Tiny Tags For Mama

Thursday, April 12, 2018




In searching for Mother's Day gift ideas for the blog, I recently found the company Tiny Tags, and immediately fell in love with their jewelry. I knew I needed one of their personalized mother's necklaces to proudly wear the names of my two sweet girls around my neck! :)


When my necklace came in, I couldn't have been more excited! It is absolutely dreamy! The quality is amazing, and I love the unique style. It is a necklace I can wear every day no matter my outfit choice, which is perfect for someone like me who frequents yoga pants and tees. ;)


With Mother's Day a little over 4 weeks away, right now is the perfect time to start dropping hints about which piece of jewelry you want from Tiny Tags. They also make great gifts for Grandmas...I know a few who would proudly wear the names of their grandbabies around their necks! :) Along with the name bar necklace that I chose, there are also nameplate necklaces, circle pendants, charm necklaces, bracelets, and more! And, if you order your Mother's Day jewelry by April 29th you will get free shipping on a guaranteed delivery before May 13th!


This company is so wonderful, that they teamed up with me to giveaway a bar necklace just like mine to one of my amazing readers! Just go to my instagram to enter to win! The contest ends Sunday, April 15th at 9:00 PM PST and I will announce the winner Monday the 16th! :)

Until next time! XoXoXo

Two Months With Natalie

Monday, April 9, 2018






I'm not sure where time has gone, but my tiny little miracle is already 2 months old! She's starting to be so much fun with her little gummy grin and coos. Her last appointment was two weeks ago and she was 9 lbs 12 oz and 20.75 inches, so she's probably grown a little more since then! I packed away all her preemie and newborn clothes (tears!) and she is officially rocking the 3 month wardrobe. I can't remember life without this little munchie...there's no way it was as sweet! :)

We started off Natalie's second month of life with her bellybutton finally healing, so she got to have her first real bath!


She also had her 1 month pictures taken with sissy at her first photo shoot which she, of course, cried through most of. ;)



A week later, Natalie got to go on her first road trip to San Diego to attend her Auntie Nicole's wedding which she, of course, slept through most of! (Gotta love 5 week olds!) 


A couple weeks after that, she got all dressed up for Daddy's graduation from the Firefighter Academy! We are all so excited for this new crazy change to our family...it's going to be quite the amazing adventure! 


Then, a couple days later, Natalie got to celebrate her second first holiday...Easter! Baylee had the best time opening her basket for her, and they wore matching Easter dresses to dinner that evening.


I love this little babe more than I could ever explain! It's been so much fun to watch her personality start to shine through. I can already tell she's more quiet and reserved than big sis, and that she's going to take her time with milestones. By this age, Baylee was already rolling from belly to back and could prop herself on her forearms during tummy time. Natalie has shown no desire to roll and is perfectly content during tummy time just lifting her head slightly and kicking her legs while she coos quietly. I don't mind one bit though, and I kind of hope she takes her time growing up. :)  


Until next time! XoXoXo


 
 
 
 

Friday Favorites: Bathing Beauties

Friday, April 6, 2018


My girls got new bathing suits in their Easter baskets this year, and we are so excited for warmer weather so we can finally go for a swim! I thought I would round up a few of my favorites for toddler and baby girls this season! :) 
Clockwise from top left:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Now if only I could find a suit I love on my still very post partum bod! 😉

Where are your favorite places to shop for girls' and mamas' swim suits? 


Until next time! XoXoXo


 

Easter 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018


Easter this year was so much fun! One of my favorite things is to watch Baylee gain more understanding and get more excited for each holiday every year, and this Easter was no exception! Baylee went right to sleep the night before when I told her that the Easter Bunny couldn't come until she was sleeping. The next morning, she came in my room before sunrise wanting to see if the Bunny came. I had her get in my bed so I could finish my coffee before we started our morning. While we were sitting there her and I talked about Jesus and the true reason we celebrate Easter and we thanked Jesus for dying for our sins so that we could join Him in Heaven one day. :)

Once I was caffeinated enough, the girls and I headed to our living room, and sure enough, the Bunny had come! Baylee was so excited that he left baskets for both her and baby sissy. Natalie was less than thrilled and slept through most of the morning, but it was really cute to see Baylee include her sister in the festivities.





Once we finished baskets, the hunt was on! Baylee ran around like crazy searching for her eggs, and she found all 18 of them without any help from me! She opened them up and was super excited to find that most of them contained Shopkins. We always have sooo much leftover candy, so this year we did Shopkins instead, and I have to say they were an even bigger hit than candy would have been!



 





After the egg hunt, my dad came up to visit and joined us for breakfast. I made the cutest "bunny booty" pancakes and scrambled eggs. Just as we were finishing up, the neighbors came over and gave Baylee about 50 eggs filled with candy and money, and then Brian finally got home from work and our morning got even better! :)



In the afternoon, we did some grocery shopping (because adulting lol) and we got to try out Natalie's shopping cart hammock for the first time! It was so awesome, I'm definitely going to have to do a post soon about how much and why I love this little contraption!


Once we got home, we got dressed in our Easter best and went out to dinner because this mommy dropped the ball on prepping for an Easter dinner at home. It turned out to be so much fun though, and it was pretty great to not have to cook or clean up!







It was definitely one of the best and most relaxing Easters we have ever had, which was perfect for how crazy life has been lately! Now, we are so ready for warm weather and to get some use out of the girls' bathing suits that they got in their baskets! 

Hope you all had a very wonderful Easter, friends!


Until next time! XoXoXo





Only Love For The Owlet

Thursday, March 29, 2018




I'm almost 7 weeks in to my second go around with a newborn, and although I’m definitely exhausted from night feeds, I have to say that the second time has been significantly easier. I’m sure a big part of it is that I “know what I’m doing” now so there aren’t very many surprises, but I also think I prepared better this time. One of the biggest differences has been having the Owlet Smart Sock monitor for night time.

When Baylee was a baby, my husband and I used to find ourselves waking up not only when she made noise, but also when she was super quiet to make sure she was still breathing. SIDS is so scary, so we would stand over her or touch her chest looking for the up/down of her breathing. I know we definitely would have gotten a lot more sleep if it weren’t for us being so worried about her all night long.

This time, with Natalie, my Dad gifted us with the Owlet monitor. My sister had been using it for about 5 months with my niece after she got out of the NICU and she completely swore by it, so I was convinced! Sure enough, the first couple of nights at home that I started using the monitor we had a couple of red alerts that Natalie’s oxygen level was dipping below 80. It was terrifying, but I was so glad that we had the monitor to alert me to check on her. Both times that it went off, she ended up being just fine (she was born 3 weeks early so maybe a little sleep apnea, which can happen with newborns who are a little premature) but what a relief to know that we didn’t have to constantly wake up to make sure she was breathing!

Since then, I have put the Owlet monitor on Natalie every night, and so far we have had no more scary alerts! It’s so easy to use, and I sleep so much better with the reassurance that it is tracking her heart rate and oxygen level all night long. In the end, I would definitely recommend new parents invest in an Owlet. The better sleep and peace of mind is worth every penny! :)


Until next time! XoXoXo

One Month With Natalie

Friday, March 9, 2018


And just like that, my little peanut is already a month old! How did it go so fast?! We had a wonderful first month, and I already miss those first few precious days with her and her tiny self! Newborns are so addicting. :)

As of her last doctors appointment, Natalie is now 7 lbs 9 oz and 18 inches long. She's finally fitting in her newborn clothes, and is a complete snuggle bunny happiest on Mama's chest.

We started off our first days at home with lots of nursing and lots of "sunshine time" to help move her jaundice out. She still is a little yellow in her face and eyes, but we are finally doing much better!


At 5 days old, Natalie had her first holiday...Valentine's Day! I happened to have bought her an outfit just in case she made an early debut and was around for the day, so she looked completely festive and adorable! 



A few days later, we did our first Target trip together (big milestone of course!) and Natalie slept through the whole thing!  


Baylee and baby sis had their first "mama photo shoot" together (of many I'm sure) and it was so much fun putting them in their little double trouble outfits.  


Really, I've just been having a blast and looking for any excuse to take pictures of this sweet babe. So nice that she doesn't move yet. ;) 



It's been so amazing getting to watch her come out of her "newborn fog" and get more alert every day. Even though she is my second baby, I'm still in awe of how much babies change in their first year. I feel so blessed that I get to experience this all over again! 


Happy 1 Month, sweet girl! I love being your Mama, and I'm so happy you're here!

Until next time! XoXoXo

 
 
 
 
 

32 Things About Me

Monday, March 5, 2018

  Today is my 32nd birthday, and I seriously can't believe I am now "in my thirties". It seemed so far away in my 20's, but now it's here and I'm completely choosing to embrace it! So, here's a fun random fact post in honor of my birthday. :)


32 Things About Me

1. I am deeply afraid of heights. Even being on hotel balconies freaks me out.

2. My favorite colors are pink and grey.

3. I want my husband and I to renew our vows on a beach in Hawaii. (Preferably Oahu where we started dating.)

4. I feel so blessed to have daughters. I’ve always dreamed of being a girl mom! (I wouldn’t mind having a boy next though!)

5. My blog started as just a way for me to document my pregnancy with Baylee for myself and family, and now has turned into a huge part of my life. I’m so grateful to have my little space to be creative and for the community of Mom friends I have found.

6. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but right now being a stay at home mom is pretty dang amazing.

7. It blows my mind that I have an IVF baby. I feel like everything happened so fast (even though it was over the course of 15 months) and “poof” she’s here!

8. I have a terrible sweet tooth. Donuts, ice cream, and cupcakes are life!

9. Stargazer lillies and gerbera daisies are my favorite flowers.

10. I love going out to eat for any meal. My favorite restaurants are BJ’s, Mimi’s Cafe, and Lucille’s.

11. I only see movies in theaters once or twice a year. Hubby and I both think it’s way too overpriced, so we just wait for them to come out on Netflix.

12. I love to bake. In another life I would have totally gone to school to be a pastry chef.

13. I have a Starbucks addiction. My favorite drinks are iced caramel macchiatos and strawberry açaí refreshers. Unless it’s fall or Christmas time then I’m all about the seasonal choices!

14. Despite the empty tank I often have, I love being a mama and taking care of my girls more than anything in the world. They are my greatest treasures.

15. My husband is my best friend without a doubt. He makes me one proud and happy wifey on the daily!

16. I have this crazy desire to own a goat or a pot belly pig one day. Maybe both?

17. My love for food runs deep. I would love to be fit and healthy all the time, but then pizza, donuts, and french fries happen and I mean...one life to live, right? ;)

18. I went to private school from Kindergarten to 12th grade. My high school was an all-girls school.

19. I have 3 dogs and I am not a fan of cats at all.

20. I read the entire Harry Potter series in one summer (only reading about an hour a day).

21. If it was an option to go to Disneyland multiple times a week I would. I never get sick of it! (I haven’t been in a month and I’m dying! Lol)

22. My dream vacation is to stay in an over-water bungalow in Fiji.

23. I’m 10 college courses away from having a B.A. in Liberal Studies (to be a teacher) I got burnt out so I took a break one quarter and never went back. I have every intention of finishing one day when the time is right.

24. I was obsessed with pumpkin flavored stuff before it was cool. ;) It’s been one of my favorite flavors since I was a kid.

25. I joke about feeling old, but honestly I love my 30’s way more than my 20’s.

26. I want to learn to scuba dive, and I also want to go in a shark cage.

27. We plan on having one more baby, but if I was a little younger we would probably have 4 or 5 kids. (I’m just too tired lol)

28. The most thrilling thing I’ve ever done was ride a horse in the ocean in Jamaica. The water was up to it's neck and it was so crazy and so fun!

29. The first surgery I ever had was my C-section with Natalie 3 weeks ago. (And boy do I hope I never have to do that again!)

30. I collect coffee mugs and cozy blankets.

31. I love bubble baths, and I try to take one every so often to decompress.

32. I truly believe that the key to happiness is just choosing happy every day.

Cheers to 32!

Until next time! XoXoXo