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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!

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Amazon Wish List

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Hi everyone! I don’t know about you but Amazon is one of the best things to come into my life.  We are so lucky to have so many items to choose from at just the click of a button.

I also love that you can make wish lists for different occasions so when you think of something you can add it there in the moment… because I definitely have mom brain and if I don’t do it then I will never remember what my idea was!

One of my favorite features is that influencers can make a public list to share with their tribes.  So today I wanted to share with you what is on my wish list.  It is an array of items for my family, myself and my house.

 

I love when I see gift ideas for others I can just add them to my list automatically and that helps me price check too! I also love that so many products have reviews right there so if it is on the cheaper side (especially clothes) you can really see how they may fit or the quality!

Check out whats on my list and let me know what you have to order too!

What are your must haves from Amazon?

 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Pregnancy update Weeks 15-19: Anatomy Scan + Gender Reveal

Hello! I hope you enjoy this fun pregnancy update! I’ve linked everything I mentioned in the video below!

 

 

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Here was our super cute gender announcement on social media!

Have any questions or suggestions for my next video?  Comment below!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Pregnancy Update Weeks 12-15 VLOG

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Copy of Copy of saranghae beauty routine

I am finally feeling a little bit human again and I am weening off of my nausea medications and after a Instagram poll y’all asked for a VLOG and here it is…. Hopefully, I did ok!

Here are some of the links I mentioned in the VLOG:
Baby Doppler
Snoogle Pillow
Blog Pregnancy Update weeks 1-12
Instagram

I hope y’all enjoy! Do you want to see more VLOGS?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Summer Pregnancy Must Haves

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When you find out your pregnant you make a overhaul of a lot of things.  I am excited to share with you some fun upcoming fashion post for my every growing bump.

In the mean time I am going to show you some of my Amazon Wish List items for being pregnant during the summer.  Most of these things you can use when you aren’t pregnant too! I love utilizing items for all seasons of life.

Skin/Facial Care

*Please note to ALWAYS talk to your doctor about your skin/facial care.

Summer time means lighter makeup so you want to make sure your skin is looking fresh and bright. Here are some products I love:

 

 

Fresh Start 

Facial Hydrator + Eye Creme

Facial Wash

I am using this to help keep away stretch marks.  I used it my first pregnancy/postpartum and loved it!

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Bio Oil

With the sun coming out pregnant mom’s need to prepare.  Here is what is in my Amazon Cart to help with sun protection and tanning.

 

 

Jergens Instant Sun

Neutrogena Pure and Free

 

Swim Suits

Summer calls for swim suit time and with my ever changing body I am eyeing a few different bathing suits to get me through the dog days of summer.  Here are some of my favorites. PS ALL of these are under $30!

 

 

Black and White Bikini

Yellow and Floral Bikini

Black Lace OTS

 

 

What are your summer pregnancy must haves?

Stay tuned for a fun maternity style haul!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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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!

how to make mom friends

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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BABY GIRL’S PERFECT NURSERY

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Hi everyone! I would like to introduce you to a new series I am starting called Gabbing Girls.  These are some of my favorite bloggers that will be writing special pieces just for this blog space! I love participating in guest blogs and I am so excited to be featuring these women on here!

I want to welcome Shawna from MishMash Mommy.  Shawna is a true Southern girl with a love for writing, photography, and Sweet Tea.  She is married to the love of her life, Stepmom to the sweetest 9 year old boy, Mom to an adorable 2 year girl, and Fur Mommy to 2 little Shih-tzu pups.  In addition to blogging at MISHMASH MOMMY, she is a part-time photographer and photo editor, and loves traveling and camping in what very little spare time she gets.

Her post will bring something new to the table because she is introducing her baby girls nursery! Which reminded me that I never posted about Baby Tripp’s nursery….

NURSERY

When I found out I was pregnant, I began scouring Pinterest and dreaming of what my sweet baby’s nursery would look like.  I couldn’t wait to find out the gender, so I could really go crazy!  I was so anxious that I scheduled an appointment with Peek A Boo Baby for the day I hit 16 weeks.  You can’t imagine my excitement when they told me it was a GIRL!  I would have been thrilled either way, but I’d secretly always wanted a little girl.

I’d never been much of a pink girl, so I wanted to do the nursery in purple…and loved the combination of purple and teal.  If you’ve ever tried looking for that in nursery bedding, you know it’s practically impossible without spending a million bucks on custom made.  Heck, I had a hard enough time just finding purple.  Lavender was a little easier, but I wanted a true, vibrant purple.  I swear I searched for months, until I finally found one I liked.  Ironically, it had quite a bit of pink in it too.  The great part is I could get it at my favorite store, Target, online (Thank you, Red Card)!  The Target option came in a bundle, which included a few things I wouldn’t use, but it was still cheaper than buying certain pieces separately.  Now that I had decided on bedding, the rest was much easier (and so much fun) to shop for!

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I wanted to keep things bright and fun, so I opted for a white crib from Graco. I also chose a white dresser and white cube storage unit (both from Target).  I loved the idea of using the dresser top as my changing table, so I got a changing pad and wrapped it in a super soft light purple cover.  I will say it did slide around a bit., so we eventually used the buckle and just looped it through the drawer and out the back.  I wanted to bring out a little bit of the green from the bedding so I got storage bins and drawer knobs to match.

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After searching forever and reading a million reviews, I settled on this glider, and I love it!  It is so comfy, and I think the gray works great with everything else.  I picked up the table and lamp on clearance at Target. Double score!  I had a really hard time finding curtains.  There wasn’t anything that would work in the stores, so I went online.  Shockingly, I got these blackout curtains at Walmart online!  I knew it was meant to be, when I noticed that the style name was Kendall.  🙂

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Speaking of my daughter’s name, I got big white letters at Michaels and painted polka dots to match the crib skirt.

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One of my favorite accents was the paper lanterns!  I was going to order separately, but I found this pack on Amazon that had the exact colors I needed!  I initially wanted (and ordered) some giant tissue paper pom poms, but when I got them, it was just too confusing for my prego brain to figure out how to assemble them!  Thankfully, I absolutely love how the lanterns turned out!

I had been stockpiling books pretty much since I found out I was pregnant, and definitely needed a place to put them.  I saw this super cute book shelf idea on Pinterest, and it turned out great.  The bookshelves are actually IKEA spice racks that I painted white.  The only problem is that they don’t hold very many books, so I quickly ran out of room.

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I had a hard time narrowing down which decor I was going to put on the walls…there is so much cute stuff out there!  I got some adorable decorative signs and shelves, and this amazing shag rug (again, from Target).

Once the nursery was complete, I’d just go and sit in there imagining what it would be like when she arrived.  It’s like it didn’t really hit home until this room was finished.  I felt like NOW I was ready for her to be here.  NOW I was ready to be a Mom.

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What was your favorite part of decorating your nursery?  How did you feel when it was finally complete?

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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