Every night I tend to follow the same routine. After we put Kai down for the night, it's important to me to take some time for myself and Caleb since so much of the day is about Kai. These couple of hours that I spend every night mean so much to me for my own sanity! Today, I want to share my routine with all of you as I feel like I finally have a good mix of productivity and self-care down. It only took 7 months to figure out...ha!
9:00PM: We lay Kai down in his crib for the night after reading to him and saying our prayers. This is where my night time routine begins. After I put him to bed, I head in to our room and turn on his monitors. From there, I go in to our bathroom and prep my teeth whitening trays. I started using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit a couple of weeks ago and it's done wonders already for my teeth! In just two weeks time, I have seen a noticeable difference on how white and clean my teeth look. I am a big coffee drinker and love me some red wine so my teeth definitely have gotten some stains on them over time. I feel so much more confident these days to show off my teeth in selfies with Kai Bear.
I simply just put the whitening gel in the pre-made trays they sent to me and put them in my mouth. They kind of remind me of a retainer. They are really comfy, I can still talk, and I am free to go about the rest of my night! They are the perfect way to multitask.
9:05 PM: After I have my whitening trays in, I head downstairs to tidy up the house, fold some laundry, and do the dishes. I usually spend around 30 minutes doing these little tasks to keep up with keeping our house somewhat clean and functioning!
Owlet: Amazon | Motorola Video Monitor: Amazon | Bed Frame: World Market (old, similar) | Euro Pillow Shames: Pottery Barn | Night Stand: 2 Fancie Gals
9:30 PM: I start to settle down for the night after my quick clean up of the house, check my social media accounts one last time for the night, and do a devotion in my Bible app. This also gives me a few extra minutes to let my Smile Brilliant trays keep doing their magic before it's time to take them out. I try to leave them in for about 45 minutes.
Ocean Cleansing Mudd: OSEA Malibu | Dyrbar Sake Bomb Shampoo: Sephora | Drybar Sake Bomb Conditioner: Sephora | Aveeno Body Wash: Target | Rosewater Facial Toner: LOLA JANE | Blemish Balm: OSEA Malibu | Grease Lightning Acne Treatment: LUSH | Korres Rose Eye Cream: Sephora | Honest Belly Balm: Amazon | Sleepy lotion: LUSH | Burts Bees lip balm: Amazon
9:45 PM: Next, I take my whitening trays out and put in my desensitizing gel in the trays. I have really sensitive teeth, and I've had problems with whitening kits in the past really hurting my teeth. This gel from Smile Brilliant though has really helped the sensitivity level that comes with whitening your teeth. I've had minimal sensitivity with eating and drinking hot or cold things since starting the process. I leave the desensitizing gel on while I hop in the shower and do my skin care routine, so about 15 minutes.. I love showering at night because it's so relaxing and one less thing I have to do in the morning. After my shower, I do my skin care routine and moisturize. After all that I take my desensitizing gel out and that's it! It is kind of a long process but at the same time it's barely noticeable how long it takes because I'm still able to go about my routine without it hindering it. I'm still using my kit now too after these two weeks but instead of every night, I do it every other night. I then get my PJs on and relax a little bit with Caleb before I have to pump again.
10:00 PM: Caleb and I will either snuggle up with some Netflix and ice cream or we'll just take some personal time and he'll do whatever while I work on my blog. Either way it's such a nice way to wind down for the night and get my mind at ease before going to bed.
Spectra Breast Pump: Amazon | Dr. Seuss Pillow: Porter Lane Home (old) | Duvet Cover: Pottery Barn (old, similar) | Ralph Lauren sheets: TJ Maxx (in store only) | Lamps: Target (old, similar) | Painted Letters: Anthropologie (old) | Sonic Electric Toothbrushes: Amazon | Toms toothpaste: Target | Canisters: Target (old, similar) | Hand Towel: World Market | Vitamin D3: Target | Evening Primrose Oil: Whole Foods | One a Day Prenatal vitamins: Amazon
11:00 PM: I do one final 15 minute pump session for stimulation and supply purposes and then I brush my teeth and take my vitamins. After that it's lights out by 11:30 so I can get plenty of sleep to take on the next day!
And now for the exciting part! I've partnered with Smile Brilliant to help you also #SmileFearlessly and have a discount code, tinydapperfox15, for 15% storewide for all of you to use to get your own whitening kit! We are also hosting a giveaway together for 1 free teeth whitening kit! All you have to do is fill out the giveaway form here, follow me (@dmcab) + Smile Brilliant (@smillebrilliant) on Instagram, and tag a friend in the comments on my night routine post. Giveaway will run until 10/5 and the winner will be contacted by Smile Brilliant! This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram and is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. Giveaway is open to all US, UK, Australia, and Canadian residents.
Thank you to Smile Brilliant for partnering with me on this post. As always, I give my complete and honest opinion on all products and they are 100% my own. I truly appreciate the brands that help support Tiny Dapper Fox!
**For pregnant and nursing moms, please consult with your doctor, dentist, and pediatrician prior to using any teeth whitening products. My healthcare providers deemed them safe for me to use while nursing, but it is always best to check with them as every mom and baby are different. The active ingredient in Smile Brilliant's kit is 22% carbamide peroxide, which is usually deemed safe for both pregnant and nursing moms, but please only take medical advice from your healthcare providers.
Dress: JCrew | Sandals: JCrew Factory (old, similar) | Fedora: Target (old, similar) | Sunglasses: Amazon | Ring Sling: WildBird
Kai's Outfit Details:
Overalls + Bandana Bib: Target (no longer available, similar) | Onesie: Target
Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours was really fun. We spent a lot of time with family and also went to the Air and Water Shower in Chicago! Kai loved being by the lake and watching all the planes. We used these headphones to protect his ears since the planes are really loud and they worked so well! I definitely recommend picking up a pair for your babes for any events that you plan on going to that will be loud.
We've had a lot of really fun weekends lately! Last weekend we went to the carnival by our house as a family. We got some cotton candy and lemonade and walked around all the rides and games. Kai loves looking at all the lights and prizes at all the stands. In a few summers he'll be able to go on some of the rides! I've really been trying to cherish every moment with him this summer. I read something at the beginning of summer that went something like this "we only get 18 summers with them, make every one count." I really thought about this because it really is true. I want to fill our summers with carnivals, peach picking, farmer's markets, vacations, road trips, camping, bonfires, outdoor movie nights, and so much more. As this first summer is coming to a close soon, I look back and can't help but smile at the memories we made these last couple of months!
At the beginning of summer I bought this dress from JCrew and I've been wearing it so much all season! It is such a fun color and I just love the ruffle details at the bottom of the dress. It just adds a little extra to the dress, don't you think!? It has a v-neck top that has a little clip on the inside to keep the girls nice and tucked in but you guessed it, it's really easy to unhook and nurse Kai, too. It's so comfy and just the perfect dress for summer! The best part though? It's 60% off right now! You can't beat that! I chose to wear it with a fedora (I wear hats so much in the summer to keep my hair at bay) and some simple slip on sandals. Of course I put Kai in my Hoopoe WildBird ring sling to walk around and still be able to eat my cotton candy hands free ;)
I got this cute little overall + bandana bib set from Target not too long ago, so I can't believe it's not available anymore! I love the grey color though and the pop of red. I tend to really gravitate towards neutral colored outfits for him and then add fun things like bibs, shoes, and hats.
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Button-Up Top: Anthropologie | Shorts: JCrew Factory | Sandals: Michael Kors (old, similar) | Hat: JCrew | Sunglasses: Amazon
Traditions are so important to me. I always loved when I was younger those memories of doing something special every year as a family and I would look forward to those things every single year. As Caleb and I started dating and got married we slowly started our own traditions that I truly love. However, now that we have Kai, we're slowly starting more and for some reason they all feel so big and important. Last year we discovered this wonderful apple orchard just north of our house in Wisconsin and we found out that they have peach picking in July/August! We promised ourselves that we would go this year with Kai. We went a couple of weekends ago and had the best afternoon. We bought some goodies from the orchard market that we had for lunch and went out in to the orchard and picked a bunch of peaches! They allow you to eat as many peaches as you want when you're out in the orchard so we snacked on some while we picked out the best ones to bring home with us. Kai loved it so much and we definitely started a new tradition. We've eaten so many of them here at home, made peach cobbler, and made homemade peach puree for Kai to have for breakfast! I love that his first taste of peaches comes from ones that we picked right off the tree with him. We can't wait to go back next month for apple picking!
I got this shirt from Anthro last month and have been living in it. It's so light and airy plus it's a button down and guess what that's good for....yep, nursing the Bear! With everything I buy these days I always have that factor in mind. While I don't mind pulling a strap down or lifting my shirt to nurse him, there is just something so nice and easy about a button down. I also love the little tie in the front and how it's a bit oversized. I feel so comfortable in it and to me that is so key when it comes to buying clothes these days. I'm all about that functional fashion now. Plus, it's currently on sale! I paired it with a pair of white denim shorts and a Panama hat to keep the sun off my face a bit.
Remember when I said Kai Bear was a serious outfit repeat offender a few posts ago? Yeah, same overalls, ha! I just couldn't resist putting him in them because they say "Locally Grown." Get it?! Yes, I'm very cheesy when it's comes to our babe. This time though I paired it with just a white onesie for a little bit of simplicity and to keep him cool on a warm summer day.
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Dress: RP Everyday Shop | Wedges: Shopbop | Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co (similar) | Ring Sling: Wildbird
Oh summer, how I love you. I love warm days with the sun shining down on my face and feeling the warmth just all around me. After our long Chicago winters, I always long for summer days. A couple weeks ago we took full advantage of summer and made a small day trip to Lake Geneva. We had a beautiful day of exploring the quaint little shops, indulging in some chocolate and ice cream, and just enjoying the water. Of the whole time we spent out there though, my favorite moment actually though was when it was time to feed Kai. I sat down on a bench next to the harbor and just watched the water gently move. It was so peaceful and happy. We've had what you can call one of the toughest months of our lives this past month but in the midst of all the craziness, I come back to this moment and find some peace and love.
I wore this cute little dress from the Rachel Parcell Everyday Shop on our little day trip and it was the perfect pick for the day. It's super lightweight and it buttons down the front, so it was perfect for nursing Kai. I was able to discreetly feed him out in the open yet we were both comfortable and not too hot. The dress is still available online and I hear that she's having a major sale on almost all her items starting tomorrow! She is having a pop up shop at the Rachel Parcell Office in Utah and there's talk of including the sale online so that everyone can shop it. I also am completely in love with these wedges. I've been wanting them for a couple years now and finally pulled the trigger last month. They always seem to be out of stock when I go to buy them but Shopbop finally seems to have a good inventory of them because they are still available! I love how neutral they are and they are so comfortable! Our day in Lake Geneva was the first time I wore them and I was comfy in them the whole day.
Kai's cute little Locally Grown outfit from Target is quite literally my favorite outfit he has. I dress him in it all the time. His 6 month milestone photos? Yep, this outfit. He's a serious outfit repeat offender but oh well! I love that the overalls are short and keep him cool and the color is just so cute. I almost always have a bandana bib on him to catch all that baby drool and spit up that happens throughout the day so we don't have to do a bunch of outfit changes all day every day. That's my little mom hack for the day for all of you! The one he's wearing here says "New to the Crew" which is just so perfect because we call ourselves the Cabrera Crew. Kai's Mimi bought it for him back when he was first born and I believe she got it at TJ Maxx. TJ Maxx is so great for baby stuff because it's cute but actually reasonably priced! So when in doubt, TJ Maxx it is.
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and be sure to follow me on Instagram for some daily dose of the Cabrera Crew!
Dress: Gal Meets Glam | Cardigan: Old Navy (old, similar) | Open-toed Flats: JCrew Factory (no longer available in white, black) | Headband: JCrew (old, similar) | Bracelets: Alex and Ani
Kai's Outfit Details:
Button-up Shirt: Old Navy (no longer available, similar) | Chinos: Carters | Oxfords:Freshly Picked | Bowtie: Little Mister
Sunday was one very special day. I was woken up to my little baby smiling down at me from my hubby's arms. We spent all day together just celebrating our bond and I can't imagine a more perfect day. Kai and I slept in after our morning feed and then Caleb made me a delicious breakfast. In the afternoon, we made our way over to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Caleb took all these beautiful photos of me and Kai to help me remember this incredible day. Even though Kai was tired, he kept up the picture taking charade for me like a champ! Just spending time with him was the greatest gift of the day.
I ordered this beautiful dress from the new Gal Meets Glam collection when it first launched and have been dying to wear it. It has finally gotten warm enough to be comfortable outside wearing a dress here in Chicago, so I took full advantage of that this weekend. I love the feminine look this dress has and how it buttons in the front. It makes nursing Kai super easy and when were all done I feel perfectly put back together. It's the perfect dress for a spring baby or bridal shower! Julia's line of May dresses launched today, so make sure you head over to her site to check out the new dresses!
I absolutely love dressing Kai up, too. I ordered this sweet little tangerine shirt for him a couple months ago and he's finally big enough to wear it now! I love putting Kai in bowties, as well. Caleb loves wearing bowties, so I think it's extra sweet when Kai wears them, too. My favorite place to get bowties from is this little shop called Little Mister. Even the name makes me swoon! This grey gingham one I got for Kai is my favorite so far. I know baby shoes are so unnecessary but I just can't help myself! The best baby shoes I've found are from Freshly Picked. They very rarely fall off and they fit Kai's little feet pretty well. He is currently in a size 1. Freshly Picked has this awesome monthly program called The Fringe that you can join! It costs $10 a month, but you get to use that $10 towards shoes. You also always get 20% off your order every time you shop and that is on top of any other sales they have going on. I know this is going to come in handy when Kai starts walking and we do have to buy him more shoes. Nice baby shoes that stay on their little feet can be expensive, especially for how fast they grow, so I'll take any kind of discount I can get! Plus if I let my monthly fee stack up over a few months I can get a pair of shoes without having to pay anything at checkout because your money on your account never expires! Oh the great things these shops come up with to help us parents out!
What did you do for Mother's Day this year? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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