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    Spring Outfits for Little and Me with Jen from Paisley + Sparrow

    Spring Outfits for Little and Me with Jen from Paisley + Sparrow

    Hi everyone! I'm Jen from Paisley + Sparrow! I'm a mom to 2 kids under 2, a wife to a hunky Indian guy and we all live in Minneapolis with our dog Chloe! My goal is to bring joy to your life, style and home. I share tips and tricks to finding and loving your personal style for you and your home over on my blog and try my best to share encouragement to women of all walks of life - especially to you mamas! Let's face it. Being a mom can be a hard job. You have to make about 2,000 decisions before noon and most of those aren't even for yourself. (The one exception is how much coffee to drink that morning.) There's no doubt in my mind that your little one's closet is full of the most adorable outfits ever. (Who can pass up a cute grandpa sweater for your little man or ruffled bloomers for your little girl?) But how often do you leave the house for a playdate, church or even Target and realize your kid is looking more fly than you?! I'm totally guilty of that and just pray that everyone my son waves to at Target will notice how adorable his little jeans and button up is and not realize I'm actually still wearing my pajama top with a sweatshirt over it and leggings. I'm here to help you (AND me if I'm being honest). I love the days when I'm coordinating with my kids so here are 3 outfit ideas that are simple yet adorable!

    First up, a park outfit!

    Park wear should be simple and easy. I absolutely love mustard yellow and it's a perfect accent color to your basic black and white ensemble. (You never know if you're going to meet your new mom bff at the park so you might as well look a little cute!) 

    For your little one: Bumbelou's peplum tank is perfectly matched with their retro shorts. Some fun moccassins and cute little bow completes the outfit (or keeps your kids hair out of their face like my daughter!).

    For you: Black denim shorts (I personally own these and LOVE them! They're perfect for sitting in the sand!) and a white top (There's also a mustard yellow option if you want to get totally matchy matchy!) is an ideal starting place for a summer outfit. Tie a mustard yellow bandana in your hair or better yet, around your neck (like below) and you'll instantly get some compliments from fellow moms who appreciate your style.

    spring fashions yellow scarf

    Don't think you can pull of a bandana? (First of all, yes you can.) Add on a stack of gold necklaces or fun gold earrings to accent your outfit! Top it of with a pair of comfy Birkenstocks and you're good to go!

    Sunday Best!

    Church or Sunday brunch can be so hard, am I right?! Not only do you need to look good yourself but we want our littles need to look put together. These are the moments to keep it simple. For both mom and little, put on a dress!

    For your little one: The Pirouette dress is adorable and perfect for those times you need to dress it up a bit. Pair it with a colored bow and shoes that strap on (nobody needs a skinned knee when you're looking your best).

    For you: The Leith dress is great for summer and is the most flattering dress for any body type. There's rouching in all the right places and isn't too short for bending over to pick up a kid or two. In summer I love to add on a scarf of some sort not only for looks but also to keep warm in air conditioned buildings! If it's far too warm for a scarf add a necklace or two and a pair of earrings.

     

    And lastly, a vacation outfit.

    For your little one: I loved Penelope's little peplum tank and retro shorts from Bumbelou and Roy had on a coordinating tank as well! I'm a big fan of brothers and sisters coordinating outfits!

    For you: I wore this simple outfit in California while we were on a family vacation! The best thing about these shorts and my top is they're super versatile. I wore the top with jeans as well as shorts and also layered under a denim jacket. I wore the shorts with 3 different tops (a simple white tank, this "be a nice human" tee and the green tee in the pic). Don't be afraid to try shorts with some embroidery! I really love them! 

    vacation wear for mom and little

    I'm also sharing one more outfit over on my blog featuring Bumbelou's Pineapple Peplum and Bloomer Set. Be sure to go check it out! Be sure to stop over on Instagram and say hi as well! I love making new friends!

    xoxo, Jen

    Bumbelou X Cait Courneya Capsule Collection

    Bumbelou X Cait Courneya Capsule Collection

    I have long dreamed of creating a unique line of fabrics to use for Bumbelou. after all, my love for sewing really stems from my love of textiles. Turning dreams into reality comes one step at a time and after months of steps in sourcing materials and printers, speaking with artists to build collaboration, and setting up deadlines the very first exclusive Bumbelou fabrics have arrived. 

    Working with Cait Courneya who's beautiful hand painted swans and gingham are the centerpieces of this collection was a joy. She is an award-winning artist, designer, and illustrator based in Minneapolis. Her passion for textile design was birthed when she studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Her textile based home goods line (launched in Fall of 2017) was a natural addition to her existing artwork and illustration. Inspired most by fashion and nature, her illustration style is bold, colorful, and fluid. 

    bumbelou process

    cait courneya collection

    The collection contains 10 pieces inspired by summers. Swans on a lake, gingham, roaming lawns, and pops of color. 

    The Bumbelou X Cait Courneya Capsule Collection is available for pre-orders (made to order) 4.10.18 - 4.17.18. We will be lovingly sewing these in small batches from my home studio. Delivery approximately 6 weeks. Thank you so much for sharing in this joyous step for Bumbelou! 

    Bumbelou SS18 Butterfly Garden - Baby and Kids Lookbook

    Bumbelou SS18 Butterfly Garden - Baby and Kids Lookbook

    Tip toe through the butterfly conservatory, explore beside a gentle river, climb hills to see that view beyond. Our Spring and Summer 2018 line was designed with butterfly gardens in mind, lots of rambling floral, fluttering friends, and perfectly picked solids complete the look. 

    Take a look inside!! The collection launches on March 20th at 10am CST. Everything will be ready to ship and should deliver before Easter for USA addresses. 

     

    Seeing and Loving - A Way to Greater Self Acceptance

    Seeing and Loving - A Way to Greater Self Acceptance

    self love through self acceptance

    In 2018 I'm trying to focus on healing some past pains by learning to love myself more, not on improving or trying to be someone I am not, but by the simple act of taking myself as is. Taking it all in and loving. It's hard. My friend Megan Osburn recently shared the most beautiful post on how she spent $10 and revolutionary improved her self acceptance in a way that encouraged me to be braver with my own. I hope that you too can find inspiration in her writing. 
    - Jenna 
    Bumbelou Founder

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    healing through self love for moms

    From Megan:

    A few months after my third baby I went into a mothers room at church to change a diaper. I had been in this mothers room countless times for nursing and diaper changes because it was my third baby in three years. This time though, something new was in the room. A full length mirror. When I caught a glance of my 30lbs heavier self in that full length mirror I was appalled. Horrified. How did I get that big? When did that happen? 


    If I had seen anyone else looking exactly like me I would have accepted them as they are and not had a second thought about it. So why was this sight so appalling? Because it was unfamiliar. I expected to see myself as I was a year prior and much lighter. 

    Very soon after this incident I put a full length mirror in the hallway that I most frequent in my home. I never wanted to be caught by surprise by my appearance again. That simple $10 mirror has done more for my self-acceptance than anything else. I see myself every day multiple times a day with leggings or sweats on, my hair a mess, and no make up on. Not posing. Walking, rocking my baby, chasing my kids. So now when I envision myself that’s who I see. I have become familiar with what I look like every single day. 

    I found self acceptance which has grown into self love by familiarizing myself with who I truly am. Not avoiding myself at bad angles or horrible hair days. 

    Has anyone else given this method of self-acceptance a try? I highly recommend it. I think if the decision to love yourself has been made, most people would benefit from looking in the mirror more often. It still takes time, and at first it’s hard, but it’s a good way to get familiar with yourself. 
    - Megan Osburn
    You can follow Megan's beautiful work on IG  at megosburnphoto / My favorite is her 2018 resolution to be in the frame more often and how she often shares her heart on business, motherhood, and self love. 

    At Home Play - 5 Fun Ways to Pass the Day with Toddlers

    At Home Play - 5 Fun Ways to Pass the Day with Toddlers

    at home play with toddlers

    With the flu spreading like wildfire this year our family has been looking for fun and creative ways to spend time at home. We are a family who loves to visit the museum, hang out at the mall, even spend an hour at the library looking for new books and playing in the children's space, and while we are still doing these things I gotta tell the truth and say: it freaks me out a little to be in a crowd right now so we are limiting those things.

    Here is a little round up of things we’ve been doing at home to have a little extra fun, be creative, and basically just not kill each other with boredom especially in these cold months when outdoor play is limiting at best. If you have any family favorite at home activities I’d love for you to share them with us also… winter is far from over.

     

    1. Ballet at home: I’ve shared this one so many times I can’t even count, BUT we go back to it so much! This started with a simple youtube search for “toddler ballet class” and my girls loved it so much we decided to search for a DVD version. We have this ABC Jungle one and also Petite Feet. Over the course of a couple years we’ve also bought leotards and inexpensive ballet slippers so now part of the fun is getting into costume first. Often the play lasts longer than the 20-30 minute DVD because they just keep dancing. In the facebook group Rachal D shared a youtube channel for toddler yoga called Cosmic Kids Yoga which we’ve also done a few times and loved.
    1. Streamers & Balloons: We have Fall and Winter Birthdays for the girls and every year I’m reminded by how much entertainment some simple streamer paper and balloons can provide. Our girls love coming up with all kinds of random I-totally-don’t-understand-the-objective games when they get their hands on these. We even sometimes just invent a party to decorate for. Streamers, paper chains, posters (coloring pages hung on the wall with blue painters tape), balloons, if you’re really feeling it make yourself some cookies or cake with the kids! It’s so easy to make a day magical.
    1. Bath with Shaving Cream: Shaving cream in a cake pan is one most parents have heard of, but if you are like me, the eventual mess doesn’t sound super fun. So we grabbed our shaving cream and head to the bathtub. I think the girls have more fun and freedom to go crazy and it is super easy to rinse off when done. Add in bath toys and a few drops of natural food coloring and you’ll see them light up. And if you want to try some other creative shaving cream play here is an epic blog post and resource for ideas. 
    1. Family games: I credit my husband with the start of our family game times. I thought the kids (newly 4 and 2) were too young, but we quickly realized they weren’t AND there is a plethora of games on the market that are great for these ages. Our favorites have been the cooperative games where the whole family works together to win. This style game was totally new to me and for the younger ones it’s such a great way to work on the ideas of game rules, turn taking, and teamwork. Here are some of our favorites in addition to classics like Candy Land:
    1. Recently my girls have turned into quite the little crayola artists and it's often the first project we go to. We are constantly coloring and crafting and end up with a TON of projects… truly too many to keep. So we started mailing our coloring pages and projects to family and friends who we don’t get to see much. We love to use that time to talk about things we can do to cheer people up, kind ways to show love, and we often pull out Facebook and look at photos of our far away relatives so the girls can make the connection to people we love but don’t get to see often. I’ve found that it’s a good idea to be intentional about using regular size paper and making projects that will fold up easily so we can mail it with just a regular postage stamp.

    I would love to hear more creative ideas how you and your family stay busy at home! Leave a comment or join the discussion in the FaceBook Group: Friends of Bumbelou.


    Xo, Jenna