Beauty & Fashion · Life At Home

Galentine’s Day Outfits

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Margot’s Outfit // Dress: Target | Headband: Zelda Matilda

Colette’s Outfit // Sweater & Tutu: Target | Headband: Zelda Matilda

Mama’s Outfit // Dress: Amazon

Valentine’s day has looked a little different the last few years. There hasn’t been much going out to dinner and getting drinks as often as we used to, and sometimes with Valentine’s day falling in the middle of the week, it makes it that much harder. But we know that this is just a season in our lives that will eventually go away and we will miss these days, so, for now, we are enjoying sharing every second of this time with our girls… including Valentine’s day. And if it’s Valentine’s day with my girls, it’s obviously Galentine’s day.

This year with the holiday of love falling on a random Thursday we have a fun filled day full of crafts, candy, and preparing to make daddy’s favorite dinner. But just because we’re staying in doesn’t mean we can’t dress up!

Happy week of love, friends!

 

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Baby · Beauty & Fashion · Life At Home

My Favorite January Amazon Finds

I see all these Pinterest mom’s on social media doing the cutest crafts with their kids, throwing the most outstanding birthday parties for their children, and making beautiful, delicious meals.

Then there’s me.

Although I try really hard to be that kind of mom, in reality, I am super lazy when it comes to these things. Crafts? Here are some markers. Birthday parties? Look at this beautiful cake the grocery store made for you! Meals? Who’s up for more tacos?!

No. I’m not a Pinterest mom. But you know what kind of mom I am? I am an Amazon Prime mom. Yup. I’m the mom that likes to order things and receive it two days later without another thought about it. If you’re not signed up for Amazon Prime, you should be. Here are some of my absolute favorite finds that I purchased in January.

 

Red Tie Front Button Down Spaghetti Strap Midi Dress

I am in love with this red dress. It is so comfortable and is going to be perfect for these warm Carolina summers. I was worried the tie in the front would be too revealing, but it is cute and doesn’t show anything I don’t want to be seen. I typically wear a small, and this dress fit me perfectly in that size. They have so many other patterns and colors to choose from as well. This red dress is definitely what I will be wearing this Valentine’s day.

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Silicone Foldable Reusable Straws

We are in love with our RenuStraw’s that are made of silicone. They are extremely easy to use for our daughter who is two. She can bend and move them so she can easily drink without any fuss of holding her drink a certain way. Not only are they super easy and convenient, but their brand is focused on helping to reduce plastic waste, especially found in the oceans. They are helpful for you, and they are helpful for the environment.

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Lantern Long Sleeve Tunic Dress

This fun olive green dress is the perfect dress to transition from winter into spring. It’s so comfortable and easy to throw on for church, errands or a night out. I love the different layers to the dress as well as the adorable bell sleeves. It also comes in other colors and patterns.

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Panasonic Video Monitor

We have used a few different monitors in the past and with the baby, we decided to get a new one. This Panasonic Video monitor by far takes the cake for the greatest monitor! We received the original piece for Christmas but decided to buy a second camera so each girl could have one in their room. This monitor makes it extremely easy to switch back and forth between the girls’ rooms and can reach so far. There is nothing about these camera’s and monitor that we don’t like, and cannot recommend it enough.

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JuJuBe B.F.F Multi-Functional Convertible Diaper Backpack

We just purchased this new diaper bag because after two years with our old one it was definitely time, and I am in love with this new diaper bag! It’s a little smaller than our first, but I am completely fine with that. I used to lug around so much stuff that I never used, so now it’s easy for me to only bring the essentials. This bag easily holds both sets of diapers, a package of wipes, the wrap I use to carry my newborn in, a sippy cup and bottle on the sides, snacks for my daughter, and personal items like phone, wallet, and keys. It even has a special pocket just for phones (oh, us millennials), which is super convenient and easy to use. The other great feature I love in a diaper bag is that it is a backpack. With two kids it’s now so much easier to have the backpack to just throw on without having to carry anything. It does come with a strap in case you don’t want to wear it as a backpack. It’s very easy to snap on and off, as well as the backpack straps. I definitely am recommending this diaper bag for any new moms, especially moms of two!

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These are a few of my favorite January Amazon purchases. Check back for more each month to see my latest finds, because I am sure there are plenty more to come.

 

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Decor · Life At Home

Bring Anywhere in the World to Your Own Home

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I’ve officially been living in the Charlotte area for about three weeks. Already I feel so at home, and I am so happy that our little family of four has relocated to this area. There is so much to do, and the weather is fantastic.

That being said, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I get a little homesick from time to time. Although the Carolina’s have stolen my heart, a small piece of it is still back in New York.

Our small hometown (I say small compared to Charlotte) is a wonderful place that my husband and I will always love and admire. One of our favorite things about where we were born and raised is the beautiful lake that is right in the backyard of our hometown. We grew up on that lake, and it will forever be a part of us.

Recently we received the most beautiful map of our hometown and surrounding lake from Mapiful. Mapiful is a company that makes custom maps from anywhere around the world, and this map is by far my favorite piece of decor in our new home.

It was so easy to create the map on their website. All I had to do was plug in my zip code and I could move the map to center it how I chose. When I typed in my zip code a map of our hometown popped right up. Although this looked cool, and I could even see right where my old street was, I wanted to zoom out so I could also see the lake. Once I zoomed out I could center it again so the lake was to the left, and my hometown was on the right. At the bottom of the map, I decided to label it, “Chautauqua”. The coordinates even show up at the bottom without having to look it up on your own. I could not believe how simple it was to create such a special map!

This piece of art will always be so meaningful to me because the place it represents holds such a special place in my heart; home.

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Thank you to Mapiful for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Baby · Food · Life At Home

The Perfect Lactation Bars with Milkful

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I forget how much I snack when I’m breastfeeding. It seems like I am always hungry (although, is that really any different from my normal behavior?)

Recently I found the perfect healthy snack to munch on during the day when I’m feeling slightly hungry, and it helps to boost my supply if I find it getting low later in the day. Milkful is a company that makes gourmet lactation oat bars for breastfeeding mama’s in need of boosting their milk supply.

These bars are dairy free, soy free, egg free and wheat free. Their three flavors are Chocolate Banana Nut, Blueberry Almond Coconut, and Maple Walnut. They are the perfect size for when you need that little extra snack during your day filled with feeding babies, changing diapers and rocking that newborn to sleep. Just eating one bar a day can help boost that milk supply.

If you’re a new mama, struggling to breastfeed or make enough milk, I would definitely recommend trying these awesome bars! Check out their website here.

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Thank you to Milkful for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Food · Life At Home

Delicious Organic Snack with OCHO Candy

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Is there anything better than sharing a bunch of chocolate with your two-year-old daughter while you are 39 weeks pregnant? No, the answer is no. There is nothing better than that.

That is why I am so excited that we recently stumbled upon OCHO Candy. They make delicious organic chocolate with tons of amazing flavors to choose from. The OCHO stands for Organic CHOcolate, and being organic all of their products are GMO-free.

You can get their products in bars or in mini pouches. They do holiday subscriptions and birthday bundles, which make great gifts if you’re looking to give someone you love something yummy!

My favorite is either the dark or regular peanut butter, while Margot’s is by far the Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor which is perfect for kids. Check out their site, and try some of their amazing flavors.

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Thank you to OCHO Candy for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Food · Life At Home

Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Recipe with Maty’s

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This time of year is when my daughter and I start catching the dreaded colds. I know it’s inevitable, but we also learned a great way to keep it at bay with a few immune boosting recipes. The reason I say it’s “immune boosting” is that we add a little bit of Maty’s cough syrup. Now I know you may be thinking, “What? Cough syrup added to a recipe?”, but let me tell you it not only helps to boost that immune system it is so delicious as well.

Margot and I recently made a batch of Blueberry Banana Oatmeal that we added some Maty’s natural cough syrup. Their syrup is filled with all natural ingredients, and can easily be substituted for things like maple syrup or honey. That’s why I thought this recipe would be perfect for it, and it’s so easy.

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Immune Boosting Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of Maty’s Cough Syrup
  1. First add the oats, water, milk and half of a thinly sliced banana into a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the oats begin to bubble. Then stir until oats are cooked and creamy (about 3 minutes).
  2. Next, remove the pan from heat and then stir in the brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour the contents into a bowl and top with the remaining half of sliced banana, blueberries, and Maty’s Cough Syrup.
  4. Enjoy!

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Thank you to Maty’s for sponsoring this post, and for having the most amazing, natural products that I trust to use with my child. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Beauty & Fashion · Life At Home

Fall Family Fun

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Margot’s Outfit // Fleece: Target | Leggings: Nordstrom

Mama’s Outfit //  Top: PinkBlush | Jeans: Nordstrom

Well, here in Western New York winter is officially upon us. We got a few inches of snow today and the forecast for the next week or so is just more and more of it. Fall has passed, and we are on to the homestretch of a few winter weeks before baby’s arrival!

We had an awesome fall weekend a few weeks back as a family that I haven’t had a chance to share until now. Reed and I raked some leaves at his parent’s house the other day and even gave Margot her own little rake. She was definitely more interested in playing in the leaves as opposed to helping, but we figured that might be the case. It’s crazy that these are our last few weeks as a family of three before baby girl makes her debut in December.

Happy November!

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