The First Month: My Favorite Baby Products


1. HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet: I wasn’t sure if this basinet was going to work out for us at first. Landon had a tough time sleeping flat because of his reflux. So we modified it a bit by putting a book under a leg to raise it on an incline. We also took the vibrating box from the pack n play and put it in the outside pocket on the end of the basinet. The incline and the vibration together made it absolutely perfect for us. I do think that there is a model that vibrates and plays music – but that wasn’t the one I registered for! I absolutely love that it feels like he is right there in the bed with us but yet he has his own space. I am able to pick him up to feed him in the middle of the night without ever leaving the bed. The mesh sides are great – he likes to scoot as close to me as possible and I don’t have to worry about him not being able to breathe when he smooches his face against them. I can also see him without sitting up. The mattress pad is durable and comes with a removable sheet. We bought a few extras of course! Overall, we really like this bassinet. It’s a little pricey but I think it’s worth it to have him at arms reach at night time. It’s pretty big and heavy though – so don’t expect to move it around!

2. Lollypop Muslin Swaddle Blankets: I cannot sing enough praises for these light weight swaddle blankets. They are the only swaddle blanket we’ve found that our ninja baby can’t break out of in the middle of the night. Plus they are made of a super breathable cotton material that keeps him just warm enough without being too hot. They’re large enough to also be used for a nursing cover and again the light weight material is great during this time of year. He has to be swaddled in the bassinet in order to fall asleep so these are a must have for us!

3. Kaydee Baby Bandana Bibs: Y’all know I’m all about my baby looking good! These bibs are so cute and functional. He spits up a lot with his reflux so I was changing his outfit constantly because he would soak himself. Now I just let him wear one of these and change it when I need to! They have a soft lining on the bottom that keeps him nice and dry. Love, love, love them!

4. Moby Baby Wrap: I’ve seen just about a million different wraps online. I’ve only tried this one so I can’t compare it to anything else – but I’m a little bit obsessed with baby wearing now because of it! It has the perfect stretch for a newborn and I feel like it’s very easy to learn how to use. The only issue I’ve found is that it isn’t very breathable so it can get pretty hot to wear baby out and about in the summer heat. But this thing is a life saver. If I need to get house work done I can just put him in it and go. He sleeps and stays content for hours! I’ve even nursed him in it while vacuuming!

5. Mamas & Papas Sola Stroller: This stroller is wonderful. Aside from the fact that it’s gorgeous and I feel like a million bucks when I’m pushing Landon around in it – it’s easy to fold, easy to open, can be turned to have baby face you while riding, glides/turns effortlessly and there’s enough space in the bottom for our giant diaper bag! The only thing I don’t love is that it doesn’t have cup holders. We can easily buy some to attach but I do feel that a stroller regularly priced at around $400 should come with some dang cup holders. This was a gift though and was bought heavily clearanced, so I am not complaining! The only real issue we had was that the adapter we got for our Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 carseat wouldn’t work with it. But thankfully it lays back to accommodate a newborn riding in it so it isn’t a huge inconvenience. We will be able to use this stroller for years! This particular one is discontinued but there is a newer version out called the Sola 2 (linked). I do love that there is a carrycot that you can buy separately as well. If we lived in a bigger city where we would walk a lot more places it definitely would’ve made since to invest in that. But we don’t and the cute factor didn’t justify the price tag for me!

6. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Night Pacifier: We received a soothie pacifier from the hospital that Landon absolutely loved but unfortunately it didn’t really contour to his face so he couldn’t keep it in his mouth on his own. I bought other pacifiers and he wouldn’t take them because they weren’t the same nipple style as the soothie. Thankfully my Sister-in-law found these for us and he really likes them! He can keep them in his mouth on his own and they’re super cute!

7. 4Moms Rockaroo Swing: Last but not least, the 4Moms Rockaroo. I’m sure most of you moms and moms-to-be have seen this thing all over blogs, Instagram, in stores, etc. It’s pretty popular! We were given this swing as a gift and it has truly been a wonderful gadget to have. Landon slept in it when we first came home from the hospital. We slept downstairs the first few nights while we got our bearings and he slept in it between feedings. He’s continued to take naps in it and we let him hang out there whenever we need to put him down. We use it daily! He’s pretty content for about 10 minutes when he’s awake and then he’s over it. Overall, we really like this swing but after using it I’m not sure it’s better than some of the other swings out there with cheaper price tags. But!! I do love that it doesn’t take up a lot of space, it has a deep seat that makes me feel like he is very secure, the cover is easily removable/washable and it’s just … pretty! I mean – if you’re going to have kid stuff everywhere at least you can pick something that is nice to look at. ;]

Are there any must have products you’ve found for your kiddos around this age? Share!!!

Watching the Time Go By with Jord

Jord Watch
It’s more than fitting that I recently got the chance to collaborate with Jord to show how I would style one of their gorgeous wood watches. These past 6 weeks have flown by and I’ve been watching the minutes and hours tick by on this pretty little piece. I’ve been wearing it to feel a little more “put together” and it has come in handy to keep up with how often I am nursing Landon. I typically just use my phone to keep up with the time but now that I am caring for a newborn I often forget where it is and lose it in the house for a bit! Mom brain is definitely a real thing, my friends!

Aside from the functionality I really just love the modern and classic design of this watch! I feel like it goes with just about anything I wear. I’ve started to reevaluate my closet and what I want my “style” to be in this new chapter of my life. I’m looking to slowly purge the older trendier pieces to start incorporating longer lasting classic items that are easier to remix. I feel like this is the perfect accessory to add to my closet transformation!
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What I Wore:
Watch: The Ely in maple c/o Jord
Denim Top (worn over dress): Pac Sun
Dress: Forever 21
Wrap: Moby

My Favorite Iced Coffee At Home

My Favorite Iced Coffee At Home

Nate and I are both coffee lovers and we often treat ourselves by stopping in at our favorite local coffee shop for a delicious iced coffee – especially this time of year! I stick to my “one cup a day” rule at this point in my pregnancy and of course watch out for the stronger stuff! I water things down quite a bit or get half caff when I’m in doubt.

Going out to coffee shops can add up quite a bit though! So I love that I can make it at home and make it *just* as well! I’m not sure if you’ve ever attempted iced coffee at home by just pouring coffee over ice but – it just doesn’t work like that. It’s not good. My friend Kristie bought this iced coffee maker for me off of Amazon as a gift and I’ve been using it religiously ever since! It is unbelievably easy to use. It’s a good thing too because the instructions came 100% in Japanese! ;]

So how do you use it? Well let me tell you. It’s so simple! Because I’m super fancy (not really) I like to grind my own beans with a coffee grinder (I use this extremely cheap one) but you can use already ground coffee as well. I personally fill the reusable filter to about half full of coffee. You can really adjust this based on your taste! We’ve been using espresso beans recently so I tend to put a little less because it makes a stronger cup. Remember that you’ll be watering it down a bit by adding ice cubes as well! Next, place the coffee filter inside and fill with filtered water. This takes a little time because only so much water can fit as it seeps down through the coffee. I use a spoon to stir it as I put more and more water in to help the process along. Once it’s completely full of water put the lid on and pop it into the fridge! That’s it! I let ours sit over night and by morning it’s ready to go!

I like to put a little bit of creamer in mine and I’ve been eyeing this almond syrup for a while! I always order almond flavoring in my iced coffee so that would be the perfect touch! Right now I’m pretty obsessed with the chocolate chip cookie creamer I found at the grocery store though. It’s delicious!

Do you make iced coffee at home? I’d love to hear how you make yours!

Adore Me


I love promoting companies that I adore and Adore Me (appropriately named) happens to be one of those now! Being pregnant is wonderful and exciting. Even the body changes I’ve experienced (up to THIS point) feel beautiful to me most days. But if I’m being totally honest – there was a trip to the mall recently that had me in tears in the dressing room. At that point I had tried on at least 10 bras in 5 different sizes and none of them fit right or comfortably. It all started when I purchased a cheap bra from H&M a week before. I didn’t try it on because I just new it would fit – wrong. When I went to take it back to exchange it (with tags on it/with receipt) they refused and said that “all lingerie is final sale no matter what”. I would have appreciated a warning about this policy when I bought it, but sure – okay – I see the tiny print on the back of my receipt now that says this but also says that bathing suit tops are returnable? I always try things on/never have to return anything so this was really upsetting to me. Then on top of that, I couldn’t even find a bra in the entire mall (maternity stores included) that fit me right. Queue the hormonal crying in the dressing room. I was so exhausted from taking 800 winter layers of clothing on and off at that point and I was just done.

A few days later I received an email from Influenster letting me know that I would be receiving their XO VoxBox. Aside from the VoxBox that will be sent to me, they also offered a code to me for a free set of lingerie from Adore Me. So I signed up for their VIP membership and got my first set free! I decided to go with something pretty and functional for daily wear. It’s easy to gravitate toward the practical “nude” bra, am I right? So I wanted something pretty that would make me feel good about myself in this time of change. I still desperately needed a new bra and with the free returns/exchanges policy I knew it would be no big deal if I did get the size wrong on my first try. Well, I received my set in the mail yesterday and it fits like a dream. No trying on 10 different bras in the mall, no peeling off clothes in the dressing room and putting them all back on over and over, no crying, and no one telling me I can’t return something that doesn’t fit. WIN.

If you are interested in trying out Adore Me for yourself you can click this link to get your first set for $25! I will also earn $15 towards a set if you do!

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