Top Three Must-Have Baby Items – Chicago Baby Show 2017

As a new mother, I spend a lot of time on review sites like OveReview looking for the best products on the market for my newborn. These websites are extremely useful and allow you to find products you’d probably not heard of before going on them. The only issue is that because it’s all online, I can’t touch or test the products which I LOVE doing! This is where baby shows come in. They allow you to explore new products, talk to experts, and hear honest feedback from other moms who have tried the product.

I recently attended my first baby expo and was blown away by all of the new and improved items on the market for babies. I was originally looking to buy some cabinet safety locks for the kitchen but I came away with a lot more than that! There were so many brands, big and small, with products for pretty much every category, but there were three that I feel really stood out among the rest. As a second time mom, I really focused on items I think are must-haves, items that everyone needs for everyday life. Scroll down to read more!

Top Three Baby Products – 2017


  1. Doona infant carseat stroller – Doona created a carseat that opens up into a stroller so there is no need to remove your carseat, ever. The idea is absolutely genius and I tested it out and found it very easy to use. My only real concern was the weight, but if you aren’t lifting the carseat at all, just once before it is a stroller – it actually is a non-issue. Bonus points for the car seat height being taller than average, meaning your child can be rear-facing, aka safer, longer.4moms-breeze
  2. 4moms Breeze Pack and Play – Anyone who has had a baby knows what complete pain it is to assemble and operate the average pack and play. My current pack and play has been sitting in one room for months because I don’t feel like taking the time to break it down so it fits through the door. 4moms created the easiest one step open/close pack and play that makes it incredibly easy to move around and use.bloom-high-chair
  3. Bloom High Chair – One thing I hate about buying baby stuff is usually after a very short time, the child outgrows it and it becomes obsolete. The Bloom high chair is one of my favorite items because it grows with your child, you can use it as a cozy seat for infant, then when baby is bigger, you add the tray and use it as a high chair for the next several years. Also, it is so beautiful and sleek looking, it looks great in the kitchen instead of being a complete eyesore like most high chairs.

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!