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Our baby is here!

1 Sep

Our baby Jacob Solomon arrived into this world on August 25, 2015 at 5:48pm at 6 lbs 15 oz and 20 inches long. How lucky we are and how beautiful life is. We are over the moon.

Now please excuse me while I go cuddle my little one and disappear into baby world for a little while!

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-M

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Pregnancy Essentials

13 Aug

LEggings

Pregnancy. It’s been one hell of a ride so far. At 38 weeks, I feel like an oompa loompa and rolly polly every second until he comes out! Here are my favorite items that have gotten me through my three miraculous trimesters.

First Trimester Essentials
1. Lemonade – I had a weird addiction to lemons and sour drinks to keep nausea at bay. Every morning I would wake up, get out of bed and run to the fridge to sip on some store bought lemonade. I would also pretty much gag on my toothpaste so that was always a battle but lemonade helped tremendously.

2. Water – I bought two huge 1 liter smart water bottles and finished them. To this day I just continue to refill and refrigerate these. It ensures I drink at least 2 liters a day. (Look into what you should be drinking per your weight and height)

3. B6 Vitamins – I would also get out of bed and pop a B6 25mg and take a few bites out of a banana. I took another 25mg before bed. The problem is the empty stomach – it’s the nausea causer. I actually hated the saltines everyone recommended to keep at bedside. They made me nauseous just looking at them. Everyone has to find what works for them. For me, it was lemonade and a few bites of food I could tolerate each morning.

4. Preggie Pops – These are life savors. When the nausea hit, I popped one of these and was feeling better.

5. Ginger tea and ginger honey crystals – I drank tea as much as I could tolerate and it helped stay hydrated. When I got bored of Ginger tea I made regular black or green tea and put some ginger honey crystals inside that melted and still helped with the afternoon nausea strike.

6. Sea Bands – I tried these and I would say they helped. I think its a placebo effect!

7. Palmers Cocoa Butter – I started using this in the second trimester and I regret it. I should have started ASAP on my breasts, belly, and thighs. My breasts were so sore and swollen the first trimester that the only place (to this day) I have stretch marks is on my breasts. If I knew this before I would have slathered this all over me as soon as the test was positive! I tried other creams but this one, along with plain old Cetaphil, were my favorite. I find the oils too intense and took too long to absorb.

8. APPS!! I LOVE the Ovia app as well as The Bump app. I highly recommend Ovia for daily updates and their baby measurements were spot on. The bump has great community forums for those who need comfort from other mamas to be. I also love the stickers on the Photofy app (see below sticker overlay for tracking each week).

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Second Trimester Essentials
1. Target Sweatpants/Leggings – Bring on the maternity clothing! These Mossimo brand leggings are seriously are my favorite. I wear capris too because its summer and also the full on pants linked above. I still wear them at 38 weeks and have no idea what I would have done without them. I have about 5 pairs. They are so comfy and thick enough to wear them and not feel too exposed 🙂

2. Old Navy Pajamas – I got a bunch of tanks with shorts. I think it’s important to feel comfy when you sleep starting from your second trimester. I splurged in some comfy items that made me feel good and look good at night.

3. Good sports bras – I think if It wasn’t for wearing sports bras at night, my breasts would have fallen due to the swelling and size changes. My mom swears by this so I listened and so far so good! Wear a good supportive bra at night and at all times. A lot of places recommend getting nursing bras if you plan to nurse in the future. I don’t think you should use them yet – wait until the time comes. For now, tjmaxx and marshalls sell tons of sports bras.

4. Maternity clothing essentials – I scored some winner dresses from Kohls, as well as great quality shirts from Gap. I also got away with just getting size L or XL in shirts and tanks and have been just fine. I also only wore one pair of maternity jeans. I hated everything about squeezing into jeans but when I did, I wore these from Seraphine.

5. The Belly Book or other pregnancy journal – My best friend got this for me and I love it! I’ve been documenting my pregnancy in it and keeping all of my ultrasound photos inside. Ultimately, remember to photograph and save your ultrasound photos digitally because I’ve heard the color and quality fades over time. I also started a shutterfly pregnancy album actually and have been adding to it as I go along.

6. The Boppy Pregnancy Wedge – another gift from my best friend, I don’t know what I would do without this pillow under my belly every night. It helped keep the bump elevated laying on the side because you just feel so heavy. I use a regular pillow between my legs and the wedge under the belly. It doesn’t take up any space in the bed. I bought the pregnancy snoogle and actually hated it. Its humungous and takes up the entire bed. It’s great for some people but it didn’t support under my belly and I got a stiff neck from the pillow wrapping around my neck. Not worth it.

7. Fruit Snacks and Granola Bars – I may have been the only one, but waking up at 4:30am STARVING was not fun during baby growth spurts. I would wake up and eat one of these snacks with some water and go back to bed. I also carried snacks in my purse 24-7.

8. Tums – important to keep in the house!! I didn’t have a ton of heartburn but when I did I was thankful to have these laying around to pop a few.

9. A White Noise Machine – I don’t think anything is more important than getting good sleep during pregnancy. I got this Dohm machine and am never looking back. It also helps with blocking out a snoring hubby! I’ve heard its great for getting babies to sleep too.

Third Trimester Essentials
1. A Maternity Support Belt – My back hurt so badly from around 30 weeks on. I needed relief!! I got this one from destination maternity and it helped A LOT to relieve the heavy pressure.

2. Bigger shirts. YEP! Go to Kohls or Target and get some XL shirts.

3. Good shoes – The survey is still out on this. I need comfy supportive shoes. I’m wearing Roxy beach flip flops. HELP!

4. Baby Powder – It’s the summer. It’s super hot. Get some powder for the areas that accumulate sweat and carry it in your purse (if small enough).

5. I have gestational diabetes. The products that worked for me were On the Go Bars – 17g carbs in each bar (a little over 1 serving). I also always had fruit and nuts in the house for snacking. At night, eating cheese and crackers did not raise my morning sugar (as opposed to eating fruit) so that may be a good piece of advice for those late night snackers.

6. GRAZE delivery. I get a box full of amazing “sugar count” nuts and snacks from Graze every two weeks. It’s so worth it and I’m so glad I found this. It’s health conscious and the best thing when you need something thats filling and not boring like plain almonds.

So that’s my round up! I really recommend these things because they worked for me. I can’t believe in just a few weeks I’ll be meeting my little boy.

What products worked for you?

-M

My Favorite Beauty Products and My Beauty Regimen

21 Jul

I haven’t had much luck when it comes to my skin. I’ve always been prone to break outs and was even on Accutane as a teenager. Through the years, I learned a few things about applying makeup and dealing with problematic skin. *Disclaimer – I’m not a doctor. Please see a physician for advice with medical questions*

First, always moisturize (even for those of you with oily skin like me). The skin does interesting things when its too dry. It over produces oils and hence the oil confusion. So your “oily” skin is actually too dry. Sometimes the right moisturizer can fix everything. Use an oil free moisturizer on clean skin as a makeup base. I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer. You can find it in any drug store. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good products.

For pimples, I always had success with a simple spot treatment like Differin gel. See your dermatologist for a prescription. Although as you know, most pimples just need to run their course until ready to be popped. For popping fun, I use this little guy to prevent scarring since this is a hands free and semi-sterile way of popping a pimple.

My Everyday Beauty Regimen

1. A good moisturizer. Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture – as a base on clean skin – see above. Use a quarter size amount and spread across face and neck.

2. SO crucial, a primer – Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer – I use a dime size and use it the same as I use the moisturizer, applying all over face/neck. It feels slightly oily but it holds makeup SO well. If you skip this step, you will find that makeup ends up sometimes wearing off earlier than you’d like. I think this is the most important item when setting a base.

3. A long wear wet foundation – Lorac Natural Performance Foundation – I use this in porcelain and I use this brush to apply. I start by using my fingers with a little bit of foundation on them to cover just my under eye circles and then use the brush to cover the rest of my redness/blemishes on my cheeks/forehead. I’m a fan of using a brush vs. sponge or contour sponge for foundation application because brushes really get into the skin better than any other product. It creates a flawless finish.

4. Foundation powder to set – bareMinerals Matte Foundation Powder – I like the matte formula because it comes out better on my oily skin than the original. I get this in golden fair in the summer and fairly light in the winter. I put this right on top of my foundation using this brush in dabbing and circular motions to cover the face. Before applying, make sure your liquid foundation has “set” for a few minutes before applying this directly on wet foundation. Sometimes if you apply powder on top of wet foundation you look cakey. (nobody has time for that!)

5. To add color to fair skin – Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer – I’ve been using this bronzer for years. It makes such a great addition to my everyday routine because its not too harsh or dark and you really have control over how you want to look. Feeling more jersey shore than usual? keep applying.. want to just create a solid base look for everyday like I do? lightly brush this all over your face. I don’t use a bronzer brush because I find it can be too harsh and make lines which is a no-no. I use this one to apply all over lightly.


6. To contour and look alive! – Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo – I love this blush. Its really mild and comes out so great. I use this in Tea Rose Tickle. This in combination with my bronzer makes me look like I have a sun-kissed look when applied properly. I use a blush brush for this and apply along my cheek bones.


7. Setting powder to finish it off – Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder – I use any brush to dab this along my whole face to set everything. Particularly in the creases of my nose, under my lower lip/chin, and forehead where I get most oily.

That’s it for my “face” before eyes. For eyes, I’m really simple for everyday. Otherwise I use eyeshadow. I don’t have a ton of eyeshadow and don’t use it unless for special occasions, so for the purpose of this post I will omit.

1. A good eyeliner – Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner – A lot of friends ask me how I get my eyeliner line so straight when applying everyday. I can do this literally in my sleep already (no joke!) and this pencil makes it so easy. It has a pencil side and a smudger side. I start by creating a fine line along the lash line and then use the smudger side to spread it across the eye to straighten out. It’s fool proof! I get this in Noir.

2. A mascara that lengthens and separates – bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara – I have really long eye lashes naturally but this mascara helps me really get in there and separate and lengthen without compromising volume. It’s also not waterproof so its easily removable with water/soap so it doesn’t damage lashes. I don’t know why so many women use waterproof mascara everyday unless you cry everyday! Again, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on these products. Skip the Burberry or Doir and go for this.

Few side notes, I also sometimes use the smudger side of the eyeliner pencil to create a light line underneath my bottom lashes. I also use this eyebrow brush to shape my brows. I don’t typically wear anything but chapstick on my lips. Simple as that!

A few other favorites:
This red lipstick by Hourglass. I got it as a sample and fell in love. It applies shiny and then matte-ifies to be perfect.
This mask. I really like how my skin feels after using this. Its really mild and works wonders to make me glow.

So that’s my routine. Maybe one of these days I will post a video of the whole process. What works for you guys? What are your favorite products?

-M

My Diaper Bag Pick

16 Jun

I just purchased my diaper bag! After sorting through pages and pages of Nordstrom Petunia Pickle Bottom bags and also searching for photos to understand the scale of these bags, I finally picked a winner.

I’ve always been a simple girl when it came to design and pattern so I opted for a sleek black diaper bag with gold accents seen here. Petunia bags are just practical and stylish. I was really caught between picking a few of their designs but from a long term perspective thought this bag would make me the happiest.

I also just fell in love after watching this youtube video which shows up close versions of the detail of the bag.

I’ll receive it soon and hopefully will love it. What did you pick for your diaper bag?

Petunia Pickle Bottom “Embossed Sashay” in Central Park North

-M

2015 Top Baby Registry Picks

13 Jun

There are so many things out there for little ones – it makes it really hard to narrow down. I’ve done a bunch of research and would love to share with you all my top registry picks in 2015.

1. Uppababy Vista Stroller with Bassinet – New Yorkers drool over this stroller. It’s everywhere. Not only that but it’s light, convertible, fold able, can hold multiple children, and also really beautiful! We are also waiting for the new Uppababy Mesa Car Seat that should be released in mid-August as well as it’s the lightest and safest car seat on the market right now (not to mention super stylish!).


Uppababy Vista Stroller, Bassinet and Mesa Car Seat in color “Jake”

2. Bellini Nursery Furniture – Bellini has been around for years and years so it’s extremely dependable. It’s all convertible and can last long into teenage years. We made the mistake of buying Pottery Barn Kids furniture and when it was delivered, I was really disappointed with the quality so we returned it all except their Wingback Rocker (which I love). I should have seen red flags when Pottery Barn Kids didn’t post reviews on their website at all. We are getting the Bellini Mercedes Crib in White as well as the Domani Dresser and Bookshelf.

3. Aden and Anais products. Their stuff is just so cute. They make everything from crib sheets to burpy bibs to blankets and swaddles. It’s also really great quality and breathable so baby doesn’t sweat like crazy being swaddled and wrapped. I just snagged the “Into the Woods” organic crib sheets and dream blanket and I’m in love. We are doing a Woodland Nursery Theme (Post to come) so it worked out perfectly for us.
4. HALO SleepSack Wearable Blankets and Swaddles – these are great because babies will be in these for quite some time. Babies don’t use blankets or pillows (it’s dangerous) so these are great for them because it keeps them warm at night and the swaddles take the dirty work out of self-swaddling newborns. I look forward to using both models and buying the heavy weight ones for the winter as well.

5. Solly Baby Wrap – the Moby and all the other wraps would do just fine but I like the look and feel of this one. Super stylish and breathable and made in the US of A! (I love the stripes below!)

6. Medela Breast Pump and Storage Solution – just is all the rage right now. Seems to be everything I need to pump and bottle feed should I choose to do that, and more! I love the tops of the storage solution as well as the ice pack and carrying case with the pump.

7. Doc Browns Bottles – all of my girlfriends with children use these bottles. They seem to help with gas and colic and come in different colors. They have 3 different nipples for different stages of life. The only downside – many pieces.

8. Boppy Pillow and My Brest Friend Pillow – The boppy is a no brainer. Great for tummy time, nursing, and practicing sitting up. The brest friend pillow is recommended because it includes back support and a water bottle. Two necessities when nursing.

9. 4moms mamaRoo – I hear some moms love it, some moms hate it. Pretty enough that it’s worth a try. Especially since some moms rave that it’s the only way their baby will nap. I love the “car ride” feature. My only complaint – I wish there were more insert options than just “monsters”.

10. Motorola MBP36S Video Monitor – This is my pick for baby monitor. The display is great quality and there are lullaby options to play music for baby from another room if he/she starts fussing. It has a 360 degree view and allows for two way communication. Love it!

So that’s it for my top 10. I will probably have more to post when baby arrives regarding products, what worked, what didn’t so stay tuned!

-M