What’s in my Hospital Delivery Bag

What should I pack in my hospital bag?

After having 3 babies I feel like I’ve finally got down what I actually need in my hospital bag. With my first I brought way too much stuff, with my second I was missing a couple things and this last baby I was perfectly prepared.

This post is brought to you by Lily JadeThis is my favorite diaper bag that I have owned (5 so far) and I wish I had gotten it first because I am POSITIVE it would have lasted through all these years instead of in the trash like my others. It looks like a purse, has a removable organizer and it can be a backpack! It seriously has everything you need!

Let’s talk about what I brought with me shall we?

Stuff to pack in my hospital bag

Among the obvious toiletries that you should pack the most important ones to me are…

  1. Dry Shampoo
  2. Sleeping Mask!! (I need it dark to sleep and there is always an annoying light on in your room).
  3. Phone Charger
  4. Hair ties

What to pack for baby

The baby things are the most fun to pack 😉 Make sure you’ve got a coming home outfit or two, some cute bows (my favorite is MODERN PIGGY) or beanies for pictures, a great swaddle and a nursing cover (both from COPPER PEARL) for when you have visitors.

Clothes to bring to the hospital

Comfortable and BLACK is the name of the game so you don’t get anything stained. I love wearing a comfy nursing bra and a soft robe during my hospital stay and then when I go home just some baggy sweats and a baggy shirt!

Nursery and Guest Bedroom Design

Britta’s Nursery took me forever to put together because I was starting from scratch. My first 2 girls had the same nursery but since it’s been 6 years since I first decorated it, it needed an update BAD! This time around the nursery also needed to serve as a guest bedroom so I needed to figure out furniture placement and design that worked with a bed AND a crib AND a glider so that was a little tricky.

Pink, Black and Gold Nursery

I got the mattress from HELIX, it’s one of those bed in a box companies and what I love about Helix is that you can customize the mattress depending on how firm or hard you want it, it is the softest, comfiest bed in my house. I got the headboard for the guest bed from amazon, link HERE. Bedding and swan from target.

I used the dark wood colored Hemnes Dresser from IKEA and rubbed some gold leafing on the draw pulls to tie in the gold theme. Circle mirror is from Target.

Rug is from RUGS USA link is HERE. 50 percent of the rugs in my house are from RUGS USA you can get a huge rug for a couple hundred dollars, they have the best sales!

The crib I talked about in my last post, I got this from DELTA CHILDREN. 

The glider is from target, I got it 6 years ago and my mom had it recovered for me.

The crib sheet is from COPPER PEARL, and as a side note you MUST buy their swaddles, they are the softest and so so much better than the muslin swaddles, those flailing arms will stay put!

Picture frame shelf from IKEA.

Britta’s Nursery Sneak Peak

First I want to thank Delta Children for saving my marriage by creating the perfect crib! True story, when me and my husband put together our first crib over 6 years ago at 37 weeks pregnant, we were totally stressed and it was sooo difficult to put together that we got into a fight over it! It’s comical now but my Delta Children Crib was a breeze to put together and I can tell will be easy to lower the mattress and such without a huge ordeal. I also love that it is low enough for my 6 year old to reach in and pull the baby out safely! Stay tuned for the Guest Bedroom/Nursery Reveal!

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10 Healthy Summer Picnic Ideas

I am partnering up with Vitamix and Petunia Pickle Bottom to show you how easy it is to pack up some healthy summer food on the go and doing a GIVEAWAY on my INSTAGRAM so go head over to enter to win your own Vitamix and Inter-Mix Bag! My Vitamix makes it easy to prepare foods for moms and their families which can then be stylishly stored and kept cool with Petunia Pickle Bottom’s new Inter-Mix collection.

Summer is finally here and I love to take my little girls on little outings regularly so they don’t feel too cooped up in the house and we need to take advantage of this amazing weather before it’s gone. My girls are 6 & 4 years old so we do little outings like the library, park, swimming, boating and splash pads. Usually these little outing require me packing up snacks and lunches or else we would be hitting up the drive through a little too often! My husband and I used to own a boat and we would be on the lake all day long so after years of that, I am kind of a pro at packing up healthy food and snacks for my family.

The Petunia Pickle Bottom Intermix Backpack makes it easy for me to organize everything, it comes with an insulated compartment to keep things cool and you can throw the whole thing in your washing machine when it gets dirty because we all know little, grubby, sticky fingers find their way over everything.

I’ve compiled some of my favorite healthy foods that are easy for you to take on the go!

  1. Boiled eggs
  2. Turkey roll ups
  3. Cut up veggies with Paleo Almond Hummas (made in my vitamix)
  4. Apple slices with Almond butter (see video and recipe below)
  5. Salad in a jar
  6. Cut up fruit
  7. Trail mix
  8. Healthy protein bars
  9. Healthy Drop Cookies
  10. Paleo Chicken Salad (with ground up almonds so your kids won’t even notice them)

I have been loving my new A25oo Vitamix, it fits right in with my kitchen design and I love that I can make a huge batch of Almond Butter in it. Watch the video above to see how easy it is! I am dying to get my hands on the new blender bottles and bowls that go with this blender!

Almond Cashew Butter
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Serves: 3 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 2 cups cashews
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 pitted dates
Instructions
  1. First spread nuts on a baking pan and cook at 350 for 10 minutes. Let cool. Add all ingredients into high powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If you are not going to eat it within a week then store in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Drop Cookies

Think of the “cookies” as a less dense version of a protein power ball. My husband grew up loving no bake, Peanut Butter Drop Cookies, so I took my Mother-in-law’s recipe (that called for 2 cups of sugar by the way) and made them way more healthy with a FRACTION of the sugar thanks to my awesome Silver Fern Kakato sweetener that has 0g of sugar in it, it is kind of like stevia except it doesn’t have that weird after taste that stevia has. You can find it on amazon HERE.

I used the Silver Fern Kakato sweetener above, a little bit of the Silver Fern Vanilla Protein Powder and only 1/3 cup of honey and it is perfectly sweet! So I replace the refined white sugar with healthy sugars, replaced dairy with the protein powder and replaced butter with coconut oil!

I promise it is a treat your kids will love and not even know they are eating a healthier version.

Healthy Peanut Butter Drop Cookies
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup kakato sweetener or stevia
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (or another nut butter)
  • 2 cups of instant gluten free oats
  • 1 cup rice krispies cereal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil, kakato, protein powder, honey, salt and water on the stove top to mix well, heat till mixed not boiling.
  2. Add to a bowl with peanut butter, oats, rice krispies, stir till evenly combined.
  3. Once mixture is cooled add chocolate chips (so they don't melt).
  4. Place on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper in large spoonfuls.
  5. Put in fridge until set.
  6. Cover and Store in fridge.