THE PERFECT GIFT FOR NEW MAMAS

Whenever a new baby is born to one of our family friends, my mom always calls me two seconds later asking for creative gift ideas for new mamas.  After having Naiya, we were showered with the sweetest, most creative gifts from friends and family.  I guess my mom assumes we’ve learned what new parents really need and she’s probably right! But at the end of the day, every new mom is different and coming up with the perfect gift is never easy. I do think I’ve found a pretty universal gift that new moms might not expect that they’ll end up cherishing for years to come. Sharing what this gift is with you today and where you can snag one at an affordable price too.

NAIYA’S 18 MONTH UPDATE

Naiya is officially 18-months (going on 18) today and I’m sitting here wondering where our baby went! When Naiya was first born, every parent I knew told me to savor every stage because it flies by so quickly.  Now,  I’m the mama telling every pregnant mom I know the exact same thing because it really is impossible to imagine until you’re in it. Our mini is truly non-stop these days and I’m excited to share the latest and greatest Naiya photos and updates with you below. As you scroll through, keep in mind that almost all of Naiya’s giant smiles were from listening to ‘Baby Shark’ (for a change) on my phone. What is it about that song?! The rest of her smiles were from me jumping around like a crazy mama trying to keep that smile going. Either way, her face is priceless!

5 AFFORDABLE PANTSUITS I’M LOVING

If you’ve been following along on my instagram recently, it’s no surprise that monochrome pantsuits and I are really having a moment. They’re so easy to throw on, they’re comfy and I love that they make me feel polished without too much extra effort. They also have a tendency to make me feel like a total boss lady–#winwin! Sharing some photos today featuring my favorite red pantsuit of the moment, along with some other power suits I currently have my eye on. If you’re in the market for a pant suit of your own, I’m excited to also tell you about a big sale happening online this week that will help you to snag one at a big discount. Scroll down for a special discount code.

HOW PLATED RESCUED THE WORST COOK

Los Angeles mom blogger, RELish By Arielle, tries the Plated meal delivery service with her family

Worst cook in America right there on the left. Thankfully, there’s still hope for the cutie on the right! There are so many things I’m passionate about but for those who know me best, cooking has never been one of them. But this week, I experienced a total game-changer: Plated. It’s a service that delivers meals right to your door—with recipes and fresh ingredients ready to cook in one perfectly customized box. Excited to share a bit about my Plated experience with you today and how it turned me into a pseudo chef who could cook edible food for once!

5 WAYS I’M SIMPLIFYING MY LIFE

It’s hard to believe we’re already more than half way through February. I feel like we were ringing in the New Year two seconds ago and I was setting my goals for 2019. Every year around this time, I check in with myself. Have I completely thrown away my resolutions already or am I still sticking to them? One resolution I’ve realized I really need to work on this year is simplifying my life. Once 2019 hit and I went back to work, I feel like I’ve been on autopilot. I’m constantly exhausted, I’m calm on the outside but overwhelmed on the inside and I never feel like there’s enough time in the day to get everything done on my to do list. If this sounds familiar to you too, today’s post is for you.  I’m rounding up five ways to simplify your life no matter how overwhelmed you may be. For the next few months, I’m going to challenge myself to stick to all five and I’ll report back to share how it goes.