Sun, Sand and… Surgery

It’s bye week for the Falcons! NFL wives pretty much live for this week. Our husbands work long hours seven days a week during the season and this is the one week out of a 22+ week season that the players have time off. For the last eight seasons we’ve traveled home to Kentucky for bye week. And even though I LOVE going home, we’ve always toyed with the idea of going to the beach during his week off.ja-pensacola-beach Well, this year Jacob finally took me to the beach for the bye! Can I tell you how incredibly WEIRD it felt wearing plaid at the beach? SOOO weird! Why I chose that shirt for our trip, is beyond me. I think it was the 4:15am wake-up call!

Unfortunately, we are not at the beach for vacation. We are here for Jacob to get season ending surgery on his shoulder. While this certainly isn’t what we had planned and dreamed of for this season, we know that God will use this season in our lives for good. And we are holding onto to that promise! Jacob has been SO blessed with his health through nine seasons in the league. To play nine NFL seasons without a single surgery is unheard of. He’s somewhat of a unicorn. Of course, he would die if called him unicorn, but I don’t really know any manly mythical characters, so unicorn it is.

aj-portofinoWe flew to Pensacola early Wednesday morning and it was fun to be heading back to our old stomping grounds. Pensacola Beach was our first big move after we were married. In January 2008, we packed our bags and headed south for Jacob to train for the NFL Combine. The condos I’m pointing to in the photo above is where we lived for two months. It was our first of many adventures and it was so fun to go back and see one of our old homes.

jake-in-recoveryThis morning, Dr. Andrews operated on Jacob’s shoulder and he is doing great! The surgery went well and he’s ready to recover, heal and rehab. We feel so fortunate to have Dr. Andrews and his team take such good care of Jacob. He is literally the BEST in ortho surgery and he was so kind, caring and humble. He put us at ease and we had such peace about the whole process. They even let me watch part of the surgery! I was not expecting to watch, but getting to see the inside of Jake’s shoulder was really neat and gave me a new understanding of what the surgery entailed.  I was SO happy to see his smiling face when I got back to recovery.

jacob-post-opHe was a pain free but hangry when we left the hospital.

jake-lunch-in-pensacolaNothing a little Panera couldn’t fix! We get to head home to Atlanta tomorrow. Please pray for complete healing for Jacob, that he will be a good patient and that I will be a good nurse!

nurse-alHere I am in all my nursing duties, also known as: personal driver, medicine distributor, ice pack changer and carrier of all things (since he is short one arm). Oh, and if someone wants to come to my house and cover that gray hair you can see in this pic, that would just be amazing!

Hair Bow Pre-Sale

Before I had babies (that feels like a lifetime ago), I had a small (read: teeny tiny) online business called Allie Rae’s Boutique. I’ve always loved to make things and thought an online business would be perfect for our busy lifestyle and it was… for a while. After going back to school and having babies, I let it drop to the wayside and just created things for friends and family. The main thing I sold through my online store was hair bows. I LOVE bows! Little girls (and big girls) NEED bows in their hair. They just do. Bows are cute, they can make bed head look great in a flash and they are a necessity… at least in our house anyway.

When we lived in Denver, hardly anyone ever wore bows, so I’m pretty sure it’s a southern thing. Everyone always commented on Lyla Rae’s bows when we lived there. Not because they were anything over-the-top, but just that she was wearing one. As soon as we moved to Atlanta all the little girls wore them and we were back to just another little girl. Instead of *the* girl in the *bow*. Hah!

I’ve had a few people ask about ordering and after much thought, I’ve decided to do a bow pre-sale! Ahhh… Pretty sure I’ve lost my mind, but here goes nothing.

Hair Bow Pre-Sale
– All bows are handmade by yours truly.
– Bows will begin shipping in three weeks.
– Each order has a $5 flat rate shipping charge.
– Bows are secured with elastic AND needle and thread.
– Since each bow is handmade, sizes are approximate.
– See below for size comparison photos to determine which size you need to order.

How to order:
View the color chart and bow option chart below. Then e-mail me at allison.tamme@gmail.com with your order. Please include bow type(s), color(s), number of bow(s) and your Paypal e-mail address. You will then receive an invoice and I will begin to work on your order. All invoices must be paid within 48 hours or your order will be cancelled. Since, this is my first pre-sale, I will be cutting it off after the first 25 orders (not bows, but orders). Another order will open back up after this round ships.

 

Bow Presale options

Bow Colors for Presale

Here are a few comparison pictures to help you judge the size of the bows.

Bow Presale

IMG_5711This is Lyla Rae in the mini bow. She is 2 years old and is 36″ tall.

IMG_2946Here she is in the large bow. This is the size she wears daily.

IMG_5723This is the XL bow. We wear these for special occasions or if we are feeling especially sassy!

IMG_5713This is the large bow clipped onto the headband. Isn’t this style cute? I haven’t really tried these on her yet, but I think we may start!

IMG_4527This is my niece Lucy and nephew Sam. For some reason Sam doesn’t like wearing my bows? Lucy is wearing one of my mega bows in shocking pink. She is 6 years old and is 48″ tall.

IMG_3422And for the grand finale: Here is yours truly modeling the cheer bow. Don’t all cheerleaders have stray gray hairs and wrinkles these days?!?

Again, to order e-mail me your bow color(s), bow type(s) and Paypal address to allison.tamme@gmail.com.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Have a Ball this Summer! Free End of Year Gift Tag Printable

Luke’s last day of preschool is Wednesday and he wanted (ok, I wanted him) to give each of his friends a small gift to kick off the summer. We were in Kentucky for Valentine’s Day, so he didn’t get to give out Valentine’s and this is just a small way to say “thanks for being my friend”. I scoured Pinterest to find the cutest ideas and you can see my post here on 12 End of Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables. 12 EOY gift printablesI took Luke to the Dollar Tree to pick out a little something to give each of his friends. He first wanted to give them m&m’s, but I shot that down quickly. We try not to give out too much candy and I know the teachers wouldn’t appreciate any extra sugar on the last day. After going up and down every aisle, he finally decided to give splash balls.

IMG_9151There are 16 friends in Luke’s class, so we purchased 16 splash ball sets. They come in a pack of two, but to cut costs you could easily place one splash ball in a baggie and attach the tag to the baggie. I think kids would be thrilled with one ball and never know that there were two in the original pack.

IMG_9153We came home and I whipped up some cute tags to cover the ugly Dollar Tree tag and ta-da… his end of year gifts were finished! Start to finish it took less than 30 minutes to cut and attach all 16 tags. (And that was with the help of two littles!)

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I ended up taping the tags to the splash ball packaging, but you could also use double-sided tape or staples to attach it.

Here is Luke with his little $1 end of school year gift. He couldn’t be more excited to hand these out next week!

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You can download these FREE gift tags by clicking the link below.
Have a Ball Gift Tags

Let me know if you use these for your kiddos classmate gifts. They would also be perfect for teachers to give their students as well!

Happy (almost) summer!

 

12 End of the Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables

12 EOY gift printablesIt’s that time of year again – the temps are rising, the students are crazy and the teachers are… crazier! Hah! Luke’s school year and preschool career are coming to a close next week with his graduation on Wednesday night. Since the kiddos in Luke’s class are going to be attending several different elementary schools next year, he won’t be seeing many of them as much as he would like. To curb the sad thoughts of friends parting, we decided it would be great to give each of them a little gift for the summer. He wanted to give everyone gum and legos. I wanted to give everyone something cheap that wasn’t candy. (Spoiler alert: I won that battle.)

After a quick Pinterest search I found several cute ideas. Here are my favorite end of the year gift ideas with FREE printables and the best part is they can all be found for $1 or less!

graduation_goldfish_snack_smThis goldfish themed gift tag from Party Bluprints is a great way to gift a snack without giving students a sugar high.

stars gift tagsAlisha from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher actually created these as a 1st day of school gift, but I think they would be great as a last day gift as well. Just print the stars, cut and attach a glow stick. So easy, so cute, SO cheap!

pop-rocks-singleThese are a candy gift, which I don’t love to give, but it is so darn cute I just had to include it! Christy from Eleven Magnolia Lane created these cute printables to go with Pop Rocks she purchased at the Dollar Tree. See, everyone loves the Dollar Tree!

Wanderful gift tagI’ve seen these bubble wands at Walmart, Target and the Dollar Tree. You can usually get a pack of 6 for $5 or less, which makes each gift less than a buck! You can’t beat that! Stacy at She’s Kinda Crafty created some adorable tags that say “Thanks for being a WAND-erful friend this year!” All you need to do is print, cut and tie them to the bubbles!

Class-Ring-end-of-the-year-Party-Favor-by-lidia-barbosa-at-kinder-alphabet-500x482Ok, I’ve seen LOTS of gift ideas floating around the internet, but I have never seen this one! How cute are these “class rings”? You can find these FREE printable tags from Kinder Alphabet!

End-of-School-Year-IdeaLandee is a new-to-me blogger and I LOVE everything on her blog! Hoping to not waste my entire Saturday perusing her site. Her daughter gave out sidewalk chalk for her end of school year gifts. Aren’t they cute? You can find a big box of these at Walmart and just split them up among the kids in the class.

bm-image-791365Seriously, these are SO adorable! You can find cheap sunglasses at the Target Dollar Spot or the Dollar Tree. You can also find them in small sets in the party section at some stores. You can find the FREE printable tags to attach on the Lesson with Laughter blog.

krazykoolThese gifts may cost slight more than $1 each because the cups will more than likely be $1 and then you have to add in the cost of the Kool-Aid. We don’t drink Kool-Aid at our house, so if I did these gifts, I would probably just attach a fun crazy straw. It would also be much cheaper that way as well. You can find the FREE tag at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

easy-end-of-year-student-gift-free-printable-love-this-so-much1What kid doesn’t love a frisbee? Just print, cut and tape these FREE printable tags to each frisbee and your cheap, easy gift is complete!

get-a-free-printable-that-to-put-on-a-jump-rope-give-as-an-end-of-the-school-year-gift-to-friendsLuke can’t really jump rope yet, but he loves to use his in pretend play as a lasso. You can find jump ropes at the Dollar Tree and just staple on these cute tags from Our Thrifty Ideas.

photo 9These are adorable CHEAP gifts that all students will love! The FREE printable tags can be found at First Grade Fairytales.

IMG_3724And last but not least, here is what Luke will be giving his class next week. We found these splash balls at where else but the Dollar Store. They come in a pack of two, but they can easily be split up and placed in a sandwich bag to make each gift only 50 cents. You can find the FREE printable tags I created here.

Do your kiddos give out or receive end of school year gifts? If so, what has been some of your favorites?

 

 

Low Iodine Diet Dinners

After completely falling off the blogging bandwagon, I decided to jump back on after a comment from a reader. She found me through a Pinterest search on low iodine diets and requested more information. Well, Jeni, you have inspired me to share, so thank you! I know this information has zero relevance for the vast majority of people, but I’ve been getting lots of pins from my LID posts. This excites me because I’m glad to be helping spread tips and tricks to surviving the LID. On the other hand, each time I get a notification that someone pinned my LID posts, it means that someone is getting radioactive iodine, as a likely result of a thyroid cancer diagnosis. Ugh. But, read on to learn how to survive dinner time on the LID!

LId Dinner Recipes

I LOVE to cook and try new recipes, however, while on the LID, I tend to keep things simple. There are lots of other dinner recipes for the LID online, but I stuck to my three tried and true meals. We literally ate the same dinner every third night for three weeks. I’m not sure who was more sick of them me or Jacob! Hah! He was a good sport and didn’t complain. Mainly because they are actually really great meals… at least I think so!

Meal #1: Steak, Green Beans, and Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I know some people (especially men) feel VERY strongly about their grills and grilling skills, however, we never cook our steaks on the grill. Four years ago, I learned how to cook the perfect steak in an iron skillet/oven and I’ll never go back! Below are the recipes for Meal #1.

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Steak– I usually buy filet mignon from our local butcher shop, Kroger, Costco or Whole Foods. You can buy another cut of steak, but when you are on the LID I think you should treat yo’ self whenever you can! Hah! Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. For all you grill lovers, don’t freak out about putting your steak in the oven. Get your iron (or other) skillet hot and pour in 1-2 tbs of olive oil. Coat your steak on all sides with non-iodized salt and pepper. Place your steak in the skillet and let it brown for approximately 4 minutes on each side. Transfer your steak to a shallow baking dish and cook in the oven for 10 minutes for medium (or longer if you prefer). Always use a meat thermometer to get your steak to the temperature of your liking.

Green Beans – I don’t really have measurements for my green beans. Brown garlic in a large sauce pan with some olive oil and then add the beans and a small amount of water. Stir to coat the beans and then cover to simmer. Check periodically until they are tender enough to cut with a fork. Salt to taste with non-iodized salt.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes– My family LOVES these! We eat them nearly weekly and my kiddos can’t get enough. The recipe below is easy to adapt to the LID by using non-iodized salt.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Meal #2: Baked Chicken with Roasted Broccoli and Red Potatoes

IMG_5979I accidentally photographed this meal without the red potatoes. I had these sweet potatoes left over from the night before, but we usually ate this meal with the roasted red potatoes.

Baked Chicken – Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a chicken breast with olive oil, non-iodized salt and pepper. Place in shallow baking dish and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Again, use your meat thermometer to make sure the center of the meat reaches 165 degrees.

Roasted Broccoli  – Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash your broccoli and cut in to florets, or just buy them already prepared. Place florets in a large mixing bowl and toss in 2-3 tbs of olive oil, 1-2 tbs of minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Roast broccoli for 10-12 minutes.

Roasted Red Potatoes – Repeat steps for the roasted broccoli, except the potatoes will need to be peeled and cut into quarters and bake for approximately 45 minutes.

Meal #3: LID Safe Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas

I adapted this from one of our family’s favorite dinners found here.

LID Safe Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas: Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice 2-3 chicken breasts into thin strips and place them in a greased 13×9 oven safe dish. Slice one red pepper, one green pepper and one large onion into thin strips and add them to the dish with chicken. In a small bowl mix: 2 tbs vegetable oil, 2 tbs paprika, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Pour spice mix over chicken and vegetables and mix with a large spoon to coat. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with No Salt Tortilla chips and slices of avocado.

I unfortunately didn’t take a picture of this dish probably due to the fact that it was inhaled as soon as it came out of the oven!

I am not a doctor or a chef, so please use these recipes for your low iodine diet prep with caution. Each doctor has their own set of guidelines for the diet, so check to make sure each ingredient is safe.

Good luck and let me know if you are on the LID so I can pray for you! It’s not easy, but you CAN DO IT!

 

14 Things You MUST buy for a Low Iodine Diet

Before I dive into what I think are “must haves” for a low iodine diet (LID), let’s first discuss why thyroid cancer patients must be on this diet as part of their treatments and check-up scans. This is my “no medical background” explanation, so if you are a nurse or have M.D. after your name, feel free to stop reading here. Hah!

Thyroid cells are the only type of cells in our body that absorb iodine. Actually, salivary cells also absorb it, but they spit (pun intended) the iodine out quickly, because they can’t process it. So, in order to kill all thyroid cells, healthy and cancerous, patients starve their bodies of iodine for three weeks and then take a radioactive iodine pill called I-131. The starving thyroid cells suck up the radioactive iodine and they die… hopefully! Every time a patient has a check-up scan, they must also go through this process. The dosage, called a tracer dose, is very minimal since it’s not intended to kill any cells. If there are any thyroid cancer cells, they will soak up the radioactive iodine and “glow” on the scan. There are lots of other parts to this process: thyrogen injections, blood draws, withholding medications, etc., but that is the bare bones basics of how the process works.

Now that all of the science is out of the way, let’s talk about the low iodine diet. It’s terrible. I hate it, but there’s no other option but to do it. And let’s face it, its infinitely better and easier that chemo, so I try not to complain too much.  (Jacob may say otherwise!)

Doctors disagree on what is and is not allowed on the low iodine diet, but here are the guidelines my thyroid oncologist gave me:

Foods to Avoid

1. Iodized salt and sea salt
2. All diary products (milk, cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, ice cream, etc.)
3. Egg yolks
4. Sea food
5. Foods that contain the additives: carragen, agar-agar, aglin, alginates
6. Cured, corned & salt-seasoned foods (ham, bacon, sausage, etc.)
7. Bread products that contain iodate dough conditioners
8. Food and Medications that contain red food dyes
9. Chocolate (whomp, whomp)
10. Molasses
11. Soy products

When on the LID, a patient is advised to never eat anything from a restaurant because it could become contaminated. So, every bite of food for three weeks must be prepared by hand. This isn’t a huge change for me because I love to cook and we only eat out once, maybe twice a week. However, it became a huge challenge when we traveled to San Fransisco for the Super Bowl. I had to bring my food with me for the entire weekend… yikes! The only thing I could eat from a restaurant was fresh fruit. It was tough, but with a little bit of careful shopping and planning, I survived.

low iodine diet pictureMost salt has iodine in it, so any item that contains salt on a store shelf is a big no-no. Be on the lookout for “no salt” or “salt free” items and then you can add your own iodine free salt to them afterwards.

Here are 14 things you MUST buy while on the LID:

  1. Salt free tortilla chips. I use these for a snack with this salsa recipe and as a side for LID friendly fajitas.
  2. Puffed wheat cereal. I eat this as a snack without milk, but you can also make your own almond milk to go with it.
  3. Unsalted Kettle chips. These are my favorite! They are so yummy, I don’t even add salt to them.
  4. Egg whites. This is a no brainer! They provide protein and you can use them to cook with in place of whole eggs.
  5. Popcorn. I ate this nearly every day. We quit using microwave popcorn after I was diagnosed in 2013 and have never looked back. I cook it on the stove top with olive oil and iodine free salt and it doesn’t even resemble microwave popcorn… so yummy!
  6. Fresh fruits and veggies. Fruit is your friend because it’s all LID safe. I also munch on carrot and celery sticks for snacks.
  7. Haagen Daz Lemon Sorbet. Seriously, go buy this. It’s amazing even if you aren’t on the LID.
  8. Lara bars. A great portable snack, but be sure to read the ingredients. Some contain chocolate and/or salt. My favorites are apple pie and cashew cookie.
  9. Steak. I only cooked myself one big hot meal a day, so I treated myself to steak frequently.
  10. Chicken. See above… chicken was a dinner staple. I’ll share my dinner recipes in a later post.
  11. Salt-free peanut butter. I used this in recipes, as a dip for veggie sticks or apples, and sometimes just ate it on a spoon.
  12. Unsalted nuts. Mix any type of unsalted nuts with raisins and you have a quick LID safe snack mix.
  13. Coconut oil. I used this in place of butter in recipes as well as an oil for cooking egg whites.
  14. Simply Lemonade. This was a treat for me each day and a great LID safe drink.

Over the next two days, I will be posting my favorite LID meals, snacks and dessert recipes, so stayed tuned!

My scan is tomorrow morning and I could NOT be more excited to be off the LID! I will be spending the day drinking Starbucks lattes and eating pizza. I plan on pigging out for three days and then I will resume my normal eating habits. We have a vacay planned in three weeks, so I’m going to try not to indulge too much.

 

A New Adventure in Teachers Pay Teachers

For as long as I can remember my favorite way to spend free time was to create. As a child I loved to make any craft I could get my hands on from latch hook rugs to woven potholders to cross stitched bibs. I would sew clothes for my dolls and make presents for family and friends. What I loved most about my hobbies was the fact that it allowed me to take simple materials and create something useful and beautiful. Yes, that lime green and orange potholder was beautiful in my 8 year old eyes.

After becoming an aunt and mother, I turned to sewing clothes for children as my creative outlet. And when Luke was old enough for preschool, I began to create educational tools and worksheets for him to work on at home. Most people don’t know this about me, but I am about 6 hours short of having my Master’s of Arts in Elementary Education. One day I hope to finish my degree, but for now, I use my teaching knowledge to teach and nurture my own kiddos.

A few months ago I was encouraged by my friend, Katie King, to look into creating items for Teachers Pay Teachers. I respect Katie so much as a teacher and blogger, but most of all she is a super mom to three sweet children. If she has time to create for Teachers Pay Teachers, surely I can find time too. As soon as I clicked on their web site, I was hooked. I absolutely adored all of the beautiful teaching materials available on there and knew I wanted to create them too.

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 1.59.05 PM*Here’s my little corner of TPT! Please visit and leave me feedback!*

So, for the last couple of months, I’ve been slowly building up items in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I have SO much fun creating items and I love that I can use them to teach Luke the fundamentals he will need to succeed in kindergarten next year. If you are a teacher, I would love for you to check out my store here and leave me feedback so I can improve my products. I’m always looking for suggestions as well, so if you would like an educational item created, please let me know!

I just finished a big math pack that is great for kindergarten, but also works well for pre-k or 1st grade that is based on the Super Bowl! It was so much fun to create this football themed math pack. Here is a preview below and it’s on SALE this week for half price! Luke has had a lot of fun working with these math activities, so even if you aren’t a teacher, I promise your kids will love it!

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Sunday Scriptures + Snowpocalypse

Be Still and Know that I am God

photo credit: www.rubyforwomen.com

I had great intentions of taking a picture of my snowy backyard and putting this verse on it. However, it is just too dag on cold to even open my back door, so I found the lovely pic above during a quick Google search

This verse has proven to be full of truth the last few days for the Tamme family. During football season we are in a constant state of being busy, then we came home to Kentucky and jumped right in to the busyness of building our forever home. Then, snowpocalypse hit and we were forced to be still. It snowed for 30 hours straight and we couldn’t leave the house due to terrible road conditions. We made the most of it and played in the snow and watched lots of movies with kids. I think we were all ready for some downtime.

Luke and Lyla Snow 2016They loved the snow! Well, Luke loved it! Lyla enjoyed it, but refused to wear her mittens. I put them on her and she just said down and screamed “OFF” until I took them off of her hands. Needless to say, she didn’t last long without them.

Lyla Snow 2016Lyla Rae’s first time playing in the snow lasted all of about ten minutes. I think she may be more of a summer and swim baby than a winter and snow baby.

Luke Snow 2016Luke was determined to dig us out. Our driveway is 1/10th of a mile so he and his sand shovel didn’t make a dent! Hah! Thankfully, our sweet neighbor, Mr. Baker, came to our rescue and cleared our driveway *twice* with his John Deere tractor.

So for two days we were still due to the snow storm and then both kiddos got hit with the stomach bug.  First Lyla Rae and then Luke. They were both SO pitiful. So today, we continue to be still. Being stuck inside and camped out on the couch allows us to really focus on our family and be thankful for the health we do have. Every time one of us gets sick, it reminds me how much we need to rely on God. Yes, doctors, medicine, oils, or whatever else your go-to is for illness are all great, but He is the Great Physician and ultimately controls our health. Being still also reminds me to be more grateful for my health. You would think after my cancer diagnosis I would be more appreciative of my good days, but health is something you often take for granted until it’s gone.

I’m also enjoying the slowness of these days to get caught up on life and start blogging again. We will see how that goes!

Hope everyone is staying warm!

Blessings!

p.s. GO BRONCOS and GO CARDINALS! I have friends on both teams, so it’s an easy choice!

Santa through the Years

We love Jesus AND we tell our kids about Santa. I know a lot of people have very strong views about Santa, but we enjoy the tradition of him. Santa is NOT our focus this time of year. Our focus is celebrating Jesus’ birthday. We don’t talk about Santa daily, but we do talk about Jesus daily. I think keeping everything in perspective is the key to how each family celebrates Christmas.

 Kelly Stamps of Kelly’s Korner has instilled in me a love of comparison pictures, so here are our kiddos with Santa from 2011-2015. As you can see, Luke’s love for the big guy has never wavered. The jury is still out on Lyla’s opinion! Hah!

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Santa 2015

Bitty Baby Matching Pj’s for a Steal

Lyla received her first American Girl doll for her first birthday back in August. We took her to the American Girl store and she got to pick out her Bitty Baby. She I had SO much fun shopping there. Everything was so girly and fun. It was magical! Until… I started looking at the price tags. Yikes!

IMG_0613I had planned on buying Lyla and her new baby a matching set of pj’s, but the smallest size they make is a 3. Bummer. Jacob was thrilled they didn’t make any small enough to fit her, but I was disappointed. I began my search on Pinterest to find a pattern to make my own matching set, and that’s when it hit me… I bet Bitty Baby can wear preemie sized baby clothes.

I went straight to Carter’s.com, pulled up their sizing charts and started measuring our Bitty Baby. Sure enough, the sizes lined up! Hallelujah! I ordered a matching set of pj’s for Lyla and Baby and waited patiently for them to arrive in the mail. We tried them on last week and they are a *perfect* fit! I mean, it’s like they were made for a Bitty Baby to wear.

IMG_1785Seriously, why isn’t this fact plastered ALL over Pinterest! Not only are there dozens more options for matching pj’s, but the price can’t be beat. At American Girl a matching set costs $64 and I purchased our set at Carter’s for $16. That’s a whopping 75% savings! You can buy your matching set here. They go up to size 12, so girls of all ages can match their babies!

IMG_1781Of course, they don’t have the detailing like the American Girl set has and they obviously don’t have the Bitty Baby tag sewn in them, but Lyla doesn’t seem to mind. And, she will out grow these before Spring and I won’t cry my eyes out over a $64 set of pj’s that no longer fit.

IMG_1784Santa will be delivering this sweet set to her on Christmas morning. Thankfully, she’s too young for the surprise to be ruined by trying them on early.

Carters vs. AG