8.30.2017

adidas Gear




Happy Wednesday! It's almost Friday and not just any Friday, it is also the beginning of a long weekend. Woohoo!! We are off on our annual camping trip early Friday morning and my kids are so excited. It will be Reed's first camping trip and our first camping trip as a family of five. Yikes! Wish us luck LOL!

My husband recently bought me the adidas sneakers I posted on Instagram and they are SO good I had to share them with you. I've linked similar pairs above so you can click directly on the images to shop. I also added some adidas gear because let's be real, if you are gonna rock the sneakers you must rock the matching clothes. Okay, maybe not MUST but you get the point. Happy sneaker shopping they are seriously the best sneakers!

8.24.2017

Embroidered EVERYTHING




I love the embroidered trend happening right now. The embroidery adds a touch of feminine to any piece, the moto jacket is a perfect example of that. This trend is also a perfect transition from summer to fall.
You can shop the pieces above by clicking on each picture.

8.17.2017

Sweater Obsessed

Every single year around this time I start dreaming of Fall. Not because of pumpkin everything but because fall fashion is my all time favorite. The boots and the scarves and the sweaters! I just love it all!

It's still way hot here in California but I am dreaming of cooler days. So much so that I have become obsessed with finding the perfect sweaters for fall and winter. I've rounded up some of my favorites for you! Off the shoulder, bell sleeve, over-sized, cardigans and sweaters with fun back details. You can shop them all by clicking on the images below. Also, Loft is having a 50% off and free shipping sale right now so HURRY!




8.07.2017

My Breastfeeding Journey

My favorite Milk Snob cover

Feeding Reed at the Santa Monica Pier

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and to celebrate Reed exclusively breastfeeding for 11 months I've decided to share my breastfeeding journey with you. I've been thinking about writing this for a long time now. This is something very personal but at the same time it's something that I feel should be celebrated and shared. If this information helps one single struggling nursing mom my mission will be accomplished.

I want to start my story off by letting you know that I was not able to breastfeed Ryan or Ryder longer than a month. Reed is my third baby and we just somehow found our groove and figured this all out together. I've heard professionals and experts say that every single baby can be breastfed but in my humble opinion that is just not the case. Ryan had a short stay in the NICU and while there he was bottle-fed which threw us off a bit. We never really got back on track and at a month my milk was completely gone. Ryder, oh my middle child Ryder, was born with a temper that has not wavered one day in his three years of life. He latched on perfectly as soon as he was born and never wanted to let go. He wouldn't latch CORRECTLY and then that just led to a struggle each feeding that was hurting me and not providing enough milk for him. I tried so hard but his weight kept dropping and the only time he would sleep was after we fed him formula. I beat myself up for months after I stopped breastfeeding him but that's my main reason for sharing my story with you. If you are struggling and trying your hardest you are already doing a great job. Sometimes it just doesn't work out the way everyone around insists that it will. Also, my formula fed babies are healthy, intelligent and HAPPY. This post is completely dedicated to providing information that has helped me in my journey in the hopes that it will help someone out there. It is not in any way meant to make anyone feel like breastfeeding is the only way to go. Sometimes it just does not work out that way.

As I've shared before, Reed was born with a lymphatic malformation so when he was born he was only with me for the golden hour after birth before he was taken to the NICU. As soon as I was able to stand I headed down to the NICU to try to breastfeed him because I was determined to do everything I could to keep him healthy. To my surprise he latched right on like we had never skipped a beat. He is a calm baby and I do believe that has helped us on this long tough journey. So if you are a NICU mommy do not lose hope!

Below I will share the most important things that I've learned along the way and also some breastfeeding essentials that have really helped me out.

1. A proper latch is crucial. Your baby will not latch on perfectly at first but the more you feed the more you will learn how to help him/her open their mouth wide enough to get a proper latch.

2.  This  Lansinoh Lanolin Cream is great and I could not have survived without it. I used it for months. You can apply it before and after every feeding because it safe for baby. It really helps with nipple soreness and prevents nipple cracking.

3. Get comfortable! Find a comfortable spot to feed at because you will practically live there for the first couple of months. I used a glider in the beginning when Reed was tiny but as he grew I felt it was easier to feed him in bed. Most importantly, get this nursing pillow because I still till this day could not feed Reed without it. It provides a ton of back support and the part that the baby lays on really helps when you are trying to position the baby correctly. My friend told me about this pillow because the lactation consultant she was seeing recommended it and I am so grateful she passed down this information to me. Now I want to share it with you.

4. These nursing bras are affordable, comfortable and do the trick. Besides the nursing bras you will need button down tops. I manage to wear all types of tops now but at the beginning button down tops were all I wore.

5. I started taking these Liquid Vegetarian Capsules the day I had Reed to help with milk supply and they did the trick. I continued to take them regularly for about a month and then I would just take them any time I felt like my milk supply was low. I think my husband bought them at Whole Foods but you can always buy them online.

6. Your pediatrician should recommend that your baby be given a Vitamin D3 supplement if he/she is breastfeed. I purchased these Vitamin D3 drops from UpSpringBaby because they are all natural, gluten free and non GMO. I've never had a hard time giving them to Reed and he does not seem to mind the taste. UpSpringBaby has a wide variety of essentials for mommy and baby. They also have breastfeeding supplements (check them out here), really comfortable postpartum girdles and all kinds of vitamins and supplements for mom, baby and child.

7. Feeding in public takes some practice. Start off by buying a cover like these nursing covers from Milk Snob. I own a few of these and have even bought them for friends. I could not have learned to how to feed in public comfortably without a good cover. Be patient with yourself because this takes time to get used to. Also, shout out to my husband because he was and is super supportive when I have to feed Reed while we are out. He does anything he can to make sure we are both comfortable.

Overall know that breastfeeding is not easy but is super beneficial to you and your baby. My recovery this time around was easier, Reed is super healthy and rarely gets sick and once you get the hang of it you will love how easy it is to feed your baby no matter where you are.

I am far from being an expert but I'm 11 months in so I must be doing something right. Right? I have yet to learn what happens next. How will this journey end? Will Reed just stop one day? How will I know when to stop? So many questions I still have and if you have the answers please feel free to help a sister out!  Like always, I hope the information I am sharing is helpful and please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions.

You got this mama!


8.04.2017

When in Cabo


The Arch of Cabo San Lucas

The Office On The Beach

The Office On The Beach at night

Love this picture

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When I think back on our wedding trip to Cabo there are three things that always stand out in my memory, aside from our wedding of course.

1. Taking a boat to see The Arch of Cabo San Lucas is a must, of course. The water was so clear and beautiful and that alone was worth the boat ride.

2. Having dinner at The Office On The Beach made me feel like I was 100% on vacation. Imagine eating some of the best Mexican food with your feet in the sand right on the beach. This restaurant is so great. We had dinner here the night after our wedding with a handful of our wedding guests. It made me wish we had reserved this place for our rehearsal dinner. So if you are having a wedding in Cabo seriously look into this place. After dinner we danced the night away on the sand to a live band playing 80's music. It was such a blast! Check out their website here

3. Last but not least! Swimming with Dolphins
I got to take Ryan on our swimming with dolphins adventure and I'm sure he will never forget it. He was only 7 at the time and he did great out there all on his own. We booked this last minute at the resort we stayed at but you can book ahead here

Have you been to Cabo? What was your favorite thing to do there? I can't wait to go back and ride horses on the beach with my boys!

8.01.2017

The IT Fall Shoe

In honor of Tuesday Shoes Day I'm sharing these slide loafers similar to a pair that I have been stalking from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I wasn't sure about slides at first but, now I am obsessed. They are a great work shoe and can be worn casually with jeans and a tee.

Slides are going to be huge this fall so stocking up now on these options that are on sale is not a bad idea. You can click directly on the image to shop the shoe.

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!