Embracing My Mom Bod

unnamed-1Over the last few years I have really started to see my body as a piece of artwork. I only started to view it this way after I had my daughter. Watching my body carry and give birth to a baby allowed me to give myself some grace in the body image department.

A mother’s body, is beautifully and wonderfully made, I only wish I could have learned this type of grace when I was younger. The struggle to have positive body image has plagued my life since before I can remember. I was never thin enough or toned enough. I always had to many stretch marks and cellulite. This toxic thing called “PERFECTION” ate away at my soul little by little.

I recently shared a guest post on the website KNOW.BE.RAISE, about my journey to loving and accepting my ever changing body. Our bodies help shape our lives and tell our stories. I hope by sharing my story, it will encourage women everywhere to embrace their mom bod.  Head to KNOW. BE. RAISE to read the full post and interview questions.

xo- Whitney

Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Your Mini

Growing up my mom had a sweet little gift for us every Valentines day, yup she was that mom and it was awesome! So I wanted to keep that tradition going, so I’m now that mom too! Here are some easy and fun V-Day gifts for your mini at every age!

Ps. I had to show off little B from last Valentines day. My hubby was deployed so we sent him a fun box of goodies and some cute photos of his girls!

Valentines Mini Gift Guide

 Valentines inflatable unicorn gift  Valentines Junk Food Valentine tee

Valentines Oriental Trading Plush Hearts  Valentines Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

Valentines States Puzzle   Valentines Castle

Valentines Classics book set

Inflatable Valentine Unicorn Ring Toss Game
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Tee
50 States – Puzzle Within a Puzzle
Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Plush Conversation Hearts
Epic Castle Playhouse
Complete Puffin Classics – Set of 11

This Just Got Real, Self Acceptance in 2018

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Happy New Years Eve Friends!!
I hope your holiday season has been wonderful, it has been so fun around here!
I can’t believe tomorrow will be 2018, this year flew by. I am not a huge fan of New Years resolutions, but in 2018 I really feel like I need a LIFE resolution, not just a New Years resolution.

Self Acceptance is something that I have never had, I’ve struggled my whole life with my ever changing body which led me to an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. As a mom I play such an important role in my little girl’s life, mama is who she looks up too! If I can’t learn self acceptance of my body, how can I teach Blakely to love and accept herself! I have a feeling 2018 will be filled with a lot of personal growth and maybe some tears. Lets just say it will be a big year for us and I’m looking forward to it.

Have a great time ringing in the NEW YEAR, I’ll see you in 2018!
xo- Whitney
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The Ultimate Momiform, Lets Be Honest It’s A Must

Ultimate Momiform

Today it’s all about the 5 items you need to make the Ultimate Momiform!! The Momiform changes with the seasons so for a perfect winter momiform, you’ll need a basic cozy sweater, the perfect bag, great pair of jeans, and of course comfy shoes!! Click the Pictures to SHOP!

A cozy sweater should be a staple in every women’s closet, living San Diego my closet is starting to fill up with them. Here are two of my faves that are easy to pair with any denim or leggings .They truly make for a great staple piece for your closet.

Second every women and mom needs a killer bag! I actually never carried a real baby bag. I will admit I bought a great Tory Bruch baby bag but I always just went back to carrying a big cheap reversible tote or a backpack! I guess I am not the traditional mom in the baby bag department! Click the photos to shop my favorite bags!!!!

We all need a great pair of denim– distressed denim happens to be my favorite right now! You can’t go wrong with a good pair of distressed jeans. My favorite picks are cozy & stretchy which is what you need as mom, heck it’s what every woman wants!

And to top off the perfect momiform, you need definitely a comfy and cute shoe. I happen to be obsessed with Targets shoes, my recent favorites have all come from Target! Click the pictures to SHOP!

Let me know your Momiform essentials, maybe I need to add something to mine!

xo- Whitney

 

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Hope you’ve had a great weekend and I hope you all have fun shopping for your new momiform!!

xx- Whitney

Mom and Baby – Anytime GIFT GUIDE

GIFT GUIDES, GIFT GUIDES!

We are half way through December Friends and only 10 days until Christmas! This year I wanted to take time and put together a fun gift guide that truly can be used year around! So here is my ANYTIME OF THE YEAR gift guide for Mom and Baby!

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!

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  1. If I were to buy an adult lovey it would be a Slumberkins– seriously can’t wait to get our next baby one of these cuties!
  2. A New Day Backless loafers Mule, the best loafer I have ever owned! So comfy!
  3. Girl’s Gotta Dream Alexander McQueen studded skull backpack as a diaper bag, fun fact this site let’s you borrow and buy!
  4. Melissa and Doug Everything! Blakely is getting their cleaning set for Christmas, we are thinking the kitchen and food for her Birthday 😉
  5. Ouai essential kit, I love their dry shampoo… hands down it’s the best!
  6. I’ve recently become an OLD NAVY lover, these PJS are everything and they are $18 what a steal!
  7. OMG I mean, a Palm Springs inspired playhouse, need I say more?
  8. A cozy chunky blanket is always a great gift
  9. Every girl needs a pretty watch and this Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch is affordable and stunning!

What did I tell you….a few fun gifts that are perfect for Mom or Baby ANYTIME of the year! See I GOT YOU!

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 again.” Skip ahead 11 months, my husband was deployed and I still had a baby waking up three or four times a night who insisted on being fed and rocked back to sleep. I knew I needed some outside help and I was lucky to find a sleep consultant, 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. I will definitely be taking this class with our next baby, whenever that might be! 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!

 

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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 with Cara 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 “
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Mama Approved, Mama Must Have Items

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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 as a new mom. So if you are feeling that way hopefully this post can give you an idea of some really great products with mom’s STAMP of approval on them.

+ 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!

+ 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!

+ Babyganics products- As most of you know I am a big fan of babyganics from 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!

+ Lavender oil- Kids sleep support is something that is really important to me! We have a wonderful sleeper in our house thanks to our wonderful sleep specialist, Cara of Taking Cara of babies- – see that post here.  As of recent I have been using lavender oil on her feet too, 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!

+ Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish 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!

+ 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:

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Hey Mama, 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. For reals though, using these products give me peace of mind that I’m using good and gentle cleaning products in our home.

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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.

What are your favorite Babyganics products?

Check out Babyganics on: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

**This post was sponsored by Babyganics,

How I got my body back with FIT4Mom

 

So as most of you know I am huge fan of at home workouts.

Doing workout videos is how I lost the initial baby weight and it gave me some of my initial tone back. After awhile it was getting harder and harder to squeeze in a really good workout during Blakely’s morning nap, thats is when I found FIT4MOM Chula Vista.

It was through FIT4MOM  that I got my true body back, I am more toned and lighter than I have ever been! FIT4MOM is an incredible fitness group for moms who don’t want to leave their babe(s) behind at a gym daycare.

At FIT4MOM you will find a community of women who are all there to support one another, have some fun and get fit. I love that their workouts have a level for the novice and a level for workout veterans. You can alway count on instructors to give you different options to fit your fitness level. Here is what you can expect when you attend your first class. We always start in a circle and introduce ourselves while warming up. We then leave the park and go to 2-or 3 different stations. At those stations we might do strength training with bands or some cardio activities.

FIT4MOM is more than just fitness to me, I have found an amazing community of strong women and some incredible friendships. It has given me the support system I needed as a new mom, and it has helped me find strength in myself and in motherhood. If your interested in knowing more about FIT4MOM Chula Vista  or another FIT4MOM  around the country please contact ambercarroll@fit4mom.com , she will connect you with the correct franchisee for your area!

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Lets Talk About Real Life With A 15 Month Old

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetLets talk about life with a 15 month old child. SO many people said to me before Blakely was born, treasure every moment, every stage, every second. At that time I was like yes.. I know I will. I heard them say it but you don’t realize it until it has already happened that OMG my baby is already 15 months old. I now think about about all those times I wish I could have froze in time. If only we could! I will be the first to admit lately I know I cannot stop time, but I have been making an effort to slow down my days and learn how to treasure even the crazy moments Blakely and I have together.

Around 14 going on 15month I noticed big changes in Blakely. It was like “OK I am here I have arrived in the world, and I am ready to share all my feelings with you Mom and Dad.” We really saw her independence start to develop, she went form helpless in ways to independent. And yes… as a result we started to see extreme swings and “not so good” behavior. We really had to have a “Come to Jesus” moment and realize that the behavior often happens because she think she has the world figured out but she doesn’t yet and her getting frustrated about that is all apart of her developing her identity.

The next big change that is happening as we speak is the transition from two naps to one. I am proud to say we are still doing two naps (most days), thanks to the plan we got from Cara sleep expert from Taking Cara babies. Check out my post all about our sleep training experience here.  My major take away from sleep and a 15 month old is having a plan/routine (from birth) and sticking to it. Once we got on the plan from Cara, Blakely gets all rest she needs to make her and me happier throughout the day.  I am dreading the day of having to FULLY transition down to one nap but we can do it!

The other difference that has happened is just how active my little B has become, obviously I knew that this is going happen so each day we try to get outside and do an activity. Three days a week we go to FIT4MOM workout group and other days I try to have a play date or we go to the park to feed the ducks. This summer she has loved playing in this inflatable pool or playing with chalk and bubbles(the hurricane is awesome). Oh and the bubbles…. I never thought I would see this many bubbles in my life. BUT– it’s so much fun being with her and watching her enjoy and explore the world.

Okay- there is my gushy mom post about life with a 15 month old.

What are some of your favorite activities to do with your toddler, let me know in the comments below?

Xo- Whitney