In BEAUTY, MOMMY, PRODUCT REVIEWS on
October 17, 2016

Win a HUGE Cool Unique Watch Credit from JORD!

Hey there mamas!

If you noticed we recently received SUCH a beautiful watch piece from our friends over at Jord Wood Watches. If you haven’t checked them out PLEASE do so (There’s a link below with the watches eligible for the giveaway). As a mom, and a lover of all things fashion I am always on the lookout for seamless pieces that dress up an outfit with little to no effort. I have an array of watches ranging from the ever so popular Michael Kors and to the pricier options like Michelle. BUT, I am about to probably surprise you right now because these pieces, carefully crafted by Jord, are one of kind and made from WOOD… yes, WOOD. I’ve been addicted to the rustic feel lately and these watches are just GORGEOUS. At first glance, I thought to myself if these bad boys are made from wood they may be a bit heavy for everyday use. Why I thought this…. I have no idea. But, I kid you not, this is what had me skeptical. And for NO reason!! Read more

In MOMMY, PRODUCT REVIEWS on
September 6, 2016

*Giveaway Closed* | A Fun Toddler Sleep Trouble Solution | feat. WHOO Is Ready For Bed!

Hey Mommas!

It’s been a crazy month with back to school and we are soaking up every bit of the weekend as possible! As you may have seen, our daughter just started Prek2 and it has been a whirl wind of emotions for us all. Surprisingly, she has adjusted great and there were no tears shed except for my own the first day of school. LOL! But, it has not been all rainbows and cupcakes. My daughter has always been what you call little Miss Independent (takes after her momma… or so I like to say!) When school started we noticed although she does great in class and is excited every morning…. her sleep patterns have been INSANE! And when I say insane I mean random wakings in the middle of the night followed by SCREAMING “MAMIIIII GET ME OUT” AKA… Put me in your bed.

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In MOMMY on
August 31, 2016

| Why We’ve Been MIA |

HI MOMMAS!

We have been on a major hiatus lately and I am so sorry. I feel like I totally let life get the best of me and fell off the wagon. We’ve had a ton of obstacles and it felt like everything I was trying to set in motion was being neglected and left behind. For a little example, TODAY we finally got the site back and up and running. It seems as though something went wrong with our hosting server and I came to log on to load the page with content and launch our new design and VOILA! my page was EMPTY. Literally, I had a ‘welcome to your new site’ and ‘sample page’ flash across the screen. Needless to say I was in complete PANIC and dismay. After weeks of chat support and endless voice messages I finally got ahold of someone who was able to take the time and help me recover this bad boy.

I just wanted to give y’all a little update where we are at in life and what you can expect from us here at MBGblog! We officially got our oldest into PreK-2 and have settled into a routine where mom can have her much needed alone time and enough time to spare to spend cuddling with my babes.

Thank you for your patience with me and be sure to follow our instagram @MBGblog for exciting news, collaborations and giveaways!

XO!

In MOMMY on
November 9, 2015

BREASTFEEDING ESSENTIALS 101

GOOD MORNING!
A sleeping toddler and a newborn is a WIN WIN and that means I can start a little post for today! Thank baby Jesus!  

Just a little background info: My daughter is now turning 2 years old and I did not breastfeed her for more than a week. I blame myself for being unprepared and overwhelmed to the life of motherhood. I had a really hard time adjusting between being clueless and postpartum depression which I will leave for another post because that in itself is VERY important to talk about. So by no means am I being a crazy advocator about breastfeeding because I’ve done both formula and now breast and at the end of the day it’s whatever works for you that’s important. A happy momma means a happy baby!

My second born is now a week shy of turning 2 months old and for me that is a GREAT accomplishment to still be breastfeeding considering my fail with my first.

 

Tip #1- is to invest in this little gem of a book: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
I wish I had read this sooner because this literally put breastfeeding into perspective or me and most of my concerns were answered through this and the book is a REALLY easy read!

Tip#2: ‘breastfeeding on demand’ made NO sense to me with my first… I was so out of whack that I would ask questions like but, how do you know they are hungry or full? and I think because he is my second child that just came as a breeze but, basically… latch your baby on whenever you see him fussy or signs of hunger like hands in his mouth or twisting his head side to side. A good hint he is full is if continuously falls asleep right away once he latches on ( this is hard to decipher the first month so just latch him on as much as possible- this is the key to milk production!) but now that he’s 2 months I notice when he is just using me and although some are against pacifiers WE LOVE IT! Do not judge.

Tip#3- Mother’s Milk Tea – I bought this with my first and literally the same day I drank it my milk came pouring in… coincidence or not, I still live by this product and I can feel my milk come in minutes after drinking it. Try it for yourself! Thank me later 😉 or you can try the Yogi brand as well but, I preferred Mother’s Milk.

Tip #4 – Invest in a hands free pump bra to go along with the pump of your choice. I personally use the Medela Pump in Style Advance and it works great for us! The bra I use is the Simple Wishes. I looooooove this thing. PUMPING TIP: I exclusively breastfeed so, for me it’s just easier to latch him on since I am home with both kids. If this is you, what works for me is to pump after the morning feeding and freeze that to start building my stash. If you are going back to work, a good way to increase supply is to pump every two hours which also works great because I felt my supply dipping and I did this for two days and was back on track! And since we are talking about bras nursing bras for feedings are GREAT ! just unclip and BAM!

Tip#5- breastfeeding essentials- Lasinoh cream, nursing pads, a poppy & a cover! Literally make you SO comfortable for multiple reasons. The basics : cream saves your nipples that first week! And literally the first week was the “hardest” and right after that I didn’t feel a thing while breastfeeding… so if you’re in pain after two weeks you might want to consult someone who is skilled and knowledgable with breastfeeding. Nursing pads with also save you from looking like a leaking cow, as I  like to call it. And I LOVE the boppy… it puts baby at the perfect height and position so you are comfortable while nursing. Last but not least a cover for public nursing if you aren’t comfortable with that sort of thing. ( My husband is one of those so the cover comes with us everywhere – bobby makes a great one that folds up into a pouch! )

Tip #6: IF NOT ONE OF THE MOST ESSENTIAL- HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! I find that having a cute tumbler is a great motivation to drinking water throughout the day.

Tip #7 – Boosting treats! I will be posting a separate thread to our favorite Lactation Cookie recipe and how I prepare oatmeal on mornings where there are no more yummy cookies left or I am just in need of a break from all the sweetness.

         I want to keep this post short and sweet but, please leave comments below on any breastfeeding questions and I will be happy to answer what I can. I am in no way an expert but, I feel like we really got it together this time around and wish someone would’ve been there for all my questions sooner. The key this time for me was to think SIMPLE and just go with the flow. The less you overthink the easier things will go. <3

XO- MBG

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In MOMMY, PRODUCT REVIEWS on
October 7, 2015

BRAND NEW PAMPERS CRUISERS!

HELLO! HELLO! HELLO!
I bet you cannot even believe it! I am actually trying to juggle this new mom life of 2 babies, school and this blog which I love so much and never find the time to update. I must be coming down with the FLU or something! LOL! Thankfully, little Mia has been a sweet pea today and slept until 10 and my new babe whom will have a post of his own soon is also such a HAM! I hope this isn’t just new baby luck…#WINNING today!…. so far! Let’s not jinx it!
If you already caught my post previously you may have read about the amazing venture I found called Influenster. You can head over to influenster.com or follow them on Instagram @influenster and see all the details along with my post of earlier featuring another fun product 😉 ! Let me start by saying this product I will be discussing was also sent FREE!! for testing purposes so believe me when I say you need to RUN over to their site and sign up. It cannot be any easier and trust me you’re going to love it. As a stay at home mom and mom of 2 under 2 it’s always hectic to try to stay on top of new products and Influenster helps you do that with ease and FREEEEE!
OKAY OKAY! DRUMROLL…. All my mommy followers are going to love this one!
Product feature: THE ALL NEW PAMPERS CRUISERS!

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Let me start by saying… HOW FREAKIN’ CUTE ARE THESE?! so I guess it’s obvi the designs got EVEN cuter! We have been Pampers fans since little Mia was born. I was one of those crazies who always wanted to best of the best for my baby so I tried everything out with Mia not just because we spoiled her being as though she was our first but, because I HAD NO CLUE what to do as a first time mom. Many of our favorite products have turned up from a trial and error process and Pampers has never let us down. It is still what we use today with her. WHY?

Well heres two reasons that make or break a diaper deal for me:

1. NO LEAKS- I CANNOT stress enough what a major factor this is for us. Having your baby wake upset because their bed is wet is no fun and then trying to get them to go back to sleep. You just don’t want that situation. TRUST ME! These new Cruisers have Extra Absorb Channels which help to prevent that sag we see in some diapers when they get heavy.
2. TEXTURE- Pampers swaddlers was the first one we tried and our hospital actually uses these and we couldn’t believe how good the fit and feel were on these bad boys compared to a generic brand we had stashed in my baby bag.As Mia got bigger we switched over to the Cruisers and have not been disappointed. So, I had high expectations for these all New Cruisers! And…. I was ECSTATIC and can TRUTHFULLY vouch this product is just as good as the previous and BETTER. We already were hooked on the original cruisers and these new ones passed the night test.
What’s the night test?
Hubby is the spoiler of our little princess and I am the enforcer. Mia has always slept in her crib by herself in her own room and the paci was removed when she turned one along with no more bottles and sippy cups were introduced. Well the bottle idea went down the drain when Hubby decided she was “still so cute and such a baby” and should have milk at night -__- Now Mia is hooked and this means HEAVY diapers in the AM!
THE POINT: The NEW CRUISERS live up to the #SAGTOSWAG HYPE. NO LEAKS! You have to try it for yourself and PLEASEEEEE head over to influester and SIGN UP! ITS TOTALLY FREE and no I am not getting paid for any of this. Just a mommy suggestion <3
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Until  we meet again,
XO- MBG
In PRODUCT REVIEWS on
September 10, 2015

A LITTLE PREGGO SWEETNESS

MOMMAS!
I know it has been ages since I have updated the blog but, I have to get to it and what better way then introducing some products and reviews for some inspiration. Let me start by saying if you aren’t familiar with Influenster.com you need to RUN to your computer or smartphone and sign up! It’s easy as 1..2..3! and FREE… YES! FREE. Okay, so what is it? Basically, you take surveys every now and then and the company matches you with products that are related to your interests and sends you a box filled with products for FREE to try and review. Sounds too good to be true, right? I KNOW! I was skeptical at first too but, after my first box I was hooked and I’ve been lucky enough to be sent two boxes so far and I am so excited for what’s to come from the company. It is truly an amazing opportunity and allows you to become familiar with new products before having to dish out the money and possibly not enjoying them.

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If you haven’t guessed from the picture above first company and product under review is TASTYKAKE minis… umm can you say YUMMM! And let me start by saying I didn’t even know such great food products were part of Influenster. When this box arrived at my door… hubby was so excited to see the label and said ” YOU ORDERED CUPCAKES?!” and I literally died because I spend half the day telling him I shouldn’t be eating sweets while I am pregnant but, who am I kidding!? THESE ARE AMAZING! Another great perk was that not only did it bring a pack of cupcakes…. it brought 8 PACKS OF 3! 24 CUPCAKES! You can already guess that both hubby and Mia were ecstatic!

Our mini win celebration is obviously for baby brothers arrival this week :O! AM I READY FOR THE CHAOS?! NO! LOL! But, a party is still in order! and what better way then with tastykake cupcakes! Our new go to!
The cupcakes I received are called ” Swirly Cupcakes” and are basically chocolate made with HERSHEY’S COCOA with creme filling and icing ugh.. my mouth is watering just at the thought. These are definitely added to our shopping list up on the fridge for this weekend! SO! Not only are you getting my stamp of approval but 20 month old Mia is a total fan and hubby is completely converted for these bad boys! LOL. Influenster was also nice enough to include 2 coupons for $1 off each so if you are interested please leave a comment below or on the instagram post so I can get them out to you lovely followers <3! Everyone needs to try these out! Make sure to check them out via Facebook & instagram 😀 show them some love!

xo-MBG

In DIY, MOMMY, PRODUCT REVIEWS on
February 8, 2015

DIY VALENTINES & BIG NEWS!

Good morning mommas!

I know I have been on a bit of a hiatus after I promised to stay fully committed to my blog…but, some changes are going on in our family to say the least! If you can’t guess already well… Little Mia is going to be a BIG sister! I can’t even believe it myself I feel like I’m in pure denial mode right now. If it weren’t for the constant nausea I wouldn’t believe it at all. But, yes it is true. We found out a few weeks ago around the time I was 4-5 weeks pregnant. I didn’t really jump on the idea of being pregnant because after having my daughter that time of the month wasn’t always so punctual. And yes along with the shock I am terrified and happy all at the same time. The idea of having two babies under two just really FREAKS me out. My husband is ecstatic ! LOL I guess thats because he won’t be the one putting on the weight or home 24/7 with babies running around. Just before the baby news came along I had just finished enrolling back in school for my masters degree so I am really hoping I can take care of a toddler who thinks she’s already two, be pregnant, go to school and keep it all together. And because I love a QUICK DIY and photoshoot we decided to incorporate them into our baby announcement…

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Because it was right around the end of Jan and beginning of Feb we decided on a Valentine themed shoot to give me enough time to visit the doctor and confirm everything before sending out the cards to our family. So, we constructed a quick 30 min build of a kissing booth for Mia to pose with.
Materials: The bottom crate I found at Michaels and used a 50 percent off I believe it was around $5-$7
The two sticks on the side are also from Michaels for about $1 a piece & the white thin wooden board at the stop is also from Michaels for about $2 and we just stapled it side ways.

The red lips and XO sign were from the Target $1 bins and came in a pack of about 20 for just a dollar!
After putting everything together we just painted it with some white left over paint we had and a red paint can from when my husband lived on his own and had a grey and red painted room. (LOL)
If you are familiar with our DIY holiday card you already know how much I love the Minted quality and ease of creating all sorts of cards for every occasion.

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In FASHION on
December 5, 2014

FAUX FUR VEST CRAZE

Good morning!
Another morning of which I have some time to put together a little something for you ladies and possibly for your little girls. [Sorry mommas I haven’t been blessed with a little boy yet but, if it happens you already know to expect a bunch of baby spam ootd featuring boy outfits!] We’re working on it! 😉
If you read this weeks post you make have seen how we DIY’d our Christmas Cards this year. We were under a bit of a time crunch but, make sure to check it out it’s super EASY and will look like a professional actually help you put it together! And the DIY is very versatile for any occasion.

As for our outfits here you go! Simplicity is my speciality most of the time. I’m sure you moms understand me when I say that it feels like there is virtually no time in the day to think about outfit planning but, I promise you a few simple pieces can make a difference and help you feel like the glamorous super mom that you are!

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TOP: f21 white flowy tank
with faux fur vest from Target
Bottoms: Aeropostale boyfriend jeans
Shoes: Tory Burch Flats
Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull
And of course you know I can’t forget my little babe!
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TOP: faux fur vest from Target
Cherokee Dress from Target
Bottom: Cherokee jeans from Target
Boots: Target
As you can see we are BIG possibly, HUGE fans of Target! There is NO WAY to walk into that store and leave with nothing! I’ve tried! REAL HARD!
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with love XO- MBG!
In DIY on
December 1, 2014

DIY CHRISTMAS CARDS

HELLO HELLO!

I am quite ecstatic to say  that my little girl has been on her best behavior for me this week and is actually letting me get all my thoughts and ideas out in the open. Now, because our lives are USUALLY hectic and not this serene LOL we hardly ever have time to do the things we really want to do. That being said we just have settled into our new home and there is still 100 projects lurking and my hubby is always working so hectic is our norm. But, we knew we had to make time to at least get a family photo in! In our past trials we had a photographer whom we would have photograph our daughter but, it was always an issue or scheduling and missing our daughters important milestones because our photographer was either too busy or we just couldn’t catch up to their schedule. SOOOO… My husband and I took it upon ourselves to do a little DIY and we have had our T3i camera just sitting around and really I think it is because we are a little overwhelmed with knowing how to use it and not look like fools.

Well, fools or not we picked up our T3i and headed off to the park on a Sunday morning and got as spiffy as we could in an hour and off we went!

What we brought along:

  • throw blanket
  • ornaments
  • a tripod
  • the camera
  • and OURSELVES 😀

THE GOOD PART: This is how one of our photos turned out!

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As you can see our little Mia wasn’t too fond of looking at the camera so we did a little improv! And these are a few more we ended up with…

And finally,
This is what we chose because we are cheesy like that and full of love!
So, after we got the tripod situated and tested a few shots and went and uploaded our picture onto Minted.com and played around with a few designs. If you still haven’t done your cards take a look at their site… right now they have a 15% plus free addressing onto the envelopes using code JOY15!

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THANK ME LATER <3 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR LITTLE FAMILY TO YOURS!

XO-MBG

In FASHION, MOMMY on
November 21, 2014

1.0 OOTD & TRIP TIPS

OH MY!

Two days in row… this is an all time record for me!
I am trying to come up with a routine that works best for little Mia and I that allows me some mommy time to blog and what not. So far so good! If you read yesterday’s post you may have already seen where we took our little girl and our recommendations for fast pass tips and dining… if you didn’t check it out and let me know what you think!
As for today, I thought it would be nice to throw in a few of our outfits from the trip even though it turned out to be a freezing weekend so most of the time we were covered in sweaters and the outfit planning got a bit off track.

Here we go:

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Mia’s shoes: Gold Moccs- Freshly Picked
Mia’s Jeans- Baby gap similar here
Mia’s onesie tank- Baby Gap [no longer available]
Mia’s Sweater- Juicy Couture Velour Navy great deal on ebay here

Mommy’s Outfit:
top: Jcrew a few back – similar here OR look for less here
Jeans- Target similar here
Shoes- Steven Madden [ found @ Nordstrom rack for $40 last month] similar style
Handbag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull Medium

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Baby’s OOTD:
TOP: Sofia the 1st tee – Target here  on sale!
PINK FLANNEL: Target
Leggings: Target
Shoes: Nike Roshe Runs

MOMMYS OUTFIT:
TOP: Black & White Plaid -Target
Leggings : VS PINK
Shoes: Matching Nike Roshe Runs

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LEFT PICTURE:
TOP/BOTTOM: HM MINNIE OUTFIT SET
SHOES: TARGET BOOTS
RIGHT PICTURE:
TOP: MAMA’S RIDE OR TRIBE -TRIBEISALIVE
WITH HEALTEX RED PLAID SHIRTBOTTOMS: TARGET CIRCO BLACK LEGGINGS
SHOES: NIKE ROSHE RUNS

QUICK TIPS:

  • Arrive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party before 4 if you’re willing to stay in the park all day. We went first thing in the morning after breakfast and got all the meet and greets out of the way to then enjoy the shows and parades.
  • Take advantage of the Baby Centers! There is one located in each park and if you download the mydisneyexperience app from my previous post the app contains all the locations of these centers along with other attractions.
  • Pack as light AS POSSIBLE! I know this is difficult with a baby TRUST ME. But, pack the essentials… during high season you will be bumping into everyone or shall I say, crashing into everyone with your stroller 😉
  • and lastly HAVE FUN!

Hope you enjoy our little quick mommy & me outfits!

XO-MBG