Empties 4.0

Here I am again to give my yay’s and nay’s on this months empty products. Let’s get started!

St. Ives Scrub + Mask

Probably one of my favorite products.  You can use it as a mask or a scrub.  It isn’t as harsh as an exfoliator as some of the other scrubs I have used.

Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath

This smells SO good.  It really is calming and helps calm Tripp down at bedtime.

L’Oreal Shampoo [and conditioner]

I used up the conditioner awhile ago [seriously who finishes their shampoo and conditioner at the same time?!] I wish I could because it drives my type-A self insane…. anyway, I love this line because it makes my hair so smooth and shiny. I have very long hair and it help keeps my hair looking healthy in between hair cuts.

Garnier Fructis Conditioner 

This isn’t my favorite conditioner but I do like it.  It doesn’t smooth out my hair as much as I would hope.  It smells great though and doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy.

Happy Baby Puffs

Tripp LOVES these snack puffs when we are on the go.  There isn’t a flavor that he hasn’t love either.  I love keeping these in the car just incase he gets hungry and we don’t have anywhere to stop.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

First Year Favorites

I thought since Tripp is a year old I would review some of my favorite products from his first year of life.  I hope this can help people find items they love. Some of these things you may have heard me talk about on here or Instagram so sorry for the repetitiveness but when I love something I love to praise it!

Baby Jogger City Select

LOVE LOVE LOVE.  It is super easy to fold, pushes very easy and has a fantastic over head shade!

Magic Merlin Sleep Suit

LIFE SAVER.  Tripp hated the swaddle but loved this.  And it was pretty easy to transition out of!

Nose Frida

This has saved us from the Texas allergies.  So much snot and this is SUPER easy to clean. Those bulbs are like the black hole of mystery grossness.

Activity Gym/ Play Mat

Loved this for tummy time!

Sit Me Up

This was great to use to help sit Tripp up and is super light and compact too!

Jumper

Tripp was obsessed with his jumper.  It was one of the first toys he absolutely loved and gave me a few free minutes too!

Sit to Stand

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Love that this toy converted from a smaller age to him using it now.  Still hadn’t gotten old!

Chicco Keyfit 30

This car seat is super easy to install and move around.  It was durable and safe.  He just outgrew it so we upgraded.

Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit

It was a little weird the first week seeing Tripp in such a big car seat but he loves it.  This thing can last until 120 LBS! Pretty easy to install too!

Busy Board

A fun toy that keeps Tripp occupied for a few minutes… which says a lot these days 🙂

Rock-N-Play

Another life saver that allowed Tripp to sleep.  LOVED the auto rock feature.

Ubbi

Seriously keeps the gross dirty diaper smell away.

Cabinet Safety locks

Our cabinets are inset and I didn’t;t want you to be able to tell we have locks on them so these magnet locks were the perfect solution.  Only weird thing is out door pulls are magnet to so we had to set the lock towards the middle of the cabinet.

What are/were you favorite baby products?

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

Year ONE

 

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As I sit back and reflect on the last year I just cannot believe how fast it has come and gone.  The saying is true that minutes can seem slow but the months go by so fast. Tripp has taught me so much in such a short 12 months.  These months have taught me patience, empathy and to be more care free. My type A personality has definitely been challenged but in a good way!

So, I thought to wrap up twelve months of motherhood, I would give you twelve tips I’ve learned.

  1. Don’t be afraid to take the baby out.  It is a big production but it is worth your sanity to get out and about.
  2. You do you.  Go with your gut.  If you need to sleep train do it, if you want to give the baby a Paci do it.  Don’t worry about the judgmental moms out there you need to do what is right for you and your family.
  3. Do something for yourself every once in awhile.  Coffee with a girlfriend, a pedicure… anything to help relax and rejuvenate.
  4. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.  The crying is HARD but I PROMISE it is temporary.  Positive self talk is very important in those days with lots of crying and little sleep.
  5. Get a yeti cup.  If not you will reheat your coffee 5 million times a day.
  6. Find a good support group.  You will have a million questions and that group will save your sanity.  DR GOOGLE IS THE WORST SUPPORT GROUP.
  7. Take a shower.  Put the baby in a bouncer or a safe space and take 5 minutes for yourself.  You will feel like a new person.
  8. Breastfeeding is HARD.  I will say after 6 weeks for me it got significantly easier.  We have made it to one year and I am so proud that we did! But do what you and your baby need. FED IS BEST.
  9. Buy yourself something cute. Those first days are hard but having a nice fresh (stretchy and comfy) outfit does a world of good.
  10. Continue taking your pre-natals and have lab work done to make sure all your levels are good…. turns out I was vitamin D deficient and once I started taking supplements I started feeling SO much better!
  11. Ask for help.  Even if it is just for 30 minutes when you need a break you need a break.
  12. The kitchen doesn’t have to be spotless.  This is the hardest lesson for me… they say to sleep or rest when the baby is resting but I tend to try to tackle the never ending to do list.  I have tried my best to learn that it is ok if the house isn’t perfectly clean for one day or if the laundry waits an extra day. The stress is NOT worth it.  Spend this time with the family and worry about the chores another time.  Honestly, sticking to a schedule has really helped me to not feel overwhelmed by the amount of things to get done in a day!

What are your tips for first year moms?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

PS Aren’t are pictures the cutest?! Shoutout to photo guru Chandi!

PPS Here are the outfit details: floral dress [under $25!], Cold Shoulder Top, Jeans, Sandals.

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My First Mother’s Day + Gift Ideas

I know, I know. I was a mother when I was pregnant but this year is so special having Tripp in my arms to snuggle and hug(he was born TWO days after Mother’s Day last year). These last few years Mother’s Day has honestly been very sad. It is hard watching so many people celebrate with their mom and you don’t get to do that.

I love that this year has brought new meaning to this holiday. I am so thankful that God chose Tripp to be my little one. He has shown me unconditional love that I have never known. He has taught me to be more carefree and less uptight. He has taught me patience and understanding and that with one little grin that he can get out of a lot of trouble.

I can’t wait to spend this Mother’s Day with my little family. Really that is the best gift of all BUT if you were to ask me some fun gift ideas for moms here is what I would suggest!

Pampering is ALWAYS a good idea for mom so a massage or mani/pedi gift card are safe bets! Click to photos below for direct links!

For the clean freak like me
Roomba

For the techie:
Apple Watch

For the Fashionista
Tory Burch Clutch

For the jewelry lover
Kendra Scott Necklace

For the mom’s who need ALL the coffee
Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System

What is on your Mother’s Day list?
XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Empties #3

Hi y’all! I am here again to go through some of my used products! Enjoy!

Babyganics Shampoo+Bodywash: I can’t find the squeeze version of this anymore.  Which makes me sad because we have the pump version and I hate that it falls in the tub and gets water in it. I love the smell of this and that it rinsed clean from baby.  I tried using it as bubble bath but it left a film in the bath tub.  LOL.  I would recommend this product.

Dial Body Wash: This body wash didn’t seem drying. For those who don’t like a strong scent this would be good for you.  I like strong scents in body wash so it wasn’t my favorite. This has a great price point and it foams up really well which I like. Overall, it is a quality product for a good price.

CVS Dry Shampoo: I bought this in a pinch and it was on sale.  It works alright.  I think sometimes it can leave my hair looking a bit dull.  Also, it doesn’t seem to be as long lasting as I would like.  I usually have to reapply it throughout the day.  I would splurge on a better quality unless you are in a bind!

Matrix Smoothing Serum: This is the OLD version but I have linked the new one.  This works great but honestly I like my Paul Mitchell better only because it seems less sticky when I put the product in my hand.  I think the Matrix version is just thicker.  It helps keep my frizzy hair in line though for sure! I would recommend this.

Mac Blush: This brand is my go to for blush. This one is on it’s last leg and it busted to bits the other day so it is getting retire.  I love this color and a little goes a long way.  I think this blends well with other make up brands and the color is pretty true! Recommend!

Motrin: We have used this for fevers (as mentioned above) and for teething.  Recommend having this on hand!*

Tylenol: We had our first fever not to long ago  (as mentioned above) and this was great to rotate with Motrin.  Seemed to give our little guy some relief. Recommend having this on hand! *

*Please consult your doctor before giving your child medication.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Perfume Perfection

When it comes to perfume I definitely have my “go-to’s”.  I do lean towards certain scents depending on the season. I usually stick with one or two signature scents throughout the season. These are what I think smell good on my skin and that over and over again I get compliments on!

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Burberry: The perfect warm winter scent. This scent makes me feel relaxed and cozy!

Burberry Brit:I have the older packaging]:  Love the floral crispy vanilla scent of this.  Perfect for on the go and everyday.  I almost ALWAYS receive compliments when I have this one on.

Marc Jacobs Lola: My favorite Spring and summer floral scent.  It makes me joyful and happy when I wear it.

Chanel: Chance: A: I LOVE this twist up travel size perfume.  SO great for moms on the go! B: The scent is SO yummy and gives me a little pep at the beginning of my day.

Chanel: Coco Mademoiselle: My favorite date night scent and is very enticing and warm.

Fendi: A fruity but deep blend.  This is a really good all year scent.  This is what I keep in my handy Travel Sprayer above.  LOVE this sprayer because it is SUPER easy to fill and great for on the go moms!

 

What is your favorite signature scent?

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

Current Crushes [UNDER $50]

The weather is changing and I have my eyes on a lots of new spring time items! I have found some of my favorite finds and all are a steal under $50!

Current Crushes

Tasseled Cold Shoulder Blouse

Trouser

Tasseled Cold Shoulder Blouse

Block Heels

Sneakers

Scalloped Flats

Floral Maxi Romper 

Pink Cold Shoulder Dress

What are your current crushes?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger