Packing Cubes – Pro Travel Tip

Greetings! I am traveling this weekend and in the spirit of travel, I wanted to touch on packing cubes (a total life saver, btw) and a few other packing essentials.

I highly recommend packing with packing cubes. I use these bad boys: Miami Carry on Packing Cubes>>. The price is right, what can I say? There are 3 cubes and 3 pouches in this $12.99 set. I love to organize by topic and depending on the length of the trip that might look something like: cubes of 1) Pajamas, 2) outfits, and 3) intimates (bras/undies/socks), and pouches of 1) make-up, 2) hair items (ties & hair products), and 3) cleansers (face/body/hair). It’s a good system and you would be surprised how much you can fit in a cube. Cubes are the KEY to not only efficiently utilizing all your packing space but also MAXIMIZING that space! For the Mamas out there, when I travel with my son, we share a suitcase, packing cubes are life-changing!

My trip this weekend is a short one, so I only used two of the smaller cubes as photographed below. This is a small carry-on, but as you can see, I have room to spare! I’ve fit in here a pajama cube, outfit cube, shoe bag, heat tools, throwing in my make-up pouch, cleanser pouch, small backpack/purse, and jackets. Boom! I am ready for my 4-day trip!

Other packing essentials: comfy sneakers, carry-on backpack, and smaller backpack for day trips. And Finally, my packing support buddy, Babyface Finnster. ❤

XO, Nico

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Pregnancy Pants – Help!

Being pregnant and fashionable can be challenging! I bought clothes at the popular and obvious maternity clothing spots, however, I just never really felt like my best pregnant self in any of those clothes. I believed I could do better, otherwise, it was going to be a long 9 months!

I was completely out of my fashion element, never having been pregnant before. I felt lost, my body was different, and I certainly didn’t feel like the cute pregnant lady I’d always hoped to be. My intention here is to save you some time if you are in the same predicament.

First, let me just say that Nordstrom, in my opinion, carries the best maternity and post-natal wear clothing for true comfort and style. I could go on and on about their amazingly soft tops, their nursing bras, etc., but that’s for another day.

Back to pants! I wanted, no NEEDED, my pants to have the following 5 qualities: 1) stylish and cute; 2) high quality (soft, comfy, and won’t fall apart); 3) warmth (I was pregnant in the winter); 4) not tight around the tummy; and 5) have the ability to “grow with me”. If any of these were missing it was a deal breaker. You with me?

These maternity jeans>> were my go to pregnancy jeans. I wore them all the time and loved how they looked with my shoes and tops. If you follow this link, I got the Denim option, which is more like the best jegging you ever wore.

Now, leggings>>. These bad boys are what you want for your maternity wear and also for every year thereafter on Thanksgiving. No joke. Once you’re done being pregnant, you can fold the extra fabric at the top down, and carry on!

Finally, if you find yourself hesitating to spend money on quality pregnancy pants, I invite you to consider this: You probably only need two pairs of pants, and you want to be able to wear them for nine months, wash them, etc. You don’t want to go too cheap and be stuck with pants that are falling apart on you!

If you have other recommendations for pregnancy pants, please comment below and share with us! ❤

 XO, Nico

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Compression Socks Are My Jam

I know, it sounds lame. If you read my prior blog post on the myth about pregnancy and foot growth then you know that I took my foot health very seriously as a pregnant woman and trust me…that includes compression socks. Now, I’m no doctor, so please see my little disclaimer paragraph below, but I will say that the gist of why I was consistent and crazy about always wearing compression socks when pregnant was threefold:

1) To combat swelling in the feet and ankles;

2) To help prevent varicose veins and also to stop them from swelling; and

3) To assist with blood flow (especially if I was sitting at a desk all day, or traveling on a plane).

If you decide compression socks are your jam, check out Belly Bandit, Nordstrom, and also Amazon (just read the reviews).

To be perfectly honest, I am totally guilty of wearing compression socks with my boots in the winter whether pregnant or not. I got into the habit of it a few years ago when I was tied to a desk all day and became super paranoid about veins. You know what I mean.

Here’s my disclaimer: I am no doctor. Please speak with your medical professional or perhaps a pharmacist to see if compression socks are right for you. Compression socks have different levels of compression. For purposes of this post, I am talking about your general over-the-counter compression socks which would be a level of 15-20 mmHg.

XO, Nico

Debunked: Foot Growth and Pregnancy

I’m going to blow your mind right now with some valuable information I learned while pregnant. It all started around the beginning of my 2nd trimester. Fellow moms were telling me all about how their feet grew as a result of pregnancy. WELL, this was horrifying to me as the owner of an abundance of shoes. I wasn’t about to be able to afford restocking my darn shoe collection! So, I did some research, talked to some doctors and physical therapists, did some googling…here’s what I discovered:

Your feet “growing” up to half size or more as a result of pregnancy is self-inflicted by not wearing proper shoes. As you advance in your pregnancy and gain more and more weight, gravity takes its toll on your foot arches. Without proper support, your foot arch flattens. Boom. That’s how your foot “grew”.

I was able to prevent this from happening to me and thus my shoe collection is safe and usable. I did this by wearing arches constantly (in my UGG slippers, in my heels/boots, in anything I could). I never wore flat shoes that did not have arch support. I invested in a great pair of ASICS and wore those any time I could fashionably get away with it. SUCCESS! Plus the BONUS: wearing proper footwear during pregnancy REALLY helped my back.

Here are links to the arches I used: Arches for my slippers and other flat shoes >> and Arches for heels >>

XO, Nico

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