Monday, March 25, 2013

{DIY}: Make Your Own No Sew Nursing Cover

     Ok folks, here it is. The easiest, cheapest, quickest nursing cover you'll ever make. You got that right! All you'll need is some scissors, an old/cheap/thrifted (preferably men's) shirt and your own two hands.
     First I have a backstory (and feel free to skip over it so you can just get to the nitty gritty). So, a couple years ago, for my oldest son's 3rd birthday, we threw him a superhero party. I found this DIY on how to make superhero capes out of t-shirts. It was awesome. Then fast forward a year and a half later to this past Halloween. My children are (still) obsessed with superheroes and our family dresses up as various Avenger members. My youngest baby (aka Baby Hulk) is just 3 months old, so he would obviously be nursing 'round the clock. We had literally minutes to get ready and out the door to trick-or-treat because ny husband (who was dressed as Thor) only had one hour off from work that night. So we ran out the door and hit the streets at lightning speed. It came that time when baby was getting fussy and was ready to nurse to sleep. With all the Halloween commotion, baby wasn't having it and wouldn't settle down to nurse. So I then proceeded to steal Thor's red cape (one of the ones I made for the b-day party) and I put it around my neck, but faced the cape part over the baby. The world slowed down for baby and he nursed his way to dreamland. 
     THEN IT HIT ME. I just discovered the easiest nursing cover known to man.

  • First, please don't be overly-impressed by my superb doodling skills. 
  • Then, go grab yourself an old t-shirt, maybe one from a man's closet, or one from the thrift store, or this one I used that was 5 bucks from Old Navy. You sort of want it a little bigger so there's more width to work with. Also, the V-Neck is cool because it kind of acts like the peek-a-boo aspect of legitimate nursing covers.
  • Then some scissors

     Now imagine that you have the shirt on, and you want just the front of the shirt and the neckline for the nursing cover (sorry, I am a visual learner.) Then do a little snippet next to the collar on the shoulder. Just a tiny one, heading toward the back of the shirt (I snipped too far to the front.) 
     And then cut around the neck collar. Next, down the shoulder seam all the way down to the end of the sleeve. Keep the sleeves there until the very end. You can try it on, checking out the width and keep them if you feel like you want more coverage, or snip them off if you don't need them. 
Cute assistants really help too.
     Then from the armpit, cut outward passed the side seam and into the back of the shirt. Again, you want to give yourself plenty of width so you can trim it down as needed. 
    And that's it, my friends. You just made yourself a nursing cover in 5 minutes. Plus it's lightweight and easy to throw just about anywhere. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

{BREASTFEEDING IN STYLE}: Button Down Dresses in Plus-Sizes

     This is a quasi Part Two to the Shirt Dress round-up I did last week. One of my sweet readers, Sarah Elisabeth, asked if any of the dresses from the group were plus-sized. Unfortunately, the answer was no. I was then determined to set out and find some dresses that were equally adorable while also being breastfeeding-friendly. Well my friends... I was pleased to find MOD CLOTH had exactly that. All I had to do was browse through their "Styles You Love in 16 & UP" and I was able to find some prrrrretty perfect shirt dresses. Any of these would be excellent Easter dresses with you and your nursing babe :)
{BREASTFEEDING IN STYLE}: Button Down Dresses in All Sizes
Click the image above to find the links to these darling dresses.

Monday, March 18, 2013

FEATURE SPONSORS: Natural Mamas

     I have a supreme appreciation for all the lovely blogs and businesses that chose to advertise on my site here. This month is full of mothers just like you, who are spreading love and appreciation for all things natural and beautiful. Please take a few minutes to snoop around and say "Hi.
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Sweetest family raising a curious, world-loving little girl. Love her list of natural recipes and remedies for babies.
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Blog and Shop with natural moms and babies in mind. My favorites are her amber teething necklaces or baby ring sling that you can wear in the water. Pretty perfect for spring break vacations by the pool/beach!
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Lovely family living in New Zealand with their little stud muffin, Marley. It's summer over there now, and these photos at the beach are beauties.
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This is so cool. Makenna, the wonderful woman behind CLEAN has an e-course for anyone who wants to live more naturally. I know that we as a family dramatically changed our ways as soon as we got pregnant with our first baby. If you are a newbie to the natural, clean lifestyle, you should definitely jump on board with Makenna so that you can make the change now. 
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The gorgeous mama, Brigid, shares her tips and tricks for living a modern green lifestyle. I've especially enjoyed reading through these posts.
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Bekah, my kindred spirit. Once you read her blog, you'll always want to keep coming back.
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So much pregnancy, motherhood, vegan, non-gmo information. Sift through Elizabeth's TOPICS tab to find out. 
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Handmade Guatemalan huaraches/sandals and other goods for mom and baby. I just got my first pair of  huaraches and LOVE THEM!
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Raddest baby & children leggings. See if you can find my boys modeling :)
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

{MASON & THE TAMBOURINE}: Website Launch and Review

      I am very excited to announce that the long awaited, super fly fashion for kids, MASON & THE TAMBOURINE has now opened up shop! The M&TT website officially went live last night (Friday March 15th, 2013) and my boys got to do a little pre-test of their rad leggings. 
     First off, the fabric and quality is above par (they use organic fabrics and soy-based inks.) And second, these leggings are ultra soft and comfy (my oldest, Coral, didn't want to take them off to shower.) I love that the designs are gender neutral and totally studly for all those groms out there.   
    Melany, the owner/designer behind M&TT, is one of the sweetest ladies that I've met in this internet world and I am honored to call her my friend. Also, her son and inspiration for the line, Mason, is a beautiful little man (and nursling) who's just a month or so younger than my Ocean boy. Melany has accomplished SO MUCH for a first time mom and I am incredibly proud. 
   So be sure to hop on over to the brand spankin' new site and support a mom (& small biz owner) while covering your little human's legs with greatness :)

All leggings are c/o Mason and The Tambourine. If you chose to use these photos to re-blog or share on the internet, please make sure to give credit to www.milkfriendly.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

{BREASTFEEDING IN STYLE}: SPRING SHIRT DRESSES

     Itching for spring? Well I thought I'd do a quick little round-up of some shirt dresses that are sure to put some pep in your step. Button plackets and pretty ocean blues make it simple for you to easily breastfeed your little love and still be a total babe. Oh, and all under thirty bucks. Done and done.
{BREASTFEEDING IN STYLE}: BLUE HUED SHIRT DRESSES
Click the image above to find the links to these darling dresses.

Monday, March 11, 2013

{SAKURA BLOOM SLING DIARIES}: BEAUTY

B   E   A   U   T   Y
    I am in constant awe of the exquisite setting that our boys get to grow up in. Every single day they have multiple opportunities to be outdoors, to release energy and to satisfy their inquisitive natures. Physical beauty is stretched 360 degrees and it's not the crisp sand and sparkly sea, nor the painfully stunning sceneries. I'd have to say that the most radiant beauty I have felt this year, is the gladness in my heart. A reflection of my family in this moment and in it's totality. 
    When I started the sling diaries six months ago, Ocean was just turning three monts old. He was such a wonderful, easy baby, but I think I was still a little unsure as to whether I could handle it all and wondered how the family dynamics would turn out. Life is not perfect and there will always be testing moments but I now know that his presence has pushed each us to be better in our own particular way. I am incredibly thankful to be able to see these positive qualities in all of us. 
     Ocean boy, we love you so very much and we hope you never stop doing your magic.  
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This is my last and final entry in the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries{I am wearing the Pure Baby Sling in Organic Maple.}
previous entries :
T R A D I T I O N

P.S. My pants are from Tobi and the rad leggings on Ocean are from Mason and The Tambourine.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

'OHANA

I think these pictures capture (parts of) us well. A bedroom that got pulled together moments before these photos were taken. The boys' constant (crazy) energy with tiny moments of adoration and love. A quiet nursling who drifts off to sleep in the midst of acrobatic acts on daddy's back. Our firstborn, Coral, who is outgoing, photogenic and always ready to jump in and make you smile. A more reserved Sky who loves like crazy and is always willing to share a kiss with the ones he trusts. A loving father who sneaks a surf in during nap time so he can spend every moment with his children. An Ocean baby who is incredibly in-tune with his surroundings and figures out the world at lightning speed. A wife and mother whose grown up with each of her babies and thankful for the opportunity and bounty to call these boys (men) mine.



Maxi Dress from Tobi.
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