As of today my little mermaid is 3 months old. These past three months feel like they’ve flown by but also like they dragged on. That’s odd I know. Every day feels like it will never end when you have a newborn. You’re sleep deprived and it feels like it’s always gonna be this way. Then one day you wake up and your baby is 3 months old. It hits you out of nowhere. Plus my oldest turns 5 next month. Times flies y when you’re a parent.
Charlie was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 8 weeks old so the past 4 weeks have definitely been an adjustment. She was put in a Pavlik harness the day she was diagnosed. I’m not gonna lie and say it was easy. I even cried because no one wants to see their child impaired in the slightest. I’m aware things could be much worse but it’s hard enough being a mother to a newborn without facing any type of hardship. You ‘re sleep deprived, your body has been destroyed, you’re constantly feeding, changing and caring for your baby. The hardest part honestly is changing her diaper but I’ve learned to master it. I was also pretty sad I couldn’t put her in any of the cute outfits I had for her. She can only wear onesies under the harness because her feet and legs are covered with the braces. The good news is that she gets them off in about 3 weeks. It could’ve been so much worse if we caught it later. If you have a newborn, are pregnant or know someone with a newborn then please please make sure you use hip friendly products like Embe & Halo sleep swaddles and carrier such as Lille Baby and Ergo.
She’s such a happy baby. She smiles so much. She loves her big sister. She literally lights up when she walks in the room. I can’t wait to see that relationship build and grow. She is now starting to laugh and can follow me with her eyes. I was scared to have another child because I never knew my heart could grow like it has.
I’m a tad late to the game but I suppose that’s what happens when you have multiple kids. I just now received my birth announcements from Tiny Prints and they turned out spectacular. I love the option to feed in all of your addresses from Excel. I also ordered these cute personalized stamps of the kids to send out with our cards to friends and family. I mean look how cute these are. I also opted for scalloped edges and the pearl white shimmer. Currently you can get 40% off with code Candles and free shipping on orders over $49 with code freeship49 so if I were you, I would act on it quick!
So February is pretty much over and I am loving all of these spring trends. The way I see it is if it’s not gonna snow around here then bring on the warm temperatures. I guess God is listening because it’s been in the 70s the past week. We have a chance of tornadoes tomorrow and the hubs is out of town so say a prayer they don’t come.
My favorite trend this month is ruffles! I love them anywhere. Sleeves, skirts, etc. I am loving this ruffle sweater but I will say it’s sort of a crop top. Not above your belly button but right above your pants. Rock it with high waisted pants. I have also linked a few of my favorites from SheIn because you can’t beat their prices.
These boots from Johnston Murphy are my faves right now too because they are roomy in my legs and it’s been so hard for me to find dark brown boots that I like.
I don’t know about you but I’m super excited about spring. More importantly spring fashion. One trend I’m loving right now are Duster coats and vests. This one under $30 from Make Me Chic is an all time fave, mostly because of it’s reasonable price tag. You don’t always have to break the bank to be up to date on trends.
I have linked the rest of the outfit details along with more of my favorite dusters below. Happy Hump Day y’all! xo
Ok first off let me start by saying the best thing a mom can get for Valentine’s Day or any holiday for that matter is a day off from momming. Clean house, clean dishes, clean laundry, kids fed and taken care of, all meals taken care of and a bubble bath with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries wouldn’t hurt. Oh and a massage & spa day. Ok I’m done.
However, IF you wanna get some unique gifts, I’ve got you covered from a mom’s and wife’s standpoint.
We all know mommas love their wine. It’s basically a need along with coffee every day for me and most moms. I’m loving these cute wine glasses, t-shirts and coffee mugs from Banky Girl Creations. I have the “This is my ME time” wine glass and the “Because Kids” coffee mug because well, it’s freaking true. I need coffee because of my children and wine is definitely my me time haha.
I’m not a huge jewelry person but what I do love is personalized jewelry that means something to me. When I heard of Capsul Jewelry and that you can get a necklace or bracelet like THIS, I was sold. So the absolutely cool thing about these necklaces and bracelets is not only that you can customize them to say what you choose, but you can also get in personalized handwriting. I submitted my handwriting to have my name made into a necklace and I can’t wait to see it. I also wanna get my hubs to choose something like I LOVE YOU and put it in his handwriting, I think that would be a very special keepsake. Or even better, if your children can write (mine can’t) then have them do it.
Obsessed with these adorable canvas totes and makeup bags for traveling by Adorn Lee. They have the cutest sayings on them and I carry them everywhere even when I’m not traveling. They have multiple sizes.
These mini druzy studs from Luxa jewelry are staples. You can dress them up or dress them down. I love their boho jewelry.
Mommas love makeup but typically we don’t have time to get all dolled up each day. It’s super easy however to throw on a fun shade of colored lip gloss to give your look a little pow. I’m loving Frankie Rose Cosmetics liquid lipstick. Plus it’s an 8 hour wear because I don’t have time to keep re-applying 😉
In case you don’t get a spa day and even if you do…you definitely need some pampering from Spa Splurge. I personally love their Black Lace Collagen, Gold Collagen Under Eye and Collagen Breast Masks. They are full of anti aging properties and the breast mask is also wonderful for breastfeeding mommas like myself. I can personally attest to the amazing quality of these masks, Simply amazing. My aesthetician recommended them to me and I’m hooked.
What mother doesn’t love pictures of her babies? Of her family? I’m not kidding, I would wallpaper my house in photos if my hubs would let me. I love seeing photos of all the people I love every day. These frames from Framebridge make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. They are such great quality and it’s so easy to just upload your photos directly to their site and have them ship them to you. I bought two regular sized frames (gold and gold bamboo) and two instagram minis and can’t wait to put them up in my living room. I can’t wait to order more when we have family photos done next month. Ohhh don’t forget to use my code NASHWIFE15for 15% off your first order.
Like I said…I love personalized jewelry. I love that you can put whatever you want on these rings from Shay Designs. (I also love their necklaces) I have two with my daughter’s names on them.
I’m not kidding, I own 4 sweatshirts and 3-4 tees from ILY Couture. They are so soft and so classic. One of my favorite are the Wifeyones even though clearly I love them all. Plus my mom is the best life sweatshirt is on sale!!!
The perfect spa day at home essentials are THIS robe, THESE candles and one of THESE bath bombs. Then shut the door and let her be. These candles are all over my house and smell divine. I can’t get enough.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day my loves! It’s just another day so no pressure but definitely spend it with the ones you love and cherish Xoxo.
You would think because I already have a child I would be completely prepared when it comes to baby needs. Uh a little bit I guess but so many new things have came out since I had K almost 5 years ago. I did a lot of research on what’s new and what’s worth it so I wanted to share my findings. I also plan on doing a part two because these are for the first few months and honestly, I couldn’t fit everything single thing I wanted in this round up. There have been so many new developments. Also gonna give some honorable mentions because I think they are amazing but Baby C didn’t agree. (That doesn’t mean your baby won’t, they’re picky that way) So….let’s dig into it, shall we?
This is the #1 – rated infant car seat and features premium zipper accents for added style and convenience. It is intended for newborns from 4-30 lbs with a newborn insert 4-11 lbs. We love our Chicco Key-fit infant seat. Also we purchased the Liteway Plus Stroller which is compatible with the carseat and you can use it as a sturdy umbrella stroller when the baby is big enough. Umbrella strollers are usually so flimsy and the other strollers are so bulky. This was a happy medium for us and it fits in the smaller trunk of my car with room to spare. Plus it’s easy to pop up and down for quick trips in the mall etc.
“The KeyFit® 30 Zip also features a quick – remove seat pad that is machine – washable for easy cleanup. One – pull harness tightening and loosening in the car seat allow for quick fitting, and the infant insert gives extra support for a smaller baby.”
Hands down one of my favorite new products I’ve discovered, if not my most favorite one. Before Charlie was born I wanted a Halo bassinet (honorable mention #1) beside my bed because I didn’t wanna put her in her crib in another room for a few months. A friend of mine asked if I had heard of the Dockatot and I said I had not. (It came out since my last child) I looked it up but didn’t think much of it again, being very confident my baby would sleep in her bassinet. Guess what?! She didn’t. She had 20 minute bursts of sleep and that was it. So luckily I had received a Dockatot and started letting her nap in that beside of me. Um, golden. I’m not kidding. They aren’t paying me to say good things, but I am. It is the only thing my daughter will sleep in. The worst part is I fear she will outgrow it before long so I am upgrading to the bigger one.
Plus, good news for ole paranoid me is we can safely co-sleep. I keep my hand on her almost all night. Yes I’m aware I’m a tad crazy. It has been safety tested and is 100% breathable. It’s protective sides aid back positioning while preventing the baby from rolling out of bed, getting caught between the bed and the wall, or wriggling down under the covers. The sides also prevent the parents from rolling on top of the baby.Also unlike soft adult mattresses, the firm Sleepyhead® mattress reduces the risk of suffocation. You can view it’s approved safety standards HERE.
Here are it’s many, many benefits: perfect for traveling or moving room to room, helps transitioning to bed when older, helps with tummy time. We are obsessed.
I may not have two babies but my older child is lazy and still uses a stroller when we go to Disney or the zoo. It was a no brainer that I would need to invest in a double stroller for the two. I love the Cosatto Supa Dupa stroller because well for starters look at all the fun patterns, but most importantly it accommodates newborns with its newborn nester and also older children. One of my favorite features is Supa Dupa’s multimedia gadget pocket with speaker plus ‘Window-on-the-World’ hood display pockets for pictures or films to entertain children. You can stand it upright when not in use and also it’s lightweight aluminium chassis with carry handle makes transportation a breeze. Read all about the features HERE. There are so many cool things about this stroller.
One of the most annoying things about running around with a newborn that can’t sit up is lugging around that heavy infant seat. Also let’s talk about how unsafe it is to sit the carseat at the front of the cart because it risks falling off. Then if you try to put it inside the cart, you have no room for your groceries, etc. Binxy Baby easily clips onto most shopping carts and hangs elevated so you have plenty of room for groceries while securing your baby. After your done, it rolls up to fit in your purse or diaper bag. It also meets or exceeds all applicable safety standards.
Most of my friends didn’t have kids yet when I was pregnant the first time. When I became pregnant with Charlie I asked them what was their favorite baby item since things had changed so much in five years. One of the consistent answers is the Fisher Price Rock N Play. Every single person said their children napped so well in it. I was sent one a few weeks ago and they were right. This particular one I received is too cool for school though because it has a remote control from your smart phone, rocks by itself and has a projection on the canopy. I mean, it’s pretty awesome.
Our daughter was diagnosed with hip dysplasia last week and we didn’t realize most infant carriers aren’t “hip healthy.” Luckily we had a Lille baby carrier and as you can see in the photo above, both legs are in a hip friendly position. The Lille baby carrier has solid support for your baby and you, while it also easily transforms as your child grows (from birth through the toddler years.) The lumbar support is amazing for your health, especially if you have back problems like I do.
Yes, I am that crazy Pinterest mom that makes her baby’s food. Or at least I was with K for the first few months. I fully intend on it with Charlie too, especially since I keep hearing all of these recall alerts on baby food. I’ve tried a couple different options, including my Vitamix.The Babycook Pro prepares healthy meals for your child in 15 minutes. You can prepare 18 servings in one batch. Not only does it puree baby food, but it also blends in many different sizes. On top of all that, you can use it to defrost food and warm /sterilize bottles. Clean up is quick plus it’s top rack dishwasher safe.
I also have the Beaba Multiportions to freeze and store foods. This is a baby food game changer.
Attention crazy paranoid moms like myself. This thing will save your sanity…or make you more obsessive, I’m not sure which one is better. I personally would rather be obsessive than constantly checking to see if my baby is breathing. Wait I guess that’s also defined as obsessive. Oh well, it makes me feel better to know I have covered all my bases to keep my baby bug safe. The Owlet is a smart sock connected to your phone or tablet designed to notify you if your baby’s oxygen levels or heart rate fall out of range. It also has clinically proven technology. You probably know it at the little red light that they clip on your finger at the doctor’s office.
Hopefully you can get better rest at night knowing it’s designed to notify you right on your phone. Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t sleep with their phone right beside them?! Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t sleep with their phone right beside them?! ! The wireless Smart Sock comes in multiple sizes to grow with baby and fits snugly on their foot while it tracks their heart rate and oxygen levels while sleeping. Here is a list of frequently asked questions.
Like I said before, our little one was diagnosed with hip dysplasia last week. Hip dysplasia is a problem with formation of the hip joint. Causes can include family history, babies in breech position and low or lack of amniotic fluid (Charlotte’s case). Even if your baby was not born with it, improper swaddling can also result in HD. The outcome later in life can result in surgery to realign bones or a hip replacement. This Embe Baby Swaddle is perfect because it doesn’t restrict her legs and keep them straight like most swaddles. That can strongly affect the hips in babies and make cases like hip dysplasia even worse. It can also go in between the legs and just swaddle the arms.
These award winning baby cards consists of 30 photo cards that you can use to document your baby’s first year in weeks, months and most memorable moments. Just add this card to your baby pictures and you will have a photo to remember all the important milestones. They are available in 11 languages in over 33 countries.
My two favorite nursing cover.car seat cover, cart cover companies. I love these things and both of these brands have the cutest patterns. I love that they are so versatile and you can use them for so many different baby related tasks. I am obsessed.
Let’s talk about for momma now…you would be lying if you said you were happy about your post baby body. If you lost it all and look like a supermodel, then good for you. I don’t. I’ve lost most of the weight but my stomach still looks like a beer gut. I love my Belly Bandit BFF wrap, it has definitely aided in shrinking my waistline. It’s also helpful for c-section recovery. They have many different styles but the BFF is my fave because I’m a short waisted gal. Those corset belly wraps are basically one size and if you don’t fit in it, you’re screwed. The belly bandit comes in regular sizes (XS-L) and it has velcro so it’s more flexible. I’m an small to give you an idea. I also own their Mother Tucker leggings and I loveeee them too. They basically suck in my belly but are seamless under my clothes. Bye bye muffin top.
Mommas you need to take care of yourself after the baby is born. A healthy baby needs a healthy momma. Bella B makes some amazing newborn products and even better products for postnatal care. I love the Soothing Breast Wipes, Mama Soak, Bee Relieved Perineal Healing Spray and Nipple Nurture. The breast wipes and nipple nurture are for breastfeeding moms to soothe the irritation to your nipples that we all know it can do. The spray and soak are perfect for mommas who have had a vaginal delivery to relieve and soothe damaged areas. The Squeaky Bee baby wash is a fave also and is currently what we use to bathe Baby C.
Also wanted to include a couple items I received that have been so useful with the new baby. The Baby Pibu travel essentials set developed by a dermatologist is the perfect TSA approved sized items for your diaper bag. It includes: Pibu’s Bathtime Wash 2oz; Pibu’s Baby Butter 2oz; Hydrating Ointment 1oz; Bottom Balm 1oz. Speaking of diaper bags, this JujuBe BFF diaper bag is one of my favorite bags because it basically it will be your new BFF. Here is why… it’s features:
Front mommy pocket holds keys (stretch key fob) and sunglasses (cleans lenses too!) with plenty of room for more!
Memory foam changing pad included … nice ‘n comfy, super cushy.
Quick reach pocket for cell phone.
2 exterior insulated bottle pockets … with Thinsulate by 3M. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure!
Unique main zipper closure system makes for easy access.
Picture pocket to keep photos handy when bragging to friends.
Detachable and adjustable messenger strap has removable memory foam shoulder pad & can be shortened to tote strap length.
Optional shoulder straps … so versatile!
Inside organization includes 4 gusseted pockets, 3 zippered pockets & lots of wide open space!
Back pocket works great for diapers and wipes organization.
Structured bottom with luggage feet.
Teflon™ fabric protector … helps repel stains.
Agion® treatment protects the liner by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
Crumb Drains … bye-bye mess!
Gold Metal Hardware … we don’t trust any of the cheap plastic stuff.
Light-Colored Linings … you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there.
Machine Washable … air dry.
Shop this post below!!! Hope you guys enjoyed my top picks this pregnancy. Xoxo
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If you’re anything like me when you get invited to a baby shower, you always panic because A. you wanna be the cool person who finds a way to get creative with the registry. B. You don’t wanna just get a gift card (Ps. that’s me. I always end up with the gift card) However, I have some amazing baby shower gift ideas for you that the baby will love and the momma will love you for too!
I just gave birth 8 weeks ago and I know how beneficial these products have been for me and my baby girl.
The Munchkin STEP diaper pail has such a sleek design it can fit in any nursery theme and the best part is that it has the best odor control due to their lavender scented baking soda cartridge. Also they have the ONLY dual-refill compatible self sealing system. Side note: For every single diaper pail that Munchkin sells, they will plant a tree. I personally have 2-3 diaper pails because those babies stink up your house so much, DO NOT put them in your trash. You will regret it. A diaper pail is a must.
One of the greatest new adventures of a new baby for the parents and baby is bath time. It’s a special time that they can bond and unwind for the evening, creating long standing rituals. Sesame Street Naturals B is for Bubble Bath, Tip, Tummy & Toe 2-in-1 and Spray Me Lotion are perfect for bedtime bath rituals. B is for Bubble Bath is paragon, phthalate, tear and sulfate-free and helps soften and protect skin with shea butter and aloe. Tip, Tummy & Toe 2-in-1 is an instant foam that cleanses and moisturizes your baby. It was also voted “Best Foamer” by parents.com. Spray Me Lotion has a trigger spray that toddlers will love helping with. It is light enough for baby’s skin to avoid irritation. Go HERE to buy 2 & save $4.
The Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360 Sippy Cup is a HUGE hit with my preschooler. She loves that it resembles mommy and daddy’s big stainless steel cups. I love that it is dishwasher safe, keeps her drinks cold or warm and keeps mold out of her cups, It is the perfect on the go sip cup for her. Now for Baby C, the Munchkin Latch Bottle is formulated to mimic breastfeeding for the baby, which is perfect for us since she is breastfed. The nipple moves and pumps just like the breast for a dead on and continuous latch. It makes it very easy to transition between bottle and breast. We also received a Munchkin Stainless Steel Bottle Brush with a removable head. It is extremely durable and gets in all the hidden spots. Plus the detachable head is great because you don’t have to throw the brush away, you can just replace the head when needed.
Now my favorite item sent is the Fisher Price Premium Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper with Smart Connect. It is a portable, inclined sleeper that rocks by itself and a projection shown on the sleeper canopy. It also includes relaxing rocking, calming vibrations with 12 songs and soothing sounds. Smart Connect lets you use your smart phone or tablet to control and customize all the features of the sleeper.
My baby girl loves this and naps in it each day. Her tech nerd daddy was especially impressed with the Smart Connect, self-rocking and projection. It is very soothing and almost every momma I have talked to raves about the Fisher Price Rock ‘n Plays.
Both of my babies have been crazy poopers so diaper rash cream is a must. I’m so paranoid what I put on their little tush though. Mustela Diaper Rash Cream 123 is made with plant based ingredients to help protect, moisturize and strengthen your baby’s skin. Their Hydra Bebe Body Lotion is a best selling daily moisturizer for dry baby skin, also including plant based ingredients.
Their products are 100% safe for mother and child, tested under dermatological and pediatric control. Also, the products are hypoallergenic and formulated to reduce risk of allergic reactions.
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I hope you guys enjoyed this round up of best gift ideas for new mommas. Don’t forget to use the coupon codes! Happy Weekend Loves! Xo
When we moved in our home, I was super excited to decorate and start gutting our house. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the budget. We have had to slowly transform each room. I like to have a certain feel for each room. For our guest room I knew I wanted black and white room I love the look of Old Hollywood glamour. I’ve had all kinds of ideas on how I wanted it to look but I am just now able to continue completing it.
Since we have so many guests that stay in our guest room, I HAD to make it look amazing. My mother in law visits every 4-6 weeks, my parents and all of our friends that come and sleep there. I started with black curtains and frames from Home Goods. I have so many photos scattered around my house of our family, I decided to fill it with something a little different. I opted to use black and white photos of some of my favorite actresses and musicians.
I love how it turned out. Who could have an Old Hollywood room without Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe?!
The perfect addition was my queen platform bed by Safavieh. It’s a sleigh platform style tufted bed. I love the soft grey with mailed embellishments. The grey is a tad greenish/beige and it’s super comfy. My husband put it together in an hour and said it was really great quality. We love this bed! My mother in law has been sleeping in it this week and she is so excited we upgraded. I know my guests will feel so luxurious with our new bed.
Can’t wait to share the new bedding we are getting for it with you guys too. Xo
Hey y’all! I hope you had a wonderful New Year. I have been in such a state of exhaustion I haven’t posted a blog on so long. I think God erases your memory of how difficult newborns are so you choose to have more children. I have not had time to do anything and I feel so overwhelmed. However, I would choose any day to have this perfect baby than any of the things on my to do list.
The good thing is that I can wear normal clothes again! The blue sweater (first photo) I was 9 months pregnant but all these other photos are 3 weeks post partum. I am so excited to explore more winter fashion and start in with all the new spring clothes coming soon.
I’m so obsessed with my Disney princess sweatshirt, I cannot wait to wear it with my Minnie ears at Disney with the girls. Plus it’s under $20!
I am putting out more videos and blogs this next week! Sorry I’ve been MIA friends xoxo
Woo Hoo! Another Nordstrom sale. This one is a really good one too. I’ve found so many good deals and things I love. The sale goes until January 2 so use that Christmas money from your family and get to spending! Everything except one item I’ve listed is not only under $100 but well under it. Especially this leather jacket below that I wear on repeat. It will NEVER go out of style. Enjoy and let me know your favorites 🙂 Xoxo