ABC’s of Sleep with Cara of “Taking Cara Babies”

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(First time in her crib! All that stuff was removed before sleeping)

When I was 9 months pregnant I remember telling myself, “Whitney sleep as much as you can right now because when you have Blakely you’re never gonna sleep.” Skip ahead 11 months and my husband was deployed while I still had a baby waking up three or four times a night insisting on being fed and rocked back to sleep. I knew I needed some outside help and I was lucky to find Cara of  Taking Cara Babies

Cara is based out of Arizona, some of you AZ moms may have taken her “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” class that is offered at Modern Milk in Scottsdale. This class is intended for expecting parents and those with babies under 12 weeks. For those of you who do not currently live in Arizona, you can purchase the online version of this class on her website. Since Blakely was already 11 months old, the “Will I Ever Sleep Again?” class didn’t meet our needs.

 

 

Luckily, Cara has created something for babies ( 5-24 months), The ABC’s of Sleep.  Maybe your baby has never been a great sleeper, or you recently traveled and their sleep pattern has changed. Whatever the circumstance is, The ABC’s of Sleep is designed for you. Guys this program is incredible and something that you can fall back on when life happens, so let me break it down for you!

The ABC’s of sleep program helps guide you with a step-by-step plan to help your baby sleep 10-12 hours a night in their crib. Cara will break down how to conquer night sleep, weaning night feedings, and conquering naps.

Below is what you will get with the ABC’s of Sleep program and a few very important tips I’ve learned from Cara along the way!tcb-logo.png

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Every baby is so different! That’s why the ABC’s of Sleep Class comes with a 60 page booklet to help parents make adjustments for their baby. The private Facebook group allows parents to chat and support one another and offer help to one another. And you can always book a phone consult to get personalized help. With this program you will remain actively involved in the process while your little one learns to transition from a dependent sleeper to an independent sleeper. For my husband and I the big issue was tackling “night feedings”, and with Cara’s plan I was able to fully wean Blakely off of night feeding in 10 days. Thanks to Cara, Blakely was sleeping 11- 12 hours a night 2 weeks into the program and continued to take 2 naps a day until she was 18 months old!

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Life Happens….I’ve learned from Cara that lots of things impact your child’s sleep. One of the benefits of having a good sleeper (after we implemented The ABC’s of Sleep Program) is when my baby’s sleep is suddenly disrupted, I know there is a DEEPER issue happening. Below are a few of my favorite blog posts and Instagram posts from Cara I constantly refer back to when life happens.

Blog #1: Day Light Savings Help

Blog#2: Sleep and Sick Season

Instagram #1: Ear infection?

Instagram #2: Who Needs a Nap?

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A sound machine is a must have… PERIOD.. END OF STORY!

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Bed time routines are incredibly important because it cues your baby’s brain that it’s time for bed. It’s not what you do but how you do it so keep it simple, calm and consistent! Our routine consists of a 10 minute bath, then into her room where the sound machine is already running, we start with lotion and Young Living lavender oil, then PJ’s on while she somehow holds lovey and her bottle, read 2 books and then lights off and into her crib. She rolls around for a few minutes but is usually asleep in 10 minutes with no crying.

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Don’t give up.. it’s not to late to get your baby sleeping in their own crib or sleeping in long stretches! My daughter was 11 months old when we implemented Cara’s plan, a plan that was LIFE changing! This blog post doesn’t even do justice to how life changing this class will be for you and your baby.  A healthy sleep foundation for your baby means a better quality of life for you and your family.

WHERE TO FIND Cara of ” Taking Cara Babies “

 

 

 

 

 

Mama Must Haves

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Happy Friday Friends! So excited to bring you some new Mama Must Haves (check out past my last MMH’s guest post), over the past year and a half I have found some products that I absolutely love and can’t go without! I don’t know about you but when I had to register at Buy Buy baby I was so overwhelmed, I had NO clue what was good and what was necessary. So if your feeling that way hopefully this post can give you an idea of some really great products to try out!

**Don’t forget to ENTER the Mama Must Have Giveaway happening on Instagram NOW

  1. Sassy diaper sacks– I literally don’t go anywhere without these little guys. They really help cut the stinky diaper smell, so when your on a airplane and a blow out situation happens you want these in your bag!
  2. Sassy Toys– Great for development with bright colors and bold patterns. These have been some of Blakely’s favorite toys and have kept her busy while out to dinner or on a airplane!
  3. Babyganics products- As most of you know I am a big fan of babyganics (see my previous post).  So I couldn’t do a mama must have without one of my favorites on the list. Their shampoo +body wash is so gentle and fragrance free, we have never had a “shampoo in the eye situation” at our house because it is so gentle!
  4. Lavender oil- Kids sleep support is something that is really important to me.**Be on the look our for a post ALL about sleep with tips from our wonderful sleep specialist, Cara of Taking Cara of babies.**  As of recent I have been using lavender oil on her feet, I dilute it in a couple drops of coconut oil. You don’t have to dilute it from what Young Living’s website. It states you can apply 2–4 drops directly to desired area and that dilution is not required, but I do dilute when I put it on Blakely. I don’t sell Young Living I just buy it, but if you are interested in learning more about oils in general check out Joys_Journey on Instagram and direct message her! She is a guru on oils and can walk you through the entire process!
  5.  Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish   this is the best grip dish I have found! Once stuck down it’s not moving, only mama can get that back up! When I was registering I put down the trendy and more expensive EZPZ mat, but Blakely easily moved this tray around and it made a mess. Don’t ask me why but the Bumkins dish truly works and it is cheaper, doesn’t get much better than that!
  6. Birth Annoucement– So the last mama must have is truly for “mama” more than for baby. I think it’s so special to have a birth announcement for your little one that is unique and tailored to your baby.  I was blessed to have my best friend Alexandra of Fleurish Letters +Design create this incredible birth announcement for my daughter.  She illustrates everything by hand and it’s written in beautiful hand lettering. It’s definitely a wonderful keepsake, something that I will always treasure! Enter the giveaway for a chance to choose from the many theme announcements that are available. FIND FLEURISH LETTERS  + DESIGN ON:

     

5 At-Home Yoga Workouts to Channel Your Inner Yogi

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Hey guys! I’m excited to share with you my love for yoga!! Since having my daughter I only practice at home, but at home yoga workouts are the best! It’s important to mix up your daily fitness regime with gentler routines, like yoga! Whatever level your at in your fitness game, yoga is great for all. Why do yoga? Well it will help you improve flexibility, core strength and posture but it’s also a great way de-stress and connect to your body!

Check out my top five favorite yoga workouts. I hope you enjoy these routines and they revive your spirit!!

(The Best Thing Ever..doing an hour of hot yoga and come out to snow!)

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Kale’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Happy October and Happy National Homemade Cookie day (yesterday) Friends!

I’m so excited to share one of my husbands favorite cookie recipes. I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite foodies Molly from What Molly Made. Because Kale, Blakely and myself have gluten and dairy allergies I have changed her recipe to fit our eating style. Changing recipes to GF/ dairy free is something I have become a pro at and if you have allergies I’m sure you are a pro too!

I wouldn’t call this recipe ” healthy “. But hey, it’s chocolate chip cookies so the calories don’t count. Right?

The reason my husband loves these cookies (thanks Molly) is because they are truly soft-baked cookies! The secret ingredient (PUDDING) is something I have come to love in baked goods ( I will post my Pumpkin+Pudding Bread recipe next). As a military wife I’ve sent many packages over seas, and I’ve found that by adding pudding to my goodies they stay moist and delicious for my husband to enjoy 1-2 weeks after baked (YES I said 2 weeks… when deployed those guys will eat anything).

Making these cookies gluten free and dairy free is super easy, it doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need are these three ingredients. CUP4CUP Flour, Enjoy Life semi sweet chips (Kale loves mega chunk), Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks

 

Below is the original recipe from What Molly Made, if you don’t have any food allergies I would love to hear what you think of her recipe in the comment section!

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Happy National Coffee Day

In honor of national coffee day today, Blakely and I went to our favorite coffee shop in Northpark. Communal coffee is a super fun and trendy coffee shop, that has definitely become a hot spot for social media addicts to visit while in San Diego. I mean who wouldn’t want a picture on next to their amazing Coffee + Flowers wall! Why Coffee +Flowers, well communal coffee is a joint store with the Native Poppy flower shop! So the store is filled with the aroma of coffee and flowers, it doesn’t get much better than that! While the ambience is amazing the menu is out of this world. Lavender honey latte, vanilla bean latte, and rose vanilla latte the list goes on and on.

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Before you leave make sure to make a pit stop next door to North Park Nursery (Miss Blakely’s favorite spot) . North Park Nursery is a locally owned nursery and garden center, which is filled with incredible succulents, garden supplies, gifts! unnamed-5.jpgunnamed-6.jpg

Everything You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal

unnamed.jpgIf your like me you’ve been considering laser hair removal for years, it wasn’t until I was 30 that I finally said enough is enough I need to laser my legs. For most people the “pain” that comes with getting it done, and the price tag scares them off. But for me it has been a life changer! If you have hair that grows thick and fast, and are constantly getting razor burn or ingrown hairs, you need to try laser hair removal. I get my laser done with Juliana in Scottsdale, Arizona at Bellina Med Spa. If you are in Arizona I highly suggest the girls from Bellina Med Spa, when it comes to the world of beauty they are in the know. During my last laser treatment I had a Q&A with Juliana and ask her everything a women should know before getting her first treatment.

WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL 

Laser hair removal targets hair follicles that are about to enter the (active) phase of hair growth, with the goal of destroying the follicle itself which will end hair growth to a specific area. The goal is to hit the different growth cycles of your hair, because not every follicle goes through each cycle at the same time and speed. Which leads us into the next question…

HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED

On average most people need 10-12 sessions. The length between sessions will depend on the body part your lasering. Facial hair sessions are spread to every 2-3 weeks, and then body hair like legs is every 6-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE TREATMENT

Because the goal is to hit the different growth cycles of your hair. You’re looking at a few months to complete treatment. It is important to remember that with each session your hair is going to become less dense and more fine.With each session you will notice that shaving becomes much easier with less razor burn and ingrown hairs. YAY!

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY TREATMENTS

It is important to prepare your skin prior to each treatment. Make sure to shave prior to your treatment, and it helps not to be super tan prior to your session (so NO spray tan a few days prior).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

The price is going to vary based on the size of the treatment area, as well the med spa you choose to go tot (that is why I suggest Bellina Med Spa ). Most places will have a package deal of 5-6 treatments for X amount and then a smaller fee for yearly touch ups. But before you spend the money make sure that you are a good candidate for laser hair removal. If you have blond, gray or red hair ALL laser hair removal treatments WILL NOT respond the way you want because the laser targets melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle ( Just a friendly reminder! )

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3 BABYGANICS Products You Should Be Using

A clean house is a must for our family. I do my best to always use baby-safe products, when I’m cleaning I never want to question could this be safe for Blakely. When Blakely was born I didn’t know what products to use, there are just so many out there! But I was won over by Babyganics because their products are formulated with plant-based, natural and certified organic ingredients. Recently, Babyganics sent me some their fabulous products to try, some of these I already use daily and others were new to me. So today I’m excited to share 3 of my favorite Babyganics products. Using these products give me peace of mind that I am using good and gentle cleaning products in our house.

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Product 1: Babyganics Mineral Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion

This has been my go to sunscreen since Blakely was born. I love it because the ingredients are way more natural than other sunscreens, it’s non-allergenic and tear free.When you have a one year old who won’t sit still while putting on sunscreen an effortless application is a MUST! So I love how Babyganics applies, it rubs in the skin right away, has no strange sunscreen smell!

Product 2: Babyganics Face and Hand Wipes

The day these Babyganics goodies arrived at our door, Blakely had come down with her second cold ever. There were a lot of boogers and sneezes happening at our house, the face and hand wipes came in so handy that week. They are super gentle wipes, Blakely did not have any redness around her nose the entire cold. These wipes are very hydrating and they are unscented (unlike some other boogie wipes out there)!unnamed.jpg

Product 3: Babyganics Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap

It’s crazy how fast bottles add up in the sink. Every mom knows the faster the bottles can get cleaned and rinsed the better! Foam soap is great because there is alway less rinsing aka less water used, this soap takes off the residue and 100% gets rid of the stinky smell of formula.

If you love Babyganics products too… DON’T FORGET to enter our giveaway over on Instagram. You have until midnight Thursday, September 21st to enter, the winner will be announced on Friday.

What are your favorite Babyganics products?

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**This post was sponsored by Babyganics,