A Toxic Free Life With Giggle Lotions and Potions

  I sit down each night and look down at my growing belly and can't imagine letting anything harmful happen to this little baby growing inside me. This is a promise that we make each and every pregnancy, and even though we can't control everything, living a toxic free life is something that we can do now for our children who turn to us for everything. First things first, whenever you are pregnant in the city (ANY city hehe), giggle is the place to shop for the latest gear from all of the cool baby brands. Recently, they started their own brand, making parenting must-haves such as bedding, layette, furniture and more. Their newest addition is the giggle lotions and potions collection and as a mommy-to-be - I am completely hooked! I have no problem admitting that I wasn't as informed of a parent as I am now whenever I was pregnant with B. I kinda went through the motions, put what was recommended to me by family members on my baby registry and my biggest concern was having the cutest wardrobe for the little guy growing inside me. Fast forward a few years and working in the parenting space has completely immersed me in the best of the best on the market, what to avoid, and what to make sure we always have on hand. For years we have lived as toxic free as possible. Removing unnecessary chemicals from our lives has been a pretty big mission of mine (my husband might even call me neurotic about it), and it hasn't always been an easy mission to accomplish. … [Read more...]

24 Week Bumpdate + Destination Maternity Style

  I can't believe that this week marks 24 weeks during this pregnancy and I am a little over half way there! Craziness! The feelings of nesting are really overcoming me every single day and I have turned into a complete organizing fanantic. But most of all, my concern whenever finding out we were expecting our little one in August was finding clothing that worked during those torturous summer months in the city. Thankfully, my friends over at Destination Maternity have helped me out with some super cool Destination Maternity style and I can't wait to share with you all! (Especially if you're expecting, too!) First things first, my little 24 week bumpdate: Cravings - I wouldn't say there has been anything really specific, it's been more of a "when the mood strikes me I gotta have it" situation. Mood - I have highs and lows for sure (just ask my husband). I will say that I do get irritable really quickly. Baby update - This little mini Cooper is incredibly active and has been for weeks, always, always moving. We just finished all of our genetic testing a couple of weeks ago and everything it looking perfect. Next appointment will bring along the lovely gestational diabetes test - so not looking forward to that! We DO know the gender and I will be sharing with you all later on this week! Photos c/o Photos By Daniela (I seriously can't stress enough how precious it's been having these maternity pictures this time around since we didn't do it with Branden. If … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Energy Smoothie Recipe

  I've really been wanting to share a fun energy smoothie recipe for a while now, and I was originally going to make it pregnancy focused, but quickly realized that ALL mamas could use a pep in their step every single day. I shared on Facebook this morning (if you aren't following along over there check me out for some fun behind the scenes stuff!), how I woke up absolutely starving and really do try to start my day with a super healthy meal - because I KNOW that my day always ended with ice cream (since I've been preggers)! This ultimate energy smoothie recipe will seriously do all that and more + your whole family will love it! Chris was off yesterday, so we went for a run together in the morning and then stopped at the grocery store so that I could seriously get one of everything in the tropical fruit section! Pineapple, papaya and watermelon all have energy producing qualities and are perfect to help give you a boost! I know you are thinking 'how the heck did that smoothie turn out green?" After adding all my fruit and other ingredients (full recipe below), I added a small scoop of Arbonne Essentials Green Balance (buy it on Amazon HERE), which gives you an extra boost of veggie and fruit nutrients - perfect for busy mamas! Save Print The Ultimate Energy Smoothie Recipe Recipe type: Smoothie Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  5 mins Total time:  15 mins Serves: 2   Perfect for on the go mornings when you … [Read more...]

I Fight My Own Battles and My Son Should, Too

  Second grade has been a different experience for us than the previous school years. During kindergarten and first grade, I walked our son to and from school every day and dropped him off without too much interaction with other parents, except for a select few and his teachers. This year is a whole different ball game because his school changed location and now he takes a bus to get there. We have a very large bus stop and a very unreliable bus driver, giving me lots of time to get to know the other local bus stop moms and really observe their interactions with their kids. What I picked up on truly surprised me, and honestly, made me feel like the odd mom out. Many other moms appear to be involved in every single issue their kids encounters while waiting for the bus, or coming off the bus. It makes me worried about the future generation! How are kids supposed to ever learn to fight their own battles and deal with whatever problems they face in life if their parents do it for them? Thinking back on my childhood, there was one (yes, ONE!) incident that I can call recall from fourth grade where I was so distraught over my best friend trying to choose the same historical figure as me for our annual puppet show that my mom had to call my teacher. Every other time I had to handle crappy situations that I got into with my friends on my own; I had to seek out my own help on school projects that I didn’t understand. These coping skills have stuck with me and helped … [Read more...]

Our Journey With Baby’s Journey Smart Sync Monitor

  This post was sponsored by Baby’s Journey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review. Last week, my husband got to finally go to one of my baby appointments with me, meet my amazing Midwife, Annie, that is going to be delivering our little one, and cross our hospital tour off of our to-do list. It was one of those exciting and very real moments - we have a baby coming soon. I now feel more prepared, ready to get organized and am so happy that Chris likes Anne as much  as I do. With this organization comes the preparation of the baby gear and I am so excited to have the Baby's Journey Smart Sync monitor by our side and ready for the arrival of our Mini Cooper. I will admit, being a NYC mom and living a smallish apartment made my husband and I go back and forth in regards to a baby monitor for a bit. Once we were introduced to the Baby's Journey Smart Sync monitor, that all changed because its so much more than just your average baby monitor and puts me at ease about so many things being a parent. What I Love About the Baby's Journey Smart Sync Monitor 1. The At&t and Baby's Journey Combo I absolutely adore how these two renowned brands joined forces to create a monitor that not only allows us as parents to view exactly what's happening with our new baby, but also provide vital information about the baby's health and wellness. Plus, with the power of At&t, the monitor … [Read more...]

GB Lyfe Travel System Review

  With baby #2 on the way, it was finally time to buckle down and choose a travel system that we loved that was conducive to our city life. Being the control freak that I am, I've been pretty much scoping out the stroller scene and presenting my hubbs with possibilities since before we were even pregnant (I know, I'm a nut!). One component that I completely fell in love with was the super chic pram and quickly became obsessed with the GB Lyfe Travel System for many, many reasons. First and foremost, it is super lightweight and was easy to put together. As I've mentioned in our pregnancy plan, we try to make sure that Branden is included in everything as we get ready for the new baby's arrival and we worked on this as a family. As soon as we were finished, he said "mom, it glides so nicely!" So, let's walk through the GB Lyfe Travel System, shall we? First we have the car seat, which also comes with the car seat base. It is super durable, safe, and I can't wait to see our little mini Cooper in it! The system comes in two colors: charcoal and merlot, which are both beautiful and vibrant. Obviously you can see that we went with the charcoal simply because I know it will match with clothing, blankets, and outfits that our little one wears on a daily basis. Here, you can see it in full on Pram mode, which I have to say is my favorite! But, the thing that really drew me into the system is that it is SO much more than just a Pram. It can hold up to 35 … [Read more...]

Get Your Fitness On – Maternity Style!

  Happy Monday mamas! I'm always talking about living a healthy life and if you have followed our pregnancy journey here, you know that I worked hard to drop some pounds before even getting pregnant so that I could be active and work out throughout. Well, I'm definitely here to say that whole finding the motivation to keep active while pregnant has not been easy, but finding the right athletic maternity clothes from my new fave, Boob, has been a breeze. It's funny how you can have a plan, and then everything goes awry, right? That's exactly how I've been feeling about my fitness routine since finding out we were expecting. I think that I completed maybe 2 runs my first trimester and maybe yoga once a week....maybe. Now, at 21 weeks, I am finally working out religiously 3 days a week again, doing a mixture of running and yoga. It's not that I don't want to work out, but it's been the lack of energy that's getting me down. Who else can relate? Photos c/o Photos By Daniela It's funny how sometimes I look like I have a huge round belly other times I don't, right? Let's just pretend that I'm working my abs super hard here, okay? Anyways....these once-on-never-off leggings from Boob are everything! Being pregnant ultimately means that you are re-adjusting your clothing all the time, especially when working out and these take that out of the equation. I actually started wearing them at the very beginning of my pregnancy around the house before I actually needed … [Read more...]

Bond With Baby and Style The Bump

  I bet that you would never guess that I'm even still in the city in these photos, but I am! This whimsical scene was captured by my friend Daniela of Photos by Daniela and I highly recommend her if you are looking to capture some magical moments! Shot in glorious Inwood Hill Park, I'm so excited to showcase my new favorite piece of jewelry, Ilado Paris pregnancy necklaces for new and expecting mamas. Whenever I was pregnant with B, my mom gave me an angel bracelet that's meant to protect the growing baby inside you, which I actually wore on my wrist during our pregnancy announcement shoot, and I love having something special for this pregnancy, too. Since baby can begin to hear as early as 18 weeks in the womb, these U-shaped Ilado Paris pregnancy necklaces release a soft chime for the baby to hear, soothing him or her as they grow. The baby then comes to learn when mom is moving around and it becomes a calming memory as they develop each day. Once the baby is born, this soft chime is a bonding memory that allows them to calm as you hold them, rock them, feed, them, and connect with them on a daily basis. Ilado Paris pregnancy necklaces have been cherished where they originally launched in Europe, and now have a kickstarter going to bring these precious pieces and a new collection to a broader audience. You can access their kickstarter here. Especially with Mother's Day right around the corner, I think this is a very special gift to give … [Read more...]

Why I’m Using a Midwife The Second Time Around

  If you are a mom or planning for a pregnancy, chances are that someone in your life has recommended that you watch The Business of Being Born documentaries. Like many, I didn’t feel like I had the “right” birthing experience with my first child, so after watching these documentaries, I immersed myself in research about midwifery. A midwife is the traditional care provider for mothers and infants. They must pass a midwifery education or certification program, but they are not board certified the way an Ob/Gyn would be. Their care extends through preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and beyond. While there are different types of midwives (direct-entry, nurse-midwife, professional midwife and more), one of the biggest components that they believe sets them apart are the communication and empowerment factors, as they strive to truly be present with their patients and connect with them. I delivered our now seven-year-old in a hospital that is jokingly referred to as “the baby factory” because they work very hard to make sure their beds are filled and the Pitocin is pumping to keep it moving. I was 21 and uneducated about child birth. Thank goodness I had my mom by my side, a seasoned mother of four and pediatric nurse. She yelled a big “stop” to the nurse who tried to give me a Pitocin drip without ordering my epidural first. I, completely clueless, had no clue what that all even meant–until now. Fast forward seven years and I’m almost 21 weeks … [Read more...]

Cool Mama Maternity Style {Giveaway}

  Like I mentioned last week on Instagram, I am jumping into spring fashion this week at full force and not looking back! I am SO over wearing puffy coats and even leggings (gasp) on the daily and am ready to bring on the dresses and sunshine! Obviously, things are a little bit different this year since I'm pregnant, but this cool mama maternity style can easily be translated into regular clothing AND Pink Blush Maternity offers many of these styles in their regular womenswear department online. I was so wrong back in the day when I didn't think that I could rock a maxi dress because they have become my go-to over the years and my cool mama maternity style is no different! This Cheveron Printed Bottom Maxi Dress is everything to me right now and I know that I will wear it as I transition back to my pre-pregnancy body in August, too. When shopping for maternity clothes, don't get the idea that you need to go up a size (unless you are expecting multiples), and stick with your pre-pregnancy size. I'm wearing a small in this dress if you needed a reference for purchase and it seriously fits like a glove. I have a ton more maternity shopping tips HERE from way back in the day when I used to work for Rosie Pope. I love looking down at my growing belly and must admit that the view from looking down is always much bigger than how it looks in pictures. I guess this is why all pregos feel like whales all the time, huh? Because of this, I HIGHLY recommend … [Read more...]