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Baby Products: Nice vs Necessary

September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


Let’s face it. There are a bazillion baby products out there these days! Isn’t it kinda amazing and overwhelming at the same time to know what to get when you have a baby? I decided to make a list of some of my FAVORITE baby products and let you know what I feel like is worth the money and some products that I wouldn’t waste my money on.

Let’s start with:

STROLLERS. With my first baby we had NO idea what we were looking for. After extensive research and thanks to The Baby Cubby who helped show me the bells and whistles of all strollers, I’ve found my favorite – The City Select Lux! At first, setting it up and figuring out all it’s tricks was a little bit of a pain, but now that I’ve mastered that I love love it! Why? Because it grows with your kids. You can use one seat, two seats, a seat with a jump seat or foot stand, plus you can move the seats how you want them to face. The best part? You don’t feel like a school bus pushing two kids. I love that both of my kids can be in it (in addition to all my crap!) and I can easily push it with one hand. Also… it’s just classy. This stroller will last us forever. I’m all about that! Definitely something worth investing your money in.

DIAPER BAGS. Okay mamas, I’ve tried all shapes and sizes of diaper bags and my heart will always be cheering for the Fawn Design. It’s everything. Fits all my stuff, turns into a backpack, classy enough for husband to carry, and just is perfectly functional in my book. The owner, Jenny is amazing. I hate that so many people have tried to copy her design because she’s the diaper bag genius and I’m excited to see what more she comes up with! I also love THIS diaper bag for a church bag. It’s perfect and has lasted me forever. I owned a Petunia Picklebottom bag when I first became a mom and I’ll be honest, it didn’t last as long as these other two by a long shot. I won’t go back!

CARRIERS: As far as wraps go, I’m a fan of the Solly Baby Wrap (similar to THIS one). I have a ring sling, and other fabric carriers, but I love the functionality of the Solly Baby. My only complaint is that it takes me a minute to put on, plus is tricky to do it when you’re not at home and don’t want the fabric to touch the ground. (I’m a total germaphobe!). I also have a Baby Bjorn carrier that I love as well. (currently wearing it as I type this post) I feel like the Bjorn gives me more back support than the wrap, but I love having both options.

SWINGS: Okay, let’s talk the beloved Mamaroo. My opinion on this might differ actually from a lot of moms out there, but in my opinion, it’s nice to have, not a necessity. I feel like the different settings it does is more for the parents than the baby. I have a fisher price swing that was half the price and both of my babies have loved it just as much. Nice to have? Yes. And some moms swear by it, but in my experience it’s definitely been nice, not a necessity. THIS is the one I have.

COVERED GOODS: I love my car seat/nursing cover. It’s honestly a must have. Would I spend a fortune on this one again? Probably not. I see them on sale over on ALL the time and I wouldn’t pay more than $20 for one. THIS is the one I have.

DOCKATOT: This is another controversial product and one that I will swear by! It’s made so that your babe can safely sleep in your bed. The edges go along baby’s body so that he/she feels cozy. Do I worry about transitioning to a bare crib? Yes. But I definitely would spend money on this again and again. I’ll be curious how that transition goes because I have the Deluxe and not the Grande. I don’t know that I want to get the grande because at that point I want my babe to sleep in her crib, but I’ve loved the Deluxe. We also took it with us on our last road trip and it was awesome to bring along and have my baby feel like she was in the same bed every time. Worth the investment and sleep! THIS one is like mine.

OWLET: Okay, another yet again controversial product. My husband and I have constantly talked if this is a nice product to have or a necessity. It’s a tough call. If you were to ask me 3 days into using it, I would’ve said to not waste your money. It went off one night and probably caused more of an issue with my heart than with hers. Totally freaked me out and I was ready to take it back, but now I can honestly say, I love when she has it on. She was in the NICU for a week and monitors constantly go off in the NICU and so I feel like the Owlet is similar and an extra pair of eyes. I did a little bit of research on this and they have the range of settings already preset so you can’t change it. They had multiple doctors and researchers set the range so it’s definitely well thought out. That being said, I don’t know if it would go off before my baby needed CPR, so I definitely don’t have all my trust in it, I just use it as an extra set of eyes. You can snag the sock 2 HERE.

CRIB: I am a cheapskate when it comes to cribs. I think the crib we got with our first was a yardsale find for $60. This time around I came across and was a little worried about ordering from them, but I couldn’t have been happier with the one we found! It’s similar to THIS amazon one that is beautiful!! I love the more modern looking cribs. Minimal, clean lines, and goes in any nursery.


BOPPY: A necessity. Especially those first few weeks. I love mine and would definitely spend money on this. I like THIS one from The Baby Cubby because it comes with the cover. Or THIS one with THIS water resilient cover!

NIGHT GOWNS: When they are still so itty bitty, nightgowns are a lifesaver for boys or girls because you don’t have to zip, snap, (or find your husband missed one in the middle of the night!) My cute MIL found these darling ones and I’ve been obsessed! These I would definitely spend money on again and again! The ones I have are HERE.

SWADDLE BLANKETS: I’ve always been a fan of muslin swaddles. Adan + Anais and Little Unicorn are wonderful, but lately I’ve been loving the Cloud Island brand! You NEED muslin blankets in my opinion. One that I have used a ton with this baby in these first few weeks is THIS and I’ve loved it.

BREAST PUMPS: If you are breastfeeding, Medela is the way to go. ALWAYS check and see what your insurance will cover because if they can cover a Medela that’s what I would recommend. My last pump had a trillion pieces, I was always cleaning so many random parts over and over again. I feel like the Medela is more simple but more powerful too.

NOSE FRIDA: Every mom NEEDS this! It does wonders and you’ll be so grateful you aren’t using the bulb to suck those little bugs out of their nose! You can read more about them HERE.

There are so many things out these days it’s so fun but also a lot to take in. The items listed above are the ones that come to mind that have saved me. Some things that I wouldn’t waste my money on again are: changing table, changing pad, diaper warmer, diaper genie, and baby bath tub. I just feel like I never used any of those enough to have it be worth my money.

Would you agree to any of this? What are some of your MUST HAVE baby items that you can’t live without?! I’d love to hear!




***May contain affiliate links but all opinions are my own.***

Baby Shower

July 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

My heart feels so full today. Not everywhere do you find such wonderful people who constantly just give love. I had the sweetest baby shower and seriously started crying when I looked up to see how many people came to celebrate this rainbow baby with us. I wish I coulda told myself last year that all the heartache would be worth it. Happy tears today!🍋





FHE Toddler Edition: Lesson #10

April 9, 2017 in Family Home Evening Lessons / Uncategorized

First off, I have had so many sweet and wonderful comments about these little FHE lessons I made. Thank you so much! I have tried to think of ways for you to just be able to have a downloadable version with all the lessons. But until I can figure out the best way to do that (and to make it look cute), we will continue with these posts as often as I can! (Plus, it holds our little family accountable in doing FHE too!)

I love hearing your experiences so let me know what has worked/not worked with these lessons with your family! I love hearing feedback! You all are so wonderful! Here is lesson 10.

(Amanda G photography)

Lesson #10: Popcorn Popping

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: Popcorn Popping

Scripture: Genesis 1:11-13

Lesson: Talk about the creation and how Heavenly Father created beautiful things for us to enjoy. Show items of wood or paper and explain that they are made from trees.

Activity: Go for a nature walk and point out all kinds of flowers and trees. Bring a leaf home to trace or glue their “leaf” collection on a paper.

Closing Prayer

Treat: Popcorn OR if it’s warm go out for snow cones.


I’m back + 4th of July in Squares

July 12, 2016 in Family / Uncategorized

Hello world!

This blog has been on a pretty big break recently and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. It is exactly what I’ve been needing and has allowed me to get through a few things going on in our crazy busy lives recently.

In a nutshell, we travelled for about a month, sent Shey’s (my husband) parents off to be mission presidents in Mexico, celebrated my baby sister’s wedding, bought our first home in a small town in Texas, lost another pregnancy + found out some hard news that I’m not ready to talk about yet, started potty training, made homemade limeade everyday, and have had so many angels help us in so many different ways.

So I hope you’ll stick with me as I try to get back into the groove of writing again. The passed few years I’ve been writing about everything motherhood. I still will write about that since it’s a huge part of me and my little boy is my whole world, but that topic stings just a little bit right now. The passed few months I’ve had this nagging feeling to open up a little bit more about my family and the life we choose to live. It’s nothing extreme or out of the ordinary. It’s actually a pretty simple life. We find the biggest joys out of the smallest things and we choose to live a way that makes us happy.

If you’re new here, welcome! You will find that this blog is pretty raw, and as you get to know me I would love to get to know YOU. If you’ve been here awhile, I hope you like the new transition and would love to hear your feedback!


I won’t lie, the time I miss home the most is the 4th of July. There’s something about Utah during that time that is so magical. (plus… the 24th is like round 2! Can’t beat it!) But this year ended up being so much fun. The day of the 4th a big Texas storm came rollin’ in, so we had a “re-do” with the parade and more fireworks on the 9th! Shey’s brother stayed with us one of the nights and we’ve been swimming our lives away! The city’s fireworks happen to be at a perfect view from our porch so it was the perfect ending to the best week!

Here was our 4th in squares:

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I hope you all had the best 4th of July!



Family Date Nights

August 24, 2015 in Family / Uncategorized

Since living in Texas our date nights consist of having a cute little 3rd wheel tagging along with us. We usually do something with just the 3 of us every single Friday night. Last week we went to the balloon festival and it turned out so fun! (minus the melted ice cream that got all over us). We kinda have a thing for hot air balloons since Shey proposed to me in one. We also went in one when I was pregnant and wanted to do a really “cute” announcement in the hot air balloon with 3 fingers and Shey pointing at my belly… you guys. Worst. Idea. Ever. I passed out and stayed on the floor of the basket the entire ride. (We never used that picture to announce btw but we still laugh about it).








I also have to tell you my most FAVORITE place to shop for clothes right now. If you haven’t heard of Roolee Boutique, seriously head over to their website, no… RUN over to their website because they have some of the cutest stuff ever and the quality is amazing. Did I mention their prices are awesome too? My shirt and shoes are from there. Leather sleeves?! I die. I follow their instagram pretty religiously so make sure to check that out too! (click HERE) They don’t disapoint. You can thank me later. 😉



Mama Spotlight : Livi Lou Designs

July 27, 2015 in For Mamas / For Mamas / Uncategorized
Mamas— meet the Jones family. Aren’t they so adorable? We are so happy to have Mari as one of our many mamas on the mamahood. Since we are doing a deal with her cute etsy shop, I thought it’d be fun to spotlight her and her company, Livi Lou Designs. I asked her a few questions so that you guys could get to know her better and don’t forget to visit her shop and use the code MAMAHOOD40 today and tomorrow for 40% off!
What is Livi Lou Designs? I sell digital art, invitations and announcements.
What made you start this cute shop? I am an RN and graphic design has always been a hobby of mine. After designing my daughter’s first birthday invitation, and receiving lots of encouragement from friends and family, I decided to open my Etsy shop.
My shop has been a huge blessing for me. I think a lot of times, we got lost in motherhood. It can become routine and if we don’t do something for ourselves, we can feel like we live our life on repeat. My shop has given me a sense of fulfillment outside of being a mom.
Favorite thing about being a mom? There is nothing I love more than being a mom to my baby girl. My favorite part of motherhood is watching my little girl grow. She is almost 15 months old and is learning how to talk. Her little voice melts my heart.
What’s one thing you love about being part of the mamahood? I love it because it’s a great reminder that we’re all in this together and that moms with all different backgrounds and lifestyles genuinely want to help each other. We all have the same goal – to raise happy, healthy kids.
Isn’t she the cutest?? Now go visit her shop, Livi Lou Designs and pick out your favorite print for 40% off!
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Meet Liz!

July 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

Ah, you guys! I’ve known about this little secret for a little while and am so excited to finally share with you a HUGE change that is going on with the blog. I decided that I want to expand a little bit and join forces with another sweet mama that I met throughout this whole Mamahood journey and have her join as a co-writer to this blog. She is full of AMAZING ideas, has a huge passion for motherhood, designs pretty things and is one talented lady, I’m tellin’ ya! We’ve collaborated and have a few ideas up our sleeves for the future that will be fun so make sure to follow along and spread the word!

Here’s a little bit about sweet Liz:



She is from Salt Lake City and currently living in St. George. (PS…did I mention that Liz and I live thousands of miles away but have managed to become BFF’s? Love her!) She is married to her best friend and is a work at home mama to a sweet, busy and adorable 14 month old boy. She is beautiful from the inside out!

Here are some questions I asked her so that you could get to know her a little better.

What’s your favorite thing about being a mom? Waking up everyday with a purpose. I love knowing that this perfect little human has chosen me to be his mother and I get to see the world through his eyes. He’s brought a whole new meaning to love, enjoying the little things and not worrying about the small stuff.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you? Oh boy. Is it weird that I really have to dig? I think it’s probably because I have the WORST memory ever.. I’m sure there are multiple things to choose from but the one that sticks out to me the most is this. One time I went to London with my family and we were taking the train aka the tube from the airport to the hotel. When you arrive at a stop, the doors open and you hear, “Mind the gap. Mind the gap.” in this lady’s voice and you only have a certain amount of time to exit the tube before the doors swiftly shut and the train moves on. Well we got to our stop and the doors opened. For some reason, I was at the back. Tell me that you can already tell where this story is going. Ha! Anyway, all of us gathered our luggage and started making the move out the doors and right when I was just about to step off, the doors quickly shut in my face and the train continued on. My heart seriously dropped. “WHERE AM I GOING?!”, is all that was running through my head. I quickly glanced at the map above me and saw that in about 10 minutes, we would be stopping again. I was looking around at the people on the train hoping that someone just saw what happened but none of them had any idea…Nor did they seem to care. I was dying. Haha! This was definitely the worst case scenario and I was seriously praying that my family was just waiting at the last stop for me. Thankfully, I was able to get off the train and find a different train going back the other way, found my family and all was good. But yikes! It still gives me anxiety just thinking about it.

What’s your favorite hobby? I love going to the DI or garage sales and finding wood furniture or something to refinish. I love making something old and dingy, beautiful again! that and working on graphic design projects are probably two of my favorite things.

What’s one thing on your bucket list? Well, I’m obsessed with the Bachelor/Bachelorette show (Team Ben H!!) and I love all of the amazing places that they travel to. Ever since I watched Jake Pavelka take his ladies to St. Lucia, I’ve been dying to go there. Seriously so dreamy! So someday, my husband and I will take a trip there with no children. 😉

We are so excited to have Liz on board with us and you will be hearing more from her soon!





Mama’s Day

May 11, 2015 in Love Notes / Uncategorized

I don’t usually blog over the weekend, but just wanted to share my favorite Mother’s Day quote this year.


I received the cutest bracelet made by @alexandani that had this quote attached. I don't think I could've said it any better. Happiest Mother's Day to all of you amazing moms, future moms, aunts, sisters, and friends! You deserve the best kind of day! (Ps. Winner is announced on the picture of my #spoiledmamagiveaway. Thanks everyone who entered!) #itwasmom #mothersday #sharegoodness #momlife


I hope you all had an amazing day! I love when the world has an excuse to take a day out of the year to honor moms. Whether you are a mom, future mom, aunt, sister, or friend, you deserve to be honored!





**quote from Alex & Ani


April 23, 2015 in Mamahood Made / Uncategorized

I ain’t no youtuber, but you better believe I put my money where my mouth is! Today I’m sharing my #mamahooddanceoff video for all of you who are getting your videos ready right now. (I know a lot of you that secretly are!) Why are you about to post a video of you dancing? Because you can win $100 to our boutique Mamahood Made!! We have a ton more products coming this week too so it’ll definitely be worth it! And who doesn’t like a good dance off?

There’s no crazy rules, just post a video of you dancin’ your heart out on Instagram and tag #mamahooddanceoff. You only have until April 30th which is coming soon!

Here’s my 30 second video for those who are just dying to see it…couldn’t figure out how to make it HD…but it might be better that way! Enjoy! Can’t wait to see yours soon! 😉


My Definition of Bravery

March 20, 2015 in Love Notes / Uncategorized

As I was packing my bags to embark on a new adventure in my life, a friend said 3 strong words I will never forget: You be brave. Then, there I was, with tears in my eyes, blowing a kiss to my dad from the gate about to board by myself on a flight going across the world to meet up with a group in the middle of Africa for a humanitarian trip. I didn’t know what being brave actually meant at that moment. However, I was able to come to a harsh realization for the 3 months following that day.


In my mind at the time, I thought being brave might mean to work hard even when I’m homesick, or to be careful in dangerous situations. I was wrong. After a few experiences, I’ve come to find my own definition for bravery.

Our first orphanage we walked through was surreal. We got out of a bumpy taxi ride to meet with 70 barefooted African children in ripped shirts, or sometimes nothing at all; each with his or her own heartbreaking story and reality. They touched our white skin and observed our differences. I had to walk away. The scene was too hard for my own heart to even bare. Why do people have to live like this? What will happen in their lives? Why wasn’t I the one in their shoes?


Snapseed (The first orphanage…I made it black and white because I’m not the cutest cryer)

There were multiple experiences in Africa that are still hard to talk about. I volunteered in schools, hospitals, and communities. To explain it to someone who’s never been would be like trying to describe the color red to someone who was blind. It’s near impossible.

One day, in one of the villages, a sweet little boy was climbing mango trees with his friends and fell about 13 feet on his head. He had a concussion and some kind of neck injury. One of the villagers, not knowing what to do, picked him up and took him on a dirt bike taxi to get some help. I was at the hospital they brought him to. We had to take him in an ambulance to get to another hospital. This little nine year old laid on a shiny metal cot that was rolling around in the back of a truck bumping around like crazy on dirt roads. When we finally reached the hospital, I ran to see if we could get him in to help save his life. The answer I got from the hospital administrator was, “He’ll have to wait. I’ve got 900 other people in line.” At that moment the whole world spun in a circle and I realized I wasn’t in America anymore. My legs ached as I walked back to the ambulance truck to deliver the bad news. As this little boy waited at the hospital, I went home and spent time away from my group to pray for his little life. With a lot of help and events in between, little Ivan made it. I remember visiting him when he was recovering and he had a big bandage on his head. Not one whimper. He was ready to face whatever he needed to do to stay alive. He stood up and took a few wobbly steps. Despite the torment his body felt, he kept moving.

He is my definition of bravery.

As time went on, there were many other experiences that were similar to this one. As hard as life is, there is a love that exists in Africa that you can’t find in America. I was able to feel that every single day.

Two-thirds into the trip was my turn to be brave. I received one of the worst phone calls from back home. One of my best friends that I grew up with had passed away at such a young age. When I heard the news my body froze. I was clear across the world and felt hopeless. I called my baby sister and just sobbed as she held the phone to her ear for quite some time. I laid in bed grieving, with flashbacks and panic attacks of a cold reality. That night I had to make a decision.

That night, I needed to be brave.

The next morning, I woke up to the beautiful sounds of Africa. I made a choice. I got out of bed and put my shoes on. I was ready to go to work. I couldn’t dwell on things back home and I knew my friend wouldn’t want me to either.

We visited a primary school that day and on the wall I saw a hand made sign that read, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. My dad always taught me that growing up. Right then I knew this was when I needed to take my friend’s advice and be brave. I had new motivation for the reason I was in Africa. I woke up every day with heartache, and every day I would put on my shoes and go to work. I put my energy from my breaking heart into my hands to help someone else. I learned to be strong because I had to be.

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Courage and bravery aren’t just an attribute you are born with. Being brave is having the courage to keep going even when you are terrified. Being brave isn’t choking back hot tears and forcing a smile, it’s allowing yourself to feel heartache and then making the choice to get back up again. I still have times in my life, even as a mom now, where I feel defeated. Those are the times when I hear a voice in the back of my head that says, “You be brave”.

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