Packing Your Hospital Bag 101

 

The Hospital Bag Essentials Check List:

Having a baby can be very overwhelming, especially if you are a first time mom.  Not only do you have to worry about packing for yourself but also for your new baby and sometimes your husband!   I have compiled a hospital check list that will help new moms prepare their hospital bag without packing too much (guilty!) or too little.  I have linked some of my favorite pieces to help as well.   I hope this list helps all of the expectant mother’s out there.  Because you never know what you may need 🙂

 

For Mama:

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The Over Sized Travel Bag

This is the bag that I use.  It fits everything and the vegan leather feels great.  Plus it’s super chic.

 

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Three Pairs of Comfy Warm Socks

I will labor with socks on, I hate having cold feet.  I’ll also sleep with socks on especially in the hospital..

 

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Delivery Gown

I hate hospital gowns so this is a pretty alternative.   I used this for both my deliveries and I’ll be using it again very soon!

 

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Two Pairs of Comfortable Pajamas

I personally can’t sleep well at night if I am not wearing my own pajama’s so I always bring 2 pairs with me.   These are super comfy and priced great.

 

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Three Tank Tops

These are hands down my favorite layering tank.  It’s longer and I love it.  I have so many because they are at a great price point.

 

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Two Long Sleeve Shirts

The perfect long sleeve lounge shirt.   Loose and long fitting.

 

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A Robe

To slip on during labor or at night. I love this robe.  It’s the perfect material.

 

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Three Pairs of Sweat Pants or Joggers

I prefer joggers since they are clenched at the bottoms.  I am one of those people who like to get dressed during the day even if it’s in sweats.  You will be sore no matter if you have a natural or c-section birth so there is no need to be tripping up on your pants.  Joggers are just easier to get around in.   These are one of my favorite pairs.  I will be wearing a pair home from the hospital as well.

 

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Over Sized Cardigan

Good to throw on during the day.  Or for your going home outfit.

 

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Slippers

I prefer slipper socks since they won’t slip off.

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Flip Flops

You will want these for the shower.

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Shoes to Leave the Hospital

I’ve had a baby in the summer and wore flip flops home from the hospital, I’ve had a baby in the fall and wore UGG booties home and I’m about to have a baby in the winter which means I’ll wear some sort of UGG boot home.  Either way, chose footwear that slip on and off easily since you may be a little sore to bend and tie sneakers.

 

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Pads

They are provided in the hospital but beware they are gigantic!  I prefer these.

 

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Depends

Don’t knock em’ until you try em’.  The hospital gives you this lovely gauze underwear.  Which is awful in my opinion…It’s a messy business birthing a baby and there’s no way around it, depends plus a pad just make it easier…

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Nipple Balm

If you are nursing this is a must have, your nips will be on fire for the first few days and this stuff is a life savor.

 

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Nursing Bra

This one is personal favorite of mine.

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A Comfy Blanket

This may sound silly now but hospital linens and blankets leave much to be desired.  I always back blanket for me and my husband who never leaves my side 🙂

 

Travel Sized Toiletries

No need to pack the big guys. Below you will find a list of travel size toiletries and other miscellaneous items I pack.

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  • Lip balm because you wont believe how dry your lips will get during labour.
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Toothbrush, paste and floss
  • Hairbrush and hair elastics
  • Travel Mirror
  • Contact case
  • Face Cream
  • Eye Cream
  • Body Lotion
  • Hand Cream
  • Glasses and Contacts (if you wear them)

Electronics

  • Cell Phone
  • Charger
  • Camera
  • Music Playlist or Pandora App Downloaded

Extras:

  • Insurance Card
  • Divers License
  • Small Thank you gifts for the nurses- I usually buy 3 medium boxes of Godiva Chocolates.  I’ll give one to the Labour and Delivery nurses, then to my nurses in my patient room (the night shift and the morning.)  I will also send my Doctor’s a little edible arrangement to their office.
  • Cash
  • Cord Blood Banking Kit if you are doing it.

For Baby

The hospital will provide your baby with all of the essentials.  A cute little hat, swaddle blankets, a long sleeve undershirt, plus diapers, pacifier and formula.   Below I have listed what I bring for my new bundle.

  • Newborn Hats- Because they are so much cuter then the hospital ones.
  • Naturesutton BPA Free Pacifier – I prefer this pacifier over the ones the hospital gives.
  • Two Swaddle Blankets- When taking pictures I prefer my own plus like the newborn hats they are much cuter.
  • Going Home Outfit-  This depends on when your baby is born.  Since this baby is going to be a winter baby in New Jersey I will be bringing a long sleeve onsie, warm footie pajama’s, warm one piece to go over with a hood and footies (think kid from the Christmas Story) and of course a warm hat.  Also a blanket to cover him with.
  • Formula-  If you are going this route the hospital usually carries one or two brands but if you want a specific brand or organic brand I would bring a few bottle just incase.

For Dad

Make sure dad packs for himself too!  My husband will usually pack a change of clothes and deodorant since we live relatively close to the hospital so he will sneak out when family comes to see the baby for a quick shower and change.  But for those who can’t leave below is a small list of items that dad will need.

  • 2-3 Pairs of pants, sweats, or shorts depending on the area you live in.
  • 2-3 Shirts
  • 1-2 Sweat shirts or Zip Ups.
  • 2-3 Pairs of underwear
  • 2-3 Pairs of socks
  • Sneakers
  • Oh and make sure he brings his balls, he’s going to need them  😉

 

There you have it.  I hope this list helps all the expectant mommy’s out there stress a little less about packing their hospital bag.  Best of luck to all of you and many blessings on your new babies!

If you have any questions just comment below and I’ll be happy to answer!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo!

 

Stocking Stuffer Guide for Her!

 

Ok so you’ve finished your Christmas shopping.  Way to go! But you can’t forget about the stockings!  I’ve got you covered and everything on this list is $30.oo or less!!  One of my favorite things about Christmas morning has got to be looking into my stocking and seeing all the cute little things inside!  I think it has to do with my mom.  She was probably the best stocking stuffer around!  She would wrap some of the gifts individually which made going through our stockings even more fun!  I try to carry out the same tradition with my family by filling our stockings with extra fun goodies!    I have linked some of my favorite goodies that will make your stockings shine this year!

 

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Tinted Lip Balm Set

Because sometimes you don’t want to wear lipstick or gloss but want some color to your lips.  These tinted lip balms are great for that.  They moisturize and add some color.

 

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Starbucks Gift Cards

Can’t go wrong with this one!

 

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Stud Earrings

These studs are super cute.  You can pick the letters you wish to wear.  I got M and G for my sons Maximus and Gabriel ❤  Almost everything on the site is 30% off using the code LOVE30 at checkout.  Which makes these beauties under $20!

 

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Travel Mug

Because fun travel mug’s are just awesome.

 

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Warm Socks

There is nothing like a pair of cozy warm socks on a Sunday and these are just that.  Two pairs for under $20.00!

 

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Gloves

These gloves are so cute! Plus you can remove the knit layer to wear on your hands or wrists on less chilly days.

 

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Rose Gold Metallic Knit Headband

Yes to everything about this knit hand band which will keep your ears warm while looking fabulous.

 

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Sephora Romantic Eye Shadow Palette

Such pretty universally flattering colors.  You can’t go wrong with this palette.

 

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Compact Mirror

An essential for every gals purse.

 

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Dolly Moo Feel Good Trio

These butter’s are amazing.  I use all of them.  I keep them in my night stand and use the calming butter most nights before bed. It’s perfect after a long day!  The muscle butter is also great.  My husband uses it on his legs after soccer and I’ll use it on my lower back for my pregnancy sciatica (ouch) The healing butter is everything to relieve headaches.

 

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Roll on Perfume

Almost every perfume comes in a roll on stick and that’s just genius to me.  I’ve linked my favorite scent Chloe. But this is the perfect stocking stuffer.  I always keep this stick in my purse and move it to my smaller bags when going out for the evening.

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Marble Phone Case–  I’m all about marble design these days and this iPhone case is just lovely, sleek and stylish.

 

Men’s Gift Guide

 

Is it just me or are most men really difficult to buy gifts for?  Maybe it’s the men in my life but boy can it be tough!   Also, does anyone else have a very difficult significant other to buy gifts for?    The guy literally wants nothing!  Ok, it’s not that bad but if he seriously tells me that he wants gray sweatpants one more year in a row i’m going to scream…I mean how many pairs of gray sweatpants can one have?   I have listed below some of my go to favorite gift ideas for the men in your life.  I hope these will help you out so you don’t have to buy another pair of “gray sweatpants’!

 

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Italian Wool Crew Neck Sweater 

Looking for a great quality sweater but not looking to break the bank? This sweater is your go to gift then.  It’s super soft, looks great on and comes in a ton of colors!

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Wireless Beats Headphones

No pesky wires here and super comfortable when on your head.  Perfect for the commuter or traveler plus they fold right up for easy storage!

 

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Down Vest

 Perfect to just throw on over a sweater or sweat shirt while adding some style to their look.  This particular one comes in a great selecton of colors and isn’t too bulky.

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UGG Slippers

These slippers are fantastic.  They are super comfortable and easy to slip on.  This is my husband’s official winter shoe.

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Clarisonic Alpha Fit

Ok, you may get a few looks when they open this but once they use it they will be singing a different tune.  This clarisonic is specifically designed for men’s skin.  It’s also helps out with those pesky ingrown beard hairs.

 

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Whiskey Stones

For the on the rocks drinker these are a dream come true.  These reusable soapstones won’t dilute a drink so the flavor remains until the last drop! I already got them for my father-in-law who is a Johny Walker Black drinker!

 

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Leather Briefcase

For the businessman this is the perfect briefcase.  I ended up getting my husband this for our 3rd anniversary since that year represents leather.  This briefcase is beautifully made and very spacious the long strap is also a modern take on a traditional briefcase and more is functional allowing the use of both hands.

 

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Reversible Belt

 Two belts in one? Yes please.  This belt can either be black or brown depending on what side you wear it on.

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Air Hockey Table

The perfect edition to any finished basement or man cave.

 

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Touch Screen Compatible Gloves

Because we are always on our phones so there’s no reason for our digits to be chilly.

 

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SEGA Genesis Classic Game Console

Let him be a kid sometimes 🙂 This classic sega console comes preloaded with 80 games. Just put a disclaimer on it, like “limited to Sunday Mornings”.

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Jack Black TheUltimate Shave Gift Set

My husband swears by this shaving cream.  It leaves his skin super smooth! I’ve even used it a couple of times on my legs when I ran out of my own shaving cream! Sorry babe!

 

I hope these items give you some gift giving inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

xo!

 

Women’s Gift Guide

Hey Everyone!  The holiday’s are approaching which means…shopping!  and the stress of holiday gift shopping!  What do I get so and so?  Will she like it? Maybe I’ll just get a gift card.  Listen I have nothing against gift cards (especially if they are to Starbucks)  but I think there is something so personal about giving and opening a gift. I’m listing a few of my favorites that I hope will help you with your holiday shopping this year.

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Clarisonic Mia 2

This little machine is the best thing since sliced bread in my opinion.  You will never know how much excess dirt you have on your face until you use a clarisonic.  Talk about a deep clean.  There are many different brush heads to choose from which allows you for an even  deeper clean.  I use the sensitive brush head and it still gives me a great clean.  I use mine every night and love it!  Especially after a night out when I tend to wear more make-up.  This is one of my all time go to gifts that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Modern Friction Face Scrub

Unfortunately I am not able to get facial’s as much as I like.  I have a very strict “bed time beauty regime” as my husband calls it.  You should exfoliate your facial skin about 2-3 times per week and this non invasive scrub does the trick.  When I became pregnant with my first son I did a ton of research on what products were safe to use.  I came across Origins and never looked back.

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Gold Initial Mug

I love this mug and I love anything with my initial.  The limited edition gold adds the perfect sparkle for the holiday season.

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Blanket Scarf

An absolute wardrobe must! This scarf is warm, stylish and set a great price point!

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Slippers

I hate walking barefoot but can’t exactly run after two toddlers in big fluffy slippers.  These UGG slippers are comfortable and movable.

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Saddle Bag

I love this bag, it’s so sleek and surprisingly roomy for a smaller bag.  You can wear it as a cross body or shoulder bag.  The gold embellishment adds the perfect touch..  It also comes in three great colors.

 

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Hunter Rain Boots

Yet another wardrobe essential.  These stylish boots are not only great in the rain but also the snow.  They slip on and off super easily, no tedious laces here!

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Hello Day Planner

I just discovered this planner and I’m so excited to use it.  I’m one of those people who prefers to write things down on paper.  I love this planner, it has inspirational quotes, a daily fitness log and water intake reminder and even has you list daily goals.  Talk about starting off the New Year on the right note!

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 Voluspa Japonica Embossed Votive Gift Set

The perfect gift for the candle lover.  This gift set offers 6 votive candles in delectable scents.

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Faux Fur Vest

Um every woman should own a faux fur vest.  They are so versatile and really make an outfit pop.  This vest is perfect! It’s beautiful and affordable.

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Beauty & The Beast DVD

I mean what girl doesn’t want to curl up on the couch with some hot chocolate or wine 😉 and relive a bit of their childhood?!

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Sonicare Electric Toothbrush

I’m a stickler for oral hygiene and this toothbrush has all the bells and whistles.  Want to feel like you just left the dentist after a cleaning? Get this brush…

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OTK Boots

They may be pricey but are definitely worth the investment.  They are so versatile you can wear them with almost anything. They are also timeless.

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Knot Bracelet 

I’m very much into layering bracelets this year and I just love the minimalism and delicate look of this knot bracelet.

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The Perfect Cuff Bracelet

I just discovered Boho Betty and I absolutely love their stuff! Their bracelets are so fun and stylish.  This is a sure gift anyone will love! Even better use code ASHLI20 for 20% off your entire purchase!!

 

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 Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera

Perfect for the photo enthusiast! Ok ok, this is currently what I am hoping for from Santa this year but this camera is fantastic.  I was looking for a camera that I could bring everywhere with me but didn’t require a huge camera bag.  My best friend and sometimes photographer 😉 uses this camera and the images come out amazing.  This little guy definitely packs a powerful punch.  It’s a compact camera that gives you the quality of a bigger sized professional camera.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lip Stick in Fiery

I have found the perfect universal red lipstick for everyone!  This red is flattering on every skin tone and literally “stays all day”.

 

There you guys have it! I hope these products give you some inspiration on gift giving this holiday season!  and remember if all else fails…there’s always a Starbucks gift card ❤

 

xo,
Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

Making a Statement

Thanksgiving is next week which officially means the holiday season has begun.  I love everything about the holiday’s from the food to the style.  What I love about fashion these days is the individualism so pretty much anything goes.  I must say one constant with my holiday style is a great piece of statement jewelry to make an outfit pop!  Lately I have been very into statement necklaces and a great choker.  The right necklace can transform any outfit from blah to wow! I love pairing a sparkly necklace with another one of this seasons favorites, velvet ❤ Now that says happy holidays! I’ve linked a few of my favorites, including the velvet top and the sparkly gem i’m wearing in the above photo.  Some of these are a great price and are currently 20% or 25% off so act fast because well ’tis the season 😉

Thanks for stopping by!!

My necklace and top click the images below to be taken directly to the product!

 

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Bracelet or choker use code ASHLI20