Under the Sea Birthday Party Post-pandemic

Hi lovelies!

Miss Calla turned 4 earlier this week and we decided to celebrate with a mermaid/under the sea themed birthday party! It’s been almost 15 months since the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and this was our first time hosting a group of people other than our close close family members since then. It was a little scary but looking back I am so glad it happened. I hope to not only share all the cuteness of a 4-year-old’s mermaid birthday party but also talk about all the things that ran through our heads to plan a party in the safest manner we felt comfortable with.

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Last Minute Baby and Toddler Easter Basket Gift Ideas

Happy Holy Week everyone! Is it just me or did Easter happen, like, waaay early this year? It’s a little overwhelming for me when I think about how fast in general this year is going. It’s going to be April soon! WHAT!?

Anyways, let’s get on to the reason why you all are here…last minute Easter basket ideas! I have put together 2 Easter baskets this year: one for a 3 year old toddler girl and one for a 1 year old baby girl. Easter was actually the first holiday we celebrated last year after coming home from the hospital with Miss Blu. This is great news for me this year because I already had her basket and liner purchased! Ah, first world problems.

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A very Pandemic Pink Rainbow First Birthday

Um…hi

Wow, I mean it’s been months since we’ve “spoken”, right? I have to say, this whole pandemic thing shook me. Like, shook me to my core. And unfortunately my poor little blog suffered. I miss this. I missed you all. Now that we can see “normal life” on the horizon, I feel better about jumping back in. Don’t forget that if I’m ever scarce in presence here on the Sykes Fam blog then you can always find me over on Instagram or on YouTube.

My littlest turned one a weekish ago and we celebrated a very pandemic first birthday. Can you even believe that! It was just us with a couple really close family members and we spent the day together celebrating Miss Blu. If you’re new around here you may not know that I don’t share my children’s faces online. I’m actually considering removing all physical and verbal mention of them on my social media but that’s another story for a different day. For now, please enjoy this sweet photo of her high-chair set up.

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The Scariest 3 Letter Word and how SingleCare can Come to Your Rescue

Hi lovelies!

I have loved spending more time dedicated to creating content on my blog recently, and from the feedback I receive from you all, you appreciate it too. If there are every any topics you would like to suggest as content ideas, feel free to leave a comment below or DM me over on Instagram.

Now, if you are a parent, take a moment to think of the first time you felt the weight of your responsibility of caring for your children. We got heavy early on this post. 🙂 Ok, got your moment? What or when was that? Leave me a comment below! I think the first time I felt that responsibility was the day I found out I was pregnant. I remember that day clearly. I had this feeling a lot of people talk about – “you just know” type of feeling. And when the pregnancy test read positive I was OVER. THE. MOON. I already had purchased a onesie to surprise my husband because I wanted to be prepared to tell him immediately. I still plan ahead like that as a way to manage my stress. That day was our 1 month wedding anniversary so when I handed him a gift, he didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.

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Your Inner Mama Bear

Hey lovelies!

Happy Tuesday! Is it the weekend yet?

Today I want to talk about finding your inner mama bear. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying ‘mama bear’ and some of you may even wear the name proudly, but…have you really harnessed the true inner power of the mama bear? And do you remember to use it on the daily?

A quick google search of ‘mother bear’ turns up the expected headlines: “Mother Bear Fights Tiger to Save Her Cub!” & the Urban Dictionary definition is “used when you are going to do intense work.” If that’s not the understand of the year! 😝 So we know that mama bears are fierce, right? We know that they would go to the ends of the earth for anything to do with their cubs. So what about you, mama bear?

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Postpartum Hair

From the title of this post you can probably guess what I’m about to talk about – that’s right, postpartum hair.

When I was pregnant with Calla, I was one of the lucky ones who glowed. It wasn’t the entire time, more like just at the very end, but it happened…and it was magical. I had never seen my skin so clear and springy, my nails so strong and perfect, and my hair so lush and and tame. But looking back, if I had the choice, I think I would choose no glow over glow. Why you ask? Because having the glow is AWESOME but losing it SUUUUCKS.

Postpartum is rough. You’re exhausted, eating whatever you can, and it shows! Then…you lose the glow…and when that happened I felt like I had aged 10 years! 😰 I look in the mirror and think, “exactly how much night time serum is gonna fix this?” In order for this post not to be a million words long I simply want to address the loss of hair glow because I have found a solution that has helped get some of it back.

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Shop Pink Blush

Hi lovelies!

It has been a busy few weeks and I am happy to be finding a scoshe of time to write you all a new blog post. If you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my new YouTube channel! I have tons of content posting weekly over there and I’d love to have you!

Today I’m going to be writing about one of my favorite women’s/mommy brands – PINK BLUSH! Thank you Pink Blush for collaborating with me on this blog post. If you are on social media on the regular you have probably already heard about and maybe shopped this awesome brand. So many ladies, specifically moms, wearing and loving their fab clothes! If you haven’t heard, Pink Blush is a women’s brand with an empahsis in maternity style. They also have amazing plus size styles.

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Is the DockATot worth it?

Hi hi everyone!

I received such a great response to my last “is it worth it?” post that I was thinking of making this a new blog series! Let me know what you think down in the comments & share what you’re interested in seeing whether or not it’s worth it next!

Today I wanted to give you the scoop on the popular, yet some may consider pricey, DockATot! We were gifted the DockATot deluxe from a family member at our baby shower. Our daughter slept in it from the first night home from the hospital until she grew out if it. We were just recently sent the next size up, the grand, from DockATot. Thank you, DockATot for collaborating with me on this blog post!

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Is the Owlet worth it?

Hey everyone!

This post has been long awaited. I remember a few months back I posted one of my very first blog posts and included the Owlet Smart Sock 2 in my 0-3 Month MUST HAVES. (Read that post here) I immediately received questions about the Owlet in particular. People wanted to know what my experience had been with it. I knew I had to write this post so that other mamas could know all of the details! I’m so excited to be collaborating with Owlet on this blog post to bring you my honest experience and opinion!

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