July 24, 2014

Tea Collection Baby Board Shorts

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Imagine that you’re lounging on the beach, lazily gazing out at the ocean and the cutest boy starts walking up to you. As he gets closer a smile creeps across his face, directed solely at you. He reaches your tent (what, you aren’t actually out in the sun, are you?), sits down next to you […]

The Best Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

I am caught in a near constant dilemma. Diet diligently to lose the baby weight or bake cookies that will increase milk production. Both have their merits. Losing the weight feels better, but is there anything better than biting into a warm chocolate chip cookie with the knowledge that it is improving some aspect of […]

The Cutest Baby Girl Outfit Out Now

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If you only buy one outfit for your baby girl, this should be it.

Tiny Trunks For His First Vacation

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I have a distinct advantage over most people this time of year. Those adorable little first swimsuits that most people are buying for their little guy’s first vacation? I can justify buying them because my kids will wear their suits a lot before they are outgrown, for more than just the next month. Temperatures in […]

How Much Milk Does My Baby Need at Daycare?

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There was one question that I had when Anna was a baby that was never answered. Or, if someone did attempt it, the answer was so vague it was useless to me. When I was beginning to put her in daycare I just wanted to know how much milk I should send in with her […]

I am Mommy. I do not sleep.

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I have not really slept in almost five months. I survive on a classic cocktail of caffeine, sugar, and expectations.

Friday Favorites

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This past week has had a lot of weird and wonderful news. Beginning June 15, you will be able to find my favorite diapers, skincare and cleaning products at your local Target. Hurrah! Also, if I’m not mistaken, I spotted some new prints in the promo. Chevron stripes? Hot air balloons? The question that I […]

The Battle of Sneaker Hill

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Rumor has it that the Battle of Gettysburg began when Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army ventured into Pennsylvania in search of supplies, namely shoes for the soldiers. Oh General Lee, we have so much in common (except, you know, that whole support of slavery thing. You were totally wrong on that one). These shoe battles […]

The Art of Courting A Three Year Old

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My dear brother likes the thrill of the hunt. Ladies, listen up. If you want to win his heart, let yourself be chased a little. I have never had game. I met my husband when I was 19 and our idea of courting was sharing a beer in the fraternity house,

Taste Testing Nursing Teas

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Yogi Women’s Nursing Rating: A+ Ingredients: fennel, fenugreek, nettle leaf, anise, chamomile, lavender flower Notes: One of my favorites. The lavender flower and chamomile make the tea very relaxing for evenings and the taste is subtle without being too bitter or spicy. Where to Buy: Any major supermarket, Whole Foods, yogiproducts.com  Mountain Rose Herbs Nurse-Me […]

To Make: Rocky Road Lactation Brownies

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On my quest to quench Cam’s recent insatiable thirst for milk, I have come to the conclusion that you can only drink so much fenugreek tea or eat so many bowls of oatmeal before you want to just throw in the towel and succumb to the cruel truth that you just can’t make enough milk. […]

Happier Chickens Produce Better Tasting Eggs

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While shopping for cookbooks recently I stumbled upon this gem in the Ample Hills Creamery cookbook. I think it’s the motto that Casey and I live by.   Maybe my kids don’t taste better, but I do believe that happier parents produce better-behaved children. If you are miserable, your children will be miserable. And so […]

Consulting With Dr. Brandt

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Last night was a fun break in the norm. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Dr. Brandt’s Miami office to tour the facilities, check out their new products and have a brief consultation with the doctor, thanks to the awesome people at Birchbox. It was interesting to see the different lasers and machines available […]

Highlight Your Weaknesses

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One of the side effects of having a newborn in the house while returning to work is dark shadows in odd places around your face. I’m not just talking under eye circles. I mean sallow skin that looks like you are 10 years older and perpetually recovering from wild late nights drinking. Since I do […]

The Quest for the Perfect Easter Toy

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It’s 9pm two weeks before Easter. I’ve finally got both kids asleep in their own beds so I open my iPad to search once again for the perfect toys to complete their Easter baskets. As a rule, I don’t generally withhold candy from holiday celebrations because, (hello!) that means that I would have to forgo […]

Sorry, where was I?

Mamasheels Interruption

As you can see from the photo, we’ve been a bit busy in our house adjusting to our new lives as a family of four (six? I always feel bad when I exclude the dogs from the family number). I decided to take a full maternity leave from all work and still feel like I […]

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Are You Shopping for a Deal or a Product?

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If you read one news article today, it should be this: The Dirty Secret of Black Friday ‘Discounts’. I love this article by the Wall Street Journal this morning. Most of us know, or at least suspected, that our favorite stores mark up inventory just to offer discounts later. This is no secret. What I love […]

How Do You Gift Christmas PJs?

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Prior to this year, Anna has been young enough that my purchase and gifting of Christmas-themed pajamas went something like me picking them out online and unceremoniously tossing a pair at her on the night we decorated the tree saying “here.” I know, I sound like a totally warm-hearted holiday mommy, right? Now that she […]

Building a Maternity Closet

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Accumulating maternity clothes can be a daunting task. What do you need? What are good brands to look for? What styles are most comfortable and most versatile? Below is a cheat sheet of basic styles for an affordable and versatile maternity closet. Buy more of some and less of others to suit your lifestyle. It […]

Sale Tip – Keep a Separate Folder in Your Gmail for Sales Notifications

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We have all been inundated with emails from our favorite stores lately telling us to to fix the “evil” Gmail trick of creating a promotions folder. Well, here is a tip that may save your sanity when digging through your emails, provide a handy way to look for a discount before you make a purchase […]

Happy Halloween!

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I never really thought much about Halloween until I had kids. If I went to a costume party, I would usually hit up Target two hours beforehand to try to throw some sort of costume together out of normal clothes. Cue Anna. Now I start planning toddler costume ideas two months ahead of time and […]

The Maternity Tee You Can’t Live Without

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If there has been one staple in my closet over the past few years, it has to be the $15 Gap Pure Body tee. They are so incredibly comfortable  and stretchy that you will never want to take them off. When I was pregnant with Anna they did not make a maternity version, so I […]

Red Flannel Pajamas for Christmas

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Menswear inspired clothing is huge this season. Compare this with a love of red flannel pajamas on kids at Christmas time and I really don’t think you could go wrong dressing your kids in any of the above sets for Christmas morning festivities. They are gender-neutral, so you can pass them down from boy to […]

New Baby To-Do: Hospital Necessities

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I am nearing the end of pregnancy at an alarming rate. It has been both agonizingly slow and whiplash fast at the same time. I can no longer pretend that I have all the time in the world to put together a newborn layette and a hospital bag. Admittedly, I still have a little bit […]

To Register or Not To Register?

When you are pregnant with your first baby, the answer is a simple, “yes, of course I’ll create a baby registry.” Then you inevitably become confused and disoriented at some point in the process, usually when standing in the stroller aisle of Buy Buy Baby, after staring at the same three stroller sample for two […]

The Princess That Wasn’t Trampy

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I was presented with a small problem this month. After asking Anna many, many times what she wanted to be for Halloween (and always hoping for a different answer) she always responded with “princess”.  Grreeeeaat. It’s not that I have anything against little girls dressing up as princesses, it’s just that the costume selection is […]

Toms Coupon – Get $10 Off with the Included Link

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Okay, it’s no secret, we all know that I have a love affair with Toms. Anything that cute and comfortable, forget it. If you also love them, or want to try a pair to see what I have been raving about, there is a coupon here for $10 off. If you’re looking at kids shoes, […]

Undies!

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It’s finally that time to sit down and seriously shop for undies for Anna. She is on a potty-training kick and insists on wearing undies all the time, even if it is sometimes over her training pants. I am all about encouraging potty training and am willing to invest in new undies now if it […]

Maternity Pants for Every Trimester

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Let’s talk maternity pants. The oft dreaded, until pregnant, then oft loved, pants. Those who have never been pregnant see maternity pants as an ugly necessity, something to be worn in the last trimester only when absolutely nothing else will fit. Then they get pregnant. They soon realize that maternity pants can be so indulgently […]

Self Appreciation. The Cosmetics Edition.

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I am about halfway through my second pregnancy and am at the point where things just start to feel uncomfortable. The baby has developed a nice exercise regime – from about 10 am to 10 pm he kicks, punches and flips more than a Ninja Warrior contestant in training. One thing that I learned from […]

Elusive Exclusive Toms

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I am quickly becoming a Toms junkie. I love them. I need them. I only want to wear them when I look in my closet. I know, they are not always the chicest when you wear them to work, but for a preggo who is only getting heavier, their flat elastic design is right up […]

Now Trending: Intarsia Animal Sweaters

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Last winter an outbreak of intarsia sweaters hit the scene. The trend was a little slow to take off, but I am happy to say that it appears to be keeping a strong foothold in this winters popularity. If you want to invest in some warm clothes that are on trend now, but likely to […]

Sales, Steals and Deals: Amazon Mom Baby Sale and GAP VIP Sale

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If you have not ventured over to the Amazon Mom sale, you want to check it out. A quick search in the Amazon sale for the Zutano newborn footies that I have been eyeing  for $30 each on Zutano.com (Dog Walk and Le Cirque – adorable!) resulted in sets that included the same footies, with a […]

I Spy a gDiaper Fall 2013 Preview

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What’s this? Could it be a preview of the new gDiaper prints that are coming out next month? Why, yes, I believe it may be! I was searching Amazon for the tiny gpants set that only includes the pants, not the entire newborn bundle. When what to my wandering eyes did appear? Gprints that I […]

It’s a Boy! How Do I Dress Him?

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After discovering last week that we are expecting a little boy, my immediate excitement has turned into a little bit of unease. Though I have for years defended boys clothing and have championed the brands that create cute and stylish boys clothes (ahem, FORE!! Axel & Hudson), I now realize that boys have a set […]

Ahhh, Relaxation

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A much needed vacation dreaming up the next phase of Mama’s Heels. Posting will resume next week.

Christmas in …August

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When preggo brain meets thrifty brain. I hate giving in to the idea that just because I’m pregnant I somehow have less brain cells available. I am still the same educated, quick-witted woman that I was six months ago. There are some moments, however, when even I have to relent to the idea that pregnancy […]

Stella & Dot Sale Exclusive!

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Still debating if you’re going to get that Stella & Dot piece you’ve been eyeing? Let me help you out. Here’s a little perk to the Stella & Dot trunk sale: Spend $50 and get 50% off items like the wanderlust wrap bracelet or the Maya bracelet by one of my favorite jewelry designers, Maya […]

Maternity 9 to 5

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