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    Family, Home Life

    Breastfeeding Essentials

    National Breastfeeding Awareness Month was in August, and although I do realize it’s September now,  with three small humans running around, I don’t get to things as quickly as I’d like to these days, lol!  Outside of how I style Walt and Oliver’s hair, I most frequently get questions about breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is such a big part of my life, so I wanted to share a little bit about my journey and the essential products I use.

    Breastfeeding is a full-time job.  I wish I had an accurate number for the amount of time I’ve put into it with all three kids!  Having the right nursing products can make the journey so much easier.  I’ve teamed up with Walmart to share a list of the most essential products I have been using from day one!

    1. I’ll start with the product that works great when you first begin breastfeeding: Lansinoh Nipple Cream.  It’s best to try and stay ahead of the game and start using this before you begin having issues.  Once you start cracking it is EXTREMELY painful.  Like, whoa! USE THIS!
    2. Whenever the cracking does start or you get engorged while your body is trying to regulate the amount your baby needs, use the Lansinoh Soothing Gel Pads.  They feel amazing when you get sore and provide immediate relief.  I always put mine in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect!
    3. Boppy Pillows are great for arm support while nursing or holding your baby while you’re building those baby muscles!  I’ve had three C-Sections, so I’ve also found it super helpful to cover my incision while nursing and not worrying about little baby feet bumping my wound.
    4. The Haakaa Manual Breast Pump is a newer product that I didn’t have with my boys.  I’ve used it with Vivi, and I LOVE it!  I use it on the side Vivi is not nursing on and it catches any milk that would’ve been wasted during the let-down.
    5. When I first started breastfeeding, I was super nervous about doing it in public.  This nursing cover came in handy and helped me feel more comfortable!  Walmart has lots of different prints in this!
    6. Pumping is something I’ve done with each of my breastfeeding ventures because I tend to overproduce for my kids’ needs.  If I didn’t pump, I would end up getting mastitis.  I use the Medela Freestyle Pump.  It is a pricy pump, but it has lasted me through 14 months with Walt, 14 months with Oliver, and 5 months with Vivi with no issues!  It’s so nice having this one because you don’t have to stay seated and you can be doing other things while pumping!
    7. Kiinde Twist Pouches work great for storing milk!
    8. Mustela Bustier helps you be completely handsfree while pumping! Lifesaver!

     

    Walmart carries all of these essential breastfeeding items plus all the items you could need for formula babies too!  Many of Walmarts items are available with next day or 2-day shipping as well.  Stock up on these breastfeeding must-have items At Walmart!

    Family, Lifestyle

    Hoover Power Scrub Elite Pet Plus Carpet Cleaner

    It’s no secret that I LOVE for my house to be white, bright, and clean!  One of my most frequently asked questions is how do I keep my house clean with it being so white.  Cleaning for me is therapeutic so I do it daily while listening to my music, and that helps a lot.  We have taught Walt and Oliver to eat in the kitchen, so I don’t have to worry about their sticky hands all over our sofa.  However, I do have to worry about our rugs and the beating they take from our drooly baby, dirty shoed toddler, messy hubby, two tiny dogs, and the walking dirt and hair factory that is our lovable golden retriever, Nala.  We live in one of the rainiest cities in the United States, so our dogs end up with muddy paws from the wet ground on a regular basis.  Nala LOVES to play in the rain, but once she’s ready to come inside it’s usually a battle to keep her off of our rugs.  She almost always gets a paw print or two on our rug by our backdoor.  My cure for that: the Hoover Power Scrub Elite Pet Plus Upright Carpet Cleaner.

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    Family, Travel

    Friendcation

    You know when you get into the car to leave a vacation and you just have an overall sense of sadness?  We’ve got major vacation blues in our house right now.  This past Mother’s Day weekend we spent it at the beach with all of our best friends and their babies.  We had the best time!  Ten adults, two kids, three toddlers and three babies all under one roof.  The ultimate friendcation!  We stayed in the Seagrove Beach area of 30A, a few miles East of Seaside.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Family, Lifestyle

    The Reason

    I have had a TON of questions about my blog.  Not just about how I created it, but why I created it as well. I decided to write a post to explain a few things.

    Taking this blogging journey was scary, to say the least, but so worth it.  Being a stay at home mama is seriously something that I’m so passionate about.  I truly feel blessed that Davis works as hard as he does for us to be able to do that.  I know being a stay at home mom isn’t for everyone, but for me, it’s a dream come true.  Being a mommy is my passion.  My life revolves around my kids and I live every day for them and Davis.  With that being said,  a stay at home mama is, at times, also a very lonely job.  Having no adult contact some days can drive me crazy.  Thankfully Walt is starting to have full conversations so I can give the birds a rest (JK).  My goal with this blog is to inspire other mamas to see the fun side of mom life.  I love being inspired by other mamas through social media, and I hope that I can inspire people as well.

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    DIY, Family, Food

    Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

    DIY Reese's Eggs - Piloting Life

    Bathing suit season is just around the corner (or already here where I live), but I just can’t help myself when Easter rolls around and those delicious Reese’s peanut butter eggs come out.  I truly have an addiction to them!  When we pass the display at Target that ALWAYS has bags of Reese’s in it, Walt likes to yell out as loud as he can “there’s mommy’s snack”.  Haha, embarrassing.  I know.  Instead of buying a (giant) pack this year, I decided to try to make some myself.  These turned out so good.  I mean seriously… they are SO good!  I already had every ingredient I needed for the recipe at home except for one, so it was super easy!  They also take very little prep work time, which is a big win for busy mamas like me.DIY Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs - Piloting Life Read more…

    DIY, Family

    DIY Marble Eggs

    I’m OBSESSED with these marble eggs!  I originally got the idea from a blog I found on Pinterest, and it was a total Pinterest fail.  So I tweaked the directions and it worked perfectly.  This craft is super easy, super cheap, and really pretty.  Especially for marble fanatics like me! Read more…

    Family, Little's Style

    DockATot

    DockATot - Piloting Life

    I’ve had our DockATot for about a month now, and I’m growing to love it more each day.  We have the Deluxe+ in Pristine White.  This DockATot is the stage one dock meant for ages 0-8 months.  It’s truly so perfect for babies.  Oliver is completely protected in it and I feel safe leaving the room for a minute while he’s in it, which hasn’t been the case with some other products I’ve tried.  It’s lightweight, and it has a handle on the end which makes porting it around the house easy (always a plus when carrying a baby).  The cover zips on and off and it is machine washable.   DockATot - Piloting Life Read more…

    DIY, Family

    Safari Party – Walt turns O N E

    I started thinking about Walt’s first birthday party before he was even born.  When we were in Africa we decided we were ready to become parents.  We had such a peace about it and knew the time was right.  So, what better theme for a first birthday party than a Safari?  Of course, I went straight to Pinterest for some inspiration.  I found a bunch of great DIY ideas for his party!

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