Sunday, June 4, 2017

Product Review: Totesavvy

I've been debating on purchasing a new diaper bag since my current one has seen better days. I've been finding it very inconvenient having to carry two different bags and needing to transfer things in and out of my purse to my diaper bag and have finally found the perfect solution!

The Totesavvy purse insert offers exactly what I've been looking for. The large insert fits perfectly into my Kate Spade bag and I no longer need to move things from one bag to another. I love how many compartments it offers, yet it is still so compact. I'm a bit OCD and one of my biggest pet peeves is not being able to find something. The Totesavvy insert has enough inserts to suit my needs with having two small children. I'm finding it much easier to find what I'm looking for!

I also love how easy it is to take out of my bag if I am heading to work and want to leave all my baby supplies in the car. I bought the soft grey and definitely plan on buying the black too. 

I love that the insert fits with whatever large bag I'm using and it is so easy to clean. There is also a smaller size for you ladies that prefer a smaller bag. You can get 20% off now by using code SUMMERLOVE. 








Thursday, March 2, 2017

6 month update for Alana

My baby is a half of a year old already!  Time sure does fly. Alana is such a relaxed little doll and I just cannot get enough of her. She is a total Momma's girl and is still nursing like a champ.

She had her 6 month checkup this morning!  Alana weighs 15lbs 2oz (27%), is 25.5 inches (28%) and her head circumference is 17.25 inches (87%). She is a little peanut just like I was as a baby. She has inherited her Daddy's large head, but is still managing to sit up all on her own perfectly!

Alana loves grabbing for toys and is such a cuddle bug. She loves being held and is very smiley. She really only cries when she's hungry and when she wants to be held. Ava loves feeding her sis! Alana has tried apples, pears, bananas and prunes. She still hasn't had a tooth break through yet, but I can feel that it's very close. She's still wearing size 2 diapers makes the cutest squinty faces. ๐Ÿ˜Š

The first half of Alana's first year has been such a joy. I love my calm and loving girl so much. Her and Ava are so different in so many ways, and I think they will compliment each other well as they get older!  I can't wait to see Alana continue to grow into a beautiful and smart little baby. I am so proud of her and her sweetness.










Saturday, December 31, 2016

4 month update for Alana

Alana turned 4 months old on Christmas Day!  She had her 4 month check up yesterday and is measuring at 23 3/4 inches (17%), 12 lbs 12 oz (18%) and her head circumference is 16.5 inches (83%). It looks like she is going to be petite, but takes after her Daddy's big head!

Alana is seriously such a chill baby. She is still eating on 3 hour intervals. She typically takes a bath at 7:30 to begin the bed time routine and falls asleep at 9pm and then wakes up at 7am. She normally wakes up once to eat and goes right back to bed. She was actually sleeping longer stretches before I went back to work!  Alana is still breastfed and had a very hard time transitioning to a bottle when I went back to work. It took atleast 3 weeks for her to finally warm up to a bottle. That was definitely the most stressful time for all of us.

My baby girl is always smiling and has already rolled over a few times. She loves chewing on her hands, blowing bubbles and is super ticklish. I feel such a special bond with my baby girl. It's so funny to see how different your children's personalities can be!

We had such a great Christmas with our babies. I can't believe it was just this time last year that I found out I was pregnant with Alana. She is my greatest gift in 2016. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!








Sunday, November 13, 2016

Alana's Nursery

I'm finally sharing the details about Alana's nursery!  I tend to go crazy with pink and really didn't want Alana's nursery to look too similar to Ava's, so I decided to go with a gold and cream theme.  I really like for my girl's rooms to feel soft and peaceful, and I feel like I accomplished that with Alana's room.

The color of the walls is called Divine White. The first item we purchased was our crib from Bratt Decor. Her bedding is from Carousel Designs and is so soft and pretty!  The next piece I purchased was her dresser which I turned into a changing table.  I spent a little more than I would've liked to, but let me tell you, the price was worth the quality. It is so heavy and will last many years as she transitions to a big girl room one day. 

I took the glider from Ava's room and moved it to Alana's. I plan on turning that corner in Ava's room into a reading corner (my next project!) and felt a glider would be of better use in Alana's room.  We love hanging out in Alana's room and Ava is always snooping around and tearing apart her sister's closet and dresser.  She is constantly trying to climb up into her sister's crib!  I hope Alana will love playing in her room one day :)

I'll list direct links to some of the items from her nursery below!

Crib (Bratt Decor) | Dresser (Wayfair) | Chandelier (Wayfair) | Curtains (Target) | Curtain Rod (Target) | Glider (BabiesRUS) | Bookshelf (Joss & Main) | Mirror (Home Goods) | Gold Frames (Ross) |








Always playing with sissy's bow collection.













This bed crown was a gift from my Mom.  Both of my girls have one above their beds, well, because they are both Princesses of course :)













Ava thought it'd be funny to disguise her sister in a pile of stuffed animals...love my girls so much!  I hope you enjoy this post.  Comment on what your favorite part of her nursery is - I'd love to hear!

Xoxox, 

Bree


Sleeping Soundly with Nested Bean

One of the biggest questions I get from friends, family and followers, is how do you get your baby to sleep through the night?  It's one of those hot topics between Moms and I am definitely no expert. I do however know what has worked for my girls and I'm excited to share a sleep slack from Nested Bean!

Both of my girls were sleeping 6 hour stretches by 6 weeks.  I may be lucky, but I do attribute it also to some of the tricks I've used.  I've always been an advocate of the Baby Wise sleep, eat, play, sleep cycle and have worked hard with both girls to develop a solid sleep routine.  Let's face it, routines and schedules are not always practical with a newborn.  Between growth spurts, cluster feeding and their inability to develop routine at such a young age, a Mom needs whatever tools she can use to get some well needed rest!  In those instances where my daughter would not seem to settle on her own, I have found swaddling to be a huge help.

Nested Bean is different from other swaddles I've previously used.  It mimics your touch with lightly weighted pads on the chest and sides.  One thing I've hated about other velcro swaddles, is how coarse the velcro pads were.  They would easily get stuck to my clothing when rocking my babies to sleep.  The velcro strips on the Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Premier is much smoother and still does a fantastic job at snuggling Alana in and keeping her in comfort.  At 11 weeks old, she has slept 9.5-10 hours straight through the night for the last week.  I've also noticed her naps have been longer when using her new swaddle.  The different prints offered are also so adorable!

I'm heading back to work in a few days so it's time to start transitioning Alana into her crib from her rock and play. I've tried a few naps with the zen swaddle premier and I am hoping to have her fully in the crib soon!  I'm so excited to offer a coupon code for my followers. Use code BREE15 to get 15% off and there is free shipping too!

Wishing you and your babes a good nights rest :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Perfect Tee

I have been practically living in this everyday tee from Target. It was on clearance for only $6 and I have it in 7 different colors. It is so comfortable and keeps its shape so well, even after washing!

I love the fit of this tee and the Fall colors that it comes in. It is perfect for wearing under a comfy cardigan and can also be dressed up with a statement necklace or a hat like I am wearing here. 

You can't beat the price!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend xoxo. 






Friday, October 28, 2016

2 month update for Alana

Alana turned 2 months old on Tuesday!  I wanted to wait for her checkup to post an update. Alana weighs 10lbs 9oz (26%), is 22 1/4 inches long (34%) and her head circumference is 15.4 inches (73%). My little peanut is just a little tinier than Ava was at this age.

Alana is still exclusively breastfed and loves snuggling with Mommy. She is very attached to me and is always following my voice. The biggest struggle we have is trying to get Alana to take a bottle. We've tried 6 different brands and still haven't had too much luck. I am hopeful that she'll adapt just fine when I go back to work in less than 3 weeks.

Alana is such a smiley little baby. She loves relaxing in the bath and cuddling with Mommy after eating. She makes the sweetest cooing sounds and has found her hands. She has taken a few naps in her crib but still prefers her rock and play. On average, Alana sleeps 6-7 hours a night. She just so happened to sleep from 9-6:30 last night and I'm hoping that's a habit she keeps!!  Alana loves being held and does very well in her car seat. She doesn't like when you set her down for too long and prefers hanging with her sis or being held.  She also hates having her diaper changed!

My babygirl was baptized this past Sunday and it was such a beautiful experience to see my baby become a part of the Church. She was such a good girl and looked like an angel.

I am soaking up every second with my love before I go back to work. I love you Alana Anne!






Thursday, October 6, 2016

Nursing in style with Loyal Hana

I've seriously missed my wardrobe since Alana has been born. There is nothing worse than knowing you can fit into your old clothes, but feeling restricted because of the lack of accessibility to nurse. I've been stuck wearing tshirts and tanks with a cardigan if I have to leave the house. I was so excited when I found Loyal Hana's nursing friendly apparel. Their clothing can also be warn as maternity and I wish I would have known about them sooner!

Loyal Hana tops have hidden zippers for easy access when nursing. I no longer have to lift my shirt up or down to feed Alana. We've all been there: you're walking around Target with your Starbucks and suddenly, your newborn decides it's time to eat. You can 1. Run to the changing room and feed your baby (while trying to stop your toddler from picking up her Cheerios off of the floor) or 2. Run out to your car and sit in the front seat without worrying about your boob being exposed to the whole parking lot!  I'd prefer option 2...this top does a great job at covering yourself up while keeping your baby happy and fed.

I'm so exited to share a promo code with my followers. You can receive a 15% discount by using code breeisforbeauty15. Happy shopping and good luck to those Mommas on their nursing journey or who are expecting!







Monday, September 26, 2016

1 Month Update for Alana




Alana had her 1 month check up today and is weighing 8 lbs 13 oz (36%), measuring 20.75" (29%) and her head circumference is 14.75" (78%)!  She is growing perfectly. 

It will always amaze me how quickly time flies when you have a newborn. It's helpful knowing there's an end in sight when experiencing the tough aspects like sleep deprivation, cluster feeding and growth spurts!

Alana has developed a great schedule and has slept a 6 hour stretch through the night for the last week. She eats every 3 hours and will play for a little bit and then is back to sleep. She is so much more alert now and will smile and make the cutest faces. 

The hardest time of the day is from 6pm-9pm. The last week or two, she is awake that entire time and only wants to be feeding. She will only let me hold her at that time and I can get virtually nothing done. I feel so exhausted by the time she falls asleep that I am usually going to bed at the same time. She then only wakes up once, usually between 3-4am to eat and then wakes up between 8-9am to eat again!  

Ava loves trying to pick her sister up, putting a blanky on her, rocking her and giving her little sis lots of kisses :)

I'm happy that I've made it through the first month breastfeeding and feel so much more confident this time. I'm going to continue to take it day by day!

I can't wait to watch my baby girl continue to grow. Alana is such a sweet baby and I just dream and imagine what she'll be like one day. Happy 1 month, Alana๐Ÿ’—








Sunday, September 4, 2016

Nursing in comfort

I received some products from Bravado Designs and let me just say, I am in love.  Coming home from the hospital after having Alana, comfort was something so important on the road to recovery after delivery.  I made nursing a major focus and goal of mine during my entire pregnancy and was determined to have a better nursing experience this time around.

On day two in the hospital, I felt ready to quit.  My milk hadn't come in yet and Alana was nursing for up to an hour every 2 hours.  I was in so much pain and felt like I couldn't handle another nursing session.  I broke down in tears at 3 in the morning and told the nurse I didn't want to be a failure and that the pain was too much to handle.  She assured me that I could do it and that maybe if I pumped and gave myself a small break, I'd feel better once my milk came in.  I was able to syringe feed Alana and push through the pain at the next feeding.

Fast forward to my second day home and Alana's relentless ability to nurse had paid off because my milk had finally come in!  I felt so relieved and proud that I pushed through the moments of discomfort.

The very next day, a package arrived with the Bravado Design's Body Silk Seamless Nursing Cami and Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra.   Both products are extremely comfortable and very flattering.  I had older nursing bras from my last pregnancy and they do not compare in the level of comfort and quality of the Bravado products.  My older bras lost their shape easily and the Bravado Designs maintains a sleekness while still offering comfort.

I'm so glad I can look and feel good while nourishing my baby girl!  You can visit their website here or check them out on Instagram here.