Fall Home Decor Target

Fall Home Decor Target

Hey guys! Have you decorated your fall porch yet? I braved through a 45 minute trip to Target with the boys yesterday and I found SO many great home decor items for the fall at Target! I’ve bundled up some of my favorite finds, these were affordable festive things for the home!

TARGET is ALWAYS a good idea! I found so many great pieces I’ve decided to do two different blog posts this ones for home decor and the next one will have all the amazing closet pieces I brought home!

Here I’ll share all my fun fall/home décor items, I’ll link everything right here for you!

I hope my picks have inspired you to pumpkin spice up your home for the fall! Has the weather adjusted to the season where you live?

A Fresh Start & 10 Fun Facts about Me

A Fresh Start & 10 Fun Facts about Me

Welcome to Style With Kitty!! I had to retire Binkie Bliss because with each post it was making me realize more and more how the name just wasn’t fitting for the content anymore. It was a fun start to this outlet of mine but I’m excited for this new chapter of rebranding! So here’s to the early mornings and late nights of joining me on this platform where we can connect about food, fashion, fitness, travels and mommin’! Because let’s be honest mommin ain’t easy and when you know you have a tribe of your very own in the same boat it makes it all the more survivable! So join my tribe right here at Style With Kitty! Here you will find recipe’s, budget friendly fashion, and tried and true fitness tips.

With a fresh start I wanted to share 10 Fun Facts about me!

10 Fun Facts About Me:

  1. My nickname is Kitty (probably since I was born, but only my family calls me Kitty otherwise the names, Nida)
  2. I grew up in New Jersey – No I do not have a joisey accent 
  3. I went to college in Idaho (not Ohio, and yes it exists on the map)
  4. I was born in Peshawar, Pakistan
  5. I love the mountains
  6. I’ve done a skydive
  7. I grew up with four older sisters (picture it as having four closets growing up and even to this day!)
  8. I find folding laundry very therapeutic (in fact I’m making this list as I’m folding laundry)
  9. I’m terrified of snakes (my older son was bit by a garden snake when he was two!)
  10. The coolest celebrity I’ve ever met was Denzel Washington (he was on broadway for Julius Caesar in NYC)

I’d love to learn something about you so leave a fun fact about yourself in the comments below!

Thanks for following along this journey of mine!

-Kitty

Back to School With Amazon

Back to School With Amazon

Wow! It’s been a while since I posted on here! We have had a full summer between traveling and quality time with cousins. Our summer started off in May with a trip to Las Vegas where we enjoyed soaking up the sun and pool time with Nanna and Nani.  Upon our return, we had my husbands side of the family here for the rest of the summer and took a trip out east for a family wedding.  We went all over the east coast Virginia, Maryland, DC, New York City, and New Jersey.  That was a three week long vacation the longest we have probably ever been away from home. We got home and the kids just wanted to enjoy the house, our backyard, and all their toys!

With summer coming to an end so is my sanity we are so ready for a routine.  The boys are just in preschool but even those three hours of time I get in the morning to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, a workout, or even reading a book without distraction are very blissful.

I love this time of year! We start getting more organized, the weather starts to cool down, we establish a better routine, things are way less chaotic, and of course back to school shenanigans!

There are so many great sales going on for back to school.  My favorite place to order the basics is definitely Amazon! Anytime I have to haul the kids to a store is too hectic between potty runs and their attempts at jumping out the cart I go pretty crazy!  So this year I’m trying to do as much as I can online.  I’ve linked a bunch of back to school basics right here from school supplies, to backpacks, lunch bags, and even socks because I swear there’s a sock thief that lives in that washer and dryer with every load we lose at least one or two pairs of socks!

You can access my Amazon Back to School Shopping List here!

My boys don’t start going to their preschool for another two weeks! When do schools open where you live?

March Madness and April Showers…

March Madness and April Showers…

Chaotic is an undestadement if you want me to describe the past couple months. From Rayyan starting preschool to what we thought was a small pipe leakage in our home turned into a leak large enough that we had to remodel two bathrooms. The boys were sick for three weeks straight, that’s three weeks of coughs, runny noses, fevers, and extremely clingy toddlers.

I guess preschool comes with the package of kids getting sick more often. Preschool was an adjustment for the both of us, I cried, like literally sobbed in the car the first two weeks after dropping him off and then I realized how nice it was to just have to haul around one kid for a couple hours. Preschool has forced us into a solid routine, better eating habits, play dates with more kids his age, and overall we are both loving it now! Jibran is loving the mommy and me time after we drop off Rayyan it’s just the two of us taking on the library, grocery store, TJmaxx shopping sprees so it’s been really nice. And this time around I couldn’t be more happier with the Montessori method curriculum.

The house is finally somewhat coming back to a normal state we’ve got the walls and tiles back up in the bathrooms but still no vanity, toilet, or sink but we’re getting there. The laundry machines are back up and running finally. Weeks on end without laundry was horrible we had clothes basically piled to the roof. Thank God for family in town who were kind and welcoming enough to let me do our laundry but that meant hauling loads of laundry back and forth. But it’s all finally starting to come together and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The weather has been absolutely crazy one day we almost hit 70 degrees and the next it was snowing. And now we’re back to wearing our winter coats and jackets, at this point I don’t even know if Spring is in sight anymore. But I’m just eager to pull out all my spring jumpsuits, shorts, and pretty floral prints!

And that’s a wrap of my rant about being MIA for so long.  Although I have to say it was nice to take a break and organize my thoughts and vision for this blog.  I felt like I got in the hustle of growing my blog and instagram and I forgot that I was beginning to defeat the purpose of what this place actually meant to me.  SO while I was gone I used this time to refocus and put thoughts in more organized and improved content.

I’ve finally got a better handle on linking a lot of my outfits.  I’ve joined a network called Shopstyle Collective which allows me to link many of my outfits on instagram so you can shop them and I get a small commission on the sales. My Instagram isn’t large enough to use that fun swipe up option just yet on my instastories but until then I’ve added a Shop My Instagram page to my blog and you can simply head over to that page and purchase just about anything you like in my posts because everything is linked over there, Happy Shopping!!

From my previous post on instagram a lot of you asked about my outfit in the picture above. The trousers were actually a tjmaxx find but I found a very similar pair at H&M and I’ve linked them below. I absolutely love these trousers they are super soft and perfect for the spring. My top is just a plain white long sleeve tee perfect for casual wear.  The adidas tennis shoes are my all time favorite go to shoes that complete any mommy uniform outfit with the perfect casual style.  All linked below…

I have not linked my glasses.  I love these glasses they are Warby Parker, I have an entire post about them right here.

As I write more and focus more on what content to write for my blog what content do you enjoy reading most about, outfit ideas, recipes, more on motherhood? Please share in the comments below!

Six Alternatives to Screen Time

Six Alternatives to Screen Time

Hey Mamas! Todays post is all about making sure you don’t feel guilty about screen time for your kids but to find different avenues of entertainment for your sweet peas.

As a stay at home mom I’m literally multitasking all day from making sure my 2 year old that’s climbing all over doesn’t fall off something or my inquisitive 3 year old doesn’t do anything wild for the millisecond that I turn away to catch my breath. From the moment they wake up to the moment they sleep (and most nights even after they sleep) I’m constantly alert with them and through the day I’m also working my way through cooking, cleaning, loads of laundry, and so much more.

When my first born arrived I was the new mom that said to myself no screen time for my kids. And then our Rayyan’s Asthma was diagnosed at about 5 to 6 months of age and we had to give him inhalers to help control his asthma twice a day. Now you try to give a six month old an inhaler with a spacer. He would scream and fight it. To see him go through that was awful I couldn’t force the inhaler and spacer on his face. So I resorted to playing it’s-bitsy spider on my phone one day after he put up a good fight and refused to take the inhaler. I promised myself for those 5 min twice a day it was okay just so we could get through this inhaler. And then one morning he was fussy and I figured just 15 min of nursery rhymes on TV are okay until I finish doing my makeup. Those 15 min lead to 30 min just so I could get food up on the stove and so on and so forth; you see where I’m going with this?! Ultimately it became an avenue for me to get a couple minutes of sanity just so I could get a few minutes to get my stuff done.

I could go on and state all these statistics about the harmful effects screen time has on children; but most of us I assume already know that, so instead I’ll share some things I do with my boys to keep them entertained.

Now it’s definitely become a little (emphasis on little) easier now that they are 3 and 2. While they are still within my eyes range and I can keep an eye on them I provide them with a lot of projects and crafts.

  • Construction Paper: this is a beautiful thing to buy when you have toddlers and A LOT of it. Some days I’ll cut shapes out for Rayyan and give him a washable child safe toddler glue stick. I’ll let him use his imagination and come up with fun crafty things to make. Sometimes a house, an airplane, a boat, burgers, I let his imagination and creative side take over once I get him started. This keeps him busy for at least an hour if not more.
  • Blocks: my 2 year old can literally spend hours playing with blocks while I cook. He’ll build random structures, he’ll put them in buckets, he’ll pour them out of buckets…so much discovery, he loves them!!
  • Magnets: these incredible magnets I bought from Amazon when Rayyan was a year old are THE best!! There’s a little architect in him I swear he loves to build with these magnets. He will build little cubes out of them and then bring his wooden cars and pretend the cube is a parking garage. He’ll build little house like structures and throw his dinosaurs in pretending it’s their house. So much creativity with these and they are fun to play with!! Again, keeps them busy for at least an hour!
  • Easel: They love their easels! My parents got Rayyan his first easel on his 2nd Birthday and he loves it to this day!! We love Melissa & Doug products! So many fun educational toys you can never go wrong! This fun easel package comes with magnets, washable markers, eraser, chalk, and a paper roll! It’s amazing we practice our letters on this, writing, colors, and some days I just let the kids play independently with it!
  • Play-Doh: Note* put a huge sheet down before you give them any play-doh! But let them get wild and creative just remember to save your carpets!! If anyone has a tip on how to get play-doh off of rugs and carpets please share. My moms house carpets and rugs are spotted with play-doh all over!!
  • KiwiCo Inc: This subscription box is amazing!! The subscription box can be ordered for kids and adults of all ages. If you subscribe for your kids, your child will receive a personalized box in the mail, this is always so exciting for my three year old. He always says “a surprise for me, Mama” and now he’s recognized the box so the moment he sees it he is eager to have us help him open it. This month Rayyan received a box all about dinosaurs (His favorite!!). In the box we had a board game that helped us identify some of the dinosaur footprints, clay and fossil stamps, and cut up cloth so he could decorate and make his own dinosaur costume! He loved every minute of that creative craft time with me! Meanwhile we had amazons Alexa play dinosaur nursery rhymes for us! Definitely a subscription worth having.

I hope this helped to make you feel less guilty about giving your child screen time and gave you more ideas to get creative with your babies!!

You can purchase any of those items by clicking on the links! Thanks for your support!

Cruising into 2019

Cruising into 2019

Hey Friends! Last week has been a week indeed!  First off, I feel like last week was one of the longest and most dragged out weeks ever. Maybe it had to do with coming back from an epic vacation to Cancun to just pure chaos!  I had all these fun posts planned for when I returned but instead got bombarded with a sick kid, potty training, a broken refrigerator, so much laundry, preschool visits, and did I mention the never ending loads of laundry?! But we survived!

We returned last Sunday only to find a brand new unopened gallon of milk had spoiled. We figured it was no big deal we tossed that gallon and bought another, two days later, same thing and more spoiled food. Finally my husband looked into it and realized the fridge wasn’t functioning right and we called for some repairs and guess what?! It wasn’t possible to repair a fridge with a broken compressor because they stopped selling the parts necessary so we ended up buying a new refrigerator this weekend and if we’re spending on one new appliance why not just update all the other appliances as well, right guys?! Which was actually pretty nice, we ended up getting a new microwave and we decided on a nice new stove too! Nothing fancy but definitely a nice change so I’m pretty excited!

Back to the good stuff, it’s Monday, a new day and a new week!  I’ve finally got myself back into a routine of a workout.  It has nothing to do with the New Year and new goals just realizing if I bring a little change in my awful eating habits and exercise I will feel better! I love my body and the fact that this body had two beautiful babies and during our vacation I noticed I just didn’t have the energy like I used to, whether it was climbing up stairs or running through the airport catching flights.  It is my stamina I am more worried about; I need to be able to keep up with my boys! I was doing so well until about Thanksgiving and then it was sporadic workouts and then no workouts until last week. But you know what I’m not going to dwell on the fact that I stopped for weeks and I’m going to keep going strong (now THAT has to do with the New Year and new goals)!!

In 2019 I’m all about staying in the moment. I’ve realized that no matter what the dishes will ultimately get done, the laundry will be folded, and everything else will fall into place.  It’s about enjoying the moment that I’m presently in whether it be stopping to cuddle with my boys for an episode of Peppa Pig or story time cozied up by the fireplace. I’m going to focus a lot more on a healthier lifestyle, which means no more late night munching on chocolate chip cookies and Oreos and doing those daily workouts even if its just 30 min on the treadmill. More so because they make me feel healthier and help me build that stamina! Also, its something I’m doing for me, not the mom in me or the sister or daughter but for just ME!

One of my motivators this week for a workout was a fresh pair of runners and workout clothes. What better way to get motivated than a shopping spree! I’ve linked some of my favorites below. (I think the Nike runners I’ve linked are now out of stock but tons of more options I can link here later)

So here’s my little farewell to 2018! 2018 tested our patience in many ways and brought us so much joy! We officially became homeowners for the very first time, we both grew as individuals, my husbands business took a tremendous positive leap (after of course A LOT of blood and sweat), we made some memorable trips, and enjoyed precious moments of watching our sweet boys grow, I’d also like to think we kind of figured out this parenting thing to a certain extent, we survived the terrible two’s with our oldest son and now we’re on round two with the younger one (all prayers will be appreciate in this department) all in all you’ve been good to us 2018 but we couldn’t be more ready and grateful to see what’s in store for us this coming year! So 2019, bring it on!

We had an epic start to this year with such a memorable trip to Cancun (And because so many of you messaged asking me for information on where we stayed and what we did I have a post coming out this week on our trip with deets on where we stayed, the activities we did, and so much more it’ll make you want to book your very own paradise getaway full of sun, sand, and the ocean!)

Happy Monday, Friends!