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Dual Purpose Products

Dual Purpose Products

Who doesn’t love a product that you can use in more ways then one?! Not only is this the minimalist side of me, not wanting to have loads of items when when one product does the trick, but it also saves money not having to […]

Minimalist Emergency Supplies

Minimalist Emergency Supplies

With the remembrance of 9-11 today and all of the natural disasters currently in the news it sparked the thought of what a minimalist would need in the case of an emergency.  I know that every emergency is different so I am sure that there […]

What’s In My Hospital Bag?

What’s In My Hospital Bag?

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Probably about 3 months before I was due I started researching different items I should be packing for my hospital bag. I was reading blog posts, watching YouTube videos, asking family and friends what they recommended. I am someone who likes to be prepared and organized to say the least. I got all sorts of answers but there were a few items that were consistent such as, bring your own pillow, shower sandals and some yummy snacks. I didn’t want to be that girl who brought her whole house in multiple suitcases because I know the basics will be covered by the hospital but I still wanted to have some items that maybe would ease the pain and soreness.  So here is my list!

Hospital bag

My hospital bag:


Baby items I packed

Baby Items I brought:

  • Coming home outfit with headband
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Aquaphor- This is great for dry, cracked skin (which my baby had)…Highly recommend!
  • Clippers or file
  • Baby book for foot prints- This is the book I have!
  • Socks
  • Mits
  • Onesies
  • Sleeper sack
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Baby blanket (the one her Grandma made)

Here are the items I wish I would have brought:

There is, honestly, no items I wish I had brought.

Here are the items I could have skipped:

So, I am very frugal and realized at the hospital that I didn’t need all that I had brought. I could have done without…

  • Underwear- I used the hospitals because they fit the large pads, so I would leave mine at home.
  • Hygiene items- I ended up just using what the hospital provided.
  • Nipple cream- The hospital had this for me.
  • Nursing pillow- Didn’t find it helpful at the hospital but use it at home all the time!
  • Witch hazel wipes- I would leave these at home.
  • Laptop & charger- I thought I would want to watch Hulu or write but the hospital tv was enough for me. I honestly slept way more then I expected.
  • Book- I was so exhausted I didn’t have the energy to read.
  • Dermaplast spray- I would leave this at home because you’ll need this at home too.
  • Socks- I was hot the whole time so I didn’t use these, plus the hospital has some if you need them.
  • Shower sandals- I could hardly move, so I personally would skip this because when I went to shower or to the bathroom, it took another person holding me up. I wasn’t thinking of cleanliness of the shower.

What they provided at the hospital:

  • Underwear
  • Large pads
  • Normal pads
  • Hygiene items
  • Spray bottle
  • Dermaplast spray
  • Tucks wipes
  • Medication
  • Stool softener
  • Nipple cream
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Newborn onesies
  • Newborn hats
  • Swaddle blankets

All of these items where provided for me to use in the hospital but they also all came home with me. The medication and stool softener were sent to the pharmacy for me to pick up.

Here is the items I had prepared at home:

  • Stool softener
  • Ice pack
  • Pads
  • Underwear
  • Dermaplast spray
  • Food prepped for a few weeks

To Summarize:

These are the items I would pack in my hospital bag…

As for the babies bag I wouldn’t change anything because I felt it was good to have a diaper bag more set up at this point.

In conclusion, this is my list and what I learned and would do different. I hope this helps any mamas out there trying to figure it out like I was. If you are someone who has an awesome lists of what to pack, I would absolutely love to hear! Feel free to comment below and subscribe up top!

How To Pack The Perfect Cooler

How To Pack The Perfect Cooler

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.   With Labor Day being right around the corner I thought what better then to share my secrets on how I pack the perfect cooler! This is great to know if your planning on […]

10 Ways to Live Eco-Friendly

10 Ways to Live Eco-Friendly

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information. Living eco-friendly has become more of a popular concept. The whole idea of green living is to reduce the amount of waste and energy you use. I am the first one to admit that […]

Tackling Those Tough Areas: Paperwork

Tackling Those Tough Areas: Paperwork

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Today I want to talk about how to apply what you know about minimalism from my last article, which you can find  here and start living this out today.

Now most of us are running from one place to another. Trying to do grocery shopping or making it to the gym on top of working all day and running the kids around. You might thinking, “ya right Sarah, living like a minimalist isn’t going to solve these issues”. Thats where your wrong… intentional living is making a conscious decision to choose how you want to spend your time and energy. This is your choice! Life can be hectic but its a mindset which also goes into sorting through the distractions and focusing on what is truly important to you!

So lets begin to get your home set up the way YOU want instead of letting everything run you. If you’re feeling rushed for time set your timer for 10 minutes and just focus on one area for this short time! For me my biggest struggle has always been paperwork. It takes no time at all for all the papers to start to taking over.

Here are a few ideas to help get that paperwork sorted and organized.

  • I highly suggest having two organizing bins…
    • File bin or cabinet- important documents: This is the FILE BIN I use!!
    • Small type bin- for papers you need to save just for a short time: This is the PAPER TRAY ORGANIZER I use!!
  • You should have three piles…
    • Toss
    • Keep
    • Need to handle (aka pay a bill or call on type mail)
  • Keep all documents in your phone if possible.
    • example- appointment cards- I just put it right into my iPhone calendar
    • I take photos of things instead of carrying a piece of paper around and if its important I will either star it in my photos to go into my favorites or email it to myself and save it in a folder on my email.
  • As far as email goes I have my statements emailed to me and I save them in a folder in my email. So once I pay them I can easily delete them.
  • Also I use an app for my budget verse paper called Every Dollar and I actually put on that bill when they are due and how much I paid and when I paid them.
  • When you pick up the mail from your mail box sort it right away and throw away what you don’t need. Open the mail you are keeping right away and decide what you need to do with it (refer to three piles above).  This is when the file bin and the smaller bin or sorter comes in handy. Remember most papers you don’t need to hold on to for very long.
  • As far as magazines…I used to keep every magazine…I was a magazine hoarder! Now honestly I don’t have subscriptions to magazines anymore because it was just to much and to me the money wasn’t worth it. That isn’t saying that if I’m in the grocery store and see a great Real Simple Magazine that I am interested in that I wont buy it…because I will! I like to have paper in my hands to read. I get tired of reading off my phone. I ended up going through all my magazines and I took photos of the ideas I loved and saved them in my favorites in my photos and I recycled all the magazines and got rid of all the clutter! Sometimes my mom will pass magazines off to me and I will actually give myself a deadline to read it by because I know I have this habit of collecting.

I think the biggest thing to paperwork is taking the time to tackle the papers all over the counter or the large pile you have on your counter. Pay the ones that need to be paid, file the ones that are important to save and shred or toss the rest! I really think that with these tips you will be on your way to getting the paperwork under control and living more intentional.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

6 Ways to Begin a Life of a Minimalist

6 Ways to Begin a Life of a Minimalist

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information. There are all types of minimalists out there. You will see people who know exactly how many items they have and how they all fit in a back pack. Then there are […]