Guest Post by Jenna of Call Her Happy

12 January 2013

I don't take blog recommendations lightly and so it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Jenna's brilliant blog (assuming you've not read it which probably isn't the case ... ). She is the mother to hilarious 17-month-old Ellen and is currently incubating another little bebe (although she most certainly doesn't look it). 
Her pregnancy announcement is among my absolute faves and Jenna is one of the charitable few that responds to my responses to her comments ... keeps me young and sort of fun. She's running an excellent series on how to Celebrate Like a Catholic that you should check out right after you enjoy the following ...



When Grace asked me to write a guest post for her, I was all "of course!" And then, she didn't get back to me for a few days, and I was all, "she must be really busy." Instead, Grace was all, "I'm in labor!" Welcome Theodore Augustine Patton! So glad you had your heart set on 2012. Now, put a steak on that eye. Now, I'm guessing the number one thing on your mind these days is finding new and creative ways to dress your toddler who is in that stretch pants and t-shirt funk. I have a few solutions for you on how to use up all that extra time you have in the morning while getting your little one dressed. Or, you could just do it when you plan on leaving the house and seeing people you need to impress...like I do. Here are a few of my fave ways to make sure Ellen looks ready to precariously toddle the runway before falling down and bruising something...per usual.

Baby Blazer I got this number for $7 at Target a few weeks ago. Have you ever seen something so polished as a baby in a blazer (with avocado smeared on her eyebrows, cookie remnants framing her mouth and a new found penchant for drilling her finger up her nose...thankfully not pictured)? I didn't think so.
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 extremely expensive baby gate...

Supervised Scarfing So, the other day, Ellen stole this from my mom's closet, and it looked so awesome I let her wear it...until my dad told me she was going to strangle herself...buzz kill. So, I let her wear it if I'm watching her.
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You can take your own risks for fashion.

Trusty Cardi Ellen wears this pretty much always. She loves Julia's so much, that we had to go out and her her a sweater to layer over her flannels.
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I also had to go out and get a flannel for myself because I was jealous of my 17-month-old. Shallow? Maybe.

Glitter. Enough Said. Maybe I got this ridiculous obsession from my mother (who puts glitter in her paint before painting walls in their house), but I love me some sparkle. Perhaps I am forcing it on Ellen. Perhaps I am also making her life a little better. Yeah. I think so.  
You might miss the glitter shirt (and skirt) and bow in her hair because you are so distracted by her eyes...or her finger up her nose. One or the other.
You might miss the glitter shirt (and skirt), collar and bow in her hair because you are so distracted by her beautiful eyes...or her finger up her nose. One or the other. 


Fashion Glasses...kind of. So, she has a hard time keeping these on her head, but girl's got the idea.
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One Upon a... Child. Go there. Spend little money. Get your Gap and Janie and Jack apparel for $1 a piece. I love this place more than Salvation Army. I said it.

I pretty much like to dress Ellen how I dress myself (anything that looks like it should be for an adult but is in child size pretty much captures my heart). When I shop, I look for things that I can throw on or layer and make me look really put together when really I probably laid on the couch until five minutes before we had to leave. I love creating the illusion that I have it all together. Sometimes I even fool myself. No, wait. No, I don't.
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 Sometimes Ellen comes up with her own thing.

29 comments:

  1. i LOVE finding new blogs. thanks for the rec!!

    -kate

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    1. Hey Kate! Excited to see your digital face soon.

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  2. not sure if I love Ellen or Jenna's blazer more ... can't go wrong with the sequins though!

    This was a great start to my day ... thanks for hosting great guest posts!

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  3. Jenna, I have the same blazer that Ellen is wearing, only mine is navy with raspberry stripes. Should I be embarrassed or flattered?

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    1. Totally flattered. My kid is one stylish lassie. Although today Mike described her outfit as felonious. Too many stripes, perhaps?

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  4. Jenn, I know this is SO not the point...but...GLITTER IN HER PAINT????? I. Love. Your. Mother.

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    1. Oh you can totally get it done at Home Depot so it's not chunky and nasty. Pretty awesome. Also, I have Mike "convinced" that we need this in our house too. Win.

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  5. Go Jenna! Um, I love the glitter in the paint idea too. Can you post pics of it next time you're at your mom's house? I think that sounds very cool.

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    1. I'll see if she can fancy one up for us :)

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  6. You sure do keep that gal stylin!! Love it!! Keep her glittered up! Glitter in the paint!! awesome!! :)

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    1. Give it a try. I dare you! I also have glitter eyeliner from said world's-best-mom.

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  7. This is pure hilarity. Thanks for the giggles! :)

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  8. Enjoy this now.....wait until she won't let you pick out her clothes. It was a sad, sad day when that happened over here. Then I thought, my boy child won't care what he wears, but he does. He refuses all sweaters. He says they are "too funny." So my poor 6 month old gets all of my pent-up fashion desires lol

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    1. I'm trying to figure out a way to raise an independent, confident girl with strong opinions so long as she doesn't have them around me. Is this possible?

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  9. Umm how did I NOT know about Jenna's blog?! and seriously, Ellen is so super cute. I totally love babies dressed up like big people. And is it just me or do Ellen and Julia look like they could be twinsies?

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    1. Well howdy, then. Glad to meet you, Morgan! As far as twinsies, I'll take it. Julia is one sweet looking munchie!

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  10. Glitter in the paint can I do this myself? or do I ask at Menards (no Home Depot in our area) As for the scarf my four girls have worn all kinds of scarves all over the place and they are currently napping and watching a movie. So I say wear the scarf and have fun.

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    1. I would say ask at Menards or almighty Google. I have to imagine if you put your own glitter in that it would be chunky and nasty! And, we're going to scarf away, thanks!

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  11. Grace, STOP having awesome guest-bloggers!! I work full-time, have the most amazingly energetic/crazy/intelligent/stupid/strong/crazy 13 month old ever, a husband who works long hours, and now, college on top of all that nonsense... I do NOT have time to get addicted to another blog!
    That said, good choice. Jenna's awesome. Maybe in allll the free time I have I'll start a blog, too, and I can guest-blog. I'd feel famous.
    Finally, I am assuming you're hosting these wonderful gloggers (guest-bloggers, duh) so you have time to type zee birth story of Theo... Oh, you're not because you're busy with 3 under 3? Hm.. then maybe hosting more gloggers to satisfy my need to read the story of how numero tres entered the world is a fantastic idea. You're welcome. :)
    Hope all is well at the camp and that you're able to at least get a few seconds of awesome sleep at night. I know it's Simon's first on-call weekend (by "i know" i definitely mean i think i might have read that but i could have just made it up) so I hope the campers are treating you decently. I thought of you at Target today when I decided Ryder earned a big, fat D minus in the behavior department.
    Ok. I'm done. Cheers!

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    1. We all know Grace is avoiding typing the birth story because she s teaching all of her kids how to unload the dishwasher.

      We need to keep bothering her for the story. Grace, we know you have all the time in the world. It can't be that hard, right? Winky Face.

      I'm hoping I'm right or #2 is going to a wee bit eye opening...

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  12. Grace, you have so many cool e-friends. Fun, thanks for posting Jenna. Loved looking at your site!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and saying hey, Kristin!

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  14. Sign, no Once Upon a Child here. I have lived in magical places which have them, so I know the wonder.

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