Life can get a little crazy during the first couple of months into motherhood. A trip to the store seems nearly impossible when it’s just you and your little baby. Whenever I needed something for my baby I skipped the lines and ordered online. With that being said, Amazon Prime became my best friend! There are so many amazing baby essentials to choose from on Amazon, however, picking the best products can be a little time consuming. I thought it would be a great idea to save you some time! So, here are a couple of Amazon baby essentials that will make your life 10 times easier.
September is coming to an end and Autumn has officially started. Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons. So basic, right? However, this Fall is just a little extra special. There are a couple of reasons why I’ve been anticipating the arrival of this season and I can’t wait to share them with you!
From pumpkin patches to pumpkin spice lattes, I cannot wait for pumpkin EVERYTHING! If you know me IRL (in real life) than you know that I am a big fan of pumpkin pie. Surprisingly, I love the taste of pumpkin which has led me to many pumpkin related traditions!
The Start of the Holidays
The start of the Autumn season is actually a big eye opener. It’s like the opening act of any show. As soon as fall starts, all of the other holidays just start rushing in. I’m never surprised anymore when I see Holiday Decor at stores in the middle of August!
There is just something about having an early sunset that I really enjoy. It might just be that I love the idea of having shorter hours during the day. Whatever it is, I cannot wait for the early sunsets and late sunrises!
Cozy Sweaters and Chilly Days
I’m such a cozy sweater type of girl. I love wearing big cozy sweaters, boots and scarves. After all, fall is totally considered sweater weather!
JuJu’s First Fall
The biggest reason why I’m excited for Autumn this year has to do a lot with Julius. Julius will get to experience fall for the very first time. Although, of course I’m definitely aware that he won’t remember it but all those memories that will be captured are just going to be extra special.
As the fall approaches I can’t stop and think about how quickly this year has gone by. Last year during this time I was in the nesting stage. I remember rearranging JuJu’s nursery about a thousand times. Ohhh how time flies! Now, JuJu is 9 months old and I cannot wait to celebrate this Fall with him!
With that being said, we decided to kick off the start of Fall with a fun little photo-shoot. We took these at a local nature reserve and I am so in love with how they turned out. These were all taken by my husband and I have to admit he did an AMAZING job!
What are some of the things that you love about the Autumn Season? Is it the pumpkin Spice latte, the smell of hot cocoa or sweater weather? Whatever it is, I would love to know!
As a new mom, I can totally relate to those moments where you find yourself with a fussy baby and you have no idea how to sooth their pain. The crying can seem endless and you can’t stop yourself from feeling helpless. It’s okay mamas, I’ve been there many times too! Figuring out how to keep your baby calm is definitely (in my opinion) the hardest thing that motherhood can present you with. So, I wanted to share a few tips that I have and use and do daily to keep my baby calm when the going gets tough.
By far, Baby wearing is the best thing to do for your fussy little babe. All that they really want is to feel comfort from the person they trust the most. The moment that you place them on your chest, they get this sense of security and instant comfort. One of my all time favorite baby carriers is from Amazon. I love the sleepy wrap carrier because it is comfortable, light weight, great quality and unlike many carriers it is insanely affordable! However, there are many other carriers out in the market. Find what fits for your lifestyle and of course for your baby!
Rotate, Rotate, Rotate
Babies are hard to please at times and when having them close to you isn’t working then what are you supposed to do? Well, this has happened to me and the only thing that seems to work is rotating my baby from area to area or from play furniture to play furniture. JuJu is such a busy baby and there’s times he gets fussy and doesn’t want any comfort. When those moments happen then I just simply rotate him around the house. We go from jumper to rocker and from rocker to play gym. Sometimes, he even wants to play in his crib. However many rotations it takes, I guaranty that your baby will calm down. Babies get stimulated very easily and as a mother you can definitely use this in your favor.
I have to say that before I had JuJu I honestly believed that white noises were a bunch of baloney. My thoughts on white noises were that they simply didn’t work. However, after using white noises during our sleep training process I have to say that white noises are just pure genius. The idea behind white noises is that it can sooth your baby and promote better sleep. The science behind it is actually very simple.. white noises are a similar sound that babies are familiar with because of the noises that were muffled by amniotic fluid while they spent their time in the womb. Therefore, white noises are a familiar sound that will soothe and calm your baby down.
Sink sitting sounds a little crazy… I know, I know, but hear me out. Babies are super curious and they love new experiences. (at-least mine is a little curious babe!) What is sink sitting you may ask? Well, Sink sitting is exactly what it sounds like… I basically get the sink nice and cosy with a couple of blankets and then I just place Julius inside the sink. It totally helps with getting ready in the mornings and cooking in the kitchen!
A change of scenery can really calm down a fussy little babe. Julius and I love going on walks around the neighborhood. As soon as I place his little chunky body into the stroller he immediately stops crying. It is AMAZING!
A lot of parents are not big fans of pacifiers. I, on the other-hand, think it’s totally fine. When Julius was in his early months, he was a big fan of his binky and when he needed that extra comfort I would not hesitate on letting him have it. However, JuJu weaned away from using a binky as he got older. By four months, he hated the binky and would rather get cuddles and hugs from my mommy and daddy.
Back Rubs & Bicycle Legs
In general, back rubs can be soothing. I usually give back rubs to Julius when he has gas pains or is just a little too fussy. Babies are sometimes in pain and we don’t realize that it could be almost anything. I would totally recommend trying a few new things with your baby before coming to a conclusion that he is in pain.
Singing to Julius is my favorite thing to do when nothing else seems to work. I have been singing to him since he was a day old and I’ve notice that it always seems to calm him down. To be honest, All the songs I sing to him are all made up. Out of desperation, I started making up songs for him and now those songs are the only ones that he likes to listen to.
When all fails, I give Julius a nice little ear massage. I pretend to be cleaning his ear and it always puts him right to sleep. It is definitely the cutest and weirdest thing ever.
Life with a fussy baby can get a little frustrating but finding little ways to calm them down will help in keeping yourself sane. I hope these tips come in handy when your baby starts to get fussy.
P.S What are some of the things you do to calm your fussy little babe? I would love to know!
I truly believe that a smile can be the prettiest thing anyone can wear. However, as a busy mom it is so tedious to find whitening products that will fit into my day-to-day life. Today, I am excited to share with you my secret weapon to a beautiful white smile…Smile Brilliant!
HOW IT WORKS
So let’s talk about the whole process! At first, Smile Brilliant had me answer a few questions about my dental history and a couple of days later I received my starter’s kit. In the starter’s kit I received a teeth molding set which was very easy to use! I created my teeth molds and sent them right back to Smile Brilliant in the pre-paid envelope that they kindly provided. Now, let me be quite honest…at first I was a little hesitant because molding my teeth had me a little discouraged. I’ve always had problems with my teeth because I have an extra tooth that just doesn’t belong and I thought molding my teeth was not going to work for me. However, the molds were beautifully designed to fit anybody’s mouth and teeth structure! I was amazed with how easily I was able to mold my not so straight teeth!
Anyways, I received my whitening trays about a week later and I started on my teeth whitening journey right away! The whole process was fast, simple and very user-friendly!
The whitening trays also include a whitening gel and de-sanitizing gel which are both used during the whitening session. It is recommended to start the first session at 45 minutes long. After your teeth adjust to the gel then it is definitely okay to whiten up to 3 hours!
MY WHITENING EXPERIENCE
I love Smile Brilliant because it isn’t the type of product nor company that will mislead you through the whitening process. Smile Brilliant gives out amazing whitening tips! Some of those tips are:
- To get amazing results, Whiten before bedtime.
- Wait an hour before eating or drinking after a whitening session.
- Do not brush your teeth with toothpaste before whitening.
- Try to avoid drinking coffee, wine and other drinks during the whitening process.
All these tips helped so much during my whitening journey. However, As a busy mom, it was so hard to whiten my teeth before going to bed. Mostly because I go to sleep right after my baby goes to bed for the night. Let’s be real, mommy life can be so tiring! With that being said, Smile Brilliant is such a flexible product that I was able to whiten during the day while looking after my sweet boy!
I quickly realized that whitening while fulfilling my mommy duties was the best multitasking I’ve done in a long time. While I whitened I was able to get ready, fold laundry and even fed my little one! It felt great knowing that my teeth were getting whiter while I was just going by with my day! I really enjoyed my experience with Smile-Brilliant and I would definitely whiten with their system again!
As I mention before, my teeth weren’t the whitest before I tried Smile-Brilliant. These are my results and I’m very satisfied with them! I had horrible stains and for an at-home whitening system it did an amazing job at getting those out!
I’ve teamed up with Smile-Brilliant to give one of my lucky readers the chance to win a Smile-Brilliant T3 Sensitive Whitening Kit! If you would like to enter all you have to do is click the give-away link below!
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As a mother and blogger, fashion plays a big role in my life. Besides being a SAHM, (stay at home mom) I am such a girly girl and I love dressing up. As a mother, it can be tough to get all dolled up so I always look for accessories and fashion trends that will make my life a lot easier. I might not feel put together all the time but I do try to present myself as if I do! Fake it till you make it. Am I right? With that being said, watches are one of my all-time favorite accessories. Watches are such timeless pieces and I’m pretty sure they will never go out of style!
Anyways, when Jord Watches reached out to me I was beyond excited. I’ve always been such a big fan of their wooden watches and having the chance to work with them was just a dream come true. Before I get into my new beautiful watch, I want to tell you a little bit about what JORD watches is all about. JORD watches is a company based in St. Louis, Missouri that is run by a group of creative minds. Their main focus is to create timepieces that are modeled around a modern lifestyle. The people at Jord create watches that are aimed towards both men and women. Handcrafted from natural wood and sapphire glass, these watches are truly one of a kind.
To be quite honest, I’ve been eyeing JORD watches for quite a while now. After taking a glimpse through the Jord Website I knew exactly which watch I wanted. The ‘Cassia’ watch in walnut & vintage rose is the perfect fit for my everyday style! I really like the Cassia Series because it has such an elegant and vintage vibe to it.
Once I had finished the ordering process, I was so excited to receive my new wooden watch. My package arrived not so long after and I couldn’t wait to try it on! Although, I was sure it would fit because JORD watches makes sure to take wrists measurements during the ordering process. The watch arrived in a beautifully crafted cedar box and I was honestly blown away by it!
As for the watch itself, I was beyond amazed by it. The details that this wooden watch has are just beautiful. I love that it has a full roman numeral concave dial which is beautifully reflected by a domed sapphire glass. The Cassia watch has quickly turned into one of my favorite jewelry pieces!
JORD WATCH GIVE-AWAY
Are you loving JORD Watches as much as I am? I’ve partnered with JORD to give you the chance to win your own JORD Watch! One lucky winner will receive a $100 towards the JORD website and everyone else who enters will receive 10% off! How awesome is that?! It’s a win-win for everyone!
All You have to do is fill out the contest form which can be found here.
Giveaway ends on 7/29.
Good Luck to everyone who enters!
Disclaimer: This product was given in exchange for my honest review. However, all opinions are my own. My full disclosure can be found here.
As a busy momma, I am always looking for things that will make my daily life much easier. Let’s be honest, life with a baby can get a little crazy. Have you ever tried shopping by yourself with an infant?! It’s nearly impossible! I honestly cannot go shopping with my baby without something going insanely wrong. Plus, shopping is so time consuming and it takes away from the time that could be used for cuddling and snuggling with my baby boy.
With that being said, when IncrediBundles.com sent me their awesome subscription box I was just over the moon about it! Why? Well, simply because it is definitely a life changer- especially for new mothers!
These products were given in exchange for my honest review. However, all opinions are my own. My full disclosure can be found here.
What exactly is IncrediBundles?
Before I get into my honest review, I want to explain to you what this subscription box is all about. IncrediBundles is a monthly gift bundle. They have endless amounts of baby gifts which makes it the perfect baby shower/ birthday gift! They have different types of bundles that range from newborn to preschool aged children. In these bundles, you can expect high quality baby products and bundle them all together in their REUSABLE storage containers! The best thing about this subscription box is that it’s all done online! Skip the chaos of shopping with a little one and do it all from the comfort of your own home!
What’s Inside These IncrediBundles?
Some of their bundles include toys, diapers, wipes, books, bath and sleep items. All of these bundles are awesome, however, the bundle that caught my attention the most was their diaper bundle. The diaper bundle is a perfect gift for all of those new mommas who don’t have much time on their hands to leave the house. A Diaper Bundle is just simply what it sounds like-a bundle of diapers (of your brand choice) that you receive every month. IncrediBundles offer a variety of brands to choose from. Some of these brands are Huggies, Luvs and Pampers.
How Does the Diaper Bundle Work?
If you are planning to gift this bundle to a loved one or even just purchase it for yourself, here are a couple of things you should know:
- The Diaper Bundle has different subscriptions lengths. IncrediBundles offers 3-Month, 6-Month, 9-Month and 12-Month Diaper Subscriptions.
- A Diaper Bundle Subscription includes an Announcement Package.
- IncrediBundles diapers and wipes can be bundled up together into one bundle.
- The order process is quick, simple and easy.
I want to gift this to someone and I don’t know what type of diapers to get them.
What makes IncrediBundles so awesome is that the recipient gets to customize their box! The Recipient is the one who gets to pick and choose the size and brand of the diapers for their subscription box-which can be done after receiving their Announcement Package.
What is an Announcement Package?
An Announcement Package is the first thing that the recipient receives after purchasing a diaper bundle subscription. In the announcement package, the recipient will receive a premium plush teddy bear that holds the certificate announcing their gift. This certificate includes a unique code that it is used by the recipient to redeem their diapers. The announcement package can be sent out directly to the recipient or it can also be sent out to the purchaser.
Why Do I love IncrediBundles?
I love IncrediBundles because it is so easy to quickly gift it to someone. The ordering process is very easy and the variety of bundles that they have to choose from are just amazing! I also love that my Announcement Package didn’t take long to arrive. Yes, it was so exciting to open up the announcement package but what I loved the most was that redeeming the certificates were the easiest thing I have ever done! I don’t know about you guys but I hate it when subscription companies make everything so complicated. I really can’t say that about IncrediBundles because the whole process was just amazing.
As I mentioned before, I hate having to shop while having my little one with me. The thing that won me over the most about IncrediBundles.com is that everything is done online! I am big believer in online ordering. It is great to find a subscription boxes that just makes life with a baby a little easier.
In Conclusion, IncrediBundles makes for the perfect baby shower/ birthday gift. It offers a variety of products which makes it worth the purchase. As well as, their customer service and ordering process is completely amazing. I ‘m totally obsessed with IncrediBundles.com and I would definitely recommend it as a must-have for any mother to be!
Want to try this subscription box?
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A couple of weekends ago we decided to take a little road trip to the Rancho Santa Ana Garden in Claremont, California.
Julius Alexander is four months! Each month we are filled with surprises and many new milestones that our baby JuJu accomplishes. This month has been the most exciting, emotional, and surprising month yet. He has grown so much in such a small amount of time! CONTINUE READING
This past weekend we decided to take a little road trip to the Flower Fields of Carlsbad, CA. If you aren’t familiar with this attraction it is basically a huge flower farm in Southern California . All kinds of flowers are grown and distributed in this flower field. The flower fields in Carlsbad are super popular during the spring time.
I feel like I say this in every update but can you believe Baby JuJu is already 3 months! Wow, the time really does fly by and Juju can’t stop growing. A lot of things have change this month and I would love to share them with you!CONTINUE READING