Girl, Wash Your Face: The Book Every Girl Needs To Get Their Hands On… ASAP!

‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ by Rachel Hollis is hands down the best book I have read in my lifetime. I’m not a huge reader so it’s not saying much, BUT that is besides the point. I’m not sure if it’s because it is so spot on with the season of my life I’m in or what, but any female needs to get their hands on a copy, ASAP. I know that sounds incredibly dramatic, but like… FOR REAL. Girl, read it.

I decided to try Audible for the first time & listen to the book rather then read it, and it’s honestly been the best decision I’ve made in a while. Listening works so much better for me rather reading. I’m the type of person who drifts on to never-land & begins to think about 94 different things while trying to read a book. Never fails, I’m always re-reading the same paragraph multiple times until I get focused again. So an audio book is exactly what I’ve needed this whole time, it just took me 20+ years to figure it out. But hey, better late than never!

This book is for you. For any single lady reading this right now, it’s for you. You need it and you don’t even know it. I honestly started reading/listening to ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ because I saw it alllll over social media. Everyone was raving about it so I figured okay, let’s see what all the fuss is about. Girls… IT SPOKE TO MY SOUL. Like within just a couple of pages (heck maybe after just a few sentences) I couldn’t stop.

If you are married, single, a mom, a friend, a sister, a daughter… read this book. If you are in the happiest season of your life, the worst, insecure, confident, stressed out, happy-go-lucky… read this book. If you are a boss, an employee, a dreamer, an introvert, an extrovert… read this book. If you are struggling with a relationship, a friendship, a career decision, family issues, health issues… read this book.

If you are in any season of life where you just feel stuck… you feel BLAH… you feel unsure… you feel scared… you think you’re not worthy of something… you want more out of life… THIS IS YOUR BOOK!

If you want to feel motivated, confident, understood, brave, happy… THIS IS YOUR BOOK!

I read/listened to the book in a matter of days, and was literally sad when it was over. Which is why I’m already listening to it again!

Some things I learned:

  • I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, AND IT’S OKAY. It’s okay to not be everyone’s favorite person. It’s okay for someone to dislike you. It’s okay to be YOU.
  • Dream without worrying about the opinions of others. My dreams are MINE to chase.
  • Stop worrying about the people who aren’t worried about you.
  • Stop trying to plan/manage every aspect of life. The best memories come from the moments you didn’t even see coming.
  • BE HAPPY. You deserve happiness. YOU CAN BE HAPPY. You are in control.
  • It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to say no. BREATHE MAMA, BREATHE.

.. and a million others… but you get the point by now!

Now that I have drilled into your head that you need book, go get it… NOW GIRLFRIEND! It will change your life, I pinky promise!

(I will post some of my favorite parts from the book below! Those quotes alone should be enough to make you jump on Amazon or Audible right now… they’re SOOOO GOOD!)

-Paige

“Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.”

“Comparison is the death of all joy, and the only person you need to be better than is the one you were yesterday.”

“If you’re unhappy, that’s on you.”

“Whatever is going to give you more time, more space, more freedom to find your center? Say yes please, to that!”

“You are worthy of wanting something more.”

“Embracing chaos might be the journey to finding peace.”

“Nobody will ever care about your dreams as much as you do.”

“Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.”

“I can’t condone a world where women are emotionally abusing themselves because they don’t think they’re good enough.”

“Turns out, the most beautiful things in my life were never on my to-do list.”

The Toughest Part About Being A Parent

Lack of sleep. No privacy. Less freedom to do what you want. Those are the top answers most people will come up with if you were to ask them what’s the hardest part about being a parent (don’t get me wrong, all of that sucks sometimes too!)… but the #1 answer all parents can agree on is one that doesn’t get mentioned too often.

The toughest part about parenting? How quickly time passes by.

Hands down. Without a shadow of a doubt. That’s the correct answer.

I read an article the other day about how we only get 18 summers with our children & to make the most of each one of them. Y’all… that hit this mama HARD. 18 isn’t a large number. And it hurts even worse to realize it because it’s sooo true! We have 18 summers for vacations, for swimming, , for no alarm clocks, for sleeping in late, for staying up even later. 18 summers for meals replaced with ice cream, wearing swim suits every day, wet footprints tracking all over the house, chalk covering the driveway which will then progress to their future friends cars blocking you in the driveway (and I can’t even rap my mind around that concept right now).

Witnessing your children grow up before your eyes is a beautiful experience. Seeing them learn new things & develop their own little personalities is priceless. And so is time (and it goes by so stinking fast!).

Cherish these moments, mama! Let the house be messy for a few extra hours, days, or weeks (we won’t push it any further than that, because we all know that could get disastrous lol). Those messes are memories! Let the kids eat a few extra popsicles, those popsicles are contributing to some cute, sticky, little handprints all over the place (it’s okay, it will wash off)! Let that laundry pile up a little bit more (it’s never-ending anyways). Plan that family vacation you have been debating for so long.

And if you’re one of those mamas that’s already running around taking your kiddos all over the world for different summer activities, it’s okay to slow down. It’s okay to have those lazy days in your pajamas. It’s okay to take things down a notch every now & then & truly enjoy the scenery. Don’t feel guilty for being lazy every once in a while, you deserve it!

Enjoy that house full of laughter. Enjoy those long road trips that may or may not make you want to pull your own hair out. Enjoy the chaos. ENJOY THIS TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY.

Be silly. Be messy. Be adventurous. Be the parent you know you want to be!

-Paige

Lifting Up vs Tearing Down: The Problem With Social Media

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If you’re my friend on Facebook you’re probably thinking “Oh, here she goes again” because I wrote a rather lengthy Facebook post addressing this subject, but… it clearly needs to be talked about more than once. So, here I am, again, talking about this nonsense.

I have an extreme hate/kinda hate even more/sometimes love relationship with social media. All forms of it. It can be used for so many positive things like spreading awareness or connecting with long-lost relatives or marketing your business, etc. So, here I am, still on social media. But, what do I see WAY more than those positive uses? Bullying. Criticism. Hatefulness. 

Nerd alert: I am a HUGE American Idol fan this season (don’t worry, you can still keep reading if you aren’t an AI fan – it’s not the point of what I’m getting at). I am beyond excited for the finale tonight. I think I am even more excited for this season over any other, because I truly do not care who wins. I love them all in their own ways. Heck, I’ve loved every contestant this season because American Idol gave us so much more about them this time than just their singing abilities. The audience learned so much about their lives, their families, their passions, their personalities – all of it. They were so vulnerable. So real. And as the big fan that I am, I got on the American Idol Facebook page and decided to read some comments to see who everyone was rooting for. BIG MISTAKE. There was hardly any rooting or cheering on for anyone. It was just bashing of who they DIDN’T want to win the competition.

Why? That is literally the only word I can ever think of when I come across these things. Why do we have to be so mean? Don’t get me wrong, if you have a favorite (I’m not just talking about this show, I’m talking about in any aspect of life) – CHEER THEM ON! But, don’t tear others down in the process. Everyone left (and pretty much for the whole competition) is extremely young. I’m talking teens/early 20’s… and there are GROWN ASS ADULTS on the internet bashing them for their looks (which is just mean… especially about a CHILD), their confidence (which I mean, hell, to put up with mean folks on the internet you better have some confidence to protect yourself! And for the ones that don’t have any, I see why. I wouldn’t be confident either knowing I would just get o the internet later and see people talking crap about me), their singing (which makes no sense because clearly they have talent or they wouldn’t be on the damn show in the first place)… I mean literally bullying these kids who are just chasing their dreams. WHY?

I saw this all over the internet over the weekend too, in regards to the royal wedding. Meghan’s dress was boring, her makeup was minimal (ummm if I naturally looked like her I wouldn’t wear any makeup either. SHE DOESN’T NEED IT, have you seen her?), Kate was a better bride, blah blah blah. YOU GUYS. It was THEIR wedding day. She picked the dress (which cost more than most of our houses) that SHE wanted. SHE liked it, and that’s all that matters because it was her damn day. And Harry was loving it, did you see that lip bite he did when he looked at her?!

This is something I am very passionate about for some reason because I truly love the differences in people. I think I drive my husband crazy sometimes because he will make a comment about a house or a truck or something similar that he doesn’t care for and I just always reply with “but that person likes it, that’s why they bought it.” We all have different likes and dislikes. AND THAT IS A GOOD THING! Just because someone likes or believes something you don’t does not make them any less of a person. Our differences are beautiful. They make us unique. They don’t give us the right to bash one another.

The point of this is… SET AN EXAMPLE. This is why so many people are so self conscious and afraid to chase their dreams. They are not only afraid of rejection, they are afraid of ridicule.

If you’re a parent… imagine your baby getting up on a stage in front of a bunch of strangers, extremely vulnerable, just wanting to make a career for themselves. What if there was a picture posted from your child’s wedding day and you get on Facebook or Instagram or whatever and see people bashing your child. How would you feel? How do you think your child would feel if they read that? Those people ARE someone’s baby. They ARE real people with REAL feelings… just like you & your babies.

Bullying is a real thing, y’all. And it starts with the adults/parents. We have to set an example for our children. If they see grown adults typing/saying these things about children, of course they are going to think it’s okay to do so as well! Bullying takes lives. Bullying takes our children. 

Set an example. Be an example. Be happy for other’s happiness. 

-Paige

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” – James Keller

How Babies Can Change Your Marriage

 

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Today is our 6 year wedding anniversary! (Which is weird to say since we didn’t have a wedding… we just hit up the JP one Friday afternoon lol). Nonetheless, we’ve been hitched for 6 years out of the (almost) 12 we have been together!

Anyways, I wanted to share how your marriage may change after bringing some extra little humans into the mix!

After Kyson was born I had never in my life loved my husband more than I did in those first few weeks. I mean I didn’t even know I could love him that much after watching him become a dad & how he loved me as a mom + wife. We have been together since we were 15-year-old kids, so through the puppy love stage, the newlywed stage, and now the new baby stage… this time was my favorite of them all. BUT, once he went back to work things weren’t as easy (at least in my perspective). I was home all day with the baby & SO looking forward to seeing Amaris when he would come home. And yeah, he would come home happy to see us, but work was back on his mind so his attention was now divided between us & business. Honestly, it was an adjustment for me. I was still on this new baby high & it kind of came crashing down when reality starts easing its way back in (along with lack of sleep).

I went back to work after Kyson was 6-weeks-old (thank goodness for my mother who watched him at our house to help make the transition so much easier). And after going back to work, things got even more rough for me. The stress of both of us working, these new financial responsibilities, coming home and devoting all of our attention/time to the baby and not to one another, it was hard y’all. I’m talking about 5 months in we eventually had a serious conversation on what the heck was going to happen to our marriage because we were just acting as parents and not spouses.

BUT – it was just an adjustment. We had to adjust. We did adjust. And it made us stronger. It made us unbelievably stronger, happier, and more appreciative of one another.

And now with baby #2 just being added to bunch, it’s a breeze (in our marriage, not the parenthood thing haha)! Don’t get me wrong, there are nights I look over at him sleeping soundly while I’m up in the middle of the night with the baby & want to strangle him, but that’s just the sleep deprivation taking over (I hope lol).

We struggle ALL THE TIME with going on dates & making time for each other, that’s just the reality of having a busy life (Zoe is almost 3-months-old and we still haven’t gone on a date night yet… oops!). But, one thing we do consistently is spend time together in the evenings & mornings when the kids are in bed. It may not be much, but that little bit of quality together each day really means a lot to a marriage!

Marriage is T O U G H. It’s hard work. It’s not easy in the slightest. But it’s worth it. Having a family is worth it. Showing love to one another for your children to see is worth it. You & your spouse are worth it!

-Paige

Mom Motivation: Getting Back To ‘You’!

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Long time no see, friends!

Mom life of two has kept me pretty busy, clearly! In the midst of all this motherhood chaos I wanted to take a minute to write about something that has really helped me the past few weeks to find my new groove as a SAHM.

The first few weeks home with a baby are nothing short of insanity. There’s not much sleep, you’re lucky to get a shower every few days, dry shampoo is your best friend, spit-up is your new accessory to all of your outfits, laundry is piled up for days (maybe even weeks), the dirty bottles seem to be multiplying by the minute in the sink, and your heart is full of so much love and joy it could absolutely burst!

It seems as if you’re never going to gain control of anything and you damn sure feel like any hope of any kind of daily schedule is just straight out of the window. We have ALL felt like that (or still do)! M O M L I F E literally turns you into a hot mess. HOT, with one T. Not the the sexy hott that requires two T’s. You’ll eventually get that second T back mama, just hang in there!

A few weeks ago I honestly just felt a little hopeless. I felt lonely, I felt like everything was always so chaotic, I felt insecure, and I felt like I didn’t know what the hell I was doing honestly. I’m so used to everything being on a schedule and being able to control every little situation, then you throw a baby in the mix of that… well those days are dunzo for the time being.

Then I began a bootcamp program to not only try and help shed some of this baby weight, but to get me out of the dang house! Y’all, there’s nothing more depressing than sitting at the house all of the time. GET OUT OF THERE! (I mean, not all of the time. Those days where I don’t get out of my pajamas and binge watch Hulu/Netflix are just as amazing… but those should be occasions, not daily things.) I was able to get out of the house, be around other women/moms trying to better themselves, and I was making myself feel better by doing some exercise! It got me motivated! Motivated to get my life back on track, on a schedule, and to feel better about myself.

Bootcamp is a little intense for someone who just had a baby so I am not going as much as I was at the beginning (my 27-year-old knees are acting like 77-year-old knees and hurting pretty bad), but I have started walking 3 times a week while my oldest kiddo is at school. Me & the baby meet up with a friend at a local trail & walk about 4 miles each day (and we may or may not go get lunch a margarita afterward… because hello, we deserve it)! This time not only gives me some burned calories, but girl time to chat, and me & Zoe get to get out and enjoy the fresh air & sunshine!

Walking with a friend is much more attainable for most moms. It’s FREE, you can go based on your own schedule, and it’s FUN! What’s holding you back?!

Get motivated. Get moving. You don’t even have to incorporate exercise into this. If you just want to go eat lunch on the patio at your favorite restaurant with your friend(s) a couple times a week… GO DO IT! You have no idea how much better you will feel about yourself once you start doing something for YOU! Getting out of those pj’s every once in a while really does make you feel better! A dab of makeup really does make you feel like your life is somewhat in order for that day. Talking to a friend IN PERSON really does make such a difference in your well-being.

So, mama… here’s to you! Get out there and do YOU! Be your own damn sunshine!

-Paige

Infertility: From an Outsider

This blog post was not planned whatsoever, and honestly something I never thought I would write about… but, sometimes God comes in and leads you in a direction you didn’t intend (which is always for the best).

Infertility/miscarriage is a hard, tough, terrifying subject to touch on. It’s something I see break the hearts of my friends, my acquaintances, and people I don’t even know on a daily basis.

My husband and I have never had to deal with this kind of heartbreak. We THOUGHT it was going to be something we would struggle with, but it turns out it was just all in God’s timing (which, like I said, it was for the best). A few months before I became pregnant with Kyson, I got my thyroid and hormone levels tested because we were starting to think something could potentially be preventing us from having children. We weren’t “trying”, but we weren’t preventing either… for YEARS. No preventing + no baby = my mind automatically freaking out thinking I have fertility issues. All of the lab work came back completely normal… which left me confused. Then a few months later… positive pregnancy test. It was all in God’s timing.

I never fully experienced that pain of infertility. I got a glimpse of it. And that glimpse was terrifying. To see people I know actually deal with this… for weeks, months, and years at a time… it hurts me, too. It hurts to see you hurt.

When we got pregnant with Zoe (totally NOT planned, all in God’s timing though remember? lol) the feeling of surprise lead to excitement pretty quick, but then it lead to guilt. We have two very close friends who were dealing with fertility issues for a while and we wanted nothing more than for them to have a baby. We already had a baby, we didn’t need another one right now, they did. Amaris and I were both so nervous to tell them. One of the first things Amaris said after we found out about this pregnancy was “What about…?” and I knew exactly what he was thinking – because I was thinking it, too. We didn’t want to hurt them. We didn’t want to discourage them. We didn’t want them to question God on why he was giving us another baby (an unplanned one at that) when they have been planning on their baby for what seemed liked forever.

We took them out to eat, both anxiously looking at one another on when to break the news. Amaris finally just took the plunge and said it. They were so excited for us, asking questions about how I felt and how far along and all the typical things your friends ask you. But, I know deep down it hurt a little. Because you know what, it hurt me.

Fast forward a few months later and they invited us to dinner. Which was common, but Amaris and I were both praying they had their own baby news to share. And… THEY DID! God fulfilled their greatest prayer (and one of ours too)! It was a long journey to get there, but they fulfilled it.

That is an infertility story that has a happy ending, but there are still so many couples out there still writing their story. Or their story has just begun. And I want you ladies to know that as an outsider looking in – you’re so strong.

I truthfully believe you have been dealt this battle because you are strong enough to handle it. I know there are times you don’t think you are, but God knows you are. I know you are. You are given this story to share. Whether that be you share it with the world, or just your husband that is writing the story with you. It’s your story. It’s a heartbreaking story, but it’s a beautiful one.

When you share your pain and suffering, you aren’t just touching the lives of other women who share & understand this pain. You are touching us that don’t also, maybe even more. You encourage us to love a little harder. To hold our babies a little tighter. To thank God more. To be a better friend. To be calm when the baby is crying at 2:00am. To be thankful for the crying baby at 2:00am. You make us better moms.

Your story has a purpose.

To any of you struggling with infertility, have dealt with a miscarriage, a still birth, infant loss, any of those tragic things… you are strong. You are a story. A beautiful story. A story of God.

-Paige

Mommy Must-Haves: Items You & Baby Will Love!

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Everyone wants to make life a little easier right? (Especially a sleep deprived mama!)

With two babies under my belt now, I am going to help you new moms with the items I highly recommend to get you and baby through those long nights/days!

I’m at the age were all my Facebook/Instagram friends are popping out babies (SO. MANY. CUTE. BABIES), and we are all scrambling around trying to figure this mom thing out and asking each other for help on which products they recommend… so, here we go!

  • Dockatot Deluxe – This is my #1 recommendation for new moms! Yes, it is a little bit of an investment (they start at around $75 and can go up to over $200 depending on size and print). BUT, ladies if you can, grab you one! There are also always people selling them online for a reasonable price (that’s where I got ours!) via Facebook or other sale apps. The Dockatot Deluxe is for babies newborn – 8 months and the Dockatot Grand is for babes aged 8 – 36 months. We are currently using the Deluxe (and I honestly hope we will have an easy transition to the crib and won’t have to upgrade to the Grand), and you guys… it is a life saver! The first few days home from the hospital we put the Dockatot in between us and from the get-go baby girl slept for 4 hours at a time! (That’s a big deal for us since our first born slept for 2 hours at a time… Dockatot’s weren’t a thing back then!) After a few days we started putting the Dockatot in her crib and since she was already used to it she continued to sleep those 4 hours without any interruption. Also, it is so easy to travel with. You can take it from room to room or when you go somewhere and the baby is always essentially sleeping in their “bed” with no problems!

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  • Fisher-Price Auto Rock N Play – This honestly could be a tie with the Dockatot for the #1 spot! With our son, this was 100% our 1 must-have three years ago. Now, when our daughter isn’t sleeping in her Dockatot, she is sleeping in her Rock N Play. I highly recommend the auto version of the Rock N Play because it can rock itself as well as play music. It will auto rock for up to 6 hours at a time which is WONDERFUL! Since it auto rocks, we are able to put baby in her Rock N Play and she will fall asleep on her own without us having to rock her or hold her to go to sleep. Also, it is inclined, so if you have a baby with acid reflux you will prefer this over the Dockatot to help baby get through those rough times.

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  • Kickee Pants – Y’all… is it possible for this brand to also be tied for the #1 must-have spot? These pajama’s (let’s get real, we wear them all the time & everywhere, not just to bed) are SO FREAKIN’ SOFT! Our baby girl is a great sleeper (thank you to the two items above), but she is an AMAZING sleeper the nights she sleeps in her Kickee Pants sleepers/coveralls! She always sleeps an extra hour or 2 when she wears them to bed… they are magical! And, this is another popular product that other mamas are always selling online for cheap – snatch them up when you see them! You WILL NOT regret it! (And they even have clothes for moms… I haven’t bought any yet simply for the fact that I’m pretty sure if I put them on I will NEVER take them off.)

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  • Milkbarn – Right behind Kickee Pants, comes Milkbarn! These clothes are super soft like KP, and have the cutest dang prints for girls & boys! And if you’re local to Longview, Ellie Bee’s sells this brand – that’s where I first discovered them!

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  • Owlet – This is a GAME CHANGER! I really wish this would have been around with our son, but I am oh so grateful it is around now! This small sock monitors your baby’s heart rate and oxygen level, therefore you don’t have to wake up a million times to check on your baby like all of us new moms do… that new mom anxiety/fear is no joke. It comes with a monitor that goes off by playing a loud sound if there are abnormal readings from the baby, and also alerts your cell phone as well. The Owlet app is my favorite app on my phone. When the baby has her Owlet sock on, I can check the app at anytime and it will tell me her levels so I can relax knowing she is okay in the other room without having to try and sneak in there quietly to check on her (because let’s be honest, that always ends terribly but accidentally bumping into something causing an avalanche of some sort waking up the baby & leaving you with a broken big toe). These are expensive ($300), BUT a lot of people don’t know you can set up a payment plan! You don’t have to pay the full $300 upfront! To me, that makes Owlet even more of an amazing company. They acknowledge that not only is the health of the baby important, but it’s important for everyone – no matter who can afford their product.
  • Medela Breast Pump – If you are someone who plans on breast feeding/pumping, this breast pump was so easy to use! It comes with everything you need to pump at home or on the go. (Tip: before buying any breast pump, check with your health insurance to see if you qualify to get one for FREE!)
  • Hands Free Breast Pump Bra – If you are going to pump – get you one. Don’t hesitate, just do it. You will be so glad you did!
  • WubbaNub Pacifier –  I mainly just adore these because they are so cute, but I love these pacifiers! They are the same type of pacifier they provide you with in the hospital, but they have an adorable little stuffed animal attached to them… I mean, how cute?! They are also A LOT easier to find when they go missing. Our daughter is one month old and I’m pretty sure we have lost every single pacifier already besides our WubbaNubs, those little things are sneaky I tell you! Also, as the baby gets older they can hold on to the little animal and it helps soothe them as well. And in my opinion it seems like these stay in the baby’s mouth easier, too!
  • Aden + Anais Burpy Bib – We were given these burp cloths/bibs as a gift and I instantly fell in love! They are super soft and absorbent! They are slightly curved so they lay perfectly on your shoulder when you are burping baby. Best part – the sides can also button together and double as a bib! So, basically these are going to last you all through the newborn days & the messy eating days as well.
  • Sound Machine/Projector – This is the one item my now 3-year-old still uses to this day, since birth! I definitely recommend sound machines for little ones. It helps drown out the noise of the outside world (example: extremely loud older siblings) to help for a more peaceful sleep. The reason I love this one by myBaby is because it plays different music and white noise options, has a timer, and a projector to show cute little scenes on the ceiling/wall in your baby’s dark nursery at night. Like I said, our son STILL uses his. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has played every night in his room for 3 years straight… he might have to go to college with that thing haha!
  • Baby Bjorn – There are a lot of different carriers/wraps out there, this is just the one I have used for both babies. No matter what kind you choose to use, a carrier/wrap is 100% a must-have baby item! Not only does it let you have 2 free hands to do the millions of things you need to get done around the house, most babies love them as well! The baby is snuggled up close to mom/dad, feels like they are still being held, and really enjoy the movement of walking around with you. I take ours everywhere – I wear baby to the grocery store, to run errands, on a walk, and chasing around her big brother. Soooooo helpful when are alone with kiddos and need some extra helping hands!
  • Pampers Diapers – Pampers Swaddlers, y’all. These have always been our favorite! I know that varies for each baby (with leakage, sensitivity, etc.) But, before you start trying every diaper brand under the sun – just start with Pampers and go from there! I also love Pampers wipes this go-around! With our son we used Huggies wipes, but we received a lot of Pampers wipes at our shower this time and I’m really liking them!

Tip: If you can have a diaper shower… DO IT! It will be the biggest blessing in disguise! When you’re expecting a baby you get excited about the big/fancy items and tend to not get as excited about the simple things like diapers/wipes. But, once you have to start purchasing diapers/wipes all of the time… you (and your bank account) will thank me for this tip! We didn’t have to buy diapers until our son was a year old thanks to all of our friends who came to our diaper shower! IT. WAS. AWESOME! Another option is to have a diaper raffle at our baby shower if you aren’t able to have two separate showers!

  • Dr. Brown’s Bottles – We have used these bottles for both babies, and I wouldn’t use anything else! Even if your baby does not have gas issues, I would recommend these to prevent it from even happening… because a gassy baby is NO FUN. There’s a lot tears involved – from mom & baby. Dr. Brown’s bottles have a vent system to prevent any air bubbles that lead to colic, gas, and reflux. One thing a lot of people do not like about them are all of the parts you have to clean, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I would rather prevent the misery of a gassy baby!
  • Copper Pearl Swaddle – Copper Pearl is another brand I absolutely love! These brands that have this super soft material just get me every time. Not only are Copper Pearl super soft, but stretchy as well – which makes for a great swaddle blanket! Swaddling a baby can be a doozy if you haven’t figured that out yet, but stretchy material helps make that task a little easier. Copper Pearl also makes adorable bandana bibscar seat/nursing covers, and top-knot hats!

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  • Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up – Since our babe is too little to use this yet, this recommendation is coming strictly from the many I received that made me purchase this item for the future! One of my best friends had this for her little girl and it was so convenient to take everywhere we went. It’s light weight, folds down for space saving, and has toys attached for baby. This might be a new alternative to the Bumbo seat we used with our first kiddo (which we still have and will use as well!).
  • Backpack Diaper Bag – I know most moms go for a super cute diaper bag, but when it comes to toting around a huge bag & a baby – you will quickly find that looks aren’t the number one priority here. With baby #2 I received a backpack diaper bag and  O M G it’s one of my all time favorite things! Once again, the more free arms/hands you have – the better! This backpack I have listed also comes with a changing pad and insulated pockets for the bottles… how convenient! Also, it’s unisex so dad won’t feel girly sporting it either!
  • Angelcare Bath Support – Register for this! We have used several different baby bath tubs, and this is by far my favorite one. Even though this isn’t technically a “bath tub” its great to set in your actual bath tub and keep baby supported without slipping and sliding everywhere.

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Tip: If you register at Target, they give you 20% off of anything left on your registry that you do not receive at your baby shower that you may need/want to purchase yourself! Also, they just started sending little onesies to your baby thanking you for using their registry! 

I hope this helped you ladies out! If you have items you love that I didn’t list, leave them in the comments below! Mothers helping mothers, there’s nothing better.

-Paige