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Zenni Optical: Affordable Eyeglasses for Fashionable Moms on a Budget

I used to be able to wear contacts all day long. Then, they started to give me headaches and my eyes itched like crazy when I took them out. Those problems led to me wearing glasses 24/7.  I feel more like myself in contacts and still wear them for brief hours during special occasions–like my wedding day–where I’ll be taking a lot of pictures. However, I decided that if I have to wear eyeglasses all the time, I’m going to have fun with it. I discovered Zenni Optical, a site that lets customers order fashionable prescription glasses and sunglasses for super cheap. I’m addicted. Prices start at around $6 for frames AND lenses and go up if you want reflective coating, etc. I even ordered a pair with tinted lenses that I use as sunglasses. I’ve been collecting my Zenni’s for about two years now and have different pairs for different moods:    My first pair: oversized blue. I wear these specks on bold, summery days. Frame cost: $15!  I get lots of complements. My hipster pair. These were my …

Make a Custom Mommy Necklace with Jenny Present

I began obsessing over mommy necklaces during my pregnancy. There are so many options and I needed to find the perfect one. I debated between initial necklaces, bar necklaces, birthstones, etc.  Then I came across Jenny Present, which allowed me to combine everything I wanted into one necklace. I chose the charms above: a sapphire for my daughter’s September birthday, her first initial, birthdate, and a copper heart for cuteness.  I wanted to write my daughter’s full name– Genevieve– but there weren’t many charm options that could accommodate a longer name. I love my necklace and wear it every day. It allows me to have a little reminder of my baby while I’m at the office. I plan on making more necklaces, too. One for my dogs, which will include a bone charm, and one to commemorate my wedding. This website is too fun. It’s an accessory lovers paradise. Collect charms like tattoos. Sign up for the email newsletter and you’ll get weekly discount deals. I used to hint to my husband that I wanted …

4 Reasons Parents Need a Real Camera, Not a Cell Phone, to Take Photos

My brother and his wife are preparing for their first baby and everyday I send them annoying texts about scheduling a newborn photo shoot within the first five days of the baby’s birth and also buying a real camera to take to the hospital. They both think that using their cell phones as cameras is good enough. But it’s not! Here’s why parents need real cameras: Real cameras provide high-res images that are suitable for printing. You need high-res images to print larger photos, like 8x10s. Love the idea of a photo canvas? You can’t make one without a high quality photo! Hoping to make a photo book? Ditto. Cell phones break. This happens all the time. You can drop your phone in the toilet and there goes the first five months of your baby’s life. Everything is lost. Cloud backups aren’t good enough. This is your child we’re talking about. Are you going to trust a third-party service from another company like Dropbox as the only storage of photos for your baby? I save …

Bye Bye Baby Online

See what I did there? You will after I explain. I had to buy a few baby items online: –A Sophie teether. Megan’s blog convinced me I need to suck it up and get this for Genevieve. –A foam play mat. We have hardwood floors and the area rug in our living room is still not soft enough for playtime. -A Monkey Mat portable floor. I actually didn’t even need this, but once I came across it, I decided I want it. This will be great for outdoor summer parties and when we go to the town pool and the beach. Because I want these items ASAP and don’t have the energy or time to trek to Buy Buy Baby, I decided to order online. I know that meant giving up the $5 off and $20 percent discount coupons that are only accepted in-store. (Dear husband: don’t yell at me if you read this). Convenience over cash! After placing my order and getting frustrated that I couldn’t find any free shipping codes online, I decided …

And the cutest baby butt award goes to….

How adorable are these baby and toddler leggings from Wrapables? They have designs for girls and boys. Each pair retails for $15.99 plus shipping. Shipping is always a bummer. But then again, so are $15 leggings that your baby is only going to fit into for a few weeks! I’d splurge if these were part of a special occasion or photo shoot outfit though.

Ditching the Diaper Bag… Kinda

This is the Peacock Mum Coop Carry-All Diaper Bag from 2 Red Hens.  I searched countless websites until I finally settled on this bag. I loved it because it was sturdy, got great reviews, looked feminine but still neutral enough for my husband to carry and I could fit everything I need inside. Now that our baby is here, my husband carries a daddy diaper backpack instead of using my bag. And I have decided that diaper bags filled to the brim with every essential on-the-go items are really bulky and annoying to carry. Especially when you have your own purse (though I’ve ditched that on occasion and simply threw what I needed into the diaper bag), a car seat and shopping cart/ high chair cover to lug around everywhere you go. So this beautiful diaper bag that I splurged on will now sit in my car when we’re on the move to hold emergency items. I plan on getting a big, comfy tote bag that will fit my personal items and a diaper, wipes, bottle and …