10 Things I wish someone would have told me when I was pregnant

In lieu of Athena’s 6 month birthday, I thought I’d share 10 things I wish someone would have told me when I was pregnant. There are many, MANY, more things I wish I’d been told but the clock reads 2:50am as I type this and I just can’t remember it all right now.

1. When it comes to the actual birth, expect the unexpected.

I heard it all and I still wasn’t prepared. I must have listened to 50+ labor and delivery stories on The Birth Hour alone. I heard it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. There were experiences with 20-hour labors, emergency c-sections, giving birth with 2-broken legs, etc. But none of these stories prepared me for the birth of my baby. I planned for a home birth and everything did start at home but after 30-some hours of labor, we ended up in the hospital—per my midwife’s recommendation. I didn’t plan for a hospital birth so I wasn’t prepared for that AT ALL. I didn’t even pack a bag incase this scenario played out, so we were kind of scrambling last minute to get things together.

2. Don’t buy all the things

Ok well, someone did tell me this. Six months into my pregnancy, Marc and I took a newborn care class. The class opened with a discussion about essential items needed to take care of newborn baby. The teacher, who would later become my doula, said you don’t need a single thing. Sure, there are a variety of items that can make welcoming your little bundle a bit easier but you already have everything you already need.

My advice, wait until you need it and then order it on Amazon Prime. This works really well because you won’t have to go to the store (also, you won’t be able to/want to). Also, waiting until you need it allows you to determine if you really need the item in question. If you buy everything you think you’ll need right away, you’ll end up shoving it all in a linen closet or giving most of it away, like I did. Buy the absolute essentials, like diapers and a crib. The rest, can wait.

3. Let your partner help

I’m kind of a control freak and I like to keep my house clean and organized. This is not a good combination when you’ve just given birth. I was cleaning my house right up until the day I gave birth. In fact, I was cleaning during labor. After my daughter was born it was tough to physically move around. So the dishes started to pile up and dust bunnies moved in. If you want to keep your sanity, it’s important to remember to let your partner help. I used to be very much of the it’s-easier-and-faster-if-I-just-do-it mentality. As much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t do it all after giving birth so Marc started helping more around the house. Your partner may not do things the way you like them to be done but they’ll get done and that’s what matters. So what if they don’t match the tupperware lids to the bottoms before putting them away, even if it’s all shoved into the cabinet, at least it will be put away and not lingering in the dishwasher for a week. While they do that, you can have a rest, which you’ll definitely want/need.

Also, let them help with the baby, everyone benefits from this. Again, they may not change diapers, swaddle them, or coordinate their outfits like you do but it’s all going to be fine. Dad needs to bond with baby too and these are the perfect opportunities. I’ll never forget one of the times I asked Marc to dress Athena while I finished getting ready. I was putting on my shoes and I look up to see Marc walking down the stairs holding Athena in a Batman onesie with matching hat and bib. He was so proud. Lol.

4. If you’re planning to give breastmilk exclusively, buy extra equipment.

Breastfeeding is a beast of a task. Women that are able to breastfeed (even a little bit) should be given a medal. It’s so freaking tough. Pumping is a whole other game. These two challenges combined, well, prepare to want to rip your hair out. You will want to pump though; and when you do, it’s a bit easier if you have extra bottles and breast shields. Most pumps come with 4 bottles and 2 breast shields; you’re going to need more.

I spent the first 3 months after my daughter’s birth endlessly washing and sanitizing pumping equipment. You’ll need 2 breast shields and 2 bottles per pumping session, you’ll probably want to pump about 6 times a day so buy at least 3 more sets of shields and bottles. This way, you’ll only wash everything once or twice per day. Trust me, having to wash and sanitize everything after every single pumping session is unnecessary torture. Now, at the end of the day, I just throw all the pumping equipment into the right side of the sink with really hot water and lots of soap. I let it soak for 15-20 min before quickly scrubbing everything. Washing 6 sets of breast shields, bottles, lids, valves, and membranes, takes about 15 minutes.

5. You’re going to be you but you’re not going to be you

Your life has just changed in in the blink of an eye. You’re now responsible for this tiny human that you have to feed, clothe, and raise into a model citizen—shit. By nature, you now come second and this can be a bit disconcerting. You’ve spent your entire life, until now, taking care of mostly just yourself but now you have to do everything you’ve done for yourself for another human first. Then, if you have time leftover, you can bathe, get dressed, and have a meal.

Every little thing will be different. You won’t be able to shower or do your makeup like you used to, because you won’t have the time. None of your clothes will fit for a good while and once they do you can’t just wear that cute top that you love so much. No, forget fashionable, you’re now all about functional. You’ll need to wear something that’s conducive to breastfeeding (if you plan on breastfeeding). And I sincerely wish you the best of luck with breastfeeding. I thought this would be one of the easy parts. Nope. I didn’t know what my body was doing, at times it really felt like my body was betraying me.

You’re basically going to turn into another person, the person your baby needs you to be; and you may have to go through all of this while dealing with postpartum depression. You may not feel like yourself (six months in, I still don’t), for days, weeks, months, or even years. But as awful as this all sounds, it’s so rewarding. You’ll have some epically blissful moments that won’t compare to anything else you’ve ever experienced in life and it’ll all be worth it.

6. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on a new stage of baby’s behavior, everything will change again.

You’ll want to pull out all your hair and you may start to lose hope— but this is all perfectly normal. It’s a steep learning curve but you can do it. It may seem like you can’t keep up but you can.

7. Don’t buy all the cute onesies.

Unless you really want to. Ok, I’m split on this one, here’s why. I was repeatedly told by friends, family, and strangers alike, not to buy a lot of baby clothes because they grow so quickly that they won’t even get to wear it all. I got the same advice from all these people because they too, purchased way to many cute outfits that their baby never got wear. And you’ll do it too, as you should. Athena has some outfits she outgrew before wearing but I don’t regret buying them. Shopping for baby clothes while I was pregnant was one of the most enjoyable moments of my pregnancy. So my advice is, if it makes you happy, buy all the onesies!

8. Be in the pictures!

You may not feel or look your best after giving birth (or for several months after) but don’t let that discourage you from getting in the picture with your baby. I have only a handful of pictures with Athena from birth until 4 months. Partly because I typically looked like something the cat dragged in and I didn’t want photographic proof of that; and partly because I was always the one taking the picture. It was only recently that I made a conscious effort to be in the photos because even if I look like crap, I know in the future I’ll regret not having pictures with her. I also came to the conclusion that being photographed with frizzy hair, no makeup, and spit-up-laden sweat pants will help us better recall these grueling but oh-so-rewarding first few months of parenting.

9. Your mother, aunts, and other older females will try to roast your baby.

Keep an eye on them. The older female relatives, that is. The first time my mother visited, after Athena was born, she spent a good part of each day telling me to bundle up my baby because she must be cold. I heard this a lot from my aunts and Athena’s paternal grandmother as well. My mother even took it upon herself to cover Athena up whenever she had the chance. You may have been told that babies have trouble regulating their temperature and while that’s true, it’s doesn’t mean that they are cold. In fact, in most cases, babies run hot. Because of this and per the suggestion of our midwife, we keep the house pretty cool, especially at night. Our midwife told us it’s better for baby to be a bit cold then to run the risk of overheating them. My room is oftentimes freezing while Athena is still perfectly warm when I pull her out of the crib every morning.

9. Going out will never be the same

Rather, running errands (because this is the only going out you’ll be able to do), will never be the same. What used to be a quick, 10 minute pop into the grocery store is now a 2 hour mission. The amount of gear your have to take along is unreal. But should you choose to leave it behind one day, that will be the day your baby has a poop explosion, then spits-up exorcist-style as you try to wrangle her diaper. And yes, I speak from personal experience.

10. Remember to take care of yourself

As soon as you give birth everything revolves around your baby. By nature, you will obsess over her so much that you may forget to do even basic things for yourself, such as brush your teeth or shower. But it’s important to set aside time to do something nice for yourself. These little breaks will help you keep your sanity, be a better mother, and an overall better person.

3 Things to consider when introducing solid foods to infants

Thursday night we ended up in the ER with Athena. It was the scariest moment of my life and if I’m being honest, I’m a bit traumatized. If you have kids, this may seem like a rookie mistake to you and you’ll probably think I’m an idiot. But I want to share this experience for those that are new parents, like myself, or are expecting.

We’ve been giving Athena solid food for about a month now. She’s had pureed carrots, peas, and avocado. We’ve also given her sips of 2 types of juices we make. One contains kale, spinach, cucumber, lemon, ginger, and celery (this is her favorite). The second contains blueberries, kale, bananas, dates, and almond milk. As vegans, we drink a lot of almond milk. We also drink coconut milk and cashew milk every now and then. Because of this, we naturally, didn’t even think twice about giving our baby nut-based milks.

If you’re a new parent, you may not have thought about allergens when you’re introducing new foods. I sure didn’t. I mean, it crossed my mind at one point when she was first born but that thought had long vanished from my mind. Food allergies don’t run in my family history or in Marc’s so it’s not something we really thought about. It’s especially easy to forget to think of these types of things when you’re a new parent because there’s a multitude of things going on. You forget even the most basic things. Some days I don’t even remember to brush my teeth. Food allergies are such a serious issue, life-threatening even. You’d think that you’d remember to think about something so serious. But we didn’t, and Athena had a major allergic reaction.

I had just made some cashew milk and we decided to give Athena a bit to try. She probably had an ounce or less and within minutes she began to scratch feverishly. As I grabbed her hands to stop her from scratching, I saw her chest was covered in hives. Even as she was breaking into hives, a cashew allergy didn’t cross my mind until Marc said it. I told Marc to call the pediatrician.  As he was pulling up the phone number, the hives kept spreading and growing. By the time he found it (not even 2 min had passed), her chest, belly, and neck were covered in big, thick, hives. It looked as if her skin was going to burst. Then she let out a little wail and her voice had changed. She sounded muffled, I immediately told Marc to drive us to the hospital. I breastfed her as Marc gathered our things. 

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This photo was taken a bit after they gave her medication. It was so much worse before.
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This photo was taken a bit after they gave her medication. It was so much worse before.

Fortunately for us, the nearest hospital is literally 10 minutes away. We made it in 5 and rushed into the emergency room. On the way there, I called the hospital to let them know were coming. Judging by the total lack of urgency in their step, I thought maybe I overreacted. Although, I honestly think that if someone walked in holding their own severed arm, the staff would have behaved equally as slowly. They had us sit so they could take Athena’s vitals. We hadn’t given her anything at this point, except breastmilk, and I noticed the swelling had gone down. I’m not sure about this, but I think the breastmilk may have helped reduce the hives a bit because they seemed to be improving. Her voice also improved a bit before she got any medication. They administered diphenhydramine and dexamethasone orally to treat the hives. Within a couple hours the rash was completely gone.

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Even her ears swelled up. This photo was taken after they gave her medication. Here, some of the swelling has reduced.

3 Things to consider when introducing solid foods to infants

Introduce only one new food per day

Introducing only one new food per day will make it easier to find the culprit should your child experience and allergic reaction. The rule used to be every four days but that has since changed. However, if food allergies run in your or your partner’s families, consider sticking to the four day rule which is waiting 4 days before introducing a new food. Nuts and nut-based milks were recommended only after baby’s first year but those guidelines have also changed. The American Academy of Pediatrics now suggests introducing these foods as early as 4 months of age.

“New research has shown early introduction of peanuts into the diet of infants at high risk of peanut allergy can play a role in the prevention of peanut allergies. Based on this new research, European and U.S. physicians are developing formal guidelines regarding early-life complementary feeding practices.” – American Academy of Pediatrics

Introduce new foods in small doses

This was the mistake we made. Athena likes drinking from a regular cup so I poured a bit of cashew milk in there and let her sip it. She drank maybe about an ounce of it. What we should have done, is let her drink it from a bottle or sippy cup, which have a low flow. This way, we could have noticed the allergic reaction before she ingested a larger amount. We did initially have her drink it from a bottle but she wouldn’t drink it. She seems to only like having breastmilk in her bottle. So we tried it in a regular plastic cup and she drank it right away. Try introducing new foods in one ounce measurements. Be sure to keep a close eye on your child during and after a feeding, in order to spot any signs of an allergic reaction.

Have some medication ready

We have now learned that in case of an allergic reaction, if your child is still breathing, most pediatricians will recommend benadryl. Check with your pediatrician on how and when to administer this medication and what steps to follow, in case of an allergic reaction. We now have some benadryl in our medicine cabinet in case this happens again. If food allergies run in your or your partner’s family, and your child is of the required weight, ask your pediatrician if they can prescribe an epi pen jr.

Now that this has all passed and it’s been a few days, a small part of me thinks I may have overreacted but I still think I made the right call. When I saw the rash and hives spreading so quickly and heard my baby’s muffled voice, all I could think was that her throat was going to close up and she would stop breathing. I would never want to take that chance so that’s why we booked it to the hospital. So my last piece of advice is, listen to your instincts. No one loves your child more than you do. No one will take better care of them than you will, so don’t worry about looking like a crazy, dramatic parent during these types of situations. Follow your instincts because no one knows your baby better than you.

Sources:

https://www.aap.org

The best v-neck tee under $20

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Top: Nordstrom ($17!!!) | Jeans: Joe’s Jeans (on sale, 30% off!) | Tote: Style&C0. | Shoes: Target | Necklace: Love Always XO Designs (30% off with code below) | Sunglasses: Romwe ($8!)

Boy do I have some seriously awesome finds for you guys today! First up, this v-neck tee is oh so soft and perfect for everyday! It comes in 6 colors (I bought it in four). I love the sleeve length, it’s about an inch longer than your standard short sleeve tee. It’s got a drapey fit in the torso which makes is great for tucking into jeans. I also love the raw edge detail of the neckline. I’m wearing a size medium here. Almost forgot the best part, this t shirt is only $17!!! I was never a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal until just recently. I always found the pairing a bit too simplistic but now that I have a baby, jeans and a tee are my  go-to for everyday outfits. But it’s not only about practicality and comfort, I also really enjoy elevating a simple look by adding a pair of heels or some cute accessories. And now, I’m kind of obsessed with t shirts. I’m constantly on the hunt for more but that sleeve’s got to be right.

Next up are these super versatile, faux-suede, block-heel, nude sandals. I’ve been seeing this style everywhere and rightly so because they seem to go well with just about everything. I been wanting a pair for a while now but each one I found had real leather so I passed on them. Then I came across these at Target and they’re IDENTICAL to other, much more expensive, options so I quickly snagged them. These were the last pair and I haven’t seen them in stores again but they’re still available online and they come in black too. Best part, they’re under $30!

The last thing I want to mention is my necklace. It’s a 14k gold nameplate necklace made by Love Always XO Designs. I LOVE her shop! It’s full of so many pretty necklaces, all of which can be customized. I got this 14k gold nameplate necklace engraved with my baby’s birthday in roman numerals. I absolutely love it! If you’re interested in getting one for yourself (or as a gift), use code “BC2017”  for 30% off your total purchase.

Ok, one last, last thing. My jeans are on sale again! I’ve talked about these jeans a few times before because they’re one of my favorite pairs ever. They fit really well at the waist without being too tight in the thigh area. And I really like the distressed look and ankle-zipper details. They’re seriously so comfy and they’re 30% off right now!

How to style a tutu skirt

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Top: H&M (similar) | Skirt: (similar here and here) | Purse: INC | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) | Sunglasses: Quay (similar)

I have to admit, I threw together this outfit in like 2 min. I’d been dying to wear this skirt, which a friend of mine, I won’t say who Lexi, said was hideous. The moment I saw it in store, I instantly knew it’d be coming home with me. What’s not to love, it’s so poofy and fun! Lexi told me that she’d never go out in public with me if I wore this skirt but I look like a goddamn princess so I’m sure she’ll be dying to have lunch with me as soon as she sees this post. Yep, this was a great purchase. *pats self on back* Now if I could just find a tiara.

White Ruffle Top & Skinny Jeans

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Top: Anthropologie | Jeans: Ashley Mason | Shoes: Target (sold out, identical pair here) | Bag: Amazon | Bandana: Anthropologie | Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs | Lipstick: NYX (in Morocco) | Lip Liner: NYX (in Orange County)

I wore this look last Monday for a dinner with Vegas Lifestyle Influencers at Margaritaville. I can’t get enough of this breezy, layered ruffle top! I wanted a casual but chic look so I paired this ruffle top with my favorite new skinny jeans and a nude sandal. These jeans by Ashley Mason are soooo comfortable. They’re high-waisted, curve-hugging, and fitted at the waist (no gap!). These are seriously the best jeans for curvy women. Also, they’re $27!

Babyswatch – The Perfect Accessory for Baby

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I’m so excited to tell you guys about Babyswatch! How cute is Athena’s little red fabric watch? I absolutely love it! I wasn’t familiar with these fabric watches until Babyswatch contacted me for a collaboration. Since discovering them I’m obsessed! They come in a wide variety of colors and the most adorable prints! The first thing I thought when I saw this watch was how perfect it would be for a baby shower gift idea or a baby gift idea. Or even a father’s day gift idea! Can you imagine dads look on his face if you gifted him matching watches for him and baby? So fun!

Handmade and high quality

As you guys know, I love handmade items so when I saw that Babyswatch are handmade, I was even more excited to receive this watch for a review. I have to say, the quality is top-notch. I wondered how it would hold up once I washed it. The care instructions say to hand-wash but I’m going to be honest, as a new mom, I don’t have time for that. I had a mountain of baby’s laundry piled up so I put the watch in a mesh wash bag, washed it on gentle, and let it air dry. Would the color bleed? Would the shape become warped? Nope! It came out perfect. This fabric watch is so well made!

What does baby think of her fabric watch?

Athena loves her Babyswatch! She can’t talk yet but she gave me this look that I’m pretty sure said,”I need 6 more, one for every day of the week.” Yeah, I think that’s what she was trying to convey. Lol. In all seriousness, she really likes it. Also, I love introducing the concept of time with Babyswatch. Every time she wears her Babyswatch, I tell her what time it reads and I also show her the time on my watch. It’s such a fun and cute accessory for babies 0-6 months!

Other reasons I love Babyswatch:

“These cotton bracelets are Handmade with 100% organic and chemical-free cotton fabric that is ultra-soft, breathable and non-irritating against baby’s skin.”

“Babyswatch bracelets are BPA free, latex free, phthalate free and lead-free. The product comes in different designs and graphics printed in high definition resolution that doesn’t fades and its suits baby’s wrist perfectly causing no discomfort nor bleach on baby’s skin.”

Visit Babyswatch online at www.babyswatch.us to shop their full line of handmade fabric watches and connect with them on social media to see what others are saying about Babyswatch.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/babyswatchus/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/babyswatchus/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/babyswatch

 

This post is brought to you by Babyswatch. All opinions and content are my own.

Summer Style Floral Maxi and Sandals

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Dress: Amazon Fashion | Shoes: Target (similar) | Bag: Amazon Fashion |

Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (on sale!)

Would you believe this dress is $30? Well, believe it! I’ve been wanting to order clothing from Amazon for the longest time but was hesitant given the low price point. I thought the quality would be bad. Nevertheless, I bit the bullet and I’m sure glad I did. Both my bag and dress are from Amazon and I love them! This dress comes in a wide variety of colors and prints. It’s so light and airy, perfect for this Las Vegas desert heat. My bag is a dupe of the Cult Gaia Ark Bag (which is sold out everywhere) but it’s only half the price! I ordered the large size and it’s perfect. It easily holds my phone, wallet, lipstick + much more. It’s also very well made; the bamboo pieces are smooth and well connected. This bag is so unique and perfect for summer that it’s no wonder it’s sold out everywhere. But you can still get the dupe on Amazon! I’m also obsessed with my new sunglasses. They’re part of Nordstrom’s anniversary sale. The sale ends on August 6th (only 5 days left!) so check it out and score some amazing deals before then!

 

Dinner with Margaritaville

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#OOTN for dinner at Margaritaville hosted by Vegas Lifestyle Influencers.
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Vegan dinner at Margaritaville located inside the Flamingo Hotel & Casino.
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Fun night with these lovely ladies! Photo by: @coreybondphotography

Monday night, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner at Margaritaville hosted by Vegas Lifestyle Influencers. Talk about starting off the week right! Good food, great drinks, lovely company, it was such fun! Everyone seemed to really be enjoying the food but I didn’t partake because it wasn’t vegan-friendly. I did however, order a margarita and it was fan-tastic! I love a good margarita on the rocks, it’s one of my favorite drinks— perfect for a hot summer night.

This was my first time at Margaritaville. I wasn’t familiar with the menu so I looked it over a few times trying to find any vegan options. They have a pretty good selection of food but the only entree that was vegan friendly was a spinach and strawberry salad (without the blue cheese). I wasn’t really in the mood for a salad so I passed on the food. Our waitress seemed very friendly so I decided to ask if she knew of any vegan food options I may have missed. She said they could make any of their salads without the meat or cheese and they also had a few sides that are vegan. I wasn’t too convinced but said I’d think about it.

A short while later, our waitress comes by holding a plate of rice, black beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole and says to me,” I can’t let you sit here and be the only one not eating.” How sweet is that?! She told me that one of the dancers (they put on performances inside the restaurant!) is vegan and that’s what she eats there. You guys, it was delicious! Those black beans may be the best black beans I’ve ever had, no joke. Best.Customer.Service.Ever. Thank you Clarissa, you made my night!

Thank you to our event sponsor, Margaritaville; our gift bag sponsors, Coola Suncare, Verb, and Modern Siren Boutique, and to Vegas Lifestyle Influences for the invite. 🙂

 

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks in Kids

 

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1. City Quilted Faux Leather Diaper Backpack

2. Baby Arrival Gift Set

3. Pom Set of 3 Canvas Bins

4. Breakfast at Mom’s Bib

5. Happy Mat Feeding Mat & Hardcover Book Set

6. Baby Bling Headband

7. Luxe Hooded Towel

8. ‘Mini Sugar’ Rain Boot

9. ‘Spruce Tree’ Bookcase

10. Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat

 11. Little Royalty Piggy Bank

12. Ultragirl Sweet III Mary Jane Flat

13. Cable Knit Bow Headband

14. Bomber Jacket & Tulle Dress Set

15. 3-Piece Teething Necklace & Bracelet Set

16. Mini Boss Faux Leather Diaper Bag

17. 3-Pack Muslin Swaddles

18. Companion Quilted Nylon Diaper Backpack

Hey friends! This is my final post in Norstrom Anniversary Sale picks. These eighteen items are my top picks from the kids section. They’re in random order but my number one pick is the Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat (#10)! This was the very first item I received from my baby registry and I love it! It’s a great car seat. It’s very well made and easy to take apart should it become soiled (it will, often). You can throw it straight into the wash and tumble dry. I’ll be sharing a full car seat review soon, but don’t miss out on this anniversary sale pick! Mine was $250 on Amazon. This one is the same one for only $199! It would make a great baby shower gift btw.

I also received pick number 2 during my baby shower and I loved it! This is a great baby shower gift idea. It’s packaged super cute and everything is not only useful but natural and safe for baby. I love the quality of Honest Co. products. We’ve been using their diapers, wipes, bathing products, and body products since day 1 with our baby.

I’m obsessed with pick number 1 and 18. I can’t decide which one I want. I’ve been using a large Rebecca Minkoff tote as a diaper bag. Mostly because I never had the time to do my research on and pick out a diaper bag so I just grabbed my largest tote. Pick number 1 is a vegan faux leather diaper bag (cruelty-free yay!). The faux leather look and quilted pattern is so cool. Perfect for stylish moms and dads! Pick number eighteen is a nylon diaper bag. You know what this means? Machine washable! Yaaaaas! Need I say more? Ok, I’ll say more anyway. The camouflaged print is so cool! Love it!

I have to quickly mention picks number six and nine. I’m also deeply obsessed with these. I purchased one of the Baby Bling bows a while back and Athena gets tons of compliments every time she wears it. They are so cute and soft! They’re super stretchy without being loose. I love that they come in a variety of colors, we have about 8 of them now. She also has the cable knit one (pick number 13), so freakin’ adorable! Lastly, how cute is that tree shaped bookcase?! OMG, too cute. It also comes in white and gray. I’m thinking that gray one is coming home with me.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

The Nordstrom anniversary sale is now open to the public! Today I’m sharing my top anniversary sale picks in athletic wear, jewelry, accessories + more. You guys, there are SO many awesome pairs of Zella leggings on sale! I absolutely love Zella workout wear, it’s stylish, durable and just the best workout clothes for curvy women. Here are my top picks in workout clothes. I love EVERYTHING but I’m especially obsessed with number 6 and 9. In case you missed it, last week I shared my top picks in dresses, bottoms, and shoes. I also shared my top picks in tops, sweaters, and coats.

My Nordstrom anniversary sale picks in: activewear

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1. Live In High Waist Leggings

2. Seamless Strappy Back Bralette

3. Mesh Inset Training Tee

4. Max Bomber Jacket

5. ALO Cropped Hoodie

6. Dry Versa Training Crop Top

7. Sophia One-Piece Swim Suit

8. Autumn High Waist Moto Ankle Leggings

9. Top Speed Tee

 

My Nordstrom anniversary sale picks in: accessories + more

I love love love love pick #3. I’ve been looking for a pair of squared sunglasses similar to Celine’s “Tilda” sunglasses and these are it! Check out my instastories through out the week. I’ll be sharing what I bought and showing how it fits. Back to my picks in accessories and more. I linked two gorgeous handbags that are not only stylish but cruelty-free! (#veganleather weeeee!) Also, how freakin’ cute is that picknick basket? It comes with a cheese board and two hand-blown wine glasses! I need this in my life. If you’re looking for a gift idea for a loved one, this would be perfect! Last thing I need to mention, this pineapple drink holder pool floatie, it’s so cute and fun!

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1. Faux Leather Tote

2. Urban Concrete Soy Wax Candle

3. 54mm Polarized Sunglasses

4. ‘Mia – White’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System

5. 56mm Polarized Sunglasses

6. Studded Stretch Belt

7. Picnic Time ‘Kabrio’ Wine & Cheese Picnic Basket

8. Large Dajana Faux Leather Top Handle Satchel

9. Inflatable Pineapple Drink Holder Pool Float

 

My Nordstrom anniversary sale picks in: Jewelry

I LOVE every single one of these items. How gorgeous is that pendant necklace (#2) though? It’s totally stealing the spotlight. I love it because it’s convertible and can be worn two ways; layered or as one long piece.

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1. Love Letters Spinning Initial Necklace

2. Scapulaire Convertible Pendant Necklace

3. Edwardian Ear Crawlers

4. Linear Friendship Chain Bracelet

5. Dame Statement Earrings

6. Two-Tone Linear Fringe Earrings