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2 Under 2 Necessities

October 21, 2019
  • The Haaka– Y’all. Run, do not walk to get this bad boy. The Haaka is a suctioning  mini-pump you attach to the breast your baby is not feeding from. It catches the milk from each let down that would otherwise go into a breast pad or all over your shirt! I cannot tell you how much this has blessed my life. I have not used an electric pump and I already have a huge stash saved with 0 effort. It’s so easy to use and is an absolute MUST.
  • Prepped Caddys- Bear with me, this is a lot but it’s a life saver when you need to get stuff DONE.
    • Breastfeeding Caddy– I keep this with me at all times, especially in the first few weeks. I did not make one of these after Winifred and it would have saved me a lot of hassle. The idea is to get literally everything you might need during a feed into a caddy so it’s easily accessible! There is nothing worse than needing something across the room when you’ve got a baby on the boob. Having everything in one place makes it easy to carry from room to room as well. In my caddy I have:
  • Postpartum Caddy- I keep this in a basket next to my toilet. This has everything I need to do my business and take care of my lady parts after a vaginal delivery. I did this after Winifred and Daphne. Both times it was super convenient and made sure I took care of myself! In my postpartum caddy I have:
  • Stretch-mark Cream– Ok, this stuff is actual magic. My mom purchased this for me based off the amazon reviews and they were RIGHT. After a week of using this stuff most of my stretch marks are completely gone! My stomach was fully covered in long purple stretch marks and now I have 4 tiny ones left. I wish I would have taken before and after photos. The ones I have left have no color anymore and are almost invisible! A little goes a long way and it’s so easy to apply. 11/10 would recommend!
  • Lactation Balls– I love these things so much! When you have 2 under 2 and you’re breastfeeding, feeding yourself is important and difficult. You have to make sure you’re eating nutrient dense food but with what time?? The hospital gave me a recipe for lactation balls and we decided to try them out. WOW they’re amazing and SO easy to make! You can prep them in advance so you don’t have to worry about time. They have ingredients that support breastmilk production and are an easy grab and go option. Pinterest also has different options for lactation balls, cookies, and smoothies to fit your needs!

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  • Double Stroller– We were gifted this incredible stroller and we LOVE it. It’s the Contours Options Elite Tandem Double stroller. The seats can switch around to accommodate our growing babes. It can hold the carseat and Winifred and can change for when Daphne gets older. It’s nice and compact so I don’t feel like I’m taking up the whole sidewalk or store aisles. It also has a huge storage space under the seats, which is amazing. Winnie loves being in the front and seeing everything, and I love that I can see baby Daphne. It works for walks to the park, in the library, at the mall, and everywhere else we need to go. It’s definitely a city stroller though, not meant for hiking or beaches.

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  • Toddler Activities- Alright this one is hella important. I have a 13 month old who doesn’t understand why she cannot be in my skin while I feed Daphne. We kept having meltdown after meltdown while I was breastfeeding and it was stressing me out. So, I decided to have fun activities or simple things for Winifred to do while I feed her sister. I’ve searched Pinterest and found some fun things to have Winnie do that is minimal prep and super fun for her! Checkout my Pinterest board on what I’ve done/plan to do!

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  • YOUR VILLAGE- This is by far the biggest necessity. With 2 babies, I needed HELP. It took me weeks to accept that this was difficult and I couldn’t do it completely alone. My mom was staying with us the first few weeks after having Daphne. At first, I wanted to do it all by myself because “I would eventually be on my own”. This led to multiple anxiety attacks and many many tears. It was hard; really and truly hard, and I needed help. Once I accepted the help, I could breathe again. I could let my mom hold Daphne while I prepped to breastfeed, or let someone do the dishes for me. It didn’t mean that I couldn’t do it on my own one day, it just meant that I needed time to adjust to our new normal.  LET. PEOPLE. HELP. YOU. You can be supermom later.

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Bullet Journal Organization

My June Bullet Journal

June 1, 2019

I’ve been itching to get back to the “Bujo Life”, as I like to call it, but something was stopping me. Was I going to be able to be as detailed as before? Would it really help with my anxiety anymore? Was I even going to like it? All questions I still don’t know the answer too, honestly. However, I knew that I missed it. Journaling looks a little different for me now, but hey, so does life!IMG_9283 2

I wanted to go with a very simple look for my pages this month, mostly because I didn’t want to set myself up to fail. I knew I wanted something I could keep up with during this crazy season of life but would still give me the visual satisfaction that comes with a bullet journal! So, this month, I focused on STICKERS! Stickers are an amazing tool to help you create a clean and fun look without the pressure coming up with my own doodles. My favorite stickers come from The Happy Planner. They have 186 themed sticker books/packs for any planner or journal you want to create! I use them everyday in my Happy Planner but I’ve found that most of them are PERFECT for creating my bullet journal spreads.

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My top 5 Bullet Journal sticker books from the happy planner are:

  1. Journaling Doodles– I love this pack! It is full of black and white pre drawn doodles that you can color anyway you want! I’ve use Flair Pens, Inkjoy pens, colored pencils, and even watercolor paints. I would definitely recommend these for those who feel they can’t “doodle”.
  2. Journaling– This pack is similar to the doodles pack, it just has bonus stickers. Its got boxes and stripes of patters that look a little like Washi Tape. I love how many options this pack has! These are also in black and white so you can color them however you’d like!
  3. Colorful Boxes– These are perfect for monthly/weekly layouts! I love layering the boxes with different colors. These help me create looks that would take forever to do with markers or watercolors. They come in a rainbow of colors, as well as black, white, gold and silver! Perfect for any month or theme you’d like to accomplish.
  4. Botanicals– This is by far one of my most used packs! I’m a sucker for a good floral, and this pack comes with all different looks of flower. My favorite are the gold foil laid flowers. It also has watercolor looking ones, as well as black and while. The flowers are in different sizes and bundles to fit all your pages.
  5. Farmhouse– THIS. PACK. WOW. If you want your pages to have Joanna Gains summery light vibes, this is your pack. Its got tons of floral and greenery options with lots of rose gold foil as well. Pastel banners, and foil quotes help create dainty and beautiful pages.

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I had to give myself more grace with these pages than I have in the past. I had to do 2 or 3 redos of pages and messed up on the verrrrrry bottom of this one^^. My pages weren’t completely perfect or exactly how I envisioned them being, but that isn’t the most important part. The important thing is that these pages are a version of self care; each one designed to help me take an objective look at my life and adjust to make things better. The point of the pages is to help me gain perspective and control over my habits. I have two little lives and a sweet husband who deserve my best self!

 

 

If you’re thinking of starting a bullet journal, DO IT! It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect.  It needs to be what you need it to be! You don’t have to post of social media or even share with anyone that you’re doing it, its all about what you need! If you need help getting started, you can check out my post about starting a bullet journal or creating goals. You got this!

Mommy Mania Organization

Natural Beauty

April 4, 2019

Before we started trying to conceive I tried to get our lives as natural as possible. I wanted our house to have the least amount of harmful chemicals while remaining realistic. The easiest to transform was out cleaning products, that will be another blog post. However, the most challenging and most rewarding transformation was my beauty routine! It was surprisingly fun to do research and try natural products to see what worked. I am by no means an expert, but here are the products I uses everyday in my beauty routine! I have two favorite companies (Acure Organics and Lush Cosmetics) and a few Etsy shops that provide the cleanest and semi-waste free beauty essentials.

For reference: I wash my face every night, rinse with cold water in the morning, exfoliate 2-3 days a week, moisturize night and day, reapply deodorant every 48 hours, and wash my hair twice a week. I also wear makeup 3-4 times a week.

Tip: I used a phone App called “Think Dirty” to assess the cleanliness of the products I tried. You scan the barcode of your products and it will give you a 1-10 rating of the chemicals used in the products, 1 being the least toxic. This was helpful for me to get the facts when so many products out there claim to be “all natural”.

Facewash- I think I tried the most brand/kinds of face wash. I have combination skin, oily T-Zone, dry cheeks. I wanted a cleanser that could get rid of my makeup and leave my face moisturized. This was apparently a lot to ask for from the natural world. Some just sat on my skin and didn’t get into my pores, or left me feeling way to dry. In the end, I found several that worked out very well. I switch between these based on what my skin is doing and what my budget is that month.

Lush– Lush has several cleansers that I LOVE. Herbalism is a clay-like cleanser that you mix with water to make a paste. I love this one during the summer when I don’t wear much makeup and my face gets a lot of sun. It is soothing, exfoliating, and leaves your skin feeling fresh. It’s on the more pricy side but lasts a really long time if you use it 2-3 times a week. Angels on Bare Skin is a more gentle exfoliant with almond and lavender. I love using this one in the winter when my skin is more dry. It leaves your skin feeling moisturized and super smooth. BONUS- These come in recycled/recyclable containers. When you collect five you can redeem them at any Lush store and get a free face mask. YAY less waste! 8/10 would recommend this brand.

Acure Organics– I. love. this. brand. You can get it on Amazon or Target, from what I’ve seen. This is an all natural brand with a TON of options for skin types and types of products. Everyone can find something they’re looking for. The Brightening Face Cleanser gel is amazing for the morning time. It has a citrus smell that wakes me up. It’s a gentle cleanser that lightly suds up and massages well into the skin. My face feels awake and ready for the day with this one. A little goes a long way, so it lasts for almost two months with me using it every morning. (It’s also on sale from Amazon for 6 dollars). The Radically Rejuvenating cream is a more moisturizing cleanser. I love using this one at night. I’ve found this one removes makeup well and leaves my skin feeling clean and ready for bed. (Also on sale for 7 dollars on Amazon).  They also have several other kinds like the Seriously Soothing cleansing cream and the Sensitive Skin cleanser! 10/10 would recommend this brand.

Burt’s Bees– I bought this brand in a pinch. While out of town, I needed a cleanser and snagged this one at HEB. You can also get it at Target, or on Burt’s Bees website. I’ve been using the Intense Hydration Cream in the morning and I love the way my makeup looks after using this cleanser. I would also recommend this cleanser at night with a toner. I’ve noticed some makeup left over after using it at night, but using a toner usually removes all the leftovers. 8/10 would recommend this brand (it’s 98% natural).

 

Moisturizers- Confession, I LOVE moisturizer. I admittedly use way too much and I’m not sorry. Again I have combination skin so I look for moisturizers that hydrate my skin without making my face look like I just stuck in in a vat of coconut oil, ya know? It’s a fine line.

Lush– I am obsessed with Skin Drink. Now, it is hella expensive in my opinion but soooooooo worth it if you can swing it. I asked for it for Christmas. This stuff is a miracle in a recyclable tub. If you can get past the smell (avocado, rose pedal oil, and aloe), your skin will thank you for this one. I love using it at night in the winter to give my skin a “drink” overnight. My skin feels like Winifred’s bum when I wake up and its amazing. 7/10 would recommend this product (huge price factor).

Acure Organics– This brand comes through again, y’all. They have a matching moisturizer for each of their cleanser types, plus a few. My favorite are the Brightening Day Cream and the Brightening Night Cream. They are GREAT for combination and oily skin. My skin absorbs the moisture without looking like a greaseball. The day cream also makes a great primer! This brand also offers an Incredibly Clear Matifying Moisturizer for oily or acne prone skin. 10/10 would recommend this brand.

 

Body and Face Exfoliants- This was the most intimidating product to test out. If you get the wrong one, it can damage your skin. You should only be exfoliating 2-3 times a week to reduce the risk of damaging your skin while getting rid of the dead skin. A good exfoliant should not leave your skin feeling desert dry or cause any pain.

Lush– My favorite is the Ocean Salt face and body scrub. I gentle scrub you can use all over that leaves you skin feeling fresh! I add a little more pressure when scrubbing my knees and elbows to really get that dead skin off. I use this before a spray tan to make sure it gets even! I love using this on my face in the summer to give myself a refreshed look. It also comes in a “self preserving” formula and in a recyclable tub!

Acure Organics- I use the Brightening facial scrub. Y’all this stuff is insanely good and only cost $7. A little goes a long way. I’ve been using the same tube for almost a year and I use it 2-3 times a week. It has tiny tiny exfoliant particles, so I don’t feel like I’m scrubbing my skin off. I love using this to hit the reset button in the middle of the week or when I feel like I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup and my skin needs a little something extra. This brand also has a Pore Minimizing scrub, and a Radically Rejuvenating scrub! 10/10 would recommend.

 

Toner- Never underestimate the power of a good toner. I use toner after I was my face and before my moisturizer. Toner helps remove any leftover makeup or oils on your skin. There are toners for all skin tones! I love switching up my toner based on the seasons or what my skin needs. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and my pores tight.

Lush- Tea Tree Water is by far my favorite! I can use it in any season because it seams to balance the oils on my face no matter what. It’s an alcohol free toner, so it won’t leave your face feeling extra dry or too tight. It does a great job getting rid of the excess makeup my cleanser doesn’t quite get. It’s a great value for the price. I usually only use 3 or 4 sprays, and I use it 3 times a week. The 3.3 oz bottle will last me almost 3 months. Talk about the biggest bang for your buck. There is no real smell too it, either. PLUS, it’s packaging is recyclable and made with recycled materials. 9/10 would recommend! Breath of Fresh Air is PERFECT for the summer! It has aloe, sea water, and rose it in. I love using this after I’ve been to the pool to get that chlorine feel off my face. It truly is a breath of fresh air. It smells amazing and leaves your skin soothed and supple. Lush offers almost a dozen different toners based of what your skin type is and what it needs.  10/10 would recommend.

Toner Tip: I’ve found toner works best when I spray directly on my face and wipe it off with a cotton pad. However, in my efforts to have as little waste as possible, I looked into finding some reusable cotton pads to keep from throwing so many away! I found these wonderful cotton pads on Etsy! I bought the pack of 30 and have been using them for a year. I’ve used them with toner, makeup remover, and micellar water with no problems at all. I use one a day and just wash them at the end of the month. The quality is amazing and the makeup washes right out! They will most likely last for several more years.  10/10 would recommend.

*There’s always good ole Witch Hazel! This works wonderfully as a toner, is natural, is BOMB for helping heal, and won’t break your bank!

 

Shampoo- My view of shampoo has changed over the last few months and I’ve truly see the amazing results of having an organic shampoo. My hair is lighter in weight, it stays  cleaner longer, doesn’t have as much build up, and has way less frizz. I’ve found the truth in lather, rinse, repeat. That “repeat” part it SO important!

Lush- I have used several shampoos from Lush cosmetics and there wasn’t a single one that I didn’t LOVE. They offer such a wide variety for all hair types and hair goals. They offer no waste options and recyclable options. The ones I’ve tried are:

Fairly Traded Honey is everything it says!  A smooth and silky shampoo that gives your hair LIFE. If your hair is in need of some moisture and repair, this will be your jam! This is the shampoo I’ve used/bought the most times. 50% of the shampoo is honey and it shows! You really only need a quarter sized amount and it is self preserving, so the 8.4 oz bottle lasts for about 3 months depending on how often you use it. It is a bit pricy but for how amazing it is and how long it last, I think it’s worth it! 9/10 would recommend! Jersey Bounce is my summer go to! Jersey Bounce is perfect for when my greasy hair needs some volume without getting too dried out. It really helps me achieve a “just went to the beach look”. It comes in a recycled/recyclable jar, contains chunks of sea salt, smells lemony fresh and leaves your hair feeling like you just went to the salon! I wouldn’t recommend if you have super dry/fine/brittle hair because the salt my leave it feeling super dry. 7/10 would recommend. Godiva Shampoo Bar is the most waste free shampoo/conditioning bar that I have tried. Lush offers this empty tin to store it in and reuse! Y’all I think this one was my favorite. This tiny little shampoo bar lasted for almost 40 washes  (It would have lasted longer if I hadn’t left the tin open and got water in there). It also was SO moisturizing that I only needed a pea size amount of conditioner on the ends of my hair. 10/10 would recommend. Lush has dozens of other shampoo/shampoo bars to accommodate any and all hair types!

Acure Organics- Curiously Clarifying Shampoo with lemon grass and argan! I. LOVE. THIS. SHAMPOO. This was definitely made to lather, rinse, and repeat.  It really suds up on the second go round and you need less than a quarter sized amount. This bottle lasts a very long time! It leaves my hair feeling so light and super clean. Its VERY reasonably priced. The only draw back it its a lot of plastic! 8/10 would recommend. Acure has a ton different kinds of shampoo/conditioner, this is just the only one I’ve tried!

Conditioner- My hair gets weighed down by conditioner very easily, so I have to be careful about the kind of conditioner and how much I use! I usually just apply the conditioner on my ends, then run my fingers through my hair to spread a little to the roots. I make sure I rinse really well to prevent getting weighed down.

Lush- American Cream was the first one I tried and it took me a while to get used to a more natural conditioner. I was so used to the  heavy cream of Panteen, and it was weird to use a lighter one. American cream is more runny than any conditioner I’d ever used but worked 10 times better than any conditioner I’d ever used. Only needing a nickel sized amount, the 8.4 oz bottle lasted about 3 months. This one is worth the price for me! I’m obsessed with the strawberry, vanilla, citrus sent it gave my hair all day! 9/10 would recommend. “Big” Conditioner Bar– Once you go “Big” you never go back! Y’all, I bought this BEFORE WINIFRED WAS BORN and it’s still goin!!! This no waste conditioner can be stored in Lush’s Oval Tin for a long lasting product. This took me a while to get used to using the bar and not having something creamy to run through my fingers. The bar is not a detangler and that took some time to work around but the feeling of my hair when it dries is UNREAL. All I need to do is lather up the bar and run it over the ends of my hair. I let it sit while I shave my legs and rinse well for squeaky clean ends! This is my absolute MUST for a natural step to waste free beauty! 11/10 would recommend. Like their shampoos, Lush has more conditioners for you!

Acure Organics- Curiously Clarifying Conditioner is the sister to their shampoo. I do love that Acure has a matching shampoo/conditioner set for each kind they offer. I love using this creamy conditioner every once in a while to really moisturize all the way to my roots. I just have to be careful to use a small amount and rinse really well or my hair can be heavy and greasy when it dries. When I rinse it all out, my hair feels incredible! This is definitely an affordable option if you’re looking to make more natural steps! 8/10 would recommend.

Deodorant-  Lume. Y’ALL. This took me forever to find. I went through so many natural deodorants before I found the Holy Grail! I tried Native, Schmidt’s, ones from Etsy, and random ones from Amazon. They all either gave me a rash, stained my clothes with the oils, or just didn’t to anything at all! By happenstance, I heart the creator of Lume on a podcast I was listening too. She was so confident in her product that I thought I would give it a try. I’ve been using Lume for a year a a half and I could not be more happy with it. It took a while getting used to a deodorant and not an anti-persperant. It was weird sweating and not smelling, but I felt so much better! Being pregnant in West Texas during August was BRUTAL. My body took a couple weeks to adjust, but I’m so happy I stuck it out! Currently advocating for a more wast free option. 10/10 would recommend!

*Bonus Favorite Etsy Shop*  Sam Wish – Sam makes AMAZING oil blends, scrubs, deodorants, lip balms, and MORE!  Here are a few of my favorite of her products!

Organic Face Nectar– This stuff is actual GOLD. I’ve purchase the “Balancing” formula and it was sensational. It was an amazing makeup primer oil and also helped balance my oils at night. I used this the most in the summer as a replacement moisturizer. It really did an amazing job making me feel fresh and balancing my skin!

Lavender and Grapefruit Lip Balm– Let me tell ya, I’ve been addicted to chapstick since being on accutane my sophomore year of high school. I’ve had to have a tube every where I go and in every jacket pocket, car cupholder, and room in the house. With Sam’s lip balm, it’s all I need. I applied it before bed and didn’t need it again until the afternoon! Talk about getting your bang for your buck! It smells incredible and lasts a long time!

11/10 would recommend her shop and anything she offers!

WHEW! Bonus points for you if you made it this far! I think we should all be mindful of the products we put on our bodies and where they come from. Making moves toward a natural and “less waste” house has been a long process full of trial, error, and being ok with making small moves. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or tips on living a more natural life!

 

 

Bullet Journal Organization

My December Bullet Journal

December 5, 2018

My favorite thing about months is that they start over; a fresh start every 30 days. A new month lets you try again to not go over budget or restart that “clean the house every day” plan you intended. For me, the first of the month brings the newness I always anticipate from the new year. When I failed my resolutions by the end of January, I had a difficult time picking myself back up. I’ve learned that giving myself 30 days to make a change instead of 365, made attaining my goals much more attainable. I was able to give myself more grace and encouragement, while having a time frame that didn’t overwhelm me. By setting SMART goals, I could track my progress and feel good about the tiny successes! Bullet journaling was the best way I’ve found that gives me a creative outlet while helping me grow. I’m no expert, and my pages aren’t perfect, but it gives me such joy!

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Setting my goals was a huge part of making Bullet Journaling work for my world. I use the SMART method for setting goals with my students every 6 weeks. It’s a method I’ve found to work swimmingly, so I thought “Why not use it on myself?”.

S=Specific. “Eating better” was a surefire way to set myself up for cop outs or complete failure. It was way too broad of a goal, and how could I track it? Instead, I would target the specific “behavior” I wanted to track or change. What EXACTLY was I trying to achieve here?  “Eating better” became “Eat Vegetables”, “Cut out daily soda”, or “One sugar in my coffee”.

M=Measurable. Again “Eating better” is extremely difficult to measure. If you can’t measure it, how can you know if you’ve been successful? “Better” is such a subjective word. What’s better to one person may not be better to the next. Instead, when I chose a specific goal, I could measure my success. Making a goal measurable breaks it down into pieces. Even if I do want to cut out soda and sugar completely, I need to chunk it.   “I will have soda only 2 days a week”, “I will only put 1 sugar in my coffee”. Those were goals I could put in my Bullet Journal to track. It was very clear if I had achieved it or not.

A= Attainable. This part was the most eye-opening for me. Was my goal really reachable for me? Of course in a perfect world I could say “NO MORE SUGAR OR SODA AT ALL”, but would that really be something I could do? Is that a reasonable goal that I could succeed with? Absolutely not. I was setting myself up for failure and falling down even faster. I started off small with my goals making it one or two days a week. When I felt the success with those parts and got my feet planted, I could up it with “Soda once a week”, or “Eating a serving of vegetables at 10 meals a week”.  If you don’t have the resources or time to achieve that goal, it’s not attainable.  If your goal is to go to the gym every day”, but you’re working double shifts two days a week, you might be setting yourself up to fail. I’ve also found that I need to limit the amount of things I want to change at once. Having maybe 3 goals instead of 6, makes your goals much more attainable

R=Relevant/Reasonable. Is this something you even WANT to do? Does it spark your interest? Does it matter to you?  Believe it or not, this is a huge part of creating your goals. Sometimes we create goals we think we should have or we copy others’ goals. In reality, you probably aren’t going to stick to goals you don’t really want to accomplish for yourself. The goals must be relevant to your  life and have meaning to you!!

Also, your goals need to be reasonable. This means that you have to challenge yourself. Don’t make a goal you know will be too easy to achieve! You’re stronger than you think!!

T=Timely. It’s important to give yourself a time frame and plan for achieving your goals. “By the end of the week” or “By the end of the month” gives you a time frame to hold yourself too. When you’re time is the whole 365 days of the year, it can seem daunting. Some of my goals are even daily and THAT’S OK!

My tips!

  • Remember these are YOUR goals. You can choose to share them or not, it’s your business.
  • Stay positive! Speak kindly to yourself during the hard times and give yourself grace during the small failures.
  • Don’t be afraid to edit your goals and plans! No one is grading you. If something isn’t working, change it! There’s no use in doing something that isn’t getting you toward your goals.
  • Try an accountability parter! Chances are there is someone in your circle who has a similar goal as you. Get together to encourage one another!
  • Create a pretty tracker you want to look at every day! It’s simple, but I always want to track my habits on a tracker that looks nice!
  • Track your habits for a month before creating goals. Track specific behaviors that you want to change or that you notice. See where your gaps are and where improvements can be made. This will help you create goals that are SMART!

Here’s a look into my December bullet journal!

My December goals:

  1. By the end of December, I will have drank 90oz of water a day for at least 25 days.
  2. By the end of December, I will have walked at least a mile 3 days a week.
  3. By the end of December, I will have read 1 book.

I hope this helps you start your own bullet journal goal setting! If you’re interested in my materials for bullet journaling and more check out my October Bullet Journal Post HERE!

HAPPY JOURNALING!

Mommy Mania Organization

My 10 New Mommy Must-Haves

November 3, 2018

This isn’t a news flash, but being a new mom is hard. It’s beautiful, wonderful, and down right difficult. Babies don’t need a lot but they “need” a lot, if you catch my drift. In my 2 whole months of being a mom, I’ve found myself saying “Oh my gosh, I’m so glad we have_________”.  So, here’s a quick list of the 10 things that have saved my new mommy behind.

  1. DockATot – Holy guacamole this has been the greatest thing. This is what we’ve had Winnie sleep in since she was about 2 weeks old. The DockATot is a cosleeper that gave me peace of mind (told myself we wouldn’t cosleep, LOL). She sleeps in it next to me and I know that I won’t roll over on top of her. The DockATot has also made her transition to daycare much smoother. It is small enough to travel with back and forth, so she is comfortable at daycare. These are a bit expensive BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT. I got mine on sale with Zulily and I see them on FaceBook markets often.aYAzEie6Sy67TLQv89zPXg
  2. Milk Saver– I found that when I was breastfeeding or pumping one breast at a time, the other breast would leak. I hated seeing that milk go to waste in a breast pad. Enter the milk saver! A genius invention to help you save every drop of your liquid gold! I’ve seen several kinds used; Amazon has tons of options.
  3. The Pocket Nanny– A devise that tracks feedings, pumping, diaper changes, and more.  This was an absolute lifesaver for the first 4 weeks or so when your brain is absolute mush. We liked using this better than the apps because when Will and I traded in the middle of the night, we knew the baby’s stats. This wasn’t even on my registry. It was a gift from another new mom who knew of it’s magic!
  4. Moby Wrap– A must-have if you’d like to get anything done during the first 6 weeks. It’s the perfect way to combine productivity and cuddles. Winnie loved to be close to me, and I loved having my hands free!IMG_2725
  5. Something patterned next to the changing table– Ok, this may sound weird but bear with me.  Babies are wiggle monsters when they get on the table, it’s a proven fact. Our saving grace has been this black and white tapestry we hung next to her changing table. The patterns and contrast stimulate her eyes and brain, while allowing a swift diaper change.
  6. Pajamas with built in mittens– Another completely genius idea. Winnie doesn’t always like to be swaddled but her arms flail constantly while sleeping. We found these Cloud Nine Pajamas from Target that have the mittens folded onto the sleeves. When it’s time for bed, you can just fold the tops of the sleeves over. Boom. Mittens.
  7. Sound Machine– Another thing I swore I wouldn’t use. Well, here we are. When Winnie was a newborn, she loved the “heartbeat” option. Now, we just use the white noise to help us both get more sleep.
  8. Bubba Keg– This 54 oz. beauty was a huge help with breast-feeding thirst. I knew I needed to drink 2 of them a day to help keep my supply up. The fact that it was so big helped because I didn’t have to refill the bottle every 30 minutes.IMG_7575
  9. Plexus Joyome– Yes, I sell it. However, I cannot begin to describe how much this helped the skin on my belly. I have stretched out skin at the front of my belly that was killing my self esteem. I put the Joyome on my belly morning and night. After about 3 weeks, the scars went from purple to pale, my skin felt tighter, and it keeps getting better. I’m super impressed with this skin care product!
  10. A Good Cabernet– Because wine is good.

 

*BONUS* All. The. Boppy. Pillows.

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What was in my hospital bag?

October 1, 2018

I was over packing. I KNEW I was over packing. Did that stop me? No. Packing my hospital bag became a form of relief for my anxiety. I packed and unpacked at least 3 times. The house was spotless and the nursery was completely ready; there was nowhere else for my nesting urges to go. I scoured Pinterest and Mommy blogs looking at dozens of checklists to create my own. I wanted to be overly prepared regardless of the fact that every new mom told me they used basically nothing they brought with them. So, I’m going to share what I brought with me to give birth. I’m here to tell y’all, I overpacked.

My Checklist

  • 2 nursing bras Amazon
  • 2 nursing tanks Amazon
  • 1 cute outfit (robe and nightgown from Zulily)
  • 1 comfort outfit (worn out t-shirt and maternity yoga shorts)
  • 3 pairs of nonslip socks Amazon
  • Afterbirth waist trainer Amazon
  • 2 pairs of full coverage underwear (Target)
  • A going home Maxi Dress LaRue Chic Boutique
  • Breast pads Bamboobies
  • Slippers

Now, lets pause and take a moment to laugh at the volume of clothing I brought. The length of your hospital stay depends on your birth and how the baby is doing, but I was there a total of 48 hours. I was in labor for 27 of those hours and I had to wear their hospital issued gown during that time. I also wore a gown for the majority of my postpartum stay. So, I needed one outfit. ONE. I went home in my comfort outfit. The last thing I wanted to put on my body after birth was the waist trainer, that puppy is still in the packaging.  The mesh underwear the hospital gives you is GOLD, so I didn’t need my own. Surprisingly, I wish I had brought more socks. One pair was soaked when they broke my water, one pair got bloody afterward, and I was left with one pair. I never wore the slippers; the nonslip socks were way more convenient. I used both nursing bras and 1 nursing tank! The breast pads were a great buy! 10/10 would recommend getting the reusable Bamboobie brand ones.

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Extra hair ties
  • Face cleansing wipes
  • Moisturizer
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant Lume
  • Chapstick
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Brush
  • Plexus (of course)
  • Nipple Balm Honest Brand
  • Headband The Be Brand
  • Essential oils/Diffuser
  • Makeup

I’m so thankful I brought my toiletries. Nothing makes you feel human again quite like washing your face and brushing your teeth. I didn’t end up taking a shower there, but I’m glad I had shampoo and conditioner in case I needed them.  I would recommend getting travel sizes of everything you can, that way you won’t weigh down your bag. The Honest Brand nipple balm is AMAZING. LOL at the makeup. That bag was never touched. I could see bringing it if we had planned to have photos taken during our stay at the hospital, though. I didn’t end up using my diffuser but I did use some oils! My amazing nurse put some lavender on her palms and rubbed my temples during contraction breaks and the peppermint oil helped with my nausea.

Comfort Items

  • My own pillow
  • My own blanket
  • MULTIPLE 10ft phone chargers
  • Bluetooth speakers
    • Birth playlist on Spotify
  • Birthing Ball
  • Baseball
  • Massage Bar Lush

Having some comforts from home was way more helpful than I thought it would be. My pillow and blanket made me so happy!  Bluetooth speakers and your own playlist are a must, in my humble opinion. My playlist was made up of every single song that made me happy, regardless of the genre. We had a little bit of everything playing and it kept everyone’s spirits up. Fun Fact: Winnie was born to “Who Run the World” by Beyonce! The birthing ball wasn’t completely necessary because hospitals have their own. However, I felt the need to have my own for sanitary reasons. Will used the baseball to create counter pressure during my contractions. This helped keep his hands from getting too tired.

For Baby

  • 3 outfits
    • different sizes
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • 2 Burp cloths
  • Several Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby Book
  • Bow/Hat
  • Announcement Swaddle Post Peanut
  • Receiving Blanket
  • Carseat/Base

We brought 3 different outfits because we didn’t know how big baby would be or the gender! Same with the hat and bow! I bought an adorable swaddle from Posh Peanut and got a matching hat and bow to use for the announcement photo, depending on her gender. The only thing we didn’t use for baby was the diapers and wipes because the hospital had plenty of those!

Extras

  • Pump
  • Snacks for the nurses and staff
  • Letter board for announcement Amazon
  • Folder

I brought the folder to put all the papers in! They give you so much information in the form of pamphlets and papers. I needed some place to put it all! I didn’t end up using my pump in the hospital, and hospitals provide amazing ones from what I hear.

I wish I’d brought a nursing pillow! It was really difficult to nurse without one. I had to use a shield and it was just a mess without a stable pillow to put Winifred on. I also wish I would have packed snacks for my family and Will.

*Nurses are actual ANGELS from heaven. I don’t know what I would have done without my nurses! We brought this basket of chips and candy to say thank you!

Truth be told, it’s up to YOU what you bring. I think being over prepared and over packed made me feel more in control of a completely unknown experience. Do your research and read the blogs, but go with your gut. Bring items that bring you joy! No one judged me (to my face) for all the stuff I brought into the room. The birth process is alllllll about bringing your babe into the world in a positive and safe environment. As the momma, you do what you gotta do to make that happen!