Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"Mommy Essentials" part 3!

Hi everyone :)

It's time for the third & final part of my Mommy Essentials series, & I'm so excited to share with you some more of my favorite products that I think you'd love for your babies too!  I'm so excited for Jace to get here, I can hardly stand it!

1.  Milk Snob car seat & nursing cover.  Did you guys watch Shark Tank last Friday?!  I was SO excited to see the owner of Milk Snob on the show.  She had 3 sharks fighting over investing because her product is genius!  It's a car seat cover that converts into a nursing cover AND shopping cart cover for baby. When on the car seat there's just a little slit at the top that keeps strangers from touching your baby while in the car seat which I LOVE.  The lightweight & stretchy fabric is great for the nursing cover side of it, because if you've ever nursed a baby under a hot blanket you can understand why this is necessary!  These come in all kinds of cute prints, my choice was the black & white stripes!  There are some gorgeous floral print ones for all you girl mamas.  Definitely grab yourself one of these!
2.  Mint & Arrows swaddle sack.  Do you SEE how adorable this thing is?? I chose the Batman mask print because it just fits in so perfectly with out super hero obsessed fam.  I love that you don't have to wrap or tuck, just slide your little baby right in there so they're nice & cocooned in.  With a matching little hat to match, your baby will be snoozin' in style & comfort.  I can't wait to get some pics of Jace in his ASAP!
3.  Baby B Fresh Pacifier & Bottle Sanitizer.  Have you ever seen that Huggies commercial where the mom drops the baby's pacifier on the floor & just uses her mouth to clean it off for the baby?  Yeah, I've done the same thing.  Gross!  I'm so excited to have found this cool sanitizer that will take care of the germs for me this time.  It sanitizes not only bottles & pacifiers, but also sippy cups & some teething toys.  The older I get, the more of a germaphobe I become when it comes to my kids, so this couldn't have come into my life at a better time.  ;)  There are 3 to choose from:  the bear, ducky & tiger.  So cute!
4.  Nuroo nursing scarf.  I'm a huge supporter of breast feeding.  My mom always told me that it was a wonderful experience & that made me determined to nurse my babies for a long time as well.  Which I did, & will with Jace too of course.  That being said, I feel like it's crucial to find a nursing cover that is not only practical but stylish.  Why?  That way you are comfortable feeding your baby anywhere you go in public, & feel completely confident doing it.  I never knew there were nursing covers that actually turn into cute little scarfs too, until I discovered Nuroo!  It's a super soft & breathable for when you're nursing your little one, & then turns into a trendy little accessory.  I love more bang for my buck!  I chose the ivory with grey stripes, but they have other prints too.  I'm taking this to the hospital with me to use right when my little love comes out! :) 
5.  Bloom Baby Sensitive Wipes.  I learned the hard way with my first son that buying just any type of wipe was not going to cut it.  Not only do my babies all have very sensitive skin like I do, but if there are any chemicals in the wipes whatsoever it makes their little bottoms turn red & get diaper rash.  These wipes are made with 98% natural ingredients, they're hypo-allergenic & formaldehyde free, safe for rash prone skin (like my boys), they have a sensitive moisturizing lotion in them, & are enriched with vitamins A, B-complex, D, Omega-3, & 6!  Wow!  I have a feeling that Jace will have the same skin as the rest of us do, so I'm happy that I have these safe & sensitive wipes to use on him from day one.  These are available at select target locations!

There are many products I love so much, but I'm going to wrap up my series for now!  I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite products & love them as much as I do.

Time to put these crazy boys to bed now!  Good night! :)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

37 week pregnancy update & 50% off the world's BEST maternity leggings!

Happy weekend!

Well, baby Jace could technically arrive any day now!  If he did, he wouldn't even be considered pre-term.  I'm trying to be as prepared as possible & not think of it as having 3 weeks left, so just in case he does come early we're ready to go.  My mom is flying in on Thanksgiving day on a one-way ticket just to be here for the birth & to help out afterwards for a bit.  I'm so relieved that she will be here.  If the baby arrives earlier than that, I have a few amazing friends who have offered to help out with the boys if needed.

The last few days I've actually felt a little bit of relief.  Or maybe I'm just so used to the discomfort that I don't remember what it's like to not have it??  I've noticed that I don't have shortness of breath as much now which is nice!  It also probably means he's dropped down a bit, getting ready for his appearance. ;)

I thought I'd do a little 37 week update survey, so here it is!

How far along: 37 weeks
Gender: Boy
Weight gain: 30 lbs.
Maternity clothes: I can't wait to share about the best leggings on the planet.... see below. ;)
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: Out!
Sleep: Between the 6 or 7 times a night I go to the bathroom, I'm sleeping pretty well. I do wake up super early sometimes unable to fall back asleep though.  
Best moment this week: I'll go with something that just happened this morning.  We went to my son's grade school for a special "pancakes with pope" (the principal) event since he raised enough on his fundraiser. As we got out of the car I realized I was wearing my SLIPPERS.  I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.  Pregnant brain is a REAL thing folks!
Miss anything: I miss being able to wear sexy skinny jeans & my toned body!  SO excited for that again!!!
Movement: Oh this crazy baby man moves constantly & the movements haven't really slowed down much either, even though he's running out of space!
Cravings: Water all day long with crushed ice, fruit, carbs, & sweets.  Big time.  The Halloween candy has been a problem.
Looking forward to: MEETING JACE BENTLEY JACKSON!!!!  We all want to smother him with kisses!
Okay so as I mentioned above, I want to share with you the BEST maternity leggings EVER.  They're from Blanqi, & they're high waist SUPPORT leggings.  I'm not even joking, I've been LIVING in them.  They're also great for post-baby support too so I can continue to wear them.  The stretchy material is super soft, SO extremely comfy, & I truly feel so much more support in these leggings than I do in any others!!

Oh... and I have good news!  I'm partnering with Blanqi to bring you exclusive early access to their Black Friday Sale!  This is your chance to get these amazing leggings HALF OFF!  Follow this link to unlock the hidden page & get your leggings at the discounted price before anyone else. ;)
If you're pregnant, do NOT miss out on this sale!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Jord Wood watch giveaway & our Fall Family Photos!

Good morning,

I hope your Monday has been off to a good start.  My big boy is at kindergarten today, my youngest is at preschool & I had a Moms in Prayer meeting this morning.  It's actually raining outside today & feels like fall.  So I'm going to enjoy my last couple of kid-less hours sipping a peppermint coffee, listening to the rain, & blogging!

I wanted to share some of our family photos we had taken a few weeks ago with Courtney Helsley Photography.  I met her through Instagram & it was fate! She lives not far from us & happens to be an amazing photographer.  Our photos came out gorgeous.

One of my favorite parts about family photo sessions is planning the OUTFITS, right down to the accessories.  This year I actually wore a 5 year old white maxi dress I bought from Guess that felt fitting for this shoot (& worked with my belly), & another blue dress I found from a shop nearby (they don't have a website otherwise I'd share it!) It's not even a maternity dress but I liked the way it fit so I bought it.  Cole is wearing a shirt by Cat and Jack from Target (I LOVE this brand), & Brody is wearing a grey sweater that Cole wore for last year's shoot.  (Poor kid always gets the hand-me-downs but we wanted him in grey & it had only been worn ONCE!)

Speaking of accessories, I do have to mention the watch that Michael is wearing in these photos.  It's a watch made out of WOOD by Jord!  It's such a cool watch.  They have men's & women's watches that are to die for.  I'm always looking for original ideas for Christmas/birthday/anniversary gifts & these unique watches are the PERFECT choice.  My husband even wore a shirt to go with it & I loved the way the photos turned out:

Here is a close-up of the gorgeous watch Michael is wearing... (I'm a sucker for pretty packaging & thought the wooden box it came in was super classy & masculine):

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Here are some of more of my favorites from our family photo session:

Thanks for stopping by, & remember to enter to win a $75 e-gift code to Jord!

(This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.)

Friday, November 4, 2016

"Mommy Essentials" Part Two!

Happy Friday everyone!

I'm now ONE month from my due date & feeling.... ready.  To say the least!  I keep trying to stop myself from complaining & just realize how blessed I am to have a healthy baby on the way.  Easier said than done at almost 36 weeks of course.

The fun part of pregnancy now is getting all of the adorable baby stuff ready.  Today I'm going to share some more of my favorite items that I think every mama needs for their baby!

Guys, these adorable little cards are a must.  I so wish I had these with my first two boys!  They have a card for every 2 weeks & then month by month, & also for each milestone like: "first smile," "took my first steps today," etc!  So when you go to take photos of your baby to announce to the world what their newest achievement was, you have a little card to display next to them!  SO perfect right?!
In my opinion, any baby born from this date forward should own a pair of these adorable moccasins.  Thanks to Sweet 'n Swag, you have just about every color imaginable to choose from! We decided on the white ones for Jace.  I can't wait to take a million pictures of him wearing them, they're adorable.
I am obsessed with the super soft organic cotton that Finn & Emma makes their clothes with!  I want nothing but the best to put my newborn baby in, especially in the beginning.  We chose this adorable body suit in the new "totem pole" print, with the matching footed pants & hat!  If it fits Jace right away, it'll be his coming home outfit from the hospital for sure!
I am obsessed with swaddling my babies in the beginning, but I've never felt a swaddle blanket quite as soft & luxurious as this one!  We chose one from the "Nature Collection" in Stone.  It's absolutely gorgeous & baby Jace will be swaddled in it from day one!  I can't wait to share pics of him wrapped up in it, snug & as a bug in a rug.  ;)

Alright, that's about all I have time for today - getting ready to take Brody on a play date this morning.  I will be doing part 3 of my Mommy Essentials series coming up very soon!  Also, in a few days I will be sharing some maternity/family photos!

Have a GREAT weekend!!!