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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas Tree Decor

I have been getting a lot of questions about my tree over on Instagram, if you want to follow me click HERE! I searched everywhere to find you all the links to my exact items and if I couldn't find them (because some items are from a year or two ago) I found almost exacts. 

 STOCKINGS // CHRISTMAS TREE CARD HOLDERS // BURLAP TREE

 JOY SIGN // FELT BALL GARLAND

 CHRISTMAS TREE // BURLAP REINDEER




TREE ORNAMENTS 




 OTHER DECOR




DECOR I'M LOVING


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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide 2018

Amazon has been my go to for everything from everyday necessities, to gifts for the Holidays. Today I'm sharing my favorite purchases and items just in time for Cyber Monday/Holiday shopping! All items linked are 2 day Free Shipping with Prime, and everything is linked right to the exact item pictured.


For The Men In Your Life




For The Women In Your Life





For The Kids





Electronics





For The Home

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Black Friday Sales

Your Ultimate Guide to Black Friday sales. This time of year can be overwhelming, especially if you're trying to take advantage of major discounts. I did all the hard work for you and linked to all of my favorite sales going on right now! All pictures are "clickable" and will bring you directly to the item you're interested in.



Loft- 50% Off your entire purchse! Use Code THANKS

Abercrombie- 50% off & Free Shipping

Madewell- 25% Off your purchase

LL Bean- 20% Off all clothing & outerwear. Use Code THANKS20

BooHoo- 60% Off EVERYTHING! (I suggest sizing up in their items)

Kate Spade- 30% Off EVERYTHING. Use Code GIVECHEER

Barrington Gifts- 10% Off $150/ 15% Off $250/ 20% Off $350


Target- Sales Store Wide




Amazon-Major Sales Site Wide




American Eagle- 40% Off & Free Shipping




Express- 50% Off & Free Shipping




Kohls- Sales Store Wide




Old Navy- 50% Off


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Gift Guide For Her

I broke down the items by price to make it easier for you to shop within your budget! All pictures are "clickable" and bring you directly to the product. I'm also going to add more items as we get more into the Holiday season so be sure to check back or Pin the image below to your Pinterest.

UNDER $25


 

 

 

 

UNDER $50


 

 

 

UNDER $100


 

 

 

STOCKING STUFFERS


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Friday, November 9, 2018

Sephora Sale

It's that time of year! If you're a Sephora VIB you can shop the sale now and get 20% off. I'm sharing my go to products to achieve my very simple everyday makeup look that you can complete in less than 10 minutes. 


My Everyday Makeup





Products I'm Loving



Gift Sets







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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Kids Gift Guide

I broke down the items by price to make it easier for you to shop within your budget! All pictures are "clickable" and bring you directly to the product. I'm also going to add more items as we get more into the Holiday season so be sure to check back or Pin the image below to your Pinterest.

UNDER $25

UNDER $50

 

UNDER $100

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Exclusively Pumping Tips

While I was pregnant with Grace so many people asked me if I was going to breastfeed and my response was always "I want to, but it depends on Grace." I feel like a lot of people don't realize that breastfeeding is not easy. It is something that I personally wanted to try, but I went into with the mentality if it didn't work out that's okay too because fed is best.

How did I become an exclusive pumper?

It's something that just happened to be honest. I did even know exclusively pumping was a "thing." I had an emergency crash c-section to bring Grace into this world so her first feeding was actually formula. The first three hours of her life I couldn't even hold her because I was so numb from the neck down and actually had a panic attack because of it. My husband was the one who fed her and held her. When I was able to actually hold her I tried to breastfeed right away. Grace's latch was great, but she wouldn't suck, no matter what we did.

I tried multiple times after that, I had had the lactation specialist come and help, but no luck. I had to pump to make sure she was getting milk and realized I didn't hate it lol. I liked knowing exactly how much she was eating and she was still getting breast milk like I always wanted so I felt like it was a good compromise for myself. From then on I exclusively pumped and never looked back.

What do I need to exclusively pump?

1. A Pump (Obviously!) I recommend calling your insurance company because many will cover the cost for you! I chose the Spectra S2 pump and love it. I used the Medela in the hospital and it just confirmed my choice with Spectra. I feel like I get more milk in less time!

2. Extra Pump Parts/Bottles I have two sets of flanges & all the accessories that go with them. When you order your pump it will come with a set, I recommend purchasing an additional set as well. I got THESE on Amazon and THESE bottles. 

3. Milk Storage Bags I have used three different brands of milk storage bags. I was purchasing whatever was on sale, but the best in my opinion are the Lansinoh brand. I have never had one leak on me while storing it in the fridge and my milk has thawed nicely in them as well. If you're going to be freezing your milk you will need to get Ziploc Freezer Bags too. It's an easy way to store them in your freezer.

4. Pumping Bra I highly recommend getting one, it's going to be a lifesaver. THIS ONE is my favorite and only $20.

5. Nursing Pads I started leaking while pregnant with Grace. Trust me, you will need THESE.

6. Cooler We actually had to run out and buy one! I use THIS ONE and it works great. I like that I can clip it onto the stroller if I don't want to take up the space in my diaper bag.


Pumping Schedule

When I first starting pumping in the hospital I pumped every three hours and pumped for 15-20 minutes at a time. That's right, you guessed it, you have to pump in the middle of the night.. This is going to help establish your supply. This is my NUMBER ONE tip to any mom, be diligent with it. 

I always woke up to pump and it's really what helped build my supply. Now this schedule was easier to maintain when my husband took the first two weeks out of work to be home with Grace and I. There were days that finding time to pump was very difficult once I was home alone with her. One day I cried because Grace just wouldn't let me put her down and I was petrified it would wreck my milk production. Do not freak out, if you miss a pump here and there it shouldn't ruin your supply.

I dropped the middle of night pumps around 2.5 months. Now my schedule is a little different and a lot easier. Grace can entertain herself so it's much less stressful. I pump every 4-5 hours and do not pump during the night. The older your baby gets the more pumps you will be able to drop. It will get easier!

 

Diet

If you're new around here I was diagnosed with hyper-emesis during my pregnancy. From 7 weeks until Grace was born I threw up everyday, sometimes twenty times a day. It was a really hard nine months. The day they pulled her out of me there was no more sickness so I was very excited to eat lol. While in the hospital it was very easy to eat healthy because I didn't have to cook anything. Here is what I ate....

Breakfast: Oatmeal with raisins and a side of fruit OR a veggie omelet.

Lunch: Salad with some sort of protein.

Dinner: Salmon with vegetables and roasted potatoes.

Snacks: cottage cheese with fruit, nuts, granola bars, veggies with hummus.

I can't express enough how keeping hydrated is super important as well. Breastfeeding will make you very thirsty so make sure you're drinking a lot of water.


Tips & Tricks

1. Store your flanges & bottles in a zip lock bag and store them in the fridge in between pumps. This will save you from having the wash them multiple times a day. I store mine in the fridge all day and do one wash at night. If you have two sets of everything you can let the used parts soak in soapy water overnight and rinse them in the morning.

2. If your pump is not battery operated, like mine, I suggest getting an adaptor so you can pump in the car if need be. I purchased THIS and it works great. I have personally pumped in the car when I know we're going to be out all day. Even if I don't end up needing to just having the peace of mind knowing it's an option is nice.

3. Make sure your pump fits. Changing the size of your flanges may be needed and can help your supply. If you're not sure meet with a lactation specialist, that's how I knew to change mine. For example my left needed a 28mm and my right needed a 24mm.

4. In the first three months of pumping I drank THIS tea every night before bed.

5. Join a Facebook support group like THIS ONE. It's nice to not feel alone and it's a great outlet when seeking advice/support.

I hope this was helpful and a good source to refer back to! I have been pumping for over 6 months now and I honestly couldn't be more proud of myself.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Finding Time For Self Care with Smile Brilliant

As a new mom I really struggled with finding time for me. I had extreme "mom guilt" and anxiety if it meant leaving Grace to have some time to myself, so much so that I wasn't even showering and some days I couldn't even remember if I had brushed my teeth! I wasn't making myself a priority and something needed to change.

When SMILE BRILLIANT reached out to see if I would be interested in trying their new electric toothbrush I really had an "aha" moment. Self Care doesn't necessarily mean going to the spa or working out everyday, it just meant doing something good for yourself. Whether that be blasting your favorite song in the car or allowing yourself to have a great toothbrush.

Fun Fact about me, I love the dentist (I know weird) I never had a cavity until I got pregnant. This past April I had to have four cavities filled because I was so sick during my entire pregnancy. This was the wake up call that I needed to start taking better care of myself. After researching their products and reading the FAQ I decided to take the plunge and I am so happy I did!


I started using the electric toothbrush a little over three weeks ago and my teeth have never felt so clean. My favorite part about the product is it makes your life easier and this busy mom is all about that! 

How It Works

The cariPRO Ultrosonic Toothbrush removes 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush and improves gum health in less than 2 weeks. SMILE BRILLIANT also states your smile will be 2x whiter in 1 single week, which I did notice!


I have never used an electric toothbrush before, but what's awesome about the cariPRO is it's ultrasonic, meaning it uses high frequency vibrations that break down plaque so it's more effective. I have recently been to the dentist for my 6 month cleaning and the hygienist said my gums are much less sensitive when she was flossing them!

There are 5 different setting on the brush: Clean, Whiten, Massage, Gum Care, and Sensitive. My favorite settings have been Gum Care and Clean. After using the Clean setting my teeth have never felt so smooth, the Whitening setting is a stronger vibration and the Sensitive setting is gentler.

A Tip For An Electric Toothbrush Newbie

After you wet your tooth brush and apply your toothpaste of choice DO NOT turn on your brush until it is in your mouth. I made this mistake and toothpaste went flying all over the counter, mirror, and my clean shirt hahaha. I ended up having to change my entire outfit, but my teeth were super clean!


If you're in the market I highly recommend this toothbrush. It may seem silly, but it really started me on the track to find more time for myself, which at the end of the day helps me be a better mom to Grace.

SMILE BRILLIANT was kind enough to offer my friends a coupon code! Use Code: therhodetous20 at check out for 20% off your toothbrush purchase and free shipping.


Tooth Whitening Gel
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