How to Get Luxurious & Trendy Maternity Clothes for Less

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Let's face it: maternity clothes can be a bit pricey. So it's not unusual to find expectant moms sporting oversized shirts or pants to get comfortable and avoid shelling out tons of cash for clothes that will only be worn for a few months. (Heck, when I was pregnant with my first, I only splurged on maternity leggings because I knew they were a must!) Luckily, there's a solution that's just sprung up: Bella Gravida, a new wardrobe … [Read more...]

Introducing the World’s Purest Baby Wipes #WaterWipes

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As moms of babies and toddlers, we always want what's best for our little ones -- especially when it comes to their delicate skin. Whether it's changing a newborn's diaper, cleaning up sticky fingers and cheeks after ice cream or messy paint activities, having safe, chemical free wipes handy in every room of the house is a must! Even when I'm not at home, I try to choose the best baby … [Read more...]

The Moment You Realize You’re Going to Be a Mom #Clearblue

Excited. Joyful. Thankful. Blessed. Anxious. Nervous. Disbelief. Shocked. These are a few words real moms used to describe that very moment they found out they were expecting...with the realization that a new life was forming inside their very body and the whole world as they knew it was about to change.I can still recall the first moment it happened to ME. The scene plays over and over in my head. It was late in the evening. I had a hunch and decided it was the moment of truth. My husband lay on the bed surfing the internet as I nervously made my way to the bathroom not telling him that I … [Read more...]

16 Things to Do Before Baby Arrives {Free Printable}

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect. I remember when I was first pregnant and planning out all the things we needed to do in preparation for the arrival of our first bundle of joy. I knew I had to stock up on essential items like baby clothes, diapers, bottles etc. As a new mom, I was focusing on all the specific items baby needed...unfortunately I never really gave much thought to all those things I needed to do while I had the extra time! Because fast-forward two years later: I am a mom to a two year-old toddler and … [Read more...]

3 Things Nobody Ever Tells You About Pregnancy

When you're newly pregnant or just thinking about conceiving, a flood of what you can expect comes to mind. You know what I'm talking about.  The nausea, the cravings, the urge to pee periodically in the middle of the night.  Standard pregnancy "symptoms" that you try to prepare yourself for. But some things may never reach your ears, until you experience them first-hand.  Maybe because they don't always occur to EVERY pregnant woman, or maybe they just seem to slip under the radar. And maybe knowing them wouldn't have made things any easier, but I personally would have at least been able … [Read more...]

Must-Have Baby Items: 4 Things I Couldn’t Have Done Without & 4 Things I Wish I Had

As the day when baby number two arrives draws nearer, I've been giving more and more thought to all the things we still need to prepare.  Mainly just figuring out his sleeping arrangement, purchasing newborn diapers and washing hand-me-downs (I'm glad that we won't have to worry too much about clothes because we're lucky enough to have another Spring baby coming)! This post may contain affiliate links. But it also got me thinking about all those essential baby products that really helped a mom like me survive having a new baby in the house.  Not the standard things babies obviously need … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Toddler for the New Baby

It's the final countdown a couple weeks we welcome our second little bundle of joy!  Although I've been in full "nesting" mode prepping old baby clothes and gear for re-use, feels like there's still a bit to do...especially in terms of preparing our almost 2 year-old toddler to be a big brother! I am a bit scared to see that first reaction. When our guy sees mommy holding another baby...and then sees it happening all the time! I know he won't be happy at first and it will probably take a bit of getting used to, so I've been looking for ways to make the introduction a little … [Read more...]

Raising a Toddler While Pregnant: How to Get Through It

Never did I ever really consider how challenging it would be caring for a toddler while carrying another baby in my womb. When I found out I was expecting again, I knew two kids would be more work than one.  What I didn't realize was from that moment on, I was met with the extra challenge of splitting time between feeding/changing/carrying/disciplining/playing with a very demanding toddler while attempting to care for the new life forming inside my body. Why so challenging you might ask? Here are a handful of reasons and things you have to tackle simultaneously: coping with morning … [Read more...]

The One Food Prep Secret I Wish I Knew Before My First Baby Arrived

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Cheese and crackers. Cereal. That's pretty much what my meals consisted of the first time I arrived home with a newborn. Although I was lucky enough to have my mom in town for two weeks to cook and clean prior to that, once she had to go and the hubby was working all day, I needed to figure out a way to nourish myself (quickly!) so I could return to baby duties or (ahem) nap time!  So these "meals" were all I had to resort to. But I wish I had known about an ingenious food prep secret that would have made my life much easier (not to mention … [Read more...]

8 Pregnancy-Safe Beauty Products Every Expectant Mother Needs

If you're newly pregnant and asking yourself whether there are any products or toiletries in your everyday beauty regimen to avoid, the answer is a resounding YES. Well, at least in the first trimester. But if you search online or ask the experts, you will find an overwhelming amount of differing opinions on this topic.  Some look at their own parents or family members with kids and say that all turned out fine despite the use of every product out there. Others point to new research that links various household chemicals and products to birth defects, and stress the importance of going … [Read more...]