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Top 5 Newborn Products

Top 5 Newborn Products

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Thanks for checking out the products I love.  Below are a few extra details on the products with links to where to buy! Hope you enjoy!

Haakaa: If you didn’t know the Haakaa Breast Pump is made of 100% silicone and sticks to any flat surface with its suction base. The increased capacity lets you express even more milk at once!

Hatch: If you didn’t know this is a sound machine, night light and a time to rise alert machine all in one!

Ollie Swaddle: If you didn’t know the Ollie Swaddle reduces waking suddenly due to the Moro reflex or spontaneous arousal and helps to maintain supine position.

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Swaddle & DockATot

Binxy Baby: If you didn’t know the Binary fits most standard grocery store carts (even a Costco cart at the narrow end)!  It can hold the car seat and support up to 50 pounds in weight.  Ideally used for babies approx. 6-8 months until they sit up on their own.  ***BONUS ITEM*** Lulabu Soothe Shirt:  If you didn’t know this is a “kangaroo” pouch that allows you to baby wear with out the hassle of a wrap or carrier.

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Binxy Baby

DockATot: If you didn’t know the DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.  It comings in two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months).

All of these products are lifesavers in the newborn days.  Make sure to check out the video on my thoughts on each product and why I love it!

I am getting a lot of questions on the nursery and how the rug I talked about HERE is holding up. The nursery is almost complete (2nd kiddo problems).  The Lorena Canals rug is wonderful.

What are your must have newborn products?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Entertainment

How to Beat Burn Out

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Lately, I have been dealing with major burnout.  I am not sure if it is summer ending or so much going on that now that the end is in sight I am feeling so over it.

Burnout is so hard to deal with whether it is at work, home or with your creative hobbies. Over time I have learned to recognize when I am starting to feel burned out and the following tips and tricks have really helped me overcome that feeling.

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Here are some tips and tricks I have dealing with burnout:

  1. Write down your goals
  2. Write down ideas
  3. Write down thoughts
  4. Make a plan… How do you want to execute the above goals and ideas.
  5. Take a break
    • Get off technology
    • Take a bath
    • Go for a run or walk
    • Breath
  6. Positive affirmations
  7. Write down what you have been proud to accomplish lately

I think these days we all put so much pressure on ourselves to be “doing” so much all the time.  We really have to regroup and to remember the successes and positives in the regular everyday [remember my post about #yayineveryday?]!

Oh yeah and one more bonus tip is to go shopping… but that can get dangerous 🙂

What are some of your tips to avoid/fight burnout?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fort Worth Favorites

It is been awhile since I touched on some of my Fort Worth Favorites [here are some of my previous posts HERE, HERE & HERE]! Hopefully you all can try these places out or already have and love them like I do.

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Food/Beverage

Yogi’s Deli: A Fort Worth favorite great food and great prices.  Our favorite is breakfast there because their bagels, French toast and coffee are stellar!

Fixture: Drinks are amazing and the food is top notch! Perfect date night! LOVE their patio!

Piatello Italian Kitchen: Their dinner is OUTSTANDING and a great atmosphere especially on the patio when there is live music!

Kent & Co: Great Wine at GREAT prices.

Melt Ice Cream: Their ice cream is OUTTA this world and the shop is ADORABLE!

Activities

The Happy Lark: A fun indoor play space for kids with a SUPER cute boutique up front!

Benbrook Library: They have so many great activities for children and adults! For completing the summer challenge with Tripp they gave him a free book! The staff is amazing too and I have met some great mom friends at book babies!

Shop

Adorable Boutique and Monogramming: Great selection of products and you can bring your own thing in and their monogramming is affordable with a fast turn around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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5 Ways To Put Quality Back Into Your Time Together

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Quality time can come in many different shapes and sizes, bear various levels of importance, and have a variety of unique definitions. These variables all depend on each person’s perception of what quality time means to them. One of my favorite celebrities eloquently summed up quality time in a way that really hits home for me: “I don’t think that the quantity of time is as special as the quality of time with your family.” – Reba McEntire. I love this quote for numerous reasons, but what strikes a chord with me the most is the fact of how relevant the quality vs. quantity struggle can be.

As the wife of a Certified Public Accountant, the time I’m able to spend with my husband is incredibly limited between the months of January and April. I know I’m not alone in being married to a career-oriented individual, and I’m quite sure that a lot you can resonate with the fact that quality time together can seem like a distant memory. I’ve noticed that even little things like watching a TV show together have turned into us half paying attention to the show, half paying attention to social media on our phones, and zero percent paying attention to each other. Sure we’re spending time together, but where is connection between us? We’re just two bodies sitting next to each other, barely interacting (and definitely not in quality way).

In world where there is so much going on around us and the distractions are infinite, how do we make the most of the incredibly limited time we have together? Disclaimer: I’m no expert. However, I do have a few ideas to help incorporate quality into the quantity of time you spend with your loved one(s).

  1. Engage Each Other – And no, I don’t mean put a ring on it. When you’re together, encourage open and engaging conversations. Step out of the “how was your day?” mindset and try the “what happened in your day that challenged you?” line of thinking. Ask open ended questions and show interest in the answers you receive. You’d be surprised how quickly deep, meaningful discussions can stem from a few thought-provoking topics.
  2. Put The Phone Down – I can not stress this enough. We are living our lives behind screens and losing touch with the reality that is all around us. Hey, I’m not pointing fingers as I’m just as guilty. But do you really have to Snapchat your dinner? Do you need to be the first one to like on Facebook that your junior prom date checked into a restaurant 964 miles away? I think the world will survive without seeing you post about your yoga class. Put the phone down and actually live your life with the person by your side, not with your Instagram followers who barely know your name.
  3. Take On A Task – One of the more relationship-building ways to spend quality time together is when you’re both working towards the same goal. Set out to accomplish something that’s been on your to-do list; paint a room, put together some furniture, clean out the basement. Working as a team can be rewarding and makes the time spent doing something you may not want to do a lot more enjoyable. Just remember to bring your patience and grace to the task at hand, fighting over the instructions of how to build a dresser isn’t going to help with the whole quality time concept.
  4. Get Out And Do Something – Go on a walk, take a bike ride, or run errands together. Get out of the house and do something. One of my favorite activities is playing tennis and my husband is such a good sport about tagging along. While this activity may not cultivate intellectually stimulating conversations and push us to get to know each other on a new level, it does show me how much he loves me. He is participating in something I have a passion for and that is a big deal to me. Not only is he giving up time that could be spent doing something he really enjoys to support me, he’s making and effort and taking interest in things that we can do together.
  5. Little Gestures – Something that I love to do during the long tax season days is bring my CPA hubby a treat to the office. Froyo and coffee are my main go-tos and two of his favorites. We’ll usually have a 10-15 minute “mini date” while sitting in my car, catching up about our days. It’s a little gesture, on both of our parts, that allows us time to actually spend together. 15 minutes of chatting, laughing, and just having a break in the day does both of us a world of good.

When I realized the amount of time spent together is insignificant compared to the quality of time spent together, I made changes to my approach. As Adlai E. Stevenson so perfectly stated, “It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts”. Think about it. Time is the most valuable and scarce commodity we have, make the most of it.

I’d love to hear what quality time means to you and how you’ve found a balance between quantity vs. quality of time!

 

About The CPA’s Wife

I’m a late twenties fashion forward foodie and dark beer drinker born and raised in the Chicagoland area. Being married to a CPA is a unique world to live in, where for approximately three and a half months each year my husband goes down the rabbit hole that is known as tax season. My two dogs do a great job of filling the void of children (for the time being) and I’m actively involved with helping the homeless (both people and pets) in my area. Wanderlust runs in my veins and I’m always looking for my next destination, especially during tax season. Who doesn’t yearn for a post-April 15 getaway?! I have a family-first mentality and an undying love of football, New York style pizza, and puzzles. I am always searching for new recipes, DIY projects, and life hacks in general. Everyone’s experiences are different and being the spouse of someone very career-oriented, I often find myself seeking out others who are in the same boat. You can find my blog at www.thecpaswife.com and follow me on social media @thecpaswife.

 

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Fort Worth Favorites

I am back from a quick trip from the sunshine state and I am ready to talk about some of my favorites in Fort Worth again!

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Food/Beverage

Press Cafe: This place is YUMMO and right on the Trinity with lots of grass for the kiddos to run around.  It is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Great drinks too! 

Mama’s Pizza: The best to grab pizza and beer. It isn’t a fancy place but the crust is the BEST. Love that I can go in a ball cap!

McKinley’s: A great lunch spot with the ladies and kids and they have SO many fun desserts!

Club’s

Ridglea Country Club: LOVE how family oriented they are and the kids club is great!

Fort Worth Club: I love their lounge to go grab drinks and have good conversation.

Activities

Z Boaz Park: This is a small quaint park that we love to pop in and swing at. It is clean and surrounded by trees!

Shop

Initially Yours Monogramming: The best place to go when you need to find a gift!

 

What are you favorite Fort Worth spots?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Banana Cinnamon Muffins

I got bit by the baking bug and had 2 very ripe bananas so…. I found THIS recipe on BettyCrocker.com and wanted to add some Hershey’s Kisses [I used the caramel filled}.  Made some tweaks and they turned out great!

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Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2/3 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 small) 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
24 Hershey Kisses

Topping

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups with shortening or spray, or line with paper baking cups. [I split to 24 for smaller muffins and to incorporate the hershey’s kisses.]
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat 2/3 cup sugar, the oil and eggs with wire whisk. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Stir in remaining muffin ingredients just until moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  • 3 Push Hershey Kisses into batter about halfway down.
  • Bake 17 to 21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan to cooling rack.
  • In small bowl, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Dip muffin tops into melted butter, then into cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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OOTD: Date Night

Right now we are cherishing the moments of being a family of two before the bambino arrives.  We decided to treat ourselves to a date night at one of our Fort Worth favorites; Eddie V’s.

We actually just sat in the Lounge (aka the bar) and listened to a great jazz band while enjoying several appetizers, wine (for hubby) and dessert (for me) .

I finally am starting to “show” a little bit so clothes are actually looking less awkward… at least I think so. Here is a recap:

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Scarf [Similar]

Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21]

Sweater [Target]

Bootie Wedges [Target]

Leggings [Gap]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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OOTD: Tailgate Edition

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Pregnancy style has been a little hit or miss for me lately.  I am at a really awkward point where I don’t really look pregnant…. just like I drank a few too many Coors Light. I’ve just been wearing some pieces that tend to be a little big on me and thats what seems to work right now.

This tailgate outfit had LOTS of layers because it felt like negative 10 degrees outside (at least to me it did).  I had been eyeing this vest for years but HATED the vinyl print one that was popular at a certain outlet store.  I found this one that is real stitching and got it monogramed for cheaper than what the outlet carries it for.

Scarf [Target]

Vest [MarleyLilly]

Sweater (Old) [Similar]

Jeans [Target]

Boots [Ugg]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Some BIG news

Since I have been gone…. Lots has happened.  I let the blog take a little hiatus but I am back in action with some news!

 

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We are so excited for our newest edition.  Stay tuned for some exciting post about style, pregnancy and this big life change!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger