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    Most Used Baby Items Months 6-12

    I can’t believe I’m already writing a post on our most used baby items months 6-12! I’ve been keeping a running list of new things that we get for Bennett as he reaches new milestones. It’s crazy to think about how much he’s already grown since the newborn to 6 months post + there are so many more “essentials” than when he was smaller. Our new normal is now so much more than just boppy pillows and sleepsuits. But, it’s SO FUN to see all his different skills start to develop using all of the items in today’s post.


    [Also See:] Baby Feeding Essentials

    [The things we still use from the list in Most Used Baby Items Newborn – 6 Months:]


    I’ve divided the list up into different sections, but all babies will be different. These are just the things that work for us and Bennett right now! And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at anytime to ask!!


    Meal Time

    Sippy Cups: We have sippy cups with handles + sippy cups without handles.

    Silicon plates: I like these that stick to the tray so he can’t knock it around.

    Silicon Utensils: He likes to mimic scooping but can’t quite eat with them yet.

    Food Storage Containers: Got both 4 oz containers + 6 oz containers

    Small Food Processor: I use a small one to chop up food we eat that he isn’t able to chew yet.

    Portable Booster Seat + Tray: Great for travel and doesn’t scoot around on surfaces

    Convertible High Chair: We got this one and like that it has a double tray for messes.

     


    Bathtime + Bedtime

    Whale Bath Tub Mat: So that he doesn’t slip and slide around the tub

    Whale faucet cover: To prevent any head bumps

    Bath Tub Basketball Goal: He loves dunking with ducks and basketballs

    Toothbrush: Just to get him familiar with it

    Humidifier: We turn this on when he’s sniffly or stopped up.

    Zarbees Chest Rub: Love the smell of it, and it’s become a nighttime ritual.

    Diaper Doublers: We add one to his nighttime diaper bc he is a heavy overnight wetter.

     


    Playtime

    Developmental Toys: Dimpl, Name Puzzle, Stackable Rings, Shape Blocks

    Panda Crate subscription: Use code KRYSTAL for 30% off

    Fruit Teethers: Random Amazon find that he is obsessed with

    VTech tablet + phone: We know all the songs by heart now.

    Play Table and Chairs: He loves to stand up at the table right now.

    Jumper: Used until about 10 months

    Zebra walker: Used from 9 months – current

     


    Have any most used baby items months 6-12?

    I’ll continue to add to this list if I think of anything I missed. And now that we are ONE, I’ll start on the next list!

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    Sephora Sitewide Beauty Sale – What To Know

    I’m sure a million sale emails have been hitting your inboxes these past few weeks. And since retailers are currently offering more online sales than usual, it can be hard to know which one is actually worth shopping. But let me assure you – the Sephora sitewide beauty sale is one to pay attention to. Sephora is unlike most major retailers since they rarely ever offer sitewide discounts. Plus, what better time to take stock of the products you already have and those that might be expiring soon? Here is what you need to know depending on what level Sephora member you are (based on amount you spend annually):


    KEY DATES:

    Rouge Level Early Access: April 17-May 1 | 20% off with code SPRINGSAVE

    VIB Level Access: April 21-29 | 15% off with code SPRINGSAVE

    Insider Level Access: April 23-27 | 10% off with code SPRINGSAVE


    I wanted to cover this sale in the most helpful way, so I’ve broken it up into three different parts. First, I’ve gotten insight from my affiliate consultant on the most popular Sephora products over the last few months. These are are current beauty bestsellers and hot picks for people while we’ve been spending more time at home.

    Next, I’ve shared exactly which products I will be shopping when I’m able to shop the sale. Believe it or not, I’m not Rouge level! And then last, I’ve included what products I normally shop for from Sephora including my tried and true skincare and beauty favorites not included in the prior two lists!



    SEPHORA BESTSELLERS:

     

    Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask | Dyson Air Wrap | Peace Out Acne Healing Dots

    Armani Longwear Foundation | Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3

    Drunk Elephant Protini Polypetptide Moisturizer | Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops

    Anastasia Brow Wiz | Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel | Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

    Wishful Facial Enzyme Scrub | Dae Daily Shampoo


    WHAT I’M BUYING:

     

    Olaplex | LivingProof Dry Shampoo – NEW XL SIZE | Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Liner

    Laura Mercier Longwear Matte Foundation | Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

    Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer | St. Tropez Tanning Mitt


    MORE OF MY SEPHORA FAVORITES:

     

    Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops | Drunk Elephant Polypeptides Cream | Lancome Genefique Serum

    Lancome Lash Primer | Living Proof Detox Shampoo | Living Proof Color Whipped Glaze

    Aquis Hair Towel | St. Tropez Express Foam + Exfoliating Mitt | Tocca Stella Perfume


    Would love to know what you pick up from the Sephora Sitewide Beauty Sale!

    Ps. I’ll be adding even more sale content and reviews over on Instagram and Liketoknow.it!


    If you want more beauty posts and reviews, check these out next:

    5 New Hair Products That Actually Do What They Say

    5 New Beauty Products To Know About This Month

    How to Stay Tan All Year Long

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    Why The Classic White Sneaker is The Most Important Shoe in Your Closet

    Spring is no doubt my favorite season not only because the change in weather – but because I get to bring out the best spring shoes too. Obviously, this year is a BIT different with social distancing, so instead of reaching for (and ordering more of) my typical strappy sandals, I’ve just been wearing my sneakers. The one I’ve been wearing the most has been the classic white sneaker because they go with EVERYTHING.

    Perfect for quick dashes to get groceries, taking Bennett for a walk, and just hanging out together on the back porch. They’re basically on the same level as a classic white button down or your favorite pair of jeans. They’re ultra comfy, timeless, and look great with anything. You can style them with joggers when it’s chilly out and with casual dresses once the weather warms up. Either way, they always make a stylish outdoor-ready outfit. My exact pair are the Sofft Somers lace-up sneakers – see why I love this brand so much in this blog postand see all the ways I’ve been wearing them below.

    20% OFF SITEWIDE UNTIL 4/15/20! CODE: APOLMAR


    Keep Reading Ways to Wear Classic White Sneaker


    5 Ways to Wear Your Classic White Sneaker

    20% off Sofft SITEWIDE until 4/15 | Code: APOLMAR


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    Our Social Distancing + Work From Home Schedule with a Baby

    What a strange and confusing time that we are in right now. We’ve been in self-quarantine because of COVID-19 for a little over a week now, and finding our new normal has been a bit of a learning experiment. I’ve personally been struggling a lot over what type of content I can offer that will be USEFUL for you guys as we try to navigate this time together.

    Obviously, the normal schedule of blog posts was all about spring outfits, spring beauty, and spring shoes. Not super important if we aren’t going anywhere, right? Not only that, people and the economy are going to be struggling financially, and it just doesn’t sit well with me to focus on product-based information during this time.

    (PS. If you are still wanting to take a look at product picks and sales, I’ll still be sharing here and there on LTK and my SHOP page as I share things that are linkable.)

    Work From Home Schedule with a One Year Old

    I know a ton of other bloggers have been offering their “work from home tips” across social media especially since a lot of us have been working from home for years now. But I’ve found that tips can be subjective especially if you don’t have a set schedule nailed down – those tips can seem to fly out the window fast.

    For the past year, Jordan and I have realized the importance of structure and having a set schedule. We’ve utilized the Moms on Call schedule for Bennett since he was born! Not only has it set Bennett up to thrive, but it has allowed us to successfully juggle his needs and our own work/life balance.

    Normally, I work from home, Jordan works from his office, and Bennett goes to day school. So this new quarantine life with a one year old has required us to restructure of our days while still allowing him to thrive. Jordan and I have each shifted our WFH hours to split time with Bennett in a way that allows us both to complete work responsibilities.

    I know A LOT of people are now trying to figure out how to juggle this new family lifestyle, so I wanted to share the schedule that seems to be working for us so far! Disclaimer that our schedule may not work for you exactly depending on your baby’s age, but I’m hoping it can be a good guide for “Morning Mom Hours” vs. “Afternoon Dad Hours.”


    See Below For Our Work From Home Daily Schedule


    Work From Home Schedule with a One Year Old

    Of course, the roles/times can obviously change and swap around. The key is going to be finding that healthy balance of work and parenting time. Plus, having set times schedules for Mom and Dad is a way to help manage expectations and responsibilities. No one wants to feel like they’re doing it ALL by themselves!

    I’d love to hear if you end up trying out our schedule, or if you’ve found anything that works well for you and your family so far. I’m also going to be putting together a list of the activities that we’re going to be trying to keep from getting bored at home very soon, so check back for more here or on Instagram!

    Work From Home Schedule with a One Year Old

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    Product Roundup, Shop With Me, Walmart, Wednesday Wishlist

    Walmart Wins From February & March

    I’ve been sharing a lot of recent budget-friendly Walmart wins over on Instagram in my Stories and in my feed, and some of them are TOO good not to share here too. TBH, I feel like Walmart has really stepped up its spring style game (+ gotten a little easier to navigate the online site as well). I’ve been noticing that there are a lot more dedicated collections of products making shopping certain categories much easier. I think you’ll be surprised by a few of these – and especially the price tags! A few callouts:

    • The BH&G candle below is an EXACT dupe for the Capri Blue Volcano candle that costs $32. This one is just $7 and smells the exact same!

    • The woven egg chair below is similar to the Target version, but almost $100 less.

    • I’ve been using the mascara, heat protectant spray, and scalp scrub below, and really like them all!

    • We’ve been looking at updating the back patio now that it’s porch weather, and the spring outdoor category is SO good – specifically the Better Homes & Garden brand


    Click anywhere below to shop Walmart top picks!



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    Any Walmart wins that you’ve seen lately? Let me know what you’re loving!

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