New Year, Cleaner Home, and Purposeful Purchases

Good morning friends!

Right now I’m sipping on some coffee getting mentally prepared to sort through and box up all the clutter from around the house that I piled up in the living room.  I am feel so excited to start the new year off with a major purge of unwanted items and I feel good about donating it to a worthy cause. It might be an all day affair but I know tonight will be a peaceful sleep knowing it’s over.

I also wanted to share with you one of my most loved brands, Replay RecycledLila has been using their sippy cups since she was just a few months old and to this day they are her favorite cup. As a mom I love them because they are totally spill proof. She can throw them out of the stroller, drop them from a shopping cart, or turn them upside down and shake them. The rest of their line up of plates, bowls, utensils, etc are just as sturdy and just as loved in our home.

My favorite product of theirs is snack stacks. Of course I use them for Lila’s snacks, but I also use them to store my granola for my morning yogurt. I also use them for storing sprinkles, m&m’s, and nuts. The stacks are air tight and keep the food inside fresh which helps me do my job as mom better by having snacks that aren’t stale.

Part of my home purge included getting rid of a lot of dishes and cups that we don’t use. I prefer the quality of the Replay dishes so I am doing inventory now to see what we could use more of. As a treat for getting rid of things we don’t use I’m going to get a few extra pieces like pink flat plates and bowls that we use everyday. Out with the old and in the with the new.

As excited as I am to get the kitchen cabinets in order, the biggest purge was done in the living room. I think I will share with you some photos next week because it is seriously unrecognizable.

I hope everyone has a great week!

⭐️ You can get $5.00 off your purchase of $30.00 or more with code: ohhelloceleste (valid 1/11 – 1/18) at Replay Recycled ⭐️

* Photos by Sadaf Murad Photography

** This post was made in collaboration with Replay Recycled. All opinions are my own.

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Toddler Fashion Favorites: Tops

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With the new year approaching I wanted to introduce a new series: Toddler Fashion Favorites. One of my favorite things to do since I found out I was pregnant with a girl is swoon over cute baby clothes. I tend to get stuck in baby gap rut so I am hoping this series will challenge me to find cute pieces from different stores.

For this Toddler Fashion Favorites I wanted to show you my top 9 favorite tops for this season. I chose all long sleeve tops because during this time of year I want my babe’s arms covered. All of these tops are lightweight and can still fit a jacket or cardigan on top.

In Lila’s wardrobe right now we have top 1 which is a bit pricey, but worth it. It is such amazing quality and a perfect fit. I wish it would fit her forever. We also have top 2 in 4 different prints. These tops are handmade by the sweetest woman and are made with a thick organic cotton. I like to pair this top with a solid color legging and it makes the perfect playdate outfit.

I hope to accumulate these tops for Lila’s wardrobe in the next few weeks. First on the list is tops 3 and 9. If you have any favorite places to shop or favorite tops from this season share them in the comments so I can a look. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

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Lila’s New Ride | Step2 Whisper Ride Cruiser

Step2 Whisper Ride Cruiser in Pink // Ice Cream Scoop Toy // Romper

Of all the Christmas gifts Lila received this year, this pink car is hands down her favorite. Whenever she sees one when we are out and about her eyes light up with excitement. I knew I had to get her one and her reaction Christmas morning did not disappoint. Jake assembled it after she fell asleep on Christmas eve and we had it waiting for her in front of the tree with a big red bow. When we woke up Christmas morning and she saw the car she said, “Oh, oh, wow! A car!” She was so sweet and walked across the room so slow with her eyes locked on the car. She finally hopped in and sat in the car and immediately started chirping, “Beep beep! Honk honk!” and spinning the wheel around like she was driving. She looked up at us with the biggest smile and Jake and I were SO happy that she loved it.

We took it for a spin around the block and I have to say I was amazed by how easy it was to maneuver. I’m a little spoiled with our jogging stroller, so whenever I have to push another stroller I am usually disappointed and struggling to make turns. Not with this car though. All you have to do is put a little pressure forcing the back wheels down and the car glides left or right with total ease. The best part is how happy Lila is when she is being pushed. She wears the biggest smile on her face and I feel like she is seeing the world with new eyes.

For the time being this pink car has replaced the stroller in the trunk of the car. We have already taken it to run a few errands and it has been a lifesaver! Instead of distracting Lila with snacks or songs, she is more than happy to just be sitting in her new pink car. I hope she stays this happy in it forever.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. What was your favorite gift you got this year?

*Thank you to Step2 for gifting me this item as part of the Step2 toy tester program.

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A Day At The Races

 Wildbird Ring Sling  // Lila’s Shoes // My Shoes

We have lived ridiculously close to the Santa Anita Race Track for a year now and every time Jake and I drive by it in the car we talk about going to a race one day. Today was opening day for this season’s races so Jake surprised us with tickets and we were off to the races.

Lila fell asleep for her nap right when got there so for the first hour we explored all around the race track. It felt like we were transported to another era. There was an underground hall packed with people that looked like they have been coming here since they were children. Since it was my first time I didn’t know what to expect, but I saw very quickly this was a huge part of a lot of peoples lives.

Our tickets allowed access to the family zone which had a giant playground for children to play, a few different bounce houses, and even horsie rides. The whole time we were walking through it I was so bummed Lila was missing all the fun. When she did wake up we took seats in the shade and let her watch the horses run by. She was cheering them on saying, “Go horsie!” It was so cute. When we first came in I got her a giant stuffed animal horse because I knew if she woke up to that she would love it and sure enough her reaction did not disappoint.

When it was time to go I busted out my new favorite must have with baby, a ring sling. We got this one from Wildbird and each time I use it I wonder how I haven’t used it sooner on my baby wearing journey. This one is a single layer ring sling made from 55% linen and %45 Cotton. It’s completely adjustable and carries newborns to toddlers. I chose the Linen fabric because linen is made from flax, one of the strongest natural fibers. Linen is also the most suitable fabric for hot temperature because of it’s cooling and refreshing effect. They offer a few different fabrics so no matter your preference or climate there’s a sling for you.

My favorite part of this new must have is how easy it is to transport. It easily wraps up and fits inside my diaper bag so well that I sometimes forget it is there. I still love our baby carrier and owe all of my handsfree naps to it, but now that Lila likes to walk on her own when we are out it is nice having a way to wear her without carrying a bulky carrier.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

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L’OREAL EXTRAORDINARY CLAY Review

 

L’OREAL EXTRAORDINARY CLAY

Pre Shampoo Mask, Shampoo, and Conditioner

I’ll admit, I have never been one to be impressed by a shampoo. Even my go-to shampoo
leaves me disappointed at times. I am so excited to share with you my first hair washing experience in years where I turned off the water with roots feeling squeaky clean.

I have yet to try a pre shampoo mask until today and let me tell you, there is no going back. This mask is made to be applied generously to dry hair and sucks up all the oil from your scalp. Think of it like the clay mask like for your face sucking up all the nasty from your pores. It was a sensation feeling a the mask cooling and hardening on my scalp. When I washed it out it felt like I had shampooed my hair three times. Best. Feeling. Ever.

I then applied and rinsed the Extraordinary Clay shampoo and conditioner as normal. I left the shower feeling 5 pounds lighter and my hair smelled amazing. I can’t quite put my finger on what the scent was but I normally don’t like shampoo smells, and this time I kept pulling my hair ends to my nose for a whiff. This product line was specifically designed for oily roots and dry ends which totally sums up my hair type. I have thick and wavy hair and I am very picky with conditioner so naturally I was worried this one wouldn’t do the trick, but I am quite please to be wrong and absolutely loved the conditioner. Even better the price. Each of the three products are budget friendly and I can’t wait for the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay line to hit stores because I will be using this line for a very long time.

Let me know if this is a product you hair would love too!

*Thank you to L’OREAL for these complimentary products. All opinions are my own.
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My #LoveYourHair Journey

When I was younger I used to be really self conscious about my hair. It has always been thick and wavy and I have spent most of life never wearing it down unless it was straightened. I’ve been using a flat iron since elementary school and quickly learned to there’s no excuse for not using a heat protectant. My older sister faced similar insecurities with the same unruly, thick, and wavy hair as me and taught me her tips and tricks for getting hair as straight as possible.

Since having a baby I spend way less time worrying if my hair is straightened, or clean for that matter. I have learned to embrace my natural hair and hope to carry that positive mindset to my daughter, teaching her to love her hair. I know that one day she will come to me unsure of those curly red locks of hers, but I will continually tell her why I  love her hair and why I want her to love her hair.

Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. I know my mother did not make a continuous effort to remind me I had beautiful hair, and I know I can make a difference helping ensure my daughter grows up feeling confident.

Thank you for letting me share my #LoveYourHair journey with you. You can create and share your own custom animated message with Dove here: http://loveyourhair.dove.com

 

*Thank you to Dove for sponsoring this post.

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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Dress // Watch // Baby Carrier // Lila’s Dress // Lila’s Shoes

A few weeks ago we took our very first photos as a family. We never took photos with a photographer before and didn’t really know what to expect. My friend Sadaf is a super talented photographer and half the time we didn’t even know if she was taking photos. She “captures the moment” and doesn’t tell you what pose to do. She just waits and captures. It was amazing to watch her work.

My dress I got for the shoot was so comfortable I think I wore it for a week straight. The best part is I can save it because it doubles as a maternity dress. Score!

We had a ton of fun getting these photos done and each one will be treasured forever.

* Photos by Sadaf Murad Photography

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Savoring Every December Second

ROMPER // SHOES // RUG

Does anyone feel like the month of December goes by way too fast? I have a checklist of things I want to do with Lila before the month is over and even though we have checked off our fair share boxes I still feel like there isn’t enough time left. This is my favorite month of the year and I get so excited every time I see lights or decorations up at a place we normally go, but it’s twice as exciting to see Lila’s face light up and when she sees lights and decorations. She gets most excited by Christmas trees and every morning she goes up to our tree in the living room and says, “Hi, Christmas tree!” It’s pretty much my favorite thing ever and I think it’ll be February before we end up throwing it away.

 

Christmas approaching also means that the day after Christmas her room is most likely going to look like a tornado of toys, so I have taken preventative measures and got her a new larger organizer for her room as well as few more small pieces. To tie the room together I wanted to get a rug that matched the colors in her room without being a solid color or a pattern. I got her this RUG from Lorena Canal Rugs and new it was be a perfect fit. I always new I wanted a Lorena Canals Rug for her room because their rugs are machine-washable. Lila always takes her snacks in her room and is also loves to run around the house and color with marker. It is so not like me to be stressing out hoping Lila doesn’t mess something up in the house, she pretty much has free reign and to keep it that way I wanted a rug I could throw in our washing machine and not think twice about it.

 

We have already washed our rug a few times in our washing machine and it is so easy. I was worried about the color fading the first time I washed it but the color is still perfect. I love that they use natural dyes and contain no VOCs just like most carpeting. Also a portion of their proceeds support the Sakula project and provide schooling for children in India. As you can tell, it’s a company I can stand behind. Everything from the print, the practically, the eco factor, and their mission- I love it all.

 

I wanted to show you how Lila’s room is styled but there are still loose ends and it’s not quite finished. I think it will be ready after the holidays when I am not focused on checking off Christmas activities and more focused. I hope everyone is having a fabulous December!

* Photos by Sadaf Murad Photography

** This post was made in collaboration with Lorena Canals Rugs. All opinions are my own.

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Top Toddler Gifts for Christmas

In my family Christmas was always a heavily celebrated holiday and every moment of the day was magical. As I got older and my siblings had children the magic grew larger seeing them experience the day. Last year was Eamon and Lila’s first Christmas and with that brought new traditions as we all realized that our family was growing too fast for everyone to keep up with the same amount of gifting.

On Thanksgiving during dessert everyone in my family writes on a notecard their name and three gifts they would like to receive that are $100. Then you fold up your card, put in a hat, mix it up, and everyone picks a name out of a hat. The fun part is this your “Secret Santa” and you don’t know who got who until Christmas Day. Then you get one of the items of the three items that they wanted and everyone gets one nice gift instead of stressing out about getting everyone something.

In addition to the Secret Santa, everyone also brings one gift around $25 value for a game of White Elephant. How we play is everyone puts their White Elephant is the designated corner of the house and once all the presents are opened on Christmas morning, then the youngest adult (aka me!) picks first and it goes around the circle from there. I pick a present, open it and until it’s my turn again anyone can steal it. It’s really fun!! Because the adults do Secret Santa and White Elephant it takes a lot of the financial pressure off getting everyone gifts and allows the 5 kiddos to get tons of presents.

In addition to making it a magical day for the kiddos my sister, my sister in law, and I make Christmas Wish Lists for our kids and give them to the adults while we are writing down our names and 3 items for Secret Santa.

This worked so well last year because the kiddos got exactly what they wanted and the adults each left with one good gift and one fun gift. I am excited to continue the tradition again this year. This was Lila’s Christmas Wish List that was given out to my family.

Happy Holidays! My living smells of fresh pine from our tree and I am in full Christmas mode. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year.

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Top Toddler Gifts for Christmas

 

Sorbet Collection by  Replay Recycled

 

Modern Saddle Shoes by Quail Lane Co

Treehouse

 Cottage House

Ice Cream Parlor

Shampoo & Body Wash by  California Baby 

 Conditioner by  California Baby 

 Lotion  by  California Baby 

 

Triple Layer Party Cake

  Cupcake Set

 Ice Cream Scoop Set

 

Step2 Whisper Ride Cruiser

 Scooter

 Shopping Cart

 

Luna Baby Gate by  Munchkin

  Bath & Feeding Gift Basket by  Munchkin

 Cool Wrap Bottle Bag  by  Munchkin

Doll High Chair

Piano

 Teepee

Pajama Sets by KicKee Pants

 

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It’s Never Too Late To Get Organized

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Something about me that has completely changed since becoming a mom is my organizational skills. I used to be so organized and have everything planned out and scheduled, but then I had a baby and it was like I spilled coffee all over my perfectly color coded schedule.

I’ve recently learned to just plan the best I can and embrace the unknown. I also used to overpack every time we left the house. I mean we would just run to Target and I would bring 3 extra outfits, two blankets, four diapers, lots of snacks, an extra pair of shoes, toys for her to play with, and the list goes on and on. Then we get to Target and I would’t use any of it. I laughed it off every time I had to carry everything back inside.

I’ve been a mom for nearly two years, packed enough to live out of the car for weeks for simple day trips and am just now coming to realize I don’t need to overpack. My staples that I keep in my diaper bag finally having me feeling organized and not overwhelmed. I also don’t feel like my bag is busting at the seems anymore, which makes for carrying it and a toddler much easier.

My essential diaper bag items include an extra outfit, I like to keep a romper and a cardigan as Lila’s backup outfit which folds up really small and is versatile for different weather. Two diapers and a brand new small pack of wipes, I never feel bad for carrying wipes because I use them for everything. A bibdana because I am still programmed to put one on her every time she eats. A few small snacks, my favorite hand sanitizer spray, keys, my small wallet, and a portable phone charger. That still might sound like a lot to you, but I promise there is still so much room left in my bag and I never feel like I am missing anything with those staples at my reach.

What are your diaper bag staples that you can’t lave home without? Are you an over packer like I was?

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