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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

mother and daughter smiling

How is it already Mother’s Day? I feel like this year is completely flying by! I am doing my best to prepare a thoughtful Mother’s day gift guide to help inspire you all. This year more than ever we need to show our appreciation for the moms in our lives. Enjoy this guide, and I hope that you find a few items that would be wonderful for Mom.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Self Care

This year above all I feel like moms need comfort and self care. Most of us are holding multiple roles and are having less time to devote to ourselves. Self care is extremely important so we can show up as the best version of ourselves for our kids. If we are not able to care for ourselves then our children will suffer also. Now let’s get to the gifts!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Spa Time

We may not be able to go to the spa right now but who says you can’t bring the spa to mom. Here is a highly rated foot soak that I found on Amazon. Besides, what mom doesn’t need some help with those feet? Especially after being couped up all winter long. This has an affordable price point and is sure to make mom feel like a queen.

Pair this foot soak with this safer nail polish from Cote in this fabulous spring-inspired color. Cote is a lesser toxic option that is available on Amazon. Another new nail system you can try is Dazzle Dry , it is a non toxic system that promises to last up to two weeks. I recently received this as a birthday gift and hope to report back soon on its effectiveness. In the meantime here is a review from a fellow Beautycounter consultant and one of my favorite bloggers Cassy Joy Garcia of fed and fit.

Now to add the icing on the cake, you must snag this lemongrass body butter and sugar scrub. My mother in law is a huge fan of this sugar scrub and the scent is not at all overpowering. Follow the link below and search for lemongrass body set and it will pop right up for you.

Beautycounter and Mother’s Day

As a Beautycounter consultant, I have to be sure to include some of my favorite safer products in this Mother’s day gift guide. If you would like more information on this company and why I choose to become a consultant please be sure to check out this blog post.

A board that says beautycounter #betterbeauty

Beautycounter has a ton of awesome products but here are a few of my favorites for Mother’s day gifts. They include eye revive cooling masks for dark circles and puffy eyes. Almost every mom I know needs these! Pop these in the fridge for an even cooler effect.

What Mom couldn’t use a good mask right now? This counter plus charcoal mask is one of my absolute favorites and a best seller. It has a cooling sensation and is not overdrying. I like to use weekly to keep breakouts at bay and keep skin looking fresh.

I can’t forget the star of the show the overnight resurfacing peel. This has been a complete game-changer in my skin care routine. As stated on the website “Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, glow. Featuring a proprietary multi-acid complex, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and boosts clarity without irritation or over-drying. This is definitely one of my favorite products.

Finally, I can’t forget to mention the peel’s newest companion the All bright C Serum which is clinically proven to even skin tone and improve skin radiance and brightness. Plus who can’t get over this gorgeous glass yellow bottle!

As always please reach out to me if you are in need of assistance and copy and paste this website and search for the product you are interested in

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Amazon Twenty and Under

I know it is a difficult time for many families and I have compiled a list of some of my Amazon favorites that are twenty dollars and under. You don’t have to compromise on a good gift even if money is tight.

I love this book idea. What an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift for mom!

Turquoise might be one of my favorite colors, besides who wouldn’t love this mug? Fill it with wine, water, whatever mom chooses nobody is judging!

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How gorgeous is this bag and it’s under 15 bucks!!!! Don’t forget to add in this purse organizer to make it easier to find her belongings.

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Treat Yourself this Mother’s Day

Finally don’t forget to treat yourself to a little something special this mother’s day. I know I will be upping up the skin care from Beautycounter and I will be chilling in my favorite longsleeved pocket tee and Mama bear hat!! I wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day. Please let me know if this Mother’s day gift guide was helpful to you.

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For more inspiration check out my post about last minute mother’s day gifts here.

Mother and daughter in matching red shirts smiling

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Breastfeeding Essentials

Infant baby girl wrapped in white sheet with pink bow in hair.

My Breastfeeding Journey

Today I am going to tell all you breastfeeding mamas about my must have breastfeeding essentials. This is going to be a multi part series about breastfeeding as I have been breastfeeding for just shy of 18 months. I have spent countless hours researching and have compiled a lot of good advice that I plan to share with you. This journey has had many ups and downs, tears and smiles. Breastfeeding might be one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it is definitely one of the most rewarding and biggest accomplishments of my life. I will go into my struggles and what helped me in future posts but this one is dedicated to my must haves so be sure to stay tuned.

Breastfeeding Essentials Pump and Pump Parts

Having a good quality pump is a very important breastfeeding essential. I received a Medela Pump in Style Advanced pump for my baby shower and have absolutely loved it. This pump is such great quality and that is key when choosing a pump. It is specifically designed to help with more breast milk expression. Be sure to get a good pump that is electric as manual pumps do not pull as much milk. Many insurance companies will pay for all or a portion of your pump. Heck get two if you are a working mom because lugging this thing around can be such a pain in the the butt! Below I am providing a link to my pump and a few others I have heard are good.

Pump Links

Medela Pump in Style Advanced
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Spectra Pump
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Willow Breast Pump
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This is a very useful tool used to collect excess milk on the opposite breast while feeding. It is especially useful before your milk is regulated when you tend to leak often.

Breastfeeding Essentials Pump Accessories

The right accessories for your pump can make all the difference. When you spend so much time attached to your pump you will find it helpful to make the process as painless as possible.

You have to purchase this car adapter for your pump. The Medela comes with a battery pack but you will burn through those batteries in no time. If you are like me and don’t have a good place to pump or travel frequently this is a LIFESAVER! It works with several pumps but be sure to check to make sure it works with yours.

If you are struggling with pain you need to give these a try. Its made of soft silicone and definitely provide a softer feel while pumping.

Freemie cups are a must have! You can insert these into your bra without having to have a special bra and can pump completely hands free. I used these daily. They are a lifesaver and an absolute must!

These two pillows are the most popular. I did not have much success with the Boppy. I believe that my breast friend would have worked better for me. However some women swear by and really love these pillows.

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These nursing covers can be used as a car seat cover and a nursing cover. They are stretchy and are super comfy.

These are my favorite bags for storing milk in. I also used the up and up brand from target. I used an extra flange as a funnel for pouring the milk in to keep it from spilling.

This is another one of my favorite ways to freeze milk in 1 oz portions so you can be more precise as well as minimize your plastic. I freeze these then combine them all in one big zip lock or food safe cloth bag.

Breastfeeding Essentials Increasing/Decreasing Milk Supply

I am going to go into some ways to increase/ decrease your milk supply and let down in a future post but here are my must have items you need to purchase.

Fenugreek is great for increasing your milk supply and I have had great success with this. Please be sure to get the okay from your doctor before use.

Fennel is a great essential oil to use when increasing your milk supply. You can apply directly to the breast avoiding the nipple area and not during feedings. As usual please ask your doctor before use.

Peppermint tea can be helpful if you have an oversupply. Be cautious as to not decrease your supply to much and as always check with your physician.

Breastfeeding Essentials Breast Care

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There are tons of different nipple balms and creams out there but my favorite is good old fashioned coconut oil. This is edible and there is no need to remove it before breastfeeding. It can provide lubrication to your nipple during pumping if you find it painful and is a great overall moisturizer. We grab ours in bulk from Costco.

You are definitely going to need some nursing pads. I love reusable ones as you can wash them, they are also safer for the environment and easier on your skin.

This massage tool is great for those who struggle with lumps and it helps to improve the flow of milk. I wish I had this at the beginning as I consistently had lumps and a lot of pain that was hard to work through.

Donation

I was able to donate over 500 ounces to those in need and I encourage you to look into this if you have an abundance of milk. I chose the Austin Milk Bank and will go into this at a further date.

Feeding Toddlers

Check out my previous post on what I feed my toddler for more information on providing sound meals and first foods in a thoughtful and healthful way.

Pink kids divided plate filled with cubed cheese, ham, and grapes

Breastfeeding Essentials Give Away

I am partnering with a mom of four including 5 month old twins in this giveaway. We will be giving away some nursing pads because you can never have enough. In order to be entered into the giveaway follow me on Instagram as well as her account on Instagram. Tag some mamas who need these nursing pads and a bonus entry is by following my blog. Give away ends Sunday night July 21, 2019 and the winner will be announced via Instagram on Monday July 22, 2019. Good luck to you all and I hope you enjoyed my Breastfeeding essentials.Breastfeeding essentials

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