Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

Looking for a great mud mask?

I recently had a great opportunity to try a mud mask for the first time! Maple Holistics has the “Dead Sea Facial Mud Mask”, and let me try it for the last week. The results? Amazing!

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Traveling With A Newborn? 5 Feeding Tips

Traveling with a Newborn?

The holidays are upon us! For most families, this means travel. And if you have a newborn in tow, this can sometimes be a more lengthy (and difficult) process.
The Honest Company, reminded me of the trips we took with my son, while he was a newborn. It isn’t easy, but here’s a few things I learned along the way.
Also, check out these great resources from The Honest Company that can help you, be it breast or bottle, with great products to help you feed your baby! Supplements, boosters for your supply, nipple creams, bibs…they have it all!
But when preparing for Thanksgiving or Christmas vacations, consider these tips that I used, for those long trips in the car…

Plan extra time for feedings

I exclusively breastfed my son, but this applies to everything – breast, bottle, or tube. You have to allow a certain amount of time for feedings. it’s important to know your baby’s routine, and plan accordingly. If they feed for an hour (every hour!), and the drive will be at least two hours long, then you have an idea of a timeframe.
Plan to strike out early. My son cluster fed like clockwork-so we left an hour early, and after the first session, he would be good until we reached our destination.

Comfort is key

Because we chose travel by car, I tried making things as comfortable as possible for me, and my newborn baby. Snuggly blankets, a neck pillow for Mom, space arranged in the back seat for optimal room (avoiding claustrophobia) – whatever it takes to ensure you and your child will be comfy during these stops. Traveling is hard on babies, and the easier you can make it on your baby (and yourself!), the better. And if traveling by automobile, remember you can sometimes…

Get Out Of The Car

We are lucky enough to live right on the Georgia/Florida border. So we never encounter snow! But if you are able to on a nice weather day, consider parking at a rest stop with a nice picnic area, and vacate the car. It will help you to refresh yourself and stretch your legs. And give your baby a different environment for a short change. My son was always a very active eater, and enjoyed looking around until the “milk sleep” took over. Plus, being outside the car for a bit should help you, and your partner, from loathing the car ride to the cousins who just have to live 3 hours away. Something to keep in mind while packing up for the trip, though…

Make A List Of Supplies, And Check Twice

Lists are super handy for all the little details. make sure you have everything you will need for feedings, and at least one extra item (if possible) on hand. Be it bottle, nipples, nursing covers, breast pads, gas drops…make sure that you have backups of anything that can get dirty, or can’t immediately be re-used without proper cleaning. You may not find yourself stopped at a place that will have access to water and soap (that you will feel comfortable using your baby items with), and you don’t want to add more time to your trip (spent washing things).
Pack just enough (not everything!) of the necessities that will get you to your destination, which at that point you can sterilize and clean. Because when baby needs to eat-baby needs to eat! And you’ll want to get back on the road ASAP.
But in the grand scheme of everything, always remember…

Take It Easy

Traveling is hard on anyone, including being stuck in a car for a few hours. Especially hard on newborn babies. The less stress you endure with the preparation, and execution of your trip, the better the ride will be for your child. Children feed off their surrounding energy – if you are calm and collected, it will rub off on them! So relax as much as possible, take moments to stretch your legs and smell the roses (or, at least, fresh air as opposed to the little tree freshener hanging from the rearview mirror), and make life easier on yourself by not rushing. The ride will be a lot more enjoyable for you, and baby!

Check out the feeding resources page on The Honest Company’s site for some awesome products that can help you nourish your little one, and as always, be safe while traveling this holiday season! And many thanks to The Honest Company, for inspiring this conversation amongst mothers! it’s important that we, as a collective, support each other with our experiences!

If you’re looking for more holiday posts, check out this linkup as well!

5 Feeding Tips For Traveling With A newborn

A Day In The Life Of A Stay AT Home Mom

Ever wonder what a Stay At Home Mom does all day?

Yes, I’m a stay at home mom. I’m super excited to be doing this collaboration with Luz, an awesome Mommy blogger I recently connected with. Recently, we got together and decided to write about our experiences- as a Stay AT Home Mom…and, A Working Mother!
Today, I will be answering her questions below about my life and experience, and if you check out her blog, you will be able to read her responses to my questions! I’m naturally intrigued by Mother’s who are able to work a full time job-in, or outside the home. This was a lot of fun for me to write!

Question 1: Why Did I Choose To Be A Stay At Home Mom? (Or was it even a choice?)

Wish I could say my decision was more strategically planned, but however, it wasn’t that complex. I worked in the beginning of my pregnancy, until morning sickness nearly had me hospitalized and on bed rest. Then, due to my husband traveling abroad for school, I moved in with my family, waiting his return. We had our son a month after my husband came back, and then it was Full-Time Mommy Mode! So between barely handling horrible pregnancy symptoms, and moving (twice), I just never went back to work. And honestly, never thought that much about it.
Until I became bombarded with questions, like, “When are you going back to work? Six weeks? Eight weeks?”
Once I considered what “working” would require; leaving my newborn with a babysitter the majority of the day, subjecting myself to pumping breastmilk and the hassle of bags/bottle/plastic nipples, and the general cost of childcare. I decided that everything would be more beneficial to my child’s well being, and my personal finances, if I remained at home. My husband more than take’s care of us, and I don’t have to worry about what my baby is doing/feeling/needing. It made sense at the time, and we’ve been doing it ever since.

Question 2: When Do You Ever have “Me” Time? When do you ever rest?

Very, very sporadically! Because my husband is usually out of the house, I am #1 for the baby. As well as running an entire household. It is, literally, a full-time job. Since my child requires a certain amount of care and attention, I must juggle household chores around his schedule. I honestly wish naps were longer!
But the very end of the day, once he’s in bed for (at least) a few hours, I am able to find my “me” time. That’s when I write, or relax, even catch up on what else I didn’t accomplish that day.
“Me time” is important for a SAHM, even if it’s very short lived

Question 3: What is your everyday routine like?

Mornings are spent getting breakfast out of the way, and my husband out the door. Then, I bounce between morning chores and entertaining my 16 month old. Nap time is when (if I don’t sleep with him, which isn’t often) I am able to handle most tasks on the computer. Along with blogging, I admin a cloth diaper b/s/t group, and take requires more time than one would think.
The afternoon is full of either finishing up housework, keeping the baby doing something, or completing a few outside errands. After dinner is done, and I get the baby to sleep, I can finally have some time for my husband, and myself. It takes a lot to keep a household running smoothly.

Question 4: Do You Wish You Could Work Out Of The Home?

I’ve had my fair share of positions outside home, before children. And while I enjoyed them, I’m not exactly itching to go back. Yes, I sometimes crave adult interaction, and lothe children’s songs on repeat. But in the grand scheme of things, I feel that it’s better for my baby that I stay at home. I feel it’s better for his development, education, and our finances. If I worked, a good amount of my earnings would be going to childcare. Not to mention the anxiety I would put myself through worrying about my child; Is he happy? Is he ok? Does he miss me? And I would be missing out on so much! My son is only this age for so long. I don’t want to miss a thing. The office isn’t going away.

Question 5: Do you plan on being a SAHM until your son goes to school? Or what is the plan?

I’m not making any plans for the future. Because plans can change. And even when my son is in school, I want to be active in his education. PTA, after-school activities, sports-all those things are important, and I want to be there for every part of it. And it’s too soon to try to figure how how to coordinate my work schedule and his school schedule. So if the opportunity arises that I can return to work, then I may take it, but it will really depend on what’s going on at the time.
So, now you know more about my life as a Stay At Home Mom. Want to see what questions I asked my friend Luz, at Adventures With Nico, about being a Working Mom? Go to her blog here and read all about it!
Ever wonder what a Stay At Home Mom does all day?

Custom Christmas Invitations

Looking for a Custom Christmas Invitation?

With the holidays approaching, our first real Christmas party as a family is on the agenda. Yes, it’s a little early to be thinking about it now – but I plan ahead. While planning ahead, I did stop at a few stores and put some serious thought into my paper invitations. I ultimately decided that custom Christmas invitations were a must!
Usually I never do paper invitations. I didn’t even do them for my wedding! Mostly because I can’t ever decide on a design. This year I tried going out of my comfort zone, but nothing in the Hallmark section really caught my eye.

Acres A Bloom

Looking to the internet, I actually came across this Instagram feed and found Acres A Bloom – Custom designs for all your party or announcement needs! Wedding, Baby, Graduation, Birthday, and yes-Christmas parties!
This was the flair and originality I was missing in my store bought cards!
I contacted Rebekah (who is super awesome!) and let her know my ideas. She sent me an email to continue with the project, and the order form to select design colors and scheme. It was super easy to navigate! I  wanted to allow her a lot of creative control, since I (of course) can’t ever fully commit to a design when given a lot of options. The result? Awesomeness!
Custom Invitations for all your parties and events!

Custom cards are the ultimate way to go!

I now am a solid believer that for any special occasion, if you can make it your own somehow, that you should definitely go for it!
And while it might only be an invitation, it’s also the first impression your guests will get of how the atmosphere, and mood, of your party will be! This design spoke to me as being “Festive”, “Warm”, and “Merry!”
But hey, isn’t that how Christmas is supposed to be? Plus, no one will ever be able to say they “used that pack of cards for last year’s party.”
Acres A Bloom offers designs for all occasions, including Baby Announcements, Graduation/Birthday parties, Weddings, and all Holidays! I wanted something very simple – but her designs can be as elaborate as the occasion calls for! They are all truly beautiful!
Custom Invitations by Acres A Bloom
You can also get free weekly printables by joining the Acres A Bloom mailing list!
Check out the website for more information and quotes, and don’t forget to visit Acres A Bloom’s Facebook and Instagram page for more beautiful designs and photos! I want to give Rebekah a huge Thanks for working with me! These invitations have given my little Christmas party the flair it needed!
Custom Christmas Invitations by Acres A Bloom

Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road Review

Harem Pants Review – Cherry Brick Road

This is a sponsored post in which I received free product in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Do You Use Cloth Diapers?

If you do, now that Winter is near, you either will understand the struggle, or you already do. Finding the perfect fit with pants and cloth, can be a little difficult. Usually, the clothes you buy have to be at least a size larger than normal, and while pants may fit around the diaper, they can be long in the legs (or too big in the waist).  But, never fear – you have options! One of those options; enter, Harem Pants.

Harem Pants made by Cherry Brick Road

What are Harem Pants?

In case you don’t know, harem pants are these nifty leggings, kinda like “baby yoga pants” that are designed to be worn with cloth diapers. Specially designed to allow room in all the right places, to accommodate the diaper, but still be comfortable!
I recently connected with Cherry Brick Road and had the opportunity to give a special friend a few pairs of their harem pants to try, and we are in Love!

Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road

About the pants…

All of Cherry Brick Road’s harem pants are made with 100% Cotton. The material has been pre-shrunk (so no worries with the laundry!). The fold-over waist band and cuffs allow the pants to grow with your baby for the months to come.  They are nice and warm in cooler weather, perfect for wearing during fall and winter.Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

The prints and available colors are so trendy right now, and I love the flair they exude! The stitching is high-quality. Compared to other brands, you really can’t beat the price, as far as cloth-compatible baby pants go.harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Sizes for certain prints go from Newborn to 24 months! And the great thing is, even if you are a little off with size, they will grow with the baby for quite a while!Coop is wearing the Tribal Print Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road

Our model loves his!

Our Model Cooper here, is only a few weeks old in these shots, but these 3 month size pants will last him the majority of the winter with his cloth. Cooper’s mother says he loves getting dressed and had no problem putting these on!!Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Cherry Brick Road also has a lot of other great products; Single/Reversible Bibdanas, and Top-knot Headbands!

Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Visit Cherry Brick Road!

Be sure to check out their site, Instagram, and Facebook page!  These harem pants are highly recommended for keeping your little warm while he wears his cloth diapers!

Handmade Harem pants by Cherry brick Road, perfect for cloth diapers!