Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Baby // Teething Essentials

Teething Essentials
Someone is working on tooth number six! Yup, that's right six teeth at seven months!

With that said, we've had a few rough nights, but nothing crazy. Last night Emerson slept 11 straight hours! Usually we get 8ish hours. Anyway back to teething. Around four months I noticed her first tooth on the bottom. I thought she might have been teething, due to all the drool (the bib comes in handy here), but I never saw or felt anything.

Let's fast forward to the top teeth because that's really when she wasn't a happy camper. We knew something was up when she couldn't keep her hands out her mouth, was a tad fussier at times, and started waking up in the middle of the night! This is when I broke out our teething arsenal. Sophie had been in the mix for awhile, but we introduced teething wafers, nibblers for frozen fruit, freezable gel rings, and lastly night teething tablets.

Most things help soothe and entertain her during the day, but it was the teething tablets that helped the most. They soothed her little gums so she was able to sleep straight through the night. I highly recommend buying these and no I wasn't paid to say that.

What would you recommend a new mom with a teething baby? What about the dreaded molars?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hiking Lake Tahoe at Sunrise // Maggies Peak

How early would you wake up to go hiking? Saturday morning my alarm went of at 3:30 a.m. I hit snooze and thought about how warm my bed was. It went off again 10 minutes later and this time I actually I rolled out of bed. So why was I getting up so early on a Saturday? To chase the sunrise with 50 + of my closest friends.

The plan was to meet #ChasingSunrise at the trailhead around 4:15 a.m. and start hiking Maggies Peak shortly after. I first heard about the sunrise hike from a friend via social media and thought that sounds like fun I want to do that. I'm so glad I did. Seriously, check out this view!

The hike itself is extremely short at about 1.5 miles, but it's not easy. It's straight up the whole way. You better believe I was huffing and puffing. The reward was well worth it.

Once at the top we enjoyed good company,  great views and  tunes provided by Ultimate Ears.

The whole crew. Hikers came from all over to join the #ChasingSunrise crew -- who drove 1,000 miles from Canada!

Photo via: Justeen Ferguson / @SummitHunnies
Again the views were awesome! I would definitely hike Maggies Peak again even if it wasn't at sunrise. This view is worth it!

When was the last time you watched the sunrise?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bulu Box Review + Discount Code!

Disclaimer: I received the below mentioned products through my partnership with Fit Approach. However, all thoughts and opinion are 100% my own.

Over the last few years monthly box subscriptions have flooded the market and our options are endless. You can find a box for anything -- from beauty goods, to clothes, to snack packs and even full meals!

Like many americans I've tried my fair share of monthly box subscriptions. While some months and boxes are better than others I've been able to test out a wide range of new products. Naturally when given the oppurtunity to try Bulu Box I jumped at the chance.  

What is Bulu Box? Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that's $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com! Here you’ll also get expert tips, tricks and a supportive community of Bulugans just like you! Join the discovery and find a healthier you!

Overall, I the amount of products I received was worth the cost of the box. Not to mention, the box was worth it solely for two samples of Quest Nutrition protein powder -- love Quest! Otherwise, I was underwhelmed by the remaining products. The Mediterra bar was ok, but I do not plan on purchasing this bar in the near future. I do enjoy energy gummies on race day so I'm saving these for another day. Regarding the remaining two products (one not pictured) I have no need for them and plan on giving them away to someone who will use the product. 

Before completely ruling out Bulu Box I would be willing to give it a few more months. Like I mentioned before some months are better than others when it comes to subscription boxes.

Want to try Bulu Box for yourself? Lucky you Bulu Box is offers readers 50% off a 3-month subscription when you use SWEATPINK. To start you discounted subscription, purchase your monthly box HERE and don't forget to use SWEATPINK at checkout.

Have you tried Bulu Box? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Emerson Quinn // Seven Months

Height + Weight | Well, girlfriend finally had her 6 month well baby last week! She was 17lbs 8oz and 27 inches! I'm thinking she's going to be taller than her mama. Which isn't hard to do -- HA!

Health | Other than a snotty nose and slight fever from her 6 month shots mixed with teething she's A-OK. Therapy is going well. Right now she can get to all fours on her own and we're starting to teach her how to crawl. Watch out now.

Sleep | Emerson is an early riser like her parents and typically wants to start her day at 6:30 a.m.! We can work with that since these days she goes to bed between 7:30 & 8 p.m. She still takes two solid naps during the day too. On a side note -- this month was a little rough as she was waking up once in th middle of the night due to teething. However, once we start giving her teething tablets she was back to sleeping through the night. YAY! We're still rocking the white noise at night too.

Eat | This one doesn't miss a meal and has loved everything we've given her. I make 99% of her food.   We have pouches for when we're out and about. This past month I start weaning her off breast milk. Right now she drinks 4 bottles a day -- 25% breast milk and 75% formula. She loves the Honest formula and trust  me we tried a few brands and this is what ended up working for us.

Regarding solids so far she's tried: sweet potatoes, peaches, apples, broccoli, carrots, rice cereal, spinach, green beans, avocado, banana, scrambled eggs, mango and just a taste of yogurt.

Wear | My little chunky monkey is in size 9-12 months depending on the brand.

Social | This month we've stayed busy walking, hiking and visiting with friends. Emerson went the beach with her boyfriend Waytt and was showing her moves at the concert in the park a few weekends ago. She has crazy moves.

Baby Gear | Help me now, babies/kids have a lot of stuff! Emerson is still loving her jumperoo. We also graduated her to the Ergo full-time for baby wearing. With hardwood floors in our near future I purchased a skip hop play mat -- and well I love it!

Millstones | This is always hard since I'm with her everyday. Things just seem normal.
+ Four more teeth on the top, makes five teeth total!
+ Can now hold her bottle on her own to eat. Yup, self service.
+ Can get on all fours all on her own.
+ Reaches from the sitting position for toys and brings them back to her to play. All without falling over.
+ More and more solids.
+ Rolling machine
+ Had her first fever after her 6 month shots.
+ Went to her first concert on the beach and at a park! She has moves.

Postpartum | Life is great! I'm lifting and running more and more everyday. Over the last month I started to see a Chiropractor -- this was a fitness game changer. I was so out of alignment from a combo of things, but I'm feeling great. Because I'm such a fitness junkie and want to help others achieve their fit goals I joined Beach Body. Yes, I'm a "fitness coach." My first challenge starts September 7  (FYI deadline to join is September 1). If you want in email me at tiarawasner {at} gmail {dot} com or purchase either the piyo or 21 day fix HERE. It's not about losing weight, it's about making a lifestyle change and I'm ready to inspire and help you along the way.

Other Emerson Updates: Birth Announcement | Birth Story | Two weeks | One Month | Two Months Three Months | Four Months | Five Months | Six Months

Baby Gear: 0-3 Months | 3-6 Months

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hiking Lake Tahoe // Dardanelles Lake Trail

If you didn't know, I'm lucky to call Lake Tahoe home. The adventures are endless. Last week the hubby and I celebrated anniversary number three! YAY us! In stead of a fancy dinner to celebrate the we spent the day outside. We opted to leave Emerson with the nanny, but don't worry she'll be hiking with us in no time.

We've hiked to round lake via big meadow in the past, but never to Dardanelles Lake. 

The hike itself is pretty easy,  however I think it's listed as intermediate. We started from the Big Meadow trailhead. Of course, there's a big meadow. If you timed the hike just right in July the wildflowers would be in full bloom.

Hat (similar)  | 1/4 pullover | Gap Tank | Camelbak (similar) | Capris | Shoes

Roxy loves running free and playing stick.

After a few hours we finally made it to Dardanelles Lake!

We enjoyed sandwiches from Lira's Market (located in Meyers) and soaked in the views.

Our attempt at an usie... clearly we need to work on it. We were definitely missing our baby girl, but with the smoke haze were happy with our decision to leave her behind.

At only 8 miles roundtrip, Dardnelles Lake makes a great day hike. Don't forget to pack plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen.

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