The Best 9 Month Old Baby Food Combinations! + FREE grocery list checklist!

9 month old baby foods

Hey friends!

We've officially hit the "I-don't-want-baby-food-I-want-whatever-you-have-mom" stage, and it hit us HARD and OUT OF NOWHERE! 

One day she was obsessed with her baby food, and puffs.. and now she won't even look at them. I know.. crazy! So I was off to the grocery store almost immediately. I ventured down the aisles on the hunt for the best (and safest) foods to give my 9 month old!

 

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Here's what a typical day of food looks like for her :

 

Breakfast : 

 - Hard boiled egg (mashed/cut up)

*She isn't extremely interested in breakfast just yet, so she only eats about 1/4 of the egg as of now. I don't push it, because breastmilk is still her primary source of nutrition.. so if she doesn't finish, I just nurse her a little more. 

 

Lunch :

- Mandarin orange cup (each individual orange cut in half, or thirds, depending on size)

- Turkey breast (shredded/ cut up into very small pieces)

- Gerber Puffs (she is slow fazing these out - but I still like to add a few to the mix)

*She will eat the entire cup of mandarin oranges. She is OBSESSED with them. I'm always careful with the Turkey breast, to make sure it is cut up properly. She likes feeding herself with her own hands, but will also allow me to jump in and help her out when she needs it!

 

Dinner :

- Meatball (one full sized, mashed/ cut up)

- Rice or potatoes (small portions at a time)

*Usually, she just eats what we eat. This is just an example, but for the most part, I take whatever we have and cut it into small pieces. Chicken, steak, pork, veggies, potatoes, beans, rice, etc. Small portions at a time, and very easy-to-swallow pieces!

We are still keeping baby food pouches, and cereal snacks on hand, just in case she has some weird regression (babies, am I right?). But for now this is what's working for us! I'm loving not stocking up on baby food as often!

As a side note, we have also started using the Munchkin Latch Transition Cup to introduce water into her diet. She's taken to this cup greatly so far, and I'm pumped to buy more!

There you have it, friends! Make sure to download my FREE grocery list checklist to ensure you don't miss a thing at the grocery store! 

 

Share with your mom friends who may need some guidance!

Xo

-MMM

 

Large Breed Dog Bed Hack - Making the best dog bed, even better!

As most of you know, our family has a Doberman Pinscher named Ruxin. He was my first baby, and I'm basically obsessed with him. Being 110 pounds, he is the world's best cuddler! BUT the stipulation with that, is that he MUST be in the bed, between your legs, under the covers. I know.. needy! 

Nevertheless, he is still my little angel. But the other person that I share a bed with was NOT happy about this way of sleeping. So, I thought… "there has to be a way to crack this dog!"

 

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DOG BED
The thing about his dog bed, is that he actually loves it. SO NATURALLY, he ruined it the first 5 minutes it was in our home. Since then, I've bought countless expensive beds and he only wants the best dog bed that we've been able to find. 

BUT HE STILL WON'T SLEEP IN IT AT NIGHT.

We finally have an infant with wonderful sleep patterns, and what happens? Ruxin keeps me up all night - go figure!

He paces.. he cries.. he paws at my face.. anything for me to give into the inevitable 3 AM cuddle session he so desperately longs for. (Ugh I just love him)

SO I IMPLEMENTED ONE SUPER EASY CHANGE, AND MADE THE BEST DOG BED, EVEN BETTER!  

I can't believe I hadn't thought of this before… face palm! 

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CRIB. SHEET.

I've put flat sheets, queen sheets, twin sheets, etc. on his bed before because I KNOW he loves sleeping one top of a sheet (hence why he's ALWAYS in our bed). But they would always fall off before he could even get comfortable! The bottom line was, there were no sheets that had the right snug fit for him, to move around in bed, and remain comfortable on top of his sheet. 

Until now.

Here's a shot of my little (big) guy, in all his glory, in his new crib-sheet-ed bed ;) 

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He's a happy little guy, and so is my other half! 

Although I can't promise this will keep him out of my bed forever (maybe because I am obsessed with him and cuddling) BUT he actually enjoys sleeping in his bed now, too! 

Momma made the best dog bed, even better!

Win, win!

Does your dog have trouble sleeping in their own bed? What have you tried, if anything, to fix it?

 

Until next time!

Xo

-MMM

 

HURRICANE HACKS - Be Prepared for the Worst!

Born and raised in South FL I have seen my fair share of storms. We have been pretty lucky as a family to bypass a lot of them. As a Floridian, it's basically our nature to "wait it out" and not freak out until last minute. It is what it is, people! We know the repercussions of our actions! Now that we have a baby, seeing that a category 4/5 hurricane is heading our way is a little more terrifying. As of now, we don't even know our plan - but I know we are getting prepared.

**The best way to stay safe from a hurricane or natural disaster is to get out. Take time to plan, and DO NOT leave last minute. Fun Fact :One of the safest places from natural disaster in the world is Oregon.. Go there ;)**

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The Normal Stuff

I'm not going too far into depth with this, because this is the normal stuff that all the news channels are probably telling you every 5 minutes. Here's the list :

  • Water (1 case [24] per person per day is the rule of thumb)
  • Batteries (AAA for the small flashlights usually, D for the larger flashlights)
  • Flashlights 
  • Non perishable foods / food that can be kept in a cooler with ice easily
  • Ice (day before, kept in freezer until needed, or day of)
  • Important documents (License, social security card, birth certificates)

For Kids :

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby food
  • Distractions/toys
  • Formula / bottles 

That's just the basics, but let's think outside of the box a little bit!

Ice/food/fridge

We usually get ice the day of, honestly. I know, not the best plan. But surprisingly last year day of, their was plenty of ice to go around at our local twice the ice/ ice machine. We just had to bring our own cooler, and fill it. Now - if this is not an option, or you want to get ahead of the game, start freezing cubes in multiple trays at a time, putting them in sandwich bags, and squeezing them in various places in your freezer until needed.

If you are leaving, definitely do not go grocery shopping this week. Try emptying out your fridge the night before/morning that trash is supposed to come before the storm. Then, put all of your food in an iced cooler. Depending on your car situation, bring the food with you or keep it at a friends house who is staying. If you don't, then there's no point to this method bc all of the ice is going to melt and the food will go bad, anyways. I would suggest bringing the cooler with you, and putting it in a fridge ASAP wherever you are evacuating to.

If you are staying, try squeezing ice wherever you can in your freezer, and having a cooler on standby. Still go through your fridge and freezer the last trash day before the storm. You may not lose power at all, who knows. So if you are staying, keep everything in the fridge, easily accessible, and if the power goes out, quickly put everything in the cooler, throw the ice in there, and hope that your power will be on soon. (FPL is usually the bomb dot com at this - we love our linemen!) If not, then when it is safe, try to go out asap and get ice. Continuously do this until the power is back on, or you somehow find access to a generator. If it gets so bad that there's crazy flooding and a state of emergency and you have no roof, then screw the food obviously. Get out of there!

 

Pets

If you have animals PLEASE PREPARE FOR THEM. I am a dog mom, and am thoroughly preparing for this, and if we evacuate we are taking our sweet boy with us FOR SURE. 

Here are a few things you can do to cut back on costs, and also take care of your pets.

Fill old water bottle, jugs, or even Tupperware with tap water. Keep it in the fridge until hurricane time, or freeze it, or keep it wherever you freaking can. Just do it. This ensures that they are not taking from your water stock pile. If you keep enough aside, you can even use this water for cleaning yourself, washing hands, etc. If you're really terrified, and think you're screwed - fill your tub up before you lose power.

Stock up on various essential pet items such as their food. Also, make sure you have tags on them with your contact info, in case they get out or somehow get lost during the storm!

 

Electronics

If you are evacuating, bring all portable electronics with you. iPads, laptops, phones, and chargers for them all. I know I can't afford a brand new MacBook Pro or iPhone! 

Propane

Everybody always checks the basic places for propane, and they usually run out the first word of a storm coming your way. Almost immediately. Check around town for local feed stores, and RV camps. We got propane last year DAY OF at an RV camp in town. Nobody ever checks those kind of places for whatever reason, first thought is publix, Walmart, etc. If those places are out, try these! Google is your friend! Google local RV camps and feed stores! I'm almost positive there is one nearby you. 

Foods

Our essentials are probably a little different from people who are active campers, etc. We don't have a grill at this time, so we stocked up on easy cooler foods, and snacks. This is what we bought :

  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Bread
  • Lunchmeat
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Trail Mix
  • Chips
  • Bean dip
  • Bananas 
  • Oranges

 

Lights

Don't have a flashlight? We are SO terrible about this. We have about 3 mini flashlights that put off pretty much no light, and that's it. We do, have a ton of candles but UGH those make things so hot! If you can somehow hunt down one small flashlight, and a jug of water, lean the light facing the jug, for maximum illumination. Or strap it, or put it on top. You get the idea. 

 

Babies

Doing this with a kid is extremely stressful, so we are really stocking up on her necessities, especially. We have a box of 148 diapers right now, a huge box of wipes, and a ton of baby food. We bought the baby food POUCHES because they are resealable (um awesome) and compact, so they can easily be thrown into the cooler. 

If there is a mandatory evacuation, take it seriously!! Do not mess around. If you are unsure of the powers of a hurricane and its' different categories, here is a (scary) reminder. 

Stay informed. Stay safe. Get prepared!

LEAVE!!

Xo

-MMM

Sleep Training 101; 4-6 Months

Hey friends! If you're curious on sleep training methods from 0-3 months click here to read up on that! 

As for us, we have progressed! We hit the 6 month mark this week so I guess I'm writing this a couple of days early but OH WELL

These couple of months were rough. Right when you think you're getting to know your baby, and their exact next move - BAM they change. Seriously. They change all the freaking time and they don't do it on purpose but DAMN I need a break! (excuse my language? Is damn bad? idk????? help??) ANYWAYS We have prevailed friends! And we made it through another sleep deprived couple of months! I keep telling myself dang I can't wait for our next baby (yes I can) because I feel like I'm going to be totally prepared with my online journal aka my blog. (I know this is unrealistic haha - let me dream okay!)

I had a sleep training epiphany though, last week. I realized that at different points of her life, different sleep training methods work...... differently.

Who woulda thunk it?

SOOOOOOO the first 3 months of her life we were ALL about swaddling, and it totally worked for us! But now that she has a better grasp on rolling over, it's not in our routine any long. Ttem permanence & cry it out totally did the trick for us from 3-4 months, but it just hasn't been working for us as well lately. So last week, when I was convinced I would never sleep again, I did some research.

At 3 AM. My favorite time at night if y'all didn't already know. 

I basically found that at this point in her life, a similar but totally different (are you still following?) method is working for her. I'm definitely not opposed to doing crying it out again at a different point of her life, but right now this other method is working best for us.

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Basically, our nightly routine (and nap time routine - consistency is key, besides bath time, of course) goes something like this :

7 PM Bath time

I try to make sure I don't do bath time any earlier, because then it throws off her entire routine. So we do bath time, which honestly takes us a solid 10 minutes, because who knew bathing a small human was super quick, Less surface to cover I suppose! After bath time, we do our normal baby lotion massage, and sometimes read a bedtime story depending if she's really fussy or not. She is different every single day, but also the same. I know, I sound insane. 

Jammie switch up!

If you read my last sleep training post, we weren't dressing her in those warm footie pajamas everybody swears by, because she was swaddled and we didn't want her to overheat! Well you guessed it! We are now in the footie pajama stage. I still stick to my word on 0-3 months about not doing it, but like I said before - she changes constantly! Since we are no longer swaddling, we have now switched to those warm and fuzzy footie pajamas! Not only are they absolutely adorable, but they keep my girl nice and warm at night (since we are not letting her sleep with blankets because of the risk it raises for suffocation and SIDS). 


Nurse

For us anyways. If you're formula feeding, this is where your bedtime (or nap time) bottle would come in. So we sit in our rocking chair, while I nurse. I usually turn her bedroom light off and nurse in the dark to set the calm atmosphere vibes. 

Independent crib time

I used to be pretty huge on rocking her to sleep, and then putting her in her crib and tip toeing to sleep, but more often than not she would wake before I could even leave the room. I thought she was regressing or maybe her "startle reflex" wasn't quite gone yet. Turns out, she just wanted to self soothe and be left alone. Since she can now understand item permanence and knows when I am no longer there, I talk to her. I know she doesn't understand exactly what I'm saying with my words, but she can sense my emotions and the different tones in my voice. So I coo at her, and turn her mobile on, and she smiles and coos back. Then I tell her that I'll be back to check on her soon. I quietly escape to our room, and watch her on the baby monitor. She continues to coo and play with her pacifier, as well as puts the pacifier in her mouth on her own when she wants to. Most nights, I go in her room about 3 times, just to let her know I am there and I am checking up on her. Then I tell her again each time that I will be right back in a calm happy manner. Make sure you are taking lots of deep breaths - even if this takes forever! Remaining calm is huge! 

Now, that being said - she does have bad nights when we try to do this. Where I leave the room, and she screams at the top of her lungs. In this case, I kind of let her cry it out. BUT by cry it out, I mean I let her cry and when she stops for a moment, I rush right in. I am trying to basically "reward" her for not crying. Does that sound terrible? I feel like it does - but it really works! These nights are far and few between and I feel like it's because she knows that if she doesn't cry and scream that I will be more likely to come in. Maybe I'm crazy who knows. But it's working. And usually, after about 3 times in and out of her room, she falls asleep on her own. I mean out of nowhere passes out, and doesn't wake up for 3 - 4 hours. (she still eats a lot throughout the night - we are working on that!) When she does wake up, I nurse her, she passes out, I put her down, and that's all.

Now, if you're just tip-toeing into crib transitioning, I suggest doing the 3-5-7-10 minute method. Put the baby down in their crib, leave for 3 minutes. Go back, soothe them, lay them down, repeat, but this time for 5 minutes. Then 7, and finally 10 minutes. The hope is that after that 10 minute mark they will be asleep! 

Remember that attitude is everything!

If you remain calm, and tell yourself this is something you can do - then you totally can do it! Babies can 100% sense our anxieties & our stress, so once we calm down, they tend to as well!

Back to bed for mama.  AHHHHHHHH

 

Final thoughts

 

  • Reward not crying
  • Dress in warm footie pajamas
  • Self soothing in the crib
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    This is what's working for us right now, but I'm sure it will change for 7-10 months!

     

    Happy sleeping!

     

    Xo

    -MMM

     

    Postpartum Realities

    As a new mom there are so many different things constantly running through your mind. A new problem I never expected to have postpartum arises every single day. You think you know, but you have no idea, until you are actually in that spot. 

    Last night my daughter slept through the night in her own crib in her own room. This wasn't the first night this happened. But still, somehow I am exhausted this morning. Why? Because I sat and stared at the monitor as every single minute  passed.



    postpartum realities

     

    1. Sleeping through the night

    WOW. Nobody warned me how miserable this was/still kind of is. Is it just me mama's? Am I crazy? Don't get me wrong- I totally enjoy my evenings with my other half. But 3 AM hits, and she still hasn't made a peep - and I am losing it. Why did everybody talk about this moment like it was magical? I know I SHOULD be taking advantage of this moment right now, but I can't because every fear in the world is currently setting up camp in my brain. Then she rolls onto her belly - and now I'm really hyperventilating. This is NOT all it's cracked up to be. I miss her, I'm worried about her, and I'm still exhausted the next morning. I feel like this is really a lose lose and I should prob go pick her up and cuddle with her right this instant, right? 😩

     

    2. THE CLOTHES.

    So I knew she had a huge wardrobe even prior to our baby shower, but WOW. Nobody can prepare you for the amount of decluttering you're going to be doing AT LEAST the first 6 months of their life. It doesn't just happen in spurts like you would think. I'll go through her clothes at 3 months, then 6, so on so forth. Nope. Every. Single. Day. I go through clothes. I have a permanent gift bag in her room that I am forever throwing things into, so I can pass it down to my friend who is having a baby next month., And don't even get me started on YOUR clothes. You find something comfortable, that fits, and then your weight fluctuates AGAIN. You go from super preggo, back down to 3-month-preggo look-a-like postpartum, and then kind of back to normal... but not really? Clothes = clutter = madness = I-dont-have-time-to-declutter = AHHHHH!!!!!!

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    3. Unwanted parental guidance + Negativity

    Okay, third time is the charm. WOW. I can't believe the things people say to you as a new mom. I mean I heard horror stories prior to being a mom, but it's an entire other level when you are actually a mom. Let me break it down for you in the simplest terms - you will never win this battle. It doesn't matter how long your kid is rear facing, or how often you homemake their baby food, or whatever it is you do. You will never be able to please everybody. People are going to constantly question every single method of your parenting. Why don't you cut their hair? Why don't cut their nails? Why don't you feed them this way? Everybody has something to say about everything. Accept it early on, and ignore them. Don't let it consume you! Why are we so negative towards each other? Why do other moms feel the need to constantly tell me "Oh, it's only just started" or "It gets worse" Like??????????? Can we stop?! And how about the judgement and questioning? Why do we feel the need to question each other about how we parent? I am all about advice from other mama's who have struggled before me - educate me! And I love to educate others from my experiences as well! It's why I started blogging! But do we have to be so negative? Stop putting each other down, or telling people that it gets worse! Seriously?! We can do better mama's! This goes for all of you, I don't care what generation! Grandma, aunts, cousins - it's not okay! 

     

    With everything in life, "this too shall pass"!

    But until then, I'll be enjoying my growing babe, staying up all night watching the monitor, and ignoring the negativity! I hope you choose to do the same!

    What kind of postpartum surprises did/do you run into? 

    Xo

    -MMM

     

    Sleep Training 101; 0-3 Months

    So you spend 40 weeks of your life growing a tiny human, about 20 (give or take - hopefully take for your sake!) hours in labor, 2-3 days recovering in the hospital with countless visitors and being woken up what feels like every 5 seconds for meds and vitals, and then they send ya home and tell ya to "rest". Let's laugh together, ladies. If you are in this stage right now I have two things to say to you :

    1. It is not forever. I know it feels like forever, but it is not.

    2. You will sleep again, I promise.

    I know if you're reading this  you're probably just desperate for these tips and tricks so let's just get right into it!

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    sleep training your baby

    Okay, so first things first. Your newborn is not going to completely sleep through the night. They need to get up and eat. This is normal. There is no magical method to make them not do this. BUT you CAN use my method to help them sleep in longer stretches. My baby would do 3-4 hour stretches at night on average. She would more-so do a 5-6 hour stretch, wake up, eat, and then do another 3-4 hour stretch. 

    New Mamas : How does 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep sound?! Woot Woot!

    I cannot guarantee this works for absolutely everybody, but it did work for us, as well as some friends we have suggested it to. I also am not going to lie and say she's a perfect sleeper every night. She definitely has had her gassy or colic-y nights, But all babies do! I found that if I can do something that works 90% of the time for us, that the other 10% is not so unbearable.

    1. Routine

    THIS IS CRUCIAL. I had a "friend" one time look at me like I was a lunatic and say "Why do you already have her on a schedule?" with a nice little eye roll to follow. Routine is SO IMPORTANT. At every stage of their lives! It helps them THRIVE! Our routine went as such :

    7 PM - Bath time 

    7:45/8 PM - Story time

    8/8:15 PM - Nursing (or bottle)

    8:30/9 PM - SLEEP.

    I know they say "don't bathe your baby every day" but I felt that for routine purposes it really helped us, so that is obviously up to you. But I would suggest filling that space with something else familiar on the nights you chose to not bathe them. For us, bath time insinuates to her that it's time to settle down and get sleepy. Although she does not personally tell me that, I can tell, as her mother, that during bath time she really relaxes and starts to settle down slowly. During bath time, we use Lavender Shampoo and Lavender Body Wash as well. When actual bath time is complete, we do a short baby massage with Lavender Bedtime Lotion. Lavender is everything. It is said to help babies soothe and the one we use, which is fairly common, is formulated with "NATURALCALM" essences, which release a blend of gentle and calming aromas.
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    Now the clothing is tricky. Did you know that heavy clothing can increase the risk of SIDS? How you dress them for bedtime is REALLY important for what's to come in the next few steps. We found that the onesies, that are long sleeve, and have the flip over mittens on the end work best. See what I'm talking about here. After we got her all dressed, we would read her a quick story book, and I would nurse her in the rocking chair in the nursery. A bonus tip : make sure you are spending plenty of time in the nursery! It's very important to get them comfortable and familiarized with their room, if you ever plan on them sleeping in there. If you don't plan on that, or that isn't an option, I just suggest at least nursing or feeding in the same spot every night. Usually she would get very sleepy, but not quite asleep, after eating. Now it's time for the real key to the equation.

     

    2. Swaddling

    Okay don't exit this screen! I know you probably think you know everything about swaddling, but so did I! Like every other mom out there, you're going to come home, try swaddling them, and come to the conclusion that your baby "doesn't like to be swaddled." This is normal. They absolutely fuss and fight the swaddle, no doubt. But once they are swaddled - that's where the magic happens. There's a reason they are swaddled and quiet in the hospital, people!! Aden + Anais Swaddles are a must, they are thin and light but still get the job done, and I absolutely consider this a necessity for all new moms. Practice also makes perfect! Once you get past the fuss and the fight, it is so worth it, I promise!!
    The swaddle method can be tricky, but this image I found on  buzzfeed  is really a huge help!

    The swaddle method can be tricky, but this image I found on buzzfeed is really a huge help!

    ... but wait, there's more!

     

    3. Double Swaddling

    Okay this was the real magic for us. She would easily kick and punch her way out of the single swaddle. I don't even mean using another muslin blanket to add the double, you NEED one of THESE!!!!!

    Make sure you have the correct products at hand, because The Swaddle Me is another necessity!! Not only are they going to fight being swaddled, they still have their Moro reflex, which is their "startle" reflex. This will wake them up out of a dead sleep! Double swaddling them is nothing new, though! They also do this at most hospitals as well! The double swaddle method helps them feel secure and supported, similar to the womb. and although they will fight it at first, a couple of rocks and bounces later, they will be passed out! 

     

    Final Thoughts

  • You need Aden + Anais Swaddles
  • You need a Swaddle Me Sac
  • Do not dress them in heavy clothing when double swaddling.
  • Don't sleep on this method!!! It may not work instantly on night one, but NOTHING does!! (except my baby acne cure)

    Hang in there, mama! Your baby is going to be sleeping in no time! 

    I hope this method works for you, too! Subscribe to my blog, and look out for my next Sleep Training 101 post on 4-6 month babes! (Currently working out the kinks on this method with my 4 month old!)

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me if any of this seems confusing or you need any extra help! Mama's gotta stick together!

    Until next time!

    Xo

    -MMM

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    CHOOSE YOU : Self Care For The New Mom + Self Care Ideas

    As a new mom, it's so hard to find time for yourself. I honestly give credit to every mom with a full time job hustling out there, because I can't find time to do anything, let alone work 40 hours a week. I can only imagine how incredibly difficult it must be for them to find time to treat themselves! This is not an optional thing, it is a necessity to survive motherhood! When I say "Choose you" I obviously don't mean to necessarily choose yourself over others, especially your family, but I do mean that occasionally you to need to CHOOSE to take care of YOU, too.

    * Side note : this is actually a necessity for EVERY human out there, but especially mamas! * 

    #TreatYoSelf

     

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    SELF CARE FOR MOMS

    There are so many countless things you have to worry about as a new mom, that treating yourself definitely gets put to the back burner WAAAAAYYYY too often, (Don't even want to discuss how long I have gone without a haircut). But we HAVE to find time to do it! This weekend, thanks to my long time friend Kara, I was able to help her as a hair model and get an amazing and fresh new hair style! Something like this is just life changing! I have not given my hair any love in probably two years. No exaggeration - and that is just awful. It really got me thinking on how much more often I need to be doing this for myself. Here's my before shot.

    Wish I could describe my fancy new hairdo in cosmetology terms, but basically she took trash and made it into a masterpiece and I just cannot figure out how she does it. She does all of my friends' hair, and everytime I think she can't get any better - she does. Okay enough of my girl crush on Kara, here are the afters!

    Annnnnnd a side by side Before and After... for dramatic effect, duh.

    I feel like an entirely new person! You can follow Kara's hair journey as a stylist here ! And if you're a local (or even visiting) the Treasure Coast of FL give Calvetti a call and book with Kara ASAP!

    I honestly felt SO good after this haircut, that Matt & I ended up planning a last minute date night to get dressed (semi) nicely and have a quiet meal together (at Moe's LOL)  followed by a movie. It was the greatest domino affect and that is exactly what I'm talking about today y'all.

    SOMETHING LIKE A FRESH HAIRCUT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND IF NOT THAT, AT LEAST YOUR DAY. 

    We are so worried about making sure our husbands are taken care of, and their laundry is done, and they have a meal to come home to, and making sure the baby is dry, fed, happy, the dog is protected from fleas, and oh wait you have to pay 3 bills and sit on the phone with the cable company for an hour today, and oh no your husband lost his wallet for the 12th time this week and you need to find it (true story, actually happened while I was in the chair LOL) and now your lawn mower is broken so you live in a jungle, etc! (I know that was the worst run-on sentence) But that's my point! We have to STOP putting ourselves on the back burner. I went Into this Monday morning feeling READY for the week, and it's because I did a couple of things this weekend to take care of myself.

    Here are a couple of self care ideas you can do that are simple, quick, and affordable. Even if you  can't possibly find the time to get away for a couple of hours, this self care plans are pretty close!

    self care

    1. GET A HAIRCUT

    What Kara did for me was definitely more than just a haircut and took more time than just your average haircut would - but I needed it. If you don't have time for something like this, I still suggest at least getting your run of the mill haircut/trim/whatever it is you do. Sitting in that chair, not having anything to do with my hands for more than 20 minutes was indescribable. It DEFINITELY took time to get used to, but once I was adjusted it was SO NICE to relax. *Bonus* If you get your hair washed when they cut it, that's prob one of my favorite things in the world. It's the little things people!

    2. TAKE A HOT SHOWER

    LOL I know this should be a must no matter what, but once you're a mom this is literally something you have to work to achieve and that's rough. Give your baby to your hubby, mom, significant other, whatever and take a hot shower. I SWEAR by this method. Whenever I am overwhelmed and feel like I need a break, but know that it's not in the cards anytime soon, I take a super hot and steamy shower. I don't know what it is about steam that just completely calms me down but it works. I sit there and just breathe until I feel ready to clean myself and start fresh. Yes - I literally SIT in the shower sometimes. Don't knock it until ya try it, okay! Sometimes I will do this mid day, and when I get out I feel so refreshed and motivated to finish whatever is at hand that day. Sometimes we need that mid day pick me up! 

    3. PAINT YOUR NAILS

    Or the longer alternative, get them done. While your babe is napping in the other room (being watched via monitor of course) treat yourself to that cheap nail polish home manicure girl! I know this sounds silly, or like you can do a million other things during nap time. I know how hard it is to try getting so much done in and hour or two period without a baby in your arms. But fresh paint is another thing that makes me feel like I semi have my life together.

    Sometimes taking care of yourself can be something as little as putting on some lipstick and dressing nicely, and whatever it may be just do it. Do it for yourself, because it's not just a physical type thing, its mental too. And if you don't, you will probably eventually have a mental breakdown and be overwhelmed from doing so much for others and never taking care of yourself - mentally and physically.

     

    CHOOSE YOU, MAMA'S! YOU DESERVE IT!

    I love chatting about this stuff, so if you ever feel like you need more suggestions or help in this area of your life please, just contact me, I'd be so happy to help!

    Xo

    -MMM

     

     

    Thank God for 3 AM wake ups.

    It's 3 AM. Your baby is screaming, and you can't make it stop. They are fed, they are dry, they are swaddled and they are rocked. Nothing is working. It becomes frustrating. If you say you've never been frustrated at this moment, you're lying. I know I get frustrated as a mom in these situations more often than I'd like to admit. But I know my baby is just tired and doesn't know any better, it's her only way of communication right now. So I continue to rock her, sometimes until I'm crying, begging for sleep, and she eventually closes those eyes and gives in to the inevitable sleep she is fighting so hard. 

    Last night this happened. Last night, one of the very few nights my other half was home. We are spending it awake, at 3 AM, frustrated, with a screaming baby. I would never blame her for this. I blame myself, for allowing myself to even get frustrated. So I rock my baby and I cry because this is the second night in a row she's woken up every hour, after sleeping through the night most of her life so far. Karma for bragging about it I suppose. So I continue trying everything I know until finally she gives in and is suddenly so peaceful and quiet. And then I pray. I pray that she stays asleep until morning, because mommy is just exhausted. And then God speaks to me. What if she didn't wake up at 3 AM and cry at night? What if she weren't here at all? And then my eyes really open y'all. Some people pray every day and every night of their lives to have this exact moment. Some people pray to just hear their babies scream. Doesn't that sound a little crazy? It isn't. Somewhere out there at this exact moment, there is a soldier awake wondering when he's going to hear his baby cry for the first time. And on the other half of the world, his wife is also wondering when she will get help with this screaming baby. And then there's parents who never got the chance to meet their baby, and are probably awake at this exact moment, crying themselves. And then there's the parents who have been trying to conceive for days, weeks, months, years; who are probably awake at this exact moment crying and begging and praying for a positive pregnancy test. And then there are the parents who did get to meet their baby for a split second, and that was it, just a second. Those are the ones that hit me hard. Those parents, they are laying awake, enduring pain I can't even imagine, begging and praying to just hear their baby cry at 3 AM. 

    Life is all about perspective, and God is so good at reminding me of that. So I crawled in bed and I cried because how selfish am I? There are so many people in this world begging for this exact moment and I am begging for it to be non existent. Never again. I can't promise I won't ever get frustrated again - that's normal. But never will I ever take for granted my beautiful, healthy, baby girl crying at 3 AM again. So I cried as the love of my life pulled me closer and just held me and kissed my forehead, because he knew exactly what I meant when I said "Some people pray for this exact moment." And I can't help but even cry right now when writing this because wow. God is so good to me, and I am so grateful to be in my home with my hardworking fiancé and my healthy, beautiful sleeping baby. 

    If you're a mom who gets frustrated at 3 AM (or any time of day) and you find yourself asking "Why does this happen to me?" Instead, say : "Thank God for 3 AM wake ups." When your baby is awake, screaming at 3 AM, it means they are breathing. It means they are communicating with you to the best of their ability. It means that they need their mommy or daddy. How special is that? How amazing is that? 

    I am so grateful to be awake at 3 AM.

     

    Xo

    -MMM

    My beautiful family.

    My beautiful family.

    HOW TO GET RID OF BABY ACNE - AN INSTANT REMEDY! + The Baby Acne Treatment We Used!!

    How do you get rid of baby acne? Here’s a quick synopsis:

    1. Use Mustela gentle cleansing wash

    2. Apply once per day after bath time

    3. Rub it on your babies dry cheeks/face until it creates suds

    4. . Wipe off with clean dry cloth

    I go more in depth below.. Keep reading :)

    Baby acne stinks, but is easily treated! It makes sensitive baby skin, dry, red, and bumpy! This is the one baby acne treatment I found, that works the quickest and BEST! It is applied to their skin as a topical treatment, and cures their baby acne almost instantly!

    *Just so you know, my posts usually contain affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase by pressing a link, I may receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you.*

    Don't feel like reading the entire post? Get the best baby acne treatment here.



    Baby acne treatment

    Baby acne treatment

    My poor babe honestly had baby acne for at least a solid 2 months! They said it would go away after a week or two, but it definitely did not!

    As a new mom, you are worried about EVERYTHING! I questioned if it was a rash.. maybe she had an allergic reaction to something.. the soap wasn't sensitive enough... maybe I needed to hand wash her clothes... I THOUGHT OF IT ALL!

    I drove myself crazy until I found a solution.

    At first, I read that like everything for a baby, the cure was breast milk. So everyday, multiple times a day, I would rub breast milk on her little cheeks, in hopes that it would solve the issue!

    Let me go ahead and say that baby acne obviously is not anything too be too concerned over and it WILL eventually go away, but it just wasn't pleasant!

    People would constantly comment on it, like it was something negative, when in reality it is completely normal! 

    Of course, she was beautiful regardless, but I would be lying if I said I didn't want it gone ASAP

    baby acne
    how to get rid of baby acne - an instant remedy
    The breast milk just wasn't working for us, so I decided to dig a little deeper. When I registered at Target  for my baby shower, they gave me this awesome little bag full of goodies! In that little bag of gold, was a sample size of "Mustela : Dermo-Cleansing.  *EDIT : The name has now changed to "Mustela : Gentle Cleansing.  but is the same product! * 


    The breast milk just wasn't working for us, so I decided to dig a little deeper. When I registered at Target  for my baby shower, they gave me this awesome little bag full of goodies! In that little bag of gold, was a sample size of "Mustela : Dermo-Cleansing".

    *EDIT : The name has now changed to "Mustela : Gentle Cleansing",  but is the same product! * 

    This stuff is honestly like GOLD!

    I applied it once a day after bath time for two days.. LITERALLY TWO APPLICATIONS. And her acne was gone!

    Like I said, after bath time.. I would take a little bit on my finger, rub it on her dry cheeks until it created suds - similar to suds that would be made by soap. Then I wiped it clean with a dry cloth.

    Honestly not even sure of the legit instructions because the sample size didn't have any, but what I did worked! I was over the moon!

    Seriously guys, this stuff works for everything! We use it for so many different types of skin irritations, etc. 

    She began to develop some cradle cap around her ears as well, and I did the same steps for that, and again! Gone!

    I OK'd it with my pediatrician and she said YES THAT STUFF ROCKS! So that gave me even more confidence in the product!

    Now my babies skin is soft, and acne free! Per usual, ALWAYS consult your pediatrician BEFORE trying any new products on your babes! 

     

    Xo

    -MMM

    Hiya!

    So here I am… a girl with a dream right? This past year I am so utterly lost. But here I am - tryin’ to find my passion and what not! My little girl, Abigail was brought into this crazy mess we call “the world” this year, and that has simply just made life the best and craziest time so far — and i’m only 12 weeks in! So one day (aka multiple days, and constantly battling and going back and forth) I decided - what the heck! Start a blog they said, it will be fun, they said! Mimosa Monday mom is just that - Startin’ on a Monday, postin’ every Monday, and drinkin’ mimosas whenever I can! ( aka not just on mondays, but also not excessively bc LOL I’M A MOM NOW!) This is a place for me to open up about my life and hopefully make you feel a little less crazy about yours. So welcome to this hot mess express that is my world! First of all - let’s get one thing straight; This is NOT a place for judgement. Take that bologna to Facebook! If you feel that my opinion is different than yours, that’s cool! But you’re wrong! (Kidding of course) I value all of your opinions! My mother once told me that children do NOT come with instruction manuals and man, aint that the truth!  SO PLEASE - tell me if i’m about to like, I don’t know, unintentionally poison my child or something because I mean - that’s helpful! But do NOT make me feel like a moron. Another great quote I love is “Educate me - Do not belittle me”. 

     

    I hope you enjoy hearing about my life, and hopeful I can help a few mommas along their journey!

     

    Xo

    -MMM