...because home doesn't happen overnight.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Congrats to Becky who is in love with the Red Queen dress!

Whew! Anyone else hit hard by those storms that passed through last week? We never lost power {but go just three houses down our street and they were without power for almost 5 days!} but did lose our internet service up until this evening. I can’t complain – not saying that I didn’t. We sustained no damage other than losing a branch off the tree in our front yard which was quickly swept down the street by high winds. I will gladly lose internet and cable services over electricity in 100 degree weather. I hope you all fared as well.

So, back to business. I had a giveaway lined up for Monday. I’ll just go ahead and knock that out now that it’s Wednesday.

The stylish peeps at Shabby Apple kindly sent me this dress. Being 12 weeks postpartum and having worn mostly t-shirts and jeans for the last three months, I was really excited to slip into a dress.

Since I had nothing better to do this weekend {internet was out and all the businesses nearby were without power}, I decided to try a quick photo shoot with Mabrey. A reader mentioned a while back to remember to take pictures of Mabrey and me together. Such a great reminder! With #3 it seems I’m barely surviving – much less taking pictures of the whole ordeal. But I’m pretty sure I’ll want some photos to look back on. I took advantage of my new dress and wore it for an impromptu photo shoot.

The dress is super comfy. The color in real life is definitely more of a heather gray than the image on Shabby Apple portrays. I love the blousy top and long length. I can’t wait to pair it with my favorite leather boots in the fall.

The fit is true to size although I did have to hem mine ~7″. I got the 0/2 size and I weigh ~110 lbs and stand tall at a whopping 5’3″. Before any comments on the postpartum weight… a little tidbit of information for you. Mabrey refuses to feed from a bottle. Of any kind. Even with warm breast milk in it. I never had this problem with my other two. Thank goodness I don’t have to work away from home this time around! Needless to say, the weight that I gained during my pregnancy has melted off but I’m exhausted from being the only one who can feed her 24/7. I keep trying to tell myself that these days are fleeting and that one day I’ll look back and miss them…but, again, I’m exhausted.

See. I don’t even make my bed anymore.

Need a dress to disguise your exhaustion, too? Ha. Lucky for you, Shabby Apple is graciously sponsoring this week’s giveaway. No sleepless nights required. See entry details below.

PRIZE: $100 gift card to Shabby Apple

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. shipping address {no P.O. boxes please} to enter. One entry per email address.

HOW TO ENTER: ‘Like’ Shabby Apple on Facebook then leave a comment here telling me your favorite Shabby Apple item.

DEADLINE: Enter before Sunday, July 8th at 9:00 p.m. EST. One random winner will be announced Monday, July 9th.

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Since I rambled on about my sheer exhaustion, tell me what you do to overcome extreme fatigue. Exercise? Caffeine? Nap? I’ll go first. To be honest, I’m not really doing much about it right now. It’s almost impossible. When Mabrey’s sleeping during the day, I’m trying to stay on top of regular household chores {laundry, dishes, etc.} or spending a little quality time with my boys and, I’ll tell you, it’s a struggle. Many projects are falling to the wayside just to sustain my sanity, but I’m looking forward to the day when we fall into a better routine. Hopefully, I’ll get more chunks of time to devote to painting, organizing, shuffling furniture around…you know, tweaking. Until then, I hear awake is the new asleep.

FYI – House*Tweaking readers can score an exclusive Shabby Apple discount by entering the code housetweaking10off at checkout. The discount will give you 10% off your order and is good until August 3rd.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

222 Comments

03.July.2012

I’ve already liked them:) I’ve started napping when the twins do…they’re 2 now but I am just now listening to the “sleep when they do” advice. It’s helped, better than running face first into walls.

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03.July.2012

I like Shabby Apple on facebook and I would love the Matinee dress. So crisp for the summer.

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03.July.2012

Well, that was fun – you look great and I want that dress! You can keep the exhaustion though. It’s so hard to be sleep deprived. Wish I could offer words of encouragement, but as you said, these days are fleeting. Mabry already looks so much older. So glad you didn’t suffer damage from the storm but what an unreasonably hot summer you are having. You’d think you were living here in Texas. OK, off to facebook now to like Shabby Apple and as for what is my favorite Shabby Apple item, I’m going to say, this dress. It is just my style.

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03.July.2012

Oh I am SO in your shoes. We just had our third (another boy) in February. I to am breast feeding and even though I have lost the weight, all I seem to get in these days is running shorts….that I never run or even get to walk in..ha ha and tank tops. I am just getting by day to day and like you trying to remember that one day I WILL miss these times. Love your blog!!!

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03.July.2012

I just “liked” them. And I think I like the dress you are wearing! When my youngest was 6 weeks old (my older one was nearly 3) I had MAJOR surgery. It sucked, and I can now understand the true meaning of exhaustion. The best thing for me was to hand the wee peanut off to the husband and take a nap. Even 30 minutes was awesome. More than half the time, my older one would come curl up in bed with me and watch cartoons. I almost miss those days.

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03.July.2012

Your hair looks great! And I would definitely get the dress you have on here! So flattering.

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replied on July 4th, 2012

Oh, my hair! It needs trimmed badly. Mabrey has started getting her fingers tangled in it and it’s HOT – in a sweaty, gross way.

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replied on July 4th, 2012

I actually pref my hair long in the summer so I can put it in a high bun or ponny and it will all be off my neck without small pieces falling out all the time.

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04.July.2012

Love the dress you’re wearing. I am 37 weeks, and hope to look as good as you postpartum.You look amazing! I push thru exhaustion by drinking lots of water & taking a potassium pill.

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04.July.2012

I love shabby apple’s dresses. I already have two, great fit and nice quality. You look great. One day at a time, i guess….

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04.July.2012

I already like them on Facebook. And as for exhaustion… Ugh I have no advice! We had our second in February and honestly I have no idea how you’ve evens managed to blog with three and one so little!! And we’re having the same issue here – little Miss won’t take a bottle at all. So anyway, point is I feel your pain and I’d love to win the gift card!
Best, Lizzie

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I love the ‘Baciami’ dress…they have so many cute clothes! As for the exhaustion issue, with two very active boys who both decided to not nap after age 2, I guess I’ve just learned to deal with it. Exercise definitely helps, caffeine is sometimes needed, and when it gets to be too much, my wonderful husband goes in to work late and lets me sleep in while he gets up with the boys. ;)

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04.July.2012

I love the Pina Colada dress! It’s my current favorite…but I get lost on the Shabby Apple website and regularly come up with new favorites.

I have a 3 year old, a 1 year old, and I’m due any day now with my third. I’m pretty sure that I’ve just acclimated to being without sleep. Caffeine doesn’t help much, but when I’m really exhausted I drink ice cold water and try to do “sit down” activities with the kids…things like reading books and watching a movie. I’m pretty much napping anytime they nap right now. I should be more ambitious and actually get something done while they nap…but it just doesn’t happen!

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04.July.2012

Really like Shabby Apple! Sorry about the exhaustion. I have three also and I know it isn’t easy but it’s so worth it. Enjoy your little girl!

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04.July.2012

You look amazing in that dress! I went and liked them, and I have to say I’m in love with the Andes Skirt. The pattern is lovely!

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04.July.2012

Love the Dessert Blossom – color, cut and those ruffles on the sleeves are all just perfect!

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04.July.2012

I’ve been a fan and “liked” them for quite some time now!

You look beautiful, and the exhaustion is not showing, trust me!

I get less than 2 hours of sleep per night (on average), and my only way of coping is to exercise first thing out of bed and fueling myself with a super-powered morning smoothie with spinach, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, wild blueberries, and a mix of other berries. I’m somewhat functional after that. ;)

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04.July.2012

My fourth (and last) baby is almost one and I am glad for the advice of taking pictures together. Especially dressed up! I am getting pretty good sleep now and have been for a while. Hang in there. You are only a few months away!

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04.July.2012

I love the dress you are wearing and the wrap dresses! You look so pretty!
Kelly B

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04.July.2012

Just stumbled upon your blog… You and your baby are so beautiful!! I really like that second picture of you two. :)

I’m just a big sister (to five:), which can be exhausting sometimes…though I’m sure I never get as exhausted as a momma would.

I like Shabby Apple on Facebook and love the I’m Late! I’m Late! dress.

mybeagleboo{at}gmail{dot}com

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04.July.2012

I liked Shabby Apple
Thanks!

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04.July.2012

That dress is just perfect! I browsed the Shabby Apple website and fell in love with two dresses: Gray Fox & Puca Pucara. LOVE! As for fighting fatigue, I’ve never had a baby so I can’t even imagine. Mabrey is just precious!

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04.July.2012

liked!
I’ve been pining after the Andes skirt for a long time!! Though I also LOVE the Study Break dress and the Off Campus dress (go figure… I’m a student!)
I just finished a nightmarish semester – to get through I took a lot of naps and drank a LOT of Starbucks Americanos!!

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04.July.2012

Your Mabrey is so adorable. You look fabulous too, but it’s hard to compete with babies. :) I’ve been checking out that Shabby Apple dress for awhile now – it’s just gorgeous. (Also, I ‘liked’ them on fb.)

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04.July.2012

I love the blog! The best thing for the exhaustion may be to hire someone or ask/bribe family/grandparents to watch your kiddos while you take a nap a couple times a week. Don’t let yourself get sucked into dishes (your help will probably do them for you). Since you are the only one feeding Mabrey you need to keep your strength up. I have been the helper through 3 kids now and their mom really appreciates the rest. She says she able to spend better time with her kids and her hubby when she is semi-rested and her kids like hanging out with someone different.

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04.July.2012

Liked! I love the dress you have on, looks so comfy! Thanks for the great giveaway! As far as exhaustion goes, give it time. When my little one was born it took months before I had energy again. It sucks being so tired but eventually it will pass as baby becomes less high maintenance.

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04.July.2012

I have liked them on fb – like forever :) Favorite dress in Nothin like a dame!!! So lovely!

Hire a housekeeper if possible :) Trader Joes dark coffee 4.99 per container!!! So good!!!

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04.July.2012

You look beautiful. Being 11 weeks postpartum myself, I’d love a little something special. For my exhaustion it’s been coffee. Although, I camt complain. This baby sleeps through the night. If only #1 would sleep past 5:45am :/

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04.July.2012

Hi Dana: Happy 4th of July! I have been reading your blog for a few months now and am really enjoying it. I can’t believe how much you do! I had a baby girl on Jan. 9th (I also have a 2.9 year old girl). I feel your pain! My second daughter has been much pickier than the first EVER was. I have heard from all kinds of mothers that this is a survival tactic on the baby’s part, maintaining attention with other siblings around. It works! Anyway, I nursed my now 6 month old for 5.5 months. She refused a bottle and a binky and loved to cry ALL THE TIME. Finally, over Memorial Day weekend we randomly tried to see if she would take a bottle with formula (we had tried several times before with no luck) and she did! Then we tried the binky and she finally took that too. I think they just have to go at their own pace and your daughter will accept the bottle when she is ready. I would definitely recommend sleeping while she naps, especially with your boys being a little bit older, they can entertain themselves somewhat, or just watch a movie while you rest. (I’m a huge believer in “quiet time”, allowing one nice break for everyone during the day, even if the boys don’t want to nap, they can settle down and chill while you rest for a liitle bit.). Don’t push yourself too much or you will completely burn out, and that doesn’t help anyone. Slow and steady is my recommendation, and keep trying the bottle every once in a while. Your daughter will likely surprise you one day. At around 4 months, babies can transition to a schedule (staying awake for 2 hours, then napping 3 times a day, eating every 4 hours, and sleeping longer stretches at night). This also helps. Before you know it, she’ll be asking for her own cell phone :). Take care. You have a beautiful home, blog, and family.

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04.July.2012

OMG I love their dresses, have never heard of them before so this is great!!!! I find it soooooo hard to get dresses that suit me. I love all the “Pear” shaped dresses, but my favourite is “Heart of Me”. Happy 4th July :)

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04.July.2012

I liked them on Facebook and love the “tow the line” dress! SO CUTE

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04.July.2012

I love the Beauty Mark dress – so pretty! When my little ones were newborns, I always looked for any chance to nap that I could get. And I was religious about going to bed early. I don’t function on too little sleep!

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04.July.2012

I have liked them on FB already – I love all of their things & am really loving the one you have on (desert modern), though in honor of it being the 4th, I also love the Overboard dress!

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04.July.2012

I liked Shabby Apple and I like the gray fox dress!

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04.July.2012

I love the Jabberwocky skirt and liked Shabby Apple on FB. Your photos are lovely–you and I are the same height and almost same weight! I’m pregnant with #2 right now so I weigh a bit more than my typical 115 pounds–sometimes it feels like it is all in my boobs :)

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04.July.2012

Im 12 weeks out from #2, so I’m loving your dress!!! Going to fb now:)

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04.July.2012

i liked shabby apple and my favorite dress is the raquet club one. i’m a sucker for stripes!

you look amazing. i’m four years out from having twins and still struggling with my new shape. i am finally getting sleep though. hang in there!!

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04.July.2012

I love the Serenade, it looks so comfortable but I also love the Pina colada. =)

I have four kids, 10, 6, 4, 2, so I am always exhausted. Caffeine is my friend. I also love to cuddle on the couch for movie time about once a week with the kids. It gives us all some much needed down time.

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04.July.2012

Just liked Shabby Apple on facebook. I’m loving the Cape Cod Skirt, although it makes me long to be at the Cape instead of at school!

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04.July.2012

I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook. Their clothes are all so beautiful….I had a tough time choosing just one favorite. I love The Mama Mia dress (expecting #4)!

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04.July.2012

oh my . i’d love to win this. i have no wise words for the exhaustion, just alot of envy for your beautiful postpartum figure.

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04.July.2012

I LOVE the Serenade dress! Luckily I haven’t had to deal with that kind of exhaustion too often, but I would just take a catnap that would revive me for a bit! Unfortunately with 3 kids that’s not possible!

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04.July.2012

Liked them!

I adore all of their dresses, they are beautiful. As far as exhaustion goes, I don’t have any good advice for you. But you look amazing!

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04.July.2012

I just liked them on Facebook. Love the dress you are wearing and the jabberwocky skirt. This is a great blog and you and your daughter are gorgeous. I hope you get some rest soon!

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04.July.2012

I love all of their stuff, but I really like the Jitterbug dress. I am also really liking their swimsuits!!! When I get exhausted the last thing I do is sit on the couch or I am done. I try to gain more energy by doing house work or going to the gym to exercise!!!

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04.July.2012

Liked!!! Beauty mark or Andes…so hard to choose just one!!

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04.July.2012

I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook and checked out their site. They have so many beautiful things to choose from! I really like the Gray Fox dress—the combination of the dark blue and ruffles is so feminine and chic.

I don’t have any good tips for exhaustion, unfortunately. I tend to just sit in front of the computer and zone out when I would probably be better served by taking a quick nap and then getting back to work. I hope you’re able to get some rest soon!

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04.July.2012

I liked shabby apple on facebook- I love the Maciami dress! Maybe it’s because today is july 4- but I think the red/white stripes would be perfect for work in late summer/early fall.

In terms of exaustion- have you tried the Sleep Cycle app for iphones? It tracks how you sleep and then sets your alarm to wake you up when you’re closest to awake during your cycle- so that you dont feel as groggy as you would if you were waking up from a deep sleep. Worth a try!

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replied on July 4th, 2012

Sorry- Baciami, not Maciami! Clearly I woke up from the wrong end of my sleep cycle today!

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04.July.2012

I love so the Shabby Apple swim line and also their skirts are adorable. The “Above Deck” skirt caught my eye. Best of luck getting sleep these days. Maybe in a month Mabrey will take to a sippy and you’ll get a break that way.

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04.July.2012

A Preppy Lady shoe is my favorite item from Shabby Apple! I also love the dress you have on, but I don’ think it would be as cute on me!!!

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04.July.2012

Just liked Shabby Apple on facebook. Would love a new dress!

My second, a little girl, was much the same. Now at one year we are finally settling into a routine. I wish I had wise words, but survival has been my mantra for the past year.

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04.July.2012

Liked, and after browsing their site, I think I’m head over heals for the one you are wearing; you look better in it than the model on the site!

I try really hard not to allow myself to get too tired when I cannot allow myself some sleep, because I suffer from migraines that can get 10x worse if I haven’t gotten my sleep. So, when I’m totally exhausted, I usually get one and then the only thing I can do is sleep.

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