I often get asked where I get my 3 year old Ava’s formal/church dresses from. I shop at places in Australia and Overseas such as Cotton On, Janie and Jack, Ebay, Zulily.. really all different places.
I wanted to share some links with you for dresses Ava has as well as other’s I’ve found that are formal so you can bookmark these companies for next time!
One- Lola Short Sleeve dress, Cotton On | Two- Laura Short Sleeve Dress, Cotton on | Three- Inga Tulle Dress, Cotton On | Four- Romantic Embroidered Dress, Zara | Five- The Maya Dress, Janie and Jack | Six- Plaid Ruffle Dress, Janie and Jack | Seven- Katanna Lace Dress, Bardot Junior | Eight- Cheetah Faux Fur Dress, Janie and Jack | Nine- Animal Print Dress, Zara | Ten- Loose fitting button up dress, Zara | Eleven- Jackered Window Pain Dress, Janie and Jack | Twelve- Embroidered Dress, Zara
Top: Cotton On (Similar linked here)
Shoes: Big W
Top: Cotton On (similar linked here and here)
Skirt: Cotton On (I can’t find similar ones so I’ve picked a cute pink tulle one here)
Shoes: Cotton On (I can’t find similar ones so I’ve linked brown shoes here)
Prior to getting pregnant with Ava I was running 3-5 times a week.. I was also unofficially competing with my husbands father every month on the Nike app to get more km’s/miles than him.. I’m not sure if he was actually aware of it which is why I saw “unofficially competing!”
When I miscarried late last year I thought it may have something to do with me continuing to run, so I stopped all exercise.. from memory I only started running again well after 3 months.. I stopped again at the 7 month mark- it was getting to awkward.. I take my hat off to all those women who compete in marathons at 8 months pregnant- good for you!!!
While I was pregnant, I continued wearing my normal gym wear- I was dying for maternity tights but couldn’t find them anywhere!! Only recently I noticed Cotton on had a maternity active wear range– say what?!?!
What I’ve also noticed is that active wear has gotten so so expensive! Greg and I are Nike fanatics- I love the feel of their clothing and their designs- but honestly, who is spending $160 on tights.. TIGHTS?!?!?! I made it my mission to find similar looking items for a lot less! You can definitely look great, have good work out gear and not break the bank!
If you just had a baby I would recommend going and getting new work out or running gear. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but a new pair of tights or a new pair of shoes will go a long way in getting you back into it- trust me!!
I picked two companies that have pretty expensive items- Nike and Lorna Jane and found similar looking items for A LOT less.. I hope the below is helpful!
Nike- Tights and Top // Cotton on- Tights and Top
Lorna Jane- Tights and Top // Kmart- Top // Cotton On- Tights
As for actually working out or running, my recommendation is to do what you feel comfortable with! I’ve walked a lot since Ava was born- I highly recommend walking- it’s a lot less strenuous and you can go a lot further. I struggled to run for 25min last week but can walk for upwards of an hour on any given day. If you live in Australia there is a company/facebook community called Running Mums Australia– I highly recommend joining the group- it’s a great support network! If you were somewhat of a runner prior to baby and you don’t have the motivation to start again I would recommend downloading the Nike + Run Club app- you can set goals to run a certain distance by a certain time and be “trained” by a coach on each run. Whatever you decide to do- remember- you just carried and brought a baby into this world- and that is an amazing achievement!
A few months ago my niece Mia was told to make a wish when she blew the candle out on her 6th birthday cake. After making this wish she quickly asked us if we wanted to know the wish she made- without missing a beat she told us she wished to grow wings..
..and that my friends is the problem with 90% of the cartoons our kids watch..haha
Poor Mia..we felt bad breaking it to her that humans can’t grow wings..but there are ways around it..kinda..cue the fairy wings and princess wands!
Some of the below items would be super cute for a Fairy or Princess party- they are on the cheaper side as well so definitely affordable if you needed to buy a few.
One- Fairy Wings // Two- Princess Wand // Three- Wing Singlet // Four- Wing Shoe Clips // Five- Princess Skirt //Six- Crown //Seven- Ballet Shoes //Eight- Flare Onesie
Ava was born just in time for Greg to experience his first Father’s Day! He has seamlessly transitioned into fatherhood (of an 11 day old..haha) and has been so supportive- he truly has astounded me. What kind of guy will wake up every 4 hours during the night just to sit and chat so you don’t have to be awake feeding by yourself!
I’ve been stockpiling a few printable’s for Father’s Day with the hope of using them next year- these past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind with Ava! Below is a roundup of cheap and easy gifts/printable’s and outfits that I am loving!
One- Rad like dad bib (Cotton on) // Two- Best Dad Ever t-shirt (Cotton on) // Three- Daddy is the best onesie (Target) // Four- Dad Keyring (Pearlie Girl) // Five- Dear Dad Free Printable (Cool Mom Picks) // Six- Dad’s mug (afewhometruths)
Personally, I don’t look very good in headbands or beanie’s (I think it’s the large Assyrian/Maltese forehead)- but most babies look absolutely adorable- I have probably pinned hundreds of photos of different pieces.
I have started buying a few different head bands and crocheting one or two here and there for baby Ava- I’ll share the crocheted ones in a few days.
Below are a few of my favourite’s I have found (or own!):
one- baby turban // two- floral crown // three- fairy bow headband // four- ballet headband // five- queenie crown
We actually used a baby headband for our announcement that it was a baby girl!
It’s no secret that I (along with most of my female family) were hoping for a baby boy! Alas we were blessed with another little girl making her appearance in August!
I couldn’t help but pick out a cute outfit for this imaginary baby boy! (I somewhat ignored some of the prices however a few items are on sale at the moment!)
one – otis baby blunny
two – baby boy denim knit shirt
three – baby boys fleetwood vest
four – baby boys linen harem pant
five – rock star cap
six – kooky socks