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Tips To Throwing an Unforgettable Sprinkle Shower

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #RegisteringForBaby #CollectiveBias Sprinkle showers are so much fun. I love them because it’s more of a chance to get together with friends, celebrate more blessings and babies, and  eat yummy treats. My sister is due with her third baby girl any day now. She has twin two-year-olds, so I can tell her from experience, she’s in for a real treat with toddlers and a baby. Her life will be no-joke hectic in the next coming months, so we planned a simple, unforgettable sprinkle shower to help lift her spirits as she weights patiently for her new angel to arrives soon! Let’s get to the details on how to make the sprinkle shower unforgettable. First, go simple and pretty on decor. This doesn’t need to be an all-out bash like a first-baby shower. A…

Creating the Perfect Changing Station

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MoreHuggiesMoreSavings #CollectiveBias Crafting the perfect changing station is actually super important. With a new baby, you do a lot of diaper changing. Like a lot. My baby is almost 1 year now, and I am still changing his diaper a lot. With two older toddlers and a baby, it is essential to have everything you need right next to you. My sister is due in a few weeks with her third baby, so I popped over to help her craft her perfect changing station to ensure she’s ready to take on life as a mom of three. Creating the Perfect Changing Station First, your diaper choice is very, very important. We both use Huggies®. I recently signed up for a Sam’s Club Membership because they have a super special happening! The Savings Membership level…

Seriously Honest, Non-Sugar Coated Labor Tips from A Mom of Three

My sister and I were just talking all about labor and delivery, as her due date is approaching in a few weeks. As the date gets closer, the looming uncertainty and reality of labor and delivery consumes her thoughts, just like it did mine just a year ago. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my third, super-speed delivery.  As we talked about whether she wanted an epidural, or to attempt a natural hospital birth, I was able to recount so many tips and experiences to her. I’ve delivered three babies in the hospital, with varying lengths, shocks and medication. Because I’ve had such different experiences for each labor, I’ve compiled the very best, non-sugar-coated labor tips to prepare expecting mamas for labor and delivery. First, let’s get to the good stuff and talk about dilation. There’s lots of information out there about how if you are dilated…

6 Super foods You Will Actually Eat for a Belly-Only Pregnancy

There’s a lot of lists of super foods for pregnancy out there. Many of them are full of green goodies, that a lot of normal pregnant women don’t really want to eat, especially when pregnant. I mean, let’s get real, how many of us get a craving to munch on spinach leaves? Or want to gobble up heads of broccoli? Yeah, I lived off nachos the first 20 weeks really, so let’s be honest about these food lists. Sure, we can attempt to saute the spinach into something manageable, but it’s not the first choice. I recently discussed how to have a belly only pregnancy, and I wanted to also talk about some foods to help with that as well. Luckily, I’ve done my homework, as well as figured out some great super foods that you will actually eat after being pregnant three times now. Here are some that are…

Tips for Each Trimester to Have a Belly-Only Pregnancy

Gaining only the belly weight and recommended extra weight is near impossible with intense cravings, insomnia, aversions to all things healthy, obsessions with specific flavors and exhaustion. The first trimester is the most difficult for me. I have the all-day nausea that sets in about 11 am. It then gets worse and worse, yet I am plagued with this idea that eating will make me feel better.  It does for the moment I take a bite of bread and cheese, crackers and cheese, nachos, straight cheese. Anything with cheese and salt and carby is what really seems to do the trick for 15 minutes. Then I lay down, only to get back up to go to the kitchen 45 minutes later. This cycle lasts about 15 weeks for me, and I gain way more weigh than I should in the first trimester because I’m like a carb and cheese vacuum.…

Your First Day After Birth Meal Plan For Milk Supply and Recovery

After delivery is such a special time with a new baby. I am now 9 Months postpartum with my third baby, so I’ve been through the recovery process a few times now. I’ve also nursed three different babies. I get a lot of traffic and questions concerning what to eat for increasing milk supply, losing the baby weight and recovering from giving birth. There’s so much going on, I thought it would be helpful if I created a meal plan that is specifically designed for recovery and milk production to get you through your first day postpartum. this post contains affiliate links.  All of these foods have a purpose. They are either super milk boosting, or they have healing benefits and nutrients for your body. I came up with this plan, so you don’t have to do much thinking or preparation on your first full day with your new baby!…

9 Essentials You Forgot In Your Diaper Bag

Oh the diaper bag. I’ve had a few now that I am a mom of three boys. I put together a list of nine items I have NEEDED at some point, but never remembered to pack. This isn’t your usual diaper bag essentials list of diapers, wipes, binkies and bibs. These are items you will want, that nobody mentions! I get bored of carrying a diaper bag, so I often switch back and forth between purses, backpacks and diaper bags. It depends on my mood and where we are going. A backpack is often my go-to because I need to be hands free with my little ones. this post contains affiliate links Packing the diaper bag is always the harder part. When you are a first-time mom, everything goes. Clothes, extra socks and shoes, wipes and more wipes, extra bottles, toys, hats, burp clothes, 20 diapers…you know just the whole…

5 Foods To Scarf Down Immediately After Birth For Recovery

Giving birth is the ultimate motherhood marathon. Whether you triumphed with a natural birth or went for the help of modern medicine (me!!), you are a rockstar, and it’s important to fuel your body for healing. If this isn’t your first time giving birth, then you’ll know what I mean when I say that post-delivery, there’s a lot of healing that needs to happen. I try to stay as oblivious as possible to the damage done, and focus on the healing. Giving your body the nutrients it needs will help you heal faster and feel better sooner. This will enable you to be a better mama because you’ll be getting back to yourself sooner, rather than later. Here is my list of 5 Foods to Scarf Down After Giving Birth 1. Chickpeas. These babies are super high in Zinc. Zinc is an essential nutrient to help your body heal, repair…

The Question I Wish I Knew I’d Have to Answer in The Delivery Room

*this post is sponsored by CBR. As always, my opinions are all my own! I’m three babies deep now, so the delivery process isn’t as mysterious and foreign to me now, as it was with my first baby. I remember staying up late and watching A Baby Story (apparently they are bringing it back!) at 2am on TLC. I was trying to mentally prepare myself for this unknown, magical experience that was going to happen to my body. Of course my hospital bag was packed three months too early (my first baby was a week late), and I was packed for a week stay at a hotel. My new baby had five outfits and seven hats. All were way too big. I prepared for my first labor by spending hours and hours on Pinterest, reading everything I could. Making sure I knew about every car seat and high chair on…

What I Missed On My First Registry

Well, I am a mom of three now, and boy were there some things I totally and utterly missed out on because I didn’t put them on my registry. Do you know how many clothes I got? Blankets and cute things that were to die for at the time, but totally not that useful? I literally had a Boppy Pillow sitting in my closet for three years until I gave it to my sister. I just thought I needed it. PS, if you sign up for Amazon’s Baby Registry, you get $100 dollars towards diapers and wipes. Believe me, you need it, and everyone uses Amazon! I recently did my first few months with the diaper subscription. I am so mad I never did that before. Totally worth it. I’ll be reviewing it here soon. Baby Registry – $100 credit towards diapers and wipes this post contains affiliate links As…