• Oh Lovely Day January Goodies Guide Giveaway

    Oh Lovely Day goodies guide giveaway | ohlovelyday.com

    Remember those mom and baby giveaways I did last year? Well they became so popular that they inspired a new element to Oh Lovely Day. I’ve got something exciting in the works – think a guide to all of my favorite mom and kiddo brands, products, and shops – all in one place! And I decided to bring the giveaways back, but in 2015 I’ll be having one monthly giveaway dedicated to all of those goodies I have become obsessed with: those momma lifesavers, the adorable kiddo clothing, baby gear I can’t live without, cool gadgets, and so much more. And boy do we have a good one to kick off the new year! Because, you see all that ridiculously good stuff up there right? Yeah, one of you is totally getting it all.

    Your eyes are not deceiving you – there is such good stuff in this one, like a dream blanket from Aden + Anais and one of their new teethers (their dream blankets are baby butt soft you guys!) And there is credit to pick out your favorite real life historial hero from Wee Rascals (my boys love their Lincoln but I really want the Amelia Earhart in my size). You’re also getting shop credit to VONBON to stock up on the cutest baby essentials – their prints are my favorite. For you supplementers and bottle feeders, there’s the Baby Brezza Formula Pro (this thing is saving my life right now with my formula supplementing and if you still have to do a bottle for a late night feeding you are going to want to marry this machine.) One of my very favorite blanket makers, Coveted Things, is giving you your choice of any of their scarf swaddles, and you won’t be able to choose just one because they are all so damn good. You’ll get not one, but two cutie clips from Ryan and Rose to clip your babe’s favorite paci, teether, or lovey to them at all times. I’m always losing pacis guys – I never have one when I need it. Problem solved! And I haven’t forgotten you nursing mamas – you’ll get a gift pack of nursing goodies (including the milksaver, the nursing blend supplement, nursing tea, nursing pads, and freeze trays) that will help you boost, collect, and store your milk from Milkies. And last, but certainly not least, you’ll win a brand new and improved 2015 UPPAbaby Vista! I could not be more jealous of the winner, because the new Vista is the bomb. If you don’t already know, the Vista is what I’ve been using myself since I became a mom and shared my love for it many times including here and here.

    Enter below (you can do some or all of the entries) – the giveaway ends on 2/1/15 at 8:00 pm PST and the winner will be announced in the widget below sometime on 2/2/15. The winner must respond within 48 hours to the notification email or a new winner will be chosen. Any entries that don’t follow the instructions will not count. I cannot answer individual questions regarding your entries or this giveaway. Good luck!

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    Interested in being part of the Oh Lovely Day Goodies Guide or one of the giveaways? Send an email to chandra(at)ohlovelyday(dot)com with the subject line “Oh Lovely Day Goodies Guide” and I can send you more information.

    *This post contains sponsored inclusion and/or some affiliate links. If you click on a link (especially if it is an amazon link or reward style link) I may earn a small commission if you purchase that item. It does not cost you more because you clicked an affiliate link. This is one of the ways I’m able to keep this blog up and running. I appreciate your support of Oh Lovely Day and it’s sponsors. None of the items I select for the guide or giveaways, or recommend or post about are items I would not or have not used myself. If I love it, I share it. If I don’t love it, I don’t accept sponsored content regardless of payment.

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    Adjusting to Being a Mom of 2

    Adjusting to life as a mom of two | Oh Lovely Day

    I don’t know how it happened, but suddenly I’m 5 months into my whole “mom of two” experience. I have to tell you, it is flying by! Adding a second baby definitely is a game changer in many ways. While there is chaos, a lot of juggling, and sometimes tears, there is also so much love and joy. And the moments when Charlie just wants to entertain or love on his baby brother, and I see Calvin look at him with so much wonder and love, my heart bursts and I stop and think “this! this is what it is all about!” Read More »

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    The 5 Things To Do First When You Get Engaged

    I know quite a few of you got engaged over the holidays (and a few more of you probably will soon with Valentine’s Day on the horizon) so first…. yay! congrats! happy dance! And secondly, it’s time to revisit some of my favorite tips of what to do now that you are engaged. From someone who has been engaged, who has planned a wedding, and who learned some hard lessons, here are THE five things you need to do FIRST.

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    Green Smoothie Recipe to Start Your Day

    Green Smoothie Recipe | Oh Lovely Day

    Happy Friday! I wanted to send you into the weekend with my favorite green smoothie recipe – Charlie and I start our day with one most days lately. I used to make these all of the time and then had a total aversion to them when I was pregnant. So the smoothie is making a comeback in our house in 2015. I love using my Mason Jar Blender to make these, but probably any good blender would work fine. I just find that I’m more likely to make smoothies daily when I keep this little blender out on my countertop rather than getting out my bigger clunky blender.

    GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

    Ingredients for one large serving:

    • 1 ripe banana
    • frozen spinach (could also use fresh spinach and a frozen banana if you prefer)
    • coconut milk (or regular milk or almond milk if you prefer)
    • peanut butter (can use sunflower or almond butter if you have a peanut allergy)
    • flax seed mill
    • honey
    1. I fill my container pictured above about 1/3 of the way with frozen spinach (approx. 1 cup frozen spinach)
    2. Cut up one ripe banana
    3. Add one tbsp of flax seed mill
    4. Add one heaping tbsp of peanut butter
    5. Fill remainder of cup with choice of milk (1-2 cups depending on your preference)
    6. Add a squeeze of honey

    Blend, pour into your favorite cup, add a straw, and enjoy! My favorite part is that it basically tastes like a peanut butter and banana smoothie but has all the benefits of eating leafy greens – not mine or Charlie’s favorite thing to eat. Win win!

    This is also a great thing to add probiotics to if you give those to your kid, or if you need to sneak a sick kiddo some medicine (just be sure they drink the whole smoothie – which my kid always does!)

    What’s your favorite tasty + healthy smoothie recipe?

    And if you’d like to catch up on all of my momma posts elsewhere, here ya go:

    My experience with the Solly Baby Wrap + tips for using it

    Baby Brezza Formula Pro Review

    Why It’s Ok to NOT Breastfeed (I’m trying to start a #nourishwithoutshame movement – join me by reading the post, sharing your photos of you feeding your baby, however you feed your baby, and use the hashtag!)

    DIY New Year Adventure Jar

    A DIY Diaper Rash Treatment That Really Works

    5 Tips For Taking Your Baby To Disneyland

    DIY Homemade Stretch Mark Cream

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    Talking Postpartum Issues

    Dealing with postpartum issues | Oh Lovely Day

    Oh postpartum issues, why do you continue to plague me? I’ve still got 25 pounds to lose, I have baby hairs sprouting off my head in random places, my moods are all over the place, and now my skin is going nuts. The entire bottom half of my face is extremely dry. Like beyond dry. It has gotten itchy and is now breaking out all around my chin and around my mouth. I am starting to think that this is my body trying to protect itself from ever having the opportunity to get pregnant again, because it is making me the least desirable woman on earth. It’s a good thing they make babies so cute – instead of looking at myself in the mirror I look at his adorable face :)

    Since it is a new year, I’m trying to jumpstart some new healthier habits that will also hopefully help some of those postpartum issues. I’m trying to hike at least once a week and am tracking my steps with my fitbit again. I stopped drinking coca cola (my most favorite thing) and am drinking more water. I’m trying to put my work away early twice a week to spend an evening of tv or movie watching time with my husband without a laptop attached to me. And I’ve started paying attention to my skin again and taking some time for myself. After a couple of days of a new skin treatment, my dry skin has improved drastically. So I thought I would share what has been working for me to help you battle your own dry skin brought on by postpartum hormones, winter, environment, or whatever plagues you.

    • Put away the harsh products, especially the cleanser. While I typically use this regimen for my skin (and love it) it is too harsh for my postpartum dry skin. So I’ve switched to using this cleanser, while still using this moisturizer during the day, a DIY moisturizing treatment at night I’ll share below, and still using this eye cream.
    • Exfoliate, but not too much. I know that sounds weird, but trust me. Rather than using a gritty or harsh exfoliating cleanser daily, be gentle with your skin but exfoliate once a week. If you have a little money in your budget to treat yourself, buy this exfoliator and never look back. It is amazing. Using it for 5 minutes once a week will give you smoother, healthier, glowing skin that you didn’t realize you had because it was buried under a million dead skin cells. I haven’t needed a facial in two years since I bought it (except I got lazy while I was pregnant and after I had the baby and didn’t use it regularly)
    • Moisturize. I didn’t want to buy an expensive moisturizer to get me through this dry patch (pun intended) so I made my own and it is working so well. Want my DIY moisturizer recipe? It’s so simple:
      1. Fill a jelly jar with coconut oil.
      2. Pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds.
      3. Add 4 drops of Melalauca Essential oil
      4. Add 8 drops of Lavender Essential oil
      5. Stir well and let harden or pop in the fridge for 20 minutes or so if you need to use sooner.
      6. Coconut oil is a solid under 76 degrees F, and liquefies above that temp, so if you keep it in solid form just rub it between your palms to get it to liquefy and apply to your face where skin is super dry.

    Now if only I could find something that would help me lose the baby weight that easy…

    What are your biggest postpartum issues? Have any secrets to share to make postpartum life a little easier?

    PS – You read about my experience with postpartum depression after the birth of my first baby here. Luckily I don’t seem to have it the second time around.

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