Year One.

So my last post talked about reeling it in a bit when it comes to spending on baby.  This one is all about those few key items I discovered that made our lives a little easier during the first year. First is the Fisher Price Rock N Play, this was the only thing that I could get Colton to sleep in other than on my chest.  I love the fact that it rocks on its own and you can control the speed, plus it has mesh sides so you don’t have to worry about baby rolling over.  Second, is the Skip Hop Pronto! Baby Changing Station.  Once I found this portable changing station, my life was changed forever!  It was so much easier than lugging the huge diaper bag into the bathroom every time he needed a change.  Also, it keeps all of the items you need to easily access together….including space for your wallet and phone.  Seriously, don’t have a child without this item ladies.  Mommys Bliss Gripe Water was honestly a life saver, my husband will tell you the same thing.  It literally got rid of Colton’s hiccups in an instant…like magic!  The last thing I would add to the list is The Antilop High Chair from Ikea.  We only recently just found this, but I wish that I had come across it MUCH sooner.  I would definitely recommend this over any highchair that has cloth or padding.  It is way easier to clean and I love the fact that it has a larger tray than most high chairs. Until next time.

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Spoil That Mama.

We all know Mother’s day is fast approaching and I wanted to share some of my favorite items made from hard-working mamas.  What better way to help celebrate that special lady in your life (or pamper yourself) than with a gift made by another mama?!  Hello, win win.

»First, is my girl Danielle at Lsquared Jewelry.  I met Danielle on Instagram, she started Lsquared Jewelry herself!  She makes hand-stamped custom pieces.  Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, key chains…you name it and she makes it.  She has sent me some amazing pieces in the past that are all unique and handmade.  Every time I receive my packages from Danielle, they are neatly wrapped and come with sweet little messages.
17842031_10155982343954046_741555136_nNot only does she come up with some cute and witty sayings for her pieces, but she will work with you and make the perfect piece.  She has been so amazing to work with and we have had a great friendship come out of this partnership!  I am in love with my brand new bracelet as you can see in the pictures.  This “mama needs a mother effing nap”.  True life.

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I always anticipate what  her newest piece is going to be and I look at her Instagram often.  Soooo check out her stuff, pick something cute or create your own piece.  Don’t forget to use my code Ava15 for 15% off of your purchase ($10 minimum).

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»Next up on my list of mompreneurs is Tory at MamaBirdAndCO.  I am obsessed with her shirts.  She hand prints everything.  Every.  Single.  One.  Tory has great customer service and uses my favorite brand of shirt, Bella!  If you’ve never worn Bella…you my friend are missing out.  They are so soft and comfortable.  Like that old worn t-shirt feel, in your brand new shirt.

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MamaBirdAndCo has a shirt out there for every mama.  My favorites are “Namaste the shit out of this day” & “Love your mama♥”.  Tory loves to post pictures of her customers reppin’ her shirts and shows videos of her screen printing on the reg.  Check her out and you can thank me later.

»Last, but not least are my “mom life” sweat pants from Ezra and Eli.  They are so beyond comfortable and cozy.  I could seriously live in these…and get this, they are also Bella brand.  Your welcome.

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Enjoy your awesome new goodies and don’t forget to shop local and support small as often as you can.  Until next time.

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MamaBearTribe