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tips for moms + dads + raising baby + tips for first time parents

why your baby is crying and how to soothe her

You see it in the movies all the time: new mommy trying to soothe newborn but for some reason baby keeps crying. Well, it’s true, this happened to me! When I first brought baby Arianna home, she cried for what seemed like the whole night and I did everything from breastfeeding to skin-on-skin contact, my mom even tried and nothing. To be honest, I am not sure why babies cry so much when they first come home. Perhaps it’s the new, unfamiliar environment. I’m not an expert so I don’t know.

What I do know now is after that first night, my Arianna hasn’t cried as much or as long. So I did some research online and honestly, didn’t really find much on the topic. I did however see a health video on HBO via iTunes where doctors had been discussing health of a baby and mommy during pregnancy and soon after baby arrives. That’s really what inspired me to write this post because I started thinking about all the reasons why my baby cries.

And I’ve learned that babies cry, sure, but it may not necessarily mean baby is hungry. Here are my top five reasons why baby might be crying:

  1. Discomfort
  2. Boredom
  3. Seeking attention
  4. Needs mommy or daddy-and-me time
  5. Needs brain stimulation through play, reading, or other floor physical activity

For me, the earlier I learned to identify my baby’s needs the better off baby was in learning to manage and most importantly communicate her needs. And often times just picking her up and looking into her eyes, offering lots of hugs and kisses did the job. Sometimes, it’s a legitimate “I’m hungry, feed me” cry. So my advice is whatever you do, avoid handing baby a bottle she cries. You wouldn’t want your baby to grow up associating eating with soothing emotions. (Hmmm…I wonder if this is why most people emotionally eat?) Just a thought.

Share your thoughts in the comment box.




Welcome to August 1, 2012, Leos!

Hello lovelies! What’s your favorite month? My favorite month is August because it’s my birthday month, the middle of summer, and as you can see from this picture, the day / month is starting off on a very good note. Baby Arianna thinks she’s a big girl and loves to go through my purse. Today, she found a bunch of paperwork for work. And when I called out her name, she looked up and smile! And I captured this moment.

I love her, she’s the most important person in my life. This will be my first birthday as a mom, and I’m so excited to hold + kiss her on my birthday, like first thing in the morning! I have a wish list of what I want for my birthday, I hope I get everything, wait, I already have everything=Arianna, 🙂

Do you believe in astrology, or do you read it for fun? I’m in different, but as a LEO, this sure as hell describes me:

The element associated with Leo is Fire. Everything about the Lion’s personality is hot, hot, hot. Those born under this sign are fearless and strong, which may be why Lions plunge in headfirst and let the chips fall where they may. Thankfully, Leos are dignified enough not to commit too many pratfalls. It’s the Lion’s unswerving courage that wins so many folks over. If you need someone to lead the charge, call a Leo — and the bigger the project, the better, since these folks love an expansive stage (and the audience that comes with it)….The great strengths of the Leo-born are their creativity, idealism and leadership. Lions don’t lack for ambition, either, so they’re likely to accomplish a lot — and have fun while they’re at it. Their warmth and loyalty ensures that others will enjoy the ride as well.

What’s your astrological sign?

Have yourself a great Wednesday! xoGlor
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What’s Your Secret Superpower?

I’m a mom …to a wonderful, confident, happy little girl!




Thanks Plinky for asking the question!

What’s your secret superpower?


Kristen Stewart Caught Cheating With Married Director

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Hey dreamlovers!

Did you guys hear about Kristen Stewart cheated on her long-time boyfriend, Rob Pattinson with a married man? It’s so sad to read this story because cheating is one of those things that in my opinion is unforgivable because it does so much damage to everyone involved. It makes me sick to think a married man with two kids would jeopardize his family’s security and love to get in bed with another woman. Or, even for a woman, knowing full well that he’s married to even pursue anything with him.

I feel terrible for the kids because they’re going to get hurt the most in this situation. Nothing good ever comes from cheating, absolutely nothing!

Do you think Rob should take Kristen back, or should Liberty forgive her husband for his infidelity? I want to know what you think, so share in the comments below. Could you ever forgive a cheater?


source: ModernMom (read full story)

Your Morning Cup of #Fashion



Source: via on Pinterest

Perfect #GiftBasket for Perfect #Baby Victoria Lee

I created this gift basket for my darling friend Jessica. She had her third daughter, Victoria Lee, last month. I love that name…

Oh, before visiting Jess, we made a lunch pit stop at Canton Cafe. If you’re ever in Northern Virginia around the Springfield, VA area, and want great dim sum, check out Canton Cafe. We will definitely go back.

Taylor Madison fabric bin.

I love that this bin is not the traditional gift basket. She can reuse this bin for toys, baby books, towels, socks, hats, etc.


Trumpette “a week of baby socks”. The box include printed socks with each day of the week printed right on each sock, super cute!


Sisters frame is perfect for a keepsake picture of all three girls! LOVE!


Add bow and that’s it!

Basket content:

  • Baby outfits + onesies from Carter’s
  • Linsonoh breast milk storage bags
  • Gourmet vegetarian crackers
  • Chocolate Pirouline
  • Sandies Shortbread 100 calorie packs
  • Always Delighted Gourmet European Cookies (Classic Shortbread)
  • Welch’s sparkling white grape juice cocktail
  • Nature’s Valley oats + honey granola bars
  • Keebler’s chips deluxe 100 calorie packs cookie bags
  • Trumpette “a week of baby socks” (see pic above)
  • Disposable baby bibs
  • Silver + Suede “Sisters” frame
  • Infant Rattle, socks and hairbands

As I said before, I wanted to get her something that was personalized so I purchased a bunch of different things that I love, complete with four congratulations greeting cards. Her two older daughters, Amelia + Olivia, loved (loved) the basket. They tore through it like it was Christmas morning! Her hubs said this was the nicest thing someone’s done for them in a while. Mission accomplished! That was my intent: to make it personal and special for all of them.

After we left, Jess posted this message on Facebook:
Best advise I have gotten in a long time…thank you glory for reminding me to enjoy each day with my olivia and stop rushing her to grow up. I love you and your family

We had so much fun with the Estes. Baby Arianna got to meet new baby Victoria and played with O and Ame; it was so great to see our girls playing together while adults talk about mommyhood, parenting, future, home life, joys of raising daughters. What a perfect way to end the weekend.

Till next time, lovelies!


Your Afternoon Cup of #Inspiration: J’aime Paris!


I love keepsake storage boxes. In fact, I love any type of storage bins + boxes in different sizes, shapes and designs. My obsession with storage boxes went up a few notches when I became mommy because I wanted to find one-of-a-kind keepsake boxes for preserving priceless tangible memories.

I found these boxes are Marshall’s when I was still pregnant and I knew immediate what I’d use them for. They’re in Arianna’s walk-in closet and they hold her baby clothes (the one she wore home from the hospital), onesies, cute little socks + hats, etc.




With the small box, I thought I’d use it to store all of her greeting cards from the baby shower, and any she gets along the way. Her first birthday invitation, including all of the bands with our names and her date of birth from the hospital. Including money gifted to her from her grandma and friends of mine.





These boxes are her very own personal ‘treasure chests’ full of many priceless memories + love that she’ll get to look through when she gets older.

Till next time Lovelies, xoGlor