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Ezra is ONE month old already

For me, time is flying with baby number two. My husband is set to go back to work next week and this little guy is already a month old. We’ll be sharing our family photos in the coming weeks (we should get them sometime this week!) and the postpartum items I couldn’t live without too, but for now, I wanted to share a bit about our first month with Ezra and his 1-month-photos. (more…)

Lose the bottle for Driveway Happy Hour and other Summer events!

I’ve talked about my wonderful neighborhood on many occasions. In the summer, we enjoy Driveway Happy Hour every Friday night hosted by a different family. Children run around, play, ride bikes, kick balls, run through sprinklers and parents… well, parents enjoy an adult beverage and adult conversation in the comfort of our neighborhood. There is nothing better.

Several of my neighbor friends own “Mommy sippy cups” which are basically plastic wine glasses with a lid (like a sippy cup top). We like to keep it classy, but we also need to be practical. I mean, it’s happy hour. In a driveway. With kids. The odds of something breaking are pretty high.

That’s why Black Box Wine is the perfect addition to our weekly event. We hosted at my friend Megan’s house last week and shared Black Box Wines with all. I even had my first glass of wine since before I got pregnant with Ezra. It was lovely. (more…)

My postpartum experience plus the first three weeks as a family of four

Things have been quiet around here. I’m mostly just posting to Instagram, so keep in touch with us over there. I’ve been spending all of my time focused on our new baby, B and my husband, who is on paternity leave. I’m also hyper-focused on myself and my health to ensure that I handle any tough postpartum stuff before it gets out of control.

I’ve mentioned before, but have never fully shared my Postpartum Depression experience with our first baby. Without going into a ton of detail, I sobbed every day for nearly two months and had a hard time for another eight after that. This time, I planned in every way possible to avoid it, but also had a second plan for if I experienced it again. We had very actionable steps to take depending on how things were going. I’ve been lucky so far that I am doing remarkably well. So well, in fact, that I’m happy. Not just “getting by” or not experiencing PPD, I’m truly enjoying life.

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Preparing for baby, baby necessities and sweet maternity photos

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Hello! It’s Tiffany here today. As I prepare for baby boy DeLangie I’m taking stock of all the baby gear I have and the items I still need.

One of the must-have items we’ve already taken care of is our Diaper Genie. Oh the diaper genie. I’m going to go ahead and tell you, we were pretty clueless first timers. First of all, I remember thinking we didn’t really “need” a genie. Mind you I brought Genevieve, my first child, home in December and I live in the Northeast. I suppose I was going to run outside in subzero temps 15 times a day with dirty diapers. Uh uh.   (more…)

Enjoying life with baby Ezra plus his first photos on the blog

Our sweet baby Ezra finally arrived two weeks past his due date on June 23. This time around, we carefully prepared our household for this big wonderful change in a different way.

With our first child, I had no idea what life would be like. This time, even though baby may have a different personality or other likes and dislikes, I feel prepared. I feel like I know the things that make each day practical and that’s where my husband and I put our energy for baby prep.

For me, having a cozy spot to set the baby down while I do things, sip coffee, play with him, read to him, shower etc… is key!

The Boppy® Newborn Lounger is the perfect place for wee ones to coo and kick in comfort. It is uniquely designed with a recessed interior perfect for a newborn’s bottom. A convenient carrying handle and lightweight design make this pillow a portable must-have. And because babies are cute, but messy, the easy-clean fabric means you simply wipe the cover clean after every oops. (more…)

My cousin’s wedding: A rose gold and ivory bridesmaid look

Rose gold earrings | Dress | Shoes

Although we’re more in baby mode over here right now, I’m still obsessed with weddings as much as I was five years ago when we were married. My cousin, who is more like my sister and best friend in the entire world, is engaged and I’m one of her two Maids-of-Honor. Her actual sister and I are thrilled to share the job and have big plans for all of the festivities.

While she doesn’t have a date yet, she does have a sense for what she wants. Rose gold or champagne bridesmaids dresses are likely and the jewelry! Oh the jewelry! Can’t wait to work with her on this.

I love the idea of mixing rose gold jewelry and accessories with a champagne or ivory dress. That way she gets the best of both worlds.

Right now, wedding season is underway and dozens of brides are using this time to make last-minute decisions about their accessories, honeymoon outfits and bridesmaid gifts.

Shane Co. Jewelry is the perfect addition to bridal party attire. From bridesmaid gifts to bridal jewelry for the main lady, Shane Co. Jewelry has options for all.

I’m in love with their beautiful rose gold studs (pictured above). These would be beautiful for a big day like a wedding on the bride or bridesmaids and would also be a classic, timeless gift that could be worn daily.

Follow Shane Co. Jewelry on Pinterest for more inspiration.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shane Co. The opinions and text are all mine.

Introducing Ezra Jude

At 42 weeks on the dot, our second son Ezra Jude finally entered the world. Our sweet baby boy has been such a joy already. He looks very much like his big brother did when he was born.

We were also so grateful for a failed induction (which sent us home after 27 hours at the hospital) last Thursday at 41 weeks and 5 days and that he came on his own the day we were scheduled to be induced again, at 42 weeks, two weeks past our due date. My labor, delivery and postpartum experience was absolutely phenomenal and we are all settled back in at home. Bodhi is completely in love with his brother. I’ll be sharing photos soon.

Until then, I’ll be cozied up with my boys. Cheers!

Our beautiful birth announcement was designed by my friend Cassie.

Enjoying summer fun with family plus earning points with Bing Rewards!

Meeting our new baby is definitely going to define our summer quite a bit this year (and possibly this week). But, there are a few other fabulous happenings that make this a summer we will always remember. And we’ll be using Bing Rewards for all of our planning.

My husband gets a paternity leave. This is AMAZING! I can’t remember him ever taking off more than a week besides our honeymoon in the seven years we’ve been together.

B is in summer preschool for half days, but we plan to use our afternoons for adventures all summer long! And Bing Rewards is how I’m finding all of the best family-friendly happenings in our area.

Summer is here and we’re all searching for fun activities to try! While you search for bike rentals, travel destinations, museums, local events and more online, why not earn points towards the things you like to do most? You’re already searching online every day, it’s time you get rewarded for it. Earn Bing Rewards points towards airline miles, gas points, summer blockbuster entertainment, Starbucks, or Amazon among many other possibilities. (more…)

Welcoming Summer with a big cash giveaway!

It’s been a while since we’ve done a big cash giveaway on the blog. We’ve partnered up with a slew of fabulous bloggers to offer this $1000 cash giveaway just in time for summer!

This giveaway could not be possible with a group of amazing bloggers and businesses including Spaceships and Laser Beams, Designed by Dawn Nicole, Fantabulosity, A Delicate Gift, Anders Ruff Custom Designs, Samantha Walker LLC, Dime Party Divas, UR invited, J’adore Lexie CoutureA Wife A Mom A LifeA-Manda Creation, Design Dazzle, Merry About Town, Sugar Sugar Cake Designs, Be Envied Entertaining, Lauren McKinsey, BellaArtista Invitations, Unlimited Party ThemesDebbie Donato, For the Love of Food, Grown Ups Magazine and Reality To Dreams. And that’s not everyone! To see all of the sponsors, click on the Rafflecopter form at the end of the post. (more…)