Friday, October 30, 2015

New name

So I have decided that I am going to change the name of my blog. 

Before having Brody, I had to watch everything that went into my body. Especially gluten. It gave me nasty headaches and made my stomach hurt really bad. When I got pregnant, I noticed that I could tolerate it more. Like he was taking the gluten part out of what I was eating. Then after having him, I noticed that I was still able to tolerate some gluten in my system. This is not to say that I don't watch my gluten intake. I do notice that if I do get to much, I get the symptoms. But nothing like before. And if I am given the option of gluten free or regular, I will always choose gluten free just because I know that it won't do anything to me, and honestly, I like it (especially pizza! IFratelli's is the best). I would say that I am 75% gluten free now, not 99% like I was. 

I just don't know what I want to change the name to. I have been going over things in my mind. I have/had such a niche with the gluten free, it made it easy. But now that I have to really get creative, I am stuck. 

So I want your help! Give me some cool names I could name my blog. I try to not just blog things about me or my boys. I try to blog about things that happen in this world and give my opinion on them. I do my best to keep it interesting, not just talk about the same ole stuff. 

Ones I have thought about are:
*2 Men And A Lady
*My Life As I Know It
*Semi Gluten-Free
*It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere
*I Love Jesus But I Drink A Little
*50 Shades of Dani



It's so hard finding something that fits. So for those of you who follow me and understand me....help a sister out! Thoughts? Feedback? Words that describe me and my life? Or do I just keep Hold The Gluten Please and just not bother? I just like to keep it honest and since I am not 99% gluten-free anymore, I just thought having a new name might be something I need to do. 


My domain will stay the same. You will still go to www.danilynnlewis.blogspot.com to get to me. I am just trying to find a new title that describes my blog now. 

HELP A GIRL OUT!

Feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page with your thoughts!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

300

Dear Diary,

This is my 300th post! I can't believe it. 300! I couldn't believe when I hit 100, let alone 300. Thank you to all of you who follow me and read (almost) every day. I work really hard on it and try my best to stay as honest and open as possible. Thank you to my husband for putting up with me when I tell him to hold so I can get a picture for the blog. Thank you to my family and friends for allowing me to blog about you and your children.

I really do appreciate all the feedback I get. I know a lot of you take the time out of your day to read this and it means more to me than anything. When Bobby goes and visits his clients and his clients tell him how much they love my blog, it makes my heart so happy. Or when someone I don't know reaches out to me to tell me that I have inspired them, I can't even put into words what that means. To know I can make one person happy, or touch one person's life for the better, just gives me a purpose to all of this. 

Since this is my 300th post, I would love to do a giveaway! 

You all know I sell Younique and you all know how much I love the 3D Fiber Lash mascara and if you didn't know, they have totally revamped it with a new brush and enhanced formula!

So I want to give one away to one lucky person! No purchase necessary. All you have to do is comment below or on Facebook under this post with 
*your name
*someone who inspires you
*and one short reason why 

That's it! Super easy. 
You all inspire me on a daily basis. We all should be supportive and loving towards each other, no matter who we are or what we believe in. 

You have until Sunday at midnight to enter. Anyone of any age or race or sex can enter (men, this makes a great gift for that special lady/ lady friend in your life). I will do the drawing Monday morning and make the announcement Monday on my blog. Good luck! 

Love, Me

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Carrie----can you please stop making me cry?

Carrie Underwood....you have done it again! This girl can do no wrong in my book. I love everything she does and I love how she is true to her faith. She never shy's away from her Christianity or puts in on the back burner. She is truly an inspiration and someone to look up to. Plus her voice is just one of the best EVER! 


Her new CD came out this week and on it there are 2 songs I bawled over. A lot of people thought she was going to do a whole CD dedicated to her new baby or a CD about love but she stated that having a baby didn't change who she was in her music. She didn't want to do that. But there is 1 song dedicated to her baby called What I Never Knew I Always Wanted. For those of you who don't know, I never saw myself being a mom. It was something I just didn't want. I wanted to have a husband who I traveled with and I wanted to be a professional business women. I wanted to be very successful in what I did. And I thought being a mom/having a baby would get in the way of that. So I just never saw it in my cards. But God works in mysterious ways and teaches us we are on his time, in his world, and things we think we want, we don't need. And things we think we don't need, we in reality do. With that said, Carrie's song for Isaiah What I Never Knew I Always Wanted is my story when it comes to Brody. 

"Never was the kind to think about dressing in white
Wasn't waiting on a prince to come riding into my life
Thought I was happy on my own
'Til you came and proved me wrong

I finally found what I never knew I always wanted
I couldn't see; I was blind 'til my eyes were opened
I didn't know there was a hole
Something missing in my soul
'Til you filled it up with your love, yeah

Never pictured myself singing lullabies
Sitting in a rocking chair in the middle of the night
In the quiet, in the dark
You're stealing every bit of my heart with you daddy's eyes
What a sweet surprise 

And now I'm holdin' what I never know I always wanted
I couldn't see; I was blind 'til my eyes were opened
I didn't know there was a hole
Something missing in my soul
'Til you filled it up, oh, with your love

Life has a way of showing you just you need
And who you were made to be, yeah

I finally found what I never knew I always wanted
I couldn't see; I was blind 'til my eyes were opened
I didn't know there was a hole 
Something missing in my soul
'Til you filled it up with you love
Yeah, you filled it up with your love, yeah

I never was the kind to think about dressing in white
I never pictured myself singing lullabies"







The second song I bawled over was a song for her daddy. Y'all.....I couldn't even get through the first set of lyrics without crying. I have an incredible relationship with my dad. I am daddy's girl and I have been my whole life. And now that I have a son of my own, who is a momma's boy, I understand so much more about being a parent and a parent's love. I can't even read the lyrics without crying. I can't even listen to the song anymore. I just cry. I have no idea why song's about daddies make me cry but they do. But this song is so true for me. It's exactly how I feel about him and maybe that's why it makes me cry. Because all the things I wanna say...Carrie does it for me! 

The Girl You Think I Am
"Front row center in that little white church
I was singing at a baby laying in a manger
Eight years old wearing angel wings
Yeah, and to this day, that's what you see

I've been daddy's little girl since my first cry
And it was hard turning eighteen, saying goodbye
You told me I was gonna take the world by storm
And Mama said you cried all the way home

You think I'm strong, you think I'm fearless
Even when I'm, I'm at my weakest
You always see the best in my when I can't
I wanna be the girl you think I am

I got my flaws and I've got regrets
And I know there's more on the road ahead
When I wonder if I'll ever measure up
Oh, I thank God for a father's love

Cause you think I'm brave, and you think I'm beautiful
You think I can do the impossible
You always see the best in me when I can't
I wanna be the girl you think I am

Oh, whoa
Oh, whoa
The girl you think I am, yeah
Ooh
Ooh, yeah

All I want, more than anything
Is to make you proud of me

Cause you think I'm strong, and you think I'm fearless
Even when I'm, I'm at my weakest
You believe in me; yeah, you're my biggest fan
So I wanna be the girl you think I am
I wanna be the girl you think I am"





Thank you Carrie for once again reminding me of the bigger things in life. That God does things for a reason, even if we can't understand it or see it. Thank you for making me feel something and telling a story that hits true to home for me. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

12 weeks


How old? 12 weeks

Likes? The sound of water, momma, listening to daddy sing/rap, his Johnny Jump-up, grape Pedialyte 

Hates? Being hungry, tummy time

Milestones this week? Rolling over on his side. I noticed it Sunday night. He loves laying on our island in the kitchen. He can see everything and since our kitchen is where we spend a lot of our time, he just loves being there. Sunday night as I was eating dinner, he was laying in front of me and all of sudden he took one leg over and was on his side. So to say his days of laying on the counter are coming to a close very soon would be an understatement. I was so proud of him. I knew he liked sleeping on his side but I have to put him in that position on the couch to do so. So to see him do it himself with no help was so exciting. He also is slowing finding his thumb. He found his hands a couple of weeks back but he is now starting to take the knuckle of his thumb and suck on it. It's adorable! 

Sleeping? He was doing really good until he got sick. Now we are back to square one but it shouldn't take to long to get him back on the schedule. He likes to be up from 2:30am-4:30am and that's the problem we are having. I know we will get there soon. 

Eating? 3 to 4 ounces every 2 to 3 hours. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sick weekend

What a weekend! My poor baby was sick all weekend. Starting from Friday at 1am till now, he has had diarrhea. To the point where we had to take him to Cooks Children on Saturday because he was running a low grade fever and we feared dehydration. And in an 11 week old, they can get dehydrated very quickly! 

So let's back up. Brody has been doing really good about sleeping from about 9:30pm-2:30am and then going right back to sleep from about 3:30am-6:30/7:30am. He had been doing that for about a week now and it was great. So when I heard him crying Friday at 1am, it through me off. So I went to him and noticed he smelled awful. I just thought it was a poopy diaper so I decided to go ahead and change him and give him his bottle since he was going to be up. So that's what I did. But as he is eating, he poops again. He proceeds to poop 2 more times in the next 3 hours. But these aren't normal poops. No....these are those wet poops that smell sour. So I knew it was something more. I spent all day Friday changing poopy diapers. He got like 5 baths because his little bottom was getting so red, that trying to change him would make him scream. We were putting butt paste and baby powder to help but every time he would go, to try to clean him just made it worse. Finally Bobby said no more of that stuff and we switched to Aquafluor and it made changing him so much easier. We also switched to Honest Company wipes (we have been going through all the other wipes we were giving as baby gifts) and he didn't cry like the other wipes made him do. (told you this company is the sh*t).  

Friday night was the night the really bad storm hit. And of course, Brody can't sleep because every time he falls asleep, thunder claps and wakes him or he poops and that wakes him. At 2am, our electricity decided to go out on top of it all! So I am dealing with a husband who is hot and a sick baby on top of a storm. Bobby opens the windows in our room and that helped some but not enough for Brody to be comfortable. So what are parents to do.....we swaddle him up, make a nice comfy spot on our bathroom floor and turn the cold water on in the bath tub. 

Brody loves the sound of running water! Loves it. If he is upset, I will lay him next to running water and he immediately goes quiet and listens. It took him 2 minutes to fall asleep next to the running water. Bobby has found this YouTube of someone who recorded running water so he turned that on, laid it next to Brody and turned off the water in the tub. Brody slept for like 2 hours! 

When we all finally decided to get up Saturday morning, I noticed he seemed really warm. So I took him temp and it read 101. He also had a little blood in the stool so Bobby and I decided to go ahead and take him to Cooks Children's Urgent Care Center to see if there was anything they could do for him. By the time we got there, his fever was gone and he was acting better. Just seemed really tired. The doctor there barely looked at him, told us he was dehydrated and that we needed to take him to the ER. Bobby went through nursing school so knew some signs and didn't agree with her. So we decided to get a second opinion before we took him there and made a huge ordeal over nothing. So we got a second opinion by a trusted friend who was an ER doctor for 15 years and she told us to get Pedialyte in him first. To monitor his pee diapers for the next couple of hours. If that doesn't work, to take him in. And told us the blood could just be from some irritation from him going so much. 

So we gave him 3 ounces of grape Pedialyte and within the hour had a pee diaper. And he also seemed more comfortable. So every time he seemed thirsty we would give him an ounce or 2 along with his milk. And it seemed to do wonders for him. We got him back home around 1:30, he finally fell asleep about 2:30 and slept for almost 3 hours. The kid needed it. 

So the dehydration is no more. We will continue to give him a little bit of the Pedialyte until his diarrhea goes away. He is pooping about every 3-4 hours now instead of the every hour so there is an end in sight we see. Since he is so little, there is nothing we can give him. It just has to run its course unfortunately and as long as there is no fever and no dehydration, it's just a bunch of poopy diapers in our future!

I did get a lot of snuggling this weekend. As much as Brody loves Bobby, he could not get enough of momma this weekend. And it's only fitting, whenever I am super sick the first person I want is my mom! 

Thank you mom for all those times you stayed up with me when I was sick and even though you wanted to pass out from exhaustion, you pushed through and never let me know it. I am learning what it means to be a mom everyday and everyday I love it more! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

30 in 30: 5: Texas Star

I have been going to the State Fair of Texas since I can remember. And out of all the times I have gone, there is one thing I have never done. And the reason I have never done it is because I am scared of heights. And anyway I can avoid it, I do. But because this is 30 in 30, I am learning to say yes to more things in my life. 

I sent a text out to my family asking them if I had ever ridden the Texas Star at the State Fair. That I couldn't remember riding it but it could have been something I blocked out of my memory. My mom told me she never remembers me riding it, only remembers Kara riding it. That I would have been too scared to do it. Which makes total sense. So I knew I had to add it to my 30 in 30. 

Fun facts about the Texas Star:
*Largest ferris wheel in North America
*Debuted in 1985....which makes it 30 years old. How cool is that? I do my 30 in 30 and the ferris wheel turns 30 with me! Makes it so much of a cooler experience for me.
*Built in Italy
*Has 44 gondolas, colored Blue, Red, Purple, Green, Yellow & Pink
*Goes 20 stories high and you can see Downtown Dallas and Downtown Ft. Worth on a clear day



So here we are: 30 in 30: number 5: Texas Star




I was doing good up until we got in line. My mom, my sister, Landry and Kara's mother in law, Debbie decided to ride it with me. It cost 16 tickets ($8) to ride. My family kept me distracted by making me laugh and my mother even told me that if we fell, she would be my cushion. Thanks mom! 

Then she proceeded to tell me that if it was our time to go, it was our time to go which I turned to her and said "No...I have not had enough time with Brody. It's not time!" As we were approaching the place to give the tickets, the song Fight Song came on. Y'all know this is my jam. It's my confidence booster song and the fact that it was playing as I was approaching a fear of mine just gave me that extra boost I needed. I told Landry that I hoped we got a pink gondola. That would be really neat. So what does she do when we get up to the man? She tells him that her Ninny wants a pink one please. And sure enough, that's what we got! Gondola number 39! Kara, Landry and I sat on one side and my mom and Debbie sat on the other side.



I was really try to play it cool because I didn't want to freak Landry out. But deep down inside I was a wreck! And on top of it all, I had given Landry my over shirt so I was freezing! 
Here's the thing about the wheel. You get it in and it goes and then it stops and then it goes and then it stops. And it does this for 1 rotation. What they are doing is getting everyone in a gondola. And then once they get to the original person, they let it go. So you get to go around 1 more time without stopping. So you go around 2 times in all. All in all it is a 12 minute ordeal. 
So we finally reach the top and there I am. 







It was beautiful. It seriously was so pretty looking out and seeing everything around you. My dad had his eyes on us the whole time so every other minute I would look down and wave to him. His whole life was in one gondola so we knew the prayers to heaven were flowing! 

I was so nervous getting into that gondola but once I was at the top, I was so glad I did it. I am so glad I put this on my list to do. 



It really was a neat experience. As soon as we were done, both Landry and I ran into my dad's arms and hugged him tight. :-) I also texted Bobby telling him I survived the wheel! 


Thank you mom, Kara, Landry and Debbie for doing this with me and keeping me laughing the whole time. I love you all so much!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stone Cold

Every so often a song comes along that really touches my soul. Rather it be a happy song or a sad song. A song that is really relatable and just gives you goosebumps. A song that hits a nerve in the heart and makes you tear up at just the thought of it. A song you can see played out in your mind over and over again. A song you have on repeat because you can't quite get enough of. 

Saturday night, Demi Lovato was on SNL as the musical guest. I am a huge fan of Demi. The girl has been through alot in life and has never shied away from it. She is a huge inspiration to girls who are struggling and always makes a point to let her fans know how she is feeling. But on Saturday night, she sang a song that really touched me for some reason. It is called Stone Cold and it is so emotionally raw. I have been with Bobby for almost 12 years now. So to say I can relate to this song would be a lie but to say that when I hear it, I can't understand what it must be like would be a lie too. B and I were completely quiet the whole song and when she was done we both said "Wow! What a song." And to say Demi can't sing is just crazy. The girl can belt it out and has total control over her voice. 

The song is about a girl seeing her ex with another girl. And not just any girl. A girl that makes him happy. And this girl has to watch him be happy with her while she stands there acting stone cold, like it doesn't bother her. But deep down inside she's dying. 
Here are the lyrics and the video of Demi singing it. 

Stone Cold
By Demi Lovato
"Stone cold, stone cold
You see me standing, by I'm dying on the floor
Stone cold, stone cold
Maybe if I don't cry, I wont feel anymore

Stone cold, baby
God knows I tried to feel
Happy for you
Know that I am, even if I 
Can't understand, I'll take the pain
Give me the truth, me and my heart
We'll make it through
If happy is her, I'm happy for you

Hmmmm

Stone cold, stone cold
You're dancing with her, while I'm staring at my phone
Stone cold, stone cold
I was your amber, but now she's your shade of gold

Stone cold, baby
God knows I tried to feel
Happy for you
Know that I am, even if I 
Can't understand, I'll take the pain
Give me the truth, me and my heart
We'll make it through
If happy is her, I'm happy for you

Don't wanna be stone cold, stone
I wish I could mean this but here's my goodbye
Oh, I'm happy for you
Know that I am, even if I
Can't understand
If happy is her, If happy is her
I'm happy for you"




Come on right? If you hear this song and it doesn't bring up some emotion in you, then something is wrong with you. Even men can feel this way. Her performance of it on SNL was super raw (google it) but I liked this video better cause you can really hear the lyrics. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

11 weeks



How old? 11 weeks

Likes? Bath time with momma, being talked to, being sung to, his play mat

Hates? Getting out of the bath, tummy time

Milestones this week? We finally got into the doctor and I was able to talk to her about his stomach issues. They agreed with me that he has acid reflux so we were able to get him medicine. He started it Friday and so far nothing much. I know it takes some time but I just want some relief for him. He is so uncomfortable. Sunday night I did notice a difference in his sleep. We have been giving it to him with Gripe Water because the medicine they gave him taste awful and we were afraid he wouldn't take it. But Sunday night I decided to give it to him straight because I felt like it wasn't working properly and if it took 5 minutes, then it took 5 minutes. He was a trooper. He did great with it. I gave him half quickly and then the other half just as quick. Before he realized how awful it tasted, we were on to the next thing. He is a really good medicine taker which is great! 

Sleeping? He is doing much better. He only has 1 or 2 bad nights a week now. We have started a routine for him at night and it has worked wonders. This is how it goes. At 8:30, I run bath water, either in my bath or his. He will either take a warm bath with me or Bobby will give him a bath in his tub. It's the cutest thing. Bobby will have one hand under his head and the other hand behind his back and let him float around in the water. I will bathe him and then they will float and move around for about 5 minutes. When he takes a bath with me, he is in there with me for around 15 or 20 minutes. It's his favorite thing to do. He gets so happy as soon as he hits the water. He gets out around 8:45 or so and gets his PJ's on. He gets his medicine and teething tablets. He then gets a 4 oz bottle at 9pm. Half way through he gets burped and swaddled. Then he finishes and without fail, he is usually almost sound to sleep. I give him to Bobby who takes him in our room, gives him some gas drops, his pacifier and within 1 minute he is out. He has always loved music played and recently we have been playing it from our TV. We place a blanket over the TV and turn on Soundscapes and all 3 of us sleep so peacefully. Bobby and I are loving the music played. But because of this routine, the earliest he will wake is 1am and that's been rare. It's usually 2am and then again around 5am. He will have those 1 or 2 nights where he can't get comfy or he wants to play and that's hard. But now that he is on this medicine, he should be able to start getting more comfy and be able to relax more. Sleeping during the day still is a struggle. He likes his cat naps and I told the doctor that and she wasn't worried. He was growing good and seemed happy so she said with time he will get on a routine during the day. I do notice he takes a better afternoon nap then morning nap. 

Eating? He is a chunk! He loves to eat. 3oz every 2 hours except at night he gets 4oz. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

State Fair of Texas 2015

On Saturday, my family did our annual Texas State Fair day. We've gone almost every year from what I can remember and every year, it gets more and more packed. My mom sent me a text last night saying that they broke a record with 42 million dollars in tickets! Insane. 

I debated taking Brody or not but my husband made the decision for me. He said no to Brody going. Told me to go have a day to myself with my family and he would watch little B. I think I asked him almost every day leading up to Saturday if he was sure he didn't want me to take him and he kept saying, No, I don't want him going this young. 

I was told to be at Tim and Kara's at 9 and we would all ride together. Going that early in the morning is great. It was nice and cool and there aren't that many people. My parents had to wait in a 2 minute line to buy a ticket. That being said.....when we were leaving at 2pm, there was an hour wait for a ticket! I love the fair but not enough to wait in an hour line to just get a ticket. 
Here we are in the back seat of the Tahoe. 


I was prepared to eat my weight in food. I had come with a lot of money and knew all the things I wanted to try. And here's the thing, I usually can put away food. I may not look like it, but I can eat. And I love food. Especially fried goodness. But ever since having Brody, my food intake has been cut dramatically. I am not as hungry any more and I don't eat a lot. I get full really fast and I hate it. So I was going to force myself to eat it all this year. EPIC FAIL! First off, by the time I was hungry, the lines for anything were way to long to stand in. My dad was smart and got a Fletcher's corn dog as soon as we got there. Because by 12pm, the line for one was like 20 minutes. I knew of 2 things I had to have this year. I always look up the new food at the fair and find that 1 or 2 times I must try, no matter how long the wait for it is. The first one was the Smoky Bacon Margarita and the second one was the Cowboy Corn Crunch. Luckily for me, the same man created both and I knew they would be at the same booth. And luckily for me, they were at the Beer Garden which is huge and has like 15 lines to go to. 

Smoky Bacon Margarita
Created by Isaac Rousso
He describes it as follows:
"An unconventional pairing of flavors adds a subtle smoky taste to a traditionally tangy drink. The Smoky Bacon Margarita takes the smokiness of freshly-cooked bacon and infuses it into a frozen lime margarita. With just a hint of smoke, this drink still captures the zesty citrus flavor of a traditional margarita. Finished off with a pinch of bacon crumbles on top, this thirst-quenching drink is served in a collectible souvenir cup for an added funky flair. Sip on this refreshing beverage and cool off from the Texas heat!"


When I say this thing was green, I mean this thing was green. Like neon green. Like radioactive green. Like slime green. So how did it taste you ask? Like a bacon margarita. They can't use tequila so it is wine based. So it did taste a little fake but the bacon part of it was good. Would I get one again? No. I am good with just that one. It was just ok. I am glad I tried it though. 



Cowboy Corn Crunch
Created by Isaac Rousso
He describes it as follows:
"In a state known for its cowboy culture, this creation captures the quintessential taste of Texas – all in one bite. A kickin’ mixture of sweet corn, minced jalapeƱo, rich cream cheese and a hint of smoky bacon, the Cowboy Corn Crunch is the perfect blend of savory and spice. This flavorful tot is fried to a golden, crispy brown and served in a unique palm leaf cone, proving especially convenient when walking while snacking around the fairgrounds. Get your taste buds ready, the first bite will knock your boots off!"


Seriously one of the best things I have ever tried at the fair. So good. Really creamy and savory, good crunch on the outside with that hint of heat from the jalapenos. I could have eaten like 100 of these things. I will for sure be getting this again and every year after that they have them. 


And people.....this was all I had! Besides my Angry Orchard Cider, that's it! I am so disappointed in myself. But I had a great time with my family so I couldn't ask for anything more. 

I just so happened to stand in front of Big Tex at the right angle to make it look like he was patting my head. Cracked me up as I was going through my photos. 




Landry fell asleep like this so it was only right Kara and I copy it. 





Don't miss my blog on Friday for my 30 in 30 where I ride the Texas Star for the first time! I've got great photos to prove it!


Friday, October 16, 2015

HBD Angie

Happy Birthday to one of the craziest girls I know, Mrs. Angie Talbert. 

What I love about Angie is that she is always in a good mood, even when she's mad. It cracks me up how someone can always have a good day, even when they don't. Angie is a positive light to a dark day. She is super bubbly, has a heart of gold and is down for anything. I always love when Angie cooks, the girl can make me anything and I'll eat it. She is a wife and a mom to my sweet Colton. And my almost born nephew, Jace. Angie went through an awful loss of her baby girl last November but somehow was still able to keep her positive spirit going. Even on her darkest days, she never gave up hope or her love for God. I only pray I could have the same strength as her if that had happened to me. I love having Angie as my sister in law. She was the first one of the Lewis family to welcome me in. I just love her. 









Angie,
Thank you for always being there for me and loving me for me. You always have a smile on your face and I always look forward to being with you. You have a crazy side and a sweet side and Brody is so incredibly lucky to have you as an aunt. Happy Birthday and I love you sis!
Love, Dani


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Loving right now

Dear Diary,

There are so many things I am loving right now so let's get started. 

When it came to knowing what baby bottles Brody would like, I had no idea. I knew I always loved Avent bottles from nanning and when I went into Babies R Us to register, that is the one I went in wanting. But once I got there, I realized there was so many more options so I decided to do some research and figure out what the consumers liked. The one I kept coming across was Joovy Boob bottles because of their closeness to the actual boob itself. And since I knew I wanted to breastfeed, finding a bottle that was closely like a breast, was important to me. Not gonna lie, at first he wasn't a fan. It took him a couple of weeks to really like them. The bottle comes in a PP (polypropylene) form and a glass form. I have the PP form. It is very durable plastic. The nipple design and their 1 piece CleanFlow vent is easy to clean. They both provide consistent venting regardless of how the bottle is held. As long as the vent ring is perfectly in place, you will never have any spillage. The nipple comes in 5 flow rates that are molded and tested for consistency. They also bake their nipples which I find interesting. They claim its because it strengths the silicone and in return prevents softness. They do cost more than the average baby bottle but the benefits are worth it. They start at $9.99 and you can find them {here}


I am a huge fan of Selena Gomez so when I heard she was putting out a new CD, I was so excited. It came out Friday and it is all I have been listening to. Yes I am 30 and no I don't care. Called Revival, she has a regular album and a deluxe (I prefer the deluxe). She doesn't sound like those teeny boppers. This album is more grown up and just has this nice chill vibe to it. Favorite songs on the album I have been listening to over and over are: Sober, Same Old Love, Good For You, Camouflage, Me & My Girls and Nobody (which is a great love song). The girl has come a long way from her Disney days but is still someone I would want my daughter looking up to. She is a great influence and is incredibly gorgeous, without flaunting it (minus her album cover but like I said, this is a more grown up album). And the fact that she just came out about having Lupus and letting her fans know and understand what is going with her, is just incredibly brave. 




I love coffee. It's no new news. But I am always looking for the newest coffee gadget or thing. We have all heard of the Ninja blender, the best blender in the world. But recently, they put out a coffee bar! It's one machine that allows you to enjoy any size coffee you want, all at home. From just a cup of coffee to a full carafe. There is a classic brew which is just your normal cup of coffee, rich brew which is more intense cup of coffee, an over ice brew and a speciality brew which is like an espresso. It comes in 2 different forms. You can either get it with a glass carafe or a stainless steel carafe. The glass carafe one comes with a warming plate and the stainless steel one doesn't, since it's created to keep your coffee hot. This device is on my Christmas list. It is $160. 






















All day long I change diapers. And I have changed diapers since I was 14 when I started keeping kids. I have been through and seen every diaper out on the market. Some good and some bad. So when it came time to find the diapers I wanted for my munchkin, I knew I wanted to best for his booty. Diaper rash is a serious thing and can make them so uncomfortable and changing them is awful. When Kristen had Billie Marie, she introduced me to the Honest Company diapers. Founded by Jessica Alba, the diapers are eco-friendly, ultra absorbent, hypoallergenic and free of any fragrances. And they come in the cutest designs ever. My thing was cost. Because you go through so many diapers a day, I didn't want it to cost B and I an arm and leg on diapers alone. But Kristen informed me that they are the same price as Loves and Pampers. They start at $13.95 and go up from there depending on how many you get. They offer a monthly bundle package which is $80 a month and you get 6 thing of diapers and 4 thing of wipes (it's a great deal). I will say this about them, when you have a new born, don't buy the newborn diapers from them. They do not have a place for the umbilical cord that is still attached to the baby. Go for the swaddlers for the time being. Then once they get into size 1's, go with Honest. Brody has yet to have a diaper rash or any irratation and there are sometimes he goes hours with a heavy diaper due to sleeping or we are out and about. And since honesty is my policy, he does not wear them at night. He wears the Pampers night time diapers since I don't want to wake him at night to change his diaper. 


Fringe is IN right now for fall. Everywhere you look this season, you will see fringe. Rather in dresses or purses and even on shoes. And honestly, I love it. It is so 1920/1930's to me with the flapper era. I was trying to find something I love the most with fringe but everywhere I went, I couldn't pick so I decided on Kristen Cavallari and her shoes. I did a blog last year on her shoes and I am still so in love with them. These are my favorite by her. Her shoes are a little pricy but they are really good quality. These are $170. H&M has a lot of fringe stuff too and it's all super cute (and so much cheaper)!
  

Lady Gaga on American Horror Story: Hotel. I am so in love with her right now. She comes on and I am captivated. She really can act and totally gets into character. This year Jessica Lange isn't on so I was little hesitant on it but they have totally outdone themselves by hiring Lady. I hope she stays on for seasons to come. 


My son's smile! It's the best thing EVER! 



Love, Me