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    6 Great Things for Baby #2

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    With two tiny tots we have found a few new “must have” things to add to our bag of tricks. We also have a few old faves that have continued to make our life easier.

    Skip Hop Backpack – So with C, I just used a giant purse that I already had as my diaper bag and I had a skip hop changing pad inside. I realized quickly this wasn’t going to work with two when I had multiple sizes of diapers, many changes of clothes, bottles, sippy cups, snacks and burp cloths to just name a few things. Then trying to juggle it all while holding C and the carseat, I just knew it wasn’t a great plan. A backpack seemed like a way more logistically friendly option and for these first almost three months it has really been a life saver! With lots of separate pockets I can pack both girls up and throw it on my back like the pack mule I’ve become. We also got C a little backpack so she can schlep some of her own stuff sometimes too! She loves to wear it and it was a ‘gift’ from her sister along with a doll that she could care less about.

    Summer Infant Double View Monitor – This was another must have as both of our kids are still in cribs and napping throughout the day we wanted to keep an eye on them. Had I known that they were going to be so close together I would have probably gotten this monitor to begin with. It has worked SO well, minus that the battery doesn’t last very long but I think that is a very common problem with monitors. Great picture, good viewing panel, and I like that it has the dual screen capabilities and also the talkback option.

    The Mamaroo – Thankfully we had this from C and it has worked its magic again! I’m so glad it doesn’t take up too much space in our house and is somewhat neutral colored. A actually likes it’s WAY better than C did and its been great to set her down in it while I’m trying to feed her big sis lunch or get ready to head out for the day.

    AngelCare Bath Support – The first time around we swore by the Puj Tub, but unfortunately with our new farmhouse sink it doesn’t fit anymore and now we also have two little bodies to bathe. This has been a life saver especially when I’m alone with both of them and they need a bath. It allows me to wash them both at the same time and keeps her nice and supported. I know we’ll be using this for a while!

    Ubbi Diaper Pail – I have heard so many people say that diaper pails are a waste, but honestly, we LOVE ours and I’d much rather throw diapers away in there then take them out to the trash can each time because it’s not convenient the way our house is set up. Now that we are going through a looooot of diapers and it’s easier to just have one in each room. We loved the first one so much that we bought another one, same exact kind and color. No stink and I empty them once a week.

    Ergo Carrier – This has been a lifesaver for me, especially in the evenings when B is working. I never really had to wear C that much since I had free hands. Well now those hands are taken up! Feeding lunch and dinner are the most challenging times for me.  I tried a few different wraps and none of them offered the support like the Ergo and I felt the best and most secure wearing this as well.

    The stuff we’ve been reusing a TON already are the Halo Sleep Sacks, Avent Natural Bottles, Burp Cloths, Angel Care (totally helps me sleep at night) and the sound machine. We have two of the same sound machines and those things are always running ;) This is also B’s MUST HAVE, best baby product EVER (his words) the Skip Hop Changing Pad. We had another one and it was oddly stolen out of my car and we bought another one two days later. It’s amazing on the go and when you’re out and about!

    And someone please buy this Skip Hop High Chair… We have the previous version of this, but this one is beauuuuuuutiful!

    It’s been a transition with 2 kids but honestly, it’s been much easier than I expected. Another mom told me to go in with really really low expectations and I think that has been the best piece of advice because I was pleasantly surprised. Also, Alyssa is an incredibly easy and laid back baby and Cora is really self entertained and easy going as well. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m really enjoying being a mom more than I ever imagined I would!

    Do you have any must haves for your babies/kids? What should I put on my list as they grow? Favorite toys/learning things? Leave a comment so I can add it to my amazon cart and see if it ever drops in price ;)

    The Perfect Patriotic Race Outfit!

    I recently signed up for the La Palma 5K this year which takes place on the 4th of July. I usually like to dress up to celebrate and kick the morning off with some festive fun. This year is no different and I’m already scouting for options! I thought I’d share a few awesome and patriotic finds for anyone else running on the 4th too!

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    Five on Friday

    It’s that time of the week! Honestly, a lot of the time I don’t know what day it is because B’s schedule is so all over the place… but this week I knew it was Friday because he works one more day and then is off for four full days! Hooray!

    {ONE}

    Black Bean Hummus

    I had forgotten about this stuff for a while but now I’m back to adding it to my daily afternoon because pairing it up with some bell peppers is one of my favorites snacks. It’s so light and fresh, perfect for summer. I love also putting it on a taco instead of beans as well. You can apparently make it yourself if you’d like, or buy it like I do.

    {TWO}

    Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

    This little gem is from Trader Joes and I put this on so many different types of things! Veggies, chicken, pasta, sandwiches, eggs, and it’s ALL so good! It’s the perfect little seasoning that goes a long way!

    {THREE}

    Dove Sea Salt and Carmel Chocolates

    Every night at the end of the day when B is at work I have two little chocolates and man, these ones are so good! They also have fun little messages on the wrappers, and this one made me smile because the next morning I was getting up early to run. It’s something to look forward to once everyone is in bed and I have some peace and quiet.

    {FOUR}

    Cora’s getting a little closer!

    We’ve been working with C and her friendliness with her little sister. It’s slowly happening, but it’s been so fun to see the progression. To be honest, I’d much rather her be not overly friendly with A because keeping her a healthy distance away makes my life WAY easier, but a hug or kiss every now and then would be nice, which she has gotten so much better at giving out.

    {FIVE}

    Fubbles Bubble Machine

    You guys. Who knew that blowing bubbles is like pretty much one of the most annoying things to do, ever. You get light headed, the bubbles never really are good and your hand is sticky and disgusting. Your child is waiting for more and you just can’t blow any more bubbles! I found this guy for 4.99 at Target and vow to never blow bubbles again in my life. The reviews aren’t great for it, but we haven’t had any problems and for $5, I’m happy with it.

    Hope everyone has a great Fathers Day!

    Getting back into working out again

    Well, here we are again, trying to get back into working out! Working out looks a lot different these days. Before I had kids, I loved working out so much. Little did I realize how much time it takes and how it’s not as easy anymore. I know I have to make it a priority for myself to make it happen, especially with B’s schedule. I am motivated and much more confident in my parenting this time around so I don’t mind taking nap time and doing something for myself. Right now, it is trying to fit in a work out during the time the girls are sleeping. I’m pretty lucky that Cora takes a 3ish hour nap in the afternoon and Alyssa will go down around the same time, give or take an hour. That gives me quite a bit of time to get in a workout and thankfully also shower. One of the worst things is getting in a workout and then being stuck in your own sweat. It has deterred me from working out in the past because I know I won’t have enough time in my schedule, but now I can fit in a quick shower after, so no more excuses. Continue reading…

    Five on Friday


    This week has been SO busy, B worked a ton in the last week and I’ve been slacking on the writing. Alas, here we are for 5 on Friday with a few of my fave finds and things that have happened this week.

    {ONE}

    My first run without a stroller

    This Tuesday I went for a run without my stroller and had some semi-high hopes it was going to be great. I thought I’d run about 30 seconds faster without the stroller, but I was SO wrong. I struggled so much just to keep going forward and my knee was hurting a little bit. I wasn’t super frustrated thankfully, just felt super tired and glad once I finally made it back home. Looks like I’ll be sticking with the stroller for a while longer! I also felt so weird because, as Will Ferrel says in Talladega Nights, I don’t know what to do with with my hands!

    {TWO}

    Late July Chips

    I recently found these chips at Costco, and they apparently also sell them at Walmart! B is a chip FIEND and these are great. The flavor isn’t overwhelming, they have just the right amount of saltiness and are thin, but don’t break when you dip into salsa, which I personally like in a chip. Enjoying these during summertime on the patio with a margarita? Sounds like a perfect evening to me!

    {THREE}

    Grapevine Photo

    A few weeks ago we went out to the Lane Kemper Softball Tournament that B plays in every year. We always have a good time and this year we took Cora and she did great! There is a monthly LAFD Fire magazine we get and this month they highlighted Kemper and our photo was in it! My friend told me about it and I had to save it.

    {FOUR}

    Cradle Cap Comb

    Unfortunately , Alyssa has some cradle cap, as Cora did and I got this comb off Amazon to use on Cora and it works like a charm. I tried it again this week after our 2 month dr appointment and it seriously helped clear it up so much. The reviews are true, this comb works SO well and doesn’t hurt them at all. Her hair is already looking way better.

    {FIVE}

    Chaps Pillow

    Randomly, this past week when I went to bed, my pillow was SO flat for some reason. I tried to fluff it back up and get it back to where it was and it just seemed like it had a good run but it was time to get a new one. I ended up heading to Kohls and found this Chaps Pillow which is super comfortable and has just the right amount of fluff. Normally, $59, who knew pillows were so expensive, and I got it with coupons for $6.71?! What a steal! I slept with it last night and it was awesome to have some fluffiness again.

    Enjoy the weekend, I’m hoping to run 5 miles tomorrow again!