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How to Mom Date

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Can we just all agree that as an adult it is SO hard to meet friends.  Once you become a mom you have an even bigger layer of self consciousness about “mom shaming” to deal with which adds to the difficulty of making friends!

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Well after 16 months I can say how truly important it is to find mom friends that have kids close to your children’s ages.  You go through the ups and downs together and can lean on one another for advice. This is really important to me since my mom isn’t here to give me advice.

But how do you meet the mom friends?  Here are some tips that I have picked up since I have had Tripp!

Places to meet mom friends:

  1. Local mom groups [Facebook, Fit4mom, MOPS]
  2. Library
  3. Parks
  4. Local Play Areas [indoor playgrounds, bounce houses, gyms]
  5. Museums

Okay so you made it to some great places to meet moms but how do you talk to them?

  1. Say hello!
  2. Give a compliment! [Like I love your shoes or earrings] Be sincere!
  3. If conversation gets to flowing ask her name!
  4. Put yourself out there, say hey we should grab coffee, wine or meet up at a park sometime!
  5. Exchange numbers [and then send a text to plan a mom date]

Don’t be afraid of rejection. It happens and you wouldn’t want to be friends with someone like that anyway! The majority of moms are looking to meet other mom friends to socialize with.  Just keep trying and you will find that perfect mom group!

How do you make mom friends?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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SoapBox Review

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If you all have been readers for long you know I have a major passion for philanthropy, so when Soapbox approached me I was so excited to work with them on their campaign to reach 3 million donations.
Can you believe that just 7 years ago Soapbox started with the CEO making soap in his college apartment?!?!!? What an accomplishment he has made in such a short period of time!
If you haven’t heard of Soapbox they are a one-for-one personal care company that carries shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soaps. Which means for every product sold they donate a bar of soap to someone in need in the US or abroad. Another plus is they are vegan and cruelty free.
I was able to try the following items and here is what I thought:
The smell of this shampoo and conditioner is fresh and clean.  I feel like both men and women can enjoy it.  It soaps up well and leave a clean feel.  The conditioner really moisturizes but doesn’t leave a build up. &
This stuff smells so luxurious! It smells like something at a day spa and I love it!  The hand soap itself works great and isn’t drying on my sensitive skin!
This smells so yummy and sweet almost like bubble gum! It lathers well and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry!
This is my favorite smell of the group so floral and fresh! I love how well it lathers and that the smell is so refreshing!
I hope you can join me in reaching their  campaign goal of 3 million donations! To help I have a special PROMO code for you! gabbinggingerSbS3M. 
This code will allow you 10% off and the double donation credit! The promo code will expire on Friday, 10/13/2017.  
PS. One of the coolest thing is you can enter the unique hope code identifier and see exactly where your donation went!
Make sure to check them out on social media too:
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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First Year Favorites

I thought since Tripp is a year old I would review some of my favorite products from his first year of life.  I hope this can help people find items they love. Some of these things you may have heard me talk about on here or Instagram so sorry for the repetitiveness but when I love something I love to praise it!

Baby Jogger City Select

LOVE LOVE LOVE.  It is super easy to fold, pushes very easy and has a fantastic over head shade!

Magic Merlin Sleep Suit

LIFE SAVER.  Tripp hated the swaddle but loved this.  And it was pretty easy to transition out of!

Nose Frida

This has saved us from the Texas allergies.  So much snot and this is SUPER easy to clean. Those bulbs are like the black hole of mystery grossness.

Activity Gym/ Play Mat

Loved this for tummy time!

Sit Me Up

This was great to use to help sit Tripp up and is super light and compact too!

Jumper

Tripp was obsessed with his jumper.  It was one of the first toys he absolutely loved and gave me a few free minutes too!

Sit to Stand

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Love that this toy converted from a smaller age to him using it now.  Still hadn’t gotten old!

Chicco Keyfit 30

This car seat is super easy to install and move around.  It was durable and safe.  He just outgrew it so we upgraded.

Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit

It was a little weird the first week seeing Tripp in such a big car seat but he loves it.  This thing can last until 120 LBS! Pretty easy to install too!

Busy Board

A fun toy that keeps Tripp occupied for a few minutes… which says a lot these days 🙂

Rock-N-Play

Another life saver that allowed Tripp to sleep.  LOVED the auto rock feature.

Ubbi

Seriously keeps the gross dirty diaper smell away.

Cabinet Safety locks

Our cabinets are inset and I didn’t;t want you to be able to tell we have locks on them so these magnet locks were the perfect solution.  Only weird thing is out door pulls are magnet to so we had to set the lock towards the middle of the cabinet.

What are/were you favorite baby products?

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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Current Crushes [UNDER $50]

The weather is changing and I have my eyes on a lots of new spring time items! I have found some of my favorite finds and all are a steal under $50!

Current Crushes

Tasseled Cold Shoulder Blouse

Trouser

Tasseled Cold Shoulder Blouse

Block Heels

Sneakers

Scalloped Flats

Floral Maxi Romper 

Pink Cold Shoulder Dress

What are your current crushes?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Tripp- 6 month update

Well, well, well where has time gone  Tripp is almost 7 months old so I figured it was time for an update!!

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In my last update I talked about parenting a high needs baby.  The struggles of parenting a spirited child are still throwing curve balls at me but I can say that these last couple of months have been amazing (minus lack of sleep… boo to the 4 month sleep regression and teething)!

Tripp has such a personality and I love that we are finally getting to see him shine. He LOVES people and being the center of attention. He is proud of himself when he can impress you.  He definitely has the strong personality of both of his parents and has started finding his “outside” voice.  I have a feeling that he isn’t going to ever be a “quiet” person. 🙂

He is sitting up, pulling up, almost crawling and LOVES pretty much any food we let him try.  He has taken a sippy cup like a champ and we are still going strong on breastfeeding.

It is such a blessing to be Tripp’s mom.  He challenges me to be a better person everyday and is a constant reminder of unconditional love.  I can’t wait to experience his first Christmas here in a few weeks!

Check out how much he has changed!

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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

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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