Last week my friend Jane and I ventured up to Los Angeles with our babies to check out the Museum of Ice Cream. It’s exactly what it sounds like, an entire museum about ice cream. It was a pretty incredible experience. Ice cream and treats in each room, bright colors and giant gummy bears. It’s like seeing all your childhood dreams come to life! Jane has a 6 week old baby girl Goldie, who is so precious (I know Emma is only 7 months old but I’m already missing that newborn phase!) and she pretty much slept through all the fun but we still had a blast!


Emma was not a fan of the pool of sprinkles ;)

Tickets are all sold out but I’d definitely sign up for their email list to be notified when tickets go on sale again. It was so fun to check out. :)

My nursing journey has been pretty easy with Emma and I’m so grateful. I had a bit of a rough start; two months before having her I got a swollen milk duct(those hurt soooo bad), I had a brief stint with mastitis, my nipples felt like knives were cutting them every time Emma would nurse and let’s not even talk about engorged boobs. It was rough in the beginning but after Emma and I got in our groove things were smooth sailing. I love the bonding I get to have with her and that I can nourish her completely with just my body. Womens bodies are truly an incredible thing.

With that being said I feel like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to nurse her for a certain amount of time. She’s 7 months now, she’s eating purees and soft foods and with work and life in general, I haven’t had a ton of time to pump milk for our nanny and even for Aaron if I want to go run errands. It’s been an ongoing battle of I’m exhausted I would really love to go to bed right now but ughh I have to pump! Not everyday is like that but it’s so time consuming!

One of my best friends got married this month and leading up to the wedding came a lot of festivities. One of which was a bachelorette weekend in Napa. Although this mama totally needed it, I was reluctant to go because Emma was only 5 months old and I had never been away from her but another reason being how in the hell will I pump enough milk to be gone a whole weekend? The pressure I put on myself was unreal. Between having to pump for the nanny during the week and trying to save up to be gone for 3 days, I was so stressed. On top of that, I had major anxiety about traveling with 25+ bags of milk on a flight alone with Emma. It ended up being completely fine, I was able to save up enough milk but holy cow!(literally)

Fast forward to the wedding weekend. I discovered last minute that I’d have to be gone from Emma for two days and I didn’t have any milk saved up. I tried pumping nonstop. I pumped in the mornings and in the evenings. I drank a ton of water, I ate a ton of those lactation bars. It just wasn’t enough time for me to save up what I needed to be gone from her. I ended up buying formula and immediately felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I had put so much pressure on myself to make sure that I had enough breastmilk saved up that I completely turned a blind eye to what was right in front of me. Emma ended up drinking the formula just fine and I was able to be there for my best friends big day, worry free.

It’s been a couple weeks since the wedding and we’re still using formula at least once or twice a day. I’m still breast feeding but the pressure of having to pump frequently and build up a constant stash of milk is gone. And you know what? I’m a lot happier as a mom because of it. Once I stopped letting that constant stress of how much milk I had in the freezer or what other people would think take over, I was able to be open to other options for us. I really can’t say enough things about letting things go as a parent. I went into this journey with an expectation of how things would go and as time went on I started to realize that I was just making things harder on myself when it really didn’t need to be. I struggle with this a ton and I’m sure I’ll have even more hurdles to get over as she gets older. But this is our journey and what’s working for us in this stage of life. x

Every year for our anniversary we try to go on a trip, we went to Italy for our honeymoon, last year we went to Seattle + Portland which was amazing and also our babymoon. This year I’m so excited to be heading to Maui! Aaron and I both have never been to Hawaii so I’m excited to go exploring and eat all the food. We’ll be taking Emma with us and though I have some anxiety about flying so long with her I know it’ll be a trip of a lifetime. We’re meeting some friends there as well that have a little girl and we’re all SO excited! High on my list is the Black Sand Beach, lots of fresh fish and fruit(obv) and watching the sunrise at Haleakala National Park. Do you have any recommendations for things to do/see/eat? I’d love your help! Extra points if it’s family friendly :)

In the meantime I’m trying to plan what I’ll be packing! Here’s some of my top picks. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect one piece suit and a nice everyday coverup. These look perfect.

I’m obsessed with that backpack! My friend Jane has it and I’m such a sucker for a good everyday leather piece so I’m excited to use this on our trip. Those sandals are also the comfiest. I have about 4 pairs from Nisolo and they’re some of my favorites. x

Sources:

Off-Shoulder dress / Straw hat / Ray Bans / One Piece Suit / Backpack / Sandals / Cover-up / Shorts


Cactus Blanket / Hippo toy / Pacifier / Muslin bib

ONE → Laura Mercier flawless fusion foundation
I’ve been an avid fan of Tarte Cosmetics for awhile but lately I’ve just been feeling like my foundation was looking a little grim. I just picked up this foundation from Laura Mercier and I’m loving it so far. I have oily skin so this has a nice matte finish and one of my main requests during my search was that it didn’t transfer and was long lasting. This hits all points for me and I’m loving how it looks. It also feels super lightweight which is amazing for how long lasting it is. I’m wearing color Macadamia.

TWO → Planoly
I’ve been obsessed with this app to plan out content on instagram. It’s so easy to use and I love that it lets you schedule posts, rearrange photos so you can get your grid just right and that you can see analytics. It also let’s you plan your instagram stories! It’s been super helpful and I use it a ton for work since I do social media for businesses. I’m seriously in love.

THREE → How I Built This podcast
If you’re intrigued about how businesses got their start like I am this podcast is great! Guy Raz interviews tons of businesses like Toms, Aden + Anais and Rent the Runway. Super fascinating! I always love hearing about peoples journeys and how they got to where they are.

FOUR → I LOVE MY BABY BUT, BREASTFEEDING
I loved this honest video by Whitney Port on her struggles of breastfeeding and the pressure we put on ourselves as mothers to breastfeed. I went through some of the same struggles and it’s HARD ladies. You literally feel like your nipples are being cut open with knives for those first few weeks.

FIVE → 20 Hacks for Traveling with Baby
Emma has already been on an airplane more times than I can count which is amazing but we’re prepping to fly to Hawaii in the next few weeks which has me SO nervous because it’s such a long flight. These tips will definitely come in handy!