I Am An Ava Woman

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


  

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my latest post raving about how much I love the Ava Women Fertility tracker that I have been using for a few months now. I thought I would make a blog post, though, just so I can elaborate on what an amazing product it is!

If you are trying to conceive, already pregnant, or just want a better way to track your cycles, then you need the Ava bracelet in your life. You only have to wear it at night, and then every morning when you wake up you can log in to your handy app to sync the overnight data. In time, the data collected will help you learn things like your most fertile days and when you should be expecting your cycle to start.


As a woman with PCOS, my cycles have always ranged from 24-56 days and I've even had one or two that were in the 60 day range. It can be very frustrating to not know what to expect, and temping and using ovulation predictor kits can be super time and money consuming. The Ava bracelet is wonderful because it takes out all the guesswork. The app shows me everything I need to know by using 5 key physical signals to track my cycle and detect my 5 most fertile days. Are we trying to conceive naturally after going through IVF to have Natalie? Not necessarily, but how neat would it be if it did happen?? :)


If you think the Ava bracelet might be for you, I'm here to tell you, do not hesitate, just do it! I promise you will not be disappointed! Now is the time, just click here to purchase your Ava bracelet and use the code: ANDGRACE to save $20 Then, you too can be an Ava Woman with the rest of us!
 
 

Mama, You're Doing Great!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


I read an article recently about why today's moms are so exhausted all the time, and it pointed out the fact that we are all just plain overflowing with too much information. I thought about it, and I really couldn't agree more. We have Google and Pinterest at our fingertips at all times, and it becomes hard to decipher truth from opinion when it comes to getting parenting advice from the Internet.
No matter what, someone always has something to say about every parenting choice that exists. It's getting to the point where we are being encouraged to not trust licensed physicians' recommendations regarding care for our kids both long and short term. We are warned to be terrified of SIDS, autism, car seat safety, allergies, cancer, poisoning, and accidental drownings, and first hand accounts of families being affected by these terrible things keep us up at night. Worst of all, we are a generation of "mom shamers" where no matter what decision you choose to make for your own child, other moms have no problem putting you on blast explaining why they think you're wrong in front of all of social media.

Well, I'm not here to do that. I just want to tell you that, Mama, you're doing a great job!

It shouldn't matter whether we breastfeed, formula feed, baby wear, or push our babies in a stroller. I truly believe that the choices someone makes for their child are theirs alone, and that unless they are putting their child in flat out danger or breaking a law, then everyone else should just bite their tongue. In my (almost) five years of being a mom, I have heard my share of unsolicited advice. At first, I was eager for knowledge, so I would nod my head and soak in every word,  but at a certain point it became overwhelming and conflicting. It started to put me in a parenting slump. I had to teach myself to take it with a grain of salt, and then roll my eyes later on at how ridiculous people can be. While you may mean well, giving another mom advice, the truth is that no one knows her child the way she does. What works for one may not work for another, and we need to respect that.

Now, this doesn't go to say that we shouldn't have our own opinions or have advice ready for those who seek it from us. I, myself, love to give advice to the lost mama who can't get her baby to sleep on their own or who has questions about anything parenting related at all. I also have some strong opinions about certain parenting methods, but I would never shame other mamas for disagreeing with me or doing it differently. Everyone has their own parenting style, and really, I think we need to give each other a break. We are all in the same boat trying to be the best mamas that we possibly can. The very least we could do is build each other up instead of breaking each other down!

So, here's to you...the working mamas, the stay-at-home moms, the breastfeeders, the formula feeders, the baby-wearers, the stroller pushers, the moms with singletons, and the moms with multiple kids, every mama out there, no matter what you choose...YOU ARE AMAZING! You deserve a pat on the back and a glass of wine, because at the end of the day all our kids are fed and happy, and it doesn't matter how they got there; just that they are.
 So, give yourself a break, Mama, and don't use Dr. Google this time. Talk to your doctor, your co-parent, or just plain go with your gut. Let's make a pact to simplify this parenting gig! After all, they were doing it long before Pinterest, right? ;)

 

Girl Mom Photo Shoot

Thursday, June 6, 2019

When Brian asked what I wanted for Mother's Day this year, I told him I just wanted pictures with my girls because they will never be this little again. The amazing Jamie D. Photography took all my "mommy & me" photo shoot dreams and made them a reality. I am so glad I had these pictures taken! I will definitely cherish them forever. :)































Oh, how I love being a "girl mom"! :)

Strollin' Through Disney

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

As all of us frequent Disneyland visitors know, they changed their stroller regulations as of May 1st this year. It was definitely time to start looking in to a more compact stroller, so that's why I was so excited to get to work with Contours Baby to try out their Contours Bitsy Compact Fold Stroller. It is by far the best travel stroller I have ever used, and it's 100% Disney approved based on their new stroller size requirements! We tried it out at Disneyland on Monday, and it's definitely love! :)


At only 13.5 pounds, the stroller is super light and so easy to push; even up hills! We had some family with us, so I was making all of the adults take turns pushing it around. They all agreed that it was like pushing a little cloud! And even though it is small, the undercarriage is big enough to fit all the things you might need for a day at a theme park!


I would definitely recommend this stroller for both every-day and for traveling. It is airplane-friendly, and has a one-handed easy fold mechanism for on the go, but it's also comfortable enough for a kiddo to sit in for a long time. Natalie happily took her afternoon nap reclined in the stroller with the over-sized sunshade pulled down. After being in Disney all day, she was still completely comfortable riding around in her new stroller. I am so excited to use this awesome stroller on the regular from now on! :)





Summer Bucket List

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


The first day of summer isn't for another month, but Baylee starts school on July 15th, so we have 7 weeks to have all the summertime fun! Here is our list for this year of all the things we are hoping to do!

Summer Bucket List

1. Swim lessons for Baylee.
2. Go on a picnic at the park.
3. Visit a splash pad.
4. Make homemade popsicles
5. Tons of pool days!
6. Have a beach day and end it with a beach bonfire!
7. Watch fireworks on Independence Day.
8. Make s’mores in the fire pit. (Like every night that Daddy is home!)
9. Go to a baseball game.
10. Get matching manis and pedis with Baylee.
11. Go to the library and check out some new books.
12. Lay on a blanket outside and check out all the stars.
13. Have a water balloon fight.
14. Visit the farmers market.
15. Go to the aquarium and/or zoo.
16. Make ice cream sundaes.
17. Make homemade lemonade and sun tea.
18. Go to the movies on a hot day.
19. Visit the local kids club.
20. Spend a lot of time soaking up my big girl before she starts KINDERGARTEN!!!
 
I know this summer is going to fly, so I really hope we find time to do all the things and still spend a lot of days relaxing. ;)
 
What's on your summer bucket list?!
 
 



Fifteen Months With Natalie!

Thursday, May 9, 2019



My darling Natty Lou is 15 months old today! She finally started walking about 8 weeks ago, and she's basically running now. She is a full-force toddler complete with opinions and tantrums, but her sweet disposition seems to be sticking around, so I'm glad! She's the biggest cuddle bug I've ever met, a complete people-person, and a huge animal lover. I'm enjoying this stage in her life so much; even on the hard days she's still just the cutest thing! :)

Age: 15 months
 
Weight: 22 lbs


Height: 30 inches


Clothing size: 18 months


Teeth: Four that have cut completely (yay!!) and two more that are halfway cut. So, six by the end of next week :)


Favorite foods: BANANAS! She can eat a whole banana in one sitting in minutes. She also loves noodles, spaghetti, carrots, chicken, and yogurt.


Words: Oh, my little Natty Parrot. I was so worried she wouldn't talk well, but she turned 1, and sure showed me! Not only does she repeat words all day, but she says little phrases like "Hi Dada/Mama/Sissy!" and "Up me!" (Which means "up please") She even says "Thank you" when you hand her something she wants. Her all time favorite word to say, though, is "shoe". 


Favorite activities: chasing Baylee and Kennedy around and acting like she knows whats going on, bath time, running around in the backyard, and eating


Least favorite activites: diaper changes (It's like trying to put a diaper on a rolling alligator!)


Favorite toys: play food from the play kitchen, her purse, and random objects around the house. Honestly, I don't even know why we have toys for her. Hahaha! ;)


Signature moves: taking all of the shoes out of the shoe basket for 20 minutes and letting me know that each one is a "'shoe!!!", walking on the couch cushions and then body slamming a perfectly innocent Baylee, dumping out the dogs water (still obsessed), and throwing the nearest toy as hard as she can when she's mad

Honestly, I forgot how much fun one-year-olds are! It's been so much fun watching her blossom more each day and really create a bond with her big sis and cousin. 

I love you, my Peanut! 
I'm so glad God picked me to be your mommy!


Easter 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

I have to say that our Easter this year was the most laid back and relaxing ever! It was so nice to just have a quiet day with the girls. :)

My sister and I were up early, and we were greeted at the crack of dawn by Baylee. (Of course!) She was so excited to see that the Easter Bunny had left baskets for her, her sister and cousin. We made her wait for the little ones to wake up, so she spent an hour staring at the three baskets and telling us what she saw. It was too funny! Once everyone was awake we let them go through their baskets. They were so excited!





After baskets, we all hopped in the car to drive through Starbucks. I had given it up for Lent, so you better believe I was going to start my morning with a machiatto after not having one for almost 7 weeks! When we got in to the front yard, Baylee was so excited to see Easter eggs all over our lawn. "I thought the Easter Bunny forgot to hide eggs this year!" she said. He usually hides them inside the house, but this year thought our front lawn would be a beautiful location. ;)

When we got back from Starbucks, Brian was just getting home from the station, so he got to help us with the egg hunt! It was so much fun, and even Natalie and Kennedy got the hang of it right from the start! 




After the egg hunt, we made french toast bunnies for breakfast, and then let the girls play with all their new goodies from their baskets. 


We had a quiet afternoon while Natalie took her nap, and my sister and Kennedy left to go visit her husband's family. Once Natty woke up, we all got dressed, and went out to dinner.
The girls behaved so well at the restaurant, and it was the perfect way to end our relaxing day!



Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!
Hallelujah! He is risen!