all in the cards | Father’s Day

Father’s day is upon us, and I will tell you right now that the main men in my life deserve a heck of a day! Since Rose has arrived, it hasn’t just been the women in the family stepping up (thank you to my mom and mother in-law for being amazing grandmothers). The men have definitely been doing their part to help us adjust to life as parents – not to mention, Max is an amazing father. So, with some help from all in the cards, I put together some small tokens of my appreciation for all the fathers!

In our family, it definitely is about the thought put into a gift, not how big or expensive it is. We are all adults and can run out the the store an buy whatever we want, so the point is really to get something that they wouldn’t normally get for themselves, something they need but don’t realize, or something that just shows you have been paying attention to their hard work. For me, days like Father’s Day are all about the details, and the beautiful coordinated cards and gift packaging from all in the cards definitely show the love and care that went into picking little tokens of love for my husband, father, and father in-law. How awesome do these matching cards and gift wrapping look? And the matching printed tissue paper? Talk about attention to detail!

My poor, dear husband – he’s been there with me for the late nights, the diapers and bottles at all hours, and everything else in between. He has stepped up in so many ways and is an amazing father to Rose. He builds my confidence, keeps me in check, and shares all the special moments with me. Rose recently started to crawl, and because of his support in my new career, I’ll be able to see her reach all of her milestones. He may not be my father, but as the father of my child and partner in life, he definitely deserves a little treat for his first Father’s Day. For him, this over-sized mug will do the trick! It’s perfect for early morning coffee (with a little Jack Daniels for the rougher mornings he might have).

For both my father and father in-law, I figured they could use some pampering with custom cologne picks! For my father, Acqua Di Gio (c/o Influenster) and for my father in-law, Bleu de Chanel (scroll to the bottom for links). My father helps me out several times a week by taking our dog, Lady, out for afternoon jogs, plus any handyman work I need done around the house. It’s wonderful having a talented father who can help me with anything I need. And my father in-law – well, he has been amazingly patient! When I went back to work, my mother in-law helped me out by watching Rose twice a week during the day so I didn’t have to put her in daycare, and he has been right there with her. They both deserve so much more than I can give them, but I know that a big hug from me and a smile from Rose is a pretty good start.

I owe a lot to the great men in my life, and I hope you all show your dads some appreciation this weekend for Father’s Day!

If you are looking for some great all in the cards products, they can be found at these retailers.

This post was sponsored by all in the cards. Products featured have been provided to The Miami Rose, but all opinions are my own.

Opening Up | A New Chapter

I am so pleased to share with you all today that I will be making a huge change in my life – for the better! I have the amazing opportunity to take on a new role at Style Collective, heading up Membership & Education.

I have been a teacher for ten years and earned my master’s in education, and now it seems that I am leaving the profession…or am I?

Well, teaching is actually in my blood – my great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and aunts were/are all teaching professionals. So if I ever had a destiny, it was to teach! Over the past 10 years I have been lucky to have lots of different classroom experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly. If one thing is for certain, it’s that I love helping others, and that has been a major part of why I enjoy teaching.

When I was faced with going back to work after Rose was born I was very torn. I wanted to be there with my daughter, but I also wanted to remain in the workforce and not lose my identity as an educated and accomplished professional. I reluctantly went back to work once my maternity leave was up, but I knew I wasn’t truly happy. I was definitely caught between two worlds, and something was missing. I needed to find a way to have it all, because who doesn’t deserve to have their own form of happiness?

Many women today struggle with their roles, and I was definitely one of them. Do I go back to work and keep my career? Will that make me a “bad mom”? How much of my child’s life will I miss? Should I stay at home and put my career on hold, or leave it indefinitely? Will I lose respect from those I care about? How will this affect us financially? Will that make me a “bad woman” for giving up on myself? Am I weak that I can’t do both? I wanted to give it a try, and try I did. I went back to work and tried to find happiness and pride in what I was doing. But, I couldn’t. I thought that I would lose respect for myself if I quit my job and stayed at home, but I realized that I was disappointed in myself no matter what I decided. I was unhappy and unfulfilled, and it wasn’t because I had decided to work, or not to work. It was because I wasn’t allowing myself to be happy or being accepting of my own feelings. I was afraid to seem weak, but I should have worried more about how I would feel about my life looking back in 10, 20, or 30 years. Would I look back and say, “Yes, Jessie, you did the right thing”? No, I don’t think I would have. I needed to find what worked for me; my own perfect recipe for happiness and fulfillment.

One weekend a couple of months ago, I was dreading going back to work. I didn’t want my time with my daughter to end, and I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish that I couldn’t get to in time. My husband suggested that I just quit – “Just don’t go back,” he said. “You don’t owe them anything. It’s more important for you to be happy.” He was right, but I was still holding on to the idea that I had to prove myself. I knew I still wanted to work. “Maybe I’ll email Annie [Spano, Style Collective CEO]…see if she needs help.” That night I wrote what seemed like an essay rather than an email, and Max read it over for me a few times. I was so nervous to send it – out of fear of rejection, fear of change, fear of embarrassment – that I didn’t email it until the next morning. I remember feeling like the day dragged on forever before I heard from Annie, even thought it was a perfectly reasonable amount of time for her to reply. I never realized how hard it is to put yourself out there. I had always taken the safe route. But, in order to get what you want, sometimes you have to jump without knowing if the floor will be there when you land.

The subject line of this email indicates that it is a pitch, and that is exactly what it is: I am pitching myself to you, Annie. I would love nothing more than to assist you at Style Collective in any capacity.

 

I would be absolutely honored to have you part of the team and I am so incredibly happy that you wrote this email. Asking for something is the best thing you can do for yourself as a woman and a business woman.

The words she shared really spoke to me. She was right! The best thing I did for myself was to write that email and just. ask. Without asking, I never would have known.

So, instead of my heart breaking every day from missing my daughter, and giving up my identity as a working mom, I was lucky enough to find the perfect solution and come on board with Style Collective. I can work from home, make my own hours, travel, meet incredible people, focus on myself and – most importantly – my daughter and family. It allows me to help others who have passion for learning – which is quite different from what I have been doing these past 10 years. These women are people who do what they love and want to succeed, and that is inspiring and uplifting in itself. I am helping members in various ways, and a large part of my job is developing and writing the E-Courses and E-Books that SC members have access to. So, you can almost say that I haven’t quit my teaching career, it has just evolved into something new that fits me and my life.

The idea of the traditional career, at this point in history, is quickly evolving, and I am glad that my fears about changing my life are slowly fading.

I am so thrilled to be working for an empowering organization like Style Collective. Women helping other women is such a powerful act, and a beautiful message that needs to continue to grow! I know of so many members who depend on the support they get from their SC sisters, and have grown as professionals because of the resources and opportunities that Style Collective provides. The opportunities earned as a collective aren’t kept as a secret, they are lovingly shared with all the members. Not to mention, with the amount of resources available, there’s not enough time in the day to go through it all! The positives are endless, but my biggest thrill is the vision of where Style Collective is going, and I am so excited for what the future holds.

Thanks to the flexibility that this new position is offering me, I am able to focus more on my life and own personal goals. Instead of this being just a job change, it is a complete lifestyle change. A personal goal for me is to definitely find balance in my life – with new adventures and big changes in my future, I need to be sure to keep my priorities straight (and not neglect my husband too much!). Really, he is my rock and I love him dearly for supporting me in all of this, and for being my best friend.

This was a scary change for me. Taking the leap into a non-traditional career role wasn’t easy, but it definitely felt right once I had settled into the idea. Not taking a chance is a worse mistake than trying and failing. Every mistake is a point of growth that you can learn from, but you can’t learn from something you never try. I knew I needed to give this a shot, for myself, for Rose and my husband, and for my future. I feel as if this was meant to be, but I never knew it until it presented itself. The universe just knew!

You can’t rush the universe. Give everything you do 100%, not just in effort, but in research, planning, self education, and follow through. Things are bound to happen if you live your life with purpose.


Events | Style Collective Podcast Launch Party

In May, I had the absolute pleasure of planning an event to celebrate the launch of the Becoming Fearless podcast by our Style Collective founder and CEO, Annie Spano. Not only did I have a great time planning the event, it was incredible to meet so many talented local South Florida Style Collective bloggers! Style Collective really is a sisterhood, so speaking with all of the members who attended was like meeting old friends. While we were all so different, we realized we had a lot in common and shared the same struggles in this growing industry. Luckily, we have a network through SC to connect with one another, and share our experiences.

The launch party was a wonderful get together exclusively for South Florida Style Collective members (although, there were parties held all over the country, too!) Hosted by The Mandarin Oriental Miami at Yaku by La Mar, we enjoyed drinks and light bites prepared by Chef Diego Oka. The lovely ladies from Chanel makeup at Nieman Marcus Merrick Park joined us for an exclusive sneak peek at all of their limited release products that are hitting the stores this summer, as well as a few mini makeovers and scent consultations. After listening to the first episode of the podcast together and having a light discussion, the attendees took home bags with products provided by Chanel, Louise & Eleanor, em.po.ri.um Boutique, Miami Gorgeous, JUSTBRAYDZ by Chaya, Janette & Co. Macaron, as well as the latest edition of MIAMI Magazine.

The podcast, titled Becoming Fearless, spoke to many of us, as we all were taking a chance in an industry that is still budding, and where it is hard to gain a following while still remaining true to oneself. We were all fearless in one way or another, and I loved hearing some personals stories that helped me better connect with these fearless girlbosses. Some of us picked up blogging for fun and did it as a hobby, while others hoped to turn their blog into a full-time venture. Either way, we are all at different points in our journey, and it was helpful to see others finding success in their own ways.

I recently was faced with a life-changing decision, so for me, this podcast made so much sense. In just the first episode, I identified with so many points of comparison, and found that it echoed my story as well. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to this empowering series, be sure to do it now. It’s not just for bloggers! Anyone taking a big step in life, or needing a push in the right direction, or feeling lost or unsure about their position should give this a listen. Becoming fearless is something we all need to do every now and then, because becoming fearless can mean we are becoming stronger. I can’t wait to share my awesome news with you all on Friday, too!

I can’t wait to meet up with some of these local ladies again during Miami Swim Week in July! Be sure to check them out.

South Florida Style Collective sisters to follow (from left to right):

1 Andrea Ramirez Mi Mundo Rebelde (blog/Instagram) | 2 Jessie Undorfer The Miami Rose (blog/Instagram) | 3 Jill JbyJilly (blog/Instagram) | 4 Chuky Reyna Mi Camisa Blanca (blog/Instagram) | 5 Karyn With Love From Miami (blog/Instagram) | 6 Amanda Champion A Glam Lifestyle (blog/Instagram) | 7 Donna Levy Forst On The DLifestyle (blog/Instagram) | 8 Marnie Cecille I’m Simply Cecille (blog/Instagram) | 9 Claudia Fashion Queen Official (Instagram) | 10 Jannely Espinal The Fashion Buffet (blog/Instagram) | 11 Laura Rivas  Twenty Teenz Blog (blog/Instagram) | 12 Talia Gingham Ginger (blog/Instagram)| 13 Adela Guerra Haute Spark (blog/Instagram) | 14 Nikki Granett (Instagram)

All photos c/o Taylor McGhee (web/Instagram)

A special thanks to our sponsors:

The Mandarin Oriental Miami (web/Instagram) and Yaku by La Mar featuring Chef Diego Oka

Chanel makeup (web/Instagram) at Neiman Marcus Merrick Park (web/Instagram)

MIAMI Magazine (web/Instagram)

Louise & Eleanor (web/Instagram)

em.po.ri.um Boutique (web/Instagram)

Miami Gorgeous (web/Instagram)

JUSTBRAYDZ by Chaya (Instagram)

Janette & Co. Macaron (Facebook/Instagram)

 

Fashion | White Stripe

Happy Monday to all my teachers out there! It’s the last Monday of the school year down here, and we are all ready for a little break! It has taken all of my willpower not to show up to work in vacation-ready outfits – but this one I sported over the weekend. It has been super rainy this past week in Miami and I am not sure if there are signs of it stopping anytime soon, so comfort is key. I love a soft pair of shorts paired with a loose and airy blouse. It is one of my summer wardrobe staples, hands down. What are some of your summer must-haves?

Stay dry Miami friends, and teachers: you’re almost there! Have an amazing week!


Little Me | Rose at 6 Months

Little Me provided The Miami Rose with complementary products for this post. I aspire to not only create beautiful and meaningful content, but to remain authentic in everything I share with my viewership.

I wanted to give everyone an update on baby Rose and how she has grown and developed now that she is 6 months! One thing I want to do more with the blog is give you a peek into my life, not just do fashion posts. There is a real family on the other end of this computer – really! Sometimes it is easy for us to disassociate with the things and people we see online, but it is more important to me that I do my best to be transparent, relatable, and real than to have a lot of followers. I love what I do, and I love my life and family. Rose has been such an amazing addition to our world and I never imagined it would be this amazing to be a mother (I mean, I have imagined it, but didn’t know what it would REALLY feel like). At 6 months, Rose is a light every day. She has hit some milestones a bit earlier than most, and at the same time she hasn’t hit others; but I don’t care! I try to remind myself all the time that every baby is different and there really can be no measure for exact time frames on developmental goals – as long as she’s happy, and EVENTUALLY getting there, then I’m so proud of her. She loves to sit up on her own and is starting to do crunches to sit up when I have her laying down – Rose has a killer core! She wants to see everything that is going on around her and is so curious about the world.

This past weekend I took her outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and soak up some warmth. I always protect her from the sun because of her fair skin, but I just couldn’t resist a little outdoors time to soak up some vitamin D and feel the breeze. Thankfully this adorable outfit kept her cool and shaded – and can you see the adorable strawberries embroidered on it?! So sweet, literally. I loved the hat, too, because it kept her face shaded, but every time the wind blew – which she loves – it flipped up to give her a peek at our surroundings. She was also fascinated with the grass, which she has actually never felt before, so it was great to see her little hands touching new and undiscovered things in nature.

She has also recently graduated to real books instead of the fabric tactile books because she is fascinated with paper. The other day I decided to lay out some of her books for her to choose from, and she was astonished! When I look at these pics, I can’t help but hear the Little Mermaid song in my head: “Look at this stuff; Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?” I swear, that is the exact look on her face! She touched them all, one by one, and finally decided on “Pat the Bunny” all on her own. I didn’t even have to show her what to do – she opened up the book and started turning the pages like she knew what she was doing. It was definitely an adorable sight to behold. I’m an avid reader so I’m hoping she got that from me, too! She’s doing a lot of other “big girl” things as well, like eating carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peanut butter, and blueberries with a spoon, swimming, blowing bubbles, putting herself to sleep, and even has two little bottom teeth for a couple months now!

Now that she is sitting up so well (and HOPEFULLY gearing up to crawl) I have really liked keeping her legs free in these adorable rompers from Little Me (found here, here, and here). I have found that most baby clothes are really soft, but after one wash they lose their softness, and also start to deteriorate. The clothes from Little Me are so well made, incredibly soft, and really stand up to the test of babyhood. The brand is partnered with Dreft, so the wash and wear on the items is impeccable, and even after your little one gets their hands on the clothing, they continue to look brand new. Not to mention, they have the absolute sweetest details. I loved unboxing these items when they arrived, and so did Rose. Thanks for indulging in my little update on my baby girl!

 

Fashion | Rose Colored Everything

Every once in a while I have an itch to make a big change. Usually, it manifests in my hair. I’m not sure why I have this urge, but it gives me a little spark back – some excitement in my appearance! I have done pink in the past, but I think I have it just about perfect this time. Plus, it’s not permanent at all.

The secret is the Davines Alchemic Conditioner Red, which is actually for natural or colored warm red hair. It is meant to maintain and enhance warm red tones, and it happens to be hot pink! I add two spoonfulls to my own conditioner, evenly apply a suitable amount of product on washed damp hair. Leave to work for 5 to 8 minutes, comb through, then rinse. Voila! I have rose gold hair. For a brighter pink, add more (it will also look pinker on lighter hair). Thankfully for my husband (he is not fond of it. At. All.) it fades away with a few washes, and doesn’t damage your hair like permanent or semi-permanent methods. Have fun with this new trick!

My hair tends to turn really brassy and I love the cool blonde look, so my next product to try is the Davines Alchemic Shampoo Silver. Have you tried any amazing color-enhancing products?

 

Pregnancy & Parenting | Newborn Must-Haves

Now that Rose is (almost!) 6 months (where did the time go?) I wanted to share my product experiences with you!

There is nothing more exciting than getting ready for your first baby (OK, spending time with your baby is more exciting). But with all the information out there on what you need for bringing baby home, it can be overwhelming. There is no better way to figure out what works for you and your baby than trial and error, but that can be both timely and costly. Every baby, mommy, and home situation is different so it would make sense that your list of baby items would be unique. So, I wanted to throw my two cents in there on what worked for me for the first 3 months (and what didn’t work) and give some “must-haves” an honest review. The items on my list are the ones that I couldn’t have survived without!

Be sure to read carefully for some coupons and discounts, too!

Let me know what you think in the comments section – have you tried any of these? Which was your favorite? Share your experiences with all the mommies out there.

I have personally tried all of these items and give them my endorsement – but remember, what works for my Rose might not work for your little one.  Some items in this post were given to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.


For Feeding

Boppy Pillow

This is a classic, tried and true. As tiny and delicate as your baby might be, your arm WILL get tired while feeding them. Or, in the very least, you will be so tired at your 3 am feeding that you just want to rest a bit. This item is also great for when your partner or family members would like to feed the baby – it helps with the proper placement.

Baby Brezza Formula Pro

I was unable to breastfeed, so I knew that I would need something that made formula mixing easy at 3 am. This is like a coffee maker for formula! It was a life-saver, and it continues to be one of my favorite products. It warms, measures, and mixes formula for you in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 oz increments. It is easy to clean and maintain, and so easy to use. My husband’s job is to make the bottles, so it gets him involved in the entire process.

Baby Brezza One-Step Bottle Sterilizer And Dryer

Although new research states that it is unnecessary to sterilize your bottles after each use like they used to, the idea of hand washing each bottle (and feeling comfortable that they were actually clean) had me uneasy. Plus, I didn’t have the time! This tool makes it easy to clean and dry your bottles and pacifiers with the comfort of knowing that they are perfectly sterile, with the touch of a button. All you need is distilled water, and you are ready to go.

Comotomo Baby Slow Flow Bottles

As I said before, I was unable to breastfeed, so I did my research on the most realistic bottle nipples out there. These are perfectly shaped, and have functional vents to prevent baby from swallowing air. Rose latched on right away and she has even started to try and grip the soft silicone sides. These are perfect for preventing nipple confusion as well. Tip: don’t screw on the tops too tight (my husband has a habit of doing that). When I attempt to take the top off to heat up the formula, it creates a suction and it becomes hard for me to take off because the ring itself is a smooth, slick material. The only part of the bottle with a gripping texture is the bottle base, which is a squishy silicone.

Twistshake Anti-Colic Bottles

Use code jessievbu20 for 20% OFF your order at Twistshake, plus FREE shipping over $25! Twistshake provided products to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

These are perfect for when you are on the go, or not at home, and for preventing gas and fussiness. There is a small compartment inside for powdered formula (or a snack) so you can mix with water anytime. Their anti-colic nipples are also amazing – they have a design which prevents any bubbles from getting in the main chamber, which means baby won’t be swallowing air. Their slow flow nipple is slightly “faster” than the Comotomo, so if you baby is used to something slower, be prepared for a little dribble. Once they get used to the different flow, it makes nighttime feeding a breeze. Less burping, less time to eat, which means getting baby (and you) back to sleep as quickly as possible. Additionally, their colors are adorable, and it is fun to mix and match their pieces!

The Honest Company Sensitive Organic Infant Formula

After lots of research, I decided that this would be the formula for us to try. When we were in the hospital, they gave us the pre-mixed Enfamil, which worked out well also. But I knew from the start that I wanted to try this formula with Rose. It is perfect for sensitive tummies, and the organic infant formula is carefully balanced and modeled after breast milk, and meticulously blended using non-GMO, naturally derived ingredients, sourced from trusted organic farms to help ensure quality goodness. Plus, I can bundle my purchase and it is delivered to my door as frequently as I need it.


For Sleeping

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

It is recommended that baby sleeps in the same room with an adult for about 6 months after birth. So, I hardly use her crib yet! I have loved this bassinet over the past 3 months. It keeps her close to me at night, and swings away when I need to sneak away quietly to the bathroom. It is so sturdy (and heavy!) that I don’t have any fears about it tipping over or breaking when I lean on it to take her out. One of my favorite and most-used baby products.

DockAtot Deluxe Stage 1 Docking Sleeper Station (also here)

Get $10 off all Docks at DockATot™ by clicking here!

I recently bought this after Rose was about 2 months. Max and I wanted to try a little co-sleeping, but wanted to be sure to keep her safe and secure. It is working out really well so far, and if we need to move her she is easily transferred to her bassinet (it fits inside the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper) or wherever we want without waking her up. However, this is not something I would recommend if you are a heavy sleeper, or if you toss and turn a lot in bed – baby will definitely wake up!

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle

Nested Bean provided products to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

After the first month or so, baby becomes a little less sleepy and much more active. This also means that it may become a bit harder to put baby to sleep. Rocking, swinging, singing, and swaddling are all great techniques – nothing beats a parent’s loving touch and attention. However, I was having an easy enough time getting Rose to sleep with these techniques, but a harder time KEEPING her asleep. That’s when I tried this unique swaddle. The Zen Swaddle simulates the pressure from your touch with lightly weighted pads on their chest and sides. Rose definitely slept longer and is currently sleeping 6-8 hours at night wearing this swaddle (2-4 months old)!

For Health

Owlet Baby Monitor

This – although it is not listed first – is my number one recommended product for new parents, hands down. Read all about the benefits and science here, and then go buy one here. Thank me later when you are relieved at the fact that you know with absolute certainty your baby is alive, breathing, and safe.

Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

This should be the gold standard for nasal suckers – why would they bother making them any other way? Throw away the one they give you at the hospital and get one of these handy tools. Easy to clean, great to use, and you can see exactly what you are getting!

The Honest Company Baby DHA

If you haven’t gotten the hint that I really like The Honest Company products, their mission, and what they have to offer, then you probably haven’t been reading. Check out the page for this product and read the science behind it.

Fridababy FeverFrida Thermonitor Baby Thermometer

This, like the Owlet, is amazing. Forget checking your baby’s temperature after they get their shots every hour. Stick this monitor under baby’s arm and watch from your phone how their temperature rises and falls. Even set alerts for when the temp gets too high and it’s time for Tylenol, and track their dosage for medications. This is perfect for kids of any age, and OK for sensitive baby skin.

For Diapering

The Honest Company Diapers and Wipes

The Honest Company Soothing Baby Bottom Wash

The Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper Genie Essentials Diaper Disposal Pail

The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray

For Bathing

The Honest Company Honest Healing Balm

4moms Infant Tub

Otteroo

Clothing Brands I LOVE

Carter’s

Rosie Pope

Victoria Kids

Little Poppy Co.

Baby Gear

Philips AVENT Pacifier

WubbaNub™ Pacifier Toy (also here)

I wish you could buy these in bulk – I keep 3 on constant rotation, and throw them in the washing machine when they need it. Rose loves gripping these and reaching for her pacifier whenever she needs it, which helps with her independence, self soothing techniques, and dexterity.

NüRoo Pocket

NuRoo provided products to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

My favorite baby wearing product. It promotes skin-to-skin bonding so, yes, it is a shirt that you wear, so probably not convenient for moms on the go. It is perfect for around the house, snuggling, and those early newborn days when you want some freedom of movement but want that close contact with baby. The fabric is oh-so-soft and wicks moisture, too.

4moms mamaRoo

My husband calls this the ultimate parenting hack. Baby crying? Baby won’t sleep? Need a moment to yourself? Enter the mamaRoo. Easy to clean, too.

UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat (also here)

UPPAbaby Vista Stroller with Bassinet (also here)

The fact that I chose this stroller/car seat combo is my proudest mommy product brag: it is totally awesome. Not only does it fit multiple children, it is easy to use (and install), and has enough space on the bottom to do an entire grocery shopping trip. As soon as baby #2 is expected, I’m going to buy another rumble seat to match! This is my definite stroller of choice.

The Cocoon Co. Anywhere Swaddle

The Cocoon Co. provided products to The Miami Rose free for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Rose loved to be swaddles when she was a newborn, and it continued on as she got older, so I jumped at the opportunity to use this swaddle. It fits inside any car seat so you don’t have to worry about baby getting too cold, or wiggling out of a tucked blanket.

 

Soon, I will be reviewing more products and must-haves for Rose at 3-6 months, so check back on The Miami Rose.

Fashion | Palm Print Pretty

Hello everyone! I took a couple of months away from the blog to readjust to working again after maternity leave, and boy do I have a debut #ootd for you! I am more than obsessed with this dress and can’t get enough of the palm print trend. All I need now are more opportunities to wear it…

Our spring break vacation down to the Keys was a wonderful opportunity for a trial run – in other words, what would it be like to take a trip with baby Rose? I am happy to report that it was a success! Aside from the fact that our car was packed to the brim with all of her necessities (i.e. travel crib, stroller, bottle sterilizer, formula maker, etc.) it went off without a hitch. I largely have my amazing husband to thank for the success and ease of this trip; not only did he do all of the heavy lifting, he was a great sport overall. He sat with us by the pool, got us drinks, sterilized bottles, made formula, took pictures (!), and drove us everywhere we wanted to go. The resort was also a great adventure with tons of family-friendly and adult-only activities – that will be coming later in another blog post. Overall, we had an amazing time as a little family and appreciated the perfectly mild weather, too!

I’m glad to be back on the blog and I promise I have even more exciting looks, posts, and announcements coming for you very soon.

Fashion | Luxe Teal & Mustard

Date night to see Beauty and the Beast! Who else is excited!? On our way out…have a great night!


Pregnancy & Parenting | Hospital Bag Beauty

When I set out to pack my hospital bag for Rose’s delivery, I knew keeping it simple was critical. I pride myself in being prepared and packing smart (check out my fashion itinerary tool, a printable for packing) so there was a lot of pressure to pack the perfect assortment of essential items. My clothes would consist of soft, comfortable nightgowns and robes with fuzzy slippers and uggs, so that was easy. But what to pack to make sure I looked better than I felt? With the abundance of visitors stopping by to see baby Rose and the many pictures I knew they would take, I couldn’t help that a part of me wanted to make sure I looked healthy and glowing. Here are a few of the things in my beauty bag that I loved when I was in the hospital.

Shampoo samples – on the offchance you have the ability to shower during your stay in the hospital, shampoo samples are the perfect way to go. You aren’t packing an entire bottle from home and adding to the bulk to your bag, and you are also getting to try something new, perhaps, which is a little luxury in itself. I packed two kinds, because I knew I would be there for three days, Tresemme and Hair Food.

Face masque – there’s nothing that refreshes your skin quite like a mask, and my favorite kind is a rose one. The scent is divine and the cool mask is gentle on the skin. I love the affordable Sephora brand Rose Face Mask and have used it several times since. It leaves my skin soft and rejuvenated.

Lip balm – no one likes dry lips, and in an environment like a cold, dry hospital, it’s bound to happen. During labor, or surgery, and through recovery, a good sturdy lip balm is a must. I prefer Burt’s Bees (any of their flavors) because of the fact that it lasts so long and provides great protection. You can even get one with a little tint to it!

Perfumed wipes – during the first day, I knew there would be a slim-to-none chance of me showering (maybe on day 2) so I had the luck of stumbling across Lancôme perfumed wipes. They were great for freshening up my skin without overdoing it with perfume. I definitely didn’t want to smell badly when people came by to visit our new family! In the situation of you probably not getting out of bed for a little while (and feeling pretty sweaty, sticky, and gross) these were lifesavers.

Breath strips – nothing annoyed me more than the feeling that I needed to brush my teeth or swish with mouthwash. But let’s be honest, this is way easier in a situation like this! Have a pack of Listerine strips handy instead of mints or gum.

Rollerball perfume – you may need some (or a lot) of refreshing while in the hospital, but trust me when I say don’t bring a spray. Try and find your fave scent in rollerball version. It’s perfect for travel and will prevent you from over-spraying. And, not to mention, you don’t want your newborn baby breathing in any of that excess. I chose Gold because of how warm and subtle it is.

Dry shampoo – maybe you can’t shower, or worked up a good sweat, and need some dry shampoo. A little sample size is perfect if you can find it, like this one from drybar.

Facial mist – a spritz on your face during labor or while you are waiting for the green light to take a shower may be just the thing that saves you. It can help to cool you down, serve as a light face wash, or moisturizer your pores in a dry, sterile environment. A great house is Honest Company’s beauty line, which is purely organic and simple for all skin.

Creme blush – going without full makeup is probably a good idea, since your skin will already be going through a lot. Worrying about your makeup is the last thing you will want once your baby arrives – all your attention will be on them. Give yourself a little color by utilizing a creme or gel blush on your cheeks, lips, and eyelids, too. Another great organic brand is Au Naturale. Their stick is great and has a bit of shimmer to pick up on your motherly glow.

Skin repair – hospitals aren’t known for having the spa-like environment, and your hormones will be going crazy as well. Starting some skin repair early on may help shorten the time period between bad skin and back-to-normal. If you tend to break out, be sure you cleanse. If you have dry, flaky skin like I do that needs moisture, try Perricone MD products for skin care.