Things I recently bought from Target:

I love a good shopping trip at Target, who doesn’t? I thought I’d share some random things I recently bought (with my own money, this isn’t a sponsored post— I wish it was). Haha! Sometimes when I need a little bit of “me time”, I drive to Target, buy an iced coffee & roam the aisles.

 

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BLISS Rose Gold Foaming Cleanser. So excited to try this! If I end up liking the cleanser, I want to try more products from their line, maybe a face mist or moisturizer. I’ve been into skincare lately, maybe because I’m inching closer to 30! I really need to form better habits when it comes to washing my face day & night. 🙁

 

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FORMULA 10.0.6 Skin-Brightening Mask. I hardly ever do face masks, so I thought this would be a good one to start with! If you have any good face mask recommendations, please let me know! (it doesn’t have to be from Target)

 

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FLAMINGO Women’s Razor. Okay, so I’ve used this razor already… MINI REVIEW: I have to say this is my favorite razor I’ve ever bought. It’s super sharp, but it doesn’t nick me like other razors. It’s also really pretty to look at, I love the purple & rose gold- good quality! I’ll continue to buy the razor cartridge refills.

 

 

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SMARTLY Summertime Body Wash. I’m not picky when it comes to my body wash, just that it lathers well & it smells good. This item checks both! Also- such a good price! $1.99 – you can’t beat it.

 

 

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MRS. MEYER’S Peony Soap. This is a little random, but I love this hand soap! It literally smells like Spring in a bottle. My favorite.

 

Have you tried any of these products? Or is there anything new at Target I should check out? Let me know!

xo

 

 

 

MAPLE HOLISTICS: SILK18 SHAMPOO REVIEW

I’m so happy to be working with Maple Holistics again! They were kind enough to reach out & send me their Silk18 shampoo for a product review. If you’re interested in reading a previous product review I wrote for Maple Holistics, click here.

SILK18 shampoo is great to protect against split ends, damage, dryness, dandruff, and hair fall. I’ve been using this shampoo for two weeks and it’s been so nice! I am currently in the postpartum stage of my hair falling out (super annoying), so knowing this shampoo helps with that, is such a plus. I love how nourished and fresh my hair feels after each use. This shampoo is great for all hair types and people with sensitive skin. Also, they have new packaging- and their bottles have a sleeker look! Love that.

Overall thoughts & reasons why I recommend this product: it’s cruelty free, they have recycled packaging, it’s made in the U.S.A., it’s sulfate & paraben-free, it leaves my hair feeling fresh & clean, it helps with dandruff,  and it smells so good!

They have so many other great products: hair care, skin care, bath & body, and personal care. The next product I want to try is their Argan Oil Shampoo & Conitioner set. This set is all about moisture & hair strength!

Check out their blog post for more information about damaged hair.

xo

*thank you Maple Holistics; all opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

ELOISE IS THREE MONTHS OLD!

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These months are flying by, and I love watching Ellie grow every single day. This stage is beginning to excite me more & more. Eloise is cooing & smiling a lot more. She shrieks with excitement, loves to look at mommy & daddy, is very good at tummy time (but won’t roll over yet), and will have long conversations with herself. It seems like her little personality is already developing and I cannot believe how interactive she is already! She has given us a few chuckles, but no belly-laughs… yet. I cannot wait for that!

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Ellie likes to touch my face, watch Sesame Street with daddy, and does so amazing in the car! She had her second road trip to visit family in Southern California, and got to hang out with her auntie, uncle, and cousin Addie! Eloise also went to Griffith Park for the first time (somewhere I went all the time as a child), went to her first brewery, and more park visits with her puppy sister, Lola.

Elle is 12 lbs, fits in size 1 diapers, but will be transitioning in size 2 very soon! She still fits in 0-3 mo. clothing, but I have a feeling she’ll be fitting in 3-6 mo. in a few weeks. 🙁 She’s growing so quickly! She celebrated her first Valentine’s Day, and daddy’s 32nd birthday!

Here are some pictures of my girl:

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Can’t wait to see what March brings!

BASIC INVITE: INVITATIONS FOR GRADUATION PARTY

Graduation season is coming up quickly, and what better way to highlight a huge milestone in your life, than to celebrate with family & friends? I’ve partnered with BASIC INVITE to show you all the amazing options to create the perfect invitations for a graduation party. Now that I’m getting closer to graduating college myself, its never too early to plan for graduation commencement invitations. I am loving these beautiful designs.

Have a little one graduating from pre-school, kindergarten, or elementary? These princess graduation invitations would be perfect!

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Basic Invite doesn’t only do invitations or announcements, but also stationery, business cards, stickers, and so much more! Their website is so straight-forward and easy to use. It’s the one stop shop for custom invitations!

Here are some amazing services you can get with using Basic Invite:

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.

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Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of an actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to envelopes so that you can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

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Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Foil – Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs. (I’m obsessed with rose gold! It’s gorgeous!)

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Right now Basic Invite is kind enough to offer 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

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I’m so excited to use this service to create my daughter’s first birthday invitations, family holiday cards, and for my college graduation next Spring! I’m obsessed!

*This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Postpartum Wish List

We have 8 days left of February, can you believe it? It went by so quickly, but that’s not surprising since it’s the shortest month of the year. At the end of the month, I’ll be 3 months postpartum. I have lost a total of 38 pounds since giving birth, and I cannot believe how my weight has just melted away! Sure I need to tighten up my stomach, and tone my legs, but I’m being patient & kind with myself. My body is still healing, and I would rather focus on more important things than my belly fat.

I thought it would be fun to post some clothes I’ve been eyeing & what’s on my wish list for the new season coming up!

 

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Lou & Grey Chambray Tie Front Shirt.

 

 

 

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Floral Wrap Blouse.

 

 

 

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Chambray Puff Shoulder Blouse.

 

 

 

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Knit Pull On A-Line Skirt.

 

 

 

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Striped Tie Hem Utility Blouse.

 

 

 

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Leggings in Heathered Seamed Ponte.

 

 

 

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Vine Ruffle Henley Shell.

 

I’m loving Loft & all their new arrivals! I find myself shopping here a lot because they always have great deals and cute clothes. Online window shopping just motivates me & gets me excited! Anyhow, I’m off to bed! We are driving to Los Angeles to visit family this weekend, so that means 6 long hours in the car. Hope you guys have a great weekend! xo

POSTPARTUM & NEWBORN MUST-HAVES.

HAPPY FEBRUARY! It’s been a little over two months since I’ve given birth to Eloise and I thought it would be helpful to share with you my postpartum & newborn must haves! There are so many products out there to choose from, that it can be a little overwhelming.

POSTPARTUM MUST-HAVES:

Get yourself some good vitamins! Your body needs to replenish itself and get the needed vitamins and nutrients, especially if you’re breastfeeding/pumping. My little sister got me these vitamins from Whole Foods & I love them. Side note: I have read some reviews of people having a decrease in their milk supply- but it hasn’t happened to me. So just be aware of that!

Right after giving birth? Get perineal spray! Your lady bits will thank you. Although I had a really GOOD recovery (mind you, I didn’t tear at ALL), some others have a harder time healing- so I highly recommend this perineal spray. I used mine for about a 3-4 weeks & didn’t need it anymore. Some things I love about this brand? It doesn’t have any parabens or artificial fragrance + made with organic herbs.

Next up: NIPPLE CREAM! The first two weeks of trying to breastfeed I had cracked nipples. No joke, they were so messed up & I was in SO MUCH PAIN. This organic nipple butter did wonders! It healed my nipples right up (also, I had to stop breastfeeding to help the healing process, but that’s for another blog post altogether!) This is the same Earth Mama brand that I love.

Something that I’m using every single day- breast pads. You don’t need to get any specific brand, as I think Target’s breast pads work great! Leaking is so annoying!

NEWBORN MUST-HAVES:

There had been many times where Ellie was gassy/uncomfortable & gas drops were such an important part of helping her feel better. We got her these gas drops (you can get from Target or Walmart) & they worked wonders! I highly recommend gas drops or gripe water to relieve them of any discomfort! A screaming baby is NOT fun to deal with 🙁

Next up: infant probiotics. Not everyone will agree with this, but I think giving your baby probiotics is important. It’s good for their digestive system & gut. This particular brand I linked is from Amazon, but I buy mine from Whole Foods. Ellie got really bad baby acne when she was 2-3 weeks old, and I really think this contributed to help clear it up.

My next product for baby is a game changer. I heard about this product from my sister, and once I used this product for just 3 days, it made Eloise’s skin perfect! Like I mentioned above, Eloise got baby acne, and once I started her on probiotics it started to get better! But once I put on Tubby Todd All Over Ointment, it went away completely! I love this stuff & can’t rave more about it! You can literally use it everywhere: for cradle cap, diaper rashes, baby acne, rough patches, cuts & scrapes, etc. I HIGHLY recommend! 5/5 stars.

These items are my top picks & I hope at least one person can find these helpful/useful. Of course there are other items like the mamaroo, snuggle me organic infant lounger, a really good pump (I use this Medela one that I got through my insurance), bottles (if you’re exclusively pumping/giving formula- I love these ones!), and lastly a nice baby carrier (this one is so easy to use & inexpensive!).

I hope you all have an amazing month ahead! Valentine’s day is right around the corner… would you all like to see what I’m getting my daughter for her 1st Valentine’s Day? I could do a fun “gift” idea post!

xo

*** All reviews/thoughts are my own. This is not a sponsored post, I bought all items with my own money.

ELOISE IS TWO MONTHS OLD!

I’ve been so busy being a new mom, blogging has taken the backseat. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance my time! Since Eloise is still so small, she isn’t on a set “schedule” yet, so she sleeps when she sleeps! I try and get housework done, eat or catch up on some of my favorite shows when I have some downtime .

Anyhow, Eloise is officially TWO MONTHS OLD! Holy moly. She’s 10lbs 6oz, and is getting her first set of shots tomorrow! I’m so not looking forward to my baby girl crying & being in pain! It’s going to be the saddest thing ever.

Ellie went on her first road trip to Southern California & did amazing! I’m so proud of her! She didn’t cry at all, and slept most of the way. She met her great-grandma for the first time, and it was so special. I am so grateful that my grandma is around for this chapter in my life.

Ellie also got to spend time with her cousin, Adelaide! I love seeing my niece. She is 5 months old, and is smiling so much. She reaches and grabs for Eloise, and it’s the cutest thing ever. I can’t believe our babies are growing up so fast!

Here are some pictures of Eloise Audrey Colette:

It’s been a fun and tiring month, and we just love watching this little girl grow! I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing her smile more & hopefully laugh very soon!

SOME GOALS FOR 2019

Happy 2019 everyone! I’m really excited for the new year. Now that Eloise is with us, I’m thinking of all the memories we are going to make this year! There will be a lot of “firsts”, and I just want to make sure I soak it all in.

2019 GOALS:

read more books (my goal is 5-8 books this year)

go back to school in the fall (juggle being a full-time student & mommy)

practice gratitude/ be more positive

pay off debt & save more money

go on one family vacation

blog more & write more

go on more walks & be outdoors more

I really wanted to make goals that were attainable to reach… how many times have you made goals that were just unrealistic? I have, and it’s a waste of time. So, this year I’m focusing on things that matter: my family, hobbies, finances, etc. What are some goals you have for 2019?

ELOISE IS ONE MONTH OLD!

As of the 30th, Eloise is officially 1 month old! As I sit and type this, I cannot believe how quickly this month has flown by. I won’t lie and say this month has been rainbows and sunshine… because it hasn’t. This month has been extremely hard, exhausting, and at times frustrating.

My biggest struggle this month has been breastfeeding. Not only was I in so much pain because her latch wasn’t good, but I developed mastitis and needed to get on antibiotics. It is FINALLY getting better, and I’m able to breastfeed Eloise more. Thank goodness. Breastfeeding is NO joke, and I always thought it was something that was going to come easy and natural… that isn’t the case at all. I’m glad I didn’t give up, and I was able to get help from my lactation consultant and have endless support from Dexter.

Eloise is gaining weight perfectly, and is a healthy girl. She is 8lbs 12oz. Eloise loves to sleep, loves to be held by her daddy, and loves drinking her milk. She is small (that’s why I call her my fairy girl) but she is feisty & so strong. She has amazing neck strength, and can hold her head up by herself. We are so in love with this little girl— she is going to be a daddy’s girl for sure. I’m pretty much chopped liver over here, and I GAVE BIRTH TO HER! HA!

I’m looking forward to watching her grow, and making memories as a family. The first month was HARD, and exhausting! But I wouldn’t have done it without having such an amazing partner. Dexter has been the one to get up with Eloise, while I’m pumping every 3 hours. Dex will let me sleep in a few more hours, and makes sure I’m eating. Having Dexter be on baby bonding leave has been truly incredible! I will be so sad when he has to go back to work.

ONE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS: Ellie has gone to Target, the park, and on her first long car ride to Marshall & Bodega Bay. She celebrated her first holiday- CHRISTMAS! Eloise has been to three restaurants with us already (and did SO GOOD)! She still fits in Newborn clothing.

I can’t wait to see what milestones month two brings! I hope you all have a Happy New Year! I’m so excited for 2019!