Jan 29, 2015

My Baby Must-Haves

So sometimes you wake up and see an alert on your phone that you are 32 weeks pregnant! Yes, that is how I keep track of this pregnancy, by iPhone app. Sorry baby number four, your three siblings keep me quite busy. If it weren't for that app I probably would go into labor and think, how could it be? Aren't I only 30 weeks. But, only a little more to go so I figured why not share the things I have come to really love over the last five years of having babies in the house. 

Now I know all moms have their own "swear by" items that they stick too. I happen to really enjoy seeing what products other moms have come to covet. These are some of my 'have this in the house when I bring this baby home, or so help me OB put the baby back' items. Was that sentence dramatic enough for you? Oscar noms have gone out, I just wanted to throw my hat in the stay at home mom drama category. 

Maxi Cosi Carseat- Now, this car seat has yet to be used with an infant. But after many friends recommendations, and countless hours on the computer reading reviews we bought this one for baby girl. When it arrived I was so excited to open it and feel the soft cushion. The head support is so unique, and if little one can't get comfortable in here, then there is no chance. 

Halo Bassinet / Co-sleeper- We are a co-sleeping kind of familia. Truth be told, Avalon still sleeps with us most nights. Ace and Pierce stayed in bed with us well into bringing a newborn home. We always did a bassinet in the bedroom to have a place for baby. But this thing!! Just go watch the video. Kind of amazing for those middle of the night feedings, not to mention it can be raised to the height of my bed, which is usually a problem with other bassinets or co-sleepers. 

Medela Manual Pump- This might sound crazy to some, but I love this little pump over my Medela Freestyle. I know, I know, how is that possible? But I don't pump all that much. I usually wait to start pumping till my milk regulates itself a little bit, so I don't get too engorged. Then I will pump here and there to get a good freezer supply going. This little pump is great for taking with me in the car, or on a hike, to go shopping with. Or just to get that first initial burst of milk out of the way as to not drown baby. I just love this, and you can't beat the price. 

Mustela Newborn Set- I got this set as a baby shower gift when I was pregnant with Ace, and have used the products ever since. Now I just treat myself to a newborn set for each new baby. The foaming wash is the best! And the only thing I have ever used that gets rid of the dreaded cradle cap right away. Highly recommend. 

JJ Cole Bundle Me- If you live in a cold weather place, this is a lifesaver! It's like a little acrtic jacket for your car seat. No need to try and keep blankets on, that baby will eventually kick off. Just zip them up in this, and they stay toasty and warm!

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets- Aren't these every moms favorite? I'm like a broken record over here. But I too love them. I happen to really enjoy the bamboo blankets, which I didn't discover until having Avalon. So I plan on picking up another pack of those before the next little diva arrives. 

Kickee Pants Romper- Now these rompers will change your life, simply because you will spend your time trying to figure out how you too can wear one. They are made with the same bamboo material as the swaddle blankets. The softest thing ev-er! My mom bought me a couple of these when I had Pierce and I have been hooked ever since. Don't let the price scare you away, Amazon tends to sell them for less, and they LAST! Wash after spit up wash and they do not lose that luscious feel. 

Carter's Onesie- Is the onesie brand a heated topic? Should I steer clear? Well I laugh in the fear of danger...hahaha! But Carter's for the win, forever and ever! With Ace I think I bought every onesie brand out there. I mean, new baby, I had to try them all. Carter's became my favorite, and the ones that I continually stock up on with each baby. 

Gap Newborn Hats- Simply put...these don't shrink in the wash! They are basic, and simple, and do the head warming job. 

Bath Tower / Diaper Station- You probably saw this on here and thought, what is that thing? Well that is a bathroom tower. We happen to use them as diaper stations around the house. A box of wipes fits perfectly on the top shelf, any size diapers in the middle, and ointments or extra burp clothes at the bottom. We have three of these spread out a round the house, and love them. They are discreet, and look nothing like a diaper station, yet keep everything you need right there. Not to mention they are great to have in the bathroom for all your postpartum care needs if you know what I mean.  

Burt's Bee Multipurpose Cream- I tried so many diaper rash ointments out there with Avalon, and nothing worked. Everything seemed to irritate her skin more. I researched other creams that I could use and found this one. Winner! I still use it with her, and for countless other things. Dry skin patches, rashes, boo boo's. It's great. 

Moby Wrap- I really like a wrap in the initial baby wearing stages. I usually transition to a carrier once baby can hold their head up. But for the wearing around the house, or a walk around the block I like the wrap. This is the only one I have tried, but I am open to suggestions if you guys have others that you like. 

We are also in the market for a new video monitor if any of you moms would like to share how you stalk your little one day and night. 

And of course feel free to share some of your must haves, or if you have done a post like this link me to it!!

Jan 28, 2015

four wearable winter makeup trends

Sometimes I see makeup trends off the runway or in magazines and think, that is so pretty and artistic, but how in the world would I incorporate it into my uber glamorous preschool drop off red carpet? I love experimenting with makeup and finding how I can wear it without looking too overdone for an outing with the fam, but enough to fulfill my inner beauty addiction. I thought I would show you four of my favorite winter makeup trends, and how I to achieve them with my stamp of mom approval!

Downy Natural Skin (fresh faced)
This is a look that I love! That fresh faced, glowing skin, with just a hint of color. The key to this look is moisture, and my secret weapon is:
Here is how I do it:
- start off by moisturizing and putting on a primer.
- apply your foundation, I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation applied with a beauty blender.
- next apply your concealer, I like to make an upside down triangle under my eyes and extending out towards my nose. This gives that bright eyed look.
- set your foundation and concealer with a loose powder. I used Make Up Forever Super Matte.
- next apply your blush, I used a cream blush by Make Up For Ever, and just a light swipe of NARS Illuminator just above my cheekbones, here is an almost exact drugstore dupe.
- then pull out your setting spray. I love using this Mario Badescu Rose facial spray for this. And for $7 you can't ask for a better product. I spray all around my face to get a good amount of moisture.
- then I do my mascara and my brows, add a clear gloss and you are done! Bright eyed and bushy tailed!

Jan 27, 2015

Healthy Eats

Oh the insanity that healthy eating can be. Don't get me wrong, it is great and I encourage people to jump on the train. But when you are pregnant some times you just need a milkshake or three! Chris and I have gone almost a month now without any "cheat" type meals or treats. This is HUGE in this family. Usually I am looking forward to, or more like salivating for the weekend. I have a major junk food addiction. Thankfully for my propensity to be 400 pounds, Chris does not have this same addiction. He is a healthy eater through and through. He does like himself some pie or cheesecake which is fantastic and makes me realize he may be human after all. But I have, reluctantly at times, changed my carb filled Italian ways and switched to a more clean eating routine. I can say that I notice differences when I go weeks without cheating and then have a medium pizza to myself. It takes me about a week to recover, but that doesn't stop me. I cheat much more than Chris on the average, and I most certainly won't be kicking the coffee creamer habit anytime soon. Although I try and get a decaf americano when I go through the Starbucks line, it doesn't always work though. Most of the time I share more of our decadent meals, you know with the sauces and the sugars and the fun stuff. But during the week we don't eat like that. We cut out all sugar, dairy (for Chris), carbs, and generally anything processed. 

Now, I know little to nothing about all this clean eating business. I just know what I can and can't cook with. Chris has read all the books and can ramble off the benefits and blah blah blah....just hand me a donut please! Eating this way and cooking this way can be daunting! There are only so many ways you can get creative with eggs. So I enjoy looking at meals other people have made and get recipes to try, or find inspiration.  I thought I would share some of what goes on our dinner table at night. Many if not all of these are whole30 or paleo compliant if you are trying those out!
bison burgers with a fried egg and avacado // salad with homemade dressing

crab cakes made with almond flour topped with homemade mayo aioli // green beans

spice rubbed grilled salmon topped with lime avocado salsa // roasted herb potatoes

Jan 25, 2015

snow sweater

sweater: oasap c/o // tee: target maternity // leggings: zella
scarf: zara (similar here and here) // boots: hunter // clutch: zara (old similar)
sunglasses: ray-ban // lipstick: clinique black honey

We got snow!! The weather called for three days of non-stop snow, but of course they can't predict the weather up here in the far north, so we only got a day and a half and about six inches. But I shall not complain because it was just enough to get the kids out and playing in it for the whole day on Saturday. Then the temps dropped to the negatives, and the fun was short lived. But in honor of the snow I decided to pull out the most comfortable, warm sweater ev-er! It is warm enough to double as a full blown jacket, maybe not for winter sports, but definitely for some shopping! I love the contrasting elbow patches, and the overall grandpa feel of it. I will for sure be packing this in my hospital bag, because I can't think of anything else I'd want to snuggle my newborn in :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!! 

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