Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sale Favorites

It's that time again! Nordstrom is having their annual Half-Yearly Sale, and it is the perfect time to score some amazing pieces up to 40% off. I've chosen some of my favorite items from the sale and will definitely be breaking the bank this weekend at Nordstrom. I actually just grabbed these Cole Haan wedges that are amazingly comfortable and well worth the (super reduced) price!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dr. Brown's Product Review and Giveaway

I was lucky enough to be sent some of Dr. Brown's baby products before I gave birth to Bennett. I was overwhelmed with how many products they made besides bottles, and after 2 weeks of being a new mom, I was finally able to put these products to the test!

We don't have a dishwasher (we live in a small lake house), so this was great to have. Before Bennett was born, I sterilized all of Bennett's bottles using this sterilizer. I was able to sterilize 6 bottles at a time, and there is also a compartment for all the bottle parts as well. Its operated by one button and takes approximately 12 minutes to run through a sterilization cycle. 


We were given the Philip AVENT Soothie Pacifiers in the hospital, and Bennett really likes them, however they fall out very easily. These PreVent pacifiers are the only ones I have that Bennett can actually keep in his mouth for a decent amount of time. These pacifiers have a suction-free air channel that helps prevent dental issues and palatial pressure.


 


I received these bottles in the 4 oz and 8 oz size. I am nursing Bennett, so I figured I wouldn't need bottles for a while, but I actually needed them sooner than I thought. Due to some poor latching issues, I was forced to pump on my right side and therefore use bottles temporarily. The best part about these bottles is that they have an internal vent system. Because of this, there are a lot of pieces involved, but it is completely worth it since it reduces the chances of colic, gas, spit-up and burping. These bottles were actually made to mimic breastfeeding, which made me feel a little bit better about using them while I was nursing.

Holy breast pads! I had no idea I would be using these things so much! I learned very quickly (after soaking through several of my shirts) how important these babies are! They have adhesive on the back so that they stay in place and they absorb a TON of moisture. I do want to try their washable breast pads, as I hear they are EVEN MORE comfortable then the disposable ones. 


I started out storing my breast milk in plastic tubes with caps, but found that it took a long time to warm them up in a hot water bath because the plastic was too thick. I switched over to using these bags and was able to warm them up in about 30-60 seconds (super important when you have a screaming newborn who is hungry!) These are also great for the freezer. They are BPA-free, they stand up in the freezer and have double zip seals to make sure there are no leaks. 

I love this pillow! I even brought it with me in the hospital. I also have a Boppy, but I like this one a lot better. It has an angled design that allows you to do more positions with your baby then regular, flat nursing pillows allow you to do. This pillow is super plush and has adorable, embroidered covers to choose from that are machine washable (mine is blue with little elephants on it!)



When I first saw these, I thought I would never use them. I didn't think about it, but these are actually great to have when you drop pacifiers on the ground. I obviously like to sterilize my pacifiers when I have the option, but these have been great when I have dropped them and needed a quick fix. 

I am super happy with all of the Dr. Brown's products that I have and will definitely be ordering more of them. All of the products I tried exceeded their remarkable reputation.  Dr. Brown's is actually giving away some of their products to one lucky reader! Winner will receive two 4 ounce standard bottles, two 8 ounce standard bottles, a Gia Nursing Pillow, Pre-Vent and silicone pacifiers and all 3 of their Healthy Wipes (Tooth and Gum Wipes, Pacifier and Bottle Wipes, and Nose and Face Wipes)

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**This post was NOT paid for by Handi-craft (Dr. Brown's), and all opinions expressed here are my own.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Plaid





Top: PinkBlush Maternity, Jeans: Gap, Sunglasses: Versace

The key staple in my wardrobe right now are tops and tunics that are long enough to cover my expanding bump! This is one of the jersey soft tunics that I got from PinkBlush Maternity that I have been talking about. This one is a size medium, and the length is perfect (it was actually a little big, so I had to shrink it a bit) I don't think I'll be wearing maternity jeans after this. As comfortable as these jeans are, I am ready to wear loose comfy pants until I give birth! I only have a few days left of work, so I will be trying my hardest to look cute, but still manage to be comfortable!
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Personalizing Baby B's Nursery & A Giveaway

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Well, exactly one week from today, I will be meeting my baby boy for the first time. I have been spending the last several months preparing for his arrival and wanted to share  some pics I took of his nursery after I converted my office space to his new room. I am getting super excited, but nervous as well. I will be holding my breath until I hear my son let out his very first cry noise.
We got this musical stuffed elephant from my brother and sister-in-law (its from Baby Braithwaite) for Christmas, and the elephant theme sort of just took off from there (along with my colors of navy and grey) I love monogrammed anything, so when I saw this throw pillow from Tiny Prints, I knew it would be the perfect addition to B's nursery.

I also fell in love with this grey polka dot "Lets Snuggle" pillow from Tiny Prints. I loved how I could personalize it with our family name, and the polka dots were just too cute to pass up. I know I will be able to use this personalized pillow for years to come.
This chair is my favorite item in the nursery. It is so unbelievably comfortable, which will be perfect for all my late night feedings, snuggle sessions and reading books to my little man. 
I'm really looking forward to getting some newborn pictures taken of my son once he arrives and getting them mounted onto a wrapped canvas like this one. This is one of my favorite pictures of me pregnant, so I wanted it to be a part of B's nursery. It was so simple to do, that all I did was change this picture of myself to a black and white image and uploaded it onto the Tiny Prints website. The finished canvas literally arrived in the same week! (I can't wait to tell B all about how much pain and suffering I endured for 10 months every time he looks at this! )

The gingham blackout curtains I got were the perfect pop of navy to add to the nursery.

I really wanted to have a chandelier in the nursery, but up here in New England, a lot of people don't have central air (us included) I figured it would be more important to keep the ceiling fan instead. I did get this blue chandelier canvas as a gift from my husband a few years ago for my office, so I decided to keep it in the nursery.

Since we are so limited on storage and space in our house, we opted for this dressing table combo because of all the storage it had. I literally have all of his clothing in these drawers! The closet in this room is currently still housing all of my clothing.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Well, I might not be able to wear any of these adorable swimsuits at the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't! I can't wait to get back to pre-baby body so that I can figure out what kind swimwear I will be sporting this summer. I love how a lot of the one pieces are so popular this year. One-pieces have definitely come a long way, and some of them are even cuter than the two-pieces I usually love! I love the sweetheart shaped tops, however I feel like a strap always needs to be worn with them because of how the cups fit my little ladies! What are your thoughts on the modernized one-piece trend?
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Pleated




Dress: c/o The Swanky Stork, Shoes: Old, option, Necklace: c/o Leopard and Latte

Two weeks from today, and I'll be holding my sweet baby boy in my arms! I got scheduled for a c-section this week after having my last ultrasound that still confirmed my son is breech (he's been this way since at least 20 weeks) This wasn't exactly how I pictured my birth to go, but there's nothing I can do about it, so all I care about is getting him here safely.  I was a breech baby, so was my mother, and so was my grandmother, so I guess this baby boy is already taking after his mama!

When I was 30 weeks pregnant, I started going to a prenatal chiropractor who specializes in the Webster Technique to help with some tailbone pain I was having along with trying to help turn this baby. My chiropractor has also been doing Moxibustion on me, which is where an herb is burned by your little toe (acupuncture pressure point) to try to get him to turn, but no luck! My doctor offered to do ECV (External Cephalic Version) where they manually try to externally rotate him, but I opted out. I hear that ECV is not very successful for first time moms (apparently our abdominal muscles are still a little stiff), its very painful, it can cause fetal distress, and even if the baby does turn, they can sometimes turn back to the breech position.

Besides being sick for 7 months and having a 3 week episode of not being able to walk, I feel very lucky in this pregnancy, and don't want to do anything at this point that could cause any fetal distress.  I keep thinking about his umbilical cord...what it it gets wrapped around him when they rotate him? What if its too short and that's the reason he's breech in the first place? I personally feel if this is the way he is supposed to be, then so be it. I have finally come to terms with having a c-section, and have expressed to my doctor how important immediate skin-to-skin contact is to me, assuming everything is medically ok as soon as he comes out.

So I'm in my final two week stretch, and getting dressed has been a challenge. Today I'm wearing this gorgeous dress from the Swanky Stork and I just adore this color,  its sort of like a shade of radiant orchid.  I love the pleats in it and it is one of the few items I have right now that fits me and is super comfortable. The Swanky Stork has so many cute spring dresses right now, that it almost makes me wish I was going to be pregnant longer (ok, so maybe not for that much longer!) How cute is this dress though??

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ombré





Top: c/o PinkBlush Maternity, Jeans: Motherhood Maternity, Necklace: c/o Sparkle and Gem, Shoes: c/o Ukies

This is the second top that I have gotten from PinkBlush Maternity that I plan to wear post-partum. These tops are a soft, comfy jersey knit fabric (only downside is they show my protruding belly button) that are great to wear now, but will be so wonderful to have after I have my baby. I'm thinking I'm going to want to wear big, loose fitting tops for a while, and these long tops are perfect to wear with skinny jeans or even leggings.

I'm also wearing my first pair Arianna Starry Gold pumps from Ukies and they are super comfortable! I am a sucker for comfort heels (my go-to brand is usually Sofft) and these Ukies definitely give my Sofft shoes a run for their money. Ukies, (another Atlanta based company, yay!) uses a patented nanogel technology to fight heel discomfort. These days I can barely wear any shoes with a heel, so these Ukies will definitely be in my shoe rotation in the next few weeks and most definitely post baby.

Speaking of baby, I am ready to have this one! Only a few more weeks to go! I am running out of room for him and am ready to hold him in my arms. I am in survival mode at this point, just trying to get through each day with as little discomfort as possible until he's here. I can't wait!
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