Fall Decor on a Tight Budget

As I was talking to my neighbor last night we got on the topic on whether or not we would be renewing our lease. It is still too early to tell for us but more than likely we won’t be renewing. Even my mom says I won’t be happy anywhere unless I build my house πŸ˜‚

Anywho that topic changed to the topic of decorating our places for the holidays. I figured this would be an awesome blog post to share. My go to places to shop for cheap decor is the Dollar Tree and the dollar section at Target. If we move, I won’t mind throwing away our holiday decorations if they get ruined. Also Five Below is a good place too. Last Christmas, I got my lighted garland there for $5!!!

I love crafting so I will get ideas on Pinterest and recreate my own fall decorations to save even more money. Below are just some of my fall decorations and everything I got is either from the Dollar Tree or the Dollar section at Target.

I am also starting to look for decorations for Christmas. I know I know still early but now is when places have sales on Christmas items.

Almost everything shown here (believe it or not) I crafted myself! The black lantern is made out of black picture frames from the Dollar Tree and the candle inside is from the Dollar Tree as well. It is battery operated so perfect for the nighttime. The wooden crate was gifted to me at my baby shower. I made the leaf garland out of a package of leaves and string I got at the Dollar Tree. The plaid pumpkin was a $1 from the Target dollar section. Then the “Hello Fall” sign I made myself last year. Literally the materials came from the Dollar Tree. It is not perfect but it is unique so I decided to keep it.

This little set up is at the bottom of our stairs, right inside the front door. We keep our shoes underneath for storage.

I will add one or two small real pumpkins to this as well.

Update: I added three small pumpkins and I just love this little nook!

This tray I found in the Target dollar section a few months ago for $5! Such a steal and I can get multiple uses out of it. The pumpkins are $1 each from Target! I use this display on my dining room table or on my ottoman in my living room.

So we have this awkward brick wall that used to be a fireplace. They closed it off and just made a huge section into brick. The glass pumpkins I got at Hobby Lobby on sale last year and they were less than $5 each. The DIY glass jar ghost, pumpkin, and Frankenstein I made out of baby food jars! How cool are they? Oh and run to your nearest Trader Joe’s to get this Honeycrisp Apple scented candle! It smells so good and fills up our entire townhouse!

I made this wreath about 5 years ago and now I just change out the decorations for each holiday. I found these leaves at the Dollar Tree and I am going to go back for more to add to it. Cayde helped me decorate it which I love involving him. I will add some fall flowers to it as well. Update: The last time I went to the Dollar Store to get fall flowers I had to leave because Cayde was acting up. So this may be all the fall decorations this wreath gets πŸ˜‚

I’m not one to decorate my bedroom for fall (Christmas is a whole other story) but I couldn’t resist this year. Rico made our nightstands and I am in love! I had to add a fall touch to my nightstand. It isn’t much but I adore it! All three pumpkins are from Target! I will rearrange these pumpkins to add some fall touch on Rico’s nightstand.

Another tip is I “collect” decor I find at the Dollar Tree or the Target dollar section. The stuff I have bought but haven’t been able to use (like the white tray) always comes in use within the year.

Last but not least, here is our front door. Cayde loves helping put the gel clings on the window! I got these at Target for $1 each. So I paid $3 to decorate my front door.

I hope this helps inspire one or all of you to decorate even if you are on a tight budget!

XOXO

Life update with a Newborn and a Toddler

Happy Monday friends! It’s been awhile since I posted and that’s because I have been adjusting to having a newborn and a one year old! So I figured it was time for a little life update.

I have had a few people ask how I am managing having two kids under the age of two without my main support system here to help. AKA Rico. The answer is simply I just do it. I have help every now and then, but it’s usually just the three of us.

I love that I get to stay home with my boys and I know that they are well taken care of. Some days are better than others and then there are days that are just flat out trying. That’s where both boys are fussy and they both want held…all day. If I get frustrated, I go upstairs to the bathroom and let out a good 5 minute cry. That to me is like hitting refresh.

One thing I have found to help me is to get a shower every morning. Even if it is a 3 minute shower. I may not wash my hair every day or every other day, but sometime during that week it does get washed. Baby steps πŸ˜‚

Another question I get asked is, how do I find “me” time. Well this one is hard to answer because I am still figuring that out. If I have to go to the bathroom, one or both boys are in there. Shower, yep you guessed it. One or both boys are with me. I have gotten like an hour here and there by myself but that’s not enough. I just go with the flow and focus on the moment. I know how fast the newborn phase flies by, so I am soaking that up.

It is funny how when I do get even a minute by myself, I miss my boys like crazy and want to be back with them.

Cayde and Lennox are my life. They come first. Now that I am past six weeks postpartum, I have been taking small strides of going out and about…with both boys! Sometimes it’s a crazy, hot mess and other times they both do so good. You win some and you lose some.

My advice for single mommas and well all mommas, live in the moment. It’s okay if your baby cries for a few minutes while you go to the bathroom or make breakfast. It’s hard to hear but they will be a okay! You are doing awesome and keep going! The next stage is even better than the last! Watching your children grow is truly a blessing!

Oh and also, coffee is my best friend. I have one cup a day. Lennox isn’t even 2 months yet, so I am still figuring things out. Meaning how to balance it all by myself. I have come to terms with that it is okay if there is dirty dishes in the sink 3 days later. I know it is okay if Cayde doesn’t pick up his toys every night. I need to listen to my body and if I’m pushing my limits, the dishes and toys can wait. I can’t be perfect, nobody is perfect. I strive for perfection and it is still a work in progress to get rid of that trait.

Overall life is so good! I wouldn’t change a thing, except for Rico to be here all the time. I am feeling good and the boys are well boysπŸ˜‚ I wouldn’t change being a boy momma for anything!

XOXO

What I packed in my Hospital Bag

Happy Wednesday everyone!! Surprise!! I delivered a happy, healthy, and beautiful baby boy last week! And yes I posted my last blog post in the hospital πŸ˜‚ I figured I wrote it, I should share it! I took the last week to really soak in family time away from social media. It felt so good.

My two boys are truly what makes my world go round. Lennox and I are doing good and Cayde is so in love with his baby brother. I make sure I still find alone time to spend with Cayde so he doesn’t feel left out.

Today’s blog post is about what to pack in your hospital bag. This is my second time around and let me tell you what, I still didn’t use half of what I brought. Let me start off by saying not all hospitals are the same. One of the main reasons we decided to stay where I was born and raised was because we had such a good first experience at our hospital delivering Cayde. I didn’t want to deliver Lennox anywhere else. My hospital gave us pretty much everything I needed.

This is the only picture I got of my hospital bag πŸ˜‚ I totally did a blogger fail and didn’t capture a cute bump photo with my packed hospital bags. The night I went into labor, I finished packing my bag.

For the Mommas:

1. Eye mask. This is a must so you can get some sleep during the day.

2. Body lotion. Your hands will get so dry from washing them so much.

3. Deodorant

4. Makeup remover wipes. I did bring my face bar and face lotion and I used neither. To refresh my face after delivering and at night/morning I just used makeup remover wipes.

5. Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.

6. Chapstick. Believe me when I say the hospital dries your lips out. I was even asking for chapstick right after I delivered Lennox because they felt so dry.

7. Dry Shampoo. You can see I also packed shampoo and conditioner. I totally didn’t use those. Dry shampoo all the way!

8. Body wash. I didn’t use this either because the hospital had body wash for me to use.

9. Hairbrush

10. Body Sponge

11. Can’t forget about the cute toiletry bag!

12. Weekender bag

13. Extra tote. You will be coming home with way more than you entered the hospital with. Bringing an empty tote is a must.

14. Robe. Honestly I used the gown that the hospital had my whole stay. I didn’t want to bring anymore than I needed. I used the robe when I would go to the nursery or when I walked the halls.

15. Coming home outfit. I included black sweatpants that were loose and thin and a tshirt. Comfort is key.

16. Charger. I also brought an extension card so I could have my phone right next to me if charging.

16. I used my iPhone as my camera.

17. Wallet

18. Snacks galore!

19. Socks. My hospital also provided these but I wanted cute ones to wear.

20. Nursing bra

21. Cheap flip flops to wear in the shower.

22. Hair ties

23. Pillow and blanket. This made me more comfortable sleeping at night.

My hospital provided:

1. Tucks Pads

2. Perineal bottle

3. Nipple cream (if breastfeeding)

4. Pads

5. Underwear

And for the baby:

1. Diapers and wipes

2. Little onesies

4. Swaddle blankets

4. Hats

What I packed for baby:

1. Coming home outfit

2. Swaddle blanket and hat to take cute photos

3. Infant car seat

And literally that was it.

For all you first time moms, ask your hospital what they provide. A good tip is whatever the nurses put in your room, you pay for (well your insurance). So when you are getting discharged, take those extra pads, diapers, etc! You will use them when you get home!

For your spouse, really all they need is extra clothes and their toothbrush.

Pack travel sized items! Everything I brought was travel sized so I only had one bag. I didn’t even put on makeup. I rather soak in the first 48 hours with my baby boy than doing my makeup.

I hope this is helpful and as always if you have any questions/comments leave them below!

XOXO

Preparing for Baby in my Final Two Weeks

Ahhh!! Where do I begin? Seriously guys, this pregnancy flew by. I can’t believe this time around the final month is flying by. When I was pregnant with Cayde, it seemed like the last trimester dragged by. Last week I took a very late baby moon with Rico and Cayde (only a 3 hour drive away from home) to get some sun. It was the best 4 days away!

Don’t get me wrong, I was very anxious and worried but once I got to the beach, I calmed down. Meaning I was able to relax instead of fearing I would go into labor. Call me crazy but I love adventure πŸ˜‚

The nursery is pretty much done. All of his newborn and three month clothes are washed and put away. I just need more storage containers (because I can’t ever have too many of those). Other than that, everything is organized and I am stocked as stocked can be.

I also have my nightstand all ready to go. Meaning I have a basket for diapers and wipes and then a basket for my breastfeeding supplies. I put a decorative bin downstairs containing the same items as well. Since I know I won’t have much help as I did with Cayde in the beginning, I am really focusing on just having things easily accessible in every room of the house.

I made a list of Caydes daily schedule. My parents will be watching Cayde while I am the hospital. Cue the tears because I am going to miss him like crazy!! I can’t wait for him to be a big brother though! I am trying to make my parents life easier with the list and me packing his suitcase of what he needs and uses daily. This isn’t my parents first rodeo so I know they got this.

All that is left to do is pack my bag and the baby’s bag for the hospital and sterilize the bottles. Cayde never took a bottle so I am going to introduce baby boy to a bottle earlier than I did with Cayde. I will still exclusively breastfeed, but I have a feeling with having a toddler, this baby will have to take a bottle at times.

All in all, it isn’t the end of the world if I am not ready. I mean I haven’t even put in his car seat yet πŸ™ˆ It is by the door so if it happens I can just grab it.

We are so ready to meet you baby boy! I will be posting a blog post of our hospital bag as soon as I have it packed!

XOXO

Baby Celebration

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks. I have mainly been focusing on spending this last month of my pregnancy with family and Cayde. Literally soaking up every minute! I have also been nesting like crazy, which I love! If you know me, you know I love reorganizing! Home Goods and Ikea are my jam! Anyways, back to today’s blog post! Today I will be sharing baby boy #2 celebration! I hated the term sprinkle and honestly I wanted this “baby shower” to be more of a celebration, not about the gifts. So that’s why I chose to call it a “baby bash” or “celebration.”

My budget for this was $50 and I only spent $43! I had a lot of left over items from when I planned Caydes baby shower so that helped a lot! Let me first share the ONLY picture we got from that day πŸ˜‚

I timed everything perfectly! I was late to my own baby celebration but we celebrated, laughed, and had fun after I arrived! There was a chance of rain that day and I was praying it would hold off until after the celebration. After an hour (the celebration was only for two hours), it got windy out. Stuff was blowing everywhere, confetti going into the food, and the tablecloth wouldn’t stay down. We knew rain was coming so we opened gifts and had the kids decorate their own cupcakes!

As soon as we finished eating and opening gifts we started packing up. The place I had my celebration had a small beach and a small playground for the kids to play at. So we were planning on doing that after we ate. As we were packing the cars up, it started to downpour! Literally we timed everything perfectly! I couldn’t have asked for a better celebration for our baby boy!

Now onto the decorations and food! So as you can see it was simple and that’s how I wanted it. The “oh baby” balloons I found in the dollar section at Target months ago! My mom let me borrow the checkered tablecloth and I bought the baby blue tablecloth at the Dollar Tree. The plates, napkins, cups, and silverware were all from the Dollar Tree as well. Any leftovers utensils I will be using after baby boy arrives! You can see one white balloon behind me because the rest popped after 30 minutes of being in the heat! They had confetti in them so I had some of that leftover and I sprinkled that on the table.

The balloons I bought at Five Below for Caydes shower and I think I got them for $3, maybe even $1. They came in a pack of 6 with confetti. They didn’t last too long with the wind and humidity. So I am kinda glad I didn’t rush out and get last minute balloons.

Now for the food I decided on a Chick-fil-A platter of chicken nuggets and different sauces, pasta salad, a bowl of fruit, and cupcakes. For drinks I had water bottles, iced tea, and Honest kid drinks.

For party favors, I created little bags that had the ingredients to make s’mores! Which I totally thought I took a picture of but didn’t 😭 I made a tag for them that said, “Adding s’more love to our family.” They turned out so cute! I wish I could show you all, but I did take a picture of the bowl of fruit I madeπŸ˜‚

In the end, this was all about celebrating baby boy #2 and me just having some friend/family time before he arrives. I had so much fun and Cayde loved running around and hanging out with his cousins! I could not have asked for a better day, except for I wish Rico could have been here.

Thank you for reading and as always if you have questions or comments, leave them below!!

XOXO

Summer Travel Essentialsi

Hi friends! I can’t believe it is officially summer! Like what?! We had a much needed break from the rain this past weekend! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Now that summer is officially here we all know what that means! Fourth of July will be here before we know it! That also means a lot of people will be traveling. So I decided to share my favorite travel essentials with you all!

Some would consider me a pro at packing with how much traveling we do and I’m sad to say, I am not. I am getting better at not overpacking though! Here is a list that I came up that have literally been lifesavers for us for packing/traveling.

1. Packing cubes. These are ideal because they just organize your items better. You can pack one cube for beach items only and another with shirts. They are super helpful if you are in the shower and you need your man to grab you a cube, you can tell him easily which cube. Instead of them digging through your suitcase and ruining your organization.

2. Makeup/Toiletry Case. I always keep my makeup and skincare in a separate case. You never know when they will leak. Plus you have one bag just for those items.

3. Portable fan. This is a must if you are pregnant because you can use this anywhere. Even if you are not pregnant, a portable mini fan can be used to set your makeup.

4. Mini mirror. I found mine at TJMaxx last year and it light ups. Perfect for doing your makeup in the car or in the hotel. It is thin enough to throw in your suitcase or bag.

5. Weekender Tote. I now have two and I use both! They are perfect for short road trips or to use as a carry on bag on the plane I will be using one for my hospital bag.

Top 5 Summer Beauty Favorites

Happy Friday babes!! This week has been rainy and depressing here in Pennsylvania! This momma and her boy needs the sun! I’m all about going out and jumping in mud puddles but not at this point in my pregnancyπŸ˜‚ Thank goodness Cayde has a best friend next door to jump puddles with!

Today’s blog post is all about my summer beauty favs! Some are my tried and true products and then others are recent finds that I am obsessed with. Side note: every person is different. These products may or may not work for you. Ever since I started really caring about skincare and beauty it’s been trial and error until I found a product that works for me. My honest opinion is if you have similar issues to mine try them out. Worse thing is they don’t work and you return them!

A little background on my skin. Growing up my skin has always been oily. Like straight oily. My skin the last three years has been all over the place due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Fast forward to today and my skin is combination:dry and oily. I do have some acne. So here goes!

1. Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys. If you are new around here, I have been raving about this little exfoliating pads for awhile now. You get 50 pads in this jar and I have recently started using them twice a week. They will last you awhile if you do just weekly. I have sensitive skin right now since I am pregnant and these don’t irritate my skin at all. The best part is they have the clean seal from Sephora. Meaning they don’t have all those nasty chemicals in them!

2. A Midsummer Night’s Cream. This moisturizing cream from Trader Joe’s is amazing! This is a recent find. I have been using it morning and night on my sensitive, very dry legs for almost 7 weeks now and it has been a lifesaver! I have tried just about every high end and drugstore brand of lotion there is to help my itchy legs and this cream has been the only thing to help stop the itching/dryness. Best part is that it is less than $7! It has a light scent that is not strong at all and it isn’t greasy feeling. Trader Joe’s is one of those places I love shopping because it’s clean and small. I can go up and down every aisle and actually look. So this find was a random find that I decided why not try it.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Normally I have oily skin and this pregnancy is way different than the last. When I was pregnant with Cayde my skin became dry and this pregnancy I have stayed oily. I literally have sampled so many different foundations the beginning of this pregnancy and I trusted my girls at Nordstrom on this one. I tried it for a week and fell in love. It is a matte finish and it is lightweight. Not lightweight like a CC cream but a medium-buildable coverage. I hardly feel it is there! I wear the color 3 in Fair.

4. Morphe Continuous Setting Spray. I always switch up my setting sprays trying high end and then cheaper ones. This setting spray is less than $20 and literally keeps my makeup looking fresh all day. I’ve been using it for 6 months and I’m just now needing a new bottle. Note: I don’t wear a full face of makeup everyday. But it’s a decent size for the price. It also doesn’t smell like some of the other setting sprays I have tried.

5. Dior Addict Fluid Stick lip gloss. I bought this going on 2 years ago and I recently found it again in my drawer when moving. I’ve been wearing it non stop. I wear the shade 289: Versatile. It is the perfect spring/summer color. It is creamy, thin, and not sticky. It is also long wearing, which this momma needs.

I am thinking of doing my top 5 beauty, skincare, or even everyday products every Friday. I love sharing what I find with you because some of them are hidden gems! As always if you have any questions or comments leave them below! Happy weekend babes!

XOXO