February 27, 2017

Ergo Baby 360


I've mentioned before that I'm a HUGE fan of babywearing! Aside from the obvious convenience it provides when the baby needs to be held at the same time that I am trying to do laundry, wash dishes and cook dinner, it is true that babies that are carried cry less. And from a developmental stand point, the emotional benefits of having Mama and baby close to one another are super important in helping babies to develop a secure attachment to parents.

When Colton was brand new, I used the Classic Modern Moby Wrap both around the house and while out & about and I highly recommend it for tiny babies! I mean I wore that thing daily when he was a newborn and I loved that the this wrap was soft, washable and not bulky. However, as he got a little heavier, it just didn't seem to distribute his weight as comfortably for me while I was wearing it and I felt like he just wasn't as secure in it. It is meant for babies to be carried in up to 35 pounds, but I just felt that I needed a little more support when wearing him.

So that's when we tried out the Four Position 360 Carrier from Ergo Baby. Given that it is a four position carrier, it can be used for a back carry, hip carry, front carry facing outward or as a front carry facing inward. At this point, Colton is consistently holding his head up on his own and loves to look around, so we typically face him outward in it. It is great for using around the house, when going on walks and for when I'm out in the barn taking care of our horses.
Another huge reason as to why I chose to go with the Ergo over other brands is because their products are certified as "hip healthy" by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Proper hip placement was a huge factor for me when choosing a carrier, so the ergonomics of the Ergo brings me peace of mind!

We are thankful for adventures that are made so much sweeter thanks to our carrier. Browse all of the Ergo Carriers to see which one is right for you!

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February 17, 2017

6 month old baby update



It is hard to believe that baby Colt is already SIX months old...half way to one! I'm not sure if he will ever be referred to as any name other than "Baby Colt" or "my little buddy" because well, he's my baby & my buddy and that's the only way I know him!

But before I had him, all the Mamas I knew told me to cherish every moment because it goes by in the blink of an eye. And it's true. Babies change so quickly and somehow my little man is now sitting up, has two teeth and is (almost!) sleeping through the night.

Now that we've reached the six month mark, I finally feel like we have a schedule down.  We are almost always on the go, so even though it's not very rigid, it is really nice to have a rough outline for how our day is gonna go. Don't get me wrong, I still feel like a hot mess a lot of the time. If we are out of our pajamas, all fed (baby, myself & animals included!) and out the door by 9, I feel so accomplished. ha! & I only have ONE! So I can't imagine how Mama's of multiples do it!

Baby Colt absolutely loves being in our Ergo 360 Carrier. I'm a HUGE fan of baby wearing! Mostly because it keeps him happy and close by while allowing me to tackle all my to-do's. When Colt was brand new, we used the heck out of our Moby Wrap and it was hands down my favorite! As he got a little heavier though, we switched over to the Ergo Carrier & haven't looked back! I usually face him outward in it because he loves to be able to see what's goin' on and it makes getting things done around the house so much easier. (I will be sharing more on why we chose to go with an Ergo carrier next week!)

We have started him on solids and that boy can eat! Teething has been ROUGH but his little gummy smile has officially been changed into a little two-teeth smile and it is my favorite :)
As a SAHM, days can really start to blend so we make it a point to get out of the house atleast once a day. Whether on a walk, to run errands or simply take a stroll around the mall or Target! We also love our Baby Playgroups where he gets to interact with his little friends and I get to sneak in some conversation with the Mamas that have to do with something other than spit-up, diapers and singing the same song for the hundredth time ;)

This season of life is by far my favorite. I know I always say it, but being a Mama is the best thing that has ever come my way. I am so grateful that I am able to share my journey and learn alongside others here who are experiencing the same special moments each day with their little ones. It truly is such a gift!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend & thank you so much for stopping by!

XOXO

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February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Chewbeads Giveaway

As we are approaching the six month mark, our little Colton is teething on everything! Usually my jewelry is the first thing he grabs to put in his mouth as soon as I pick him up, so I recently got some items from Chewbeads for him to use and we are in love with their line!

Chewbeads carries a collection of teething jewelry & baby accessories that are cute for Mama to wear and safe for baby to teethe on! They are:
  • Non-toxic & chemical free
  • 100% silicone teething jewelry
  • Dishwasher safe 
  • Soft to chew on for baby's sore gums
  • Serve as a sensory tool to help babies to focus while nursing
They carry lots of different styles & colors and we love our teething necklace from their Jane Collection!


I am teaming up with Chewbeads to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a free teething necklace in the Jane style, in the color of your choice! Winner will be announced on Valentine's Day!

To enter to win:
1. Follow both @misslulupearl & @chewbeads on Instagram
2. Like the Giveaway Photo on my Instagram & tag a few Mama friends in the comments (each tag counts as one entry!)
3. Stay tuned as the winner will be announced on my Instagram on 2/14
***Giveaway ends 2/14 at 12PM
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered with Instagram Incorporation. Must be 18+ to enter & US residents only.

Disclosure: I received free merchandise from Chewbeads for the purpose of this review. The giveaway item is being provided by Chewbeads.
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January 25, 2017

Mom Hacks

Hello Mama Friends! In the craziness that surrounds taking care of littles day in and day out, it is SO GOOD to finally have a moment to update this Blog! Mommin' is a full time job and sticking to a regular posting routine has been tough, but one of my resolutions for this year is to be able to commit to a more regular posting schedule...wishmeluck! ;)

Over the holidays, I had a few friends and family members that had big news to share...they're expecting! Having a circle of Mama friends to share in the joys of motherhood with is such a blessing! So with a new year and new babies on the way, I wanted to do a quick share of a few Mom Hacks that have been super helpful for my little family. These items make great baby registry and gift ideas as well!

Hack #1: Multi-use Nursing Cover! We have a four-in-one cover that multi-tasks as a nursing cover, carseat cover, it goes over shopping cart handle bars and it can be worn as an infinity scarf. Its lightweight, easy to wash and we use ours on the DAILY! Purchase yours from Covered Goods here!

Hack #2: Shopping Cart Hammock! Taking a baby to the grocery store can be mission impossible when you're trying to jam an infant seat plus all your items into the cart. Placing your infant seat that is holding that precious cargo on the top of the handlebars (where it is not able to latch) is just not worth the risk of having it fall off either. Our shopping cart hammock has made our trips SO much easier as it makes room in the cart for both your baby and your purchases! Grab yours from Binxy Baby here for 10% off! 

Hack #3: Babywearing! I have used a couple of different baby wearing carriers for Colton, but I absolutely love the carriers by Ergo Baby! I use the 4 Position 360 Carrier and even though our little man is almost 18 lbs, the carrier is super comfortable to wear & distributes his weight well!


Hack #4: Baby Gowns! When we first brought Colton home from the hospital, I was so happy we invested in a few cute but easy to wear newborn gowns for him because they make diaper changes a breeze! We love the newborn gowns from Baby Be Mine! Plus they have an awesome collection of matching nursing night gowns that I adore :)

Hack #5: Cute bibs, because spit up happens and it happens often! My favorites are the bandana bibs from KadydidDesigns, she has the CUTEST prints!

Lastly, you need GRACE Mama, we all do! Build your Mom Tribe so that you can share with and learn from others who are also on this journey through Motherhood! And please please, if you have any Mom Hacks that work best for you, share them with us below!!

As always, thank you for stopping by!
 XOXO

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December 13, 2016

If I'm Being Honest

Raising babies is no easy task!  Today I am teaming up with The Honest Company to share an honest look into what the days are truly like. Days filled with love and smiles and exhaustion and second guessing and coffee. So.much.coffee! My experience as a new mom has been all of these and so much more!

From the moment I found out I was pregnant with our son Colton, every single aspect of life changed for my husband & I. There are so many decisions to make surrounding bringing a new life into this world. There are also a world of opinions out there that can make a new parent feel that they just have to do it one way, as if one size fits all for parenting. There are opinions on the best choices in regards to feeding, diapering, choosing the best products to use, ideas on how to raise your little one. The list never ends! But I am here to share that through my personal experience, there is not one single answer that is right for all. I truly believe that every parent does the best they can for their family and my hope is that instead of judging others, that we uplift one another. Like I said before, raising babies is no easy task. And that is why I love The Honest Company. They support a judgment-free, best-for-baby approach to parenting and their line of products does everything to support your decisions, no matter what road you take!

One of the biggest decisions for me when I had Colton surrounded feeding him. For us, breastfeeding is what worked for our family. I was fortunate that he seemed to agree with that choice. Within twenty minutes after his birth, he latched on his own and nursed easily. Within those first few weeks, although he took to it like a champ, I on the other hand was immersed into the immense amounts of discomfort that come along with nursing an infant, coupled with the demands that I faced as he wanted to feed around the clock. One of the best pieces of advice I got before having my baby was from my doctor. She told me to have a plan, but to keep it flexible. That advice has served me well in everything from my delivery day to everyday choices I face as a parent! I know what I want in my dream scenario. I have had a plan for everything from delivery to feeding to ideas on how I plan to continue raising this little boy. But I also know that babies are unpredictable. And when things don't go just as I had hoped, flexibility is what enables my husband and I to make the most out of the moment! My personal experience with breastfeeding has been filled with ups and downs. Moments of sitting up all hours of the night, rocking and feeding our sleepy baby while breathing through the intense contraction pains you feel in those beginning stages of nursing. Moments of planning our days around making sure there is a always a place to stop and feed. Moments of bonding that take place while feeding our sweet boy that will forever stay in my heart. But what matters most to me through all of this is that Colton is coming up on his 4 month mark and he is one incredibly happy & healthy baby boy! And whether we achieved that through breastfeeding or bottle feeding, that truly does not matter.

So whatever your story is, if you are doing the best that you can for your little one, take comfort in knowing that that is enough!

Learn more about baby formula & breastfeeding solutions from The Honest Company and check out their Blog to read more on a happy & healthy approach to raising your family in the way that works best for you!
Lactation Plus Breastfeeding Supplement
Organic Formula

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December 6, 2016

Mama's Little Shopping Buddy

Happy Tuesday Everybody!

I don't know about you, but at our home, Tuesdays are for Target. Between their Starbucks shop and their dollar section...that is all a Mama needs for a quick pick-me-up!

Now toting a little one into a store is never an easy task. And it is literally mission impossible to safely fit an infant seat in the cart, plus groceries. But today we gave our Shopping Cart Hammock from Binxy Baby a little test run and it was a life-saver!

Colton LOVED being able to look around while we shopped and he made not one peep during our hour and a half long stroll down every.single.aisle ;) 
Plus since the hammock is elevated in the cart, there was plenty of room left for all of our groceries and items to fit underneath it!

The hammock comes with two clips that fasten to either side of the shopping cart and they hold up to 50 pounds. Plus, they are reinforced with velcro straps for extra safety. There is also a seatbelt for the baby to wear as well as a carseat security strap that can be used if you decide to place the entire infant seat right inside of the hammock! They have been featured in places from BabyCenter to Parent's Magazine and they have quickly become one of my favorite items for my little man! Learn more about their extensive safety certifications & tests here!

We lovelovelove our hammock and we want you to give it a try too! Follow this link to snag yours for 10% off! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope you love this item just as much as we do! 



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November 29, 2016

Thankful Heart



I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I SO enjoyed a whole week full of food, family, friends & a little retail therapy with these boys :)


This Thanksgiving was Baby Colton's first big Holiday celebration and it was such a great day. We spent the morning hours on the couch in our PJ's watching the Macy's Day Parade. Then we joined all of our family for dinner and then stopped off to visit even more family for dessert!

Growing up, it was always tradition that Santa would make a surprise visit to our home after we finished Thanksgiving dinner. It's always been our family's way of officially kicking off the Holiday Season and it was so fun to share that tradition with Colton this year. He LOVED meeting Santa (with a little help from Grandpa that is ;) & it made for such a special day!




We spent the rest of our holiday break catching up with friends! My husband's best friend and his sweet Bride-to-Be were in visiting from Texas and we were so thankful to sneak in a little wine night with them. One of my closest friends and her Hubby-to-Be were also in town from Florida and it was so great getting to celebrate them as they are newly engaged!

 The hubby went back to work this week and I spent Cyber Monday getting a little online Christmas shopping done! In case you are still on the hunt for some great deals for yourself or for those on your Christmas Shopping list, check out some of my favorite items for the season below:

New arrivals are in at Texas Two Boutique & these items are all under $40! Coupon code Amanda15 at checkout with take 15% off your entire order plus they offer free shipping within the US :)





If you have any new parents or tiny babes on your list this season, be sure to check out this collection of multi-use covers that can be used to cover carseats, shopping cart handles & as a nursing shield! We LOVE ours from Covered Goods AND they have just released some brand new prints!  

We wish you all a great rest of your week!
XOXO

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