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November 3, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley

5 Things You Shouldn’t Waste Money On For Newborns

I’m still on that new mom high.
I became a new mom this summer – July, 2015.  I was the typical new mom, wanting to buy every sparkly thing that popped up on a television commercial for a newborn or thinking I had to have a fancy, high priced gadget a “famous” mom blogger was given using.  Now that I’m three months in to this whole newborn gig, I’ve learned a few things that I would advise new parents and gift buyers NOT to waste your money on.

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Check out the 5 things you shouldn’t waste money on for newborns, below.

5 Things Not To Waste Money On For A Newbornimage via // edited by me

  1. Plastic bathtub.
    Have you tried to store one of these things?  It doesn’t fold up.  It holds water, unless you spend 15 minutes wiping it down and soaking the water up with a towel.  It’s bulky and does not fit good in my sink.  My favorite choice for the bathtub is the mesh fold ‘n’ store tub.  The mesh dries quick and then I fold it up and put it in the closet.
  2. Newborn Outfits.
    This one can be kind of iffy.  You really have no idea how big your baby is going to be or how fast they are going to grow.  I had a lot of newborn outfits go to waste because my baby practically lived in gowns.  They are comfy for baby and they make changing a diaper so much easier/faster.  Easy and fast are two main concerns for me when you have a crying newborn on your hands.
  3. Baby shoes.
    Baby shoes are like newborn outfits.  You have no idea if they are going to fit.  Your baby won’t be walking anytime soon, so throw some socks on him!  A package of socks is way cheaper than a pair of shoes that won’t be worn.
  4. High priced, fancy gadgets.
    Like the Mamaroo.  No, I didn’t purchase one of these, but a few of my mom friends did and they regretted it.  Although, I’m sure it’s a miracle worker for some babies, it didn’t seem to soothe their baby at all.
  5. Crib/Bedding set.
    When I asked my best friend what she regretted buying for her newborn (she became a new mom in July also!), she said THE CRIB!  How many new parents do you know that come home from the hospital and their baby goes straight into the crib at night?  Probably not many.  Definitely not this mama!  Cribs are great for holding baby clothes you don’t have the time to hang up though.  Oh, and that bedding set you spent $100’s on… yep, probably not going to get any use out of it.  At two months old, my baby is starting to sleep in the pack n’ play right beside my bed.  I don’t see him going to the crib anytime soon.

What other items would you recommend new parents or gift buyers NOT to purchase for a newborn?
Tell me in the comments below!

November 2, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley

I’m A Bad Mom

**$20 Target gift card winner is Kelly Delrosso Saver. Congrats Kelly!**

FYI, I’m a bad mom.

I didn’t take my little Cooper trick or treating for his first Halloween.  I also didn’t take any pictures of us for his first Halloween.  #momfail

Whew, feels good to get that off my chest.

I don’t think he was upset about it.  Instead, he got to celebrate his Pa Curt’s birthday at Outback Steakhouse (my favorite restaurant).  And his Granny Barb took a couple pictures of him.

Cooper with his Mama and Aunt Hali Cooper, me, and Aunt Hali

He also got tons of attention so he loved that.

Cooper and Donna

Trick or treating is ON for next year!  No matter what Dad says.

October 26, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley

Fall Bucket List and Gift Card Giveaway

Ah, fall!  It’s been pretty great so far here in Kentucky.  The leaves are changing colors (and falling off, boo!) and the temps are cooling up.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year so I’m teaming up with Jazmyn from Le Haute Jaz to discuss what we’re planning for this year’s Fall bucket list and a pretty awesome giveaway for a $20 Target gift card!

Fall Bucket List & Target Gift Card Giveaway


  • Sip on my first cup of coffee for the year.  Add lots of creamer to make it worth drinking.
  • Take Cooper’s picture in a pile of leaves.  This is his first fall after all.
  • Experience our first family vacation as a family of three in the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Break out the riding boots, leggings, and flannel shirts and maybe buy some more to add to my collection.  A girls always needs more right?

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