Pregnancy

How to Create a Postpartum Care Basket + Padsicles

How to Create a Postpartum Care Basket + Padsicles

So much emphasis in the family and probably as parents is put on baby!

But it’s good to also prepare some care for yourself!

Why?

Well it can help ease you in the postpartum period, plus…mommas got a lot going on down there!!

Read on to find out how to assemble your own postpartum care basket, and to make some padsicles!

10 Things Nobody Told me About Pregnancy

10 Things Nobody Told me About Pregnancy

i’m not really sure why these are big secrets…

I mean you’d think people would be sharing about this more often!

But sometimes I think as humans, and especially as women, we like to suffer in silence!

Maybe sometimes it’s a fear that others aren’t going through what we’re going through…or maybe that they’ll judge us for our experiences…so I' decided to sit down and film/write this out for you mommas to be.

I wish someone had talked about these big changes so I could have expected them, and so now I’m taking you under my wing young grasshopper…or something like that anyway and sharing 10 things nobody told me about pregnancy.

Stuff I learned about the hard way :D.

How to Get Everything Ready for Baby! - Diaper Bag, Pediatrician, Going Home Outfit & More

How to Get Everything Ready for Baby! - Diaper Bag, Pediatrician, Going Home Outfit & More

There’s nothing like extreme preparation when you’re facing the great unknown.

And becoming a mother is a great, big, scary unkown.

Which is why I have gone just a little bit cocoa puffs with the preparations for baby!

In this article I’m just throwing a few at you!

So here are just a few things you can do to prepare for the arrival of your little one!

And remember…if you want to prepare absolutely EVERYTHING, like your girl, don’t forget to sign up for the “prepare for baby” challenge….You’ll find the sign up boxes sprinkled all over this post girl (or boy)!

Enjoy!

Baby Registry: The Complete Guide to Registering Everything You'll Need for Baby

Baby Registry: The Complete Guide to Registering Everything You'll Need for Baby

In this article we talk with 14, real moms, who tell us their #1 tip about what to include on your baby registry, where to register, and what was a waste of money!

If you’re making your baby registry soon, or have already, read this article carefully as it will tell you what you do and don’t need on your baby’s registry before the day of your baby shower!

TTC Tips & Tricks: What Worked for Us to Get Pregnant

TTC Tips & Tricks: What Worked for Us to Get Pregnant

Miscarriage wasn’t really on my radar before i had one.

It wasn’t really something ANYONE talked about.

So when I had a miscarriage (our honeymoon baby) I was taken pretty much completely by surprise.

When I started opening up to the women in my family, and in my life about it…I was shocked that many of them had gone through miscarriages too!

WTH?? Nobody talked about this…and even though mine was a VERY eary miscarriage (also called a chemical pregnancy) those two little lines still had time to fill me with hope.

Hope for a new life, a new family, and my honeymoon baby.

All that came crashing down though and I was in the ER bleeding profusely with a distinctly uncaring nurse who said, “this happens to everyone, some women don’t even realize it happens,”

Cool. Thanks.

Well I realized…and when I found out I had lost the baby I went on kind of a tailspin of purchasing TTC products from all corners of the internet!

Seriously no product was too silly, expensive, or unnecessary for my post-miscarriage self suffering from a deep sense of loss and grief.

The silver lining however, is that now I can help you uncover the products & mindset that ACTUALLY worked, and what ended up being a waste of our money.

IKEA Nursery Decoration: How to Decorate your Nursery on a Budget

IKEA Nursery Decoration: How to Decorate your Nursery on a Budget

I love cheap decoration.

I mean “cost effective” haha.

My hubby and I are a young couple, doing our best to earn money, so every little bit that we can save goes a long way!

That’s why I LOVE Ikea for stuff around the house.

And you know that’s where I turned when it came time to fill up our baby’s nursery.

The following is my haul of stuff from Ikea, and some ideas about how to put it all together for nursery organization, nursery decoration, and just pain nursery cuteness!

How to Prepare Your Home for a New Baby

How to Prepare Your Home for a New Baby

IN THIS NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PREPARE FOR BABY CHALLENGE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PREPPING THE HOME!!

In this article you’ll find tips on how to prepare everything in your home for the arrival of your little one :D

We’ll walk through some cute and fun and more practical stuff to do to prepare for baby’s arrival around the house.


The Complete Checklist: How to Prepare Everything for the Hospital, Labor, & Delivery

The Complete Checklist: How to Prepare Everything for the Hospital, Labor, & Delivery

the birth of your baby (and mine too) is a kina scary time...

I mean don’t get me wrong…beautiful and amazing, and pretty much all you’ve ever dreamed about your whole life (if you’re me anyway) but it’s also a time of great insecurity and fear!

Especially if it’s your first time.

That’s why I’ve created this super-blog-post which is going to walk you through the 13 essential steps you can take to prepare yourself for your trip to the hospital & the birth!

Plus sprinkled throughout I’ll be linking some articles that go deeper into each of these subjects, in case there is a subject you’d potentially like to read more about!

Let’s get started :D.

The 5 Essential Steps to Prepare for Baby Financially

The 5 Essential Steps to Prepare for Baby Financially

When I started the creation of the “prepare for baby” challenge...surprisingly (to me) there was only one thing on most mother’s minds...

Finances!

I mean I asked like five times to be sure, cause I thought mommas would be more preoccupied with cute onsies…or how to set up a birth plan…but again and again the #1 response was FINANCES.

So I heard you mommas & don’t worry I got your backs.

Below are the five steps I’ve outlined to prepare your house financially for the arrival of a new member.

I did A LOT of research for this post, so you can rest assured this will be your basic step-by-step guide to planning financially for your little kicker.

These are the categories in case you’re a read-ahead type:

  1. Savings Accounts & Budget Cushions

  2. Calculate Costs & Ways to Save Money

  3. Creating a Budget & Reducing your Spending

  4. Earning Extra Money & Finding Help

  5. Insurance

10 Ways Mommy Can Prepare Herself Before Baby Arrives

10 Ways Mommy Can Prepare Herself Before Baby Arrives

Being a first-time mom is terrifying...

Like staring off the edge of a cliff terrifying….I mean you’re strapped in probably…but all there is left to do is jump!

And hope to God that your bungee chord whips you back up to safety…instead of falling flat on the canyon floor below.

How can you build in a safety strap?

By preparing yourself as best as you possibly can before baby arrives.

The article talks about fun ways to relax and prepare yourself before baby comes + more practical stuff you’ll want to get out of the way so you can truly enjoy your time with your little one when they arrive.

Keep reading for more info…

Avoid Diaper-Changing Wars: Create a Plan for Baby-Related Chores

Avoid Diaper-Changing Wars: Create a Plan for Baby-Related Chores

picture this:

It’s 3:24 am, Junior is crying once again…you roll over and punch your husband in the arm, “your son wants you,”

Part of the turmoil (which quickly turns into desperation) of being new parents is the constant battle of who’s turn it is, or who changes more diapers, or who spends all day with the baby.

Save your relationship the trouble. Seriously…all it takes is a 30-minute sit down with your partner to suss out the details so you both have the peace of mind knowing that the other one is duing their part.

AND the self-awareness to know that sometimes you just don’t feel like it, BUT that doesn’t mean that you can blame, manipulate, or otherwise coerce your partner.

Will you guys always stick to the plan? Nope.

Definitely not…BUT having a plan, like having a budget is an essential part of being a well-working couple.

First start by ahdering to the rules, then you can freestyle.

Why Daddy Needs to Make a Birth Plan too & How to do it

Why Daddy Needs to Make a Birth Plan too & How to do it

during my hours and hours of research, I came across this amazing youtube video

It’s of an awesome midwife who’s been delivering babies for many, many years (I’m putting the video in below for you).

She talks about A LOT of stuff…

But one of the main takeaways for me was that we need to be more understanding of a dad’s role in the delivery room.

I mean to old way to look at things was dad pacing outside the door waiting to light his cigar.

But times have certainly changed.

And the role of daddy has certianly changed! So let’s get with the times and discuss how to empower our partners during the birth process.

How to Plan a Babymoon Step-by-Step

How to Plan a Babymoon Step-by-Step

When I was explaining a babymoon to my spanish friend...she was a little confused.

“A baby moon?! What is that?”

“It’s like honeymoon, but you know instead of marriage it’s baby….baby. moon.”

She smiled and nodded but wasn’t all that convinced!

So it got me thinking…I mean I only heard the term babymoon like maybe a few months ago…but I totally jumped on the bandwagon!

I mean, who wouldn’t want a chance to chill & relax with their hubby (partner, so, etc.) before the shit hits the fan (…or at least you know the changing table…)?

This girl!!

Read on if you’d like a step-by-step guide to planning out your perfect babymoon. Ripe with pictures of gorgeous beaches & cute preggo bellies!

15 Moms Dish: Their #1 Prepare for Baby Tip

15 Moms Dish: Their #1 Prepare for Baby Tip

preparing for your baby is possibly the scariest most rewarding thing on the planet.

I mean what’s the little thing gonna be like?

What toys will they like? What colors? Are all the cute cowboy and cowgirl outfits gonna stay hidden in the closet after one disastrous outing to the zoo?

Times this by a million if you’re a first time mom…like little old me…*nervous laughter….

SO! I did what any newbie would do, and turned to the experienced moms for their best advice!

Below you’ll find some kick-a** tips from moms who have been there, done that when it comes to prepping for baby.

They talk about topics like:

  • Organization

  • Finances

  • Food Prep

  • Breastfeeding

  • Bottle Feeding

  • Second Child Tips

  • Baby Gear

  • & Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Tips for your new little one!

So read on you sexy pregnant thing you!

11 Ways to Prepare for Baby With Your Partner or Husband

11 Ways to Prepare for Baby With Your Partner or Husband

there’s a lot to talk about before baby comes!

And a lot to do!

Below is a list of 10 things you can do with your partner, significant other, husband, baby daddy, or idk maybe your neighbor to prepare for a little baby!

Some of ‘em are fun stuff to enjoy your last few, poop-screaming-milk-and-sleepless-nights-free moments, and some are more serious…like important talking points and more.

Ok! Stop talking Simone and let’s get into it…

20 Experienced Moms Share Their #1 Labor & Delivery Tip

20 Experienced Moms Share Their #1 Labor & Delivery Tip

I am currently pregnant with my first

And like any other type A, first-time moms out there I decided to do some research about labor and delivery.

Only to quickly realize that I don’t know what the hell I’m in for!

So apart from reading articles, upon articles with generic information, I wanted to get a first-hand account of labor from the badass mommas who have been there, done that.

20 amazing ladies offered to share their #1 tip, and it’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth (or a more flattering animal…like the butterfly’s mouth! yeah butterflies!!) and a lot of these lovely contributors are professionals as well as mothers!

Enjoy and don’t forget, in the comments below, to tell us what your #1 tip about labor and delivery is :) Cause this momma needs all the help she can get.

First Trimester Tips & Tricks: How to Survive Nausea and Morning Sickness

First Trimester Tips & Tricks: How to Survive Nausea and Morning Sickness

In the movies, pregnant women get sick maybe once…

And it’s usually cute and/or funny…and then in the next scene she’s 4 months pregnant battling some other cute pregnancy symptom.

WRONG!

Don’t f*cking believe it, its a lie!

Hahah ok yes I know that some women do make it through their pregnancies without ever facing that morning sickness demon, but for those of us unlucky enough to find our heads in the toilet several times a day…here are some tips, tricks, & hacks for morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, and generally feeling like crap!

7 Moms Share Their Stories: Anxiety, Depression, & Mental Health in Pregnancy

7 Moms Share Their Stories: Anxiety, Depression, & Mental Health in Pregnancy

One of the most surprisingly difficult parts of pregnancy has been my mental state.

Seriously…I did not expect this!

Before I got pregnant I just assumed that it would be this magical time in my life. Little did I know, that your mind actually goes through almost as many changes as your body during pregnancy.

So for those who have experience mental health issues before (or even those who haven’t) new issues might crop up!

What helped me the most? Hearing that other women go through it too. Because then a little click happened in my brain and I was able to see these problems not as problems with myself, but as just another strange, and or even debilitating pregnancy symptom.