Flying with a baby: Must haves and tips!

Hello my lovely readers! I'm finally back to blogging as we have finally made it to our new home in Charleston, SC! It has been a very long couple of months between selling our house in San Diego and traveling across country to get here. Thankfully my parents were a HUGE help during our transition and we are forever grateful.

The trip details:
Isla and I traveled by plane on a red eye from San Diego to Ohio for the first leg of our family journey. We were lucky enough to get aisle seats and she slept most of the way :) Once we got to Ohio our lucky lady was able to spend an entire week with her ah-mazing Mimi and Bop Bop (this is what she calls my parents) so that the hubby and I could then drive from San Diego to Charleston. Head spinning yet? Yes, it was a complicated plan but it worked!

Items to consider buying/bringing when traveling with a tot:

1. BagguPack
I borrowed Mr. Sweetheart's backpack for the trip which was really helpful since I didn't have one. It was definitely practical but not as cute as I would've liked and also I like bags without so many compartments as I tend to forget which pocket I put something in. I just love the style, color and price of this Poppy BagguPack!

*Note: I packed very light on the trip but I wish I would've packed even lighter by nixing the diaper bag completely and solely using a backpack to free up my hands.

2. Pink Lining Mum On The Run Diaper Wristlet
I think this slimmer version of this Mum on the Run Bag from Pink Lining is a much better option to bulkier diaper bags. Seems easy enough to slip in the backpack or if need be the strap is long enough to carry over your shoulder. Oh, and I just love this super pretty Flamingo design.

3. J.L. Childress Tall Two TwoCool Bottle Cooler
Wish I would have happened upon this before my trip. I just love how slim it is and that it comes with a compact ice pack.

4. Similac travel formula
These are so easy to use and take up minimal space. Just buy a bottled water & mix formula packet in bottle :)

5. Happy Baby Organic Food
Isla and I both love Happy Baby Organic Food. Always able to find good pricing at Target and other retailers. Here are some of her faves:

6. Joovy Grove Ultralight Stroller
This was the best investment I made for our trip. I just love my Joovy Grove lightweight stroller. It's super light (under 14lbs.), easy to use and has a long stroller strap to carry. I also love how much shade the umbrella provides. I use this stroller pretty much daily and I find that it handles well on sidewalks too :) Sign up for Buy Buy Baby and get a 20% discount.

7. Munchkin 36 Pack Arm and Hammer Pacifier Wipes
This is so worth the $4 price tag! Nothing is worse when you child drops pacifiers and toys and you realize you don't have another!

8. REI 3-1-1 Air Travel Liquids Bag
Make pulling your liquids out in the Security line a breeze with this wallet friendly Travel Liquid Pouch.

This is the perfect wallet for travel. Fit your licensce, passport, plane ticket and ear buds in this pretty and slim wallet pouch.

Additional items that I brought that were helpful:
Sippy Cup (I haven't found one that I totally love yet so I didn't share a pic), iPad with already downloaded kidoo shows, tylenol and thermoter (you never know), change of clothes for both of us. I also brought a carrier but unfortunately for me Isla does not care for carriers.

What about you have any tot travel tips or items that you could share? Would love to hear your thoughts as I'm always on the go and looking for input from others.

P.S. I will be sharing details of our road trip very soon! XOXO

Be Back Soon!

Hello my lovely readers! I have some BIG news (and no I'm not preggers lol)...we are moving our family to Charleston from San Diego to be closer to our family and friends back East. We are not originally from Charleston but we have visited and geographically & lifestyle wise makes sense for us (warmer weather and beaches are something we cannot give up!). This is a huge move so I have decided to put The Domestic Sweetheart posts on hold for a couple of months until we are settled :)

While on break, I will be working on some blog posts of our adventures and hopefully I can share some advice to help others who are in the process of moving as well. Here's what I'm thinking...

The Domestic Sweetheart Blog Post Ideas

*Baby & Plane traveling
*Cross-Country road trip with your fur baby
*Tips for making your move easy
*How to plan a fun road trip

Our trip is a bit complex since we are traveling with a baby and a dog (who cannot fly) so there is going to be a lot of leg work involved! If you have any tips I would love to hear your feedback.

As always, thanks again for being so sweet and supporting my blog. It means the world to me. See you soon!


Balboa Baby Shopping Cart Cover Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: Thank you to Balboa Baby for sponsoring this post. This product is one of my mommy faves!

I'm so happy that Isla is now sitting up. Shopping has become so much easier for me now that she can sit in a shopping cart and not a stroller (yes, I was using a stroller or going to the store when Daddy was looking after our princess).

A product that I'm fired up about is Balboa Baby shopping cart cover. It's brilliant! Here are some reasons why I like using my shopping cart cover:

Why I heart Balboa Baby's shopping cart cover:
*Tasteful design choices (11 fabulously chic choices to choose from)
*Made with quality fabric & machine washable
*So comfy - your baby will love how sitting in this shopping seat cover instead of on hard plastic or wood
*Wallet friendly ($50.00 and worth every penny)
*Toy Loops to attach baby's fave toys
*Safety straps work well and keep baby safe
*Four elastic corners for easy one-hand installation
*Versatile! Can be used in a highchair as well
*Easy to use. Unfold out of purse, place around shopping cart, place baby inside, buckle up and go! When finished with your shopping trip, just fold up into purse

Here are some pics below:

What do you think? Have you tried Balboa Baby shopping cart cover? Would love to hear your thoughts. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below. Good Luck!

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NeoCell Biotin Bursts

Disclosure: Thank you to NeoCell for sponsoring this post and keeping my hair, nails and skin super healthy!

I recently was approached by NeoCell to see if I would like to try their Biotin Bursts and I was happy to take them up on the opportunity. These delightful gourmet biotin soft chews are filled with 10,000 mcg and 25mg of Acia Berry. If your not familiar, Biotin is an important B vitamin supporting hair and skin health as well as energy support. The NeoCell Biotin Bursts is a high potency formula that supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating natural energy, luxurious hair, resilient nails and vibrant skin. The Acia Berry is added for antioxidant support.

My thoughts:
NeoCell's Biotin Bursts are absolutely delicious. It basically tastes like a fruity candy but it's good for your health! Since taking Biotin Bursts for the past month, I've noticed the biggest difference in my nails. They are super strong and healthy. My skin is blemish free and my hair has been pretty great too.

I highly recommend everyone to try NeoCell Biotin Bursts, especially if you suffer from brittle nails, thin hair or problems with your skin.

I would also like to try Super Collagen + C (what lady doesn't want to stay wrinkle free) and Pomegranate - From The Seed which has three times the antioxidant benefits compared to the similar amounts of green tea or red wine.

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What do you think? Have you tried any NeoCell products? What are your thoughts I would love to hear your feedback!

Gildan Apparel Review

Disclosure: Thank you to Gildan for sponsoring this post and for helping me to keep cozy in 2015!

I'm loving all of this rainy weather in sunny Southern California over the past couple of months. The plants are finally thriving and the grass is turning from brown to green and there's nothing like turning on the fireplace, making a pot of tea and slipping into some warm, cozy sweats.

That's why I'm so happy I found Gildan Online. Gildan sells Men, Women, Boys and Girls t-shirts, fleeces, socks and underwear. Not only is Gildan apparel comfy but it's wallet friendly. Everything is under $20!

Gildan sent me their Ladies open bottom sweatpant (retails for only $10) and Ladies 6 pack low rise 100% cotton brief (retails for $10.49) to review.

My thoughts:
The quality of the sweatpants and underwear is impressive and they feel very natural on my super sensitive skin. After a long day I look forward to coming home and relaxing with my Gildan sweatpants! Available in 4 colors (azalea, black, navy and purple). Oh, and I just love that these sweatpants have pockets (I'm all about pockets!). Did I mention these sweats are only $10!

Gildan underwear is just as comfy as their sweats and is available in 4 different styles (low-rise, bikini brief, hipster and hi-cut brief) and come in an assortment pack. 100% cotton for all day comfort. 6 pack briefs are only $10.49.

Here are some other Gildan items I would love to add to my closet!

What do you think? Have you tried Gildan? What are your thoughts. Would love to hear from you :)

If you are looking for comfortable, affordable loungewear and undergarments I suggest you look into Gildan Online. You will not be disappointed!

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Stay hydrated with DripDrop!

Disclosure: Thanks to DripDrop for sponsoring this post and keeping me hydrated & in charge of my overall health!

I'm not sure if you have been following some of my posts but I was recently diagnosed with an overactive thryoid. Unfortunately, this setback has been challenging for me. My hormones are totally out of whack and I feel tired and cranky often. So I started looking into ways on how I can improve my condition and get back on track.

After lots of research I knew that a key component to good health is hydration. So when I came across DripDrop I reached out to them and was elated that they wanted to work with me and sponsor this post.

What's DripDrop?

DripDrop is a scientifically proven ratio of salts, sugars, potassium and other ingredients that helps prevent and treat dehydration by absorbing more efficiently and replenshing fluids and electrolyts mroe effectively than any other hydration options.

Dehydration impacts 75% of Americans and is a hidden cause of ailments like fatigue, headache, stress and lack of focus. It can impair productivity up to 30%, reduces athletic performance and makes a bad cold even worse.

Why DripDrop is better than other hydration options:
*Hydrates 34% better than water alone
*Has 25% more electrolytes than pediatric drinks
*Contains 2-3 times more electrolytes than sports drinks
*Has 50% less sugar than sports drinks
*Has no artifical colors, flavors or other perservatives

DripDrop is a life saver!
DripDrop has been recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the most important medical advances of the last century. Oral Rehydration Solutions save the lives of over three million kids annually. DripDrop is also prefered method over IV therapy for mild to moderate dehdyration by UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and other groups.

My thoughts:
I love DripDrop! Not only did it work quickly the taste was light and refreshing. I've been using DripDrop as soon as I wake and it gives me the energey I need to start my morning - something I have been struggling with for quite some time. My fave flavor is berry. It's delicious. I highly reccomend trying DripDrop. DripDrop has been instrumental to my recovery and made me realize just how important hydration is to keep my body balanced! To purchase can be purchased online here or in many big retail stores such as CVS and Walgreens.

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eSalon Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: Thank you to eSalon for sponsoring this post. I love my new hair color and I'm so excited to host this giveaway!

One adjustment in motherhood that I have made is my beauty routine. Goodbye 2 hour hair appointments and highlights. Hello boxed hair color.

Before having Isla I had more time to play with color and highlights. Now that I'm a mommy I look for low maintenence style and colors. I'm a natural brunette with long long thick wavy hair. It takes my stylist forever to cut and style my hair and coloring and highlights doubles the amount of time I spend at the salon.

So I decided a couple of months ago that I was going to forgo regular highlights because I was missing my appointments and I hated having my roots show. I used Garnier to cover my roots so that I didn't look too crazy but I wasn't totally happy with the results. It didn't look awful because I tried to match the all over color and picked something very neutral. However, I'm not a stylist and figuring out the perfect match with the available options wasn't all that easy. It covered my hair but I felt that it was too dark and contrasted poorly with my olive skin tone leaving me to feel "washed out".

That's why I was SO delighted when eSalon reached out and asked me if I would like to try their product.

My Review
eSalon is personalized color created just for YOU. Basically they help you to customize your own formula that you apply at home. It's so easy to use and their Color Professionals walk you thru every step of the way.

Here's how it works:
1. Create an account and upload a current photo. This helps the Color Professionals do their job. They look at your current overall color (end to roots) and help you pick out a color that works best for you. My goal was to brighten my hair so that I didn't look tired but I also didn't want a drastic change or orange-y color.

2. Fill out the questionare. Basic questions like "What's your current color and skin tone?" and "What color would you like to achieve?"

3. Pick a color

4. After sending in your information a Color Professional will confirm everything and make suggestions.

5. Purchase color & apply. The entire process is fast & easy. It also gave me peace of mind knowing that a Professional was looking over everything and giving me input.

The Coloring Process
I was so impressed with the packing of my eSalon hair color.
The instructions are simple and the tools are superb.
Here are some pics.

The entire color process took about 40 mins.

Here's how the color process works:
Step One: Prepare (eSalon hair color, tools, old towels, mirror and review product safety & usage insert)
Step Two: Divide hair into sections and secure with eSalon plastic clips (which I love!)
Step Three: Apply stain guard to hairline. Note: this stain guard works so well. I had very little stains on my skin after application.
Step Four: Color roots. I used bottle application for my roots.
Step Five: Color your ends. I used the brush to apply dye to my ends. Make sure to work haircolor into hair.
Step Six: After the wait period is done apply shine (basically add water to leftover's ah-mazing how this step makes all the difference).
Step Seven: Rinse and shampoo!
Step Eight: Enjoy your new color :)

The Final Review
I'm overjoyed with eSalon. From start to finish eSalon was delightful to use. I love working with companies that take pride in their product and it showed when working with eSalon. My Color Professional Courtney was marvelous. She helped me to figure how to acheive my goal and picked the perfect formula to helping me get the color I wanted. We did two different formulas on my hair. One for the roots and one for the ends. It matched perfectly and I am elated with the outcome.

eSalon uses only the highest-quality ingredients and pigments in our advanced salon grade formulas. Here's what type of ingredients are in their special formulas:

VITAMIN E helps condition dry hair & scalp
PROVITAMIN B5 moisturizes hair
KERATIN gives hair strength & flexibility
SILK AMINO ACID strengthens & conditions the hair
SOYBEAN PROTEIN improves hair body & texture
ALOE VERA moisturizes, adds shine & helps manageability
CHAMOMILE moisturizes
WHEAT PROTEIN replenishes & strengthens the hair
LOVE adds brilliance & boosts happiness

Here's a before and after picture. So you can see how long the formula lasts I took my "After Picture" a week after I applied my color.

What do you think? Have you tried eSalon? What where your thoughts? For your chance to try eSalon enter the giveaway below. 3 lucky Domestic Sweetheart winners will get the chance to create their own special formula and try eSalon at no cost. Good Luck!

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Home Sweet Home

Disclosure: Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post. I'm thrilled to share this lovely piece of art with my readers!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post for Minted about their marvelous online marketplace of independent artists and designers. I'm thrilled to share with you my charming Home Sweet Home framed art piece for our home.

This precious piece has been placed in our entry way to welcome us and our guests. Every time I walk past it I feel uplifted knowing that we have created a home that I can feel proud of. It reminds me of the saying "home is where the heart is" and no matter the physical location of our house my home is with my family and that this piece will follow me through all the stages of our lives. I plan on keeping this framed beauty 4-ever and I hope to pass it down to my daughter one day for when she starts her own family.

This limited edition print was created by Kristen Smith from Augusta, GA. Available in 3 colors: pastel, neutral and earth (I choose earth to match my pretty bohemian style) and has 11 frame options: black, white, natural, natural french farmhouse, whitewashed french farmhouse, whitewashed herringbone, distressed charcoal stain, distressed cottage white, distressed indigo stain, reclaimed barnwood and antique filigree (I choose the reclaimed barnwood as I thought it was breathtaking and timeworn choice).

What do you think? Have you made any purchases from Minted? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Misfit Shine Review

Disclosure: Thank you to Misfit for sponsoring this post and for helping me to stay fit in 2015!

Since I became a mommy 7 months ago my fitness routine has been pretty minimal. I had an unplanned Csection which set me back a bit and trying to find time has become more and more difficult. I have worked out a couple of times but nothing so far has really seemed to stick. I vowed to make 2015 my year to be strong. Lately I feel like I have very little energy which may have something to do with learning I have an overactive thyroid due to my pregnancy.

Excuses aside, I know that the only way that I can feel better is to take care of my body with diet & fitness. It's time to put down the ice cream and put on my sneakers.

To help me get fit Misfit the makers of Shine sent me the Misfit Shine in Coral which retails for $99.99 which includes a clasp and wristaband & their Shine Metal Mesh Band which retails for $49.99.

How it works:
Shine is easy to setup. I typically have to ask Mr. Sweetheart for help putting together my electronics or let's be honest anything that comes with instructions - but I was proud of myself for figuring this out on my own! Here's a breakdown of what to expect.
1. Open Shine and insert battery
2. Link Shine. Download the Misfit Shine App and sync.
3. Attach Shine monitor to clasp, necklace or wristband.

Once, linked set a goal. Since I'm not signed up for a fitness routine I picked a lower level of fitness for a trial. Below is a snapshot of my daily activity so you can have an idea of how it works.

Daily Fitness
From here you can log exercise such as cycling, running, yoga, dancing, soccer. Also, upload your daily eats to keep track of your diet.

Sleep Tracker

Weight Goals

Find Misfit friends (signed up? I'm xoxowendy let's be friends!)

My final thoughts: I'm a Shine addict! Not only do I just heart all of the clever Misfit features I'm in love with the flawless and sophisticated design. Shine is waterproof, comfortable and never needs to be charged!

If you are looking to get motivated fitness wise this year I suggest you look into Misfit Shine. You will not be disappointed!

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Wendy's Minted Wish List

1. Hugs and Kisses
2. Love Is An Adventure
3. Home Sweet Home
4. Constellations
5. Birthstones
6. California Love Location

When searching for some chic and customized artwork for our home I came across the fabulous website and I'm just in love! Here are a few of my fave pieces. The piece I would love to see in my house the most is Home Sweet Home. It's just darling! I also love how easy it is to customize each piece by choosing different colors and frame styles :)

About Minted
Minted is a design marketplace. They source creative content from a global community of independent artists, then sell the best content in the form of art, home décor, and stationery, directly to consumers. An early pioneer of crowdsourcing, Minted has held art and design challenges monthly since April 2008. Challenges are open for both submission and voting, the 'crowd' curates Minted's product selection by rating products, and Minted utilizes analytics to evaluate votes.

What do you think? Have you made any purchases from Minted? What are your favorite pieces? Would love to hear your thoughts!