Dad Style & Other Thoughts

I partnered with JORD watches in this post. All opinions are ours. 

Today I'm excited to share a bit from Devin's perspective on parenting...usually you hear me going on and on about motherhood (sorry!), but today I'm mixing it up and having Devin share on everything from style to being a father of two. And in case you didn't see the details of my Instagram post yesterday, here's the main point: baby #2 is a GIRL. What?!

What would you never wear? 
My gut reaction is v-neck tshirts, but not because I have a problem with them completely (they look fine on other people). I just could never do it. White sneakers, whatever that crazy tunic was that you bought me that one time [it was a cardigan]...

What are some of your go-to items to wear? 
Solid colors, hoodies, boat shoes, flip-flops, oh God never sandals. If you ever catch me in a pair of those sandals you'll know I've been kidnapped and brainwashed by a crazy bird-watching family. 

What do you like about your JORD watch, having worn it the past few weeks?
I really like the weight of it. It's got the look of a metal link watch, but the weight of it is more similar to a watch with a leather band. I also like--and this is gonna sound weird--the smell of it. It smells like wood, and the finishing oil they send with it probably helps with that. It's also super unique; I've never seen a wood watch before. See more JORD men's watches here

What's your favorite part about being a dad?
Seeing Aiden learn new stuff, which seems like every day...whether it's a new word or watching him climb on something he couldn't get up on the day before...the fact he learned how to blow on his food [to cool it down]...It literally changes everyday. I love watching his personality take shape, which is cool because you usually meet people after their personality is already formed. So it's like watching him grow a personality. 

What's been the most challenging part of being a dad? 
So far, and what probably always will be, the hardest part is the discipline. You try and tell yourself it'll get easier once he understands it, but I don't think kids ever understand why you're disciplining them until they're adults. So we've got a really long road ahead of disciplining Aiden because it's the right thing to do.

What are you excited about having another newborn? 
Well, I'm SUPER excited to have another newborn since I didn't fully appreciate it at the time, but now looking's such a fun stage of life. Newborns are just adorable. I'm also SUPER excited that it's a girl. It's a whole new experience, and I've heard that girls tend to cling to their fathers a little bit more [since Aiden 100% loves Julie more]. But I'm also nervous. Holding a friend's newborn the other day showed me that Aiden does get jealous, and it'll be hard to split your attention between two kids. 

What's the weirdest thing dads do? 
The only thing that comes to mind is holding your kid up and sniffing their butt in public. 

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Classic Winnie-the-Pooh Baby Shower

I could not be more thrilled that my sister-in-law is having a baby, due only 7 weeks before my little one! (I shared her beautiful garden wedding here back in 2015). We had such a fun day celebrating her little one with this vintage-y Winnie-the-Pooh baby shower theme.

Here's what we did, in case you're ever throwing a baby shower!

--Honeycomb guessing in a jar
--Advice for the new mom and dad
--Silly prizes for the games in brown paper bags with yellow paper flowers (from my other sister-in-law's Etsy shop!)
--Baby shower scattergories & other table games

--Buffet-style fruit kabobs, beehive shaped cake, burgers, potato salad, and "carrots from Rabbit's garden" (inspired by this)
--We each brought our nice sets of plates
--Mason jars with striped straws
--Winnie-the-Pooh themed food labels like "Smackerels," and "sticks from Eeoyore's house" (pretzels sticks), etc.

--Hundred Acre Wood sign (from Wild Cedar Co.)
--Hand-lettered Pooh quotes as centerpieces (also from Wild Cedar Co.)
--White, yellow, and green flowers bought in bulk and arranged in thrifted vases
--White tablecloths
--Onesies strung up on twine by the gift table
--Yellow and white paper lanterns hung around

**In the invitations, we also asked guests to bring a book instead of a card, and we provided these stickers so they could write a message to the baby in the book! It's a great way to jump-start the little one's library 😉 

What's your favorite part of a bridal shower or baby shower? Have you ever thrown one before? Any tips you'd recommend?
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Snapshots from Ocean City, MD

Places we went: 

  • Fishing pier/lookout (in the mist/rain, haha)
  • To the boardwalk for long walks
  • The hotel's indoor pool
  • The hotel's outdoor pool (except it was too cold so that was short-lived!)
  • Batting cages/play place for kids
  • Out to dinner on the bay, at seafood places, and on a marina
  • Assateague National Island Park
  • The beach, in the sunshine on our last day!

What I loved most: 

  • Watching Aiden play in the sand, so intrigued by every beach stick (what are those called?) and the way the sand poured through his hands
  • Laughing with Devin at "beach chickens" (a.k.a. seagulls)
  • Finding a Dunks on the boardwalk for morning coffee with a view (are you surprised? We love us some Dunkin Donuts)
  • All the random daytime adventures, like outlet shopping and going to a play place with batting cages
  • Seeing wild horses at Assateague Island National Park and trying not to get wind-whipped by the insane gusts
  • Going a few steps away to the hotel's indoor pool with our baby monitor so Aiden could fall asleep in the room. 
  • Accidentally showing up to a super fancy marina-front restaurant in jeans (amidst the chinos-wearing 60-year-old boat owners) and getting an amazing waterfront table while we ordered off the sandwich menu 😂
  • Spending so many days together (....which is now extended, since Devin broke his leg when we got back from vacation

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Bedroom Summer Refresh

I partnered with Keepsake for this post, but my thoughts & opinions are (as always!) my own. 

Our house has gone through lots of stages...from 1) completely unfinished (a gutted bathroom) to 2) we're living here but it's constantly in a state of huge renovation and 3) things are finished so let's focus on decor! I'm proud to say we're in the "I can focus on decorating aka cleaning up baby toys!" stage instead of "wait not everyone has 5 powertools in their living room?"

Our bedroom was this, then this, and now here we are updating the decor a little...I never really liked the way that Mr. & Mrs. thing turned out, so I was excited to ditch that!


What I did to update our bedroom for summer: 

Clean off the bedside table & shelf. 
Let's just say there was dust, old cups, and some fingernail clippings (oh Lord PLEASE let them just be fingernails) that needed to GO. I'm not sure why anyone would clip their nails NOT over a trashcan, but maybe that's just me 😉 

Get out a lighter bedspread. 
No need for that heavy-duty extra warm winter one!

Use new throw pillows. 
So what if you're the only that sees them? However, in our house, you have to walk through our room to get to Aiden's nursery, so lots of people see our room haha. These 4 pillows were only $5 each in Target's dollar section!

Hang updated wall decor. 
Order from Keepsake! Their app and their site are INSANELY easy to use, and their pricing includes shipping which makes the ordering process so much easier (plus, shipping only took 3 days). I went with the 21x17" Montana Gray, because I didn't want to have to hang more than one thing above our bed. The frame has so much detail in it, and my pregnant weakling self was able to hang it all by myself because it was so light.  Use code hood15 for 15% off your order. This would be a classy, last-minute Father's Day gift!

Add other colorful accents. 
I added a new citrus-scented candle and plants that don't need lots of light to grow (though I'll probably stick them on the windowsill for sun every so often).

Do you switch up your decor for summer? What are you decorating/renovating these days?
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