August Favorites

Hey y’all! Happy September! I’m so excited for the start of a new month… Cooler weather & the start of fall… What could be better than that?!

But before August is too far gone, I wanted to share some of my favorites from the past month!

  1. Bondi Sands Aero Tanning Foam

I love a good tan, but my time to lounge by the pool has decreased significantly since Bryant was born! This summer I have been relying heavily on self tanner and I recently discovered this one at Walgreens and I love it!

I have used quite a few brands over the years and this one is my favorite so far. It is a very natural looking color and easy to apply. It also smells SO good and doesn’t have a weird artificial smell. I have been applying this every 1-2 weeks since mid-June and I haven’t run out yet, so I think you get a pretty good bang for your buck!

I shower, shave and exfoliate before applying. Then I use the Bondi Sands Mitt to apply it before bed, put on a long sleeve tshirt and pajama pants (to avoid any transfer to the sheets) and just rinse it off in the morning! Super easy and great results!

I have been working out at home a lot lately, and to be honest, I get sick of doing the same things all the time. So, this month I decided to switch it up and order some resistance bands! I have been surprised by how many different things you can do with these and how good of a workout you can get with them! I just look up “resistance band workout” on YouTube and get to work while Bryant naps!

I just want to apologize to all the Essential Oil enthusiasts that I used to make fun of endlessly. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still don’t believe that eucalyptus oil can heal cancer or grow back a bone, but I am a believer in the power of a house that smells clean!

I don’t really know much about diffusers but this one holds a lot of water, cuts off when the water runs out and is completely silent… Highly recommend.

Oh, and it has a bunch of different colored light options but I usually just have mine on white. FYI

I’m really terrible with money, so I made a decision this month to try and stick to a budget. I am still not great — No miracles to report here — but this app has really helped me keep track of my spending! I am no expert by any means, but I just thought I’d pass it along.

I’m sure I’m not the only momma who struggles to balance my marriage and motherhood. I truly cannot recommend this book enough if that’s the season you’re in! Even for moms of older children, I think this book is such an encouragement. Think of it as a “Love Dare” like from the movie Fireproof, but specifically for new moms and their husbands. I’m only 1 week into the 21 day challenge and I already feel like things are shifting to a more balanced place.

Bryant's First Beach Trip

Happy July! We had a busy beginning to our month, starting with a trip to the beach! We hadn’t planned on taking Bryant to the beach until he was a little older, but when Bill’s family invited us on their family vacation, we decided to tag along.

Truth be told, Bryant only spent about an hour on the actual beach… Little guy couldn’t hang much longer than that! But he absolutely loved the water and playing with his daddy!

Bryant is teething, so his moods were a little hit or miss. Along with the long day of traveling, it took him a little while to get adjusted to his new environment. He is usually a happy baby about 90% of the time, but the trip took a toll on his little self! He didn’t sleep great the first night, so the next morning, we let him get a nap while we headed to the beach for a little baby-free time while Bill’s mom stayed with him in the condo.

I wish I had gotten pictures of Bryant in the actual ocean. I stayed back at our chairs so I could give Bill one of Bryant’s “firsts”… He loves to swim in the ocean and I am definitely more of a lay on the beach person, so I thought this would be a special moment for him and his boy!

Bryant loved the water! He was babbling and splashing the whole time. He is definitely going to be a fish once he learns how to swim!

Once he came back over to our spot on the beach, we put him in this bouncer my mom found on Amazon.
I will link it here: Summer Infant Portable Activity Center

He never quite got the hang of the bouncing, but I really liked the seat because it came with a bag so you could carry it easily, and it popped open and closed really easily! He loved all the toys that were attached to it, and I especially like that it had a sun shade! Even under the tent, you can’t be too careful with the sun on the beach. We have even used this in the yard since coming back from the beach, so I definitely recommend it!

After about an hour, we were done. I love this picture so much! It was hot, we were all sweaty and Bryant was ready for a nap.

After we all showered and rested up, it was time for dinner! It was 4th of July and Bryant was definitely the best dressed… as always : )
Sweet boy ate crab legs for the first time and tore them up!

This boy loves his daddy something fierce. He is always smiling when he’s with him. We really enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the mornings just the three of us. Bryant was so sweet just taking the world in. He is so curious and studies every sight and sound… And he loves the pool! He was kicking his feet and splashing the entire time! He loved the little octopus on this float my MIL got for him and I think he could have stayed in there all day!

You can get his float here: SwimWays Baby Float

I love being this boy’s momma! We had so much fun together and I’m thankful for this time away! He is just growing up so fast , and I am trying to soak up every stage. Packing up to head home was bittersweet, but we were all kind of ready to get back to our own beds and routine.
On the way home, we stopped at the outlets, which secretly may have been my favorite part of the whole trip : )

This sweet boy just needed a bottle before we hit the road, and he was out like a light! Look at that grin! He really was a champ on the long drive home. We only stopped twice; once for a bathroom break and diaper change, and then once to grab a late lunch!

Our lunch stop was in Augusta. I asked my friend Bekah for a recommendation since she used to live there, and she pointed us to Tako Sushi. It was Asian-Mexican fusion, and it was to die for! Sushi and Chips & Salsa at the same place? Sign me up!

PS: Find someone who looks at you the way Bryant looks at guacamole.

All in all, it was a fun trip for us and I can’t wait to take Bryant back to the beach!

Random product links for things we used and loved on this trip:

Teething Ring: https://amzn.to/2LJExLg

Baby Sun Hat: https://amzn.to/2XB01RB

Baby Sunscreen: https://amzn.to/2Xv9gxW

Disposable Bibs: https://amzn.to/2LHPcGo

High Chair Cover (similar): https://amzn.to/2JmXwtG

Taggie (The best toy for the car/stroller! Bryant LOVES his!): https://amzn.to/2xFnvWc