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Simple Pleasures: Baby Edition

July 30, 2014

I’m expecting my 2nd baby soon & the products I featured are completely new to me. I’m excited to try them!

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{ My new rockaRoo seat from 4 Moms }

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{ This foldable “Flexi Bath” from Stokke }

This bath is so cool & convenient. It folds flat in the middle so you can store it, travel or move it around the house easier.

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{ This hands-free hooded infant towel from Puj  is awesome! }

Towel stays secure using interlocking silicone tabs around the neck (where the heck was this towel when I had my first?!).

This towel will give me more piece of mind, knowing that I have both hands free to dry my baby with!
It’s made from thick, ultra-soft cotton.

photo 1-4{ Gia Nursing Pillow from Dr. Brown’s }

I used the Boppy with my first. I still have it too. But…I’m not a fan of the Boppy. I always had to use extra support – prop a pillow or two under it on the side I was nursing on. That got annoying quick! But I put up with it.

And NOW…

Ta-Daaa!

I can’t wait to try this nursing pillow! Hopefully it will solve all the problems the Boppy couldn’t…fingers crossed!

Have you tried any of these products? Please tell me how you like them in the comments.

Xx- Kristen

Babymoon Time!

July 23, 2014

Our babymoon is just a day away, and I CAN’T WAIIIIIIT!!!

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I think taking the time off with your partner before your little one’s arrival is a MUST (if you can)! We got away when we were expecting with our first son…And we had a unforgetable babymoon in Italy (pictures below)!

{ Our baby moon in Rome, Itay. Expecting our first. }

{ Our baby moon in Rome, Itay. Expecting our first. }

{ Spanish Steps }

{ Spanish Steps }

{ Positano, Italy }

{ Positano, Italy }

My husband and I ideally wanted to get out-of-town this time around, but because we have a 19 month old & the days literally just flew by, unfortunately, we missed our window to travel by plane.

Luckily, we live in a city most people would love to come for vacation – Miami! We have amazing hotels/resorts to choose from.

My hubby booked us at a beautiful resort where we can relax, enjoy the spa & just be beach-bums…We literally just want to do NOTHING!

Beachfront Resort & Spa in Miami Beach

Beachfront Resort & Spa in Miami Beach

 

We need this time away from our day-to-day life to re-connect and re-charge our batteries before our 2nd blessing arrives. And if you already have a kid at home already then ya know what I mean!

If you’re expecting (or will be someday soon) take my advice, and GO!

 

Tell me where you went on your baby moon? Do you have any suggestions for the moms-to-be?

 

Xx-Kristen

 

 

My Picks: Products for a Healthy Pregnancy

July 22, 2014
{ Aloe, Chlorella Powder, Echinacea, Prenatal Vitamins, Wheatgrass, H20 with Lemon }

{ Aloe, Chlorella Powder, Echinacea, Prenatal Vitamins, Wheatgrass, H20 with Lemon }

 

Being pregnant is a the most beautiful experience!

It can also be a scary, emotional & confusing experience. But if ever there were a time to try to be the healthiest you can be for that little human inside of you, it’s now!

This is my second time around –  Currently, I’m 35 weeks pregnant. I have always been an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle. So making sure that I continued to put healthy products on my skin and more importantly, inside my body, was just something natural for me.

I would like to share a few extra products (Dr. approved) that have been essential during (and after) my pregnancies.

*Please check with your Doctor regarding any products that you would like to add to your healthy regimen.

1. Aloe Vera:  aloe is great to help keep me regular (if you know what I mean). During pregnancy we can have “difficulties” in that area sometimes, & drinking aloe every night before bed helps keep things moving.

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2. Organic Chlorella Powder: chlorella is great in removing toxins from the body, and it enhances your immune system. I add a scoop in my morning or afternoon smoothies.

3. Echinacea:  when you feel a little cold coming on, take echinacea drops! Echinacea helps to boost your immune system. And because pregnant woman really can’t take medications, take these drops at the first sign of  a cold to help stop or lessen the effects – the natural way.

4. Prenatal Vitamins (Duh!):  With out question, if you do nothing else – take your vitamins daily! Prenatal vitamins help fill the gaps in your nutrition. The New Chapter-Perfect Prenatal I take is the best, in my opinion! The vitamins are made from organic vegetables & herbs. These vitamins claim to be gentle on the stomach & that you can even take them on an empty stomach. I can honestly say, with having taken these during my pregnancies, they have never made me nauseous.

5. Wheatgrass Drink Powder:  These single serve packets are great for adding to your morning smoothies, or taking on the go. Wheatgrass is among one of the most powerful natural detoxifying agents. In fact, it has been said that just about one ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to more than 2 pounds of leafy green vegetables! Wheatgrass contains more than 90 minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium as well as essential enzymes and 19 amino acids.

6. Water (with Lemon): It’s essential to keep hydrated during pregnancy. We need to drink more water to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can lead to a many health issues like, dizziness, nausea, headaches and constipation.

 

I hope these products help you whether you’re expecting, or not.

Share with me your favorite products in the comments.

 

Xx-Kristen

 

References:  Organicauthority.com, Babycenter.com

 

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For the Moms or Moms-to-be

July 11, 2014

Ok ladies, It’s my Friday round-up.

I chose these items more specifically for the mamas out there… & of course, these products were chosen with your health in mind! You know how I feel about products with a bunch of crap in them…pure & natural is the way to go when it comes to you and your baby!

This Honest Co. baby arrival gift set, is not only practical but adorable!
If you haven’t tried Honest Co. products for your little one, what are you waiting for?!
This set includes 7 essential/full-sized pieces including: Shampoo + Body Wash, Face + Body Lotion, Healing Balm, Hand Sanitizer, Silicone Baby Teether, Wipes & a 7-pack of Diapers.
 All items made with non-toxic, safe & natural ingredients.
Isn’t this Baby’s First Book by, Rag & Bone Bindery so cute (and original)?!
Well they are handmade, beautiful books – perfect to start jotting down all your baby’s first moments.
Let your creativity flow!
The two I own pictured here are: “Little Lions” & “Jungle Book.
I encourage you to check these adorable books out. I received both of mine as a gift from my sister — LOVE them!
Each ribbon-bound book contains 24 whimsical, fill-in pages like:
Before you were Born“,”How we picked your name” and “Baby’s World“.
 I love this page – Baby’s Mementos. I put hospital bracelets in there, my labor check-in card & of course my son’s belly button!
 ((And by the way these books were featured in American Baby, InStyle Magazine, Child, People Magazine, TotSnob, Parenting and more)).
Drinking water is essential…well, ALWAYS! But keeping hydrated during & after pregnancy is SUPER-DUPER important! So why not hydrate using these chic water bottles by Bkr?
You’re probably thinking…”Ok, this is just a water bottle. What’s so special about it?!”
Well, obviously >> If it’s a cute bottle your more likely to remember to drink.
But more importantly, Bkr bottles are made out of glass with a (colorful) silicone sleeve,
have a food grade polypropylene cap, BPA-free, phthalate free & are 100% reusable + recyclable.
During pregnancy, you may experience awful-itchy bellies! Just another lovely situation we have to deal with during this time.
But I FINALLY found a product that really does deal with this problem –  NO MORE ITCHY BABY BUMP!! Hooray!
Zoe Organics, relieves the itchy skin and is a rich conditioner for stretching skin during pregnancy. Shea butter, along with other blends of organic oils, extracts and essential oils work to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
As busy moms, we look for quick and easy, right?! We’re sleep deprived and on “the job” 24/7.
So when I find something that makes life just that much easier, I just gotta share it!
If you’re like me, your day-to-day makeup routine is pretty & basic.
The CC+ product by,
  IT Cosmetics will become your BFF!!
This baby is a color correcting, full coverage cream & anti-aging serum WITH SPF 50!!
It’s a no-brainer girls! It’s basically your foundation, moisturizer, serum, skin perfector & SPF
ALL IN-ONE!
I just upgraded to this bigger (and I think better) Classic diaper bag from PBKids.
Going from one to two boys requires a bigger bag. I love it because it so roomy and it has 3 separate compartments. It has helped me organize a lot better, compared to my other bags.
I also monogrammed it (of course) with my initials. That way, when it’s no longer a diaper bag for the kids, I could use it as a travel or beach bag for myself! :)
 
 
Photo Credit: ZoeOrganics, Instagram

Tell me what your favorites are. I would love to hear them!

Xx-Kristen