I love subscription boxes, so when I hear about Bump Boxes, which is a subscription box for pregnant women, I knew I had to try it. This is my third and *most likely* last pregnancy, so I’m wanting to try anything and everything while I can!!
My box was filled with goodies that were specifically tailored to my due date.
I love that they offer 3, 6, and 9 month subscriptions so you know exactly how long you’ll be getting them.
Pretty much everything in my box would still be useable after pregnancy. My favorite thing about subscription boxes (besides that it’s basically a surprise for yourself every month) is the fact that I get to discover new products and brands . A couple things that came in this box were things I actually needed but just haven’t bought for myself. (Typical mom…always buying for everyone else, never for myself!)
Definitely check out bumpboxes.com if you are pregnant and want to treat yourself to some goodies every month!
Check out my unboxing video to see everything that came in my box!
I have been doing pregnancy update vlogs to document how my third pregnancy is going.
I feel like I am made to have babies. I have had the easiest pregnancies (*so far* knock on wood!), so I doubt anything crazy or exciting will be documented!
It’s nice to look back and watch myself grow.
Just like most pregnant women, I take photos throughout my pregnancy, but to actually have videos to look back on will be something I never had before.
I am going to try to post a video to YouTube at least once a week in 2018! This is a pretty big resolution, and I know it won’t be easy, but I’m going to try!
We’ll see how things go once my third child arrives. Ha!
I am now almost 20 weeks, so this video is from a couple weeks ago. I uploaded a gender reveal video this week. I will also being doing videos on the kids playing, which might be a separate channel. I haven’t decided on that yet. Cash & Sawyer love watching channels like Ryan’s Toy Review, and Cash begs me to record him while he plays with his toys…so they might just need their own channel. Kids these days!
If you looked in my pile of unfolded laundry you would see a big black pit. I would say about 85% of my wardrobe is black! 5% white…5% and 5% other neutral colors. This makes it easy to put outfits together (and I am SLIGHTLY color blind, which is also a factor). I am also a firm believer that comfort is key, BUT I think you can be comfortable and still look put together.
Here’s some outfit inspiration for mamas that want to look put together yet comfortable!
Some of my key pieces:
• Black Skinny Jeans – My new FAVORITE are the ones in these photos, which are from Old Navy, they have a stretchy waistband! A dream come true. CLICK HERE to shop
• GOOD black leggings – These look and feel nicer than the $7 Forever 21, but are just as comfortable, and they won’t rip after 2 washes CLICK HERE to shop
• Loose white tops – Not sure why but I just feel like a clean white shirt always looks nice, especially paired with black pants or shorts. HERE is one similar to the last photo
• Pencil skirt – I love love love pairing t-shirts with pencil skirts. They’re comfortable but look a little more dressed up, even when paired with converse.
• BOOTIES! – I feel like a cute pair of booties can bring a whole outfit together. One of my favorite places to shop for boots it Qupid
If I could fill my closet with those key items I would be set.
Moms can still look cute while being comfortable. Just remember to grab a good key piece that pulls the outfit together!
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I’ve gathered up some of my favorite baby items for this blog post.
WARNING: This post may cause baby fever.
I don’t think I want another baby, but damn, this stuff is so cute it sure makes me consider having one more!!
BURRITO BABY SWADDLES
As if you didn’t want to eat up a new baby already, this will make it even harder to resist! These burrito baby swaddles are hilarious and adorable. SHOP HERE by Mirando Brand
PERSONALIZED BLOCKS & UNIQUE WOODEN TEETHERS/TOYS
Little Sapling Toys has the cutest selection of wooden teethers, toys, and blocks. Personalized blocks that spell baby’s name would be a lifelong keepsake. I really like the idea of finding a teether that fits perfectly with the family, for example the guitar for musicians, the castle for Disney lovers, the airplane for a pilot’s baby, etc. There’s seriously SO many cute ones to choose from!! SHOP HERE by Little Sapling Toys
Who doesn’t love sloths? Exactly. These super soft, handmade sloths are perfect for little ones to cuddle with. And they’re super duper adorable. SHOP HERE by Slumberkins
These milestone blankets by BatzKids are such a great way to photograph and treasure those special milestones. There’s so many to choose from, including age blankets, monthly milestones, first holidays, and even a monthly pregnancy blanket. SHOP HERE by BatzKids
Another great product to track milestones are these milestone cards! There’s a lot to choose from, and they are all super cute. SHOP HERE by Milestone
If you haven’t heard of DockATot yet, then you’re missing out! (From what I hear, at least.) I always read rave reviews about this product. Basically, this little spot is designed to help your baby sleep like…well…a baby! I wish I had known about it with my littles. SHOP HERE by DockATot
SHOPPING CART HAMMOCK
I’m not going to lie, these shopping cart hammocks look too good to be true! What a great little invention. Putting a car seat in the front of a shopping cart is frowned upon because it can be dangerous, and putting it in the back takes up the entire cart. I would have loved one of these when my kids were little! SHOP HERE by Binxy Baby
I am obsessed with these Moses baskets! They are seriously the perfect little spot for a new baby to sleep. Bassinets take up a lot of room, and are hard to move around. I would have loved one of these for my babies. SHOP HERE by Plum + Sparrow
Baby books have been around for forever, but they’ve never been as cute as they are today! These adorable Baby’s First Year books are so unique and modern. SHOP HERE by Lucy Darling
MULTI-USE NURSING COVER
I actually own a Covered Goods nursing cover, and still use it even though I am done nursing! This cover not only acts as a traditional nursing cover, but it also functions has a carseat cover, shopping cart cover, and a scarf! SHOP HERE by Covered Goods
Baby-wearing is a new-mom NECESSITY! I didn’t master the art of baby-wearing with Cash, mostly because I didn’t find a carrier that I loved/felt comfortable with. Thankfully I discovered Solly Baby wraps before having Sawyer, and it ended up being a lifesaver! I love that it’s very lightweight and breathable, and holds baby super close and snug to your body. SHOP HERE by Solly Baby
These are my favorite unique gifts. I hope this came in handy with your registry or the next baby shower you’ll be attending! I’m sure I’m missing some other amazing unique gifts on here, so if there’s any that you recommend, LET ME KNOW!!
I’ve started to see a lot of these meal delivery services start to pop up, and they all look really great, I’m interested in trying them…but I worry that my kids won’t like anything that’s included.
I was just introduced to a local company called Mini Fresh, which is similar to those meal delivery services that I mentioned, BUT they actually cater to babies, kids, and moms! My favorite thing about the company is the fact that they offer 100% organic food, and it’s all FRESH. They guarantee delivery twice a week, and everything is delivered within 5 hours of being cooked and packaged.
They are located in Phoenix and deliver locally at the moment, but they plan on expanding, so hopefully they can make it to your area soon if you aren’t in the Phoenix area!
Read more about their mission HERE.
I tried a bite of everything that was delivered, and it was all really tasty. (And I swear I’m not just saying that!!!) Those energy bites are full of so many great ingredients, but when I read them before tasting it I thought to myself “that cannot taste good…”, but it actually did. It tasted GREAT! And my kids thought they were cookies. Ha!
I gave the kids these trays for an early morning breakfast picnic. I heated up the veggie quiche (which was delicious) on a separate plate and then put it back in the tray.
That little oat bit (top right corner) was my personal favorite (lol), I took a bite and wanted the whole thing.
Give them a try if you’re an AZ local! Click HERE to browse their website.
I have always been interested in those monthly beauty box subscriptions, I just never pulled the trigger on signing up for one. There are a lot of different ones to chose from, which makes it hard to decide which one to choose!
I recently received my first beauty box, and it was from Beautycon. I was pleasantly surprised by the full size products, and the variety of items inside.
The box includes name brands such as Too Faced, Garnier, and L’oreal.
My favorite items were the Lippie Stick by ColourPop, the bronzer by Too Faced, and the highlighter by Artist Couture. I truly loved every item in the box though, and will use every single product.
Another goodie that came in the box was this botanic fiber facial mask , which was so refreshing! I think I’m going to have to stock up on these.
While I don’t have any other subscription boxes to compare it to, I do think that this one stands out among the ones I’ve heard about as far as the brands & sizes of products it offers.
The cool thing about getting a beauty box is that is likes a little surprise for yourself! You know it’s coming, but you don’t know exactly what will be inside.
If you decide to grab a box for yourself, be sure to use my code BRITTKAVWINTER for 15% off your total.
Click HERE to check out their website.
This post was sponsored by Beatycon.
Yesterday we explored Phoenix. We live in the west valley, so downtown Phoenix is only about 20-30 minutes from our house. We love going down there to check out new places to eat and shop at. Logan and I would love to live in the heart of downtown, but unfortunately it is just way too expensive! In fact- last night I was browsing 3 bedroom apartments and found one that looked somewhat affordable but too good to be true. So, we called to verify the price, and…well…the price that was listed was actually PER ROOM. So TRIPLE the price that we thought was reasonable. HA! So we will just have to accept the 20 minute drive [for now].
Anyways, one place that we love to stop at for some coffee is The Teapot. It’s very kid-friendly, and the large backyard area with the playground is perfect for beautiful days like yesterday. [The high was in the 70’s]
I took some photos of the kids playing there. We got there about an hour before they closed [they close at 2 P.M.] so we had the place to ourselves. 🙂
Cash having fun on the playground.
We got a hummus + veggie + pita bread tray, along with a fruit cup. The kids approved.
The kids never want to leave!
Soy Bean had to check out these pretty plants before getting into the car.
Until next time!
So many things to check out downtown. I will have to try to document some more good Phoenix-finds!
I always love finding new things to do with the kids. We have tried out a lot of different places around the valley, and some have become our favorites that we enjoy visiting frequently.
I have put together a list of our 5 favorite places around the valley that we love to take our kids.
1. PLAYGROUNDS FUN ZONE & CAFE • GLENDALE, AZ
Ideal for ages 8 and under. There is a section for babies, a section for toddlers, and then a playground for all ages. Cash and Sawyer absolutely LOVE it here. It’s very open and clean, and they offer a great cafe menu with a large range of items to chose from. We like to get there early and grab coffee and breakfast while the kids play.
2. THE TEAPOT • PHOENIX, AZ
We actually just visited The Teapot for the first time last week. It is now one of my new favorites! This is an adorable little cafe located in downtown Phoenix, and has a “hipster” vibe. There’s some toys inside for kids to play with, and outside there is a large grass yard with a playground and other activities for the kids. The place is pretty tiny, but we got there early on a Tuesday and it wasn’t too crowded.
3. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX • PHOENIX, AZ
There are so many things to do at the Children’s Museum, the kids have a blast exploring the 3 story historic Monroe School building. There are more than 300 play experiences throughout the entire museum. The 3- and-under room is one of Cash & Sawyer’s favorites. It’s full of things to climb, slide down, and crawl under. Cash also really likes the 2 story jungle gym, and running through the noodle-forest. There’s seriously a whole days worth of things to do, you and your kids will not get bored!
4. SEA LIFE • TEMPE, AZ
We have been to a few aquariums around the valley, and this one is our favorite. It’s not a huge aquarium, so don’t plan a whole day around it. However, Sea Life is located at Arizona Mills in Tempe, so you can enjoy it before or after doing some shopping or seeing a movie in their IMAX theater. Cash (3) loves it, and screams “WHOA!” at every single tank. While Sawyer (1) isn’t as amused. Sea life is located right next to the “Legoland Discovery Center”, which is next on our list.
5. LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER • TEMPE, AZ
The Legoland Discovery Center is located right next to the Sea Life Aquarium at Arizona Mills. Usually we buy tickets to both, because there is a discount! We like to walk throughout the aquarium, then let the kids play at Legoland. Some areas are more geared towards older kids, (I would say 6 and up?), but Cash and Sawyer love the area for younger kids. And Cash has a blast on the two “rides” there. (They are very low-key, but he enjoys them.) There’s also a little cafe area, with items such as sandwiches and chips.
I’m sure there are gems we haven’t discovered yet, but so far these 5 places are our favorite. I’d love to hear what your favorite kid-friendly places are!
So, it’s been a few weeks since I last blogged. I am so bad about keeping up with this. I don’t want it to be fake. I want to keep my posts authentic and original, but of course I want them to be engaging and interesting.
I could write lists of my favorite things all day long, but when I look back on this blog, those won’t be the things I care to see. I will care about my journey. So, I’ve decided I will *try* to blog at least once a week, but I am aiming for twice a week. I will try to be real about what’s going on in my life, and not put a pretty little filter over it.
I realize that most bloggers try to make their life look perfect, and that is totally understandable. Being vulnerable and sharing the not-so-perfect stuff with strangers is a difficult thing.
I want to share my struggles, my fears, my good days AND my bad days.
So, here’s to being REAL!
Let me start off by talking about January.
This January has been one of the most awful starts to the year for us. Actually, it’s probably been our worst month ever. The struggles we had this month might seem frivolous to some, so I don’t want to go into complete detail, but I will say it’s been rough.
Lots of crying, frustration, and anxiety.
Logan got an interview with a great company last month, just a few days before Christmas. He left the interview feeling very confident, and took the second part of the interview that day. Then he went and did the THIRD part of the interview and was offered the job, upon the review of his background check. Unfortunately the offer had to be taken off the table because of 2 speeding tickets he got 2 years ago. (Their company policy is no more than 1 speeding tick in the last 3 years.)
It was a pretty depressing way to start the holiday, to say the least. Logan was devastated.
Another struggle for us the last few months has been the transition from Root Avenue to Modern Scout. Root Avenue was our main income for just over a year. It did great! However, with the over saturation of the market, and the new Instagram algorithm, I feared that it may not always be as successful as it was this last year. So, as I started to neglect Root to focus on MS, I could see that it was rubbing off on my followers.
I totally believe that my customer’s could sense that my passion was not FULLY there, and I believe it rubbed off. While RA has still been great, it is not reliable.
With all that said, it’s been a pretty stressful start to the year. The unknown is scary!
Despite the stress, I can say that I am still extremely thankful for the many blessings in my life. My babies are my world, and they make me smile every single day. (Even the days that I want to rip my hair out…which, let’s face it, is almost every day.)
Sawyer turned one a couple months ago, and Cash turns THREE in a couple weeks. AH, how will I survive in a house with a 1 year old and 3 year old.
Sawyer tries hard to keep up with her brother. It’s crazy how quickly she catches on to things. She has also become quite the monkey, and climbs on everything! She can say a few words, but her favorite by far is “YEAH!” and it is soooo cute when she says it. Oh, and I just weaned her. Since we call her Soy Bean, I called the it, Operation :Wean The Bean. I crack myself up. She made it extremely difficult, but it had to be done, for my own sanity.
Cash has thrived the past few months. He knows all of his letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and animals, and he has been fully potty trained since October. He is like a parrot, and repeats everything. (Which has made me try to make habit of not cursing.) He is definitely one of a kind, and can be quite the handful. But when he is in a good mood, he is just the sweetest little guy.
Both of my kids think the world of me, even when my patience is short with them. Their love is like nothing I have ever known before. It is truly amazing. They have my heart!
My goals for the rest of this month are to get my shit more organized, stay optimistic and focused.
Praying that this rest of this month goes out with a bang! (A good bang.)
Something really bad is happening to small businesses, primarily children’s clothing brands that have gained popularity through Instagram.
As most of you know, for the last two years I have owned a small business called Root Avenue. Root Avenue’s main product is children’s graphic t-shirts. When I first opened shop I started off with 5 designs, that I created myself in photoshop. Root’s first big ‘hit’ was our Pretty Fly For A Small Fry raglan. Before I released this design I searched all over the internet to see if anyone else had an item with this phrase. I searched hashtags, Pinterest, Etsy, Google, etc, and it was nowhere to be found. Within weeks of releasing this shirt I started to see copies being made. They started to pop up in the hashtag on Instagram, and in Etsy shops. I was furious that people were ripping me off, and I eventually had to invest in trademarking this phrase so that I had legal grounds for reporting knock-offs.
As a small business every single sale is a huge deal for me and my income. Every time a copy is made, it takes away from my business. Yes, even if it’s made for personal use. Copying a small business is the exact opposite of being supportive.
Taking the time to report every single replica became part of my daily schedule. It took away from time that I could have been doing productive things for myself and my company.
Then came the knock-offs from *China. (*I do not want to write the name of the website, so I will be referencing “China” instead. I do not want to help promote this wholesale website in any way.) The first time someone notified me that my design was being sold on this popular Chinese wholesale website, my heart dropped and it felt like someone punched me in the gut.
Reporting “copy cats” was one thing. China is a whole other level. Once an item has been copied by China, you not only have to worry about the Chinese wholesaler, but you have to worry about THEIR supplier, as well as boutiques that buy in bulk from them.
There are also “Buy-In” groups on Facebook, where women go in on buying in bulk from this website. I understand that some women don’t even know that they are buying knock-offs. HOWEVER, I believe that a majority know exactly what they are buying. Some even have the nerve to go to these groups and post photos from small businesses pages and ask if it can be found on the Chinese wholesale website.
All of this is a HUGE problem. Copying is directly effecting small businesses, and it is stealing! Stealing from business owners who have worked their butt off creating, designing, promoting, and running their business. All to be ripped away from them because of GREED.
I have seen people say things such as, “Well, you should be flattered that they like your product enough to copy it!”
To me, this is the same thing as someone getting robbed, and then be told, “Well, you should be flattered that they liked your stuff enough to steal it!”
Because that is exactly what copying is. It’s STEALING.
Being copied is one of the most discouraging thing for business owners to deal with. Even with trademarks and copyrights, it is extremely difficult to track down and remove all of the replicas. Not to mention the amount of frustration it causes and time it consumes.
Wondering how to be able to tell the original from the replica?? Here are few helpful tips.
How to find out where the original came from:
If the item is something that is easily searched, such as a phrase on t-shirt, I recommend browsing Instagram hashtags. This allows you to go back and see when it was used first and which company started it. There are some generic phrases that are hard to claim, but you can at least see if a design was replicated. (Font/placement/garment/etc.)
The photos on the Chinese wholesale website all look very similar. Here’s some examples. Now, it can be very hard to tell sometimes. The Chinese wholesale website will often steal the small business’s photos. This screen shot is straight from the Chinese wholesale website. The three photos that have a picture of a child were all stolen from the original makers. So, just because you see a picture of a child wearing the item does not mean that is the actual item you are buying. Photos of my children are being used by the Chinese wholesale website, as well as by boutiques who have purchased from them.
If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Many “crafters” will charge very low prices just to make the sale, and because they will purchase a very cheap blank. A “custom” t-shirt, for example, might be sold for $10 because they purchased a blank shirt from somewhere like Walmart, & used their vinyl cutter to make the design. Ripping off designs means they don’t have to work hard on being creative or promoting a business, they can just copy someone else and make a quick buck.
Boutiques selling children’s sets (example: shirt, bloomers, bow ) for $13-$20 were most likely bought from China. Many sets on the Chinese wholesale website are being sold at prices as low as $4. (If that doesn’t scream sweatshop, I don’t know what does!) Now, figuring out if the item is a knock off is another thing, but a little research can usually help you determine it’s authenticity.
The photo above is a great example of what you get when you buy a knock-off from China. Check out the spelling errors on the shirt.
The originals can be found here:
Headband | Shirt | Leg Warmers | Adorable Baby Model
END THE DEMAND
Whether it be a friend making a copy, or contributing to a bulk buy-in, THIS is the type of thing that needs to STOP NOW. If we can work together to end the DEMAND, then we can hopefully eventually end the SUPPLY.
I know this might seem like a lot of information, and I understand that this might not resinate with a lot of people that it doesn’t directly effect. I just want to get this information out there, and if this stops even one person from buying or making a knock-off, then I would be happy.
When you buy from the original maker, you are helping support a family and a dream.
SUPPORT CREATIVITY AND THE ORIGNAL!
#supportlocal #buyhandmade #shopsmall #makesmallbig
Side note, yes, I do buy things made in China. I have even purchased things (such as tape, and paper clips) from the Chinese wholesale website. I want to be clear that I am not saying that all things made in China are bad, I am simply stating that there is a huge problem with creators being ripped off by them.