August Goals

I have seen a few of my fellow bloggers write post like this and I thought it was a great idea. Keep me more aware and oriented on accomplishing some goals whether big or small.

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  1. Continue blogging regularly, coming up with ideas and creating content. Consistency is key with just about everything.
  2. Work out at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Continue to eat better and continue my health journey.
  3. Be better about accessorizing and dressing. Most days I find myself never getting out of my PJ’s just to shower and get back into new PJ’s. But I stay home most of the time. I have tons of clothes and jewelry and they deserve as much love as my makeup gets.. or at least close lol
  4. Be less crazy… this would take a lot of explaining but I let little things bother me and I am actively working on changing my thought process on things.
  5. Try to film and take pictures more often. Blogging and being very active on social media can be a lot of work but it also can be fun and is necessary if you want to continue to grow!

Alright I am ready to tackle August! I am feeling good and am super motivated to accomplish goals!

What are y’alls goals??

Till next time

xoxo Erin

Baby Things I Regret Buying

So I did not purchase all of these things, some of them I received of my registry. Live and Learn right?

So the first thing I regret getting and it literally sits in a drawer and that is these munchkin spoons. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.43.35 AMI am not saying they are awful but they just don’t work for me! They are flatter than other spoons and make feeding difficult. ESPECIALLY if you are trying to feed cereal. Way to runny and you get no food staying on the spoon.

Next is the munchkin suction bowls. Now let me first say that I use these bowls every single day. but I just don’t like that I can’t microwave and the suction portion doesn’t always work. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.47.23 AMAgain I love the design and the colors, I just wish they could be microwaved and suction better.

Okay next up is multiple nursing covers. I got one that I love that is a style of an infinity scarf. But I really used it maybe 4 or 5 times. I was never really in a situation where I was going to be flashing the world. And if I was then I would have used a blanket. I had multiple covers and it just wasn’t necessary.Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.57.41 AM Maybe it is for you but just not for me!

So this next product I don’t necessarily regret buying but it doesn’t get much love at my house. I know some people use them every single day but that is just not going to happen in my world and that is the beloved pack n’ play. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 10.03.33 AMI have this particular one because it was not ungodly expensive. We did use it when Baby K was first born as his bassinet to sleep in our room. But when he turned about a month or 2 old he went to his crib and this bad boy was packed up and not for play. We literally only use it if we travel, which sadly isn’t very often.

Lastly is our Bumbo. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 10.07.10 AM          I loved this thing for a minute and then I got a high chair and I barely use this thing. I don’t really have a reason or use for it?! I want to love it so much but I just don’t now that I have a high chair.

What do you regret buying? I am so curious to know!!

xoxo Erin

Baby’s First Beach Trip!

Spring has sprung and if you live in the south like me… well spring got skipped and it’s already 90 degrees out so summer is here! As a beach girl I defintley miss living right on the beach as I did for years but being a military wife I knew it (sadly) wouldn’t last. That is okay though because we have a pool and we can always visit!! Baby K turns 6 months old in may!! And shortly after we are hitting the beach!! I can’t be more excited to take my baby to the beach for the first time! There are a couple things your baby will need when hitting the beach/pool/or super sunny hot days..

Let me know in the comments what your must haves for the beach are! Let me know if I forgot anything!

xoxo Erin

I Finally Got It!!!!!!

Guys I finally got it. What you ask? My dream diaper bag!! It was a little on the pricier side when it comes to some diaper bags but just wait! If you are interested in getting your own you can find it here : timi & leslie Rachel 7-Piece Diaper Bag Set, Caramel. Okay so this bag is awesome. first it is vegan leather and my favorite thing is that it looks like a beautiful purse, not a diaper bag. I personally feel like the diaper bags you see in stores are plastic-y and bulky. IMG_0828

It comes in 4 colors, I chose the caramel color. It is 159$ but I have to say it is totally worth it. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap so that you can wear it as a crossbody if you choose. It also comes with 2 stroller straps so you can easily attach it to your stroller. You also get an insulated bottle tote to keep babies bottle warm or cool. A zippered sac is also inside to place any soiled clothes that may happen throughout the day and a changing pad that has a spot to hold diapers is also inside. There is also a super cute matching wristlet for mom inside!FullSizeRender(9)(Picture credit: Timi and Leslie)

The bag itself has 5 large pockets on the inside and 4 super cute pockets on the outside. The handle is braided. The whole bag is water resistant and literally fits everything! There is even a key chain clip on the inside so you won’t loose your keys!!IMG_0827I seriously am so glad I finally broke down and got this bag. It took me weeks to finally commit to this purchase. Check out my video to get an updated version of what’s in my diaper bag!! Click Here!

Please let me know what bags you are loving!!!

xoxo Erin

Milk Supply Booster Tips

If you have decided to breastfeed then you may encounter the dreaded dip in milk supply like I did. These are my tried and true milk booster tips that helped me through that low. Some people are blessed with the overflow of milk and can stock freezers. I was not that lucky. I made just enough to keep my little going but I had a couple issues and decided pumping was the best option for me. So here are the tips that helped me raise my supply while I was pumping/breastfeeding.

  • Boobie Cookies- There are tons of recipes on pinterest to check out. You can check mine out, I have pinned tons of them. Also you can check out my personal cookie recipe that I have posted under tasty bites here on my blog! They are delicious, I still make them now even tho I stopped pumping because they have lots of protein.
  • Organic Mother’s Milk Tea– This tea really works! I love it and drank so much of it! Some people ( like my husband ) say it tastes bitter, I don’t agree at all. I don’t think it has much of a taste at all.
  • Brewer’s Yeast– This is the main milk boosting ingredient in those cookies I told you about earlier! You can easily add it to other recipes like smoothies as well! It tastes awful but it really works so make sure you add lots of other flavors!
  • Pump, pump, pump! Make sure you are pumping on schedule with babies feeding schedule. You have to make sure your boobs think baby is needing to eat so they continue to produce.

I hope this helps someone like it did me! Enjoy!!

xoxo Erin

What to Expect After Birth

The scary part is giving birth right? Nope, not in my opinion. The healing afterwards is way worse. There are definitely some things you can do to make it a little better though. As I have said before, take what you can and as much as you can from the hospital!! You just pushed a bowling ball out of your hoo-ha, of course you are gonna have some pain and recovery unless you are a super model with some super powers. In that case I applaud you. Things that make things a lot easier:

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  2. Tucks Medicated Pads– Witch hazel pads keeps everything cool and clean. They will probably give you a small thing of these at the hospital and if you have any issues with your bum, this will make everything better.
  3. Carex Sitz Bath– These things look ridiculous but I tell you what they feel pretty great when you can’t do a lot of scrubbing down there. Trust me it’s cheap and helps the stitches heal up.
  4. Ibuprofen- for when everything still hurts.
  5. Mom Panties- Trust me you don’t want to ruin your nice skivvies, go to wally world and get you a pack of what I call mom panties. They are comfy and necessary to hold those jumbo pads from the hospital.

These are a few necessities from my experience. It isn’t that bad. They best thing I was told to prepare myself was that your butt is going to hurt. It feels like your tailbone got broken. But everything is worth it when you have your little!!!

Leave me comments about what you thought was necessary after birth!!

xoxo Erin

Makeup Bag Starter Kit

It seems like every woman has a different idea of what to to put in their makeup bag. As a makeup artist I have been horrified and pleasantly surprised. Some ladies carry nothing or the bare minimum and others carry their whole collection. Me personally I don’t tend to carry much in my purse or on the go but… My makeup tends to stay put. That being said I always have a makeup bag in my vanity with my favorites ready to go! So here are my picks for the perfect makeup bag/collection.

  1. This Bag Contains My Face Makeup Bag– You have to start with a good bag right? This one is super cute and not overly expensive. I love it!
  2. Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30 – I love this base! It is not quite as heavy as a regular foundation but still gives decent coverage and great skincare benefits! You get your sunscreen and it has dark spot correction in it. I don’t personally have dark spots but preventing them is always good too!
  3. Clinique Stay Matte Powder– This powder is the bomb. It is the perfect touch up powder and always looks good. This is one of those products I do carry everywhere.
  4. Brushes– A staple for everyone is some good brushes. Morphe has amazing brushes at a great, affordable price.
  5. L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Voluminous Feline Mascara– A good mascara is a must and this is my current go to. I love this mascara and I found it so cheap on amazon!
  6. MAC Fluidline eyeliner– I personally don’t feel complete without some eyeliner. This has been my favorite for years. If a gel liner isn’t for you then use what works or tell me in the comments and I will tell you all my other favorite eyeliners!
  7. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, Natural Mint & Shea Butter, 0.25 oz.– This lip balm is amazing!!! I have been using it for years and it just never fails me especially for the price.
  8. Bronzer and Blush– Add some warmth, freshness, and dimension to the face. A little of either or both can really just brighten up a look. screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-9-41-51-am

I think you can stop here for a quick fresh look or you can of course go all out. If you are just starting out these products can get you going. Let me know in the comments what your favorite products are and what you keep in your makeup bag! I am obsessed with makeup so I am always looking for new products to try and share with you!

To see more of my love for makeup follow me on instagram at erinrenaemua (:

xoxo Erin