So you know that since I work full time I have to pump – ew. I seriously hate pumping and dread it every single time, every single day whenever I have to do it.

Well, as much as I hate it, I do it. I do it because if I am blessed to make breastmilk to nourish my baby, then you bet I’m going to do whatever it takes! Being a mom is a selfless act, but being a mom who breastfeeds.. Oh man I think we have a secure spot in heaven, haha!

Anyway, since we are on the topic of pumping, I wanted to talk about a little (literally) pump that makes having to pump every day easier.

It’s called the Motif Duo.

The Motif Duo is a little breast pump that weighs less than 1 pound. SERIOUSLY! Not just that, but the Motif Duo also has a built in rechargeable battery, so you can pump anywhere! No need for an outlet, as long as your pump is charged! This is my all time favorite feature, not having to worry about finding an available plug is awesome.

Here are some of my favorite features of the Motif Duo:

  • The Motif Duo’s closed system prevents backflow through a protection filter – that means that your milk won’t get in the tubes which is a huge pain to try to clean! 🙁
  • The single pumping option allows you to breastfeed while pumping if you want, all you have to do is remove the second set of tubing and use the port cover to close the second tubing connection.
  • The motor is super-silent so I can pump basically anywhere I want!
  • The large, backlit LCD screen lets you keep track of battery life and record how long each pumping session lasts.
  • You can find your perfect comfort level with 10 expression levels & 10 massage levels to choose from.
  • Like most pumps you have the massage mode which helps stimulate let-down by mimicking baby’s nursing pattern and the express mode that works to express milk from the breast as efficiently as possible.
  • The Motif Duo also has a memory mode which allows you to customize your pumping session by saving your favorite settings for later use. 🙂

When you purchase the Motif Duo, the following comes in the box:

1 – Double electric breast pump, 2 – 24mm breast shields,
2 – 180mL milk collection container sets,
2 – Nipples, 2 – Valves, 2 – Bottles, 2 – Tubing and 1 – Power Adapter

I would definitely give the Motif Duo a 10! 🙂

Look at this awesome freezer stash I have thanks to a great pump. 🙂

Click HERE or HERE to purchase your own Motif Duo.

If you click HERE you can also see if you qualify to get your own Motif Duo through insurance! 🙂

Do you pump? What breast pump do you use?
Let me know below! 🙂

 

 If you have been to Disney with a stroller before you know how hard it is to keep track of it! Tile

No matter if you take a picture of where you left it before you go on a ride, when you come out you go to that spot and often find that your stroller was moved by a cast member to another place to make space for another stroller!

HOW FRUSTRATING!!!

So there you are at Disney, looking through a sea of strollers who all look the same, and unless you want to buy a $12 balloon to attach to your stroller you have to walk around and look into every stroller that is the same brand as yours, same color as yours, and trust me when I say that it gets super frustrating QUICK!

Let me tell you about the best thing I ever attached to my stroller – Tile! Tile is the world’s best-selling Bluetooth tracking device.

I left my stroller outside It’s Tough to be a Bug but apparently now it’s on the other side of the area we last saw it! With Tile I can easily track my stroller and see where it is without having to walk all over the place and getting frustrated. After all, I’m in the “Happiest Place on Earth”!

Tile is a great little device and it’s so affordable.

 The Tile app is amazing! It connects you to the world’s largest lost-and-found community, where friends and strangers work together using the Tile app to find everything that matters.

The Tile app is super easy to use, can you believe that the Tile community locates 2 million lost items daily! Tile even helped locate a lost stuffed panda – you can read that adorable story here and watch the super cute video below!

Here are some of the things you can do with your Tile app:

  1. Ring your thingsFind lost items with your phone. If your Tile is within the 100-foot Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it.
  2. Find your phone. Can’t find your phone? Double press your Tile to make it ring, even if it’s on silent.
  3. Last place seen. Keep your Tile app running in the background and it will remember the last place and time you had your item.

We love Tile so much in our family that we each have a Tile Slim in our wallets. And the Tile Style is already in my Christmas Wishlist – it’s so pretty!

I am so glad I have my Tile! What are some things you would put a Tile on?
Let me know below! 🙂

I am so excited to share these adorable Boss Family Shirts from The Children’s Place with you! 🙂

If you know me, you know that I LOVE matching outfits! Before kids I always matched my husband (then-boyfriend) – he was never a fan, LOL – and now that I have kids if I can’t get away with matching with the whole family I try to at least match the kids!

These matching Boss Family Shirts from The Children’s Place are not only cute (and accurate), they are also super affordable!

These matching shirts are only available online, so make sure to grab them while you can!

Check out our matching Boss Family Shirts from The Children’s Place below and check out who the REAL Boss is! 🙂

Who are the Bosses in YOUR family?

Let me know below! 🙂

Bye Bye “Peta”!

So this is such an old story, I wrote it on September 1st, which is over 2 months ago! But even though I’m “late” posting it, I wanted to share it in case anyone is looking for a cute and different idea when it comes to taking their kid’s pacifier away. 🙂

We took Emma’s pacifier away!

“Peta” – what she called pacifiers, it’s a short way to say “chupeta” which is the Portuguese word for pacifier. Remember I’m Brazilian haha?

Ok, now we got peta out of the way so I can use it throughout the post! 🙂

Emma will be TWO in just a few days!! What the heck right?!
If you’ve been following along since she was in my belly I’m sure you’ll agree with me that time just went by so fast!

Due to her upcoming second birthday I really wanted to take her pacifier away. My original plan was to try to take it away when she was one and a half, but because Owen was about to be born, I didn’t want her to go through that big change on top of all the changes that were coming along with her baby brother’s arrival.

I went to pick Emma up from my mom’s house after I got out of work and noticed that she had a little cut/bite mark or whatever it was on the upper lip, and my mom told me that she was sure it was the pacifier rubbing on it. So I thought about it and decided that this was it! She didn’t need a pacifier anymore! After all, she is about to be two and I just didn’t want her to have it anymore. How “mean” right?

I felt determined so I called my husband and told him what we were doing!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Paci Fairy, or throwing the pacifier away, cutting the tip off, “mailing” it to other babies, but have you heard of the Build a Bear idea?

I took this idea from my friend Amber and I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s the cutest idea!

So basically you take your little one to Build a Bear along with their pacifier and have them put their pacifier inside the bear. The idea is that any time they want their pacifier or ask for it you give them the bear. Isn’t that the sweetest idea you’ve ever heard of?!

So to Build a Bear we would go!

Emma took a little nap with her peta for the last time, and when she woke up (super grumpy might I add) I got her dressed, got a pink peta and a purple peta and off to Build a Bear we went!

We get to Build a Bear and she was super excited! She kept saying wow, and just looking at all the bears and clothes, and accessories, and pretties and oh my goodness! I was very overwhelmed, so I can’t even imagine how she was feeling!

Little Miss could not make her mind up! She liked an animal, then didn’t like them anymore – she just couldn’t decide!

After a while of going back and forth through each stuffed animal, Jaime and I decided to just narrow it down to the 3 that she seemed most excited about, and the 3 that he and I liked the most too of course! Haha.

The 3 choices were a Rainbow Bear, A Pink Purple Blue Kitty and a Pink Princess Bear.

Super cute choices right?! 🙂

Emma ended up picking the kitty! Which is even cuter in person!
(I’m not gonna lie, I hate stuffed animals.. They take so much space, but I kinda love that Princess Bear and I MIGHT go back and get it for her haha!)

So kitty cat is was!

Right away Emma was not interested in the whole stuffing process because as soon as the lady started up the stuffing machine it made a super loud noise and it freaked her out LOL!

She watched from kind of far away, with her pink pacifier in her mouth while I held her purple one as her new kitty cat was being stuffed.

Then, it was time to give her pacifiers away and put them in the kitty cat.

She cried.

I’m convinced that she mostly cried because she was already grumpy and because she was overwhelmed being in the store. She didn’t really understand what was happening yet.

She refused to put her pink pacifier in the cat, so I put the purple one in and then she threw the pink one to the lady, lol! We kissed a little heart, which also went inside and the lady sewed the kitty cat up.

Just like that, pink peta and purple peta were gone.

After we went to the computer to make kitty’s certificate, we named her “Peta Cat” and took her home.

Emma got Chick-fil-A to celebrate and even got to ride on a carousel too! She was so excited to go on the horsies, and she really did like sitting on it and going up and down and round and round until we were on that carousel for so long that she started to whine and ask to come off haha. I whined too! It WAS such a long ride!

At bed time she cried. She asked for her peta and told me to open the kitty cat haha! I laughed inside because how stinkin’ cute is she?!

We gave her Peta Cat, told her that her peta was inside and for her to hug it tight and go night night.

We kissed her good night and closed the door behind us.

She cried some more, called for Mommy and Daddy then asked for milk. So I had Jaime make her a bottle of milk and I got her, and brought her to bed with me, gave her milk and just cuddled her! I held her and sang to her until we both fell asleep.

Jaime took her to her crib and she woke up crying a few times asking for her peta.

The next night she asked for it again. And the next night, and the night after that.

It took a few days for her to realize that there would be no more pacifier. She was even clever enough to ask for a GREEN PETA! Since only the pink and purple were in the cat, she knew there was a green one at my mom’s house so I made up a story about how her Vovó (my mom) had to give the Mama Duck her green pacifier so Mama Duck could give it to the baby ducks lol. There are always ducks in my mom’s neighborhood so that was the story I thought of in 1 minute as she cried asking for her peta.

Taking the pacifier away from Emma was sad! But definitely something that I needed to do. I’m so proud of her and of her self control. Can you believe that she never tries to take Owen’s pacifier? I love my girl!

Did you have to deal with taking your little one’s pacifier away?
Share your story with me below! 🙂

Just a Walk in the Park

It has been a long time since I wrote a blog post that wasn’t sponsored or a review. That has been on my mind a lot. I started this blog to write about my pregnancy journey, and then my experiences as a mom – and so – here I am writing about something that happened yesterday that I want to remember, and also share with you – because that’s what this blog is for. 🙂

Yesterday when I went to pick up the kids from my mom’s house after work I found them both sleeping on her couch so I hung out for a little while until Owen woke up.

Emma hasn’t been feeling great, so I felt bad about waking her up and decided to leave her with my mom until she woke up. I packed up their things, put Owen in the car and went home.

When I got home I was unloading the car and couldn’t help but notice how nice the weather was. This is very rare as we live in South Florida – it’s always disgustingly hot, even at 6PM! I went to get Owen out of his car seat and his happy face and adorable smile made me smile. Instead of taking him inside I popped my car trunk open, took out his stroller and sat him down.

We live right next to a park and there were a bunch of kids there. Some playing soccer, a little boy throwing a football with his dad, a mom pushing her daughter on the swing, etc so I decided to walk over there with Owen and just stroll him around for a bit.

On our walk I kept looking over to see his face and see if it looked like he was enjoying the walk. He looked curious! He was looking around, mostly just chillin’ haha, but I could tell that he was enjoying it.

I started to think about how nice it was to have a little alone time with him. Then out of nowhere I started to cry because I realized that I never have alone time with him.

When Emma was his age we had done multiple Mommy & Me classes, gone on fun little baby play dates and even to the zoo! With Owen unless we are doing something for Emma or as a family, he doesn’t really do much.

I realize that things were different because Emma was my one and only child, but I also realized that even now that Owen’s here I make sure to make special time for Emma!

I leave Owen with my mom or Jaime and take her to the museum, to gymnastics, to a friend’s house to play or to the park. I have even left Owen with my mom before when friends were coming over to play with Emma.

I felt so guilty. I FEEL so guilty.

Guilty because Owen is 8 months old and it took me this long to realize that I haven’t done anything with just him. He has never had alone time with me.

I’m always worried about Emma feeling jealous or sad since Owen is with me most of the time, and how I often have to tell her to wait a minute, or be patient if she wants me to play but I’m nursing Owen, or putting Owen to sleep.

But then I thought about it, and those are really the only times when Owen gets “special” attention – if I’m nursing him or putting him to sleep, and that’s not very special at all! It’s not special because it’s routine, it’s things that I NEED to do, things that I HAVE to do, and he’s not having any fun!

So between my tears and my guilt I just stopped and stared at my sweet boy.

 

He is such a happy guy. If he’s fed, rested and clean – he’s happy. He doesn’t need more than that, and I know that to him I’m the best mommy ever, but as his mommy I feel so bad.

And so I decided to make sure that I plan fun things to do with my baby boy, just me and him.

All it took was just a walk in the park.

The Munch Mitt Teether is a teething mitten that prevents the constant dropping of teething toys! It’s our favorite teething product because it protects Owen’s hands from irritation due to chewing.

The Munch Mitt has a textured flexible silicone surface that provides soothing teething relief and it has a super easy hand to mouth access for baby.

The Munch Mitt is interchangeable, it can be worn on whichever hand baby prefers. 🙂

If you have a baby you know how they love to throw things, and how they are always dropping everything! The Munch Mitt has a secure adjustable strap to keep it from falling on the floor, this is definitely one of my favorite features!

The Munch Mitt will keep your baby entertained with its crinkle noise, black and white pattern and bright, colorful enhancements.

We love The Munch Mitt! I wish I had purchased this for Emma when she was teething.

Is your baby teething? You need to get them The Munch Mitt!

What are your favorite teething items? Let me know in the comments below! ♥


Pumping Mom’s Must Haves

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I am very vocal about how I have to pump at work, and because of that I get a lot of questions about what products I use, what are my favorites and what are my MUST HAVES for pumping so I figured it was time I shared those with you!

The breast pump I use is the Spectra S2. I love this breast pump because I have a lot of control over the suction and power. It is also light weight so it’s super easy to carry around.

When I nursed Emma I never dealt with any problems, this time around with Owen not only was it harder in the beginning, but I dealt – and still do sometimes – with so many issues! One of them was getting clogged ducts. 🙁 I was so excited to find the LaVie Lactation Massager!

The LaVie Lactation Massager is a milk expression tool that helps with plugged ducts and it also helps improve milk flow and ease engorgement. It has multiple vibration modes and a step-by-step care plan. This Lactation Massager has come in handy so many times! I make sure to always keep it in my pump bag.

I cannot live without my hands free pumping bra! Oh my gosh, this is one of my favorite things in the world and I hate pumping without it! This product does exactly what the name says – HANDS FREE! I love it! I get to multitask while pumping since I don’t need to sit holding the bottles. If you pump and don’t use a hands free pumping bra – you are welcome in advance! Trust me, it’s something you never knew you needed while pumping!

I feel like I’m always talking about the Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags, but they are seriously the best milk storage bags I have used, and so I continue to buy them and use them to store my milk. 🙂

I have been so lucky this time around with my milk output, on a regular day I pump more than what Owen needs, so I am always freezing milk (hooray!) and these bags are my go-to.

I have had this cooler from Medela for years, and I like that both the Medela bottles and the NeneSupply bottles fit since I use both brands while pumping. This cooler is a must have when transporting your breastmilk around like I do.

And finally, definitely always have hand sanitizer and wipes ready! It is sooooo important to be clean while pumping – it’s your baby’s food! I love this set from Purel because it comes with mini travel bottles that you can keep hanging on your pump bag, regular pump bottles to keep around and wipes to sanitize the area where you will be pumping.

Pumping is HARD! There is nothing fun about it, but we do it for our babies and so I am sending you all pumping mamas a big virtual hug and telling you that you can do it! ♥

Do you have any other pumping must haves to share with me? Leave them in the comments below! 🙂

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