle! I just let them eat and immediately but them back in their bed.

Give this a try and good luck! May peaceful nights be in your near future.