Bath Time Troubles

I have recently made a discovery that should have been super obvious but it wasn’t until it happened to me and my family! While going through our normal night time routine of giving baby K a bath I realized that some of his bath toys were dark inside. They were growing mold!!!! GROSS! One squeeze of our bathtime basket balls and black gross-ness was in the bath water. I quickly removed the toys and drained the water. This is when I decided that there will be no more bath toys with holes in them.. which is surprising a lot to ask for.

Most bath toys I found were squeeze toys that squirt water. Knowing that I wasn’t just going to keep buying bath toys that could grow mold on the inside and that are very difficult to clean, I kept searching. I finally found a set of plastic boats that can’t hold on to moisture at walmart and found rubber duckies at target that don’t have a pesky hole in the bottom!

Moms make sure you are checking bath toys for mold and drying toys out if they do have holes!!

Be back tomorrow friends! Hope your October is rocking so far!!!

xoxo Erin

Baby Proofing

I have my hands full now that my little man is on the move. And since he is climbing and standing on everything and so close to walking it was time we baby proofed the house. This is how we baby proofed our fire place without spending much at all.IMG_1845We purchased a foam mattress topper and a few pool noodles. We lined the brick of our fireplace base with the foam and edged the edges with the pool noodles. As you can see it doesn’t look beautiful but it works!IMG_1844Next we used a blanket or whatever you want to use to cover it and make it look a little prettier haha. Since mine is getting covered in toys I was not that concerned.

till next time loves

xoxo Erin

Body Shaming, Diets, and Acceptance

Hello Lovelies! If you follow me on twitter (You should! click on the link to the left (: ) then you saw my brief post where I had a really traumatizing experience of trying on some clothes that really tore me apart. So this will be a little bit of a different post.

So Saturday my husband, son and I set off to look for some running shoes and a baby gate. Pretty typical errands type of thing. Well we happened upon a department store near the end of our journey that was completely on sale from going out of business. They had tons of beautiful dresses and so we chose some for me to try on. I despise trying on clothes especially now with this body after baby that I am just not used to. I am in no way huge or fat and I don’t ever expect to be rail thin but it was a depressing wake up call. I couldn’t even get most of the dresses on and one of them that I did get on, I didn’t think would come off. I left the store holding back tears. I know I have been on a journey working out to try and get my body back to pre baby but I was seriously upset. We went straight home, I made a grocery list, I threw out all the fattening foods, and went to the grocery and bought kale. KALE PEOPLE! I bought all healthy foods.

I guess I sort of needed that saturday experience but it really made me sad. I can’t stand to look at my body. And I honestly don’t care about people saying love your body because of it giving me my baby. Of course I love my baby and that I could create such a miracle but I hate the after math. I don’t think anything is wrong with that. I think what is important is that you accept where you came from, where you are, and where you want to be.

I made a baby. I look like I had a baby. And now I am making a change to get my body back and love the way I look.

Okay so moving on to making a change! First off let me say I am 2 months away from having my Masters in Public Health. I have studied health and nutrition and exercise and the human body for many years. I know what I need to do. I just have to stay motivated and committed to this new lifestyle.

I went to GNC and picked up a recommended 100% whey protein from a wonderfully helpful woman working. I also picked up an Organic Superfood blend with protein powder while at the grocery. I rarely eat vegetables so I got this powder because it gives me all the nutrients from eating fruits and veggies!IMG_1768

I have decided to do a high protein, low carb diet. I am making smoothies for breakfast and lunch. Then a lean protein with veggies for dinner. My husband is not fighting me on this because we both are wanting to lose some weight. I will be updating you guys every week with my progress, recipes, motivation, and fitness tips.

I get many of my smoothie recipes from Pinterest so give me a follow over there to see what recipes and workouts I am pinning at makemommyup !!

I started today. My goal by April 2018 (Honeymoon time!!) is to lose 40lbs. This is roughly 5lbs a month which is absolutely doable. I am not 100% worried about a number on the scale. For myself I want to feel and look good and be healthy. And of course I want my clothes to fit again!

OMG this is my longest post ever. You deserve an award for making it to the end!! I hope I can help motivate y’all and we can all make some changes to be more healthy together!

Join the fitness journey with me loves! Leave me comments here or on twitter. Leave your favorite healthy recipes or snacks!!

xoxo Erin

New Family Member!

Alright if you follow me on twitter or instagram you would have already seen this new member. We got a kitten!!!! We were worried about introducing a new animal to Baby K because you never really know what kind of personality you will get with an animal. I had a pet rabbit for the past few year and after we brought the baby home he started acting out because of jealousy. It truly broke my heart to get rid of him but he went to a great home and gets all the love he can handle now. Anyways we have waited 6-7 months before getting a new pet. It has been raining non stop for days here in Alabama the last week or two so we have been stuck in the house. My husband is always bringing up getting a kitten and so we are always looking on line for people getting rid of them. I never really thought we were going to get one so soon but my husband out of no where said “Let’s go to the shelter tomorrow and look.” I of course got super excited because I love cats! It didn’t rain at all saturday and so we went to the shelter to take a look. I let Baby K pet the kittens and one let him attempt without any hesitation, he is a little rough with animals. Then she got up and climbed in my arms with Baby K. It was so cute. I knew she was the kitten for us. We adopted her instantly and went to the pet store to get her lots of goodies.

He have been trying to show Baby K how to be a little more gently with her but we really couldn’t have gotten more lucky. This kitten is so loving and puts up with all of us. She always wants to be snuggled up with any of us. I would suggest to anyone introducing baby to pets or vice versa is to always be supervising. A lot of pets are not as kind to take the loving abuse of babies or kids and may snap back. Anyways I love this little kitten so much! She is too precious and a perfect addition to our family!IMG_1566Also I would suggest to everyone looking for a new friend to adopt don’t shop!! The humane society is not a super sad place like some people think! So donate money or items if you can or even volunteer! June is national adopt a cat month!

xoxo Erin

Future Baby Wish List

Okay so the title isn’t the most clear but I really couldn’t think of a better title! I have been collecting a list of some baby products that I will have to try out if I have another little one! So let’s dive into this list!

  1. Tranquilo Mat This mat is super cool. It has different vibrating settings that calm and soothe babies off to sleep. It is super cool and if you have ever dealt with a baby who is crying for no reason then you could see where this gadget would come in handy.
  2. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace For Babies– This teething necklace is supposed to help with all things that come with teething. Less drooling, pain, and anti flammatory properties. Sounds like a real win win!
  3. 4moms Baby Swing– This is a pricier item but from what I hear it is the best. I got baby K a chair but I wish I would have listened to my best friend and gotten this bad boy to begin with. It will definitely be on my wish list for next round.
  4. 3 Sprouts Play Mat Bag– This guy is really cool, especially if you travel alot. It seems like we are always on the move. This is a play mat that zips up so you can store toys inside. So easy just unzip, play and zip back up to hit the road or keep your house a little neater!
  5. The NEW One Z Nursing Pillow– This pillow is so much better than the boppy in my opinion if you plan on using it for breastfeeding. Now there is nothing with the boppy, I let my little guy lay on it and use it but for breastfeeding the one z pillow has a back support! I really do love it.
  6. SoundBub, Bluetooth Speaker and White Noise Machine | Portable and Rechargeable Baby Sleep Soother – Okay so it is a super long link but this guy is so cute and again since we travel so much having a traveling noise machine is a must. and this guy doubles as a speaker all with no wires needed!!

Alrighty guys I am always on the search on the latest products so if you can think of anything else I got to check out let me know in the comments!!!

xoxo Erin

May’s Hits and Misses

I didn’t try out a ton of new products in the month of may so this won’t be a long list. Next month tho will be a doozy! I have placed some online orders and there are some more launches coming in June that I have to get my hands on!

So on to the hits and misses: Let’s start with what was a hit!

First off I have been 100% OBSESSED with this moisturizer for Baby K. Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme. Get this NOW! If your baby has dry skin at all this will banish it so quickly! And no baby does not have to have eczema in order to use this. I even use it on my self. I have gone through every baby moisturizer on the market and this stuff is the bomb dot com.

Okay so I know I have mentioned this before but the body moisturizer that I have created for the stretch mark remedy is my newest love. It is a solid moisturizer so I am still working on ways to package it but it literally melts into the skin and smells amazing. I love it so much!

Lastly for my hits is a hair tool/accessory. The Beachwaver Co. The Wrap Up has been my go to for doing my hair lately. My husband got promoted and we had an awards banquet to go to and I needed to look nice for these events other than my usual messy bun and yoga pants. If you know me at all you would know I have super long thick hair and I HATE styling it. This little guy allows me to create the perfect bun with no effort.

Misses: I really only have one that I tried out this month and it is from Burts Bees Baby. I know there are those people out there who love burts bees products but I wasn’t a huge fan. I used the baby wash while on vacation and I found it very liquidy which I didn’t like. I like using a thicker wash on Baby K. I also am not in love with the smell.. Oh well win some and lose some.

 

What products were you loving or not loving this past month?! Let me know!!

xoxo Erin

The Perfect Schedule

First off let me say I am sorry I was MIA this past Friday and Monday. My family and I left for the beach on Thursday evening and we came home on Monday. We were wore out and I like to unpack immediately so I didn’t get to posting. Sorry!sleeping-baby(Pic from google images, not my own (: )            So who doesn’t want a baby who sleeps all night?

As the title suggests I have created the perfect schedule for MY family. And this baby schedule may work well for yours as well. If I haven’t said it before then I will say it now.. we live by a schedule in my house. Blame it on the military or just liking to know a routine but a schedule or routine can make a big difference. Being a health professional who specialized in children and pregnancy I wanted to analyze everything, especially with my first baby! Let’s admit it, babies make us crazy.

So on to my routine. Every morning baby K wakes up somewhere between 6:30am-8am. We take our bottle when we wake up even when it is early which it has been lately.

At 8am I make some baby cereal either rice or oatmeal and I mix in a little fruit. I usually try to get baby K to take a little snooze around 10am.

At 11am I give a partial bottle and 2oz of fruit. Back to play time!

At 2pm I give another full bottle and then it is nap time. Baby K usually takes about a 2 hour nap between now and his next meal.

5pm we get another partial bottle and 2oz of veggies. Play time is full swing.

By 7:30pm we are taking our bath and getting ready for bath time. (Of course I have a bath time routine!) Then a full bottle and off to bed to get a full nights sleep and start it all over again the next day!

I don’t use many measurements because your baby may be younger or older. Every baby is different so please use your own reason when it comes to your babies found amounts. Of course follow your pediatrician orders.

This schedule has been implemented even since I was breastfeeding. It has allowed us to get baby K to sleep all night and knows when it is time to eat. I know he is getting full and all the nutrients needed to grow.

Hope y’all are having a great week! Talk to you soon!!

xoxo Erin