VII Code Eye Mask

As a busy mom of two, I like many other moms tend to put my needs and self-care on the back burner. Not at all complaining and I wouldn’t change it for the world, yet mama sometimes needs to pamper herself. Anyone else feel this way? 30 minutes of alone time, yes?

I was recently gifted a product that I’ve found to be very effective for under eye circles, is safe for expecting moms, and is so easy and convenient to use. The VII Code oxygen mask is SO good y’all! It feels amazing and has become a staple in my weekly routine.

This mask helps reduce the appearance fine lines and wrinkles (can I get an amen?) and how I like to apply mine is at night before bed. I can sleep in it for up to 8 hours and wake up looking less like a tired mom and more like an energized 20 something. Okay, maybe that’s going a little far, but it’s definitely made such an impact in my routine and I think is something that could benefit other women wanting to take a little time for themselves, even if it’s while you sleep. I have tried many eyes masks in the past. Prior to pregnancy I was using an eye mask that included retinol as an ingredient, not safe for pregnant or nursing so quickly had to come up with a safe alternative that would do the job and that would make me feel like I was making improvements to my skin in the meantime.

The VII Code mask has been wonderful and I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to use it. If you’re also interested, you can check out the oxygen eye mask, here. Let me know your thoughts and what your results are looking like and remember to always take time for yourself! Doing so will make you a better you to care for those around you!

Happy weekend, friends!

XO- CHELSI

Thank you to Stills and Ink Photography

Favorite baby products

Hey Friday!

Anyone else so happy the weekend is here? I don’t know about you but I’ve never met a Friday I didn’t love!

Camilla is a whole three months today! I can’t believe it, y’all! Part of me feels like we’ve had her here forever and the other feels like she was barely born. So crazy how infancy works. One minute they are sleeping 20 hours a day and the next you’re putting away those newborn clothes and listening to sweet giggles. Insert all the sad eyes regarding those cute newborn clothes. It really does fly by and gets a lot easier in the meantime, especially if you’re a first time mom following along. Soak it in, thats all I’ve got to say! You blink and they are a little bit older and need you a little less.

Okay, before I start crying, let’s get to the good stuff!

Holy moly there are some awesome inventions out there since even having Corbin! I figured I would share my top 10 favorites for you and products that I use every day and LOVE!

10. Wubbanub Pacifier– The binky of all binkies. Loved these with Corbin too!

9. Baby Shusher– Just the best kept secret thats really no longer a secret. This portable sound machine is like a dream, literally. I turn this on and Camilla is asleep in minutes. It’s so good, I am nearly asleep in minutes too! You need this mama’s!

8. Mamaroo Swing– Still the best swing on the market IMO. It’s currently on sale too-BONUS!! It has 5 or 6 different movement settings, a dock for music from your phone or iPod, and is easy to clean. Corbin and Cam have lived in this thing! Always remember to buckle them up, especially when they are able to roll! **

7. Copper Pearl Car Seat Cover and swaddle blankets– Another product I didn’t have with Corbin that has changed my life. They are SO SOFT and the carseat cover doubles as a nursing cover as well. Such a good baby shower gift too! I have two covers I swap out and use the blankets daily!

6. Nose Frida– OMG I cannot believe I’m adding this to the list but it is a game changer. I refused to use this with Corbin but use it daily with Camilla. It’s 100 times better than the dreaded bulb sucker and I feel is much more sanitary. Once you get over the idea of sucking boogers out of your kids nose, it really isn’t so bad! ūüėČ

5. Halo Bassinet– Camilla sleeps in this next to our bed every night. It has a few different settings for soothing, and makes me feel comfortable knowing she’s right next to us. Love how it also adjusts to the height of the bed and is convenient in that it swivels and the sides slide down to enable picking her up and laying her back down.

4. Haakaa Silicon Breast Pump– If you’re breastfeeding, this is life! Seriously, it helps maintain milk production, and keeps waste at bay. I use it on the opposite side when nursing during every feeding and its allowed me to store and freeze milk.

3. Dock-A-Tot– For co-sleeping or travel this is a must! Easy to maneuver and I actually carry it from room to room if Camilla is sleeping or wants to play under her gym. Also, she only wakes up once at night and a big part I believe is due to this product.

2. Owlet Monitor– Worth every penny IMO. It alerts you on your phone if something is wrong with baby by giving O2 levels and heart rate at your finger tips at all times and gives peace of mind when transitioning baby to crib at night or during nap time.

1. Doona– The greatest invention to date. A carseat/stroller combo. Pricey, but SO stinkin worth it. I LOVE this thing and would buy it again twice.

There are a few more products I could list that I swear by and love, but these are the most consistent in our every day routine. Hoping this is a helpful list if you’re in the market for baby items or gifts! Send me any questions regarding any of the above if you have them in the comments and have a lovely weekend, friends!

 

XO- Chelsi

Soul Slings

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Facetune_07-05-2019-02-14-41Happy Tuesday!

Several months ago, when I was still pregnant with Camilla, Soul Slings reached out to me about their amazing baby carriers. I was hesitant at first, just because I rarely if ever used a baby carrier with Corbin. My husband used a cheap one when we would go on trips and I just didn’t think it would be necessary to add to my registry. Little did I know, I would use it frequently.

Insert mom of two.

We are always on the go. Whether its school activities, baseball, or just cooking dinner at home, I am all about baby wearing. Camilla has become a little spoiled to being carried, and sometimes I just have things I have to get done. My ring sling allows me to get chores done around the house or errands checked off my list, all while keeping her content. It comes in a couple fabric options, I chose the cotton jacquard fabric and love how stylish it is. I have to add too, it’s so easy to use and just really makes life a whole lot easier when both she and Corbin need me. I quickly searched ¬†a You Tube video upon its arrival on how to use it and wear it and honestly haven’t looked back since. You simply adjust the sling to fit and cradle your babe and pull the fabric through the ring so its nice and comfortable, yet tight enough to carry your babies weight safely. Its been such a game changer, and I would encourage any soon to be mama’s out there to check them out, especially if you’re a mom of multiple children or someone who is constantly busy, you will fall in love with the ease of the ring sling.

They also have several options and carriers that will suit your specific needs if you would rather have something that will grow with your child past infancy. AseemA goes from infancy to toddlerhood, while their standard option holds babies from 15 lbs. to 40. They also have a carrier that can hold a toddler up to 50 lbs. All carriers, including the ring slings come in several fabric and color options and give great support for both parent and child. This option will in fact be our next purchase; a carrier for Camilla to continue to grow with. Especially when traveling; making airports and sightseeing much more enjoyable than lugging a massive stroller or travel system around. So convenient and easy to pack in a diaper bag or even small compartment.

If you’d like more information on baby wearing or how to purchase one of these state of the art baby carriers, you can visit Soul Slings website,¬†here. They are so worth the investment and Soul Slings takes pride in ensuring the quality and satisfaction of their products. Makes me wish I’d tried this sooner! It’s an investment ranging from $60 to $150 depending on the type of carrier and how it will be used, but overall feel the quality, efficiency and handiness make up for the cost. Plus, you’ll be able to use it for years to come! IT’S A MUST and a wonderful product that I’m so glad we came across.

Thank you to Soul Slings for gifting us a ring sling to try and love. Its made all the difference in maintaining a productive mama all while keeping my baby happy while she rests.

 

XO-Chelsi

Also, thank you to Kimberly Correa with Stills and Ink Photography.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Being a mom is the best job in the world. Even on those days that I need more coffee in my cup, this mom gig is more than worth it and this year is even more special because I am mama to TWO! I have such a full heart in this season of motherhood and just feel grateful. I can’t believe Mother’s Day is a week away and that Camilla will be three whole months old. Just doesn’t seem possible and it’s hard to believe how fast these babies of mine are growing. Literally soaking it all in because I know they will be teenagers in the blink of an eye! I’m also excited to celebrate my sweet mom! She is one in a million and I am so thankful for all of her love, sacrifices growing up, and now help! Ha! She is the best and we are so blessed by her and the gift of the precious Glammy she is! I hope we can spoil her on her special day!

Therefore, I thought today I’d share a few ideas to shower the one who raised you, boo! Whether you’re celebrating your mother, aunt, sister, or friend, there are gifts for everyone at all different price points.

1. Dainty Initial Necklace: Love this under $30

2. Cozy Robe: Great option and under $25

3. A gift certificate to her favorite spa for a massage or mani/pedi.

4. Coffee Maker: This Nespresso coffee maker is a fan favorite.

5. Travel Steamer: For the mom on the go, this steamer is under $40 and a great option.

6. Tory Burch: These¬†Miller sandals¬†are some that she’ll live in forever. Pricey but worth every penny.

7. One word: Dyson. Only the best hair dryer known to man.

8. The comfiest¬†pajamas¬†I’ve ever put on my body. She’ll love them too.

9. Mama ring: Cute and simple and something she can wear every day.

10. Weekender bag: Cute monogrammed luggage she will love. Another here.

11. Give her something she can look at for years to come with this pretty frame and add your favorite family photos.

12. For the chef in the family, how cute are these MacKenzie-Childs baking dishes?

13. Start her day in the word with this devotional and write a sweet note inside.

14. Super mom dish towel so cute and fun to add to a gift too.

15. For gardening or the gym, these headphones are wireless and easy to take everywhere.

16. The cutest “mama” necklace in three metal choices,¬†here.

17. The comfiest and cutest tees for mom.

18. This for the lady who loves to cook.

19. Her favorite fragrance in this amazing set.

20. Shari’s Berries and Tiff’s Treats are also great options. Especially if you aren’t able to spend the day together.

21. Personalized cutting board.

22. Kitchen utensil and iPad dock.

23. Cute coffee mug.

24. The most amazing planner that will keep her busy days organized.

25. Keep all of her pretties organized with this jewelry organizer.

There are so many great gifts out there and I hope this list gave you some insight and an idea of what to get mom this year. I am also praying for those of you who may have lost your mom recently and/or who may be without your loved ones this Mother’s Day. Praying for peace and comfort for you and hoping that you will soon be reunited with the ones you love most if distance keeps you from celebrating together. For those of us lucky enough to see and spend the holiday together, I pray we will soak in these precious moments and remember to value the quality time we’ve been given. To new moms, seasoned moms, grandmothers, aunts, and those who are like mothers to us, hats off to you! May you know how wonderful you are today and each day in between and how grateful we are for each of you in our lives.

Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

XO- Chelsi