What I’m Packing in My Hospital Bag- baby #2

There are so many lists out there for what to pack in your bag for the hospital. I was really overwhelmed with my first baby. So on my last visit I simply asked him what I need to bring. He told me – Clothes to go home in and toiletries… THAT’S IT!!! Of course you might want to bring a few other things but these super long lists are ridiculous. You can pack all the comforts of home but if you want to be simple and not have a ton of stuff to bring home along with a baby then here is the simplest hospital packing list.

I have written this post before but wanted to update it as times change and all my friends are pregnant. So I will have the bare minimum and then a few extras you can add as you like.

  1. Plambag Oversized Canvas Duffle Bag– You have got to have a bag to put stuff in. I use a canvas/leather bag from Lucky Brand but unfortunately they don’t make them anymore that I could find. This Plambag is a great option and it’s not crazy expensive.
  2. You gotta have clothes to go home in. While you stay at the hospital you can wear the hospital gown. If you really want out of it after giving birth and you get that first shower then bring another outfit. With my first baby I brought a soft night gown and robe for at the hospital and then clothes to go home in. I will be going home in my favorite staples from victoria secret Pink. Oh and don’t forget some panties- skip the thong, get you some mom panties with room for large pads for those first couple weeks.
  3. Toiletries. You definitely need your toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also want to bring some travel size shampoo/conditioner, soap, skincare, and a few makeup items to make you feel normal again like tinted moisturizer and mascara.
  4. Lastly for yourself bring your camera, phone, and chargers. I suggest getting an extra long charger cord. iPhone Charger, Lightning Cable 3FT 6FT 10FT“>These Cords are my fav!!
  5. Alright the hospital provides everything you need for baby. Bring your breast pump if you have questions for the lactation consultant. From there your baby just needs an outfit to come home in and the car seat: Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat . If it is cold bring a blanket.

That is all you really need. I’m sure all hospitals are different so make sure you talk to your doctor. My experience was awesome. I never was hungry, I was given undies, pads, tucks, pain medication, and ice packs. I literally didn’t need or want for anything.

Was there something you couldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments!!!

xoxo Erin

 

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

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

My 5-Minute Makeup Routine

Hey lovelies! I’m going to quickly give you the products that make up my 5 minute makeup. I do this look when I have to run to the store, doctor appointments, etc.

So here are the products! :

Eyes I quickly throw on some primer, my favorite is smashbox 24 hour primer and then I add a taupe eyeshadow by Milani all over the lid and add a CK eyeshadow in a shimmery peachy color.. apparently it isn’t being made anymore which breaks my heart. I will have to find a dupe!

Next I add my Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.27.56 PMlancome visionnaire to help moisturize and prime. If you are on the dry side you will want to add a moisturizer underneath. On top of this I next add my foundation and powder

As I have said many many times I am obsessed with e.l.f. products.

After my face I add some blush and mascara. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.33.46 PMThen I am ready to go!! This is the Milani blush which I am OBSESSED with!!

So that is it! It is quick and natural and so easy breezy!! What are you favorite go to products for a quick and easy look??

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

Fitness Journey Friday

As you guys know or if you are new to my site, I am on a fitness journey. I am not 100% concerned with losing weight. I just want to feel good and look good. I recently purchased a Fitbit and I am obsessed!!!! Add me if you have one!

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Small This is the one I have! Check him out. So if you are not familiar with fitbit, this particular one counts your steps, tracks your sleep, your activity, your heart rate and so on. With the fitbit app you can also track your food and water intake. You can also do challenges against people! Being as competitive as I am I find any excuse to step up and get ahead of the people in my weekly challenges! I didn’t think I would have as much fun with it as I do.

I bought it because I really wanted an Apple Watch but didn’t want to spend that much money on a watch! I tried to find one on sale on poshmark but with no luck. So I decided on the fitbit! I love that it reminds me to move each hour and it really does keep me more aware of my activity and my heart rate. I can honestly say that I am up and moving and feeling better and I have even lost a pound!!

For Fitbit Charge 2 Bands 10PCS So I also ordered this beauty! It is a pack of 10 replacement bands in really fun colors so I can mix it up and not always be wearing boring black! I love this! Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 4.15.57 PM

I hope you enjoyed guys! Come join me on my fitness (body after baby) journey!! Don’t forget to add me on fitbit and challenge me!

xoxo Erin

ps I am not sponsored by fitbit, just sharing my latest obsession!