SOCIAL MEDIA & BLOG BREAK

So reading the title of this you’re probably thinking when did she take a SM & Blog break? Well we did!

To be honest it was the MOST AMAZING thing we have done in a while!

In life we don’t get time back. We can always make more money, write more blogs, twitter will always be there and no one will even notice if you’re not on. One thing we can NEVER get back is time. Adora and I love to share photos and videos and just our lives in general with everyone. Yes, Adora loves to pose for photos and she literally lights up when we do photo shoots so yes she likes to share also. Then we started getting mommy shamed and baby shamed. I think I am a damn good mom, I take Adora all around, I teach her two languages and we play in a third, we do gym time and playground time and story book hour, I take her to music class and we play with instruments, we do art work and learn about the world, and most importantly I love her so much and do everything I can to make her life amazing. 🙂 Every mom is different so why judge me and my LO for doing to much???? UM yes you judgy mom I’m talking about you! Then I even had a mom tell me my baby had something wrong with them and that was the breaking point, you NON DOCTOR judgy mom from the internet don’t tell me that my baby has a problem. I told Brendon and he told me to ignore the haters like so many times before.

I thought WHY SHOULD I IGNORE THE HATERS? WHY SHOULD I EVEN SHARE ANYTHING?? Then I did it— I TOOK A SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK! I don’t know if anyone noticed or cared but it felt amazing. I stopped caring what other people thought of me at all. I stopped having to snap photos for posting and worrying about looking like the perfect instagram pic- I stopped worrying about good lighting and photo shop and Adora and I just lived! There were times when I wanted to share, Halloween, Dia de los muertos and other cute times, and I thought wait do I just want to share these moments to show off or am I even trying to connect anymore?

When did social media become some weird business anyway? Where we post photos just so we can get someone to give us free stuff or pay us a little bit of money? We want to make money also but thats not what this was supposed to be about! Why do I have to post on social media to feel like I am even living life? As if Adora and I are doing something that we have to show off so our feeds will look awesome. It took Kim K being held at gun point to take a social media break and Chrissy T just recently made her twitter private because of this so I’m not the only mom feeling like this.

We want to live in the moment we decided to actually LIVE. Theres something freeing about not worrying about your next post or obsessing about if your going to have someone want to work with you. After just taking time to ‘Get a life’ and ‘enjoy my life’ it actually has become more enjoyable to use social media for what it was created for – connecting with people, and we’ve finally given up on caring how many posts we make or how many likes we get we actually are back to enjoying posting and sharing! And friends If I get back into my crazy antics again please call me out heheh 🙂 XO Rachel

Postpartum and what helped me

Hey guys as you know Adora is now 6months old. I wanted to talk about what helped me postpartum. Being a new mom IS NOT EASY! Theres no magical moment that makes your family just come together with birds flying and pixie dust, we wish mamas but theres not. So you have to make it work for you. This morning I met a mom with a 14month old who just now is working through her postpartum. She congratulated me for getting out and doing things all the time. In my brian I was like you have no idea I thought I wasn’t doing enough hahah, Go figure!

Truth is I go out because it helps me feel like Im doing something! It makes us feel like we are teaching Adora, getting her exposed to different things and teaching her through play. I just love her so much and I want her to have all the opportunities in the world and love learning. I get so nervous I’m not doing enough or that Adora should already be talking or something!

So to ease my anxiety and make me feel better I developed a schedule for us. No matter what we try to stick to it to make me feel sane. Of course the schedule will change based on Adora for the day or if we feel especially tired or have an appointment. It also changes based on free days, the museums or any type of festival that is going on. Also some days she will nap longer then an hour so mom can actually get stuff done!

 

6:40/7am wake up and feed also give lots of kisses and make LOTS of noise 7 Trapaso while mom makes coffee 7:30 walk with brother pup outside around the hood
8 take dad to UCLA go to the garden walk around 9 come home eat some more and play a few games -possible bath- 930 flashcards, rosetta stone or games till nap
10ish nap time maybe til 11

 

11am feed and cuddle with mom 1130 take out pup to walk or get ready for what we are going to do for that day – possible park
12- mom makes food while Adora plays with her blocks or puzzles 1-4 activity outside of the house 4ish nap and food
5 help mom make dinner and yes Adora helps we go over what to make and how to make it 6/7 feed family 8pm start getting ready for bed!

*Mondays I TRY to take her to the beach or hiking

*Tuesdays are museum or art gallery days I find all the free ones great to go to!

*Wednesday is music class or library story hour and day & VIB baby hour

*Thursdays are free days at Skirll ball Center and other kid museums & gym class

* Fridays I try to take her out to the beach or on a hike/longer walk

*Saturday is family time and so is Sunday so we plan family centered activities! 🙂

The reason I share this is because sometimes as a new mom I used to look around on blogs for typical schedules other moms would do. It helped me to feel like I could figure out this whole new mom thing… Somedays I can’t do anything until 1pm and some days she’s up at 5am so these schedules don’t mean anything, but its nice to know what other moms do to make it through their day.

What do you do with your new baby, especially the first year? Leave comments and suggestions below for us! 🙂

 

Mama on the Go!

What does mama on the go mean to you? To me it just means that were an active family that enjoys doing lots of fun activities. These activities teach our daughter through play, doing, learning and socialization.

I see alot of comments on my instagram posts often scolding or mama shaming us for traveling and doing alot of things with Adora, our 6month old baby. While we do acknowledge every LO is different our baby really really really enjoys doing things. She can be miss FUSSY pants in her play area but as soon as we take her outside she’s having the time of her life. Babies are just like us adults, they love stimulation, they love attention, and they love to be doing things.

I think these pics say it themselves, Adora just wants to be “on the go” and so do I! 🙂 I really think that for Adora there are so many new things and experiences that she has to learn about and explore and shes curious about. So what if she won’t remember every little experience, she is still making an imprint in her little baby brain about each one. Each time her little 4month old brain process touching a fish, or a shell. Her little week old brian smells the ocean, and her 5month old brain goes back she starts to recognize that all these experiences are fun and safe and she will start to imprint the smells and colors and sounds and love them when she is older and can actually make a memory that will last her lifetime.

I am not just a mama on the go, were a learning team on the go! We learn from each other and develop things that make each of us excited to learn and curious about the world. After all learning is meant to be a fun interactive activity. I want Adora to know that life isn’t about making money to buy stuff, but exploring the world and leaving a more positive mark. It’s about learning and continuing to be curious the rest of her life. I want her to help to make a positive impact everywhere she goes and to continue to love everything about this world and learning. After all isn’t it better for me to take her to an interactive learning exhibit at a museum, or on a hike where she up close insects and how biodiversity works, and even uses a magnifying glass, rather then give her a toy that lights up and make noises. I give her expose to the Aurora in Canada that lights up the sky, or a simple rainbow mist exhibit that teaches how colors, prisms and light reflections. We build light boxes, make art work, build felt boards, make our own wooden blocks and make up songs to teach each other about the world.

So for us mama and baby team on the go means that we cant wait to learn, explore and make the world a better place by doing so. 🙂 We think shes a pretty happy baby! :)_

DIY PHOTO SHOOT with new babies

 

As all you thrifty mamas out there know, photo shoots can get expensive, and new babies change so much. You want to capture all those special moments and you want photos that you can social media brag about but also that you can print and send to family and friends that looks professional. Well thrifty mamas have no fear its not that hard to do. You actually don’t even need to invest thousands of dollars now make it look good. With all the new technology out there sometimes the easiest thing to point and click is your iPhone or Android device. After all we’ve all seen the billboards with photos shot on iPhone 6.

Things you need for good professional looking baby photos:

Something to take photos with

Good Lighting – natural or studio

Easy baby props

Patience

White Blankets or Sheets (white is all the Instagram rage)

Heated room or heated blanket

Free OR good video editing softwarebasics

The trick here is to get your babies in cute poses with good natural lighting hitting them.

When taking photos of Adora, Brendon and I set up a white foam board backdrop by the window. We place a white blanket on top of our dog Benz’s bed and we place a heated blanket under the white blanket if its chilly. When babies are warm they will be more relaxed or fall asleep. If your doing a newborn photo shoot you want them the to fall asleep. Notice the foam board in the photo below make sure to get even shadowing.

We focus on Adoras eyes and make lots of noise and squeak her toys and sing to her.

Another option for photo shoots is to set up an area with a blanket backdrop.

See what we did above. With Adoras one top photo we used a white blanket on chairs and then edited it out. With the bear photos you can see how we edited out the background and made it look like she was in a white room. With Foresters set up you can see we used a bench and placed a white blanket and props on top. Alot of times you will have to use multiple photos to get a look you want.

Our theory is to take a bunch of photos and one or two will be the one you love. Babies aren’t always smiley and sometimes just taking 10 photos in a burst will be the best options.

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What you really need when traveling via air with your baby – aka. WHATS IN MY CARRY ON!

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Hey there ON THE GO MAMAS! 🙂 You came to the right place! After 3 LONG connections and 2layovers I think we have this airline travel thing MOSTLY covered! So let us help you.

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There are a few things, 20 that we found, that we couldn’t live without when traveling.

 

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We made this list because the day we left I had packed so much into my backpack I was overwhelmed; It was heavy, I couldn’t find anything. We didn’t use half the things I packed into our carry on the first go round. So I narrowed down what we found worked for us on the way home.

The Lulyboo travel changing pad has been my go to item since Brendon got it for me. I LOVE EVERYTHING about it. We stuff a diaper and wipes in the pocket, and I put money, my phone and hand sanitizer in the zip. Its a one stop diaper bag on the go without the bulk. Literally there have been so many times I JUST GRAB the Lulyboo to run errands or go out, it fits all the MUST have items. Thats why its #1 on my list of life products.

The Little Remedies Travel Kit is another life saver. It has gas drops, gripe water, baby meds, droppers and a nose bulb, and they are all safe natural products.

The City Mini GT is our favorite stroller. There are ALOT of strollers out there, some more affordable, some more expensive, but we love this one so much for our family. Its super easy to travel with. It has a middle pull that is easy to grab and a one strap pull system. So its really easy to fold. For a large stroller it’s really compact and fits nicely into small trunks and is easy to travel with because its light weight. It also has a seat that can go almost all the way down and back or up. Adora started using this at about one month. We also had the attachments for the car seat carrier so she could use it right away. The large front wheel makes it perfect for jogging or for just a stroll. The oversized wheels also make it great for traveling quickly and through different terranes. All in all we prefer this stroller to the Uppa Baby, the Stooke, the Bumble Bee, Britix and Chicco. Honestly we think its the best for the money and for what it offers. Its been a life saver for us.

I’m actually not a stroller mama. I would rather carry my baby but I knew with travel and not really knowing what we would be doing it makes a lot of sense to bring along the stroller. I almost checked it with my luggage but I am so glad I didn’t. Even with a carrier its nice just to have something to push with your stuff so you don’t have to get tired. Also since the seat folds down when we had a layover Adora took a nap in the stroller. I used the carrier to tote her around most of the time and the stroller to push my backpack.

We didn’t bring a car seat with us because we had one at my sisters. I couldn’t imagine traveling with one. Having to check it through customs and then lugging it around when traveling. I think, personally, it would be easier to rent one or to travel by bus and train if possible. I wouldn’t use one for the plane since I watched mamas that did this and they told me not to even try it.

Ok for those of you that read my blog about the poo on the plane, you get the disposable changing pads and the ziplock baggies, or the doggie poop bags. 🙂 I think the wipes and diapers go with out saying and the extra baby clothes. Also a bottle is probably a no brainier, but I almost didn’t bring one. Were breast feeding still and I thought she would just go to the boob the whole time, but on the plane after the extra long day we did a bottle. We brought a lot of toys and books for Adora to keep her entertained. I brought hand sanitizer and baby organics dish soap to clean her toys between flights you never realize how many times they are going to fall on the floor or touch the tray table or the side of the plane. I liked having the hooded blanket for the flight and layovers. We tried the baby muffs ear muffs for ear protection. I saw a few moms with ear protection, its just loud on the plane and I just felt more comfortable. For Adoras comfort I had boots, a sweater, and an extra hat. Adora didn’t use the boots or the extra hat, but you never know. Also we love to have our portable chair with us. Its cloth and folds up into your carry on, but it converts almost any chair into a baby chair, it just makes travel and the destination a bit easier! Don’t forget your zip binder for your documents. Check out our passport blog for more information but you will take out your paper work and boarding passes and passports at every stop and customs. So plan ahead.

Mamas you should totally plan ahead on this one. Comfortable outfits that are easy to nurse in. Your baby is going to want to go for that boob when their ears pop from pressure. Also a tired baby is going to want comfort even if they are weened. I really am into these cape sweaters for my life and they also make nursing so easy. We put them around Adoras head and she is covered but with the top open, so much better then a nursing blanket. I hate using the nursing covers that go around your neck, so the capes are perfect for us. Comfortable shoes goes without saying. All us smart baby carrying mamas know WEAR YOUR BABY while traveling. Its just easier and leaves you with 2 hands for everything else. I have photos below of at least 2 other moms carrying baby. Trust us on this one, especially if you are traveling alone like we were. Its just a life saver to have your LO on you and one hand for the stroller one for your luggage. For layovers I would suggest your lap top to watch your LOs favorite songs. We had a 4 hour layover and this helped alot. Brendon has also taught me to always bring a portable charger for your phone and other electronics with me everywhere and it has always come in handy.  babytravelmama

So there you have it – a full in depth whats in my carry on!

 

Poo on the plane – Theres a POO on the M* Plane

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So this blog is for all you world travler mamas, and those of you that have had or will have a stinky monkey so bad Samuel L Jackson would say “eurrrybody strap in I’m about to open a window!” You know that you want to take advantage of the free or low cost travel before age two, sorry normal plane dwellers, I’m a mom now and you have to deal. So you have all these new worries and issues with infant and baby travel. You know what I’m saying ladies…. Well you have worked so hard to get this little munchie to have a good plane ride. You wear the boob top, you know the best top for breast feeding. You have the ear muffs for ear protection, the emergency bottle ready, the books, you have the back up burpie cloth, the toys – you basically look like a baby store. You’re babies-r-us express on a plane. You have fed, changed and literally burped a million times. Your layover was a quick trip to diapie changie land in a normal clean restroom and you feel prepared; you first rate travler mama.

Than you literally get onto the smallest plane possible allowed on a commercial jet and there you have it. The little stinker mun chi chi looks guilty and is oddly quiet. Next thing you know the entire plane is the stinkiest thing you have ever smelt and you know shoot theres a poo on the plane. You secretly freak out thinking ok this flight is what an hour … they can probably handle a dirty diapie an hour right? No mama they cant 😦 sadly we all know they cant. The entire plane knows whats going down. So you go into prepared mom mode! If your like us you brought bio-degradable disposable, organic changing pads(hi I’m a first mom) and you think I so have this. Then the flight attendant mentions theres no changing table on the plane… Excuse me?! no table what is this 1950! OK! Cool mama I can handle this we’re used to back seat car changing. Just not small crowded plane changing.

Mom have no fear this too is dooable for us super moms! Grab the wipes. Grab the clean diaper. Grab the disposable changing pad and the changing pad. Brace yourself and get ready for a plane changing. If your lucky theres no one in your row, if your not your doing an emergency lap change. My LO is 5months so we can lap change. Songs come in handy so do crazy silly faces ladies any face any noise you can make right about now.

Of course its a big blowout so you have to really focus. No worries however because you got this. Once the diaper blow out is handled use your nifty poop bags, yes the same ones for your dog, and place diaper and wipes in poop bag. If you had an extra special surprise then use two poop bags, if needed ask flight attendant for airline or barf bags. “Airline Sickness” bags also work if you forgot doggie bags.

Things that made my flight diapy change easier:

disposable changing pads (for use under your changing pad) or puppy pads for the thrifty mama

extra diapers (you cant have enough)

extra wipes

disposable poop bags like the ones you use for your dog

toys that make noise

silly faces and songs

Don’t worry about “germs” because they probably make your babies immune system stronger. Just take a deep breath – Good luck mamas may the force be with you 🙂

 

FUN BABY SILLY PLAY ART – bonus you get cool pics & videos!

As you guys all know I’m the mama on the go! I don’t like to sit inside with baby all day, plus Adora LOVES going out. Adora loves to hike, camp, go to museums, science centers, the lake, park and more… I’m glad that she hasn’t discovered shopping yet!!!! 

So a few of our favorite things to do is create art work. Tiger mom says she’s a budding Picasso!

For this activity you will need:

White Onesie & White Wrap

Poster Board Kit with Clear top

Homemade Finger Paint or non-Toxic (the homemade stuff is super easy)

Full size cork board for finished project 24 x 36

24 x 36 sheet of acyclic sheet  for DIY framing

adhesive strips and nails and glue

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Adora LOVED this project since she got to be held and messy and entertained all at the same time. Sensory overload.

To set up this project we recommend setting up your art blanket under the poster board. Don’t forget water and towels. I had to run back inside to grab these to clean up while we were painting. Set your colors to the side and talk about color with your LO, bonus if you call out colors in another language! You can kind of just let your little one go crazy now with the colors, pick them up slide them around, let them get their onesie extra messy so you have better color mixing on the white onesie and wrap. You can take as long or as little as your LO wants with this project. If you don’t DIY your finger paints no worries were busy mamas and it makes clean up easier. 

Next step is to use the letters to put their names and date on the project. Or whatever you can imagine. I also added a photo to capture the moment. Then put your cling sheet on your poster board to seal the finger paint art. Here comes the fun mom art part. Use adhesive strips on the back of the poster board, I used 3m because they were at the 99cent store. Nail the onesie and the wrap to the opposite side of the poster board. Now glue the acrylic sheet to the top of the wooden cork frame to seal the whole project and make it hangable ready. YAY! My final goal is to attach a video screen onto the project to make it interactive art, but thats totally just reaching!

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