My Top 10 Baby Registry Must Haves


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 Make a baby burrito and watch them drift into dream land. Swaddles can work wonders if you know how to wrap the baby the right way. Highly recommend Muslin swaddles by SwaddleDesigns because they are large and 100% cotton (meaning your baby won’t overheat, even in California weather).  

2. A good diaper bag- For the best way to carry around your baby’s essential items, Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag is my favorite!

3. Wee wee pads- Once in a while your baby WILL pee while you are changing their diaper. It’s inevitable. Wee Wee pads are great because they are disposable, large in size, and protect your changing table from a poop or pee explosion.

4. Butt paste- Boudreaux’s butt paste is God sent! If you see any sign of redness, apply some of the paste to the area and watch it be gone in no time!

5. Thermometer- Not only for checking to see if your baby has a fever , but also great for checking the temperature of your baby’s bathwater.

6. Nail clipper- Babies nails grow so fast! Using a nail clipper specifically for babies makes it super easy to trim their tiny, delicate nails.

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7. A swing How to keep your child entertained while you get chores done around the house- put them in a swing. Keep in mind, these should not be used in replace of a crib, as it is not approved for safe sleeping. My daughter loves watching the lights and the mobile.

8. Pack n’ Play- We keep our pack and play at the edge of our bed. Our baby sleeps in it at night and her crib during the day. It makes it easier for us to get to her when we hear her first starting to wake up before she turns into a crying, hangry little monster. You definitely need one of these if you plan on traveling with a baby! It’s easy to fold and comes with a carry bag.

9. Burp rags- I have about 20 of these all over my house, that’s how often I use them. Great for spills, drool, and spit ups.

10. Bottle steamer- Even though they sell electrical steamers, I bought a microwave one (way cheaper and gets the job done). It’s an easy way to disinfect your bottles and pacifiers. 

Comment below with your baby registry must- haves! 

 

Angelica Lee (4)

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Our Baby Announcement

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we found out we were expecting our first baby. I did a lot of research on the web, including Pinterest for ideas on how we could announce the news but I had a difficult time finding something original. Then one day it came to me: since most of our family and friends live across the United States,  we decided that the best way we could announce the news was our Christmas card (and it was a hit!). Plus, Christmas is my favorite holiday..

Here’s how the card came out:

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My friend Michelle is an amazing photographer (for more of her work, click  here) and did a wonderful job with helping us reveal our announcement. It was a lot of fun! In case you wondering, I got these super cute, yet cheesy looking pj’s from Target (they have a lot of family pj’s to choose from!).

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Photocredit: Michelle Ridner Photography 

Hope you liked our announcement!

Angelica Lee (4)

My Fall Favorites

Fall Scents
Burning a pumpkin or baked apple scented candle in your home can definitely put you in that fall mood! I love pumpkin scented wax melts.
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Say goodbye to neon colors and say hello to those dark shades of red, purple !
Fall Decor
Fall Decor by angelica-lee-agami featuring halloween home decor
Get out the fake pumpkins and leaves to add a nice inexpensive fall touch to your home! To see how I decorated my home, click here.
Plaid Everything
Plaid Everything by angelica-lee-agami featuring plaid boots
Fall means it’s the right time to get out the leather boots & plaid shirts. An easy fall outfit: leather boots, long plaid shirt, & scarf.
Comment with your favorite fall favorites below!
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Finding the Perfect Diaper Bag

For me, picking out a diaper bag was extremely stressful (along with all of the other things I had to pick out for my baby registry). I was having my first child and had NO idea what I needed to buy. I made some mistakes (I’m sure all new parents do); I had a lot of unnecessary items on my list that I ended up not using but I learned my lesson (2nd child- I’m ready for you!). The one item that I’m glad I put on my registry and found most useful was the diaper bag. IMG_1443 (2)

I absolutely love my diaper bag by Ju-Ju-Be!

Not only does it look great, it’s also water proof (a must!), easy to clean, has plenty of room, and comes with a matching changing pad. It’s everything I learned I would need in a diaper bag.

At first I wasn’t going to add it to my registry because, well.. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit pricey (around $180 bucks). But once the baby was here I soon learned that this bag was going to be my best friend (RIP pocketbooks!). But that’s okay because carrying around a handbag AND a diaper bag is just not possible or necessary if you find the right diaper bag. So if you think about it, it’s like buying a designer handbag except, you are actually putting it to use. It’s going to undergo a lot of wear and tear so remember: quality is important! IMG_1454 (2).jpg

What I love most about this bag is that it’s versatile; you can wear it as a messenger bag or a book bag. The straps are removable, but as you can see from my photos, that’s what the bag looks like if you keep them on. This bag was so worth the price! They sell a lot of other accessories (pacifier holder, smaller storage bags) that match this bag as well.  This diaper bag also comes in a variety of very stylish patterns to choose from- you forget it’s even going to be used to hold stinky diapers.

So if you’re wondering if a Ju-Ju-Be is worth the investment, it definitely is! Stay tuned for my next blog on diaper bag essentials.

 

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Angelica Lee (4)

 

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5 Reasons Why You May Not Be Losing Weight

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Let me guess- you’re eating healthier but you aren’t seeing the results. Been there, done that. Although rare- maybe there’s an underlying medical condition impacting the way the scale moves or doesn’t move (and if you feel there might be, please see your doctor!). From my own personal weight loss experience, I know how discouraging that can be. For some, they are closer to their goal weight and the scale isn’t budging. For others, they’ve completely hit a plateau and their weight loss journey has just begun.

Here’s a list of reasons you may not be losing weight, inspired by my own weight loss  and what I’ve come across in my profession as a registered dietitian.

  1. You aren’t keeping track of what you’re eating.  Do you think about what you’ve already eaten before your next next meal/snack? If not, maybe you should. With how hectic life can be, it’s easy to forget what you had for breakfast. It’s important to be mindful of what you eat so that you don’t splurge or make unhealthy decisions throughout the day.  One way to make you more aware of what you’re eating is to plan your meals/snacks in advance. If planning meals in advance isn’t for you, try keeping a food diary. I use MyFitnessPal (a free and easy to use app) to log my intake to help me keep track of what I’m eating.
  2. You don’t count the little things. I’m talking about the salad dressing, condiments, the sugar/cream you put in your coffee, the alcoholic beverages; these things can really add up. Finding healthier replacements for these foods or eliminating them completely can help cut out a lot of unnecessary calories. For example, instead of using a gravy or cream sauce to make chicken or meat more tasty, try experimenting with different spices/herbs.
  3. Lack of exercise.  Sometimes eating less isn’t enough to put yourself in a calorie deficit, especially as you get closer to your goal weight. Try to make time to incorporate exercise into your everyday routine. This may mean parking further from your job, taking the stairs, or getting a gym membership (and actually using it).  Plus, studies have shown that those who engage in exercise are more successful with maintaining weight loss.
  4. Portion control. Even if you’re eating fruits and vegetables, it’s still important to be aware of your portion sizes. When I first started paying attention to calories/portions, I couldn’t believe that a yam (1 cup) was approximately 177 calories! It’s not a bad idea to indulge in veggies at meal time (and I bet you never met someone who said they gained weight from eating too many carrots),  but just be mindful that they still contain calories, especially those that are starchy. One suggestion is to use a salad plate for meals to trick your eyes into thinking there’s more on the plate than there really is.
  5. Emotional eating. This includes, but is not limited to eating out of boredom, eating because you’re upset, or eating just to eat. Figuring out the root cause of your emotional eating is the key to preventing it from happening. It’s important to remember that the only problem food is going to cure is hunger. I believe that eating foods high in carbohydrates (like ice cream) can make you feel better temporarily, but it won’t change the fact that he/she broke up with you.

Best of luck to you on your weight loss journey!

 

Angelica Lee (4)

 

Hosting a Rock Painting Party For Adults

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Who said painting rocks is only for kids? A few weeks ago I hosted my first ever rock painting party. I got this idea after discovering that there’s a local Facebook page dedicated to painting rocks and hiding them throughout the neighborhood for others to find. So what would make rock painting more geared to the adult population?- WINE! Plus alcohol does get those creative juices flowing..

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How it works: If you find a painted rock, you have the choice of keeping it or leaving it. If you decided to keep the rock, you need to replace it with another painted one. On the back of the rock you should write “Please take a picture and post (insert Facebook rock group’s name).” This way, you can see who got the rock you painted.

  1. Join your local Facebook rock hunting group:  Most groups are called “(insert city) Rocks”. If a group doesn’t exist already, create one!
  2. Invite your guests: make a Facebook event or mail out invitations. Tell those invited to bring their favorite wine. Be sure to mention that they should also join your local rock group and explain how it works.
  3. Go rock hunting: I went to the beach to find my rocks but parks are usually a good place to look as well. I recommend searching for rocks of various shapes and sizes to make them more interesting to decorate. If your rocks are dirty, make sure to rinse them off with water and allow them to dry before painting.
  4. Get your supplies: You don’t need amazing quality brushes or paint. I got all of my supplies from Walmart.
  5. Drink some wine and start painting rocks!!russn_fckr-66974

What you’ll need:

Plastic tablecloths (better than newspaper just in case someone spills water or wine)

Paint brushes

Acrylic paint

Paint palettes (plastic plates work just as well)

Acrylic sealer- to keep the paint from fading.

Rocks

Plastic cups with water (for cleaning brushes)

Optional:

Apron

Toothpicks- help with painting details

 

Painting ideas: Add quotes, music lyrics, dates.

Themes- sports, animals, holidays, seasons

 

Angelica Lee (4)