Things I Like - 2014 Edition

For the past few years, I've been writing a year end list of my favorite purchases of the year. This year's list is a little different. While I didn't do as much shopping (thanks to bed rest and a new baby), I did buy a few baby-related items I had to share. I thought that there would have been more breastfeeding things on here, but other than the items below (and a few other items to replace worn out staples), I didn't purchase many breastfeeding items. You can see past years here: 2013, 2012, 2011.

Things I Bought & Liked in 2014

Double Pearl Earrings. I was obsessed with these earlier this year. In addition to being on trend, the lack of dangly shiny things make them baby friendly. I love wearing them to dress up my mom uniform of jeans and a t-shirt.

Boba Wrap in Starburst. I've worn this baby more than his older brother and I'm especially thankful for this stretchy wrap. Between seemingly non-stop growth spurts and wonder weeks, it made the first several weeks of life more bearable. You can read more about it here.

Tarte "Lights, Camera, Splashes!" mascara. I typically use a fantastic drugstore waterproof mascara, but gave this a try after a friend raved about it. Not only is it easier to take off at the end of the day, it's got a fantastic formula which makes multiple layers a breeze, without the clumping my drugstore brand would bring about. Luckily Tarte had a great Black Friday sale, and I was able to snag a two tubes for the price of what one normally costs!

Motherlove Nipple Cream and Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter. Again, both of these items were lifesavers during the first several weeks of life. Rohan was born with a class 3 lip tie and a severe tongue tie as well. I would coat my nipples with one of these after every feed and it made a world of difference until we were able to get his ties revised. Why did I buy two different brands? I kept one near the place we frequently nursed (our living room couch) and the other in my bathroom. Sometimes one would go into a diaper bag if we were heading out. You can read more about my breastfeeding experience the second time around here.

Leopard slip ons. There have been several versions of these leopard slip ons available, in a wide variety of price ranges. I love these because they're sporty, comfortable, and great to chase around. They've quickly become my go to shoes for everything: a run to the grocery store, a few hours at the park, even kids birthday parties. They look great with skinny jeans and a t-shirt, and are neutral enough to pair with a plaid shirt or scarf for the fall and winter.

Boyfriend jeans. My new favorite cut of jean! I'm probably a little late to this trend, but better late than never! More forgiving than skinny jeans, they're available in a wide variety of colors and washes. My most beloved pair are a distressed wash from Old Navy. They're cut a little higher, which is great for masking my postpartum belly. I usually pair mine with the leopard slip ons above.

Those are my favorite purchases of 2014. What did you buy that you absolutely loved?