Family, Things I Love, travel

Tripp visits Disneyworld

Thanks to Disney World for gifting me a day of tickets to venture around the park.

If you would have asked me about taking a two year old to Disney a year ago I wold have laughed at you.  But I can tell you Tripp (and all of us) had a blast.  In an upcoming post(s) I will talk about traveling with a toddler tips and what its like to travel while pregnant!

We stayed at The Grand Floridian and it was AMAZING.  Their property is top notch with lots of activities for kids and good choices of places to eat.

 

Tripp loved the “beach” area they had! It was near a pool and a splash area too which he LOVED.  This was such a fun little perk of staying at this park. We also had awesome views of the fireworks from Disney!

 

Tripp absolutely loved riding the rides and see all the sites. I was worried he wouldn’t be super into the rides but he laughed looked around and never cried! The only time we had to really work with him was if we had wait times in line… which wasn’t ever a long period because we used fast passes and timed when to go to other rides based on what the Disney App told us… SO HELPFUL!

**Please ignore my cheesy mom voice.

Of course this pregnancy lady NEEDED a dole whip.  It was AMAZING and you can actually order ahead through the app and miss the line.  This is SO helpful during “heavy” food traffic time.

Disney makes everything so easy with their app.  We signed up for fast passes (which by the way made meeting characters SO much easier) and all the ride photos/attraction photos go right there in your app! I also loved the map and locator feature so we could see how to get places the fastest and where we were.

 

Thanks again to Disney for an amazing time! We can’t wait to visit again soon!

 

Whats your favorite thing to do at Disney?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

 

 

baby, Favorite Things, Maternity/ Pregnancy, pregnant

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

Beauty, Favorite Things, Uncategorized

Current Crushes

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Since, Valentines Day will be here before we know it I wanted to put together a fun guide of some of my favorites items and also their affordable dupes. I know I personally love to save up for real items and splurge on dupes! Below are some of my favorite recent items or items I have been eyeing!
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David Yurman Bracelet| Dupe $18

Chanel Perfume| Dupe $25

Lip Sweatshirt| Dupe $18

Sam Edelman Shoes| Dupe $25

Chanel Purse| Dupe $22

Gucci Belt| Dupe $15

Heart Blouse| Dupe $15

Ray Ban| Dupe $10

Leather Leggings| Dupe $15

What are you hoping to get this Valentines Day?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

baby, Family, Things I Love

Tripp’s Favorite Things + 20 Month Update

As I sit down to write this post I just can’t get over that Tripp is almost 20 months old.  He is a talking machine, a runner and full of life.  He eats ALL the food, ALL the time and he is getting cuter by the day which I don’t even know how that is possible.

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He loves to keep me on my toes and he is learning how to play by himself… which is amazing for this work at home mama.  Tripp loves to play catch and He is a wiz at puzzles.

Which leads me to this….I get asked all the time what are some of Tripp’s Favorite Toys are so I wanted to put together a quick toy list. Most of these are smaller items but I wanted to show off the best item first…  Tripp is a little over a year and a half right not so he loves A LOT of things but we really have fallen in love with Melissa and Doug toys! They don’t feel cheap and they are durable!

This Jeep has a remote for the parents to use and Tripp is OBSESSED with it!

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On to the inside toys…

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Infant Melissa & Doug Personalized Multi Activity Table • Melissa & Doug • $149.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Animal Train Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa and Doug Kids’ Deluxe Wire Puzzle Rack • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug ‘Fridge Food’ Play Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Boy’s Melissa & Doug ‘Magic Mine Train Tunnel’ Wooden Train Toy • Melissa & Doug • $29.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Food Groups Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Play Set – Ages 3+ • Melissa & Doug • $30

Melissa and Doug Toy, Fishing Magnetic Puzzle Game • Melissa & Doug • $9.99

 

What toys does your toddler love? I need birthday present ideas!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Beauty, Favorite Things

Saranghae Skin Care

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Being in my [early] thirties I am always on the lookout for new and great skincare.  When Saranghae reached out to me to try their product I was really excited.

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Below is a quick video of the product and the routine.  Results don’t happen overnight so I will be sure to update y’all in a month or so.  I can say after just a few days I love how soft and bright my skin feels and looks!

Their process heals, regenerates and protects. It is a pretty simple 5 step process [and really only 4 because the make is as needed]!

Step 1: Nourishing + Moisturizing Cleanser

Step 2: Deep Radiance Serum

Step 3: Firm & Life Cellular Regeneration Cream

Step 4: Focus Renewal Eye Cream

Step 5: Elemental Essence Mask [as needed]

Fun fact: Saranghae is the #1 fastest growing Korean Beauty brand in the US.  Bonus points for all of these raves I have listed below.

  • They offer you a 30 Day Full Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee. If you’re not happy with Saranghae for any reason at all we will refund your purchase.
  • They offer FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING on ALL of our products regardless of dollar value
  • They promise you that we will always use the highest quality ingredients
  • They promise that they are always environmentally sustainable & responsible
  • They promise to always use suppliers that pay a fair wage to their employees
  • They promise you that you will always receive the BEST PRICE as our direct customer. Should you see Saranghae for less than what you’ve purchased, we will promptly refund you the difference.

I am loving this easy to use skin care routine. Click here if you want to try it out!

XOXO GabbingGinger

 

Family, Favorite Things

18 Month Update

I realize now I never posted Tripp’s One Year update #momlife! Here we are at a year and a half and just when I think Tripp won’t blow my mind again he says a new word or has a new skill.

Tripp loves talking, dancing, and running everywhere! He is such a ham and loves making people laugh!

He loved halloween and was the life of the party! Check out him dancing in the lion costume below.

Discipline is hitting hard right now and I am doing my best to be consistent and understanding all at the same time. Time outs are a thing these days and Tripp is NOT a fan… as seen below.

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Tantrums aside, I’m loving this phase SO much! He is learning and growing by leaps and bounds.  One of my favorite things to hear him say it “Tank Ew” for thank you… Talk about melting my heart. He is SO social and loves waving and talking to EVERYONE.

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I could go on and on but I’ll stop while I am ahead! But I would love to hear your tips and tricks for discipline?

 
 XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

This blog post is also part of a #mom linkup! If you would like to add your mom blog to the link up page let me know!
 
Family, Favorite Things, Uncategorized

Mom Hack

I was scrolling though Instagram the other day and came across a GENIUS mom hack that I wanted to share with you guys… all thanks to @aandar2014. I always feel like as moms we need to share the wealth of knowledge.

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I ventured to Dollar Tree and found these fruit infuser cups.  Even though the holes on the juice box punch area are smaller than the straw it came with it was easy to punch it through with the straw that came with the cup.  The straws have the thick ring that prevent it from being pulled out… #toddlerproof.  Check out the cup in action below.

This is so perfect for my non milk drinking kid.  So many places have juice boxes but they are a PAIN to deal with since he will squeeze them all over the place.

Seriously, thanks to AAndar2014 for the awesome tip!

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What is your favorite mom hack?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Entertainment

How to Beat Burn Out

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Lately, I have been dealing with major burnout.  I am not sure if it is summer ending or so much going on that now that the end is in sight I am feeling so over it.

Burnout is so hard to deal with whether it is at work, home or with your creative hobbies. Over time I have learned to recognize when I am starting to feel burned out and the following tips and tricks have really helped me overcome that feeling.

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Here are some tips and tricks I have dealing with burnout:

  1. Write down your goals
  2. Write down ideas
  3. Write down thoughts
  4. Make a plan… How do you want to execute the above goals and ideas.
  5. Take a break
    • Get off technology
    • Take a bath
    • Go for a run or walk
    • Breath
  6. Positive affirmations
  7. Write down what you have been proud to accomplish lately

I think these days we all put so much pressure on ourselves to be “doing” so much all the time.  We really have to regroup and to remember the successes and positives in the regular everyday [remember my post about #yayineveryday?]!

Oh yeah and one more bonus tip is to go shopping… but that can get dangerous 🙂

What are some of your tips to avoid/fight burnout?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family, Favorite Things, love, Maternity/ Pregnancy

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

baby, Gabbing Girls, Maternity/ Pregnancy

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….

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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