Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Most loved items for mom - the early weeks

I thought it might be helpful to some of you to go over my favorite and most used items since we've been at home with Audrey. I definitely wish I had some of these things before she was born! These are things I've been using for myself; later this week, I'll be sharing things we've loved using for Audrey.

Nursing nightgowns

Like I said in an earlier post, I only had nursing sets that were pants and tops. The tops were fine, but I couldn't wear the pants right away because of my incision from the c-section, so Josh went out and bought me a bunch of nursing nightgowns the first day we came home. He's so sweet! He got all of mine from A Pea in the Pod and they're all very soft and comfy! Whether you buy pant sets or nightgowns, these will be your best friend in the first few weeks at home. It makes it so easy to nurse your baby...and you won't look too shabby doing it either! 

I got the ones I linked to above at A Pea in the Pod. They've been great. I know a lot of girls rave about Bravado nursing bras, but I actually like the way these fit me much better. This bra has removable pads inside the cups and it's very soft and comfortable. A Pea in the Pod is having a promotion on these right 3 get 1 free!

I didn't even know these existed until a lactation nurse at the hospital gave them to me. I won't go into tons of detail, but I think you can figure out why they'd be useful!

I had other creams at home, but didn't bring any with me to the hospital, so the nurses gave me this Lansinoh brand cream. I ended up buying more of it when I got home. I love this specific brand because you don't have to wipe it off before nursing...anything to make your life easier in the first few weeks!

I've tried a few other brands of nursing pads, but the Lansinoh ones are my favorite. They're very soft. I highly recommend these!

This item might seem really silly, but I have a cup very similar to this one (thanks to my awesome sister-in-law who ran out and bought me one when she visited!) and it doesn't leave my side all day! I've always been a big water drinker, but I think I've been drinking even more since I've been home from the hospital. Foolishly, I didn't take the huge mug with a straw they give you at the hospital, but this one has been a pretty good substitute. 

I bought this eye gel when Sephora was having their friends and family sale,  just before Audrey was born. I've been using it nightly since I got it and I think it really has helped reduce lines around my eyes as well as puffiness and just their overall tired looking appearance!

I hope this list is helpful for anyone who might be having a baby soon! I know for me, it would have been nice to already have some of these things on hand before Audrey was born, so maybe this post will save someone a little bit of hassle!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Personalized iPhone case

I recently got the iPhone 4S and I wanted a personalized case for it. I've seen several online that are super cute, but cost more than I'm willing to spend. I'm really hard on my phone cases and they usually don't look nice for very long! Most of the personalized cases I've seen online are easily $40-$60 each, so I came up with my own version of an inexpensive, personalized case!

I purchased this clear case for just $5.29 and downloaded some cute papers from this site. I then uploaded the backgrounds into Picnik where I added my own monograms. The possibilities are really endless. I'm sure you could do so much more with a program like Photoshop (which I don't have). This is just my shortcut way to create a cute, personalized label!

After I had printed my label, I just traced a template, then cut it out and popped it inside the case.

Voila! An inexpensive and personal iPhone case! Like I said before, the possibilities with this clear case are endless!  

You can change the look of your case as often as you want. For an even easier insert for your case, you could use pretty wallpaper or wrapping paper. How fun would Christmas wrapping paper be for the holidays?! You could even use a small photo or photo collage of your children or pets. See? Endless possibilities!

So, what kind of phone case are you currently using? Do you have an iPhone you want to try this out with?!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving recap

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Did you go shopping on Black Friday? I hate the craziness and the crowds, so I stayed in! I did buy a couple things online that were good deals, though.

Here's a little recap of our Thanksgiving day with Audrey and Lola!

Audrey's first Thanksgiving!

She was a happy girl!

And so was Lola...she always gets her own mini turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.

Later that night we took out the Christmas decorations. I should say I begged Josh to drag the Christmas decorations out of the garage!

Josh put the tree together! As much as I love real trees, we've been using this artificial pre-lit tree because it's so convenient. 

Audrey sees the tree for the first time! 

Well, that was our turkey day! I hope you enjoyed yours! Have a nice weekend and I'll see you all on Monday with a fun and easy project!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving stuffing

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite recipes for stuffing. It's my grandmother's recipe and my mom has always made it for the holidays. I usually make it too, but I'm not going to cook this year. We're taking the easy way out and ordering dinner from Whole Foods. I think I can get a free pass since we have a newborn, right?!

The picture above is from last year, and since I won't be making it this year, I don't have my usual step by step photos. I think you can manage without them, though!

I seriously love this stuffing so much that I eat it cold the next day!

You'll need:

1 loaf white bread (torn into bits and left out overnight so it's slightly stale)
8 eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3 small celery stalks, diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 stick of butter
1 15oz can of chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, add salt, pepper and poultry seasoning to the torn bread. Squeeze the bread with chicken broth until moist, then beat egg yolks in and set aside. Melt butter in a pan and sauté onions and celery; set aside and let cool. When cool, add to bread mixture. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold egg whites into bread mixture. Spoon into turkey or bake in a casserole dish on 350 until firm.

So, what is your favorite recipe to make for Thanksgiving dinner? Are there any special family recipes that you make each year?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Audrey's newborn pictures

I'm so excited to share these with you! We had them done when Audrey was about 2 weeks old by Stacey from Labor of Love Photography. She also took our maternity pictures which you can see here. I called her the baby and dog whisperer because she got Audrey to fall asleep for most of the shoot and she got some amazing pictures of Lola too! I highly recommend her if you are in our area!

Here are some of my favorites from the shoot, I hope you like them!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Baby hair clips

I made a bunch of cute little hair clips for Audrey before she was born...I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own! I took inspiration from here.

Gather your supplies:

3/8" ribbon of your choice
Fabri-tac glue
Hair clips
Measuring tape

I highly recommend using only the Fabri-tac glue for this project. I've tried other fabric and craft glues, and they just don't work for this. You can find the hair clips at a beauty supply store and most craft stores.

Cut your ribbon to 6 3/4"

Dab a small amount of glue onto the backside of your ribbon

Attach the ribbon, starting on the bottom inside part of your clip

Add more glue as you continue to wrap the ribbon around the clip

Tuck the ribbon in around the hinge and hold it down for a few seconds

Complete the clip by wrapping the remainder of the ribbon underneath the top portion of the clip and you're done!

Here's a bunch more that I made. It's so easy to get carried away with these!

The possibilities with these clips are really endless! You could even use cute holiday and seasonal ribbon. I actually made the sparkly gold clips for a special little girl on my Christmas shopping list! Wouldn't these be a sweet and personal stocking stuffer for a little girl?

I hope you liked this easy little project! Now I just have to wait for Audrey to have enough hair to actually wear hers!

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