November 30, 2020

Kids Advent Calendar

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Last year, I was inspired by this advent calendar idea and wanted to do something similar with my kids, but I ended up feeling pretty sick during the holiday season since I was pregnant. So this year I want to give it a go because I really want my kids to understand the true meaning behind Christmas. I searched Pinterest for some ideas and came across this blog post and loved how she incorporated bible verses for each day. So I basically decided to combine the two ideas for this year's advent calendar. I used Katie Lamb's Photoshop Template to create our daily acts of kindness and have included them here if you'd like to use them yourselves. Be sure to tag me on Instagram so we can do it together!


November 27, 2020

Gift Giving with Rellery

This post is sponsored by Rellery. All reviews and opinions expressed are my own.

With Black Friday officially kicking off the holiday shopping season, I wanted to talk gift-giving. With so many people on your list, it can be challenging to figure out what to buy for your loved ones. And if you're like me, I hate buying a gift just to give a gift; I want to give something that the recipient will actually use, and major bonus points if it's something meaningful. I think we can all agree that those are the gifts that are most appreciated and won't get returned in January. 

So let's talk about Rellery. What I love about this brand is that it combines two of my favorite ideas for gifting the women in my life: jewelry and personalization. I mean, what woman doesn't like jewelry? Add something to make it personal, and you have a truly meaningful gift. Each piece of jewelry is also beautifully packaged in a blush pink box, which I really appreciate because the packaging is part of the gift! The pieces also come with a polishing cloth to keep your jewelry looking new. 

I chose three pieces of jewelry, a necklace, bracelet and ring, and they were each beautiful. One of my sisters loves sunflowers, so I decided to get her this beautiful sunflower necklace in the 18k gold over sterling silver with her initial engraved. I chose the bar bracelet for my other sister, also in gold, with her birthday engraved on one side and her name on the other. I truly can't wait to gift these pieces to each of them. And then I also picked out a little something for myself: this signet ring, engraved with each year of my kids' birth. What mama can resist such a meaningful gift?!

So if you're looking for personalized jewelry to gift your loved ones this holiday season, be sure to check out Rellery's beautiful selection, and be sure to take advantage of their Black Friday sale!


November 16, 2020

Holiday Living Room With Joss & Main

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Now that we're more than half-way through November, I'm in full blown holiday mode. This time of year is my absolute favorite. It's such a special time of year where we can all slow down and spend quality time with our loved ones. I don't know about you, but when I think about the holidays I imagine food, family, Christmas music and movies, and hot chocolate; an overall feeling of coziness. And with all that family time being spent at home (especially this year, #2020) I love to cozy-up my living room with just a few simple updates. Read on for some of my favorites from Joss & Main below.

Let's first talk about rugs, one of my favorite categories. Rugs are so important to ground a space, and for the colder weather, I'm loving the deeper neutral tones. I've been eyeing this rug for a while now. I absolutely love the beautiful olive tones and the overall pattern of the rug. It's definitely a rug that's on my current wish list. This one is also stunning, but if you're into lighter neutrals, this is a beautiful option.

Next, I like to "cozy-up" my walls. Never underestimate how a piece of art or even an oversized wall clock can add warmth to a space. You also can't forget about lots of cozy throw blankets and pillows. This is one of the easiest changes you can make to set the vibe for the seasons. I linked some of my favorites ones below. I also like to have either baskets or a storage bench on hand to keep all my extra blankets and pillows (the bench is a great option because it provides extra seating).

As you can see, it's super easy to cozy up your living room for the holidays with just a few simple swaps. What are some of your favorite ways to freshen-up your living space to get into the holiday spirit? 


August 29, 2020

Favorite Fall Finds

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With September right around the corner (yay!!), I've got Fall on the brain. And right now Target is KILLING it with the Fall decor. A lot of this stuff tends to sell out fast, so if you've got your eye on something, try to snag it sooner than later. I've rounded up some of my favorites, just click on any image below to shop! 

Porch Resources: Hello Doormat :: Chandelier :: Wall Lantern

June 17, 2020

Baby Registry and First Year Essentials

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I often get asked by my first-time mama friends for my "must-have" registry items, so I started to keep a running list on my phone notepad. Since my due date is just around the corner, I thought I'd write out a comprehensive blog post both to refresh my own memory (you really do forget so much) and to serve as an easy reference in the future. So here we go!

1. The Nose Frida. The whole process looks nasty but I promise it's not and it's a lifesaver! 

2. A Boppy Pillow will make feedings so much easier.

3. Swaddles: every baby will be different in terms of their swaddle preference, so a lot of this will be trial and error. But Hannah liked the Swaddle UP because she liked to have her arms up.

4. I used the HALO Bassinest with both my kids and plan on using it again with this baby.

5. Bottles are another baby-particular item that you'll have to experiment with. I had good luck with the Dr. Brown's, but all the parts are annoying to wash.

8. If you plan on breastfeeding, call your insurance for your free pump! With my kids I used the Medela Pump in Style. It's convenient because it's easy to find whatever extra parts you may need, like valves, shields and accessories. This time around I'm going to try out the Spectra S2.

9. A stroller: this will be another personal choice and I suggest you visit buybuyBaby to "test drive" different strollers. We used the UPPAbaby Cruz with both kids and I really do love it. It's lightweight yet durable and has ample storage space. When I need a double stroller, I use the City Select (that I got as a hand-me-down) and it's definitely not my favorite. It's heavy with 2 kids sitting in it and really hard to turn.

10. A car seat: another personal preference. We used the the Chicco KeyFit 30.

11. A diaper bag: I highly recommend one that can be used as a backpack, because trust me, you're gonna want to be hands-free. I used the Honest Company one for the longest time, but it ended up wearing out. This time I'm trying out the Happ Brand bag.

12. A multi-use cover: for the car seat, nursing and shopping carts (once you're baby is actually able to sit in them).

13. A play mat/gym

16. Desitin for diaper rashes

17. A grooming kit

18. Onesies: newborns will spend most of their day in a onesie and swaddle. For pajamas, do yourself a favor and stick to the ones with zippers instead of buttons. Trying to line-up all the buttons in the middle of the night with a wiggling baby is like an Olympic sport. Make your life (a little bit) easier and just zip that baby up!

19. A baby carrier and/or wrap

20. Crib Sheet Protectors to make clean-up easier when there's a leaky diaper

22. Nipple Cream and nursing pads for leakage. I remember having visitors over after Adam was born and when I looked down at my shirt, I saw a ring of breastmilk around my boob LOL. Trust me, get the pads.

23. Nursing bras and tops

24. Pacifiers: will also be baby specific, but this one is popular with most babies. 

25. A postpartum girdle: I used the Bellefit because they have one specifically for c-sections.

That's it! Not that much, right? LOL I know this can be so overwhelming, especially if it's your first baby, but just know that it DOES go by fast and you honestly just learn as you go. For such little people, babies need a lot of crap and constant attention, but it gets easier, I promise! And if you have any questions at all, or your own registry must-haves, please leave them in the comments below. You got this, mama!

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