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Being a mom not only means caring for your little one, loving them unconditionally and putting them first in your life but it also means that you can’t do it alone. I am lucky enough to have my family and close friends but on top of that I need my “essentials” to get through the “I got 3 hours of sleep,” kind of day. So below are my top 7 items I needed to survive as a first time mom.

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New moms often worry about every little thing when it comes to their baby (I am definitely one of those moms). So I ask a lot of questions and while asking those questions I found out about the app (that is also a book) The Wonder Weeks. It has more than 35 years of international scientific research that will keep you informed about the (mental) leaps and bounds of your baby. This app won prizes in several countries as the best parenting app! Think of it as a portable, at-a-glance version of the leap chart in weeks. The app is the perfect companion element to track your baby’s mental development (during the first 20 months). This has helped us on so many levels and let’s us know how long the good or bad leap is going to last and how we can help our babies through them. I paid $1.99 for this app and it was well worth it!

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Boppy. When I was first registering I had no idea what a boppy was and never thought I would really use it, but I listened to some friends and registered for it anyway. Fast forward 10 months and I can honestly say that I use it every day. Not only do I use it when I am breastfeeding but it was great when my daughter was learning how to sit and practicing her tummy time. It has also saved her from many (almost) falls when she would lay back.

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Coffee. I was never a big fan, I always liked tea or smoothies but never coffee….until I became a mom. When I would see comments scrolling through Facebook or Instagram reading “But First Coffee” I never really understood. But now? I get it! I need a caffeine fix every morning before I go to work but I have to be careful because I still breastfeed and I can only have a certain amount of caffeine a day. So my “go to” drink at Starbucks is an iced chai, coconut milk with a single shot. It is truly the little things in life that make all of the difference (and keep me awake).

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I work full-time and sometimes have to travel, all while breastfeeding/pumping full time. This nursing poncho from Milkmaid Goods is amazing and is my ultimate essential. In this picture I am pumping at Sky Harbor Airport and feel completely comfortable because I am covered (if only it eliminated the loud pumping sound too). This cover is light weight and roomy for nursing and also doubles as a cover to put over the car set when my daughter is sleeping or a high chair when we are at a restaurant.

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Pumping, we all LOVE to HATE it but it’s what keeps the process going (if you know what I mean?!) My goal is one year of nursing so I pump when I am at work and before I go to bed….EVERY SINGLE DAY! With that being said I would keep track of how many minutes I pump for and how many ounces I get. Then about 4 months into pumping I found this free app from the Apple App Store called Pump Log. This log is amazing because it keeps track of how long I pump and how many ounces I have (freezer stash) and how many ounces I still need to hit my goal for nursing. You can also set a timer that reminds you when to pump during the day. #itspumpingtime

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Car seat handles are very odd and you can never really feel comfortable when you are carrying your little one. Being only 5″1 I look pretty funny trying to carry my daughter in her car seat until now. LugBug came out with this nifty handle that connects to your car seat handle. It takes the straining away and is uniquely shaped to make it easy to maneuver your little tike around. The person that invented this device lives here in Arizona, he was also a first time dad when he thought of this concept. The cost is $39.99 and it comes in a wide variety of colors and is easy to attach to the baby carrier.

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Mommy and Me Photos were a must for us because I noticed that when I would scroll through my pictures on my phone I had a lot of photos of her by herself or photos with her daddy (I was always taking the picture). This was fun for us and I would recommend it to any mom (especially a first time mom) because the first year goes by so fast and you want to look back and remember everything about your child at that very moment.

My mom recently brought my baby book over and I noticed that the baby book was filled with photos of me by myself and not enough photos with my mom in them. So, now it’s a birthday tradition every year during my birthday month I will get mommy and me photos with her. I will cherish these photos forever. Thank you Jenna Donato Photography!

So there we have it the 7 essentials that have helped me as a first time mom. Some of them were pretty easy to figure out (like the coffee) but I hope some of these really help you out whether you are a first time mom or are one kid number 5!

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If you know me, you know that I like to be comfortable on Sundays because those are the days that I like to run all of my errands (and not wear heels) because I typically wear heels or wedges Monday-Saturday. I don’t know what it is about heels that make me feel more “put-together,” don’t you think…..(it may just be me). My dress and booties are recently from one of my fav stores……TARGET! This cotton dress is comfortable and flowy and can transition from summer into fall with just a couple of pieces (ex. shoes, layering vest or jacket and a scarf). I also love the neckline of this dress because it makes it girly and more dressy, rather than just a boat-neckline.

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Dress|Target Booties|Target Bar Necklace|Urban Outfitters Sunglasses|Ray Ban Earrings|Kendra Scott Watch|Michael Kors Clutch(old)|Marciano

I hope all of you have a happy Sunday with your family <3

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It’s hot and when it’s hot I like to be comfortable, so I grabbed the most comfortable jean shorts (from American Eagle) I own and paired it with my favorite gold pieces from Kendra Scott and my new favorite store Avenue Boutique. Sometimes I like to keep it minimal but colorful!

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Sunglasses|Ray-ban T-shirt|Wet Seal Vest|Wet Seal Necklace|Kendra Scott Bracelet and Rings|Avenue Boutique Jean Shorts|American Eagle Clutch|Block and Battaglia Sandals|Macy’s

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Every now and then I like to drag my husband from behind the camera to the front. Today’s blog is all about men’s fashion on a budget. Mat’s entire outfit is under $100. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be stylish and feel comfortable. Mat is a comfortable dresser; so that means he doesn’t like to layer but in this case I don’t think he has to because he is wearing a printed shirt as well as neutral tone bottoms that give this outfit the pop it needs without having to layer or add a lot of accessories (and men, I don’t mean jewelry…I mean accessories like: hats, vests, etc.)

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I had to add these pictures below because I was hysterically laughing when I asked Mat to pose for the camera (this is what he gave me)…..man I love this guy 😉

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Shirt, Forever 21 | Grey Jeans, Target | Reef Shoes, Nordstrom Rack | Watch, Guess | Wedding Ring, Spirit Bee |

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In the summer it’s all about staying cool and out of the heat in Arizona. So that’s why I went to American Eagle and bought almost every pair of high-waist shorts they had in stock. Their inexpensive and they come in almost every color (this weekend they are having a huge 4th of July sale) so check it out.

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Top, Urban Outfitter | Sunglasses, Tory Burch | High-Waist Shorts, American Eagle | Tie-Up Heels, Zara |

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From left to right:

1. Commercial shoot
2. Now that’s a statement piece
3. Kendra Scott gifts for my clients
4. Guilty selfie
5. Birthday presents
6. Me and my amazing husband
7. My Friday night
8. I love what I do
9. Sweet set up
10. Roses from the hubby
11. Romper selfie
12. My best friend Carly’s bday
13. <3
14. yummmm
15. 🙂
16. Love Kendra Scott

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In the Arizona heat the best piece of clothing I always recommend to my clients is a cotton dress! This is one of my favorite dresses this spring and you can dress it up and dress it down with just a simple belt and heels <3

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White Dress|LuLu’s Clutch|Forever 21 Earrings|Kendra Scott Heels|Marciano(old)

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Ro

I am extremely excited to announce that I am collaborating on a fun giveaway with the amazing and talented Morgan McLane with Morgan McLane Photography. I met Morgan first as a styling client of mine; her sweet husband hired me for her birthday to add some fun colors to her already beautiful wardrobe, then after talking we were inseparable and when I found out that she was a photographer I thought it would be a great idea to put together a giveaway!

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To enter to win all you have to do is like our Facebook pages: Rochelle York Personal Stylist and Morgan McLane Photography and share our contest giveaway pictures on your Facebook page! We will choose a winner on April 30th <3 (you have to live in Arizona to be qualified for the contest).

The winner will receive 30 styled and edited photos of themselves <3

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Ro

I love spring time for various reasons: 1. I love the weather 2. I love the clothes 3. I love being outside every chance I get and 4. my birthday! This year I kept it pretty low key and went to dinner with my friends. Below is my “low key,” fun birthday outfit and you won’t believe where I got my romper????

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Romper|American Eagle
Necklace|Kendra Scott
Heels(old)|Marciano

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Every year I like to do a giveaway on my birthday, so stay tuned for my fun giveaway with the amazing and talented Morgan McLane Photography.

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From Left to Right
1. Let it begin <3
2. Where?
3. 3 Year Wedding Anniversary in Vegas!
4. Bunny Bush
5. Mat’s birthday present (it’s a ring made out of wood..yes wood) SpiritBee
6. Video shoot
7. Mani Monday!
8. Love this dress for spring
9. Kendra Scott favs
10. Clothes Minded!
11. <3
12. Family in town from Oregon
13. Blow out and curls!
14. Press conference at Spring into Fashion Show
15. Runway look
16. Top 5 stylists

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Ro