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September 24, 2019

Fun gifts for a 6 year old!

Last week we celebrated Olivia's 6th birthday!! It’s so important for us that she learns *experiences* are so much better than *things* (which is why we got my parents to come to town and we all went on a snorkeling trip in the Keys)! But at the end of the day it’s always fun to open a few gifts for your birthday too - and of course I decided this relatively last minute (in my typical fashion)! So I hopped on Walmart.com and bought a few gifts that didn't break the bank and that she loved. And thanks to their next-day shipping I even had enough time to wrap them for her birthday!


She got an adorable little Hatchimals set, a nail stamping kit with non-toxic polishes (that her and Elli did together the night of her birthday!), a LEGO princess jasmine set, a new artist outfit for her Barbie, and a fresh new sketchbook (she loves drawing and kept getting sad whenever she’d tear her art trying to rip it out of the notebook) - hurray for perforated pages! I try to get things that she can truly play with or create with, and all of these fit the bill! And I found it all at Walmart.com!



                                      Thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post and having such an amazing toy shop!

September 12, 2019

Car Seats That Fit 3 Across

Happy (almost) Friday! I get asked all the time either a) which car we have that fit 3 across, and/or b) which carseats we have that fit across. Now while a) is sort of important (don't expect a tiny little 2 door car to fit 3 across in the backseat haha), the more important question is b)! I currently drive a Hyundai Santa Fe (love it) but before that drove a Ford Escape (both relatively smaller SUVs - the Santa Fe is bigger but really only in length - 178″ L x 75″ W x 66″ H for the Escape vs 188″ L x 74″ W x 66-67″ H for the Santa Fe)!



With the car talk out of the way, let's get to the good stuff - the car seats! For the girls the past nearly 3 years we've had 3 of this convertible car seat (at under $70 it doesn't get better). They fit 3 across perfectly, and Ro has used it from pretty much the age of 1 month. We just upgraded Olivia to a booster seat (we bought this one, and everyone still fits 3 across) just a couple of weeks ago (a combination of reasons - 1 being a milkshake accident and the other that she seemed big for the smaller carseat - even though per the specs it can be used up to 65 pounds). And we were sort of last-minute preparing for a road trip to Disney - thanks to Walmart's next day shipping, we got it the next day and were ready to go!

For those who might not know, this month is Walmart.com's best of baby month with crazy savings on all things baby! I wanted to highlight a few things (not just our car seats) that I've mentioned before or picked up online during this event!

For starters, I picked up this gorgeous, sleek (you guys know my home decor style) pack and play ($50 off during the event)! As some of you might know, both of my best friends now have babies, and I want a place for them to sleep when they come visit (no worrying about having to pack that to come to Tia's house)!

We talked about breastfeeding and pumping in my last post - if your insurance doesn't cover this pump, grab it now - it's marked down from 219.99 to 159.99!

There is so much more that is priced with crazy savings - linking up some more of my carseat selections below, and make sure to check out the event page online for whatever you might be looking for! The savings are comparable to Black Friday savings which is crazy! Plus you can't beat free next day or 2 day shipping (great for last minute shoppers like me haha)!



A special thanks to Walmart for sponsoring this post and throwing the baby event! All thoughts and opinions are my own!



August 30, 2019

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

I can't believe we're already heading into September! And with that, it's been nearly 6 years of our breastfeeding and pumping journey (with 3 babies who aren't babies anymore)!!!


In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month (and Black Breastfeeding Week), I'm teaming up with Walmart to share some of my tips and favorite products that make life a little easier while  pumping! I love that I can find pretty much anything I need there and at the best prices (and their next day and 2 day shipping really make life easier). Their baby shop has so much (I got all of the girls carseats from there too)!


A bit of background on my journey - I breastfed Olivia for 18 months, went back to work at 4 months, and pumped while away and nursed when I was home with her. With Elli, I breastfed only for 1-2 weeks - she had a horrible latch that caused terrible nipple bleeding to the point of her spitting up blood, and I went back to work at 1 month (I was in my intern year in residency). I exclusively pumped for 12 months and then we switched over to formula and soon after dairy milk. With Rowen, I breastfed for 9 months, went back to work at 2 months and pumped/breastfed throughout that time. As my supply died down during a particularly hard rotation I switched over to formula for the last few months  until we started dairy milk. So with that - here are some of my tips!

  • If you plan on pumping, start early, and introduce a bottle (preferably given by someone else) early as well. We've used lots of different bottles, and the Como Tomo, Dr. Brown's, and Philips Avent were our favorite. Loved each for different reasons!
  • Start by pumping for a few minutes after nursing, even if you only get a half an ounce! Start storing this in storage bags and add to it until you have 4-6 ounces in a bag and then pop it in the freezer. Breastmilk is all about supply and demand so the more you pump the more milk you will have, and our bodies are most responsive to those cues when our milk is just coming in. 
  • Use a handheld pump and pump from the opposite side while the baby nurses on the other. With my first, I loved the ease of my manual pump - and with a nursing pillow it really does make it easier to do this. I usually didn't completely empty that breast in case baby wanted to nurse on the other side too, but many women find this helpful!
  • Don't feel like you have to pump extra everyday. Start early and just build slowly, once your milk really comes in you will have milk! The worst thing we can do for our supply is stress!
  • Once you're back at work, having a small, no-fuss pump makes a huge difference. At home I usually used my Medela Pump In Style (check if your health insurance will provide this pump for free), but for work I LOVED having my Freestyle - it was wireless and super portable and still got the job done. 
  • Pump handsfree so you can catch up on emails (or just decompress) while pumping. Having a hands-free pumping bra (that also functions as a nursing bra) is super helpful and will make pumping time seem like less of a punishment. 
  • Bring a cooler bag if you don't have a refrigerator at work (I didn't during my last time pumping). I loved how small this one was (and it fit my bottles perfectly)! I would usually pack only 2 bottles and a few milk storage bags - this way I could store more milk if needed.
  • Make sure to drink water throughout the day (lots of people swear by the pink drink too, but this isn't really a budget-friendly habit)! And toss in milk-boosting snacks (these were delicious)! It's so easy especially at a stressful job to forget to drink and eat enough, but that's the only way your body can produce the liquid gold for your baby! So take care of yourself. 
  • Know your rights, and advocate for yourself. You have the right to breastfeed your baby whenever and wherever, and you have the right to pump at work. Check out this link for more information. 




I hope some of these tips could help, and as always leave a comment on this post or Instagram with any questions! And thanks so much to Walmart for sponsoring this pumping post and helping recognize National Breastfeeding Awareness month! All thoughts and opinions are always my own!

August 20, 2019

Back To School Time

Crazy that summer has already come and gone, and now it's time for the girls to head back to school! Sharing some of our favorite back to school basics below! 


I love that I was able to do all of our back to school shopping online at Walmart! So many items were even available with free next day shipping (great for the last-minute shoppers like myself), and most others had 2 day shipping! Olivia has to wear a big girl uniform to school this year, so I was really excited to find many four pack of shirts for under $20. The uniform bottoms were a great price point too. I also picked up some fun bento boxes for lunch - make sure to check out my lunches highlight on Instagram for kids llunch ideas! And of course all of their back to school supplies like notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, and more (even sanitizing supplies the teachers request - everything is at Walmart)!

 One thing I've started doing each year with the girls is ordering extra supplies so we can donate to kids who don't have them - and at Walmart's prices I can pick up quite a bit and help even more families in need ($12 backpacks are insane and I can easily fill them with goodies and donate)! Love showing these girls how we can (and should) help others any chance we get! 


Thanks so much to Walmart for sponsoring this back-to-school post and helping a mama like me get my littles ready for school! All thoughts and opinions are always my own!



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