MamaHood Monday Vol 13

As bittersweet as it is, Rosalie’s first birthday is fast approaching. (I will probably be crying off an on all day on her birthday) I never thought a year could fly by so quickly and also be filled with so many lessons!

In honor of the big ONE the next few Mondays leading up to her birthday I thought I would share my 12 favorites – products, memories, and things about Rosalie. This week I have put together my 12 go-to items for babies first year > read on for all the details on each item…

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<a href="http://Munchkin Latch Natural Shaped Pacifier – 2 CT” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Latch Pacifiers– I was totally skeptical about these at first, but they were and still are Rosalie’s favorite. I love that there is not hard plastic on these so if she rolls over on one it will not hurt and they have also held up really well!

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<a href="http://Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Notebook Black/Gold” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Boppy Breastfeeding Pillow – This will save your arms and shoulders when you are feeding your little one every 3 hours. I never registered for one because I thought they were not necessary, but I sure changed my tune quick! The cover is also removable so it is easy to keep clean.

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<a href="http://Babygoal Pacifier Clips Solid Color(3 Pack) Fits All Pacifier Styles for Girls And Boys PS01” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Pacifier Clip –These little things are not a necessity, but they sure make our lives easier as sometimes Rosalie will pop out her suckie to talk of snack or what have you and this prevent us have to wash her pacifier each time.

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<a href="http://Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer, Fast” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Bottle Warmer – This is an item that we ordered after Rosalie was a few weeks old and I wish we would have had it from the beginning. I was not able to produce enough breast milk so we used formula and this thing made life so much better. it is so quick and simple to use – one of the best buys for us indeed!

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<a href="http://Hudson Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets, Foxes” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Muslin Baby Blankets – This one can totally depend on your baby, but Rosalie ran hot so rather than thick cotton or fleece blankets we preferred muslin. I also prefer these as they are usually bigger than a regular baby blanket and also have better prints

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<a href="http://Safety 1st 1st Grooming Kit, Arctic Blue” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Baby Grooming Kit– Helpful for the obvious reasons! 🙂 be sure to clip your little ones nail once they are asleep, so much easier.

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<a href="http://Lappi Baby Lounger/Bed Bassinet – Giraffes Unisex Baby Nest – 100% Cotton Cosleeping Baby Bed – Breathable & Hypoallergenic Sleep Nest – Newborn Lounger Pillow” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Baby Nest – there are many variations of these, but the idea is all the same, make your little one feel surrounded for easier sleeping. Totally worth the money, made putting Rosie to bed so much easier!

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<a href="http://Infantino Spiral Activity Toy, Blue” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Car Seat Toy – Not a must have, but definitely makes car rides and trips to the store more exciting for your little one.

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<a href="http://Dreambaby Clip On Stroller Fan, Black w/Silver” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Car Seat Fan– So nice for the hotter months, and we all know that a comfortable baby is a happy baby so i was all for this thing. Works really well and the blades are foam so no risk of your little one getting hurt

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<a href="http://Carter’s Baby Newborn-9M Hooded Sherpa Pram Sleep & Play 6 Months” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Warm Winter Wear – Just like keeping baby cool in the summer, we also have to make sure they are warm and toasty in the winter. Love little suits like this is the colder weather as they keep Rosie really warm, and they are also so freaking cute!

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<a href="http://American Baby Company Waterproof Fitted Crib and Toddler Protective Mattress Pad Cover, White” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad – This may sound like overkill since most crib mattresses are waterproof, but I layer the sheets on Rosalie’s bed (crib mattress, sheet, mattress pad, sheet) and it makes it so much easier if I need to change the sheets in the middle of the night.

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<a href="http://Munchkin 2 Piece Snack Catcher, Blue/Green” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Baby Snack Cups – Now that Rosalie can feed herself snacks these cups are so awesome. she can still access her treats, but they don’t go everywhere. thank you to the great person that invented this!

So there you have it! are any of these things ones that you also loved? or are your favorites ones I did not mention? I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂
-Allison

Healthy Changes…

After becoming a mom, and also getting close to turning 30 I am trying to make some better choices for myself and my family. This means improved eating habits, staying active, and also taking care of my mind. Today, I wanted to share some of the healthy changes I have been making, and I few I hope to start doing.

  1. water, water, water! I am a big water drinker and am currently  trying to get back to how much I drank each day before my pregnancy (I had bad morning sickness and some days could not even keep down water) Lately, the only way I drink water is with tons of lemon – this in itself has its own health benefits – but I think is it so refreshing and I love having lemons in the house all the time 🙂
  2. One treat a day – I will be the first one to admit that I can go a bit crazy with junk food and sweets so I have been trying for the past few years to limit myself to one treat a day. Now my definition of treat can vary from yours, but if I have coffee with sugar in the morning that is usually it for the day. I definitely still indulge on occasion, but everything in moderation
  3. Look at the food you are buying – This one is huge in our house! we always look at ingredients and try to find the most healthy, least processed food possible. We are really trying to stay away from packaged food (my withdrawal from chips has been rough) and we have recently decided to start only shopping at Sprouts (similar to Whole Foods but much more affordable)
  4. Be active and feel accomplished – this is a goal I am still working towards as I do have a 9-5 that requires me to sit at a desk each day, and this does not mean you need to go to the gym ( I loath the gym) For me this means I need to do something each day that makes me feel accomplished; whether that is working on a DIY project, mowing the lawn, actively playing with Rosie. Being active does not have to do with loosing weight or any of that BS, it is more about feeling good about the day when your head hits the pillow.
  5. Stop being your own worst critic – This one is the hardest for me because as the saying goes “doubt will kill more dreams that failure ever will” I get really excited about projects and once I encounter a roadblock I will start to loose steam. I am not one to give up on things, but I can easily feel discourage, but that is going to change! everyone starts somewhere and if other people can have success so can I 🙂
  6. remove yourself from negative situations – a healthy mind is SO important and negative people and situations will do nothing for you. I will fess up to the fact that on occasion I am a gossip, but lately I have really been trying to let things good and focus on the things that bring me happiness.

What are some healthy goals you have? Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday.

-Allison

Currently Loving : My Favorite OPI reds

Red nail polish is such a classic. From a very young age I admired women with manicured nails is all shades of red and I partial think my passion for old Hollywood has to do with the red nails and lips! These days there are so many shades of red with so many undertones I thought I would share a free of my “ride or die” reds from the OPI brand.

My Chihuahua Bites (on the very left)- The red with a pink undertone, really love this for summer on fingers or toes

Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It (second to the left) – hand down my favorite orange red! Looks so great anytime of year and the name is too cute

I STOP for Red – (third) the perfect classic red, very traditional with a pretty neutral undertone but wears beautifully.

Bastille My Heart – (last one on the right) such a gorgeous deep red. So pretty in the fall or winter – but it’s a free country, wear it whenever you want 😁

I am really trying to discover other great nail polish colors and brands, I would love to hear you favorite

-Allison

My Favorite Pinterest Recipes

Poor Man’s Stew– so simple to throw all the ingredients into a crock pot and at the end of the day have a delicious dinner – and the leftovers are even better!

Dill Pickle Dip – oh. my. god. this dip is so good! with some classic lays potato chips you will not be able to stop eating it

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich a healthier version of one of my favorites. The grapes and almonds take it to the next level and it is a great easy meal once made.

Skinny Banana, Oatmeal and Chocolate cookies – love this for over ripe bananas, and the best part is all the ingredients are in the title! such a better alternative to regular cookies

Buffalo Chicken Dip – be warned! if you make this you will be addicted and people will never stop asking you for it. Tastes like a buffalo hot wing with ranch dressing turned into a dip. (i suggest breaking out the “fat pants” for this treat 😉 )

I would love to hear some of you favorite Pinterest discovered dishes – so much food, so little time! 🙂

you can also follow all my boards for Pinterest here.

-Allison

MamaHood Monday – Vol 12

Today’s MamaHood Monday post is not about Mom’s particularly, but Mom’s and Dad’s (or Dad’s and Dad;s, or Mom’s and Mom’s) Since father’s day was yesterday I thought I would share some ways Jerrod and I are able to build a stronger relationship after baby.

  1. Compliments and saying thank you-  Honestly, who does not appreciate a compliment. This can be a compliment for anything, but I make it a point to thank/compliment Jerrod for small things all the time.
  2. Verbally recognize each other for being a good parent and partner – we all go through phases where you feel like less than a great parent so hearing encouragement from your partner can really feel good.
  3. ask if they need help – I am sure that we can all tell when our partners are getting frustrated or overwhelmed with baby, so instead of snapping at each other out of frustration just ask “do you need help” I have noticed that just asking this or hearing it can help to calm the situation – it feels good to know your partner is paying attention.
  4. Learn to let each other parent – there are no two people that parent exactly alike, and I am a control freak so this way VERY hard for me. I always wanted to jump in and do it myself because I thought my way was “better” but as Ro has grown older I have learned that my way is no better than Jerrod’s  just different and that is okay.
  5. Make time together quality – What I mean by this is make the time you have together really matter. That means dinner at the table with no TV on, or just talking about your day before bed. I completely understand the habit of picking up your phone to just endlessly scroll, but it can make such a difference in your day and relationships to be present in the moment
  6. Know your partners love language – this sounds weird, but it totally helps! you can take a free test online and it will help you understand your partner  more. Mine is quality time, and Jerrod’s is physical love (hug, kisses, etc.) I really think this has made a difference and it is such a more simple way to understand what your partner needs when they are not feeling the love.

What are some things that your and your partner do since having a little one that help your relationship?

-Allison

DIY projects on my to do list

I am a lover of most do-it-yourself projects, but there is something about summer that gets me extra pumped! I truly feel fulfilled when I am able to create things on my own. Below are my top 7 projects I am hoping to complete in the next several months. You can find them all here on my “Fake it ’til you make it” Pinterest board. Happy DIY-ing!

img_5247This dress made out of slips is not so much a DIY but a major source of inspiration when I am out thrifting. This is so gorgeous and all it took was a little imagination 🙃

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This cute llama rock / paper weight / whatever you want to use it for. It puts a smile on my face and what other reason do you need!

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unique and super cute garden signs. Sometimes I need all the help I can get! 😉

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a pom pom basket – what else needs to be said? This thing is amazing

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Wood and leather mason jar vases. These would be so awesome outside!

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fruit slice umbrellas – would be so cute for Rosalie’s first birthday

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and finally Aspen candle holders; simple and chic for the patio or can be used around the holidays as well.

Do you have any DIYs you are excited to complete this summer?

-Allison

Style / Beauty : What I am Loving for Summer

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Summer is in full swing and I love to look at all the new items launching every year. If you have visited BFB before you know that I rarely shop regular retail stores, I am all about thrifting, but I thought I would share a few of my favorites from ASOS, Anthropology, and Target.

What are some pieces you are dying to pick up for summer?

Striped Pom Pom tote

Yellow swing dress 

Teal ruffle dress 

Grey heeled western boot 

Lemon Print Jeans – so amazing!

Black wool Aztec hat

Metal and Wood Earrings 

Red White and Blue swimsuit

Nude Fanny Pack

Sandals

Thanks for reading

-Allison