Motherlove To The Resuce

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi Y’all! I want to talk about something that many momma’s experience while they are breastfeeding, a drop in your milk supply. I noticed mine about two weeks ago. I went from pumping enough milk for the day for my babe down to about 17oz. My first reaction was to panic and take to Pinterest. I searched the best supplements to take for a drop in supply. That is when I came across Motherlove products. I read up about the company and found that their supplements were all made from certified organic herbs, and the reviews were fantastic.  I immediately sent an email about one of their products I saw. To my much appreciated surprise, I got a quick response asking several other questions to figure out what could attribute to my drop.

  • What are the indications that your supply has decreased?
  • How many times are you breastfeeding in a 24 hour period?
  • Have you had a good supply up until this point?
  • Are you working with a lactation consultant?
  • How old is your baby and how many ounces does she get per feeding?
  • Have you night weaned or how many hours are you going between feeds in the middle of the night?
  • Have you checked your pump parts to make sure they are working correctly?
  • Do your nipples hurt when you pump?

All of these questions that were asked helped Motherlove determine which lactation supplement was best for my situation. After I answered those questions, the lactation counselor informed me that their, More Milk Plus, was the best supplement for my drop in milk production. The day I received the pills I immediately took two, she informed me that I should see an increase within the first 24-48 hours. And thank the good Motherlove heavens above I did. I saw on average an extra ounce per pumping session.

This company has so many products to choose from and even better they have a qualified staff to help you choose the best one for you. They have 3 Certified Lactation Counselors on staff with aim to understand the root of the low milk supply issue. “We also work closely with health care professionals, such as IBCLCs, Pediatricians, OBGYNs, in hospitals and private practice settings. We feel that having this dedicated lactation training goes above and beyond and ultimately helps the mom be able to feed her baby!”- Motherlove Lactation counselor

 

They also have an abundance of pre and postnatal products, you can find them here  Motherlove. They have several products for breastfeeding, pregnancy, birth and baby!

 

I’m so grateful for companies like Motherlove, who take the time to get to know the mom before suggesting a solution. The entire time I felt like this was more than just a company trying to push products. They truly care about each mother and I will gladly purchase their products.

BootayBag

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Ever since my daughter was born I have stopped shopping for myself. Honestly, I think I’ve bought a total of 5 new things for myself since she’s been born. The days of jumping in the car and running to the mall or store are over. However, I realized I can still stay at home and get a little something special in the mail for me every month. This is even more convenient than online shopping every month because you don’t even have to think about it, because let’s be honest we would probably forget. I’m talking about the BootayBag. Whoever invented this idea is probably my new favorite person.

You simply go to BootayBag and click on the JOIN icon at the top

You then select which style, whether you like thongs, cheeky, or mix it up, then click HOOK ME UP

 

Honestly, you could set up your monthly subscription faster than it takes your toddler to finish a story they’re telling you.

This company is beyond amazing, from the moment I placed my order until the moment I received it, I had constant contact with someone from the company. Having a mom brain, I accidently typed our address incorrectly and within an hour they messaged me stating it was changed no problem.  They even sent me a Facebook message when my package shipped! And that’s not all, after you receive your sexy little undies post an instagram picture (no, you don’t have to be in them..) and #undermatters and they will donate a $1 to the charity they chose that month. This month my hashtag helped donate $1 to the Melanoma Foundation.

 

Convience, quality, and sexy. Those are the three words I would use to desciribe BootayBag. Honestly, with our busy schedule now and days, half of us are still walking around wearing underwear form five years ago. (yeah, I’m talking to you) And for just $12/month you could get two new pairs! Also, don’t forget to check out their cute little bralettes. You can add those to your subscription too! (extra charge does apply for a bralette) Plus how can you beat $12 for 2 pairs of undies?! Go look at their website and sign up, trust me when that package arrives and you slip on those undies it will be like a whole new you.

 

 

You Know You’re A Mom…

Hi Y’all! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I came up with a list that I feel is true for almost every momma out there.

 

You’re probably a mom if:

  1. Your coffee is always cold
  2. You have to heat said coffee up several times
  3. You may or may not have spit up/ milk/baby food on you at some point during the day
  4. Your kid dresses cuter than you do
  5. You spend more money on your kids clothes than on yours
  6. Scratch that you spend more money on your kid(s) than on yourself
  7. You get your hair pulled daily
  8. You have perfected the mom hair don’t care look
  9. You have more baby/kid talk during the day than adult conversations
  10. You have changed more diapers than you thought possible
  11. You have been pooped/peed on (surely this isn’t just me)
  12. Leaving the house involves 30 trips back inside because you forgot something
  13. You use snapchat filters to entertain your kid (okay, it entertains me more)
  14. You are constantly saying, “no, don’t eat that”
  15. The only time you have to sit down and read a book, the book usually involves pictures
  16. Your dinner is usually cold
  17. Your kid/baby shares their half-eaten food with you, and you eat it to show them sharing is caring
  18. You’re constantly hoping that you’re doing a good job, and your kid turns out to be a decent/caring human being
  19. You think your baby/kid does the funniest things
  20. You stare at your baby/kid and wonder how you got so lucky

Genuine Love

Hi Y’all! I had a realization this weekend, my fiancé and I have been on a total of maybe 10 dates by ourselves since Emersyn was born. I say 10 but it’s honestly probably more like 6. This past weekend we had our first night away from baby E, and I don’t just mean a date night, we actually stayed in a hotel away from her. (I missed her like crazy) Paul had bought me Luke Bryan tickets for my birthday and we had a hotel stay gifted to us for Christmas. Paul planned it all out and the weekend finally came. It broke my heart to leave Emersyn behind. I go to work for nine hours and that is the longest I’ve been away from her, but I knew that Paul and I needed this. I realized this weekend that I have been abandoning my fiancé. I have pushed him aside and consumed all of my time with our baby. Now when I say I abandoned him I don’t mean I have completely ignored him, I mean I have stopped making “us” time a priority. I have stopped trying/wanting to go on dates because that means I have to leave Emersyn even more than I already do with work. I have struggled finding the perfect balance between being a good mom and a good partner.

This Saturday we checked into the hotel and went to dinner at this German place in downtown. We sat and talked, we had a conversation without being interrupted by a sweet little girl babbling away (although we did miss her being at the table.) We sat and talked to each other, actually listening to what the other one had to say. While we were at the concert singing and dancing, I just kept looking over at him, in awe that he’s mine. This man, who still to this day gives me butterflies, is standing next to me confused why I keep staring at him. I stood there dumbfounded that I haven’t tried to spend more alone time with him since E was born. I realized I needed to stop feeling selfish for spending a couple hours away from our precious girl and take time for our love. I mean that, when you have a baby your whole world changes, including the love you have for your partner. Your love is what created that little soul and it’s just as important to nurture that love as it is to nurture your child. I never want him to feel like he’s been pushed aside. This weekend we made a promise to each other to go out and spend time with each other at least once a month. I am genuinely excited to be able to go through life with him by my side. I’m also elated that Emersyn and our future little(s) get to grow up in a home where they will see what genuine love looks like, that is so important to me. So to my fiancé, you make my heart skip a beat and my mind race, I love you bunches and I’m so happy you’re my baby daddy.

Wink Naturals Review

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi Y’all! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. As many parents may relate, my little love gets diaper rash pretty much every week. We have tried tons of different remedies (including one from the doctor, I’ll share that next week!) I came across an ad for Wink Naturals. I read all about this company and decided to contact them to see if I could review their Bum Balm. There are several things I love about this company. I love that this company uses natural ingredients, as you know from my other posts, I’m very aware of what I put on Emersyn’s little body and I want to be careful what I expose her too. The next thing I love about this company is the customer experience; it is extremely easy to get in touch with them to ask any questions you may have.

While investigating some of the other products they make, I found the Wink Naturals, Cool Gums Teething Gel. Normally, I would never recommend a teething gel like orajel. Usually those teething gels cause the gums to get harder and makes your little one have a lot more discomfort.

A couple of things caught my eye when looking at the ingredients:

  • No preservatives or unnecessary additives
  • Natural and 100% Drug-free. NO Benzocaine or Belladonna in our safe formula!

I figured, I should try it, plus they had a promo going where the two tubes were free, I just paid shipping. (Who could beat a better deal?!)

Like I said before, this company’s customer experience is wonderful! Upon packing out my order the company actually texted me letting me know my product was about to ship. And no this isn’t just an automated text; this was a live person responding to me. I have never had that experience before and I loved it!

Product Review:

Bum Balm- My little girl seems to always have a red bum. Some days are much worse than others, especially since she started getting baby food. I used the bum balm for a week to make sure I had the best possible results. I wanted this to work so badly, and it does, but only for the day to day diaper rash. Unfortunately, when Emmie’s hiney got really bad it just didn’t do the trick. With that being said, every baby’s skin is different, just because it didn’t work for Emmie’s diaper rash doesn’t mean it won’t work for your little ones bum. Plus the company has a 100% money back guarantee if you aren’t happy, so there really is no loss in purchasing the product to try.

Cool Gums Teething Gel- This a product we will definitely continue to use on Emersyn. She was a little fussy on Saturday and I think it’s because her gums were bothering her. I put a pee sized amount of the gel on my finger and rubbed her top gums. It seemed to have done the trick! Also, major plus, it smells like mint! I would definitely recommend getting this gel. Like I stated before it doesn’t contain those chemicals that actually cause their gums to become harder making the teething process more painful for your little one.

 

This was my personal experience with just a few of Wink Naturals products. Please feel free to ask any questions about the products that I may not have answered. Wink Naturals offers several other products, you can check them out at Wink Naturals Website.

 

 

MOMents like these

I had the sweetest moment with my baby girl this morning. I was getting ready for work and usually Emersyn will get up in time for me to give her love before I head out, but today she slept in. (11 hours! Woohoo) I got ready hoping she would wake up so that I could get my morning snuggles, I checked the monitor and she was still sound asleep holding her lovey. I decided to go and pick her up to give her snuggles, maybe slightly hoping to wake her up in the process. (I know, why wake a sleeping baby.)  I carefully slid my hands under her and wrapped her in a blanket, I sat in her glider and just snuggled her. She was still sound asleep. I absolutely love moments like this. I just sat in her dark room with her heartbeat sound machine in the background and rocked her.  Taking in every little feature on her sweet face, tracing her nose and cheeks with my finger. I can’t help but feel this overwhelming love that I have for her. It’s moments like these that I am so grateful to have been blessed with this sweet and joyous little baby. Listening to her breathe and smile in her sleep is worth more than getting to work early. Holding her for even just 10 minutes before I head out gives me all the energy I need for the day. It’s moments like these that I forget about all the times I question if I’m doing this whole parenting thing right. I would trade all of my “free” time for moments like these. I know as mom’s we are in a constant mode of needing to get things done, but I know I can speak for almost every mom when I say that those “things” can wait when it comes to spending even just a few extra minutes with your little loves. Sometimes I wonder why I was chosen to be her mom. This little girl is so unique and shows so much love already. She is such a happy and sweet baby girl and I question how we got so lucky to have her. What did I do right in my life for God to give me her? Emersyn was a surprise baby, her daddy and I had just graduated college and we moved into our first place together.  Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if the stars hadn’t aligned perfectly. I never think about anything good though, I always think about how lonely and sad life would be without her. She is the greatest blessing that has ever happened to us and we pray every day thanking Him for this precious soul we were trusted with. So momma’s hold on tight to your sweet babies and maybe if enough of us ask for it, time will slow down even just for a few minutes.

Please Eat!

Hi Y’all! So I wanted to ask for any advice that y’all may have! My baby girl just turned seven months and definitely does not enjoy eating. We made her green beans first and she didn’t mind them that much but she isn’t crazy about, sweet potatoes, avocado, peas, or carrots. (So basically every food she’s tried!) She will eat maybe one or two bites and be done. I called the doctor and she suggested feeding her as soon as she wakes up instead of a bottle, this way she isn’t full when she eats. Unfortunately, baby E still made her face, like we were feeding her dog food. I have read about baby led weaning but I’m not sure if it’s too late to try that. She shows a lot of interest when she sees us eating, so I figured why not feed her then, but she wants my food and not the pureed stuff. The doctor said by nine months she should be eating 3 meals, and I’m worried we won’t be there in the next two months. Did anyone else have this issue? Any suggestions? If you did try baby led weaning please let me know how it went!

Milk Snob

 

Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review; however, my review is 100% my honest opinion.

Hi y’all! I have a confession to make, before last week I was a Milk Snob newbie. I had heard about their products but I never used them.  I contacted the company and they ever so graciously sent me a Milk Snob cover to try out. My life has changed, and no I’m not just being dramatic. This cover has made my life 100 times easier. I was a newbie to the Milk Snob covers but I did use nursing covers before. I have the ones that just covered you in the front and had a strap around your neck. I hated them. I mean what’s the point of a nursing cover when people can see completely in the side?! I never had that issue with my Milk Snob nursing cover; it gave me full coverage along with being a breathable material so Em didn’t feel smothered. To my surprise though, this isn’t JUST a nursing cover, this is a multi-use cover. I made a quick trip to target and went to put Emersyn in the cart when I remembered that my cover also doubles as a cart cover! Thank goodness that we had it in the diaper bag because Emersyn is chewing on everything, and the last thing she needed in her mouth was an uncovered shopping cart. Ew!

 

I really should stop calling it a nursing cover though because there are so many different uses for it. It’s a car seat cover, which allows you to peak in at the top without having to completely uncover them. This cover is also a high chair cover. Germ freaks like me can appreciate this, I used to work at a restaurant in high school and restaurants do not properly sanitize those things! And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, it’s also a swing cover! Anything you could possible need, this cover does. I can’t give you enough positive feedback. As a mom I would never recommend a product that I don’t love myself and I can truly say, that I LOVE this product. Another added bonus, it’s affordable!!  Being a momma is expensive, babies need a lot of things and this cover will not break the budget. (Check them out yourself www.milksnob.com)

An even bigger bonus is Milk Snob has so many prints to choose from!! I had a tough time picking which one I wanted. (even more of a reason to order several!) Go check them out, and trust me if you order one, you will NOT regret it.

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Don’t Bite!

Hi Y’all! Ever since I was little I have been a mosquito magnet. It’s insane; I will be outside for 5 minutes and have at least 4 bites. They like my blood and love to feed on me. Yuck!! When we planned our visit to New Jersey I knew we would be outside a lot so on to Google I went. I tried to find the best mosquito repellent for Emersyn that I could find. I know that babies aren’t supposed to have Deet and the sprays aren’t the best because they breathe it in. I wasn’t opposed to the bracelet bug repellents, but Emmie eats everything and I didn’t want her sucking on the repellent. (YUCK) This leads me to the best bug replant I found. It’s called Simba Natural Mosquito Repellent Sticker. These stickers come in a pack of 16 and they have citronella and lemon extract. I was weary that they wouldn’t work because it’s a sticker, but to my surprise they did! Emmie didn’t get bit at all, nothing. (Maybe I should have worn all 16 stickers!) The stickers come in a resalable pouch and the individual stickers are good for up to 72 hours. I will warn you though; the smell when you first open the resalable bag is very strong. However, when you put the individual sticker on your child, it isn’t overwhelming.

 

This is the best option that I found that worked for us, I liked that it wasn’t a spray or lotion that had to be applied to her skin.  Any momma’s find another bug repellent they found works for their little?

Judging Mom

Last night I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a picture of a mom laying with her son in bed. It was a beautiful capture. I scrolled and read the caption that she was actually breastfeeding; I thought that makes the picture even sweeter. Then I scrolled and saw the comments. Some of them were just awful, commenting on how she was thin so she must leave her child with a nanny while she worked out, etc. It broke my heart for the mother in the picture. Not once did that ever cross my mind, I never thought about her weight and what she looked like, I noticed the simplicity and beauty of the photo and the representation it had on motherhood.

In the nine months I was pregnant I gained 29 lbs. I was in the “normal” range and I was happy about that. I had Emersyn and three days later came home to try on my pre-pregnancy pants to see if they would fit, to my surprise I couldn’t get them past my hips. I was devastated as I put my maternity pants back on. But why? My body just gave birth and I had this unrealistic expectation that my body would suddenly lose 29 lbs that took 9 months to gain, in the matter of three days. It took time and honestly I ignored it and focused on my daughter. Flash forward 6 months and I’m now 2 lbs less than my pre-pregnancy weight and I’m proud. With that said there are women who don’t lose the weight right away or ever for that matter and that’s fine. I will never judge a mom based on the weight she gained/lost. I will never judge a mom period. That is not my place. We don’t know what that individual has gone through or is going through. We all have struggles and dealing with negative comments from other mom’s should never be one of them. I’m sure there are still plenty of momma’s who have a few extra pregnancy pounds left or momma’s who can’t keep weight on, but you know what, that doesn’t make her any less of a mom. Being a mom is hard work and the last thing any of us mom’s need to do is feel bad about ourselves. We created life and in some cases adopted life. We are raising tiny people to be decent human beings and how are we supposed to do that when grown moms are making those hateful comments. We need to stick together, there is enough hate in the world that we are trying to protect our kids from. We are a group of powerful women, we are raising the future. I hope that my little girl will grow up to show love to others and acceptance, never hate. I never want to be the reason my daughter learned to have hatred towards others. So please ladies be respectful, understanding and judgment free. We’re all beautiful and in our kids eyes, we are the greatest people, live up to that.