Personalized Gifts for Newborns

Hi! I’m a huge fan of monograms, personalizations, and custom made items for baby showers/newborn gifts. They make for such special gifts that families will keep for a lifetime. I’ve come up with a great list of vendors on Etsy and thought that I would share. If you know anyone that is expecting, keep these shops in mind! Now if more of my friends would start having babies that would be great! 🙂

Milestone Blankets

I ordered a milestone blanket for Everly when she was a few days old. I was so excited to get a picture taken monthly on the same blanket to see how she was growing. By month 7 she didn’t want to lay on the blanket… she was more proud of sitting up on her own. We’ve made it work though! I ordered from a small Etsy shop, LittlePeonyCo. The shop has hundred of items available for personalization including blankets and beach towels. The blanket I ordered for Everly has a floral wreath design and comes in a super soft mink material. The blankets come in different sizes too – I’d recommend ordering a larger size (50x60in).

Custom Lovey’s

A lovey might not seem like an immediate necessity, but they are so adorable and great for cuddling. Now that Everly is older she brings her lovey everywhere with her. When she was a couple of months old I was buying little crinkly blankets from an online Etsy shop, DwellDarling. This shop has hundreds of blankets, loveys, and crinkle pages available to be customized with a name or monogram. The prints are so adorable and come with a soft fur backside! They have a great Instagram page that highlights all of the new prints too!

Announcement Pillows

Another option for monthly milestone photos would be to take a picture of the babe propped up in a chair next to an announcement pillow. I ordered one for Everly’s room from Empowering Decor on Etsy. It has her name, birthdate, weight, and height printed with a beautiful design.

Custom Clothing

There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a monogrammed onesie. Seriously, a perfect photo opp. I like to order outfits for holidays that have Everly’s name or initials on them. I ordered from an Etsy shop, LaineyKayDesigns, but there are lots of options available.

Decor Pieces

My go to spot is Pottery Barn. You can find any and every baby item there and they add personalization to 90% of their items for a small fee. Everything from furniture pieces, Boppy covers, lunch boxes, and towels… the list could go on forever. Sign up for their emails to know when the sales are going on too!

What gift ideas did I miss?

xo,

Jacci

Weekend in Review: Starting July

Weekend in Review: Starting July

July is by far my FAVORITE month of the year. There are lots of birthday celebrations, beach days, ice cream runs, beautiful sunsets, weddings, sales (!!!), and suntans.  This weekend we only had two things planned – a friend’s wedding in the Cape and swimming in the pool. The weather forecast in the Cape was expected to be perfect, hot with 0% chance of rain and a slight breeze.

The wedding was in Brewster, MA at a beautiful venue, Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club. The ceremony was so sweet.. I always cry no matter what. The food was delicious and the DJ was on point. Jake and I spent the whole night on the dance floor and I was so sore the next morning. I had a great hangover to go with the sore legs too. I thought sticking to tequila, soda and grapefruit would have me in the clear, but apparently when you drink 6 of them you are bound to have a hangover.

(Dress: Lord and Taylor Shoes: BP. @ Nordstrom Sunglasses: BP. @ Nordstrom)

Everly stayed with her Grandpa and had a great night listening to music, playing with her toys and eating a big dinner.

Sunday morning we had a delicious breakfast at our favorite spot in the Cape, Bagel Haven. Then immediately got ready to be poolside. Everly splashed around for a full hour before taking a long afternoon nap.

Everly is starting to become fussy during the daytime… which hasn’t happened in a really long time. I’m assuming she’s teething and hot, but it’s exhausting for this mama. And it makes it very difficult to take adorable pictures of her.

After some time in the pool and an afternoon rest we headed to the Cotuit Kettleers home game. It was the first game that Jake, Everly and I had been to and we had a great time. We brought plenty of snacks and toys for Everly and laid a blanket out in the shady lawn. I highly recommend going to a game if you’re looking for a free Cape Cod activity. The concession stand had great snacks including hot dogs, lobster rolls, and a chowder and it was very family friendly. We’ll definitely be back with a bigger picnic basket and some hard ciders.

I also forced my husband to wear a “Cool Dad” shirt to match Everly — it was a late Father’s Day gift. He’s such a good sport for all of my embarrassing antics. And it also was great opportunity for a million pictures of these two.

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Her sweet little face and hands on her hips!

What a weekend! We’ll be in the Cape for the 4th of July too! Lots of fun planned with my little mini for her first year of celebrations 🙂

xo,

Jacci

Countdown to ONE!

(Milestone Blanket: LittlePeonyCo Etsy Shop)

Everyone says this, but it’s so true! The first year goes so fast! I remember sleeping on the couch for the first two weeks of Everly’s life wondering how the hell I was going to do it.(Yes, I slept on the couch because I was too afraid to wake Jake in the bedroom when Everly would cry… Hahahah)

And we’ve done it…almost! We’ve made it to her 11 month birthday and have begun the countdown to her first birthday party. Overall, Everly has been a great baby. She’s happy, social, curious, a great eater, and a great sleeper.

Things have not always been so easy and it was very difficult to think ahead and know that things would get better. I remember sleepless nights, LOTS of crying, lots of spit up, difficulty breast feeding, difficulty getting her out the door, and struggling to know if I was doing well enough. I always doubted myself, my intuition. I would stay up late reading blogs, articles, ebooks on everything – how to get your baby to sleep in 5 steps, why is my baby crying, why won’t my newborn sleep, is my baby eating enough. It made me crazy to a point. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself – you’re doing AMAZING and she is going to be just fine! Because that’s exactly what happened. She’s thriving, bubbly, and smart and every single day is better than the last.

If you have a newborn and are struggling, just know that it is going to get easier and that you are not alone. As everyone says… it takes a village. Take help when you need it and stay strong!

xo,

Jacci

 

 

My Pros and Cons of Eyelash Extensions

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When I was pregnant with Everly I began getting eyelash extensions. Now, one and a half years later I consider myself somewhat of an “Eyelash Extension Pro”. I’ve experienced :::almost::: everything in these bad boys. I get asked about them almost daily, so I decided to come up with a list of pros and cons.

Pro: They finish your face.

Eyelash extensions are the only thing I wear (makeup wise) four or five days of the week. They are perfect for busy moms, in that regard. If I don’t feel like applying any makeup, I still feel somewhat put together to go out of the house. I don’t ever have to wear mascara when I do apply makeup, so that’s a plus!

Con: They come with a cost.

Eyelash extensions can be expensive and time consuming. To maintain them you should get a fill every three to four weeks. The first set takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to apply and each fill takes around an hour.

Pro: Eyelash extensions are safe.

Each individual false lash is glued to your natural lash. As long as you are going to a professional for them, they are very safe. Who knows what’s in lash extension products that you are applying directly to your eye! It’s very rare, but you could have a negative reaction to the glue. I have sensitve skin and have never had an issue.

Con: You can’t rub your eyes.

You are probably reading this thinking whoooo cares! BUT I have not fully rubbed my eyes for over a year… that’s insane. You have to be careful about maintaining your false lashes. They are more susceptible to fall out if you are rubbing your eyes. When you wash off any makeup, I would recommend using a washcloth and being very careful around your eye area.

I also have a hard time wearing certain pairs of sunglasses. If you wear glasses or contacts I would recommend talking with your optometrist first.

Pro: They look very natural.

They come in different lengths and can look very natural or dramatic, depending on the look you are going for. I started out with a longer length and now have been getting a medium length for the past 6+ months.

Con: A professional should remove them!

Maybe you’ve decided that eyelash extensions are not for you. It’s very tempting to rub them off/pick them off. DO NOT do it! I would highly recommend going back to the technician who applied them to get them removed. If they are removed incorrectly they can damage your natural lashes.

Have you ever had eyelash extensions or used a lash boosting serum? What are your tips for false lashes?

xo,

Jacci

 

Shoes You Need to Chase Your Toddler this Summer

Shoes You Need to Chase Your Toddler this Summer

Everly is on the go and there’s no stopping her. She’s crawling SO fast now on her hands and feet… a downward dog type of crawl. Pre-baby I was always wearing basic Tory Burch flip flops in the summer and now I need a little more support to chase her around. 75% of the time I am wearing Allbirds. If you haven’t heard of Allbirds, I’m worried about you. They are the softest, coziest runners ever made. They weigh next to nothing on your feet and are super easy to throw in the washing machine. They can be dressed up with jeans or worn casual with athleisure AKA mom uniforms.

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When I’m not wearing Allbirds, I’m wearing a comfy sandal or sneaker to chase Everly around. I’ve found three perfect pairs of shoes for summer that I had to share immediately! FYI – I wear a size 9.5…. yes, I know I have huge feet, so these styles are perfect for women with large feet 😉 like me.

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Birkenstock “Arizona”//UGG “Sammy Sneaker”//TOMS “Lexie Sandal”

I’ve been a Birkenstock fan for a couple of years – they are my everyday, perfect, flat sandals. This color combo sold out so fast, but there are similar options available.

The UGG Sammy Sneakers are the perfect to-go sneakers. They have 250+ positive reviews on Nordstrom.com proving everyone else is loving them this summer too. They comes in nine colors including a really pretty aqua!

At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the TOMS Lexie sandal. They run true to size and fit really nicely, but when would I wear a red sandal? Hello, 4th of July in 2 weeks! I’ve also already worn then two other times with shorts and t shirt. They come in eight colors/designs and are so comfortable. Plus they’re TOMS so every purchase is matched with a pair of shoes for a child in need!

On top of these three, I also ordered the Sam Edelman Bay Cutout Slide Sandal that every influencer under the sun has been wearing.

Moms, what shoes are you wearing to look cute chasing your toddler around?

xo,

Jacci

Summer Must Haves for Babies 6+ Months

Boston winters are brutal. They are so horribly cold and snowy with wind chills below zero and 3-4+ layers of clothing. It’s actually my worst nightmare. I count down the days to summer as soon as the first chilly fall day arrives. And NOW, warm weather is here to stay with the first official day of summer on Thursday. For Everly and I, this means lots of days at the playground, outdoor workouts with the jogging stroller, and time in the pool or at the beach!

I’ve rounded out my favorite summer essentials for babies 6 months and older. I’d fully recommend keeping any babies younger than 6 months out of the sun/heat as best as possible.

Outdoor play mats/blankets

Any blanket will usually do the trick for the day at the park, but I’d recommend one that has stakes to stay in the ground if there’s any wind. We have one that we purchased from Target when they did their collaboration with Hunter a few months ago and it’s perfect. It folds up into a small bag and has a beautiful pattern. Everly is able to crawl around on the blanket and play with her toys out of the grass. PS: most kids are afraid of the grass! Here are some similar options:

Opalhouse – Black and White Animal Picnic Blanket

DOUSPT Beach Blanket Picnic Blanket

Travel Fan

We can’t sleep/relax in the heat when we’re sweaty, so babies definitely can’t either. To keep cool I bought Everly a small fan that clips on to her stroller. We like the one with foam fan blades, but all baby fans are safe for the stroller and tiny fingers.

Dreambaby Clip On Stroller Fan, Black w/Silver

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Sun Protection

The best way to keep your baby protected from the sun, is to keep them out of it. Sun shades, beach umbrellas, long sleeve bathing suits, sun hats, and sunscreen are so important to keep your baby safe in the sun.

i play. Baby Flap Sun Protection Swim Hat

It comes in 10+ colors, works great in the pool, and ties on under babies chin. It’s basically the only hat that Everly will keep on her head!

RuffleButts Baby/Toddler Girls Long Sleeve One Piece Swimsuit – Painted Flowers with UPF 50+ Sun Protection

This suit comes in different patterns, has a zip for easy on/off, and is UPF 50+ for sun protection. The best part is the long sleeves = less time applying sunscreen.

Beautycounter Countersun Sunscreen: Pediatricians recommend not applying sunscreen to babies under 6 months old. The most important things to think about when buying sunscreen for your child are safety and effectiveness. The safest sunscreen that I’ve found for Everly is by Beautycounter. And best of all is that it’s effective too! There is an option for a mist, lotion or face stick. I’ve used a combo of all three on her, but the mist is definitely the easiest to apply when she’s squirming around. It’s important to remember to reapply every 2 hours or immediately after they go into the water and dry off.

Summertime Toys

Everly loves the water, so we have a great float for the pool. At the beach she will play with the sand – it’s inevitable for them to eat it too. She has sand toys and stacking cups to play with as well.

We are ordering her a water table for the backyard. She played with one over the weekend at a birthday party and loved it!

Bubbles are another easy, inexpensive toy for babies. 20 minutes of guaranteed excitement!

What are your must haves for the summer with your baby?

xo,

Jacci

Weekend in Review: HFD

Let’s be honest. Every day is the weekend for Everly & I (sahmlife), but we look forward to Saturday all week because we get 48 uninterrupted hours with Dadda! This weekend could not have been more perfect and we spent every second spoiling him.

Friday night we treated ourselves to a family dinner at our most favorite family date night spot in Southie, Capo. Lots of wine for the parents and lots of meatballs for the babe. If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant in Southie, Capo is our #1. And trust me… we’ve tried them all. They pass out adorable baby onesies that say “Mini Meatball”, the music is loud enough to not hear any cries, and the menu is perfectly “kid-friendly”. The other reason, ok maybe the main reason, that we go to Capo is for the gelato. Peanut butter chocolate gelato…. heaven 🙌🏻

The weather on Saturday was perfect – summer is definitely here to stay. We had Everly’s besties 1st birthday party in the burbs. Lots of sunshine, splashes in the kiddie pools and cake!

Then we took off for the Cape to spend time relaxing poolside.

I grew up going to my Grandmom & Granddad’s pool, so I’m super happy that Everly is able to make similar memories at her Grampy’s pool. Actually both of her Grandpa’s have awesome pools – this kid really has the best life. 3 months of swim lessons definitely paid off 😂 – she loves the water!

We had two delicious dinners – one Saturday night in Mashpee Commons and one Sunday night at the country club. After dinner, Everly and I were sad to say bye to Dadda – he had to catch a flight to the west coast for work.

How was your Father’s Day weekend? What did you do to celebrate the dads in your life?

xo,

Jacci