Advent Calendars

Can you believe that the holidays are right around the corner.  60 days until Hanukkah and 73 days until Christmas.  Our family celebrates both holidays and this isn’t anything new actually.  When I was little we always celebrated both.  We may not have had a tree every year but we had presents to open for the 8 nights of Hanukkah and presents to open for Christmas too.

This year I decided to start a new family tradition for my daughter.  I thought it would be fun to get her a toy advent calendar every year so she has something to open leading up to Christmas.  (..on a side note, we actually have one of these for my dog.  He gets a treat every day.)  Last year she was too young to appreciate doing this, so we decided that we would start it this year but buy it early because they seem to sell out quickly!

We chose the Vtech Go Go Smart Animals Advent Calendar because my daughter loves her Go Go Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace and I figured that for the holidays we would get her a Go Go Smart Animals toy which will work with the reindeer smart animal that comes with the advent calendar.

There are so many toy advent calendars available.  The hardest part for me was to find one that was safety rated for a 1.5 year old.  I lucked out with the Vtech one above.

These are some other options with age suggestions.  Happy Shopping!

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Ages 1+

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BOB Revolution SE vs Baby Jogger Summit X3

Recently I started really exercising again, and when I mean exercising, I mean jogging.  I used to run a mile everyday (or try to) and before my daughter was born my husband and I would go to the gym 2-3 times a week.  I remember checking in on Facebook at our gym when I was 40 weeks pregnant!  Since my daughter was born almost 15 months ago I have not had a chance to go back.  They don’t have a daycare and while my husband and I could take turns going, it is more fun to go together.  So that being said, we cancelled my membership.

So now that I was ready to exercise again, we invested in a jogging stroller.  Well actually we bought two, but only to figure out which one we liked more.  We compared the Baby Jogger Summit X3 and the BOB Revolution SE.  Personally I liked the Baby Jogger more because it was not as massive as the BOB and when the canopy is folded down it is more compact and the plastic flap doesn’t sit behind my daughter’s head, but it felt a little heavier to push so we decided to keep the BOB Keep in mind that the BOB we got was used, a few years old, but in excellent condition.  I would have preferred to get the newest BOB Flex but we decided that an older model would work for what we needed.  The Baby Jogger was brand new.

Baby Jogger Summit X3 and Filly
Baby Jogger Summit X3 and Filly
BOB Revolution SE and Filly
BOB Revolution SE and Filly


BOB Revolution SE vs Baby Jogger Summit X3

BOB Revolution SE


Larger seat

Lighter (25 lbs)

Easy to push, requires minimal effort.

Can be used up to 70 lbs

Recommended to only use running when child is 6-8 months old (can hold their head up on their own well and pediatrician gives the “okay”)


Canopy folds into seat and if your child is tall it ends up behind their head

Smaller basket

Bucket seat is kind of awkward

Snack tray attachment is too high for 1 year old

Rather large fold (bulky).  Takes up lots of room in trunk. — in certain cars you may need to take off front wheel.

Baby Jogger Summit X3


Can be used up to 75 lbs

Narrower seat feels more like a standard stroller

Larger basket

Handlebar brake

Folds small.  Takes up less trunk space in car.


Recommended to only use for jogging when child is 12 months old and the pediatrician gives the “okay.”

Heavier (28 lbs)

Requires more effort to push and is heavier

I sort of really wished that the Baby Jogger had as smooth a push as the BOB.  Personally I liked it more because the size was closer to our normal everyday stroller, but in the end, if running with it requires more effort than needed than I’m better off with the other one.  On a side note.  If we didn’t already have an everyday stroller, this stroller would be great.

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5 Minute Mommy Makeup


So this past weekend my husband and I went to a wedding without our daughter. It was our 3rd date night in a year.  My mom babysat our daughter which was really nice since it was an “adults only” wedding.  I’m also hesitant to take her to places with loud sounds that are consistent as it can impact hearing when they are so young and wedding music is loud (especially a band).  I checked via the Decibel 10th app on my iPhone while at the reception and sure thing, where we were sitting had a decibel level that hit between 96-98 consistently.  I can’t even imagine what it was on the dance floor.  Oh and if you don’t know.  The recommended noise level for infants is 80.  Now keep in mind that this is not realistic in the city or really anywhere but your home.  However, you don’t want to expose your child to loud noises for a long period of time.

Anyways, like probably every mom, getting ready is very different from what is was before having a baby.  The trick these days is find a routine that requires as little amount of time as possible but still makes you look presentable.

These are my go to makeup products that I use daily and it only takes me 5 minutes to get ready.  Keep in mind that I pretty much rock the “mom bun” every day.

After applying your moisturizer (which I have not done for over a year — only because I have not found one until recently that I felt was safe enough to use while pregnant and nursing) I use these products:

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color – I cannot tell you how much I love this product.  I have it in Rosegold and Amethyst and it is super easy to apply.  Swipe and done.  It is also long lasting.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil or MAC Kohl Eye Pencil – These both glide on smooth and don’t really smudge.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter – This is great when you get very little sleep and you need something to brighten your eyes/hide your exhaustion.

Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil – I am a redhead with black eyelashes and light brown/blonde eyebrows.  Needless to say it is hard to match but Laura Mercier has a really great color selection.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder – I used to use cream foundations but I have found that this feels lighter on my skin since I prefer minimal coverage and it is a lot faster to apply than cream (and less messy).

NARS The Multiple Stick in Orgasm – This is the perfect blush.  It goes with every skin color and you can even use it on your lips.

*moisturizer I plan on purchasing – Eminence Organics Red Currant Protective Moisturizer or Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream.

What’s in my Diaper Bag

Packing a diaper bag for a newborn is way different from packing for a one-year-old.  When Beth was born my bag was packed, but to be honest, I didn’t bring a diaper bag to the hospital.  I fit everything in my Birdling Bags Weekender.  I’ll share what I packed in another post later.

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Anyways, when Beth was a newborn my diaper bag consisted of swaddles, burp cloths, changes of clothing, pacifiers, a pacifier sanitizer uv one, a stuffed dog lovey, nursing cover, and the obvious changing pad cover, diapers, and wipes.

Back then I also had two diaper bags (one for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter) and interchanged using a ToteSavvy insert.  Today, a little over a year later I have 4 diaper bags (including one in a duffel bag format and the other a backpack/messenger bag).  The backpack one by Fawn Design is my current favorite.  I got the limited edition color in Bloom.  I’m not sure how I went this long without one — thank you to my sister for getting it for me for my birthday!


I’m a very organized person when it comes to my diaper bag.  Unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to getting the ToteSavvy Mini.  The larger one I have fits but I chose not to use it because I like to also take advantage of the interior pockets of the bag.  My husband definitely misses the ToteSavvy because he knew exactly where everything was kept for easy diaper changes.  Anyways, to keep things organized I bought some Travelon Packing Cubes.  They come in a set of 3.  I use 2 of the 3.  One I either keep my nursing cover inside or the high chair cover, the other I keep as many diapers as I can fit!

If we are traveling and not using my car I will throw in a Save Your Seat Disposable Car Seat Covers that I like to use on high chairs at restaurants.  (I reuse it unless it gets gross).  If we are using my car then I have two plush covers, one for shopping carts and one for high chairs.


From the pictures you will notice I really like “what I call” Dalmatian print.  My wet/dry bag and petite pouch are all from Logan and Lenora in the pattern Go Spot Go.  My Changing Pad is Audrey Stripe.  Logan and Lenora’s products are phenomenal.  The quality is beyond what I have seen elsewhere and they recently announced some of the bags are available at Nordstrom!

Inside the petite pouch I have a few toys, Kleynimals stainless steel keys, some finger puppets, and until recently, a bunch of teethers.  Now I’ve added some crayons and recently ordered Beth a MayDesigns notebook.  In the wet/dry bag I have a change of clothes, including shorts and pants plus some extra socks, as well as a hat.  (I hate socks–in the future booties are the way to go until your little one starts walking.)

*donuts obviously — Beth’s birthday is on National Donut Day

My wipes holder is from Babies R Us.  It’s one of those free Huggies ones that they sometimes offer with purchase.  Honestly I hate the Huggies wipes.  They rip too easily but you can’t go wrong with FREE.  On the plus side, they are reusable so I refill them with Target Up & Up Unscented Wipes.

In the insulated lunch bag by 7am Enfant which actually came with my large duffel diaper bag, I carry snacks for my daugher, disposable placemats, travel fork and spoon, bib, and one disposable floor mat.  This is more for quick outings — like to Target.  Usually I bring a separate lunch bag if we plan on being out all day or going out to dinner with some heartier snacks and a pre-made lunch/dinner if she doesn’t like what we eat or order for her.

I also have my wallet, car keys on an O-Venture Big O Key Ring, Munchkin Diaper Bag Dispenser, and a One Truffle clutch with my mommy items.

Beth’s sippy cup sits in one of the two side pockets or at the top of my bag.  I also usually have a water bottle with me as well.

Overall I have to say my Fawn Design bag is my favorite diaper bag.  Now that Beth is older and weighs more, it is a lot easier to carry her with a backpack style backpack.  Even loaded up with all this stuff, it isn’t too heavy in my opinion.  If you are a minimalist packer, they also make a mini version and I heard in September the Fall colors will be released!

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Newborn Essentials

So while Beth is no longer a newborn and actually just turned ONE!  A lot of people have asked me what newborn items we could not live without when she was little.  I’ve even had people ask me to look over their baby registry items and make suggestions <– I’ve probably done this 3-4 times.

4Moms mamaRoo
– We actually had two swings, one for upstairs and one for downstairs and the mamaRoo was by far our favorite.  Easy to clean, you can control it with your phone, and I gotta say, the car setting is my favorite.

Guava Family Lotus Bassinet and Crib Bundle – I am all about lightweight and what I love about the bassinet and crib bundle is that the bassinet converts into a crib when the baby gets too big.  We used this in our bedroom when we brought my daughter home from the hospital.  What is great about the bassinet is that you can actually rock it and once your baby outgrows the bassinet the crib is actually flush with the floor and has a side zipper.  There have been many times where I crawled partially in with her to soothe or nurse her.  Oh and did I mention the accessories.  You can also purchase a crib fun shade which is a baby sunshade with UPF50+ and a mosquito net.

If you are interested, click here and you can get a free cotton sheet with purchase!  We ended up buying 2 sets of sheets for the crib and 2 for the bassinet.  Recently I ordered the plush one now that my daughter is old enough.

Modern Burlap Swaddles – my daughter never liked to be fully swaddled.  We always had her arms out, but I do know many mom’s with babies that like to be fully swaddled.  Modern Burlap swaddles are larger than most swaddles which make them easier to fold and tuck in around your baby.  They are also super soft and are also great stroller blankets or swing covers for the playground.

The Laundress Stain Solution – this stuff is amazing!  I can’t even say enough great things about it.  It removes ALL stains and if the stain is really tough you can mix it with the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative.  Probably one of my most favorite products because let’s be real, poop explosions happen A LOT!

Sophie la Giraffe – this toy got a lot of use and is still one of my daughter’s favorites.  I know that a lot of people complained about mold (just make sure you clean it properly) — or if you order directly from Sophie, contact them and ask for one without the hole!  One tip: Invest in a harness for Sophie.  Beth’s is from Our Little Helpers but recently I discovered them on Amazon as well.  (*Clip on child’s waist or below though.  You don’t want it anywhere near their neck <– this applies to even pacifier clips).

Milk Snob and Covered Goods Nursing Covers – both companies I love so I ended up getting one from each of them.  It made sense in case one was in the wash.  If you plan on using a nursing cover, definitely start early.  A bunch of my friends never used them and now when they try to, the baby isn’t used to it and pulls it right off/squirms or cries.  I love that these are multifunction covers.  You can use them for nursing, covering the carseat from the wind, high chair cover, shopping cart cover, and swing cover.

Wildbird Ring Sling – I have a lot of carriers and my Wildbird Linen Ring Sling is by far my favorite.  Now I have to be honest with you.  I hated it for about 3 months.  I was getting so frustrated because I could never thread it properly or I felt it was too tight in some areas.  It takes practice, but once you get it.  I promise you will love it.

Munchkin Steam Cleaner – I don’t know about you but we don’t run the dishwasher every day so the steam cleaner was a necessity whether for bottles, teethers or pump accessories we use this thing multiple times a week.  I like the one we have, though I did just discover that they came out with a new one that looks even better.

Amazon Echo and Smart Light – handsfree is necessary with an infant.  You can download the White Noise Skill for Alexa or create a bedtime playlist via Pandora or Spotify and it is a game changer.  You can even connect it to a light!

*not sponsored.  All recommendations are my own.

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Birthday Giveaway!

To celebrate my daughter turning one and my 29th birthday I decided to giveaway a Fawn Design Tassel Keychain.  There is a backstory though…

About a month ago I attended A Positively Baby Shower in NYC hosted by Positively Oakes.  I had nominated my friend who recently had her baby and she nominated me to go as well.  We each got to bring a +1 so I brought my husband and my daughter.  Fawn Design was one of the table sponsors so we got to take home a tassel keychain — and for my birthday my sister got me the bag in the limited edition color, Bloom.  Needless to say, I am obsessed and don’t know why I never got a diaper bag backpack earlier.

Anyways, while we were at the event my daughter loved playing with the tassel keychain.  When I got home and went through my swag (which was amazing btw) and I emptied my diaper bag, I found a second tassel keychain.  She is going through a phase where she likes to put things away and she must’ve dropped it in the bag without me knowing.  So to celebrate her 1st birthday and my birthday I decided to give one away to a lucky mama since I only need one!

Enter the BIRTHDAY giveaway!

*not a sponsored post.  Giveaway open to US residents only.


#TBT His/Hers Baby Showers

My baby girl is almost ONE and it is making me think about my baby shower last April.  So for my first post I wanted to share all the details from my shower (and my husband’s!) Most people are like “what?” your husband had a shower? — yep!  I didn’t want him to feel left out, and while I have seen co-ed baby showers, I didn’t think he would have much fun playing “how big is mommy’s belly” or “baby unscramble.”  Instead I planned a shower for him and all his guy friends at the local brewery in my hometown.  Needless to say, the guys had a great time drinking craft beers and enjoying appetizers.

Planning both showers was a lot of fun!  I really should be an event planner.  My mom and her neighbor were primarily in charge of mine, but I did a lot of DIY for both showers.  Though Scott got to pick out the menu for his.  Scott’s invitation was designed by RootCauseDesigns on Etsy and my invitation was designed by Kori Clark, who has now illustrated my furbaby Filly twice.  The invitation was double-sided, one side for gentlemen and the other for the ladies.

Once the invitations were sent out and my husband chose his appetizer menu, the next step was to determine favors.  I wanted to surprise Scott with something for his shower, so I designed custom beer koozies from Totally Promotional.  The koozies came in two colors, mint and yellow.  The front side said “A Baby is Brewing” and the back said “Baby Goehringer due May 2016.”


I also decorated he/she Hershey’s bars in pink and blue for the guests to take as they were leaving since we are letting the gender of the baby be a surprise!

I had my father-in-law set up the goodies and decorations at the brewery and I’m happy with how it turned out.  The guys never got around to playing the game I had planned for them.  I bought ten 5 oz baby bottles and they had to see who could finish a beer in one of them!  Haha.  I did make a few of them and some of my friends play it when they met back at my shower for cake.

A Baby is BrewingScott's Shower Favors

As for my shower favors and other goodies.  My mom, her neighbor and I spent one evening making dog bone shaped bath bombs in a few different scents to go with the other gifts for guests.  Everyone got one candle from Wicks for Wags (Mediterranean Fig was the favorite), a puppy shaped soap from The Bath of Khan, a homemade dog bone bath bomb, and a shortbread cookie in pink or blue (boy or girl?)  As you can tell, we like to spoil our guests!

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Soap Scents: Lavender, Vanilla, Lemon Ice, Cucumber Melon
Candle Scents: Lemon Pound Cake, Mediterranean Fig, Lavender Chamomile, Cucumber Mint

Photo Apr 16, 7 09 32 PM

While pregnant I didn’t have as much of a sweet tooth as I do now while nursing.  French fries and bagels were what I mainly craved.  Occasionally pickles and olives! LOL . However, my cake and chocolate covered pretzels were delicious.  The cake was from a local bakery and the chocolate covered pretzels were from Prexel Bites.  The cookies and cream ones were the first flavor to disappear!  We also picked up some cookies from the farmer’s market.  I had to have my Italian rainbow cookies!

It was a wonderful celebration with lots of pictures to remind me about the special day!  Now I’m in the process of planning my daughter’s FIRST birthday party!