My Favorite Diaper Bags | Leave a comment

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Favorite Lists, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood
One of the first things I was most excited about when I got pregnant was picking out my diaper bag! It’s like for the first time ever, you’re allowed to buy an expensive, really large purse… and be totally justified.
Here are a few diaper bags I love:
Marc Jacobs Core Prett Eliz-a-Baby $298
This is the one that I bought when pregnant with Dominic (and will use again with the new baby) I just love the color and how large it is. Have no complaints except the outside does stain a little easily.
Here is a great on the go clutch if you don’t like to carry huge bags around. Comes with a diaper changer and is roomy enough to put a few other small items in.
Skip Hop Versa Bag $65
If you can’t tell already, I love bags that don’t look like diaper bags. This bag is super fashion forward but really functional as well.
Tady Tote – Diaper bag and playmat in one $65
This bag looks more like a traditional diaper bag but it does so much more. It actually completely unfolds to a playmat for your baby. Here is a pic in case you didn’t believe me. Plus there is plenty of room for extra goodies and bottles.
Petunia Pickle Bottom Satchel $175
This bag has some serious style. It is not only gorgeous but also very roomy. Nobody would even know this was a diaper bag. It is a bit pricey but if you use it for multiple children it may not be so bad.
Pottery Barn Kids Gray Classic Tote $119
I love this bag because guys would have no problem holding it. It looks very neutral and classic. I also really like that it can be monogrammed and the leather trim on the hand makes this bag very Hampton looking to me.
I hope you love these bags as much as I do. Feel free to comment below on some of your favorites.

Ashley Devonish

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Posted Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Baby Bump – 16 Weeks | Leave a comment

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, The Journey of Motherhood

 

 

How far along? 16.5 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Still just rockin’ the leggings & sweats most days but I did buy a pair of maternity jeans and they are so comfy!!! So I might covert full time to maternity clothes soon.
Stretch marks? No – I swear by Mama Mio’s Tummy oil. Used it religiously with my first and never got one stretch mark, hope it works again!
Sleep: Sleep is so-so. I have a toddler who never sleeps so it makes sleeping hard. Hey at least I will be ready for the lack of sleep with a newborn. Trying to find the silver lining here…
Best moment this week: celebrating my son Dominic’s second birthday!!!
Miss Anything? A very dirty martini and bloody mary’s. I thought I would miss coffee but I don’t have a taste for it since I have been pregnant
Movement: just a little, it comes and goes but nothing consistent just yet.
Food cravings: I don’t think I really crave anything. I guess if anything it would be citrus flavors, especially green apples and green grapes
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada.
Have you started to show yet: yes but I still think I am at the phase where people question if I just put on a few pounds or if I am pregnant
Gender: we find out next week (but I have a feeling in my heart, I think I know what it is :-)
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy :-)
Looking forward to:  officially finding out the gender next week
Products I am loving this week: Definitely loving my Anna’s Naturals Keep it Down Natural Tea. I am fortunate not to have too much morning sickness with either of my pregnancies, but this tea is so refreshing that I love drinking it. It also is so flavorful that I dont have to add any sweetner at all. It is caffeine free and all natural. And now that is hot outside, I will brew a huge pitcher full and then make it into iced tea and drink it throughout the day. Love it!!!!!

 

 

 

You can get your Keep it Down tea right here.

Stayed tuned next week for the 17 week baby bump post and the gender reveal.

Ashley Devonish

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Posted Monday, June 2, 2014

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Party of 4! | 1 Comment

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood

 

Dear friends, we’re excited to share the news with you that we’re pregnant with our 2nd baby! This was the biggest and best surprise of our lives and we feel so blessed with our new baby on the way. Dominic is going to make a great big brother. I am 14 weeks, almost 15 weeks along and due in early November.

 

 

 

 

So stay tuned as I do weekly bump updates and product suggestions! :-)

 

Ashley Devonish

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Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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New Product! Anna Naturals Herbal Teas and natural lotions for Mamas | Leave a comment

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Favorite Lists, New Products, Products, The Journey of Motherhood

 

I am really excited to announce that Mom 4 Life is now carrying the Anna Naturals brand. They offer a very high quality product line of herbal teas and all natural lotions and soaps. I am in love! The teas are so flavorful and delicious. And the lotion is amazing. It goes on smooth, is incredibly moisturizing but not greasy. I sampled the lavender scented lotion and it is perfect for Spring.

The teas offer several different flavors depending on the stage of pregnancy or pre-pregnancy you are at. The different flavors are Preconception, Pregnancy, Keep it Down, New Mama, Nursing Mama, and Weaning Mama.

I am not currently breastfeeding but when I was, I used a nursing tea religiously and it seriously saved my milk supply. On the other hand, I did not use a weaning tea once I was ready to stop nursing and that was a huge mistake. It was very painful, I was engorged constantly. Lesson learned! Next time, I can not wait to use these teas for nursing!

 

Developed exclusively for women with organic and natural ingredients – no additives or artificial flavors, ever!

 

Anna Naturals Mama Tea’s are blends packed with vitamins and herbs to nourish the body. They are naturally caffeine free and safe for you and baby.

 

Preconception Tea benefits:

  • High in vitamins and minerals
  • Assists in regulating menstrual cycles
  • Promotes hormonal balance
  • Tones the muscles in the uterus
  • Promotes a rich uterine lining and strong blood flow
  • Best to take 3-6 months prior to conception

 

Preconception Tea ingredients: Organic red raspberry leaf, organic nettles, chamomile, orange peel, orange extract, rosehip.

 

Pregnancy Tea benefits:

  • High in essential nutrients for pregnancy
  • Strengthens the uterine wall and prepare the uterus for contractions
  • Helps to make delivery easier and faster
  • May reduce labor pain during and after childbirth
  • Reduces the recovery time after delivery
  • Best to take in third trimester (ask your doctor or midwife on when best to start)

 

Pregnancy Tea ingredients: Organic red raspberry leaf, organic nettles, organic avena, strawberries, lemon peel, strawberry and lemon extract.

 

Keep it Down benefits:

  • Relieves nausea due to morning sickness and upset stomach
  • May help to relieve heartburn
  • Also beneficial in clearing allergies or cold symptoms

 

Keep it Down Tea ingredients: Organic ginger root, organic spearmint, lavender, organic red raspberry leaf, strawberries, orange pieces, orange extract.

 

New Mama Tea benefits:

  • Heals damaged tissues from delivery
  • Tones tissue to restore and rejuvenate
  • High in Vitamin K and calcium
  • Reduces risk of postpartum hemorrhage
  • Helps diminish muscle pain in abdomen and legs

 

New Mama Tea ingredients: Organic lady’s mantle, organic alfalfa, organic nettles, dandelion, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, cherry and strawberry extract.

 

Nursing Mama tea benefits:

  • Increases milk supply
  • Creates a stronger let-down
  • Promotes a healthy, going milk supply

 

Nursing Mama tea ingredients: Organic whole fenugreek seed, organic rooibos, pineapple, apple, rosehips, lemon peel, hibiscus, cranberry, cherry extract, strawberry extract, orange extract.

 

Weaning Mama tea benefits:

  • Naturally decreases milk supply
  • Helps the weaning process
  • Allows for an easy transition from breastfeeding

 

Weaning Mama tea ingredients: Organic sage, organic peppermint, yarrow flower, parsley, honey, peaches, peach extract, vanilla extract, stevia extract.

 

Flavors

Preconception, Pregnancy, Keep it Down

New Mama, Nursing Mama, Weaning Mama

You can get your Anna Naturals Herbal Teas right here

You get 26 tea bags per canister

 

 

As I mentioned earlier, the Smooth Mama lotion is amazing, whether you are pregnant or not. It comes in three scents: Lavender, Orange Vanilla and Vanilla Spice

 

Features

  • Aloe leaf extract for hydration and removal of dead skin
  • Cucumber extract for skin tone and circulation
  • Chamomile extract to soothe and heal dry skin
  • Calendula (Marigold) extract for anti-bacterial properties
  • Vitamins A,C, and E for healthy feeling and looking skin
  • Free of Silicones, Parabens, Phthalates
  • Free of Formaldehyde, Dyes, Chlorine
  • Free of PEG, Petrochemicals
  • Free of Synthetic Fragrances

You can get your Anna Naturals Smooth Mama lotion right here

 

I hope that you give these products a try, they really are amazing and the quality will speak for itself.

 

Ashley Devonish

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Posted Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Easter Weekend! | Leave a comment

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood

I hope everyone had an amazing Easter Weekend. I know we did! It was filled with lots of family love, lots of egg hunts, and way too much food.

Here are a few pics of our weekend.

Dominic loved the Easter bunny :-)

Cousin love!

Grandpa love!

Dom eating all the candy DURING the egg hunt!

He kept kissing this bunny! Too funny

Kids Easter table :-) Too cute

 

 

 

HAPPY EASTER!

Ashley Devonish

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Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

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