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    Fall Wardrobe for Littles Giveaway

    Fall Wardrobe for Littles Giveaway | Oh Lovely Day

    Fall is my favorite time of year: cooler temps, changing leaves, everything pumpkin, Halloween & Thanksgiving – what’s not to love? It also happens to be the season of both my birthday and Charlie’s birthday (mine is 11/2 and his 11/11). So I thought it would be fun to do a little fall wardrobe giveaway in honor of Charlie’s 4th birthday in a couple weeks. And I have a very special favorite things giveaway coming the week of my birthday for the gals too!

    So I gathered up some goodies from some of my favorite apparel brands & shops for littles. One lucky winner will get:

    1. A monogram letter cardigan from The Wishing Elephant.

    2. A $30 credit to Tribe is Alive.

    3. A Preply refurbished denim fringe jacket from Salvage Maria.

    4. A $30 shop credit from Rags.

    5. A $30 shop credit from Sugarplum Lane.

    6. A Raglan from Mama Case.

    7. A $30 shop credit from Little Adi & Co.

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    All specific items above are subject to size and in-stock availability. Read instructions carefully – only one comment will count towards an entry. Giveaway runs from 10/27/14 to 8:00 pm PST on 11/1/14 and the winner will be announced in the entry widget above.

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    Nursery Favorites Giveaway

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    If you saw my room tour of Calvin’s nursery earlier this week, then you know I promised a giveaway of some of my favorite things from his room (and if you missed it, check out the post before this one, or go here). I’m a little late getting it up (two kids is no joke guys!?) but better late than never! I wanted to celebrate Cal’s birth and nursery completion with a little giveaway of some of my favorite details from the room. One lucky winner will get:

    1. A cloud mobile from Baby Jives.

    2. A nautical bundle from The Land of Nod, including the plush Simon the Whale and whale rattle included in Calvin’s room, along with the Tug O War lamp.

    3. A framed 18×24 customized nursery print from Minted.

    4. A $20 store credit to Bannor Toys (where Calvin’s name blocks and California rattle came from).

    5. One crib sheet in your choice of fabric (or a $43 store credit) to Little Slumber.

    6. A Wayne Pate Seagull Pillow Cover from Serena & Lily.

    7. A cloud decal pack (96 clouds included) from The Decal Lab.

    8. A $200 gift certificate to Lullaby Paints.

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    Enter above, and don’t forget to read the instructions and follow the directions. Winner will be chosen at random and announced in the widget above on 10/3/14. Good luck!

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    Calvin’s California-Inspired Indigo Nursery

    Calvin's California-Inspired Indigo Nursery | designed by Oh Lovely Day

    I’m so excited to finally be able to share Calvin’s nursery with you. It was a labor of love and I so enjoyed dreaming, designing, and decorating this little space for my little Cal. Once I found out I was having another boy and we knew we were going to name him Calvin and call him Cal for short (which we knew right away because it was a name we loved when we were pregnant with Charlie), I knew that my idea to do an indigo California-inspired nursery was a perfect fit. And it was so fun to do and quickly turned in to my favorite room in our home!

    I gathered pieces from some of my favorite brands, like The Land of Nod, Serena & Lily, Minted, and Lulu & Georgia, and added touches from some etsy favorites to complete my vision. There’s a full shopping guide at the end of the post, and a giveaway of some of my favorite details coming later this week!

    Calvin's California-Inspired Indigo Nursery | designed by Oh Lovely Day

    I’m so in love with this indigo cloud mobile from Baby Jives and those Calvin blocks (and California rattle you’ll see later in the post) from Bannor Toys. Oh, and that sun marquee light from Saddle Shoe Designs – she created that just for me! How perfect would one of those be for wedding decor that you can then incorporate into your home!?

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    I bought that bull during a blog press trip to Mexico when I was about 20 weeks along, and he’s the perfect addition to Calvin’s eclectic bookshelf! It was our first trip together, just he and I :)

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    Baby already has quite a shoe collection, which is funny because Charlie literally never wore shoes! He was a barefoot California baby, but my obsession with baby moccs (if you haven’t heard of Freshly Picked yet you are missing out!) has benefited Calvin and I can’t wait for him to fit into them!

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    That dresser was a $150 mid-century Craigslist score. I was initially going to refinish it, but once it was in the room I realized it was perfect as is. I just added our old changing pad from Charlie’s changing table and turned it into a more functional piece than just a dresser or just a changing table.

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    The photos of that Lulu & Georgia blue ombré rug do not do it justice. It is the most beautiful rug I’ve ever owned and is so so soft. Charlie likes to lay on it and say he is swimming in the ocean, which means my vision worked because that’s exactly what I hoped for when I choose it!

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    I hope you enjoyed the tour of Calvin’s room – if you love it as much as I do, you can win some of my favorite details later this week, and shop for everything below.

    And if you missed our maternity/newborn feature on 100 Layer Cakelett, you can see it here, and also more of my maternity photos that I blogged here and our newborn + family photos that I blogged here.

    You can also see the journey of my room design on instagram under the hashtag #calicoolnursery and find similar items that would also fit this style here on Pinterest.

    There’s also more peeks of my home under the category in the sidebar “a lovely home.” Stay tuned for more as I make progress on the rest of our home!

    Credits: Photography: Jennifer Roper / Styling & Room Design, Chandra Fredrick of Oh Lovely Day / Wave sheetsdip dyed stoolsbelly basketswhale pillowSerena & Lily / Crib, bookshelfwhale, cloud garland, cloud storage basket & rattleThe Land of Nod / Tie dye throw & curtains: Urban Outfitters / Rug: Lulu & Georgia / Mirror, ottoman, blue storage baskets, bedside table & tie dye pillows: Target (from Threshold Nautical line – most no longer available) / Personalized “Calvin” blanket & hat: Simply Boco Baby / Calvin blocks & California rattle: Bannor Toys / Gallery Wall prints: Most from Minted, California print from Truth & Beauty Design, Live by the Sun print: Reform School (designer unknown), tie dye print from Society 6 / Cloud mobile & mini cloud on door: Baby Jives / Crib Sheet: Little Slumber / Cloud Decals: Decal Lab / Marquee Sun Light: Saddle Shoe Signs / prayer flag bunting: Graham Keegan (bought from Reform School in Silverlake) / Lamp: Lamps Plus / Sun & Cloud bookends: Moose & Bee / Let’s Adventure Wood Hanging: Grace & Salt / paint: custom color from Lullaby Paints / mid-century dresser: Craigslist ($150!) / quilt: vintage (made by my husband’s grandmother) / mini-succulents: Concrete Geometric / Narwhal stuffed toy: Savage Seeds / Personalized cloud pillow: The Fox in the Attic / Rocker: Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker (bought second hand from blogger Justina Blakeney)

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    Calvin’s Newborn Family Photos

    Calvin's Newborn Family Photos | Oh Lovely Day; Photos by Jennifer Roper

    In case any of you wondered why I’ve been a bit absent from the blog, I wanted to share our newest family member. Calvin Michael was born on August 14th, after 8 hours of much easier labor than his brother. He was a bit bigger, at 7 lbs 5 oz and 20.5 inches long, and looks pretty much the opposite of Charlie. He’s now a month old, has already rolled over three times, and has such a funny little personality. He and big brother Charlie already have such a sweet and special bond, and it’s so magical to watch their interactions.

    I’m sharing a few of Calvin’s newborn photos over on 100 Layer Cakelett today (along with some of my maternity photos and peeks into the nursery), but thought I’d share the rest of the family photos here as well. And next week I’ll be sharing more of Calvin’s nursery, along with a giveaway of some of my favorite things that I included in his room.

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    Many many thanks to Jennifer for taking these beautiful photos of our family. And don’t forget to come back next week for more of Calvin’s nursery + a giveaway of some of my favorite things in his room!

    And you can see all of our family photos that Jennifer has taken for us here :)

    Credits: Photography: Jennifer Roper / Styling & Room Design, Chandra Fredrick of Oh Lovely Day / Wave sheets, dip dyed stools, belly baskets, whale pillow: Serena & Lily / Crib, bookshelf, whale, cloud garland, cloud storage basket & rattle: The Land of Nod / Tie dye throw & curtains: Urban Outfitters / Rug: Lulu & Georgia / Mirror, ottoman, toy storage baskets, bedside table & tie dye pillows: Target (from Threshold Nautical line – most no longer available) / Personalized “Calvin” blanket & hat: Simply Boco Baby / Calvin blocks & California rattle: Bannor Toys / Gallery Wall prints: Most from Minted, California print from Truth & Beauty Design, / Cloud mobile: Baby Jives / Crib Sheet: Little Slumber / Cloud Decals: Decal Lab / Marquee Sun Light: Saddle Shoe Designs / pennant bunting: Graham Keegan (bought from Reform School in Silverlake) / Lamp: Lamps Plus / Sun & Cloud bookends: Moose & Bee / Let’s Adventure Wood Hanging: Grace & Salt

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    These are a few of my favorite postpartum things + A giveaway

    Oh Lovely Day postpartum favorite things giveaway

    Hey y’all! I’m taking a quick break from babyland (who am I kidding, I’m literally nursing while I type this!) to share a few of my favorite things that are making life easier or more comfortable in this new postpartum stage. I thought it might help some of you who are there too, or will be soon! Plus, I’m giving away some of my favorite goodies – wahoo!

    My Postpartum Favorites:

    1. Sleep bras & nursing bras – nursing boobies need support, but a comfy bra is a must. I’ve been living in sleep bras from Target and nursing bras from Bravado Designs (especially love the confetti bra and the sweet pea bra). The ones from Bravado are still pretty while being functional and comfortable too.

    2. Belabumbum pjs – you spend most of your time resting, changing diapers, nursing, nursing, and nursing some more. I don’t leave the house much. So cute and comfy pjs are a must and my favorites have been these Colette pjs from Belabumbum.

    3. Water in a BIG travel cup – if you’re nursing you need to drink lots of water. Plus, it’s ridiculously hot where I am so staying hydrated is key for milk production. I love my mason jar travel drink cup – I fill it up and guzzle it down. It doesn’t sweat, spill, and makes drinking a ton of water easy.

    4. Nipple balm – if you’re nursing, a nipple balm is a must. I have fallen in love with this one from Zoe Organics. It is all natural, smells great, and works wonders. I’ve even been using it on my baby’s raw booty – it has healed his dry and bleeding bum better than anything else I’ve tried.

    5. Starbucks Via Instant Coffee/Latte – A friend brought me these and I now can’t live without them. Brewed coffee takes time, and in the morning when you have a baby screaming to be fed, you don’t have time to make it. These little packets of Starbucks Via are instant – just add a mug of hot water. And they are tastier than brewed coffee too!

    6. Saint Grace pants & tanks – my postpartum body is, well, not awesome. I still look prego, my hips are still wide and my tummy is flabby. I can’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, but don’t feel good about myself wearing maternity clothes everyday. I wore the flowy pants and tanks from Saint Grace during my pregnancy and they are the perfect chic and comfy uniform for postpartum mamas. And they flatter postpartum bodies too.

    7. Bamboobies – leaky boobs aren’t my fave. You finally get a shower and fresh clothes on, then your boobs leak all over you and said clothes. Bamboobies are washable and reusable nursing pads, they are soft and comfy, and they do the trick. You can also find them here.

    8. A massage and/or heating pad – I was retaining a ton of water after I delivered, and I had a lymphatic draining massage which really helped. Plus your body is sore from delivery, your neck and shoulders kill from nursing, and you need a nap. It can help carpal tunnel too. If you can’t get a massage, having a heating pad for your shoulders is helpful. I love mine – I can throw it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then drape it on my shoulders before and after I nurse to ease my muscles.

    9. Doie Lounge Robe – I took my Doie Lounge robe to the hospital and it made me feel like a new, somewhat put together person. It’s great to wear around over my undies and nursing bras, because you never know when you’ll have 5 minutes for a quick shower, or when one of those dreaded hormonal hot flashes will appear. One of these robes on top of your dirty, sweaty, aching body just makes you feel good.

    10. Nature Valley Protein Bars – I eat one of these during nursing sessions for a quick snack. I even keep one on my bedside table for late night feedings. They help keep me going when finding time to eat can be hard.

    11. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow – a good nursing pillow is a must. I was struggling during my first 10 days postpartum using my boppy – it wasn’t working for me and my baby and my neck and shoulders were killing me. I ordered a My Brest Friend and have never looked back. It has made nursing so much more pleasant and easier on my body. I hear boppys work better when nursing older babies.

    12. Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray – if you have a vaginal delivery, you’re gonna have some issues “down there” afterwards. Without sharing too much, let me just say that this spray helps a multitude of issues. And it sprays while held upside down, which is key. Also helpful/necessary in the “down there” issue department: wipes with witch hazel, tucks pads, Prep H cream, pads (I prefer thick ones with the hospital’s mesh underwear as long as bleeding is heavy, then very thin Always pads with wings when it gets lighter).

    13. Warm baths – another must for vaginal deliveries are sitz baths. But I didn’t have time for 3 of these a day so I would just indulge in one longer bath each evening, with lavender epsom salt. So helpful!

    14. Solly Baby Wrap – Sometimes baby just wants to be held, and as much as you love holding him or her, your arm needs a break, your older child needs attention, or you need to get something done. I’ve found using my Solly Baby Wrap has made life easier in those situations. I also love putting Calvin in it if we’re going around people – less touching and getting in his face when he’s wrapped up on me.

    15. Mother’s Milk Tea – I had supply issues with my first baby (due to an undiagnosed thyroid disorder – more on that here), so I had a low supply and also had to pump a lot. This time, I’m trying to build my supply while avoiding my pump when possible. I’ve found drinking a couple of cups of this tea everyday has helped. I also eat oatmeal for breakfast, drink lots of water, and nurse on demand when I can.

    Oh Lovely Day postpartum favorite things giveaway

    And now for our giveaway. I’m giving away my favorite things to wear postpartum to one lucky winner. You’ll get 1. The two Bravado Designs nursing bras listed above, 2. a tank and pants from Saint Grace (style and color based on winner’s size and availability), 3. The Doie Lounge Elena robe (pictured), 4. A set of black pjs from Belabumbum (pictured), and 5. A Solly Baby Wrap (color choice based on in stock availability) so you can wear your baby!

    The giveaway will end on 9/13/14 and the winner will be announced below on 9/14. Only one comment below will count as an entry, and be sure to follow instructions in the giveaway widget below. Good luck!

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