This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions and moments swooning over baby items are 100% mine.
As nesting continues full force in our home, I am anticipating the arrival of Baby P more and more everyday.
We are in the process of rearranging rooms so that Mr. Charming can wainscot and paint the nursery and I am working on smaller details like finishing the registry and making sure all of our future littles things are ready for when he or she arrives.
As you are all aware of my affinity for wanting the best for the babes sensitive skin, I knew from before the time I got pregnant that I was going to use Dreft for it's hypoallergenic properties. With pollen and dust being a big problem here in the desert, laundry will be frequent and I wanted to use something that's going to sensitive enough for delicate newborn skin.
Dreft recently partnered with the renowned Dr. Dyan Hes, a top rated pediatrician by New York Magazine, a mother herself and founder of Gramercy Pediatrics.
Join Dreft, Dr. Hes & myself on Twitter May 9th, 9-10PM EST
Follow @dreft, @gramercypeds & @noshandnurture to get in the convo!
I honestly have been having so much fun shopping for the nursery bedding, little ones blankets and the itty bitty clothes! Oh, the clothes! Even though we arn't finding out the sex until he or she is born, there have been so many cute neutral finds and I'm washing them all this week to get them ready to be hung up and tucked in to baby's room.
Choose the right fabrics and care for them properly: When it comes to fabrics, it’s extremely important to seek out gentle and hypoallergenic items to care for the items that touch baby's sensitive skin. It's also essential that fabrics be cared for properly. Wash baby's items with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby's skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a babyhood scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby. - Dr. Dyan Hes
Nothing else beats that fresh baby smell and Dreft just reminds me of memories of when my sister, my cousins and my nieces and nephews were baby's. There is just something so light and wonderful about it. And being the number one choice of pediatricians makes it a huge win in my book and makes me feel good about what I'm using on these adorable little garments.
We also purchased the baby's going home outfits. I am so in love with their vintage styles and they are so soft and now smell so, so good.
Heat is a common trigger for eczema and as the weather warms up, there are a few things you can do to help prevent flare ups of such skin irritations. The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. so try to shield baby from direct sun exposure during those times. There are also apps available that can inform you of the hottest part of the day – which can be helpful for parents as they plan any outings with their little ones! - Dr. Dyan Hes
Dr. Hes will be giving plenty more tips during the Dreft Twitter party on May 9th, so make sure you RSVP above and join us.
And what makes this party even MORE exciting? I am giving away a Dreft prize pack to a lucky mama or mama-to-be.
The package includes: Dreft Products (Newborn Detergent, Active Baby Detergent & the Blissfuls beads that make everything smell yummy) - as well as a gender-neutral hypoallergenic blanket. (ARV $60)
After spending many weekends on the house, another aspect I couldn't neglect was the car. A few years ago we purchased our Nissan Versa, as we knew it was going to one day be our family car. I love it's pep and spunkiness and it's comfortable and roomy inside for road trips and kiddos. Here we are about to meet our first little son or daughter this summer and I knew it was time to get the car into gear for their arrival.
I started with taking it in for a deep clean, both inside and out, so that it would be ready for the car seat installation once we were past my baby shower. As well as the regular three month check and tune up.
One of the most important aspects to me is that the air is clean inside and the engine runs as efficiently as possible, as filtered air, both for us and the car, is important when you're living in such a dry and dusty climate such as Arizona.
I'm thankful my husband has been patient to teach me about how to care for my car in ways both big and small, so that I can feel confident in the every day tasks, as well as in emergency situations. It's empowering to be a woman or a mom and be able to make these easy swaps to know you're making your car as safe as it can be.
I knew it was probably time to swap out my engines air filter, so that was my next step. We are FRAM fans, as they have an extensive line of wonderful items to help with our car care. Available at Walmart, the FRAM Extra Guard filter was easy for me to locate when it came to finding the right one for my car. On my cars model its super easy to find the filter box under the hood too, which made this a quick and easy task. If you need help locating yours you can look to your cars manual to help you locate it. Below I show you an easy step-by-step tutorial to changing your cars engine filter, once located on your car. I've also included below my step-by-step guide to helping you get your car ready for baby.
Like filtering the air in our homes the FRAM Extra Guard is your engines first line of defense. Which is really important to your car running effectively, increasing acceleration, horsepower, and improving your overall engine performance. Much in the same way that we perform most effectively when we can breathe clean air.
In less than five minutes, with zero tools, I started by locating my filters case and removing the lid. After snapping it off, I opened the new filter, ensuring it wasn't exposed to the elements until it was ready to be installed.
For more on how I am getting car ready for baby, click here to see my Top 10 Steps for Preparing Car For Baby.
Do you have any tips on preparing car or home for baby? I'd love to hear them below!
1. Oil Change
One of the most basic, but one of the most neglected services, your oil change is important to keep your car running efficiently and staying in top shape. You can opt to do this yourself, or take it to a professional. I personally take my car to the dealer because I adore the staff there and they always send coupons!
2. Tire Check
A service that is included in most oil change services is a tire check, this is critical, especially if you're going to be driving around a little. I always have them check for wear, tear or nails. I rotate regularly and purchase new tires when needed.
3. Deep Clean Your Interior
Luckily I have a husband who LOVES washing cars, so our cars are always pretty sparkly. But a good deep clean, chemical free preferred, is important before bringing baby home. We cleaned ours top to bottom and gave it a thorough vacuum to prep for the car seat.
This can be scheduled during one of your routine oil changes, but its important to know what may need to be tuned up on your car. Squeaky belts? Loose brakes? All of this should be addressed before your baby's birth date.
This should go without saying, but important piece of information to make the list. Make sure your emissions, tags and registration are up to date.
6. Easy DIY Upgrades
Items like faulty windshield wipers, adding air to your tires, or swapping out easy changes, like your cars engine air filter, can all be done at home to save you on labor costs. See how I easily swapped out my cars engine air filter in under five minutes.
7. Mommy Car Care Kit
Aside from the diaper bag, I created a Mommy Car Care Kit. It's a small box in my trunk that includes a pair of flip flops if I need to pop on some comfy shoes, diaper wipes, a small pack of tissues, an extra changing pad, a few diapers, a hoodie for me, a hoodie for baby and a summer change of clothes for baby as well. Always better to have extra items on hand than not enough I always say. When our babes gets older, the kit reflect that. With non-perishable snacks, color books and a toy or two.
8. Car Emergency Kit
Mr. Charming and I are big into kits, for home, work and car and our car emergency kit consists of items such as flashlights, emergency blankets, water, a few canned foods, a First Aid kit and boots/close toed shoes, as well as the necessities to jack up the car or change a tire.
9. Window Covers
This one is optional, but where we live in Arizona, the summer gets extremely hot. Shaded window covers and a car seat cover are must haves to keep the baby's area cool when we are shopping or out of the car.
10. Car Seat Installation
Once your car is clean and checked its time for the cherry on top, installing car seat for baby! We plan to visit our local Fire House to have them install our model for the first time. To be safe, we can see how to properly install our chosen car seat in our particular car model as they are all so different.
Do you have any additional tips on getting your car ready for baby? I would love to know if I missed anything as we prep for Baby P this summer!
Goals are an important part of life. They help keep you focused, organized and driven towards both large and small accomplishments. I've seen many bloggers, creatives and others in the online field sharing their monthly goals for accountability and to inspire others to take action and keep track of goals as well.
As a nutritionist, one of the main components of my business is helping people create, achieve and surpass their goals. Below you will find my Personal and Business goals for April.
- Catch up with my Pinterest and actually apply some of the info I've saved.
- Hit my number goals that I've set.
- Prepare for my big Spring seminars
- Revamp my business plan
- Finalize my insurance/permits
- Sign up for birthing classes
- Choose, and register, at our chosen hospital
- Start cleaning & organizing the nursery to get it painted.
- Knock out more Spring cleaning.
- Prayer time each morning before I start my day,