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Hi guys! Just wanted to quickly mention that my flats are on major sale right now – $ 30 (originally $ 50) + free shipping! Grab them here! They also come in super fun colors other than my black!
Hope you guys are following along on snapchat (lauralacquer) and you can see me running around the hospital in them!

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Enjoying a little Miami staycation with N this weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary (and my first weekend of derm residency actually NOT being on call)! Will add a few more pictures later in the weekend! Hope you all enjoy yours!
Dress  (comes in light denim like mine or medium denim, and is on sale for $ 30!)  //  Handbag  //  Watch  //  Sunglasses  //  Sandals

Top  //  Jeans  //  Handbag  //  Watch  //  Sandals (on crazy sale right now from the original $ 170 to $ 75!)

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Hi guys! By now many of you have heard of (and so many of you are already a part of) my E-course that I’m running this month! It’s been something that I’ve been planning on and working on for such a long time, it’s a little crazy to think that it is now a reality! Check out the info on the left sidebar of the blog or here for more info!
To get a feel for the style of lectures in the course, check out this preview I made available – it’s on of the 31 lectures that are part of the course – and it’s all about how to deal with failure.

The E-course focuses on how to balance it all and still find joy and success daily, and a large part of it has to do with time management. For those who can’t join the course but are still interested in my time management sheets (I used them in this YouTube video on time management) – as per so many requests I’ve now made them available for sale separate from the course!! I hope you all love them! Check them out here!

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The weather has been so gorgeous these last couple of weeks – and although I’ve had very little time off – when I do get a day off I squeeze as much fun into it as possible. Which usually leads to tired feet! This past weekend we went to the zoo and spent all day walking around seeing the animals, and later came home and had a water gun fight, and then walked to a restaurant to have dinner outside! It was a fun-filled day, and thankfully I wore the right shoes! 
I don’t know how many of you have ordered from Zappos before, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – their service is like no other! I love how fast they ship shoes (free 1-day shipping) and their actual selection of shoes! When they approached me to work together for a Crocs project I jumped at the chance! As you guys may remember, my Crocs Bistros were one of my favorite shoes for clinical clerkships (many prefer them to Danksos), but honestly they are not the nicest looking shoe. We all know what shoes we picture when we think of Crocs. 
Now Livi loves the “typical” Crocs look – and she saw these light up Mickey Mouse ones and had to have them. She jumps everywhere we go now! But for N and I, I wanted something a little different from the normal Croc look, and we were so pleased with all of the options! I got these adorable sandals photo’d above that were like walking on clouds while at the zoo! I love a shoe (especially sandal) that somehow is still incredibly supportive without being bulky!
 Liv thought the princess ones were adorable too, so for the price we said why not, and we get them one size up so hopefully she can use them for a while!
I snagged another pair of thong sandals – these go with everything and are so comfy! I wish they had infant sizes because we definitely wouldn’t gotten a pair for my Elli-Belly (who’s foot snuck in the picture above hahaha! I was taking the picture with her on my hip)!
N got some really nice boat shoes and a pair of casual sandals – he loves both of them!
PS – I mentioned these Rio Flats in a post waaayy back on practical shoes for the hospital. They are seriously AMAZING for days I don’t want to be wearing scrubs and sneakers or clogs, but still have to be on my feet – they are THE most comfortable I own yet! Highly recommend!
 

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Happy Sunday! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite products for at-home pampering since many of you caught some of it on snapchat actually happening this weekend (both girls napped at the SAME TIME so I had some actual me time)! 
Face: I just tried this face mask two weeks ago and had to immediately buy more (and this was the best deal I could find)! I really felt like it left my face brighter with a bit more glow to it and the tightening effect was no joke (although certainly temporary). I felt like the morning after I could see the brightening effect even more. I always like to give a product at least a week or more before I make up my mind about it – especially because while I’m patient about the results promised – one thing that happens even sooner is the breakout my sensitive skin gets! Thankfully after using this twice in a row for two weeks no breakouts (so I gave myself the go-ahead to stock up lol)!
Eyes: If you guys have followed this blog for a while, you’ve seen these babies before. These are my favorite gel eye pads – I find them most helpful for de-puffing under eye bags and really helping smooth out any of that crinkly skin I can get. One thing I have found they haven’t done (and I’ve been using them for years) is help much with the actual darkness under eyes – but they also don’t make claims to! I find that with the great depuffing and smoothing they do, all I need is a bit of undereye concealer and I’m good to go (this one has been my favorite, but I’ve also been sort of itching to try something new, so I just bought the travel size of this one that has incredible reviews). 
Hands: One ritual that I’ve incorporated into my nighttime routine (and takes all of 10 seconds) is using my Stressless body oil (a perfect lavender mixture from my oh-so-missed Boston-based Organic Bath Co.) for a little hand and cuticle massage. I keep it right on my nightstand table (and the packaging itself is so beautiful that it adds to the relaxing vibe of the bedroom) and apply it when I get into bed – then take a few deep inhalations of the fantastic smell and call it a night. My hands have been so happy and I really have felt so much more relaxed heading to sleep! (Ps for those who have asked about my bed this is it – we haven’t added the canopy yet. It’s almost $ 200 cheaper here than it is on Amazon)!
Body: I’m obsessed with any and everything Lush. Like OBSESSED. Even Liv is already addicted to their bath bombs. And their massage bars? I have the Pearl massage bar just sitting out on my bathroom and the room always smells fantastic (and so do I when I put it on)! I could buy all of their products – I’m currently trying out a new mask of theirs as well as some other products and will check back soon about how I feel about them (thanks to my sensitive skin mentioned above lol)!
What are some of your favorite products for at home pampering?

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It’s hard to believe, but this month, this year, Liv is actually headed to school! Well, pre-school of course, sort of pre-pre school, but still, there’s way more structure than daycare when she was there and Liv is just over the moon excited! I had fun picking up a few things for back to school – I love ordering sets like these below – they’re just so easy! They’re not the best option for kids who’s top and bottom sizes vary (ie 2T in tops but 3 or 4T in bottoms), but for Liv that’s not a problem! 
When she was smaller I’d always buy whatever I love, but this girl already has her own style that is quite different from mine and I totally support it! Hence number 5 on the list bahaha – it’s adorable but I’d never pick it out for her – except for the fact that I know she would love it! 
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There are so many adorable options for backpacks now – Liv is still super attached to one we picked up from H&M almost 2 years ago now! But I love some of the ones linked up below! Realistically we just put a change of clothes in it as needed and she’ll come home with art projects, so she’s not carrying much, but boy does she love it! 
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Hi everyone! Today I am bringing you a post that I have literally been working on for months! And it comes based off of what is now hard to believe but true – years of breastfeeding and pumping! 

I’ll start with a bit of background so that you mamas know where I’m coming from:

  • I breastfed my first daughter, Olivia, from the time she was born and finally weaned her at 18 months. I had a pretty decent maternity leave and was almost exclusively nursing her for the first 4 months, and then I had to go back to work (eh, medical school) full time. Once I was working it was a mix of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding my pumped milk.
  • I’m currently also breastfeeding my second daughter, Elliot, and she’s 6 months old now. She didn’t take to the breast as easily as her sister did, and though I knew it was bad because of how much pain I was in, I didn’t realize just how bad until she actually started vomiting ingested blood. With her I started pumping much sooner, and because of the latch issues that we were working on and then unfortunately going back to work so soon (I went back to work the day she turn 1 month), I ended up almost exclusively pumping. 
Alrighty, with that bit of background out of the way, let’s jump into the post!

Exclusively pumping

The choice to exclusively pump is a hard one – and for most mamas it really just comes out of necessity – if I had it my way we’d have a nice mix of pumping and nursing, but that just didn’t work out that way this time around! Exclusively pumping calls for some extra dedication and commitment, but I know many mamas who make it work! Most difficulties start with latch issues, and if you’re having them I’d highly suggest seeing a lactation consultant! For my expecting mamas, don’t even waste an ounce of your time or money on this yet, wait until you have a babe who is trying to nurse before you seek help! Some babies will have no trouble at all (I’m convinced I just got lucky with Liv), and others will have a harder time. Will breastfeeding initially is not necessarily comfortable in the first few months, it should not be excruciatingly painful – if it is, get help! Aside from latch issues, I know many mamas who exclusively pump because they had to be away from baby for some reason or other – either mom or baby had to be hospitalized, or mom had to go back to work much too soon! And for some others it really is a decision they make – some just don’t enjoy nursing, and others really appreciate the extra help that comes with bottle feeding. Whatever your reason is for doing whatever it is you decide to do, that’s fine. I like to say that a lot, because I truly think mamas don’t hear it enough. Everyone wants to say that their way is right or better or healthier – but guess what – you just do what’s best for you and your family and ignore any unsolicited advice! I always like to joke with other mamas that I was exclusively formula-fed (I was) and I’m healthy and happy and most days relatively smart – so seriously, it’ll be fine.

There are many reasons to build up a stash – for most mamas it’s because they need to head back to work at some point. For others maybe they know they’re going to have to be away for a weekend, and still others are battling illness and need to start medication or chemotherapy that will keep them from being able to breastfeed. Whatever your reason, building up a stash usually helps making you feel a little more at ease with the next step, but is a huge stressor in itself!

As I was building up my stash in anticipation of heading back to work (and being out of the country for 3 days) I always had random unsolicited comments from “know it alls” who told me to “trust my body” and that I’ll be able to make enough milk for my baby. I’m above responding to comments like that, but what I will tell you, is that those people should mind their damn business. Not all of us are only pumping for the next day; if they don’t know your story, don’t listen to them.

Now what I will say, is that your body definitely can make enough milk – but what’s the absolute worst that can happen? Well, you don’t, and need to supplement with formula. And guess what? That’s not the end of the world either regardless of whatever anyone says. While it definitely is worth it to try and provide for your baby with your own breastmilk, too many women feel so incredibly defeated if they can’t, guilted into feeling like bad moms at the most basic level. If you have to give your baby formula you have not failed your baby! We’ll talk more about this towards the end as with my second I definitely have had to supplement here and there!

And don’t be intimidated by the pics of insane gold mine stashes (like the pic I used above, that’s actually terrifying because I feel like I could never measure up to that)! But we are all “stashing” for different things – just know why your are doing it and build up accordingly. Maybe you only need a stash of one day’s worth – that would literally only be a couple of bags – don’t compare that to someone else! Mine looked more like this as I was getting ready to head back to work – enough for 2-3 day’s worth of milk:

A few tips for building up a stash?

  • Start pumping early, as soon as your milk comes in. While you should always nurse your baby before pumping, many women find it helpful to pump for a few minutes after nursing, even if you only get an ounce! Start storing this in freezer bags and add to it until you have 4-6 ounces in a bag and then pop it in the freezer. Breastmilk is all about supply and demand so the more you pump the more milk you will have, and our bodies are most responsive to those cues when our milk is just coming in. 
  • Use a handheld pump and pump from the opposite side while the baby nurses on the other. With my first, I loved the ease of my manual pump – and with a nursing pillow it really does make it easier to do this. I usually didn’t completely empty that breast in case baby wanted to nurse on the other side too, but many women find this helpful!
  • If you’re lucky enough to have a baby whose sleep is relatively predictable, pump right after they’ve fallen to sleep or at a time that works in between nursing sessions.
  • Don’t feel like you have to pump extra everyday. Start early and just build slowly, once your milk really comes in you will have milk!
  • Most women want at least enough milk to provide for their baby for whatever amount of time it is they can’t nurse. When I was headed back to work I knew I at the very least wanted 3 days worth (because I knew about an upcoming trip) – and you can calculate baby’s needs by how much they’re drinking. It’s obviously easier if baby is already bottle feeding (I knew Elli was drinking 4-5 ounces roughly every 4 hours, so I knew I needed at least 30 ounces). This is actually average – most doctors say about 26 ounces is the “normal” amount infants drink (obviously more as they get bigger). So calculate your goal and take baby steps toward it. 
  • Below we’ll talk about some tips for increasing supply, but I really only use these if my supply has taken a dip for some reason or other – if you are nursing and pumping regularly you don’t need to use any supplements! 

Pumping at home presents its own set of difficulties, especially when pumping with an infant and toddler at home! The easiest thing is really to find time when both babies are sleeping – this usually means I’m pumping early in the morning or late at night! Some days it’s impossible to get them both to sleep when I need to pump, and we just take a little trip in the car so I can have them in their carseats and I can pump undisturbed while driving (I was initially terrified of this but it quickly became one of the smartest tricks ever! See the pic below)!

Pumping at work this time around is actually the hardest thing for me. With my first I was spoiled in an environment with a relatively flexible work schedule, and even on the toughest days I could always at least count on a lunch break! Now as a physician in the hospital (and frequently being the “on call” physician, which means I am the only one available to respond to nursing or patient questions or any emergencies) it has been so much harder. I know my mamas who are fellow hospital workers or in retail, etc might feel me! We have no official break time, so I really do need to advocate for myself, but even then I can still be interrupted! It’s been tough for sure but we’re making it work! For those with a decent commute to work in their car, pumping then is a great time. My commute is only 7-10 minutes most days so it’s not enough for me to pump (I usually pump for 20-30 minutes to completely empty both breasts given that I only do so every 6-8 hours).

A few things that have helped.

  • Having a small, no-fuss pump. At home I usually use my Medela Pump In Style (I bought this one to use with Liv, and then for Elli my health insurance provided this pump for free), but for work I love having my Freestyle (thanks so much to the team at Medela who sent me it)! I charge it maybe every few days, but I can pump anywhere and don’t have to worry about being near an outlet since it’s wireless. For those of you with the pump in style there definitely is the option to buy a battery pack, but the pump itself is still on the larger side.
  • Pump handsfree so you can catch up on emails or whatever while pumping. Personally, I have small enough breasts that I’ve always been able to just put my pump inside my nursing bra and use that (along with the suction of the pump) to be able to pump handsfree. They also make nifty tops for women who might need more support like this one. And for my DIY mamas I loved the idea of cutting two holes into an old sports bra and using that (like this) – that was totally my plan until I figured out any bra actually worked for me!
  • Skipping cleaning parts in between pumping sessions. After I’ve pumped I literally just toss my parts in a gallon-sized ziploc bag and put them and my pumped milk into the fridge. The cooler temperature keeps bacteria from growing. I just wash my parts all together at home at the end of the day with plain old soap and water – boiling etc. etc. is really not necessary! 
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. As busy as it gets you can’t forget to stay hydrated!
  • Coffee is ok. Many women are terrified to drink coffee if nursing/pumping, but coffee in moderation is absolutely ok. I would definitely recommend observing your baby, but neither of my girls have ever been bothered by my 3+ cups of coffee habit. If you are concerned, just pump right before you have your coffee and limit your intake to an amount you feel comfortable with. There is also rumor that coffee decreases your supply. While it is true that caffeine is a natural diuretic (meaning it makes you pee more) – coffee isn’t just caffeine – it’s mostly water! So it really should all balance out. Regardless, though, if you’re at all concerned just make sure to drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day as well.
  • Wear pump-friendly tops. There are amazing companies that make nursing/pumping tops (check out a great selection here), but many of them can be pretty pricey – I have a few though and completely love them! But, there is no need to invest in a new wardrobe. One of the easiest things to do is wear any top you like and always wear a stretchy v-neck camisole underneath (pretty much what I always do when wearing scrubs) – that way you can just lift up your top but still stay covered. You can also get away with pumping easily with a button-up top or most V-neck cut tops. Even dresses that have a few buttons up top or are V-neck or wrap-style are pumping friendly! There are days that I’ve completely forgotten to dress “pumping-friendly” (think, full on sheath dress) and pretty much just had to completely undress from the waist up and it’s not the end of the world either!
  • Don’t be embarrassed to speak up for yourself. It was always hard, especially with my first when I was on rotations as a “student” having to tell new professors or attending physicians that I was going to miss lunch, but I still never let that stop me. “I’m sorry I have to pump.” is enough. Those who don’t know what you’re talking about will ask, and then likely feel embarrassed for asking when you explain (it happens to me all the time and it’s alright) and those who know will completely understand.
  • Know your rights. Check out this site to educate yourself as an employee or arm yourself to educate your employer. 
  • Random troubleshooting tip – if your tubing starts building up condensation, just make sure to run your pump for a few minutes after you’re done pumping – I like to keep mine running while I store my milk. 

Traveling with Liv when she was still nursing was always a breeze – I could simply nurse her whenever we needed to and that was that. Traveling with Elli takes a tiny bit more planning – I need to pack along my pump and parts, as well at least a bottle or two of already pumped milk so I wasn’t playing catch up all trip. For the most part, though, I try to stick to my “regular” pumping schedule – again, having a pump that doesn’t require an outlet is a huge plus – I can even pump on the plane if I need to!

Traveling without the girls is the bigger issue – but we’ve now done it multiple times and I think we’ve got a great system! I will say though, my milk supply almost always takes a hit when we’re traveling without the girls, simply because I do try and space out my pumping sessions as much as possible. I know it’s not good (again, it’s all about supply and demand, so if the demand drops so will the supply!) but sometimes it’s hard to pump while celebrating a wedding weekend or something of the sort – even with the smallest and most convenient pump! Alright with that out of the way – here are some tips for pumping while traveling.

  • Bringing along the right bag. I love traveling with our XLR8 backpack – technically it’s a diaper bag and functions amazingly as such, but I actually think it makes for the perfect travel bag even without the kiddos. Obviously leave the changing mat out, but the insulated pockets are key when it’s time to bring my pumped milk back home after traveling. And there are the sweet extras like a charger, a blue tooth speaker (makes for fun dance parties in the hotel room), the little LED flashlight to find your stuff when you’re hunched over the airplane seat trying to find a pack of gum, and of course all of the organization! And as a bonus my husband has no problem carrying it around like its his (in fact, he tends to pack his stuff in it more than I do and I just bring my purse)!
  • Booking the right place to stay. For a while we were doing a ton of air bnb’s, and while it always was a great experience, the more and more I read about landlords evicting tenants (and usually those with lower incomes) to convert the apartments into airbnbs that they can make more money on has somewhat turned me off (although I’ve still used it for renting out entire homes etc, it’s overall still a fantastic service)! Anywho, lately I’ve just been using the hotels.com app on my phone to book places – I love that their reward system is so straight forward and I find better deals on the app then I do on the website (I’m not sure why this is). The key is to find a place that at the very least has a fridge/freezer. This is key for storing pumped milk and being able to bring it back home! Now obviously if you’re someone who really has built up a serious stash, you may be able to simply pump to keep your supply up but dump where you’re staying and don’t have to worry about bringing any back – lucky you! For most of us though, I need all the milk I can pump! 
  • Bring along a convenient pump and milk storage bags (I initially used these, but now find that these are usually cheaper – at least in store – and I find the bags actually hold up better). When you pump and fill your bags, lie them flat in the freezer. When it’s time to head back home these flat little bricks of frozen milk make for easy packing! Honestly I’m not sure what the latest airline regulations are about bringing frozen milk in your carry-on, but I will say that I’ve done it now at least 4 times at different airports and have never had any problem. I just leave it in my bag and figure if it’s a problem they’ll tell me, in which case we’d just check the bag, but again, so far I’ve never had an issue. 
  • Try to stick to a regular schedule. As I mentioned above, this is personally the hardest part for me when traveling with my husband. It’s so rare that we get “just us” time that I don’t want to be spending it pumping every couple of hours! But it is key to making sure you keep your supply up! Everyone’s schedules are different, especially if you usually nurse and pump, but as someone who exclusively pumps, I actually tend to pump only 3-4 times a day – roughly every 6-8 hours. But each session I get 5-6 ounces from both breasts so my body is just adjusted to that schedule! When I do come back after screwing with that schedule, I tend to increase the frequency of nursing sessions to build my supply back up and follow some of the tips below.

Keeping up supply

The key to keeping up supply is increasing demand, which means pumping (or nursing) more frequently! It’s also critical that you drink enough fluids throughout the day (and calories). One other factor that plays a huge role is stress. I can directly see the effects of stress on my milk supply – there are days that I’ve changed absolutely nothing except for being stressed about an upcoming presentation or whether or not I’ll have time for xyz, and I’ll only pump 2 or 3 ounces instead of my usual 5 or 6. When pumping, it really is best to keep your mind off the task at hand and instead relax – if I’m having trouble I’ll scroll the pictures or videos of the girls doing something adorable, or even play a mindless game on my phone that distracts me. It’s hard because especially when our supply takes a dip, the first thing we do is stress about making enough milk and becoming hyperaware of our output, but seriously try and keep your mind off of it as this only exacerbates the problem!

I love having snacks I can depend on to boost my supply – Mrs. Patel’s has been a go-to of mine since having Liv and I still love her peanut butter fenugreek bars more than anything! Others love mother’s milk tea, although I can’t always tolerate the licorice taste – these supplement pills also have great reviews, but when I tried them I couldn’t get over the licorice taste and felt it made Liv more gassy (it could have been pure coincidence though as others love them)! When it comes to snacks – oatmeal is a great one, and there are even lactation cookies too!

One thing I will add in is that supplementing with formula is not the end of the world. In fact many moms choose to only formula feed and that is their decision and should be respected. Like I say, I was a formula fed baby (as was my husband) and I think we turned out ok! Seriously, there are far worse things than having to supplement with formula. Obviously if having more supply is your goal, you should make sure to continue pumping even when you need to supplement (ie, make sure you’re not substituting). I’ve had to supplement with formula many times with Elli – mostly the times I was traveling and flights got delayed or there was some other extension of the trip that meant my milk supply I pumped in advance ran out! And even on days that I’m working 14+ hour shifts at work and working on getting my stash back up my mother-in-law might have to supplement with a bottle of formula at the end of the night. We’ve so far loved this Enfamil formula and found Elli has never had any issues with it. The packets are especially convenient because we don’t use it often enough to buy a big tub, and I always worry about the expiration dates especially after opening.

Bottle feeding

When it comes to bottle feeding, I’ve absolutely loved my Dr. Brown’s bottles. With Liv we used mostly the medela bottles and these were great as well, I think for traveling and packing up diaper bags these ones are just easier (and I’ll shamelessly admit that I think the pink bottles are adorable). I initially got this Ergobaby pillow with the intentions of nursing (it came highly recommended from my lactation consultant), but when that didn’t work we still use it just for more comfortable bottle feeding. It also frees up a hand for those late night feeding sessions when I almost need to be reading something to stay awake!

Alright y’all, I feel like I’ve exhausted most of what I know about pumping, but I’m sure there’s always more – make sure to leave your questions or comments below!

Aaaand, for those of you mamas needing a new pump – I’m teaming up with Medela to give a lucky winner my favorite pump – the Freestyle! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day weekend! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you may have heard the exciting news that my course is open again for our second session! We had an amazing group of women last session and we’re so excited to welcome another group! 
Check out some of the feedback from our students below!

As a medical student on a budget, I was initially reluctant to sign-up for this course. However, as soon as I took the plunge I realized that it was the best money I had spent in a long time! Watching Laura’s video tutorials were my daily treats, and her advice and perspectives were breaths of fresh air. I really enjoyed the “Me, Myself, and I” section that really helped me remove negativity from my life and focus on “filling my cup” with what matters. However, my favorite section was about being a “Working Girl,” which was applicable to medical and non-medical professionals alike. I was so sad when the course ended but frequently re-watch videos when I need a little inspiration. Laura is exceptional, remarkably humble and down-to-earth. You will NOT regret signing up for this course!!!

I’m already feeling so much more in control of my daily to do list and getting so motivated to make a plan to achieve my longer term goals. I also really liked the ideal day/week exercise–it was hard to start off but once I did it really helped me zero in on where I need to make changes and I had a great conversation with my husband about some adjustments we need to make in our schedule. He has finals right now but I’m totally making him watch the course when he is done! 

Your course helped transform my life by putting my goals in perspective. I began to focus in a way I never have before and assessed those who meant well for me versus those who meant me harm. My organization has improved greatly, I am more prepared for the challenges that come along in my studies and my love life. Thank you for being an excellent role model who is down to earth and open to share your personal stories. It is truly appreciated.

I started Laura’s course the summer before I began medical school while I was looking to get in the right headspace and to start some good life habits before the madness began. I really have enjoyed the course as it has helped me develop better organizational skills, create tangible goals for myself, and overall give me a better perspective on life in that I am more grateful for what I get to do. I especially loved the modules Working Girl and Me Myself and I. I took vigorous notes while watching the videos and look forward to looking back at them as I reach roadblocks or milestones in life. I would highly recommend every woman buy the course and invest in becoming a better version of themselves! Thanks Laura!


Of course, one of the best ways to get a taste for the course is to check out on of our 30 videos! So below I’m including a link to our “Ideal Day” lecture that really gets us inspired to start identifying what it is we actually want! 

In celebration of Labor Day Weekend today only we’re offering a 15% discount with code LABORDAY15!

Get more information by checking out the course sales page and feel free to send me an email or comment below with any questions you may have! 

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When Carter’s reached out to me to collaborate on a sponsored project I was so incredibly excited! As you guys know, I’m pretty picky about the collaborations I actually do – not just because of my super limited “blogging” time but also because I really do cherish my own voice and don’t want it to get drowned out in a sea of ads. So whenever I say yes it has to be a brand that I already love. And Carter’s is definitely one of them.
Whenever new moms ask me about reliable clothing brands for their new little ones in emails or private messages, my answer is always the same – Carter’s. For reals. As I was scrolling through pictures of my girls I realized that at least 75% of our clothes is from them – it was so hard picking photos to share in this post! The girls are wearing Carter’s in every single picture in this post!


You see, I never like to make assumptions about people’s budgets, so when I make recommendations I try to shy away from brands that are prohibitively expensive, but I also shy away from obviously “cheap” stuff as well. It’s a hard balance, but Carter’s has it perfected – their pieces are so incredibly affordable (so much so that I don’t feel bad sending my grandmother a gift idea for the girls that includes their pieces because I know even she can afford it without making a sacrifice)! But price aside, they also make quality, and just downright adorable pieces. Nothing has made my mama heart more happy than putting Elli in one of Liv’s old pajamas – even 2+ years and multiple washes later. And even with Liv, as big as she’s getting (she’s now in 3T sizes), I can always find cute and comfortable clothes – I’ve loved that even in larger sizes their clothing is still dependable. This is about to be Liv’s entire Miami wardrobe haha!! Seriously, and I’d love it all in my size too!
Elli in Liv’s onesie ❤
A few tips for new mamas? Depending on the time of year/temperature where you live, you’ll likely find that you dress your little in the same type of easy clothing – in summer months it’s literally just a short-sleeve bodysuit, and for the colder months (like when Elli was born), it’s mostly zip-up footie pajamas. Spend most of your money on these – you’d be surprised how many outfit changes you go through each day with diaper accidents and spit up! Of course it’s fun to have a couple of cute outfits that are a bit more complicated for special occasions, but trust when I say you will appreciate the simplicity of a one-zip pajamas or a few snaps on a bodysuit for the rest of the time!


Carter’s partnered with me for this post to help promote their Little Baby Basics line, which features items just like this and makes for the perfect gift (and some even come in an adorable gift box). They sent me a box as part of the collaboration and it was the sweetest! Some pieces from the collection are below! Pretty much every other photo shared here is of pieces purchased myself (or more likely my mother purchased haha, if anyone loves them more than I do it’s her lol)!

And I’m not sure if this is widely promoted or not, or if I’ll get in trouble for sharing it (hope not but I love to share all the sweet deals!), but my mom is a faithful Wednesday in-store shopper at the Carter’s near her job. You see, they actually have a “grandparent Wednesdays” promotion where grandparents get a pretty sweet discount on their entire purchase in store! I’m not sure if every store participates in this promotion but it’s certainly worth looking into!

I’m also offering a lucky reader a $ 100 Carter’s gift card! Which is huge, because at their prices you really can almost buy an entire mini-wardrobe! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below! Crossing my fingers for you, but even if you don’t win, the prices are hard to beat! And in celebration of the Little Baby Basics line here’s a coupon that can be used online or instore for 20% your entire purchase!

Enter the giveaway here!

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Happy Tuesday! Today is a particularly happy Tuesday for me because yesterday was my last day of intern year – I’m done!! I sure did go out with a bang – I was long call admitting resident on cardiac critical care and worked from 7am until about 10:45pm when I turned in my pager and headed to the parking lot for the last time. Craziness!
Even more crazy is that next Tuesday we’ll start our trip down to Miami. Pinch me. 
Although we’ll be bringing some of our stuff, I’m looking forward to really starting with a very small amount of things and curating a very thoughtful new apartment – it will be fun to share with you all! 
Before that, I’ll be having a huge moving sale/ meet and greet the same place N and I got married! It will be so special and so fun for me (and hopefully for you too)! Check out the event page here for more info! It’s next Saturday, so mark your calendars!
Outfit details: romper (only $ 15), bracelet (also on $ 15), mug by Brim Papery (more will be available very soon), watch, c/o Daniel Wellington  (I’m wearing a new Durham strap with my old Classic face – I love that they’re interchangeable)! PS – use code  LAURALACQUER for 15% off all products from www.danielwellington.com – good until July 15!