Ultimate Newborn Essentials: 0-3 Months

newborn Z laying on fuzzy blanket sleeping

Zeameh turned four months old last week and that officially closes the chapter on the ‘fourth trimester.’ The newborn phase can be straight up hard. There is no magic product on Amazon Prime to change that fact, but there are a few products that make it easier, sweeter and more comfortable. (I should also say-more cute.) After going through the newborn experience three times in the past five and a half years, these are my newborn MVP’s.

A Hashimoto’s Update: Why I’m off my Medication, Changing my Diet and How to Handle a Postpartum Flare

Jill and youngest daughter in nursery

I’ve shared a bit here and there that my thyroid has gone a bit haywire. I was warned about postpartum with Hashimoto’s but I still didn’t expect it to be quite so challenging. The situation wasn’t helped at all by me accidentally taking the wrong dose of medication for five months. I hope you have your warm drink of choice in hand and, for my sake, a bread of some sort. Any sort. Let’s dive in to the full thyroid update, shall we?

Our Favorite Recent Purchases for the Whole Family

It has certainly been a different type of Autumn and while the pandemic has changed my typical Fall purchases, there have still been a few new additions I’m so excited about. Whether it be a toy that makes outdoor get together’s extra fun for the kids, a pair of sunglasses that is less than $20 but looks quadruple the price or a plant-based, natural candy that we keep on hand at all times-there’s something for everyone in today’s post. 

6 Products That Will Convince You to Switch to Clean Skincare

best natural non-toxic skincare products

When I made the cold-turkey switch to natural skincare and makeup, I felt overwhelmed and also a but jipped. I spent my entire adult life trying to hone-in on the exact right products for my unique and pretty unfortunate mixture of super dry + super sensitive skin. I felt like a thirteen year old starting from ground zero again and let me tell you–that’s not a good feeling. Over the years I have spent far too much time and resources to try out just about everything on the market and I have never loved my skincare routine more. Here are the six products that will win you over.

Keogena’s 4th Birthday

Our sunshine girl turned four over the weekend. Let me give you a piece of advice: do not, I repeat, do NOT listen to ‘Stop this Train’ while setting up your baby girl’s birthday party. I can’t believe we’re already here! Keogena requested a Mermaid birthday party (a ‘purple and green’ mermaid party, to be exact) and I had so much fun setting up a simple party at home with family. This girl is so easy to celebrate. Here are some photos of the party, a few tips for how to have a celebration in COVID-19 times and a little roundup of the essentials that made this party come to life. 

How to Avoid Overspending With a Restricted Diet: Where to Save and Splurge

Having a restrictive diet often requires a bit more strategy when it comes to grocery shopping. Eating organic and avoiding common ingredients can make finding a variety of foods within the ‘safe zone’ and also keeping the grocery bill at in check very difficult. Here is the mindset I keep when it comes to food shopping as well as ways I look to save on healthy food.