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The Best Baby Stuff


The Best Baby Stuff

Parx has hit the seven month milestone, I’ve gone back to work and we’ve had a sufficient amount of time to decide what’s worked best. What could I not live without? What could Parx not live without? And what has been our all time favorite baby stuff.

Owlet Smart Sock 2, $299.99

Why does this come first? Because I am a much more chill mom when Parx is sleeping with this monitor on. I really appreciate that I can open my phone and see his heart rate and oxygen levels. It’s basically an Apple Watch for your baby and as a tech nerd, I’m here for it.

Available at BuyBuyBaby and Target

Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Owl Nightlight Soother, $39.99

Maybe you have a super quiet house? We definitely do not. My husband hosts all his friends over for Xbox FIFA games a couple of times a week from about 8-11pm or much later on weekends. I love having all the guys at our house and needed to find a way to disguise the friendly competitive banter from my sleeping baby. Enter the sound of waves. He loves it.

Available at Target , Amazon and BuyBuyBaby

Target Cloud Onesies, $12.99 for a pack of 3

I don’t care where you live, it’s cold in your house at night most of the time. Even in Florida, it’s chilly inside. Now compound that with being unable to use a blanket and you would want some footy jammies too! The black and white ones are my favorite on Parx. He owns them in a few sizes now.

Available at Target

Skip Hop Greenwich Diaper Backpack, starting at $79.99

When your hands are full, you don’t want to be lugging around a shoulder bag. This back pack is super durable and at least a little bit cute. I got mine in my favorite color, olive green, to match Parx’s nursery.

Available at Amazon, Target, and BuyBuyBaby

Dockatot, starting at $175

Not only super cute, Parx’s Dockatot was a handy accessory. I heard great things from other moms, but had a hard time getting over the pricepoint at first. Then I was gifted a beautiful, marble-printed Dock and just fell in love with it. We knew we would be traveling a bit during Parx’s first few months, so I decided to get him used to sleeping in the Dockatot so he would have the same place to sleep whether he was in a Pack ‘N’ Play, crib, on the floor, across our legs in an airplane, etc. This was a lifesaver. The only downside is that there is some controversy around how safe it is for the baby to sleep unattended aka when you are also sleeping. I did not have any issues with this because my son has wide shoulders and fit snuggly. But, I was also thankful to have the Owlet as a backup.

Available at Target, Amazon and BuyBuyBaby

UPPABaby Vista, starting at $809

I did not buy this stroller. I just couldn’t do it with that price tag and I’m having some regrets. We already know that we would like to have another baby soon and I love how the Vista can accommodate different seats, you can organize them how you like and you have some options. I love our infant carseat, the Chicco Keyfit 30, which is compatible with the Vista, so I think I’ll make the jump to the Vista once the next baby becomes a reality. No complaints about the Chicco Keyfit Travelsystem, I just really love the flexibility of the UPPABaby.

UPPABaby Vista available at Nordstrom, BuyBuyBaby and Amazon

Chicco Viaro Travel System available at Target, Amazon and BuyBuyBaby

What have been your baby must haves? We’re starting to think about baby #2. Any suggestions for two under two? This mom stuff is a blast, but it helps to go into it prepared.


Lustful Fridays #1


Lustful Fridays #1

Alexander Wang Bag

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The day after pay-day is always hard for me. I try to restrict myself to a budget (that Danny still considers outrageous) for my personal spending. My bills are always paid, but then I get on the internet and am always bombarded with things that I want. Since this is a known problem for me, I have decided that documenting some of my favorites would help me make the decision of whether or not to pull the trigger on some higher priced purchases. Also, I have an anniversary coming up in August and if Danny asks you what I want, please direct him to my Lustful Friday posts :)

My number one, most wanted piece right now is a bag by Alexander Wang. When we were in Europe, over a year ago, I saw a woman in the Milan Airport carrying this bag and have been dreaming of it ever since. I would consider my style to be a little bit rock n roll, a little bit beach bum and a little bit sexy. This bag brings it all together.

I am not a bag girl. The last bag I HAD to have, a Marc by Marc Jacobs stone colored leather Ukita, I still carry daily even though I bought it in October of 2012. I also waited until I could get it from ShopBop at 30% off. Bags just have never been my weak spot. We leave that shining flaw of mine to bikini purchasing :) So, it can kind of make sense as to why this big-ticket item is one I'm on the fence about. Another reason, speaking of the ticket, is the price itself. At nearly a grand this would be the most I have spent on anything other than my car, computers and college education. I love this bag, but this is one of those purchases that will have to wait until I win the lottery or we hit two billion subs on YouTube.

The shoes are a little more sensible. I first saw these on NastyGal last fall when they were featured in an array of colors. They are deceivingly Jeffrey Campbell. I am a huge fan of his creations, but never owned any myself because they are usually a little too out there for me. What can I say, I am a sucker for a nude shoe. I think there is nothing more flattering on a woman. Wearing a nude heel helps lengthen your leg and does not cut you off at the ankle like a black one would. The best part about these shoes is that they do not have a platform. Danny and I are only an inch or two apart in height and although I am a heel fanatic, I hate when I am towering over him. I love that these heels are now in a more neutral option and will probably be purchasing these as soon as I have a worthy event.

So, you have heard all about my wants... What are yours?