Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Isabella's Nursery Reveal

It's finally done!!!! Yay I had a blast putting together Isabella's nursery! Since I found out I was having a girl I started planning our little girl's room even though she would be in our room for the first 6 months. To be honest I do miss having her in our room just because I loved waking up and seeing her adorable smiling face already looking at me. But she was starting to outgrow it and I hated waking her when Rex and I would go into the room; and since transferring rooms she has done great and love it!

I first started off with choosing the color palette. I went to pinterest of course and went from there. I wanted something girly but add a fun modern touch to it. PINK, GOLD, WHITE and small hints of grey were my color palette. I first painted the room right before she was born and chose my color from home depot from behr paint. Target, Amazon, and Etsy is mostly where I got all of her decor. I feel like with Isabella's nursery I was more artistic and went with some unique items than I did with Masons (but I of course love how his turned out as well!) I don't know if I have a favorite part of the room, the whole room itself is my favorite. I love the vintage floral gold mirror, the swan features, the gold, the flowers ..EVERYTHING! So without further a due here is Isabella's Nursery Reveal (Links to everything will be at the end)

Swan Piggy Bank , Swan Piggy Bank (2) , Flower Vase and monthly block Target Dollar Spot, Frame Home Goods.  

Let me know if I didn't tag something or have any questions! and for more little details like her closet, two other smaller essentials, and her dresser organization go to my  Instagram page at @vallyriches. Again this was a blast! I truly love the decorating process and so in love with Isabella's Nursery!! Until next time when I show you Mason's New Big Boy Room!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Newborn essentials (#2)

Hi there! Sorry I've been not consistent in blogging, but I'm making it a goal to blog twice a month and go up from there sometimes. So even though Isabella is now 7 months old, I've finally compiled my newborn must haves..well round 2 haha.

I went ahead and made my own mittens since I love sewing and it was super easy to make! I followed this mittens pattern! Mittens are so good to have when you have a newborn (even to infant if they can keep them on) because its so sad to see them scratch their faces! Target,Walmart, and pretty much any store that sells baby items have them!

Burp cloth
You'll always need a burp cloth especially if you have a baby that spits up a lot! Mason didn't have this problem but Isabella did and so glad it's slowed down, nevertheless I still carry around a burp cloth with me! I especially love my Little Birdie Ink burp cloths because how soft/durable/ and cute they are! They have several patterns and the owner is such a sweetheart! Here's a code "Birdie30" for your next purchase!

Tubby Todd
You probably heard me rave about this company, and it's only because of how much I stand by their products! I've used their product since mason was little with their shampoo, lotion, and bubble bath! I also have their baby fresh spray that I literally put on everything because it smells SOOOO GOOD and also purchased their all over ointment that I love using for Mason's and Isabella's sensitive skin! It has helped our skin so much and love how safe and clean they are for our family!
Tubby Todd Website

Saline drops and booger sucker
These two items go hand in hand because unfortunately sometimes babies get stuffy noses and it's so hard to remove those pesky little boogies. Heck I've even used these two items when mason was past one! I get my saline drops from Little Remedies and get a booger sucker from Target.. some hospitals even give you on or let you take one home, so don't forget to ask about that before leaving the hospital! Baby won't like it much but it will definitely make a difference!

Rafe and moose swaddle
Want to know how many of these amazingly soft blankets I have?? Let's just say my collection is growing and it ain't stoppin! Not only are the buttery soft but also work for either summer or winter and the biggest swaddle I have ever seen so it grows with your kid! My toddler even loves still using his haha. The shop owner is amazing and they have multiple colors to choose from!

A good diaper bag
Going to keep this short and sweet because in my opinion it worth investing in a good diaper bag. I had a shoulder purse like diaper bag for mason and it was so inconvenient and my shoulder was always usually sore. So I found the Freshly Picked Diaper bag and so happy about my purchase. I needed a diaper bag that allowed me to be hands free, since I got two kids.. had several pockets, had a much of space but not making it overall huge! If you want to see a review / what's in my diaper bag then check out the video below

What's in my Diaper Bag video feat. Freshly Picked

Milk catcher 
I don't remember this being around when I had mason but sure am happy I found out about before having Isabella because I love this item when Isabella was newborn and even used it past that! Behold the milk catcher as I like to call it, but officially called HaaKaa breast pump. This genius item not only is for hand expressing but also for catching your let down!! I hated how much milk I lost when I began nursing and how I wish I could save that milk, so when I was told about this item from UnderCover Mama I immediately had to get it. Right as my milk production was coming in and after I love using the HaaKaa because I was able to save and store milk. Even though it was a couple ounces, it quickly added up! Do yourself a favor and get this item!
Buy Haakaa Breast Pump

Wrap / Sling
I had a wrap with mason but never could figure it out I don't know if it was the brand or I wasn't doing it right; but I was gifted a sling for Isabella from WildBird and love it soo much! It's incredibly easy to use and perfect when you have a newborn because they love being close to you! A wrap or sling allows you to be hands free while cleaning the house, going on a walk, or even getting grocery shopping done! So happy I got one and tried again because wow was it a game changer! I even still use my sling now and Isabella still loves it!
Baby Wraps
WildBird Ring Slings

Knotted gown
This is an item that I wished I had gotten when mason was a newborn because of how useful this clothing item was! I love knotted gown and Isabella has several of them because a newborn sleeping with a blanket is a safe hazard, knotted gown allow your little ones feet to be covered acting like they have a blanket! Some knotted Gown even have mittens attached to it so you can cover their hands as well! Did I mention how easier it is to change them!

Portable Sleeper/Dockatot
Whether you travel much or want to have a mini bed for your baby, I highly recommend getting a portable sleeper like the Dockatot. Yes it may be a little expensive but it really comes in handy! Your baby will love sleeping in this, perfect for on the go without dragging along heavy bulky port-a-crib , easy to wash, comfy, and worth every dollar!



Sunday, November 24, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids-2019

With Christmas a month away, I thought why not quickly share a list of what I recommend giving your kids for Christmas! Some of these items I have shared before (and that's only because I really love them, haha!)
So without further a due, here it is!

1) Bookroo

They are a monthly subscription kids book club company that empowers parents to create a collection of books for your kids that are curated for your child's age and growth! Mason  has loved these books so much where you can see how well they are loved haha and Isabella loves looking at the big pictures in her books that are perfect for her age! Mason has always loved reading and so glad that Bookroo agrees that it is never too early to start reading to your children! The more books the better, right!? They have board books, picture books and chapter books! It truly is a great gift for your kids that they are even wrapped, so you don't have to!! We love our new favorites and know you will love this company as much as we do!
  USE CODE: "MERRYRICHES" for 15% off , code expires Dec.25
 See More options and information on their website Bookroo Website

2) Little Wedgies
I just recently purchased our first little set of little wedgies outfits for both my kids and love how soft and adorable they are! The are perfect for Christmas presents for your little one and love how affordable they are as well! The owners are also so friendly and sweet.
Little Wedgies Website

3) Mary Meyers Stuffed Toys

You can never go wrong with a stuffed toy as a gift and especially these adorable soft toys from Mary Meyer! That have every animal you could ever think of and not only have the cutest toys but also have swaddles, teething toys , bibs, little soft books and more! I cant wait to give her these little gifts from them on Christmas! Isabella just loves her stuffed toys because their perfect to cuddle and play with! I got her these swan items and a kitty as well! USE CODE “VALENTINA15” for 15% off

Mary Meyer Stuffed Toy website

4) Freshly Picked
I have loved Freshly picked shoes ever since I found I was pregnant with Mason and they have been our favorite brand to go to when it comes to picking out the perfect shoes for my kids! We even just bought Isabella her first pair and will buy the kids another pair for Christmas! They are so affordable, comfortable, easy to put on, and come in several styles and designs (even cute characters that your kids may be into!)  Ps: They will have a great Black Friday Sale of 30% off site wide and other amazing deals! So stay tuned
Freshly Picked Website

5) Saranoni Luxury Blanket
These blankets are ultra soft! I already have it as a must buy for the little ones and the great thing about them is that you can also get them for anyone in the family! I have heard such great reviews and that you'll immediately love them because of how soft and cuddly they are! Also they are having a Black friday sale with 25% off site wide (45% off with doorbusters)
Saranoni Website

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Isabella's Birth Story

I'm finally getting to it everyone, haha finally made the time to post Isabella's birth story! Isabella is now 4 months and growing bigger and bigger everyday!

Introducing Isabella Mae Riches

She was born on June 14th at 10:30 at night and the most darling little girl I had ever seen! She immediately stole our hearts when she entered this world and can't imagine life without her! Mason is obsessed with her and loves telling people that she's his sister!

So let me tell you a little bit about that special day! I was induced (unlike my birth with mason) .. I had family coming in on a certain date and didn't want to be in the hospital when they were here, and I was also a week overdue and my doctor didn't want me to go more over. It was a Friday at 11am when we finally got the call from the hospital that we could come in. I remember that day so well. I had already anticipated the day before that friday was going to be the day and so we made sure we had everything set for the next day. We ate our last family of 3 breakfast and decided to go on a walk to the park. We were also about to head out to another park to meet rex's family for a little family gathering...right then at the first park just us three I got the call. We walked back home and loaded up the car and drove to rex's parent's house where mason would be spending his time at while we were in the hospital.

As we drove to the hospital I couldn't help but tear up thinking about this change our family would have and how it would affect mason. I was so nervous and I really had nothing to be worried about because mason loved talking about her and would even talk to my stomach asking bella to come out haha. But I was nervous. I was nervous mason would think I replaced him.. that he would become jealous because after 3 years of just him, I would be sharing my attention with someone else. Ah the nerves were real and I suppose that other mother's also have these thoughts. Even though I was nervous I was also excited for what was going to happen. Mason was going to gain a new best friend, someone to play with, a new member to join our family!

What's silly is that prior to being induced I never really felt real contractions. I just had braxton hick contraction which I never experienced with mason, I had lost my mucus plug but that was it! So when we arrived at the hospital I was ready to get things started! We arrived at almost noon and were settled into our room. I was given pitocin to start the labor process and those contractions happen fast. Not so much in pain but I started at almost a 2 (dilated) and my contraction started coming in quick. I wasn't really feel them pain wise but could feel my stomach tightening. Every two hours the nurse would check me and let me tell you how that first check went...lol it was very brutally uncomfortable!! Bella started moving up high and so it was hard to check how effaced I was and it was like this heat overcame my body as she was checking because I literally thought her whole arm was inside of me .. haha sorry for that image, but It really felt like that.

A couple of hours had past and I was lucky enough to get some yummy graham crackers and apple juice before the epidural. I wish I would of known to eat before arriving at the hospital because man was I HUNGRY!! Then it was time to break my water and insert the catheter . When they broke my water it felt warm and felt like something had popped which is exactly what happened.  More hours had past and 9 came around and I started to notice that my contraction were getting stronger. When I had been checked last I was dilated to a 4. As 10 pm was approaching I was able to start really moving my legs and even could lift them up! The contraction were 1/2 minutes apart and I was pushing the epidural button and felt like it wasn't working. The pain (like birth is) was getting more intense. I started breathing techniques with the help of my husband and the nurse. I kept asking the nurse why the epidural wasn't working and they really didn't know why. She said would call the anesthesiologist so they could give me a higher dose to see if that would help. As we were waiting for the anesthesiologist the nurse decided to check me again and as I looked at the nurses face I saw the look of shock.. she said I dilated at a ten and I just start laughing! I mean I know that birth is a pain (but beautiful) experience but I laughed that I felt like I wasn't crying for nothing haha, I mean I was at a 10 and my epidural and worn off completely! I was feeling every little bit of my contractions! Rex and I and the nurse were so shocked at how progressed I was. And then that's when things got even more real... the nurse said she's coming and all these nurses start coming in and prepping the room. The nurse called my obgyn and told him that it was time! I kept telling Rex how I hoped that she would get here safely.

The anesthesiologist quickly came into the room as they were just starting to get the room together and gave me another dose, just enough to not focus on the pain but on me pushing and my labor. We started out practice pushing, my obgyn came in and we started actually pushing.  I said a prayer out loud that I hope she got here safely and everything went okay. We rex's and the my whole team of nurses and doctor I was very supported, felt so much help, strength and felt incredibly focused. I pushed for about ten minutes and she was out. I kept saying "my angel, my angel".  Here was this little angel sent down from heaven that we yearned to have and she was so beautiful, innocent, and the most precious thing in this world. We fell in love all over again with another miracle in our lives! I also truly felt like I had also just given birth to mason again! She looked so much like her brother! She had dark hair, cute little cheeks, and the tiniest of fingers!

 After a couple of hours of a immediate skin to skin , cuddling with daddy and mommy , we were all moved to the recovery room. We were still obsessing (and it never stopped) over our little girl and I immediately felt so hungry! It was around 1 am and luckily the hospital cafeteria was still open and I ate the most delicious bacon hamburger ever!! The bacon was the best part because it was perfectly crispy and tasted soooo good!

Then after we were able to get as much rest as you can expect with nurses popping in every couple of hours and honestly I didn't was to sleep because I was just in love with our Isabella! Once morning came we got the call that mason had woken up and we were all ready for him to come meet his little sister! Our photographer at @cieraleavittphotography  was on her way and Isabella was getting her first bath!

I must say that I could have not envisioned a better moment that when mason met his baby sister for the first time! He immediately saw her and was so happy, he looked in her hospital basket and said bella with such a big smile on his face! I immediately started tearing up because it was truly a beautiful special moment that stood still that I would always remember. I loved looking at mason's face as he stared in aw at his sister and him just become a big brother! He looked at her with so much love, it melted all of our hearts! He got to hold her several times and would point to her and say bella my sister!! I just love my boy so much and again the meeting between these two couldn't be more perfect!

Once everyone left we just continued for another day to relax and make sure Isabella and I were clear to go. Going home felt so nice but I also loved my hospital stay! My recovery was good and so thankful for the family and friends who helped out, brought meals, and even picked up mason so he get out of the house. She is such a healthy girl and has some similar qualities and some very different ones haha. She loves to sleep and only wakes mommy up once a night, likes bath time now, was a little colicy in the beginning and breastfeeding is going very well , is not not as calm as her brother lol. But she's our perfect little beautiful girl and we are so in love with our Isabella Mae and so blessed to have her in our family!

Hospital gown from Lates by Kate
Isabella's Swaddle from Lou Lou and Company

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mason's Birthday / 3 Year Update

I'm pretty sure I have started every post like this but how in the world is my baby 3 years old! It truly baffles me how fast time has gone and that he isn't a baby anymore but is truly growing up as such a big boy! This year like every year has gone by fast! We have some downs but this boy is all about bring up's to our lives.

Where shall I start. Mason's personality is truly showing more and more everyday and we keep on loving it! Everyone in this world is his friend. It doesn't matter what age the person is or boy or girl this boy loves making friends with everyone. Whether or not he's met them yet he calls them his friends already and I think it's the sweetest thing! He loves talking and loves getting into a deep long conversation with you. He can explore anywhere and what place or area may seem boring to others, this kid knows who to make the place fun! He also has such a creative mind and loves playing make believe! Mason probably like any toddler has so much energy that you really wish you had some of because can this boy play for hours and never get tired, up until mom says its time for bed haha.

I say this to anyone but mason truly has such a caring, kind, and loving heart! He is deeply concerned if someone is upset and will say the cutest words to make you feel better! He loves giving hugs and will be a complete goof ball all day long!

This year he has come to love cereal, continues to love cookies, loves pj masks, loves spiderman, captain america, and iron man! He loves watching paw patrol and will take any chance to dress up and be a superhero and loves wrestling daddy!

He continues to love jumping off stuff and be fearless! He has learned how to swim and is water safe thanks to aquatics academy! We've traveled multiple states and learned that mason does great with long car rides (9 hours to be exact) lol.
He loves to dance, he loves to laugh, be adventurous , socialize, and more he is our happy little boy!

We've also gone through scary situation and recently learning mason is allergic to mostly dog and horses but also a little cats. He has had breathing problems when around these animals and has had asthma as well. It's broken our hearts seeing our boy struggle to breath and have to rely on a machine to help him breath better but we are happy to have solutions on how to help him and know whats causing them.

Since I was 9 months pregnant we decided to throw a smaller party and hung up a avengers banner, got him a couple balloons and I even made him a captain america shield cake and he was obsessed with it all! We loved celebrating another big year for and also thanks to baby sister for staying in mommys tummy so that her brother could have his day!

We love our little boy so much and we are forever blessed to have him in our lives! Thank you mas for making us parents are for always being a light in our lives!

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Two baby Items all parents should have! - Review

"I received product compliments of Dockatot and Binxy Baby"

I remember when I was pregnant with Mason how overwhelmed I was by all the baby products, I mean there is literally thousands of baby items and several different kinds of each item in there own category. I think the reason why there are so many options is because each kid is different and will react to a certain product differently. Like with pacifiers and bottles, we definitely did our share of trying different brands until we found the one mason liked. But I have never really heard about an item that really caters or works for every kid. Well let me tell you I found it and I think all parents should have this item, whether it's your first kid or your last..this item has become my favorite!

Let me tell you about the Dockatot; sound familiar? Well it's basically in every store that carries baby products (Target, Buy Buy Baby).  Dockatot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper, and playtime lounger. There's two sizes of loungers, 0-8 months and 9-36 months. It's 100% cotton, breathable material, perfect for toddlers transitioning into a bigger bed, and has the ideal micro-climate for babies!

So when we received our Dockatot for our little girl we couldn't wait to try it out for ourselves and see what everyone is raving about. When we first received our package , Mason was so excited to help me out  with carrying the prettiest package I have ever received.

 It was beautifully wrapped! I honestly didn't even want  to take it out of the packaging because that's how pretty it was haha. I couldn't wait till our little bella arrived to have her start using it! Now fast forward two weeks later and she uses it daily! It truly is the best baby item! We love using it! She sleeps in it and sometimes lays in it for fun during the day. And we also got the toy arch where she can stare at the black and white stripes, look at the cute little figurines, and soon get to play with them. She loves watching them swing back and worth! I really think it reminds her of the womb because of how cozy and (in a good way) squishy it is. Heck I wish these came in an adult size because I would sleep in this every night!

I love seeing her so relaxed and happy in her dockatot and wish I would of gotten one for Mason! Who knew this would easily become one of my favorite baby products and I'll be definitely getting one when she grow out of it and goes onto the next size!

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 Now unto my second item that is truly one of the best baby inventions in the entire planet... that's right in the planet!! The Binxy Baby! It is a hammock to make all shopping trips easier! I recently took Isabella to Target (where else) and I was stopped 5 or more times by moms asking me what it was and how genius of a item it was. I of course had to tell them!

She slept the entire time, was so comfy, and it literally made shopping so much easier because I didn't have to bring her car seat and have the groceries surrounding her. Doesn't it sound genius!? Like who knew you could enjoy grocery trips with kids! I look forward to all them now! It fits most shopping carts, it holds car seat and up to 50 pounds in weight, you can use it until there 8 months old, it's safety tested, has the cutest print options and can fit the big Costco cart! So now that I told you how amazing this item is , go get yourself or your up and coming mommy this! I can already see you, or them loving it as much as I do!
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Binxy Baby Website
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