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The Stars Around

You guyssss, it has been far far too long since I've been typing away in this little white box talking to y'all.  Time is flying by SO INCREDIBLY FAST now that our little Baby T is here.  Not to mention I've gone back to work so basically we're living in organized chaos over here.

BUT, I have something something near and dear to my heart to share with y'all today.  And honestly I've been meaning to show my face around here since Cole turned 6 months, so keep your eyes out for a 6/7 month update (even though he's already 7.5 months old😮) here soon and hopefully I won't be so absent in the future.

So back to why we are here today.  

YOU GUYSS....a couple weeks ago The Stars Around sent me the cutest custom star map and framed it.  And I'm in love.

My world literally stopped the second Cole was laid on my chest and I loveeeee having that moment frozen in time in his nursery.  I actually searched and searched (for days, seriously) to find the star map I liked best.  And y'all The Stars Around delivered.  *insert heart eyes*  

Once I had fallen in love with their unique star maps I knew it'd be the perfect Christmas gift!  So I requested a preview so I could show Thomas EXACTLY what I wanted, and ya'll it turned out so good.  So its no surprise I was over the moon when they asked to partner with me that I was over the moon excited to share this with y'all.  

Its the perfect FINAL touch on Cole's nursery.  And I love the personalized touch it adds.  Not to mention I can definitely see lining up several of these in the family room when we have a couple of kiddos.  

When checking out, if you mention I sent ya then she'll throw in a free greeting card with the custom star map on it.  

ps. After talking to some friends, how cute with this be as a wedding gift too 😍

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11 Beach Essentials for Baby

Well, we survived.  Last week we went on our annual beach trip with Thomas' family, and this was our first time with baby along for the ride.  And Cole did SO GOOD.  He's a pretty chill baby anyways, but he's definitely a true beach bum like his mommy and daddy.  

I've got to credit our successful beach trip to a couple things:

My #1 travel tipbring everything you normally use.  Which is basically why we packed our entire house BUT it having things Cole was used to really helped make a smooth transition.  (thanks to my SIL for the solid piece of advice)

#2. Bring the essentials (I listed ours below.) They made our beach days SO MUCH EASIER on all of us.  

#3. Low Expectations.  That might sound bad, but we went into the beach trip we'll go out to the beach and see how he does, and if he's having a hard time we'll bring him back to the house.  That way when he did perfectly fine we were thrilled.  

#4. Avoid the hottest/harshest hours of the day (12-3pm).  We came up for lunch around 12:30ish each day and I stayed up with him through the HOT hours of the day.  That way he could take a solid nap in the AC in his rock n play (where he normally naps), and we avoided the hours the sun uv rays are the harshest.  No way I wanted to have a sunburnt baby!

With all that said here are the end all be all items when it comes to having a successful beach trip with a baby.  

Thanks to those that shared their tips with me before we went on Insta.  Y'all are the real MVP.  ;)

Rashguards - he may have only dipped his toes in the ocean but babies in swimsuits are so adorable..not to mention they also help protect from the sun

if you're baby has especially sensitive skin, someone recommended to me to just have them wear a sleeper so the entire body is covered

"Sharks" Rashguard | Old Navy (on sale for $8)

Flag-Print Rashguard | Old Navy (on sale for $7.50)

Bouncer - perfect for naps on the beach

other items suggested for baby to hang out in/on while at the beach: Fisher Price dome-on-the-go (SO SO heavily suggested by many many moms I talked to), just laying in a baby tent, baby bath tub with towel covering it

Fan - I intially got our rechargeable fan for stroller walks because summers in SC are HOTTTT but of course this was needed on the beach especially on extra hot, low wind days

Baby Sunscreen - of course consult your pediatrician, but ours okayed it if Cole was going to be in the sun for long periods of time

Tent - whether its a tailgating style tent (we have one of these each year tiny baby or not) or a tent specifically for baby this is a SUPER MUST HAVE if you plan on being outside any extended amount of time especially if you're like us and go all. dang. day.

Cole's personal tent

Portable Charger - our fan was rechargable so I could just continue to run it with the help of this

Sun hat - duh.  It took me a while to find a hat small enough for Cole (because most are 0-6m and 6-12m), but I found a 0-3m at TJ Maxx, and Cole literally cracks me up in it.

White Noise App - this is a must have in my book no matter what the situation, and we used it on the trip to and from the beach.  But when bab is losing it on the beach, just break out this app.  I use the app GUVA and the white noise feature is free but they have TONS of different sound options.  

Nursing Cover - If you're breastfeeding a nursing cover will be a life saver.  A towel would work but my cover made it SO easy and convenient.  I actually won mine in a giveaway from Covered Goods.

Paci Clips - If you're anything like us, pacifiers are a total life saver, and ain't nobody got time for a paci falling in the sand.  My favorite one so far is from Brixton Phoneix, but I'm looking for more, so leave you're favorite place to buy them in the comments!

Mini Pool - If you're little one can sit up I highly recommend bringing a mini pool.  Our niece played in this for hours!  It contained her so she wasn't constantly bee-lining towards the ocean or getting sand everywhere, but was super entertaining and kept her cool.  Genius idea if you ask me.

I hope my tips & list of essentials helps y'all as you get ready to go on your own beach trip.  If you had to add something to this list what would it be?

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Happy Monday friends.  Is it just me or are the weeks just flying by lately?  We had such a blast at the beach last week with Thomas' family and this past weekend has been filled with all of the after vacation chores.  Laundry (and more and more laundry), grocery shopping and meal prepping.  Adulting...amiright?

So let's just get into this weeks' five shall we?

Speaking of our beach trip, I'll be working on a recap post to come in the near future and a post on "Beach Baby Essentials" for Thursday.  But until then...

T W O | ENSO RINGS (entire site is 15% off for the 4th of July)
I love these silicone rings I got several months ago.  They're my favorite while cleaning or going somewhere that I don't want to ruin/lose my wedding ring...not to mention they're super cute.   Oh and were featured on Shark Tank a little bit ago.  Anyone else a Shark Tank super fan?  #guilty  
I have the stackable rings: "braided" in white and "hammered" in carolina blue.

T H R E E | Love to Dream Swaddle
 Cole sleeps in this swaddle every night and up until our beach trip (which apparently TOTALLY threw off his sleeping patterns) he started sleeping from 11-7:30 for over a week.  And before that he was only waking up once at 3:30am each night.  I'm not gonna lie, I'm dreading when he starts to roll and I have to break him from this swaddle.  But if you're searching for which one to get for your baby, I h i g h l y suggest this one.

F O U R | Meal Planning
Now that we're back from the beach, its time for me to get my eating and work out routine under control.  I talked a little about my plans for this week on IG stories (so make sure to follow along on there if you're interested in getting ideas for healthy meals each week -- and help me stay accountable!), and since I got some pretty positive feedback I wanted to share the spaghetti squash recipe I tried this week and two posts from the archives y'all might also like. 

Whole 30 Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Two 21 Day Fix Approved Overnight Oats Recipes

1 Week of 21 Day Fix Meal Plans

And that's another week of family updates and products I'm loving.  Only four things this week, but hey whatcha gonna do?  I am in the works of creating the "beach baby essentials" post that has been requested so keep an eye out for that later this week.

May your Monday be strong, and your coffee stronger.

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Another week has come and gone.  Gosh dang Summer always fly by WAYYY too fast.  BUT this week we have our toes in the water and booties in the sand so I can't really complain too much.  😉
So let's just hop right into it...

I have a new found love for listening to podcasts.  I blame those middle of the night feedings where my eyes are too tired to scroll through instagram or reading anything, but I need something to keep me awake.  My favorites  (spoiler: most are bachelor related) are: Almost Famous | The Lady Gang | Off the Vine | Help! I Suck at Dating | Babes & Babies | In This Together
If you listen to podcasts, leave your favorites in the comments below.

The other day Brittany (@brittfullwood) shared her go-to Starbucks drink and y'all it was so good, dairy free & cheaper than most starbucks orders.  WIN.  Grande iced coffee with almond milk and three shots of butter nut syrup.  Trust me; you need to try it

A couple of thoughts about last week's bachelorette.  1. I love Garrett and I'm pretty sure Becca does too - I'm guessing he "wins" at the end.  2. The whole Colton and Tia thing is just sketchy 3. They're obviously saving David and Jordan for the 2 on 1.  4. I'd be down for Blake, Wills or Clay being the next Bachelor.  Although I just read a facebook status about how Rashad Jennings should be the next one and I'd definitely be down for that.  Who do you want to be the next Bachelor?

Quite possibly the best invention ever.  We actually got this as a hand-me-down from my SIL (but I linked a similar one for you to get the idea) and it's legit.  It's just a little cushion that velcros around your carseat handle so it doesn't kill your arm as much. 




And that's it folks.  May your Monday be short and your coffee strong.  
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