September 3, 2015

ReSqueeze Pouches

Smoothies are a frequent treat at our house. Since we both work, smoothies are sometimes the quickest, yet still healthiest breakfast option. Since Jack has started solids, he has loved indulging in breakfast smoothies too. The ReSqueeze pouches have made our weekly meal planning so much easier! Every week, I make a big batch of smoothies to put in his pouches. The best thing is that they are freezable, so I stick them in the freezer and have breakfast smoothies for him all week. You can use them for all sorts of purees, yogurts or another one of our favorites, applesauce! They are super easy to clean and are BPA free too, which is a huge plus for me! 






I play around with different smoothie recipes each week. ReSqueeze has a great variety of yummy recipes on their website. Some of my favorite ingredients for Jack's smoothies are fresh/frozen fruits, plain full-fat yogurt, & almond butter! 

To score your own set of ReSqueeze pouches, visit my Instagram for a giveaway! 





August 27, 2015

Pure Barre East Gilbert Giveaway

Ladies, lets talk fitness. Ever since having Jack, I'll be completely honest, working out has been on the back burner. In between being starving from nursing all the time, working full-time and life in general, I've been slacking. 

However, I was so excited when I heard a new Pure Barre studio would be opening near my house. The owner, Christine Pacheco is bringing the awesomeness of Pure Barre to Dana Park in Gilbert! I've had many friends recommend Pure Barre and have been dying to give it a try! The new East Gilbert location will be opening on August 31, and get this, they are offering a great pre-opening special. 5 weeks of UNLIMITED classes for only $100! To score this awesome deal visit their website here.

Ready for the best part? Pure Barre East Gilbert is giving away an awesome package to one of my lucky readers. The prize includes a 5 Class Package at Pure Barre East Gilbert* + Pure Barre T-Shirt + water bottle + towel! Enter below & make sure to visit my Instagram page for additional entries! Winner will be picked & announced on Monday, August 31. 




Location: Dana Park Village Square, 1854 South Val Vista Drive #108, Mesa, AZ 85204 
Phone number: (480) 213-6748 
Facebook Page

*5 class package redeemable only at East Gilbert location. 
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
August 25, 2015

Family Pictures at The Saguaro Scottsdale

Looking for a real challenge? Try looking for a photo location in the middle of the HOT summer in AZ. When I started thinking about our family pictures, I was dreading finding a location. If you haven't experienced an Arizona summer, it's not a joke. It's REALLY hot. I spent weeks looking for a good place that was not only indoors, but also unique. Because we had already done an at-home session, I wanted to find something different. The Saguaro Scottsdale finally came to mind. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it sooner, because I have spent lots of time on Instagram and the web drooling over the many pictures I've seen shot there. It's super colorful and cute! It became a very easy decision to choose their location for our family pictures! Enjoy!
















August 19, 2015

Tiny & Wild Custom Doll

We were the lucky recipients of a Tiny & Wild Giveaway recently! They create the CUTEST custom dolls. As soon as I came across their Instagram page, I knew I wanted to get one for Jack. Lucky for us, we actually won a giveaway they hosted. These awesome dolls are created by Tiny & Wild's husband & wife duo, and they ROCK! The creative process was so much fun. I sorted through the many, many pictures of Jack to find my favorite outfit of his for his doll. Such a fun process! Apart from customizing his outfit, they let you customize the eye & smile style. You guys have to check out all the options that they have! I mean, why wouldn't you want a doll size version of your little one! 







August 16, 2015

Hi There!

Welcome to With Love, The Hatches! I'm so excited to get back into the blogging world after being away for several years. Apart from just needing a space to dump my thoughts and the millions of pictures that are on my iPhone, I'll be sharing my adventures & fails as a first-time mom, wife & non-profit professional. Come along for the ride! 




August 6, 2015

Baby Must Haves: Newborn Edition

Before I had Jack, I would stalk the internet for "baby must have" lists. I was OBSESSED. I'm a planner, and I needed to have a list of all the things I needed. Since we didn't know Jack's gender, I also wanted to get very gender neutral & basic stuff that I could use for all my future kids. In this list, you will find my favorite newborn items. I personally used all the items in the list while Jack was a newborn and they were super helpful! I hope this list can help any future mommas out there! 

1. 4Moms Mamaroo Bouncer- I'm sure you've seen this item on tons of baby lists. But guys, it's on there for a reason. This thing is amazing! An awesome way to soothe baby and give you free hands for when you're about to pee your pants/need to cook/do laundry/do your hair...
2. Babyganics Products - We tried a lot of different diapering/bath products when Jack was born. But my favorite ended up being the babyganics line. Their products are free of all that icky stuff and also very affordable. Some of my favorite products are their diapers & their diaper cream!
3. Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat- I spent so much time researching car seats! In the end, we decided to go with this one for several reasons. Obviously, we found it to be extremely safe for our new peanut but also we found that it had the most options for stroller compatibility. And a huge plus, it's very affordable! 
4. Gap Baby Clothing- I have a serious obsession with Gap baby clothes. Jack's closet is about 75% Gap. But they have the softest, cutest stuff for babies! Also, they have TONS of gender neutral stuff, which for us was an obvious must. I specifically wanted most of my newborn stuff to be gender neutral because it's something that I can use for all future babies. A lot of people are sometimes concerned with Gap prices, but they have amazing deals/sales ALL the time! Sign up for their e-mails, they have coupon codes almost every week. 
5. FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator - Before Jack was born, I had lots of parents tell me that the Nose Frida was a must. I kept thinking "what's so special about it?!". It's special for sure! Believe me when I say this thing sucks boogers out like it's life depends on it, enough said! tip: squirt some Boogie Mist in baby's nose first for even more booger sucking capabilities! 
6. Modern Wrap- If I could recommend one baby item to new parents, it would be this. You get to be hands-free while still getting newborn snuggles, who wouldn't want that! I could go on for hours about the benefits of baby wearing, especially for those mammas that are breastfeeding! But trust me, this isn't just for mommas, this was my husband's favorite too! 
7. Baby Jogger City Select Stroller- Disclaimer: I actually have a City Versa, but that has now been discontinued. Regardless, the Baby Jogger strollers are amazing. Once baby #2 comes, we are planning on getting a new City Select. Lots of car seat comparabilities, great storage compartment, and sturdy. City Select strollers are a little more pricey, but in my opinion a great investment.
8. Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy Collection Bag- Believe it or not, I also researched the crap out of diaper bags. I'm super picky, and I knew picking one I liked would be a challenge. Ultimately, I decided on this bag because it doesn't scream diaper bag and because of the messenger bag/backpack option. Not to mention, the compartment space is great and you can stick it in the washing machine to clean it!
9. aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket- This is another one of those products that everyone recommended. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about them. But turns out, they were right! We live in AZ, so regular swaddle blankets can get too hot! Jack loves how soft (and me) they are & are perfect for hot AZ days.
10. 4Moms Breeze Playard - 4moms just gets me! We used this play yard in our room for those first few weeks. It has a removable bassinet for those early stages. Plus, it's SO easy to set up and take down. Jack now uses it at his grandma's house everyday for naps, and still totally loves it!
11. Covered Goods Cover- One of the best purchases I made! Since I breastfeed, this cover has never left my diaper bag. I use it EVERYDAY. It's so easy to nurse in public with this cover. I also use it a carseat cover, which was great to keep icky hands away from him when he was a newborn. Now that he's older, I also use it as a shopping cart cover & high chair cover! 

July 23, 2015

Jack's Newborn Session

Shortly after Jack was born, we had a lifestyle newborn session in our home. I loved being able to take such beautiful pictures in the comfort of our home. Plus, I feel that a lifestyle session captured our new day-to-day perfectly. Of course, our great photographer Rennai from Ten22 made our session even better. She was so patient and amazing with Jack. Our session could not have been more perfect. I love that we captured these moments with our newborn Jack and will forever treasure these gorgeous pictures! 







Photos by Ten22 Studio



July 21, 2015

Jack's Nursery

I had so much fun decorating Jack's nursery. Since we didn't find out the gender, I stuck to a pretty gender neutral theme. We had the "Hello" sign up for months and we were patiently waiting for the birth to complete the name on the wall. Steven & I worked together to complete this room and it's one of my most treasured moments during my pregnancy. We would spend so much time in there dreaming of our new baby's arrival. 




( Crib)




Photos by Ten22 Studio 


 
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