I am so so excited to share the most amazing baby product with you guys! Its straight outta the future! Its the Owlet Smart Sock 2! Heaven sent for all moms of newborns. It doesn’t matter how many babies I have. Bringing home a newborn is the scariest most anxiety inducing thing ever! I guarantee I’m not the only parent who spends the first few nights at home sneaking out of bed to make sure your baby is still breathing.
Since we started using the Owlet smart sock 2 I can check on her and make sure her oxygen levels and heart rate are normal in real time right from my smart phone. So I stay nice and cozy in bed!
My favorite is when it says “Amelia is wiggling” even though it can’t get a great reading when she is moving and works best when she is sleeping. The thought of her wiggling makes me smile. Wiggly babies are so dang cute!!
If your not familiar with what the owlet sock does It goes on your babes cute tiny foot and it is designed to notify you if your little ones heart rate or oxygen levels fall outside of the preset zones. It uses similar technology as a hospital monitor. Just simplified for the home user. If the levels do go outside the presets it is designed to alert you with the base AND the owlet app on your smart phone. It plays rock a bye baby, its pretty cute. It is honestly the coolest and I’m so grateful for this type of technology! I am a highly anxious person especially about my babies and this gives me such peace of mind.
This version of the sock is brand new and very much improved
A few of the updated features:
• Improved bluetooth range, up to a 12x increase (100 feet), between the Smart Sock and Base Station
• Innovative new sock design, offering a more secure fit
• Easier, more intuitive sock placement, meaning fewer false notifications due to more accurate sensor placement
• Enhanced smartphone app for improved user experience
• Advancements in firmware and hardware to reduce false notifications
• Updated fabric sock can be worn on both feet, allowing parents to alternate as needed, as well as breathable toes through all sock sizes
This product is a serious game changer! I loose lots of sleep worrying about SIDS the owlet monitor is up all night so I don’t have to be.
The smart sock is $299 but the peace of mind is seriously priceless! Available to purchase at owletcare.com
*A special thanks to Owlet Care for sponsoring this post.
I was approached by Larry H. Miller Lexus of Lindon for a collaboration. They wanted to let us choose a car and send Todd and sponsor date night for us! Say what?? YES PLEASE! I know very little about cars so I was actually really excited to learn more about the Lexus brand and the Lindon dealership. Ever since sweet Millie came along we haven’t hardly left the house let alone had a date night!
I let Todd choose the car he chose the 2017 ES 350. You guys…. this car is NUTS! So incredibly nice! Way nicer than any car we have owned! A few of my fav things were The gray leather interior, the smell of the gray leather interior (AMAZING!), when you drift out of your lane the steering wheel vibrates to alert you, When it started to lightly rain the windshield wipers came on automatically! My most favorite thing of all was how there was no goldfish cracker smashed into the carpet! haha After driving in that car it has inspired me to go my my car detailed!
My Mom came over to babysit the girls and Todd and I ran away for the night! We seriously had the best date! We went to city creek and I accidentally bought a few things(oops) Then we had dinner at The Melting Pot. The dessert is soo amazing!! It was so weird without the kids with us! We could chat without getting interrupted every 2 seconds! We talked about how on earth you would balance having a secret second family. ( haha I have no idea why) Then we talked about the 5 love languages Todd had no idea what they were so we both learned a lot! Talk to your hubby about it so you can both feel more loved!
I’ve teamed up with LARRY H. MILLER LEXUS OF LINDON to giveaway the same date night experience! Cruise around in the Lexus of your choice and they will give you a $100 gift card to any restaurant ! the giveaway runs March 1st through March 8th.
This little playroom makeover has been in the works for a long time! Every project takes me about a million times longer when I’m pregnant! I wear out extra easy these days!
I am in love with this little space! Its a little loft area on the upper floor right outside the girls bedroom. It has proved to be the perfect spot for all their toys! Plus I get to see it I walk out of my bedroom and those pretty little swans make me smile every time I see them!! The swans are wall decals from Urban Walls I put them up by myself in an afternoon. They will just peel right off the wall whenever we are ready for a change. So much easier to put up and take down than wallpaper!
When we found out that our third baby was another girl we (I) decided to throw anything gender neutral to the wind and pink up the place. Starting with this space. I love that it just screams little girl!
How perfect is that white pom teepee From the Avenue? The girls have all kinds of pretend camp outs in there. plus its so pretty!!! All th rest of the decor details are linked below.
About this time last year I went to pinners conference and was introduced to the tiny miracle that is MaskCara Cosmetics! I saw Cara in the flesh and I was fan girling hard! The makeup is a cream highlight and contour kit or “HAC Pack” if you will and it has totally changed my makeup game! I am always striving for that J. Lo glow you know, that look like you have the perfect lighting following you around everywhere. Even without a snapchat filter! ha
I can have my full foundation on in less that 5 mins! That’s foundation, bronzer, concealer, blush and highlight all rolled into one tiny compact (that I love for traveling) I swipe on a few quick coats of mascara and BAM I’m ready to take on the day! Most days I have to wake up and rush everyone out the door. Now that the kids are back in school has been rough! I am so not a morning person! I think we can all agree that I wake up looking a little too much like a corpse for comfort so I tend to go a little heavy on the contour and blush to add some color back in my face! I LOVE my results! I love that this make up doesn’t look cakey or over done like some crazy Kardashian contour job. Also I’m in love with the pretty packaging! I’m a sucker for great branding!
So if your like me and you like to get ready quick you will love this make up! Here is a super quick video of how I apply it on the daily and I mention all the colors that I’m wearing!
Side note: I have used this makeup without the 30 Second HAC brush and let me tell you it is night and day! YOU must use the HAC brush! I am so not a brush snob but it makes all my other brushes look like chumps! I have no idea why but it made a giant difference! Lesson learned, don’t screw around with crappy brushes! THE END.
Even though I already have 2 other babies buying baby gear is still so intimidating!! Kate is 3 1/2 and baby stuff has evolved like crazy! There are so many cool brands and gadgets that are new that I know nothing about.
I decided we needed a new infant car seat cause ours has been through 2 babies, billions of blow outs and way too much spit up to measure basically its DISGUSTING! Even though its washed and clean I want something new for our third babe! Being the 3rd girl means so many hand me downs. She deserves something to be new and not totally gross haha! Plus new things are just more fun!
I started searching there were so many awesome products it is so intimidating! Luckily The Baby Cubby came in and saved the day! They only sale the best of the best in baby gear! Basically its like consumer report for baby stuff and its amazing! All the best looking high quality stuff plus they price match! Even with Amazon you guys!! The baby cubby has made it so easy to find the best of everything and what is best for you specifically providing you with all the info you need so you can make an informed decision especially when it comes to the safety of you baby. For parents there is nothing more important than that! The Definitive Car Seat Buying Guide became my new best friend!
Lucky for me I have lots of friends who have new babies and were able to tell me their experiences with the carseats and what they loved about them. between the baby cubby guide and my very wise pals I’ve narrowed it down to my top two.
Nuna Pipa Blackberry is my top contender. I mean just look at it! Its so sleek and such a gorgeous color! Not to mention its one of the lightest on the market! Which is super attractive cause these suckers get so heavy with a chunky baby inside. I’ll be herding around 3 little girls and I cannot be weighed down with a huge heavy car seat! I love products that make being a mom a little easier. Plus I mean, its so pretty! I feel like we keep circling around to the look of it but… I can’t stop staring!!
Britax B safe is another contender. It has immaculate safety ratings. Side impact tested, steel frame. I mean like I mentioned above safety of your tiny little babe is the most important thing! Plus it is also super cute ( not purple) but a really good neutral. PLUS its on sale right now!!
Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 rounds out my top 3. Another super light car seat and the handle is designed to be easy to carry. But the clincher for this seat is that it wins the award for the EASIEST to clean! No need for unthreading the harness those things are a pain in the butt! So this baby girl can have all the blow outs she wants. The fabric is self wicking, it deodorizes and draws liquid away from baby keeping her dryish and happy. Besides this bad boy is so easy to clean it aint no thang!
I’m not sure how I’ll be able to choose. If you guys have strong feelings about any of these I would love to hear it!!
Check out The Baby Cubby they have a store in Lindon utah if you are local or you can shop online BabyCubby.com Thank me later!
Special to the baby cubby for sponsoring this post!
I feel like its very important that I say this is a non maternity swim suit! I think Ive said it before but this is most likely our last baby so I dont want to invest tons of money in maternity clothes to never be able to wear them again. You better belive I’ll be wearing this bad boy again next year! sans baby bump.
This Mary Anne One Piece from Albion Fit seriously fits like a dream and I have worn it to the pool almost exclusively this entire summer! If you are a one piece wearer you know the struggle! The top is always slipping down and the bottom is always riding up! Not with this swimsuit! I can chase my kids around with out any fear or being self conscious that unflattering parts of me are showing! Everything stays in place even being 5 months pregnant!
I have teamed up for such an exciting collaboration! Cause HELLO diamonds!! J. Brooks Jewelers has their huge Summer slash sale happening right now through September 3rd. Select items are 30-70% off! They are a local company with high standards for their jewelry and only carry high quality EVERYTHING! Ive been in several times and there are seriously killer deals happening right now. My birthday is coming right up in a few weeks so HINT HINT to my husband. haha!
I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of J. Brooks John and his 2 darling daughters and I walked away not being able to stop thinking about how awesome, kind and helpful they were! One of the daughters went to high school with my husband. It was fun to catch up with her and to hear stories of the good old days at Cottonwood high!
Right when I walked in the store I headed straight for the dainty stackable rings! My cute sister in law Mckenzie introduced me to the cutest idea of adding a ring with every new baby in your family! A different style or metal for each child! I’m kind of loving that idea and I’m sad I didn’t think of it with my first two babies! I’ve got some catching up to do!! I chose 2 white gold pave bands a rose gold and yellow gold diamond crusted bands. I think they all look perfect and represent how family members are all different but work perfectly when all together!
I have 2 more posts with J. Brooks coming up! Stay tuned!
I get so excited when I find non maternity dresses that will fit during pregnancy so I can still wear them again after the baby comes! This baby just might be our last so I’m having a hard time investing in tons on maternity clothing. So finds like this stretchy dress from Friday Faves make me stupid amounts of happy!! It’s under $30!! Around this time every year I get bad cravings for fall! Gimme all the booties and sweaters! This dress is breathable enough that I can layer it with a cardi for a date night with my guy and not sweat to death! I have all the heart eyes for this dress so I’m teaming up with Friday Faves to a GIVEAWAY for $50 store credit! It’s all going down on my instagram @christineyallen so jump over there to join in and follow if you aren’t already!
I snagged these Steve Madden booties at the Nordstrom sale. They are probably my favorite booties I’ve ever owned! I’m so sad they are sold out again! I’ll be watching them like a hawk and I’ll let you guys know when they are restocked cause they are seriously perfect!! Here are a few other similar options. Here, and Here these ones are in stock but full price.
Summer bumpin’ This dress from Seraphine Maternity is everything! So stretchy and comfy! Which is kind of number one on my list these days!! Plus its on sale for $57! TIP: I would size down if you want it to be a little more fitted the dress is a little roomy.
Guys I have a confession. I have always enjoyed my pregnancies! I legit love being pregnant! However this time around has been different! Being this pregnant in the summer has really taken a toll on my body image. I promise I know how dumb and vain that sounds. I am freaking making a person with my body which causes it to change and grow and is such a gift! I’m trying my hardest to feel confident parading my pregnant self around in a bathing suit has made me so self conscious! Being so body conscious that it controls basically every thought you have is not a fun feeling.
Since this is my 3rd go around I feel like my body has grown so much quicker than the first 2 times. This time my booty and love handles and cheeks also think they are pregnant. Idiots!
When I look at other pregnant women I think they are darling and they glow and look so cute! Why can’t I think those same things about myself? Whenever a family member or friend or my husband especially gives me a compliment and say they think I look cute I straight up don’t believe them! I feel like I can’t be the only preggo out there who feels this way.
SO I am making a little challenge for me to have more self love and be so so grateful that I get to be pregnant I know so many friends and family struggling with infertility and would love a bigger booty and love handles if that meant a baby would be coming soon after! From here on out I will love my body for all the miracles it is working every single day!
The female body seriously incredible! Becoming a mother is the biggest blessing in my life I would gladly sacrifice my body a thousand times over to get to hold a precious newborn. Great now I’m getting teary eyed and my girls are asleep so I have to go stare at them and ninja kiss their cute cheeks so I don’t wake them!
Also lets stop pretending that unicorn pregos like Blake Lively and Chrissy Teigen are the norm and what we are supposed to look like during pregnancy.
and praise the true hero that is Kim Kardashian whose feet even got pregnant! You go girl!!!
This summer has been so go go go! I am learning that just how life is going to be from now on with a growing family. Running to school, dance, doctor appointments, play dates, the list goes on and on!! I wouldn’t change it tho! These two are my best buddies. Even when they are driving me crazy! They are getting sassier by the day and heaven please help me when I have THREE TEENAGE DAUGHTERS!
Until then I’m soaking up every second with these sweet babes! Taking time to enjoy the little things, like shoving donuts in our faces and not caring that we are all sticky and getting our clothes dirty! I love my shirts from Sweet Ts design shoppe. Sharing a positive message and encouraging us to slow down and enjoy every tiny seemingly insignificant moment! Those are the ones that stand out in my mind with my own Mama!