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November 2016

Top 5 Baby Items I’m Loving this Month- November

November has came and went. Like literally, I blinked and it was gone! POOF! Just like that! The month of November is always a busy month. This past month we celebrated my daughter’s birthday as well as my own. We also hosted Thanksgiving for the first time. And James turned 7 months old. Which means milestones! He’s officially sitting up on his own unassisted. He’s beginning to drink from a sippy cup. And just this past weekend he’s cut 2 teeth. WOWZERS! With all that being said, I have had a lot of baby items I’ve found new appreciation for! So since I completely forgot to do this for October, I thought I would be good and get my Top 5 in for November! So here we are! My Top 5 Baby Items I’m Loving for November!!!!

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  1. Boppy Pillow- I really think I underestimated the Boppy Pillow when I first heard about it. I mean, I knew you used it as a nursing pillow and it was great for when James was doing tummy time….but now that he is sitting up on his own I appreciate it even more! I love being able to sit him in the pillow so that he can sit on the floor and play with his toys without being cooked up in his Exersaucer or bouncy seat for too long. Plus I still use it when I hold James for his feedings because it just makes it that much more comfortable for me. If you are a new mom, or getting ready to become a mom, I highly suggest getting one of these or including it on your baby registry. It is definitely worth every penny!

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  1. Playgro Baby High Chair Spinning Toy- I love this so much for James. It’s perfect because it keeps James occupied while I’m preparing his meals. He could be screaming his head off and as soon as I stick it in front of him he is instantly engaged. It is also great because it has a suction cup you can attach to the high chair tray so it is not as easy to knock over onto the floor which has become one of James’s favorite past times!

 

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  1. Not a Baby Item but-Selsun Blue- James had a pretty bad case of cradle cap that we could not get to go away. We were using an oatmeal based shampoo along with some oil on his scalp and it just wasn’t doing the trick. So following the suggestion of our pediatrician, we started using Selsun Blue and let me tell you, this stuff truly works. James is now flake free so we just have it on stand by now. But if your little one is suffering from cradle cap I suggest mentioning this to your pediatrician and giving it a try!

 

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  1. Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo- This little robot is one of James’s favorites! Its so cute because I could be sitting with James on one side of the room and if he sees his BeatBo on the other side he will just smile and smile and smile! I love that it plays music and has fun flashing lights that really grabs James’s attention. But what I love even more is that it is also an educational toy. It teaches colors, numbers and letters in fun little catchy songs. I won’t lie, I find myself singing along at times. Actually, let’s make that most of the time….but I’m not alone! Dad sings along too! Hahah (Sorry Adam!)

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  1. Sassy Teething Feeder- I love this little teether so much because it allows me to help ease James’s teething pain while giving him something nutritious at the same time. So far, all I have used is frozen bananas but James absolutely loves them! He can’t get enough and it’s so cute watching him munch on his frozen nanners! If you have a little one who is teething and want to try a more natural remedy to teething pain then this is perfect for you! We don’t even bother with Orajel anymore!

 

Do you have any baby items that are/were your favorite for your 7 month old? I would love to hear what you found useful! Go ahead and share below in the comments! J  I’m always on the lookout for useful baby items!

November 29, 2016
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10 Signs You Are a Working Mom

Working moms are a breed all their own. (Or should I say all our own? Ha!) If you ask me, it’s not very difficult to single us out, and if you are one of us, forget about it! You just know. But how might you ask? Well, I can tell you that there are some characteristics and similarities that all of us working moms possess. Maybe as you read these you might nod in acknowledgement. If you find the time to read this that is. Am I right?!?!

Well on with the list……10 Signs You Know You Are a Working Mom! 

1.       The fact that you even want to read this! No seriously though, would you even consider reading this if this wasn’t the case…just sayin!

 

2.       Your breast pump bag has now become one of your everyday work accessories, extra parts and all! You lug that beast with you every day to work like it’s going out of style. This along with your purse, lunch bag and work bag makes you the official working mom bag lady!

 

3.       You now carry breast milk. Yes, little bottles of breast milk for your little one. You carry them in your little cooler with its ice packs and you carry them proudly. You might even store them in the employee fridge and your fellow co-workers LOVE you for it! Just kidding. It totally freaks them out.

 

4.       Your days are long….I mean lllooooonnnnGGGG-UUHHH! You wake up at the crack of dawn to nurse or in my case pump. Then you proceed with getting ready for your work day….you know, showering and getting dressed for the day ahead. This is a luxury to most moms. Finding the time to shower and to wear anything besides yoga pants can be hard at times for us mothers! Then, after you complete your long work day, you come home to tend to your little ones until it is time for bed time. This leads into #5!

 

5.       You become a night owl. Not by choice but by necessity. Once you get your little one to bed, that’s when you get sh*t done! Laundry, dishes, chores….all that fun stuff…its done at night! For me, that means staying up way later than when my body tells me! Which then leads into #6.

 

6.       The Mombie. You know, it’s the zombie version of a mom. You are soooo tired from staying up late and then having to wake up at 5am in the morning that you’re like a walking, talking…..well mumbling….version of your true self. It truly is amazing you get anything done, but you keep trucking along because you know you must.

 

7.       Free time? What free time? I’ll tell you what free time….it’s your morning and evening commute to and from work! You look forward to it! You enjoy it! You actually wish it was longer!! This is the one time that you are under no obligations whatsoever! Besides obeying traffic laws of course. But this is your time, you can listen to whatever music you want as loud as you want. You can think about the day and just unwind. I LOVE it!

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8.       During your 9 to 5, you find yourself scrolling through pictures of your little one on your phone. I mentioned this once before and I’ll mention it again. I do this ALL the time! I miss my little guy so much while I am at work and I find myself sneaking little peaks at my phone just so I can see his precious little face and picture him in my arms.

 

9.       You NEVER pack your lunch. Because who has time for that right?! Certainly not you! You reminisce of the days when you packed your Mason jar salads every day of the week, complete with every color of the rainbow and jam packed with nutritional value. Now, by the time I get my little man to bed I’m too tired to think about packing lunch. Besides, I have other more important things to do. And in the morning I’m still exhausted because I had to wake up early to take care of my motherly duties (pumping/ nursing). So I buy lunch EVERY day. It’s getting quite expensive actually.

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10.   Coffee is your new best friend. With the lack of sleep and the long hours coffe is an absolute necessity. You need it like plants need water and drink at least 2-3 cups a day. Big cups. For me, this means I make a cup for my morning commute. I finish it before I even make it to work because I can actually drink it uninterrupted so once I get to work I buy more. Then, around midafternoon, if I still feel in a slump I go for more. Yeah, my coffee mug is an accessory along with my breast pump bag. So what?! Coffee is gooooood!!

 

So, there you have it! If you are exhibiting any of these signs then it is very likely you are a working mom. And with that, it is also very likely you are a super woman! Be proud! Hang in there. Remember you are not alone and there are other working moms out there going through all of the same things you are. If you know another working mom, be supportive of her. We need other moms to share our experiences with… to laugh and cry with because being a working mom can be hard, funny, enlightening and frustrating all at the same time!

Do you have anything you want to add to this list? It’s kind of funny to think of how much your work life changes once you become a mom. I know I didn’t cover it all so if I missed something feel free to comment below! Thanks for reading!

 

 

November 17, 2016
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A Gift Guide for New Moms + GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

With the holidays being right around the corner, now is the perfect time to be planning out your gift lists for all those special people in your circle! And I don’t know about you, but this usually gives me the pre-holiday jitters because let’s face it, gift giving during the holidays can be overwhelming sometimes! But you’re in luck! If you have a new mom you’re planning on shopping for this Christmas I have just the thing for you! Here is my gift guide for new moms…..AND……drum roll please……A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Here are some of my favorite items that I’ve found useful during my second round of motherhood and other items that I thought were just plain cute! Also, be sure to check out the giveaway info at the end!

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B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Black Diamond- This bag truly is my “BFF”. I have this bag in “The Countess” print and let me just say that not only is it functional, it is absolutely gorgeous! It’s a diaper bag that I don’t mind to carry! It will keep you both organized and stylish while on the go with your little one!

 

 

 

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Q & A a Day for Moms- I have the Q & A a Day 5 Year Journal which is great because for each day there is a prompt with a question that you answer with enough slots to last for 5 years. Q & A a Day for Moms is even better because it is specifically for busy moms like myself, who have every intention of keeping a well maintained and up to date baby book for their little one but can’t quite find the time to religiously keep up with it. With Q & A a Day you answer a question and you’re done! It only takes a few minutes which makes it wonderful! Piece of cake!

 

 

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Mama Bear Necklace- This bronze Mama Bear necklace from Tag You’re It Jewelry is sure to please! It’s so adorable and perfect for the new mom in your life! What makes this necklace even more special is you can have it customized with her little one’s names on the back! Can we all just pause for a moment and say…….”AWWWW!”

 

 

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Casetify Custom Phone Case- When it comes to a customized phone case, I love my Casetify New Standard Case…..it’s cute and functional and FUN!! For $40 you get a bumper along with an interchangeable back plate that is customizable! Once you have the bumper you can purchase additional back plates for $15 a piece! What’s even better is the shipping is FREE! Here’s a case that I made that shows pictures of my family. LOVE!

 

 

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Mama Makeup Bag- Mama needs her make up bag! Best make it a cute make up bag like this one from Salty Martini on Etsy. This canvas make up bag comes in small, medium or large with a vintage style metal zipper. Can we say CUTE?!?

 

 

 

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Sophie the Giraffe- This is a must have for every new mom! I love the vintage look of this teether and my little one loves the squeaky noise it makes! The dark and light contrasting colors are also great to engage your newborn! This is sure to be a hit for both mom and baby!

 

 

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Mom Life Coloring Book- Because you need to laugh! Being a mom can be stressful and coloring is a great way to relieve some of that stress. Why not do it with a coloring book that will make you smile as well?

 

 

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Baby’s Infinity Nursing Scarf- This infinity scarf is perfect because not only is it cute for mom, it doubles as a nursing cover making it functional as well! This scarf provides full coverage for mom while nursing but still allows mom to make eye contact with her baby. And did I mention that it’s cute? Because it truly is!

 

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New Mom Safety Pin Necklace- This sterling silver necklace by Dogeared is the perfect way to celebrate the new mom in your life! What a perfect little necklace for any new mom! I might just add this to my wish list!

 

 

 

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Momagenda Day Planner- Ok, I’ll admit it! I’m a planner junky. I love planners! Especially this day planner for moms! What a stylish way to stay organized, especially if you prefer to stay organized the old fashioned way, with pen and paper! With several different styles and sizes to choose from, you can’t go wrong!

I hope you’ve found this guide useful. If not, maybe it gave you some other ideas for gifts to give to that new mom in your life! As always, thanks for reading! And don’t forget to enter our giveaway! Please see below for more details!

 

 

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Be sure to hop around and check out my mama friends below for their version of a gift guide for new moms.

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November 1, 2016
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