Kid Friendly Rugs that are Actually Stylish

Kid friendly rugs were hard to find when I was shopping nursery decor and redecorating our home and what I did find wasn’t cute.  Let’s face it, nothing about “kid friendly” decor screams sexy or sophisticated.

I redecorated our home earlier this year, while I was pregnant.  I knew I would be sharing our space with a little mischief-maker, but I didn’t want our home to look like he ran the place.

Kid friendly rugs were probably the most difficult item to find.  If I liked it, the reviews didn’t support using it in a family space.  One rug that I actually purchased and later returned had reviews that read, “Sheds fibers so badly, it isn’t safe for a baby’s room” and “I tried to spot clean it once and ruined the whole thing.”  I liked the look of it, but I couldn’t keep it for the nursery.

Lorena Canals PR people reached out to me and offered me a rug in return for my review.  Ok sure, I was ready to give up and I was DONE looking for rugs.  The heavy rug I returned had to be lugged by my lovely husband to work and then to a UPS store on his lunch hour, way too much trouble.  I figured I would just keep whatever they sent me and deal with it.  Turns out, Lorena Canals kid friendly rugs are remarkably stylish and legit kid friendly.  I absolutely love mine.

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Which Baby Carrier is the Best for Baby Wearing?

Baby wearing is wildly popular and these days moms can do almost anything with the right baby carrier.  New mothers can baby-wear during fitness classes (at Modern Milk for my local mamas), during home work-outs, house cleaning, raising other little ones, the possibilities are endless and so are the baby carrier options. Baby carriers come in all shapes and sizes from structured carriers to unstructured wraps and offer a variety of carrying positions.  It’s no wonder new moms have a hard time choosing the right baby carrier. Several moms told me they went through a few carriers before finding the one they love.

LILLEbaby offered me a carrier in exchange for my honest review.  LILLEbaby offers several different carriers.  After visiting the compare carriers list multiple times and speaking with other moms, I decided on the LILLEbaby All Seasons carrier.  The All Seasons carrier checked all the boxes for me and I feel like I get more out of this baby carrier than any other carrier on the market.

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Why I Chose the All Seasons Baby Carrier by LILLEbaby

6 Ergonomic Carrying Positions

6 ways to carry baby means I don’t have to worry about baby Linc’s evolving preferences.  I can also change the position based on his growth and what’s most comfortable for me at that time.  The All Seasons baby carrier holds children from 7-45 lbs.

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Black Friday 2017 Is Here and I’m Freaking Out RN: Shop My Picks

Black Friday at NORDSTROM! Extra 20% OFF selected sale items. FREE shipping. FREE returns.

Black Friday is here and I’m freaking out rn.  I can’t handle all the great deals.   Nordstrom has to be one of my favorite places to shop.  Remember to choose your 10x points day before you do all your holiday shopping.  Check out my favorite picks below and be sure to comment what your picks are!  I can’t wait to get out and go shopping this year.

Nordstrom Black Friday Women’s Clothing Picks

Flare sleeves are back in again. Scoop these up while they’re on sale!

Boyfriend shirts are a go-to staple for me. I love the pocket shadow detail.

Rails shirts are my favorite casual shirts. They are so incredibly soft, but a bit pricy, so sales are the perfect time to stock up.

I’m obsessed with cardigans this year. Black Friday is the perfect occasion to refresh this closet staple.

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DockATot Review: How Our Family Sleeps Sucessfully

I waited 7 weeks before writing my DockATot review because I wasn’t entirely sure if I needed a baby lounger.  I’ve seen docked tots snoozing all over Instagram and it seems every mommy blogger I follow has one.  Prior to having our baby I wasn’t sure what the fuss was about.  I considered the DockATot a “nice to have,” rather than a “must have” product.  Still, everyone raves about them, so when I was gifted the DockATot Deluxe to try out in exchange for my review, I gave it a fair shot for an honest and complete review.

What the Fuss?

The Swedish designed lounger is hand-made in Europe, wildly popular across the pond and has a fast growing tribe of tots in the US.  DocATot baby loungers create an environment similar to the womb.  The bumpers around the edge cradle baby just like mom.  Besides being a snuggly, cozy sleep station, DockATot loungers have lots of uses that make parenting easier.  Having taken advantage of most of them, I can understand why parents love them.

How We Use Our DockATot:

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Best Swaddle Blanket for Newborns: The “Smarter Swaddle”

Swaddle blankets were the most received item at our baby shower.  Most of our friends gave an item off the registry and then threw in their favorite swaddle blanket.  Every parent seemed to have a favorite swaddle blanket, so I felt like I had a million of them after our shower.

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We tried all of them within the first few days of bringing home our newborn.  Let me just say that I’ve got mad swaddle skills, but they were no match for my little ninja escape artist.  It didn’t matter the material or size of the blanket, he would find a way out of it and scream at precisely the moment his over-tired parents were able to fall asleep.

Picture this… middle of the second night at home, I hadn’t slept well for five nights forever and was recovering from a c-section, hubby was exhausted from working and being up with baby and our post-circumcised baby was angry, painful and refusing to stay in every swaddle we tried.  He WOULD NOT sleep.

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Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock: Best Mom Hack Ever

The Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock, aka, the best mom hack ever, landed on my front porch for free in exchange for my review.  I could not be more thrilled for this opportunity.  After trying it out, I will be gifting these at every future baby shower.  To all my future preggo friends, you’re welcome.

My eldest niece was born 14 years ago and there weren’t a lot of mom hacks, or at least we didn’t have Pinterest to tell us about them.  Taking my niece to the grocery store meant schlepping her bulky, heavy car seat into the store.  There was no good way to tote a tot around a store in a car seat.  Either the car seat went on top of the cart (a safety hazard for car seats slipping, carts tipping and for tip toeing moms), or the car seat went in the cart and groceries went…??  Outings were no easy task, especially post c-section.

Fast forward to the birth of my son a month ago, I was not looking forward to grocery store trips.  Fortunately for me, there was a very clever mama on a mission to solve this shopping dilemma.  Lisa Pinnell created the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock after sharing the same shopping struggles.

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Binxy Baby: AKA Best Mom Hack Ever

The shopping cart hammock holds babies up to 6-8 months of age (until they are able to sit up on their own).  At a whopping 7 pounds, in the photo below, my little guy loves it!  He is strapped in to the harness and enjoying the sites around the store from the best seat in the house.  Binxy Baby isn’t just convenient, it’s safe and it’s been tested for all current safety standards.

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How to Style Fall Layers: Proportions are Everything

Knowing how to style Fall layers is the difference between looking homeless and looking chic. 

  The slightest tweak to proportion makes the biggest difference.

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How to Style Fall Layers:

One trick I use when I style Fall layers is to make sure none of the layers start and end at the same point.  For example, if you want to pair your favorite long cardigan with a cute pair of boots, they shouldn’t touch at exactly the same point.  If they both meet at the knee, go for a shorter or taller boot, so they don’t create a line clean across the body.  You’ll add length and dimension by separating the two.

Take a look at this old picture of me wearing two very different boot styles.

These knee high boots by Vince on the left are my favorite Fall boots, but they just don’t work with this cardigan.  If I wanted to make them work, I could slip into some black pants.  The black pant wouldn’t contrast the boot and they would highlight the jacket for an overall lengthening affect.  The Jimmy Choo biker boots on the right are an improvement overall, but with as short as I am, a bootie or mule would have worked better than both of these shoes.  It’s incredible how much proportions affect the look. Continue Reading

Ultimate First Time Mom Baby Registry Essentials

The first time mom baby registry is confusing.  Registry checklists tell you that you need EVERYTHING for baby.  And there is no shortage of items to choose from for the first time mom baby registry.  You’re going to rock this mom gig and you’ll figure out the big-ticket items like the car seat and stroller (mine are Uppa Baby).

Below are the picks I consider outstanding for the first time mom baby registry.  I didn’t have a sweet clue which products to choose for my registry, so I’ve included lots of other basics at the end of this post.  If you have any questions about the products, feel free to drop me a note in my inbox or in the comments section!

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Pregnancy Update: 38 weeks. Only a Few Days Left

It’s been a while since my last pregnancy update.  Earlier this week, I turned 38 weeks pregnant and I can’t believe how quickly the third trimester got away from me.  Between baby showers, putting the finishing touches on our new home, twice weekly doctor’s visits, decorating the nursery, getting our lives ready for Baby Boy, working and blogging, I feel like I just revealed the pregnancy yesterday.

Pregnancy Update:

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How far along are you?

I’m 38 weeks and 4 days.

How big is peanut? 

He’s a the size of a watermelon and it sure does feel like I’m carrying a watermelon.  If a watermelon could kick my ribs and punch the nerves in my pelvis.

Total weight gain/loss? 

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First Trimester Maternity Fashion: What to Buy, What Not to Buy

First trimester maternity shopping is a mixed bag.  First time mamas walk around the house pushing out their bellies and longing for an adorable bump.  The second time around, you spend the entire first trimester sucking in your gut, telling yourself you can still get into your skinny jeans.

It’s difficult for first-time mommies to decide what to buy.  Prepared or not, as soon as that little stick turns pink, the body starts going through major changes.  One day you can hide it and the next, you’re belly is so bloated, literally nothing in the closet fits.  Beyond the bump, there’s the boobs.  Suddenly none of your bras fit and how the heck are you supposed to know what size they’re going to stay?  New clothes and new bras… this could be a disaster for the preggo’s wallet.

Relax… All you need in the first trimester is a few staples that will grow with the pregnancy.  You’ll be more comfy and you can rest easy knowing you didn’t waste money on non-essentials.  Your body deserves comfort, but it’s better to wait for most items.  Your bump won’t be big enough for big maternity dresses for a while and you need to see how your body is going to grow.

I thought I would be one of those moms who only gains 25 lbs and is all belly.  That’s sort of true; I’m all belly, but I retained a ton of fluid.  A couple of my first trimester maternity fashion finds did not last me through the third trimester.  I’m here to make sure your first trimester maternity shopping spree is successfully carries you through the end.

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First Trimester Maternity Staples:

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