Fashion

Holiday OOTD

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Hey y’all! It has been a quick minute since I have done an OOTD post.  I thought I would showcase a classic casual holiday look! Check out the details below.  I am hoping to bring back more fashion post in the coming year!

Casual Holiday Outfit

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger
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Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

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I know gift guides are super helpful for everyone and I know how helpful Amazon is for gifts so I thought why not combine the two?! Here is a gift guide that includes something anyone will love! Your one stop shop if you will! Also, make sure to ask friends/family if they have their own Amazon Wish List! I know most moms continually keep a list going!
As a busy new mom of two I need easy and convent! I hope this gift guide provides that and will help you fill up Santa’s sleigh with all of the perfect gifts!

Newborn

 

Baby

Toddler

*Bonus ideas for smaller children: Zoo and museum passes!
Young Children


Teen

College Student/ Young Adult

Mom

Dad 
Husband & Wife
 
Grandma   &   Grandpa

Bestie

Clean Freak

Cook

Baker

Techie

Book Lover

Fashionista

Outdoor Lover

Music Lover

Traveler

Gift for All

What is on your must have list?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

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Pathway Pack Diaper Bag

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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

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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

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Eloise and Lolo Diaper Bag Overview

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During my first pregnancy/ and into new motherhood I never really found a “perfect” diaper bag.  I think I am just one of those ladies that needs bags for different occasions (amiright?!).  I got a fawn dupe and reviewed when I had my first son.  That bag was great for on the go to hold diapers, wipes, snacks and a few of my things but I found that over time as he got older it was hard to fit everything he needed for Parent’s Day Out.

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I began looking for a little more accommodating bag for when have two kids (thank goodness T’s “needs” take up less space these days). I asked around an a lot of moms recommend the Eloise bag. Check out a quick video of all of the fun features of this bag!

 

I love how many color options this bag comes in and the price point is so great!

I am really excited to be able to store so many things for baby and still be able to fit a few diapers and snacks for Tripp. I have found have THESE zipper bags to keep things organized has really helped with one kiddo and I plan to do the same for two. Plus, it makes it easier when you only are traveling with one or need to switch bag types.

I am looking forward to trying out a few diapers bags for both one kiddo and two and letting you all know what I am loving!

 

What is your favorite diaper bag?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

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Year ONE

 

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As I sit back and reflect on the last year I just cannot believe how fast it has come and gone.  The saying is true that minutes can seem slow but the months go by so fast. Tripp has taught me so much in such a short 12 months.  These months have taught me patience, empathy and to be more care free. My type A personality has definitely been challenged but in a good way!

So, I thought to wrap up twelve months of motherhood, I would give you twelve tips I’ve learned.

  1. Don’t be afraid to take the baby out.  It is a big production but it is worth your sanity to get out and about.
  2. You do you.  Go with your gut.  If you need to sleep train do it, if you want to give the baby a Paci do it.  Don’t worry about the judgmental moms out there you need to do what is right for you and your family.
  3. Do something for yourself every once in awhile.  Coffee with a girlfriend, a pedicure… anything to help relax and rejuvenate.
  4. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.  The crying is HARD but I PROMISE it is temporary.  Positive self talk is very important in those days with lots of crying and little sleep.
  5. Get a yeti cup.  If not you will reheat your coffee 5 million times a day.
  6. Find a good support group.  You will have a million questions and that group will save your sanity.  DR GOOGLE IS THE WORST SUPPORT GROUP.
  7. Take a shower.  Put the baby in a bouncer or a safe space and take 5 minutes for yourself.  You will feel like a new person.
  8. Breastfeeding is HARD.  I will say after 6 weeks for me it got significantly easier.  We have made it to one year and I am so proud that we did! But do what you and your baby need. FED IS BEST.
  9. Buy yourself something cute. Those first days are hard but having a nice fresh (stretchy and comfy) outfit does a world of good.
  10. Continue taking your pre-natals and have lab work done to make sure all your levels are good…. turns out I was vitamin D deficient and once I started taking supplements I started feeling SO much better!
  11. Ask for help.  Even if it is just for 30 minutes when you need a break you need a break.
  12. The kitchen doesn’t have to be spotless.  This is the hardest lesson for me… they say to sleep or rest when the baby is resting but I tend to try to tackle the never ending to do list.  I have tried my best to learn that it is ok if the house isn’t perfectly clean for one day or if the laundry waits an extra day. The stress is NOT worth it.  Spend this time with the family and worry about the chores another time.  Honestly, sticking to a schedule has really helped me to not feel overwhelmed by the amount of things to get done in a day!

What are your tips for first year moms?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

PS Aren’t are pictures the cutest?! Shoutout to photo guru Chandi!

PPS Here are the outfit details: floral dress [under $25!], Cold Shoulder Top, Jeans, Sandals.

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What’s in my diaper bag?

As babies get older what you carry in your diaper bag changes! After switching things around I finally found a solution that works best for me.  I hated that my stuff was getting cluttered with Tripp’s stuff and I wanted a easier solution than carrying two bags.

A friend of mine recommended a back pack for Tripp when we use the the child watch at the gym and that is how the lightbulb went off in my head.  I keep everything of Tripp’s in his backpack and throw it in my big bag! So much better and easier to find what I need.

So onto the good stuff…Our bags:

diaper

Mine [Louis Vuitton]: Neverfull MM

His [Pottery Barn]: Pre-K size

products

Wipes [Target]

Diapers [Target]

Water Bottle [Bed Bath and Beyond]

Outfit [Carter’s]: Because accidents happen.

EOS [Target]: We both actually use this because it is so easy to use on him because he thinks it is a nipple! HA!

Sophie [Target]

Sippy Straw Cup [Target]

Snack Container [Buy Buy Baby] [with goldfish of course].  He also loves yogurt puffs! I linked a different product than what I have. My biggest complaint is there isn’t an air tight lid for mine and then one I linked has that!

Lipstick [Mac]

Hand cream [Bath and Body Works]

Granola [Target] because nursing moms are ALWAYS hungry.

Book [Priddy Books]

Rattle [Similar]

Sunglasses [RayBans]

Wallet [Louis Vuitton]

Gum [Target]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

 

 

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Life Goals

You know some life goals are big and some life goals are small. Well my name is Lauren and I have a lip balm problem. My goal… completely finish one of my lip balms before buying a new one.

Here’s to hoping this holds me accountable.

 

Xoxo Gabbing Ginger

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Favorite Things: Handwriting Gift

Happy New Year!  Since it is a new year I wanted to start a new series. In this new series I want to outline favorite products of mine new and old!

Since it is the New Year I am starting with something new.  I have wanted this product for while and finally sat down to purchase one for both my brother and myself for Christmas.

I have to start by saying I think sometimes God sends signs in such funny ways and you can’t help but smile. After my mom passed away I had seen the idea of handwriting gifts.  Luckily, I had some things she had written now I just needed to find someone to do it.  In came google and what do you know the first site that came up was Lauren Nicole Gifts. For those of you who don’t know me personally my name is Lauren Nicole.  I know my mom MUST have been smiling down when I was searching.  So I found this great company and sent my order in.

It was super easy and turn around was great! They do all kinds of great gifts (keychains and jewlery) with handwriting on it! You can even shrink baby footprints and they can etch it in!

Here is what I got!

Mom

PS The packaging was SUPER cute but of course I forgot to take a picture.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Product Review: Valentia Even Glow Skin Serum

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Disclosure: I received this product free in agreement to review the product.

Here are some specs:

  • SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS INCLUDE: Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Green Tea Extract, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, and Resistem (Plant Stem Cells). All ingredients chosen for their anti-aging properties and ability to enhance Vitamin C efficiacy on your face and skin.
  • EVENS SKIN TONE | INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE: Vanquish dark spots and revitalize your skin with this new generation Vitamin C serum along with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.
  • LUXURIOUS SMELL + ALL DAY HYDRATION – Experience the most addictive Vitamin C Serum on the market today. Non-Watery texture allows for greater coverage with less serum, deeply penetrating and reducing pores by locking in moisture.
  • REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES: Special ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, reducing wrinkles leaving skin clearer and younger.
  • BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: The presence of Organic Rosehip Oil and a foundation of 20% Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your face… LIFETIME GUARANTEE- Try our Even Glow Serum Today – RISK FREE

This serum has been amazing so far! It smells great and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily or sticky! It is great on my oily and dry skin and has really brightened it.  I am acne prone so it took a few days for my skin to adjust but it has and the serum has really improved the look of the scars on my face! So much so that sometimes I just touch up any trouble spots and go… no BB cream or foundation!

I put the serum on at night after my evening face wash routine.  I wake up in the morning to a glow on my face and it is hydrated and fresh.

I am still using this product and I plan to purchase it again once it runs out!

 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger