Wednesday, October 20, 2021

My Go-To Baby Essentials from Target

 As a first time mom, it can be really overwhelming knowing which baby products to get and where to find the best prices. When I was making my registry, and in the nine months since Wyatt was born, I found myself constantly opening up my Target app and looking through all the Target Baby essentials. 

Not only is Target a one-stop-shop - clothing, pet food, groceries, you name it - they also have a great assortment of everyday low prices. Not to mention they offer drive upsame day delivery, and order pick up. All of which come in so handy as a mom when you need something fast and quick and don't want the hassle of getting baby in and out of the car. Convenience has never been more important. 

Some of the things I consistently buy from Target are bulk items (hello, diapers and wipes). I also like to make sure I have our go-to snacks on hand, as well as all of our bathing & bedtime essentials. 

When it comes to snacks, we're big fans of anything HappyBaby. When we first started introducing solids we chose their purees. Now we do a combo of the purees for meals, and snack time consists of their Organic Greek Yogis and Teether Crackers. The Strawberry Banana Greek Yogi flavor has quickly become one of my favorite treats, too! 


Our bedtime routine is probably my favorite part of the day. We love bath time, and story time is an absolute must. When I was pregnant, I couldn't resist registering for and buying all the cute hooded towels. Not only are they practical, but they're also a fun way to keep baby's head warm and cozy. This Dino bath set (a great baby shower gift) comes complete with this ferocious hooded towel, washcloths, and a sweet lovey that can be used during bath time or during naps/bedtime. Wyatt loves cuddling up with his little friend. 

Our bath time is never complete without 'spa treatment' aka lotion and a little massage! Perhaps the #1 recommended baby item from my friends and pediatrician was Aquaphor. This salve solves every problem and is safe for baby's delicate skin. Not only does it help with diaper rash, but it also moisturizes dry, chapped skin, and is great for baby eczema, as well. I slather it all over Wyatt! 

With so many brands to choose from at competitive prices, it's so simple to just shop, click and do drive up at Target for all my baby essentials. 


Friday, October 1, 2021

Traveling with a Baby - Our Complete Packing List


I recently shared with you our tips on traveling with an infant, and wanted to follow-up with our packing list. 

Bathing 

Bath tub*

Pitcher 

Rubber duck 

Towels (2)*

Wash clothes (6-10)*

Shampoo 

Body wash

Lotion 

Hair brush 

Nail care kit 


Clothing

2-3 outfits per day 

(this is a bit much, but I had/have a lot of items that he was going to grow out of, and wanted to ensure he got to wear them at least once)

Socks 

Shoes

Hats

Swimsuit 

Sleep sacks

Merlin Magic Sleep Suit 


Diapering 

Diapers 

Wipes 

Doggy bags 

Paper towel

Hand sanitizer 

Trash can*


Feeding 

Bottles 

Formula*

Cleaning brush

Pacifiers 

Pacifier clips 

Silicone Feeders

Bibs 

Burp cloths*

Brezza Formula Maker  

Brezza Sterilizer

Boppy Feeding Pillow 


Since we were gone all summer we did pack our Sterlizer and Formula maker for ease and convenience. For shorter trips or hotel stays, we don't intend to lug it along as it takes up a lot of space (plus we don't want to damage them). 


Medical kit 

Cortisone 

Gripe water 

Mylicon

Tylonel 

A+D ointment 

Aquaphor

Zarbee’s Nasal must 

Cotton swab 

Cotton pads 

Thermometer

Tooth brush

Snot sucker 


Play 

Toys

Fisher Price Sit Me Up*

Fisher Price Dome On-The-Go*

DockATot 

Baby Bjorn Bouncer chair 


+Monthly milestone cards for pictures


Sleep 

Pack & Play

Foldable Mattress*

2 crib sheet*

Hatch Baby Rest sound machine 

Barefoot dreams blanket & lovey 

Monitor 


Stroller 

Stroller 

Stroller caddy 

Fan 

Sun shield 

Mosquito net 

Rain cover 

Artipoppe Carrier 

Doona (what he traveled with through the airport and on the plane) 

Doona seat cover/protector 


I purchased this stroller bag and it worked perfectly. It is huge and fit a ton. Along with the our Silver Cross Wave stroller I fit the DockaTot, Baby Bjorn bouncer, and all the stroller items in the bag. 


Diaper bag 

I use the ToteSavvy Deluxe Bag organizer insert inside of my handbag to hold all of Wyatt's stuff. 

Bottles (2)

Water (2)
Formula (extra in case of delays)
Diapers (4) 
Dog bags
Wipes 
Bibs (2)
Burp cloths (2) 
Gallon ziplock bags (2) - for soiled clothing and to store dirty items in that were used on the plane 
Pacifiers & clips (2)
Blanket 
Purell 
Antibacterial wipes 
Alcohol free antibacterial wipes (for Wyatt's hands)
Kleenex 
Sophie/stroller toy


In my roll aboard carry-on 

Extra wipes 

Extra diapers 

Medicine kit 

Baby Monitor

Hatch Baby Rest sound machine 

Two extra outfits

Folder with health records, birth certificate, etc.  


Items with a * next to them we ordered and had delivered to my family's house. I know moving forward that won't always be practical or necessary, but for packing/space savings sake it was really helpful. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Shopping for the Perfect Diamond Studs with Diamonds Direct



When it comes to shopping for a special gift, there's no better place to go than Diamonds Direct. Diamonds Direct is a national jewelry company that has over 22 stores (and growing!), including one here in Houston. If you haven't visited their showroom yet, be sure to put it on your must-do list. 

They carry several world-renowned designers, meaning they have something for everyone. What's especially unique about Diamonds Direct is that they're a direct diamond importer. That means they completely cut out the middleman, giving their buyer low and competitive prices. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee, lifetime warranty and lifetime upgrade policy on their jewelry. Psst, husbands, did you hear that?! The Diamonds Direct upgrade policy gives you back 110% of your original purchase price to put towards your next piece. You can come in as often as you like to upgrade your original diamond and you’re only required to pay the difference between the two!

Whether it's an engagement ring, push present, or a unique heirloom piece, diamonds always represent something significant. After I had Wyatt I knew I wanted to add something sparkly to my collection to represent such a big milestone in my life. I knew diamond earrings would make the perfect gift as they're timeless, elegant and can be worn everyday - dressed up or down. 



I had an idea what cut and carat weight I wanted, but knew it was important to try on everything in person to ensure that they were just the right fit. What's great about Diamonds Direct is that they have a large array of sizes in-store. They also have loose diamonds, so if they don't have the specific size you're looking for on the showroom floor, they can make it for you. Not to mention the staff is so easy to work with, which isn't always the case when it comes to jewelry. 

When visiting Diamonds Direct you aren't pressured into buying anything or followed around by pesky sales representatives. The staff is incredibly helpful and easy to work with - it's obvious that they want to ensure that the customer is happy, while also considering their budget. I had the chance to work with several of their employees and each one was very helpful. 

They showed me several different sizes, as well as sharing with me that there are different settings for diamond studs. These settings include the four-prong basket (most common), martini (three pronged), bezel (diamond enclosed within the setting), and halo (diamond surrounded by a ring of smaller diamonds).  

When picking my earrings, I definitely was going for more 'standout' than subtle. I ended up choosing a pair of 14k white gold earrings with round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 3.02 carats. As you can see from all these photos, having ~1.5 carats in each ear certainly makes a statement. I opted for the three prong martini setting, and love it. The diamond fits snuggly into the triangular setting, allowing for more of it to be seen and giving it even more sparkle. 

This push gift was certainly worth the extra wait to get just what I wanted! 



Thank you to Diamonds Direct for partnering with me on this post.



 

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