Melia's Baby Girl Dreamland Nursery Reveal!

After six months of preparation and getting all the final details together, I am now ready to reveal to you Melia’s Nursery! 

It took me a while to put it all together, because for a long time I was unsure of the theme I wanted to go with. I would spend hours on Instagram and Google, searching for Baby Girl Nursery Ideas and I just couldn’t decide what direction I wanted to go with. 

So I thought to myself, instead of a “theme”, what if I start just piecing together a dreamland for her. I wanted to create a room with soft pinks and whites, but with lots of colourful and attractive designs and toys. Something that was soothing, but also would stimulate her mind and her creativity. 

I am all about creating an environment that encourages play and exploration, so in the end, that is the direction I decided to go for her Nursery :)

And I am so happy to share with you all the details of her room that made it all come together!

Ta-da! So at first, I of course started with her crib and dresser. I actually got these when I was still only about four months pregnant with her. At that time, I was (like I mentioned) unsure of the theme, but I did know that I definitely wanted her furniture to be white. I did a lot of research and I wanted to choose a crib that was safe, and that could adjust to the different stages of Melia’s childhood. I fell in love with the Baby Relax Senna 3-in-1 Upholstered Crib in white, with its soft and fresh upholstered side panels, and the matching Baby Relax Tia 6-Drawer Dresser in white, with its decorative molding and framed front drawers.

Her mattress was also top priority on my list. I wanted to really make sure I got her the best one possible. Safety and comfort were my main concerns when searching for the right mattress for baby Melia. I went with the Aerosleep Mattress and highly recommend it! It has a unique and strong honeycomb structure, that has a layer of air in between it that cannot be compressed, therefore Melia’s has plenty of breathing space while she sleeps. There are so many benefits to this amazing mattress, and I suggest reading all about it on their website. I am sure you will fall in love too!

For drapes and bedding, I went with Carousel Design. I read so many amazing reviews, so I decided to take a chance and went with them. I loved being able to custom design every little detail that went into her bedding and drapes. I was able to use their website and literally design my own bedding combination, including the bumper, skirt, sheets, and blanket. I was even able to order samples of different fabrics to see what I liked best. I had a lot of fun playing with the different colours and patterns, and I was leaning towards doing everything pink, but ultimately choose to make everything fresh and white! Also, I choose to get black out drapes for her window. 

Then I moved on to search for the perfect glider. I was planning to breastfeed, and so many of my friends told me how comfortable and relaxing it is for a baby, when you hold them in your arms and softly rock back and fourth in a glider, so I knew I wanted to find one that was perfect for her room! I came across the Monte Design Joya Nursery Rocking Chair. What I loved about Monte Design, is that you can actually design your own chairs! You pick the frame, and can choose the fabric, the colour, the base, and even the pillow! I went with a white Microsuede fabric, with a clear maple base, and pink pillow. The only thing I would have done differently if I could, was choose a white Enviroleather fabric instead of the Microsuede. Just because I find the suede gets dirty very quickly, especially since its white! So if you are going to order your chair in white, I would suggest choose an Enviroleather fabric! But all in all, the chair is absolutely stunning, and Melia loves it! Do you have any tips on how to keep the Microsuede fabric clean?

I wanted to hang a gorgeous canopy over her crib, and literally looked everywhere to find the perfect one! When I came across this one, I fell in love right away! I went with the Spinkie Canopy, and Spinkie Pom Garland in Pale Rose. Its absolutely stunning in person, and the quality is amazing. I really could not be happier. Nothing but the best for my princess!

For her rug and blankets, I got some adorable handmade crochet pieces from The Little Panda Shop. I even got her a super cute handmade sweater, which you can see Melia wearing here. What an art!

Her Peonies and Butterflies Wall Stickers were from Schmooksart. They were honestly SO EASY to put up. I think it took me about 30 minutes from start to finish. My husband and I did it together after I had put Melia to sleep, and it was really so simple. You just peal it off the paper, and stick it on to the wall. And whenever we made a mistake or wanted to reposition, it was just as easy to take off and re adjust, as it was to put it on the first time! I am so in love, and they have so many other designs! Don’t you love how these turned out?

The magical prints that you see in the frames on her wall, are from Little Rae Prints. It doesn’t come with the frame though, so I ordered those from Amazon.

The pink and wood play gym is from PoppySeed Play. Actually, this play gym is was first got Melia to start reaching out and use her hands back when she was three months old. She loves it so much! Even now! Although now she more or less crawls all over it and drags it around. But it’s still a form of learning and play!

The Mobile thats over her crib, and the unicorn plush toy, is from buybuyBaby. Melia loves her Mobile, I remember the first time I played it for her! Does your baby like their mobile?

Her adorable handmade toys are from Cuddle & Kind. What I love about them, is that for every doll sold, they feed 10 children! And they have so many beautiful handmade dolls to choose from! I got Charlotte the Dog, Ella the Unicorn, and Stella the Polar Bear! Aren’t they so cute?

And last but not least, I got these super cute and cuddly toys that I had fun hanging around the room! They are called Slumberkins. They are sleepy animals so I thought it was cute to make it look like they are sleeping on the curtains like a hammock! What do you guys think?

And that’s pretty much everything! I had so much fun putting her Nursery together. I hope to inspire Melia to play, explore, and create every day. The development of a child is so important, especially the first seven years of their life. I am so aware of the impact everything I do and teach her makes on the character and person she will be. I really took all of that into consideration when putting together her little dreamland, and it brings me so much joy when I watch her play in there.

Hope this helped anyone who is looking for some Baby Girl Nursery ideas and inspiration. 

What kinds of things did you put in your nursery?

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Little Rae Prints
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Shopping for Melia at BuyBuy Baby!

This post was sponsored by buybuy BABY, but all opinions are my own.

Shopping Spree!!

I had so much fun the other day at buybuy Baby shopping for so many new things for Melia! If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my Story, because I documented the whole thing!

Melia is growing up soooo fast! It's amazing how quickly they change into new little versions of themselves. I feel like it was just yesterday I brought her home from the hospital, and with the blink of an eye, she’s now almost 4 months old!

I remember when she only first started to really open her eyes and look around, and observe the world around her. Now she's not only making the cutest little sounds all day every day, but she’s kicking, reaching for things, putting everything in her mouth, smiling, and playing… it's amazing! She’s so aware! Every morning when she wakes up and it's like she has learnt something new in her sleep!

All this to say… I HAD to go and buy her some new cute toys and clothes since she’s growing so fast and needs to stimulate her mind!

Kelsey helped me out while I was there, and showed me around the store. I was able to ask her all my 101 questions I had about Melia, and a growing baby, and she not only recommended so many amazing sensory toys, but also helped me choose so many fun little outfits and other baby essentials that I never even realize I would need!

Out of everything, I think the sensory toys that I bought for her were seriously Melia’s favourite! She loves the sounds the toys make, and they keep her entertained for a long time (long enough for me to do something else around the house in the meantime!)

The Munch Baby Mitt is a total life saver! She loves it! It's so cute, because right now she’s at a point where she puts everything in her mouth, so the mitts go right on her hand and make a crinkly sound which makes her soooo happy and excited! She loves it so much that I actually went back and bought her a second one, that way if one gets dirty, I have a back up!

Same with the book and other toys I got her that have so many beautiful bright colours that grab her attention, and make sounds that gets her little curious mind working!

I finally got her a mobile for her crib. Which you guys (on Instagram) helped me choose! I ended up getting the Just Born Dream Music Mobile in Pink/White. She isn't in her crib yet, but I am starting to get her used to her new room by putting her in her crib and playing the mobile while I do things like laundry or make the bed. She gets so happy when the mobile starts playing music and the little animals start spinning around, it's just so precious!

I also got her the cuuutesssstttttt little Baby Girl Outfits! She’s wearing size 3-6 month, but I got her some sizes even bigger so she can use them for a longer time. Melia is pretty tall for her “age” (lol is 4 months considered an age? Adorable!) so I have to put her in bigger clothes if not they are too tight! Isn’t everything so cute???

I have a Boppy which stays upstairs in my bedroom for when I feed her before bed and at night - but whenever I am downstairs I always try to get comfy on the couch with pillows to feed and sometimes it becomes difficult, so I got a second Boppy® Luxe Pillow with Reversible Slipcover in Giraffe to make life a little easier! Also, it's great because when I go to my parents or out of the house, I can bring this one and not worry about forgetting it anywhere, because I know I at least have the original one in my room.

And lastly, I got some cookies that help me make milk! They are called Milkmakers® 10-Count Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies and they actually taste so good! The box comes in a pack of 10 bags, and you can have one bag a day to help you produce milk and help in lactation.

Honestly thank you so much to everyone at buybuy BABY, especially Kelsey! She is amazing, and helped me out so much! Anyone who is in the Ottawa area should definitely check them out at the Train Yards location and ask for Kelsey. And even if you are not in Ottawa, they have a website online with everything!

PS: Let me know if you guys have any questions about any of the products I got, I can totally help you pick out some cute things for your baby! Just send me a DM on Instagram!

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CeraVe Baby Products

This post was sponsored by CeraVe, but all opinions are my own.

I have been on the hunt for the perfect baby products for Melia, especially since the cold and dry weather is coming up! Melia has been so good so far without any skin problems, but who knows what this winter will have in store for us!

I have been reading a lot about CeraVe Baby Products, and after a lot of careful research I decided to purchase some - and I am SO HAPPY I did.

I started with their Bebe Lotion, Wash & Shampoo, and Ointment, and I honestly love everything so far! I feel safe using their products on Melia, not only because the reviews speak so highly about them (especially for dry, oily, and eczema skin) but also because the ingredient list is not questionable at all.

CeraVe Bebe does more then just clean and moisturize, as it’s made to protect and maintain our babies sensitive skin without any harsh ingredients. Actually, adults and kids can use it too - not just babies!

I wash Melia’s bum with water after almost every diaper change, and when it’s really messy, I try to use some baby wash too. However, since I am washing so often, I had to find a body wash that would be safe and soft for her. The CeraVe Bebe Wash & Shampoo has been amazing for that. It is formulated with 3 essential ceramides and vitamins, which makes it so gentle and kind to her sensitive skin, that I have been able to use it as often as I’d like without being worried that her skin might get irritated.

Their Baby Lotion works wonders as well! Our bedtime routine always starts with a nice gentle message for Melia to soothe her skin, and get her relaxed and ready for bed time. The CeraVe Bebe Lotion keeps her skin soft and hydrated without being greasy. It’s light, fragrance-free and very gentle. I also love to use it after her bath, as it helps to protect, replenish and maintain her delicate skin moisture barrier. It quickly absorbs into the skin, and leaves her feeling smooth and healthy.

Now, the CeraVe Bebe Healing Ointment is my favourite product so far. I truly feel it needs to be in every store. It is AMAZING! I have been lucky with no diaper rash yet, nevertheless I have been reading so many reviews about how it works wonders when it comes to diaper rashes - so I am using it to help prevent them. After I wash her body or bum with water and CeraVe Bebe Wash & Shampoo, I use the ointment within minutes after drying her up, to really help protect her from dry skin and seal out wetness. It has a unique, lanolin free formula with a non-greasy feel, which I love!

I am so happy I came across their line of baby products, and I know you will be too. I highly recommend them as they are affordable, gentle, and fragrance free! CeraVe Baby Products are super safe for our babies delicate skin, and thats why I always turn to them when it comes to using only the the best products for Melia.

It is totally worth it!

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Choosing the right Car Seat for a first time Mommy

I am so close! Only a few more months until I finally get to meet my mini me. My little friend who I have been waiting so patiently for. I cannot wait to hold her little hands and feet, and kiss her little nose and cheeks! It’s crazy how my life completely changed once I found out I was pregnant, and I haven't even met her yet. I can't even imagine what it will be like once I actually get to know WHO she is!

Getting ready for baby has been so fun. Since it's my first, I literally have to get everything and learn about everything from scratch. It's not as simple as just going to any store and buying any bottle, or any stroller, or any car seat... there are so many factors to consider and as a first-time mommy, I have so many questions on what will truly be best for my little girl.

I have checked off a few things off my list already as I wrote about in my last post about Philips Avent bottles, sterilizer, and warmer. Now the next thing on my list was the car seat. It's tough because there are so many features to a car seat and different things to look for that I didn't know which one would be the "right" one. How do I know which one is the best brand? The safest? The most practical?

Not to mention, I have to choose a car seat that will also fit with the stroller I am getting, since it will make things (I've been told) a lot easier when transporting my baby around from one area to the next. This also made things a bit confusing for me, because I wasn't sure how to know which car seat would work with which stroller? (lol).

I did some google research, and I headed on down to the Snuggle Bugz in Kanata for some expert advice. I had read many reviews about the Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat by Maxi Cosi and had a few questions that I felt much more comfortable asking an expert in person, then to base all my decisions from google alone. I wanted to know if it was safe, comfortable, practical, and light.

Also, as mentioned, I wanted to make sure it would fit with my stroller (I am getting the Valco Baby Snap Ultra Trend stroller). Seriously guys, these things can be so confusing when you're a first time mommy, but after chatting with the team at Snuggle Bugz in Kanata and doing some research online, I think I am starting to get the hang of this!

So I decided to go with the Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat because it checked off all the things on my list. It's safe with Air Protect Side Impact Protection and an anti-rebound bar, comfortable with the Cozi-Dozi insert providing head and neck support for smaller babies, practical, light, AND I got a car seat adaptor that will allow it to fit perfectly into my Valco baby Snap Ultra Trend stroller!

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Thanks to the wonderful and super helpful team at Snuggle Bugz in Kanata, my little girl is going to look so cute and fashionable in her car seat, while of course being safe and comfortable.

Let the countdown begin!

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My Pink, White, and Gold Tea Party Themed Baby Shower

Last weekend, May 20, I got to celebrate my Pink, White, and Gold Tea Party Themed Baby Shower with close friends of the family. Women who have been a part of my life for many years, some ever since I was born. I feel so special and lucky to have been able to share such a special part of my life with all of them!

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My sister, who now lives in California, flew down to Ottawa the night before the shower to celebrate with us. Of course she wasn't going to miss out on my first ever baby shower! I was so happy to have her here, since she is my one and only sibling, and best friend, I had missed her so much this past month so her being here this week was wonderful! 

She is staying the week because I actually had two baby showers (Baby Shower # 2: Tropical Baby Shower). 

My mom has been, as always, so helpful in every step of every journey I have always taken. She is my rock, and best friend. I love her so much - just writing this makes my heart feel so warm inside. I started planning my baby shower months ago, connecting with so many talented vendors in Ottawa to make it all come together. My mom was a part of each step, and spent weeks with me talking, discussing, brainstorming and planning over "mate" (a popular Argentinean tea).

She stayed up all hours of the night, days before the shower, designing and baking all of the different sweets for my dessert table. I cannot believe how gorgeous the stork cookies turned out. Each cookie took hours to make, and was made out of pure love! I am so lucky to have the best mom in the world, I can only hope to be as amazing as her one day. I look up to her, and love her with all my heart!

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My dad is the cutest! Of course he doesn't know much about how to plan a baby shower, but he was so helpful in any possible way he could be. We hosted the shower at my parents home which was originally planned for being outside in their backyard because they have a beautiful and big one, but the weather called for rain so we had to last minute plan for indoors (it ended up being a gorgeous day outside anyways, so we ate inside, but played games and hung out outside). 

My poor parents had to move everything out of the dinning room so we could arrange the gorgeous set up that I had all my vendors coming in to do the morning of. But it was no questions asked, my dad (just as much as my mom) wanted this day to be perfect! So he spent days moving all the furniture out, making sure everything was in order, tiding up, working with our gardener to make sure the backyard and front yard were perfect, cutting the hedges, opening the pool etc! I am so lucky to have such a strong and kind father, who has given his life for me and has done nothing but love and protect me! 

Alright so now lets chat about the design. Because I decided to have two baby showers (it was easier this way because of the large number of guests), I had to also come up with two themes. The first baby shower, hosted by my mom and sister, was a Tea Party Themed Baby shower. The colours were all pink, white, and gold (with a hint of green). My mom worked with Lara from Golden Apple Events who helped organize day-of scheduling, game ideas, execution of games, day-of set up, and kept the whole day running smoothly according to schedule! She was amazing!

We completely changed our dinning room into a Tea Party sit down. With the help of all the vendors who completely understood my vision, we created the set up even more beautifully than I had imagined! At the end of the room, right behind where I sat, Sage Designs set up a stunning white and pink fabric backdrop. They also provided us with gold chairs, and white linen which made the whole room feel so special. 

Monara Events supplied the chinaware, because what's a tea party without the tea cups and tea pots, right? Sticking to the white, pink, and gold theme, we set up each table with gorgeous sandwich plates, dessert plates, tea cups and saucers, tea pots, creamers, and sugar bowls!

The savoury sandwiches, scones, cheese and fruit was provided by Centurion Conference and Event Centre. They also provided hot and cold drinks, as well as the juice cups, cutlery and napkins for each guest. 

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I worked with Carling Flowers to create the stunning flower centrepieces for each table. Originally, when we thought the baby shower was going to be outside, we were going to have one long table, so it was going to be one large centrepiece in the middle, and then two medium ones on either side. However our last minute decision to bring the party inside meant we would have three separate tables, and therefore needed 6 centrepieces. Carling Flowers had no issue with this last minute change, and they were so easy to work with. They truly ended up creating gorgeous arrangements! The colours were perfect and so romantic!

Lettered it not only designed gorgeous place cards, but she hand wrote each guests name on each of them! They were flawless - it was the perfect touch to the whole set up. She also made me a beautiful welcome sign that was placed on the outside of the house for when my guests arrived. I was in love with everything! 

I was so happy with the balloon wall that Balloons N' Blossoms created on the outside of the house. Right at the entrance, they completely covered the brick around the front door and made a fabulous wall of small and large white balloons, which took them two days to create! They came the night before and the morning of, to finish it all. It turned out super cute, and was the perfect spot to stand and take photos!

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It was so easy to work with The Loot Bag Lady. I told her my Tea Party Theme, and Baby Shower colours of pink, white, and gold, and she took it from there. She spent a couple of days crafting the gift favours for my guests and presented me with the design. Of course, they were perfect! Little tea cups and saucers, with a tea bag on the inside, all wrapped up in cellophane, and tied with each guest name. 

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The Paper Florist hand-made each and every single flower that you see on the walls and around the dessert table! She is extremely talented and was an angel to work with. She worked closely with me on my design and completely understood my vision. We created a flower wall at the entrance where my guests and I could stand and pose to take photos. Of course, sticking to theme of pink, white, and gold. Then she set up a charming marble table with gold legs (which she made!!!), and a white and gold backdrop (also made by her) that was framed with more of her beautiful hand made paper flowers. Wow! 

As mentioned above, my mom made all the super cute cookies! Each hand made! As many of you may know, I started CarlasCakes 8 years ago, so of course, I am a baker. But my mom didn't want me to have to make my own baby shower cake so we split up the work! She baked family recipe cake flavours and I decorated! The top tier was a vanilla cake that was filled with Dulce De Leche and rolled up to create those lines when you cut into it! Then the top and bottom of the vanilla roll was our famous chocolate cake that we use for everything! The bottom tier is literally, the BEST carrot cake EVER! Picture a super moist cake, stuffed with walnuts, coconut, raisons, pineapple, and carrot, with a hint of cinnamon and layered with cream cheese frosting in the middle. Mmmmm, all of my guests loved it and couldn't have enough of it (including myself, I think I ended up having 2 slices lol)! Its been a family recipe forever, and will most likely stay that way for many more generations to come! We tied it all together with white macarons, and adorable chocolate and vanilla cupcakes that were filled with chocolate and vanilla cream and lined with a beautiful and classy white lace liner. 

As a thank you to my wonderful mother and sister, I got my Hostess Gift Baskets from Inka Organics. I wrote another blog with more detail about what each basket had because they are both so special and unique that I want to focus on each with more detail! Read Here They are organic and practical gift basket items each different and unique and perfect for each hostess!

I have been working with Bethany my photographer, for over a month now. I trust her 100% for all of my photos that she takes for my Instagram, and of course for my Baby Shower. She is so fun to work with. She knows my good side (lol) and knows what kind of photos I like! She is very professional in her work and takes stunning photos. I love working with her! She is truly the best!

I am blessed to have worked with such a talented and amazing team of women, who all came together to make this special day perfect! The attention to detail from each vendor really brought the whole event together and made it exceptional. 

Thank you again to everyone, I couldn't have done it without you!

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Event Planner: Golden Apple Events
Fabric Backdrop, Chairs, & Linen: Sage Designs
Chinaware: Monara Events
Food & Drinks: Centurion Conference and Event Centre
Flower Arrangements: Carling Flowers
Place Cards & Welcome Sign: Lettered it
Balloon Wall: Balloons N' Blossoms
Gift Favours: The Loot Bag Lady
Paper Flower Wall, Marble Table, & Paper Flower Back Drop: The Paper Florist
Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies & Macarons: CarlasCakes
Hostess Gift Baskets: Inka Organics
Photography: Bethany