How I potty-trained my son

Hi ladies! Well I’ve been working on potty training my 2 year old son the last few weeks. The days have been a little frustrating, but lately have gotten better because he is almost 100 percent trained. I’m so proud of him, this is a major milestone for him! He’s the smartest little boy in town and I’m not just saying that because I’m his momma.. I’ve linked the video that I uploaded on my youtube channel so that all of you can watch and enjoy! Thanks for stopping by mommas!

Jenni C.

How I currently organize my life


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Hi everyone! So up until mid March I was using my iPhone calendar as a planner. It has worked great even now, but I wanted to find a place to jot down all the meals that I would be cooking for the week, shopping lists and more. I found this amazing print-out online at www.thegraciouswife.com and that’s what I’ve been using ever since! It’s awesome and so colorfully cute! This planner has literally saved me. Here’s a link to it!

Home Management Binder – FREE Printables

As far as my cooking schedule…Now that I’ve got every meal of everyday of the week written down, I don’t struggle trying to figure out what to cook when the time comes. And even if I don’t cook the meal that I had written down for that day because I don’t have the ingredients, all I have to do is look at another day’s meal that includes ingredients that I do have and cook that! That right there is priceless! Then I just write down the things I was missing in the Grocery List it comes with and take that with me on my next grocery run.

I still use my iPhone calendar as a back-up, but this Home Management Binder is my go-to-planner everyday! I hope this is useful for all of you! It most definitely was for me! Share with me what you use to organize your life. I know it can be hectic being a mommy, but I would like to hear your ideas on organization! Well thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.

 

 

 

At-Home Newborn Photo Session

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Hi everyone! As I’m sure not many of you know, I used to do some photography work on the side. I worked with Portraits, Maternity, Smash-Cakes, Quinceañeras, Engagements and Weddings. I wasn’t getting much work in my later days and it sorta died out. I still have my camera and some equipment that I kept. I was looking at some YouTube videos yesterday on how to photograph a newborn at home. All the tutorials said that the best time to photograph a newborn was between 5 and 10 days! My daughter is almost 3 weeks old, but I really wanted to at least attempt to take them. She doesn’t have many “deep sleeps” during the day so I knew it would be a challenge. So I set up my room and took some photos. She looked adorable.

Here’s how I did it! I ran 2 heaters to make my baby nice and warm even with only a diaper. I grabbed a boppy pillow and set it on the bed. I set a large cardboard box on my bed and leaned it on the wall. 08I took a white blanket and stretched that over the bed on top of the boppy pillow and pulled up over the box. Next I put my baby on top of the boppy pillow and posed her and kept my hands on her until she fell asleep. My husband grabbed the diffused light and turned it on and I took the pictures. It took us about 30 minutes which I thought it was not bad considering it was the first time I do these types of photos. And we pretty much ended up in sweat because of the heaters lol!

My husband took a small video of the ordeal and I’ve linked it for you all to see! Have you ever tried to take “at-home” pictures? Please tell me how it went! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.


 

2 weeks postpartum

Me Paulette

I haven’t recently updated you all on what’s been going on in my life. So let me do that now! Exactly 2 weeks ago I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Paulette. I’ve given birth before so I thought I knew what I was in for, but in reality it was very different. Push time was faster, but the recovery has been taking longer than it did my first time. I’m exclusively breastfeeding and that has taken about 70 percent of my time. I love to be able to provide for my baby in that way, but at the same time feel exhausted with the time that I have to spend in my room feeding her. I’m still adjusting, but I was blessed to have my health insurance cover a Medela Pump. Those of you who know about breast pumps know that Medela is an amazing brand. Anyway, I’ve decided to begin pumping meanwhile still breastfeeding my daughter. I want to eventually get to the point where I can bottle feed the breast milk to my baby. That way I’m not confined to my room or wherever to feed my child. My husband is home for a month so it’s been nice, but I’m still trying to figure out my rhythm here at home. With everything that needs to get done around the house, my toddler and my 10 year old running around, my newborn’s eating demands and more,  there’s little time to have to myself. I’m making the time, though. Every little bit counts! All you new mommies out there, share below how you’re coping with the changes of not only motherhood, but time constraints and things like that. Thank you all for stopping by!

Jenni C.