Workout yoga fashion!
baby, Family, Favorite Things, FItness, pregnant

Fit Pregnancy

Fitness is one of my favorite ways to implement self care into my life especially during pregnancy.  I also have a little obsession with workout clothes.  When I saw this tank from Fit & Flirty I knew I needed it in my life. Thanks to Fit & Flirty for gifting me such a fun product!

Workout yoga fashion for fitness during pregnancy!

I really love this shirt because while I know I can’t enjoy rosé right now but yoga and wine on Sundays are some of my favorite way to unwind and get ready for the week.  Also, check out this awesome article of 8 reasons to include champagne into your life because it explains how a little bit of bubbles can benefit your health! I really am looking forward to being able to enjoy a glass of wine and some yoga… I know it is still a bit a way but it is something that I really do enjoy and can’t wait to start getting back into getting my body into shape and enjoying a little treat every once in awhile!

Fit&Flirty has so many great merchandise options! They were so kind to give me a code for 15% off it is SWEATPINK6. Seriously SO many cute tops with fun sayings!

Fit pregnancy mom fashion

For those of you who have been following my pregnancy I wanted to let you know some of my favorite you tubers for at home pregnancy workouts! Perfect for some namaste on your Sunday or any day of the week! Seriously, these workouts are perfect for busy moms because they are short and sweet but keep you moving!

I love that they have so many options from yoga, to cardio to kickboxing! It helps keep things interesting which I for sure need during my workouts! Check out my two favorites below:

@bodyfitbyamy

Body Fit by Amy Pregnancy Playlist

@moretonic

TonicPregnancy Yoga Playlist

 

What are some of your favorite fitness clothes and what are your favorite online workout programs?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

baby, Family, Favorite Things, pregnant, Uncategorized

3D Ultrasound| Little Brother sees sister for the first time in 3D!

A couple weeks ago Mark, Tripp, my in-laws and myself went to have a 3D Ultrasound of baby Annabelle (name reveal video here). This was my first time ever experiencing a 3D ultrasound and I want to thank Hello Baby for hosting my family to this wonderful experience.

Family of 4
HelloBaby First Family Photo

My first pregnancy I didn’t think I “needed” a 3D ultrasound.  This pregnancy I wanted to do a few special things because so many things are different the second time around (like I totally forget to do weekly belly shots).  That’s where the 3D ultrasound came in.  After this experience though I would recommend anyone to do this during pregnancy.  You get SO much more time to see your little one then in the typical doctors office ultrasound. All in all we were there for almost an hour and the majority of the time we were getting to see baby!

Our Little Girl in 3D
Sweet Annabelle

 

I loved that if the baby wasn’t cooperating that they build in time for you to walk around and drink some juice.  If that still doesn’t work you can reschedule once for free!  Another thing I absolutely loved is how family friendly they were.  They engaged with the whole gamily and let Tripp get up close and personal!

 

Everyone was welcome and they were SO accommodating to my two year old.  They had a play basket, let him sit with me and even let him press buttons on the ultrasound machine (I mean that is every two year olds dream, right?!).

Future doctor?
Tripp Playing on the Ultrasound Machine

 

Some odds and ends if you are local to Fort Worth Area and want to visit Hello Baby.

Pricing:

  • Heartbeat Experience: $50
  • Gender Experience: $75
  • 3D/4D Bonding Experience: $130
  • 3D/4D Total Experience: $190

Add on’s:

  • CD with all images from Ultrasound $10
  • USB with all images from Ultrasound $15
  • Small Heartbeat Bear $25
  • Large Heartbeat Bear $35
Regular vs. 3D ultrasound
Sweet Annabelle

I absolutely loved visiting Hello Baby and they were so sweet during the whole experience. It is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life and would tell anyone it is a must do during pregnancy!

Did you have a 3D ultrasound during pregnancy?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family, Favorite Things, Gabbing Girls, Maternity/ Pregnancy, pregnant

Self Care

I am so excited to be collaborating with my friend Meg again for this post on self care! We have been instafriends and have collaborated on a “red head” post in the past.  This time we are both bringing you our take on self care. After you read below make sure to head over to her post and tell her I sent you!

Self Care.  You hear it talked about especially in the mom world. I think that is because self care techniques are constantly changing and evolving based on our life situations. You add a kid or two (or three or four), you move, you get a new job, or your schedule changes…. All of those things cause a seismic shift and you have to reevaluation how you execute your self care. A perfect balance is always the goal but I think a HAPPY balance is what is important.

Personally, lately I have had to scale down working out because of my pregnancy and so to replace it every few weeks I am heading in for a mani or a pedi.  It helps keep me relaxed and it is something that is a treat. I also have enjoyed some time reading and watching a few netflix shows. I am doing this all knowing that in a few short months a new baby will be here and my self care routine will have to change.  Taking a little extra self care time during these months is hopefully setting me up for a positive mental health level as we shift into a new normal.

There are so many different ways to fulfill your self care needs.  It can be hard to get the ball rolling [especially if you are a newer mom #momguilt].  But I promise it is so worth it not only for you but for your family. Self care can be done in as little as 10-15 minutes but that time can do so much for your mental and physical health.

I think the very first piece of self care advice I have is once your child is on a good schedule getting up before them is so imperative.  Even if it is to just lay in bed and check social media. It is so nice not to feel rushed into getting up and getting the ball rolling.  Some other Ideas on self care include:

Read a book

Workout (even small at home workouts get those good endorphins going)

Take a Bath

Pamper yourself… get a mani, your hair down, something that makes YOU feel beautiful

Have a glass of your favorite drink

Enjoy a cup of coffee HOT before the kiddos wake up

Enjoy time with friends WITHOUT the kid (s).

Taking care of yourself will help make sure you are functioning as your best self.  Whether you are a mom or not taking time for yourself in our “go, go, go” world is important for your mental and physical wellness. I love that people are finally talking about it because I know that I need to constant reminder to take care of myself and not just those around me!

What are you favorite strategies for self care?

PS Make sure to head over to Instagram and follow Meg and don’t forget to head on over to her blog post on self care!

Family, Favorite Things, Food

Soli Meal Delivery Review

I don’t know about you all but as a work at home mom I am ALWAYS looking for easy but healthy meal solutions.  I can easily get burnt out making the same few things over and over again.

When Soli came across my radar I was so intrigued about their program. They kindly sent me over several different meals and snacks to try out and share with y’all!

 

I love that Soli provides healthy food that is convenient so you can stay on track with your personal nutrition goals. I really love how the meals are color coded by protein. They also offer dietary options for those who may need/want them (like carb conscious, diary free, gluten free, paleo, sodium conscious, spicy, vegan, vegetarian and whole30).

I’m obsessed with how easy these containers are to grab and go.  Easy heating instructions and the nutritional information is easy to find! My favorite thing is that this is a meal service with so little ‘prep’ involved. You can have your meal ready to eat in less than 5 minutes.  Which is PERFECT for a busy mom!


Soli has weekly delivery options available.  Pick Monday or Thursday to ship. They have a three day lead time to ensure fresh shipping! Also, to ensure freshness, they only ship to locations that their shipping partners can reach within one to two days.

If you are loving what you are hearing head over to Soli and use discount code Gabbingginger for $20 off.

PS So far my favorites are the baked ziti,  brownies and the blueberry stack pack!

XOXO,

Gabbing Ginger

 

Family, Things I Love, travel

Tripp visits Disneyworld

Thanks to Disney World for gifting me a day of tickets to venture around the park.

If you would have asked me about taking a two year old to Disney a year ago I wold have laughed at you.  But I can tell you Tripp (and all of us) had a blast.  In an upcoming post(s) I will talk about traveling with a toddler tips and what its like to travel while pregnant!

We stayed at The Grand Floridian and it was AMAZING.  Their property is top notch with lots of activities for kids and good choices of places to eat.

 

Tripp loved the “beach” area they had! It was near a pool and a splash area too which he LOVED.  This was such a fun little perk of staying at this park. We also had awesome views of the fireworks from Disney!

 

Tripp absolutely loved riding the rides and see all the sites. I was worried he wouldn’t be super into the rides but he laughed looked around and never cried! The only time we had to really work with him was if we had wait times in line… which wasn’t ever a long period because we used fast passes and timed when to go to other rides based on what the Disney App told us… SO HELPFUL!

**Please ignore my cheesy mom voice.

Of course this pregnancy lady NEEDED a dole whip.  It was AMAZING and you can actually order ahead through the app and miss the line.  This is SO helpful during “heavy” food traffic time.

Disney makes everything so easy with their app.  We signed up for fast passes (which by the way made meeting characters SO much easier) and all the ride photos/attraction photos go right there in your app! I also loved the map and locator feature so we could see how to get places the fastest and where we were.

 

Thanks again to Disney for an amazing time! We can’t wait to visit again soon!

 

Whats your favorite thing to do at Disney?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

 

 

baby, Family, Fashion, Favorite Things, Things I Love

Pathway Pack Diaper Bag

Please note this post may contain affiliate links. 

Y’all know I love a good diaper bag backpack and as a working mom I always want one with dual functions.  One of the features I have been looking for is a bag that has a separate laptop pocket.  I am always on the go with my laptop since I “work from home”.  This diaper bag is the perfect combo because it has the perfect amount of space for my work and personal items with plenty of room to spare for items for my toddler (and soon to be newborn baby). Thanks to Petunia Pickle Bottom for gifting me this awesome Pathway Pack.

 

Another bonus of this bag is that it is coated canvas.  I love the canvas look but it isn’t duper durable however, this coating is stain resistant and helps keep the fabric from snagging. This bag also has several color options to fit every personality. I really loved this classic black and white because I felt it would go so well with my wardrobe.

Some of the other features I am loving are the roomy interior with 2 open pockets and 1 snap-close laptop pocket and the exterior pockets, detachable cross body strap… give me ALL the pockets so we can stay organized!

Here are some of the other wonderful features that Petunia Pickle Bottom highlights:

  • 2 side exterior bottle pockets
  • 2 open front pockets, 1 zippered front pocket
  • The canvas pack’s front flap secures with a snap closure
  • Zippered mesh pocket under flap
  • Removable, water-resistant and washable baby changing pad
  • PPB-monogrammed wipes case
  • Genuine leather trim, stamped logo, premium antique copper-colored metal hardware
  • This coated cotton canvas diaper bag has woven backpack straps, grab handle and detachable cross-body strap

I seriously have gotten compliments every time I have used this bag so far! It makes a great pool bag too since it can keep you organized but keeps things dry!

Outfit details:

Diaper Bag

Top

Pregnancy Jeans

John Hardy Bracelet

David Yurman Bracelet #1

David Yurman Bracelet #2

 

Seriously, this diaper bag is the working moms dream because you can easily separate all of your kids items from your personal work items with plenty of extra space.  The pocket system keeps you organized and makes for easy transfer if you need to just grab your items out so you can drop the kiddo off! This diaper bag can work so perfectly for both the working mom and the SAHM!

 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family, Favorite Things

First must haves for baby #2

* Please note this post may contain affiliate links and I received these products compliments of Dockatot, Binxy Baby, Ollie Swaddle and Lorena Canal. 

Before I was even pregnant there were a few items that I knew were on my “must have” list for baby #2.  Most of these products I heard about when Tripp was a baby and over these couple of years have just heard more and more moms rave about.  So I wanted to make sure I had them for baby #2!

 

DockAtot + Toy arch- Link will get you $10 off all DockAtot’s!  

I am so excited to try this out.  I have heard such rave reviews on how well babies will sleep in the dockatot.  I love how portable it is and with a toddler on the go I will need something that is easy to move around to keep the baby close while I keep up with Tripp. I also love the toy arch attachment so it can be a play area for baby! Can we also take a moment to SWOON over the Aristot line?! Pretty sure their bassinets are on the top of my wishlist now!  The DockATot feels so comfy but sturdy all at the same time. I love the different designs that you can choose from [I got the “Bananas for you” print] and I look forward to helping baby get some good quality sleep! Here are some of the wonderful features of this product.

 

– DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.
– Two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months)
– Made in Europe, designed in Sweden.
– Tested for breathability
– OEKO-TEX certified
– All natural, 100% cotton
– Handmade in Europe
– Ideal micro-climate for babies and tots
– Grand is perfect for toddler bed transitions

 

Binxy Baby– Get 10% off with this link! 

Next on my list that I have seen several times during my grocery store visits is a Binxy Baby cart hammock! This gives you room in the grocery cart, a safe place for baby AND you don’t have to lug the carseat in.  I always felt so bad piling groceries in the cart around the carseat. The hammock looks nice and cozy for baby and I think won’t be as hot to ride around in the store.  Tripp always got so hot not having air blow on him in that infant carseat and this gives so much more ventilation. I also love how collapsable it is so it is super portable to carry in.  These are all perfect solutions for us! See below for some of my favorite features.

– Fits most standard grocery store carts
– Holds car seat and supports up to 50 pounds in weight
– Used for babies approx. 6-8 months until they sit up on their own
– Safety tested

Ollie Swaddle– Get 10% off with this link! 

We never found a swaddle that worked for my first little guy but I know how much it can help with sleep.  I love the look and feel of the ollie swaddle and I have heard amazing reviews from friends. Also, I LOVE the face you can access the diaper easily because at night you want as little distraction and buttons as possible… amiright?! I think that sleep is so important for mom and baby and this swaddle feels like heaven.  Take time to read the story on how the Ollie Swaddle came to life because of a social worker/foster parent because it will let you see the research and real life experiences that led to such a wonderful product. I chose the meadow color because I think it is calming and goes for both a boy and a girl! Here are some of my favorite features.

– Known as the the Smarter Swaddle™
– Made from custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating
– Custom fit to allow for fit to be individualized to meet the needs and size of each little one
– Easy access diaper changes accessible through opening at the bottom
– One-size promotes ease with transitional stages

 

Lorena Canal Rugs

OK They seriously have the CUTEST rugs that I have been eyeing for awhile.  We don’t know the gender but I have a cactus from my mom and I knew when I saw their cactus rug I needed it and our nursery theme was born!  I have put photos of some of my other favorites but it was hard to choose! Best of all you can easily throw these rugs into the wash… and with babies come messes so that is totally perfect for us.  I also love how the look of each rug can grow through different ages and can even be used in “adult” spaces! Here are some of my other favorite features.

– Rugs and cushions are all machine-washable and fit into a standard washer and dyer
– Home collection is for adult spaces and sophisticated kids rooms
– Loved by top celebs and picked by Vogue as top baby product for celebrity nurseries
– Made in India, designed in Spain
– All natural dyes, handmade, eco and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs
– Proceeds support the Sakula project, and provide schooling for children in India.

I am so excited to try these new toys/tools out with the new baby! SO many handy items that I didn’t get to try with Tripp.  It is fun what new trends come out even just after two years!

 

What is on your must have baby list?

XOXO GabbingGinger

Family, Favorite Things

Good Enough

Good enough.  This is something that I have struggled with since I was a little girl.  I wanted to make sure I was a good daughter, sister, friend.  I always wanted that reassurance that I was doing a good job.

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I think when you are a perfectionist it is really hard to feel like you are doing a good job in roles that don’t have black and white grades/achievements.  I think that is why it is so hard for us to not sit and compare ourselves.  You see how “great” others are doing but have to remind your self that is just a snippet of the whole picture. This perfectionism has carried into my marriage, motherhood and I even still struggle wondering if I am a good daughter, sister and friend.

I always want to make sure I am a good listener, providing the right affirmations to what my friends and family crave. I struggle balancing being a good listener but also giving out advice and not taking over conversation.

All of these struggles seem to be on steroids now that I am blogger/influencer and have the “perfect lifestyle” pictures going around on my feeds day after day. Honestly,  it can really eat at my spirit and passion.  I question myself daily if I am a “good enough” blogger. I have to take a step back and remember that I am doing this influencer thing to bring myself and others joy and if that isn’t happening I need to reevaluate.  I want to make sure I am painting a true picture of my life in both it’s perfections and imperfections.  I don’t want to be the sugar coated blogger.  I want to be real and raw but still show how proud I am of the life I get to live.

With that being said; March is a new month, spring is upon us and I want to take this time to stop and realize my perfect imperfections. Realize that I won’t do it the right way every time but know that I am trying my best and that is what is good enough for my family, friends and myself.

We have to remember those snapshots we see into other peoples lives are just that, snapshots.  The bigger picture is that you define your perfect.  I was reading something the other day that said something along the lines of “Stop wishing for the future (like having more kids, potty trained kids, or the perfect house). Start living in the present.”  You can’t live your life dreaming constantly about the future because you will miss out on those sweet moments in everyday life.

I am reminding myself of the challenge of #yayineveryday and I hope you can join me in remembering the perfections and achievements in your day are what we should charish and don’t harp on the areas you didn’t feel were “perfect”.

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

baby, Family, Things I Love

Tripp’s Favorite Things + 20 Month Update

As I sit down to write this post I just can’t get over that Tripp is almost 20 months old.  He is a talking machine, a runner and full of life.  He eats ALL the food, ALL the time and he is getting cuter by the day which I don’t even know how that is possible.

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He loves to keep me on my toes and he is learning how to play by himself… which is amazing for this work at home mama.  Tripp loves to play catch and He is a wiz at puzzles.

Which leads me to this….I get asked all the time what are some of Tripp’s Favorite Toys are so I wanted to put together a quick toy list. Most of these are smaller items but I wanted to show off the best item first…  Tripp is a little over a year and a half right not so he loves A LOT of things but we really have fallen in love with Melissa and Doug toys! They don’t feel cheap and they are durable!

This Jeep has a remote for the parents to use and Tripp is OBSESSED with it!

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On to the inside toys…

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Infant Melissa & Doug Personalized Multi Activity Table • Melissa & Doug • $149.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Animal Train Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa and Doug Kids’ Deluxe Wire Puzzle Rack • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug ‘Fridge Food’ Play Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Boy’s Melissa & Doug ‘Magic Mine Train Tunnel’ Wooden Train Toy • Melissa & Doug • $29.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Food Groups Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Play Set – Ages 3+ • Melissa & Doug • $30

Melissa and Doug Toy, Fishing Magnetic Puzzle Game • Melissa & Doug • $9.99

 

What toys does your toddler love? I need birthday present ideas!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger