Sunday, August 14, 2016

indoor picnic with Snappers Snacks

This past week we had a couple gloomy and rainy days. Unfortunately, we had to cancel one of our playdates to the splash pad after the boys were so excited to, "plash!" I decided to improvise with our already packed lunch! I love rainy days because they can be so cozy and the sound of rain is so soothing to me. However, that is not the case with the boys haha! They seem to get so antsy when we aren't able to go outside and now that Gabriel is a little chatter box he kept asking, "When we go?!" So to his absolute heartbreak I had to tell him (repeatedly) we'd be going another day. And right before the floodgates opened I hurried up and told him we were going to have an indoor picnic instead!

It immediately curbed his devastation and we picked out our favorite blanket, laid it on the coffee table, gathered their fave toys, unpacked our cooler and started to play! It still somehow amazes me that the simplest things are always such a hit! It borderline makes me want to toss out most of their toys... I kid, I kid ;) I really need to work on my indoor play ideas but a picnic never fails and it's always so sweet to see them get creative.

I had packed our new bag of Coconut Snappers snacks and some other goodies that I'd gotten ready for the splash pad. And you guys they are so good! Call me crazy but I'm not a huge chocolate gal but give me pretzels, coconut caramel, drizzled chocolate and I'm all over that! When I was asked to give these a try I immediately said yes because we're big fans of the originals that don't have coconut. I was pleasantly surprised that the coconut isn't overpowering but adds just the right amount of flavor.

The boys loved them too and even shared with all their dino's!

Gabriel kept saying, "He no eat, Mami!" These boys have my heart.

Pinkies up!

These new yummy Snappers will be available only at Costco's in Midwest. And am I glad because you all know how I love me some Costco haha! Do you guys have any favorite rainy day activities?! I'd love to know!

Thank you Snapper's Snacks for Sponsoring this post.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Gugu Guru

Today's post is sponsored by Gugu Guru. Thank you for supporting brands that make Mommy in Milwaukee possible. All opinions are my own.

I hope you all had a great weekend! The internet has been all a buzz about the new Instagram update that allows users to share their 'stories' which are videos/pictures of their day that disappear within 24 hours. I've decided to use both my Snap Chat (@MommyinMKE) and my Instastory as I sort through the content I will be sharing with you all on each of them. If you saw yesterday's story then you saw a little behind-the-scenes of today's post! I had to share a sneak peak because I'm so excited to talk more about this very useful and helpful site for momma's-to-be! 

Gugu Guru- is a new baby registry website that makes unbiased, highly personalized product recommendations based not only on your unique lifestyle but also your personal style. How fun and genius is that ?! I created a profile to experience the site for myself and I have to say that the results were spot-on. At the beginning you take a quiz that asks questions about your personal style, kids style, and other details that help sort through thousands of products and create a registry hand-tailored for you. I found it so helpful and it really takes the guess work out of choosing between so many baby products that are currently out on the market. 

I also appreciated that each product that was recommended had all or the majority of the specifications I chose on the online style quiz. It would ask me questions like, " How are you planning to feed your baby?" I would choose 'breastfeeding' then it would recommend nursing-specific products that would be helpful for me. The site takes into consideration your different lifestyle preferences, budget and it makes it easier for momma's to navigate through everything they need in a fun way. In addition, I discovered a few brands/items that I hadn't heard of and that was an added bonus for me. It was also useful that it not only recommended one product but various at different price points. It really made it easy for me to find everything I would need with a little one on the way. If you're momma-to-be and need some guidance as you prepare for the arrival of your bebe Gugu Guru is the perfect place to start! 

The site was really easy to use and I keep wishing it was around when I had to register for the first time! I hope you hop on over and check it out for yourself. I'm certain that you'll find it helpful!

My nursing pillow is from Bebe AuLait c/o and my co-sleeper is an Arm's Reach Co-sleeper. 

Wishing you a great week ahead!

Friday, July 22, 2016

LWD & life with 3 little's!

Recently, I've been asked a few times about what it's like having three little one's now. Although I have chatted a lot more about it on my Snap Chat (@MommyinMKE) I wanted to share some of my thoughts here too! Having three little's is beautiful. After Cristian was born I had a lot of issues arise. In part because it was winter (that's always tough for me) and the other part was not being prepared for a lot of the changes that happened during that time. We were getting ready for Match Day and once we found out we would be staying in Milwaukee for residency we started to look for a house. After the long and stressful search we ended up staying in our apartment. All of the unknowns of Match Day, looking at houses and getting ready to stay here in Milwaukee for 4 more years really took a toll while I was still roughly 4 months postpartum. That and not feeling well physically was a huge challenge for me and it took months for me to assess the issues and work on them. It all worked out as time went on but I wish I had known about things like diastasis recti, ways to battle the winter blues with little one's in tow, and making more time for myself! 

All of these things were huge learning experiences for me and for us. Although having two little's was also beautiful the transition for me was a lot harder. Did that take away from the awe and amazingness of having to sweet souls to look after? No, it did not but it added a challenging layer to it all on top of dealing with the  day-to-day of being a mother. And looking back now I am stronger as woman and mother because of it. However, once we found out that I was pregnant again we wanted to be more prepared. Although moving to a new home had it's stresses we planned a lot of it out with movers and family to help. Also, as I mentioned my postpartum dressing post, having a postpartum doula also helped immensely. I think even more than that is that I'm at a place where I am able and more willing to voice what I need. I'm also willing to make the changes needed for a positive outcome. It has taken years to get to this point and I'm really proud of myself in this regard. I don't think there's anything wrong with saying, "I don't want to be a hot mess and I'll do everything I can to help myself be better!" Since being able to assess the things that I need help with, organizing myself, and accepting those things that we simply can't control I've become a happier person because of it. Even though having three little's has it's tougher moments it is much more good than anything else! And I feel so blessed to be their mama.

Now to today's style post! It's been really hot and humid here (which I love) but it's really hard to find outfits that keep me cool, are nursing friendly and still help me look put together in the process. Enter little white dress!  I love a cute boho dress for summer and this one is perfect and at a great price point. I've worn it with and without the belt but I wanted a bit more structure this time around (I'm also wearing a slip underneath). I also found a few more dresses from She Inside that are similar & nursing friendly! I hope you're all keeping cool in this weather and wishing you all a great weekend ahead! 

Little white dress via She Inside c/o | brown belt old similar here |Lipstick Mac "Dangerous'