What to pack for a pool/beach day with baby

Hello everyone,

Ok so this past weekend I had plenty of outings with the family and I think I am now pretty equipped at handling a full day out with my 10 month old in a pool/beach situation. I quickly found that there are definite essentials you need to survive a full day out of the comfort of your home and into a pool. Wanna know what those essentials were for me? Read on!

Things to pack:

  1. Wet bag
  2. Towel
  3. Lots of snacks
  4. Bib
  5. Insect repellant
  6. Sun block
  7. Floaties
  8. Diapers + Wipes
  9. Swim Diaper
  10. An outfit change (or 2 🙂 )
  11. Water, water, water!

I love Babyganics products, they are definitely a favorite because they are good for baby and good for the environment. We try to only use natural products on Emma as well as eat as much organic as possible because lets face it, you are what you eat! Everything we used for these outings can be found at BuyBuy Baby and Amazon. Hope you guys had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!






What a great past few days we’ve had over in our small corner of the world!

Our North Carolina family came to visit for one of Emma’s cousin’s first birthday and it was a great time. Whenever they come over we always have a fun time – just being around them makes us happier. Emma met Sebastian and fell in love with that little munchkin.

Family is a strange thing, sometimes you don’t like them very much but when things get to gettin, you’re always there for your family. The complexity of families comes from so many different personalities and beliefs and people voicing their opinions because everyone is so comfortable around each other. I don’t necessarily believe that when there are sly comments between family members its said maliciously its simply because everyone is so comfortable around each other.

Next time you’re around everyone in the family, really sit there and enjoy them! Truly, enjoy them, look at the children and their interactions and I promise you it will make all the difference and you will see the worth in spending time with family.

Love you guys!


I mean, how cute are these 2 bubs?!


I love you Sebastian!


Happy birthday CJ!


Emma’s Godparents ❤


These two.  ❤


10 months!

My beautiful, smart, sweet (sometimes very sour) little girl you are 10 months old today!

I cannot believe you will be 1 year old in such a short time. We are planning your first birthday and are so very excited to see it all come together. Something tells me you’re going to be such a bright girl, not just because you’re my daughter but there’s just something about you baby girl.

Your personality pierces through more and more. You’re already a natural in front of the camera 🙂

We love you Em
This face!

Happy Birthday Husband

It was my husband’s birthday last weekend .. so yea this is late but, life happens 🙂

Jonathan is amazing! He’s a great dad and hubs and he is a fabulous person in general. He is such a hard working person and because of his schedule he doesn’t get to spend half as much time as he’d like to with the baby but bills gotta get paid!

We love you Dadda!

Enjoy a few shots of him + baby

P.S. – this was my very first made from scratch cake! Of course I left out the baking soda so it wasn’t as fluffy as it should’ve been lol 

Snap Back

Snap back really irritates me.

Yeah maybe..

Maybe I’m irritated at my own body. My body who failed to snap back. I have stretch marks. Lots of them. All over my belly. I hate looking at myself in the mirror.

I should appreciate and love my body though. This body created and continues to nurture my 9 month old. But, it never snapped back.

I guess I’m still in the mourning phase. You know, the phase new moms go through – the phase where you mourn your old self, your pre-baby body, your pre-baby soul.

Having children is a wonderful thing, don’t get me wrong. It is life changing. I guess the reason I hate the term snap back so much so is because there is no such thing. You can’t snap back when there is nothing left back there. Even if you’re one of the moms that look incredible, you’re still different. The old you is gone forever. Things have been moved, shoved around inside of you – you’re never the same.

I guess the reason for my bitter post is because this past weekend was my first time in a bathing suit in roughly 2 years or so. It was very difficult to say the least. I mean it took me 8 months to get into a pair of jeans!

I work on self love every day. Every time I look at my baby I know it’s worth it. I forget that I have the stretch marks and the cesarean scar. Her smile truly does light up my life. I want to teach her to love herself and for this I know I must love myself first.

Slowly but surely this will eventually happen …

9 months today

Dear Em,

Today you have officially been on this earth for nine whole months. When everyone kept telling me, “enjoy because it goes by so fast” I swear my eyes would roll all the way to Canada. Baby, time really is going by too fast.

I know that before I know it you won’t need me to nurse you. Before I know it, you won’t need me to bathe you, to hold you when you’re not feeling well, to kiss your little toes.

You won’t need me at all…

For now, I will kiss you as much as I want and hold you as long as you want – for now is the time when you still need my touch.

Love, mamma.


10 days

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Do you ever feel really lost and go on a Google rage? Yea, me too.

I’m a new mom to a little sweet thing called Emma Grace (I know soooo original 🙂 ). I have googled stuff about babies since way before I was pregnant. I am a ‘super planner’ as I like to call myself and I planned and planned everything down to the minimalist of things regarding having a baby. Did things go according to plan? Of course not!

It took me longer to get pregnant then I anticipated and when it was time to push my tiny * huge * baby out I ended with an emergency c-section. Emma was born 10lbs 9oz and I have loved every single little roll ever since.

I don’t have many ‘mom friends’ but the ones I do have, ask me everything since I was the first of the last bunch to have babies. So in essence, I am Google.

Do I know exactly what I’m doing all the time? Nop.

Do I try my very best? Absolutely

I work from home and thought it would be easy (wrong) but I do absolutely love having basically every day with my babe. My husband works at night so our schedules are completely opposite and we are very much completely opposite persons.

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Until next time