I am back!

I am back!

It has been a while since I posted here on my blog!  Luckily I have people around me that encouraged me to return to blogging. 🙂  Thank you to the people that were taking time out of their day to read my blog, I hope that you continue to read now that I am back.  🙂

To start off, Naila is now 16 months old, she is all over the place and she has such an amazing little personality.  She keeps me busy!  Check out her Instagram @nailamaritim she is a small shop representative and in her highlights we offer lots of discount codes for amazing clothing, and accessories for family and friends.

 

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No major changes in the past few months, I am still a SAHM.  I take pictures of Naila almost every day as the weather allows for our small shop repping.  If you follow her Instagram you will understand what it all cosists of.  Always remember to support small shops.  It is important because you are what will keep them in business.

I am currently brainstorming on amazing topics to talk about here.  I wanted to ask you fellow readers to provide input on what you would like to read about next.  I would love the feedback because I want to keep my readers engaged as much as possible.  Leave a comment here letting me know or message me on Instagram or Facebook if that is easier for you, please and thank you!

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Maricela Monday’s: My Weekend

Maricela Monday’s: My Weekend

Happy Monday wonderful people!  If you are new here, Welcome!  If you’ve been keeping up with my Blog Welcome back!  Today I am going to talk about my weekend and mention a couple of favorites that I re-discovered this weekend.

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Sometimes self-care is exercise and eating right.  Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a nap.  Whatever it might be that allows you to relax and recharge, do it.  We moms get so caught up in always taking care of others that we forget about ourselves.  Just remember that you only live once and you deserve to focus on yourself sometimes, be a little selfish but not too selfish. 🙂

This weekend I fully relaxed.  Saturday morning I woke up early and went to the gym.  Working out makes me feel so good!  Saturday night we went on a date along with Naila. 🙂  Had some delicious steak and yesterday I got a massage for the first time ever.  Let’s just say it is life changing for sure.  I feel like a complete new woman!  So relaxed and enjoyed just being about myself.  My weekend was just amazing and  will definitely be getting full body massages regularly.

The 2 items that I re-discovered this weekend are:

  1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume– this is considered to be a fruity floral scent.  It is light and airy and it smells so good.  🙂  I’ve owned this perfume for a while and I have not gotten tired of it.  🙂
  2. Glamglow Thirstymud Treatment Mask– GlamGlow is an amazing brand overall.  This mask specifically is a non-drying hydration mask that delivers instant and extreme moisture to your skin that leaves it glowing and looking healthier than ever.  Anything GlamGlow I love! 🙂

This concludes my blog post for today!  If you have any questions at all, ask away.

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First Birthday Gift Ideas

First Birthday Gift Ideas

Happy Wednesday amazing readers!  Today I wanted to share my ideas of amazing gifts for first birthday’s.  🙂  Naila recently turned one and we celebrated with a family and friend brunch at Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery, a delicious brunch place.  We had so much fun and most importantly we celebrated my baby being here for a whole year already.  🙂  Thinking about how quickly time goes by is a little sad.  But seeing her become more and more independent every day makes me feel like an amazing mother.  This whole experience is just bittersweet.

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“Dear daughter,  if I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes.  Only then you would realize how special you are to me.” XOXO

The gifts that you should purchase for a 1-year-old. 🙂

  1. Wooden Blocks are great for developing problem-solving and perception skills.  These will also keep them entertained for a while. 
  2. Melissa & Doug Puzzle, this brand makes such amazing toys and puzzle’s for kids.  Here is another puzzle and here is Naila’s personal favorite.  Puzzle’s are great because they encourage hand-eye coordination and imaginative play.
  3. First 100 Words Board Book , Naila loves this book.  It contains 100 words along with 100 pictures.  🙂  Toddlers love pictures!
  4. Disposable Bibs are perfect for when going out to eat with a toddler, you can use them and dispose of them and they take up very little space in your diaper bag or purse.
  5. Disposable place mats these are perfect to use on any table if you don’t want a mess or if you don’t want your baby to eat of the table.  You can also use them and then dispose of them.
  6. A straw cup that is spill proof because anything that is spill proof with a toddler is a must.  Naila has this specific one it is amazing and it is definitely spill proof.
  7. Another great idea is a Shaded wagon, this would be very used by the parents and the toddler will definitely enjoy the ride.
  8. Or you can also get a Push car, these are fun as well.

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Baby Summer Essentials

Baby Summer Essentials

Happy Friday!  I hope that everyone is having an amazing day.  Naila and I have been trying to enjoy the summer as much as possible.  We go on many adventures and I have made a list of the items that are a must for her while out and about.  I love sharing this type of information with you guys.  Hope you Enjoy! 🙂

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Discount code and info for Flower headband will be at the end

1st 2 items are the Babyganics Sunscreen spray and Insect Repellent spray, these 2 have been life savers.  Here in Texas bugs and mosquitos are always making an appearance and the sun burns your skin if you stay out for too long.  The sunscreen has an SPF of 50 and both are all natural products.

2nd item is the Ju-Ju-Be Tokidoki Fuel Cell  which is lined with 3M Thinsulate to keep hot stuff hot, cool stuff cool and it has a quick grab handle with swivel clip to hook onto your diaper bag or stroller.  Keeps Naila’s water or milk cool for hours.

3rd item is the Contigo straw kids cup, I love this cup because the straw stays in place and best of all it’s spill proof.  Naila loves throwing anything that she gets a hold of and she enjoys drinking out of straws now.  You can put any type of drink in it, water, juice…

4th item is Swim diapers, for water parks and swimming pools. 🙂

5th item is Baby sunglasses, Naila doesn’t like to keep sunglasses on her face so these would be a good choice to go with since it has the head strap.

6th item is a Sun hat, you don’t want your baby to be exposed to the sun without any facial protection.

This concludes our Baby Summer Essentials!

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Headband that Naila is wearing in the picture is from ItsyBitsyRoses on Etsy and you can use code NAILA15 for a friends and family discount. 🙂

Baby Laundry Tips and Products

Baby Laundry Tips and Products

Happy Tuesday amazing readers!  Thank you for visiting my blog today. 🙂  Today,  I will be sharing what I learned as a new mom when it comes to doing Naila’s laundry from the moment that I washed her very first newborn outfits until now.

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As a new mom all I knew was that I had to wash most of her Newborn clothes before she was born so that they were ready for her.  I wasn’t really thinking about how many times her poop would come out of her diaper or how many times she would spit up on me and on herself.  That was definitely a new mom moment.

Not all detergents are suitable for your baby’s sensitive skin.  My favorite baby laundry products are from Dreft.

Favorite Products:

Dreft Stage 1: Newborn, is a hypoallergenic baby laundry detergent that has an irresistible baby scent.  Not all hypoallergenic detergents are good at removing tough stains but this one did a good job until she started eating solids.

Dreft Stage 2: Active baby, is what I started using when she started eating solids.  This one also has the lovely baby scent and is tougher on stains.  Your infants skin is less sensitive at this age.

Baby Oxi Clean: I started using this when the stains were too tough.  I place her stained clothes in a solution of warm water mixed with the Oxi Clean and leave it there for about 15 mins. and then I continue to wash with the Dreft Stage 2 detergent.

As they turn older, by older I mean 1-year-old for us at least, the smell of the detergent doesn’t stay for long anymore so I started using Dreft blissfuls in-wash scent beads which contain the same scent and it just makes the scent stronger which makes it last longer. 🙂  I just love baby scent!

Tips:

  • If you want your baby’s clothes to shrink wash them in warm or hot water and dry in high heat.  If you don’t want them to shrink then do the opposite, all cold.
  • For your baby’s clothes not to look worn don’t dry them in heat just air dry.
  • For their tiny socks use a wash bag to place them in while washing or else you will probably lose a few since they are tiny.
  • Wash stained clothes and items such as burp cloths together and wash delicate and non stained items separately.

If you have any questions at all feel free to ask.  🙂  If I left anything out, leave it in the comment section.  If you have not yet subscribed to my blog just enter your email in the follow tab down below on the right hand side.

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Toddler and Infant Oral Health

Toddler and Infant Oral Health

Happy Tuesday amazing people!  Today I will be sharing tips and items that we use to keep Naila’s gums and teeth squeaky clean.  🙂qotd

It is important to take care of your child’s oral health from birth, even if they don’t have teeth yet you should still wipe their gums with this along with warm water after each feeding.  We personally took Naila to her first dentist appointment when she was 6 months old and continue to take her every 3 months since then.

Naila didn’t have any teeth until a little before she turned 1 year old.  Her 2 bottom and 2 top teeth decided to come out at the same time.

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Her 4 little cute teeth. 🙂

Since then we have been brushing her teeth and gums daily with this toothbrush and this toothpaste, these are both amazing products.  The toothpaste that we use is free of fluoride and it is safe if swallowed.  Naila is good with letting me brush her teeth, she always does it with a smile. 🙂  I am truly a lucky mom.  For sanitary purposes we store her toothbrush in Flipper Animal World Flipper Cover.

Parents beware of the amount of juice that your baby is consuming daily.  Sugar can cause tooth decay in babies quickly since their teeth are naturally more sensitive than that of adults because it can take several years for the enamel on newly emerged teeth to harden after baby teeth have been lost.  Children who drink sodas and sports drinks are at a greater risk for cavities and enamel loss than those who do not.  Water is a must always, for children and adults.

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Be sure to check out my previous post Baby Girl Favorite Accessories where I talk about Naila’s teething necklace.

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Maricela Monday’s: My Weekly Must Haves

Maricela Monday’s: My Weekly Must Haves

Happy Monday!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.  8d10d38afd1d0be191877bff3032120b

This blog post will consist of all of the wonderful items that I have been loving this week.

  1. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero.  This book will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach.  Drawing on her own transformation—over just a few years—from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style.  IMG_2352“Time wasted rationalizing the mediocre could be time spent creating the magnificent.” -Jen Sincero

I am currently reading this book join me.  Purchase here so that we can read it together.  🙂

2. iphone XAll of the beautiful pictures that I have been posting on my social media have been thanks to this amazing phone using portrait mode.  I can honestly say that this is by far my favorite Apple iPhone yet.  Click here to check it out.

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Taken with iPhone X

3. Hydro Flask insulated water bottle: This bottle will keep anything cold or hot and I have been carrying it around with me to help me and Naila survive this Texas heat while we are out taking pictures of her.  It is available in over 8 different colors, click here to purchase the best water bottle and stay hydrated.

4. Egg rattles:  I have been using these to get Naila to turn in whatever direction I want her to turn to while taking pictures of her.  Take a look here.

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Baby Girl Favorite Accessories

Baby Girl Favorite Accessories

I hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July.  We definitely did! 🙂  Enjoy the slide show below.

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Today I will be sharing some of the most useful accessories that we use daily with Miss Naila.

1. Pacifier Clips:

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Pacifier clips always keep her pacifier from touching the floor, they can also be used to hold teething toys.  These specific ones we’ve had for a few months, they are durable and cute.

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2. Baby Bling Bows:

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Baby Bling Bows are Naila’s signature piece she wears one almost every day.  They make any outfit look amazing.

3. Amber Teething Necklace:

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Baltic Amber Teething Necklace is amazing for teething babies.  It is an anti-flammatory and it helps reduce drooling, teething pain, and helps with fussiness.

The scrunchies that we used for her hair in the picture above are linked here.

 

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Maricela Monday’s: Favorite Coffee Blend

Maricela Monday’s: Favorite Coffee Blend

Happy Monday!  From now on every Monday my blog posts will consist of my must haves and favorites as a mom.  🙂

Today I will be sharing this coffee blend that I recently discovered and it has become my favorite.  Besides being delicious it saves me and gives me energy every single morning.  My baby is a toddler now so I need all of the energy that I can get.

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First off I love using my Keurig K250  because it makes my coffee for me.  As a mom, anything that will save me time and effort is automatically going to become my favorite.

The first ingredient is The Original Donut Shop K-Cup.  If you haven’t tried it you should.

The second ingredient is 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides  unflavored.  If you are all about your hair, skin and Nails like me this product will change your life.  Plus it also helps with your joints and bones.  Collagen is beneficial for looking and feeling your best and it is a great anti-aging product.  We all want to look young forever.

This product isn’t only to be mixed in coffee it can be mixed in any cold or hot drink.  🙂

The third and last ingredient is 1 tbs of the  Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil  , which is one of the world’s most nutritious foods.

You can also use it for your hair, skin, cooking……

Try this, you will love it!

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Babysitting

Babysitting

Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone is having an amazing day.

Today I am going to share some tips and items that are useful while watching an infant and a toddler at the same time.  This is the first time that I have ever taken care of more than 1 baby, I am not an expert but I do know that it takes a lot of patience.  If you don’t have patience then simply don’t do it.

I have been a mom for a little over a year now and I can admit that it is not easy.

Recently I have been taking care of my nephew Oliver who is 2 months old and my daughter Naila who recently turned 1.

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Meet Oliver

1. Patience

Like I mentioned before if you don’t have this then this is not for you.

2. Kindness

Kindness and watching babies should go together.  Always manage challenging situations with a smile on your face not anger.  The more frustrated you get the worse the situation will become.

3. Interaction

Babies are attention magnets and they love it.  Reading to them, playing with them and talking to them are all musts for an amazing bond even if they are newborns or a couple months old.  For my “Baby’s Favorite Reads” blog post click here.

4. Invest in smart and useful items

One of the items that I own and use every single day, multiple times a day is the Fisher Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.  This item rocks itself and the cradle is soft and comfortable.  It plays calming sounds and music, you can control the volume and speed of the auto rocking and it also has a timer setting just in case you don’t want it to continuously rock for hours.

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Naila when she was a few months old.
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Naila and Oliver

2nd item that is useful while taking care of 2 babies is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer, this bouncer has been so good to us for this past year.  Naila loves it and it is very easy to bounce and most importantly it is extremely comfortable and it grows with her.  She is actually in it now as I am typing this blog and when she is a few years old she can use it as a chair.

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Just took this picture. 🙂

I always love items that will grow with baby because those are the best investments a parent can ever make.  Whenever we go to any family or friend get together we take this item with us because it is compact and folds flat.

I recommend these 2 items simply because the first 2 days that I was taking care of Naila and Oliver together, their naps were definitely out of sync.  Babies need naps for everything to go a lot smoother and you will also have 2 happy babies.  For their naps to be in sync I bounce Naila in the bouncer while rocking Oliver the 2 month old to sleep and once he is in deep sleep I place him in the Rock ‘n Play which rocks on it’s own giving  Oliver the illusion of still being rocked in my arms.  I then have 2 sleeping babies and I have time to get my thoughts organized for when they wake up.  🙂  Genius right?

A 3rd very important item is a bottle warmer.  Oliver is breastfed so a blottle warmer is a must to warm up mom’s breast milk.  The perfect bottle warmer with a setting specifically to warm up breast milk is the Baby Brezza bottle warmer and I can also control it from my phone with an app.

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The 4th is for me, coffee.  🙂  I have the Keurig K250 in the color Oasis, this is extremely convenient because it literally makes the coffee for me and gets my day started.

Always enjoy what you do!

This concludes my blog for today.

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