Lunch Date

January 30, 2015







jeans (amazing for this post baby body with stretch and comfort!)- Paige Denim | flannel- Old Navy | heels (similar)- Marshall's | necklaces- Miaearrings | watch- Kate Spade | bracelet- Alex & Ani

PHOTOS BY ALYSSA

Yesterday miss Emery and I had the chance to get some lunch with our sweet blog friend, Alyssa and it was just what the doctor ordered. It was a rough week getting over sickness and dealing with a lot on my work schedule so it was nice to take some time with her to chat and just enjoy each other's company. We're in the process of revamping her blog too so make sure you keep checking back to see the reveal in the coming weeks!

This weekend, we are just as busy as well with my mother in law's birthday on Sunday which also happens to be Super Bowl so we're going to attempt to spoil her rotten. I'm making a cake and getting her favorite flowers to surprise her. And if you didn't know, the Super Bowl is taking place about 10 minutes from our home sooooo I'm planning to stay home getting my list accomplished as best I can without having to face the chaos our whole city has become. I drove by the stadium on my way to lunch on Tuesday and it was a nightmare! I do think it's super exciting it's here but it's also a little nerve wrecking with the amount of people it brings to our city making it super vulnerable.

Anyway, have a lovely weekend!

Mommy Favorites

January 28, 2015


Here we are a few months into being a mommy and I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of a routine. I may not have all the answers or really the chaos under control but living our day to day life, I've found some items I can't live without and products that will definitely be used for future babies and recommended to all my fellow pregnant mamas! Let's recap, shall we?

THE HONEST COMPANY // All the hype about The Honest Company is legit. I was hesitant to even give the diapers a try because knowing how much I love style, I thought I'd be wasting my money on diapers that essentially are worn for 2 hours tops at a time. Well, I did some research, budgeted a bit and found that when I bundle my diapers and wipes with Honest, I'm saving money! Coming from someone who was buying those at Costco, I think that's an amazing deal and better yet, I get to pick all the cute patterns for the babe!

COMOTOMO BOTTLES // I had the hardest time trying to find a bottle I was happy with! Who knew it would be so hard to come by one that didn't leak, collapse or cause air pockets...? My goodness! I finally chose to splurge a little and ordered a set of 2 of these to try and soon fell in love. They're silicone so they are so easy to clean and closer to a natural breast so Emery really transitioned well with these. We have both green and pink lids!

LOU LOU & COMPANY BLANKETS // When we brought Emery home, she hated being swaddled so over time I forced it and now she can't be without it. I've debated getting her used to not being swaddled but after finding these knit blankets, I've decided to let her stay swaddled and secure as long as it's not posing a threat to her because it's what she loves. These blankets are literally the bees knees. So soft, so flexible and perfection for wrapping my little baby into a burrito. I love them for throwing over her car seat while out too to protect from the sun or even laying them down for her to play on. Confession: I have 6 now. Oye!

SLEEP SHEEP // I sort of thought white noise was shenanigans until we were going about our business throughout the house and every damn noise woke E from her slumber. Since then, I snagged this baby and throw it on when I lay her down for 45 minutes and it's been a dream. Even when the house is quiet, I think the variation of noise it offers gives her some peace and calming while lulling her to sleep so I would definitely recommend it!

NUK PACIFIERS // We were huge fans of the Wubbanub paci when Emery was  little younger (and still are) but she tends to keep the NUK pacis in her mouth better during the night. Most of the time, I try to lay her down without her paci but if she isn't quite out yet, she likes it and this stays put. It's also great for being in the car and such as well because I know it stays in place with it forming to her face better and the colors offered are so fun!

By no means am I a pro or really even know what the heck I'm doing but over the last couple months, I've been reaching for these goodies time and time again. Ranging in cost from minor to splurging, I know they might differ for each persons budget but I can't recommend them all enough. I hope this helps all you new mommies or old ones that are searching for some goodies for your Littles!

My Little Love

January 26, 2015










AUBREY // jeans- Old Navy | top- The Tickled Pink Boutique | jacket (similar)- Forever 21 | booties- here
EMERY // leggings- H&M | tunic- Gap | moccs- KCMoccs | headband- Bloom by Haley Anne


Our first official outfit post together. Eeek! How fun is that?! I'm so excited to share this little love of mine and I am just dying over her little outfit. Who knew dressing (and shopping) for a girl would be so much fun? I definitely didn't anticipate me wanting to do it for her versus myself all the time but that's what has happened.

This weekend we had Andrew's company party for Discount Tire so we left both kids with his parents from about 4pm-2am while we had the night out. It was seriously so nice to take some time for each other to enjoy and have a couple drinks and dance without having the pressure of looking at the clock often to get home. We had a blast and what's even better but Emery slept until 6am so I didn't have to get up for a couple hours- haha! Also, on Sunday, we saw my whole family since grandparents were in town so miss girl had lots of love from her grandparents, great grandparent and aunts and uncles. I'd say this weekend was a success!

How was yours?

Giveaway Winner!

January 24, 2015


Just a little post over the weekend to announce the mamaRoo giveaway winner! Thank you to everyone who entered- you made it a total success!

congratulations....
MERCEDES DOYLE

Please shoot me an email to claim your fabulous new mamaRoo!
aubreykinch@gmail.com

Perspective

January 23, 2015


PHOTO BY // ELLIE COBURN

I've said it before when I was pregnant, I had in my mind how things would go with work and balancing life. All too naive of me to assume I'd be supermom/business woman because it's been tough, you guys. I am a type A, OCD planner and like to know how my days will go and I like to be in control. Throughout my pregnancy, I was really challenged to let go and that all started right off the bat when we were struggling getting pregnant. I finally had a moment of letting God take the reigns and quickly found out we were pregnant after that. Same goes for the whole time I was incubating, miss E. Things would come up, I'd stress out and break down and when I finally gave it all to God, things would settle and calm and I'd be at peace. So you'd think I would know how to do that by now but I don't. I'm struggling with work and getting things in place with a 9 year old and a 3 month old. I'm finding it hard to spend time with my husband versus investing in my clients and giving them what they're paying for.

Each Sunday I take some time in my office to prepare for the upcoming week of work and schedules and find that I've been packing it full equivalent to when I didn't have a baby hanging around and even then, I found it hard to accomplish all I wanted to. How in the world do I have the mentality I can tackle it all now with even more chaos in my life? Again, I'm naive. So it hit me.... just this morning. I really need to gain a better perspective of how my days will go. I need to realize and understand we're in training with a baby who doesn't prefer naps and I have a kiddo who has karate 3 times a week and school 40 minutes from our home. I have a full time schedule at work that really only gets part time hours devoted to it so here we are.... learning to scale back. I'm okay with starting to take less clients and embracing devoting my 100% attention to the small handful I do accept. I'm learning to not overbook and to simply enjoy my new baby and sweet 9 year old. I'm sure I'll blink and Emery will be 1, Drake will be driving and I'll be a sobbing mess thinking I spent too much time invested in work and not watching my babies grow.

It's all about perspective, friends.
Am I right?

3 Months

January 22, 2015


This nugget! She's 3 months old today and I'm simply celebrating the stage she's in. I can't explain how in love with the interaction we've been getting from her just the last couple weeks. It's been amazing to watch her develop and learn new things as well as give giggles and smiles constantly to myself and her daddy. It melts us- every.single.time.

STATS
13lbs
22 inches
0-3 month clothes

LOVES
snuggling
eating
bath time
standing/sitting up
laying on her playmat
tummy time
talking, smiling, giggling

HATES
driving in the car
having her bottle taken away- still screams over that!
nap time but loves sleeping at night.... weirdo
swaddling- we're transitioning out soon

This was the other night after bath time and she was literally making Andrew and I laugh so hard. I just love how she talks to us back and forth and the interaction we're getting- I know I keep saying that but man, it's rewarding and so exciting! Emery babe, we love you!

Mommy's Lifesaver + Giveaway!

January 20, 2015








It is confession time. When I was pregnant, I had in my mind I'd be able to take care of a newborn while working full time and getting enough sleep and being a step mom to a very active 9 year old all while maintaining a marriage and household with dinner on the table every night. Ambitious? Maybe. Doable.... uh, no. After about a month of adjusting to our new life, I finally realized work wasn't going to be easy, getting time with Drake for homework would be a challenge, dinner every night might consist of frozen pizza or take-out and the battle between sleep and cuddles with my husband would mean sleep... every time. Hello to the new mom naivety.

Soon after that, I gave into the mamaRoo. Let me just preface I had read and heard pretty amazing things about this bad boy and I thought people must be exaggerating and I quickly learned, they weren't. I can now snuggle Drake for 10 minutes and cook a meal or even shower- my husband is thankful for that last one! But seriously. I admittedly have a baby who loves movement and is a spoiled little mommy's girl so it's been a challenge to put her down and let her cry for a bit when I know she's totally fine but I can set her up in her Roo and she's the happiest babe just watching the mobile and enjoying the movement. Best part? While I'm doing dinner or snuggling my other babe, I can change the settings for Emery if she dozes off to sleep or wants a little music all from my phone with their app. Coming from a gal who has that permanently attached to hip, it's very useful to be in tune with the babe even while I'm accomplishing other tasks.

End result- the mamaRoo is worth it. New mom? Invest in it! Or better yet, enter to win one now- you didn't think I'd tease you too much without offering a fabulous giveaway on the new mamaRoo, right? 

HOW TO ENTER
leave a comment below as an entry
tweet about the giveaway tagging @aubreykinch

2 possible entries | giveaway will close Friday at midnight MST!
Good Luck!

New Years Day

January 2, 2015










Happy New Year! Andrew has New Years Day off every year so it's always nice to know that and try to plan to do something fun. This year, we had Drake too so we decided to visit Sealife Arizona at AZ Mills and we had such a great time! Drake is in this phase where he can get bored really easily if he's not playing video games (ugh) so I was a little hesitant he wouldn't like it but he literally had a blast and was jaw dropping at every tank! His little ohh's and ahh's were precious and Emery even loved all the lights and such, too! I'd say we're starting the New Year off just right!