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  • Lily Jade: A Diaper Bag in Disguise and Special Announcement 

    The amount of stuff that comes along with you and baby on even the smallest of outings is ungodly! But its all necessary..what if he is hungry? I need extra bottles, formula and water. What if he has a blow out? I need enough diapers, wipes and change of clothes! What if he is cold? I need a hoodie and his favorite blanket. What if he doesn’t want to play with Daisy (currently, his favorite toy)? I need to bring a back up. What if it gets super sunny? I need his sun hat and sun screen.The list goes on and by the time you have everything stuffed into your diaper bag, its busting at the seams! Oh, and don’t even bother trying to fish anything out because its impossible, unless you’re lucky enough to find what you need at the top. My life as a mom was about to change. 

    When Lily Jade contacted me about reviewing one of their diaper bags, I was ecstatic! Of course, I had read and seen Lily Jade bags in magazines, on several mommy blogs and “must have lists”, so I knew I would absolutely adore this bag… this amazing diaper bag in disguise. 

    You’d never know this beautiful designer bag was stuffed full of blow out essentials and toys for days! The best part is, the chaos that IS a diaper bag is actually capable of being completely organized! One of my absolute favorite features is the removable “Baby Bag” organizer that comes with every Lily Jade bag. I can compartmentalize changing necessities, food, toys and have a separate section for my own things! There are two magnetic snaps that keeps the organizer in place, which also allows it to transform from diaper bag mode to “Mom is going out baby free” mode. 

    I have the “Madeline” in black which can be worn 3 different ways. Across the chest, on the shoulder and as a backpack! My son, Camden is in that wiggly stage and having our bag strapped to my back and totally out of the way, makes everything SO much easier!

    This bag is just wonderful and has changed the way Camden and I go out. Have I convinced you to look into getting your very own Lily Jade diaper bag? I hope so because I have some exciting news! 

    Who doesn’t love a good giveaway!? I have teamed up with Lily Jade and we are giving away a diaper bag to one lucky Instagram follower. Keep an eye out for my official announcement which will be posted next week on my Instagram! 

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    Location: Old Town, Virginia

    What we are wearing:

    Lily Jade Madeline Bag

    Zara leather jacket 

    Steve Madden Flats

    Dr. Marten Crib Bottie in Auburn

    Target baby cap

  • Camden's 1 Month Update

    1 Month 

    Weight: 8.5lbs

    Length: 22.2

    Diaper size: Newborn

    Clothing size: Newborn

    Health: Camden is packing on the pounds and is in perfect health. All of the estrogen still in his system has caused baby acne and hair loss. But thats OK. His skin will clear up and his hair will grow back.. So Patrick Stewart won’t be his doppelganger forever LOL >.< All babies have gas, but Camden seems exceptionally gassy to where it is a little painful. We pump his legs and give him little tummy massages to help.

    Sleep: This kid loves to sleep, and will sleep ANYWHERE! His favorite cat nap spots are- the stroller/car seat (LOVES car rides, he passes right out), in his ring sling, in his bouncer and in his swing. The first few weeks Camden slept in our room so I could feed him every couple of hours but he grew to HATE his bassinet so we opted to try letting him sleep in his nursery. This was a much more successful sleeping arrangement for all, and by 4 weeks old, he only woke up twice during the night for feedings. 

    Diet: Camden latched right away so we have began our breastfeeding journey. My milk came in a few days after we brought him home. Its been a painful process but we are thankful for the ability. 

    Loves: Sleeping, ceiling fans, going on walks, the garden center at Home Depot, music, cheek tickles.

    Dislikes: Baths, his bassinet, tummy time.

    Milestones: Can lift his head up for a few minutes at a time, can sleep for 6 hours straight at night. 

    Speech: Not much going on in the speech department. He mostly makes sucking noises and burps lol

    Baby Gear Love:

    Halo sleep sack

    Conner sound machine

    Sakura Bloom ring sling

    Boppy

    aden + anais swaddle blankets

    THANK YOU SungAsaBugClothes for the adorabe mint teepee outfit, made with organic cotton! 


    THANK YOU Likely Baby Story for the adorable shirts and onesie! We can't wait for them to for Camden! 

    Gorgeous collection of handmade candles for the house from @woodscreekcandles. So insanely fragrant and perfect! *baby toes, coconut lime verbena, blooming plumeria, fresh picked stargazer lily, lilacs in full bloom, rose pedal, Aruba coconut, strawberries and cream and orange chiffon cake* http://www.woodscreekcandles.flyingcart.com/ Perfect for covering up baby the smell of baby poop that takes over!

    A couple of days old. Hat/Bib: H&M | Leggings: Target | Hoodie: Carters

    Newborn shoot SW themed, Obv. 

    Baby C cozy in his Sakura Bloom ring sling with daddy.

    2 week appointment 

    Mama loves you SOOOO much! 

  • The "Can't Live Without" List - Surviving the First 2 Months of Parenthood

    Being a parent is not a piece of cake! It can be overwhelming, tiring, frustrating and HARD (but don't forget about wonderful and amazing)! How could such a tiny, cute mini human be so loud, demanding and bossy!!? Phil and I spent the first two months of Camden's life figuring out ways to make our new life with a baby as fun and relaxing as possible for him as well as us! This is my "Can't live without" list! 

    Boppy 

    Makes nursing comfortable for you and baby. You can also use it for propping your baby up at 2 months, tummy time at 6 months and support for when your little learns to sit up. 

    Sakura Bloom Baby Sling 

    We are huuuuge fans of baby wearing! The Sakura Bloom ring sling is so perfect! Easy to use, not bulky and even looks rad on dad! <3 

    ergo baby Original Carrier 

    Another way to wear your baby. Camden loves his ergo carrier!

    Conair Sound Machine 

    Camden was born with music playing so naturally soothing background noise puts him right to sleep. Even when he wakes up during his sleep cycles, this sound machine keeps him relaxed makes it easy for him to fall right back into a deep comfy sleep.

    HALO SleepSack Swaddle

    Phil and I are terrible swaddlers! Have a couple of these on hand so baby can sleep safely and comfortably.

    aden + anais swaddle blankets 

    Favorite band of swaddle blankets. The quality is wonderful and the fabric is soft and airy! Not just for swaddling (which we suck at) but can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and stroller covers, portable cot sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets and change table covers.

    Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Standard Bottles

    Reduces Colic, Spit-Up, Burping & Gas

    Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set

    Free through insurance!! Best pump! So easy to use and not super noisy!

    Woods Creek Candles

    To mask the farts and poops that will flood your house! Woods Creek Candles are my favorite. They are super scented and lovely.

    Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing

    A GODSENT!! I can put this child in his swing and he will sleep for hours! Phil and I can enjoy peaceful dinners together, watch movies, clean the house, make dinner, shower… all those things you never thought you would be able to do with a new baby!


    Bribble Bibs/Bandana Bibs 

    Traditional bibs DO NOT GO WITH OUTFITS! Ew! They look so messy! But these do! No more spit-up covered clothes!

    This is in no way a "parenting post". These are little tips and tricks that work for our family.