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Loving: Baby Edition, Summer 2018

Happy summer, what is technically left of summer, anyway!  We are only several weeks into being parents, however, below are some items that we have really loved since baby Alex came home from the hospital!

 

 

1. Bugaboo Fox – We love this stroller!  Baby Alex loves going for rides in her buggy and we look forward to using the toddler seat, shown above, when she gets a bit older!

2. Uppababy Mesa Car Seat – We really love this car seat!  Baby Alex typically falls asleep in this car seat very easily, which is great!

3. Ergo Carrier – We love the Ergo, and we even have one for Victory!  baby Alex usually falls asleep while in the Ergo and it is great for walks and also for getting things around the house, if needed!

4. Glider – This glider is wonderful and very comfortable!  It is great for nursing and feedings along with story time!

5. Swing – We love this swing and so does baby Alex!  She takes at least one good nap a day in it!  We also love that it has a puppy on it, plus the fact that it is electric and plugs in so there is no need to worry about the swing running out of juice!

6. Dock-A-Tot – We absolutely love the Dock-A-Tot!  It saved us!  Because of it, baby Alex began to sleep at night!  We will likely get her the Grand Dock-A-Tot when she outgrows the Deluxe Dock-A-Tot!

7. Swaddle Wraps  – These are fantastic!  They also saved us!  Baby Alex began to sleep at night and naps during the day when she was unable to escape these velcro swaddles!

8. Muslin Swaddle Blankets – These muslin swaddle blankets are wonderful and they are breathable and not too heavy — they are great for just about anything — stroller rides, car seat rides, and wrapping up your baby, etc.

9. White Noise Machine – The white noise machine has been great at night since, which helps keep baby Alex asleep at night.

10. Spectra Breast Pump – I really like this breast pump.  It does not cause pain while using it and it is very quiet and efficient, along with it being rechargeable so it is portable, which is very convenient.

11. Burp Cloths – We really like these burp clothes — they are very soft and they wash up nicely.

12. Pacifier  – Through a recommendation of a friend, this was the pacifier that baby Alex can actually keep in her mouth!  It works really well!

13. Fish Bath – This soft bath worked really well while baby Alex was really small.  It was soft and held her head and body well while we bathed her via sponge baths in the kitchen!

14. Whale Bath – We have moved to this bath now, which has three seating positions, which fits in our tub.  It works really well and will work for a while as baby Alex grows!

15. Johnson’s Sleepy Time Bath Kit – We really like the lavender, sleepy-time, bath kit!  Baby Alex smells really wonderful after her baths.

16. Pampers Swaddlers Daipers – We really like these diapers — they are super absorbent and baby Alex seems to like them and she has not had any diaper rashes!

17. Pampers Wipes – These wipes work quite well!

18. A and D Ointment – This ointment works really well to prevent diaper rash.  Baby Alex has not had any diaper rash since we have used this A and D Ointment in conjunction with the Pampers Swaddlers and wipes.

19. Nancy Tillman Books – We love these books!  We have about four of the Nancy Tillman books, thus far!  I highly recommend them.  The paintings are beautiful in these books that augment the wonderful stories.

20. What to Expect the First Year Book – This book is great to look things up quickly or read along as your child grows!  I highly recommend it!

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Loving: Maternity Wear

Happy spring!  It finally feels like spring around here and we are loving the sunshine and fresh air!  Below are some items that I really have loved wearing while growing our baby.  After much looking around quite a bit, I was not a fan of maternity clothes, so I have done my best to wear my regular clothes by sizing up, in most cases.

 

 

1. Hatch Bikini — This was the only one of three ‘maternity pieces’ that I purchased during this pregnancy, which Doug got for me this spring.  I absolutely love the Hatch Bikini.  We got it for our Babymoon and to use at our pool this summer.  It is extremely comfortable and fits one’s growing belly well.  Although this exact bikini is not available any longer, there are similar Hatch bathing suits here.

2. DKNY Underwear – I did not purchase any ‘maternity underwear.’  I use my current underwear, which still fits well (I did not size up), while pregnant, even during this final trimester.  I highly recommend this underwear regardless if you are pregnant!

3. Wacaol Bra – I did not purchase any ‘maternity bras.’  I ended up sizing up with my usual bra, and it worked out well, thus far.  However, I did purchase the Emma-Jane night bra for postpartum, which is quite comfortable also.

4. Tom’s Shoes — My feet and ankles have been quite swollen during the later part of this pregnancy.  I have loved wearing my Tom’s shoes, as they accommodated my expanding feet well, which is hopefully short lived!

5. Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Shorts – Since our baby is due during the summer months, I had to get maternity shorts for ease of comfort.  I found these maternity shorts by Ingrid & Isabel to be very comfortable and they are inexpensive as well.

6. Ann Taylor Loft Top  – I never found any maternity tops that I fell in love with.  Thus, I sized up on the type of tops I would normally wear from Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft, for example, which has worked out well, thus far.

7. Lululemon Align Pant – I love Lululemon’s pants.  I sized up and keep wearing these pants, which is getting me through this pregnancy.

8. Lululemon Align Crop Pant – Since I love Lululemon’s pants, I sized up in the Align crop pant as well for exercising and it has worked well as well, thus far.

9. Lululemon Tops – I found a few Lululemon tops that have worked well during this pregnancy with my expanding belly.  Although the exact top that I found this past winter is no longer made, that has been working well, I love the Lululemon tanks that have a built in bra.

10. Isabella Oliver Dress – I purchased this maternity dress and I love it!  The dress is comfortable; the material is very well made; and it looked quite flattering!

11. Nordstrom’s Pajamas – Long – I discovered these pajamas last fall and I love them — they are super comfortable!  They have worked well during my pregnancy and for hanging in around the house; although I ended up sizing up during the third trimester, as my belly has really grown.

12. Nordstrom’s Pajamas – Short – These pajamas are getting me through the summer months.  They are extremely comfortable!  I sized up as I am using them during my third trimester and they are great to wear during the warmer months.  They work really well!

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Happy Tuesday!

Loving: Spring 2018

Happy spring!  We hope that it will actually feel more and more like spring on a consistent basis soon!  Below are some items I am loving!

 

 

1. Cuddle + Kind — I recently discovered these adorable hand-knit dolls via Cuddle + Kind.  We purchased for our baby Charlotte the Dog and Lucy the Lamb, and received them in the mail recently!  The best part is that each time you purchase one of the hand-knit dolls, proceeds go to feed children in need.  (The hand-knot dolls come in two sizes).

2. First Aid Beauty, Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer – I also somewhat recently learned about this wonderful face moisturizer.  It is truly the BEST moisturizer that I have ever used.  It goes on well, there is no scent, and it keeps one’s face and skin hydrated really well with no oily residue whatsoever.  I love it and I will never go back to any other product!

3. Yoplait Yogurt Mix Ins — I love yogurt, and I especially like this new yogurt by Yoplait, specifically the key lime mix in flavor!

4. Promptly Journal – I love making photo books; however,  I wanted to find a simple way to capture this time in our lives so I purchased a childhood promptly journal, which helps you capture your child’s complete history from your pregnancy until your child is 18 years old.  There are pages for your to document your pregnancy; pages month for the first year of your baby’s life; and then there are pages for each birthday until age 18.  Each section has places to document your child’s favorite things and then it has questions that help prompt you with what to say.  Additionally, there are places to add pictures at each page, and it is recommended to use scrapbook tape to adhere the images to the paper journal.

5. Brooks Ariel Running Shoes  – Doug and I still make it to the gym regularly and I really like these new shoes.  They offer so much support and comfort with a wider type toe box.  My feet are never sore, no matter how much I exercise!

6. Fromm Cheese Treats – Victory, our fur girl, loves these treats and they are made in the U.S. and are only a few calories per treat!  Victory also eats Fromm for her breakfast and dinners each day and she loves it!

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Happy Tuesday!

Loving: Winter 2018

Happy winter!  Although the winter is not our favorite season, below are the items I am loving, so far, this winter!



 

1. Pajamas — These are the most comfortable pajamas I have ever owned.  The light weight material is so soft and they are perfect — they keep one just warm enough!  I love them so much that I bought a second pair of these pajamas!

2. Lululemon Full Freedom Tank – I recently bought this work out tank top and it is really comfortable.  I highly recommend it!

3. The Universe Has Your Back Cards — Last year I read the book, The Universe Has Your Back, and I recently got these cards, with daily words of inspiration, which I have gifted to a few friends!

4. PuraSense Humidifier – It has been cold and dry that we got a new humidifier for our bedroom at night.  This humidifier works really well by keeping moisture in the air in our bedroom!

5. Ponds Dry Skin Facial Cream  – Since it had been so cold and dry while we were in Michigan over the Holidays, I used my Mom’s face cream and found the Ponds Dry Skin Facial Cream to work well, and plus it is really inexpensive!  I have continued to use it this winter for extra moisture.

6. Warby Parker Glasses – I had to get new glasses and I used Warby Parker!  We have a Warby Parker not too far from our home and the process of getting new glasses was seamless and easy!

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Happy Monday!

Loving: Fall 2017

Happy fall!  We are happy to be in the season of fall, a season of harvest!  Below are the items I am loving, so far, this fall!

 

 

1. Get To Work Book – I love this annual planner/work book.  I always like to keep a paper planner versus using an app, iPhone, etc.  I have this planner all ready to go for next year and I love the extra pages included as well for notes, big projects, etc.  So, if you prefer keeping a paper planner, I highly recommend The Get To Work Book, which offers much more space (pages) than a traditional planner and it is a perfect size!

2. Align Crop Pant, Lululemon  – I love these pants; and I live in them — they are the most comfortable pants I own!  I cannot say enough good things about these crop pants, which are wonderful for working out, yoga class, and for wearing around the house!  Also, there are some nice, new colors available this season as well!

3. Satya Jewelry – I somewhat recently discovered this line of jewelry.  The style is quite simple, elegant, and inspirational, while created with global consciousness.

4. Jeni’s Ice Cream — We first came across Jeni’s ice cream in Charleston when we were on vacation this summer.  This ice cream is delicious and we get it at our local Wegmans!  The Brown Butter Almond Brittle is one of my favorites.  And there is a new scoop shop in D.C., which is much closer to home!  (You can find a local grocer who sells Jeni’s ice cream here.)

5. Signature Candle, Magnolia — I love candles, and we generally have them lit around the house when we are home.  I especially love the Magnolia signature candle.  It smells really wonderful!

6. Mrs. Meyers Soap – My normal dish soap was out at the store, so I decided to try Mrs. Meyers lavender dish soap — it smells great and it is a keeper!

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Happy Thursday!

Loving: Summer 2017

Happy summer!  We are so happy that the summer months have arrived!  Below are the items I am loving, so far, this summer!

 

 

1. Blue Apron – In an effort to mix things up this summer, and in an effort to eat healthy while not taking too much meal time preparation, we have tried some meals from Blue Apron.  The menu changes frequently, and the contents to make each meal comes right to your own front door!

2. Cascadian Farm Granola, Oat and Honey – We eat a lot of yogurt, especially Dannon’s Activia probiotic yogurt, and Cascadian Farm’s granola is the best granola I have had in a while!  And, it pairs great with yogurt!

3. Neutrogena Sunscreen – All summer we have been using Neutrogena’s Beach Defender, 70 SPF sunscreen.  It works really well, smells great, and does not leave an oily residue on one’s skin.  We used this at the beach while on vacation and we use it when we go to the pool each week.  I highly recommend this product if you are looking for a great, high SPF sunscreen that really protects your skin from the sun.

4. Philosophy Purity Facial Wipes — I do not wear too much makeup, but when I do, I love using Philosophy’s facial wipes to take my make up off.  They work really well.

5. The Bright Hour — This is a truly really great memoir written by Nina Riggs about the last two years of her life, which I recently finished reading.  She completed her memoir in January; and she, sadly, died the next month, at age 39, of metastatic breast cancer.  According to Riggs, “I think a real gift that this experience gave me was forcing me to appreciate my life/death, not just my life.  I had to embrace the experience of having cancer, because that experience was part and parcel to my experience of my husband, my kids, my dearest friends.  So I would say I really hope the book I wrote will make you feel much more joy than anything else.”  Riggs writes beautifully.  I highly recommend this memoir.  It has been said that it is this year’s When Breath Becomes Airwhich I also read last year.

6. Caseology Case – I had to get a new iPhone case for each of our phones, and I really like the cases we purchased from Caseology.  They look great, come in various colors to match your phone, and they are sturdy, too!

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Happy Wednesday!

Loving: Spring 2017

Happy spring!  We are so happy that spring is officially here!  Below are the items I am loving, so far, this spring!

 

 

1. Mara Hoffman bikini – I love this bikini and the Mara Hoffman line.  We are ready for our pools to open next month!

2. DKNY Underwear – Lululemon stopped making my favorite underwear, and I had to find an alternative; and the DKNY underwear is very comfortable and a close alternative.

3. Toms’ Shoes – I love love these new shoes by Toms.  They are very comfortable and they are a little bit different in design.

4. Lululemon Hotty Hot Short — I love these new shorts!  I have several pairs, which are very comfortable to work out in.

5. Hourglass — This book is a beautiful memoir about marriage.  I love this quote from the book, which is so true, “Change even one moment, the whole thing unravels.  The narrative thread doesn’t stretch in a line from end to end, but rather, spools and unspools, loops around and returns again and again to the same spot.  There is no other life than this. You would not have stumbled into the vastly imperfect, beautiful, impossible present.”

6. Pocky – I like Pocky, especially the green tea covered biscuit sticks!

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Things I Love: Winter 2017

Happy winter!  While this is not necessarily our favorite time of year, we are taking advantage of the time indoors to be productive!

 

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1. Empathy Cards by Emily McDowell  – I love cards and I like sending cards.  Emily McDowell is an illustrator and she has a relatively recent new lines of cards, Empathy Cards, which are perfect to send to a friend or family member experiencing a terrible illness or loss.  Emily is a cancer survivor herself, which was the impetus for creating this line of cards.  So, if you need a card to show your support, when you may not have the words, these are wonderful cards to send.

2. The Universe Has Your Back – I recently read this book by Gabriel Bernstein over the Holiday break, and I really enjoyed it.

3. Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – I have been using Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment over the past several months.  It works fantastically for chapped lips and for chapped hands.  You can order it here.

4. Cetaphil Lotion — Since it has become colder, I have been hydrating my skin, and this lotion works really well — it does not have a scent and it does not leave an oily residue.  I love it!

5. Celestial Seasonings Green Tea — I have been drinking more hot tea lately and I really love this green tea and it tastes really great with almond milk and honey!

6. Fitbit Charge 2 – Doug gave me a new Fitbit for Christmas, and I love it!  I usually am making 10,000 steps a day!

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Happy Wednesday!

Things I Love: Fall 2016

Happy fall!  We are so happy that fall is officially here!  Below are the items I am loving, so far, this fall!

 

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1. S’well Bottle – I recently gave the S’well bottle to Doug as a gift, and I quickly decided that I needed one, too!  They keep cold beverages cold, and hot beverages hot!  I love the sleek design!

2. Magic Lessons Podcast – I really enjoy the Magic Lessons Podcast.  There are so many great episodes.  If you like hearing about other creatives’ pursuits and how to handle and deal with fear and the unknown, you will be sure to enjoy this podcast!

3. Hot Apple Cider K-cups – I love hot cider, and these K-cups are really great, especially if you like hot apple cider!

4. Mantra Bands — I love Mantra Bands.  My friend just gave me one recently, and I love it!  These make great gifts, too!

5. Planner — I am ‘old fashioned,’ and I like having a paper planner to keep track of work and personal appointments, items, etc.  I have used this weekly paper planner found on Etsy for the past two years, and I love it.

6. Perfect Over Present – I recently finished reading this book and really enjoyed it.  This book provided a refreshing perspective on life.

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Happy Thursday!  We hope the you have a great, long, and restful weekend!  We are headed to Dewey Beach for the long weekend with our fur girl, Victory, for a respite and to celebrate some long-awaited good news!

Things I Love: Summer 2016

Happy summer!  We are so happy that summer is officially here!   Below are the items I am loving, so far, this summer!

 

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1. Sticky9 Photo Magnets – I love photo magnets, and our refrigerator/freezer are covered in photo magnets, over 100 images and counting!  Using photo magnets makes it really easy to showcase photos and easily update photos without harming the original photographs.  A couple of examples of recent photo magnets that I made, are shown in the image above.  I enjoy making them and sharing them with family.  It is also fun to have a rotating ‘gallery wall’ in the kitchen using these magnets on your refrigerator and freezer!

2. Special K Red Berries Cereal – I love Special K Red Berries cereal.  I have recently been eating this for breakfast with almond milk and, some evenings, Victory and I also eat it dry for a snack and she loves it, too!

3. Lululemon Run Times Four Way Stretch Shorts – I love these shorts!  They fit well and the material breathes well, too.  They are perfect for exercising!

4. Yasso — We love Yasso frozen yogurt bars.  They are low-calorie, and they come in a variety of flavors and, most of all, they taste great!

5. Dove — I recently discovered this bar soap, Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter.  I use this bar soap every day and it smells wonderful and leaves my skin soft and smooth.

6. Soapbox – I love Soapbox shampoo and conditioner.  The shampoo is sulfate free; and the conditioner leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and great!  I highly recommend this shampoo and conditioner.

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Happy Friday!  We hope the you have a great, long, and restful weekend!  We are headed to Delaware for the long weekend with our fur girl, Victory, for a respite!