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Clean + Simple Skincare Routine

Clean + Simple Skincare Routine

One of the questions that I get asked the most is, what is your skincare routine? Let me tell you. I have had highs and lows with my skin. I had perioral dermatitis. I do get zits every now and then, but my skin is dry and isn’t *usually* acne prone. My goal with my skin is for it to be clear, hydrated and glowing. I use clean products because I have found that they are gentle on my skin and don’t leave scarring or discoloration.

Okay, here’s the tea:

First– I wash my face morning and night with this cleanser & my PMD! The ingredients in the cleanser are clean, safe and don’t dry out the skin.

Second– I apply my skin bae serum to my entire face. I do this by putting a few drops in my fingertips and press it all over my face. I try not to pull on my skin to much to avoid fine lines and wrinkles.

Third– I use my jade roller all over my face. These rollers help reduce inflammation and help your product absorb into the skin.

**I use Melaleuca (tea tree) as a spot treatment for zits.

This regimen is so easy and quick. I have had times in my life where I am using allll the products, but I have found the gentler and cleaner you are to your skin, the kinder it is to you!

Master Closet Organization Tour

Master Closet Organization Tour

It has FINALLY happened friends! My closet is organized and pretty and everything I’ve been imagining in this space. Only 2 years after we moved in! But, sometimes good things take time. When we were building our house– I imagined that this closet would be a retreat. It would be a positive, pretty space where I could start my day. There is no worse way than starting your day in a clutter-filled-can’t-find-my-bra kind of space. I’ve been there. I’ve had small closets. I’ve had overflowing closets. I have seen it all!

Here are some tips that have worked for me so keep the space clean, tidy and not a total headache:

First, declutter and donate.

No amount of cute boxes or hangers are going to change a cluttered filled closet. If you haven’t worn it in the last year, it’s time. Part with it. You can do this. Just Marie Kondo that space. Things are going to get bad before they get better! A little trick that I have learned is if you’re having a hard time getting rid of things– put them in a box and put them in your garage or under your bed or someplace out of the way. If you actually remember something in there and are missing that one shirt– then pull it out and keep it. If you can’t remember what’s in that box, don’t even open it and take it straight to donation.

Second, establish a game plan for your closet.

Before you start throwing things back in, decide where things are going. How you are going to store them and then buy things that fit your plan. In the past, I have loaded up on all the storage containers and then I fill them and I have ZERO space to store the dang boxes. You too? Plan out that closet friend!

Third, color coordinate.

I hang my clothes by color. This helps me find things in the morning, but also, when I’m out shopping I can flash to my closet and think “No, in fact, I don’t need another white shirt” or “I don’t own anything mustard, I’m getting this!” And it makes your closet pretty too!

Here’s a look at my final and finished master closet tour, it feels SO good!

P.S.: The Container Store is having a sale through May 19 and tonnnsss of closet storage and organization solutions are 25% off! So now is the time!

Hangers
Bracelet/Necklace Holder
Top: Boxes
Bottom: Bins
Hangers
Light Pendant
Large Storage Boxes
Hangers
Mirror (Similiar)
Shades from Barn & Willow
Pillow One, Two & Three
Seat Cushion
Baskets
Large Storage Boxes
Shoe Storage
Laundry Basket
Small Basket
Shoe Storage
Shade by Barn and Willow
Desk
Chair
Basket
Plant Holder
Tray
Small Basket
Light Pendant
Laundry Basket
Drawer Organizers
Cedar Hangers
Bracelet/Necklace Holder
Small Boxes

Thanks for being here! If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’d love to help!

xo

Jenna

Baby Must Haves: 6 Months

Baby Must Haves: 6 Months

Can you even believe that your baby is 6 months!?  This milestone is always sad for me. I realize how fleeting time is. I look back on old pictures and see a tiny 6lb baby and miss the floppy, sleepy newborn days. While it’s sad to leave the newborn stage behind, life gets easier and easier as baby grows. Sleep becomes more consistent. Baby eats better. Colic usually has faded. Baby can entertain themselves longer. There is joy in the growing!

If your baby is under 6 months, check out this post here. If you want an idea for the whole first year, go here!

Alright, let’s get started:

#1: High Chair + Mat

Here’s my philosophy on highchairs, buy a high chair that is either SUPER collapsible because you’re going to use it with all your kids orrr buy one cheap enough that you can donate it after you are done with it. High chairs are such a pain to store and move around with. Ruby was my first baby where we weren’t moving/renting and I bought a goregeous one from Skiphop (that has now been recalled), but I would only suggest investing money there IF you’re going to get mileage out of it with lots of kids. Otherwise, this high chair is cheap, actually amazing, clean looking and all you need! This is what I used for my first 3!

I love putting a mat under the high chair because food gets everywhere. No matter what. No exceptions. I think these ones are gorgeous and when you’re done using it under the high chair, I love these mats for playing at the beach or the park.

#2: Dishes + Cups + Bibs

What’s nice about buying baby dishes and cups and bibs and all the things is they are going to use them for a while. Even when they are 3 years old, they will probably still be using some of these things so find something you like! I love my baby’s dishes with suction on the bottom. How many times has an entire plate been pushed over the edge of your high chair or table? Endless amounts of times? Same. Suction my friends! These ones are awesome!

I love this sippy when starting out. Baby doesn’t have to find the exact place to drink, if they can get it to their mouth, they’ve got it!

Bibs with catchers are a MUST. Once again, food everywhere. Everywhere. Seriously, you’ll want that food mat, I promise. The catcher gets the things that don’t make it in their mouth. Aka. Everything, yallll! (Can you tell that I am in the thick of this?!) Also, these ones roll up and store super easy and I’ve found they stay on baby better and move with them because they aren’t so stiff.

#3: Snack Cup

I love a snack cup. It helps with motor skills and gives me a place to put goldfish that won’t spill and be everywhere. I have a couple of these that I keep in my church bag/car/swimbag/diaper bag so that I always have some sort of snack wherever I am!

#4: Chair

Here is another Fisher Price find! I loved this baby seat (& the price) before Ruby could sit up and wanted to look around and see us. It’s lightweight and I moved this all around my house when I was working or trying to get something….anything done.

At 6 months, I start putting my babies in this seat. I love this one because I can feed them food (while they are learning) and just hose them  & the seat down and all is clean again! It’s also easy to drag around the house and helps her learn how to sit up. There’s also this attachment that I just recently bought that I can put snacks on and she can pick at. I didn’t think that I would love it as much as I do!

#5: Carrier + Shopping Cart Cover

This is a bit of a splurge, BUT I promise it is worth the money. If you’re doing anything outside, you want one of these. They are breathable, easy to wear annnd your husband can wear it too. I even wear mine are the house sometimes to get chores done. Also, if you’re flying… being handsfree is essential. You can easily use this until they are walking! There is an infant insert so you can use it when they are tiny too, I just find it gets easier at about 4 months and is perrrrfect at 6+ months!

These are amazing! They cover your carseat when your baby is sleeping and you’re running into Target or if it’s cold out and you don’t want their tiny cheeks getting cold. They are also awesome for nursing, especially if you’re wearing something that isn’t “nursing friendly” because you can basically take your whole shirt off and no one would know. I also love these for when your baby is a little older and sits in the cart at the store– you can line their seat with this so that they aren’t touching the gross carts.

#6: Stroller

Okay, this is the Cadillac of strollers, BUT before I lose you– it is worth the hype and the money. It’s beautiful, rides so smooth, is easy to open and close and has attachments that grow with your child. Get this, I can click in my carseat and have the extra seat for Lolly annnd I can have the skateboard on the back for my boys. Yeah, I can be a total circus and accommodate allll of my kids, it’s truly amazing. I would also highly recommend that you buy the matching carseat because it clicks into the travel system. That way when you’re running errands and baby is asleep, you don’t have to transfer them into anything. Just click them in and go.

This is my favorite umbrella style stroller. This one is super light, but shockingly durable. Also, you can set almost any carseat in it. I love anything that is compatible with a carseat because when they are asleep in the car seat, I will do annyyything to not have to unbuckle them and wake them up.

#7: Teething

Cutting teeth is serious business and painful for little ones, I always give my babies a little bit of this and I have various teething toys for them to chew on to get the sucker through the gums. And if you’re into the hippy vibes, I’ve used these amber teething necklaces, they help calm and comfort your baby.

#8: Sleepsack

Once your baby starts to rollover, you don’t want to be swaddling anymore, so these sleepsacks are awesome! They keep loose blankets away from their faces, but also keep them warm and cozy.

#9: Activity Gym + Arch

This is another thing that I hate spending lots of money on. They only use these things for a relatively short amount of time so don’t spend a ton of money on. I have been using this one and Ruby seems to love it! It’s bright colored and has all the dangly things for her to look at!

This arch is also amazing, because it’s compatible with so many chairs and carseats and more. It’s nice to have this option, especially is you’re traveling while baby is awake or needing to entertain baby while you get ready or whatnot.

#10: Check out my Baby Must Haves for things I use for the first 12 months!

Summer Chore + Checklist

Summer Chore + Checklist

It’s happening y’all! Summer is rapidly approaching! I promise I am just as nervous as you are. After our spring break, I am trying to create a plan for summer because it is long my friends. I enjoy the slow, summer days of being lazy, carefree and easy, BUT I also like a glimpse of structure.

So here is my gift to you: a summer checklist + chore list.

We did this last summer and it made such a difference, so here’s the deal. The kids are required to go through the list before they can do anything with technology! I don’t care if it’s in order or if it takes a couple hours to accomplish – summer days are long, remember?

As far as the job list this is a way for my little kids to earn a little cold hard cash. It’s optional and simple, but helps them to have agency as far as earning money.

My 10 + 7 year old runs through the list on their own– and it’s so nice to have an expectation for what needs to be done that day. I do the entire list with my 4 year old and I love the together time!

Solidarity my friends! I hope this helps give your summer some structure so that I can be full of fun!

Xo

Jenna

Baby Must Haves: 3 months

Baby Must Haves: 3 months

Hi Mom-to-be! How exciting that you are starting on this journey!? Motherhood has highs and lows and ups and downs and all the in between. Despite what the world is telling you, there is no right or wrong way to do motherhood. YOU are the best and only parent to your child. Whenever this truly sank in for me, it was empowering. I want you to know that you are enough and you already are everything your baby needs.

I like to think of baby items as a bonus! All of these things will make your life easier, but also, pioneers raised their children without all these little gadgets so IF you don’t have every single thing from the moment your baby comes home from the hospital I PROMISE– you are going to be okay!

Let’s get started:

#1: Fridababy Products

In the first 3 months of baby’s life or The 4th Trimester– they are learning how to do everything. I mean, everyyyything. So having some products to help you in that department will totally be leg up! Meet the Windi— this will help your baby pass gas/go to bathroom/relieve bellyaches. Next is the Snotsucker. It’s exactly what it sounds like. There’s a little tube that you put in there tiiiny nose and you suck on the other end (don’t worry there’s a filter) and snot comes out. Annnnd Welcome to Motherhood! Snot/boogies + poop/gas!

Also, the Fridababy Humidifier/Diffuser/Nightlight is so nice because it’s 3 in 1. Having a humidifier in their room helps them stay healthy and keeps congestion at bay. The diffuser is amazing because you can add various oils to support whatever they need. I can help you get all the oils you’re looking for or learn what to use! Now that you’re going to be up in the middle of the night every (single) night… you’ll want a nightlight my friend!

#2: Diapers + Wipes + Cream

Something that I would encourage every mom is to find a diaper that YOU love! Everyone will tell you their favorite, but no diaper is created equally. Everyone wants something different from their diaper. I personally love Pampers Swaddlers + Honest Diapers. I like that they are soft and absorbent. I know lots of friends that love Huggies too! So before you buy the mega giant pack– find what you like!

For wipes, I really think that Costco wipes are the Holy Grail. They are a great value and are very gentle on baby’s skin. Annnd, I can buy lots at one time for a great price! You just can’t beat that!

Some baby’s are more prone to diaper rash and if that’s the case for your babe, make sure you’re changing their diaper often or try a different diaper so that you have a long term solution. But when you see that sore bum, you’ll want a cream to ease the discomfort. Most of the time, I just use this coconut oil— it’s gentle and easy on their skin, but if you want a paste– this is my favorite paste. The ingredients are clean and it’s easy to travel with or keep at your changing station.

#3: Swaddles + Wraps

If you’re a traditional, swaddler– let me introduce you to the best swaddles around. The colors are pretty, but the fabric is SO soft, they are huuuge and stretchy so you can get your babe snug! They also have some of my favorite muslin swaddle prints right here. Also, if you want to see how I love to swaddle my babes, go here!

I love having lots of these muslin swaddles too! They make a great baby shower gift, but also, they are nice and cozy for the car, awesome to wipe up spit it, use as a burp cloth, use as a changing pad and at the end of the day, I can throw it into the laundry room and have another one clean for the next day. Okay, here are some of my favorites!

I love wearing my babies when they are tiny! Solly Baby is my go to for wearing. It’s so nice to be hands free and they usually nap pretty well when they are in there. Some advice, feed them before you wear them. If they are hungry, they are going to be upset and want to nurse.

#4: Diaper Bag

I have had lots of diaper bags over the years and my favorite one that I have owned is Fawn Design. First, it’s beautiful + classy looking so I don’t feel like I look like I am in “mom mode” when I am carrying it. Second, it fits everything I need. With 4 kids, there’s always a kid that wants me to carry something of theirs and this bag allows me to fit all the things. It’s also wipeable so when things spill (& they will) you can easily clean up the mess.

#5: Nursing Cover + Carseat Cover

These are amazing! They cover your carseat when your baby is sleeping and you’re running into Target or if it’s cold out and you don’t want their tiny cheeks getting cold. They are also awesome for nursing, especially if you’re wearing something that isn’t “nursing friendly” because you can basically take your whole shirt off and no one would know. I also love these for when your baby is a little older and sits in the cart at the store– you can line their seat with this so that they aren’t touching the gross carts.

#6: Carseat + Stroller + Car Mirror

Okay, this is the Cadillac of strollers, BUT before I lose you– it is worth the hype and the money. It’s beautiful, rides so smooth, is easy to open and close and has attachments that grow with your child. Get this, I can click in my carseat and have the extra seat for Lolly annnd I can have the skateboard on the back for my boys. Yeah, I can be a total circus and accommodate allll of my kids, it’s truly amazing. I would also highly recommend that you buy the matching carseat because it clicks into the travel system. That way when you’re running errands and baby is asleep, you don’t have to transfer them into anything. Just click them in and go.

For the car, I love a car mirror. When they are rear facing you just can’t see them while you’re driving. This cute little mirror allows you to see (hopefully) their sleeping face.

#7: Pacifiers + Clips

These are my favorite pacis and clips! They are soft and pretty and are easy for them to hold in their mouths. If you’re buying pacis, you’ve gotta have clips because otherwise they end up on the floor and dirty. These clips are small and soft so when she falls asleep with them, they aren’t pinching or hurting.

#8: Medicine + Sanitizer + Thermometer

I like to have some baby Tylenol on hand. It’s nice to have just for added comfort. I give some to my baby after they get shots or have been circumcised. Just to help keep them comfortable.

For day to day health, I love using oils on my baby. When properly diluted, they can be such a tool for immunity, sleep support and emotional support. I like to diffuse lavender when baby is sleeping. I love Stronger on their feet for immune support. I love to diffuse peppermint and breathe if they have a runny nose or cough. I love the OnGuard hand sanitizer to spray on anyone holding baby. And so many more, if you’re interested in oils or need help deciding which you would like for your baby, find me over on The Daily Essential Co. & DM me!

I love this thermometer for baby. For the first 12 weeks, if baby has a fever at all, you’re instructed to take them to the emergency room. For that reason, it’s nice to have a thermometer for an accurate reading.

#9: Baby Bath + Towels

There are so many baths out there to choose from, but I bought this one. Ruby will use it from birth until she can sit up on her own in the tub. It’s super clean and easy and goes straight into your tub so there’s no added mess. If you have other kids that you’re bathing, it’s nice to just do it all at once!

I love this towel! It is SO soft and big. The hood keeps your baby’s head warm and it makes it easier to dry them off. These towels are big enough for your toddlers too so they totally grow with your babe.

#10: Burp Cloths + Changing Pad

I would buy these cheap burp cloths and use the heck out of them and then just be done with them after baby. I wouldn’t spend much burp cloths after all, they are going to get spit up on them!

I love love love this changing pad. It’s leather so you can wipe it really easily. It also folds up surprisingly really small!

#11: Bottles + Breast Pump + Formula + Bags

This part of motherhood can be intimidating, but it’s also essential to your journey. Feeding your baby can feel all consuming and it seems like you will have so many questions. First, feed your baby. However that looks for you– feed them. That’s what matters most! I have always nursed my babies and supplemented when I needed to.

At the beginning, when I am making way more milk than my tiny baby is eating. I like to pump to stock the freezer. This can seem intimidating so– remember, you’re feeding baby, not the freezer. If you don’t have TONS of stock in your freezer right away, don’t panic and slowly, but surely you will! I like to use this pump. Most insurances cover breast pumps and this one’s covered. It’s light and easy. I like to store my milk in these bags and lay them down flat in your freezer. Once they are hard and frozen, you can easily stack them in a bin.

I’ve found that all my babies really like these bottles and keeps them from getting really gassy. My advice is to find a bottle that your baby likes and give it to them at least once a week so that they get comfortable with taking a bottle. It’s totally a learned skill!  

I also believe in having formula on hand, this one is most like breastmilk and isn’t full of chemicals and artificial ingredients. There’s also this option, it’s prepackaged for the perfect amount. It’s nice to leave with a babysitter or have in your diaper bag and you don’t have to measure things out. There are moments when you don’t have enough supply in your freezer to leave your baby, but you’re going to get invited on a date or want to get your nails done or go to the movies and YOU SHOULD! Having extra food on hand only makes your life easier.

#12: Sound Machine

Every baby needs a good sound machine and this is the best I have found! It’s portable so you can stick it in their carseats when you’re in the car, but also it’s loud enough to be used in the nursery. The charger is a USB so when it’s low battery, I can plug it into the car charger in the car. It also has a “shush” setting… need I say more?

#13: Check out my Baby Must Haves for things I use for the first 12 months!

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