Sep 10, 2014

Favorite Baby Products

Now that baby girl is heading into her 6th month (gasp, I know), I have a pretty good handle on what products work and don't work, at least for us. I'm by no means an expert on anything, but I wanted to share my personal experience, in case it helps any of you soon to be parents out there.

There are SO many baby products. So many. Enough to make your head spin. So many different brands and so many different types of everything. How do you even decide? Being a first time mom, I did a lot of research before buying anything. And I ended up with some things that I didn't really need and some other needs that I just can't live without.

Here are our 5 favorite baby products*:

1. Baby activity gym. We love this. When she was younger, she would just stare up at the various toys and swing her arms around. Now she really goes after the toys, even yanking a few down at times. It really helped with her coordination. She can lay on this and play for quite some time, which is really great for when mommy needs to get things done... or go to the bathroom. Now she rolls around on it so I can't leave her unattended much anymore, but for a while, it really helped keep me sane. We got this as a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law, so thanks guys, for allowing me time to pee in the last 5 months!

2. Baby Einstein Jumper. She loves this thing. She is completely fascinated with the little bird on it and she loves the music and the fact that she can bounce around. She started using this around 4 months and it's been a life saver. We plop her into it when we eat dinner and it's great. Finally, we're able to eat at the same time!

3. Rock N' Play. This saved our lives, and our arms. We had so much trouble with sleep (it's still a constant struggle) and found that this is the place, besides our arms, where she sleeps best. I think it's because of the slight incline and the snugness. It makes her feel like she's being cuddled. If I could cuddle her all day every day, I would, but mommy needs a break too.

4. Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. Ok, a lot of people will say, just throw the diaper in the trash can and be done with it. Why waste money on a special trash can with special trash bags? Well, this one deposits baking soda every time you close it so it really keeps the smell at bay. And the bag clips shut when you need to throw it out, which also helps with the smell. Honestly I don't smell dirty diapers in her room ever. The bags hold a ton of diapers - I bought a package of these trash bags from amazon and have yet needed to purchase another one since she's been born.  And quite frankly, I just don't like the thought of an open trash can in her room. Keep the trash in another room, you say? Seriously, who has time for that.

5. Oball Rattle. I randomly bought this ball from Target one day and I'm so glad I did. The way that it's designed makes it perfect for little fingers to grasp. I gave her this ball when she was around 3 months old and she started learning how to hold it on her own. Not long after she was able to take her pacifier out of her mouth and put it back in all by herself! Best part: it's $5 at Target.

Hope you guys found this helpful! I leave you with this little girl and her favorite bird.

*I was not paid for any of these reviews, these are really the products that I've found most useful in the past 5 months!

Sep 2, 2014

Ready for Fall + White Plum Giveaway {Closed}

I'm not quite sure where this summer went, but I'm pretty sure I missed the whole thing. Nonetheless, it's time to get ready for fall and who better to help me than White Plum, an online boutique that sells cute and affordable clothing, accessories, and more. Start shopping with the coupon code MAYLEE20 for 20% the entire site*!

This adorable anchor dress can take me into fall with an easy addition of a denim jacket, blazer, or cardigan. I can hold on to those nautical summer days while transitioning into cooler weather.

{Dress: c/o White Plum, Necklace: c/o White Plum, Shoes: Cole Haan, Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Denim Jacket: Nordstrom}

I am not exaggerating when I tell you these printed leggings are amazing. They are seriously the softest things ever. Makes me want to get more so that I can wear them every day.

{Leggings: c/o White Plum, Shirt: Old Navy, Vest: Old Navy, Necklace: c/o White Plum, Booties: Madden Girl}

Last but not least let me talk about this necklace. Yes the necklaces you see in these 2 outfits are actually from one original necklace. WHAT?! A necklace that turns into 3 necklaces? And the lengths of the necklace can be changed so you're really looking at 5 different options from just one necklace. Awesome.

Now it's time for you to get ready for fall by picking up something cute for yourself with this $50 White Plum giveaway!

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Good luck everyone and happy fall shopping!

*Coupon code is valid from 9/2-9/12.

Aug 19, 2014

5 Months

With a blink of an eye, my baby girl is 5 months old already. What?! Where did the time go? I remember when I was pregnant, time seemed to pass by at a snail's pace. And now that our baby is here, I can't seem to get time to slow down. My husband and I joke that before we know it, she's going to be off to college... yikes!

Every month that goes by, little Hannah gets more and more fun. She's such a social baby, always smiling at everyone. She's also super mobile these days. She wants to touch everything and anything she can put in her mouth, she will. I feel like she's going to be crawling soon!

At 5 months, she loves:
~ Eating her hands, her toys, anything
~ Eating/licking anything cold
~ When you blow on her face
~ Touching mommy and daddy's faces
~ Looking in the mirror
~ Her jumpy gym
~ Watching mommy and daddy eat
~ Splashing the water during bath time
~ Playing airplane with daddy

She hates:
~ Being tired or hungry
~ Laying still during diaper changes
~ When you're not paying attention to her

She also had her first taste of solid food and gosh darn it, this girl loved it. She kept eating the straps of her high chair in between spoonfuls of her oatmeal cereal... I guess mommy wasn't feeding her fast enough! Can't wait for her to try something new to eat next week!

Aug 5, 2014

PipLey's Boutique Giveaway {Closed}

Since I started blogging, there has been one boutique that was always supportive of me and this blog. Over the last couple of years we have watched each other grow and evolve and I'm so happy for my friend and all of her successes. PipLey's Boutique is turning 2! 

They have some of the cutest skirts and dresses and they get new items in the shop regularly. Right now this sweet navy lace dress is my favorite! I have several of their items and continue to wear them all the time. 

{Maxi Dress from PipLey's Boutique, see the post here}
{Maxi Skirt from PipLey's Boutique, see the post here}
{Maxi skirt remixed, see the post here}
{Sweater from PipLey's Boutique, see the post here}

To celebrate their anniversary, we're giving away a $30 gift card to their shop! Plus, use the code MAYLEE to receive 15% off throughout the month of August! Awesome right?! This giveaway is open internationally.

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Congrats on 2 years, PipLey's Boutique, and cheers to many more!

Jul 29, 2014

4 Months

I'm so behind on this post since baby girl turned 4 months almost 2 weeks ago! She is now getting into such a fun stage and we are loving every second.

She is starting to roll over from front to back and have done it a few times. She is also getting very close to sitting up! We've also heard a few giggles here and there and are anxiously waiting for our first belly laugh!

At 4 months, Hannah loves:

>Eating everything, including her hands, her pacifier, her ball... anything she can get her hands on.
>Smiling. She smiles whenever you look at her or talk to her. 
>Her jumpy gym. We got her a new jumpy gym and she is pretty obsessed with it. She loves exploring all the different toys on it.
>Looking in the mirror.
>Bath time.
>Watching mommy and daddy eat. 
>Touching mommy and daddy's faces.
>Reading books and helping to flip the pages.

Hannah does not enjoy:

>Being tired.
>Being hungry.
>When she loses her ball during play time.

She's getting so big and growing so fast. Her big trick is taking her pacifier out of her mouth and then putting it back in, all by herself. It's fascinating watching her grow and learn new things every day. We love you baby girl!
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