Ethical + Budget Friendly Kids Closet

We all know kids grow fast, play hard, and that they don’t really care much about what they are wearing. Over the past couple of years I have been trying to buy clothes more responsibly, clothes that are ethically made, and that are made to last. It’s safe to say that these clothes cost more up front, they are an investment, and if you know me it takes me about a month to finally make a purchase on something i have been eyeing. But how does this translate into a kids closet? Why spend money on things they will grow out of quickly, get stains on, and holes in? How do we build a closet that is easy to mix and match? How do we build a (mostly) ethical closet on a budget? Let’s chat!

First things first, buy secondhand! Grey’s closet is about 50 percent secondhand. There are so many good resources to buying used clothing, here are some of my favorites: on Instagram, @noihsaf.kiddos they have so many goodies that pop up on a daily basis! Make sure to turn post notifications on, things go quick! And on Facebook follow Rylee and Cru BST, they do yard sale weeks once per month, where people can post any brand to sell, again things go quick!

Another thing I’ve learned is picking a few items to splurge on, I usually aim to have 5 outfits of his that I love and the rest can be play clothes! Also, this year I have learned to stop splurging on pants for him, they will just get holes! So that’s when I buy secondhand or from Zara or Target! A huge tip that I have is: pay attention to what resells well! I’ve found that Mabo and Fin & Vince resell for close to the retail price, these are the types of brands you will want to make your splurge pieces! Say you buy a shirt for $22 and you resell it for $16 shipped, you made back all but about $9 of that item!

I always feel a little more confident in our better quality pieces, because I save almost everything for when we have a second baby. I try to stick with neutrals, although we don’t believe in girl and boy colors over here! Anything goes!

Buy the basics, items that are easy to mix and match! Good brands to start your ethical kids clothing (on the lower end of pricing) are Quincy Mae and Mabo! They are both pretty reasonably priced and both resell well, both brands have great basics to start building on.

Find what works for you! Grey and I stay home a lot, so the 5 cute outfits rule works for us! His summer wardrobe is a bit of an exception because he had a lot that still fit from last year, so I love his whole closet this season and didn’t like almost any of his winter clothes ha! I have a friend that keeps her daughters closet to 20 items, and I love that rule because it keeps you from shopping too much, but you still get to have fun and buy cute stuff!

Last tip! It is no lie that Australian brands have it going on! Seriously, why do they have all the cute stuff? They have opposite seasons as us, as we are approaching cold weather they are approaching warm weather, so it is great to buy ahead because you can usually get it on sale! Also, ask friends if they want to buy anything too! International shipping can be pricey, so it is nice if you have someone to split it with!

Here is Grey’s whole summer wardrobe (photos are not edited so you can see true colors), you will find the brand names listed below!

  1. Mabo / 2. Mabo / 3. Mabo / 4. Sem Label / 5. Piccoliny / 6. Summer & Storm / 7. Summer & Storm / 8. Secondhand / 9. Petits Vilains / 10. Rudy Jude / 11. Millk Co / 12. J. Crew / 13. Secondhand Red Creek Linen / 14. Secondhand Red Creek Linen / 15. Go Gently Nation / 16. Secondhand Misha and Puff / 17. Rylee & Cru / 18. Millk Co / 19. Adidas / 20. The Humble Soles

Drop a comment if you have any questions! // Sorry for the wrinkles, mom ;)

Fail Proof Christmas Guide

Always and forever struggling to come up with Christmas gifts, figuring out what to splurge on, how to budget, small things to add, and of course how to make it feel thoughtful and tailored to the person you are giving to. Here is a fail proof guide that will help you find something for your mom, wife, partner, sister, cousin, husband, baby daddy, or the kid in your life.

A few things I also like to add in is, a gift card to a local coffee shop, a bag of coffee (use code hilldots to get 50% off your first bag at www.tradecoffeeco.com aka no. 9 on the list, and y’all their shipping is only like $2!), soap from a local store or Anthropologie, and LOTION. Ya girl loves lotion, who doesn’t? The key is to shop local or look for places with free shipping because on top of gift buying, shipping adds up quick! Last tip, buy gift sets and separate them between people, like the peach jam or East Fork box listed below, a candle set, or a set of soaps!

 

  1. for the hard worker/ tired mama // 2. for anyone with hands // 3. for a mama // 4. for the kiddo // 5. for the coffee lover // 6. for the pottery lover // 7. for the lover of good packaging // 8. for the kiddo // 9. for the coffee lover pt. two // 10. for the bearded guy // 11. for the skin care lover // 12. for the foodie // 13. for the motorcycle guy // 14. for the kiddo // 15. for a special lady // 16. for the sentimental person // 17. for the gal who works out or wears work out pants to get groceries, either is cool // 18. for the new baby // 19. for the cool kid / adult // 20. for anyone with a nose

Tips on keeping your kids gifts minimal for the holidays:

Your family is always going to ask what to buy for your kiddos, be prepared! We ask for small things, something for outside, books, and something he really needs! We typically only buy Grey one or two things because we know the grandparents like to spoil him! This year we bought him a stacking toy and a play mat! Things we asked for: Willaby Blanket, riding toy for outside, felt fruit and vegetables, and books!

In The Kitchen With Chelsea Harrison

Meet Chelsea Harrison, she runs food blog The Naked Fig on her blog you will be inspired to cook delicious vegetarian friendly meals, get to browse through her lovely photos, learn how to start a food blog, and get some holiday gift ideas. She is married to her husband Sam, has an adorable son Luc River and they reside in Roswell, Georgia in their dreamy light filled home. 

You are so creative in the kitchen, what’s some of your go to meals? Has having a little one changed the way you cook?  I get into habits of making the same meals over and over.  But shopping for seasonal produce helps keep me changing up the way we eat. In the summer we do slow roasted tomatoes all the time. We eat them with ricotta cheese, olive oil, and crusty bread. Or throw them into pasta with veggies and lots of garlic. We eat pasta all the time. Now that it’s fall, we’ve been doing a lot of ramen, throwing in whatever veggies we have on hand. 101 Cookbooks has a killer vegan ramen recipe that I use. Luc had definitely made me start cooking more simple foods. We use frozen and canned ingredients more. I’ve had to start planning for meals early in the day. If i plan ahead, I use any down time I find during the day to prep my ingredients so that cooking doesn’t take so long in the evening. 

You are so creative in the kitchen, what’s some of your go to meals? Has having a little one changed the way you cook?

I get into habits of making the same meals over and over.  But shopping for seasonal produce helps keep me changing up the way we eat. In the summer we do slow roasted tomatoes all the time. We eat them with ricotta cheese, olive oil, and crusty bread. Or throw them into pasta with veggies and lots of garlic. We eat pasta all the time. Now that it’s fall, we’ve been doing a lot of ramen, throwing in whatever veggies we have on hand. 101 Cookbooks has a killer vegan ramen recipe that I use. Luc had definitely made me start cooking more simple foods. We use frozen and canned ingredients more. I’ve had to start planning for meals early in the day. If i plan ahead, I use any down time I find during the day to prep my ingredients so that cooking doesn’t take so long in the evening. 

When designing your kitchen, what inspired you?   I’m very inspired by Scandinavian design. I love the bright white and natural wood aesthetic. It makes such a clean background that it looks great with everything. We try to live pretty minimally, so we wanted open shelving. Having no where to hide stuff helps me to not acquire unnecessary junk. We also wanted to be able to photograph my recipes in natural light, so we put a huge wall of windows in and used solid white counters for a simple backdrop.   

When designing your kitchen, what inspired you? 

I’m very inspired by Scandinavian design. I love the bright white and natural wood aesthetic. It makes such a clean background that it looks great with everything. We try to live pretty minimally, so we wanted open shelving. Having no where to hide stuff helps me to not acquire unnecessary junk. We also wanted to be able to photograph my recipes in natural light, so we put a huge wall of windows in and used solid white counters for a simple backdrop. 
 

What are some kitchen must haves for food blogging/ meal prep?  I keep thing pretty simple, so I don’t feel like there’s much you need. The biggest thing to me is having a good looking dish to plate your food in and a clean backdrop for photography. And that doesn’t have to be expensive either! A simple plate allows the food to shine, so just avoid anything ornate. And I’ve used all kinds of things for cheap backdrops. My favorite is just to buy a large flooring tile from Home Depot to use as a faux countertop. Then you can shoot where ever you have good light. 

What are some kitchen must haves for food blogging/ meal prep?

I keep thing pretty simple, so I don’t feel like there’s much you need. The biggest thing to me is having a good looking dish to plate your food in and a clean backdrop for photography. And that doesn’t have to be expensive either! A simple plate allows the food to shine, so just avoid anything ornate. And I’ve used all kinds of things for cheap backdrops. My favorite is just to buy a large flooring tile from Home Depot to use as a faux countertop. Then you can shoot where ever you have good light. 

Are you currently working on any projects?   Right now I’ve been focusing mostly on Luc. And since he rarely naps outside of the car, I have very little time to work. So I’m just focusing on creating more content for my blog right now. I’m hoping to collaborate on a meal this spring with some very cool brands, though, so stay tuned!

Are you currently working on any projects? 

Right now I’ve been focusing mostly on Luc. And since he rarely naps outside of the car, I have very little time to work. So I’m just focusing on creating more content for my blog right now. I’m hoping to collaborate on a meal this spring with some very cool brands, though, so stay tuned!

What are some of your favorite restaurants/coffee shops in Atlanta?  Oh wow. I have a LOT of favorite coffee shops. I love 8 Arm, Chrome Yellow, Brash. I just tried Muchacho and it was awesome. Whiskey Bird in Morningside is a great new restaurant. Try the portobello sliders. They come on a bao bun and are one of the best things I’ve had in a long time. And they have great cocktails too. 

What are some of your favorite restaurants/coffee shops in Atlanta?

Oh wow. I have a LOT of favorite coffee shops. I love 8 Arm, Chrome Yellow, Brash. I just tried Muchacho and it was awesome. Whiskey Bird in Morningside is a great new restaurant. Try the portobello sliders. They come on a bao bun and are one of the best things I’ve had in a long time. And they have great cocktails too. 

Recipe for these delicious sweet potatoes, the perfect snack on a fall afternoon!

2 sweet potatoes
Olive oil
2 tbsp butter (can sub coconut oil, for a vegan option)
2 cloves garlic
1 cup cooked lentils
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/8 tsp ground mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Zest of one lemon
Pomegranate seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush sweet potatoes with oil, sprinkle with salt, and individually wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for about 30 minutes (depending on size) or until tender. 
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add garlic and herbs and cook two minutes. Add mustard, lemon zest, and lentils and stir. Cook on medium low heat until warm. 
Slice sweet potatoes and fill with lentil mixture. Top with pomegranate seeds and serve. 

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Mama Talk With Pamela Bearden

Meet Pamela Bearden ( & pictured Micah Bearden), she is a gymnastics coach, photographer, and total bad ass considering she has been doing both of these things on top of being pregnant! She is the first of my friends to have a girl, so I am obviously jealous of all the cute clothes she has found for her little one! They currently reside in Decatur where they live in a beautiful, light filled home with a bamboo forest in their backyard (which I am also jealous of, since we live in a loft with no backyard) ! She is here to tell us about pregnancy, travel, and designing a nursery!

Meet Pamela Bearden ( & pictured Micah Bearden), she is a gymnastics coach, photographer, and total bad ass considering she has been doing both of these things on top of being pregnant! She is the first of my friends to have a girl, so I am obviously jealous of all the cute clothes she has found for her little one! They currently reside in Decatur where they live in a beautiful, light filled home with a bamboo forest in their backyard (which I am also jealous of, since we live in a loft with no backyard) ! She is here to tell us about pregnancy, travel, and designing a nursery!

When are you expecting (is this your first)?:  *We are expecting our first little girl November 13th (holy crap)! Just right around the corner and we cannot be more excited!

When are you expecting (is this your first)?:

*We are expecting our first little girl November 13th (holy crap)! Just right around the corner and we cannot be more excited!

How you came up with the name Willow James:  *The name James came up in my mind a couple time while we were searching for names for a boy or a girl. I love the idea of girls having "boy names" because I've never been the most feminine myself. While I would've loved having James be her first name, I figured we could soften it up by adding Willow onto the front and making James the middle name. When I hear the name Willow James, the words "peace and loyalty" ring in our hearts and I couldn't imagine a better statement for our little girl to grow up embracing.

How you came up with the name Willow James:

*The name James came up in my mind a couple time while we were searching for names for a boy or a girl. I love the idea of girls having "boy names" because I've never been the most feminine myself. While I would've loved having James be her first name, I figured we could soften it up by adding Willow onto the front and making James the middle name. When I hear the name Willow James, the words "peace and loyalty" ring in our hearts and I couldn't imagine a better statement for our little girl to grow up embracing.

Tell us about your pregnancy:  *Whew... pregnancy has been no easy ride for me. Firstly, I'm a competitive cheerleading coach as well as a wedding photographer. Both include being active and on your feet for long periods of time (as well as pretending to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm even when you really don't). So the first trimester and half of the second was consumed by chronic nausea and throwing up. I ended up loosing weight instead of gaining because of the condition. Luckily, my doctors prescribed me the miracle drug, Diclegis, to assist with the throwing up and I started feeling like I could function again! Now that I'm nearing the end, my sickness has passed and I've just been able to enjoy my sweet belly and finish strong!   Although I wanted to have the most perfect pregnancy ever (haha yeah right), I've definitely done my fair share of "not-supposed-to's". Because I was so sick in my first trimester, taking a prenatal vitamin was a no-go for me. I also couldn't keep down water, salads or "bland" foods, so hickory fries, coke and chips were about all I could keep down regularly. Also, I rode roller coasters at 14 weeks in Disney World, got a finger tattoo, demonstrated way too many gymnastics skills at work... the list definitely goes on but I'll stop there. The best thing I've learned is to give yourself grace in pregnancy and allow yourself a coke every now and then!

Tell us about your pregnancy:

*Whew... pregnancy has been no easy ride for me. Firstly, I'm a competitive cheerleading coach as well as a wedding photographer. Both include being active and on your feet for long periods of time (as well as pretending to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm even when you really don't). So the first trimester and half of the second was consumed by chronic nausea and throwing up. I ended up loosing weight instead of gaining because of the condition. Luckily, my doctors prescribed me the miracle drug, Diclegis, to assist with the throwing up and I started feeling like I could function again! Now that I'm nearing the end, my sickness has passed and I've just been able to enjoy my sweet belly and finish strong! 

Although I wanted to have the most perfect pregnancy ever (haha yeah right), I've definitely done my fair share of "not-supposed-to's". Because I was so sick in my first trimester, taking a prenatal vitamin was a no-go for me. I also couldn't keep down water, salads or "bland" foods, so hickory fries, coke and chips were about all I could keep down regularly. Also, I rode roller coasters at 14 weeks in Disney World, got a finger tattoo, demonstrated way too many gymnastics skills at work... the list definitely goes on but I'll stop there. The best thing I've learned is to give yourself grace in pregnancy and allow yourself a coke every now and then!

What inspired you when designing her nursery?:   *Her nursery kind of came together over time. I love neutrals!! Like... too much. My mom couldn't believe when she looked at my registry and didn't see any color. But overtime, I incorporated a few colors here and there giving it a bit of a desert/bohemian theme. I wanted to collect small treasures throughout the pregnancy that I felt summed up our style as parents as well as speak into who we want to teach Willow to be. Especially the banner that hangs above her crib.

What inspired you when designing her nursery?: 

*Her nursery kind of came together over time. I love neutrals!! Like... too much. My mom couldn't believe when she looked at my registry and didn't see any color. But overtime, I incorporated a few colors here and there giving it a bit of a desert/bohemian theme. I wanted to collect small treasures throughout the pregnancy that I felt summed up our style as parents as well as speak into who we want to teach Willow to be. Especially the banner that hangs above her crib.

Do you have any advice on traveling while pregnant?:  *I travelled to Disney in my first trimester and Vegas around the end of my second. Both had their own challenges. Obviously, make sure to pack realistic. You won’t wear heels and want to look cute every day! You’re growing a human so give yourself some grace. Throw your favorite pair of joggers in there and wear em proudly! At the airport, I opted out of the security scanner (because of the radiation) and chose to get a “pat down”. Humiliating and a little more time consuming but you gotta protect that baby. When you’re out with your friends or whomever you’re traveling with, know your limits. When I was in Disney, I packed a fanny pack full of slim jims to keep me full while we walked the parks. And in Vegas, when my friends would go out, I wouldn’t feel pressure to “keep up” with them. When I was tired, I went back to the hotel. Traveling while pregnant is totally doable and fun, just take your time and take care of yourself! And make sure to visit as many cute baby shops as you can! :)

Do you have any advice on traveling while pregnant?:

*I travelled to Disney in my first trimester and Vegas around the end of my second. Both had their own challenges. Obviously, make sure to pack realistic. You won’t wear heels and want to look cute every day! You’re growing a human so give yourself some grace. Throw your favorite pair of joggers in there and wear em proudly! At the airport, I opted out of the security scanner (because of the radiation) and chose to get a “pat down”. Humiliating and a little more time consuming but you gotta protect that baby. When you’re out with your friends or whomever you’re traveling with, know your limits. When I was in Disney, I packed a fanny pack full of slim jims to keep me full while we walked the parks. And in Vegas, when my friends would go out, I wouldn’t feel pressure to “keep up” with them. When I was tired, I went back to the hotel. Traveling while pregnant is totally doable and fun, just take your time and take care of yourself! And make sure to visit as many cute baby shops as you can! :)

What is on your baby wish list/ favorite thing you have gotten thus far?  *I was so blessed at my showers and pretty much got all my favorites on my wish list! So far, I've been so excited about my Wildbird Sling and my Dock-A-Tot!

What is on your baby wish list/ favorite thing you have gotten thus far?

*I was so blessed at my showers and pretty much got all my favorites on my wish list! So far, I've been so excited about my Wildbird Sling and my Dock-A-Tot!

Photos by: Haley Sheffield

Photos by: Haley Sheffield