Actually Pretty, Long Robe for Tall Women

I finally found it!
"Robe for tall woman" "robe for tall women" "long robe tall"A ‘duster’ [aka: floor length] robe that is actually ‘long’ on my 5’9″ self. AND it is beautiful! (As in it doesn’t look like it could be my husband’s too). So pretty that if I saw it with a LaPerla tag I’d believe it was. I’ve been wearing the robe in the mornings while having breakfast with my husband and baby, and making coffee, making husband’s lunch, seeing him off to work. All while feeling beautiful, not frumpy for not being ‘ready for the day’ yet.

*Bonus: husband says it looks “really pretty”. #Winning !

Good thing I didn’t have this robe after I giving birth; I never would have gotten dressed…for at least a month 😉 (OK, I’m exaggerating. I got ‘ready’ [shower/dressed/makeup] everyday after having my baby which was a major contributor (I believe) to my quick baby weight loss).
If you’ve come across this post in your search for a long robe: trust me. Buy this robe.

Get it from Soft Surroundings, ‘RUFFLED CHENILLE ROBE’

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The Midi Length Dress: Great for bending Over

midi dress "mom with stroller in dress"(!Hope the title made you laugh!)

As a Mom, I’ve realized when dressing I have to think of how much bending over [in public situations] I’ll be doing that day. Many dresses from my pre-baby fashion days (which I still wear on occasion) were of the just-stand(or sit)-and-look-pretty length; no reaching or bending for anything 😉

Sure, you could wear jeans every day, but I believe in the DVF mantra, ‘feel like a woman, wear a dress’.

Enter the solution: The Midi length Dress, which is very on-trend this fall/winter 11′. Long enough to bend to pick-up your child, or grab something they’ve dropped without wishing you had shorts on underneath!

Here are a few great Midi length dress examples I’ve found, great for those stay-at-home Mom days of errands, cleaning and play-dates, yet still looking attractive when your husband gets home!

**I know, the links don’t work. WordPress doesn’t want me to make any money off of this 😉 Enjoy the photo though, and check out, Victoria’s Secret, and Sonya Rykel for the dresses.

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Fall’s Floppy Hat Trend [in real life]

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I managed to snag a floppy hat from the Missoni for Target collection. Seeing as I live in suburbia [now], our Target’s were far from stampeded for the ‘designer’ merchandise. I thought it looked great in the store! I wondered where I’d wear it to… ‘maybe an outdoor sporting event..’ [not that our less than 1-yr-old daughter has those yet..]

My baby really seemed to like it on me. Or was she laughing AT me.. I met a lady in the hat isle by the mirror and she simply ‘loved it’. So I bought it! I put it on in the parking lot and drove home with it on, which garnered many looks…

My husband thought it was the silliest thing I’d ever brought home. (I’ve brought home many interesting fashion finds before.) We joked about what people would think of me if I wore it to the grocery store. I planned to do so as an experiment (i.e. stay-at-home-Mom activity) but never got around to doing so in fear of running into a neighbor or any of my husband’s co-workers. Thus, my realization that the hat needed to be returned.

I took this self-timer-photo in the parking lot of Target before going in to return it.

The lesson: such hats are good everyday wear for the Kim Kardashian set, or the streets of NYC, LA, Philly, maybe even DC. Yet, simply too much in Suburbia. Even for my ‘No Mom Clothes’ self.  😉

Would you have given me a strange-second glance if you saw me in the grocery store? 😉

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BEST Baked Pumpkin Seeds

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Happy Fall!

[Taken from TLC Family , then adapted a bit]

Preheat oven to 350°F. Separate the pumpkin seeds from the fibers. Wash, drain, and dry the seeds on paper towels. Coat 11/2 cups seeds with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Toss the seeds with salt (or omit salt and toss seeds with any of the suggested seasonings below), and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Add 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice. (I used Pumpkin Spice instead of Allspice. Super good!)

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Why We’re Not Getting a Baby Gate

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We recently moved into an amazing, contemporary home. The geometric, on-of-a-kind steps truly bring the entire look of the home together. Such steps are also abnormally wide.

We also have a newly walking baby girl.

My husband and I have decided not to get baby gates. Let me explain why (other than the fact that any nice modern style version I found were not wide enough..)

If we’re not watching our baby to the point where she could go down or up the steps… what else could she be doing during such times? It’s worth thinking about. Do modern day ‘safety devices’ make us [parents] feel ‘ok’ to not watch our babies…

All we do when upstairs is simply close any door of the area we are in and keep her around us, which I feel we should do anyways. And when downstairs we simply watch her. Novel idea.

Now I just have to make sure my Mother doesn’t report us to child services… 😉

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Super YUMMY Natural Baby Breakfast

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I want Ella to eat lots of oatmeal for the extra iron, vitamins, and minerals it provides. I buy her Earth’s Best Whole Grain Organic; either ‘Apple Sweet Potato, or just Original. (I also saw Dr. Sears recommend this on a random YouTube clip I came across)Baby oatmeal, organic, Earth's Best, Whole Grain

To get her to actually enjoy eating oatmeal I have figured out the BEST [natural] concoction: 

    • 1/4 cup of the oatmeal
    • [about] 1/8 cup of water
    • 3 tablespoons plain Whole Milk Yogurt with honey
    • Dash of cinnamon [to taste]
    • Teaspoon organic-nothing added Peanut Butter (optional)
Share your baby approved healthy recipes with me!
Check out my other nutritious concoction for baby: Sweet Potato-Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese.
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Innovative Cute Modern Sippy Cups

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I love innovative products; especially baby products. Finding a cute sippy cup that is easy for Ella to use, yet super-cute is not easy!

My two favorites: 

The O-Cup, by Momma, $7.95 (It’s simply really neat looking. But also, the special opening has a non-spill system and only allows liquids to flow when the baby is feeding, preventing any leaks during transport or play.)

The LollaCup, $18 (yes, you may have sticker shock. But it’s worth it. Easy for baby to sip. The straw tilts when tilted (always finds the liquid for baby). Granted, it does leak when lying on the ground too long, but that is trumped by the fact that Ella can always get the liquid at any angle. Also, I enjoy the lid for cleanliness). P.S.  It is really cute, as you can see.

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What’s your favorite sippy?

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