Get Some Sleep with DockATot

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Ji was such an easy baby. She slept a lot during the day and slept through the night starting at seven weeks. My poor Dahlia wasn’t as fortunate the first few weeks because all she could take were five to ten-minute cat naps here and there.  She has a three-year-old big sister and our house isn’t exactly a mansion, so quiet time is very rare around here! I was sleepy and she was sleepy! Everyone kept telling me to sleep when she slept, but it wasn’t at all possible because she never slept…. Then, when she turned six weeks old, we received a DockATot to review and I was so excited! Would I finally get to take a nap?

I did!!! Dahlia took her first two-hour nap the first day we tried the DockATot.  I love it because it hugs the babies body and in my opinion mimics a mommy’s arms wrapped around them while they sleep. She slept so comfortably that I couldn’t believe it.

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So, what is a DockATot?  It’s a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper, and playtime lounger. You can use it for nap time, to place baby in the bed with you and take with you on the road. As a matter of fact, we are planning on taking it with us on our first overnight trip to visit the grandparents. And, it’s not only for infants. It comes in two different sizes. We have the Deluxe for babies 0-8 months, and it also comes in Grand for kids 9-36 months old.  The best part is that it is breathable so if the baby were to turn, they would have plenty of room to breath!

My stylish mamas will also be pleased to hear that it comes in different colors and patterns. We are big fans of pastels, so we chose this pretty teal design.

Nowadays, Dahlia sleeps through the night in her crib. It’s nice and quite at night but during the day when it’s hectic and loud we definitely bring out the DockATot for napping, lounging and tummy time.

A happy baby means a happy mama! I definitely recommend this baby product if you have trouble getting your baby to nap, if you are looking for a safe co-sleeper or if you are looking for a unique baby shower gift.

If you have any questions regarding the DockATot let me know! I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

 

-Ruby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiesta Time with Freshly Picked Moccasins

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This post is sponsored by Freshly Picked; All opinions expressed are my own.

Last weekend, Dahlia attended her first party. It was a Fiesta theme, and the host requested that guests dress up in bright colors. Because it’s been so rainy and cold in L.A, I was excited for the chance to get out of the house and dress up the baby for everyone to meet her. She had just received a brand new pair of neon pink Freshly Picked mocassins, and I knew they would be perfect for the fiesta.

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Hot Pink Moccasins

Roses and MoccsI paired the moccasins with an orange onesie “La Favorita De La Familia” (Our Family’s Favorite) and a huge statement rose hairpiece for laughs and baby cuteness.

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Of course, there is no truth to her being the favorite but who doesn’t love a funny quote!

Freshly Picked Fiesta Theme Outfit

I had so much fun dressing up and taking pictures of my little senorita in her bright outfit. She was definitely the hit of the fiesta!

 

Adios, 

-Ruby 

Finn+Emma Organic Baby Swag Review

They say that when your second baby comes around you are not as picky or concerned as you were with the first. Wrong! I want the best for my new baby just as much as I did with my first. I want them both to have the healthiest food, environment, clothes and even toys! I’m convinced that everything that they come in contact with has effects on their well-being. So, when I was given the opportunity to review organic and eco safe baby swag from Finn + Emma, I was very excited to do so!

I chose a long sleeve body suit, footed pants, a wood teething rattle, and headband to review. Everything totaled $76 and it included shipping!

The body suit and footed pants are size 0-3 months so they don’t fit my 5-week old yet. Actually, the footed pants are really long and probably won’t fit her until she’s 6-9 months but I don’t mind. The clothes are super soft and will be perfect for her to wear in whatever season we are in once she fits into them.

And, how fitting is the teething rattle! Perfect for a baby that will be taking a lot of photos for the gram! All of their wood toys are made from untreated Indian hardwood, finished with vegetable seed wax, and filled with little beans.

They also have a line of muslin blankets in bright beautiful colors, wooden play gyms and corresponding play mats.

If you want the best for your baby and are health and eco conscious check out Finn+ Emma!

-Ruby

 

 

 

First Month of Breastfeeding+Milk Snob Review

I was given Milk Snob cover in exchange for my honest review. All opinion expressed are my own.

 

I can’t believe it’s been one month since I gave birth! Soon, I will post Dahlia’s birth story which was everything I hoped it would be for but for now I wanted to give a quick update on how our first month of breastfeeding has been thus far.

I feel like I didn’t try hard enough with Ji so this time around I want to give it my all. I’m especially adamant about it since Dahlia is a Winter baby and there are lots of viruses going around that I don’t want her to catch. Yes, I’m that paranoid mom that doesn’t want their baby to get sick! I know that she will be even more exposed to germs since big sister is going to school now.

Week 1: Breastfeeding and First Growth Spurt!

The first few days of breastfeeding were great but then on day four my nipples started to crack, and I was in so much pain. I hadn’t realized she wasn’t latching on correctly and was I so ready to give up! The hubby was great and took me to see a lactation consultant. It made such a difference because while there, I sat on a chair and elevated my feet. I hadn’t been doing that at home, and I realized that it helped a lot.  Later that night, my husband went out for groceries and on a secret trip to Babies R Us. He is so sweet! He came back with different nipple shields for me to try to help relief the pain. He wasn’t going to let me give up! The shields were perfect because on day seven she started nursing every 45-50 minutes. She was going through her first growth spurt, and I could have never done it if I was still in pain. She eventually got her latch down on one breast, and it healed enough where I no longer needed to use the shield on both sides.

Keeping germs away at our first check-up with our Milk Snob cover

Week 2: Growth Spurt #2

I started feeling very confident about breastfeeding. I was no longer in pain and loved that I had enough milk supply to get her to sleep 2-3 hour stretches at night. She had another growth spurt on her 14th day birthday and ate by the hour, but even so, I was feeling back to normal and getting my energy levels back.  I even took Ji to the park a few times and nursed in public. I got this!

Week 3: Dahlia’s First Cold

Right when I thought I had this new life with two kids down my poor little newborn catches a cold. I was so nervous about it all week but thank goodness that even though she was congested and had a pretty bad cough she still nursed normally. This week I also noticed that one of my breasts was making an insane amount of milk and the other about half the amount. I started latching her on to one that makes the least milk in hopes that it got the message and started producing more. I’m not sure that it was such a great idea because week 4 got tough!

 

Week 4: Plugged Duct and Growth Spurt #3?!

Did I make a mistake by latching her on to the least productive breast first? She was feeding at one breast per session but now I’m using both and the one that soaked 3-4 nursing pads a day has not leaked at all! I feel so weak, I have the chills and I definitely caught a cold too. I also noticed that my most productive breast has some red streaks and feels engorged on one side. I started to suspect a plugged duct so I jumped into action and started using warm compresses and massaging the area  before each session. By morning I felt better but she started every 30-45 minutes for the next four days. Either my milk supply went down or she is experiencing another growth spurt. I’m thinking and hoping that it’s the latter!

Getting some much needed fresh air

Daddy Duties

Breastfeeding is one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do. It’s especially difficult when you are sleep deprived and have a three-year-old whose new favorite phrase is “I want” and has discovered tantrums. As difficult as it is, I don’t want to give up. I initially gave myself a short goal of six weeks, but after seeing how well and quickly my baby recovered from her first cold, I can’t help but see the benefits and want to continue for as long as possible. However, it has been a difficult first month filled with different physical and emotional feelings and as much as  I wish that I could end this post by saying that all is great and that I am going to continue until she one year old, our breastfeeding future will be foreseen on day by day basis. That’s all I can commit to right now, and I’m OK with that.

Do you have any breastfeeding tips for me? I would love to hear anything you have to share! It can be a quote, a supplement you took, your favorite nursing related product, position. Anything!

I’m currently loving the Milk Snob cover. The material is so soft and it comes in tons of different colors and patterns. You can use it as a nursing, carseat, shopping cart, high-chair and swing cover!

-Ruby

 

 

 

Free Holiday Events in Los Angeles

Pink Christmas Tree at Grand Park Los Angeles

I haven’t posted a Calendar of Free events in a few months but I just love this time of year so much that I want everyone to be able to experience all of the fun things happening around the city. The Holidays shouldn’t be a financial burden and thankfully for Los Angeles residents, we have a lot of FREE events for the entire family to enjoy. I am ready to give birth any day now, so I might not be able to attend all of them, but that doesn’t mean you and your family have to miss out!

Friday, December 9th 

Pink Christmas Tree at Grand Park Los Angeles

Event: Grand Park Lights Up The Holidays (NOV 26 thru DEC 25)

Details: Grand Park will magically come alive with park-inspired holiday décor for the holidays with a 45-foot tree as a highlight. Perfect for a festive DTLA stroll, or as the backdrop of the annual family holiday photo.

Location: Grand Park, Downtown LA

Time:  All day

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Saturday, December 10th 

Event: Parade in Echo Park

Details: The historic community of Echo Park celebrates with high school bands, local dignitaries, & some quirky surprises.

Location: Sunset Blvd, Elysian Park Ave to Park Ave, Echo Park

Time: 11am-2pm 

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Event: Holiday at Crenshaw Plaza

Details: Winter Wonderland: The City of LA hosts a holiday celebration, with snow sledding, food trucks, live music, Santa, s’mores, & more.

Location: Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 MLK Blvd, Leimert Park

Time: 12pm-4pm 

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Event: Holiday at the Workman Homestead

Details: Countdown to Christmas: Celebrate the season with self-guided tours of the historic houses, caroling, crafts, & visits with Santa Claus.

Location:Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd

Time: 12pm-4pm (also on Sunday, 12/11)

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Event: Holiday History at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Celebrate the season with period decorations, tours led by costumed characters, craft making, music & dancing. Donation + toy drive contribution appreciated.

Location: Dominguez Rancho Adobe, 18127 S Alameda St, Compton

Time: 3pm-5pm

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Snow Globes: Create a festive winter scene ornament.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm-4pm

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Sunday, December 11th 

Event: Fireworks in Manhattan Beach

Details: Bring blankets, beach chairs, & a picnic for the 28th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival, with closed streets, live music, a snow park  & sled hill, singalong, & fireworks at 7.

Location: Pier, Manhattan Beach

Time:  3pm-8pm

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Event: Guadalupe on Olvera Street

Details: Festive celebration of La Virgen De Guadalupe, with costumes & continuous entertainment, overnight vigil & rites in La Placita church.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown Los Angeles

Time:  6pm- overnight

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Sunday, December 18th 

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Event: Music at Cal Plaza

Details: Grand Performances presents The Joey Altruda Trio performing A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Location: California Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm

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Saturday, December 24th 

Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Christmas Eve & Hanukkah: Learn about artist wax resist techniques & watercolor to create a beautiful painting of a snowflake or Hanukkah motif.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time: 2pm-4pm

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Event: Holiday Celebration at the Music Center

Details: A wonderful afternoon of 23 performing arts ensembles from all around LA, presented for the 56th time by the County Arts Commission (broadcast live on KCET). Free parking, schedule online, come very early to get in.

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand, Downtown LA

Time: 3pm-6pm

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Event: Las Posadas at Olvera Street (Nightly starting on 12/16)

Details: The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown LA

Time: 5:30pm-8pm

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Elena of Avalor Ready To Rule Review + Give Away

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to interview Aimee Carrero to talk about her new role as the voice of the new Disney Princess, Elena of Avalor. I knew that the show would be a hit with little Latina girls but now I see that little girls of all walks of life love her too! I’ve seen many of Ji’s classmates proudly wearing Elena of Avalor attire and Ji loves her very much too. I know this because we recently received a copy of Elena of Avalor: Ready To Rule to review and Ji has it on repeat! I don’t mind because she’ll ask to watch it in English and then a second time in Spanish.

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ELENA OF AVALOR: READY TO RULE

 

 

Includes Four Full Episodes and
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Synopsis:  Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, “Elena of Avalor” tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

Parents will recognize the All- Star Voice Cast too!

Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) as Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”) as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell (TV’s “Saturday Night Live, ” “Archer”) as Migs; Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s “Community”) as Luna; Carlos Alazraqui (“Inside Out”) as Skylar; Emiliano Díez (TV’s “George Lopez”) as Francisco; Julia Vera (TV’s “General Hospital”) as Luisa; Christian Lanz (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Chancellor Esteban;
Jillian Rose Reed (TV’s “Awkward”) as Naomi; Joseph Haro (TV’s “Awkward”) as Mateo; Jorge Diaz (“The 33”) as Gabe; Keith Ferguson (“Inside Out”) as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez (“Bridesmaids”) as Armando.

Do your kids love Princess Elena too? 

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Visit us on Instagram for chance  to win your very own copy of Ready to Rule! 

Mini Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone On Your List + Give Aways

I received all of the products below in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

This Holiday season will be a very busy one for me. I’ll be at the end of my pregnancy when Thanksgiving comes along and have a newborn baby when Christmas arrives, so shopping for hours on end at a mall won’t exactly be on my priority list. Baby or not, I’m a minimalist and like to keep things as simple as possible, especially when it comes to gift giving, but it doesn’t mean the gifts have to be boring! So, if you are just like me, and like to keep your life stress free, check out the Mini Holiday Gift Guide I have created. Keep checking because I will keep adding items to the list as I come across them.

For a man in your life: Jord Wood Watches 

Looking for a great gift for a special man in your life? Whether it’s for your husband, boyfriend, dad or BFF, a cool watch is always a good idea. My husband received this unique watch as an early Christmas gift and he is just loving it. He especially likes how light it feels on his wrist and how he can dress up anything he is wearing with just one accessory.  They also have women’s watches and I’m starting to think we should get a matching set!

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Enter to win $75 credit toward a watch of your choice! All entries will receive an automatic $20 credit just for entering. 

For a special someone in your life: Curated gift boxes from Thoughtfully 

Whether you are looking for a special and unique gift for the baker, tequila, coffee or even sauce lover in your life, Thoughtfully has you covered! They offer carefully curated and beautifully wrapped gift sets for everyone if your life. I received this awesome Chip Chip Hooray! Box and just love it. Tell you the truth I would have been happy just with the cutest whisk ever  and everything else is the chocolate chip on top!

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For the entire family: Tickets to a Musical

Why not save yourself the time and give a family the gift of time with each other?  Tickets to a play, concert or musical is a fun way to cross an entire family off a list!  If you live in the Los Angeles area RudolphThe “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (www.rudolphthemusical.com) at Dolby Theatre on December 23rd and 24th for 4 performances .

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Use the discount code below to purchase tickets for special families in your life. 

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I hope that these ideas make shopping for everyone on your list easier! Don’t forget to enter all of the give aways to treat yourself to an awesome gift. You deserve it!

 

-Ruby


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