Hi! My name is Katelyn Jones and I'm the creator of A Touch of Pink Blog! I'm a wife, actress, model, and kitty mama currently living in Houston, Texas! I created A Touch of Pink to share with my readers my outfits, my life, and everything that inspires me. I have always loved everything fashion, beauty, living a healthy lifestyle, and traveling! By sharing some of my favorite things with you on my blog, I hope you leave feeling inspired! Be sure to subscribe below for weekly updates and follow me on my social media! XOXO Katelyn
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Happy Monday! I wanted to talk all about Noodle & Boo’s NEW Baby Laundry Line and skincare line! I have only used Noodle & Boo’s bath products and lotions on Kennedy since she was a newborn. She has never had any irritations since I have been using Noodle & Boo’s baby skincare line. They not only smell like yummy baby goodness but they contain only the highest quality ingredients! The lotion I use for Kennedy is made with sweet almond oil and vitamins E and C. Also, it is dermatologist and pediatrician tested, hypoallergenic, provides a protective layer of natural antioxidants that help shield skin from environmental elements. Babies have very thin and delicate skin, so using only the best for our littles is so important!
I have been washing all of Kennedy’s laundry like the dress she is wearing, her crib bedding, and spot treating her things using Noodle & Boo’s new laundry line! This line of laundry products specifically formulated for babies line is made with all natural ingredients! Their products are made with plant-based formulas and naturally removes all the stains and odors our tiny babies make! Using baby specific laundry products helps prevent irritation on baby’s delicate and ultra sensitive skin. Regular laundry detergent irritates baby’s skin and has much harsher chemicals that they are exposed to. Their New Laundry Line is baby safe which means no sulfates, dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, phthalates, optical brighteners or 1.4-dioxane. The Ultra-Safe Laundry Detergent is very safe to use for babies’ laundry, and it also smells SOO amazing! It is their Signature Crème Douce Scent. The Ultra-Soft Fabric Conditioner smells heavenly and makes clothes so soft and supple. It has a mild formula with naturally-derived softening oils, infuses cuddly goodness into every load. I have loved using the Ultra-Strong Stain Remover to treat tough stains such as food stains on her clothes. It gets the stain out without harming the fabric like other spot removers have done before. It is plant-based and the innovative solution contains no chlorine, dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates or phthalates.
The Ultra-Soft Fabric Conditioner is developed to decrease drying time, reduce wrinkles and eliminate static cling. It is also created without dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, phthalates or 1.4-dioxane. I also loved spraying the Ultra-Fresh Linen Mist to add a fresh scent in her nursery around her diaper pail and removes all the nasty smelling odor. It can be used to deodorize car seats, strollers, and diaper pails. It is made with all natural ingredients so I feel good about spraying it in her nursery and on things she touches. Also, it is afe for all fabrics and furnishings. The fresh scent combines a fresh blend of peach and water blossoms, with just a touch of ripe mixed berries and clover honey, wrapped in soft notes of warm milk and vanilla beans.
*This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own.
Today I want to talk all about my experience shopping for a new stroller at buybuy BABY! So over the past couple months, I was thinking about getting a new stroller. The one we currently have is a great stroller, but there are certain features I am now seeking in a stroller that I didn’t think about before. Also, I have really bad back pain since having Kennedy, so I was desperate to find a light stroller to help with that. I am a buybuy BABY Babyhood ambassador, and thought it would be a great idea to shop for a stroller at the local buybuy BABY store here in Katy, Texas. I wanted to share my experience with all my readers and explain why I LOVE shopping at buybuy BABY!
I had a list made up of features I was needing in a stroller. First, I needed a stroller with lots of storage. I haul around a lot of things for Kennedy and I and need lots of space! Second, I needed something much lighter than the stroller I currently have. I have trouble lifting heavy things, and I was lifting the stroller in and out of the car multiple times a day! Plus, Kennedy is over 24 pounds, so lifting her up all the time on top of that wasn’t so good for my back 😉 I also wanted a stroller that would grow with our family (I’m not pregnant FYI!!). We are thinking of when we want to have our next baby, which hopefully will be in the next year or so! So, I wanted a stroller that would convert to a double stroller when we do have our next baby. Of course, I wanted something stylish on top of all the functional needs 😉
I looked at three different strollers when I went to the buybuy BABY store. I was helped by Isaac, who is the stroller and car seat guru in that department. He seriously knew every little detail about each stroller and answered all of our questions- and we had a lot! I love how at any buybuy BABY store around the country, you will get this level of service and information about the product you are buying! I have been to buybuy BABY stores in California, Utah, and Texas, and they are the BEST department baby store you can go to. If you are a soon-to-be parent or first time parent, buybuy BABY is the place to go if you are needing advice and help on what to buy for your baby.
Another thing I loved about shopping for our new stroller here, was they never once pressured us to buy anything! Isaac told us that buying a stroller is a serious investment and he always wants to make sure parents know he would rather them make a right decision and be happy, then buy something on a whim. Isaac is the “stroller” department expert here in the Katy, Texas store. His expertise is tailored to knowing everything about car seats and strollers so that each customer can make an informed decision. I was able to put Kennedy in each stroller to “test” them out and push her around the store. He showed me all the good features, feedback he has received from customers who have purchased that particular stroller, and he also told me what he didn’t like about each stroller- which I much appreciated his honesty. The three strollers I looked at were the Uppababy Vista, the CitySelect Lux, and the Austen Entourage! All three of these strollers convert to a double stroller (all seat up to 3), and all the seats are able to face forward or back.
Comes in Navy and Black, and has stylish brown leather handles!
This photo shows the amazing storage this stroller is capable of!!! It comes with the basket on the top that expands out. It can all be collapsed back down if you don’t need it!
It has a one-handed, self-stand fold so it can stand freely on it’s own
The Austlen Entourage is a brand new stroller out on the market (I would say less than one year) and buybuy BABY has only had it for a few months. The great thing about this stroller is it is so unique and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. The Austlen Entourage Stroller is perfect for families on-the-go. This one-handed expandable frame has three positions, 5 recline positions, a market tote and expandable lower storage area, giving you the freedom to travel anywhere in comfort. It can extend out so the middle section can hold lots of things- even a cooler like the picture above! The seat can be brought back to get rid of the storage space and expandable basket, if you don’t need it. I think it is an amazing stroller, but since we don’t need THAT much storage space at the moment, we narrowed down our picks to the Uppababy Vista and The CitySelect Lux! I can see a larger family with a few kids loving that stroller! It will be great for the beach, going to soccer practice, and lots of other places where you need to haul around large items! It also can have a front board attached for additional kids. It has a one-handed, self-stand fold so it can stand freely on it’s own. Since it is a larger stroller than the other two options, I liked that they designed it so it can easily just roll into the trunk of the car. It is also the height of a smaller trunk! The price for this stroller is $829.00.
Here are some specs on the Austlen:
*Supports children from birth up to 50 lb.
*Stroller weight: 30 lb.
*Unfolded dimensions: 43-55″ L x 24.5″ W x 43.5″ H
*Folded dimensions: 33″ L x 24.25″ W x 17.5″ H
*Single step braking system
*Never flat tires
*Multi-position UPF 50+ canopy with extendable visor for sun and wind protection and peek-a-boo window
*1-year manufacturer’s warranty
BABY JOGGER CITY SELECT LUX
The City Select LUX folds up so small and is very easy to lift! Uppababy Vista (left) + City Select LUX (right)
Next, we looked at the Baby Jogger City Select LUX. The City Select LUX is very comparable to the Uppabbay Vista in terms of size, converting to a double stroller, storage, fold up size, and the advanced features. There are some slight differences between the two, and pros and cons to both. First off, the City Select LUX has an updated softer and more lux fabric compared to the other version of their Baby Jogger. It has the most riding options of any single to double stroller, with over 20 configurations. When it comes to seating for the children, they can also face inwards towards each other which the Uppababy Vista can’t do. Also, there is a few more inches of space between the seats compared to the Vista. You can also add the bench seat so your older child can hop a ride sitting down. It is compatible with most car seats and you can purchase the bassinet separately for a newborn. To add the second seat, it is between $199-219. So in total, you can transport up to three children with this stroller. There is also no restriction when it comes to having the heavier baby be at the top seat and putting the smaller baby on the bottom, or vice-versa. I didn’t know that was ever an issue with stackable double strollers but Isaac made us aware to this! In the Uppababy, a child over 50lbs needs to sit on the top seat and the child who weighs less needs to be on the bottom seat. But with the City Select LUX, that isn’t an issue because the attachments for the seats are already anchored in the stroller. All in all, I loved all of the amazing features and it was at a great price point of $629.99.
Here are some specs on the Baby Jogger City Select LUX:
*Stroller weight: 30.4 lb.
*Stroller weight without seat: 24.2 lb.
*Dimensions (unfolded): 46.1″ L x 25.6″ W x 40.8″ H
*Dimensions (folded): 31″ L x 25.75″ W x 12″ H
*Decelerating hand brake provides enhanced controlled braking
*Flip-flop friendly rear parking brakes
*Lightweight, never-flat 8″ front and 12″ rear all-terrain rubber tires
*Reversible seat allows front- or parent-facing positions
*Padded seating for riding comfort
*Adjustable, multi-position seat recline
*Folds simply and compactly with auto lock for easy storage and transport (30% smaller than the previous city select stroller model)
The Vista has a very large storage basket on the bottom which was one of the top features I needed in a new stroller! City Select LUX (left) + Uppababy Vista (right)
Kennedy LOVED the Uppababy seat and she seemed so comfortable in it!
Finally, I am sharing my experience learning about and testing out the UPPAbaby Vista. This stroller was one I have heard SO many amazing things. From my mommy friends here in Houston to my followers on my IG, mostly everyone recommends and raves about the UPPAbaby Vista! This stroller truly had everything I wanted and it checked all my boxes. It is very lightweight and lifting the frame was very easy for me! It also folds up really small and can stand freely on it’s own!
I loved how it came with the bassinet because Kennedy loved strolling around in the bassinet, so I can’t wait to use it for our other future children. It is approved for overnight sleep with the bassinet stand accessory. The bassinet is the most luxurious and nicest bassinet for a stroller I have found. The lining is a super soft, lux fabric and the bottom has an open design so it is breathable and lets air flow through- making baby more comfortable. This stroller has lots of color options (around 8 different colors for the 2017 model) and the new brown leather handle and front bar. The storage on the bottom is very large and can hold a LOT of things. I was able to fit my Fawn Diaper bag, and bunch of other things in there with no issues. I loved the sleek and stylish design, the gorgeous Loic color and the brown leather handles. The seat is easy to take on and off the frame, and you can fold it up easily with the seat attached as well. When it is folded it can stand upright, so you don’t have to lean it against any walls which is so nice! The seats can be configured in many different positions and it is between $169-189.00 to buy the second seat. This stroller accommodates up to three children without growing wider with the UPPAbaby RumbleSeat and PiggyBack board accessories. I loved the smooth ride of the stroller and how easy it was to push around! The price for the UPPAbaby Vista is $839-899.
Here are some specs on the Uppababy Vista:
*Toddler seat is suitable for children from 3 months up to 50 lb.
*Stroller weighs 26.3 lb. (frame and seat); 19.4 lb. (frame, canopy, wheels and basket)
*Seat weighs 6.9 lb.; Bassinet weighs 8.4 lb.
*Unfolded dimensions: 36″ L x 25.7″ W x 39.5″ H
*Folded dimensions (seat attached): 17.25″ L x 25.7″ W x 33″ H
*Folded dimensions (seat unattached): 16.75″ L x 25.7″ W x 33″
*Water and stain repellant polyester fabric
*Rear wheel brakes
*Foam-filled, never-flat tire
*Machine washable fabric
*Adjustable canopy with peek-a-boo window and extendable UPF 50+ sunshade
*Pivoting bumper bar with neoprene cover
*X-Large, easy-access basket (30 lb. max)
*2-year manufacturer’s warranty (Isaac informed us the just changed the warranty to 3 years on all Uppababy strollers!)
After doing our comparisons, we decided to get the UPPAbaby Vista in the color “Loic”!!!! My husband was on team City Select and I was all for the Uppababy! We went back and forth for a few days trying to decide which one to get, and which one would best fit our needs. Isaac from buybuy BABY almost had us sold on the City Select, but in the end I chose the Uppababy Vista! We had such an amazing experience as a family shopping for a new stroller at buybuy BABY! The Buybuy BABY store employees were SO incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, patient, nice and made shopping for a stroller FUN! I can’t wait to tell all my friends about my experinece and share this will all of my readers! Let me know if you have any questions!
Currently I am working on a Part II post, where I will be reviewing the Upppababy Vista and sharing everything I have been loving about it so far! Stay tuned for that! XOXO
One of my favorite ways to shop for myself and for Kennedy is online shopping! I would say my favorite place to shop weekly is from Amazon! The things I love about Amazon is you can shop from thousands of products in tons of different categories such as beauty, fashion, baby products, mens fashion, and much more on one website.
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As a new mom, this past year has been the most life-changing, hard, yet magical year of my life! There are so many new things you have to learn when becoming a mom for the first time, and even though we try our best to be prepared, nothing can really prepare you for it! When I was pregnant, I bought every baby book, and took all the hospital classes on breastfeeding, newborn care, and infant CPR. While those books and classes helped tremendously, taking care of a tiny human being who solely relies on you every single day is a challenging job. CLICK “Read the Post” to see FULL Post…
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I still can’t believe my sweet baby girl will be a one year old in a couple months!!! Even though I want her to stay a baby forever, it truly is getting more and more fun as the months go by. She is changing so much in just a matter of a couple weeks! I am a tad late on the 9 month baby update (Kennedy will be 10 months on the 21st), but I wanted to do sort of a re-cap on everything that when on during this 9th month so I can share it with you!
9 Month Milestones:
- TALKING + COMMUNICATING – Kennedy is saying “Num Num” when she wants more food or is hungry, she says “Night Night” when its bedtime or nap time and she is really sleepy, she still says “Mama and Dada,” but she loves to say “Dada” more 😉 She LOVES waving hi and bye to strangers! We will be out at a restaurant and she will make eye contact with people and smile and start waving (and sometimes won’t stop for a while haha!) It is the CUTEST thing in the world! I have a book called ‘100 First Words‘ that I have read to her since she was like 3 months old. I point out objects and people in the book and say the word out loud to her. If I ask for example where is the tree, she will point to the picture of the tree in the book! She has started to clap a little too and shakes her head when she is “dancing” and hears music!
- WHAT KENNEDY LOVES – She loves being out and about, being around lots of people, she loves other babies and kids too! She loves more than anything her Little Gym Class! It is a parent and baby play class where a group of babies play, do activities and explore around the big play gym! She loves her sippy cup and water, and loves eating everything and anything! She also loves riding around in the wagon we call her “chariot”
- MOVING – She is pulling up on furniture and speed crawling everywhere! She loves standing up in her crib when she wakes up from her naps, and if I play music she will bounce up and down! She doesn’t like to sit still for diaper changes anymore and twists and turns to try to get away. Let’s just say every changing turns into a mini workout for mommy trying to get her to stay still. One thing I’ve noticed that helps is putting a teething toy for her to chew on or giving her a bottle to drink. I notice if I have either of those things handy for a changing, she will usually stay still 😉
- SLEEP – She is taking two naps a day now, each nap around 1.5-2 hours long. She sleeps about 12 hours straight at night. We went through the dreaded 8 month sleep regression, but we made it though and she is back on a good schedule. That is where she transitioned from 3 naps down to 2 naps. I will talk about her nap and sleep schedule below! I followed the Baby Wise book to get her into a good sleep and nap schedule. Also, I have turned to the Wee Bee Dreaming Blog for advice on baby sleeping and nap. She also has helpful information on sleep transitions!
- EATING – Her main food is still formula, and she drinks 25-30 ounces of milk a day. She doesn’t like her bottles as much as she used to, and sometimes will drink less than that. She seems way more interested in what we are eating and her baby food than milk nowadays. She eats three meals a day, with some snacks in between if she seems hungry. For snacks I will usually feed her organic baby puffs, yogurt melts, or teething biscuits. She mainly eats finger foods now and likes to feed herself. I only give her purees now maybe once a day or if I’m in a rush and need to quickly feed her, or if we are out and about and not near a restaurant. She eats what I eat and so far loves everything we have given her! She has had chicken, steak, salmon, brown rice, couscous, quinoa, most veggies like broccoli, carrots, spinach, kale, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and avocado, whole milk yogurt, greek yogurt, bread, beans, tortilla, lots of different fruits, like pears, bananas, strawberries, mango, and blueberries. All the fruit and veggies we give her are all smashed, cooked so they are soft, and cut into tiny pieces!
- PLAYING – Kennedy LOVES playing with all her toys and especially loves this singing and talking puppy, this activity center table she pulls up and stands to play with it, and this activity center walker. I have a playmat she will play on and that is “play area” where I have all her toys and everything organized in bins. She has a ball pit that used to be an activity mat when she was really little, and she loves sitting in there and playing with all the balls! I got her these flashcards with the alphabet, first words, shapes and colors, and numbers. I will do 10-15 flashcards and show her the photo and saw the word or number. I also read to her at least once a day, even though sometimes she won’t pay attention! lol She has started to sit in my lap though for most of the reading time and likes turning the pages now. I love reading this rhyming book to her. Books that rhyme are good for babies and toddlers because it helps with learning phonics and language. She loves taking all her books out of the bin and opening them up and looking at all the pictures inside! Also, a cardboard box and a small plastic ball will keep her entertained and happy for a LONG time too! haha
Kennedy’s Daily Schedule +Feeding Schedule:
Each day is slightly different (give or take 30min-1hour), but usually her schedule looks like this. She stays awake for 3-3.5 hours, no more than 4-5 hours! She takes 2 naps a day now and sleeps 12 hours at night.
7:00am – Wakes up! Drinks bottle (6 oz.)
7:45am-8:45am – She will play with her toys and crawl all around- usually being chased by daddy. She spends most of her mornings playing with Daddy because Alex works really late during the week, usually past 12am everyday. So I love that they are able to have that bonding time together in the mornings bc she doesn’t see him the rest of the day usually. Most mornings, Alex and I do a workout at home called T25, and she will be good in the pack-n-play. She will play with her toys for about 25 minutes! Luckily, the workout is only 25 minutes 😉
9:00am – Breakfast in her high chair!
10:00am – Goes down for nap #1! I do a small nap-time routine, which is just a short version of her bed time routine but without the bath. It helps relax her and have her know it is nap time. I also try to start the nap time routine in the 15 minute “window” before the 3 hours is up.
12:00pm – Wakes up from nap, changing, and drinks a bottle of formula (4-6oz)
12:15pm – This is usually when I get Kennedy dressed and ready to go out and do a fun activity or run errands with mommy!
3:00pm – Goes down for nap #2 (nap time routine again)
5:00pm – Wakes up from nap, changing, and drinks bottle of formula(4-6oz)
6:00pm- Eats dinner with mommy!
6:30pm – Bath time and I get her ready for bed! She sits up in the bath tub now and I let her play with all her bath toys- she LOVES her bath! It gets her really calm and ready for sleep. She gets really sleepy after her bath and starts to get fussy after I take her out and dry her off. She knows that its time for bed! lol I quickly put lotion on her, give her her probiotic drops, diaper, pjs, Owlet, bottle and then put down to sleep. She will sleep on average 12 hours.
7:00-7:15pm – Bedtime!
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