It’s been a hot minute

Guys, it has been a hot minute. I just logged on to my blog for the first time in a while and noticed that my last post was in August. What? That’s two months ago. I have been slacking. Okay, truthfully I just can’t get my shit together…

Turns out, I suck at time management. I suck at prioritizing. Lastly, I suck at committing to something and actually following through. I’m not putting myself down here…I’m just stating the facts. Those are some of my personality flaws….it is what it is.

I am having SUCH a difficult time managing everything. I may seem semi put together but everyday feels like a scramble. There’s so much to be done. I never feel like I am “ahead” or like I just have free time to do something I’d actually like to do and not something that I have to do (clean the house, pick up toys, etc.) that is… if I want my life to be partly in order.

I have completely neglected my blog and social media presence. As I previously posted about on my Instagram, unfortunately, it’s the first thing to go. I need your tips! How do you balance it all?

When I pick Amelia up from daycare and am finally home with her after a long day, I don’t want to be taking the time to create a post or think of captions for my latest picture. Turns out, it’s a lot harder that it seems! Which I know sounds ridiculous…

I really try hard to not always be on my phone when I’m with her. I want to be present in the moment with her and interact with her. I get so angry when I see parents who are always sitting on their phones when their child is trying to get their attention. So, I really strive to not be that person… do I find myself sometimes mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram? Yes. Do I hate it? Yes. I get so annoyed with myself.

Then I think, all the time I just spent scrolling through Facebook could have been spent writing a blog post or doing anything else more productive. I don’t take anything away from scrolling through social media apps. It’s an unhealthy habit. A mindless one…

So, I want to say sorry. Sorry to myself and sorry to my readers for not living more purposefully. I want to be able to prioritize my time so I can reestablish my presence! But truly, as I mentioned above, send me your tips! I’m thinking of setting a goal to write a blog post when Amelia falls asleep at night or even on the weekends when she naps. I can do it. I’ll get my shit together…..slowly but surely!

5 Step Saranghae Skin Care Review

 

I was gifted a 5 step skincare set from Saranghae. I have been using is for months (started at the end of May) and I am loving the results and genuinely look forward to washing my face at the end of each day! I’ve been trying to slowly phase out many of my beauty, household, and food products that have unnecessary chemicals and crap in them. Using products that have natural ingredients in them is very important to me. So when Saranghae approached me and I did some research on the company, it was a no brainer! Saranghae is a Korean skincare line (it actually means “I love you” in Korean) that focuses on natural ingredients.

The 5-Step program consists of a cleanser, serum, face cream, eye cream and a face mask (for weekly use). Their products are plant based, vegan, and cruelty free, meaning no testing on animals! Their products are made with good for you ingredients like Green Tea extract.

The cleanser is probably my favorite of the products, it has Truffle Extract & Gold. Yes, gold! You can see little speckles all throughout the product.This unique cleansing formula combines the deep pore cleansing power of an oil cleanser with the effective make-up removal of a foam cleanser. The cleanser smells so good and really does a great job of removing all the dirt and makeup. My face truly feels clean after I use it. The eye cream is also a great product and one of my faves. The container size is very generous and you barely need a full pump to cover necessary areas, so it’ll last a while!

My skin feels more hydrated, brighter, and overall just much better. It is so nice to finally have a skin care system that is easy, effective and plant based.

The 5 steps of the Saranghae Skin Care Routine:

1. Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser (daily)
2. Deep Radiance Essence + Serum (daily)
3. Firm & Life Regeneration Cream (daily)
4. Focus Renewal Eye Cream (daily)
5. Elemental Essence Mask (weekly or as needed)

This 5 step skin care regimen is worth every penny. I definitely do not believe in endorsing a product that I don’t believe in. I used to break out far more often than I do now (I’ve only had two breakouts since May, which I attribute to hormonal imbalance due to my thyroid issues). This is far less than I used to break out!

For more information please visit: www.lovesaranghae.com

My new favorite accessory (5 ways to style your wooden watch)

I really love a good watch. I love it’s versatility. I have been eyeing gorgeous wooden watches by Jord for quite some time now – and I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new classic timepiece! My watch is the Frankie series and is the Ebony & Gold. I love the minimalism of the watch, yet the fact that it can make such a statement. I paired my Jord watch with 5 different looks (seen below). An added bonus? Jord can personalize any watch with a heartfelt engraving. My particular watch can be found here!

I paired my Jord watch with a pair of ripped jeans from American Eagle and a striped mustard yellow top from Target

My Jord watch is paired here with that same pair of American Eagle ripped jeans and a classic Banana Republic black shirt with open arm sleeves

Here I went for a different look with a casual Derek Heart striped dress with the strap feature on the chest

Here I paired my Jord watch with a kimono from Charlotte Russe and moto leggings from Target (they were on clearance for $7, I picked up two pairs! Here is the link!)

Lastly, I paired my Jord watch with a soft sweatshirt and those same moto leggings from Target. This is my favorite look because it is so simple, and what you can find me in most often! SO comfy!

 

For a chance to win a Jord watch, you can enter my giveaway here! The giveaway closes on 8/26/18. You will receive a 10% off code for simply entering! Good luck 🙂


Wooden Wrist Watch

Farmhouse home decor on amazon

Finally! After about two months of living in our new home, we are at the point where we are decorating! Which is my favorite part, because it’s when the house truly becomes a home. Months prior to closing on our home, I was looking at different home decor styles and fell in love with the farmhouse house decor feel. I love the rustic vibes, the pallet wood and galvanized metals.

She is strong, but she is tired

Yesterday, I had a meltdown. It is a meltdown that has been brewing….it’s been bubbling, almost erupting to the surface but then suppressed back down. Sometimes, life has a way of feeling completely overwhelming. I feel as if I have literally felt a weight on my back – continually growing and continually weighing me down. It’s the weight of motherhood, of trying to settle into a new home, of trying to find the balance in something that just isn’t meant to be balanced. Yesterday, it finally all came to a head. I am strong, but I am tired.

I sobbed, I sobbed real hard….and I buried my head in my fiances chest. His words? “You are an amazing mother, you truly are. But you need to do more for you. You need to be “you”. Wow… I continued to sob but then was able to choke back my tears. Stunned, I just looked at him. He was so right.

Now, let me say this now. I am happy. I am so damn happy. I am the happiest I have ever been. I feel more fulfilled that I have ever have. Being a mother is everything I have ever dreamed of, and more. It’s little tiny hands wrapped around my neck holding me tight, it’s hearing “mama”, it’s the smile she gives me when I walk into the room – it is everything and more. However, I’m not sure if I am just exhausted with the new responsibilities of motherhood, which are constant, or if I have truly begun to neglect myself along the way.

I’ll be the first to admit it, I have always struggled with taking care of myself. Rather it be physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. I will practice self-care for a little while, but then the responsibilities weigh heavy on me and I become a last priority. Not on purpose, but just by default. There are so many things that always need to be done. This list is truly endless. At the end of the day, it’s hard to find time for me.

But today I had an epiphany – if I want to be the best mother to my daughter, I have to be the best version of myself. If anything, she should be my motivation. And she is.

Things I would like to change:

  • Prioritizing: I don’t get much time to myself, but the time I do get I want to make sure I prioritize. I swear, it’s like a constant battle for me to decide if I should rest while Amelia’s napping or get housework done (dishes, laundry, tidying up). I guess depending on the day, I’ll decide what is more important. If it’s a short nap to revitalize? I’ll take it. If it’s getting things done around the house because the clutter is driving me insane? I’ll do that. Putting first what my body and mind is saying it needs most is what I will do
  • Read: I really enjoy reading, that is if I can find a good book that I can’t put down. Instead of watching TV at night before bed, I want to incorporate reading into my nightly routine. It’s a good way to unwind after a long day and quite honestly? Do I need to get stressed out by the drama on The Real Housewives of OC right before bed? No, I don’t. No one really cares that Vicki and Kelly are feuding again over god knows what… (okay, maybe I do… just not right before bed) 😉
  • My diet: I don’t always fuel my body properly. I just eat whatever…whatever is easy or whatever is convenient. I’d like to think I eat somewhat healthy, but….I have never followed any sort of meal plan. So I’d certainly like to clean my diet up, so I feel better overall!
  • My workout routine: HA, workout routine? What’s that? I certainly don’t have one now… I like to take walks or go for runs when I get spare time (very seldom). I also enjoy taking yoga classes, but I no longer can do that with the difference in mine and my fiances schedules. So, truly, I’ve never followed any real routine (besides when I was training for my half marathons). I don’t want to take on a complex workout routine but want to make it a goal to at least get 10,000-12,000 steps per day. I will track this with the help of my Fitbit! I also want to incorporate some strength training activities (using Amelia as my very own 22 lb weight) and some yoga at home
  • My mind: This is most important. I lately am very easily getting bogged down by the “noise” – all the thoughts about all that I have to do. As I mentioned earlier, it’s truly overwhelming. At the beginning and end of each day, I just want to reflect. Self-improvement can’t happen unless there is reflection. No one is perfect. I certainly am learning that I am no where close to being perfect. Not the perfect fiance, not the perfect mother, and not even the best version of myself. I AM HUMAN. There will be good days and bad days. However, there is always room to better yourself, better your life, and in return, better the lives of those around you. I want to start to better my life NOW….I’m tired of waiting. It’s time I start doing somethings for myself again. After all, if I want to be the best mother to my daughter? I have to be the best version of myself

Baby snacks & accessories for travel

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We have family in Long Island so we’re usually traveling every two months or so. It’s been so different each time we have went. We first travel to Long Island when Amelia was three months old and then she was solely breast-fed. Next time we went she was about five and six months old and still exclusively breast-fed. Now, at 10 months old she has snacks and other, in addition to mommas breastmilk. Therefore, I had to plan a little bit differently for this road trip and visit. She barely last in a car seat for 20 minutes now so we will see how this six hour trip goes. Wish us luck!

For this trip, I’ve made sure to pack her lots of her favorite snacks as well as some of my favorite bibs & other products such as food mats.

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Baby snacks for road trips
Bibs, placemats and snacks for baby
Baby snacks and accessories for road trip

Amelia’s favorite snacks:

– Gerbers lil’ crunchies. Amelia only likes the garden veggie flavor

– Gerbers fruit & veggie melts. Amelia’s favorite? The very berry flavor

– Baby Mum Mums. She likes a lot of different kinds of rice rusks but prefers the apple pumpkin flavor

– Happy Baby Organic Rice Cakes. These are the blueberry & beet flavor!

* All of the above are perfect snacks to travel with – very easy and take up little space!

– Ashtonbee Silicone Bibs. These are my favorite! Super easy to clean, and I love that they catch the food she drops (which is a lot)

– Nuby Sure Grip Silicone Mat. This sticks right to her high chair tray and is also very easy to clean!

I also threw into her bag a Nik Sippy Cup & some Prunes…it’s the only purée she currently still likes and helps if she gets constipated. Hey, us moms have to be prepared for anything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby must haves

I was gifted an Ollie Swaddle and Binxy Baby and truly wish that I had received these wonderful products months ago!

The Ollie Swaddle from Ollie World: This product came in the cutest packaging. It came in a great box with adorable illustrations. It also came with an instruction card on how to swaddle properly and a nice mesh bag for storage. The swaddle itself is made of a moisture-wicking fabric to prevent overheating and is so soft! There is only one size needed for entire use because it can be used from newborn to transitional use. The stretch fabric allows snug yet loose design and the baby’s arms to be placed either in or outside of the swaddle. There is a bottom opening for hassle-free diaper changes….like where was this product when I was changing diapers at 3 am and had to take the whole swaddle off, waking Amelia up?! I swaddled Amelia in the Ollie Swaddle for nap time recently, with her arms out of course and she slept for 4 hours. She also thought that it was the funniest thing (see pictures below). You can purchase an Ollie Swaddle here.

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The Binxy Baby: The Binxy Baby fits most standard grocery carts and can hold up to 50 pounds in weight. You can even place your car seat in the Binxy Baby. It acts as a very nice car seat sling! It has been safety tested and let me tell you what, it is so convenient! It can be easily rolled and stored in a diaper bag, or simply in a purse (that’s where I keep mine). It takes up little space in the cart and you can still put groceries or items on either sides of the Binxy Baby and even underneath it if needed. The Binxy Baby comes in so many adorable patterns. A lot of people stopped to talk to Amelia and several made comments such as, “Man, I wish they had something like that when my kids were young!” or “This is so convenient, it’s like a baby hammock!” Amelia loved it because she could still see everything and was very comfortable. You can purchase a Binxy Baby here. Follow this link to receive 10% off your purchase!

DockATot

When Amelia grew out of her Rock N’ Play, she had a hard time sleeping which made for a crabby baby and a very tired mom! When we put her in her crib, it felt too big to her. She was used to being swaddled & snug in her Rock an’ Play. Her crib was too big and vast for her..& she didn’t like it. It wasn’t an easy transition by any means.

Out of desperation for a good night of sleep, she began spending some of the night in our bed. She would start out in her own crib but when she woke up hungry, I would bring her to our bed.I do love co-sleeping and all of the snuggles, but I was concerned about her safety and wanted her to have her own safe space….and then I was introduced to DockATot!

Our friends over at DockATot sent us their DockATot Grand for Amelia and it has helped her sleep much more soundly! We have family about 6 hours away, so we often travel to go see them. The DockATot is portable and easy to transport for those nights away!

Once I saw the Carrara Marble pattern, I fell in love! The Carrara Marble pattern can be found here. It is such a beautiful cover, and is completely machine washable which if you are a parent, you know is a must have feature!

The DockATot Grand is a multi functional lounger. So far, Amelia has enjoyed sleeping in her DockATot as well as playing in it. The bottom of the DockATot is soft and padded and provides your baby with a nice cushion while both sleeping and playing.

The DockATot is all natural, 100% cotton and has been tested for breathability. DockATot’s come in two sizes Deluxe (0-8 months) and Grand (9-36 months). The Deluxe is for babies who are 0-22 pounds and the Grand is for babies who are 22-40 pounds. I have several mommy friends who have mentioned that the Grand is perfect for toddler bed transitions!

Click here to shop for your own DockATot! And here if you’d like $10 off the purchase of a DockATot! It would also make for a great baby shower gift!  😊


Sweet dreams, my angel 💕

Pinterest for the win

I like to think that I have my own knack for decorating but on the other hand I’m the first to admit that I look at Pinterest for a lot of my inspiration! When searching for ways to decorate my bathroom, I came across this shelving idea and loved it – so I set out to try to get similar pieces and recreate the look!

This is the image I came across on Pinterest

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… & this is my attempt to “recreate the look”!

Wood shelves: Hobby Lobby –> $13.00 a piece (was $24.99 but 50% off)

Artificial plant: TJ Maxx –> $6.99

Scrub a dub dub sign: Hobby Lobby –> $8.00 (was $16.99 but 50% off)

3 glass containers: Target–> $3.00 in the dollar section at Target. I filled them with Q-tips, cotton balls and floss sticks

Wire basket: Target –> was a gift but was purchased at Target. I filled the basket with washcloths!

Wood Shelves

Scrub a Dub Dub Sign

Wire Basket

Thoughts….?

Motherhood

Those rolls. Those 6 little teeth. That big, over exaggerated grin. The way she looks at me with those big, beautiful eyes. I want to soak it all in. She is growing so fast and this is such a fun age.

Amelia is 9 months old now and is learning something new each week it seems. Her latest is learning to climb up a whole flight of stairs and shouting “kitty” when she sees Stella.

Oh sweet girl, if only I could pause this stage. You are so much more than I could have ever imagined. I am one lucky mom.