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The CUTEST Photobooks and Keepsakes – Photobook Worldwide Review & EXCLUSIVE code for your own free product!

I’m very excited to share my most recent discovery with you! Filling up my phone with pictures of Greyson, my puppies, and everything in between leaves me with a lot of wonderful memories. I’m always looking through my phone, scrolling to find a location, date, or person I want the picture of. Luckily, now I can find all of my most important memories in one place!

Photobook Worldwide, also Photobook America, takes all of the memories on your phone or computer and transforms them into beautiful products. They ship all over the world. Check out their Instagram, too! I am sharing 3 products here with you today! I will also be posting the products on my Instagram stories/highlights you can check out here!

Simple Book

The first product I received is the Simple Book. This fun little hardcover book comes in sizes 6×6, 8×8, and 11×11. I got the 6×6 book and ordered on the app. Search “Photobook Worldwide” on the App Store and you will see a little blue “P.” I have to assume it is the same in the Google Play store! Just pick the pictures you want in your Simple Book, upload them to app, and organize them in the arrangement you want. I uploaded pictures (really quickly, too) from my phone, all from Greyson’s first year of life, to create my own little memory book! You can also add text to the back of the book. I chose to write Greyson’s name. This book would make a great grandparent gift or gift for the holidays! You can order as many copies as you want and give them to friends and family!

I have an exclusive code for you to get your own FREE Simple Book with code GREYPBWW. All you have to pay is shipping! So worth it!

Lil’ Photobook

The next product I am going to share with you is the Lil’ Photobook. You have a choice of making a square photobook (sizes 4×4 or 4×6) or a landscape photobook (sizes 6×4 or 7×5). I made the 4×4 and I am in LOVE. My husband and I built our house last year, so I wanted to put the entire home building process in a memory book for us to look back on and enjoy.

I used their website to create this Photobook because I had so many pictures to upload. The upload process was simple. I selected the pictures that I wanted and clicked “upload.” All of the pictures I selected were uploaded and then all imported into the website. Once I had them on the website, I was able to place the pictures in the order that I wanted them to go in. I started with the pictures when the lot was just dirt, when the framing began, drywall install, fixtures, lighting, etc. 

I love how easy the website was to use and how many options there are to customize the Lil’ Photobook. I could crop pictures, rotate, resize, and adjust them to get the look I wanted. When designing the cover, I put a text box with our address and a picture of the front of our house. I was very impressed with the amount of fonts and color choices available to me in order to get the look I wanted. 

Another thing that I liked about the design process is that when I thought I was finished with my book and clicked next, the website gave me two error messages saying that my text was out of the printable range and to go back and fix it. I like that because I did not know that my text was out of range, so I would messed up the text unknowingly! Thankfully, because of that notification, I was able to go and adjust what I needed in order to make the text fit appropriately on the cover.

Canvas Air

Okay, this product is my favorite. I used the Photobook Worldwide mobile app to upload my pictures and create the most beautiful canvas print of when Greyson was born.

The Canvas Air comes in three different sizes: 8×8, 12×12, and 16×16. I got the 8×8!

Once you choose what size you want, you are able to upload your photos straight from your phone. You can choose to do as few as 1 picture to as many as 4. I chose to upload 4 pictures. Greyson is just too cute to not do 4, ha! There is a little randomizer button that will re-order your chosen pictures into different layouts and positions and you can pick your favorite OR customize your own layout! You can rotate or crop the picture to get the look what you want and then order. Again, super easy to use and I can’t believe the quality of the canvas print! The Canvas Air also comes with mounting directions, so it’s very laid out for you! It was easy to hang and looks so beautiful hanging in Greyson’s room!

Photobook America also has Metal Prints and Wood Prints where you can do the same thing! Our house is a farmhouse style and both of those finishes would look so cute in our house! I can’t wait to try out both!

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the quality of the products and how easy both the mobile app and website are to use. I love that this company ships worldwide and they have sooo many amazing products to choose from! Don’t forget to check them out here.

Don’t forget to use my exclusive code in order to get your FREE Simple Book! Use code GREYPBWW – good until 9/30/19! Also, see these products up close in my Instagram highlights here!

A big thanks to Photobook Worldwide. Products were received for free in exchange for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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Three Under Eye Beauty Products I am LOVING right now – IT Cosmetics

Greyson has been sleeping terribly the past few nights. If you saw my Instagram stories the other day, you know what I mean! The Nanit camera recorded his wake ups and detected sounds literally every 5-10 minutes 😳

On the bright side, a third bottom tooth is popping through and it appears that a top tooth is attempting to come through, too! My little man is growing up.

The lack of sleep has made my skin look less than ideal and I have such bad under eye bags that I look like a zombie. Each month, I get a Play! by Sephora (thanks to my amazing friend) that has 6 samples of beauty products. This is how I learned about IT Cosmetics. I loveee their under eye cream that came in one of my Play! boxes. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream depuffs, hydrates, smooths, and brightens my tired looking eyes. I put it under my eyes after I clean my face in the morning and my eyes look instantly brighter!

After the under eye cream, I put a little IT Cosmetics Color Correcting Full Coverage CC cream (color Medium) all over my face and rub it in with a foundation brush. It has such great coverage for any blemishes, but I’ve noticed that my summer freckles still come through (as long as I don’t use too much!)

IT Cosmetics Under Eye Concealer

Finally, the absolute best under eye concealer I have ever used in my entire life is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer (Color Light Nude). I use the smallest amount and dab it under my eyes in little dots. I like to use a lighter color for the under eye concealer, so that my eyes look bright and awake! I use a beauty blender to blend it in and my eyes look instantly more human! I cannot believe the difference in my eyes with this concealer. It is now one of my beauty staples!

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Pan Seared Sea Scallops With Lemon Risotto and Sautéed Power Greens

pan seared sea scallops

Sea scallops are one of my most favorite things to cook. Sea scallops are fairly easy to cook, but they are temperamental. They can overcook quickly and become rubbery, so it is important to watch them closely as you cook them. Pan seared scallops with risotto is a dinner that I like to cook often and when I pair it with power greens, we get an extra boost of vitamins and minerals!

Risotto:

arborio rice lemon risotto

I like to get the risotto going first because it will take at least 20 minutes to cook. Cook risotto according to directions. If you want to make mushroom risotto, sautée 8 oz of fresh mushrooms after you sautée your onions, about 5 minutes and cook as directed. At the end, give a healthy squeeze of lemon. We like a lot of lemon! Be sure to taste the risotto as you go. It should be creamy by the time you are done cooking and the arborio rice should be tender, not hard or mushy. Check out my Instagram Food highlights (@homewithgrey) to watch me make the lemon risotto!

Sautéed Power Greens:

sautéed power greens

Costco sells this HUGE bag of “Power Greens.” Power Greens are basically baby kale, baby swiss chard, and baby spinach. I love them because of how many vitamins and minerals they pack! In a LARGE sautée pan, heat one tbsp of olive oil and one tbsp of butter. Once the butter melts, add at least 4 handfuls of power greens. They will cook down a lot. Feel free to add more. Once they cook down and soften, add salt and pepper to taste.

Sea Scallops: Here’s the fun part, the scallops! I cook them last because you want them to be warm when you eat them! If you know me, you know I am obsessed with Gordon Ramsey and all of his TV shows. He has a sure fire method of cooking sea scallops, so that they come out translucent in the center with a crispy crust on either side. I have been cooking sea scallops this way for the past 5 years and it is the best method out there! Here it is…

  1. Rinse your sea scallops and remove any feet (the crunchy thing that dangles off) – it doesn’t taste good to eat
  2. DRY THE SEA SCALLOPS WELL – the key to a good crust is to dry the sea scallops. Season both sides with salt and pepper
  3. Heat one tbsp of olive oil and one tbsp of butter in a pan until it is HOT. A good way to check if your oil is hot enough is to put a drop of water in the pan. If it sizzles, the oil is hot enough. If it doesn’t sizzle, don’t put your scallops in yet!
  4. Once the oil is hot, start putting your scallops in the pan one at a time, arranging them clockwise. (Watch my Instagram food stories to watch me do it!)
  5. Once all of the scallops are in the pan, I count to 120. Like 120 Mississippis! Once I count to 120, I flip the scallops over in the order that I put them in the pan. So, the first scallop that was placed in the pan gets flipped first.
  6. Then, count to 90. Again, 90 Mississippis! Have a paper towel lined plate ready to go. After you count to 90, remove the scallops and place them on the paper towel. Again, remove them in the order you put them in.
  7. In order to make a lemon butter sauce, I add another 1/2 tbsp of butter to the pan the sea scallops were cooked in. Then, I add a few squeezes of lemon. Again, we like a lot of lemon!

In order to assemble everything, put the risotto down first, followed by the greens, and finally the scallops with the lemon butter sauce on top. YUM!

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My Journey With Exclusive Pumping

journey with exclusive pumping

Breastfeeding was always in my “plan” as a new mother. For some reason, I assumed everything would go just swimmingly, I would have no problems, and I’d nurse my son until he was ready to wean. I read all the books, read all the blogs, watched all the videos, etc. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

Greyson latched right after birth. He fed like a champ all day long and was even cluster feeding in the hospital. The nurses were amazed at how naturally breastfeeding came to us and I felt like I was on top of the world. We went home, feeling confident… until our first night alone.

Greyson was inconsolable. He wouldn’t latch and more or less cried himself to sleep after HOURS. Jeff and I were beside ourselves. We didn’t know what to do or what was wrong. Was he hungry? Tired? Wet? In pain? We didn’t know whether to drive back to the hospital or whether he had colic. As sleep deprived, new parents, we were at a loss.

I called the pediatrician first thing in the morning, as Greyson hadn’t had any wet diapers in 12 hours. The first thing he told me was to buy was Pedialyte to make sure he wouldn’t get dehydrated. The second thing he told me to buy was formula and supplement my breast feedings with a 1/4 to 1/2 ounce.

“Formula? Why? I’m breastfeeding,” I thought. I’ve always believed in fed is best, so although I was sad that he wasn’t getting breastmilk from me, the only thing I cared about was his health and well-being. So I drove to the store, picked up what the doctor ordered and came home to feed my baby. Let me tell you, that kid DRANK. That sweet innocent newborn was so hungry and that’s when I felt terrible.

I knew my milk had come in, but apparently, it wasn’t enough. This kid was eating triple time in order to make up for the weight he lost since birth, which apparently was a good amount because he hadn’t gained any back. The pediatrician was concerned with his weight gain and encouraged the supplemental feedings in order to ensure he would gain weight.

The more formula I supplemented with, the more he wanted. It took the edge off the empty breast feedings and satiated him. However, being a new mom with no prior breastfeeding experience, I didn’t realize that every formula feed hurt my supply. To this day, I still think, “I could have breastfed more often, I wish I knew about pumping after feeding to increase supply, I wish I knew about power pumping, I should have just had him on a strict 2 hour feeding schedule,” and it eats me up inside.

After a few weeks of supplementing, Greyson started to refuse both the breast and the bottle. He would scream bloody murder every time I tried to feed him. I knew he was hungry. Considering what he had been eating and what he was eating now was next to nothing. Greyson would pull away from the bottle with every other suck and writhe in pain. He would burp or spit up and begin to cry. He would arch his back while he was feeding and even after. Something was up. I began to Google his symptoms (what every new mother does, but also what every new mother shouldn’t do because Google can be evil) and it appeared he might have acid reflux.

I called the doctor and described Greyson’s symptoms. He thought he might have acid reflux as well, yet another hurdle in our breastfeeding journey. He told me to supplement any bottle feedings with a teaspoon of baby oatmeal in order to thicken his feeds. In doing so, the hopes was he would keep the milk down, so it would stop burning his esophagus when he would spit up.

It didn’t work. Greyson would scream every time I tried to feed him. The more I tried to breastfeed him, the more he resisted. I was heartbroken. I called the pediatrician again and we went in for another visit. After checking him over, he decided it was time to start a low dose of medication. We had to get it from a special compounding pharmacy because Greyson needed an alcohol free medication, so it wouldn’t burn his esophagus even more.

We tried the medicine and I kid you not within a matter of days, he was sleeping 4 hour chunks through the night and eating normally. YAY! I was so happy. However, now every time I tried to breastfeed, he was traumatized. He had begun to associate breastfeeding with being in pain and so he refused me more and more. The lactation consultants told me that if he was going to resist me when I offered the breast to just “pump” and don’t worry about it. And honestly, that was probably the worst advice I received because then he stopped latching all together…

This is why I started exclusively pumping. Exclusive pumping wasn’t the vision that I had for myself. Exclusive pumping wasn’t a choice. Exclusive pumping isn’t easy. I still beat myself up every day thinking, “If I had just done this or that,” I wouldn’t be in this position. My son has been on a combination of breastmilk and formula for the past 11 months. I pumped 6-10 times a day for this kid and if that isn’t love, I don’t know what is! Now, my supply has dwindled to the point where I am pumping a total of 2 ounces per day. My exclusive pumping journey is coming to an end for Greyson and even as I type this, I get teary eyed. I know a lot of people don’t make it this long due to a variety of reasons and I should give myself a pat on the back, but ultimately, I still feel like I failed.

I am very thankful for the formula. The formula helped my son to remain healthy and helped provide him with the nutrients he needed when I couldn’t. My son is now in the 98th percentile for both height and weight. He is in size 18 months to 2T clothing at 10.5 months old. I know that the breastmilk I was able to provide him with was a huge part in that, but the extra formula he received was what helped him to grow to his full potential.

I am hopeful for any future children I have that the knowledge and experience I have gained through this experience will help me achieve my goal of breastfeeding exclusively for the first year of life. I am confident in my ability to identify acid reflux signs early on, so that my future children can get the help they need. And finally, I am hopeful that one day I will be able to see how much I have accomplished in these past 10.5 months with exclusive pumping and how I have provided for my son the best I could have.

Because I was able to exclusively pump for so long, I have gained a lot of knowledge that I am hopeful can help others. Read about my exclusive pumping tips and tricks here.

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Top 3 Companies for Women’s Workout Shorts

Now that I’ve finally gotten back into working out after having Greyson (it only took me 10 months), fitting back into my workout gear has been a huge confidence booster. Surprisingly, I was able to wear my normal clothes most of my pregnancy, up until the last trimester when that little bug decided to pop! Here are my top 3 favorite workout shorts that I am obsessed with. Even though two of these workout shorts are labelled as running shorts, I still use them to do HIIT and weight lifting.

#1: Under Armour

I got the Under Armour Running Shorts off of Amazon years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t think they make the same exact style/design now, but the ones I am linking here and here are almost identical. These workout shorts are super comfy, have enough leg room, and are breathable. I really like the band because it is very flattering. I am wearing a medium in these workout shorts and they are a little big on me, but not so big that I would return them.

#2: Nike

I loved these workout shorts the second I saw them on the rack. The adorable pink color caught my eye and I could not be more pleased with their performance. Normally, I’m not a pink person, but if it’s the right kind of pink, I’m obsessed. They wick sweat away from my skin, so there are no weird sweat marks if I have a heavy duty workout. They also have a drawstring, so I can tie them a bit tighter or I can leave it dangling but tuck it in. I am wearing a size small in these shorts and they fit like a glove. I purchased my pair at Dick’s Sporting Goods and I’ve linked a similar pair here.

running shorts

#3: Lululemon

I love Lululemon Run Times shorts for doing sprints. They don’t chafe (neither of the other ones I listed do either) and they feel weightless. I can’t even tell I’m wearing them! I have these in 4 different colors and I’m always on the hunt for a new pattern. I will say, though, my favorite is plain old black! They do have a zipper in the back, so if you use them to do exercises while laying on your back, it might hurt! I size up in these workout shorts because I find that they run a little small for me and I don’t like my shorts to be super tight.

running shorts

What are your favorite workout shorts? I’m always open to hearing about new shorts to try!

Greyson’s First Time Swimming

Greyson went swimming for the first time on Sunday – yay! We took him to my mom’s (she lives in a beautiful condo complex) and he had a blast! We put him down for his morning nap around 9 and planned to go to my mom’s right after he woke up. Just like every baby out there, if he is tired, he is CRANKY, so we didn’t want to take any chances.

Of course, this is the day he decided to take a two hour nap. That would have been wonderful; however, the forecast was looking grim as it was supposed to thunderstorm on and off all day. It had been beautiful right up until the time when Greyson finally decided that he was going to wake up. Then, the clouds stared rolling in and the wind started picking up. We packed our bazillion bags and hopped in the car, just as it started to POUR. I’m talking sheets of rain.

As we were driving, I texted my mom, who lives 20 minutes away, and asked her what the weather was like. She said that it was clearing up and the sun was beginning to come out – yes! Once we got to the pool, there was no one there because of the downpour. Success! We got Greyson’s infant floatie ready and realized we forgot his sunhat. Considering I remembered to pack half of his closet, I’d say that’s pretty good!

baby first swim

I held him as we walked down the steps and into the water. He was so cute as he looked down at the water and his toes got wet. Greyson loves bath time, so we were assuming he would love to swim, too. At first, he was a little confused, but once he was in his infant floatie and the sun canopy was overhead, he was as happy as a clam!

baby first swim

I bought a little life jacket for him to try as well. The label said that it fit children ages 2 – 3 years. Greyson just turned 10 months old…. and it fit him like a glove. He enjoyed bopping around in the water (with one of us holding him) and kicking his legs. I’d say his first time swimming was a success! Now I’m just looking for more fun summer things to do with this little one! What are some suggestions we could try?

baby first swim
baby first swim

Greyson 10 Month Update

I can’t believe Greyson is officially 10 months old! I am in disbelief. Greyson is doing something new each day at this point and it’s amazing to see his little personality shining through each day.

Milestones

Greyson has officially started crawling. He started off rolling everywhere, and was pretty efficient at it, too! After he mastered that, he would sit up and start rocking back and forth with his hands in front of him. He did that for a few weeks before he got enough confidence to reach forward. Once he was able to do that, he started crab crawling. He would use one leg to propel himself forward and the other one would kick behind him. It was pretty cute watching him. In the past week, he has gotten very good at the traditional crawl, down on all fours. I’ve noticed that he crab crawls on the hardwood floors because he doesn’t slide as much and he will do the traditional crawl on the upstairs carpet.

Greyson says “mama, dada, baba, and nana” now. We’re pretty sure nana means Una, one of our dog’s names. He even said Una a few times last week! I think Lola is too hard for him to say at this point, but he’ll get there!

He is pulling himself up to stand, both in his crib and around the house. He loves holding on to my hands and pulling himself up, but he can also do it while holding on to the ottoman or his activity table. He is so proud of himself when stands up! I know he will be cruising any time soon!

My favorite thing that Greyson has learned in the past couple of weeks is kissing. I can ask, “Can I have a kiss?” and he will give a kiss! It’s pretty adorable.

I can’t believe we are only two months away from the one year mark. Time goes by so quickly. We’re looking forward to the next milestones!

Our Bedtime Routine

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Having a bedtime routine is important to ensuring your little one knows bedtime is approaching and that they can expect consistency. We implemented a bedtime routine very early on, so that Greyson would (fingers crossed) be a good sleeper. We have done the same bedtime routine since Greyson was about a month old. I know that sounds early, but it worked for us! He is very predictable with his bedtime and wake up times, unless he is sick or teething of course. Here is what we do:

Tubby: Around 6:00, 6:15 pm we start running the bath. We give Greyson a bath each night. Some people say that is unnecessary, but it is part of his bedtime routine. He is also a pretty messy eater, so there is always food in his hair, in between his fingers, etc. Bath time helps Greyson to relax and unwind as long as he isn’t overtired! This is my favorite body wash and this is my favorite hair wash! We’ve been using both of these products since Greyson was a newborn. I know we could probably just use the bodywash since it does say you can use it for hair, but I love the hair wash, too! We take him out and dry him off. I love PotteryBarn Kids Gingham Bath Wraps and Gingham Wash Cloths. The bath wraps are super cute, super soft, and you can even personalize them!

10 month baby routine

Diapers: After tubby time, we put two (yes, two) nighttime diapers on Greyson. He soaks through his diapers SO EASILY. Check out my other post on nighttime diapers here. We have since started using Target Overnight diapers and they are aaaaamazing. We put a Pampers Swaddlers diaper as the top layer. We also put a nice healthy layer of Honest Diaper Rash Cream all over his little bottom to help prevent diaper rash at night. I love this diaper rash cream because it has zinc oxide in it, so it stays on for awhile and heals any redness that I see at the next diaper change. Definitely a must!

Lotion: Once his diapers are on, we use Baby Eucerin Eczema lotion to put all over Greyson’s body. He has pretty bad eczema and this is the only product that has seemed to keep it at bay. He gets these awful patches on his legs, arms, and belly. I just started noticing a new patch on his forehead too. Poor guy! This lotion is nice and thick and rubs in very easily.

PJs: Once the lotion is on, we put a white, short sleeved onesie on underneath Greyson’s PJs. We always use a white short sleeve onesie as a base layer. These are my fave because they are made with organic cotton and are sooo soft! After the onesie, we put on his footies. Footies are the cutest PJs ever. We LOVE anything made by Burt’s Bees. These footies are super cute and even have little bee anti-slip grippers on the bottom of the foot. Size up because they run a little small.

Sleep Sack: Once the onesie and PJs are on, we put on G’s sleep sack. I have a couple on rotation in case I haven’t run the wash yet. I love this one (because of the llamas) and this one, for colder nights. I just ordered him some new sleep sacks that have legs because Greyson has started pulling himself up in the crib. He is currently 10 months old and wearing a size large. It is a bit big, but I know he will grow into it. Once he sees the sleep sack, he knows bedtime is coming! That’s why it’s part of our bedtime routine. 🙂

Halo Sleep Sacks
Halo Sleep Sacks

Books: Sometimes, Greyson is too tired and is ready for his nighttime bottle, but if he isn’t, I make sure to read him a few books. He loves any book with flaps or things that he can touch, like the touch and feel books. He gets so excited that he starts touching all of the pages hoping he will feel something. It’s pretty cute! We love this book and this book!

Bottle: Greyson has a pretty substantial bottle just before bed. I’m talking anywhere between 7-9 ounces! I always say he is fueling up for the night. This is why we need to double up on diapers! I try to make sure that he does NOT fall asleep on the bottle. Early on, we taught him to self-soothe, so that he would be able to get himself back to sleep if he woke up during the night. Making sure that he does not fall asleep on the bottle is an important part in this process. We love these bottles by Avent.

Paci, paci, paci: Greyson LOVES his pacis. We call them his little friends. He has three in his crib and they all have the little animals attached to the end, so he can easily find them during the night. I LOVE these pacifiers because not only are they machine washable, but unlike other pacifiers, you can detach the pacifier and sterilize it. G’s favorite is his giraffe paci. He loves to suck on the little tail on the end, ha!

nookums pacifiers

Burp and Bed: I still burp Greyson, even though he doesn’t really need to be burped anymore. He just drinks so much that I find he is more comfortable after I help him burp. Once he burps, I put a little Aquaphor on his face to help his skin stay moisturized and then I place him in his crib and give him a kiss. Our neighbor gave us these Aden + Anais burpy bibs when Greyson was born and they are THE BEST. They are super absorbent, super soft, and they have snaps on the end that turn it into a bib!

Aden and Anais Burpy Bib
Aden + Anais Burpy Bib
Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs

We upgraded to the Nanit baby camera a few months ago and it was the best decision we ever made! We get notifications when Greyson makes a sound or when motion is detected. It also tracks your child’s sleep patterns! Check out my full review here. Night, night little one!

Top 5 Items to Have in Your Diaper Bag

what to pack in a diaper bag

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Packing your diaper bag with the essentials is critical when you are out and about with a little one. There are times where I have forgotten the diaper bag and without fail, have needed something crucial in that bag. One time, my brother and I were at Costco when Greyson was about three months old. We were in line, waiting to check out, when we heard it… the lovely sound of a baby pooping. Of course, I forgot the diaper bag, so we had to check out, load the car, and drive twenty-five minutes home all with a poopy diaper. Not my finest mommy moment! After that day, I have never left home without the diaper bag and I make sure to have these five things in the diaper bag each time I leave home. This is my FAVORITE diaper bag ever. (Right now, three colors are on sale!) It is huge, has three compartments, can be monogrammed, and has handles or a strap, so you can wear it crossbody if you choose.

#1 – An extra change of clothes – size up

I like to leave an extra pair of clothes in the diaper bag in case we have a blowout and need a change of clothes. The reason I like to put the next size up in the diaper bag is because I might forget to change out the clothes for a while, so I want to make sure that if I need the clothes, then they will fit. I pack:

  • an extra pair of sweatpants (basic color)
  • an extra onesie (I always layer with a white onesie underneath)
  • an extra sweater (it could be a chilly day, you never know!)
  • an extra pair of white socks (they match everything!)

#2: A clean, dry bottle, with 2 scoops of formula and a water bottle

I’m still exclusively pumping for Greyson (yay 10 months!), but I don’t want to worry about taking breastmilk out and about if we will be out for awhile. Every ounce is precious to me, so I want to make sure that I don’t have to throw any out. I’ll pack a dry bottle, with two scoops of formula and use the bottled water to mix it in case he gets hungry when we are out. I don’t leave the bottle in there longer than a week because I don’t want the formula to go bad. A lot of formula companies make individual serving formula bottles, so that would work, too! These are the bottles we use (I love them) and the formula we have been using to supplement. I like it because it has lutein for the eyes and most importantly, no corn syrup solids, which were making G constipated. These are the same bottles we used when he was younger, but they are just a smaller size. I love that they have a nipple that mimics an actual nipple.

what to pack in a diaper bag

#3: Toys and Books

Greyson is at the age now where he gets bored easily. I make sure to take his favorite musical toy, his toucan with a little piano on its beak, and a few books that have the flaps. This is the toucan and some of our favorite books, here, here, and here!

#4: Disposable Tabletop Placemats

My husband and I were in New Jersey recently, eating at the hotel restaurant when we saw two families with young children. They had these awesome disposable placemats that stick to the table, so you can put food right on the table at the restaurant and little hands won’t get dirty from touching dirty restaurant tables! They are amazing! The mats have little plastic strips around the edges, which you pull off to expose the adhesive. Stick on the table and voila! A disposable placemat!

what to pack in a diaper bag

#5: DIAPERS, DIAPERS, DIAPERS (and wipes)

This one should go without saying, but if you have ANYTHING in your diaper bag, make sure you have diapers. Make sure you pack at least 5 diapers in your diaper bag because you WILL use one and will more than likely forget to replace it when you get home. If you have some extras in there, you will be safe! I also like to size up with diapers in case it’s a while before I replace them. These are my favorite diapers and wipes!

Those are my top 5 things to pack in your diaper bag, but here is what else is in ours! Enjoy!

what to pack in a diaper bag
what to pack in a diaper bag

What are your must haves in your diaper bag? I’d love to hear!

what to pack in a diaper bag

Greyson Turns 9 Months Old

9 months old

I can’t believe that Greyson is already 9 months old. Whoever said “the nights are long, but the years are short,” was so right. Greyson is growing up before our eyes and I wish I could freeze every milestone he hits and every moment we have together. I feel so lucky to be his mom and he certainly has opened up my eyes to what really matters in this crazy life. Greyson is hitting all of his 9 month milestones and is growing up before my eyes.

Greyson has now started crawling, makes kissing noises, and can sit up from lying on his belly. He is always on the move and gets frustrated when he can’t do more things. I see the twinkle in his eye when he does something he is proud of, like pulling himself up while holding on to my arm. He says “mama, baba, and dada” and I swear I’ve heard him say our dog’s name: Una.

With all of these changes, it makes me sad I can’t be with him every minute of every day. I know it is good for him to experience different people and become flexible, but my heart aches each and every time I have to leave for work. I’m thankful that the summer is upon us and that I will be able to be home with him for the summer. We have plans to go swimming, go to the zoo, and go to a new aquarium that is opening in a neighboring town. I can’t wait to soak up all those moments.

What are some other things we can do this summer? I am looking for some arts and crafts ideas or some sensory things. I want to get a water table for our deck because Greyson loves the water!

xo