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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 4 Month Update

    4 Months 

    Weight: 16.5lbs

    Length: 27 inches

    Diaper size: 2

    Clothing size: 6 months

    Health: We have our 4 month appointment coming up which means shots :( 

    Sleep: We attempted to nap-train him in his crib but that didn’t go over very well. He fusses then only sleeps for 30-45 minutes so back to the swing he went. He finally has a pretty set nap routine, although times do vary depending on his energy and mood. 

    He wakes up at about 7am, and SOMETIMES he will fall back to sleep in bed while nursing. But since he is a pretty solid night sleeper its not every morning. His first naps have been around 10:30-11 and sleep anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours. NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING BABY- so I let him sleep as much as he wants. He still takes a couple little catnaps here and there but those last only about 20 - 30 minutes. Then around 3:00 he takes his second nap of the day. Wakes up around 4:00-5:00. Bed time feedings start at 8 so he is usually asleep in his crib by 8:30. He still sleeps though the night but teething is happening so I am sure that will change. 

    We still swaddle him at night but have begun the weaning process. He sleeps with one arm out and doesn’t seems phased at all. Fingers crossed we get the same response when both arms are out!

    Diet: Breast milk and formula. We introduced him to apple juice as suggested by his doctor. We noticed discomfort when trying to poop, so we started giving him about 3 oz of diluted apple juiced. It’s been helping a ton! Plus I think the kiddo likes the taste. 

    Loves: Chewing on everything! Loves to be front facing in his carrier. He is starting to enjoy tummy time which make me a happy mama! Build those neck muscles! 

    Dislikes: Bath time is still not fun. This keep will NOT be the stinky kid in school who doesn’t bathe so we are buying him a new “tub” which hopefully will help and make him feel better. Still not a fan of the car, although we can get about 10 minutes of silence out of him if we bring all 5 million of his toys with him. :p I think he is getting better with his stroller, he seems to not HATE it. I think thats due to the fact that he can actually see whats in front of him now so he is too distracted by his surroundings to get pissy. 

    Milestones: He can push his whole upper body up and wiggle in different directions. I will put him down on his playmat, and 2 minutes later he is on the other side. He taught himself to self-sooth with his fingers. He has also started “talking”. Its crazy cute! He has also started playing with his toys. He recognizes the difference and definitely has preferred favorites.  

    Speech: He will have a full on baby conversation with his toys. I can tell he is going to be a chatter box when he can actually talk. Just like his mama and dada <3 

    Baby Gear Love:

    Sophie the giraffe 

    Infantino Flip Advanced 4 in 1 carrier 

    Jumperoo 

    Fisher Price Kick N Play Crib Piano 

    Camden loves Sophie the giraffe

    Happy 4th of July!! Romper : Sunshine Baby Clothing (THANK YOU!!!!!)

    Camden's 1st MLB game! Nats vs. Mets! We posted this on Instagram and Bryce Harper "liked" his photo so we are pretty excited about that! Hat & Shirt: Carters | Dribble Bib: H&M

    Narwhal Leggings: Maui Bird Co. (THANK YOU!!) | Shirt: Burts Bees Organic 

    Another first! Camden's first Dim Sim! 

    WeeStructed sent me this mommy must coffee mug! I absolutely LOVE it! Raising Tiny Humans is Exhausting (thats for sure!)

    Family day out in the Infantino carrier! I guess he was bored ;P

    Dada and Cam <3 My Boys! Panda harem shorts: Evara Apparel | Dribble Bib: H&M

  • 37 & 38 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Few Adorable Gifts for Baby C

    How far along? 38 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: Measuring perfectly on schedule. :) Can't be bothered with my weight at this point >.<

    Maternity clothes: maternity leggings, stretchy shirts and a kimono 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Ugh. Sleep is nice but it hurts. I have been trying to get as much sleep as possible for obvious reasons (and because I have a cold) but between my roundness getting in the way and having to pee every 20 minutes its just not in the cards. 

    Best moment this week:  OFFICALLY FULL TERM!!!!! YAAAASS!!! Everyday is closer and closer to baby C day, so every day RULES! Also, someone called me a "Unicorn Momma" which made me swoon extreamly hard!! 

    Miss anything? I miss laying on my belly! I also miss working out! 

    Movement: Ninja baby forever! He's so cute, he knows when Emily is near. He loves her purrs and will start squirming around as soon as she gets close. She loves him and he loves her <3 

    Food cravings: Ice water, fruit, pizza and oysters 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Lightning crotch, cramps & swollen feet and ankles. Isn't pregnancy cute?!

    Belly button in or out? Flat and occasionally out! 

    Wedding rings on or off? OFF! These sausage fingers couldn't take it anymore! 

    Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY and anxious! 

    Looking forward to: Meeting my Moy Boy 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    37 Weeks

    How cute is this bunny doll and embroidery from SleepyKing?! 

    Sunshine Baby Clothing sent Baby C the sweetest summer romper! I cant even stand how precious it is! HUUUUGE THANK YOU! <3 Check out her shop for more vintage inspired peices for boys and girls! 

  • 28 Week Pregnancy Update

    How far along? 28 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 124 lbs, I am supposed to gain about a pound a week from now on! 

    Maternity clothes: Its getting hard to wear any of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Up until now I have been getting away with stretchy shirts and tank tops, but my belly is so big, it sticks out on the bottom. So I think I am going to buy a belly band because I am not really into spending money on "maternity" tops. With the exception of pants, of course! I have a few pairs of maternity leggings and yoga pants which have been amazing! 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Movement has picked up this past week and I can feel him all at hours, his little squirms don't keep my up yet. BUT my back pains have! 

    Best moment this week:  Getting his closet put together. I am a freak for organization and Phil built the perfect closet system so let the OCD organizing begin!! :)

    We also reserved our "mom and pop" car at the Subaru dealership this week! We had some custom requests (of course) so we should have our new ride mid-Feb! We are SOOOO excited! 

    Miss anything? The 2nd trimester. LOL. It was SUCH an easy 3 months! As soon as I passed over that third trimester mark, it felt like everything changed! I became bigger, more tired, more moody and just NOT comfortable. 

    Movement: I love my little ninja! I just started reading in to baby mapping. I kind of don't get it, but I THINK he might be sideways?!?! I have the bulge on the right side of my belly button or where my belly button USED to be, so either thats his little (or big, like his father hehe) head or his bum. BUT when I went to my 28 week OB appointment, she found his heart at the bottom of my belly. UGH, I don't even know! I am just going to ask her next time. lol 

    Food cravings: slurpee! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Now that I am well into the third trimester, things are def different. As mentioned above, I am mad uncomfortable because I am getting so round, and my tiny upper body is having trouble supporting so much extra weight. I am much more tired this week and could literally sleep for days!!!! But I have too much to do for all of that. 

    Up until this week, I have had a pain-free pregnancy. I noticed some cramping and abdomen pains the other day and LOST MY SHIT! I though I may have been going into preterm labor which is my nightmare! My doc office wasn't open so I called the midwives at the hospital who calmed me right down! They told me to take a Tylenol and pop a heating pad only lower tummy for 5 minutes. I did just that and relaxed for the rest of they day, while my amazing baby daddy went out and got my crabby ass a slurpee, a snickers bar and Chinese take out. Everything a pregnant girl could want.  

    Belly button in or out? In, but just barely. Its pretty much flat at this point.. NOT CUTE but whatever. 

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: I've been happy but my tolerance for anything relating to an animal in pain will ruin my entire day. We are talking tears for HOURS. Usually I let it out for a minute and I am done, still sad, but no more tears. Not the case now. I will literally cry for hours if I see an animal in pain or being abused. :(

    Looking forward to: The baby shower, our new car and finishing up a few of my diy projects! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

  • My Perfect Winter Outfit

    I like to keep my outfits pretty simple in the winter. Being comfy, warm and cute are my objectives (in that order).

    As some of you know, my winter staple is an oversized faux fur coat. For the past few years I have been wearing a vintage black fur that I added a few studs and pins to. Well, that coat is past its prime and I have replaced it with a new fur! A soft blonde fur from the newly opened Top Shop in the DC area! (YES!!!!) Pair that with a black beanie with an extra large puff ball, plain black long sleeve shirt, black skinny jeans or leggings, Doc Martens, over sized sunnies and Alexander Wang's Rocco Duffel bag (in black) and I have myself the PERFECT winter outfit!

    I can't forget those everyday beauty products I can't live without! Armour Lip Gloss in Last Dance, stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Black and Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black (notice a theme? LOL)!

    Achieve this look!

    TopShop Faux Fur Coat

    H&M Black Beanie with Extra Large Puff Ball 

    Dr. Martens (Black)

    Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel Bag (Brasstone hardware) 

    Black Oversized Sunnies

    Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Last Dance

    Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black 

    stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black 

    These are all products that I personally own and LOVE! Cheaper alternatives are available for some of these pieces. <3