Getting Around with Baby x2

We’re super excited that baby boy #2 will be joining us in a couple of months!  And we’re also overwhelmed and tired AF… or at least I am.

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Since we just loaded up on baby boy stuff a little over a year ago, there wasn’t all that much left that we needed.  We wanted some add-ons for our Vista stroller to make it a 2 seater, a bigger car seat, and another Yoyo stroller.  These are not inexpensive items by any means, but they’ve come out as our top picks after surviving our first year as parents.

Uppababy

The Uppababy Vista was the first stroller we got and it is great, particularly for a newborn.  The bassinet easily pops on and off, as does the Mesa car seat.  The large basket makes it perfect for shopping and running errands.  And if multiple littles are in your future, the Vista converts to haul 2-3 kiddos!

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These are our top picks in the Uppababy line:  Uppababy Vista stroller and bassinet  |  rumble seat  |  Mesa car seat  |  bassinet holder and hamper upper adaptors

Babyzen

The Babyzen Yoyo stroller has been our go-to for traveling and cruising around the city.  It is super lightweight but very durable.  We took it with us to Czech and were shocked that it held up on all the cobblestone streets!  Plus it quickly and easily folds up and slings over your shoulder like a big purse, so you can squeeze onto public transit, put it under your chair at a restaurant, or take it on an airplane.  We love the Yoyo so much that we bought a second one for the newbie, and we splurged for the newborn seat pack too!  It comes in TONS of colors.  We have both the black and the white base, and the grey and “Air France” blue seat packs.

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Babyzen Yoyo 6+  |  Babyzen Yoyo 0+ (newborn seat unit)

Nuna

Since the newbie will get the Mesa car seat, it was time for Denton to upgrade.  I had a hard time finding a car seat that was easy to use and didn’t take up tons of space.  The Nuna Rava was recommended by a friend, and I love it!  It’s sleek, easy to install (but heavy), and fits great in my small SUV.  Also, it comes with a newborn insert, so you could even use it from Day 1!

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Nuna Rava car seat

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Looking forward to strollin’ around with Denton and his little bro come October!

What are your baby must-haves?

xoxo
-ash

pamper yo self.

Pamper yourself.  That’s the only guaranteed way to make sure it gets done. 

A couple weeks ago I celebrated my 39th (?!?!) birthday, and I was on the verge of a panic attack.  It had nothing to do with the bday, just work and life piling up.  The Juniper Lemons sale wrapped, the dog got sick, the day job was beyond busy, the toddler was fussy, the hubs was MIA, and I was 28 weeks pregs and already hella huge.

I was managing to balance work and life, but life was just as much work!  That’s when I learned that it’s not a work/life balance that should be the goal, but a work/LEISURE balance.  I blocked out that Saturday as a self care day and committed Pavi to watch the little.

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Like I always do when I’m intent on getting something done, I made a list.  That Saturday I tackled each and evert one of those pampering action items and it was GLORIOUS!

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I got my nails done…  upgraded my lashes…

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went shopping (which was kinda a fail)…

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… and dove face first into a whole pizza while watching Trainwreck.  I’ll spare you those pics.

By the time my birthday rolled around that Monday, I felt much more sane and ready to kick off the start of a great new year!

It is so important to take time for you.  Balance work (and life!) with leisure, and pamper yourself on the regular.

What do you do to take care of you?

xoxo
ash

july: ash’s bday and sales!

July is officially here!  And so is the start of my birthday month! YAY! My birthday isn’t until July 30th, so that gives me nearly a full month to celebrate 🙂

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It was during my birthday month in 2016 that I decided to gift myself Juniper Lemons.  As an attorney, I’ve helped many clients set up businesses.  I dreamed of starting my own, and for my 37th bday I made it happen.

On July 18, 2016, I filed the paperwork for Juniper Lemons LLC and the rest has been a constant learning experience!  The learning bit can be challenging at times, but overall it’s the best bday present I’ve given myself to date.

This year I’ll be turning 39.  I don’t yet know what I’ll be gifting myself, but with baby #2 on the way, it’s already shaping up to be another big year.

Looking to buy yourself a little July gift?  You’re in luck!  There are so many sales happening RIGHT NOW!!

BIG JULY SALES

Anthropologie.  Extra 25% off sale.
Gap.  Take an 40% off with code PARTYON.
H&M.  Shop Fourth of July deals starting at just $4. Valid 7/1-7/4.
Zara.  Tons of markdowns in stores and online.
Juniper Lemons.  The HUGE Moving Sale is still going on!  Pretty much everything is marked down to $10, and shipping is just $5!  We’re going to have to shut it down in about a week for the move, so get those orders in stat!
Wishing you all the best July yet!
xoxo
-ash

4th of July!

The end of the month has snuck up on me AGAIN and here we are just 1 week away from THE 4TH OF JULY!!

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kate dress | lace kimono | star scarf

Traditionally the 4th has been one of my favorite holidays.  I grew up in Texas and spent loads of time bouncing around the midwest before landing in San Francisco.  Independence Day brings up memories of hanging by a pool or lake, grilling sausages, drinking margaritas, and soaking in the sun.  It’s pretty much the perfect day topped off with fireworks!

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 San Francisco weather doesn’t always cooperate for soaking in the sun, but a half hour drive in most any direction will increase the temps to something approaching summer.  [Here we come Sonoma and Napa! ;)]

What are you wearing for the holiday?!

4th of july numbered

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

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ps. Our big Moving Sale is still going.. these pieces are all ONLY $10 (!?!!) but only for a little while longer.

Happy 4th of July everyone!!

xoxo
-ash

shoes just added to sale!!

I can’t even believe we’re doing this… but we’ve just added our adorable booties to the Moving Sale!  JUST $15 !?!!

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I strutted around in the ‘Town and Country Bootie’ nonstop when I was pregnant with baby Denton.  These booties slide on easily, the leather just gets more comfy as you wear them, and they go with EVERYTHING.

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And Aj snapped this shot when she wore them to the pumpkin patch last fall.  So stinkin’ cute.  AND THEY’RE ONLY $15 !!

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The ‘Uptown Bootie’ has been suuuuper popular for spring and summer.  Sizes are EXTREMELY LIMITED with this pair, so if you want them FOR ONLY $15 (!?!!) hurry and snag them now!

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ps.  The skirt pictured with the booties above is also on mega sale FOR ONLY $10!!  Seriously, you need this.

I also cruised around town in this adorable booties quite a bit!  In fact, here I am with baby Denton shortly after the little guy’s arrival 🙂

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Yay for sale booties!

xoxo
-ash