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Lollipop Baby Camera + Nursery Reveal

I am so excited to finally show you all the nursery! I revealed awhile back that it would be cactus themed but never showed much more! I finally have the majority put together and can’t wait to show you everything. I also did my best to link all the items you see at the bottom of the post!

THE BEST BABY CAMERA

One of the first things I wanted when I found out I was pregnant was the Lollipop Baby Monitor smart and intelligent video-based baby monitor.  

It is WIFI-based monitor such that you can not only use your phone to see your baby’s live-feed indoor, also in your office or outdoor is available to watch your baby.

I love the Lollipop’ name and the soft, rounded contours, and the posable silicone arm! Also, the camera can detect a truly crying baby and has a low false alarm rate! Basically, their technology can distinguish between CRYING and NOISE, which is totally different from the other products on the market claiming .

My favorite features:

  • Audio Mode – The Only Wifi Baby Monitor with Audio Mode for Overnight Monitoring
  • Audio Mode Alarm System – Alarm if there is a network disconnect while using Audio Mode.
  • No Addtional Monthly Fee
  • Push Video Notify – 30s event video, by Crying/Noise/Virtual Wall (Optional: Lollipop Sensor, Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality)
  • High Quality Video – Sony Sensor inside, H.264, 720P, with Made-in-Japan Computar Lens
  • Streaming – In home:LAN rtsp/Away from home:Cloud Streaming
  • Data History – Daily & weekly noise/crying and environment (Optional: Lollipop Sensor) data log
  • Quick Setup
  • Night Vision – Two mode selection – 940nm LEDs invisible for nearing baby, and 850nm for wall mounting
  • Remote Music Playing – Lullabies and smooth sounds built-in
  • Live View Sharing – unlimited shared users for your relatives
  • Mobile Device Requirement – Bluetooth 4.0(BLE) iPhone 4s or Later / Android Phone

In addition to the baby camera [which I loved that I could match the color to Annabelle’s room], I went with a pink/green/black colors group. The furniture in this room is actually a hodge podge of finds. But I will do my best to link similar products!

Why the cactus?

The cactus theme was build off of the glass cactus you see below that was my moms. I thought it was the perfect inspiration piece to build off of and as Annabelle grows I can’t wait to tell her all about her Grandma Jeanne that is in heaven.

Also, I want to note that the pillow and blanket will not be in the crib. I just staged them for photos!

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Lollipop Baby Camera

[Similar] Glass Cactus

[Similar] Wood frame “Annabelle” sign

Fierce Sign FYI this is a printable that Annabelle’s Gaga had framed for us!

Cactus mirror

Glider& Ottoman

Pink lamp shade

[Similar] Lamp

[Similar] Monogrammed blanket

[Similar] Stay Wild Pillow

Sheet

Crib

Nightstand

Dresser

I hope you all loved everything about Annabelle’s nursery. I can’t wait for her to enjoy and grow into it!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

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Grove Collaborative Cleaning
Favorite Things

New Year, Clean Home with Grove

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After all the buzz and excitement of Christmas, January feels like the perfect time to  wipe the slate clean. I’m craving a calm, clutter-free home with lots of space to cook a healthy meal and unroll my yoga mat.

I know I’m not the only one feeling that way! Luckily for us, Grove Collaborative has a special offer to help start the New Year with a clean home. When you place your first order of $20 from Grove using my link HERE you’ll get:Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap

  1. A Free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
  2. A Free Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray
  3. A Free Grove Collaborative caddy
  4. Free Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges

Plus Free shipping & free VIP trial

If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive a free set of walnut scrubber sponges.

I’m all for anything that helps me stay organized in the New Year, which is why I’m so excited about this cleaning caddy. It’s a chic and modern way to keep my most-used cleaning supplies at my fingertips.

The caddy is big enough to hold a few bottles of cleaner, gloves, and microfiber cloths — yet compact enough that I don’t feel like I’m lugging it around the house.  

By choosing versatile and effective products, you’ll have less to carry around and be able to clear some space under your sink. Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray, for example, works on countertops, backsplashes, faucets, doorknobs, painted walls, and even wood floors. I can literally clean my home top to bottom with just one product!

The Best Sponge

These Grove walnut scrubber sponges are also extremely versatile. The scouring side is made from crushed walnuts (yes, walnuts!) and is perfect for scrubbing pans or tile. The soft side is made from all-natural vegetable cellulose and is great for wiping down countertops and appliances. Since you get two, you can stash one in your cleaning caddy and one next to the sink.

Grove Collaborative Cleaning

Along with my walnut scrubber sponge, I always keep a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap and dish soap by my kitchen sink. After all the holiday baking, I’m tired of doing dishes and grateful that Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap makes the job that much easier.

(By the way: if you spend $39, you’ll get a beautiful stoneware tray for free! It’s perfect for holding your soaps and a sponge.)

Another thing that helps me maintain a clean home all year long is Grove Collaborative. Grove hand-selects the best green products and delivers them (carbon offset) right to my doorstep, on my schedule. I get helpful reminders when it’s time to reorder, so that’s one less thing I have to think about.

As a VIP, I also get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Once you’ve submitted your order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial so you can check it out for yourself!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here HERE
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Grove Collaborative Cleaning

What are your favorite cleaning hacks?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family

Being a mom when your mom has passed

“Death ends a life but it doesn’t end a relationship that lives on in the mind of the survivor.”

I don’t like to write “sad” posts because it really isn’t my personality to dwell on things that are not positive.  However, being a mom when your mom has passed is something that has really challenged me over the last 10+ months.  Let’s be honest, living life without your mom is hard and as new life chapters start not having your mom there to help guide you through the challenges and the triumphs is something you are constantly re-learning how to deal with. I often times have found this article helpful. It reaffirms that it is ok to mourn and that with new life events that sorrow may hit you like a brick wall.

For those of you who do not know me personally my mom passed away not even a month after my wedding, it was somewhat sudden and unexpected… she had had health issues but had been seemly doing very well. It was quite a heartache to deal with.  My husband was and is wonderfully supportive, as well as, my friends and family. Honestly, without them I am not sure I would be where I am today.

It is hard to not be able to pick up the phone and call my mom whenever I have a question or wonder “was I like this as a baby?!” I couldn’t ask my mom how her pregnancy was or what I was like as a newborn.  Those are things I NEVER processed five years ago when she passed away… and when these new situations creep up, the emotions can come on full force.  Sometimes honestly a simple comment someone makes one Facebook about their mom will bring up though feelings, because honestly life can be very bitter sweet without when you hit those life milestones and wish your mom was there to share it with you.

So what have I done?  I reach out to friends and family.  I have a loving mother in law and mom friends that are there to give me advice and support.  I talk about my mom to others with less fear these days…. you know you don’t want people to “feel sorry for you”.  I allow myself to feel sad and know that it is okay to still grieve and be upset.  I read a blog post of an acquaintance from college who lost her mom and it has resonated with me [PS you should follow her journey about being BRCA1 +].  In the post it talks about how you are allowed to have a poor baby day. Everyone has days to feel sorry for themselves but her mom’s rule was that that you only got one day, after that, you had to pick yourself up and keep on keeping on.

I absolutely love that advice and have kept with it.  It is OKAY to have a bad day but know that tomorrow you will be better! Another affirmation that I like to live by is “not every day is joyful but there are bits of joy in everyday.”

If you every need to talk please don’t hesitate to send me a message.  Grief and sorrow are always changing and new challenges present themselves [especially with motherhood and other defining life moments].

MOM

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Things I Love, travel

Traveling with a baby tips & tricks

We are about to head off to Florida for my Grandfather’s 90th birthday! What a blessing to have this man in my life and Tripp’s life. That brings up a topic that I remember as a new mom being so worried about.  Traveling with a baby. Well eight flights later, and I feel like so far, so good!

Honestly, even as a high needs/fussy baby he did AMAZING!!! People were SO great and helpful. I have only had one flight where I heard someone say something under their breath about being near a baby (and Tripp then showed off by sleeping the whole flight).

Tip #1: Check out my GabbingGingerBabyPackingList! Also, check out this packing list for mom/dad here.

Tip #2: Schedule flights during nap time

Tip #3: Feed baby during take off and landing to help their ears.

Tip #4: Babywear (but bring a stroller for back up, you just check it at the gate)

Tip #5: All of the new surroundings will provide good entertainment but bring a few toys and their paci if you are lucky enough to have a kid that will use one (Tripp was NOT about them).

Tip #6: Try to relax (remember EVERYONE was a baby at some point in their life)

Tip #7- Keep breast milk/formula in containers and bags unless it is being drank by the baby (so just fill a small amount for take off/landing).  I found the Doctor Brown Bottles that we LOVE pressurize and will leak EVERYWHERE when you have liquid in them. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

I am a little nervous again to fly with a  bigger baby but I have some tricks up my sleeve!

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Trick #1: I am bringing some new dollar bin toys for him to explore [YES I know some of these have 3+ on the age but since I will be sitting with him the whole time I am not concerned]

Trick #2: Fun fun new snacks to munch on.

Trick #3: I also plan to walk to aisle when we can just to give us a break.

Trick #4: I am going to try downloading some cartoons from Amazon and netflix.  I have heard through the mom crowd that this can happen! This will give me another distraction even though he usually doesn’t get much screen time, travel doesn’t count lol!

What are your go to tips and tricks when traveling with kiddos?

Wish us luck!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things, Friends, Shameless Plugs, Things I Love

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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XOXO 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