Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Month 2 Favorites And Flops

And just like that we're officially into November.  I feel like I tend to overuse this phrase, but time really is flying by.  How are we down to less than two months left in this year?  

Normally, I would be apologizing for the lack of posts lately, but this little person has been keeping me pretty busy over here.....


So I've had several email & instagram requests to put together a post containing my favorite baby products.  Since we've officially entered into month two territory of 'all things baby', I thought now would be the appropriate time to fill you in on our favorite products, and also what have been absolute flops.  

It has been a lot of trial & error, and taken some experimenting with various products but I feel like we've finally gotten the hang of things.  Isla is starting to get into a morning + night routine {during the afternoon is another story}, and is giving us between 6-8 hour stretches of solid sleep every night!

Everything listed below is what we're currently using on a daily basis and I whole heartedly recommend every product on this list. 

Diapers - We've been using Honest Co. diapers & wipes since we brought her home from the hospital.  It is really important to me to use more all natural diapering products on her, and so far these have been great!  I know some people have complained that the diapers leak, but I haven't had any issues with leakage.  I did try out another brand that I purchased from Whole Foods, and I didn't like them nearly as much.  

I've also been using this soothing spray on her daily and I love that it contains all natural ingredients, and smells great!  I tested it on myself, and it really is a cooling & refreshing feeling.

If you're in the market for a good diaper pail, I highly recommend the Ubbi Diaper Pail.  This bad boy is pretty pricey, but it really does an amazing job of keeping any smells contained.  A huge added bonus is that you don't need to purchase any special bags for it!

Feeding - I am mostly breast feeding Isla on demand.  I did have some issues with breast feeding in the beginning which required me to pump and bottle feed her for 3 days.  Since she took a bottle so well, we've been doing 1 or 2 bottle feedings per day of pumped breastmilk.  This gives Adam the opportunity to feed her, and do a bit of father/daughter bonding.  I haven't tried any other bottles out since she did so well with Dr. Browns bottles.  I use these smaller 4 oz. bottles, with a size 1 nipple.  We're also currently using the Dr. Browns bottle warmer and it's been great.  It has a memory timer, so it automatically remembers the last length of time that was used, and heats up bottles relatively fast.  I've read some reviews that say that it works really well with most other brands of bottles as well.  If you're planning on doing any bottle feeding, I really recommend Dr. Browns products.

Along with feeding comes the need for burp cloths.  A big mistake that I made was buying Aden & Anais burp cloths.  The best ones that I've found so far are actually cloth diapers {particularly these from Gerber in this specific ply}.  They are durable, inexpensive, and can be used for so many other things besides being a burp rag.  I almost always slide one under Isla during messy diaper changes, which helps with having to wash the cover to my changing pad all the time.    

Bathing -  We established a nightly routine that included a bath when Isla was around 1 week old, and she absolutely loves it!  Every night we bathe her in her 4-Moms tub {couldn't recommend this tub more!}, and use this all natural lavender body wash/shampoo every few nights, followed by a mini massage with this calming lotion.  On the nights that we don't use the body wash, we just let her sit in the warm water and wipe her down with a washcloth {this one from RH is my favorite}.  She has really come to expect her nightly bath, and if we try skipping it she is really fussy, and has a difficult time falling asleep.

Swaddling - Admittedly, I purchased a ton of swaddle blankets {see this instagram picture}, but since having Isla I've actually purchased more!  We go through several every day since I use them for so much more than just swaddling.  They're great for those moments when you don't have a burp cloth handy, as stroller/car seat covers when baby is sleeping, spread out on the ground for tummy time or playing, rolled up under the mattress of her bassinet to help elevate her for acid reflux, etc.  Aden & Anais are an obvious choice for great swaddle blankets, but I also love these from Little Unicorn {although the quality of the cloth is a bit stiffer}.  Recently, I just discovered these extra large swaddle blankets {on sale!}, and purchased two packs of them.  I love the cute whimsical designs!  They're a bit thicker, and the longer length is perfect for swaddling since she is starting to get bigger.

Napping/Sleeping - I mentioned earlier that Isla is sleeping great at night, and has been clocking in 6-8 hour stretches of solid sleep in her bassinet every night since about week 5.  At night, we use this sound machine which is great for drowning out any noise {I actually sleep much better with it going!}.  Napping during the day is a different story however.  With the exception of our morning routine, in which I take a shower and she falls asleep from the sound of the water in her rock n' play, she really fights her naps unless she's snuggled on my chest.  I obviously love cuddle sessions with my baby, but holding her all day long makes it really hard to get anything done around the house.  Her morning nap does give me a small break, but basically the only way I can do any laundry/cooking/tidying up is by wearing her in the Solly Baby Wrap.  I even wear it while grocery shopping with her snuggled up next to me!  This has really been such a lifesaver, and I definitely recommend purchasing one.  Also recently after a conversation with my girl Brooke from Somewhere, Lately we added this swing to our fleet of gadgets, and I can usually get Isla to take a small 20-40 minute cat nap in this.  I'm hoping that as she grows she'll learn to love this, and go down for longer naps.

Clothing - I know firsthand that it's hard to not get carried away with all the adorable baby clothing, but when they're so little they really don't need anything besides onesies, and sleepers.  Some of our favorites have been these affordable zip up onesies {which make middle of the night diaper changes a breeze since there is not a zillion buttons to snap}, and also these super soft footed sleepers from Kickee Pants.  I love the fun designs that they feature, the cute little ruffles on the bum, and also the super soft fleece lining in the foot area to keep little toes toasty warm.  Since we don't swaddle Isla's arms {she HATES her arms being confined and will fight it until she breaks free}, it's really important to have pj's that have the mitten cuffs so her little hands don't get too cold, and both of these have that feature.

Playing - I was a little hesitant about whether or not a play gym was worth it at this age, and I'm really glad that I ended up purchasing this one.  At first she was mesmerized and would get a little overwhelmed, but lately she gets so happy and will smile + laugh at the little hanging animals.  She really seems to like all the different sounds, and the bright colors.  This mat also makes for the perfect spot for doing morning tummy time!

and for any mama to be's or new mommies who might be struggling with breastfeeding.....

This combo helped me tremendously during those painful early weeks of breastfeeding, and I highly suggest both of these products along with this nursing bra {I have it in 3 colors, and wear them 24/7}.


So far these have been the biggest flops for us.  But since every baby is different, that doesn't mean that they won't work for your little one!  As I've quickly learned, it's a real trial & error process.....

sleep sheep - doesn't get the job done!  Better to invest in a real sound machine.

mamaroo - I wanted to love this because the look + concept is so cool, but unfortunately Isla isn't a big fan.  I don't think it moves fast enough for her. 

 expensive burp cloths - see above for my recommendation for inexpensive, durable ones.

I hope this helps you ladies, and if you have recommendations for must-have baby products leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading! xx

Monday, October 12, 2015

Isla Addison

Where has the time gone?  It has been nearly 3 months since my last blog post, and over 5 weeks since I gave birth to my baby girl, Isla Addison {pronounced eye-la}.

As overwhelming + difficult as this newborn phase can be at times, I am absolutely relishing in my role as a mother.  From the moment that the doctors held Isla up for me to see, I felt this immense rush of emotions; pure love, joy, and the feeling that I had somehow known her my entire life.  I had always wondered if there was truth to what everyone said; that your natural nurturing instincts kick in after you have a baby, and it's true that they really do.

Thank you all for the sweet comments & support on instagram.  It really makes me feel so grateful that I've been able to connect with so many amazing women through my blog and social media.  I do plan on eventually returning to blogging more regularly on this space, and may even post a couple recipes in the coming weeks/months, but for now I am still taking so much pleasure in devoting every single ounce of myself to my sweet baby girl.  I can't imagine our quiet days spent any other way.

For now I will leave you with these photos that were taken when she was around 10 days old.  Our photographer, Katie Lopez, did an amazing job of capturing this newborn stage so beautifully.


Stay well, friends. xx

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello & Goodbye: 32 Week Bumpdate

Hi friends!  It's been a while, hasn't it?  I've been trying to get into the habit of unplugging from my computer & social media a lot more recently.  And you know what?  I get a lot more accomplished around here when I'm not wasting time online.  30 minutes reading other blogs, another 30 minutes of responding to blog comments & emails, an hour on Pinterest, 20 minutes of looking at someones pictures on instagram {read: creeping}, an hour of online shopping on various websites.  It all adds up to stolen moments throughout the day that I'll never get back.  The thought of stolen moments once Isla arrives makes my heart hurt.  I want to be present always, not zoned out staring at my phone or a computer screen.  And for this reason, I've made the decision to drastically cut back on the amount of time that I'll be posting on this space.  This pregnancy is flying by at an alarming speed, and I really want to savor the small amount of time that I still have her all to myself.  I plan on doing a bit of heavy reading {I have 6 books in rotation that I have yet to finish}, finishing up a few more projects in the nursery, cooking all those labor intensive recipes that have accumulated over the years that I've wanted to try but never quite found the time, and soaking up these last few weeks alone with Adam before our life is forever changed.

I'll still post on here sporadically from time to time {it's not like I cancelled our internet service}, I just want to reevaluate the amount of time that I dedicate to Typical Domestic Babe, especially in the first few months after she arrives.  So many of you have became familiar online friends over the years, so I felt it was necessary to give you a heads up rather than just go silent for weeks & weeks on end.

With all of that being said, I do have lots to update you guys about so my last pregnancy bumpdate is below.  

How Far Along?   32 weeks 

Total Weight Gain?  26 pounds.  Nearly 5 of that is baby already!  At our ultrasound last week, we learned that she's on track to be an estimated 8.5 pound healthy little baby.

Maternity Clothes?  Absolutely, although I'm really looking forward to wearing normal clothes again soon. 

Gender?   It's a sweet baby girl!

Cravings?   Anything chocolate peanut butter, and organic sour worms from Whole Foods :)

Miss Anything?   Sleep - although I guess this is prepping me for those sleepless nights in the beginning.

Exercise?   Up until last week I was still attending private Pilates sessions 3x per week.

Symptoms?  Ughhh, where to begin?  Heartburn - check.  Restless legs syndrome - check.  Carpel tunnel in my hands - check.  This pretty much sums up why I've been having such a hard time sleeping lately.  My nightly routine involves tums, breathe right strips {since I've had a stuffy nose since early on in my first trimester}, tiger balm patches placed on my calves for my restless legs, and ice packs for my legs and for my hands that I rotate throughout the night.  I am basically the epitome of sexiness at the moment ;)

Mood?   Emotional.  It must be the hormones because I've been crying so much lately {and I am not the crying type}.  Movies make me cry, sweet little text messages from my husband make me cry, conversations with friends & family members make me teary eyed, even just sitting in her nursery and thinking about all the memories that we'll create in that space makes me emotional.  Also, every time I take a few quiet moments to really connect with her and talk to her I end up crying.  It's impossible for me to have conversations with her, like so many books suggest that you do, because I end up a blubbering mess.

Baby Movement?   She loves her 4 am karate practice!  Feeling her move all throughout the day is one of my favorite parts of being pregnant and I know that I'm really going to miss feeling those rolls, jabs and kicks. 


Best Moment This Week?   After our ultrasound last week, Adam & I went shopping at Bonpoint in Bal Harbour Shops and he picked out the sweetest little outfits for her.  I loved watching him study all the tiny dresses and onesies and thoughtfully arranging them to see how they would look together.  Envisioning chubby baby legs filling out those rompers & dresses makes my heart swell with so much love & excitement.

Looking Forward To?   Seeing my mom at the end of next month.  I'm so grateful that she'll be coming down for a couple of months to help me with the baby.

On My Mind?   For the past 6 weeks or so I've had a suspicion that Isla was breech because I've never felt her kicks up by my rips, they've always been down really low.  Our last two ultrasounds have confirmed that she's in the Frank Breech position, and unfortunately it looks like she's going to stay in that position.  We learned last week that her umbilical cord is wrapped around her neck and that is most likely the reason that she's not able to turn into the typical head down position as her cord is keeping her strapped in up there.  My doctor said that at this point the cord is still loose so it's not affecting her health in any way, but if I was to force her to turn by doing yoga moves or seeking out chiropractic that encourages breech babies to turn, it could potentially be very dangerous.  For now I have to cut back on any yoga & pilates and just take it easy.  I'll also start going for regular ultrasounds to monitor her situation in there, and at this point it looks as if I'll be having a scheduled c-section.  Obviously I'm extremely thankful that we were able to catch this now rather than have it crop up at the time of delivery when it could be a real emergency.  I'm also feeling slightly disappointed that I won't be able to experience the natural birth that I had envisioned {for my own selfish reasons}, but I know that it's not just about me anymore, as her health & safety are 100% top priority.  At the end of the day, as long as she arrives healthy and is safely in my arms it's not going to matter how I gave birth.      

You can check out any of my past bumpdates by clicking here. 

Stay well, friends.  See you around! xx


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Skinny Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since summer produce is readily available right now, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my delicious skinny chocolate chip zucchini muffin recipe with you all.  I've lightened up an old traditional zucchini bread recipe that I had sitting in my recipe index file, replacing the refined sugar, butter, and processed flour with honey, applesauce, coconut oil, and hearty whole wheat pastry flour.  The result is moist, delicious muffins with just the perfect amount of sweetness and chocolate to curb those sweet cravings, without wrecking your summer diet.

Hope you enjoy! xx


1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup shredded zucchini, set on paper towels to absorb excess moisture
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/4 cup milk {I used 1%, but any variety of milk will work - even almond or soy}
1/2 cup chocolate chips


Make sure to place your shredded zucchini on layers of paper towels to absorb some of the excess moisture.  Set aside and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a muffin tin with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, stir together zucchini, honey, vanilla, coconut oil and applesauce.  Next add in your egg and milk and whisk together to combine.

Incorporate the wet ingredients into your large bowl of flour mixture, and gently stir until combined, taking care not to over stir {this eliminates any excess air into your batter}.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into muffin tins, and fill about 2/3 of the way up.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown & gently spring back when touched.  Cool on a wire rack.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five Easy 4th Of July Desserts

Hi friends!  Whose getting excited for the holiday weekend?  Personally I'm not a big 4th of July person for the simple fact that the fireworks always scare our dogs :(  They get so stressed out from the noises, and Adam & I always, always stay home with them every year.  So needless to say no big plans over here for us.

Even though it's not my favorite day of the year doesn't mean that I don't like whipping up a patriotic recipe!  Today I thought I'd share 5 easy 4th of July desserts that don't require hours in the kitchen.  Whether you're headed to a bbq with family & friends, or just hanging around the house with your hubby/boyfie, these simple desserts will be sure to impress!


^^  How easy is this?  Simply assemble any red fruit of your choice with yogurt dipped pretzels, blueberries, and serve on a decorative tray!

^^  Dip pretzel sticks in melted candy melts {found at most grocery stores}, and sprinkle on the red, white & blue!

^^  Use a star cookie cutter for watermelon, and add in red & blue berries for a healthy fruit salad.  Easy peasey!

^^  Fruit & brownie skewers using small brownie chunks, strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows {could also replace marshmallows with banana slices}.  Quick to assemble and who doesn't love dessert on a stick!?

^^  And duhhhh obviously I had to pimp my own recipe from last year lol!  This summer berry cake is super easy to assemble, and is always a huge hit when you arrange the berries into the American flag!  View my recipe here.

I hope you all have a safe & happy holiday!  And don't forget about pup safety on the 4th.  Here's a link to 9 tips for keeping your dog safe during the festivities. xx

Monday, June 29, 2015

Purchases For Baby Girl

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We had a pretty low key weekend over here; worked around the house, ran errands, went to our first hypnobirthing class, took the pups on a long walk around one of our favorite jogging trails, and had the absolute laziest Sunday on record.  Seriously, Adam & I were total bums yesterday, migrating back and forth from the couch to the bed all day.  He was completely engrossed in a book, while I was the online shopping queen ordering all things baby related.  I've been on an online ordering rampage lately {shopping for babies is so much more fun than shopping for myself I've decided!}, and thought I'd share a few of the items that I've purchased for baby girl.

Full deets are below, including links to a few of my favorite new Etsy shops that I've recently discovered :)

Shop These Items:

The cuuuutest little bow pleated dress and kitty cat sweater from Jacadi.  They're definitely on the pricier side for baby clothing, but are having a great summer sale right now which definitely makes things easier on the wallet. {Dress found here / Gray sweater here} //  I absolutely love this Etsy shop, and have purchased a few of their headbands including {this white one} //  A super soft little lamb that doubles as a rattle {available here} //  These simple BPA free pacifiers had great reviews on every website that I could find them on.  Worth a shot! {here} //  The Sleep Sheep is another product that I had to try out.  Amaaazing reviews everywhere you read for helping soothe your little to sleep! {found here} //  This diaper pail is supposed to be the holy grail of all pails!  It is made of solid steel, looks chic in my nursery, and doesn't require special bags! {available here, also in multiple other colors here} //  The softest baby blanket which I may or may not have purchased in 2 colors ;) {found here} //  Handmade baby shoes that are all made to order {here} //  An adorable fuzzy rabbit rattle {here} //  A personalized handmade wooden teether toy shaped like a bunny.  I love this company as they plant one tree for every product sold! {found here}

There's lots more that I've purchased but I'm trying not to go too baby crazy on the blog.  If any mamas out there have any recommendations, I'd love to hear what your baby loved!  xx

Thursday, June 25, 2015

St. Barths Vacation Diary

Hi chicas!  Sorry for the sporadic posting schedule lately.  I've been extremely preoccupied with all the projects we have going on around the house, and the blog has kind of taken a back seat.  #Bloggerfail.  I'm sure things will be back to normal in the next couple of weeks, but until then I'm like a full throttle mad woman over here.  Must complete project.  Must complete project.  Must complete project. ;)  Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets like this....

Anyhoo, today I thought I'd finally get around to posting a few of our babymoon pictures.  We spent 6 nights in paradise {St. Barths} and did a whole lot of nothing while we were there.  It was probably one of the most relaxing vacations we've ever taken.  We got massages, layed on the beach, did a little snorkeling, went to lunches, took long walks on the beach {oh so romantico lol}, napped, went to dinners, talked about the baby nonstop, napped some get the idea.  It was seriously so peaceful and relaxing.  Exactly what a babymoon should be like!

Below are a few of my favorite pictures from our trip, with details to what I wore while we were there {basically a bikini the whole time!}, and where we stayed.  Hope you enjoy! xx

That water!  We flew around 3 hours from Miami to St. Maarten and then took a small commuter plane for the 10 minute journey from St. Maarten to St. Barths.  Funny story: When I was boarding the teeny little commuter plane an airline attendant stopped me and informed me that I needed to fill out a waiver because I was pregnant.  I played totally dumb and said "Ummmm I'm not pregnant".  The look on his face was priceless!  Of course I immediately told him that I was just joking and we all had a good laugh, but it was pretty hilarious!

Checking in at our chic hotel, Cheval Blanc.

Adam surprised me and upgraded us to a beach front suite for our stay.  It was so beautiful, and I loved the French Provence style of decor; think white linen everything, distressed whitewashed woods, and shabby chic accents.

We also had a private infinity pool on our balcony, which is where we spent the majority of our time.

But first, let me take a bumpie ;)  Wearing a sarong from Ondademar that's sadly sold out everywhere.  Last seen here.

Our hotel was located on beautiful Flamands Bay which was really quiet and low key, but also  extremely centralized.  It was a quick 10 minute drive to get to the hot spots like Eden Rock & Nikki Beach, and about a 15 minute drive to do some shopping in Gustavia.

Cheval Blanc also had beautiful garden bungalows where these guys roamed around freely!

This is what we did basically all day!  Adam in the shade reading a book, me sunning it up {not pictured: my word search book that I always travel with.  It's a vacay obsession of mine!}

Headed out to dinner on our first night.  Dress / Clutch / Sandals

Dinner at Bonito was amazing.  Highly recommend!

The entrance to the hotels pool.

Ice cream in Gustavia after a bit of shopping.  I'm wearing Essie 'Cajun Shrimp' on my nails {it's a great summer color and is perfect with a tan!}.

Lunchin' at Eden Rock.  Clutch / Sunglasses {my new fave!}

Ok, so I debated whether I should upload this picture or not since my belly looks huuuuuuuge in this pic {I swear it's not this big, I think it's a combo of all the water I drank to stay hydrated and the angle lol!}, but I love this comfy maxi dress and have to share!  Dress / Hat / Necklace {on sale!}

Keeping it clean with egg whites, oatmeal, and an iced coffee at breakfast.

Wind swept.

This bathtub was to die for!  

We went snorkeling on this particular day and had so much fun!  Wearing: Cover up / Hat {linked above} / Sunglasses / Beach tote

I absolutely love this picture and want to have it framed!  Wearing: Bikini / Sunglasses

This one also deserves a frame :)

I told you guys in a previous post how much I loved this dress.  It's so effortless, and the perfect maternity maxi for summer!  Get it here.

Lunch on the sand {oh hi Adam!}.

Not a bad view ;)

Sorry for all the bump pics, but I'm obsessed!

Last day in paradise wearing: Dress / Sandals / Hat & Necklace {linked above}

Sad to say goodbye to this view, but it's always so nice to go home to our little muffins {who give us the best hello kisses when we walk through the door!}.

Where We Stayed:

Cheval Blanc St-Barth

Have a great day!  Thanks for reading :)


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