Happy Friday! What do you have on tap this weekend? We have zero commitments – hallelujah! – and are pretty darn thrilled about it. 🙂
Earlier this week I was cranking out some blog-related tasks and hopped on IG Stories real quick to ask if you all had any topics you’d like to see me cover on the blog. I don’t know why I haven’t done that earlier because holy moly! You had some fabulous ideas that had me squealing! I even called my mom at one point and was all “Is _____ topic that so and so just submitted not the best idea ever?!”
So thanks for playing along. 🙂
One of my long time favorite bloggers Julie did a round-up of questions a couple times throughout the last few months, and I knew if I enjoyed reading posts like that, that I could compile some of your questions in a similar format and that you would hopefully enjoy them too! I’m planning to devote entire posts to some of the questions, but I figured I would go ahead and answer some of them here today.
What makeup do you use to shape your eyebrows?
I discovered Benefit’s Gimme Brow almost two years and haven’t gone many days without it since! I made a quick little video below to show you how to use it and what kind of impact you can expect from it. One tube lasts me about six months wearing it 5x a week. I wear shade 3. I’ve tried shade 04 too, and it was a bit too bold and dark.
Do you have any suggestions for nursing clothes?
I live in these nursing tanks from Motherhood Maternity. I had four of them (buy 3 get one free!) and they were worth every penny because I wore one of them every single day. If I were hanging around the house, I’d just wear one of these tanks and a pair of cropped lounge pants. If we were going out, I’d put on a nursing bra under it and a loose shirt over it. I also wore my Piko tops (long sleeve | short sleeve) 100 times each. I actually still wear them constantly! They were super easy to nurse in and were so incredibly comfortable during that postpartum stage.
Do you have any advice for nursing in public?
One of my best friends was nursing her baby at the same time that I was nursing Sadie, so she and I were always having to tackle this together. She helped give me the confidence to nurse in public and stop worrying about other people. I always wore my nursing cover that worked well. I never noticed any weird stares or had anyone make any comments. Never. I would usually try to nurse Sadie right before we left the house so that I could avoid nursing in public, but sometimes nursing in public was unavoidable!
I was also mindful that nursing can make others uncomfortable (especially if they are unfamiliar with it, understandably), which was something I wanted to avoid if possible. I just tried to not make a show of it and be as discreet as possible. 🙂 It definitely takes practice, but breastfeeding is such a normal thing that the majority of people don’t give you a second glance (if even a first glance). I wore a cover identical to this one, but if I were to nurse another baby, I would try this one too. I also liked having a nursing tank on under my clothes so that my stomach was always covered.
Tips on making new mom friends?
Making new friends can be so hard, regardless of how outgoing you are. I wrote a whole post with a few tips for finding new friends as an adult in this post. I centered it around how to find friends when you move to a new place with the military, but the tips are applicable for all adult women looking for new friendships.
What are Hadley’s favorite things to do?
Hadley will be four in a few months, and she’s still just so easy to please when it comes to doing things. A few of her current favorite things that make her so incredibly happy every time we do them: painting her nails, playing at the playground, going on walks (and letting her collect as many sticks and rocks as she can find), inviting friends and their moms to come play/hang at our home, throwing coins into fountains and making a wish, baking anything that includes chocolate chips, zoos/aquariums, reading books in bed, watching movies snuggled up with us, making forts with blankets, etc etc etc.
Do you have any tips for nursing in public?
How do you make friends as an adult?
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to three little girls (ages 7, 4, and 1) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo