Five little monkeys… below are five adorable Le Top outfits perfect for your little monkey! These are perfect for sibling pictures, back to school or even the holidays! To purchase any of the cute outfits below just click on the pictures! We hope to see you in-stores or online! :)
Hold on to your horses because boy do we have some cute outfits for your little one! We recently got in some adorable western themed pieces from Le Top that are sure to knock your boots off! These pieces are perfect for sibling pictures or just for an adorable sibling moment. To purchase any of the pieces below, just click on the pictures! For more HM&BB goodness, follow us on Facebook or check out our website!
Last week we had a Haute Mommies Night Out of fun, philanthropy and painting at The Paint Pub. Donations of diapers and formula were collected for Interfaith Caring Ministry, an amazing local organization that helps families and individuals in need. We had some awesome vendors come out to help make the night even better! Angie from Stella and Dot, Brittany from Rosehip Essentials and Afsheen from Tezarias High Couture Jewelry, all of these lovely ladies brought out some amazing items. Everyone was full on delicious food from Villa Capri and Mediterraneo Market & Cafe by the time the night was done! There were giveaway galore, silent auction items and swag bags so that no one went home empty handed. Silent auction items included a basket from League City Chiropractics and Sports Medicine, a blowout and mini makeover from Blow Dry Bar, One Month Unlimited to Me Body, and a three month membership to Anytime Fitness League City. The Giveaways included a certificate for an O2 lift facial from Belle Naturelle and items from Rosehip Essentials and Stella and Dot. The swag bag were loaded with all kinds of goodies from League City Chiropractics and Sports Medicine, BerryLicious, Angelica L Salon and Kendra Scott, and last but not least Clear Lake Dermatology. If you missed our event never fear, we will be collecting new and loose unused diapers and unopened formula in the store all week and when you bring in a donation you will be entered to win either a $50 gift card to yours truly or a gift basket of goodies that includes a $100 certificate to League City Chiropractics and Sports Medicine. We hope to see you in the store and a BIG thank you to everyone who attended and donated to our event!
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Join us for a fun night out to benefit a wonderful charity, Interfaith Caring Ministries!
Don’t worry, this post isn’t going to have any gory details about labor and delivery. I have come to conclude that unless you have been present for an actual birth, you have no idea what goes on in the labor and delivery room. I have also learned that unless you have actually had a baby, you have no idea what mamas go through.
I feel like it is human nature to think that we know it all once we have done something. We earn our merit badge and like to pass on our advice to those who come after us, especially when it comes to having babies. For some reason, though, women tend to pass on horror stories filled with pain and trauma with their advice when it comes to the labor and delivery department. I’m not really sure if this is a.) because their experiences were truly terrible, b.) because it is some rite of passage, or c.) some women enjoy torturing other women. For some reason, there is a lot of fear surrounding labor and delivery. I’m sure it has something to do with the whole watermelon analogy, but don’t let that scare you.
Know that nobody can tell you what labor and delivery is like. You can read books and go to the classes so that you feel prepared. You can never “know” so much and so little at the same time. Some people have a few hours of labor, and some people have days. Some people barely know that they are in labor, and some people experience pain that elicits blood-curdling screaming that fills the hall. People deliver babies anywhere from 24 to 42 weeks, and they do it sitting, laying, and standing under water, in cars, on hospital beds, and at home. There are so many choices from location and delivering doctor (to an extent), to methods and medications used during the process. None of these choices or details make anyone’s birth superior to anyone else’s.
Be confident in your decisions, but don’t be unyielding. I’m no advice columnist, but if I could offer two words of advice, they would be…be flexible. That’s right. It is great to have a birth plan and have ideas about what you want, but don’t get so fixated on the little things that you lose sight on the goal, a healthy mama and baby. In my mind, I was supposed to be induced at term, have at least 12 hours of labor, take a picture when leaving for the hospital (with hair done and makeup on my face), and my doctor was supposed to deliver a beautiful baby boy after a couple of pushes. Instead, I almost had my baby in the car a month early, took no pictures (because I had my hair in a messy pony tail and no makeup on my face), and had a different doctor help deliver my beautiful baby boy. Even though next to nothing went as planned, it was perfect, and he was beautiful! Don’t listen to the people who try to terrify you. Just because it’s unpredictable doesn’t mean that it is scary or terrible. It is all a part of the beautiful adventure of motherhood that awaits you.
It’s amazing how much your mindset can affect your birthing experience. Good luck mamas-to-be! We can’t wait to meet all of your new additions at the store. Also, check out our mommy and me pajama sets so that you can get some great pictures in the hospital after the baby is here! Also don’t forget to tag your munchkins in their hmandbb attire at #bellababystyle on Instagram so that we can watch them grow!
The start of summer is right around the corner. Memorial Day is here, and I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to hit the pool. Granted, hitting the pool with a little one in tow is a lot more work than it has been in summers past, but it is worth the extra time and effort. There are definitely some things to think about before you dive in. Let’s start packing!
1. Sunscreen: Remember that your little ones have sensitive skin, and you need to put sunscreen on them frequently when outside, especially when they are swimming. There are so many great options these days from lotions to sprays, so lather it on, and don’t forget those itty-bitty noses and ears!
2. Swim suits: Here, we can help you out! We have some trendy trunks for boys, and some super-cute suits for girls! We carry several styles and colors to make sure that you have the cutest babe on the beach!
Also, we didn’t forget about you mamas! We have some super cute maternity suits so that you can show off those baby bumps; one-pieces, two pieces, solids, and stripes! Don’t forget to spoil yourself a little this summer. You deserve it! Check out this awesome (and might I add, perfect for Memorial Day and Independence Day) suit from Maternal America that we just got in! It definitely won’t last long.
3. Shades: Just like their skin, babies’ eyes are sensitive too. Make sure you protect their eyes from the harsh summer sun… or just get some of those sweet baby aviators because they are the perfect accessory for that really cute outfit you just bought!
4. Hats: Cute and functional, summer hats help to protect those sweet scalps from sunburn and are often a perfect compliment to their summer duds! We have several styles and colors to choose from for your littlest boys and girls. Check out this adorable set from Le Top and see what I mean: SO ADORABLE!
5. Sandals: Now that the heat has set in, ditch the socks and let the toes show! Sandals are a must-have for summers (and maybe even year-round for some of us) in Texas. Another plus side to sandals is that you can usually get a little extra wear out of them, since the toe is not closed in. We have super cute styles for the little divas out there and some great casual styles for our little guys. Our sandals are equipped with squeakers that can help you keep tabs on your little explorers, but can also be removed in seconds if you need some quiet time (or something close enough to quiet time).
Make sure you are prepared with all of the other essentials too: towels, floats, bug spray, toys (pretty much everything but the kitchen sink)! Getting out with your little one might seem like a hassle at times, but it is so worth it. Get out there and make some great memories this summer — oh, and don’t forget the camera!
Here are a few pictures of my munchkin in his Mayoral swim suit that I scooped up last summer from the store while I was pregnant. Make sure to share pictures of your #bellababystyle as your kiddos sport their summer duds that you picked up in the store with us on Instagram or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to see them!
So now that my sweet baby boy is 9 months old, I am taking maternity leave. It just wasn’t in the cards right away when he was born. His first months on earth were hectic. I finished school and have a job lined up, but I have a few months to enjoy with him before I start. Therefore, during this time, I am doing my best to make up for my Christmas tree being up until April. Like many twenty-something females, this usually entails spending way too much time on Pinterest, searching for all of the great things that I should be doing to earn a gold star in the mommy department. In case some of you haven’t jumped on that train, motherhood on Pinterest entails being a semi-professional photographer, an arts a craft guru, a design expert, and your own personal trainer, all while looking like a supermodel every day. It all looks pretty, but in reality, I feel like I deserve a medal for showering on a daily basis.
With that being said, I decided to start doing some simple things for my little boy that are good for him and that I enjoy. This week, I took the leap into making my own baby food. It isn’t nearly as scary as it sounds. I even unwrapped the pouch filling station that my mom got me for Christmas and started filling the freezer with my creations. Before you get started, there are a few things that you need to have on hand. First of all, a good blender is essential. I have a Ninja, but any high quality blender will do. Secondly, think about storage (unless you want to do all of this every few hours instead of catching up on that sleep that you lost when your sweet angel was up crying every two hours during the night). There are tons of options that can be kept in either the fridge or freezer with various carrying capacities. I chose to use a pouch system. The foods can be kept in the refrigerator up to 48 hours or in the freezer up to 2 months. Currently, I am using disposable pouches, but I may convert to a reusable line when we run out of these and take a more eco-friendly approach (I promise to recycle until then).
Now, for the best part, I am not going to give you any recipes. Look in your refrigerator and see what you have. What do you have on your counter top? Do you have a straggler fruit cocktail in the pantry? Taste it as you go, and if it isn’t good, add something that makes it taste better to you! I try to make things that I would eat myself.
For my first batch I used a lone banana from my fruit bowl, a few chunks of the fresh pineapple that I just finished cutting, a couple of fresh blueberries, and a couple handfuls of spinach. I happened to have all of these things in my refrigerator and literally just threw them in the blender and left it on for five minutes while I vacuumed the living room. Next, I did 2 sweet potatoes, a can of pear halves that had been in my pantry for months, and a few spoonfuls of unsweetened applesauce so that I could get rid of the jar cluttering the bottom shelf of my fridge. This was slightly more complicated, since the sweet potato had to be peeled, chopped, and boiled in water for about 15 minutes. Once that was soft, it went into the blender with the pears and applesauce and was left on for about five minutes while I unloaded the dishwasher. I loaded my mixtures into pouches, labeled and dated them, and stashed them in the freezer. After 30-45 minutes (including clean-up time, vacuuming, and dish duty) and a couple bucks worth of ingredients, I have a baker’s dozen of fresh fruit and veggie pouches, a strong desire to purge my freezer and see what I can come up with next, and approval that looks like this:
I may not have that bikini-ready body yet that I could get by following those five simple moves that I saw on Pinterest this morning, but I did make some yummy meals for my little man. Don’t let others’ experiences intimidate you. If I can do it, so can you. Even if you didn’t start making your own food from the beginning, you can start now! Put on some re-runs, get in there, and let the creative juices (and purees) flow. Good luck mamas!
P.S. Check out our Ju-Ju-Be reversible bibs with magnetic closures and pockets for catching any messes or mishaps! They are very cute and functional (plus they come in a great carrying pouch, which is perfect for the diaper bag!)
Now here is a super cute craft you can do with your little one that BONUS will have them begging for bathtime!! Not to mention it’s always reassuring to know the products we use with our little ones are 100% all natural and what better way to guarantee that then to make them ourselves!
Skill level required: Medium
Fun Level: Off the charts (the girls giggled the whole time and were so excited to be making something that would normally be bought at the store!)
Age range (2+) I could actually see this being a fun craft to offer at a spa sleepover party with bigger girls too!
- Corn Starch
- Baking Soda
- Citric Acid
- Essential Oil
- Food Coloring
- Two Medium Bowls
- One Small Bowl
- Measuring Cups
- Squirt Bottle
- Small Water Proof Toys
- Cookie Sheet
1. Measure out 1 3/4 cups of baking soda into one of the medium sized bowls.
2. Add 1 cup of citric acid to bowl
3. Add 2 cups of corn starch
4. Whisk ingredients together
5. Divide mixture evenly into the 2 bowls.
6. Add a few drops of essential oil to each bowl.
7. Put a few drops of food coloring in the bottom of your squirt bottle and fill with water.
8. Spray the colored water into one of the bowls. Whisk the mix while spraying the water. (if you add to much water or let the water sit for too long it will start to fizz – think back to those ubiquitous middle school volcano science projects.)
9. Add water until the mixture becomes the consistency of moist sand and sticks together easily
10. Take one of the small toys and place it into the mixture and press it firmly into the bowl.
11. Cover the toy with more of the mixture and press it firmly into the bowl.
12. Flip the bath bomb out of the bowl and onto a clean cookie sheet.
13. Repeat steps 9-12 until all of the mixture is gone.
14. Repeat steps 6-13 with remaining powder mixture using a different color if you would like.
15. Allow bath bombs to dry for several hours on a cookie sheet
16. Toss into bath and enjoy!!
No doubt, your kids will love this craft and you’ll love how easy it is to get them to take a bath :)! Enjoy!
Check out one of super cute full sized hooded towels to dry them off after their bath!