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1 Month Old!

1 Month Old Baby

What an incredible first month of life it has been for our precious Knox! He is quite the amazing baby with such a calm temperament. Having a good baby has made the transition to a family of four pretty effortless for us. I used to be sad that my children weren't going to have the same age difference between them as my sister and I (we are 2 1/2 years apart), but I am actually thrilled that they are almost five years apart. Kendall has been such a BIG help to me and I know that if she was only 2 1/2 instead of almost 5 that things around the house would be much more chaotic.

Knox is our last baby and I am well aware at just how fast time flies with little ones. I'm trying to hold him as much as possible and cherish every single moment because his itty bitty days are fleeting.

Stats: At Knox's most recent doctor appointment he weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces. That is 2 pounds and 10 ounces more than at birth!!!! His pediatrician said his weight gain is from proper nutrition...meaning the boy can eat! At two weeks old he was 19.5 inches long, but I am certain he is longer than that now as certain pieces of clothing don't fit his length.

Development: Knox seems to be right on track with all developmental milestones. He has had a very strong neck since birth and is able to hold his head up for a good while. I often try to hold him upright over my shoulder and he will always look around to see what is happening. He smiles a lot in his sleep and has smiled at both me and Tolar at different times. We can't wait until the smiles come more often.

Loves: Knox loves his DockATot. It is incredible how calm he is whenever I place him in the lounger. He will nap and just hang out in the DockATot a lot because he loves it so much. He also loves his sister! As crazy as it may sound, he really does recognize his sister's voice and touch and is always calm and happy when she is around.

The Diaper Bag That Dreams Are Made Of

Thank you Lily Jade for the diaper bag. All opinions expressed below are completely my own.
Lily Jade Meggan BackPack

With a baby in the family, a diaper bag is quite the necessity. But there are SO MANY different kinds of diaper bags on the market, how do you decide?

Here a few things I realized I needed in a diaper bag after having my first child:
-Lots of space. Babies require a lot of stuff, it always baffles my mind that someone so small needs so many things.
-Organization. I'm a neat freak and very much a person who follows the rule that everything has its place. Organization is key so you can find everything you need.
-Backpack carry. I don't want a diaper bag that will easily fall off my shoulder. With two kids now, I need a diaper bag that will stay put and allow me to have both hands free.
-Something stylish. Just because I'm a mom doesn't mean I want to give up my style. I like items that are fashionable yet functional.

Enter Lily Jade.

I first saw Lily Jade on instagram a few years ago when I was just about out of the diaper bag phase with Kendall. I was so jealous of the stylish bags I saw moms carrying and wished I had such a fantastic bag when K was a little baby. Once I got pregnant with Knox, I knew I had to have a Lily Jade bag.

My bag is the Meggan in Grey and Silver and I'm in love with it! Upon first glance, you see that the bag is gorgeous. It doesn't even look like a diaper bag, it could double as a laptop or travel bag. Would you like to know my favorite part? The leather is incredibly soft and smooth. Seriously, you can say it is smooth like butta! I can see myself carrying this bag even when it isn't needed as a diaper bag.

And talk about organization...scroll down below and check out the inside organizer. There are so many pockets and plenty of space for me to keep everything baby needs, plus some items for me too. I love that all I have to do is open the bag and everything I need is visible. The Lily Jade bags offer so much space, I don't have to worry about not fitting everything I need.

A HUGE selling point on their bags is that you can carry them multiple ways. You can carry them either as a messenger bag, a tote bag or a backpack. I primarily carry mine as a backpack so I can carry the baby carrier in one hand and hold on to Kendall with the other. I have used it as a tote many times and found that it stays on my shoulder really well.

I highly recommend Lily Jade for their quality, for the organization and space you receive and because I know you will use the bag for years to come!!!! It is highly worth the investment.

And for fun, here are few things to note:
They just added some bags to their Outlets section on the website. The discounts won't get any deeper than this, so now is the perfect time to grab a discounted bag before they are gone.
Lily Jade also launched new lifestyle bags that are PERFECT for travel. They are gorgeous...check them out here. You don't even need to have a baby to rock these bags!

Lily Jade backpack carry
Lily Jade Meggan Diaper Bag
Lily Jade kids
Lily Jade Meggan Grey Interior
Lily Jade Meggan Pockets
Lily Jade
Lily Jade diaper bag baby
Lily Jade diaper bag
Lily Jade Mommy's Little Helper

House Update #2

Since my original blog post about the progress of  building our house, a lot has happened! In about two months time, we went from only having our footers poured to having something that actually looks like a house! I'm certainly itching to have the house complete.

Our bricks were delivered first and the foundation for the house was constructed. We selected a white painted brick for the foundation of our house and I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. I almost wish we were going to have more brick, but the exterior of the house will mainly be siding. Our siding will be light grey and will be added later.

Just a few days after the foundation/crawl space went up, the first story walls were built. I was actually quite surprised at how quickly everything came together. Five short days after the first story was complete, the second story was there. And then two days later, we were under roof. Seeing the whole process take shape has been so much fun.

Tips To Grow Your Instagram Engagement

As a blogger and business owner, it is important for me to grow my following and social media presence in order to reach as many people as possible. By far, my favorite social site is instagram which has proven extremely successful to me in expanding my business. In very recent months, I've received numerous requests from friends asking for tips on how to grow their instagram accounts and I realized that a larger audience might be interested as well. I recognize that not everyone is a business owner or even looking to use social media for growth purposes, if that is you then please accept my apologies for a blog post that doesn't interest you. :)
For everyone else, here are practices that I have put into place to help me grow my instagram account. (These are just some simple practices that have worked for me; I'm by no means a social media expert.)

Tips to Grow Your Instagram

1.) Showcase quality photos.
Since instagram is an image based social media app, your photos should really grab the attention of your audience. Find the style or aesthetic that you are looking for and try to mimic that with each photo you post.
I prefer really bright photos featuring some white space. I will often edit my images to increase the brightness and achieve the look I desire, especially if I captured a photo in low light. My two favorite photo editing apps are PicTapGo and Afterlight. Here is a link to my instagram account if you want to see the look I prefer and follow along.

2.) Interact with your audience.
I try my hardest to reply to every single comment on each of my photos. I want my audience to know that I appreciate them and that I am interested in what they have to say.
Additionally, if I notice that I have people who regularly comment and/or like my photos, I will go to their profile and engage with their photos. The point is to be social!

Add This To Your Baby Registry: DockATot

I received this product compliments of DockATot. All opinions are completely my own.

DockATot You Want This Item

Baby items have come a long way in the 4 1/2 short years since I last had a newborn. I've discovered so many fantastic products this time around that I certainly wish I knew about with my first child. I'm completely in love with a fabulous lounger called DockATot. If you haven't heard of it yet, trust me when I say that you will want to add this item to your baby registry!

The DockATot is a safe and cozy place to lay your baby . Your baby can lounge, sleep and play while using the DockATot and you as the parent can feel relaxed knowing that you baby is in a safe environment. I've used our DockATot quite a lot in the two short weeks since Knox made his arrival and I already have several reasons why I love it!!!
DockATot Dream Baby Product

7 Reasons I Love DockATot

1.) Baby is calm when laying in the DockATot.
Luckily Knox is a very relaxed baby on his own, but I can certainly tell how calm and relaxed he is whenever I lay him down in the DockATot. Because of the cocoon-like design, Knox feels comfortable and protected while resting. He has never fussed while lounging in the DockATot and often immediately falls asleep once I put him down.