Favorite Quarantine Finds

For much of the world, especially the United States, the past 5 months have been something straight out of a Hollywood film. Literally. Ever seen Outbreak? Highly recommended.

Being unemployed and pregnant during this pandemic, all while moving from Los Angeles to rural Connecticut, has been quite the doozy and has at times left me feeling alone and sad.

While I could sulk for myself all day long (and have at times), I took advantage of the move and of the pregnancy (and my bank account) and gave our new home a much needed interior facelift. Check out my favorite quarantine finds below!

PetSafe ScoopFree Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box– My husband HATES cleaning the cat’s litter box. The smell, the pee, the doo-doo. The litter used to track all over our upstairs floor and we would need to sweep 2-3 times PER DAY. We were floating around the idea of getting a self-cleaning litter box but were pretty skeptical of it. We eventually caved and bought the PetSafe ScoopFree Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box. It was a hefty investment- $125 for the model with the hood (lid) and $50 for 3 tray/litter refills, but WOW is it worth it. Every 7 days, we remove the cardboard litter tray from underneath the litter box and replace it with a brand new one. With the crystal-like litter, there is minimal tracking-almost none! The litter box pushes the solid waste into a cardboard trap while the wet waste dries to the bottom of the box (the litter does not clump). A few sprinkles of ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter Deodorizer to help with the smell, and you’re ready to go!

Promptly Journal– I have always been absolutely TERRIBLE at journaling. I would get a brand new journal, use it for maybe 3 days, and then leave it to never be written in again. During my pregnancy, I found that it was easier to write when I was writing TO someone- Miss Emily Ruth. I am currently on week 6 of that journal- the longest I have ever kept one. I have also found that guided journals with prompts keep me honest and going back to write day after day. I was scrolling through Instagram one day and found an ad for Promptly Journals. Their journals are centered around family life/memories and personal care. They have journals pertaining to grief, postpartum, marriage, childhood, and more. I ordered the Childhood History journal in Dusty Rose. This journal I keep up through my childs’ 18th year. Inside, it has a full page on a family tree, first through third trimester, thoughts and feelings, and different prompts and stats for every year of your childs’ life. It is a wonderful way to keep memories, especially if you’re bad at remembering to write things down.

Bamboo Cheese Board Set– I knew when I was preparing for my baby shower that I wanted to make a charcuterie board for the occasion. I was looking in Target for good boards to use, but couldn’t find any that spoke to me. So, I took to trusty ol’ Amazon. I found this Bamboo Cheese Board Set that came equip with a 4 cheese-knife set and a built-in tray for crackers, grapes, or whatever else you want to add to your board! I paired this board with a Terracotta Pinch Bowl Set, perfect for honey, almonds, olives, and more! I find peace in creating cheese boards, and this board really helped me find creative ways to display fruits, cheeses, and meats.

Well, there you have it! My favorite quarantine finds. Don’t get me wrong- I have ordered a LOT more than just these 5 things. They just happen to be my favorite!

All of these products I give a:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Every single one of them is 100% worth investing in!

If you have any of these products, or are interested in buying them too, I would love to hear from you and hear your thoughts! Don’t forget to subscribe to get these posts right in your inbox.

Cheers!

What’s In Your Diaper Bag?

The 10 Most Important Things to Keep in Your Diaper Bag

One of the most important items you need in your Mom (or Dad) kit isn’t just one item… it’s MANY items! Your Diaper Bag is the home of all things baby. Whether you’re Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Auntie, you need to ensure that everything your little tyke will need throughout your day out is right at your finger tips.

I spent the day putting together mine and my husbands’ diaper bags in preparation for our little one. 7 weeks isn’t that far away, and we need to be prepared for anything! I’ve linked the products that I bought for my own baby stock for your convenience!

Boogie Wipes– Your little one is going to have boogies out her nose, in her mouth, in your mouth, everywhere! Rather than digging through your own purse, or even your car trunk, for that spare pack of tissues you know you packed, grab a boogie wipe! This will clean up those dried up snot bubbles without an issue, and leave your baby looking shiny as new.

Dr. Brown’s Pacifier and Bottle Wipes– How many times has that binkie fallen on the floor of the car? How often are you stressing that you’re not near hot water to rinse off that teether? Dr. Brown offers wipes for pacifiers, teethers, and bottles so that you don’t have to worry about those pesky germs.

An extra swaddle- Babies generally stop being swaddled around 3-4 months of age. You may not think that you need to, or should, pack a swaddle in your diaper bag once your baby grows out of them, but a swaddle can have many more uses than just their namesake! A swaddle can be used as a spare burp cloth, a blanket, a nursing cover, and more. Having one in your diaper bag will save you from itchy legs after that impromptu trip to the park. Here is a link to my personal favorite swaddles, which happen to have Winnie the Pooh stamped all over them!

An extra burp cloth- Do I even need to explain? Spit up, throw up, whatever you want to call it- it happens! A lot! Keep an extra burp cloth (or two) in your diaper bag. Just in case! Here are my favorites. They are gender neutral, soft, and machine washable.

Baby Lotion– Babies have very dry skin, and therefore need to stay moisturized more. If you live in a dry climate or have a little one with drier skin than most, it is worth investing in a travel-sized baby lotion. Be careful though- it might make them slippery!

Vaseline– Diaper rash cream has been a staple of many moms’ diaper bags for years- although it may not be the best way to prevent diaper rash. Diaper creams can hold toxins that may not be the best for your child’s health, while at the same time not protecting their bum from a rash. A diaper rash can come about when a baby’s bottom comes in contact with urine or stool while in their diaper. They’re very common, but also preventable. Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is a great and non-toxic way to guard your baby’s bottom from dermatitis. I picked up these travel-sized tubs to pack along in my diaper bag for an on-the-go fix!

Extra Onesies- Blowouts. Spit up. Drops of pureed sweet potatoes. There are so many things that can get on a onesie while you’re out and about with your little one. Having a backup (and a backup for the backup) is extremely important! You can’t have that wrinkly little butt running naked in the breeze. I packed a few plain, shortsleeved onesies in both of our diaper bags for the unavoidable messes that our little girl will make. Here are my favorite ones from Carter’s! (Fun fact: Carter’s has a credit card and rewards program! Save 25% off your order if you sign up today!)

Silicone Teether– If your little one is anything like my sister-in-law, they might come out with a few teeth already poking through their gums. Once your tyke hits 3-4 months old, they’re going to start getting fussy as their teeth start to come in. You’re going to want an extra teether (or two) in your diaper bag for those situations.

A Grooming kit– Fly away’s. Straggly nails. Boogies. Your little one is going to require a lot of attention that a toy and a boob just can’t fix. A grooming and safety kit is an important one to keep in your diaper bag for on-the-go situations! We have two different ones. One from the American Red Cross and a Safety 1st brand.

SNACKS- Mom! Dad! You both need snacks, too! While your little one may have free food (if you’re breastfeeding/bottle feeding with breast milk), you certainly don’t. You need to keep your energy up while you’re out with your babe. Snacks of any kind are great to keep with you in your diaper bag. I am planning on stocking mine with trail mix and granola bars- easy foods that fill you up and are healthy for breastfeeding mamas!

Your diaper bag will become the life source for you and your little one, especially on long days out of the house. It’s am easy thing to pass off to a relative who may be watching them for the day. Keep it fully stocked! Clean it out when you get home at night and replace empty containers and wipe bags with fresh ones. Here are links to the diaper bags that my husband and I have (and love)! Skip-Hop Grand Central Take-It-All Diaper Bag and Jeep Adventurer’s Diaper Bag.

What’s a Mom to Wear?

Never in a million years would I have thought that my maternity wardrobe would be the most important wardrobe I have!

I’ll admit, I got a little finger trigger happy early on in my pregnancy and bought maternity clothes when I certainly didn’t need them yet. Being a first time mom, I expected my stomach to balloon up within the first 2 months, and I ordered just like that. In truth, I didn’t start getting a real pregnancy belly until about week 16 or 17, 4 months into my pregnancy.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I wore the tiny crap out of those maternity clothes! I wear them even better now that there is a belly to fill those shirts and dresses.

I spent a lot of time choosing maternity clothes and exploring different websites for the best clothes AND the best deals. But let’s be real… if it’s cute, I’m buying it!

When shopping for any wardrobe, it’s important to keep the must-haves in mind. Many people call this a “capsule wardrobe“. If you are a shopaholic like me, this helps to clear our your wardrobe while only keeping the essentials, and keeping items that you can mix and match every day of the week.

Lady DeCluttered Summer 2019 Capsule

I LOVE clothes. Like, love! I have always been one to shop high-end at low-budget stores (Target, Kohls, and sometimes even WalMart). I found it very difficult at the beginning of ny pregnancy to find maternity clothing that was both hella cute and hella affordable. I scoured the internet trying to find outfits that I could wear both throughout the 7 more months of my pregnancy and postpartum. I am ALL for versitile!

The first website I stumbled upon was Motherhood Maternity. Motherhood ofers a wide variety of maternity fashion, but it really hits home with the basics. I was able to get some amazing Secret Fit Belly jeans and jeggings, nursing bras (which are the most comfortable bras I have EVER worn), Graphic Tees, and Scooped Neck Maternity Tank Tops for a very inexpensive price. Check out the gallery below for photos of my favorite Motherhood items!

As I was searching for clothes a little higher priced, I found Pink Blush. Pink Blush is AMAZING because they not only have a plethora of maternity clothes, but they also have a section for non-pregnant women. Their clothes are perfect for during pregnancy and after, so I know that they will get the proper use out of them. Pink Blush is great for baby shower dresses and flowy, patterened pants. I even got the dress I got married in from Pink Blush! Check out the gallery below for photos of my favorite Pink Blush items!

Now that I had a few basics and a few special occasion picks out of the way, it was time to get the clothes that would get me through the hot New England summer- clothes that would be able to be easy to put on, versitile, be used after pregnancy, but still retain their cuteness. I went to Target and Amazon for those picks. It took a bit of sleuthing to find, but the simple, side-rouched dresses as these two stores were PERFECT and were exactly what I was looking for. Amazon had a dress that came in over 20 different patterns and colors, so you know I stocked up on those. I paired these simple dresses with some crop tops I found on Amazon, just to give it that extra touch. Target had great dresses with the same fit and feel, but ones that I wasn’t able to find on Amazon. Check out the gallery below for photos of my favorite Target and Amazon dresses!

Now is time for the most important part- shoes! Finding the right pregnancy shoe is like finding a needle in a haystack. Halfway through the second trimester, your feet start to ache and swell from all of the blood rushing through your veins, and when going on those long pregnancy walks, it’s important to make sure your feet are taken care of. My mother recommended Blowfish! Blowfish is a California-based footwear company whose main goals are creating shoes that are both comfortable and affordable. They draw inspiration from European and Asian culture and combine that with creativity to create their shoes. My go-to shoe is the Marley It comes in almost 20 different colors, and features elastic and canvas to make your feet feel like they aren’t even wearing shoes!