Loving Lately – Natural Baby Products

natural baby products

Oilogic Calming Cream | Honest Diaper Rash Cream | Honest Bug Spray  | Tom’s Toddler Toothpaste  |Wink Naturals Chest Rub 

My last Loving Lately post was about hair & personal care, but this time I’m focusing on babies & kids rather than mama!

There’s a million and one reasons why you should care about natural products for yourself, but even more for your baby. Let’s just say that the most popular products for the little’s that have been around for years aren’t as safe and gentle as they claim to be. The safest products you can use are the ones that are made with ingredients right from our earth.

These are a couple of my favorite products that Royce and I have been using a lot recently. You might be wondering why I’m using the bug spray in the middle of winter – I’ve found that it really helps stop you scratching an itch whether it’s from a bug bite or even dry skin!

When I’m not using Royce’s special cream for eczema, I use the Oilogic calming cream at night since it has lavender to soothe him. Many other brands break him out so we usually stick to one kind of lotion, but this doesn’t at all. Plus I just love smelling the soft lavender scent when I’m cuddling him 😉

The product I’m most excited about that also has lavender is the Wink Naturals chest rub! You can shop the products on their website or here. Royce and I have been SO sick recently with nasty coughs from congestion and I’ve bee putting this on his chest (and mine) and even on the bottom of our feet. My coworker recommended that trick to me and I’m not sure if it works, but when someone says xyz helps them feel better… you try it!

The diaper rash cream is something that I don’t have to use that often anymore, but whenever I see any sign of pink or red down there I use it and this is by far the #1 product by the Honest Company I recommend to people. It works instantly and you see a huge difference within a single day.

Lastly, Tom’s toothpaste is something I’m really excited to use because Royce actually has teeth now. If you didn’t know, it took him forever to get his first two and now he has FOUR on the bottom and two coming down on top. I’m trying to get his good habits started early and he actually likes this toothpaste! He actually runs to me when he sees the toothbrush now and opens his mouth so I can brush them. It’s soooo cute.

If you have any recommendations for natural baby products we should try, leave them in a comment below!

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Little Red Dress

Dress: SheIn | Earrings: Forever 21 | Shoes: Old, similar here & here | Flowers: Delores Designs | Photos: Brown Eyes Photography


The perfect little red dress is here – and it’s in your budget! I’ve seen similar dresses paired on so many girls and all were different body shapes so I was excited to know that it would also flatter my body shape!

I love the longer length because it makes it a bit more classy and modest. I’d wear this dress out for a date night (with Royce, obviously 😉 but it’d be perfect for a winter or Spring wedding in the blush color option!

Now let’s talk about the price… it’s a dupe for this much more expensive designer version and actually good quality! I get asked this question all the time: Is SheIn really legit? And my answer is always yes! Now there’s been a few pieces that weren’t the best quality, but I had already expected that based on reviews and I took the chance. I’d compare it to Forever 21 or Boohoo if you’ve ever shopped at those stores. The key to shopping at SheIn is making sure you read reviews before buying and when in doubt, size up!

If you had this dress, where would you wear it?  Leave a comment below!

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How To Wear White Jeans In The Winter


Photos by Brown Eyes Photography

I’ve learned to make my own rules when it comes to fashion – as long as I feel good in it, wear it! There’s been a rule going on for years that you can’t wear white jeans after Labor Day but I think white jeans can be as chic in the winter as they are in the summer if you pair them with the right top and shoes.

I’m also a rule breaker because I think blush pink is totally a neutral color! It pairs so well with grey, tan, and white and brings a little bit of brightness without making a statement. My top is originally from Sky Denae Boutique but is unfortunately sold out. I’ve linked a few other pretty blush tops as well as wrap blouses below.

My boots were less than $40 and found at Burlington recently, but I’ve also linked a very similar and affordable pair! I’m a sucker for over the knee boots because they dress any outfit up and are really feminine! My trick to looking like I have it all together is throwing on a pair of jeans and these boots and my cute down coat… even if I’m wearing an old college t-shirt underneath and no bra… I look put together. That’s embarrassing to admit but you have no idea how many times I’ve gone to Target like that!

P.S. This outfit would make an adorable look for a casual brunch date on Valentine’s! What are your plans for the holiday?


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How I’m Keeping Up With My 2018 Resolutions

Day Designer Planner Paintly Floral

Planner: c/o Day Designer | Plaid shirt: Old Navy | Distressed denim jeans: Old Navy | Watch: c/o AIBI


This blog post is totally spur of the moment but I’ve discovered a few programs/studies that I had to share with you! I made a few resolutions for this year like the rest of the world, and instead of just sharing them with you I wanted to talk about how I plan to keep up with them.

Before I start, I wanted to talk to you about my new planner by Day Designer which is a DREAM! I haven’t gotten around to using it that much yet but I’ve been wanting one for the longest time. I’ve heard they change the way people organize and manage their every day lives… plus they’re all just so pretty. I’ve always been obsessed with stationary products and while some people prefer their online calenders and agendas, I need a hard copy to stay organized. I had a tough time choosing which one I wanted (I almost got this one and this one) but decided on the “Painterly Floral” design. On a side note, I really aim to grow my clientele for floral design this year so I thought this version would keep me inspired!

Now lets talk about the real reason why you came. Here are my 2018 resolutions (in no particular order) and how I’m keeping up with them so far!

1. Live Healthier 

As you may or may not know, I did Whole 30 and lost 10 pounds. I will be the first to admit that it’s HARD, even if the program tells you not to use that word. I plan to start the Hot Mom Bod Program in a few days which is a 12-week program designed for busy moms.  According to the program you can eat whatever you walk and only do a little exercise and still achieve your weight loss goals. I personally plan to cut back on my sugar intake, increase my water intake, and work out for 30 minutes a day while on the program. If you buy the program or have already done it, let me know! I’d love to learn about your results. My girl Mariah & I over at the blog Like Honey are also planning to do BBG soon. I’m really nervous about this one because I heard it is INTENSE.

2. Grow My Faith 

My friend Kim (owner of Belle & Ten) & I are doing an online Bible study through Lifeway Women. We had this same resolution in mind and thought it’d be fun to kind of keep each other accountable! I love how in today’s world we have the option of doing a Bible study online and it can work with our busy schedules and on our own time. This will be just a jump start to my resolution and hopefully a way that’ll let me incorporate studying His word consistently every week.

3. Manage My Finances Smarter

I know I need to work on saving more, so I plan to start taking a portion of every check from my day job and putting it in a separate account. Royce & I have a few travel plans in mind I know I need to prepare for, like a road trip to Minnesota for my friend’s graduation (and possibly visiting Mall of America there!) and Atlanta if I decide to attend my graduation ceremony for my online classes. Beside from that, it’s nice to just have “cushion” money in case of an emergency. I also aim to cut back on unnecessary shopping and subscriptions and live more in the moment. I’ve already cut off my Netflix subscription and soon I’ll start creating a monthly budget for any shopping I do.

I’d love to know what your resolutions are for this year and how you plan to keep up with them! Maybe we can be online accountability buddies 😉

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Staying Stylish & Safe with Little Planet Organic

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

On Royce: Organic Polo-Style Romper

Since I became pregnant with Royce, I’ve done my research on baby products to make sure I was buying the best (and safest) products for him. During this time I also learned of the toxins in many every day household products and beauty products. I’ve switched a majority of those products to safer, organic versions or just natural versions. If you’ve ever wondered what I use for beauty products (because I think it’s hard to find affordable ones that work well) then check out this page.

All of that to say that I never did much research on organic COTTON. Yes, cotton. I’ve learned that the cotton industry often uses pesticides which can affect the environment and our health. I’m really picky on what I put onto Royce & I’s skin for body wash, lotions, etc. because your skin is the largest organ on your body, so now I plan to wear organic cotton as much as possible too!

Carter’s has launched Little Planet Organic for a Limited Edition line that Royce & I are SO excited about! Whether you have a newborn or a toddler in size 5T, they have something for your little one! All of the products are made from 100% certified organic cotton and continue to be affordable like their other collections. If you do a simple Google search on organic cotton, you’ll find most are pricey and pretty basic prints, patterns, & colors. I love that Carter’s made sure Little Planet is still trendy, colorful, and a great value.

Even though Royce looks like a little man in his romper, I also love their organic pajamas! I always call Royce “Sleepyhead” so we have to snag this set. Little Planet is Limited Edition so grab any items you see before they’re gone! Head over to Carters.com to see the full collection or check out a few of my favorites below!


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$1000 Nordstrom Giveaway

I’m so excited to be sharing this amazing giveaway with you! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you all the chance to win $1000 to Nordstrom to ring in the new year! This would be the perfect gift to yourself after all the holiday shopping you’ve been doing for others, am I right?

This giveaway is open internationally and runs from 12/26 until 1/02! All you have you have to do to enter is complete as many entries in the rafflecopter widget below (bonus points if you complete all of them!). Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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2017 Christmas Photos


ON ME:  Lace blouse: Pink Blush | Jeans: Marshalls (can’t find exact pair, but they’re ankle length with a zipper on the sides & mid rise | Booties: DSW | Watch: Daniel Wellington (use code “BLOOMWITHSTYLE” for 15% off – even gift sets! | Earrings: T.J. Maxx    

ON ROYCE: Plaid shirt: Ross (similar here) | Jeans: (came with outfit) | Shoes: Adidas


Photos are something SO special to me, and I think a big reason behind that is because my family never got photos taken when I was younger (only school photos of myself and my brother). I was always jealous of my friends whose families sent out Christmas cards!

So let’s cut to the chase – YES, I am really, really late on getting Christmas photos. I’m ordering through Walgreens rather than a “nicer” print shop because they do same day printing and I’ll be able to get them out ASAP. Although we’re behind, I figured I’d still send them to friends & family because I believe the whole point of doing Christmas cards & photos is to give your loved ones a photo of your family to cherish for years to come. With that being said, I don’t think they will care if they arrive before or after Christmas!

I hope you & your family have an amazing holiday season and a wonderful New Year! Don’t forget to check out this page with all my favorite NYE looks, office decor, & activewear. I don’t know about you, but one thing I definitely want to work on in 2018 is getting my butt in the gym more! I’m also hosting an AMAZING giveaway for any fashion lover on the 26th so don’t forget to stop by and enter. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!




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All About LIKEtoKNOW.it & Shopping My Blog


Surprisingly enough, many of you guys don’t know how to use LIKEtoKNOW.it or even what it is. I’m about to make your life a whole lot easier (or your shopping addiction a lot worse)!

Ever wish you could tap on an image and buy the products on it? Basically, that’s what you can do with this app. If you don’t want to use the app, you can get emails on the products featured in an image from your favorite bloggers. I love the LIKEtoKNOW.it app so much, but the emails make it really easy to forward your favorites to others… hint hint, your significant other 😉

What it is

LIKEtoKNOW.it is an app + website that enables you to shop influencer images from social networks like Instagram and across the mobile web. Bloggers tag products in their images and LIKEtoKNOW.it delivers the ready-to-shop product details to you via the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and email when you screenshot or ‘like’ an image on social media or the mobile web. You can also get different looks daily when you’re on the LTK.it app on the “Discover” page (which is essentially the same as the Instagram discovery feed, but shoppable). If you purchase an item through a blogger’s link on LTK.it, they may receive a small commission.

How to use it

I’m literally going to walk you through it step by step to make it as easy as possible to understand! I do have an iPhone but the LTK.it app is also available on Android!



1. Go to the App Store (or Google Play) and search for LIKEtoKNOW.it. Follow your phone’s instructions on how to install, then open up the app.2. Sign up to make an account, then go under your account settings and connect your Instagram. I promise, it’s completely safe! After you link your Instagram, anytime you “like” or screenshot an image on Instagram that is on LTK.it, it’ll show up on your home page in the app or you’ll receive an email with the products listed. If you want to search for looks and follow your favorite bloggers to find them all in one place, continue with the steps below.



3. Use the microscope to search for different users. Most of your favorite bloggers have their LTK.it usernames as the same as their Instagram name. You can find and follow me by searching “Bloomwithstyle”!


4. Now you’re on my page! You’ll see a gallery of different images I’ve made shoppable. Click on any image and be directed to products underneath that I’ve featured.



5. Once you click on an image, you can scroll down and see a list of different products. I try to link the exact items as much as I can, but due to popularity, many sell out QUICK. I also shop a lot at stores like T.J. Maxx where their in store inventory won’t be the same as online and every store is different. That’s why I’ll always link similar items so you can other options to recreate the look!

Shop my blog

Now I figured I’d add this in because I know a lot of people are confused. Under the images on my fashion posts, I will have a mini paragraph where I link all the items shown. This is where you’ll find the EXACT item I have, if I can. At the end of the post, I have a little widget that’s a slideshow of different products I’ve featured or mentioned. Sometimes they are the exact item, and sometimes they aren’t. I usually link a few similar items here as well. Like I said before, if you’re looking for the exact item, check the links under the images first.

You can also shop my LTK.it images by clicking on the last button in my social media handles bar as shown!

Hope that helps you if you had questions on how to shop my blog! Thank you for supporting Bloom With Style by making purchases through my links. Happy shopping!

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Loving Lately – Hair & Personal Care


If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you’d know that I’ve been on the hunt for a new dry shampoo and products to maintain my crazy curly hair. While I haven’t found my perfect shampoo & conditioner yet, I have three other hair products I’ve been loving lately that I want to share!


When my hair is natural and curly, I need something to control the bottom half of my hair because it gets frizzy and becomes poofy if that makes sense. The aveda be curly serum has really helped let my natural curls shine and be lightweight and look more put together. I got this at my local salon during my last visit and I plan to dry out their damage remedy line for shampoo and conditioner as I’ve heard great things about it!

My most popular hair style is just my loose waves/curls. I have to straighten my hair first and then curl it (curly hair probs) and always need to use a spray to keep them in place. The one I’ve used and love by far out of any sprays I’ve had is this one by Chi. It keeps my curls lightweight and never sticky if you know what I’m talking about.

I saved the best for last! I’ve been a lover of dry shampoo since I had Royce. I didn’t use it too often before because well, I had the time to wash my hair! Anyway, I tried a dry shampoo from Batisse that I got from Marshalls months back and while it got the job done, it didn’t do much and I wasn’t crazy about it. I definitely didn’t like how much white residue it left. To be honest, I think people only like it because the bottles are pretty and it smells good! I grabbed the grapefruit scented Herbal Essence dry shampoo when I was at Target and all I have to say is: GET IT! It’s so lightweight which is huge for me because I have thin hair and don’t need anything that’ll weigh my hair down. It’s also really inexpensive AND can be found at most drugstores so if you forget one and can’t stop at your local salon or beauty store, you can still get it!

Personal care

I know, totally not something I’d normally review but I have to tell you about the new line from Summer’s Eve. Back in high school and college I was misinformed and thought using products down there was safe and key to good feminine hygiene. WRONG. You shouldn’t use anything down there really because the woman’s reproductive parts are self cleaning. I know, this is weird to talk about. BUT Summer’s Eve has the Simply line out and all the products are free of harsh chemicals, dyes, alcohol and parabens. Of course these aren’t something you need to use every day, but it’s nice to have safe products to use on your body after your monthly or just because to make you feel cleaner down there. What I love about these compared to competitors is that the scents aren’t overbearing – my favorite is the mandarin but the coconut is really soft and sweet too. I literally always have a few travel wipes with me in my purse!



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Royce’s 1st Birthday Party


This post is a littttle behind, but better late than never, right?

Royce is officially ONE! If you’ve been following me from the start, I have two things to say to you: Thank you & I love you. Without my close friends, family, and YOU, I wouldn’t be the mom I am today! Getting pregnant with Royce at 20 was terrifying and I was unsure if I’d be a good (or a decent) mother. Now that he’s one and turning into an intelligent, loving, and outgoing toddler, I feel much better about my parenting skills but know that I owe a great deal of it to those who have kept up with us and offered kind words and hugs, even if they are virtual.

Behind this sappy message is going to be details on his party, I promise! I seriously just want to express my thanks to everyone who has helped me become a better mother in any sort of way. Even through simple Instagram DM’s and Facebook messages, I have taken those words to heart. I want to hug each and every person who has had a part in both of our lives thus far!

All of that to say that his 1st birthday party was small(ish) but filled with fun! My plan was to NOT spend a lot because well, he’s only one, and everyone knows the first few parties are mostly for the adults 😉 For “real” food we had pulled chicken sandwiches, chips and black bean + corn salsa, a french onion dip, and a nacho cheese dip. We also had a fruit and veggie tray, baked mac & cheese, and cheesy potatoes. YUM. The dessert table shown above looks fancy but it was actually really inexpensive. All of the decor was from Oriental Trading, the Target dollar spot from this year + last, and surprisingly Meijer’s craft section! The little debbie cakes were a hit (and saved me a lot of money from buying themed cookies that would be $2+ each) and everyone LOVED the hot cocoa bar. My sweet cousin helped me with the smores on a stick and even those who aren’t huge s’mores eaters enjoyed them!

I have a normal cake lady that I found on Facebook and used for Royce’s baby shower, but unfortunately she was sick and couldn’t do his cake. I went back to the good ol’ Facebook and found another amazing local cake lady who made this beautiful birch tree cake. NO ONE thought it was real! Thank goodness I got photos of it before my cousin poked her finger in it and made a huge dent on it because she thought it was a tree log! If you’re in Rockford, search “Simply Sweet Expressions” and let her take care of the cake for your next event!

Funny story… Royce was not a happy camper when we sang to him. I think he was so overwhelmed by how many people were there and everyone singing at once that he started bawling. A week later on his actual birthday we took him to see Santa and he also cried then! Of course it’s not fun seeing him cry but he’s still so cute when he does.

Buffalo Plaid mug tumbler

The last super cute item that fit in perfectly with his birthday party theme is this travel tumbler from Made by Crafter Hours! I got several compliments on it at the party. I bought an adorable monogram clutch from this same shop maybe 2 years ago and I still use it once a month. The shop owner is the sweetest and really timely getting back to you about something. If you love monograms like me, definitely check out her shop (she’s also doing 12 days of deals on IG right now!)

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make his birthday party a success and showered him with love. I can’t wait to plan another party and see what the trends are around this time next year!

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