Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

This Father’s Day is extra special because my boyfriend is now a dad, and MY dad is now a grandfather! Gift giving has always been tricky for both of them because they have everything already – and what do you get someone who has everything? I’ve put together a few gift ideas if you’re feeling stuck like me, and a sneak peek of Neal’s first Father’s Day gift!

1. Experiences. Men would much rather go to an event or do something fun than opening a gift, or at least all the men in my life would! Baseball games are reasonably priced, and if you’re not a baseball gal, just buy an extra ticket or two so his buddies can tag along! Besides sporting events, Neal really enjoyed himself when we went to a wine & painting class. Make sure it’s BYOB so if your man isn’t a wine guy, he can bring the brew himself! Special experiences with the children are an added bonus – Daddy & Me swim classes, go cart racing, etc!

2. Upgrade something he already has – When I stumbled upon Freely Give, I knew that their Jesus Bible box (Luxury Edition) was the PERFECT gift for Neal. He needs a new Bible and mentioned a few weeks ago that he wanted a nicer water bottle to take with him to the gym and specifically something that keeps the water cold for a long time. This gift box literally couldn’t be more perfect because it has what he needs and it’s even customized with a fun Bible verse! For those of you who don’t know, Jeremiah 29:11 is our favorite Bible verse and a reason why we chose Jeremiah as Royce’s middle name!

What I love even more about Freely Give is that they are a faith-based company who raises money for schools and education facilities in South Africa. You can learn more about their story and mission here! It truly does make me happy when I can support a small biz or any business that is huge on philanthropy.

3. Think about what he does daily or weekly. Does he go to the gym after work? Get him a new duffle bag or pair of training shoes. Does he trim his beard or cut his own hair? Invest in new grooming tools. Sometimes doing something that’s simple and practical is appreciated more. Gifts like this are what my dad personally likes, especially because he hates when we spend money on him!

4. Cater to him. While motherhood is hard, sometimes we forget about what the men go through too. If you don’t already, cater to him on this special day – Wake up and cook him breakfast, offer to drive when you’re in the car, give him a massage (if you’re the partner!), and if he has plans to go out with his friends, let him.

5. If you’re not feeling creative or running super last minute, leave it up to the kids! They always have great ideas. Pinterest and Youtube are my go-tos when looking for DIY crafts for holidays. Dad’s do a lot of projects for us, so he’ll be sure to appreciate them taking the time to make something specifically for him.

Head over to Freely Give to see their uniquely curated gift boxes! I love that they feature trendy items like adult coloring books, water bottles, journals, and more!

What are your plans for Father’s Day? Is your family going to brunch, staying in, going to a fun sporting event? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Infant Feeding Journey

Sponsored post: This post is sponsored by Happy Family. All content and opinions expressed below are completely my own.


When I was pregnant with Royce, I had a set plan on what I was going to do for feeding. It wasn’t even question – breastfeeding is just what you do. Unfortunately when he was born, that changed because of difficult circumstances and I had to go from attempting to breastfeed to solely pumping and eventually, formula.

I was devastated and felt like I failed as a mother because I couldn’t give him the most nutritious food he could have at that age. It was extremely difficult to deal with, especially since I’m a first time mom. I felt like I was bombarding my doctors with questions and being too needy, so I stopped and just dealt with the failure and guilt myself. I wish I had known of the Happy Family Infant Feeding Platform which was made to make sure all families feel supported during their infant feeding journey! Happy family created this wonderful platform for mothers (and fathers!) to offer infant feeding support from the hours of 8 AM – 8 PM EST via live chat. What I love the most is that Happy Family brought a team of Cornell-Certified nutritionists and lactation specialists that are parents themselves!

I am happy to update you all that after countless visits to the doctor and different types of formula (literally over 10!) and even donor milk, we have found something that is gentle enough on Royce’s belly and fills him up. It will never take the place of breastmilk, but it is the second best thing I can do for him at the moment and I am thankful that I have reached a place where I don’t feel shame over what we had to do.

Lastly, several friends who have children around the same age as Royce have told me that they struggled with breastfeeding and formula as well, so I want to say that no matter what your journey is, the experience will be unique to your family and have its ups and downs. For any new moms who may be reading this, please take advantage of the many free classes offered by your local hospitals and the Happy Family Infant Feeding Platform . It’s such a relief knowing that I have this amazing resource to use if I have more babies!

With love,
Cailyn Jade

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Moving On Up (To The High Chair): Royce’s 6 Month Update!




Happy Saturday! Today my heart & soul turned S I X months old. I truly can’t believe it! Everyone has told me that the first year flies by the quickest, and it really has. Every day Royce is showing us something new. I have no idea how he got this big, old, and smart, but he has… and I kind of want it all to slow down!

I know, I know, I know – I’m silly for getting so excited for a six month old’s birthday, but these milestones mean a lot to me! You wouldn’t believe how much people were making fun of me today at Party City when I got these balloons blown up. Luckily the staff understood and have the same mindset as me: Every day is worth celebrating 😉 If Royce was turning 21 ½ , we’d be popping champagne right now just because!

6 month UPDATE: Royce can now sit up prettttty much on his own without assistance. Sometimes when I lay him down against a pillow, he’ll use his strong little ab muscles and lift himself up completely! We think he’s starting to teethe because the past few days he has been SO fussy making it very hard to get things done and get any time for myself. It’s been so rough on me physically because he calms down more when held, so he’s basically demanding that 24/7. While it’s hard for me and I’m sure it’s even harder for him, I can’t wait to see his little teeth come in!

Royce now recognizes his name (he’ll turn when you say Royce but when you say any other word he won’t turn around immediately), can give high fives, and loves being read to at night, especially Bible stories! He’s eating stage one foods now about twice a day and loves the banana-orange flavor! He’ll open his mouth up SO wide and start hitting the tray when he wants more. He’s even fell asleep allll by himself lately in the crib and won’t even need a pacifier. I love it!

As you can see, his high chair came in! I didn’t even put a high chair on his registry because I was like “That’s soooo far down the line and it’s not a necessity right now.” What the – well it’s time! I’m going to say this over and over again, but I cannot believe how fast time has passed. Anyway – his high chair has such a trendy and different pattern than most which is why it caught my eye. Even though it’s blue, the pattern could definitely work for a girl too (if I have more babies down the line). I’ve linked his exact same one along with a few others under $100 below!

Since I know you’re wondering, I’ll talk about the other item details now: I got his cake, candle, and birthday hat at Walmart. I didn’t want to go over the top and spend a bunch of money (I have a 1 year party to plan in six months and for that I will go BIG!) so we went pretty basic. Plus, I think these adorable balloons from Floating Affections steal the show and should be the center of attention! They came JUST in time for his little celebration even though I ordered them last minute, and all you have to do is attach the tassel string once you get it inflated. I love that they come as a set (I actually got 3 but just featured 2!) so you have one with your phrase and two with confetti. The colors can be completely customized which is my favorite part! I wanted his balloons to match his high chair and they did perfectly!

P.S. The cake was only for us (my family) and not Royce! We let him put his hands in it for basically just a sensory activity, and while he got it on his face a little bit, he did NOT consume much. He may have tried to lick it but nothing was actually swallowed! We are very aware of what babies should and shouldn’t eat at his age and are in no rush for him to eat “adult” food!

Hope you enjoy your weekend as much as Royce enjoyed getting down & dirty with cake!

With love,
Cailyn Jade


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Tips For Shopping On A Budget + Finding Sales

Would you believe me if I told you that this romper, shoes, and bag all together cost me less than $60? I eyed this saddle purse for a long time at Target and while it sold out at my local store, I saw it in Chicago weeks later for $9-something. I almost screamed! My navy heeled sandals were only $24.99 at Marshalls and my romper was $14.99 from there too!

As you probably know by now, I’m a mom so I need to save every penny possible. I barely buy anything for myself now but after wearing the same two pairs of jeans for weeks in a row, I came to the conclusion that I NEEDED to go shopping! You don’t feel as bad shopping for yourself when you’re saving money, and I’m always getting questions from friends and family on how I get clothes so cheap! I’ve put together some tips on how I save money when buying clothes (because trends come & go) and my go-to stores.

1. Email lists are your best friend.
Old Navy always has online-only specials for their email subscribers and a lot of times the deals are too good to be true. I literaly never buy anything full price from ON because within a week or two they’ll hold a sale and I can get the item for at LEAST 20% off the already pretty affordable price.

2. Check online for discounts before you even leave the house.
The Cartwheel app for Target is my favorite because I can open the app, search for an item, and see if there’s currently a sale. On top of that, Target has a Red Card where you save 5% every time you shop using it (there’s a credit card AND debit card version!). I know 5% seems like a little, but it really adds up, plus it’ll take a 15% off deal from Cartwheel up to 20% off!

3. Shop secondhand.
I love using sites like ThredUp, Poshmark, Mercari, and even my local Plato’s closet sometimes. It’s also convenient because you can sell some of your old clothes on Poshmark or even trade/swap!

4. Check stores like Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Ross, and Burlington for items first.
My mom was dying to have a Michael Kors bag and ended up finding one she liked even better at Marshalls and it was almost half the price! Most of my designer items are found at those stores or bought secondhand. My local T.J. Maxx just stocked a few Lilly Pulitzer pieces which I’m thrilled about!

5. Follow bloggers.
I know I’m a little biased, but bloggers get exclusive access to know about sales. Most fashion bloggers also get updates when an item they’ve linked in an outfit post has dropped in price, so if you see something on them that you like, chances are they’ll update you when it’s on sale (or restocked!) if it’s really popular!

6. Buy the dupe.
There’s SO many trends going on it’s hard to keep up with, and 99% of the time, brands will make a dupe (duplicate/knock off) for a popular design piece. I love using Google image search because if I put in a stock photo of a dress, it’ll bring me to any site that carries it but also similar looking options. What’s also awesome about that is that one store may be having a sale on it while the other still has it at full price. Always always always check another store!

7. Shop without a season in mind.
Winter coats and bikinis get knocked down in price at the end of their seasons that the store should practically be giving it away!

I truly hope this helps y’all save a few dollars when shopping. As someone who is known to be a shopaholic, I like to think that it’s not AS bad when I’m not spending full price, haha!

With love,
Cailyn Jade

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Royce’s 5 Month Update + Incredibundles Giveaway!

Sleeper: Cat & Jack for Target | Chair: Bumbo | Bed sheets: Target

Once again, Royce’s 5 month update is a little late… but are you really a mom if you’re on time with everything? Royce is 5 months and such a little firecracker. My mom bought him a door jumper and he LOVES it, as well as his Otteroo. If he’s not an athlete, I’ll be very surprised because he’s so active all the time. Along with him loving to play and wear himself out, he adores books. Some nights when he’s a little fussy and not ready for mama to lay him down, I’ll grab a book and he’ll completely zone in on it! I was thrilled when Incredibundles reached out to us because I’ve heard about their site before and loved the idea of giving a premade gift bundle to someone else! Gift giving can be hard and tricky, but you can never go wrong with books, so this bundle is perfect for my little guy!

Incredibundles would be a great gift idea to give to a friend, sister, or even a co-worker that is a new mama or mom-to-be! They can completely customize their bundle to what they want or need – from diapers to play-doh! I decided to go with a bundle that was already made because I wanted to get a variety of books and see which ones he liked best! I do wish there was more options to choose from, but they have some classics from Dr. Seuss and even The Hungry Catepillar which are two classics you can’t go wrong with! Also, shipping from them was super quick so if you’re needing a last minute gift, this is perfect!

In other news, Royce is already fitting some 9 month clothes! Isn’t that crazy? He’s also gotten a lot chunkier in the thighs… which I’m OBVIOUSLY okay with. Chubby babies make my heart melt! He’s almost sitting up completely by himself and crawling… it takes him a long time to get from one end of his crib to the end, but it’s progress! I can’t wait for his 6 month check up to see how much he’s grown length wise and and with weight!

If you’re interested in winning a $50 Incredibundles gift card to use on a customized or premade bundle or save $50 on their site (they have a LOT to choose from, even a years worth of books, diapers, or toys!) head over to my Instagram, @lattesandsundays, and follow the rules in my caption!

With love,
Cailyn Jade

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Red, White, & Cognac

This post contains affiliate links through ShopStyle.

Top: Ross | Jeans: Marshalls | Earrings: Burlington | Purse: Anne Klein (similar here) | Shoes: Steve Madden

I remember hating gingham for a really long time. I’m not sure why, but I actually hated plaid in general. Now any sort of plaid whether it’s gingham or tartan is my fav! Once I saw this blouse at Ross, I had immediate heart eyes because it’s just so adorable and perfect for Spring + Summer. I showed my boyfriend it and I could tell he wasn’t a fan right away, but I go “But with white jeans or shorts in the summer, especially on the 4th of July?” he was like “Ohhh okay I see it now!” Haha!

This crisp red and white pairs perfectly with tan or cognac! I could also see this blouse with tan espadrilles for a comfy and casual look. The wedges I’m currently wearing are so popular right now and come in three different colors! I’m thinking about getting the taupe pair. They’re a dupe for a more expensive Marc Fisher wedge – like $100 cheaper! I could wear these all day, which is crazy because I hate wearing any shoe that isn’t flat!

I’ve linked some super similar items since my top, jeans, earrings & bag were found at either Ross, Marshalls, or Burlington… I love all of those stores and do a majority of my shopping there but it’s always a bummer because every store carries different things!

Cheers, Cailyn Jade

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Organic Strawberry Lemonade

I wish I could tell y’all that this was a homemade recipe. It’s not, because well, mom life! However, it’s still a “recipe” I wanted to share with you all because it’s SO addicting and healthier than other options! It’s ideal for Spring and Summer and the perfect drink to prepare for a family outing, especially if you’re in a time crunch. Guests will be amazed at how sweet it is without all the sugar, AND that it’s organic!

You’re probably going to laugh but the lemonade is already made. I know, I know. If you’re a DIY hustler, just look up how to make organic lemonade and then follow the rest of my steps. Since I took the easy way out, I used Target’s Simply Balanced Organic Lemonade in this drink. I drink this lemonade by itself on a regular basis because it’s so darn tasty!

Now for the steps! Take about one cup of fresh, organic strawberries and toss them in the blender with 1/4 cup of water, a handful of ice, and blend! All you have to do now is mix your strawberries and lemonade in whatever ratio you want! I did about 2/3 lemonade and 1/3 strawberries. But if you want a lot of strawberry flavor, do half & half. You can follow this recipe and switch out the strawberries with raspberries, blueberries, basically any fruit you want! For my friend’s who need something a little more fun, add a splash of vodka! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?!

The best part about this recipe is that even if you don’t use the exact measurements and want to wing it – you really can’t mess up. If you add too much water, just add more strawberries. On hot summer days you can add more ice and strawberries to make a thicker drink like a slushy! This drink will be loved by the whole family, but especially the kids.

Let me know if you whip this drink up with a different fruit or even blend two together!

With love,
Cailyn Jade

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Being Honest About My Old, Harsh Lifestyle

Shortly after I discovered I was pregnant, I started getting the symptoms. You know, the ugly side of pregnancy. I was nauseous, had horrible headaches, and all around felt horrible. When you realize you’re growing a new life inside of you, one that is so fragile, you really start to worry about the things that go into your body (well at least I did!). Even though some things are deemed safe to use, I was really cautious and started doing my own research.

Overtime I started becoming more drawn to non-toxic, natural, and sometimes organic products. I wanted to be healthier not noly for myself, and my new baby. As I grew and grew I knew it would soon be time to put together a baby shower registry and I had to decide which products I wanted to use.

I heard of the Honest Company from other moms but most people I know go with the more traditional brands for reasons such as “My mom always used _____ brand of diapers with me” or “I just use them because that’s what most people use”. Ever heard of the phrase “When you know better, you do better”? I’m sure you’re not going to use the same exact items on your baby that your mother used, or parent the same way either. Actually, I almost guarantee that if you haven’t experienced it already, that there will be something regarding your parenting style that your mother will disagree with. That’s just how it goes.

I put The Honest Company on my registry for several reasons. One, the prints on the diapers are so. dang. cute. They just released an MLB line and best believe I snagged some Chicago Cubs diapers (I’m a White Sox fan but hey, gotta rep the city!). Two, they’re safer than other diapers. This article does a great job at pointing out the harsh chemicals found in more common brands. Three, most non-toxic and natural products tend to be a bit pricier because well, they come from the earth! The same reason why a salad costs more than a burger. However, I’ve found that they have awesome deals like an amazing bundle deal that you can get delivered every month (and cancel/put on hold at ANY time!) and they often have sales in retail stores like Target and Babies R Us, plus they often have a special promo for first-time bundle subscribers.

Not only do I love their diapers, but I use almost their entire line of products! I use the shampoo + body wash on my son and myself, which is nice because other body washes would be way too harsh for both of us to use. I also use the laundry detergent for both of us while most people buy a separate one for their baby only to use. I do like a scented laundry detergent (which theirs isn’t) so I like to add a drop of lavender essential oil!

If you’re changing your lifestyle like me, what brands do you like? I’m always on a hunt for more!
This post contains affiliate links through The Honest Company. All opinions are my own.

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Royce’s 4 Month Update

Yesterday Royce turned 4 months and today he had a “first”! I didn’t plan to do monthly updates on him since I’m the type of person who will miss out on cute stuff like this since I didn’t start from day one. Howver, everyone loves babies and it’ll be great to track his progress, so I’m pushing my pride aside and starting updates.

Royce can smile, almost fully laugh, and loves playing with his feet which he just discovered not too long ago. He loves food (well, milk) so he’s definitely my child. He’s now 14 pounds (I forget how many ounces) so he’s gained over 5 pounds since birth. He absolutely loves bath time, talking, his monkey stuffed animal, and trying to stand up!

Today he was able to fully support himself in his bumbo and was smiling the entire time! I’m not sure how long he’s been able to do this since it was my first time putting him in the Bumbo (mom brain made me totally forget we had it)! This was so exciting to see because holding him 24/7 is exhausting. I know I’ll miss these times one day, but I’d like both my arms back right now.

Even though I want to limit screen time, he loves watching Spongebob in his swing. Call me a bad mom, but it’s nice to be able to let him just hang otu while I get work done/shower/cook/etc. He also recognizes daddy’s face on FaceTime which is the most beautiful thing for me to see!

The best part of all: HE SLEEPS. His naps have reduced the past month and he used to take about 3-4 a day and now he’s down to 1-2, but he sleeps through the night. If he sleeps alone and in his crib, he’ll usually wake up once and I’ll have to soothe him back to sleep or feed him. When we sleep together, he’ll usually sleep for a solid 5-6 hours without waking up. Co-sleeping for the win.

We’re starting Royce on stage 1 baby foods this week and I’m so excited for him to eat solids! If you want daily pictures and videos of Royce, add me on snapchat. My username is CailynHoward!

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