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19 Jul

baby favorites: month 8

month 8 of the BABY FAVORITES series. things that my baby (and me!) are loving at this stage.  for this series, I'm going to list the things that made month EIGHT great! and of course, you can check out newborn favorites, month 4, month 5, month 6, and month 7. month 8: baby favorites 1. Baby walker: Luca isn't totally into this, but he definitely gets around in it! I put him in it mainly when I'm cooking in the kitchen, so I can be hands free. sometimes he whines, sometimes he loves it. but, it helps mama, so it made the list! 2. Rash guard swimwear: now that it's officially summer, I got Luca some proper swimwear - and the long sleeve rash...
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17 Jul

Amazon Prime Day Deals: Baby

Here are my picks for Amazon Prime Day! These are only products that I have used (and Luca, of course!) that we love and I highly recommend: The baby wash we use: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e5vbqbvf The drying rack we use: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e6ybqbvf Luca's favorite bouncer: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e7nbqbvf Life-saving gripe water - still use it: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e8hbqbvf Baby walker style we use: https://rstyle.me/n/c65e9mbqbvf The take along mobile we used: https://rstyle.me/n/c65facbqbvf Our stroller arch: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fa2bqbvf Our mobile: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fcfbqbvf The boppy nursing bowl: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fc6bqbvf Babyganics essentials gift set: https://rstyle.me/n/c65feebqbvf The feeding mat we use and love (EZPZ): https://rstyle.me/n/c65ffibqbvf The feeding mat for older babies - Happy Mat (EZPZ): https://rstyle.me/n/c65fgwbqbvf His favorite maracas - great for diaper bag: https://rstyle.me/n/c65fsvbqbvf Hope you snag some great deals today!...
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13 Jul

monthly challenges: july

for each month of this year (I started in March), I'm going to be doing a monthly challenge, where I practice something NEW for the entire month (about 30 days). I didn't want to preselect all the challenges for the entire year, because I'm always changing and there are always areas of my life that change and some need more help than others at certain times. let's start with a recap of the last month and then get into this month's challenge! june's challenge: recap june's challenge was to stretch for 10 minutes everyday. and, I failed (mostly.) honestly, I didn't do a good job of setting a reminder in my phone to do it, so most days, I just stretched for a...
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12 Jul

What to pack for a beach vacation with a baby

We did it! Our first family vacation, just the three of us: me, my 9 month old son, Luca, and my husband, Lu. The trip was everything we hoped it would be and more - and we packed (almost) perfectly! And I'm going to share with you what we packed, what we should've packed, and what we packed but didn't need to have packed. First, let me preface this post with the following: Luca was 9 months old at the time of this post. We were on a vacation for a week, a Saturday to a Friday I'm a breastfeeding mother, and thus, I didn't bring any bottles with me and I don't need formula. I also nurse my son (since...
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19 Jun

comfortably working from home

if I don't have any meetings or events during the week, I tend to wear the same few items over and over again. I'm always comfortable - it's the biggest perk of working from home. however, with that, you can fall into the PJ-pants trap real quickly. instead, I like to pair everyday comfortable clothes with athleisure to make cute outfits that make me feel good when I look in the mirror and, if I have a last minute errand or meeting, I can jump out the door and still feel chic. the softest pants ever: I basically feel like I'm wearing pajamas when I wear these, but paired with some cute white sneaks or flats and a tank or fitted...
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15 Jun

Bell’s Palsy – How I Healed Naturally and What I Learned From It

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before treating your Bell's Palsy. I'm simply sharing my story and what worked for me personally, after making an educated decision for myself.  if you have been following me on Instagram since at least late March/early April of this year, you're well aware that I had Bell's Palsy - and recovered from it, without drugs, in less than a month. It was an absolute shock when I was diagnosed, and I still can't believe that happened to me. I'm going to write this post in the hopes that for those that have Bell's Palsy can refer back here and find some peace, some helpful healing advice, and know that you're not alone. also, I learned a lot...
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1 Jun

monthly challenges: june

for each month of this year (I started in March), I'm going to be doing a monthly challenge, where I practice something NEW or the entire month (about 30 days). I didn't want to preselect all the challenges for the entire year, because I'm always changing and there are always areas of my life that change and some need more help than others at certain times. let's start with a recap of the last month and then get into this month's challenge! may's challenge: recap april's challenge was to take a walk outside everyday. I didn't set any specific parameters, just get outside and MOVE. whatever a walk meant - 5 minutes, 30 minutes, and hour. and I'm happy/proud to say that I...
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31 May

baby favorites: month 7

month 7 of the BABY FAVORITES series. things that my baby (and me!) are loving at this stage.  for this series, I'm going to list the things that made month SEVEN great! and of course, you can check out newborn favorites, month 4, month 5, and month 6. month 7: baby favorites 1. VTech activity cube: as Luca started pulling himself up to standing position, this was so helpful to help him learn balance and strengthen his upper body! he also loved just sitting down and playing with it - he could play with it alone forever. 2. Babysense monitor: unfortunately, our Motorola baby camera stopped working (it lost its ability to charge), so we got this one after polling friends and reading reviews. we've...
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30 May

the nanny update: 3 months later

if you missed my first post on why we decided to finally get a nanny, you can read that here. in that post, I mention that I was torn on what to do - get a part-time nanny, wing it myself and not get a nanny, or get a full-time nanny. ultimately (you can read more in the post), I decided to go with a full-time nanny, since I run a business and I just knew I wouldn't be able to grow and build my brand if I was doing it "part-time." it was one of the best decisions I've made, and I couldn't be happier with our current childcare situation. the nanny we are absolutely blessed. she loves Luca just like we do...
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23 May

one pieces for big busts

I pretty much exclusively buy bathing suits at ASOS. first off, I hate trying on bathing suits in the stores (ugh for harsh changing room lighting!) and they have such great search functions in their Swim section it's juste easier! you can even search by full-support/big busts! keys to wearing one pieces if you have a big bust: high-neck offers max coverage and more support sometimes if you size DOWN it'll fit more firmly and suck everything in and provide extra support cup sizing if you can find it! off the shoulder/ruffle shoulder is more flattering and can hide some of the saggy-ness when you don't have the support of a cup! it's a trick to wear the trend and still...
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