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GUEST POST: STYLE SERIES WITH PIRATES AND PEONIES PART 2.

hi! it's me, shaynah, again from PIRATESandpeonies! so happy to be back. if you didn't catch who i am feel free to find out here
i am so happy to be sharing with you about little boy fashions. it is sometimes hard to get creative when it comes to dressing boys, and i have found that functional is always best! my boys like things that they can move in (and that mostly means tackle each other in). we are active, as we live in the midwest near lots of parks, so i am often inspired by woodland animals and comfy looking clothes. that is really where i am drawing my inspiration from these days. think cabin in the woods meets the animals living off the land.
these are a few of my favorite things:

in the home: moose bedding // fox pillow // plates // circus bin  // elephants 

big kid: stars tee // baseball henley // headphones

toddler: knight cape and helmet // tiger claw leggings // wooden horse

for baby: pale nulle // pirate body suit // long underwear body suit  // booties

my oldest guy is by far my sporty - no fuss dresser. he likes simple. as much as i want to put him in elaborate things i just prefer to do things his way, so i stick to cute tops that are cozy and close to his body so he can run faster. yes, i know it doesn't make him run faster, but we like to pretend it does! he is old enough to think that things are girly so i try to stick to rugged these days. shoes are typically our big investment because we know they will be passed down to the younger siblings (jeans don't usually make it, being our boys rip holes in nearly every knee). we also have hit video games and the electronic phase so i try to keep him busy yet limit his time on it, so we bring paper and pens everywhere so he can spy and draw the things he sees so he usually totes a cool backpack loaded with gear.
my toddler is far more quirky than his brother. he is always sporting masks and hats. i don't mind costumery in public, i mean you're only a kid once right! i also like the differences in their personalities. kids should really be themselves, and i try not to let who i think they should be get in the way of who they really are.  he also likes things that are easy to move in. i love his little legs in tighter fitting pants with boots, and luckily he likes that comfy feel so it works. i try to stick with muted colors that way things can be mixed and matched without being as obvious. we have been known to wear things for  a whole week straight a few days in a row, we are only human! i much prefer to invest in a few unique pieces that can be worn often rather than a lot of clothes that barely get use. it seems to work so far and then i don't feel bad on those one or 2 splurges at the beginning of each season!
for baby i want simple. i want easy on and offs. i don't like when people make babies look like little men, i want him to look like a baby. stripes are always my go-to. i like the one piece outfits cause he will be born during the cold months so i want to be sure he is covered well, but mostly i want him to have wonderful things surrounding him. that means sweet little toys and blankets that make him feel at home and safe. things that are perfect for snuggling!
in general i think it is most important to find your little guy's personality and try to dress him in something that naturally co-exists with his behaviors. i have to admit my fashion has adapted to my boys style more than theirs has adapted to mine! i usually check with my oldest before i order him something -- if he squinches his face up it probably isn't worth going through the buying and return process!
funky hats and pipe cleaners used as an ear mic. normal occurrences in our home!
comfy at home play clothes. and YES we wear shoes in the house for fun!
silly back packs make it more fun to haul our stuff around
my splurge brands that i typically buy a handful of things from are:
  • bobo choses
  • mini rodini
  • polarn o pyret
  • little z kids
  • flora + henri
after i have my investment pieces i match them up with something from here:
  • crewcuts
  • hm
  • zara
  • babygap
thank you isobel for having me again! i hope you guys got a few pointers or at least some new ideas or creative ways to get your little dudes in more than just cargo pants and polo shirts. i know it can be tough to even care sometimes, but i think kids should have an imaginative and creative childhood, don't you?!

GUEST POST: STYLE SERIES WITH PIRATES AND PEONIES.

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i love connecting with other mama bloggers, particularly stylish mamas of boys...so for the month of october, one of my favorite mamas and i will be swapping bi-weekly guest posts on each other's blogs.  shaynah is mama to two tow-headed adventurers with another one on the way.  we immediately connected over our boys' love for exploration and our obsession with little boy fashion.  to kick off this fun little series, shaynah is sharing why she started blogging and what she loves about it.  don't forget to stop by her blog, pirates and peonies, to check out my guest post on why i started holdenonbaby.

Hi, Shaynah from PIRATESandpeonies.com here!

I personally am what they call a girly-girl. Formerly a tomboy once I grew up and quickly started loving lace, ruffles, and fluff! Who would have ever thought that I would have 2 boys (and another little man on the way)?! I would have never thought that I would love raising boys so much! God definitely knew what he was doing when He gave them all to me! My husband is an avid sports nut and a 9-5 business man, he keeps wacky, little me pretty stable! I love chaos and I love laughter and my life is filled with both! I do work part time, and I love my job (I am a haistylist - don't judge me on my days off!) but I love that I am home with my kids and get to be the one teaching them on a daily basis. (For you moms who work full time and juggle both, you, are my hero!!!) I am very laid back and I am the opposite of a minimalist and neat freak. I do believe in a healthy and active lifestyle, but I am not a slave to it. I enjoy the little things. I am terrible at punctuation!!!!  I enjoy sarcasm. I can take a joke. I am sometimes goofy. I don't get embarrassed easily. I am a dreamer. But above all I am a mom! Our rowdy little crew is always seeking out new adventures and silly {simple}ways to make life in the more interesting. We greatly believe giving our kids a colorful childhood and jumping on the beds and couhc. And, well, our take on parenting is a little relaxed, we are young parents so we are still learning and growing ourselves. We just hope to share an honest view of our life -  the good and the bad, the fun and the difficult. We hope you enjoy getting to know us, the REAL us!

"Oh!  So you're another mom with kids..." you may be thinking. And yeah, that is mostly how I would describe myself, too, but there is so much more to each of us "mommy bloggers" than that. We all have a little different take on parenting and sharing our lives. We all do it for many different reasons. My husband teases me about my blogging and he loves to poke fun at how excited I get about new followers, but every once in a while he reads through it and comes to me and tells me how thankful he is that I have captured our boys exactly where they are at.  Which is what I think the blogging world is really for. To reflect on your life, remember it, and learn from it! It is a fun and creative way to share. As silly as I can be I also have a very romantic view of life. Raising kids is the most beautiful gift, and seeing the world through their eyes is magical. I love every moment and try to keep them tucked away somewhere safe, and blogging and writing them has been the most wonderful way to remind myself of how blessed our little life is. Connecting with other mommies just a bonus that comes with it!  I am so happy to have connected with Lauren and her beautiful family through blogging. Isobel and I are excited to be sharing on each other's blogs... a little about our lives, raising sweet little boys, and our personal take on family style and fashion! We hope you enjoy!

GUEST POST: PARENTING STYLES WITH CASEY LEIGH WIEGAND

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today's guest post is from casey leigh, the voice behind the wiegands, a family lifestyle blog that follows this sweet and kind-hearted mama and her three gorgeous littles.  i have always felt connected to casey in her parenting style and opinions on raising children.  it's nice to have a friend who child rears in the same manner and shares these thoughts so openly.  so without further ado, here's a little excerpt from casey leigh on her beliefs in bringing up littles.

my husband and i believe in "letting our littles be little"- we are in no rush over here at the wiegand house! in fact, i am in a desperate attempt to slow down!!! i realized pretty quickly after my first born had arrived that everyone had a million opinions and ideas on how i should be.  the most valuable lesson that i learned was that i had to do what was best for us.

all of our personalities are different, all of our kiddos are different- so making a "formula" or putting them in a certain box just wouldn't work.

 

it wasn't working in fact.

 

the truth is you know what you are comfortable with, you know your baby...so who better fit to make the decisions?  not a book or a friend, just you.

and appreciating all of our differences is so important...important as fellow mamas, to appreciate where the other is coming from.

 

our babies are growing fast, it won't be long before it's all gone and over.

 

the only way i know how to "slow it down" is to savor it, not rush it and to let them be little as long as possible.