Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Obsessed: Baby Bag by Lily Jade

Since becoming a new mom, life has been pretty crazy. There is no such thing as a normal day anymore. Timing is all messed up. And let me be honest, not everything gets done. Not even close. Laundry piles up,  dogs aren't walked, and floors aren't mopped. Each day I have to really prioritize what I'm going to get done, since I only have about 1.5 hour chunks of time between the baby sleeping and feeding. And don't even get me started on all the things I've learned to do with just one hand. Thus, I'm all about anything that will make my life a little easier. 

Enter the Lily Jade Baby Bag. This thing is a game changer. I have a confession to make, I'm obsessed with my Lily Jade Baby Bag. No it's not a diaper bag, per se, but it makes any bag into a diaper bag. It's so much easier then pulling everything out of one bag and then putting into another. Likewise, I can easily just grab the bag and go. I shove it in the stroller when we go for walks, because you never know what you might need. I can easily tell my husband to grab it. And I've started to keep it packed in the car, so it's there and ready to go! 

I love that it has a million different compartments and zips up nicely. I can easily toss it in a beach bag that doesn't have a zipper and not worry about anything falling out. Everything has it's own special spot making things super organized (which is great because right now everything else in my life is pretty out of sorts!). I'm easily able to fit both my stuff and Beau's necessities in the bag with room to spare. I have the medium size Baby Bag and it fits all that I need. They also have a larger size, which would be great for twins or multiple kids. 
All the Lily Jade designer diaper bags come with their own Baby Bag (or you can just buy the Baby Bag). The bags are the perfect mix of stylish and functional. Not to mention they are reasonable priced. I'm all about the diaper bag, not screaming Hey I'm a MOM! I would totally rock a Lily Jade bag on a date night, sans Beau. Yes, they are that cute. Heck, even if I didn't have a kid they are awesome. This one is my fave. Or maybe this one

And FYI- Lily Jade is in the midst of a HUGE sale! So I'd highly recommend you go scoop up a bag for yourself. Trust me, it's a purchase you won't regret- unlike that weird vibrating co-sleeper you thought would be a great idea (tell me I'm not alone here!?). 

 This review is based strictly on my opinion.  No compensation other than the Baby Bag was received for this review.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The First 10 Days: New Mommyhood

Gosh, I really wish I had the energy to write an awesome post. But sleep deprivation is in full-force. No joke- this parenting thing is the hardest work. It's totally a lifestyle adjustment. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But it is a complete change. My reason for being has been altered. I see the world differently now. I do things differently now. You don't think you will, but it happens. I would do anything for this sweet babe of mine and I've only known him for a short time.Now for the cute baby pictures and more wordy posts to come when I'm a little more functional. 

Funny thing, it appear Beau is always sleeping in this pictures. Oh how deceiving. He sleeps for an hour or two here and there, but it's never enough. And I haven't figured out the whole resting while baby does- I just have so much to do! Laundry, work, dogs, pumping, cleaning, remembering to eat myself. I'm up for hours and feel like I never have enough time. I'm hoping I get the hang of this soon or at least figure out something that works for me!

And now for a quick PSA- my fave diaper bag company is have a HUGE SUMMER SALE. Go check out Lily Jade. I think their bags are the perfect blend of functional and stylish. I'm majorly lusting over this Sarah Grace Bag in Gold. Perfection!

Monday, July 7, 2014


Our sweet boy, Beau Anthony Nelson, was born on Thursday, July 3rd at 5:21pm. 6lbs 13oz 19.75 inches. More pictures and details to come in the coming days/ weeks. Right now I'm busy snuggling my little love bug and taking care of myself. No one could possibly explain how hard labor, delivery, and breastfeeding are- yet totally amazing and so worth it! Hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July weekend. I know I did!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's July: Let's Get Patriotic

Hooray! It's finally July! You know what that means!? It's baby month! And one of my favorite months of the whole year. Why you ask?! Because I absolutely love the 4th of July. It's my favorite day of the year. Yup, it beats out my birthday. There is nothing I love more than fireworks, watermelon, BBQing, and beaching it up! Add in some sunshine, friends, family, pineapple, and patriotic pride and I'm in heaven!

Below is a round of my favorite Red, White, and Blue Finds:

I have been craving Sangria! This recipe has a great combo of fruits! And the fruit is cut from cookie cutters! Super easy and super patriotic. 

Just yogurt and fruit in these popsicles. Healthy, delicious, and perfect for a sunny 4th of July!

These flip-flops are super cute and won't break the bank! I'd wear them year round to the beach. 

Love these kabobs. I think the brownies could easily be substituted with angel food cake and be super delish!

This scarf is super cute and oh-so American!

Those moccs at the top are my absolute favorite. I'm definitely going to get Beau a pair that he can wear next year. I'm hoping little guy makes his debut on the 4th. That would just be the best. Of course, I'm ok with whatever his plan maybe, but come-on that would be the coolest! Fireworks every year on your birthday! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Staying Motivated: Fit Pregnancy

As I get larger and larger, it's been pretty hard to stay motivated to work out everyday. Luckily, the dogs will not let me slack off. They give me the saddest puppy dog eyes when they want a walk and it works like a charm. So I can confidently say, I've been sticking to my walking plan and walking twice a day for at least 30 minutes each time- so about 4 miles or so. I do find that I always feel so much better after getting out there. It's true that the hardest part is just putting on my shoes! 

I've also found I can walk longer if I'm at the beach. I think it's the scenery and all the people watching. We've been trying to go walk at the beach at least once a week. And gosh, the sand and the water feel so good on my pregnant feet. I'm so lucky that we are so close to the beach! So I guess what I'm saying is that if you are starting to feel unmotivated, just try a change of scenery- it will perk you up!

And the past few days, I've started bouncing and rocking on an exercise ball and it's made a huge difference. Lower back pain is no joke in late pregnancy. The ball really helps to take the pressure off my back, not to mention it's helped baby to drop. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and she said Beau is sitting low in my pelvis. Hooray, we are making some progress! I've got more room to breathe, but my bladder is taking a beating. 

I have a feeling I'm going to get a lot of use out of this ball both before and after baby. I like bouncing and doing arm exercises on the ball. I sit on it while watching TV and doing work. Balancing on the ball is a great way to strength my core, which I'm going to need super strong to push this baby out. Plus, I've heard babies enjoy bouncing on the ball! It soothes them and reminds them of rocking around in the womb. So I think it was a great $18 investment!

I'm super stoked to be full-term now! So baby please come out any day now, when you're ready, of course! We are all ready for baby over here. 

It's Thursday, so I'm linking up with Katie Did What for Healthy Habits! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nursery Tour: Beau's Beachy Abode

Baby boy's nursery is practical done! It has been so much fun decorating and brainstorming ideas for Beau's beach/surf nursery. I'm absolutely in love with it. We still need curtains and some other little details, but since Beau isn't really going to sleep in here for the first few months anyway, I don't think it matters. Let's be honest, finishing the nursery was more for me than baby. It just makes everything seem so much more real and makes me feel a teensy bit more ready. 

We were definitely going for a beachy, surf theme for the room. I love the wall color we picked out (Butter Lettuce by Dunn Edwards). It seems to change color as the light changes, which is so beautiful. I'm hoping Beau will find it nice and peaceful- perfect for sleeping long stretches. I think all the fun textures and patterns I incorporated work together nicely without being too busy! 

The gallery wall is one of my favorite parts of the room. I loved picking out all the different prints and putting them together. Lots of the prints were pictures of our travels that I had printed from Costco, so they are super special. Plus, I can always change out the prints when I get bored. I recommend checking out Costco if you need prints - awesome prices and ready in an hour! 

The books shelves are made from Ikea picture ledge shelves. We put them low, so eventually Beau will be able to pick out whatever book he wants me to read to him. I cannot wait to snuggle him in that chair. It's super comfy, glides, and reclines. I'm sure I will be spending a lot of time there.

The hubby made the little white table. I think it's the perfect size and style for the room. And I just love that it's homemade. The banner is was custom made for our baby shower . We also are planning on putting up the teepee from our shower, when Beau gets a little older. I think all the homemade and custom touches really make it unique for our baby. 

Make sure to check out the cute video I posted on Instagram of the nursery and follow along for more baby updates!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Healthy Quick & Easy Smoothie Recipe

Today I'm "Linking up with Katie Did What for Healthy Habits!" and sharing my favorite and super easy smoothie recipe. 

I love smoothies! I love them even more now that it's hot and I'm pregnant! I've found smoothies are the best way for me to get loads of fruit and veggies in my diet. I think everything takes better cold and blended Plus, they are so simple and delicious to make. I usually have a smoothie either in between breakfast and lunch or between lunch and dinner, when I start getting a little hungry and need a pick me up. 

I'm looking forward to getting some popsicle molds soon, so I can pour my smoothie creations into those and have a tasty frozen treat. Below is my latest, greatest, and easiest smoothie recipe.

Tropical Green Smoothie:
Handful of spinach
1/2 cup of Trader Joe's Organic Tropical Blend
Coconut Water
1-2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Optional- Splash of apple juice, greek yogurt, avocado

Just add the fruit, spinach, and chia seeds. Then add enough coconut water to cover and blend! Adding greek yogurt is great to make it creamy and pack in the protein. Avocado also adds a nice creamy texture. And if you like your smoothies a little sweeter, I recommend adding some apple juice. 

Did you know that Vitamin C adds in the absorption of iron?! So fruit and spinach are a great combo together!