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I hope everyone had a great Saturday!  We started our morning with Starbucks lattes and breakfast (yum!) and then I headed to swim class with Harper. She did awesome today and didn't cry once (she is having some stranger danger issues and cried a few times during her last two lessons). Harper always takes an amazing nap right after class so I took that time to relax a bit before we set off to return some Christmas gifts that didn't fit (we were a little, uh, late on that, ha) and check out some convertible car seats (because we will eventually switch out the infant seat in my car).

I got an email reminder that I had GAP Cash to use (it's a promo where when you shopped about a month ago you got $25 back for every $50 you spent to use towards a future purchase).  Wanting to take advantage of getting clothes for 50% off, I picked up a few items for Harper and for me. I'm buying all 12-18 month clothing now. The tank top is actually a size 3T because the 12-18 one was teeny tiny. It looked like a 0-3 month size.

I also wanted to mention a lovely custom name puzzle I got for Harper from Fat Brain Toys. I heard about it on Megan's blog Willow Way- she has one for her daughter Olivia! It's such a pretty puzzle and it arrived just a few days after ordering- I was super impressed!

Okay- back to GAP--- I picked up a pair of sleep shorts with a pretty mint green trim on them. I like these because they are a little longer (i.e. my butt doesn't hang out of them like most sleep shorts) and the lace detail is pretty. 

Lastly, I made my first ever purchase from Athleta, a sports/workout apparel store owned by Banana Republic (who also owns Gap and Old Navy). I was immediately drawn to the bright spearmint color of these crops. A few seasons ago my beloved Lululemon had wunder under crops in a color similar to this one and they sold out before I could grab a pair. I had always hoped they would bring the color back, but I haven't seen it re-released.  So, when I saw these Chaturanga crops, I just had to try them on. I have to say, they are very flattering and fit/look just like my wunder under crops from Lululemon. The fabric appears to be high quality, feels nice on and they have a lifetime warranty on their products! They cost $54, less than Lululemon but still pricey for workout apparel. But, you know how I feel about that--- I prefer to invest in pieces that will last a very long time---and I have Lulu pieces that are damn near 8 years old that still look great. I will update once I've worn them to let you know how I like them. 

Athleta does their sizing on the S, M, L, XL, etc scale so I wasn't sure about fit. I took a S and M into the fitting room and the small fit perfect. The sales associate told me their sizes run larger, so I'm going to say that their size small fits like a size 6 wunder under from Lululemon since that's the size I take there and they fit the exact same.

Wishing you a wonderful rest of your weekend!  By the way, we are researching "baby cages" (haha, baby gates/playyards) to keep Harper contained now that she is crawling and pulling up on all of the things. Let me know if you have any you love…time to baby proof this house!


*this is not a sponsored post, all products purchased with my own funds.

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  1. I am a big Athleta fan, and I just bought a couple of pairs of Chaturanga tights and really like them. I also find that they have some great "to and from" pieces for yoga, and some of my favorite cardigans are from there. The day we got an Athleta store in our area was an exciting day for me!

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  2. We got this one and are happy with it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000U5FOT2/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_details_o01_s00_i00

    We did buy a couple extensions for it though. It just seemed to small on its own.

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  3. I have that blue top for Ashlynn, can't wait for spring/summer it's so cute! We also have name puzzles but they are little stepstools. One of my SMIL friends gave them to use as new baby gifts, I can't wait to see the girl standing on them side by side brushing their teeth. Great way to learn to spell their name too!

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    1. I just washed mine and it's a 12-18 and it shrinks a lot just FYI! I hate that!

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  4. I love all of the clothes you pick out for Harper, they are so adorable!

    We have an open floor plan like you, so for now we just have one gate at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. We also got this 'freestanding' one to block off larger areas but we haven't used it yet.

    Top of stairs: It's not very glamorous but for the top of the stairs, I was all about safety - http://amzn.com/B003VNKLIE

    Bottom of stairs: I love this one because it's (almost) unnoticeable when not in use - http://amzn.com/B002R2BFVM

    Freestanding: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/large-opening-free-standing-gates/babies-r-us-play-yard-3926100-16055016

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  5. I love all of the clothes you pick out for Harper, they are so adorable!

    We have an open floor plan like you, so for now we just have one gate at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. We also got this 'freestanding' one to block off larger areas but we haven't used it yet.

    Top of stairs: It's not very glamorous but for the top of the stairs, I was all about safety - http://amzn.com/B003VNKLIE

    Bottom of stairs: I love this one because it's (almost) unnoticeable when not in use - http://amzn.com/B002R2BFVM

    Freestanding: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/large-opening-free-standing-gates/babies-r-us-play-yard-3926100-16055016

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  6. I love all of the clothes you pick out for Harper, they are so adorable!

    We have an open floor plan like you, so for now we just have one gate at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. We also got this 'freestanding' one to block off larger areas but we haven't used it yet.

    Top of stairs: It's not very glamorous but for the top of the stairs, I was all about safety - http://amzn.com/B003VNKLIE

    Bottom of stairs: I love this one because it's (almost) unnoticeable when not in use - http://amzn.com/B002R2BFVM

    Freestanding: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/large-opening-free-standing-gates/babies-r-us-play-yard-3926100-16055016

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  7. I love the clothes you pick out for Harper, they are the cutest!

    We have an open floor plan like you, so for now we just have a gate at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom. We also purchased a freestanding gate for larger areas but haven't used it yet. I love the bottom of the stairs one because it's almost unnoticeable when not in use. The top of the stairs one isn't that glamorous but I was all about safety with that one. Good luck!

    Bottom of stairs: http://amzn.com/B002R2BFVM
    Top of stairs: http://amzn.com/B003VNKLIE
    Freestanding: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=16055016

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  8. Thank you for passing along the puzzle recommendation. I will definitely grab one of those for Mallory! Love toys like that :)

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  9. I just tried those green crops on today! So cute!!! They actually have a version of the chat tight called the drifter tight, which has zipper detailing...they are so adorable!!! I ended up getting those instead of the green crops ;)

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  10. The striped leggings and the polka dot leggings are so adorable! I have the big white gate type of play pen from toys r us. I'll be honest I am not fond of the the way it looks, so I don't keep it out much.. My floor plan is not as open as yours though. I prefer to just use a gate at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. I have a feeling Miss Emily will figure out how to crawl out of the crib soon.(Her nursery is upstairs) Stacy

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  11. Harper is one lucky little lady! Look at all the pretty clothes and fun toy! That eyelet flutter sleeve top is to die for. She will look adorable! After reading your blog, it has opened my eyes to the most gorgeous baby clothes I have ever seen. I used to think babies r us or carters was the place to buy everything but I have a new found love for baby GAP!

    whatagloriousday.blogspot.com

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  12. Love the name puzzle. Do you think it would be okay for a 2nd birthday gift for my niece? I'm terrible with age appropriate items since I don't have a kiddo.

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  13. That little eyelet top is SO cute! I have to go to Baby Gap tomorrow to use our GapCash! I've seen those name puzzles before and totally forgot about them! That should be fun for K's first birthday. :)

    xx Viv
    joiedeviv.blogspot.com

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  14. We have the Simmer Infant play yard. It works really well, but DD hates it. She's about a month older than H. I use it to keep her safe, and she will play a very short time in it, but then just screams. Before spending the money, you could try the pack n play, if you have one.

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    1. we do have a PNP but we keep that in our master bedroom. We never keep her in the playard a long time---only when we have to step away to the kitchen for a few mins or I'm picking up the house for 10 mins. I hate to leave her in it (but for now she does enjoy it because she likes to pull up in it). Like you, we just use it in short spurts for safety :)

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  15. Aren't baby clothes the cutest? I LOVE the eye-lit flutter top and the printed leggings are adorable. I have a two year old little girl (named Veronica coincidentally) and I recently just started a blog. I'd love if you would check it out if you have the time!

    mydearveronica@blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend!

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