Baby’s Favorite Reads

Baby’s Favorite Reads

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone’s day has been great and productive so far.  🙂  If you guys didn’t know, Naila loves books.  Which is great because the importance of reading to young children cannot be emphasised enough and we as parents need to make reading a priority.

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Today I will be sharing some of Naila’s favorite books.

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a picture book written and illustrated by Eric Carle. It follows the life cycle of a caterpillar as it starts by coming out of its egg, all the way to becoming a butterfly.  It teaches the days of the week and counting up to five.  Most of Naila’s books are bilingual.

Bilingual version linked here.

2. Goodnight Moon

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Goodnight Moon was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.  It is a classic children’s bedtime story written about a rabbit’s routine before he goes to bed.  Before his bedtime, the rabbit goes around the room and notices items within eyesight and says goodnight to all of them.  As the story continues, the rabbit gets more and more tired before finally saying “Goodnight noises everywhere,” just as he falls asleep.

Bilingual version linked here.

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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This book has a very entertaining and interactive story line about the alphabet.  It begins with the beginning of the alphabet climbing to the top of the coconut tree.  The remaining letters follow action with a rhyming tune to follow.  The letters are having a great time until the tree becomes too full and “Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom!”

4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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The repetitive structure makes it a perfect read-aloud with very young children.  This book is beloved for its brightly colored art by Eric Carle and simple, rhyming text by Bill Martin Jr.  The lines are easy to memorize, encouraging even toddlers to “read” along.  Pre-readers can practice identifying color and animal words.

Bilingual version linked  here.

This concludes Naila’s favorite reads.

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The Best Travel Stroller

The Best Travel Stroller

Hello amazing readers, today I want to talk about a product that I love.  As a first time mom I did a lot of research when it came to what we were going to invest in for our baby girl Naila, we always want her to have the best.  Which is why we invested in the BabyZen Yoyo+ stroller.

The Babyzen YOYO+ compact stroller is designed to go anywhere, it folds and unfolds easily, can be carried like a bag and is one-hand driving, with minimal storage required.  It can be taken as a carry-on bag on a plane.

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Naila on her 1st plane ride 🙂

It was designed to make life as a parent a lot easier when it comes to traveling  with an infant or toddler.  You can also invest in the Babyzen Yoyo+ Color Pack which alows you to change the color of the stroller and there is a also a cup holder available for it.

With my YOYO+ stroller, it’s never been easier to meet up with friends to have lunch, meet up for play dates, go to the Zoo, the mall, or fly to the other end of the world.

This is a must have item for every parent out there.

Plus it’s super comfortable for baby to sit in and it comes with an extendable canopy that offers protection from the sun with a UPF of 50+, we love that here in Texas.  When folded to carry like a purse or bag it weighs about 13 lbs.  🙂  AMAZING!!

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The link to check out the stroller is in the first paragraph and accessories are linked in the 3rd paragraph.  It is definitely worth the investment.  It comes in a variety of colors, we purchased the Taupe color and we will be purchasing the Ginger color pack next.

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Must have Monday

Must have Monday

Good morning and happy Monday to you all.  I am excited to talk about today’s must have which is the Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.  I recently started taking 1 to 2 tbsp of it first thing in the morning before breakfast.

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The benefits that come from drinking ACV are endless, it helps regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, improve skin health, helps with digestion, reduces blood pressure and enhances weight loss.  Amazing right?

Some people hate the taste of it so they decide to stop taking it.  It’s not the best tasting but to me that’s not reason enough to stop me from taking it.  To take it first shake the bottle to mix in the ‘Mother’ after that you can mix 1 tbsp with hot or cold water first thing in the morning and 1 tbsp before bed.  I personally take a shot of it and then chase it down with Powerade Zero or water.  Another form of taking it that I will definitely be trying is 1 tbsp of ACV with half a cup of water and a lemon.

I encourage you to start taking this with me!  🙂  Let’s get healthy together, drink your Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, drink water, eat clean, get enough sleep and live an active lifestyle.  

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Must have Monday

Must have Monday

Happy Monday lovely readers, starting today I will be posting and talking about one of my must haves every Monday.  🙂  As I discover new items that I love I would love to share and maybe you will decide to purchase the item and love it as much as I do.

Today’s Monday must have is the Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo.

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Here is the lovely Naila enjoying her Tobbles.

I purchased this toy when Naila was only a couple of months old and I recently opened it.  The reason as to why I decided to purchase it is because it had great reviews, I personally only shop for anything after I have done enough research and when an item has great reviews.

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This toy is for children 6 months and older.  This is a must have because it is perfect for your child’s sensory exploration, motor skills, coordination and much more.  Naila loves the fun colors, the grippable texture, and each sphere is weighted some spheres heavier than others which is convenient for stacking.  This particular toy seems very durable and easy to clean as well.

If you are looking for a toy for your baby, as a baby shower gift, birthday gift.  Definitely purchase this one with the link above Naila’s picture.

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Love to Dream Swaddle Up

Love to Dream Swaddle Up

Happy Tuesday amazing readers!!

Today I will be talking about another of my baby must have items, the amazing Love to Dream swaddles.  This swaddle allowed my baby to self-soothe anytime that she was taking a nap or sleeping at night.  Medical research suggests that babies sleep better, and for longer, if they are able to self-soothe.

Below are pictures of my daughter wearing them when she was about a month old.  She loved the Love to Dream Swaddles.

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Other swaddles keep your baby’s hands away from their faces, which can be very uncomfortable for a baby especially because in the womb their hands are naturally placed by their face while they sleep or when they are hungry.

The Love to Dream Swaddles don’t keep your baby from being able to move his/her hands up to their face and the best part is that their hands are fully covered, which means that they won’t end up with scratches all over their cute little faces.  It also features a two-way zipper for those rough late night diaper changes.

You can purchase the swaddle here!  They offer different colors and sizes, below are examples of some of the different options.

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 Have a phenomenal day!

 

FridaBaby NoseFrida the Snotsucker

FridaBaby NoseFrida the Snotsucker

Happy  Monday lovely readers!

Today I wanted to share a product that has been a game changer for my baby’s stuffy nose.

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The NoseFrida which was Invented by a Swedish Pediatrics Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, is a safe and hygienic way to get boogers out from newborns, up until they’re toddling their way through potty training.

A stuffy nose can make a baby feel extremely uncomfortable which can lead to lots of crying.  Which is why today I am here to make your life as a mom a little less hectic.

It is very simple, just place the the tip of the snotsucker on the the tip of baby’s nostril and suck the boogers right out.  The snotsucker has a filter, none of the boogers will end up in your mouth.

Click here to purchase the Snotsucker, it comes with additional filters.

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Click here to purchase the Snotsucker kit, which includes the Snotsucker, saline spray to loosen the boogers to make booger removal a lot easier and additional filters as well.

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Click here to purchase the saline spray on it’s own.

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My Favorite Skin Care Products

My Favorite Skin Care Products

I hope everyone is having an amazing Saturday!  Today I wanted to share what I use as far as skin care.  I always like to wash my face twice daily, morning and night.

I had been wanting to try out the Clinique line for a while.  In January for my birthday I finally decided to try it out and I have to say that I love it.

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My favorite is the Dramatically different moisturizing lotion.  My skin tends to change a lot throughout the year.  There were times when I had dry patches on my face and some oily spots as well.  This lotion has made my skin feel and look good for the past few months.

I purchased this set, it has the travel set and the bigger size products for daily use.  This is a 3 step process it has the cleanser, the toning lotion and lastly the moisturizing lotion.

  1. Rinse your face thoroughly with the facial cleanser, you can use a brush or your hands.  Below I will talk more about the brush that I use.
  2. After cleansing dry your face and apply the toning lotion, I apply it with these cotton rounds.
  3. Lastly apply the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

After step 3 you are done and ready to start the day or end the your day.  They are all phenomenal products please try them out, you will love them.

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To cleanse or exfoliate my face I always use some kind of facial brush.  The one that I use is the Foreo Luna 2 , which is a facial cleansing brush and an anti-aging facial massager.   You don’t have to use this specific one there are always other options.

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Another very important part of skin care is using SPF lotion on your face daily.  I personally use one that has an SPF of 40 and it is for men and women.  It is the Clinique Super City Block Ultra Protection SPF 40.  I apply this every time before I go out anywhere.  Aside from protecting my face it is also oil-free, which means no extra shiny face.

Click on the blue underlined letters to check out any of the products that I use.  Please try them out and let me know what you think.

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What’s in my gym bag?

What’s in my gym bag?

Hi lovely readers, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Do any of you ever wonder what people have in their gym bag?

Well today I am sharing what I take with me to the gym on a daily basis.  I find that all of these items are a must for me.  Each image is a link that will take you directly to where you can purchase.

Headphones-

My headphones are everything, without music it’s just not the same.  I recently purchased these Beats Solo 3’s and they are honestly the best in my opinion.  They block out any noise and my music just sounds amazing!  When I’m wearing these I feel like I am the only one at the gym.

If you prefer ear phones over headphones click the image on the right, those are great as well and they are also wireless.

Both are available in other colors.

Headphone covers-

These headphone covers protect your ear pads from sweat or make up.  they are washable and dry quickly.  You don’t want to purchase expensive headphones just to ruin them.  Try these out, they have different designs.

Gym bag-

This Vooray gym bag is the perfect size, it’s not huge but not small either.  The zipper compartment on the outside is perfect for keys, gym pass, or even you phone.  I’ve had it for a few months and I love it.  Other colors are available.

Resistance bands-

Make every workout more challenging with resistance bands.  I have about 3 different kinds in my gym bag.  You just never know which one you will prefer.  In reality you just need one set.  lol  Click on any of the images below.

 

Blender bottle and water bottle-

I always have to take my own water from home to the gym just because I don’t like drinking water from the water fountain.  I use these 2 bottles every single day.  More colors are available, click on the images below.

Barbell pad-

This is a protective pad that will protect you while using a barbell on any part of your body.  I use it for squats, lunges, hip thrusts and more.  This is very useful and a lot of gyms don’t have it available which is why I take my own.  You also kind of don’t want someone else’s sweat on you when using the one provided at your gym.

It is also available in pink.  Click on the image to purchase.

Weight lifting gloves-

I love wearing gloves to get a better grip on the weight bar and because I dont want calluses.  Both pictured below do the job, the ones in the first picture provide extra ventilation.  Click on either image.

Sweat towel-

These are to dry your sweat.  lol

Please don’t let your sweat drip all over the equipment, be mindful of others.  Click on either image.

 These are the items that I take to the gym please check them out, try them out you will not regret it.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog post today. Don’t forget to make a commitment to yourself to grow daily!

Newborn must haves Part 2

Newborn must haves Part 2

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Above is a picture of my baby girl when she was 1 day old.  If you haven’t yet read my previous blog for newborn must haves part 1 please check it out.

6. The Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play is perfect for a newborn to take naps in and it is still perfect for my 9 month old while I shower, she can be in it and be happy because it rocks her and plays music.  Click on either of the 3 images to check them out.

    

7. You will definitely need gripe water for Gas, Colic and Hiccups.  I have used both of these and they both work perfectly.  Click on either of the images below.

   

8. Diaper rash ointment is a must to prevent or treat any kind of rash. Click on either of the images below.

9. Alcohol free hand sanitizer for when you are changing their diaper, preparing their bottle, or even holding them.  They have very sensitive skin so alcohol free hand sanitizer is a must. Click on the image below.

10. Laundry detergent for your newborn’s clothes.  Click on any of the images below they both work great.

 

11.  Puj Tub, a foldable and compact tub that can fit in a sink so that you are close to your newborn while bathing him or her and your baby will definitely feel secure.  Click on the image below.

12. Baby soap for their bath, I have used both below and they are both amazing.  Click on either of the images below.

13. Baby lotion to keep their skin moisturized after every bath.  Click on either of the images below.

14. Baby bottle soap and pacifier soap is a necessity.  Click on the image below.

15. Nose Frida the snot sucker to clean out your baby’s nose.  You will use this all of the time for sure.  It is also very easy to clean.  Click on the image below to purchase it also comes with extra filters so you don’t have to buy those seperately.

16.  Along with the Nose Frida you will need some kind of saline spray to loosen their snot before you aspirate it out.  Click on either of the pictures below.

These are the items that I found to be an absolute necessity besides clothes ofcourse.  Check out my Baby Must Haves Part 1.  My daughter is now 9 months old and I still use all of these items so they are definitely a great investment.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read my blog post.  Stay tuned for more coming soon.

Don’t forget to make a commitment to yourself to grow daily!

Maricela

Day 6 of my squat challenge!

Day 6 of my squat challenge!

Recently I started going to the gym mostly every day.  I love it because the time that I am there is me time and I feel great after every gym session.

This past Sunday I started my own 30 day squat challenge.  The challenge consists of 100 squats per day for 30 days. Squats are great because they provide a workout for multiple muscle groups which include thighs, the butt and core.

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I originally got the idea from a video that I watched on YouTube.  Click below to watch it and get motivated!!!

100 squats might be too much for some people but for others it’s perfect. I like to challenge myself so I always use a specific resistance band for all types of squats.  The bands that I use is also amazing for hip thrust, walking squats, walking side steps, walking forward step, hip abduction and adduction, hip band kick backs and the list goes on.  Click on any of the pictures below to purchase either if the resistance bands.

       

I challenge you to challenge yourself! Buy the resistance band and start squatting, you can basically do it anywhere. If you travel a lot, start squatting at the airport.  If you have kids, start squatting while they eat or nap.  If you work all of the time, squat during your 15 minute breaks.

I will let you guys know what changes I see on my body after I am done with my 30 day squat challenge.