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New Fall Jeans with Mott and Bow

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

Angelina Bowman wearing a Disney princess Mickey Mouse dress and a black feather crown boho headpiece

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

Angelina Bowman wearing a Disney princess Mickey Mouse dress and a black feather crown boho headpiece

Angel with her baby doll that she takes EVERYWHERE with her!! I love this age so much. She also picked out this outfit 🙂

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA blouse and MOTT and BOW black denim high waisted jeans. Angelina Bowman wearing a pink Disney dress and boho feathered headdress

 

Stephany’s Choice: JEANS || TOP || SHOES

Angelina’s Choice: DRESS similar || SIMILAR HEAD PIECE

Love my new jeans from Mott and Bow! So excited to have something I can move into when it starts to get too chilly for my denim cutoffs I’ve been wearing all summer. 

My friend asked me the other day, “do you wear jeans”. I guess the answer is “of course!” but then again, I haven’t worn jeans I feel really happy in, in years. Angelina will be two in November and ever since I became pregnant with her, until this point I’ve been living in stretchy pants, dresses, or shorts. 

These skinnies are a really comfy and soft, the motto of the company is “affordable” and “high quality”. I say it hits both of those marks. I picked out this black color because I loved the slits on the thighs but my second choice would be these skinny grey ones. 

If you’re looking for cute jeans for fall and want quality at a fair price, I urge you to check out MOTT AND BOW. You’ll be happy you did. 

PS. Jeans are true to size and if you are between sizes , go down a size because they will stretch a little 😉 

Hope you have a fab week, don’t forget to take it easy on yourself, and remember- you got this!!

XO,

Stephany

 

Bikinis before breakfast

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Angelina fighting against wearing her little summer bonnet at the pool 🙂 We finally compromised on total body sunblock coverage 🙂

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman wearing Pak Pak swimwear and Aldo sunglasses

First coffee of the day, poolside!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany’s Choice: Swim suit : The PAK PAK  ||  Sunglasses similar

Angelina’s Choice: Swim suit : Similar here and here

Why can’t wearing a bikini for breakfast be a way of life?!!

I absolutely love being outdoors so much. We eat outside, read outside, hang out, I even caught up on some work outdoors. It’s so pretty and liberating. Makes you really reflect on how much time we spend indoors on a typical day…

How cute is this bikini though?!

I was searching high and low for something that was all tucked in. No need to be spilling out of my bikini while chasing kids around the pool-if you know what I mean. The last couple of years I’ve worn one pieces but they always seem sort of prudish and matronly. Although Target now has some cute ones, and I think one pieces are back in style-luckily.

I would dare to say that the swimsuit style of the season is the high waist bottoms. Two pieces but the bottoms are boy cut and cover the belly button.

I think that this is such a cute look. It hides enough and covers enough. I’d also say that this is such a flattering look for all shapes and body sizes.

The Pak Pak has some sales going on and they have these cute little ruffles right on the waist line.

I loved it so much I bought it in two colors. I’ve seen girls mix and match the tops and bottoms too which is also a fun idea.

I may not wear this style forever but right now, I still am not in my happiest body shape so this a God send till I am back where I want to be.

XO,

Stephany

 

 

Summer sisters, with Bohobee

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle’s Choice: Custom dress + Bow headpiece: Bohobee

Angelina’s Choice: Custom dress + Bonnet: Bohobee

Angelina is almost 20 months old!! So, I thought it might be fun to do a milestone post today!! 

Mentally she surprises me every single day!

Already, she can speak a handful of words:

Mama + MOM!

Dah (Daddy)

Ball (Annabelle)

Oufff (dog)

UP!! (self explanatory)

Ya?! 

Nooooooo… 

Hiyyyyeee

Byeee

Pop (lolly pop)

App (Apple Juice)

Physically, Angelina can run after Annabelle and Alexander, feed herself with a spoon or fork- with  almost no spills. She loves to color with markers- particularly NOT on paper 😅 I’ve even caught her trying to roll by on her scooter. 

When I ask her where something is, she does the cutest little shrug with her shoulders and opens her hands out in front of her 🤷🏼‍♀️. hehe.

She mainly loves to tag along with Alexander. I think these two are really close buds. Wherever Alexander is, Angelina is pretty close behind. She’ll even play cars with him.

Angelina’s two favorite places to be right now are at the playground and at the swimming pool! She loves bing in the water.

One thing she doesn’t like…The vacuum!!

Angelina seemingly understands a lot of what’s going on around her. If I’m in the living room, and I ask her to throw something away, she’ll grab the item and dash off into the kitchen to find the garbage.

Today we saw a bird at the park and I said,”give the bird a piece of your pop corn”.. And she DID!

When Angelina is hungry, she pulls me ” up” and points the direction with her finger all the way to the kitchen. Then she’ll try to open the fridge. Luckly she hasn’t mastered this skill yet but she will point to what she’d like to eat in the fridge and if I chose the wrong thing she says,” NO!!” 😂  She definitely knows what she wants and I think that’s an excellent quality to have. Even if she is very bossy!!

As far as potty training goes I now understand parents that start the transition early. I bet I could get Angelina to start the first steps any day. When she has a dirty diaper I ask, ” do you have a poo poo?!” She nods. Then I follow her all the way to the changing table!!

I can’t believe it’s been almost 20 months now since we welcomed this sweet little girl into our hearts (read about Angelina at the hospital the day she was born here). It feels like we just celebrated Angelina’s first birthday  yesterday.

Thank you so much to Bohobee Design for these stunning custom made dresses for the girls. If you are looking for special dresses for your little one or a little girl that you love I cannot stress enough how much we love these pieces. They also make wonderful “Mommy and me” dresses if you want to match. Great for weddings, birthday parties and summer!

Hope you have a wonderful day,

XO,

Stephany

 

Happy 7th Birthday Annabelle

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany’s Choice: White dress | Shoes similar here

Michael’s Choice: Shirt | Pants | Shoes | Belt

Annabelle’s Choice: Similar outfit here | Shoes Similar here

Alexander’s Choice: Shirt | Shorts | Shoes Similar here

Angelina’s Choice: Similar dress here

Happy SEVENTH birthday to our sweet girl Annabelle Leigh Bowman!!

Born on a beautiful sunny day  in London, England!!

On this special day I can’t help but reflect on the moment you were brought into the world.

We knew that you were coming on May 25th, because we had scheduled a C-section for that morning. 

Why a C-section?

2 weeks before you were born we had a standard routine ultrasound to make sure everything was ok, and they discovered that you were Breech ( a position where the baby’s head is not pointing in the downward position). According to our Doctor, there is a universal agreement that 100% of breech baby cases should be delivered via C-section. If you pull the baby out by the legs the baby’s head could get stuck, lose oxygen and suffer trauma to the brain.

How did I feel about this?

Bad. I was desperately hoping for as natural of a birthing processes as possible.

Good. Because I could organize myself to anticipate that date and time and not worry about being on my own + unprepared for the unpredictability of a natural birth.

Fast forward to the big day:

I wore a bright yellow shirt, my mom, Michael and I WALKED a mile to the hospital. We were so excited. It was a beautiful and sunny Spring day in London. The city was just waking up and was sparkling.

( 3 days later I would walk the same route home a mother + my brand new baby!!) 

Laying out on the operating table was very unnerving. I was anxious and worried. A lot of tugging and pulling later… and THERE SHE WAS!! They dropped the curtain and this wide-eyed, teeny tiny little body, with steel-sharpe blue eyes- was scanning the room!! Oh my goodness. I burst right into tears, I was so emotional. There she was this wonderful little thing. In my arms. 

She never left my side, as they wheeled us into our room. I stayed up all night. The nurses came in and told me- “you should get some sleep”, and “sleep when the baby sleeps”. Who could sleep?! I just looked at her, and hoped that she would wake up 💕

I didn’t leave my bed for days, until finally the nurses convinced me to wheel Annabelle into the nursery for a bath. They were playing the Spice Girls in the room! All the other little babies were there and I was so surprised to see how tiny Annabelle was compared to them. 

I struggled with nursing in the beginning and I had no idea what I was doing. I felt a lot of pressure because she seemed so little, and I didn’t feel like she could afford to lose any more weight. My breasts became engorged and I went from discomfort to pain and stress. Luckily it was time to go home, which allowed me to take some time to figure out a rhythm and find my stride. 

Nursing was my number one stressor when I had Annabelle. I had no idea what to do. Very few of my friends at the time had babies themselves and I didn’t know any that were nursing. 

My mom really encouraged me to continue and I ended up breastfeeding exclusively for 6 moths. I am very proud of myself to this day, because this was one of the most difficult times of my life as a mother. Read Alexander’s birth story here!

Today, I have my now Second Grade princess!! I love and adore her fun and smart sprit.

So…Happy 7th Birthday to our creative, crafty, card shark, princess!!

Belle, Bella, Belly Bee, Anniebelle, Belli, AB, Annabelli, Bananabelle, Annabelle Bowman!!

Lover of all things glitter, sparkle, pink, unicorn, fancy, curly, medical, sinister, fluffy, sugary, sweet, cheeky, cozy, and girly!!

Keeping up with you has been an adventure, I can’t wait to see what magic you continue to create!

Thank you for giving me the best gift ever, being your mom!

I love you so much + your huge sparkly green eyes, and single toothy grin 💗

Read Angelina’s Birth story here + hospital stay here!

XO,

Stephany

5 ways to make toddler mealtime easier with Gerber®️Smart Flow™️

Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson onesie in lemon print and snacking on a Gerber ®️Smart Flow ™️

Stephany Bowman wearing JCREW violet linen tunic, Angelina Bowman wearing Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on Gerber ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson onesie and snacking on Gerber®️ Smart Flow ™️

Stephany Bowman wearing JCREW violet linen tunic, Angelina Bowman wearing Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on Gerber ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

Stephany Bowman wearing JCREW violet linen tunic and Aldo white shoes, picks out Gerbers®️ Smart Flow™️ Snacks

Stephany Bowman wearing JCREW violet linen tunic, Angelina Bowman wearing Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on Gerber ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson onesie in lemon print and snacking on a Gerber ®️Smart Flow ™️

Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson onesie in lemon print and snacking on a Gerber ®️Smart Flow ™️

Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson onesie in lemon print and snacking on a Gerber ®️Smart Flow ™️

Stephany Bowman wearing JCREW violet linen tunic, Angelina Bowman wearing Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on Gerber ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson onesie in lemon print and snacking on a Gerber ®️Smart Flow ™️

Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson onesie in lemon print and snacking on a Gerber ®️Smart Flow ™️

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA white dress, Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on GERBER ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA white dress, Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on GERBER ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA white dress, Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on GERBER ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

Stephany Bowman wearing a ZARA white dress, Angelina Bowman wearing a Hanna Anderson lemon onesie and snacking on GERBER ®️ SMART FLOW ™️ toddler pouches

We are all about making easy, non messy and healthy meal options right now. Gerber®️ has a new clever Smart Flow ™️ toddler pouch that helps make mealtimes a lot easier. With this clever spout, the baby food doesn’t just spill out of the pouch like the old days. There is a new sophisticated spout so that Angelina doesn’t just squeeze all the food out and make a huge mess!!

Now that she wants to do everything on her own, walk up the steps, put on her shoes, and feed herself- messes are almost unavoidable. Sometimes I feel like we spend more time cleaning up the meal, than putting it all together.

I know all us mothers are so busy all the time, so I’ve put together a quick list of 5 ways to make mealtime easier with a toddler:

  1. Make sure your toddler is eating in a spot that is easy to clean up after!- keep the mess in the kitchen and keep baby in the high chair
  2. Let your toddler feed themselves with a simple to eat snack (raspberries, bananas, puffs, Gerber®️ Smart Flow™️ ) while you slip in healthy bites of toddler’s main dish!
  3. Keep it simple. One dish is more than enough variety for your toddler at any one meal time. Don’t over stress yourself with providing a variety of foods, that is what snack time is for!
  4. Sometimes we are on the go when it’s close to meal time and tricky to find something safe and appropriate for your little one to snack on… This baby pouch is super easy to pack with you when you are not at home and want something healthy, safe and fuss free to enjoy. 
  5. Make meal time fun! Let your little one watch you feed them or take turns feeding each other 🙂

You can head over to Ahold or Kroger and download a coupon to use next time you purchase Gerber ®️ Smart Flow ™️ Pouches (coupon only available while supplies last).

We love this super cute and healthy option, no forks, no spoons, no plates and no clean up necessary! With this clever cap, baby food is under control. In the old days, the kids would hold onto the pouches and the baby food would go spilling out over the top and getting on all the clothes-making a huge mess!

Mess free- right here!!

Thank you for reading along! What is your favorite mealtime secret?!

XO,

Stephany

Flower dress with StyleWe

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Angelina Bowman wearing a Claire's accessories headbands and keds sneakers

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a knee length floral dress from StyleWe, pink Chanel purse. Angelina Bowman wearing Blue headband from Claire's Accessories and Pink sneakers from Keds

Stephany’s Choice: DRESS  //  SHOES-SIMILAR   // PURSE-SIMILAR

Angelina’s Choice: DRESS-SIMILAR  //  SHOESsimilar  //  TIGHTS  //  HEADBAND-similar

I’ve been focusing really hard on my gym routine these last couple of months and it’s amazing how much happier I feel.

I never liked going to the gym in the past because obviously its easier to sit around and put your feed up-however, going to the gym is one of the only times in the whole day that for exactly one hour I am doing nothing else but focusing on my own mind and body.

Even when I take a shower I get interrupted a lot, which is sweet of course, but still… a moment to gather my thoughts and break a sweat does wonders for the soul.

I used to go to all the “classes” but I have put all that on hold for the moment. It was getting stressful scrambling to be there in time for the class, etc..

Now I just stick to the treadmill, plain and simple. I don’t go over board with it and never go over one hour a day.

My goal is always make sure I knock out at least 450 calories.

After the first 3o minutes I stop and stretch and take a water break and reenergize myself to kill the last half hour.

Sometimes I watch the news, other times I like to watch shows about remodeling homes, tasting food from all around the world, Seinfeld or even Friends.

Other times I like to crank up the music videos. Watching them is like a mini dance party. Each video is a few minutes and sometimes I find myself getting lost in them. Time flies.

When I want to jack up the pace and squeeze out some sweat I turn to my iPhone and put on my favorite jams.

Of course a great dress helps when you are thinking about Easter and what to wear for the fun family weekend.

When in doubt I go STRAIGHT to my favorite website StyleWe. You’ve probably heard me say this a thousand times before but they have thousands and thousands of dresses and options. For this dress I literally typed into the search button on the site: flower dress. It’s perfect for Spring and Church. Flirty, pretty and fresh. Currently sold out 🙁  But I also love this one, this one and this one!!!

(Also great for wedding season 😉 )

Hope you are all having a fabulous week! What’s your favorite part about working out?!!

XO,

Stephany

Spring is in the air!

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander and Angelina Bowman wearing Ollie and Mae

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander, Annabelle, and Angelina wearing Ollie and Mae

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Annabelle Bowman wearing a long sleeve shirt from Ollie & Mae

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a white polka-dot ZARA smocked dress, Gold CONVERSE shoes, and baby carrier from LILLE . Angelina Bowman wearing OLLIE AND MAE

Alexander Bowman wearing a swim suit from Oliie & Mae

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

Stephany Bowman wearing a white polka dot, short smocked dress from ZARA. Gold sneakers from CONVERSE, and Black cat eye sunglasses from HENRI BENDEL. Annabelle, Alexander and Angelina Bomwan wearing outfits from Children's Boutique OLLIE AND MAE

I frequently get asked questions about what my favorite baby products and accessories of all time are.

It’s true that there are products today that I would tell my younger self to invest in, and other products that I would advise against. 

One product I always loved but never had, was a sophisticated baby carrier. They always seemed a little bit more pricey than the other standard baby carriers, so I settled. Now that I’ve tried the LÍLLÉ baby carrier I wish that I hadn’t waited so long. 

It’s light, cute, and easy to strap on. Putting it on feels the same as putting on a backpack. The cool thing about this product (and I’m a sucker for this) is that it is multifunctional! You can carry your baby in the front OR on your back! 

This is the first time that I have carried a child on my back, and I loved it.

It kept my hands free, and the load was easier for my strong back to carry than pulling down on the front of my chest. 

Angelina was very comfortable back there. It was like a piggy back ride only she was much more secure. 

There were even a few moments were I sort of forgot that she was back there! 

This product is definitely a Stephany’s Choice must have item. It would also make such a cute baby gift! It comes in different colors and can hold a child that weighs up to 60 lbs!! Wow!! Talk about a great investment piece!

Thank you so much to our favorite children’s store OLLIE & MAVE boutique for these gorgeous outfits!! We love soft high quality kid’s clothes and these are super stylish and adorable! I mean, did you see Alexander’s swimming trunks?!! It’s almost impossible to find cute boys clothes like this! 

How happy is Annabelle, reading her very own Cover of Dallas Child Magazine?!! Thank you so much to the whole entire team for making us feel so welcome! This was definitely an opportunity of a life time. 

I also want to give a shout out to the MS Dallas team for this gorgeous poster of Annabelle’s cover!! It is beautiful and we love it so much! The team there feels like family, and product and service is incredible.

Thank you so much for reading along! Hope you are having a fantastic week

XO

 Stephany

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ZARA  //  Shoes:  CONVERSE  //  Sunglasses:  HENRI BENDEL  //  Baby Carrier:  LILLÉ baby 

Annabelle’s Choice: Top: OLLIE & MAVE  // Tights: OLLIE & MAVE similar here // Boots: SIMILAR HERE

Alexander’s Choice: Swim suit : OLLIE & MAVE 

Angelina’s Choice: Top: OLLIE & MAVE  // Shorts: SIMILAR HERE  //  Socks: OLLIE & MAVE  //  Shoes:  FRESHLY PICKED

 

Weaning Angelina, with Twistshake

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing pink dress from Anthropologie , heels from Steve Madden. Angelina BOWMAN is wearing Pajamas from Baby Gap, and a pink headband from CLAIRE'S. Baby bottle is from Twistshake

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing a pink dress from Anthropologie and cream caged heels from Steve Madden at Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing pink dress from Anthropologie , heels from Steve Madden. Angelina BOWMAN is wearing Pajamas from Baby Gap, and a pink headband from CLAIRE'S. Baby bottle is from Twistshake

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice is wearing pink dress from Anthropologie , heels from Steve Madden. Angelina BOWMAN is wearing Pajamas from Baby Gap, and a pink headband from CLAIRE'S. Baby bottle is from Twistshake

Weaning Angelina was something I had been dreading for probably 2 months before I actually pulled it off.

As a breastfeeding mother you are so focused on making sure that you have a consistent milk supply and that your baby is well fed you don’t really put as much thought into weaning your child.

At least I never did.

I fell in love with my baby on my breast. We would cuddle up so close and snuggle. I could smell her skin, look into her eyes, fold her cruncky legs into the creases of my arms and waist.

Sadly, all good things come to an end.

I tried to give Angelina a bottle of milk when she was around 13 months or so but she spat it out and made no effort to pick it up again.

Why would she? Plastic bottle, cold milk? Her whole life was cozy with mom, a soft touch, and warm sweet milk.

I delayed weaning a few more weeks then months. Finally, I started cutting out one feed a month. So for a month I didn’t nurse her between 9 am and 9pm. She could eat food, or I would try giving her the bottle.

Next, I would cut out the 10pm, 1 am feed. One after the next.

Eventually, she wouldn’t wake up at 10pm for a feed. Then she wouldn’t wake up till 3pm. It was starting to work. I was cutting back one feed at a time, very very slowly.

The only feeds that were left were the “pre-bedtime” feed and then the “3am” and “6am” feeds.

Every few weeks I would cut one feed out. 

The final feeds left were the “pre-bedtime” and the “3am” feeds. 

Finally, I got her to kind of take a bottle at bedtime, eventually she would sleep trough the night.

One morning she went out for Sunday breakfast with Michael and the kids. I woke up to an empty house. No baby to nurse. 

She didn’t need me anymore. She was a big girl out to brekkie with the gang. I had a choice at that momemnt. I could feel sad and miss my sweet baby. Or I could take a shower , toss that nursing bra, and put on a non-button down blouse for the first time in a year and a half!!

So I did!!

A huge thank you to TwistShake bottles for helping me transition Angelina ! This was the only bottle she would come near. It comes in several gorgeous colors, easy to clean and has won multiple awards like baby product of the YEAR!! Wow!! Use coupon code: stephanykhayat20 and receive 20%  your entire purchase !!

Did you struggle with weaning your baby? would love to hear your thoughts below 

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ANTHROPOLOGIE  //  Shoes: Steve Madden 

Angelina’s Choice: Pajamas: GAP

Ruffled yellow dress

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a yellow ruffled dress from ZARA Spring 2017 collection. Yellow heels from Diesel. Angelina Bowman is wearing a yellow tutu pant from BABY GAP, white blouse from ZARA KIDS and yellow floral headband from Claire's.

When life gives you lemons make lemonade.

It’s been a long week where almost everyone at home has the flu. I’m always the last man left standing and I joke it’s only because I can’t really afford to go down!

But I think the busy week and non stop sniffily noses have caught up with me. A lot of stress in a day and sometimes you just don’t see where things are paying off. 

I guess I’m just in a bad mood.  I’m entitled to feel that way every once in a while.

On a brighter note, at least this cute dress is perfect for spring and we are ready!

Do you think brighter colors uplift your mood?

Cheers to the weekend and hope you all can recharge your batteries. All I want is a simple walk and a coffee, maybe even a good movie with popcorn- a tear jerker would probably be nice too.

Let me know if you are doing anything fun!

Thank you for reading along 

Stephany’s Choice:  Dress: ZARA   //   Shoes: similar here

Angelina’s Choice: Blouse:  Similar here  //  Pants:  BABY GAP  //  Headband :  Similar here

 

Our 11th Valentine’s Day!

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Angelina Bowman wearing a red long sleeve tutu dress from BABY GAP, Red heart shoes from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and headband from ETSY

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Angelina Bowman wearing a red long sleeve tutu dress from BABY GAP, Red heart shoes from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa and headband from ETSY

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany Bowman editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a hot pink bell sleeve dress from ZARA, gold heels from TOPSHOP, gold chunky pink from Chanel. Angelina Bowman wearing BABY GAP long sleeve red tutu, white tights and Red rubber Vivienne Westwood shoes for Mellissa with hearts. Michael Bowman wearing a black suit, pink shirt from EDEN PARK.

Stephany’s Choice: Dress: ZARA // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE 

Micheal’s Choice: Suit: SIMILAR HERE // Shirt: SIMILAR HERE // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE

Angelina’s Choice: Dress: GAP // Tights: GAP // Shoes: SIMILAR HERE // Sunglasses: SIMILAR HERE

Happy love day everyone!

This is the 11th time Michael and I have spent Valentine’s Day together!

The first three years of dating before marriage were on and off. But I don’t recall a time where we were not dating during Valentine’s Day.

What I do remember is the first Valentine’s Day we ever celebrated. We had been dating only for a few months and I just started a new job at a market research company I worked for in down town Chicago

It was supposed to be a regular work day and then we had plans to meet for dinner that evening.

When I stepped away from my desk for a meeting at the office I had no idea that there would be this ENORMOUS box sitting on my chair !!! I think I turned all shades of orange and red when I first saw it. The whole office was waiting to see what was in the box… when I realized that it was my boss who signed off on the delivery, I felt so embarrassed and shy about the whole thing I actually stuffed the box under my desk and hid it with my coat!! haha.

Soooo ridiculous I know!! People where whispering like “where did that box go?” ” who was it for?” “what was in that delivery?”

Anyway, when everyone finally went home and the coast was clear I pulled out the box and inside was a beautiful huge bouquet of bubble gum pink tulips.

It was really romantic and thoughtful because they were cute pink tulips and not ugly blood red roses. Of course red roses are lovely too but knowing me I’ve never bought red roses in my life so the pink tulips were personal and sweet. Also, till this day I’m sensitive and shy about certain things. Micheal never lets that get in the way from making me feel special and allowing me a space to feel safe and important.

Later that day he met me at the office after work and I came out with my huge vase of pink tulips. We went to a little Italian place where they had a band that played Lionel Richie classic love songs and I ordered pasta 🙂

It’s funny the things you tend to remember. haha. Not really critical details. I have no idea what we really discussed. We had a lovely evening and have shared every Valentine’s Day together ever since.

Valentine’s Day is becoming more about the kids now that they are getting older and starting to understand the value of Valentine’s Day treats. haha. 

I asked Annabelle if she had a secret admirer and was shocked that she immediately called out this one boy from her old Kindergarten class who used to tease everyone! She said he gave her a flower asked her to marry him on the playground. Haha.

Love is in the air!

Happy Love Day!! However you choose to celebrate it 

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography