Mommy tips I wish I would have known before having my son

Hello, all 🙂 welcome back to another blog post. Today’s blog post is a special one it’s the start of my new Mommy tip Monday series. As a first-time mom, I know there were so many things I wish I would have known ahead of time could have saved me a lot of stress and even eased my new mommy self.  Hopefully, by the end of this blog post, you will learn a thing or two. If you have any suggestions/ tips, please leave them down below in the comments section.

  1. Don’t buy infant clothes (or too many if you can’t resist)- This tip actually was one in which I heard from my mother and still I couldn’t resist I did purchase three newborn/infant clothes which I did use multiple times on my little guy before he outgrew them. Other than that I stocked up on a lot of 0-3 month clothes, in fact, his coming home pants were 0-3 months although they fit him a little bit big a newborn size would have NOT fit him since he was a little bit on the taller side and some newborn clothes run small. I know a few people gifted us newborn clothes when they came to meet my son for the first time. My tip to you is to keep the tags on the clothes some places like Carters will allow you to return them or change sizes even if you don’t have a receipt.
  2. Do not purchase too many newborn diapers- Just as I did not purchase too many newborn/ infant clothes I did not purchase too many newborn diapers I actually only purchased one small box of newborn diapers and stocked up on size 1 instead. Babies within the first few weeks of being born grow at a rapid pace and some babies are actually born big therefore having too many newborn sizes diapers isn’t really needed. *My tip would be if you have a closed unused diaper box or package you can exchange it for a larger size. Stores like BJ’s and Target actually grant these returns/ exchanges for a larger size as LONG AS THE BOX IS CLOSED/ UNUSED.
  3. Keep an emergency diaper kit in the car- You just never know when you will need it babies have poop explosions and can be messy at times. Sometimes you may even forget to restock your diaper bag with diapers, extra set of clothes, wipes, etc. Therefore, having a backup in the car is a great idea.
  4. Ask for help- I will admit I am a very hands-on first-time mom since the beginning I would do everything on my own but one thing I noticed shortly within days of having my son home from the hospital I needed help for simple things. For instance, showering I would ask a family member or my significant other to watch the baby while I showered. Sometimes it meant doing a bottle-feeding while I ate due to him waking up earlier than anticipated. You would be surprised how much people will be willing to do things for you. It can be overwhelming doing it all alone. Don’t get me wrong there have been times when I have had to do it all alone when my significant other would work 18-hour shifts showering mean taking the baby with me placing him inside his little bouncer while I took a quick shower. But if you have people around ask for help. You need help don’t burden yourself with this unrealistic idea that you have to do it all alone.
  1. Enjoy it- Motherhood is a beautiful, messy, yet stressful at times journey. Babies grow fast (I know such a cliché yet it’s so true) so enjoy each moment, laugh through testing times and know it will all be okay. YOU CAN AND YOU WILL MAKE IT!
  1. Establish sane working hours- Whether you’re working from home mom, stay at home mom or working outside mom its extremely important you establish sane working hours. This will help you and keep you from overbooking yourself. When you schedule your work life you are also able to prioritize family and yourself. Since becoming a mom, I had to maintain a strict schedule block out important dates for doctor appointments and family time which is very much important.
  1. Embrace saying “No”- I HAD TO LEARN THIS ONE immediately after having my son. My labor and delivery was a traumatic and life-threatening situation with a lot of risks. My recovery was rough therefore I learned immediately to say no I did not have a lot of people visiting me in the hospital I wanted to cope and recover it also meant I said no to having a whole bunch of people visiting me as soon as we came home as well. Even when it comes to raising my son I learned to say no to other people’s unsolicited advice, suggestions and learn to follow my own path.
  1. Perfection does not exist- Let go of perfection. Nothing is perfect you will make mistakes and life, in general, is about making mistakes and learning as we go the same thing goes with motherhood. Stop viewing people on social media who pretend and showcase their lives as being perfect and nothing going wrong. It’s only for pictures, don’t feel bad.
  1. Rest when the baby sleeps- I don’t mean sleep when the baby sleeps because let’s be realistic nobody does; we have a whole bunch of things to do the moment baby sleeps. However, you should at least rest take a break even if it’s for 30 minutes you will feel a whole lot better. Lately, I have been taking a nap here and there when my son sleeps because I have come to terms that without a nap/or rest I will not be able to function.                        
  2.  Clean up the area as you are there- After every meal while my son is still in his high chair (either playing with a toy or having a snack) I pull out my broom sweep or vacuum the area. Wash his plates or dishes. Then get ready to clean him up. This helps me keeping all areas clean as I go. In the evenings I go into his bedroom gather his pajamas, diapers, ointments and place them in his changing table ready after his bath (if there are toys around, I pick them up and start tidying things for the night). This tip has been extremely helpful keeps my house cleaner and without having a big mess everywhere.

 

This concludes my tips I wish I knew before becoming a mom. I hope you found some tips useful. And thank you for stopping by today. 

As always, I wish you all a great day! Until next time.

 

Mari@rewrittenperfectly

Target October Beauty Box

This month’s beauty box theme is called “Hello Autumn Groove. Getting us all ready for the pumpkin spice everything (candles, coffee, candies, ect. And all that Autumn brings.)

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Hello Autumn Groove includes the following six beauty products:

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Tom’s Luminous White Toothpaste with Fluoride
Clinically proven natural whitening technology removes surface stains for visibly whiter teeth in 2 weeks vs regular fluoride toothpaste. *Thoughts* Excited to try a natural toothpaste not only does it naturally whiten but also, it’s stripped from harsh chemicals. Will update my review after a couple weeks. *

Love Beauty And Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo
Infused with nourishing organic coconut water and is specially formulated to rejuvenate fine hair, restoring bounce, volume, and vitality. *Review* I have tried this product before in a previous target beauty box and even packed it in my hospital bag for when I delivered my baby boy this summer. I love the smell and how much it lathers my hair. I also didn’t feel like it stripped my hair out of natural oils. Since then I have repurchased and will continue. *

Love Beauty And Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner
Coconut water and rich mimosa flower moisturize hair giving tresses a luxurious boost of strength and shine. *Review* I have tried this product before in a previous target beauty box and even packed it in my hospital bag for when I delivered my baby boy this summer. I love the smell and how much it conditions and softens my hair. I also didn’t feel like my hair was oily or frizzy after it made my curls smooth and soft. Since then I have repurchased and will continue. *

bliss Makeup Melt Dry/Wet Gentle Jelly Cleanser with Rose Flower
Unique milky jelly form and soothing rose flower work gently, yet effectively to leave skin clean, clear and silky-soft. *Thoughts* I am interested in trying this product I have heard great things about it being able to use it dry or wet to remove makeup. Upon trying it I will update my review. Smells great. *

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
Superior system of extra-strength emollients and humectants bind water to skin and prevent moisture loss, so skin stays healthy and hydrated. *Review* I love this product it leaves my skin feeling moisturized hours after application does not leave a heavy oily feel or weighs my skin down. Highly recommend this to all skin types, my dermatologist recommended this years ago along with its cleansers and soap. *

Olay Total Effects Whips
Innovative technology transforms from cream to liquid on skin to deliver ultimate nourishment with a light as air, shine-free finish. *Thoughts* I am excited to try this product I have read so many great reviews on it. I will update my review upon trying it. *

 

 

My overall thoughts on the October Beauty box is that I truly enjoyed everything and highly recommend it. There were no makeup products this month yet all of the products on here are Autumn friendly which is perfect for this New York weather.

 

As always, I wish you all the best!

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*** Little disclosure I did purchase this box with my own money and wanted to review it on my own. ***

Target Beauty Box – October Eye Review

Target Beauty Box – October Eye Review

This is October’s second beauty box which is curated only for the eyes. Hello Bright eyes has a total of five eye products which will cover (almost) every aspect of your eye from skin to makeup.

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Hello Bright eyes includes the following:

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Acure Radically Rejuvenating Under Eye Hydrogel Mask
Soothing combo of cucumber and Persian silk tree extract rejuvenates the delicate under eye area in just under 20 minutes. *Thoughts* I have tried several Acure products and love how they are sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free but also vegan. Looking forward to using these hydrogel under eye masks. Will update my review upon trying them out.*

Lumify Eye Drop
Reduces redness in 60 seconds and provides lasting relief for up to eight hours so eyes appear whiter and brighter. *Review* This product truly does work it made my eyes appear a lot whiter and brighter but I felt relief and moisture in my eyes as well. I even tried this product on my father who works with machines and chemicals truly works and noticed a significant difference. Would be purchasing in the future. Also, side note I use contacts and am a first-time mom who doesn’t get much sleep you put the drops wait 10 minutes and you look more awake and refreshed.*

COVERGIRL Get In Line Liquid Eyeliner
Contour-grip handle combined with an ultra-fine tip provides perfect precision for the ultimate eye-widening wing. *Review* This eyeliner is amazing! It stays on all day and is easy to use and take off which is great. I love this product and look forward to purchasing it.*

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Mini
Exclusive brush with ten layers of bristles volumizes lashes from root to tip for a full-fan effect that enhances lift and fullness. *Thoughts* I love Maybelline Mascaras and am excited to try this one. I know it will not disappoint me either. I will update the review once I’ve tried it. *

Sonia Kashuk Essential Brush Brow & Spoolie
Two-in-one brush with an angled tip and spoolie is ideal for creating a defined arch that helps open up the area around your eyes. *Thoughts* I have yet to use this product, but I have heard lots of great reviews on this brow brush and spoolie not to mention Sonia Kashuk products are great as well. Looking forward to trying it and doing an updated review.*

 

My overall thoughts of this beauty box is that I absolutely love it I found it to be very well put together and curated for everyone’s needs. I found some of my favorites and future purchases (repurchases as well). I highly recommend this box to anyone looking to learn about new products that are coming out and out there already.

 

As always, I wish you all the best!

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*** Little disclosure I did purchase this box with my own money and wanted to review it on my own. ***

 

Target Facial Beauty box (Quench & Glow)

Target Facial Beauty box (Quench & Glow)

This month Target came out with two beauty boxes the Fall beauty box and a face mask beauty box. Today I will be reviewing the face mask box for the month of September.

As a face mask, hair mask lover, I have an at-home spa day AT LEAST once a week and this months beauty box came right on time.

***A little disclaimer I did not receive this product in an exchange for an opinion/ review I paid these with my own money and wanted to review them for myself. ***

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This box includes:

Lumene LAHDE Aerating Gel Mask
Innovative airy water-gel formula instantly replenishes skin’s moisture to promote a healthy, glowing complexion. It does an amazing job at hydrating your face and getting it back to how it should be. It feels nice and cool to the touch. After use, my skin looks a little more plump and truly feels hydrated (quenched like the name of this box).

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask Sachet
Keratin and Marula oil form a powerful 5-in-1 system that fights frizz, detangles knots, enhances shine, adds softness and tames flyaways for gorgeously smooth locks. I loved this mask smells amazing, and left my hair feeling soft and frizz free. I repurchased this mask immediately. I highly recommend to everyone who has dry, curly and color treated hair. 

Acure Brilliantly Brightening Biocellulose Gel Mask
Unique biocellulose fiber evenly distributes the antioxidant powers of vitamin C, kale and cucumber for refreshed and soothed skin. It was nice to see a mask free of parabens, sulfate, phthalate, mineral oil, petrolatum, silicone, & cruelty-free. This gel mask also is 100% vegan which was very nice to see.
Miss Spa Energize Facial Sheet Mask
Sodium hyaluronate’s restorative abilities help boost skin’s moisture levels and protect against environmental stressors. I’ve used several Miss Spa face masks before and I’ve loved them I look forward to trying this energize sheet mask.

Masque Bar Rose Gold Peel Off Mask
Enriched with natural fruit extracts that aid in purifying and soothing to brighten and soften skin. I loved using this face mask not only do you get a nice rose gold look on your face but upon peeling it off it leaves your face feeling smooth. 

 

My overall thoughts on this facial mask beauty box is that I loved it. This box has a great selection of new face masks which I will be purchasing.  I highly recommend this beauty box not only is it affordable but you also get full-size face masks and a hair mask to try.

As always I wish you all the best! If you do happen to try some products let me know which ones you enjoyed the most 🙂

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Target’s Fall Beauty Box (September beauty box)

Target’s Fall Beauty Box (September beauty box)

This month Target came out with two beauty boxes the Fall beauty box and a face mask beauty box. Today I will be reviewing the Fall Beauty box for the month of September.

 

***A little disclaimer I did not receive this product in an exchange for an opinion/ review I paid these with my own money and wanted to review them for myself. ***IMG_2224.JPG

This box includes: 

Weleda Wild Rose Body Wash
Creamy, moisture-rich body wash formulated with essential oils leaves skin feeling silky smooth and smelling yummy.

Olay Facial Cleansing Infusion, Crushed Ginger and Citrus 
Biorenewing hydra draws out impurities and renew skin’s surface from within so it reflects light for a naturally gorgeous glow.

Garnier Rose Mist Spray
Vegan face mist infused with rose water lightly hydrates and rejuvenates so skin feels soothed & refreshed.

NIVEA Smooth Daily Moisture Body Lotion
Shea butter and exclusive Hydra IQ technology provides triple action moisturization that lasts more than 24 hours, leaving skin touchably soft and smooth.

Schmidt’s Naturals Charcoal Magnesium Deodorant
Award-winning formula helps absorb wetness and neutralize odor so you smell fresh and never feel sticky.

OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Dry Shampoo
Blend of coconut oil, essence of tiare and vanilla bean extract helps to repair, soften and revive strands, for silky, soft island-girl hair.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer Base

Lightweight eyelash primer instantly conditions and coats lashes, building dramatic volume and length for a cat-eye effect.

My thoughts/ reviews

Weleda Wild Rose Body Wash- Wonderful scent. Great for a pampering shower or just to freshen up. A little goes a long way if you make it foamy with the loofas. Love how fresh you feel afterward.

Olay Facial Cleansing Infusion, Crushed Ginger and Citrus- Wonderfully refreshing and leaves face feeling clean. I’ve used this product daily. I will purchase again.

Garnier Rose Mist Spray- I really like how refreshing it is in when you first spray it. It has a sweet scent and it feels light and airy. It’s also a huge plus that it’s vegan.

NIVEA Smooth Daily Moisture Body Lotion- It does feel a little bit thick consistency however once it fully absorbs to the skin it feels nice and soft to touch.

Schmidt’s Naturals Charcoal Magnesium Deodorant- I love their deodorants I’ve tried the vanilla one and look forward to using the charcoal magnesium one as well.

OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Dry Shampoo- Smells wonderful and also doesn’t leave your hair looking like you put something on it. Easy to manage after use as well.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer Base- This product is amazing and a must have! I already have naturally long lashes, and once I apply my L’Oreal Primer my lashes instantly get that extra volume they need. You can wear it anywhere and it will last through the day and into the night with no smudges. The only thing I would change, but will also live with is how hard it can be to completely remove.

I loved this box had great new products of which I will be purchasing.  I highly recommend this beauty box not only is it affordable but you do get great products and decent sizes to try out.

As always I wish you all the best! If you do happen to try some products let me know which ones you enjoyed the most 🙂

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Target April beauty box review

Hello to all  🙂 today I am reviewing Target’s beauty box for the month of April Natural beauty I found it to be very cool and interesting since Earth day is celebrated in April. All of the products listed are not only good for your skin but also for the earth (as they mentioned in the box description 🙂 ) they come in a decent size for being sample sizes. Not only do I get to try out new products, but I also don’t have to commit to purchasing them in a size in which could go to waste.

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Target’s April beauty box

***A little disclaimer I did not receive this product in an exchange for an opinion/ review I paid these with my own money and wanted to review them myself. ***

Target’s Natural beauty box contains the following:                                                     Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla natural Deodorant – .7 oz
Love Beauty & Planet Volume Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo – 3 oz
Love Beauty & Planet Volume Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner – 3 oz
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Facial Mud Mask Packet (1ct or .5oz)
Weleda Skin Food Travel Size – 0.34 oz
Nourish Organic Face lotion – 0.5oz
Method body Experiential Simply Nourish Body Wash – 3.4oz trial size

Target Beauty Coupons included
$3 off your Beauty Purchase of $15 or more. Applies to cosmetics, skin care, and hair care purchases.

My thoughts on each product

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Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla natural deodorant

Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla natural Deodorant – Smells amazing nothing strong or overbearing. Contains no aluminum, propylene, glycol, parabens, phthalates, or artificial fragrance. Certified vegan and cruelty-free.

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Love Beauty & Planet Volume Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo and Conditioner

Love Beauty & Planet Volume Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo – Love the smell of this shampoo have read great reviews on this looking forward to packing this in my hospital bag to use.                                                                                                                                    

Love Beauty & Planet Volume Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Conditioner – I love how this conditioner was formulated without parabens, silicones, or dyes. Smells amazing and is soft.

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Shea Moisture African Black Soap Facial Mud Mask Packet

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Facial Mud Mask Packet- I did use this mask and I was amazed how soft my skin was afterward.  I do recommend this to anyone who likes masks it did smell good.

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Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food- This product is made to help skin with dryness they recommend you use it on your elbows, hands, and feet.

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Nourish Organic Face lotion

Nourish Organic Face lotion- I am extra excited to try this organic face lotion not only does it smell good, but it also has amazing vitamins to improve your skin’s elasticity.

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Method body Experiential Simply Nourish Body Wash

Method body Experiential Simply Nourish Body Wash – You can smell the coconut and it is very much a rich and buttery body wash which leaves your skin moisturized after the shower. 

 

Overall this box had great new products in which I have never heard of before and am interested in repurchasing.  I highly recommend this beauty box not only is it affordable but you do get great products and decent sizes.

As always I wish you all the best! If you do happen to try some products let me know which ones you enjoyed the most 🙂

 

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Treat yourself Target beauty box

Treat yourself Target beauty box is a part of the four limited edition Beauty boxes. Similar to the previous box Wake up Makeup beauty box this box came with seven products of which two are FULL- size products and five are big sample size/trial size products.

***A little disclaimer I did not receive this product in an exchange for an opinion/ review I paid these with my own money and wanted to review them for myself. ***

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Treat yourself beauty box by Target

Treat yourself Beauty Box by Target contains the following:

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Red Dahlia (Full size)

ME!Bath Bath Bomb – 1ct (Full size)

Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath – 3oz ( Big sample size)

Bodycology Free & Lovely Coconut & Rose Body Butter – 1oz (Big Sample size)

Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser (1oz Big Sample size)

Olay Regenerist Whips – 0.5oz (Sample)

Luxe by Mr. Bubble Bath Meltaway (3ct) (trial size)

 Coupons included in this box…
$1 off one Bodycology Free & Lovely
$1 off a purchase of two Dr. Teals
$3 off one Olay Whip Facial Moisturizer 1.7 oz.
$1 off one ME! Bath Bomb 6ct

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Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Red Dahlia (Full size)- Nice and smooth there is a tint to it for those who enjoy it.

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ME! Bath Bath Bomb – Lavender Lullaby

ME!Bath Bath Bomb – As someone who loves bath bombs (from Lush) I was excited to try this bath bomb by ME in the lavender scent. I do have sensitive skin and there were no issues at all. You do smell the lavender scented with sweeter, hints of floral in them.

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Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath

Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath- Love the smell and how relaxing it was on my achy pregnant body.

 

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Bodycology Free & Lovely Coconut & Rose Body Butter

Bodycology Free & Lovely Coconut & Rose Body Butter- Nice size body butter to have in your purse very smooth and doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. Your skin is left feeling moisturized and soft.

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Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser

Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser- I have read wonderful reviews on this particular gel cleanser how it cleans without drying your skin.

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Olay Regenerist Whip Light as Air Finish
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Olay Regenerist Whip Light as Air Finish

Olay Regenerist Whips- Truly has a whipped texture which I found to be nice and smooth smells amazing. Very lightweight on the skin too which helps reduce wrinkles.

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Luxe by Mr. Bubble Bath Meltaway This smells amazing I have yet to use it but I imagine it to be similar to bath melts which leave your skin feeling soft and silky.

Treat yourself box has a variety of products in which you can use to relax and focus on yourself (and skin needs) perfect for a relaxing Sunday. Overall I am impressed and have tried new products I will repurchase soon.

Have you tried any of the products listed above? Share your thoughts with me below.

 

As always have a great day!

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