Must-Haves For a Happy Mom Life + Happy Baby

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All photos and opinions are my own.

AHHHH … time for all the baby things! I can’t believe I’m over halfway there, and it’s time to really get into nesting and planning mode. Coming off of a 2nd trimester loss like we had back in December, it’s been a little tough really committing to the idea that we really will have a baby coming soon. But thankfully the doctors have been taking great care of me, we are in a good place with a plan, and things are looking great. AND thankful to BabbleBoxx and some really wonderful mom + baby brands for sending me some wonderful goodies to help get my mind in the zone!

I’m excited to share with you a few products and brands that will just make life a little easier with a newborn, during pregnancy and after pregnancy. Trust me – I’ve had a newborn and I’ve experienced postpartum life twice already. I can definitely speak to the need of some of these! So keep on reading to learn more.


About the Item/Brand: First of all, Lug was founded by a husband and wife duo who are parents – love that. The brand combines function, fashion and color, and their products are designed for women, men and families on the go – ideal for day to day life and savvy travelers alike. How can you not like them already?!

Why I Love It: POCKETS AND STORAGE! Did I scream that loud enough? I don’t know what it is about most diaper bags, but none of them seam to have adequate storage, pockets or organization. That is 100% not the case with this puddle jumper! The quality is fantastic, and I just love the colorful print of mine (though several others are available). You can wear it over the shoulder or cross-body, it has a trolley-sleeve to fit over a suitcase handle, and is water-repellent. They offer several other wonderful and funcitonal products, too!

Where To Find It: Shop Lug products HERE.

Current Offers: Use code BLAKELEY20 for 20% off (Minimum of $50)


About the Item/Brand: NOLEO’s small team started as one dad and chemical engineer duo Nico and Lucas who wanted to stop the ever-growing chemical exposure to babies and their parents. I love brands that are developed as a result of someone, especailly a parent, who cares about what their kids need and figure out ways it can be done better. In short, NOLEO stands against toxic chemicals. They set out to create an organic 3-in-1 diaper care with a custom formula that cleans, moisturizes, soothes, and protects all in one with just 5 natural ingredients – and succeeded!

Why I Love It: I am ALL for products that are multi-purpose and cut down on steps, products and dollars. The last thing you want to be doing in the middle of the night during a diaper change is looking for three different products you need to help finish them job, only to learn that one of them is causing a reaction a few minutes later. Not fun!

NOLEO reduces your baby’s chemical exposures by eliminating the need for traditional rash creams, wipes and lotions. The 100% natural formula only has 5 simple ingredients and is EWG verified. I am so excited to have discovered NOLEO and cannot wait for it to be a staple in my diaper bag when baby girl gets here!

Where To Find It: Shop NOLEO products HERE.


About the Item/Brand: Vichy is the #1 anti-aging brand in European pharmacies, and the #3 skincare brand
recommended by dermatologists worldwide. I’ve used some of their products before and have loved everything I’ve tried, and was super excited to try the LiftActiv 15% Pure Vitamin C Serum and the LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoule Serum.

The LiftActiv 15% Pure Vitamin C Serum is a dermatologist-grade Vitamin C serum that combines 15% pure Vitamin C and Natural Origin Hyaluronic Acid for brighter and firmer skin in just 10 days, and only has 11 simple ingredients.

The LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoule Serum is an anti-aging Vitamin C serum to reignite adiance and reduce wrinkles. This dermatologist tested daily dose is a highly concentrated formula of 10% Pure Vitamin C, Natural Origin Hyaluronic Acid, Phyto Peptides and Vichy Volcanic Water targeting fine lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness and radiance.

Why I Love It: First of all, I have very sensitive skin. I’m always hesitant to try new products, but after doing research and reading reviews, I was excited to give these Vichy products a try. OHMYGOSH! I could tell a difference in my skin after ONE USE of the LiftActiv 15% Pure Vitamin C Serum! Seriously, I woke up the next morning and my skin was glowing like it hadn’t done in a long time, and it felt amazing. I love that you can use it every day, too. The LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoule Serum intimidated me a little at first (hello, little glass vials), but once I actually read the directions and learned how to apply properly, I was good to go.

Both have already started to help brighten my skin and even my skin tone, all while helping fight wrinkles and aging. Trust me on this – your skill will thank you sooner than you know. And this is coming from someone with redness, mild rosacea, texture and super sensitive skin!

Where To Find It: Shop the LiftActiv 15% Pure Vitamin C Serum: HERE. / Shop the LiftActiv Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoule Serum HERE.


About the Item/Brand: Two kid-lovers, Renée Adams (and children’s book author) and Daniel Tiger (a Creative Director and illustrator), have teamed up together to share the life-changing benefits of emotional intelligence with parents and children, wherever they may be found. They’ve put together The Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks Gift Box, which is the ultimate emotional intelligence bundle for babies-preschoolers. It includes: two high-quality board books with slide and touch n’ feel features, two 6” soft plush with zippered pockets and hooks, the Patoo GOTS certified 100% organic cotton character blankie, plus eleven ½” and two 1” youth-sized wristbands.

Why I Love It: Daisy (my 4-year-old) loves the What We Feel board book, and can’t wait to read it to get baby sister. It’s a fun and interactive way to teach your children about feelings and emotions, and helps them to express and understand what feeling each action would cause. I love that the Patoo Character Blanket ties right in with the book, allowing it to be a little more interactive and also comforting. Plus it’s super soft!

Another winner from the gift box: The Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks Plush & 6 Emotion Wristbands. These stretchy and comfy bracelets help toddlers learn primary emotions: happy, sad, scared, excited, angry & calm, and wear the corresponding one that matches their current mood. Daisy has really enjoyed grabbing the different bracelets, explaining what they mean, and making sure everyone in the family is wearing the correct one for their mood.

Where To Find It: Shop Hoppy and Poppie products HERE.

Current Offers: Use code FRIEND10 for a 10% discount on any purchase. (This differs from the offer listed on the
site for a discount on sales over $50.)


About the Item/Brand: Baby Magic® has been around for more that 65 years and has been a trusted brand by parents ever since. Each Baby Magic® product is dermatologist tested and crafted for baby’s delicate skin, featuring nourishing formulas, wholesome ingredients and always made without parabens, phthalates, dyes and sulfates.

Why I Love It: We used this exact same baby lotion and cleansing gel with Daisy, and I will absolutely be using it again with this baby! I even enjoy using the lotion for myself :). The cleansing gel is tear-free and gentle, and the lotion moisturizes baby’s skin and smells so good. Smelling it just makes me excited for new baby snuggles and bath time!

Where To Find It: Shop the Baby Magic collection HERE or at Target HERE.


About the Item/Brand: Wanna hear something crazy, but awesome? Baby Banana is a family owned and operated company, started by a dental hygienist after her toddler nephew fell and a hard plastic toothbrush went through the roof of his mouth. WHAT??!!! That poor babe!! She decided to invent the first bendable training toothbrush for toddlers, which has since grown into a worldwide sensation. BRILLIANT!

Why I Love It: Well I mean, how dang cute is it?! Impossible not to love! Plus it actually serves a real purpose, which makes it that much better. The Lil’ Squish Jellyfish is a sensory rattle and teether in one that is easy for baby to hold. The colors and textures are stimulating, and the rattle make s a soft and soothing sound, which is relaxing for baby and not obnoxious for Mama – win!

Where To Find It: Shop Baby Banana products HERE.

That’s all for now, folks! I hope you love these products and brands as much as I do. I always love sharing things I truly enjoy, and look forward to bringing back more for you soon. Good luck with those littles, Mama! You got this.


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