Hi there! Welcome back to the blog! So much has changed in the last 7 weeks, having a newborn baby has been so fun, exciting and NEW! I am sharing with you, my top 15 newborn must haves that I really couldn’t do without.
I love this stroller so much, and there are so many reasons why. First, it is compatible with the car seat mentioned later in this post. It is so incredibly easy to slide in and out, and you don’t have to wake that sleeping baby up to take a stroll or go into a store. Second, I love the fact that it has a bassinet topper, a regular seat or you can use the car seat function. All around, this was the best stroller option I found to fit my busy lifestyle! The wheels are nice and big, which make going over rough terrain or curbs very easy!
Living in Florida, this is a great thing to have. We go on walks a few times a week and depending on the time of day, it can be hot for your baby. I clip this fan on our stroller and know John Luke is staying cool the entire time. It keeps your baby comfortable and is so nice to have.
We got this car seat in black, which is neutral if you are planning on having multiple kids! The car seat is so easy to install in your car, and honestly goes in the base with one click. None of that tugging and moving you may experience with other car seats. A good idea with this car seat is purchasing an extra base for your husbands car or the grandparents. My mother personally got a base for her car, so if she is watching him it is as simple as clicking in the car seat and go!
ABSOLUTE LIFESAVER! If you have not heard of the Snoo, you need to look it up right away. I can not say enough about this bassinet. We purchased the Snoo a few months before John Luke was born and ever since the first night he came home, he has slept great in it. The snoo soothes and rocks your baby, picks up on the cries, adjusts the built in sound machine and so much more. You can monitor your babies sleep patterns and status from an app on your phone. It is known for calming your baby in 60 seconds or less and that has been the case for us. He loves sleeping in his Snoo, and we also put him down for naps in it during the day. It gives me peace of mind that he will have the best sleep possible!
This came highly recommended from a fellow mom friend. We added it to our registry and we also use this every single day! It is convenient and we use it in all areas of the house. It keeps John Luke occupied for longer lengths of time, he loves to sit in the bouncer and just watch what I am doing. We just recently put the toy bar on it, and he is starting to use his hands to reach for toys! As he grows I am sure that we will use that feature more!
I learned very quickly in the hospital that newborn babies love to be swaddled. Our nurse on the first day was a PRO at swaddling John Luke up! We even video taped her technique so we could practice on our own. He fell right asleep and was immediately calmed by this. When we got home, we were not the BEST at swaddling. My mother actually purchased us our first set of swaddles that velcro (LIFESAVER). Your baby will be perfectly swaddled and you will not be frustrated. We love these:
7. Bottles with small nipples
Whether you are strictly breast feeding or using formula, I highly recommend using bottles with small nipples or newborn sizes. I am breastfeeding, and I pump as well so that John Luke can have a bottle with his dad or relatives that may watch him. It was important for us to get the smaller nipples. The bottles came with size 1 and 2 nipples, and he was drinking so fast. This caused him to get more air in which means more burps etc. This can cause discomfort in your newborn, especially if they are a big eater. So we had to “slow him down” by using newborn nipples. We actually still use the newborn size, and he is two months old. I prefer him to not waste the milk (sometimes when it comes out too fast it will run out of there mouths etc.). It also helps overall with his digestion. Another fear people have is that when they give their babies bottles, they will not want to breast feed any more. That can be true, they have to work harder to breast feed than they do to drink a bottle. If you get the newborn sized nipples, they have to work harder to get the milk out. I will link the bottles I have as well as the additional nipples I purchased.
8. Gripe Water
We originally tried another gas medicine and our pediatrician recommended Gripe Water to us. It is natural and he does not mind it at all. We give it to him as needed and honestly this is a must have. I have some at the house and in his diaper bag at all times.
9. Magnetic & Zip up Footie Pajamas / Sleeper Gowns
I love getting John Luke super cute outfits but I have really come to love and appreciated the easy outfits. Whether its magnetic or zip up, these are so convenient for quick diaper changes, especially when you are out and about. When your baby is not big enough to talk, it is helpful to be able to do a quick check to see if they are fussy because of their diaper. Magnetic, zip up and sleeper gowns are perfect for a busy lifestyle like mine!
My favorites are all linked here!
10. Tummy Time Mat
Tummy time is important and let me tell you: John Luke is not a fan of tummy time. This mat specifically has helped because we place him on his back and he gets to be stimulated by all the toys and used to the mat. Then, when he does his tummy time, he is familiar and more comfortable. I also love this mat because it can grow with him, there is 5 different stages/transformation with this mat! It ends up being a ball pit (so much fun). Definitely a must have!
11. Bibs Pacifiers
This came highly recommended to me from another mama! She swore by them, and they are from Amazon! We love them, John Luke has no issues with nursing/bottle feeding. He is not addicted to his pacifier and the nipple is the most “real” looking/ feeling for them. They have TONS of cute colors!
These are amazing, we use them nursing and bottle feeding. If you have a drooler or spitter you will LOVE these. Plus the styles are so stinking cute! They hug under the neck and help not go through as many outfits for me personally with John Luke. Copper Pearl is our favorite brand for these, they are so soft.
13. Diaper Bags
There are so many diaper bags out there, but I personally think its important to have at least ONE large diaper bag! We have the monogrammed large one from Pottery Barn Kids and love it. Its perfect for storing so much! Lots of pockets inside and out and it is durable. I’ve linked the large one, as it is the one I most use, and then a few smaller ones I love that would be good on the go!
A Dockatot is a luxury baby lounger and this thing is a game changer. It is perfect and portable, we use it every day. I can easily set John Luke in here while I do dishes, pick up the house or just need to use the bathroom. He loves to take naps in it as well but we tend to use it to get things done. It is also nice when you go to your family and friends homes, to throw it in the car and have it in case your little one wants a rest!
15. Baby Wraps
If you want to get stuff done, I highly recommend investing in 2-3 good baby wraps/ carriers. My husband even wears them (yes all of them). You can hold your baby, vacuum, do chores, work, walk, shop and so much more. These are hands down the best thing you can do for your schedule! Makes life so much easier.
Hey guys! SO without further ado, I am going to spill the tea on my NBR Extensions and answer some of your most asked questions. Grab your favorite drink, get comfy and let’s jump right in!
Ready Set, Rapid Fire Q & A…
Q: What are NBR Extensions?
A: NBR stands for Natural Beaded Row Extensions.
Q: What is the Maintenance/upkeep like?
A: My personal experience with the Maintenance Appointments are every 8 weeks. I get my NBR Extensions moved up. They grow out flat with your natural hair and my sweet spot is 8 weeks, move up, gloss treatment and I trust Maeghen to color/ highlight my my locks! I love everything she does, lightened a little in the summer and then went back more of my natural dark brown for winter. She is the best, and I always leave the salon with shiny healthy hair!
Q: Where do you get your NBR Extensions done at?
A: I go to Vera Salon, Specifically I have my hair done by Maeghen, her and her team are so talented, and truly take such pride in each clients hair.
Q: How long are your extensions?
A: I have 22″ Extensions
Q: Why is NBR better than clip ins?
A: I am SO glad someone asked this, because I had worn clip ins for YEARS throughout High school and College. I have worn everything from Clips Ins I purchased at Sally Beauty to Barefoot Blonde Clip In’s by Amber Fillerup Clark. Although Clip ins may seem like a more “budget friendly” way to get that full head of hair you are searching for. I actually found myself in a constant pit of frustration and unhappiness with how they looked in my hair. First of all, you have to clip and unclip them EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU WEAR THEM. (The struggle is real). Second, they DO NOT lay flat with your hair like NBR. Clip ins show the clips if you to take your hair from wearing it down to flipping it up in a pony tail, where as NBR you can have your hair down and then whip your hair up in an updo without a sign that you have fake locks. Clip in extensions are SO thin compared to NBR, it is truly day and night. The clip ins do not feel like real hair after a few weeks and are very easily damaged. NBR is so natural looking, feeling and with the right products truly sticks through the styling tools with ease. Clip in extensions rarely match the true shade of your color of hair, where as NBR is a perfect blend to your natural hair, when done professionally by hair artist and salons that specialize in the field.
Q: I am interested in NBR but do not need super long hair, prefer shorter styles, is it worth it?
A: NBR Extensions are great if you want to add length to your hair, OR VOLUME. So many clients of Vera Salon have shorter hair and get one row simply just for volume. Short or long, NBR is SO worth it. I cannot express the confidence, and overall appearance boost it gives you. I feel like my hair has a mind of its own, having NBR has truly made me LOVE my hair every single day! Keep in mind, your stylist can cut and blend the NBR Extensions to specifically meet YOUR needs.
Q: How long have you worn NBR Extensions?
A: I have worn them for exactly one year! Never going back!
Q: Does you hair grow differently now that you wear NBR Extensions?
A: My hair grows faster and healthier now that I wear NBR Extensions, especially compared to when I would wear clip ins. There are minimal points of contact on your head, and you are not constantly pulling your hair out like you do with clip ins.
I am so fortunate to be a client of Vera Salon, located in Lake City Florida. It is a perfect location for you girls in the Jacksonville Area and surrounding cities. Vera Salon has a talented team on NBR Hair Artist who take education, service and hair VERY seriously. I have so much trust in my hair dresser, Maeghen, she is my “hair fairy” as I like to call her. She is a perfectionist, and is beyond talented when it comes to hair extensions. I have completely dedicated myself the the NBR Process, and consider myself a forever client. The confidence that Natural Beaded Row Hair Extensions give me is night and day, they look so natural and never show, unlike clip ins.
The Process, what you need to know:
The Process of NBR Extensions is unlike any other. No matter how long, short, thick or thin you hair is- NBR can be modified for your individual hair goals and needs. The Hair Extensions are applied by hand, with minimal points of contact on your scalp, making it perfect for hair health and preventing damage unlike other methods. The wefts are hand tied in rows that lay flat on your scalp creating that “Mermaid” hair naturally. Your hair artist with color, and style your hair to blend perfectly with your natural textures and colors to give you the hair of your dreams.
My Current Hair Care Routine With NBR Extensions
I use my WetBrush to Brush my locks out daily, I believe that this brush protects my hair, and does not pull my hair out as I brush it. It is important to brush your extensions out daily from the root. This brush is perfect to use on your wet hair, fresh out of the shower!
I have two different sizes, but both work for my hair!
I also apply Oil to the bottom of my hair daily
I use this curler (I love all three options depending on the curl I am going for) as well as this hair dryer!
I use the following Shampoo, Conditioner and Blow Out Cream Every Week when I wash my hair!
Interested in NBR? Have questions? Want to set up a consultation with an expert?
Mention my name at your next appointment with Vera Salon, they have graciously extended a discount to you for 10% off all services. “KAYLA10”!
Huge thank you to Vera Salon, specifically Maeghen, for being the answers to my hair dreams for over a year!
Just a few weeks ago, we found out our first baby is a… BOY! We are so thrilled to be having a baby boy but most importantly that we are having a healthy baby!
Time is surely flying, and I am officially 23 weeks. I have been posting weekly updates on Instagram, of my cravings, how big the baby is and other highlights. It is so amazing how quickly our bodies as women can change and grow with a baby. I have not had any serious cravings, but the past few weeks I have been eating Avocado Toast ….. EVERY DAY!
We did a Gender Reveal/ Maternity Shoot to announce the big news! Some of my favorite images are below.
I love capturing moments our lives in photos and videos. These are the milestones in life that I can’t help but document and cherish, year after year. The photos were all taken by Shelby; Shelby Williams Photography . She is so talented, and captures you in the moment in such a beautiful way.
The Gender Reveal Video
This video was captured by the talented Wade; WSW Films
This video was our special way to announce that little baby Campbell is a BOY! I will be sharing things I have been learning during pregnancy, my favorite pregnancy purchases and how we are preparing for our baby in Blog Posts to come.
PS. We are naming our little baby boy, John Luke Campbell!
From getting married on February 23, 2019 to now, life has been nothing but busy! Finally, I am sitting down to share the good news: WE ARE HAVING A BABY! I wanted to write this blog post to share some insight and happiness on everything up to my 14 weeks (which is where I am now)!
This was a planned baby, and we are so happy to be able to have a child so quickly! We both want a few kids; my husband Joseph wants 3 or more! I am optimistic about having as many as God has planned for our family.
Something that was very important to both Joseph and myself is being financially ready for a child. We purchased a home in August 2018, and got married in February 2019. We both have finished our degrees and felt that the time was right to take on the financial responsibility of having a child. I know that not everything can be planned for perfectly, and not everyone can be “ready” for a child. It is something that we both talked about, from diapers, toys, clothes, and doctors appointments; we wanted to be as prepared as possible for our little Gift from God.
We found out at 4 weeks that we were pregnant! I did not surprise Joseph in a cute way or anything, since we were planning to have a baby I took a test in our bathroom and we found out together! At that time I was not experiencing ANY signs, morning sickness, headaches, fatigue…. nothing. Within a week I began getting sick every morning, which is horrible for me because I am the type of person who would rather do anything in the world than get sick! My first appointment with Ultrasound was not until 8 weeks and I did not have many options other than to toughen up with the morning sickness. If you are pregnant, there is very minimal amounts of medicines that are safe to take for headaches, nausea etc. I prefer to take no medicine unless I can’t go about my daily life. The first trimester was pretty rough for me; my biggest challenge was how tired I was every single day. Even with a full nights rest, I still experience being so tired halfway through the day. I am a busy body, much more than my Instagram and Blog will show. I run the office of three different family owned construction businesses (8-5) while maintaining a blog and Instagram where I create content. Aside from being a wife, daughter, friend and sister it is safe to say I wear MANY hats. I would not have it any other way. One of the best lessons I have learned so far in pregnancy at the end of the day, is that you have to listen to your body, slow down, make your to do list shorter and do what you can!
Working out has turned from going to a gym regularly, to home workouts to walks. I have been making it a goal to walk 60 minutes after I get home from work, which I do over 3 miles and change up where I walk so I don’t get bored. I am used to changing up workouts and making them exciting and fun, but with a lack of energy and not wanting to elevate my heart rate too much walking has been my go-to. My husband works out at 4:30 in the morning and usually says “yes!” when I ask him to walk with me after work. Now that I have entered the second trimester, I am feeling more energized and will most likely start incorporating low weight/body weight workouts in my routine.
I just recently started “showing” I guess you could say. Mostly it looks like I ate a large meal, or drank a gallon of water. I did not show at all the first 3 months, and I noticed my clothing getting tighter, but I like my clothes very “fitted”. I have recently posted two outfits on my Instagram in Maternity dresses, they were gifted to me from Pink Blush Maternity! Other than that I have not yet purchased any Maternity clothing. I can’t wait to have a belly now that I am in the ” in between” phase. It is so incredible that our bodies can change and grow for months. I feel so blessed to experience it.
BOY or GIRL?!? We would be happy with either! We plan on finding out the Gender between 18-20 weeks and we are just wanting a healthy baby! Since I grew up with only one sister, I thought it would be fun to have a boy first! I would be just as happy with a girl (mini me) but we will see what God has in store for us. There was an option to find out earlier through a blood test, but we are both on the same page about waiting. We also are debating having a Gender Reveal Party So stay tuned to see what we come up with. We do know we are NOT having twins! LOL
We have talked a few times about names, and what we would want them to be depending on the Gender. Nothing set in stone, I just having a running list in my Iphone for the time being. I want a pretty name (maybe something long?) if the baby is a girl. My name being Kayla, is so short, I don’t really get to have a nickname other than Kay. I think it would be so cute to have a longer name, with a nick name. We have also talked about boy names, and whether or not Joseph wants to name his first son (if we have one) after him! These are all things we are still thinking about.
The BEST part about all of this is our projected due date is our WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, so we may be spending our 1 year anniversary in the hospital, depending on when the baby is ready! I can’t believe out of all the dates on the calendar, the exact due date is our special day.
Cravings?! Food Aversions?! For the most part my cravings have been very healthy, oatmeal, fruits, pretzels… etc. The one thing worth noting is that I have always loved eggs and egg whites, especially on Avocado toast for breakfast. Ever since I have been pregnant I cannot stand the smell or taste of eggs. Eggs are recommended for pregnant women to eat, but I just cannot do it and will have to get some protein elsewhere. I do not wake up in the middle of the night hungry, or craving anything. During my first trimester it was very hard for me to eat (morning sickness that lasted all day) and I wanted to be sure that I was staying as hydrated as possible so I kept a full stock of Pedialyte popsicles in the fridge. I eat a lot of small meals throughout the day and try to drink as much fluids as possible. I’ve never been the type of person to have a cup of coffee every day but I did cut off all caffeine when I found out I was pregnant. In the past 3.5 months I have had one coffee, not to say I am not allowed or won’t enjoy a seasonal drink from Starbucks in the Fall. I just want to be my best for the baby and choose to not drink caffeine if possible. I have been drinking hot chocolate, which doesn’t exactly have the same effect, but it sure is nice!
My Skin has not changed at all, in fact maybe it has gotten better? I have not had acne since I was about 13-14 years old. I have experienced some redness on my face before, but I have clear skin being pregnant (fingers crossed it stays that way). I would have to attribute it to my diet; your skin can say a lot about what you are putting inside yourself. I have increased my water intake and kept a moderately healthy diet. My skin thanks me for this! I will keep an eye on my skin in the next couple months and update you guys with any changes. I also never go to bed with makeup up on, always wash my face with a deep cleanser and use moisturizers. All of that combined has led me to where I am now!
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Some more fun photos from our Announcement Photoshoot in Charleston SC! Thank you Kailee Dimeglio for capturing the most special moment.
It is that time of year again! SPRING SALES- here are my picks from the Nordstrom Sale Happening Now.
Here is our wedding Video, by the talented team: We Are The Bowsers
I hope you enjoy watching as much as we do!
Hi there, and welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to be answering the most commonly asked questions I get about my hair, extensions, what Salon I go to…etc.
So grab your coffee, tea, or fav drink and let’s jump right into it.
Do you wear hair extensions?
Yes- I do wear hair extensions and have been for years. I have worn clip ins, and NBR (Natural Beaded Row) Extensions. Currently I am wearing Natural Beaded Row Extensions.
Where do you get your Hair Extensions Done?
I have been going to Maeghen Soucinek (The Hair Queen) at Vera Salon Co. She is worth following on Instagram, and the most down to earth Hair Artist I know. She is the owner of Vera Salon Co, and her Salon is located in Lake City, FL. She has a very talented staff, and they are trained on NBR Extensions as well.
Can you explain NBR Extensions?
NBR, also known as Natural Beaded Row is best described by the Professionals at Vera Salon Co:
“Hand Tied Wefts are sewn-in beaded rows customized to each clients needs. Multiple pieces of extension hair are custom colored and sewn onto a row using a bead and thread. The custom color of the extensions hair and the clients hair is what makes our hand tied wefts seamless on each clients head. Our hand tied wefts are less damaging than any other extension method because there is NO glue, NO tape, NO mess when removing, and there are LESS points of contact on the head, which ensures less damage. Hair extensions are something we don’t take lightly… Most of us wear them ourselves, therefore we can personally say from our own experience, that this method is like no other! Nothing compares, honestly. With hand tied wefts, each client has enough hair to cut into, in order to blend into the natural hair. Not to mention, it gives you the ability to still wear your hair up, brush through without snagging a tab, and still manages to hide seamlessly in your hair. How can anyone say no to that?! These extensions are meant for all hair types.”
Are Natural Beaded Row Extensions Comfortable?
Yes, they are SO much more comfortable than clips ins. You do not have to rearrange them or worry about them showing. You can go from wearing your hair down to throwing it up in seconds. They lay flat on your head, which is AMAZING! I actually forget I am wearing them sometimes!
What length are your extensions?
I have 22″ extensions, if you have been following me for a while you already know I love LONG LOCKS.
Can you wash the Hair Extensions?
Yes, you wash the hair extensions just like your normal hair. I wash my hair twice a week and you can rock the same style for a few days with little to no touch ups.
Does the hair grow out?
Yes, the hair will grow out with your natural hair and you will have to have a maintenance done around 7-8 weeks. This can all depend on how fast or slow your hair grows, everyone is different.
Do Natural Beaded Row Extensions work for different hair types?
This is one of my FAVORITE questions, YES! Natural Beaded Row Extensions are available in Straight, Wavy and Curly at Vera Salon Co. That means, for those just wanting to add length or volume to their natural hair- there is something for everyone.
Do you already have to have long hair to get extensions?
No, you do not. Even if you have short/fine hair Maeghan and her team do a beautiful job of blending the extensions, so they always appear natural.
Why choose Vera Salon?
Something that was very important to me when choosing a Salon, was finding a Salon that was not only educated on hair extensions, but was genuinely interested in getting me to my hair GOALS. From the consult, to the service I can’t rave enough about how amazing Vera Salon is. When you walk in to the Salon, it is clean and modern, everyone is friendly and let’s just be honest…. everyone has GREAT HAIR. It says a lot to me when your stylist also wears and uses her own products. In this case, Natural Beaded Row Extensions. During your appointment, you are the center of attention. You truly get a one on one experience with your stylist who is completely invested in taking your hair from it’s current state to the hair of your dreams. The staff at Vera Salon is dedicated, client centered and knowledgeable.
I chose Vera Salon because of my initial consultation experience and trust in the Salon. I did follow the Salon on Instagram before going in for my service, and the work they put into each color, cut and style speaks for itself.
Do the Natural Beaded Row Extension come in multiple lengths?
Yes, they come in different lengths and can also be cut to your desired look.
I am interested in Hair Extensions, but not sure they are right for me…
I would suggest filling out the application here scroll to the bottom of the page and you will be contacted shortly by the Vera Salon Team. Be sure to mention you read this post!
Are NBR Extensions easy to style?
Yes, they are amazing to work with, I am so thankful that I booked my appointment before my wedding. I will share some photos from my Wedding so you can see how well the extensions hold style!
Do you have a Discount code for us?
This discount will get you 10% off any service. So even if you are not interested in extensions, but want a hair makeover or a simple cut, use my code!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! I will be writing a follow up post with ALL the products and care tips you will need to maintain your NBR Extensions.
Christmas is the time of year where gift giving and bringing cheer to all those you love starts early and seems to never end. You can spend countless hours shopping Black Friday Sales, hunting the best deals in the malls only to end up frustrated and having a never-ending list. This season, the gift giving is easy for me because I am using the Gift Goddess to give personalized gifts to the people I love.
If you are a local, like myself (Jacksonville, Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine) you are in LUCK. Not only can you easily shop for the perfect gift online, but you can have it delivered! If you are not a local-you are still in luck- the Gift Boxes can be shipped all across the United States.
The Holiday Collection has something special for everyone and is so easy to shop. If you do not see something that catches your eye, or perhaps have a unique idea, the Gift Goddess offers fully customizable gifts! Think about how cozy you could be this holiday with hot cocoa by your living room fire, just crossing off your list one click at a time.
So let me share my two favorite boxes that I will be gifting to some special people this season.
First is the Sweet Tooth Box- Which contains only the best things in life!
Peterbrooke Chocolate covered popcorn, Forrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolates, Godiva Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, Harney & Sons Chocolate Chai Supreme Flavored Black Tea, and FreshJax Maple Cinnamon Topping.
This box is perfect for corporate gifting, family, friends, neighbors, teachers and so on. I mean… I may or may not have considered ordering one for myself. It is the perfect go-to gift box.
Second is the Wise Men Box- which has already been a hit in my family. I told one person whom I was gifting it to and now my dad and fiancé both want one for themselves. So the men LOVE this one, without a doubt. This box contains:
YETI 20 oz. Tumbler, Kalahari Biltong Spicy Peri Peri and a Wallet Ninja 18-in 1 tool.
The reason I truly believe that The Gift Goddess is a one stop shop is because not only do the curated boxes come delivered in a gorgeous box, wrapped ever so nicely, but they include a handwritten note!
If you are interested in shopping on The Gift Goddess Website you can do so: HERE
Be sure to use my DISCOUNT CODE “KAYLA10” on your order!
It is the Holiday Season, and one of the best parts of Christmas morning for me has always been opening up my stocking. I have put together this gift guide for HER stocking this 2018 holiday season! Just click and shop!