Friday Favorites

August is here already?!  This summer is flying by.  I hope you all have fun plans for the month ahead.

  • Lake Pajamas: so soft and classic!
  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Cord:  If you’re a frequent camera user, this is for you! You place your SD card from your camera right into this device while it’s attached to your phone, and it’ll upload your photos from your SD camera.  This has been such a time saver — I don’t have to pull out my laptop to upload my photos and I can do it on-the-go.
  • 4everBound Books: This company takes your child’s original work and binds them into hardcover books.  So that large pile of artwork can be scanned into a book, saving you space and memories!
  • Made by Mary: I purchased this necklace with both kids initials.  I wear it everyday.  Love it!
  • Lightning to SD Card Camera Cord:  If you’re a frequent camera user, this is for you! You place your SD card from your camera right into this device while it’s attached to your phone, and it’ll upload your photos from your camera.  This has been such a time saver — I don’t have to pull out my laptop to upload my photos and I can do it on-the-go.
  • Zella High Waist Leggings: Zella has become my favorite brand for leggings and workout attire.  These pants are high waist, holding in all the right spots, so comfortable, and they’re high quality. Plus, they’re currently on sale!!

Happy August!

Friday Favorites

Here comes July!! Happy early 4th, everyone!  Here are some favorites from June…

  • Post App: This Social Print Studio app allows you to send a photo postcard for just $1.99.  You select the template, insert your photo, write a message, and then they print and send for you!  It’s such an affordable and fun way to send pics to family members.  Lately, I’ve been using this app to write thank you cards to my grandparents.  They love the all-in-one card and photo aspect of it.

  • Gathre Mat: This was my Mother’s Day gift!  The play mats are made from bonded leather, and they are wipeable, waterproof, and compact. They come in a variety of beautiful colors and sizes.  They’re great for the beach, at the park, in the yard, or in the house. It’s one of those items that is worth the money because we will have it forever and I’m sure we’ll find more uses for it than we even know right now.

  • Land of Nod U.S. Map: Liv’s a bit too young for this puzzle but I have my eye on it for when she’s old enough.  I had a U.S. puzzle growing up that I loved, so I’m drawn to this one.
  • Amazon Prime Pantry: We’ve always been a fan of Amazon Prime, and Subscribe & Save.  I love eliminating any trip to the store so Amazon is a hit in our house.  Since we’ve had Jack I’ve been using Prime Pantry for small items that I can’t get out our grocery store (Trader Joe’s).  There’s always a deal and it arrives in great time!

Happy July!

9 Must-Haves for the First Week With a Newborn

There are several products that have helped us survive this first week home with Jack.  If you haven’t already, head to my last post — Week One with Jack + Newborn Care Tips to catch some tips on managing the family + home during the first week home with a newborn.

  • Medela Slimming Nursing Cami: This cami is comfortable and supportive with removable pads.  I’ve been wearing them every day, all day so far.  I love that it’s form-fitting, providing extra core support.
  • Chambray Boyfriend Button-Down: If you make it out of the house, a good button-up is crucial since it can be easily thrown on, and allows for easy access when breastfeeding.

  • Jersey Robe: You’re probably noticing a trend — comfort.  Being comfortable really makes a difference during such a tiring time.  With a baby on you pretty much constantly, it’s nice to have clothing that can be layered — put on and taken off easily when needed.  Plus, it’s perfect for breastfeeding.
  • Bamboobies Breastmilk Pads: When your milk comes in, you’ll most likely need these to soak up the extra milk flow!
  • Boppy Nursing Pillow: During that first week you may feel like all you did was feed the baby, so it’s important to be comfortable in the position.  The pillow helps elevate the baby, giving some relief to your back and shoulders.
  • Halo Sleepsack Swaddle: This swaddle worked wonders with Olivia and so far, Jack is loving them too.  After his last feeding of the night we wrap him in the swaddle and he sleeps like a champ. 
  • Solly Baby Wrap: This wrap is lightweight, soft, and provides great support for the baby.  It comes in many different styles!  Oftentimes, Jack just wants to be held so the wrap allows me to comfort him while both hands are free to get things done around the house and help Olivia.
  • Convertible Gowns: These are great for nighttime diaper changes so you can easily access the diapers from the bottom.
  • Rock-n-Play Sleeper: Just like the swaddle, this sleeper was perfect for Olivia and so far, Jack.  The inclined position keeps their legs tucked, similar to the womb.  It has plenty of room for them to grow.  It has comfortable cushions that can be easily removed to clean.  The sleeper rocks back and forth smoothly.  Also, it’s portable making it easy to move around the house and travel with. Anyone have favorite products that got them through the first couple weeks with a newborn?  Please share!