New Mom Hospital Essentials Gift Basket

Thanks to Huggies for sponsoring today’s post, but my love for their new stylish diaper wipes is all my own.

Being pregnant has made me really come together with other women in my same stage of life. When I began this blog, it was to document our engagement and wedding, but I love how it’s transformed into so much more. Blogging about our wedding really encouraged me to seek out other brides that were getting married around the same time I was, and now that I’m pregnant, it’s encouraged me to do the same thing with women that are due around the same time as I am. It’s great to build friendships around these connections, and really build a strong community! Because I’ve thrown myself into a world full of preggos, everyone I know is having babies or about to have a baby within the next few months. My friend, Mallory, just had her baby boy this week (Addison’s new boyfriend haha) and I couldn’t help but go a little bit overboard when bringing a New Mom Hospital Essentials Gift Basket.

At first, I had no idea what I wanted to bring as a hospital gift. Should I bring things for the baby? For her? What would she need? What would they want? But then it hit me- many moms get lots of the things they “need” at baby showers and pretty much are set to go once the baby is born. I decided that I would get the baby a couple necessities, but I really wanted to highlight HER and get her things that would make her smile.

This new mom essentials gift basket is the perfect gift to take to the hospital! My friend loved the one I  brought her!

1. The Huggies Clutch ‘n’ Clean Wipes are my absolute favorite part of this basket. I recently bought a pack for myself  in their cute floral print, and thought it’d be perfect for my friend. I love the fact that it has a stylish baby wipes bag design, has a clutch strap (in case you’re at a restaurant and don’t want to drag your whole diaper bag), and is refillable. For less than $3, the Clutch and Clean Wipes are too cute to not put in a New Mom Hospital Essentials Gift Basket!

2 & 3. My friend had a C-section and she definitely had gone into labor thinking she was going to have a natural birth. I have heard so many stories about how awful the pain is (and rightly so- it’s major surgery!) and really wanted to do something that would really help her feel better. I got her a loofah on a stick so she could take a shower and reach her legs and back without trying to stretch too far. The Bath & Body Works body wash I figured was a perfect pairing because you can’t buy someone a loofah and not get them yummy smelling body wash! A variation on this for moms without C-sections could absolutely be some maxi pads and Tuck’s Cooling Pads.

4 & 5. Since she delivered the most adorable baby boy into the world, I thought it fitting to buy her some blue nail polish and lip glosses. I know she’ll have her hands busy from now on, but I’m hoping she might get a minute to paint her nails while he’s asleep and throw on a swipe of lip gloss if she needs to run to the store for diapers and wipes. Plus, I hear so many stories about how tiring it can be to have a newborn, and I want her to always feel gorgeous, even when she’s exhausted. Sometimes, a little polish and lip gloss can go a long way!

6. Lastly, I got a little Johnson’s set of baby products . I’m sure she had some already, but you can never have too much of it.

When we brought the New Mom Hospital Essentials Gift Basket to Mallory’s hospital room, I couldn’t help but practically throw the basket into her lap so I could see her reaction. I know she had gotten clothes, flowers, and food throughout the day, but it felt REALLY good to see her open her present and truly smile because I had thought of her needs. I  was able to find all of these things at my local grocery store, but if you are looking for the Huggies Clutch ‘n’ Clean Wipes for your New Mom Hospital Essentials Gift Basket, click the image below and you’ll get a list of places you can purchase them.

Purchase Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes. They're the new stylish baby wipes clutch for moms on the go!If you are/were expecting, what other things would you like to see in the New Mom Hospital Essentials Gift Basket?

 

Happy Anniversary, Happies and Crappies!

The Vintage Modern Wife and Brunch With Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 52nd week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn’t have been around for so long if it wasn’t for you awesome ladies linking up, so Amber and I really appreciate you!

The deets on Happies and Crappies link up:

1. Happies and Crappies link up is posted EVERY Friday at Midnight CST. Happies and Crappies link up was created so you could write about the happies (good) and crappies (bad) from your week!

2. Please put the H&C button on your post for the link up.

3. Please follow your hosts. It’s not  mandatory, but we appreciate the love.

4. If you tweet about your post, feel free to tag me and Amber as well as use the hashtag #HappiesandCrappies

HAPPIES

1. The blogger meet up that I’m hosting with Casey and Adrian is getting closer! It’s 2 weeks away and I am SO excited. Our list is packed with some great bloggers- some that I’ve met (and are really good friends with) and some  that I haven’t met! I’m excited for everyone to meet up, have a blast at brunch and shopping, and having everyone go home with a happy heart and new friends. I got some goodies that we’re taking to the brunch for the girls, and here’s a sneak peek at PART of a surprise from The Confetti Bar. Make sure you’re following #TXvalentineblogiday on February 8th so you can “hang out” with us from your home!

2. I made taco lettuce wraps for dinner the other night and it was SO amazingly good. It was the perfect example of clean eating because I just used meat with chili powder, cumin, garlic, and some other spices. Then I put the meat in butter lettuce (you could also use bibb lettuce) and top with your favorite taco toppings. I used the butter lettuce because it has a higher nutritional value than iceberg, and is strong enough not to break apart when you put all the taco stuff in it. Let me tell you- I am a carb LOVER…and I NEVER even missed the tortillas. At ALL. P.S.- do y’all like my SuperBowl paper plates from last year? Haha

3. I met up with my awesome #TXValentineblogiday co-hostesses, Adrian and Casey, and Adrian cut my hair! It’d been SO long since I had a haircut and it was MUCH needed. We had a blast eating snacks, talking about silly stuff, and crafting after my haircut. We made a tissue paper garland for Adrian’s booth at a wedding vendor show, and just overall had a great time. I’m so glad that I met Casey at an Austin blogger meet up this year, and that I officially met Adrian at the meet up the other month in San Marcos. It’s such a blessing to know these ladies!



 

CRAPPIES

1. I have a double eye infection and had to stay home from work yesterday. Stinging and burning eyes just aren’t my thing, so drops 4 times a day it is!


2. As excited I am for happy #1, I’m freaking out because our guest list is getting so high. I felt bad but I had to cut it off because we had such a great response. I had NO idea that a central Texas blogger meet up was so in demand, and I’m excited to host the first one. I may be freaking out though because I didn’t plan for so many to say yes! I also am doing my best to make sure that everything works out smoothly. It’s hard planning for lots of people!

Now it’s your turn to link up! Tell us about the Happies and Crappies from your week!

Meeting My Celebrity BFFs: Jessica and Ashlee Simpson

A few weeks ago I got the chance to go to Dallas at Northpark Mall to meet Jessica and Ashlee Simpson. Jessica and Ashlee were out promoting Jessica Simpson’s clothing, shoe, and jewelry line, and had a meet and greet! I have to admit, I’m usually not selfish when it comes to meeting celebrities, but to be honest, I felt like I needed to be selfish with this duo or the line would be even MORE crazy. Is that bad?! I honestly have been a Jessica Simpson fan for many, many years, and when Ashlee came on the scene with her first cd, I was an instant fan of hers as well. Jessica and Ashlee Simpson were my celebrity BFFs…they just didn’t know it yet.

I bribed Mathew into skipping going out to his deer lease to hunt and taking me to Dallas for the event by telling him we’d stop in West for their famous kolaches. The event started at 1 pm but I KNEW we’d have to be there early. I tried to get there  by 10 am, but with terrible traffic, we ended up arriving at 10:45. I may or may not have panicked and practically dragged Mathew in the store so we could hurry up and get in line. Mathew picked me out a Jessica Simpson cream motorcycle jacket and adorable navy blue flats with studs since we were at Dillard’s anyway (and called it my early anniversary gifts), and we got our spots.

I heard some girls talking about free earrings at the jewelry counter, so I left poor Mathew in line with tweens talking about Justin Bieber. Bless his heart. I wasn’t gone too long, but then of course I decided I had to go to the bathroom (which was only on the 3rd floor due to Jessica’s team using the 2nd floor bathroom). I got so excited when I heard someone say they had seen her earlier, and may have laughed when I overheard a different woman asking her friend if Jessica was tall (psh!). I have to say- I’m pretty good at my Jessica Simpson trivia, so I may have been a little smug in my own head. Oops!

After waiting about 3 hours because the event started an hour late, Mathew and I finally caught a glimpse of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson. Jessica, Eric, Maxwell, Ace, and Tina all walked in together (with all the paparazzi) and I swear, I felt like I’d almost died. I mean, Jessica was like my celebrity BFF but she didn’t know it…and I had FINALLY seen her in person! After a little of the chatter died, Ashlee walked in looking fabulous with her curled hair and we all got started.

Right before I got my turn to meet Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, I couldn’t help but look over and notice that Tina Simpson (their mom) was right next to me. I quickly asked Tina and Ace to take a “selfie” with me and well, as you can see, I was so excited to take the picture that 1) neither of us is really ready and 2) it’s blurry. But I don’t caaaaare! I loved Tina on Newlyweds and how she seems so much like my own mother. I couldn’t resist.

I also caught several fun pictures of Eric Johnson (Jessica’s fiance) throwing their adorable daughter Maxwell up into the air and catching her, and just pictures of Maxwell being so incredibly fashionable. Watch out Suri, step aside for Max! I love her bright blonde hair, little ponytail, and her rocker chic outfit. When I have a little girl one day, I hope she has the same shade of blonde hair. I just love it!

It seemed like forever to FINALLY talk to Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, but the time came. You guys have NO idea- I seriously took like 2 hours getting ready for these ladies. I thought I tried to look great for blogger meet ups but holy cow- I really tried hard! I wore my new leopard sweater, Michael Kors heels (Jess and Ash love his stuff), jeans, curled hair, perfect makeup, and the right accessories. I’m glad I took the time because the first thing that Jessica said was “I love your outfit!” which was quickly followed by “Us Texas girls love us some leopard, huh?” I died.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to tell them when I met them. In fact, I pleaded on my personal Facebook for my friends and family to pray that I would find the right words to say! I know that’s kind of ridiculous, but when you’re meeting your idols, you need that extra confidence. I ended up talking to Jessica and Ashlee Simpson about being from Waco. Jessica told me, “OMG we were just there last night!” We ended up exchanging short stories about Waco and how we lived close to their family. Last year around Christmas the girls had come to Waco and I was in Corpus visiting my family. My friend Hollie had been working at Chuy’s at the time and texted me to let me know that Jessica had stopped by with her family. I begged Hollie to get me an autograph, but she wasn’t able to. I told Jessica and Ashlee that I thought I’d missed my chance, but I was SO thankful that I had the opportunity to meet them after all.

We also talked about Pearl. Yep- I’m that crazy lady that talked about her dog to celebrities. Greaaaat.

But actually, it was great! Mathew and I bought Pearl at the same place that Nick Lachey had bought Jessica’s maltipoo, Daisy, and I really felt like I needed to share the story with them! Jessica got SO excited when I told her about Pearl! The girls mentioned how they missed Daisy and that they thought it was so cool that I had gotten Pearl at the same place. I also shared with them that Pearl’s name was inspired by Daisy’s. Pearl’s middle name is Rose, and I picked it because it was a flower just like Daisy. Anyway, it made me so happy!

After everything, I knew I didn’t have much time left to chat, and it was almost Mathew’s turn, so I asked the girls for a hug. Unfortunately, their management wasn’t allowing hugs (which I totally understand for time and safety concerns), so the girls held my hands and squeeeeeezed them tight like a hug. It made my LIFE. Sadly, Mathew didn’t know they were about to “hug” me, so I didn’t get a picture hand-hugging Jessica, but I have one with Ashlee.

I said my thank you’s, took my autographs and gift bag, and grabbed Mathew. I didn’t post any pictures of him meeting Jessica and Ashlee on Instagram, but they’re all on my phone. As much as I “dragged” him out to see them, he was really excited to meet them too. I remember turning to Mathew and saying “…and THIS is my husband!” to which Jessica replied, “Hi husband!!!!” They, too, talked about Waco (and Jessica’s life-long dream of owning the local grocery store as a kid), and I didn’t want our time to end.

We said our final goodbyes, and just about died from excitedness.

Here’s the thing- I know I may be “silly” to some for loving Jessica and Ashlee Simpson so much, but I don’t apologize for it. They remind me SO much of me and my sister, that it really DOES make me wish that they knew me better. I didn’t feel like a “fan” with them- they made me feel like I’d been an old friend. These girls are successful singers, businesswomen, and mamas- and that’s something to be incredibly proud of. Not only that, but they do it with CLASS. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to meet them, and I hope that someday soon again our paths will cross!