Elvie Pump Bag | Willow Pump Bag

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 Elvie Pump Bag | Willow Pump Bag

Storage Solutions: Elvie Pump Bag | Willow Pump Bag


When I set out to find a hand-free pump I could take on the go the top two on the market were the Elvie & the Willow. Both are great pumps, & why I went with the Elvie was really just a flip of the coin. A review of the pump is for whole other post. I am here today to talk about a bag to store your Elvie Pump or Willow, because while I have a Elvie I don't see why a Willow pump wouldn't fit exactly the same according to the dimensions on site!

Elvie Pump Bag | Willow Pump Bag


Since the pump is quite pricey finding a Elvie pump bag or likewise a Willow pump bag that kept it secure & protected, was pretty impossible. It comes with a very small draw sting bag that only holds the pump...barely. I was just so nervous something was going to happen to it either in a bag floating around or at home.

Elvie Pump Bag | Willow Pump Bag

Elvie Pump Bag | Willow Pump Bag

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That when I did some thinking & the kind of bag I needed when I thought to look up some bra storage bags & that is when I found this puppy! It is so so perfect. I only have one pump since I am exclusively nursing but if you have dual pumps there is still room to pack your charger & lids in between the two pumps. The shell is hard & protects the pumps. It not too big & bulky, although it's not small either. It has a  nice handle so I can just grab it & go! It isn't the cutest thing in the world but I find the pattern cute enough! 

I had to share incase anyone else is on the search for a Elvie pump bag or Willow pump bag like I was!

Elvie Pump Bag | Willow Pump Bag


Kensley turns 9! | Moana Birthday Party | Moana birthday party ideas

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Moana Birthday Party | Moana Birthday Party Ideas

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When Kensley's Moana birthday party for last year got cancelled because of the start of lockdown, I was a little nervous she (and I) would lose the last princess themed birthday party at our house {unless of course Bo wants one} When she said she wanted to still do a Moana birthday party, I was so thrilled. There is very little times I feel like in kids lives when you know you are doing the last thing, before they grow out of it. & granted, she could very well still want one after this year, I do feel like the chances are getting more & more slim. Plus, the girls are more likely to pick to experiences in the last several years rather than parties. 

So I wanted to go all out, although, when do I not want to go all out, HA!
Planning this party was so fun to do with her. She beamed the entire day!

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Moana birthday party supplies aren't too hard to find luckily, as most party stores have Luau section. But, of course ours was being remodeled & had nothing! Thank goodness for Amazon! I was able to get large quantity of stuff at great products and came in fast! I will link all of the Moana birthday supplies from Amazon at the end of the post.

Easy decor for the tables that made a big impact was the pineapples!

Moana birthday party, moana birthday, moana party ideas, moana cookies

Moana birthday party, moana birthday, moana party ideas, moana cookies
Moana cookies were amazing as always!

Moana birthday party, moana birthday, moana party ideas, moana cookies

Moana birthday party, moana birthday, moana party ideas, moana cookies

The Kakamoras are plastic coconut cups that I handpainted the faces on. They are were so fun to make & the ones on the table the kids got to take home with them!

Luckily, we are such Moana fans alot of the decor we already had as toys!


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She had such a great Moana birthday party & everything came out great! I can not believe she is nine!

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Most Used Baby Products 0-3 Months | Favorite Baby Products 0-3 Months

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 Most Used Baby Products 0-3 Months 


Back at it with our favorite most used products 3 months in! I can't believe I am writing this & Bo is already this old. You would think having a 9 & 10-year-old at home I would know just how fast it goes, but it really makes no difference how many kids you have or how long it's been. You still marvel and mourn at how quickly the days go by!


I wanted to share these new products with you all that we have loved for the past 3 months but I also thought it would be neat to update you on what we are still using from my "Most Used Product The First Month" post {linked here if you have to go back & read} I am happy to report that pretty much every product we still use weekly if not daily & love. I use the Haaka very very rarely now because my milk has regulated itself. & I will say we aren't using the shusher as much, mostly because I keep it diaper bag because I am afraid of not having it the rare times we are going out with him & we have white noise in the house. I still wouldn't want to not have it, but it isn't used as much daily in the house. I have been asked the most about an update on the use of the Momaroo & we still use it daily! He takes his mid-afternoon nap in it every day!  I really have tried to only buy products that are quality & not trendy that isn't used for a couple weeks & forgotten ... so far, so good! 







1. Bibs

Listen one day, your baby is just gonna be a massive drool box. & if they are anything like mine spit up a lot! I love love these bibs! They are a spin on the traditional bib I remember for the girls & a little cute with a handkerchief look. They are crazy absorbent, so soft & very affordable! They also wash so well! I bought 2 packs for a variety of colors to match his outfits! LOL 



2.  Sloth

If you read my tummy time toys post {linked here} you aren't shocked this also made the list. {As well as all the other toys mentioned there but only mentioning on here} Mr. Sloth is Bo's favorite thing! So many of you have purchased him too from seeing him in my stories & babies {& toddlers} love him as well!



3. Toy Arch

Little after the 2-month mark, wake windows are longer & Bo was getting more bored. I needed a toy arch for his bouncer but the Baby Bjorn arch was $60. That's just silly. I got this guy & it's great because you can put it on anything & adjust. I put it on his bouncer, stroller & his car seat while parked waiting in the carpool! {Reminder to not leave these things on car seats while in motion as it is dangerous} He loves it, it keeps him entertained & content!



4. OogieBear

 Listen, it's not the most glamourous thing but it's a must-have! You use this for getting out boogies or anything in ears! Their nose is so small & sometimes you just need to grab & not use a full-out sucker {Bo hates it, as most babies do} It's also a great alternative to q-tips! They even make one with a light on it!



5. Hatch

Another product from my first-month must-haves I had to bring over to this post. This magical white noise machine is a gift a God & I will never go to another baby shower without gifting it!  Just trust me.


6. Owlet

Still loving the peace of mind this brings! It comes with 3 sock sizes which have been so great as Bo just sized up! We plan on using it until he's a year.


7. Barefoot Dreams Baby Blanket

Turns out babies love boujee blankets just like us! LOL Ya'll this blanket makes Bo's eyes roll in the back of his head when you give it to him. It is crazy, next-level soft. He has the Mickey & Minnie versions {because obviously}but they have so many different designs! 



8. Grasp/Teething Toy

Every.Thing. goes into his mouth. This is from my grasping & teething toys post {read that HERE} This is one of his favorites that he was able to use sooner than others as he closer to 3 months & grasping got easier. 



9. Bath Toy

The Easter Bunny brought Bo this for the bath. It is the perfect size for his little hands & he loves holding and chew on it in the bath! I know he is going to love it as he is able to sit up & play in the bath, too! Plus, it's SO cute!



10. Hand-up Swaddle

If you follow me on Instagram {follow me HERE} you will know the transition from not swaddling has been rough. This swaddle is a great in-between transition swaddle! It keeps movement & their natural sleep position with their hand up & still keeps them feel secure! He sleeps great in it! 



11. Hand Puppets

Play at this age can be tricky. They are bored but they can't play play & most entertainment has to come from us! These puppets have offered lots of playtime & entertainment! Of course, you don't need them to be Disney but obviously, in this house, they are ;) 



12. Little Planet

I am in love with this organic line of clothes. They are so so soft & so affordable. The pants "grow with me" as they have a fold-over waistband. 



13.  NightLight

I brought this one over from my one-month post as well as it is probably the most used item of all time. I use it every day with Bo. If we get up in the middle of the night to feed. To find a paci. When laying him after I rock him in his room. I use it for personal use too! It turns on just by tapping it & it's also dimmable but how long you hold your hand on top. It can light up the whole room! It's another item I will gift at every baby shower!


14. Teether

This thing looks like an alien & I don't know what it is but it's amazing! You've probably caught seeing it in Bo's hand in stories.  He perfectly grips it & loves sucking on it. The reviews are incredible! Babies that don't take pacis love it & moms are swearing by it for teething!



15. OtterRoo

I was very very skeptical of the is product off the bat. It doesn't look remotely safe but I kept seeing parents raving about it. So I deep-dived into research. I found out it is perfectly safe, in fact the same type of product is used for spinal cord injury patients for therapy. We have the newborn & sized up when we went to Florida! I will be sad when he grows out of it. He absolutely loves it! & It also works great to wear him out before bed ;) 



16. Doona

GAME. CHANGER. Ya'll THIS STROLLER! I feel so still I have an expensive car seat just sitting after barely 2 months of use after we got this. I never use our Nuna anymore & pretty much only use the Doona. It is so so convenient & we love it so much. I have a full review coming with pros & cons if you are in the market! Make sure to check back!




Why Probiotics Have Been a Game Changer With My Baby

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 Why Probiotics Have Been a Game Changer With My Baby



This post is sponsored by ​Evivo​, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 


Dealing with colic and tummy issues with babies is never fun. They can't tell you what is wrong, but you can see their discomfort & it's heartbreaking. Colic is hard on everyone in the family, too. Especially mom- it’s exhausting & hard & you just want your baby to feel well.

In my quest for answers for Bo's colic & tummy issues, there was a big resounding answer to look at his gut health & pick a probiotic. I quickly found out not all probiotics are the same.

Picking a Probiotic

That's when I found Evivo. Their results were unmatched in my search for the perfect product for Bo. I knew I wanted to find the best I could for him, & to get him feeling better asap! For the both of us.  Evivo contains a superior strain of B. infantis EVC001* and is shown to reduce bad gut bacteria by 80%. Results from moms showed that 65% reported a decrease in colic symptoms, such as gassiness & fussiness, after giving Evivo! What I love about this probiotic is that it is not just for fixing symptomatic conditions. In fact, Evivo is the only probiotic clinically proven to repopulate baby's gut with good bacteria they are missing 100% of the time, every time.




Signs of Bad Gut Health


- Gas
- Colic
- Diaper Rash
- Eczema
- Fussy
- Lack of Sleep



3 Gut Health Facts I Didn't Know:


- If baby's gut has high levels of bad bacteria and low levels of protective bacteria, intestinal inflammation can occur. That can cause gassy discomfort & a bloated tummy.

- More than 9 out of 10 babies born in the US have a low functioning gut microbiome due to the lack of good bacteria needed for a healthy gut.

- The first 6 months of life are critical for proper immune and metabolic development. Too much bad bacteria in the gut early in life is linked to increased diaper rash, eczema, allergies & you guessed it - our nemesis right now with Bo, colic!




The thing is probiotics aren't just for babies with colic. A baby that looks healthy doesn't mean they have a healthy gut. Probiotics aren't just needed when symptoms appear, Evivo sets the foundation for lifelong health. The extra benefit with Evivo baby probiotics is the immune system support it provides. The type of bacteria in your baby's gut highly influences how the immune system develops, & I think everybody is looking for extra immune support right now, especially for our babies.

We are excited about the days of colic behind us & confident in knowing I am setting up Bo with the best healthy gut & immune support that I can.

Learn more about Evivo HERE and use my discount code (BLOGTSZCK7) for $10 off a one month starter kit or (BLOG46529M) to get $20 off a two month or greater starter kit to try it for yourself!


*B.infantis​ EVC001 out-performs other commercially available B​.infantis strains lacking important functions of the H5 cluster


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St. Patrick's Day Breakfast | St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas

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St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas

There is nothing I love more than being totally extra in the name of a holiday or theme. Holiday breakfast happens to very high on my happy things list! This St Patrick's Day breakfast is pretty easy to whip up! These type of things don't have to take a lot of time to drum up! All together this took less than 5 mins! 

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas
St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas


St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

- Microwaveable Mini Pancakes

- Can Whip Cream

- Airheads Rainbow strip candies

- Lucky Charms

- Milk

- Green Food Coloring

Extras:  Chocolate Gold Coins! Everywhere was out & got these gold wrapped candies instead!


St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas
St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas

I feel like directions would be silly to give here. You can see I just dolloped whipped cream on top of the pan cakes then arched over the Airhead. They did end up drooping. I am assuming you can do something with toothpick if you want them to stay but the girls saw them & then started eating so they stood up just long enough for them!

TIP: I do have a tip though, make sure you let the pancakes cool off so the whipped cream doesn't instantly melt off!

The little cauldron just makes a fun extra touch to eat cereal out of! I got a pack of 2 for $1!

Add a few drops of green food coloring into your milk & there you have it!

A super easy St. Patrick's Day breakfast!



St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas
St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, St Patrick's day Breakfast Food Ideas


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