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December 14, 2018

The Ultimate Baby Registry List

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Where and what do you register for?

We all get this question about 2000 times at the end of our pregnancies. Everyone always asks and whether your a first-time mom or an experienced mama we google it all. Google always has the answers right? All thousand of them, many extra and many with little to nothing.

I won’t go into everything that should register for because items like cribs, dressers and changing tables are pretty much self-explanatory but I will share a few items that I believe every mom should have and where exactly to find them.

Nowadays all the stores are doing baby registries, but my only tip for all of us moms is to find a store that suits you. In my case, this meant a store that helped me through the process of becoming a mom of two and basically made my life easier.

I went to BuyBuyBaby and I was very pleased with my experience and the fact that all of my questions and concerned were answered right there and then. On top of that, I was able to edit my registry online and have my husband add a few items he thought were good as well.

 

 

I know it may seem like a lot, but my hope with this registry is to make your life as a mom easier.

Gear

A travel system: I mentioned this in a previous post but our love for Chicco runs deep. They have affordable pricing, great rated products and they keep our kids very very safe! I trust this brand full heartedly.

Cover: No matter where you live you’ll need a cover. You can get one as big as this one or the one listed if you live somewhere hotter.

Diaper Bag: Diaper Bags are a must. We all love them and have our favorite but for my registry, I usually tend to pick one for daddy. Daddy is always carrying my bag or the car seat (sometimes both) so I love to get something he can feel comfortable carrying around.

Baby Carrier: I wore Bella so much and I can guarantee the same will happen with baby sissy. It’s the best way to get things done around the house. Believe me.

Halo: This is a first-time item for us, we never had it and I remember hurting so bad everytime I had to put Bella down after a feeding. This eliminates the standing up part and bending down. Perfect for C-section mamas.

Rock-and-play: After having a home daycare for years, this is the one product I can’t live without.

Sleep

Mattress: The list of a mattress is pretty extensive everywhere you go. The reason we picked this one for baby sissy is that its a breathable mattress. A must in my books.

Mattress Pad Cover: You cannot forget this. accidents will happen and its very important to have your mattress dry!

Sound machine: Bella still sleeps with her white noise sounds machine, we secretly love it too.

Swaddle Blankets/ Swaddlers:  I love a thin blanket, think again about something breathable

Feeding 

Bottles: In this section, you’ll see two different types of bottles. Find one that assimilates your breast, and do not open them all and wash them! Some babies are very picky and you’ll end up with tons of bottles you may never use. We will be trying Como Tomo for the first time. We used the Playtex drop-ins with Bella so we will see with sissy.

Bottle Warmer: This one is a thermos on the go and it’s amazing!

Burp Cloths: It may be an easily forgotten item but you’ll need close to 6 of these.

Pump: Madela Style Pump. We have this pump and love it!

Storage Bags: A must if you are storing milk when you go back to work.

Cleaning Bags: I don’t remember just how many times we used our cleaning bags. So easy and everything can be cleaned at once. These are also good to sanitize pacis and bottle nipples.

Haakaa Suction cup: First time on this one too. This catches your milk from the other breast while you breastfeed in the other.

Diapering

I mentioned this on IG stories before but Pampers is our go-to brand for diapers and wipes!

Changing pad liners: Again accidents happen and a small newborn has so many.

Oxi Clean: Enough Said!

Must Haves

Do not touch cushion: People love new babies but babies don’t love their germs. I love this and used it so much with Bella.

Carter’s Long-Sleeved onesies: My absolute favorites. Good for anything and everything

Halo Liner: I honestly believe you should have a waterproof liner for everything.

Nose Frida: I cannot express how much you’ll use this. Forget about all the electric ones. This is probably one of the best-made products out there.

Mittens: Any would be great, but those forget these. Most babies are born with long sharp nails. Your chest and their face will thank me.

Thermometer: We had another one when Bella was born and ended up falling in love with how easy and fast this one is, and the refills.

Levana: Just like the breathable mattress, this is for peace of mind. We had this one with Bella and it saved me a lot of sleep. It also scared us a few times but I preferred to get a false alarm than nothing.

Cameras: We will be upgrading our system but are not exactly sure which one to pick. Great thing that Buy Buy Baby has the biggest selection I’ve seen.

Dock-a-tot: Ask for this item. You need to believe me. It’s worth it 1000%. We didnt have this when Bella was born but got it when she was a bit older and it helped a lot. I will be sharing another post about this. It’s that good! I’ve recommended to many that skipped it and then later bought it themselves.

Dreft Pen: I bought this for the first time a while ago and it’s a lifesaver.

Bathing

Wash Cloths: Find your favorite. Something soft and durable. The ladies at Buy Buy Baby recommend these so much.

Tub Support: The girls will most likely be taking a bath together once I’m able to bend down a bit more so this will be perfect.

Blooming Flower: This may not be for everyone, my husband hates it, but I loved it. As a C-section mama, it was heaven sent!

Robe/ Towels: I’m a fan of robes honestly! I love them. Check some of their towels here.

Soothing

This section is pretty small, because I think you, as the mama, will be your baby’s biggest soother, but a paci always helps.

Just like bottles, don’t open them all. Open one of each and try them little by little.

About the Store

This is a very long post as is but I wanted to take the time to actually write about the store. As I’ve mentioned above, many people skip the stores now and just do any big brand store or online. I understand, but I will tell you that my experience with Buy Buy Baby was amazing. I honestly never thought I would love it as much! The attention, the help and more than anything the number of choices you have is over the top.

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I’m a very visual person and being able to see it online and drive to the store  and see it, was just a plus, and last but not least if you are anything like me, more often than not I’m running to the store the morning of a shower and they have everything in stock, with easy returns and free shipping.

Hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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April 25, 2018

The Perfect Little White Dress

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Hey Dolls!!

Every week we patiently, and sometimes not so patiently, wait for the weekend. The time we dedicate to our loved one and everything and everyone we neglected since Monday’s alarm went off.  As much as I have tried not to live for the weekend, I must say it’s pretty hard and the saddest thing is that most of the time it flies by!

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Skirt

Now, every once in a while we get one of those magical weekends and last weekend was one of them. I think we just get to a stage in life that we just enjoy the little things so much more. When we are younger we tend to always be in a rush and the fastest we can go the better. Which always leaves us missing all of life’s beauty! And then we get that spark, that reminds us to stop and look around and just enjoy this season! This moment just as it is! The last-minute unplanned trip will just give you a new perspective on your day!

This weekend we woke up late, I got a much-needed pedicure and manicure and the rest was spent as a family, you know just the best kind of fun!

We made a quick and definitely unplanned trip down to the coast and back on the same day, an outdoor mall with the grandparents and a very late dinner. We finished our weekend off with a lot of God and even a Sunday afternoon nap! Just the sweetest time!

On Sunday I finally got to wear this dress that has been sitting in my closet for the last 3 weeks, and guess what? I loved it even more on!

 

It’s such a perfect dress for spring and even summer. For cooler mornings and evening, you can add a sweater or a jean jacket and still look amazing! Best this is under $25! Yes under $25 !

Dress/ Shoes (wait for a deal or check these out)

Tip: For shoes, I have been going to JCPenny more since they have a lot of sales and $10 off $15 purchase.

Hope you love it as much as I do and be on the look it for more big savings on Spring and Summer outfits!

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February 6, 2018

6 of My All Time Favorite Bloggers

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Happy Tuesday Guys!

A few years ago I discovered this whole blogging world and immediately fell in love! That was before Instagram was ever a thing and a blog post was all there was! So today I want to share those moms that started it all, the ones that introduced me to this world and the blogs I still stalk!

Let’s start from the beginning, from my first ever blogger!

Becky of From Mrs to Mama

Becky no longer blogs but I used to read her blog daily! Her blog was a little bit of everything and I love reading it all. You can read a few of her posts here! Every once in a while I like to go back and read a few of her post. I love the way she writes and paints a perfect picture of what she was trying to say!

Amber of The Massey Spot

Amber still blogs and I still visit her blog often! She changed the name of her blog but her blog is still the same and oh so good! She was pregnant with her twins when I started following her and now she has 2 more sweeties! Her blog is my goal!

 

Veronika of Veronika is Blushing

Veronika has been one of my favorite fashion bloggers since day one! Before I knew there was such a term as fashion bloggers! Her outfits inspired me and made me see the possibilities of new outfits within what I already had!

 

Jessica of Garvin and Co

Jessica was and still is one of my favorite bloggers! I love her blog, her style and I’m usually looking to her for inspiration, great stories and amazing clothes for my little one!

 

Kate of Small Things Blog

Kate is the sweetest person and one of the most inspiring girls ever! She blogs about makeup, hair and even fashion! I remember watching her videos over and over again as I tried to copy the hair tutorial.

Last but not least Heidi of As the Foreste Grows

Heidi no longer blogs, but her Instagram is great! Her blog was also a must read daily for me!

 

Go give them follow them and let me know your favorite bloggers! I love finding new friends to follow!

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January 30, 2018

Raw Mama Moments!

Hey Gals!

Welcome to our new blog series, Raw Mama Moments!

A few months ago I found myself in the middle of the terrible twos and without a clue of what to do. After talking it over with a fellow mama friend, we decided to come up with this series where we throw the mama shame out the window. Lately, our world has been full of judgment and our goal is to stop it here! We all have bad days, and talking about them doesn’t make us bad moms, on the contrary, what we learn on the bad days can help other moms who are going through the same thing.

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Motherhood is the best gift and I’m in love with this stage of life, some parts are better than others just like some are easier or harder. So, here we are. Feel free to join us over on Instagram and share your thoughts on each month subject and what you are going through! And of course, check out all the other super mamas in this series!

I honestly want to share about our little tantrum diva, and her need to have a tantrum when we are taking pictures and then today happened!! Today, Bella had two tantrums which are 2 more than what I needed. She refused to listen and went on her way ignoring all my request!

This always leads me to raise my voice and every once in a while become the annoying mom that spanks! (sorry not sorry) I won’t go on into the spanking subject but it is one of the ways we discipline in our home.

We honestly try a few other routes before we put her in timeout or spank but girlfriend sometimes will not listen to warnings. One thing that’s very important to us, is that we never, never call her any names or put controlling words in our mouth! Controlling words to us are words that will tie her down. We believe the tongue has such great power so we refuse to tell her things like

“you never listen”

“you always misbehave”

“you are being bad”

We cut those out and it’s probably the only tip you’ll find in this post. :))

Now, as smart and witty as our kids are we have to remember they are just that, kids.

On a car ride a few days ago Bella was trying to tell us a story and all the sudden she sighs after trying several times to use a word to explain her feelings. I have kept that image in my head and I try my best to remember that when the tantrum hits. My daughter is a great girl, well behaved and smart as can be but she is a toddler. A toddler that has more words that most kids her age but none the less a pretty little girl who is not yet 3. Who sometimes cannot find the words to express her anger or the way she feels.

Is in no way or form an excuse to let her have as many tantrums as wants to have but it helps me keep it balanced and be a little more understanding and I hope it does for you too. I hope you can take a little of this and enjoy a few of the other mom blogs!

Michelle Olthuis

Amanda Cruz

Christie Bienemann 

 

 

 

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January 18, 2018

Life update!

Hey, guys happy Thursday!

Hope you all had a great week and cheers to Friday eves!! This week was a very short week for us as we were closed for two days in the week. Houston was frozen. Literally. A cold front took us on a wild ride freezing our roads and water pipes. Thankfully our home did not have any damage and we are safe.

Now to talk about something else than the weather.

Valentine’s day

I’m working on a few tutorials I can’t wait to share them with you.

Oils

starting next week I will be posting more about my love for oils! How they are changing our daily life and how they can change yours too! Stick tuned.

New Series

Super excited about this! We are starting a new series with a few friends and I can’t wait to share it. We will be talking about our precious little ones. The ones that made us moms and the ones that bring the gray hairs too.

 

Laundry room update

ugh.. It hasn’t happened! We bought a few baskets and some must haves but that it is.

 

 

That aside this weekend we are celebrating our 9 years, so all is well with the world!!

How was your week?!