Little Tikes Fun

Hello my looooves!

Who else is excited that summer is almost over? I know most people are already celebrating cooler weather but, here in AZ, its still in the hundreds. Summer is so rough. The kids can’t touch ANYTHING at the park or they will burn their skin. The splash pads are so packed the kids hardly get wet. If you don’t own a pool, you’re basically trapped inside.

Thankfully, we were gifted this super fun Little Tikes Hoop It Up play-set and the girls LOVE IT! They ask me to blow it up, every day now. We love taking turns with all of the ball colors, i.e. put all the yellow balls in first, then only shoot 2 of the green balls. Its been a fun way for us to teach colors and use counting skills for both girls. This is a fairly large product and the girls could both play inside the ball pit at the same time which they loved. No fighting over whose turn it was= ALWAYS a perk!

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If you’re interested in purchasing the Little Tikes Hoop It Up, check it out at Walmart or Target! 🙂

(Purchase does not come with extra balls but can be purchased online, as well!)

May your day be full of love & laughter!

XOXO,

Bre Sanders

Potty Training with Regalo

Hello my loooooves!!!!

We’re back and with a potty trained 2 year old. Hallelujah. I know, I know… people think I’m crazy for potty training “so early” and thats totally okay with me. I try my best to follow my gut when it comes to parenting things like this, AND, more importantly, following my child’s cues.

Juliet has been curious about the big girl potty for months now. She started showing interest by taking off her diaper and running to the bathroom. Her potty typically happened prior to removing said diaper but the connection between potty and using the toilet was there. She rarely made it to the “big girl potty” for the actual release. LOL. Listen to my advice real quick, mamas… patience is key in potty training. Often times, with both girls, it has felt like 3 steps forward and 2 steps back. Thats okay! They’re still learning even when they have accidents. In fact, Juliet had an accident this morning and then 10 minutes later used the big girl potty just fine.

We are the type of family that keeps 1 potty in the living room and 1 in each of the bathrooms so when the time presents itself everything is easily accessible. We have a seat that goes on top of the toilet, an Elmo potty that makes sounds and the Regalo potty that looks like an actual toilet… and bonus… SOUNDS like one! This has been Juliet’s preferred potty. She gets so excited pressing the flush button after she goes. She starts jumping and screaming “I FWUSHED MAMMY!” It is adorable.

We received the potty and it was so easy to assemble. The top box screws into the actual seat with 1 screw and theres a spot to put wipes in there. If you have an independent cutie like I do then this wipe box is nice because she wants to complete the whole process all by herself.

Hope you enjoyed this and, as always, feel free to comment any questions!

May your day be full of love & laughter!

XOXO,

Bre Sanders

Restless Legs & Anxiety

Helloooo my looooooves!!!!

GIRL! I am 27 weeks pregnant. How the heck did this happen so fast? Time flies when you’re stressed out and having anxiety attacks. Hahaha….

Just kidding… Thats not how that saying goes.

Between Penelope’s multiple dental surgeries and Luke trying to die on me, oh and being pregnant, my anxiety has been at an all time high. Wanna know what happens when I get anxious? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you. I know you’re dying to know. Straight up insomnia and restless legs! Every time I get pregnant, I get the WORST restless legs and when my anxiety level is high, its almost unbearable. Some nights, I will literally JUMP out of bed, walk thru the house before I even realize what I’m doing. I have tried everything to prevent & treat it: Unisom, melatonin, essential oils, relaxing teas, meditation, and magnesium capsules and topical spray. Some of those things actually made my symptoms worse: melatonin especially.  My doctor told me “maybe you should work out more. Tired legs can’t get restless.” Let me just tell you…. that was the MOST worthless advice I think I’ve ever gotten. When I workout super hard, it makes it worse. It is always so frustrating.

With this pregnancy, up until 3 weeks ago, I had just accepted the fact that my sleep was going to be miserable and my legs were going to kick nonstop every night. That was until about three weeks ago when I received a weighted blanket from MW Blankets. My focus for this blanket was only that it was going to help my anxiety throughout the day. I had NO clue it was going to help my restless legs so significantly. I’ve been getting the BEST sleep. What pregnant girl says that?! None of them. I know, by now, I’m usually defeated by the lack of sleep so I’m up nesting like a crazy person. I haven’t had that situation, at all.

Moral of the story, if you’re struggling with sleep whether it be because of insomnia or restless legs or some other ailment, you need a weight blanket from MW Blanket. My blanket is 12 lbs and I feel like its the perfect weight for me. The owner is easily accessible through DM on IG and is always so helpful. She’s answered all of my questions so quickly and efficiently.

When you buy yours, tag me. I want to see how its helping you with your sleep pattern.

May your day be full of love & laughter!

XOXO,

Bre

Why I Needed A Break

Hello my loooooves!

Holy guacamole… I’m writing a blog. Can you even believe it? I cant. You’re all probably reading this in disbelief. Thats ok… I know I’m an inconsistent sloth when it comes to blogging these days. Honestly, since Juliet was born, its been hard to find the motivation, energy, time, etc. to sit down and actually blog. And, yes, I know shes about to be 2! No shade, please!?

Alright, so lets just get into it… you read the title… you know why you’re here….

MAMA NEEDED A DAMN BREAK!

First things first… I love my babies. All the babies I’ve ever carried; the babies that survived, the ones that have become sweet angels and even the one that accidentally showed up in my stomach! To be completely honest, I’ve been shook to my core about having another baby. Luke & I have been saying, since Juliet was born, that we were done with babies. I have purged and gifted ALL of our baby stuff. And I’ve been planning my life around NOT having another baby. We talked, last year, about possibly having another one after I graduated nursing school IN A FEW YEARS… and then 3 months later, I was pregnant accidentally. As exciting as it is to see a positive pregnancy test, it also came with a wave of fear, anxiety, frustration, regret, and emotions that I wasn’t ready to process. Not all positive pregnancy tests come with positive emotions and I had to learn to process that!

So, I needed some time. I had to disappear from IG for a little bit. I had to kind of disappear from real life, too. I quit my job. I stopped studying like I should. I stopped responding to texts. I let collab/sponsorship emails to unanswered. And I became a bad mom and a bad wife. Listen, I know this sounds selfish and you’re free to judge me if you please. I definitely won’t apologize for my feelings, though. For the last 5 years, I’ve wanted to start nursing school… FIVE YEARS… and I felt like I was SOOO dang close. So, it is hard to accept that dream is being pushed back…yet again… because I have to give my body away for a while. I’ve been a little crushed and a little worn down but I am feeling so much better. I’m 25 weeks pregnant, now, and I cannot believe we are finally getting our boy. We have dreamt of having a little boy since before we even got married. Despite the emotional turmoil, getting passed that initial shock has brought such clarity and unbelievable bliss and true gratitude. My heart cannot wait to be a boy mama!

And I want to say a few things before I get out of here… 1) I cannot wait to bring home baby boy 2) I am entitled to my feelings and SO ARE YOU! 3) Your feeling are valid and your mental health is important. 4) I’m back and excited to start creating again 5) Thank you to everyone who has been gracious enough to check on me 6) I love you! If you’re struggling with something, take time for yourself. Be selfish. Do what makes YOU feel happy.

Homeopathy first, Doctor second

Hello all,

I know I know… its been a while since I’ve blogged. My apologies…. NOT! (Do people still do NOT jokes?! I’m going to bring them back.)

Happy Holidays everyone! What a year, huh? Can you even believe it NOVEMBER?? Sorry for screaming. I am in disbelief that the cold season is amongst us and we’ll all be living in layers for the next 5 months. I love this time of year… with the exception of cold/ flu season. We get hit with the cold, every year. Its inevitable and we accept it. This year, we are fully prepared though. Hylands 4 Kids  was gracious enough to send us not one but TWO samples of their Cold & Mucus Homeopathic syrup. We LOVE Hylands 4 Kids products and love that they use natural relief remedies to fight and treat cold symptoms. Penelope loves the taste of these syrups and even asks for them when shes not sick. Its hilarious!

Each pack comes with a day time and night time syrup to help your sweet babes sleep while they’re super congested and uncomfortable.

I just want to take a second and say thank you so much! We absolutely love ALL of your products and the opportunity to work with you on this collab.

May your day be full of love and laughter!

XOXO,

Bre Sanders

Navigator Lover

First off, HIIIII! It has been so long since I’ve blogged and I am ecstatic to be back in the game. I miss you guys. I miss writing. I miss sharing amazing products with you! Of course, I’m back with a review: one you will really enjoy. Scouts honor!

Citi Babies is already my tried and trusted brand for diaper bags. I received their Black Vegan leather Citi Explorer, last year, and absolutely fell in love. That bag has been the only one I’ve used since. It has enough storage for everything I need for both girls. See the review for that beautiful bag here: Vegan Leather Love.

Last month, Maria (the beautiful, amazing, and kind owner of Citi Babies) launched her latest design called the Citi Navigator. Maria took into consideration all suggestions sent in by previous diaper bag owners and created the Citi Navigator. The Navigator is EVERYTHING! I was screaming when she asked me to do a review for her… and crying a little bit too, let be honest. It is beautifully designed, functional and stylish. (I legit can’t stop taking pictures!)

There is plenty of storage in each section. My Type A heart loves all of the different pockets. The photo below shows the inside of the main pouch.

I love that I can use this bag for any occasion, I legit bring it with me from out running errands and having play dates to school where I need to bring my tablet and books. It’s perfect for someone who is always on the go and wears multiple hats throughout the day. Read: all moms!

Enjoy the many photos below of this beautiful bag. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below!

May your day be full of love & laughter!

XOXO,

Bre

DockaTot Review

Hello my looooves! Can you even believe we are almost in April? Where the heck did this year go? We’ve been neck deep in home projects, sleep training, croup recovery and party planning. Penelope is about to be 3 and my mama heart is totally in denial. We’ve been doing all of the things- ALL OF THEM- to get the house ready for her big birthday bash! She is finally sleeping in her big girl bed and I couldn’t be happier about it.

We have been a happily, co-sleeping family since Penelope was 6 months old. Co-sleeping is something I never knew I wanted to do. Throughout my pregnancy, I frowned upon people sleeping with their babes and admittedly rolled my eyes every time I saw a co-sleeping Insta family. Fast forward 2.5 years, Penelope is currently transitioning into her big girl bed. Truly, I am grateful for this decision. We tried sleep training multiple times and she just wasn’t ready. When our little big girl was 9 months old, we purchased her first DockATot to be used in our bed. It only took her about a week to sleep throughout the night in her dock. Not sure what a DockATot is? You’re not alone; I had no clue what this contraption was either. A DockATot is a lounger/ sleeper that you can put in your bed and in your child’s bed (not crib) that keeps them comfortable as they sleep: “reinventing the womb.” Its the perfect tool, for lack of a better word, to utilize as you transition a co-sleeping cutie to his/her toddler bed. Each DockATot is made with 100% cotton and offers the perfect amount of breathability for your baby.

When I got pregnant with Juliet, one of the first things I added to my list of must-haves was a DockATot. Watching how much Penelope loved hers made me want the same for Juliet. We were gifted a Deluxe size for our baby shower and THANK GOD! Juliet slept through the night almost right away. We loved her Deluxe size but she got too big too fast. The Deluxe is perfect for babies who are 0-8 months. The size that we bought for Penelope and Juliet’s current size is ideal for 9 months up to 5 years old. Juliet took about a week to get used to the larger size, also. What is it about that first week of something new? LOL. Our plan is to allow Juliet to sleep in her DockATot until she is ready for a big girl bed. First of all, that beautiful Carrara Marble design makes for a cute accessory in our bedroom. Secondly, we like to keep the peace in this house: path of least resistance type of people.

Lastly, I want to say a gigantic THANK YOU to DockATot. First off, for gifting us this beautiful Grand DockATot for Juliet. The design is perfection! Secondly, without DockATot, our transition from 1 to 2 kiddos would have been a lot harder with a newborn who didn’t sleep through the night. From a well rested mama, I owe you my life- ok, not so dramatic- my SANITY!

To shop this beautiful Dock, click here!

May your day be full of love & laughter!

XOXO,

Bre

Spring Lookbook

Hello my looooves! Happy Spring! I hope you’re all experiencing warm, sunshine rays and the most perfect light is flowing into your home. Spring is my favorite. I love the new energy of everything in bloom. The smell of orange blossoms in the air, the perfectly cloudy days. I can’t handle it. It lights me up! The girls and I took photos for our spring lookbook and its my favorite ever. These outfits have been on repeat for the past 2 weeks and I am truly in love with how these photos turned out.

All links will be provided below. I hope you enjoy this fun photoshoot! 🙂

Little Feminist Shirts from Love Bubby: here.

Both of Penelope’s dresses from Jella Bee: here.

Personalized Bag from Apolis: here.

All bows & headband from The Darling Bow Co (minus the denim one): here.

Juliet’s cardigan from Paige Grae Shop: here.

My jumper & Juliet’s romper are from Target. I found them both in the Clearance section a couple months ago and cannot find online.

We had the best day shooting these photos. There are so many rad walls downtown Phoenix and I think we’ll be exploring a lot more down there. 🙂

May your day be full of love & laughter!

XOXO,

Bre

Post Partum Anxiety

Hello my looooves! This has been such a huge topic recently. Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety are very common. I want you to know that. So, I’ll say it again… Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety are VERY COMMON! Sister, I know if you’re reading this that you, yourself, or someone you love, have been effected by either. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I never expected to suffer from either. With Penelope, I had PPD and with Juliet, I have PPA. Its bazaar how different your body can respond to pregnancy and delivery. This has helped me to realize that I have quite a few deep rooted issues that I NEED to heal from. Thats my responsibility and I’m taking the right steps in doing that.

As I shared on my stories, I have been utilizing a wide array of healing techniques that I think will be beneficial to you. Immediately after sharing, I had quite a few people message me. I feel its my responsibility to share all of this. I hope you benefit from even just one thing.

  1. Keeping a schedule. I thrive when I know what to expect. Anxiety is rooted in fear and worry. Eliminating some of the guessing game is super beneficial. I go to sleep between 930-10 PM and I wake up between 630-7 AM. This is a simple way to get started.
  2. Meditation. Every night before bed, I listen to a guided meditation. I use the Insight Timer App and also Youtube videos. You can find amazing content on both.
  3. When I rise, I immediately drink Natural Calm. This is an anti-stress drink that contains magnesium. Its helped me through the loss of my brother, my miscarriage, my anxiety during my pregnancy with Juliet and now this. 10/10 recommend for EVERYONE! Not just those with anxiety.
  4. Gratitude Journal. I start my morning with a grateful heart. I have a gratitude journal that I like to list 5 things that I’m grateful for. It can be super simple like the smell of eucalyptus to super profound like the love of my angel babies. Anything you can do, first thing in the morning, to start your day off in a positive light!
  5. CBD Oil. This is cannabinol oil. It is derived from the Hemp plant but does not carry THC. You will NOT get high. Or even feel high. I take this first thing in the morning and when I’m feeling really anxious. It allows your body to relax. This is where I buy mine: CBD Distillery You can also learn more on the video on this page.
  6. Nodi Shodhana. This breathing technique helps to harmonize the left and right hemisphere of the bran. By doing the alternate nostril breathing, you are allowing yourself to come into the present moment. BE HERE NOW! As I’ve stated before, anxiety is rooted in fear and worry. “What is going to happen? What am I going to do? How am I going to do everything?” This breathing allows us to be present and know that only this moment matters.
  7. Go Outside. Leave your phone alone. Go outside. Start a garden. Dig for worms. Hug a tree. Collect rocks. Whatever you need to be outside and connected with nature.
  8. Oils. Currently- I am loving Peace & Calming from Young Living. I also love lavender and patchouli. Cedar wood always helps me when I’m super anxious.
  9. Journal. In the middle of super anxious attacks, I get my journal out. I allow myself to write whatever I need to process through. I try not to go back and look as I don’t want to trigger another attack. However, You’ll be surprised what comes up and out when your word vomit in your scared journal.
  10. TALK ABOUT IT. I am blessed enough to have an amazing counselor. I can see her as often as I need. However, I know this isn’t always an option. Seek advice or counsel or prayer in church, in friends, in family or even just your journal. Any way, any how- talk about it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am here for you!

May your day be full of peace & Calming!

With love & gratitude,

Bre Sanders

Dearest Momma

Dearest Momma,

From my heart, with love and compassion, I have something to tell you. Something important. I want you to read this, hear it, feel it, and fully receive it! Are you ready? I’m ready! Gorgeous momma, I need you to stop! I need you to STOP looking at your body as something that needs to be worked on. Stop talking about how much weight you’ve lost. Stop talking about how much weight you’ve gained. Stop analyzing your postpartum hair. Stop criticizing your feet. Stop checking the size of your stretch marks. STOP! Stop measuring your cup size. Stop obsessing over your skin. Stop feeling guilty about not nursing. Stop feeling shameful that your house is a mess. STOP IT RIGHT NOW!

Did you get that? Did you fully receive it? Go read it again. And again. Until it really sinks in! YOU DESERVE THIS!

Triggered by the IG posts I’ve witnessed of women picking apart their bodies, my heart broke open and I cried for the first time in a long time. We are mothers, damn it. WE HAVE CREATED LIFE! That is a damn miracle. Why are we so numb to the magic of creation?! I have seen the beauty of life come to life in my womb 4 times now. For that, I am so grateful! Isn’t that the only emotion we should feel regarding our body and our baby: GRATITUDE! This idea that we need to work on our postpartum bodies does a huge disservice to our baby and to our SELF! I am saddened by the thought that we, as women, feel like we need to change our bodies to feel happy, to entice a man, to fit in with other women, whatever the thought may be. Let’s let it go! Let’s join together and STOP the bullshit. We deserve to be fully in love with ourselves. We deserve that!

I am tired of trying to change my body. I AM NOT DOING THAT ANYMORE! My body has given life to 2 beautiful rainbow babies. I am thankful for that. From here on out, my body affirmation is “I am in love and full of gratitude to have this beautiful postpartum body!”

WRITE THIS DOWN: “I AM IN LOVE AND FULL OF GRATITUDE TO HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL POSTPARTUM BODY!”

Dear momma, I LOVE YOU! You are a gift to this world, a gift to your child and a gift to your self. I will pray every night that our world heals from the images that don’t serve us! You are beautiful and perfect in every way!

May your day be full of love and GRATITUDE!

XOXO,

Bre