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#RW TOP 5 NEWBORN ESSENTIALS

Preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming to say the least! What products do I need?What brands are the safest? Which ones have the best reviews? It’s easy to go overboard with all the baby products, especially as a new mom (I know I did). I had so many little gadgets and toys when Steele was born and looking back, half of them I probably only used a handful of times, if that. In a effort to minimize the amount of things  we were buying this time around (we will only be in NY/NJ for a few months after the baby is born and then will have to move everything back to LA), I’ve tried to keep my purchases to things that I really NEED or products I felt like I wouldn’t want to live without…. so below I’m sharing a few of my favorite products to have with a newborn:

  1. Uppababy Vista Stroller – I did a lot of research on strollers when I was pregnant with Steele and came across this brand, which had really great reviews. There were many benefits that sold me on this stroller (adjustable handle bar for taller people like me :), large under basket for storage + it also comes with a newborn bassinet) and now with TWO young kids, it easily converts into a double stroller without us buying a new stroller. WOOHOO!! It’s also easy to fold and unfold + is easy to travel with. Winner!
  2. DockATot Deluxe Dock Infant Pillow – this one is new for me this time around but a good friend of mine told me its a MUST. We are a co-sleeping family (Steele NEVER wanted to sleep in her bassinet as a baby) so this seemed like the perfect product for us to try since we’ll most likely have this baby in the bed with us too. And not having to worry about rolling over on the baby while we sleep is a breath of fresh air.
  3. Honest Diapers & Wipes – when I was pregnant with Steele, I wanted to find body products that were either eco-friendly or organic and focused on sensitive skin. I had eczema as a child and wanted to be conscious of the products we were using on her. Knowing that the Honest brand makes products without potentially harmful ingredients – I decided to try them out….and I loved them! We’ve never really had any issues with leakages or rashes & who doesn’t love all their fun designs.
  4. Nook Niche Feeding Pillow – I had the Boppy & My Brest Friend nursing pillow when Steele was a newborn. Both were good but I’ve heard such great things about the Nook brand & this specific feeding pillow that I decided to give it a try this go ’round. What I like about the brand is that they use organic materials and focus on the breathabiity of their products. You can also use the pillow to prop baby up next to you or for elevated tummy time. I’ve had it for about a month now and have used it to help me get comfortable during pregnancy, definitely a plus.
  5. L’ovedbaby Organic Gl’oved-Sleeve Overall – I bought a few of these for Steele (she was too big to fit the newborn size when she was born so we had to go up a size) but these little onesies were perfect for the first few months of life. We didn’t go out much in the beginning so having cozy options that I could easily throw on her was perfect. Plus, they are super soft and well made….so I’m passing the ones Steele had to the new baby + picked up a few extra ones too!

Of course there are many more products that we use with our little babies but these are just a few of my favorites.

I want to hear what brands & products you guys like/can’t live without – fill me in!!

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LOVING NOT ONE… BUT TWO!

As I quickly approach week 40 of my second pregnancy, I’m still trying to grasp the concept that soon I will be a mother of TWO!! How crazy is that?!?! I will have KIDSSSSS, plural! Holy Crap!!! The idea is frightening and electrifying all at the same time! My excitement is at an all time high and yet I’ve had many moments of uncertainty & doubt along the way. This pregnancy was far from planned – Ryan and I both would have liked a little more time alone with Steele, so to think that we’ll soon have 2 humans to devote our love, time and energy to seems surreal. I often wonder how I could love another child as much as I love Steele and how I can balance myself between two kids, while also maintaining my relationship (and sanity) – I just haven’t been able to wrap my brain around it quite yet. Of course it’s all been done before so I know it’s possible but it’s hard to imagine this new life that we will soon embark upon. Continue Reading

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SQUAT IT OUT!!!

Ladies!! We’ve all heard that saying “Squatting will get you a bigger booty” but aside from the external benefits to squatting and how it can help improve your physique, there are MANY more reasons why you should be incorporating squats into your health & wellness routine, especially during pregnancy. Continue Reading

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SELF-LOVE & SELF-CARE: 5 WAYS TO INVEST BACK INTO OURSELVES

Lets face it! It’s no secret that having children is an extremely time consuming job. Between crying babies, diaper changes, playdates, activities, cooking, cleaning (the list goes on….and on), the less energy we have to give to ourselves. I’ve heard this one saying time and time again – “Once you become a parent, life is no longer about you”… but I’d beg to disagree. Life is no longer JUST about you, but trust me hunny – you still matter! As mothers, we’re handed a laundry list of roles and responsibilities that we fulfill for the sake of our children but I don’t believe that means we need to run ourself ragged with no regard for our wants and needs.  Continue Reading

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2 0 1 7 | I N T E N T I O N S

The older I get, the more I realize that the new year isn’t about becoming a new me. Each DAY is an opportunity for growth, wisdom, clarity and a chance to get to know myself on a deeper level. I will always be a planner and goal-setter at heart, it’s just an intrinsic part of who I am, so setting attainable goals for each year is a must for me BUT that doesn’t mean I need to wait for the new year to make changes in myself, set new goals or alter my path when needed.  Continue Reading

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BATTLE OF THE SICKIES | NATURAL REMEDIES FOR FIGHTING COLDS

As a parent, there’s nothing worst than feeling helpless when it come to your children. You want to do everything in your power to make sure they stay safe and are well protected against anyone and anything. So when it comes to the common cold and other viruses that need to “run it’s course”, unfortunately there’s not magical solution to automatically make our children feel better so there isn’t much we can physically do. Continue Reading

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B R E A S T F E E D I N G

Ok, listen ladies! I know the topic of breastfeeding can be a controversial subject for many reasons but I think it’s important to have conversations that help spark thought and awareness as well as help educate ourselves. What’s interesting to me is how breastfeeding (in public, specifically) makes some people sooooo uncomfortable. I’ve never truly understood why people make such a big deal out of it. Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in this world; something a mother was created to do but in our culture (especially here in the US), we’ve been taught to over-sexualize the woman’s body so the thought of a woman with her breast out in public, for the sole purpose of nourishing her child, comes off as shameful and inappropriate. Continue Reading

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M I N D F U L N E S S

Throughout this journey of pregnancy and motherhood, I’m continuously reminded of how important it is to be open, to be mindful, to be consciously aware of my thoughts, my emotions, my energy, my reactions to people & situations as I’m nurturing and raising my children.

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Q U I C K M E A L S | VEGAN COCONUT CURRY W/SWEET POTATO NOODLES

Let’s be honestttttt…….. finding time (or the energy) to cook these days has been a struggle but I have made an honest attempt to eat a more clean, healthy diet – especially with this growing baby in my belly. Translation = I need to cook more and eat out less! Don’t get me wrong, I do have crazy cravings every once in awhile but am trying to stick to the 80/20 rule as much as possible. Continue Reading

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MY HOMEBIRTH STORY

This week for our #NoHoodLikeMotherhood series, I thought it would be great to finally talk about my personal experience of birth – more specifically, HOME BIRTH. I’ve gotten a lot of requests recently to share my journey & overall thoughts and decided this would be a great way for you all to learn a little more about me 🙂 Ironically, I’ve actually been wanting to get this down on paper for awhile and am excited to finally be doing this — YAY! I think it’s so important for us as women & mothers to be open about our experiences and things we go through so that we can help inspire, encourage and uplift the next woman. Sharing is caring, right guys?! Continue Reading