A New Mom’s Faves

Just wanted to share some of my favorite brands and products with you guys.

For those of you who do not know, I am the QUEEN of free stuff, really! Trust me. So we scored tons of free samples of different products; everything from pacifiers and bottles to diapers and books. (I’ll do another post on how to get free items, later.)

Until then, check out our current faves.

*Pictured above are just some of the free and cheap products we have accumulated. 

So, I shall jump right in:

  • Skin Care: First let me say, this was so hard! 
    • Johnson & Johnson baby wash simply bc it is very affordable. This is especially a great pick for those babies who do not require a special soap for sensitive skin. Plus this is what we were given at the hospital; if it is good enough for them, it is good enough for us.  (Runner-up: Baby Dove.)
    • Baby Aveeno is our favorite lotion bc it keeps him very moisturized but not sticky. We loved this so much that we are planning to try their baby wash.(Runner-up: Honest Company.)
    • Vaseline, yes plain vaseline, is our favorite all around moisturizer for days he feels extra dry. This is also highly recommended by our pedi! She went as far as saying to use this only bc it is very moisturizing and yet so gentle. You can also add this to any other lotion to thicken it up.
      • I would like to add that we also LOVE Noodle & Boo and Mustela, however, we did not pick those bc they are more expensive than the other brands. We have also tried Babyganics, we did not love them but we did not hate them either. It is great bc everything is very foamy (so it is easy to use) but the smell is a turn off for me and they do not seem to moisturize him well. Although these did not work for us, I would still recommend them. And of course we love Honest Company wash/lotion since they are great for sensitive skin but it was not a necessity for Max.
  • Diapers & Wipes:
    • Target Up  & Up is our absolute favorite diaper! They have all of our favorite features like a great fit and wetness indicator plus they are super affordable. Less than $0.15/diaper. (Runner-up: Huggies.)
      • Others we tried: Pampers – expensive, Honest Company/ Seventh Generation – nice but Max does have adverse reactions to the other brands so we did not need sensitive skin diapers.
    • Huggies wipes, hands down. These are very tough, unlike other brands yet they are still very soft and never caused redness. (Runner-up: Pampers bc they are shockingly soft.)
      • Others we have: We have Honest wipes and Babyganics but we have not opened them yet.


  • Detergents & Soaps:
    • All Baby is our favorite detergent, bc it was the most affordable and smells great!
      • We also have samples for Babyganics but it is unopened.
    • Babyganics has our favorite bottle soap and multi-purpose wipes. They are non-toxic so there is no smell but everything is still very clean.
    • GermX is our favorite hand sanitizer bc it smells great and leaves you feeling clean. (Runner-up: Babyganics foaming sanitizer.)
      • We also have Honest Company, but it is unopened.


  • Creams & Misc:
    • Honest Company organic balm!!! This stuff is heaven sent! I love this cream so much that the whole family now uses it. We use it on Max’s moisture rash, Jake’s scratches, and I use it on the bumps on my face. This is a must buy!
    • Diaper rash cream: Max has never had diaper rash (thanks to his amazing diapers and wipes!) but we have tried out a few samples just to try them. Our pedi recommended Desitin, should he ever get it. However, we found MotherLove diaper balm to be our fave bc it was a perfect consistency. The WalMart Parent’s Choice was our least favorite bc it was too thick. And all the others contain the same active ingredient so it probably does not make a difference.
    • Earth Mama Angel Baby morning spray is our favorite “air freshener.” They offer a ton of products for mother and baby wellness so this spray is for morning sickness. Now, I never had morning sickness but I always spray this around the room.


  • Breastfeeding & Supplies:  
    • Lansinoh smart breast pump is what I used and I do not recommend it. I only used it for about two months before there seemed to be a decrease of the suction. I am very disappointed! I have reached out to their customer service but I have not had any luck. I am in the process of seeing if a Medela In Style is better for me.
    • Lansinoh nursing pads are my favorite for soaking up milk bc they are super absorbent. (Runner-up: Medela.)




How’s Baby Anyway?!

Believe it or not, we are 54 very short days from meeting this little bundle of joy!


Everything is going and great and progressing right along. We decided to hold off on posting until we had more very cute pics to share! The good news is, we just had an appointment this week, therefore, we do have new pics to share!

A little profile of this sweet kid. 


We found out this little chunker is measuring 10 days ahead of schedule. (Coming in at a whopping 4 lbs!) And the little one is already head down. We meet with the DR again next week for another routine visit. Since we are nearing the end of this portion of our journey, our visits will become more frequent.



The little one has hair!


Mama and Papa:

Jake and I are doing great, just wrapping up things around the house and at work, as we prepare to welcome the little one. We have bought all the baby necessities and essentials. Now we just need to start packing our bags, install the carseat, wash the clothes, and sterilize the bottles.

We have completed our baby care class and started our weekly birthing classes, which have been very informative. We have narrowed down the list of potential baby names.

We have even found out the gender! (Well… Jake has.)


The chunkiest cheeks in all the land!

Now just look at this cute wittle face!! We are dying to meet this kid. Stay tuned.


Born A Fan: The Announcement!

Happy May!

I hope you are having an amazing day, like I am. So last month I posted a picture of some of my favorite baby items that we have gotten so far. And today, I would like to tell you about one of my absolute favorite brands for baby!

And what brand is that? The Honest Company, of course!

Below is a (FREE) trial size bundle of some of their most popular products, that I will most definitely be using on the little one.  Not only are these products effective, but they are eco-friendly and free of harmful chemicals. So to me, it is a no-brainer. Their products are also backed by their Honestly Free Guarantee, which you can read about here.

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But Guess what? Just when you thought this company could not do any better, they did it. Introducing their new collection of MLB Diapers:


These diapers are full of swag, not chemicals, and will have your little one dressed to impress!

Like, it seriously does not get any cuter than this. These diapers are great for the whole family; mom can use them knowing she is not harming her little one and dad can use them because he loves the team.


Even if you are not a huge MLB fan, you will definitely find a pattern that you love because they offer so many prints. Click here to see their entire line of fabulous diapers.


And what is the best part of their entire line of diapers? Two things actually; 1. The fact that the diapers are not only cute, but they are also sturdy, durable, yet disposable. And 2. The fact that you can order in bundles! (This means you will not be making midnight trips to the supermarket because you ran out of diapers.

Not So Happy 2016.



I’ll start by saying this is a vent post, meaning I am just writing to vent. So there is no story here. Just me venting.

Alright, so everyone knows despite things like graduation and two new cars and a new job and other stuff, 2015 was by far the worst year of my entire life.

Early 2015, I realized it was going to be an extremely bad year and I already made a resolution for 2016 to be my best year. After all, I feel like I deserve. I just experienced some very amazing things but I do not feel I ever got the chance to celebrate any of those things. I didn’t throw a grad party, we didn’t road trip in our new car, etc. Like I feel I am just “going through the motions.” Everything is a count down for me. At work, Im counting down the time until break. Then my lunch time. Then going home. Then I go home and count down hours until Jake comes home. Then go to bed, just to wake up and do the same thing the following day.

Its sucking the life right out of me.

So anyways Jake and I made a ton of plans for this year and so far, nothing is happening. Its just a big anticlimactic day after another.

I mean, obviously we are only two months into 2016 but I just thought I would be having so much more fun by now. I thought we would be putting our plans into action.

I just feel like I am already losing faith in 2016 and it really hasn’t even started yet. And as for my mind, it feels like the picture above. I have like 100,000 thought racing daily and I cannot seem to put them in their proper places. That is also irritating.

I mean, I am working at a job I like – while working towards building the experience that I need for the job I ultimately want to have. I have also spent a great deal of time working on my re-launch for my new blog and business site. However, I am just so impatient and want everything to fall into place, like yesterday.



Some Things You Never Knew About College!

Here, on my other site, I have began a mini college series.

The posts have/will feature some advice, tips, tricks, etc about surviving college. And so far, they have been a huge hit.

Take a look here. 🙂

For the Next Ten Days…

I will be detoxing!

Yep, that is correct I am detoxing. Some people may be wondering why I have decided to do this, as detoxing is closely related to cleansing your body of drugs and losing weight.

While this is true, it is not why I am doing it. Well, the weight loss part is true. But not the drugs. (I have never taken drugs. Like ever. Literally.) Ahy who, I have deicded to complete the 10 Day Smoothie Challenge.

I initially decided to do it for the quick weight loss (10-15 lbs guaranteed in 10 days! Ps… I have two friends who did it and lost 15!), b/c I wanted to reach my goal weight before classes started on Aug. 25. However, after doing a little research, I learned my body had been screaming for a detox.

Signs you need a detox, that my body was telling me: 1. Depression, now I was not depressed but I did feel a little less happy than usual in July. I accredited it to the fact that I had no license / birth certificate before my birthday. 2. I did not feel good, nope. I was not sick. My body did not feel good. I feel super fat and gross, like my body is full of bad stuff. 3. Crowded mind, yes! Recently I found myself looking for things I have lost. This may not seem like a big deal to most, but it is huge for me. I am the most organized person I know and I NEVER lose anything. Ever. But when I realized I kept losing things, I realized I am losing my mind. While I believe a lot has to do with the fact that I moved in with Jake, and he is super messy. (My family is messy too, howvever, I have more control over what goes on at home. Plus, my family spreads their mess over the entire house, not just one room… as where Jake does. Additionally, I have my clean place. My room, I can escape the mess and head to my room, at home. But since Jake and I share a room, I have no clan place of refuge.

There are more signs, so if you notice any of those, maybe you should detox too. Here is the greatest detox info site I have found.

Therefore, detoxing is definitely the answer for me. At least I hope it is. Lets talk about these pics, shall we?


The empty cup, after my first cup of my green smoothie. Believe it or not, the smoothie did not taste that bad. It was actually really bland. You can add sugar, if you want, but I did not do so. However, this has got me wishing I could eat the ingredients, instead of blending them together.

So far I feel normal. However, I have a lot of gas. (Lol. Ps… I do not think Jake finds it as funny.) I also feel really full. With this chllenge, you are supposed to drink all the smoothies and drink lots of water. (You can snack on veggies, but I do not plan to do so). Well, unlike most people, I only drink water… therefore all this extra drinking has me feeling so full.

This brings me to my biggest concern, will I actually lose weight? Most people do not drink as much water in one week, as I drink in a day. So I fear that b/c my body may not be full of total junk, there is not much to cleanse or not many toxins to remove from my body.

Just wish me luck. However, dieting alone cannot help. Therefore, I am obviously working out too.


Ps…excuse the mess. This is the room we share, lol. 🙂

Here is my ‘Before’ pic for my Insanity regimen. Yes, I am attempting Insanity. I started a few weeks ago, but after complications with my fractured joints and asthma, I had to quit.

However, I am back at it and focused. My first time, I did it for about seven consecutive days, and began to see results. So that is good news.

However, this time I am going all the way. Doing the whole program! (However, my ‘After’ pics will be posted sooner. I will do pics once I complete the smoothie challenge, to show the progress after the detox. I will post before classes, to show my results after hitting my deadline. And again, when I complete the entire Insanity.)

What to Expect in the Future?

1. All the pics I have mentioned before.
2. A review on the 10 Day Smoothie Challenge.
3. A review on Insanity.

A Party For Jake.


Lets first discuss this pic: It is my ‘Happy Birthday’ page. It includes some hand lettering as well as illustrations. As you can see, I am getting pretty darn good. 🙂

I am really proud of my work, so more pics coming soon.

So July 6 will be Jake’s 25th birthday*. So with his birthday coming up, I decided to buy him a gift and throw him a surprise party.

The Gift:

As you probably can guess, the gift was the hardest part. I could not decide what to get him. He does not play videos games, he does not have any real hobbies, and I hate getting people things they ‘need’ over things they ‘want’ for their birthday. After searching long and hard, I could not choose between a Beef Jerky variety set and Doctor Who disappearing coffee mug.

Well we played a game where I call out random gifts in a random order (with the two gifts I was most heavily considering included) and he told me ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether or not he would want it.

It turned out he did not want either. 😦

And my initial thought was to get him a really nice and rather expensive Coach wallet. (It was like super nice and he needed one b/c his old one was falling apart.) But… he needed it and I know he is not particularly into expensive things.

So I literally had no idea what to get him and I wanted to give up. But we went to the outlet mall and could not pass up the great sales going on in Coach and we ended up with a Coach wallet (for him) and a Coach bag (for me). 😉

Everything was great.

The Party:

Due to everything going on, we had to postpone the party to one day later. And right before I knew it my mom had shared the news, so it was no longer a surprise.

So yesterday we grilled a few things, had some pasta, and cake. It was a lot of fun. I think he enjoyed himself. We even saw fireworks downtown and did some sparklers with the littles.

Over the time we stayed with my family, he talked to his parents, who obviously wanted to come visit him for his birthday.

Only problem is, they planned to come Sunday and I would be here Sunday b/c I have a community service-free weekend.

The Parents:

Because they were planning to come this weekend, I asked if he wanted me to go home so he could spend time with them alone.

Well he stated that I could stay, if I wanted to meet him. (Awkward Moment.)

Now, it is not that I do not want to meet them. I just feel that he felt a bit obligated b/c he has met my entire family. I would have preferred he allowed me to meet them on his own terms, perhaps a time when he felt more comfortable and less obligated. I am in no rush to meet them, I just like for things to happen naturally.

So we did not talk about it more, until he was headed to work. I attempted to get out of it, by saying I would go home and come back next weekend. However, it was too late. Apparently he told his dad that I would be here. So I got stuck here in a sense.

And now I just feel awkward b/c I am not really sure he genuinely wants me to meet them.

But for the record, I am not upset nor am I nervous. Everyone loves me.

So expect another post after the weekend.