Newborn Baby Essentials List

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When it comes to your first pregnancy, the process of preparing for your baby can be so overwhelming! There are endless books and registry lists, not to mention the never ending hours of unsolicited advice! So with Brooks now turning three months and this all being very fresh in my mind, I wanted to share my Top 6 List that I would recommend to any mom either as an addition or adjustment. I made my newborn baby essentials list quick and I made my reasoning real. I have tested and used these products and swear by them. So if you are registering for your baby, I hope I can make your decisions slightly less stressful!

6 Newborn Baby Essentials:

  1. My choice for a car seat was the Chicco Key Fit 30. Why? a. Because it can carry a baby up to 30 lbs {my daughter used it until she was about one – not because she weighed too much but because she got too tall}. ie. A year is a good length of time in car seat talk. b. It’s incredibly easy to buckle into a car – you just put a seat belt through two hooks – no base is necessary. c. It is great quality – we are using it again for our second baby and after a quick wash it looked good as new!
  2. My choice for a diaper pail was the Ubbi Diaper Pail. Why? a. Because it looks sleek. b. It works with standard trash bags – which sounds unimportant but in the scheme of convenience and cost is actually incredibly helpful!
  3. My choice for a Baby Swing was the 4Moms Mamma Roo. Why? Read this Fashionable Hostess Post – enough said!
  4. My choice for a swaddle blanket was the Preggie Baby Miracle Blanket. Why? From the time Brooks was 2 weeks old he twitched so often during naps that he would quickly wiggle loose from his swaddles, causing him to be woken up. After trying the Miracle Blanket I realized he could stretch and twitch without coming undone – this equated to longer and better naps - as any new mom comes to learn – this is priceless!
  5. My choice for a diaper bag was the Skip Hop Versa Diaper Bag. Why? a. It’s well-priced. b. It hooks on to your stroller. c. It has about 100 pockets / zippers – incredibly important when you need to shove things in at the park. c. It’s so light which is great for when you need to carry it with you when you leave the stroller behind!
  6. My choice for bottles were the Born Free Bottles. Why? a. As my lactation consultant said – she was shocked at how natural the size 1 nipples seemed. She reassured me that my baby would have no problem adjusting to a bottle with these. b. She was right! Both of my kids immediately took to a bottle in between nursing with no problem! c. They are great quality – 19 months later I am still using the same package I bought when Reese was born!


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Kale and Tomato Pizzettes

Kale, Tomato, and Cheese Bite Sized AppetizersFH-26-3503785268-O

I love finding healthy appetizers to serve at my dinner parties that guests can indulge in completely guilt-free prior to moving on to dinner. So when Nutritonist Arielle Haspel of Be Well with Arielle whipped up her famous Kale Caprese Pizzettes for guests to enjoy at the Summer Cooking 101 Event, I took a mental note for future parties.

Essentially this appetizer is a crunchy brown rice tortilla chip topped with a salad – hello healthy!! Plus I love the added perk that you now have an appetizer which also enables you to skip the salad course! She made her pizzettes with kale, tomatoes, and mozzarella, but you can add or substitute your choice of veggies from peppers to mushrooms and swap cheeses to goat or parmigiana!

Thanks Arielle for the delicious appetizer idea!


  • Kale, diced or ripped up into little pieces
  • Cherry tomatoes (yellow and red), diced
  • Mozzarella, diced
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Brown rice or sprouted grain tortillas

Head over to her site for the directions… {link here}.

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Summer Cooking 101 Event Featuring Nutritionist Be Well with Arielle

Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be WellwithArielle.comZucchini Bite Sized Appetizer

Two weeks ago I teamed up with Arielle Haspel of to co-host a Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH.  The Event Details: Arielle is the new face of Glamour Magazine’s online video series called “Treat Yourself.” Each week this summer, Glamour featured Arielle in the kitchen showcasing a new healthy and fun cooking video – from Healthy Fish Tacos to a Post-Workout Cookies & Cream Smoothie. Excited to celebrate in her success, I wanted to host an event so she could show off her kitchen skills {plus, cooking in my kitchen meant I would be scoring the left-overs!!}. She arrived at my apartment with a slew of delicious organic ingredients and got right to work. I took the reigns as merchandiser {baby Brooks in tow!}.

Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess sets the TableAppetizer served in Martini Glasses: Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be Arielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comZucchini Rounds with Homemade Pesto Sauce and Honey Drizzle by BewellwithArielleWatermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers AppetizerWatermelon, Feta and Mint Summer SaladAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Le Grand Courtage ChampagneLe Grand Courtage Champagne Mini Champagne BottlesAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Santa Margherita WineSanta Margherita Pinot Grigio

On the invite list was a group of 10 top notch fashion, lifestyle, and beauty bloggers based in NYC who couldn’t wait to taste-test the dishes live. The Summer Seasonal Menu included: Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Honey Drizzle {recipe}, Kale Caprese Pizzettes {recipe}, Watermelon Feta and Mint Skewer Appetizers {recipe}, and for party favors, cute mini mason jars packed with  Maple Sesame Cashews {recipe}. My contribution was finding the perfect beverages to pair with her spread, so I chose Le Grand Courtage mini Champagne bottles for guests to enjoy while we shmoozed, and then a light and crisp white wine to accompany her summer appetizers, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio {which I also featured in my “How to Throw a Wine and Cheese Party” post}.

As the event went on, the bloggers tweeted and insta’d away as Arielle did a live cooking demonstration with health tips and knife skills to boot. It was a fabulous end of summer soiree!!

On the hunt for healthy recipes? Head to her site,, and stay tuned because tomorrow I will be sharing her Kale and Tomato Pizzette Appetizer on Fashionable Hostess.

Katie Meyers of MeyersStyles.comI love me RingAmanda Teague of BehindtheMirrorBeauty.comKatie Manwaring of and Julia Dzafic of Lemonstripes.comSummer Cooking 101 EventArielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comKatie Manwaring of and Arielle of BeWellwithArielle.comNew York Bloggers attend Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH

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