Monday, June 4

What's In My Mama Bag: Spring/Summer Edition


The weather is finally beginning to warm up to enjoyable temperatures. My little lady and I both love spending time outdoors, going to the park, festivals, anything fun! I recently purchased the BEST diaper bag that I have ever had and I have had a ton of bags since Ava was born! Ava is 4 and isn't in diapers anymore but she still has "stuff" that we need to carry around on our outings. Would you like to see this beautiful bag and a few of the essentials that we carry along? Check it out below.

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This is the Ipack Diaper Bag also known as the best bag that I have ever purchased!! It comes with a changing pad and has about 11 pockets throughout the bag. Talk about organized! What I love most about this bag is that it can be worn on your shoulder and as a backpack! Depending on what we are doing, I need my hands free and a backpack is very useful. But on days that we are hanging out at the museum, a shoulder bag is stylish.


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You absolutely HAVE to buy this bag, it will seriously change your life. Let's look at a few of the essentials that I carry in my bag.




1. Contigo AUTOSPOUT Stainless Steel Kids Water Bottle - This is probably a given lol. When kids are playing and having fun, it is important that they remain hydrated. I find that water bottles with straws work well for us and most younger children.

2.Natures Gate Kids Block SPF 50 - It gets super hot here in Atlanta, but even when it isn't hot you still want to protect your skin from harsh sunrays. With this sunscreen , you get sun protection without the chemicals.




3. Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer - Hand washing with sop and water is always recommended but sometimes there aren't any sinks available. We have been using this hand sanitizer since Ava was born, I kept big bottles around the house and eventually began buying the smaller bottles for travel. This will do the job until you can get to soap and water.

4. Babyganics Natural DEET-Free Insect Repellent - Sun's out, bugs out! I feel like we use so much bug spray in the spring and summer! It's like all the bugs in Atlanta team up and say "hey, lets go bite Ava!" I try to keep Ava in leggings for as long as I can to protect her from the bugs, but when the heat is too unbearable, this bug spray helps a lot.



5. Mamaearth Chamomile Oil After Bite Roll On for Kids - Because no matter how much bug spray we use, Ava always seems to get bit. We will be trying this roll on for the first time this season.

6. Deluxe Necklace Fan - Did I mention how hot is gets here?! We love being outside and I want to make our outings as fun and comfortable as possible.



7. Hape Wooden Balance Bike - This fun wooden balance bike doesn't fit in my bag but it is definitely an essential for warm weather.

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I am super excited to hang with my little lady during these warm weather months. We have already started going to festivals as festival season starts in April. What are you carrying along in your bags? Do you love the bag that you have? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, April 24

Atlanta Spring and Summer Festivals You Don't Want To Miss

It is finally festival season! I'm ready to spend my weekends hanging out with my kiddo enjoying the sun, music, and art! Here are some of the best festivals that Atlanta has to offer this spring and summer. Some of these festivals may be outside of Atlanta but are still fun to attend. There are of course other festivals that are not listed, but I have chosen to list the family friendly festivals with children's areas. Have a look below and please click the links for more information. 

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1. Inman Park Festival April 28-29, 2018 -  There will be vendors, and artist market, food, kids activities and a parade happening on Saturday at 2pm.

2. All About Kids Expo  April 28, 2018 10am-3pm (Outside of Atlanta) - I haven't heard of this festival before but it looks fun! There will be a family fun zone as well as vendors for daycares, summer camps, healthcare and education.

3. Smyrna Jonquil Festival April 28-29, 2018 (Outside of Atlanta) - I miss this festival every year! Hopefully I can attend this year. There will be music, vendors, food, and a children's area.

4. Decatur Lantern Parade May 11, 2018 9pm (Outside of Atlanta) - We went to our first lantern parade last year for Halloween and it was exciting! You can find pre-decorated lanterns at the Dollar Tree or blank ready-to-decorate lanterns at Party City. I think we will decorate our own lanterns this year to take to the festival!

5. Chastain Park Arts Festival May 12-13, 2018 - This art festival happens twice a year and I have heard good things about it. There will be arts and crafts, music, vendors, and a children's area. Free to attend.

6. Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival May 26-27, 2018 - One of my favorite festivals! There will be great music, beautiful artwork, food, vendors, and a children's area.

7. Atlanta Jazz Festival May 26-27, 2018 - If you are in town for Memorial Day Weekend, you have to attend this Atlanta favorite! It features jazz legends on multiple stages at Piedmont Park. There is also a kids area! Free to attend.

8. Roswell Lavendar Festival June 9, 2018 (Outside of Atlanta) - I've been attending this festival for the past 2 years and it is always a blast! There are all day yoga classes, vendors, music, food, and activities for kids.

9. Virginia Highland SummerFest June 9-10, 2018 - The kids area at this festival is awesome! The music and vendors are great too.

10. Atlanta Ice Cream Festival July 28, 2018 - This is probably my daughter's favorite festival! This festival is usually packed, so go early in the morning. The kids fun zone is nice also.

11. Piedmont Park Arts Festival August 18-19, 2018 - Festivals at Piedmont Park are usually always fun and include a kids area. This festival will also have various types of art for sale, live music and food.

12. Grant Park Festival August 25-26, 2018 - Grant park is one of my favorite parks but I've never attended this festival. It looks nice though! With 2 music stages, food, vendors, and a kids area, I think I'll make my way over there this year.

13. DragonCon Parade September 1, 2018 10am - Technically not a festival but this parade is not one to miss!

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Pull out your planners mamas and fill up those calendars! There is no shortage of FREE fun this spring and summer in Atlanta. I'll be updating this list as more information become available. What are your local plans for the warmer months? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.


      

April K.
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Wednesday, March 28

9 Must Haves For New Moms

So you're pregnant or just welcomed a new baby, congrats! I remember being pregnant and registering for everything under the sun for my new little squish. I knew exactly what I wanted and needed for her and my family and friends were able to get those items for me. But guess who I forgot to register for, me! I truly did not realize that I would need a few essentials to make my life a little easier for the postpartum time period. I'm sharing the items that saved my new mom life, have a look.

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Reusable Sanitary Pads - These are a MUST. Nobody warned me that my privates would be so irritated from wearing a disposable pad daily for weeks!! Save your vagina and get cloth pads. They are so comfortable that you almost forget you are wearing them. Just rinse the pads in the sink under cold water before throwing them in the washer machine.

Washable Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads - These nursing pads were one of the best gifts that I received. As a first time mom, I had no idea how much my breasts would leak breast milk! You will have to change your nursing pads multiple times a day. Reusable nursing pads were good to have so I didn't have to buy disposable pads over and over again.




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Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle - It was really convenient to have a water bottle by my bed. I think I was exhausted for about a year after my daughter was born lol, so not having to get up often to get water was great.

Snack Bars - Again, you aren't going to want to keep getting up over and over again, especially in your first days after having baby. So keep some snack bars by the bed to eat in between meals.



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Nursing Nightgown - I wish I had a nightgown or two specifically for nursing. I had no idea these were a thing lol. I mainly slept in my big tee shirts and when it was time to feed, I just removed my shirt. Had I known about nursing gowns, I probably would have had one for every day of the week. There were many cold nights where I'm sitting the the bed topless and freezing lol. Don't be like me,  pick up a few nursing gowns!

Ring Sling Baby Carrier - When I first had my daughter, I still had my dog (he passed recently). And I quickly realized that I didn't have anything to hold my daughter in for a walk around the neighborhood. The stroller was too complicated to pull out for a quick walk, so I ordered a sling. A sling is great for quick trips to the store, a casual walk outside, and even in home use for soothing baby while getting chores done.

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Even though I had experience caring for infants, I didn't have experience caring for my own infant, 24 hours a day! Here are a few books that were life savers for me:
1. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 6th Edition: Birth to Age 5- I still refer to this book and my daughter is 4 years old now.

2. The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

3. The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby's Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward


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I can honestly say that if you are about to give birth, you NEED everything on this list. If I had to re-do my birth experience over again, I would have these items before  my daughter arrived instead of scrambling to order them when I got home from the hospital while in a daze from pain medications lol. You can see the full shopping list HERE or click the pictures to see more information n the products. Do you have anything that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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