Beauty, Favorite Things, Things I Love

Perfume Perfection

When it comes to perfume I definitely have my “go-to’s”.  I do lean towards certain scents depending on the season. I usually stick with one or two signature scents throughout the season. These are what I think smell good on my skin and that over and over again I get compliments on!

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Burberry: The perfect warm winter scent. This scent makes me feel relaxed and cozy!

Burberry Brit:I have the older packaging]:  Love the floral crispy vanilla scent of this.  Perfect for on the go and everyday.  I almost ALWAYS receive compliments when I have this one on.

Marc Jacobs Lola: My favorite Spring and summer floral scent.  It makes me joyful and happy when I wear it.

Chanel: Chance: A: I LOVE this twist up travel size perfume.  SO great for moms on the go! B: The scent is SO yummy and gives me a little pep at the beginning of my day.

Chanel: Coco Mademoiselle: My favorite date night scent and is very enticing and warm.

Fendi: A fruity but deep blend.  This is a really good all year scent.  This is what I keep in my handy Travel Sprayer above.  LOVE this sprayer because it is SUPER easy to fill and great for on the go moms!

 

What is your favorite signature scent?

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

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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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Giveaway- Share the LuLaLove

I have chit chatted on here before how much I love my LuLaRoe! Well my girl Jenna hooked  me up with a free pair of Tall & Curvy Valentine’s Day Leggings to giveaway.  Below is how I styled them! Check out my Instagram on how to enter!

I love supporting my friends and local businesses! #GirlBoss

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Favorite Things, Things I Love

Favorite *mom* items

When it is time for baby the focus always is on the new little one.  However, the new mommy needs to be able to take care of the little one comfortably. Now that I am through the “newborn” trenches  I thought I would share some of my favorite mom gift idea.

First lets start with the Mom Uniform:

Leggings [Neiman Marcus]

LOTS of support and easy to pair for comfy outfits!

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Fuzzy indoor/outdoor loafers [Ugg]

Comfy, warm and can be worn in public for those Buy, buy baby late night runs!

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Long Cardigan

Cozy and perfect to cover up nursing tanks!

Favorites: [Target]  [Target] [TargetTarget]cardigan

Face wipes [Target]

Convient and needed for when you are running on little sleep.

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Yeti cup [Yeti]

For when you forget your coffee and four hours later it is still HOT! LOVE THIS!

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Roomba [Amazon]

One less chore… enough said.

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On the go phone charger [Kate Spade]

Taking a million pictures does a number to your phone battery so you need this!

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What are your favorite *mom* items?

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

 

Favorite Things, Things I Love

7 Goals for 2017

goals

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff

2. Be a better listener

3. Blog once a week

4. Practice yoga once a week

5. Travel to a new place

6. Learn a new skill

7. Volunteer more

What are your 2017 Resolutions/Goals?

XOXO- The Gabbing Ginger

Family

Parenting a High Needs Baby

Being a new parent is HARD.  It is such a change from regular life to this new normal… especially being a work at home mom, I felt like my life was turned upside down and it was really hard to communicate that with my husband.  We had several **talks** about this when my hormones were raging.  But as days have pasts and schedules have gotten better so has this new normal.

However, very early on I realized something about my little guy was so different.  First time I knew something was up: He didn’t sleep through his new born shoot AT ALL.  Ten days old and stayed up for 5 plus hours.  As the days went on he wasn’t asleep all the time like most newborns….he was constantly looking around trying to learn and absorb EVERYTHING. He was grumpy and I had no clue what was going on. I felt really isolated and like I was doing something wrong as a mom.

I felt so frustrated that many things weren’t helping like others claimed.  Colic drops, probiotics, sleep suits…. They all helped a bit but there was no magic answer.  Everyone said it was colic and a flip would switch and it would go away and he would be a new baby.  However, the “switch” never just flipped after 6 weeks or 3 months or 4 months.

So after some research [thanks Dr. Google] I stumbled upon Dr. Sears 12 Features of a High Needs baby.  I realized my little guy fit almost every category.  I finally felt like someone understood.  The hours of purple crying, shushing and swaying…. other people had to do that too!

Trying lots of different things I will say Tripp has GRADUALLY improved. Once he hit 5 months and can sit up unassisted it has helped TREMENDOUSLY.  He can play independently and get toys within his reach and he LOVES that. Those first few months were very hard and I can tell you when someone tells me I will miss those days I cringe.  Crying for hours is not something I will EVER wish on someone.  I weigh less now then when I got pregnant from all the rocking and bouncing.  Many parents develop PTSD PPA or PPD from having a baby with colic… it is THAT serious and that traumatizing.

So here I am writing to hopefully help the next first time parent [or new parent to a high needs baby]. Here are some tips to help keep your sanity.

  1. Remember it WILL get better. Self talk is so important in those early days.  Those moments while they seem to last forever WILL end.
  2. Find a support group.  I LOVE The Fussy Baby Site Support.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try new things [doctor approved of course].  Our little guy liked one thing one day and something new the next. You want an arsenal or tricks with a HN baby. (We had a swing, rock and play, shushing, colic calm, probiotics, car rides, bath time, walking outside [in the crazy Texas heat], baby wear, noise machines…. just to name a few)
  4. Ignore those who are not there to support you. Unless they have had a HN baby it is VERY hard for people to relate.
  5. You are doing the best you can and THAT is good parenting.
  6. Coffee and wine are your friends.
  7. Buy meals/snacks that are easy and quick. It helps eliminate that frustration. [granola bars were my best friend]
  8. Seek professional help if you feel lost, depressed or that you may harm yourself or the baby.  Those days can be very dark so don’t feel like you can’t speak out about it.

Tripp has challenged me to be such a strong and patient mom and I wouldn’t change his strong personality for the world.  I feel so much better knowing he is just a strong personality and coming to terms that there is no “cure” and thats ok! I LOVE that he wants to constantly learn and be stimulated! That doesn’t mean we don’t have bad days or frustrating days but those days are spreading further apart because this is the first time for EVERYTHING for our little family and we are all learning!

What worked for your fussy baby?

Bonus: Here is my Reality Vs. What is on Social Media pictures:

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Pregnancy Style Recap

As my due date approaches I wanted to get a recap up of what I wore and some style tips during pregnancy.  I think one of the best pieces of advice I took was don’t be afraid to wear pre-pregnancy clothes and incorporate them into your pregnancy pieces.

There are some non-negotiable pregnancy pieces for me.  Leggings and jeans that go over the belly.  Everyone is different but I couldn’t get comfortable (in later pregnancy) with elastic/waistbands digging into my lower tummy.

Pictures and items will be list left to right, top row than bottom row.

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Outfit 1: Leggings [Old Navy], Shirt: OLD [Similar], Flip Flops [Tory Burch]

Outfit 2: Blazer [Express], Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki]

Outfit 3: Dress [Harper and Bay], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Jean Jacket [Similar], Purse [Louis Vuitton]

Outfit 4: Cami [NikiBiki], Kimono:OLD [Similar],  Jeans [Jessica Simpson]

Outfit 5: Shirt [Target], Skirt: OLD [Similar], Flip Flops [Target]

Outfit 6: Dress OLD [Similar], Cardigan: OLD [Similar], Wedges: OLD [Similar]

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Outfit 1: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Purse [Louis Vuitton], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Cardigan [Target]

Outfit 2: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Sunnies [Ray-Bans], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Purse [Louis Vuitton], Cardigan: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 3: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Shirt:OLD [Similar], Booties [DSW]

Outfit 4: Dress [Pinkblush], Necklace [Kendra Scott], Shoes [Nine West], Jacket: [Old] Ralph Lauren [Similar] or [Similar]

Outfit 5: Leggings [Old Navy], Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21], Purse [Tory Burch], Shoes: OLD [Similar], Blouse: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 6: Cami [NikiBiki], Sandals: OLD [Similar], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Cardigan [Target], Sunnies [Ray-Bans]

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Outfit 1: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Bootie Wedges [Target], Cardigan [Target], Shirt [Target]

Outfit 2: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Plaid Shirt: OLD [Similar], Shirt [Target]

Outfit 3: Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki], Bootie Wedges [Target], Cardigan [Motherhood Maternity]

Outfit 4: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Boots [Justin], Blouse: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 5: Dress [Badgley Mischka]

Outfit 6: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Booties [DSW], Cadigan: OLD [Similar]

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Outfit 1: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Cardigan [Target], Booties [DSW], Scarf [Similar]

Outfit 2: Leggings [Old Navy], Vest [MarleyLilly], Flannel Plaid Shirt [Walmart], Shoes: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 3: Leggings [Old Navy], Blazer: OLD [Similar], Heels: OLD [Similar], Tee: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 4: Leggings [Old Navy], Scarf [Similar], Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21], Sweater [Target], Bootie Wedges [Target]

Outfit 5: Leggings [Old Navy], Vest [MarleyLilly], Blouse [Walmart], Flats: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 6: Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki], Flats: OLD [Similar]. Cardigan [Target], Scarf [Similar]

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Dates, Favorite Things, Maternity/ Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Versatile [pregnancy] Style

Style and function is something that I have been looking for when I enter the new mom world.  Harper and Bay came across on my instagram account and I fell in love!

This dress not only works now during my pregnancy days but it has cute zippers to make breast feeding easy! I will probably even wear it when I am out of those seasons of life!  I have heard over and over again from my mom friends that finding clothes that make breast feeding easy can be hard to find… Especially dresses! These are seriously so perfect and Harper and Bay carries great on trend styles!

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**In the top right picture you can see one of the TINY zipper pulls to unzip.  It zips between the light pink and dark pink**

PS I can’t wait to repost on this dress after baby Tripp makes his debut!

Dress [Harper and Bay]

Flip Flops [Tory Burch]

Jean Jacket [Similar]

Purse [Louis Vuitton]

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

 

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Light Pallet

I am loving the light clothing with pops of color right now.  I’ve partnered up again with Tiger Lily- Stillwater and their jewelry and paired all of it with items from Target.

OOTD

Jeans

Dark Tan Shoe

Light Tan Shoe

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Dress

ALL Jewelry- Tiger Lily

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