Forrest's Christmas List | 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday's with little ones are 10 times more magical, and I can't wait to celebrate Christmas with Forrest for the first time. He will be 7 months, so we really have done some research for Toys that he will love (some now, and some in a month or so) and have loved what he have decided on. We were going to get him this wagon too, but figured, with this winter already being bad, why not wait on the wagon for his birthday in May, where we can use it more when we relocate back to SoCal.

Forrest LOVES to twirl things, he has a few teether toys that have a little windmill kind of feature that he can twirl with his fingers and he can't get enough. So even though he is a little to young to learn letters and numbers, we thought this abacus set from Land of Not would be the perfect toy for now and later. The illustrations are much more amazing than any other set I've seen. 

I just couldn't pass up this little indian bear I found in one of my new fave etsy shops. I plan on getting a blanket from the shop too, and perhaps the teepee pillow as well.. ah I just can't help myself, this shop is great and one of a kind. But, this bear is the perfect addition to the list.  

Forrest loves books and even though we have so many I thought I could add 1 more. The Boy with the Pink Hair is a perfect edition. The illustrations are amazing and the message is one of my most favorites by far. 

Little Sapling Toys, a toy shop fav of mine, has this adorable pineapple teether that is not only adorable but Forrest loves these and I think he will really love this one since it has little sprouts that he can chew on. 

My heart tears in half thinking about Forrest walking in the future, but this cute vintage bus walker has helped ease the pain. Jake and I were looking for a more trendy walker that you can't find in stores and came across this adorable one. Its not only a walker but you can store toys in the front. I just can't get over the cute vision of Forrest using it. I know walking is a little far off, but we will need one eventually so why not. 

Forrest LOVES to hit surfaces of things, and I mean loves. So while watching him hit the top of his Joovy Walker like it was the best thing to ever happen to him, we immediately started looking for a cute drum for Christmas. We found this Parum Pum set that comes with some other musical items that he can play with at a later date, but this drum will be perfect and I can't wait to see him play with it. 

Oh and lastly, my hearts desire, a teepee. I knew, no matter what, that this will be Forrest's big gift this year. I LOVE the teepees from Moozle and now that I'm typing need to hurry up and order it soon since it isn't sold in the states. But I can't wait to get a garland and little lights to string around the top, and pillows and a faux fur rug to lay inside. I think when Forrest is crawling and hiding he will love playing in this thing and he will continue to grow and love it in different ways. I can't wait to find him reading in there, or letting his imagination go wild. Where I'm going to put the thing is a different story...

Jake and I will also find some cute and more useful things for his stocking (bath toys, onesies, teethers, drool bandana bibs, etc.) Stocking stuffers are always my favorite and I can't wait to come up with new fun things for Jake too, more on that later! 

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Holiday Must Haves For Littles

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I can't even handle myself with how excited I am for this Holiday season with Forrest. I had SUCH a blast during Halloween, already have an adorable Thanksgiving outfit planned, so it's now time to reveal a few things that I have gotten Forrest for Christmas.

+ Santa is my Homeboy was an easy choice. Another random and very rare Zulilly find. I saw the same onesie on etsy and was about to pull the trigger before I randomly saw this one at a fraction of the cost (same design and all). Let's be honest, Santa is for sure Forrest's Homeboy
+ Gold Moccasins - Need I say more?! I couldn't resist these adorable moccs and gold was the perfect  festive color for the season.
+ Tree Leggings - These are so soft and so stretchy. I bought them in both the grey and the white and wish he could wear them every day from now until Christmas. 
+ Hello Buffalo Plaid Pullover - this one's for the adults. As you could probably guess, Jake puts on a good face when I buy a festive tee for him to wear, but this one was perfectly subtle. Buffalo Plaid is one of my most favorite prints for the holidays. I picked this up for both Jake and I and wish so badly that they had this pullover in baby sizes. 
+ Buffalo Plaid Moccasins - Since Hello didn't have a baby option for the pullover, we had to indulge in these moccs. They are so warm and cozy, I put them on Forrest the second we got them in and he loved looking at them on his feet. 
+ Green Onesie - I mean, if you grew up with Home Alone, you can't NOT have this onesie. I also bought matching raglan tees for Jake and I to wear. I fully intend on wearing these throughout all of December. 
+ Black Tree Sheets - I wanted to get a few things to decorate Forrest's room for the Holidays, and since his room is mostly black and white, these sheets from my fave shop were perfect. We have ordered countless sets and covers from her shop and they are always amazing. Super soft, and Forrest loves the current prints we have, I can't wait to put these on his bed come December. 

Forrest in the Fall + Fall Favorites

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Before the snow arrives, I thought it was the perfect time to head to the backyard and take advantage of the fall leaves + also let you in on a few of the fall/winter things that we have been loving!

These drool bibs are literally the They are worth every penny; style + function for little boys is a must have for me. We have also beens stocking up on these black long sleeve onesies. Take it from me, black onesies are hard to come by and I LOVE Forrest in black, so when I saw these at Old Navy, I got a few in every size!

You know me and my baby leggings, so I picked up quite a few pairs and the collection just keep growing, but lately I have really been loving these on Forrest. I got a similar pair that will be perfect for Thanksgiving!

I can't stop buying Forrest hats, no seriously, try and stop me, it's impossible. The one pictured is lightweight yet still functional for fall, they have adorable little bear ears and I bought about 4 of them from Gap. I also have loved this one and this one for him. They look so cute in his little round face!

Last, but certainly not least, the moccs. I FINALLY bought Forrest these black ones from my favorite little brand and they are perfect! I bought a pair of red and gold ones as well for the Holidays and I can't wait to put them on his feet!

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5 Month Favorites | Mama + Baby

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

welp, Forrest is a week shy of being 6 months, so what better time to let you in on what we LOVED during his 5th awesome month of life. right?! (we'll just blame this on chronic mom brain)

This month has been so fun! Forrest is killing us with is cuteness and hysterical personality. He really loves to talk, like all of the time. He makes all sorts of funny noises and sometimes he does weird things with this mouth, and we are certain that he is discovering different sounds and feelings. 

We started solids, which has been so fun, and funny to say the least. We started with Earth’s Best Organic Oatmeal Cereal, which, once we made it more pasty, than runny, he LOVED! After about 2 weeks of that, we moved to Avocado, which he didn't hate, but certainly didn't love. We kept him on it for a week, then went to squash, which he LOVES. Lunges towards the spoon and whines when we dont feed it to him fast enough. He currently gets his normal bottles and in the morning he gets a vegetable and for dinner he gets his oatmeal. 

He’s started to sleep until 8am which is amazing. I no longer need to nap during the day, which increases the amount of work I get done, which of course leads to more “me time”! 

Forrest still isn't officially teething, which I am so thankful for, and he LOVES to just sit up and play with his toys. He has mastered rolling from front to back and back to front, as well as scoots and slithers across the floor. I call him a little sundial, because he just goes in circles for a while! He cuddles with a little fox during nap time which is so sweet! He started doing it all on his own, sometimes he will play with it until he falls asleep himself, but he always ends up cuddling it. 

Jake enforced a new rule: making Forrest fall asleep on his own. Which means no more rocking him to sleep then placing him in his crib. It worked amazingly and he easily puts himself to sleep. I cant believe I was running up and down the stairs multiple times during naps to give him his pacifier. He was totally fine. 

Below are our most coveted 5 month items:

Baby Bullet - I always wanted to make his baby food and my Dad bought this for me for Mother’s Day and I couldn't wait to use it. It’s been amazing. I wasn't able to pre puree and store avocado because it browned to fast. But with the squash, its been amazing! I have about 2 weeks of stored food, all for a whopping $1.89. I don't think I have ever loved an item more. 

Mam Brush and Bite Teether - As I stated, Forrest isn't officially teething, but he LOVES the way this feels on his gums and he can hold it easily. 

Infantino Shopping Cart Protector - Now that Forrest is sitting up and more interactive with everything going on, it was time to retire the Baby K’tan and use this handy thing we got before Forrest was born. Its adorable. comfy, secure and Forrest loves it. I can also attach his toys to the front so that I dont have to worry about him chucking them across Target. 

Bright Starts Vibrating Teether - Another favorite for Forrest’s gums! This vibrates when he bites down on it and he's obsessed. 

Joovy Spoon Walker - This walker is simple, sleek and everything I wanted in a walker. The tray on the top is removable so that I can put whatever toys I want on there. No crazy colored, bulky thing! This walker also breaks down flat easily so I can store it wherever. He loves banging his toys on it and being able to jump up and down. His little feet don’t touch the bottom so we put a stiff pillow underneath so he can touch and jump away. I can also roll it around so that he can play while I make dinner or make his food! I truly love how I can easily customize his play time with whatever toys he’s loving at the moment. One of my most favorite purchases after the mamaroo! 

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes | Babies + Kids

If you haven't already seen my DIY Halloween Costume Video on how to make Starbucks Halloween Costumes for your family, then get to it! I give you an in depth how to on how to make Barista Costumes and a wearable coffee cup for you or your little one.

Welp, Im back at you with another few Halloween ideas for your little one, and when I say these are last minute costumes, I'm truly not kidding. I was contacted by HLN to do a little segment on HLN Now about my DIY wearable coffee cup for Forrest, they then asked if I could do 2 more DIY costumes by the segment date, which was the next morning. So I threw on my thinking cap, looked at what Forrest had in his closet and made a craft store list. Below are 2 SUPER easy, yet adorable Halloween costumes that you can literally throw together in about 10 minutes. (seriously)

DIY Garden Gnome

You can't resist a baby garden gnome, no seriously, try it, you just can't. This costume was so much fun to make and I love how it turned out. Forrest had a plaid shirt and some red pants which were perfect garden gnome attire. You can use suspenders, but I did not have any so I made some of my own with some black and red felt.  All I had left to do was make a hat and beard;

I took a large rectangular red foam piece that I picked up from Michael's and made it into a cone shape for a hat. I then took a piece of white felt and cut it in a shape of a beard and hot glued on curly pipe cleaner. This was so simple and turned out great! I took some elastic, measured Forrest's head and glued on a few extra pieces of the curly pipe cleaner, then glued on the beard and there you have it.

DIY Minion from Despicable Me

This was an easy choice, one of my subscribers has deemed Forrest #ForresttheMinion for months now and when I was asked to create another costume, I knew I had to do this one just for her. This one to was so easy, took me about 10 minutes or less to finish.

All you need for this costume is some overalls and a yellow onesie or tee. I had a yellow onesie that had a design on the front, so I flipped it inside out. You will also need a Yellow beanie or newborn hat, a toilet paper roll, tin foil, black pipe cleaners and black felt.

Cut the toilet paper roll, so you have a thin circle, then cover the circle with tin foil. Then take black felt and hot glue on the felt and tin circle to the hat and there you have your goggles. Then poke a few holes in the top of the hat to stick through your pipe cleaners, and you are all finished.

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Halloween Goodies for Little Ones

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's October, It's Halloween month, and I'm over the moon to be able to start fun traditions and festivities for Forrest. Even though he is 5 months, and doesn't quite understand this yet, I still wanted to put together something fun for him. I decided to put together a little halloween bucket with some great finds; things he can wear, chew and well, chew some more. 

The bucket is from Target, along with the cute skeleton sleeper. It's so warm and Forrest loves to look at the white bones and pick at them when he wears them!

The Biscuit book was the easiest decision ever, we call Forrest Biscuit, we have since he was a little newborn, a funny little nickname that just somehow came to be when we were in the hospital. When I saw this book I almost screamed I was so excited!

The Dracula book is from, they are by far my most favorite books. They are creative, simple and have amazing art. The Dracula book focuses on counting and Im sure will be a hit when Forrest is old enough to read, but for right now, he loves to just chew on the corners.

The green cat onesie was an odd find on Zulily. I have stated in our vlogs, numerous times, that I am not a fan of Zulily. I randomly signed on one day to just see what was going on and found some hip onesies that I never see on the site. I stocked up on about 4 different styles but this one was a perfect addition for his bucket. It's simple and different,  I love to dress him in things that you can't find easily.

The ghost teether is from one of my most favorite companies ever; Little Sapling. They make wood teethers in so many amazing and unique designs and personalize for free. I have a few of these for Forrest and he loves them, so naturally, I had to pick up something from their fall line. Forrest loves to put his fingers through the eyes and mouth, and suck away.

Lastly, the Hello onesie. I LOVE this brand, and even that is an understatement. They are my go to for mama (and papa) and mini styles. They had a preorder for their halloween line back in September and I immediately purchased matching raglan tees for Jake and I along with a onesie for Forrest, so we can rock them throughout October. The ghost even glows in the dark, I just freaking love them.

Next stop is making our Halloween Costumes. We have a few parties to attend that day and weekend, and I am SO excited to put together the costumes I have been planning since Forrest was in my tummy! 

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$10 Homemade Salsa

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I lied. You can actually make this salsa for about $7 or less and depending on how fast you eat it, it could last a good while!

Ingredients Needed:
- 1 bunch of Cilantro (I am not a fan of cilantro so we use just the very top part of it for taste)
- 1 can of whole tomatoes, we just use the store brand
- 1 red onion
- 1 juicy lime
- Sea salt
- 4 roma tomatoes
- 4-7 serrano peppers, we normally end up using about 5, but if you're crazy, go for more!
- 1 Anaheim Pepper

You are going to first drain the can of tomatoes and pour them into a food processor (you can also use a blender if you do not have a food processor). Cut the 4 roma's in half, cut the onion in quarters and take the cilantro and blend it all together.

You are then going to cut the stems off of the peppers and start adding them to taste. We like to add a few, blend, then taste, and repeat until we get it as spicy as we can handle. Then add the Anaheim pepper and squeeze in the lime. Blend it all together then add in the salt to taste.

You can be totally classy like us and eat as much of it as you can out of the food processor, or, you know, you can put in a dish to serve. But either way, enjoy the hell out of it. 

You can see more of us stuffing our faces with salsa on our Daily Vlogs or if you are into beauty and fashion, check out my youtube channel!

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Baby Boy Halloween Style

Friday, September 12, 2014

You all know how insane I am about finding great little boy fashion, sans blue, and sports. I have been looking high and low for amazing halloween outfits for Forrest. Something about holidays when you have little kids makes your heart explode. I was never a hugely festive person, I mean a loved a good holiday, but wasn't outright crazed by it, I have made the transition to insane! I couldn't wait to start searching for some great Halloween finds and I currently have my alarm set for the Hello Apparel 'Helloween' launch pre sale this Monday! I have a feeling that I will buy each and every item without hesitation.

That being said, here are a few of my finds that I have ordered this past week. I also browsed through Carter's and was able to pick out a 2 pack of leggings that were orange and black striped, as well as black cats on grey.

Hen & Co. has been one of my favorite shops for Forrest since I was pregnant. Simple, and cheeky designs that i just love! He has quite a wardrobe from them already, so I immediately went to them first when looking for festive attire. Not pictured above, I also bought the "boo" and "Trick or Treat" onesie.

The No. 31 onesie is my favorite of the bunch, the Meow and the Hocus Pocus were easy decisions as well.

The ghost leggings are so adorable and I had a coupon code from a previous order that I was able to use on them! Pirates and Peonies is a great shop and their clothes are so soft and fit Forrest really well.

The cat beanie is adorable and I couldn't pass it up. Gap always has some great selections, the problem is that the clothing runs so big and they are always sold out of the 0 - 3 size that I need! But I was able to snag the black "boo" onesie above and I was pretty satisfied. I love when Forrest wears black, I wish there were more options for black baby clothes on the market.

Lastly, the cat mask harem pants are probably the softest and most adorable pants ever. I can't wait to shop more from this shop, I am so happy with their product!

I am so excited for October to begin so Forrest can start rocking some Halloween style, I also can't wait to put a little Halloween spirit around his room, I found these great black cat pillows at Home Goods, as well as some cute Halloween books that I have been accumulating that I'm sure he will just love! Although he has no idea what the words mean, he LOVES looking at colorful pictures!

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One Last Summer Dress

Friday, September 5, 2014

I seriously can't believe summer is basically over, and even though fall doesn't technically start for another few weeks, there is already a chill in the air, halloween candy at Target and PSL's at Starbucks, so itso facto... it's fall in my book. That didn't stop me though from throwing on one last summer dress.

If I had to pick one piece from my closet as my favorite thing this spring/summer, this would be it. I teamed up with the wonderful team over at for this post, their selections are amazing and once you select your item, you then get to customize it to you and your body type. Want sleeves? sure. Need more length like me? done. want it shorter to hit your knees? no problem. It's so easy and great to know exactly how the item will fit you. I was able to add length to this dress since I like my maxis to really be a maxi and not hit my ankles or worse, above my ankles.

This dress holds it own. The mix of prints, the fringe tassels, the softness of the fabric and the flattering fit all add up to be on my top 5 wardrobe picks.

Since this dress already has a whole lot going on with it,and happily so, I like to keep my accessory selection to the minimum. I love these gold stacking rings and a few stone bracelets that don't take away from or add to the dress' personality.

Make sure to head on over to eshakti and start your own order, when you register  you get a $25 coupon, seriously!

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4 Month Favorites || Mama + Baby

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I don't even know where to start with this post, I swear each month I get even more emotional thinking of how big Forrest is getting. Although emotional, he is just so much fun. He loves to just sit, always sitting, and when not sitting, trying to sit. The Bumbo seat has been amazing for him.

Forrest is still drooling like crazy, chewing on everything he can get his little hands on. Our bib collection has almost tripled in the last month. He is still wearing mostly 0 - 3 month clothes, a few 3 month and 3-6 month items here and there, but it's very rare to find something that fits in those sizes.

He has started to have bad dreams which is HEART WRENCHING. He will just start screaming and crying this horrible cry in his sleep and without waking him up, we just have to run upstairs and put a hand on him to let him know we are there and then he will stop.

The funniest thing is that he recognizes his bottle and now gets SO excited, I mean legs pumping, arms flapping, excited breaths and then he reaches for it and if he gets his hand on it then he will pull it and try to put the side of it in his mouth. Hasn't quite figured out how to get the actual nipple in there, but he is so close and I can't help but giggle every time he does this.

This month we also went on our first plane ride with him, he did amazing.  We also took him swimming a few times at my Grandma's house, he loved it.

Below are our favorites of this month

Honest Diapers - We finally made the with to Honest Company and are so happy. These diapers, not only cute, are softer, thicker, and don't permit ANY smells. Totally worth it. We are using the wipes as well since we do the monthly bundle, they too, are great. We started using the laundry detergent pods and hand sanitizer. Forrest is officially a size 2!

Nose Frida - I SWORE I would never use this funny little thing, but was honestly being a little ignorant to its function. The filter ensures that no little boogers get to your mouth and it does wonders for removing every last booger in this little ones nose, ones that we can both see and not see!

Oball Flexiloop - This toy is so amazing! It's colorful, easy to grip and easy to chew on. Forrest has such and easy time gripping on to this toy and chewing on as many little rungs as he can. It's fantastic for a curious, teething baby like we have!

Avent Pacifier Clips - We went on our first plane trip with Forrest and Jake insisted that we buy a few pacifier clips. I can honestly say, that I don't know how we lived without these things. Not one pacifier has hit the ground since we purchased these things. I feel ridiculous that we hadn't had them before.

City Mini GT - We finally removed the car seat adaptor to this car seat and have been putting Forrest in facing out. It took a few adjustments but he loves it so much! I ran/walked a 7K this past weekend with him in the front and he was so happy. So many more things to see and explore. he can kick is feet, play with this toys and is completely protected by the amazing double shade. We tried to pull out our Oragami Stroller from 4Moms, but Forrest wasn't quite ready for it. It didn't have the side support that he needed, since he is still not 100% stable and strong sitting by himself.

Bumbo Seat - Last but definitely not least is our Bumbo seat (yes we have the purple one). This thing has provided endless entertainment. Forrest is so excited and happy every time he sits in this thing!

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