I have mentioned a few times now that we LOVE essential oils and that I diffuse them and use them on Hayes every single day! A lot of you have been wanting more details on the oils we use and how we use them,
so that’s what todays post is all about!
{link for starter kit is at the bottom of this post!}

I’ve started to become more aware of the dangers of chemically filled products since Hayes was born.
These oils have been a lifesaver for our health AND my peace of mind. We use them for sleep, for occasional tummy aches, for soothing his skin, for calming him down, for boosting his immune system – ALL THE THINGS.
And I mean, just look at that little dude…he’s the happiest & healthiest baby because of it!
We diffuse them, apply them, and you can take them internally too. I can’t recommend this starter kit enough. There’s actually a KILLER sale going on until Friday, where you get a second diffuser for 40% off with the purchase of your starter kit.
The oils that come in the starter kit are MUSTS, I’ll never be without these – for Hayes and for myself!

Hayes will be 5 months old next week and he is teething like crazy,
the drool & the fussiness are on another level and nothing breaks my heart more than knowing he’s in pain.
I recently started using Copaiba and it is a total game changer!!
Here’s a quick summary of how I use the oils that come with the premium starter kit!!
(For Hayes)
Copaiba: Excellent for teething
Stress away: Helps calm nerves and fussiness
Lavender: Helps Hayes sleep better/more soundly – Also smells freaking AMAZING
Raven: For healthy breathing during seasonal changes (I’m pretty positive Hayes got my allergies, sorry dude!!)
DiGize: For happy tummies
Thieves: For a healthy immune system

(For me, all of the above, PLUS..)
Panaway: 
For muscle soothing & relieving head tension
Peppermint: For first trimester queasiness & healthy digestions (I also LOVE diffusing this)
Citrus Fresh: For clean aromas
Lemon: For cleansing my body and taking off sticky residue (love diffusing this with thieves for a clean smelling house)

If you’re planning on getting a starter kit I also HIGHLY suggest their baby wipes..
We have been using them from the beginning and Hayes has NOT ONCE ever had a diaper rash.
Also, I totally use them as makeup remover wipes occasionally!
If you’re currently pregnant you MUST start drinking Ningxia red…
I drank it throughout my pregnancy and it made me feel so much better knowing all of that healthy goodness was going into my body and nourishing my growing baby every single day.

I’m pretty much obsessed with all of the YL seedlings products as well.
We use the wipes and the baby wash every single day!

We put Gentle Baby oil on Hayes’s tummy every night and y’all I JUST DISCOVERED that you can dilute it
with V-6 vegetable oil and massage it into your skin for a healthier complexion.

We use a ton of other oils BUT these are the main ones I use for Hayes, and I wanted to get this post up ASAP while this major deal was still going on so if y’all have ANY questions whatsoever leave a comment here OR leave me a comment on my most recent Instagram post. Can’t wait to chat with y’all!

Here’s the link to order the Premium Starter Kit.
-Make sure “member” is selected.
-Then select Premium Starter Kit (the one with the 10 everyday oils collection and the diffuser), or the duo diffuser.
>>Signup link: Click {HERE}<<

Happy Monday y’all, hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! Ours was busy, but lots of fun!

I’m super excited because this week on the blog I’m going into detail and answering some of my
MOST FREQUENTLY asked questions.
One question I get multiple times a day is, “how do you edit your photos?!”
I’ve responded to hundreds of DM’s and even shared on stories before on how I edit, BUT figured I would do a full blog post for y’all today and include some before and after photos as well!

I recently started taking my “Instagram game” a little more seriously and completely fell in love
with the presets that Dreamy Presets has to offer…with that being said,
I’m so pumped to be partnering with them to celebrate their two year anniversary today!!
The best news is, I’VE GOT A DISCOUNT CODE for those of you interested in purchasing some presets!!
You can use code “MONICADREAMY” for 15% off for the next 48 hours!
Head straight to their site {here} to check out all of the different presets they have available.

I’ve been using their Millennial Pink Presets for about 3 months now & not only does it make “editing” SO much easier & faster but it gives my feed a cohesive look that I just L O V E.

Here are a few before and after photos using the Millennial Pink Presets! These are hands down my fav!
I take all of my pictures on my iPhone in all different settings and lighting, every now and then I will need to adjust the brightness of my photo if the picture turns out too saturated/orangey but for the most part I just apply the preset and I’m all done!!

 

Before:

After: Edited with Millennial Pink Presets

Before:

After: Edited with Millennial Pink Presets

Before:

After: Edited with Millennial Pink Presets

In my opinion the presets always turn out better when you’re outdoors and in good lighting thats not too shaded and not too harsh, here’s an example of a photo where it was a little more shaded.
The preset looks a tad different, but still great!
Before:

After: Edited with Millennial Pink Presets

Dreamy Presets has 6 gorgeous styles for you to choose from and I promise you will NOT be disappointed with any of them!
Feel free to leave me a comment here or on my most recent instagram post with any questions you may have,
I’d be happy to answer them for you!

And make sure you check back here tomorrow because I’ll be answering another FAQ for y’all!!

It’s THAT TIME of the year!!

I know you’ve been seeing people talk about this sale ALL OVER the interwebs…I’m also sure some of you are sick of hearing about it, so I promise I’m going to try not to be TOO annoying about it but y’all…
it really is the best sale EVER.

The sale is currently only open to those who have a Nordstrom Card, I actually applied and got one this morning so that the items I wanted didn’t sell out. That’s one thing about this sale, if you love something you’ve GOT TO jump on it quick because these items seriously sell so fast!

Here are the 4 items that I purchased this morning!!

Their sweater/outerwear selection is seriously to die for, there are SO many great pieces for Fall & Winter.
I actually have the black leather jacket pictured and It’s AMAZING.
Some of these sweaters are UNDER $20 y’all, such a steal!!

They have a ton of great denim options as well, I don’t want to overwhelm y’all by linking a ridiculous amount of jeans so here are my top 3 favs!! I purchased the Free People jeans yesterday and about to grab a pair of those Topshop jeans before they’re gone!!

Here are my shoe picks!! I ordered those black Adidas and CAN’T FREAKING WAIT for them to come in!
If you’re a new mom, comfy sneaks are a must have.

I always use this sale to get some “staple” pieces! I love a good loose v neck tee.
Solid color & striped tees are ESSENTIAL for Fall!
All of these tops are on major sale and SO easy to layer/create multiple looks!

And LAST BUT NOT LEAST, my top picks for baby!!

Happy shopping and happy Friday babes!!!

I seriously LOVE sharing my favorite things with y’all, whether it’s an adorable new top or something that has been a lifesaver when it comes to Hayes! There’s nothing that makes me happier than receiving messages and emails from y’all thanking me for recommending items and sending me photos of you wearing clothing I shared or using a product that I suggested…basically, y’all rock and bring so much joy to my life every single day!

The #1 most purchased item were THESE baby high tops…& I’m honestly not surprised.
There’s nothing better than a pair of chunky baby legs in some adorable high tops!

The 2nd most purchased item was this ASOS Cami and I’m literally about to purchase it in every color!
It is the perfect light weight Summer top and also great for nursing!
They are selling out fast so if you love it, DO NOT wait to grab one!

On to #3, Y’all went crazy over this top when I shared it on insta stories with my Trunk Club!!
I’ve already worn it about 10 times and I’ve had it less than 2 weeks…so, needless to say I’m not surprised at all that y’all loved this one! If I were to suggest one item to purchase from this entire list it would DEFINITELY be this top!

#4 Is this one piece swimmy from Target!
This was the first swimsuit I wore postpartum and I honestly felt SO comfortable in it and couldn’t recommend it more! The scallops are so incredibly flattering and the floral print hides that postpartum bump that no one really wants to show off!

#5 is probably my favorite purchase of the Summer…I’ve been wearing these slides with EVERYTHING.
Shorts, jeans, yoga pants, skirts…you name it!
They are, hands down, my new FAV slides.

#6 is this adorable bralette! (pictured above) I had been eyeing this one for months and didn’t end up purchasing it until it arrived in one of my Trunks and I was able to actually try it on…It was a no brainer once I saw how adorable it was in person!

#7 is this Boppy Baby Carrier. Anytime I share a story wearing Hayes in this I get at least 15 DMs asking about it!
So to answer some of your questions…YES we absolutely love it, YES it’s so easy to use (literally takes a few seconds to put on) YES Kyle can wear it! and YES I 100% highly recommend it. I’ve received a ton of messages from you thanking me for recommending this carrier! So GRAB ONE, you won’t regret it!

#8 is this $12 long sleeve tee! It’s super comfy & comes in a few different colors…

#9 is this Free People tank! It’s crazy comfy, great for nursing & comes in 5 different colors!

and last but not least #10, Hayes’s alphabet onesie! This was such a huge hit when we shared it. Anytime Hayes wears it when we go out we’re constantly getting compliments & asked where it’s from!
(It would also make such a cute gift!!)

I’ve decided that I’m going to start doing a post like this at the end of every month for y’all,
so you can see what items I am loving & what my readers have purchased & are loving as well!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Have a great Tuesday babes!!

I did a post like this back when I was pregnant but now that Hayes is actually here and I’m constantly needing new clothes for him {because he just WONT.STOP.GROWING.} I feel like I’m becoming more of an expert! I’m all about finding deals and I’m not about spending ridiculous amounts of money on his clothes especially at the rate he’s growing, BUT every now and then if something is just *to die for* I’ll spend a little more…
Actually now that I think about it, I probably find things that are *to die for* a little too often…
haha whoopsies!!

#1  Little Bipsy  

(Use code “Monica15” for 15% off your order!)
Hayes has a few items from Little Bipsy and I LOVE them. The quality is excellent and they’re so soft and comfy…I feel like Little Bipsy just has really “cool” clothing and I’m obsessed with the neutral colors.
Just tap the photo to shop the romper that Hayes is wearing below! That’s one of my absolute favorites!
It’ll take you straight to the shop and you can see what I mean by how “cool” all of the clothes are!

#2 Baby Gap
Hands down my absolute FAVORITE place to buy clothes for Hayes.

#3 H&M
H&M has such great prices, and I’ve found a ton of really cute things for Hayes there!

#4 JCPenney


Y’all, I havent stepped foot inside a JCPeney in YEARS but I’ve gotta thank my mom for this one.
They have THE best deals all the time and carry some great baby brands!

#5 Nordstrom

Y’all I L O V E baby shoes and feel like they can make any basic onesie turn into a precious outfit so I’m linking some of our favs below!! 

We also love shopping at Zara, Old Navy and Target (duh) but Hayes just woke up and I know a ton of you have been waiting for this post for a while now so I wanted to get it up ASAP!!

Hope this is helpful and hope you can find some precious items for your sweet baby boys!!