🤩 With stars in her eyes she said to me, “You know what mom, I had plans to be the first woman on the moon but daddy told me that mission is already scheduled. So I decided I’ll just be the first person that walks on Mars instead.”

And you know what? With the amount of conviction in her little voice, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if this is the photo they’re flashing on tv years from now as her rocket takes off to Mars 🚀✨

🤩 With stars in her...

9 Months ❤️of our rosy cheek Josie😊

She has so many fun little quirks right now that I am just so in love with. The full-arm-extension clap. Her deep throaty giggle. The adorably coy way she hides her face against me and peeks out. How she still sings herself to sleep. 

She’s not quite officially crawling but definitely gets where she wants to go by any means necessary. 

She’s such a cuddle bug and I melt every time she puts her head on my shoulder or runs her little hand through my hair.

Her favorite toys right now are books, bath boats, drum, and anything she can bang together.

She loves “I’m going to get you” and tickle games, peek-a-boo, knocking down blocks, and putting herself right in the middle of whatever the big kids are doing.

This month has been tough. A big one for food allergies. A completely backwards month for sleep. And an exasperating month as we try to calm her eczema flares.

Always happiest in my arms and I’m enjoying every squeeze because i have a feeling it’s not long before she’s zooming off on her own.

9 Months ❤️of our rosy...

🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a cute craft you can do with kitchen scraps; it turns out the bottom of a celery stalk makes a perfect rose 🤯😍!! So let your kids stamp you a pretty bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, you deserve it, mama! 💐❤️

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🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a...

I love you, my little Josie Lu! 💗 It feels like we’ve been going in circles for the last month with allergists, scratch tests, blood labs, food challenges, and more food challenges. And finally here we are: content. 

We have some answers and a plan that will keep us on a safe and steady path for now and I’m grateful to feel a sense of relief and optimism that I don’t often feel as a long time allergy mom.

Josie passed both her baked milk and baked egg challenges, making it possible to keep baked products in her diet which will hopefully lead to tolerance of other forms in the long run 🤞🏻

Thank you, as always, for following along, sending love and kind words, and praying for my sanity when I’m stuck in a small food challenge room for hours upon hours with a mobile baby 🤪😘

I love you, my little...

Math, but make it sweet 💗💜

At the rate things are going, I expect Harper to be learning calculus by next month so I figured we’d have a little counting fun while we can still snack on the equations 😋

Here’s a quick peek at some of the preschool & kinder math activities I’m going to do with the kids this week - Grab the free printable on my blog if you want to join in!❣️
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Math, but make it sweet...

And since we’ve no place to go...❄️

The snow this week has done wonders to reset our mid-winter fatigue. It was a much needed break from our gloomy day monotony to have a reason to get out in the fresh, crisp, air and play 🤗! Pulling the three of them piled in the sled today was just about the cutest and just what I needed 🥰

And since we’ve no place...

I made the kids some ✨fancy✨ XOXO Dough valentines this year and if you watch my stories you’ll see that um, oops, I already gave it to them 🙈🥰 In my defense, it was a much more fun and festive way to practice spelling words this morning 🙃 {recipe on my blog & Reels!}

I made the kids some...

🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made this simple & sweet garland to decorate our Valentine book nook using pre-cut paper hearts (I see you @Target craft section🙌🏻) and my sewing machine! It’s a cute, easy, and budget friendly way to spread some love around the house! 💜
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🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made...

Celebrating the end of the longest month in history 🎉 Just kidding, kind of. But I do need a place to put the rest of our New Year’s pictures before January is officially over 😆 so, Cheers 🥂✨

⬅️Swipe to see all 3 getting in on the confetti fun: Which pic’s your favorite? It’s the baby confetti toes and tutu rolls for me 🥰

Celebrating the end of the...

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

My Pregnancy Favorites

As soon as the second line appeared on my pregnancy test, I foolishly thought to myself, third time around, I’ve got this 🙌🏻 Let me tell you though, they’re right when they say every pregnancy is different. This one just so happened to take a little bit of the “bad” from each of my previous pregnancies and put it all together for one last hurrah. Name a problem- severe aches and pains, forever nausea, worse-than-a-teenager breakouts, and everything else that goes along with your stomach stretching to accommodate a tiny human – and I had it all. BUT the good news is that I’m now able to share all of these pregnancy favorites for common ailments that really worked for me! (Please be safe and check with your doctor before starting anything new like skincare or supplements!)

My favorite pregnancy must-have products organized by common pregnancy ailments such as morning sickness, breakouts, aches and pains, and more!

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Aches & Pains

I had recurring Symphysis Pubis Disfunction (SPD) in each of my previous pregnancies to the point of having very limited mobility and needing physical therapy for months after giving birth. I was honestly terrified that it would return, possibly worse, and wanted to do everything possible before even getting pregnant to try to build up my core strength and relieve some of the stress to my pelvis. So while I do believe I had a better foundation this time around, I still experienced minor pelvic girdle pain, and found these two products to be incredibly helpful.

Pregnancy Pillow: This one was my absolute FAVE, and I have no shame in saying I brought it out realllll early this time around. There are a lot of different options for pregnancy pillows, but IMO this one that wraps all the way around offers the most support to your bump, back, and hips.

Collagen Peptides: I started using Orgain Collagen Peptides about a year ago and continued throughout my pregnancy. I use a scoop or two in my coffee every morning (I highly recommend mixing it into something warm, like coffee or broth) and my joints and muscles simply just feel better. It’s purely anecdotal, but this is the first pregnancy I’ve taken collagen peptides and the first that I haven’t experienced significant pain throughout. It’s also a great way to get some protein into your diet in early pregnancy when you’re feeling a little blah. As with any supplement, ask your doctor before using. You can use code AMBASSADOR803 for 30% off your Orgain order!

A Growing Belly

Sure, that growing bump is adorbs, but for me it was also itchy, stretchy, and in major need of some extra support!

Belly Oil: While stretch marks are majorly linked to genetics, I feel confident that by consistently using a belly oil like this one from Zoe Organics, I was doing everything I could to help my skin stretch comfortably. It minimized the itchiness caused by stretching, felt great on the skin, and smelled amazing!

Supportive Leggings: My number one wardrobe purchase of this pregnancy were these Zella Mamasana Maternity Leggings. I have both Lululemon and Zella and I feel like the further along I get, the more I prefer the compression and weight of the Zella leggings! I feel a little more held together, both in the sense of extra weight gain and bump support.

Breakouts

I’ve always struggled with my skin, but this pregnancy took it to a whole new level. My entire T-zone has pretty much been one angry red eruption since about 10 weeks. I was definitely missing the pregnancy glow (unless you counted the shine from all the extra oiliness!). While there was nothing that really completely cleared up my pregnancy breakouts, these products seemed to calm and refresh my skin.

This. Mask. Is. Life. I’ve heard a lot about sulfur treatments for acne prone skin so it seemed like a good option during pregnancy since a lot of my other go-tos with active ingredients are off the table. I really noticed that my irritated, angry, skin seemed refreshed and soothed after each use (plus it feels great -almost cooling?- when you apply it). I plan to continue using it after the baby is here – and another wave of new hormones terrorizes my skin- as a breastfeeding-safe option.

Another brand I’ve turned to is The Ordinary. I love the combination of Niacinamide + Zinc and Azelaic Acid as pregnancy safe options for breakouts. Plus, you can’t beat the price!

Nausea

In my previous two pregnancies, I was able to find ways to manage nausea by eating certain things (gimme all the carbs) or making sure to eat small snacks throughout the day so that I never got hungry (that triggered the worst nausea when I was pregnant with Harper!). These fruity and ginger flavored tummy drops are amazing for early on!

However, it just never let up with this one! I was well into my second trimester and STILL nauseous all day and night, I decided to (finally) flip open my OBGYN pregnancy pamphlet and saw their recommendation of 10-25mg of B6 3 times a day + 25mg Unisom before bed for morning sickness. It only took a few days of that combo and I was finally feeling alive again!

Everything Else

This is one that I had to remind myself a lot during this pregnancy – find (or make) time to take care of yourself mentally and physically. So hear me out, while it may not be a cure for EVERYTHING that comes along with pregnancy, I found that a lot of my discomfort could be solved by finding the time to sit down, put my feet up, and stay hydrated. (This was my go-to cup to keep filled and by my side all day long- it’s huge and actually keeps your drink cold!) Start a good book, browse Pinterest, binge on Netflix, whatever. Just be sure to make a little time in your day for whatever recharges you! Enjoy this time, mama, it goes by so quickly!

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