My Little T-Shirt Dress

Sunglasses |  T-Shirt Dress | Diaper Bag  | Sandals | Apple Watch Band

T-shirt dresses are so versatile and mom-friendly. I believe you can never have too many! This little number I found at Wal-Mart for $9.96! I really like the thickness of the material, along with the details – like the ribbed neckline and front pocket. I paired this dress with my comfortable, and affordable, snake-print sandals. I hope this dress finds it’s way to your closet too!

River Road Clothing

Texas Thunderbird Tank  | Sunglasses | Denim Shorts | Belt | Sandals | Apple Watch Strap

I love to shop local – and River Road Clothing Company makes it easy to do. My husband first began our River Road collection with the NBTX sweatshirt, which then continued with an NBTX hat, stickers, and the newest addition – the flag. We love supporting this great community, and this mighty town sure has some pride!

NBTX Hat| NBTX Flag T-Shirt |  Sticker | Flag  

One of my newer items is the Texas thunderbird tank. It’s a great piece to dress up or down. The tank is great to wear when you want to look put together, but want to be comfortable too. Check all their items out at The Local in downtown New Braunfels, or online at https://www.riverroadclothing.com/.

Texas Thunderbird Tank | Sunglasses | Denim Shorts | Belt | Sandals | Apple Watch Strap   

My Personal Barista

Working from home, with the entire family home too, definitely calls for caffeine in the morning. I didn’t want to get drive-thru coffee for a fancy espresso drink so frequently, so I began researching for my perfect at-home brew.

The Nespresso Vertuo is my new go-to every morning. I have a blast trying new pods, frothing milk, and adding flavor to each drink. Honestly, I started preferring my nespresso than local coffee shops – which my wallet thanks me for that.

If you are interested in trying this machine yourself, I have the Vertuo Titan Bundle (which includes the machine and frother). The Nespresso machines frequently go on sale, so I recommend waiting if possible for the machine until there is a discount code – I will keep an eye out for you too! But if you are interested in the machine now, here are all the details on my morning coffee routine.

Also, if the 24oz mug is too big for you, I included the smaller Yeti mug (14oz) as well. I highly recommend a Yeti mug for those times you can’t sit and enjoy your coffee in one setting. My coffee stays warm for a solid three hours. I can’t say if it keeps warmer longer, as that is my max I have had coffee in my mug so far.

Nespresso Machine and Frother Bundle |14oz Yeti Mug | 24oz Yeti Mug |    | Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup

My favorite current pods: Caramel Cookie | Melozio | Arrondio | Bianco Leggero    

Cheers to a more enjoyable start to your day!

Little Boys Swimsuits

Do you ever struggle to find swimwear for little boys? Finding swim trunks with a matching rash guard is fairly hard for me to find, and I am all about that UV protection!

Luckily, I can always trust in Mud Pie and Target to come through when it comes for fun swimwear that my boys approve!

I found a lot of their swimwear online for you to browse, and I’m sharing some other fun options for you too as little brother’s clothes aren’t are online anymore, #handmedownlife:

Shark Pocket Rash Guard | Shark Swim Shorts | Great Alligator Swim Set | Shark Swim Set

Light Blue Alligator Shorts    | Alligator Snorkel Rash Guard | Dark Blue Alligator Shorts | Alligator Surfer Rash Guard  | Swim Hat | Keen Sandals | Toddler Sandals   

One-Piece Zip Sunsuit with Hat | Water Table

We can’t forget our life vests too! We love the Speedo Life Vest!

Speedo Swim Vest

Cute and Comfy

dress | sandals | earrings | ring | watch | hair tie

Do you ever struggle with the challenge of wanting to dress cute for a social event, but not wanting to be uncomfortable? I have this challenge all of the time! Especially with two little boys, being cute and comfortable are two words that don’t commonly connect for me. But Target really helped with a resolution – their tshirt dress.

Recently, Target had their tshirt dresses on sale, so I purchased a few colors to give them a try. These dresses did NOT disappoint. So comfortable, machine-washable, and they are a great length! Enjoy the links under my photo for the entire outfit.

Have a great and comfy day 🙂

– madelon

I’m BACK!!!

You might not see it very often – the ultimate blogger comeback story. But this gal plans to continue what she truly enjoys. That is sharing what I love, while making people look and feel great.

Since we last met, I now have two boys. My oldest is now almost four, and my youngest just turned one this April (our first virtual birthday party!). My husband and our dog Lola are still thriving, and we are making the most of this pandemic we are all currently experiencing together.

You’re probably still wondering why I took such a long hiatus, and I apologize for leaving you astray on my weekly posts. But when my oldest son was three months old, we learned he had a cataract in his right eye. Being a first-time mom, still trying to learn the ropes and balancing out those hormones, I had a difficult time coping. I suffered from postpartum anxiety and survivors guilt – where I would tell myself that it could be so much worse, and my son can still do all things even with vision in one eye, but never accepting that this was in fact a traumatic experience. One day, I will go into more detail about both of those items in hopes to help other moms out there going through that same experience. But for now, we will keep this re-introduction light-hearted and fun, shall we!?

These last few years, while not sharing on my blogging platform, I continued to assist friends with wardrobe revamps and styling tips. I even helped one friend purchase makeup for the first time (and she looks even more FABULOUS now). I learned new and healthier tricks when cooking, while working with a toddler that is slowly becoming more particular on dining options. Fitness has recently climbed up the importance ladder as well, especially being home so much during COVID-19. I can’t wait to share all of this and more in upcoming posts!

So cheers to you and staying faithful in me. I look forward to helping you become the BEST YOU!

-madelon

My Baby Food Maker

If you are planning to make your own baby food, or in the midst of doing so, I found a great tool to make this process easier. It also creates VERY happy babies.

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It is called the Babycook by Beaba, and I am in love with it. There are not many steps in making baby food, nor does it take time away from playing with your little one(s).

  • Dice vegetables/fruit
  • Add correct amount of water to the mixing area, according to the booklet (included)
  • Add the diced food to the steaming basket, top with mixing lid, and seal shut
  • Add water to the reservoir
  • Turn the knob to the “steam” icon.
  • Once steaming is complete, remove water (but save some to add when pureeing the food), and take food out of the steaming basket
  • Add steamed food direct to the mixing area, add some of the steamed water back into the mixing area. Adding water will be up to your discretion and how thick you want your food.
  • Puree

Then volia! Your baby’s meal is complete! In three hours, I completed four different vegetables, and several jars of food. Granted, I didn’t stay in the kitchen the entire time. I would get the food started, let it steam, then go spend time with my family until I went in the kitchen to check on things.

I love that your time isn’t spent in the kitchen making food, and Baby P gets fresh veggies and fruit from our local farmers market.

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I highly recommend adding this sweet cooking machine to your next baby registry, buying it for your friends, or getting one for those sweet babies of your own.

I have the older edition, the Babycook Original, but you can see all the editions, and links to purchase them, here:

Babycook Original

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FYI- this is not a paid ad. This was recommended to me by my cousin who made baby food, with ease, for all three of her children. She is the original Beaba user.

Happy {baby food} eating!

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LUSHious Skin

I am a lover of LUSH bath bombs, but I wanted to explore more of their products. I recently tested some LUSH skin products with my cousin, and I wanted to share my experience with you all.

Gentlemen: this is a GREAT Mother’s Day gift idea! What wouldn’t want an in-home spa any time she wants?

We tried Ocean Salt face and body scrub, Mask of Magnaminty face and body mask, Cup O’ Coffee face and body mask, and Vanishing Cream facial moisturizer.

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LUSH instructions for masks: Smooth mask all over your skin. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water, massaging as you go.

Below you will find links for the products through LUSH’s website, but I also provided links to purchase these products through Amazon as another option.

My cousin really needed something to clear up blemishes, and I wanted something to get rid of my new “tired mom” look. So we tested these products as a team since we had different goals for our skin.

My favorite, by far, was the Cup O’ Coffee mask.

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It smells like iced coffee and feels so refreshing once applied on my face. But the best part is washing it off. My skin felt softer than ever and so clean. I am not sure if I looked less tired, but I definitely felt more awake after my mask treatment. I highly recommend using this mask when you want to feel refreshed and recharged.

Purchase Cup O’ Coffee mask through Amazon HERE

With my cousin, she experimented with the Mask of Magnaminty mask and Vanishing Cream moisturizer combo.

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She felt the mask helped minimize her pores and reduced blemishes. It is a green cream and has a fresh minty scent. Once she washed her face, she applied the vanishing cream to ensure those blemishes don’t come back for a while. She was very pleased with the experience and liked the results.

Purchase Mask of Magnaminty through Amazon HERE

Purchase Vanishing Cream moisturizer through Amazon HERE

For the Ocean Salt scrub, it is one of their most popular products. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan. The infused vodka is definitely noticeable. The vodka scent really drew me away from using it. However, my cousin enjoyed using it as a body scrub. She loved the fresh feeling it left her with after her shower.

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Purchase Ocean Salt scrub through Amazon HERE

I would love to hear from you on your favorite scrubs or masks. I’m always willing to try something new!

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Hello Baby, Goodbye Dairy!

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Hello Readers!

I hope you are all doing well! I apologize for my absence in posting. Going back to work while being a new mom is tough work! But now we have a routine in place, and life is slowly going back to (our new and improved) normal. This includes being able to blog again with you!

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Since I last posted, there have been a few changes in our home. One of them being a new dairy-free diet! About two weeks after coming home from the hospital, we noticed our son spitting up all the time and having tremendous stomach pain. After trying multiple things, our pediatrician finally recommended going on a dairy-free/soy-free diet. It was crazy how this nutritional adjustment affected my son! He instantly improved, with less spit up and very little stomach issues. Unfortunately, that meant queso, Blue Bell, and I had to take some time away from each other.

I am now on my fifth month of this diet, and my whole family is adjusting. I am making meals with healthier substitutions, and getting adapted to allergen charts at restaurants. It is much more challenging than you think when it comes to finding food that is dairy and soy free. However, I am thankful for the world we live in today because there are many more options available than there were when I was a baby.

For any moms out there facing this same diet, know that you are not alone! There are Facebook groups for dairy-free breastfeeding moms, and several recipes online. Here are two of favorites for my sweet tooth, or when I’m craving fried food:

Cinnamon Oat Bars (great for boosting milk production too!)

Baked Chicken Strips

I would love to hear from you on your favorite dairy-free/soy-free recipes or food! I am always up for new ideas!

 

Matching PJs

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I’m not sure why, but I really thought it would be fun to match my son while in the hospital. Not only was it fun (for me), I ended up finding some of the most soft and comfortable pajamas!

As I mentioned in my previous post, Packing for the Hospital, I found some great pajamas so I didn’t have to wear a gown my entire visit. While searching for nursing-friendly pajamas, I came across matching sets for mom and baby. I then fell in love! We both wear these PJs all the time around the house. It’s great to wear when visiting family too!

 

I also love wearing these Medela camis that were recommended to me by a dear friend.

You can find the matching beanie with Baby P’s name here at Etsy.

 

 

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img_3606Similar PJs: Due Maternity | Favorite Nursing Cami: Medela | Baby’s Beanie: Etsy

 

 

I hope you and your baby are comfy during your stay!