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Things I Swore I Wouldn’t Do As A Mom That I Totally Do

I am so excited to have Jaime of Sunflowers and Stilettos here today to share her hilarious take on motherhood – Things I Swore I Wouldn’t Do as a Mom That I Totally Do. If you’re currently roughing through any stage of motherhood, you’ll know that most of the things you swore you wouldn’t do as a mom fly right out the window when you’re actually living it. Being a mom is all about survival … and the best slobbery kisses in the world.

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Hi guys! I’m super excited to be guest blogging for Lexi today! To quickly introduce myself, I’m Jaime, the woman behind Sunflowers and Stilettos and also known as @jaime_cittadino on social media. I’m a Long Island New Yorker, currently living in sunny, South Florida with my husband, Casey and daughter, Harley. We are expecting a baby boy early January! My blog and social media focuses heavily on fashion (easy, achievable looks), however I cover all things from lifestyle, motherhood, beauty, and travel.

Oh, and as you can see, I like to awkwardly coordinate my outfits with Harley, which is definitely something I swore I wouldn’t do as a mom that I totally do! Now on to today’s post…

Oh the things we say (and think) before becoming a parent. We are the best parents before actually becoming one, am I right?! Why is it that we truly believe that when it’s our turn to raise a tiny human, everything is going to be perfect. Temper tantrums? Not my child! Blatantly ignoring me? Nope! Could never happen! Bribing my kid with anything she wants in the cookie aisle just so I can finish grocery shopping before the next person gives me the “get a hold of your child” look?! Ha! Only bad parents have to deal with that! Yeah…it’s funny how quickly you realize that you are just like all the other parents out there, trying to SURVIVE!

So while I could have easily quadrupled this list, here are the 10 Things I Swore I Wouldn’t Do As A Mom That I Totally Do!

1. Buy anything pink or floral if it’s a girl.

I may be a bit alone on this one, but if I’m being honest, before learning the gender of our child, I was more excited with the idea of dressing up a baby boy than girl. I was never an ultra feminine dresser growing up and even now, so was a bit overwhelmed by all of the girliness. Casey (my husband) made me promise him that we’d bring nothing pink or floral into the house, and would stick to more gender neutral hues. MmmHmm…okay. We couldn’t avoid it if we tried! Now nothing makes me happier than to see Casey pick out a pink dress for Harley and tell her how beautiful she looks in it! She is also adamant about wearing a pink dress to school EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

2. Buy baby food from a store because everything I give my infant will be home made.

Um, yeah. So about this… I made my own baby food for a hot minute. Maybe even two minutes. Not only was it more time consuming, but it increased the dish load and I hate cleaning dishes! Perhaps if I wasn’t working, it would have been a different story. In theory it sounds great and I really do wish I would have had the time for it. Of course we gave her things like avocado, sweet potato, and banana that maybe needed a bit of breast milk or formula to thin out in the beginning, but as far as different fruit and veggie combos, I relied on store bought food. Fortunately now, there are tons of healthy options that remove unnecessary processed ingredients.

3. Give my child formula! He or She will only be nursed and fed breast milk until they’re old enough for cow’s milk.

I understand why giving your child breast milk is strongly encouraged. There are tons of amazing benefits! However, to put pressure on yourself to solely give your kid breast milk is not the greatest idea. At least for me it wasn’t. I loved nursing Harley, but didn’t have enough of a supply to store up milk to have for when I was away from her or when she was more hungry. Even after she was sleeping through the night, I had to wake myself up one to two times to pump just so I could build up a supply. I was miserable and exhausted. Pumping is so different than nursing. You have to be fully awake, sitting upright, and then get out of bed to clean the parts and put the milk away. AND when you’re husband makes comments about “the noise” from the breast pump interrupting his beauty sleep, you literally want to punch him in the face! I made the decision to introduce formula to Harley around 6 months, but totally regret not using it sooner. We used Baby’s Only Organic Formula and she didn’t skip a beat. I felt so much better knowing that she’d never go hungry or be without food. The fact that I was able to function a little bit better during the day also made me a much better mom!

4. Never let my kids eat junk food! Organic fruits, veggies, and lean meats only.

Casey and I care about nutrition. Since 2012, we’ve made such huge changes when it comes to the foods we buy at the grocery store, the meals we make at home, and what we order at restaurants. Are we perfect and eat clean 100% of the time? Heck no! You can still bet my favorite foods are pizza, french fries, and bagels. But we are very aware of what we put into our bodies. We read labels and limit processed foods as much as possible. When Harley started eating solids, we never gave her crackers, cereal, pretzels or any of that stuff. After a year old, we put her in pre-school full time. She gets healthy lunches from a kids food delivery service, but she also eats cheerios in the morning for snack, Friday is pizza day, and I’m sure she goes to town when parents bring in cake for their kid’s birthday. She requests noodles for dinner every single night and then wants to wash it down with a piece of chocolate (thanks to my Mother-In-Law). As long as we continue giving her as much good, whole foods as possible, we have to let her be a kid and just know that she’s going to eat other things too sometimes.

5. Share a ridiculous amount of pictures of my baby on social media. Like we get it…they’re cute.

Harley has her own Instagram account. Enough said. LOL! She actually has been slacking big time on her posts come to think of it, but whatever. I’d rather see a cute child on social media than read about people’s political rants! #SorryNotSorry

6. Brag about my child’s developmental skills and how smart they are.

Before becoming a mom, I remember people making comments about their kids doing or saying something they thought was so fabulous. No offense to them, but I just didn’t get the excitement. In my opinion, unless you’re a nanny, a teacher, or parent, you don’t understand what infants and toddlers are supposed to be doing. What’s normal? What’s advanced? And really, WHO CARES?? Well, after having a child, I can say that I do care! And it is so exciting! The first time Harley counted to ten on her own and sang the ABC’s, I probably told every single person I know. It’s possible I even sent them 5 videos of her saying it over and over again. If you follow us on Snapchat or Instastories, then you know what I’m talking about! Obviously, I really don’t mean to “brag” or compare Harley to any other child. It just makes me so happy to watch her learn and grow.

7. Allow my child to sleep in bed with me.

Harley slept next to our bed for the first two months in a side sleeper. At 8 weeks, we started sleep training her in her crib and fortunately she slept through the night very early on. See, there I go bragging. Then things like teething, ear infections, colds, and other awful things happen that keep them up at night. I used to stay in Harley’s nursery and rock with her until she would fall back asleep on my chest. Now, if she has trouble sleeping, I immediately bring her into our room and cuddle with her in bed. It’s actually my favorite thing! Except, the girl sleeps perpendicular to us and usually kicks me in my side really hard! But, the snuggles before she practically kicks me off the bed are totally worth it!

8. Put an iPad in front of my kid’s face so they can entertain themselves.

Casey and I were anti iPad for a longggg time. After almost getting kicked out of a few restaurants though (or wanting to hide underneath the table), we figured there can be a time and place for it. I don’t love it for many reasons, but if it saves me from her freaking out on an airplane or allows me to finish a meal, then selfishly I am thankful for that digital tablet that entertains her for periods of time! There are so many different learning apps available and when all fails, she watches Elsa and Moana on YouTube. She’s happy. I’m happy. Judge me. I don’t care!

9. Allow my son or daughter to sit in front of the television more than once a day.

Similar to the iPad, I much prefer Harley playing outside, coloring, reading books, and putting puzzles together. However, when she’s up at 7am on a Saturday, and Casey and I finished a bottle of Malbec the night before (referencing my pre-pregnancy days), you better believe I am thankful for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sophia the First, Shimmer and Shine, or whatever it is that she’s into at the time. She’s in school Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm learning and doing activities. We read to her every almost every night before bed and spend most of the weekends out and about, so I think she’ll be okay watching tv.

10. Sing children’s songs on a regular basis.

Not only do I sing them, but I dance too. And I kinda like it. 🙂

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So that’s that! It’s safe to say that there’s no such thing as a perfect parent. Or a perfect child. We do things we used to judge others for doing and sometimes change our minds about certain rules when it’s convenient to do so. We all just need to come together, accept each other’s parenting ways, and let our kids be kids!

I’d love to hear what you fellow mommas have to say about these things. Is there anything you swore you’d never do that you do now?

Love, Jaime signature


Lexi

On Being a Mom to Two Little Girls

I’ll admit it, I’ve fallen hard for these two little girls. I’ve fallen hard for being a mom to two little girls. I love everything about this moment in time, sleep exhaustion and all.

From the moment we found out that our first baby was a girl, my head and my heart sang with excitement. Every minute of Scarlett’s first three years have been a pleasure. There’s no doubt in my mind that had we had a boy first, I would have been equally smitten; but having a girl first, the same way my mom had me first, has been perfection. And when the nurse at our ultrasound appointment a few months back confirmed that baby number two was in fact, also a girl, my heart felt like it was bursting. I’m not sure who was more excited, me or hubby. And yes, for the record, my husband is obsessed with his girls and would happily take at least a dozen more.

Now that our second baby girl is here, I look from one little girl to the other, with eyes already welling up full of tears, and I think that I couldn’t possibly be any luckier. I actually feel my heart expanding and contracting every time I look at each one of them. I didn’t know I could love this much, but it’s been the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

I’m even more excited to watch with anticipation as my girls develop that bond only sisters can have. Hands down, my sister is my very best friend, and I feel crazy lucky to be able to give our girls that. Sure, in time, they’ll drive each other mad, but for now, their bond is everything. And for the record, as an adult, having a sister becomes all the more special and important.

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So this year, when I asked Scarlett this year what she wanted to be for Halloween, without any hesitation she proclaimed (in one stream of jumbled toddler-speak; you know the kind, where they never take a breath); “A sparkle fairy princess. And baby sister is going to be a twinkle sparkle little baby fairy princess.” Like any mom of a toddler, I figured she would change her mind at least a thousand times, and I held off on hunting for the perfect Halloween costume. Every few weeks or so over the summer, we would talk about the fall and all of the fun holidays. I would mention Halloween and ask her again and again, “What would you like to be for Halloween this year?” and without fail, on every single occasion, she proclaimed, “A sparkle fairy princess. And baby sister is going to be a twinkle sparkle little baby fairy princess.”

I wanted to be that cool mom who tries not to push gender norms on her children. We’ve successfully avoided Disney princess and pink character emblazoned clothing, though I’ll admit to plenty of Taylor Swift dance parties in our living room, and I thought I was being SO progressive by allowing my daughter to be who she was meant to be. Little did I know, at least for the time being, who she is truly meant to be is a sparkle fairy princess.

So a sparkle fairy princess she was.

Thanks, in part, to our local BST page on Facebook (Buy/Sell/Trade); we spotted THE perfect sparkle fairy princess costume there about a month ago, and on the day her Daddy brought it home, she immediately demanded to be put in it, and clutched the skirt like she might never take it off. It was an instant hit.

Then, like any blogger mom, I had my amazing photographer swing by the day before Halloween to shoot a few pictures of my girls in costumes, because inevitably, trick-or-treating was a blur of taffeta and candy and chaos and I barely got any decent photos. I’ll admit, having fancy schmancy photos taken to memorialize the girls’ first Halloween together is a bit cheesy, but ya know, I’m a total cheese ball, so there you have it.

When I told her we were going to have Annie take pictures of her IN her sparkle fairy princess costume – well, you can imagine the excitement. Her goal: to “twirl and twirl and twirl.”

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We will inevitably blow these photos up to life-size proportions and hang them everywhere and mail out copies to all of our family and collectively sigh at how sweet, at least in this moment where they’re not crying or stomping feet or spitting up (in the baby’s case), our two little girls are.

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Sparkle on, little princess.

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And where as much pink as you’d like.

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Scarlett’s Toddler Butterfly Fairy Costume via Pottery Barn Kids // Toddler Pink Faux Leather Jacket (similar) // Hunter  First Classic Boots

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Love Scarlett’s flower crown? Here’s how to make your own real flower crown.

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

Meet Our New Baby Girl!

You might have seen the big news on social media; our newest baby girl is here!

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It has been one whirlwind of a week, and I’ll definitely be sharing our sweet girl’s birth story here soon. Meanwhile, we’re beyond thrilled to announce the arrival of our new baby girl, Emmeline Harlow. Born on October 3rd, weighing in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring in at 20 inches, she’s completely delicious, curious, and delightful. We can’t stop staring at her, and we can’t stop staring at our two beautiful girls.

Goodness, we’re lucky. 

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How to Make 3-Ingredient Glitter Slime

DIY glitter slime. It’s everywhere. It’s the DIY that keeps on giving. I can remember making homemade play doh and slime as a kid with my mom, and getting to do all of these simple and fun projects all over again with my own little girl, it’s way too much fun. Right now, at least in our house, this 3-ingredient glitter slime is having a major moment.

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Slime has officially become the family craft of the summer. We’ve made glitter slime twice – pink and purple – and have big plans to create Halloween slime in October.

And did you know, slime is a kid-friendly recipe that takes just 3 ingredients to make? As if that’s not awesome enough, the best part is: you probably already have the commonly used household items in your own bathroom and kitchen needed to make this slime; i.e., no frenzied trips to the grocery store to snag the right ingredients.

We even made a little video to show you just how easy 3-ingredient glitter slime is to make.

Scroll down for the full glitter slime recipe.

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3-Ingredient Glitter Slime

Prep

Total

Did you know that slime is a kid-friendly recipe that takes just 3 ingredients to make?

Your whole family is going to love this easy DIY!

Ingredients

  • glitter school glue (we use Elmer's*)
  • ½ tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1½ tablespoons of contact lens solution

Instructions

  1. Empty glitter glue into a bowl. 
  2. Add ½ tablespoon of baking soda and mix together with the glue.
  3. Add 1½ tablespoons of contact lens solution and blend into glue mixture until slime starts to take shape.
  4. Knead the slime mixture with both hands until fully formed.

Notes

*We love the Elmer's Glitter glue options because (1) GLITTER, and (2) they come in a bunch of bright colors that Scarlett loves.

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Voilà! Super easy glitter slime your little ones will adore playing with … especially because they made it themselves!

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Note: Once your child is done playing with their slime, put it in a ziploc sandwich bag or tupperware container with a lid that seals well, toss it in the fridge, and use it again and again. You can also “gift” slime to friends. These little zip top bags are perfect!

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Lexi

Thoughts on Maternity Photos

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As the due date for baby number two* looms ever closer, my mind is racing with the things I have to do. I’m a planner, by nature. I feel a sense of accomplishment creating lists and ticking things off those lists. But something I’ve neglected to plan? Maternity photos. Which strikes me as funny because I am a blogger, and so much of what I do involves taking pictures, creating and capturing beautiful content, and preserving memories. I think part of my reluctance to have maternity photos taken, lies with my own insecurities. I felt the same unease about my expanding body the first time around and never took official maternity photos. Though in my defense, Scarlett did decide to show up nearly a month early, so there wasn’t a whole lot of time left to squeeze in photos. Looking back on the photos we had taken of our newly-formed family of three, after Scarlett was born, I realize now that I should have captured every moment, because those photos are precious to me.

These days, Scarlett holds my belly, and demands to kiss her baby sister (my belly) “goodbye” each morning when I drop her off for those few hours of summer camp. She wraps her tiny arms around my growing mid-section and buries her face deep into the hardening belly that cradles her sister, and screams … yes, screams … “Mwah! I love you baby sister.” And I think to myself, how can I NOT capture these memories? Scarlett’s joy over her new baby sister only magnifies the feelings of warmth I get when I dream of our second baby.

I’ve never been very good at posing in a field. I can’t muster the look of serenity when I’m busy fidgeting, and nowadays, worrying over Scarlett’s every move. I’m convinced I look like the most awkward person ever in all of our family photos.

I keep circling back to the idea of doing a maternity photo shoot at home, where we’re comfortable. It seems natural to want to capture our soon-to-be family of four in our home, where we can be us. I flinch when I think about the stretch marks I’ll have to hide and the care I’ll inevitably put into when choosing our outfits, styling our hair, finding a way to superficially feel comfortable when I’ve never been one to like being the subject of photos. Vanity is awfully stupid, isn’t it? But I think that the end result will be worth it. Even if I can just capture the joy Scarlett feels over her impending baby sister.

So tell me, mamas: What are your thoughts on maternity photos? Did you have photos taken of your while pregnant? With your first? Your second? Your third child? Are you glad that you did? How did you find a way to feel comfortable in your own skin when rapid expansion and a dwindling wardrobe seems to have taken over?

*You can see how our little family announced that we were expecting baby number two here, how I told hubby we were pregnant (again) here, and the gender reveal here.

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Lexi

How We Made and Enjoy Our Own Toddler-Friendly Backyard Beach

I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #ApplyRepeatProtect campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Maybe I miss Miami too much, or maybe I’m just a beach-loving kind of girl, but this summer, especially once we started planning Scarlett’s 3rd Mermaid birthday bash, I knew we needed a little backyard beach of our own.

We’ve spent this hot summer running through the sprinklers and wading in a blow-up pool, but Scarlett really wanted to build sand castles and “dig for buried treasure.”

So we set out to make and enjoy our own toddler-friendly backyard beach oasis.

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We made it happen by filling an inexpensive kiddie pool with about 4 bags of sand. We even went to the home improvement store to pick out our sand, and Scarlett loved being able to create her very own backyard beach, a.k.a., sandbox.

After that, we buried a few “treasures” – a package of assorted sea creatures – and topped off our own backyard beach with a few plastic shovels and buckets.

Now, everyday, Scarlett asks if we can play in her sandbox. It’s too cute! And I love that it’s something we created together.

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One thing that is always on the top of my summer list is suncare products. The Walgreens brand suncare line helps provide high-quality, reliable protection against the sun and from those damaging UV rays, without breaking the bank. And as you may have caught on my Instagram story earlier this week, this month, as an added BONUS – Walgreens wants to help keep your skin healthy on the inside and out so they’ve partnered with smartwater to offer a $1 off coupon for Balance Rewards members who buy one smartwater and one Walgreens brand suncare item.

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Plus, Walgreens moisturizing sun-care items stack up quite well to their more expensive competitors. This year’s new suncare items are Oxybenzone free, Paraben free, and oil free and hypoallergenic. Of course, I went right for the Walgreens Baby Lotion 50+. It’s actually top rated on Consumer Reports!

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With my little girl out in the sun so much this summer playing in her backyard beach, we’re trying to be “skin smart” by protecting her skin from the sun. It’s actually been really good for me too. Every morning, I lather her up in the super light weight lotion, and then I throw a layer on myself too. It goes on so soft and sheer, I even wear it on my face under my makeup.

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And for the record, you should be wearing SPF every single day, even in the winter. I’ve been lathering myself in sunscreen for as long as I can remember – including under my makeup every morning – and fingers crossed, not only am I keeping my skin safe from scary things like skin cancer, but I’m giving my skin a fighting chance at staying soft and supple despite the sun’s harsh rays. Seriously, even on days that aren’t “sunny,” those UV rays are hitting your skin.

My Grandma has worn lotion and sunscreen her whole life, and her skin still feels like butter. #goals

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Are you a sunscreen lover? Have you tried any of the Walgreens brand suncare items? (Awesome, right?) Have you also made your very own backyard beach?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.


Lexi