Happy Monday, friends! I’m excited to share with you about my favorite ways to style in new trends while on a budget! I was so thrilled when Modern Texas Living Magazine reached out asking me to answer a few Q&A’s! I received a copy of the magazine and Clint Harp from Fixer Upper was on the front page! He’s Chip and Jojo’s right-hand guy. I’m such a fan girl with that entire crew. LOVE him and his cute family! I teared up when I saw the magazine because it felt SO rad to see one of my favorite pictures of Savannah and I hanging out on my bed while I was breastfeeding Avery. It’s just too cool. I can’t wait to stop by Magnolia Farms in Waco as this Texas heat takes a turn towards the crisp, beautiful fall weather. I’ll include the brief interview with the magazine, some of my favorite shops for me and the kids, including a look into one of my favorite boutique shops, The Shelle Company.

Tell Us A Little Bit About Yourself-

Hi! I’m Janene. I was born and raised here in Texas. I’m the wife to my college sweetheart who has made me a mama to 4 beautiful babes. A 5-year-old spirited girl, 3-year-old boy & girl twins that absolutely adore each other through an unrecognizable chit-chat and throw-down wrestling, and our ever-adored, tiny caboose baby girl. I created Hello Ivory Rose blog and @janenecrossley on Instagram to share my raw experiences as a mom and my passions for fashion, fitness, and nutrition. But, Diet Coke and chocolate are my jam.

How Do You Stay Current With What is New Or In Style At The Moment?

Oooh. Well, I have a lot to catch up on now that my wardrobe selection has expanded from my tiny maternity section. I love receiving fashion blog posts from my favorite bloggers directly to my email! It cuts down on time spent scanning the internet for inspiration.

Where Do You Find Inspiration For Your Posts?

I like to share the sweetness that I catch through glimpses of our ordinary daily life. The moments I want to remember inspire my posts. Some of my inspiration stems from simply styling items from sponsored brands in the most authentic way my family would typically use them.

How Do You Retain Your Followers and Get Them to Interact?

As a whole, I think we all want to feel that we’re legit friends through our screens on social media. And real friends can see the up and down rollercoaster that life can throw at us. Being vulnerable to my followers through sharing both weaknesses and successes fosters a connection. People want to know the real person behind the post and that’s what I think is great about provoking questions at the end of posts and responding to comments. When I’m not able to respond to all the comments, I try to get to the last few!

What Is Your Favorite Way to Style Basics?

I have a fairly simple and feminine style as far as my clothing goes. I’m drawn to solids and stripes,  and tons of textures like crochet, lace, or embroidered looks. I’ll pair simple outfits with pops of color in my accessories. I think having a great rotating set of accessories lets your keep up with trendy fashions without needing to replace your basic tees and jeans. And this is definitely how I dressed up my baby bumps. Whimsical jewelry, shades, lip color, and shoes were all I needed to feel a little more put together on rough pregnancy days. It remains the same now that I’m without a baby bump. Every girl needs a great pair of boyfriend jeans. They’re the perfect staple to pair with an oversized top to lounge around home or to dress up for a night out with cute block heels and a blouse. Being creative with accessorizing is my favorite way to style with new trends without sacrificing my comfort or budget.

The Shelle Company is one of my favorite boutique shops! Michelle, the owner, is an absolute doll and has created the cutest line featuring all of my favorite, affordable basics! She has everything from plaid prints to ruffled sleeves, embroidered tops, adorable collars, jewelry, dresses, and more! I LOVED this blue knit top for 2 reasons: it’s lined with buttons to make it nursing-friendly and for the darling ruffles bordering the kimono sleeves. I also picked up a hunter green wrap dress that is nursing-friendly, as well! This open back denim romper has been the cutest cover-up for days at the pool. The brass buttons around the neck and zipper are simple touches. If you haven’t taken a look at their collection then you’re missing out!

My favorite shops for kid’s clothing include 3CLAPS, Harpers Chic Closet, Kate Quinn Organics, Lew Mew Baby, local consignment shops, h&m, and hand-me-downs from friends! These CUTE flamingo ruffled swimsuits are from here! The girls are OBsessed with matching each other. If our big sis strips down to her undies then so will the other. I have no doubt baby Avery will join in on the fun.

Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s been a quiet week for us so far. This mama caught the flu, and in between the fevers + sore throat I’ve been doing a bang-up job at keeping things lazy as can be. I’m pretty good at being lazy when need be, if I’m being honest 😉 . But the quietness never lasts for long with my bubbly crew. These 4 kids keep things wild and fresh. They were the cutest maniacs, driving their strollers around our local, outdoor mall. I’m glad the baby was in my bassinet and not their’s! They were a riot, loving every second of it. Breathing it all in. But I started to have a hard time balancing my need to control the situation versus letting them just. be. kids. They’d get a bit too far for comfort or would bump into oncoming shoppers and I’d raise my mean mama voice to grip control. Me feeling like they were driving me crazy might be more of a reflection of me than it is of them. They’re all 5 and under and their ability for self-control is fairly low on the scale, especially when measured against my own. And so I’m working on that today. Controlling less, guiding more. View Post

Oh, sweet girl! That’s what your name must be to me because that’s what I always seem to gently squeal to you when I see you. I’m over the moon for you. I just went clothes shopping for you but unfortunately after you tried the outfits on I’ll need to return half of everything since you’re well into 6-9 month clothes! You’re a long string bean! The pediatrician said you’re tall just like your cute sisters.

The days of laying on your back while watching the ceiling fan spin are long gone. With so many exciting things going on in that brain of yours you can’t help but want interaction and play. Oftentimes you’re in my arms or snug in a wrap on my hip. That wrap has saved our bacon too many times. Savannah started school and we’re all missing her. I think she’s your favorite, <but my lips are sealed about it 😉 >. While the twins are napping, you and I will go out in our culdesac, my feet are buried in the tall green grass and you’ll lounge and nurse away while we wait for Savannah’s school bus to arrive. Once you spot her face your face brightens up like never before. It’s made my heart swell so much this week. And remembering that makes my stomach turn into a giant knot. It’s all going by way too fast. I’m having this feeling that I’ll want to keep you home until you HAVE to leave for school for Kinder. Savannah came home from the first day of school asking to get her ears pierced while telling me after the 2nd day of school that the kids in her class said they’ll be her best friend if she brings them money. Hm. Needless to say we’re all missing her, especially you. I just started rolling you on to your belly more often. Only your feet seem to know how to move. And they kick and flail so fast and furious. It makes me smile every time. Your poor knees are going to take a beating. You’re still nursing every few hours while sleeping 10-11 hours each night. Your day time naps have been a bit off, I’m just not home enough to be consistent with that. Once you started sleeping all night I just didn’t care about how long and well you napped. If you’re ever struggling to sleep, you sure do love the swing and that’s where you’ll go (a few times each week). We stopped having you swaddled a few weeks ago and since you pulled a long 2 hour nap the first try, we haven’t looked back. I’m real tired most of the time. It doesn’t help that your daddy and I fall asleep around midnight (or later) every night. We’re talking or working and before we know it’s far too late into the evening. There’s lots of exciting things going on with his orthodontic practice that he’ll be building from the ground up. And sweet girl, you’re our perfect caboose. We love you.

We found the cutest GoBabyGo leggings, socks, and tights that’ll be perfect as she’s entering the crawling phase. I’ve snagged almost every color! The non-slip rubber pads on the knees make the leggings last through all the fun moving + rolling this sweet girl will be doing. I especially love the wide ribbed waist. I can’t tell you how many leggings and tights my girls have gone through and the tight, skinny waist band is the first thing to start bothering them. 

Little girlfrand turned a whoppin’ 5 months old! My cute friend Emily from Olive Rae Handmade came over to whip up a new floral number! I found this romper at a thrift store and couldn’t resist. I loved the mustard, white, grey, and black colors. Emily used preserved English Ivy with black berries, preserved gardenias, and dried yellow strawflowers. And it turned out so stinking cute! Emily and I got done with it and was like, “Wow! That was the easiest number we’ve done.” The #4 from last month wasn’t as simple. After the 50th picture we realized the “4” looked terribly skewed and off. haha. Happy 5 months, baby Avery!

Avery truly has been the sweetest caboose to our family. When I think back to how life was while juggling the newborn twins, I just remember feeling like it was all a blur. My sister-in-law came in town for a week to help and another friend took off work for 1 week to help… and then it was all me. I struggled with not having the ‘down time’ to cuddle and relax since there was another baby that needed to bed fed/burped/changed etc (and a brand new 2 year old). To say that this has been the sweetest chapter to end on would be a huge understatement. I am SOAKING her chubby cheeks up!

But most of the time my mind is stretched pretty thin and I’ve gotta share my biggest “mom fail screw-up” with Avery. View Post

Avery is gaining weight and growing inches. With how fast time is flying I feel like she’s going to turn 1 year by next week! But y’all, it’s been so fun. Looking back, the first month was all about snuggling, waking a sleepy baby to feed, figuring out nursing, and surviving the 24 hour shifts. The eye bags were real and deep. It was hard. It was tough needing to be present View Post