Mama Loves Little

3.23.2017

Ideas For Baby's First Easter!

Big thank you to Incredibundles for sponsoring this post and supporting my little blog!



Hey Friends!

It's been a while, I know! But if we are being honest and you are my friend I can tell you I've been feeling quite the blogger burnout. I think I'll talk about that in another post though! Because in this post I want to talk about one of my favorite holidays Easter. He is Risen! Can I get an amen?!

This is such a special holiday to celebrate our Lord and Savior. I love all of the happiness and bright colors that surround Easter. It makes it so much fun. I'm also convinced that Easter has the BEST candy! Someone who can't enjoy all the candy just yet is baby Ryder, poor guy! Haha!

Lucky for him there are still some really fun things I have planned for my little guy!

I plan on doing baskets for both kiddos this year and Ryder's is going to be too cute! Incredibundles totally helped me out with his basket this year. All of their bundles are basically an Easter basket that is ready to go!



Incredibundles.com is a super cute site filled with different bundles. Each bundle comes in a keepsake box that is perfect for storing baby things you want to hold on to. I picked the Guess How Much I Love You book bundle, I thought the cuddly bunny would be perfect for his little basket.



These little bundles make awesome shower gifts too! You can add a personalized note, like this one:



I crack myself up.

Anyway, I'm planning on adding some cute little jammies to his basket. I also want to add a few eggs full of puffs or those little yogurt melts. Baskets are a tradition my mom did with us and I'm so happy to do it with my littles now.

If you have a baby or toddler that would love an Incredibundle of their own the nice folks there are giving one away to my readers! Just enter here:



What is an Easter tradition you and your family have?

In love, Rachel

*Giveaway open to US residents only and runs until Thursday March 30th 2017




2.23.2017

Spring Into Brighter Days With Origami Owl!




Winter is too cold and Summer is way too hot! I'm a big fan of Spring though! There is something about seeing blue skies and flower blossoms that make me so happy. The color that starts to emerge inspires us to also bloom into our greatest self. Back in 2013 I made a move that was kinda scary but ultimately taught me so much about myself.

I randomly stumbled across Origami Owl on Facebook one day. I was immediately drawn to the uniqueness of their story and how fun their product line was. Bella Weems founded the company when she was a teenager after working towards buying her own car. What it turned into is nothing short of amazing. The company's product line has really grown. But I think their core product is their living locket.


These lockets serve as a way to tell your own unique story through fun charms. Lockets can be worn on necklaces, bracelets and even rings!

All of us have a story and that story is worth telling.

When I was with Origami Owl I learned not only how to set goals for myself but how to achieve those goals through hard work and dedication. I noticed the more work I put in the greater the reward. It was such a fun experience and uncovered this entrepreneurial side of me I had no idea existed.

Since working with Origami Owl I have been a part of 2 other direct sales companies. Without question Origami Owl provides more love, support, materials and passion. Their mission statement is one I wholeheartedly believe in and try to live by:




I'm sharing this with you because they have a really great opportunity for new designers right now. Since I'm not active anymore I don't get anything for sharing this with you, I just really love this company and the sweet people involved.

For $99 you can buy a whole starter kit that includes everything you need to start your business. That's just a month of Starbucks trips! I mentioned above how I have been involved with other companies and I can say that their kits did not compare. This one includes SO MUCH for the cost. Here is a picture for reference:



If there's one thing the folks at Origami Owl love it is to surprise and spoil their designers! They are surprising designers with hidden eggs placed in random kits. These kits could be ANYTHING, seriously! Sky's the limit! So not only do you get hooked up with everything you need to start a business but you also could get a fun surprise egg too!

This business is for everyone! Even those as young 12 can get in on this with a parent. If you have any questions or would like to pick my brain I'd be so happy to talk about my experience!

To learn more you can visit their site here

Wishing you a warm and happy Spring!

In love, Rachel


6 Unique Baby Shower Gifts





Hey there! I love baby showers, everything about them! They are so much fun! I mean there's food, fun themes and cheesy games! The cheesy games are they best cheesier the better actually (that's a great life philosophy...) But what I love most is showering the mama to be with things that will truly help her in taking care of her brand new baby. Now, I am a firm believer in gift cards, if you are absolutely stumped on what to get, grab a gift card. There's nothing like shopping in that cute baby aisle while you're (not so patiently) waiting on your new baby to arrive. 

But! I hope this post helps you think of some really fun ideas that mom will love! 






This thing is so neat! Whenever I use mine I get stopped, people want to know what this genius contraption is called. It's a hammock that attaches to any shopping cart. So you can safely place small babies in the cart instead of lugging around the infant car seat. But if you want to bring the infant carrier in you can do that too! This hammock provides a safe place to secure the car seat in the cart.




A cozy blanket for mom. It's fun to get the mom to be a mama present! Plus chances are she will be camped out in bed or on the couch for a couple of weeks. This blanket is what heaven must feel like. We have one in brown and it's supposed to stay down stairs but I can't help sleeping with it!





Fun. Cute. Functional. This little thing is all of the above! Made with stretchy elastic and a gold filled centerpiece this piece works as a reminder to tell mom which side she nursed on last. Not nursing? It's also a really pretty piece of jewelry that one scratch or pinch your little one! That's what we call a two-fer. 



`This swaddle blanket was the only way I slept for Ryder's first months. So give the gift of sleep. Haha! Really though this swaddle pins down little baby arms so they can't escape! It is really easy to use and best of all it WORKS. 


These are a fun way to capture milestones without having to remember to fill in the baby book. I admit, Avery's still isn't done and she's almost 3. 



These tanks are another really great invention! They hook onto any nursing bra which turns it into a nursing tank. GENIUS! I like keeping things simple!


I hope this little list of things helps you find that perfect shower gift. You know the one the mom to be calls you about and says "Girl, you the real MVP, your shower gift was amazing and SO USEFUL!"

Remember though: gift cards and gift receipts are very handy!

In love, Rachel

2.21.2017

One Mans Trash Is Another Man's Treasure! Let's go to the Junk In The Trunk Market!

3 cheers for old stuff! Am I right?

I don't know about you but I love old stuff. I have since I was a little girl! My mom would take me antiquing and it was one of the favorite things to do. I would always leave with a random trinket or teacup and wonder whos it was.  It is just so neat to be able to transplant your self to old time and old stories.

So you can guess I was pretty excited there was going to be a market FULL of amazing old (and new!) things!

View The Website Here!



The Junk In The Trunk Vintage market is home for all things vintage, chippy, rusty and handmade. The market will leave you with awesome finds and even more inspiration!



Over 100 vendors, live music, drinks and food! I know if there's food involved at an event there's a 99% chance I will attend...

It's going down this weekend at the Pomona Fairplex on Feb 25th and 26th ( I haven't decided which day I'll go yet!) , doors open at 9am unless you would like to shop first. In that case you can upgrade your ticket. Tickets are $8-$12 and kiddos 12 and under are f r e e. Carpool with your bestie though because the Fairplex charges $10 for parking.


So if the words, vintage, farmhouse, unique and shabby chic make your heart smile you should come out! It will be such a fun way to spend the day!

I can't wait to see what I find. I don't have a big budget but just seeing all of this inspiration in one place will be amazing!

See you there! 

In love, Rachel