WHAT’S IN MY DIAPER BAG?


Recently I am all about minimalist approach when it comes to my girls and other things. Literally, I am done with packing the whole house when I am going out with the girls. I remember when I first had Abby, my diaper bag was huge. I will pack a whole lot and truth be told, I didn’t really need all the junk I did pack.
This time around, I know better and one improvement I can testify about is my packing skills.I go out with what I need and also depending on where I am going is how I pack the items. At the moment I am using a Zara office city bag as my diaper bag. I got this bag for the office but it has been converted into a diaper bag. The reason why I love this bag is the compartments and the size. Let’s take a look at what’s in my diaper bag…

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I like to pack snacks for my toddler and carry an extra bottle of milk(either breast milk or formular) for the baby. At the end of the day, it depends on where we are going with the baby. Sometimes, I just end up breast feeding her instead of bottle feeding. I always take a sippy cup for my toddler because she is always thirsty. Also, she hasn’t  mastered  using the cup so I prefer to pour all her drinks in the sippy cup.

 

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In the bigger compartment, I have hair brush in case of messy hair, scented diaper trash bags, nail clipper, hand sanitizer, pacifier, tylenol, band aid, rattle and the nursing cover. I also use the nursing cover to shield her in the car seat.

What I have in the gray bag: change of clothes for the girls, drool bip and burp cloth.  I  pack the clothes according to the weather as well.

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The third compartment is where I keep the diapers(I pack 2 diapers for each child), changing pad(washable), baby wipes and Vaseline.

The reason why I did not add any of my items in the diaper bag is beacause, I use a small crossbody bag for my wallet, keys and makeup bag. It is easier and faster for me whenever I want to take out my wallet.

These are the things I always bring with me in the diaper bag.  What do you keep in your diaper bag that you can’t live without? Thank you for reading.

Love, Whitney

 

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AFFORDABLE BEAUTY ROUTINE..


In the past three months, I have been loving these new products. I wanted to try some thing new, so I decided to give some of the Garnier skin active products a try. Along with the Garnier products, I also got St. Ives blemish control scrub. I go for products that are oil fee and controls oily skin. As a mother of 2 under 2, I don’t have that luxury of time so I keep my routines simple and the products less.

Morning routine:

 

  1. Cleanse

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2. Exfoliate

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3. Tone

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4. Moisturize

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Evening routine:

  • I repeat the same steps but the only difference is,instead of applying the clearly brighter, I use the Garnier leave on peel off mask.

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Days that I wear make up, I first clean my make up with wipes then follow the same steps. I don’t really care much about what type of wipes I use. Sometimes I even use baby wipes. I use my facial mask once every week. I usually do that during the weekend.

Love, Whitney

 

BABY MUST HAVES


It can be quite overwhelming for a first time mum. You will make certain purchases that you will come to realize, it was not worth it. Trust me, I have been there and I know it. By the time I had my second child, I knew for a fact what I needed. If you plan on having more than one child, make sure to  buy items that will last. Most of the items on this  list was bought when I had my first baby. I want to make life a bit easier for you by sharing some of the items that I absolutely love and you will need.(I purchased all the items by myself.It was not sponsored)

Car seat and stroller

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Baby carrier: There are some days that your baby will not like to be put down. They just want you to hold them and you may be busy. The carrier will allow you carry your baby and have your hands free. It makes my life a whole lot easier during those days.

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Bassinet: I didn’t buy a bassinet for my first girl because I honestly thought it was a waste of money. I wish I had back then. My first girl never liked her crib because I think it felt so big for her.  I didn’t want the same thing to happen to my second girl therefore,I decided to buy the bassinet. The bassinet is smaller in size. I am glad I did because she sleeps in it perfectly. We have transitioned her from the bassinet to the crib so far so good. What I love about it is the fact that I can move it from one room to the other.

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Baby bouncer or swing: The vibration and the bouncer soothes my baby to sleep.  The toys grabs her attention. It is either she is sleeping or busy with the toys.

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Bottle warmer : I love this bottle warmer! Its easy to use and works on different sizes of bottles.It heats up bottles very quickly and that is what you need for a hungry baby.

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Humidifier: The starry night sky creates a comforting surrounding. My first girl just love the stars and every time she looks at it, she likes to sing “twinkle twinkle little star”. Our favorite song.

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Nose aspirator : We all know babies or some toddlers can not blow their nose. This will do the job for you. With my first girl, I used to suck the “stuff” from her nose with my mouth. Boy was I glad when I bought this.

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Saline drops: Recently my baby got a cold from her big Sis. She was congested. The poor child couldn’t breathe well but every time I sprayed this into her nostrils, it gave her the relief she needed.

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Breast pump :  With my first baby, I used to use the manual pump and it was hard work. I breast fed her exclusively. I am glad I invested in the electric pump because it is way better. What I like is this pump can run off of batteries as well as be plugged in, so you can use it pretty much anywhere.

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Play mat: Perfect for tummy time and keeps baby busy with so many activities.

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Nail clipper : Their nails grow so fast. You have to make sure you keep trimming it or else they will scratch their face.

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Gripe water : I use it mostly when my baby has a stomach discomfort.

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Pacifier

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There you have it, my must haves that I love. As they grow, it will change. What are some items you would have put on your newborn must have list, do share!

 

 

 

CRADLE CAP


Both o f my girls suffered from cradle cap. I was hoping the second child wouldn’t but unfortunately she did. My first girl had a severe cradle cap and it took a while for it to be cured.  I remember how I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why and trying to treat it. Since she was my first child, I was really worried and to make matters worst, she had rashes on her face which wouldn’t go. Every mom I spoke to told me it wasn’t a big deal but to me it was. Trust me, as a first time mom there will be so many things you will worry about.

What it is Cradle cap?

It is a crusty or oily scaly patches on a baby’s scalp, the eyebrow or eyelid.  Cradle cap is also called dandruff in older kids and adults.It is normally not painful or itchy but it can get uncomfortable for the baby. It usually happens within the first 3 months when the baby is born.

Causes

It’s not clear what causes cradle cap, although it may be linked to high levels of an oily substance called sebum on affected area and also a reaction to a yeast called malassezia on the skin. One thing I can assure you which doesn’t cause cradle cap is getting it from another person(not contagious) but what I noticed is that, it can cause rashes on the baby’s face if the scales keeps falling on the baby’s face.

Symptoms

Cradle cap differs on every baby. Some  will group together in bunches(like my girls) or it can be spread far apart on the body. With my girls, it had the thick plaques and flakes like dandruff and also had hair loss due to it. Don’t worry about the hair loss because it will grow back as they grow.

How to cure it

What I normally do is put almond oil or olive oil in their hair,wait for about 10-20 minutes, I combed through their hair with a fine-tooth comb or soft brush and the flakes falls off,  then go wash it out. You can also leave it overnight then wash it the next day. I don’t like washing their hair daily because I feel like it will dry their scalp. So I do this every other day. I wash their scalp with mild shampoo as it can help to loosen and remove the scales. And days that I don’t wash the hair, I just wet a towel and clean their scalp.

Try not to use the same towel you use on the scalp for her face or body. That was what I did wrong. I was using the same towel, hence, the rash on the face. I will recommend you go see her pediatrician if you try curing it at home and it doesn’t work.

They say experience is the best teacher,so I thought I should share my two cents.

Love, Whitney.

COMMUNICATION


Relationships Just like many other things in life may workout very well or may not. One thing I however attest to, which plays a vital role in nurturing relationship is “communication”.

Here are some tip bits to know whilst building a relationship:

  • First, learn to always tell the truth. Being honest and transparent will take you far. Do not cover up or lie when you see something wrong with the other. let them know the truth.
  • Learn to support each other always. Be their cheerleader.
  • In marriages,learn to share chores.I know some men think its the woman who takes care of the house but trust me, the little things you will do around the house for the woman,is much appreciated.
  • Learn not to complain too much. If you have a problem, just say it. Don’t beat around the bush.
  • Learn to be an active listener.
  • Do not assume because your partner can not read your mind.Assumptions has destroyed a lot of relationships.
  • Do not brag about your successes.
  • It is ok to share your values and opinions but do not force it down their throat.
  • Learn to eliminate “I” and use “WE”.
  • Learn to read body language. I remember when I was young,my Grandmother will caution me with people I thought were nice. She is like, “don’t you see from their face they do not like you”. In a relationship, it could be the other isn’t in a good mood,angry or upset.By learning body language you will be able to detect when your partner gets upset before it escalates.
  • Give space when needed. Everyone needs a me time.

Love, Whitney

 

I’m back!!!


Hello my people!! Guess who is back? me!!!

First of all, I want to apologize for my M.I.A. (missing in action) What happened to me? I did not go anywhere but rather motherhood and career got me busy. It was a bit too much for me. First time mum and I got overwhelmed with everything. Still not perfect but getting better and learning every day.

We welcomed another baby girl in May so at the moment I am doing 2 under 2. A bit hectic but I am loving every bit of it. I will be sharing my journey with you all.

In order for me to be at my best in giving you the best, there is going to be some  changes on the site. One major change which I am excited about is video uploads on my blog! I will do my reviews in a video form. Sometimes, it is just better to show than write down. I am one of those people that understand things way better when you show me than tell me to follow directions.

I am really excited to be back. Let’s get the ball rolling!

Whitney…

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10 BASIC LIFE HACKS


Life does not have to be complicated. These are some basic hacks that will simplify your life.

1. Do you have dry feet? Have you tried so many products to stop it from getting dry and chapping? Stop worrying! Rub your feet with Vaseline and wear socks. You can do this when you are going to bed.

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2. Smelly armpit? You have probably heard a lot about the uses of lemon or lime but here is another one; before you take your shower, rub it under your arms, wait for 5 minutes and then take your shower. Try it a couple of times and you will notice the difference.

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3. To avoid bumps when shaving, shave the direction your hair grows, not the opposite.

4. When was the last time you had a facial or lip scrub? All you need is two simple items and I bet you have these items in your kitchen.  Sugar, honey or olive oil. Make a paste by adding the olive oil or honey in the sugar. Which ever one you prefer. Take a generous amount and rub it all over your face. After scrubbing, wash it off with water then with your facial soap. For the lip, just wash it off with water.

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5. This one is no secret but if you did not know, now you know. You can whiten your teeth at home. All you need is; baking soda and lemon. Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough fresh lemon(lemon juice)to make a paste. Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush and apply.  The baking soda and lemon are quite abrasive and can erode your enamel so do not leave it on for a long time. Make sure you rinse your mouth well.

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6. It is a bummer when your favorite jewellery starts fading. One thing that I always do when I buy jewellery that is neither gold or silver, is to put clear nail polish on it. It makes it last longer.

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7. This one is for my ladies. If you have a dried mascara, just put it in hot water and it will soften it up.

8. If you want your perfume to last, spray behind your ears, behind your knees, inside your wrist, inside your elbow and inside your clothes(chest area).

9. Tough stain? apply lemon juice on the stain before you wash it. If necessary, hand wash.

10. Back to lemon, use lemon to brighten your underarm, knuckles, elbow if they are dark. Scrub where you want. Some people leave it over night or you can also use it before taking your shower.

I hope you find these helpful. If you have other hacks, do share in the comment section.😊

Love, Tutu.