We had the best time with our family showering baby J a few weeks ago. Bradely and I choose to just do immediate family. Just brothers and sisters, plus our mamas, and kiddos since COVID. Having it at The Bakery also was a great outdoor option as well! You can rent out their patio for private events. I found so many goodies for the shower sharing all the deets below 👇🏻
We hit the beach for some much needed R&R so I thought I would share with you how I travel as a clean freak. Right now, more than ever we should be taking precautions but I can tell ya, minus the masks this is my pre COVID travel routine. We like driving over flying any day with Josephine. We leave in the middle of the night so I can put her to sleep at home and then move her to the car and she sleeps half of the drive. Car is already packed and ready to go, travel essentials below.
Germ Killer & Preventer
These are items I always keep in our diaper bag and they are a def a life line while traveling. I always have a travel sized bottle that I put my thieves cleaner in! Pre COVID I would wipe the table down at restaurants, clean seats before Josephine sat in them, grocery carts, you name it. But now this trip we didn’t really use the cleaner as much since we didn’t go out anywhere. Hand sanitizer, this spray is EVERYTHING! I can easily spray any surface down, Josephines hands, my hands, something drops on the floor give it a quick spray. I also have a large bottle of this hand sanitizer to use for our hands, it’s hydrating and smells good. The spray though is the MVP, I order 20 at a time so we always have some. When we got to our condo I sprayed every door handle, light switch, remote, phone, anything we would possibly put our hands on, even the shower I sprayed! I also pack a small canister of Clorox wipes for anything that needs sanitized and cleaned. I also used these to clean down the condo, basically everything I sprayed I wipe as well.
Snack Bag & Weekly food
I grew up with a mom who always had our snacks packed, we never got gas station snacks. It is way more cost effective and you can pack healthy options if you pack your own! Gas station food and snacks always lead to the candy aisle… hah! Instead I pack fruits, nuts, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, healthy trail mix, and our waters. Since we drove I was able to meal plan prior to our trip. I placed a Walmart pick up order and washed everything, cut and prepped, then packed it in the car. I used this bag for all our food and then this Yeti for our cold items, like almond milk, more fruit, and almond yogurt. Eliminates the need to go to a grocery store once you arrive.
Alright lets get real here. Y’all know I am a germ freak and public restrooms are basically my living nightmare. SO ya girl would much rather take a turn off onto a back road and pop a squat on Gods green earth or use a pee cup in the car before I went into a gas station. Josephine is so used to peeing outside since we are at the ranch working its nothing new to her. Pop a squat pee, wipes are in the diaper bag, and use the car trash to dispose. Easy and done! Traveling at night also helps us not have to stop since Josephine is passed out. Also right now the less I have to see people or come into contact with strangers the better. Being pregnant during COVID just makes me 100 times more cautious than before.
Latex gloves for getting gas
A bag of disposable face masks if we needed to go anywhere
Trash bags. I always have a roll of the “doggie bags” or diaper bags in my car. Wrappers, wipes, literally God knows how much trash kids come up with has a place.
Also random mom hack. I use one of Josephines muslin burp cloths to rest under her chin when she falls asleep in the car so that way her head doesn’t keep falling forward. Also something I always keep in the diaper bag incase she snoozes and her falls down.
Hope this helps you guys as you make any safe summer trips!
Good morning loves,
While we are all cooped up in the house what better time to dive into taking care of your skin! Dr. Sobel sent over their 15% Niacinamide gel serum and I have been using it for a month, I’m hooked! This product firms and smooths your skin while minimizing pores. Plus its preggo safe, but always check with your doctor. I use retinol when I’m not pregnant and nursing but after a week of stopping my retinol it is so evident, cue the Niacinamide gel to the rescue! I noticed the biggest difference around my eyes and crows feet. I can’t get botox right now while pregnant and those little fine lines are back, however after using this product for a month they are GONE! Also on my nose where my pores are the largest this product tightened them right up. The gel smells AHmazing, like a cool cucumber. It feels wonderful and easily spreads over your face, almost like an aloe consistency. I use it every night and will continue to do so!
Night Time Routine
- Niacinamide gel
- Total Eye Concentrate
- Vitamin C Serum
- Moisturize Christine20 will save you 20% off anything Glow
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Heres to coming out of quarantine glowing babes
Tis’ the season of lots a travel! Here are five things I keep in my diaper back pack that are LIFE! Honestly, I don’t even leave the house on a normal day without some of these items but when I travel they are even more a mamas life line.
Life is hectic and insanely crazy at times, throw kids in and there are some days I blink and the day is already over. I have been there, I feel you! Especially as new parents Bradley and I made the mistake of losing ourselves to the shuffle. Those first few months with Josephine we poured ourselves into her and forgot about date nights and quality time. Sure Josephine was in bed by 7pm and we had a few hours together but we didn’t spend that time investing into each other! We’ve really had to dive deep, put our marriage first, and pour into one another amidst the daily grind. That’s when the importance of QT with the hubby became a priority. And you don’t even have to leave the house! Life is always going to get busy, the kids are always going to have endless needs, and there are days where you forget your own name. These are variables we can’t change. BUT what you can do is simply implement these five things to keep that flame burning!
I have been on the hunt for a simple perfect fall bootie that was great quality but didn’t break the bank! And sis I found it, I’ve got you covered!
This bootie is so cute and neutral, it can match everything. I love that it has a real pointed toe but keeps it shape! I also was on the hunt for a bootie with a zipper not a slip on, most slip on booties stretch out in the ankle. I snagged this $140 bootie for $45! Total steal! Or as I like to tell my husband “a deal you can’t pass up” But really you can’t!
Front row or I don’t go. Just kidding, I love live music to much to forfeit a night out because of a bad seat. But why compromise? THIS folks is one of my favorite parts about concerts at Gilley’s. Not only are they free but the best seat in the house is yours to pick! Here’s how it works, take a pro tip.
Fair Fun. Honestly if we are keeping it 100 the thought of the fair is fun for me. Every year I fantasize about that moment when that sweet Godly goodness of cotton candy meets my lips. But then reality slaps me in my face. The crowds, the insane amount germs, the copious amounts of sweat pouring because its still 100 in Arkansas. Ya feel me? It’s truly a love hate relationship, the fair and I. Maybe that’s why it is only once a year, they give ya a year to forget the insanity of it. And a year to long for the sweet moments tossled in there. Bradley is the fun parent, thank heavens Josephine has him to take her on all the rides. She had the greatest time, all she could say was “can we go again, please again?!” and so they did over and over making memories. It was truly sweet.
My dress is from HERE, it’s currently 60% off! Josephines two piece outfit is from HERE. I will say this, both aren’t steller quality. Like your not going to get a hundred wears out of each piece. More for cute pics, an event, night out. These aren’t closet staples they are inexpensive pops of fun!
Photography is by Brooke Sloan who knocked it out of the park.
Josephine has two different color eyes! It sure is one of our fav things to look at.
Hope you all make lots of memories this fair season!
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