Summer 2019 Beach Must Haves

Are you ready for Summer 2019?

It feels like it was just Christmas, and yet here were are preparing for summer! Depending on were you are, it might already feel like summer. I know it sure is hot here in Raleigh. We have already made our way to the beach for a little fun in the sun. Looking at pictures from a day trip to Carolina Beach, I realized that my beach wardrobe could use a serious overhaul. I need to get some new beach items that compliment my new “mom bod”, because we will be going to pool and beach A LOT this summer.

I have been doing a lot of browsing to find some of the cutest swim pieces this summer. And I have found some really great pieces. I think a lot of these pieces will look great on ANY body shape. I love high-waisted and one-piece bathing suits because they accentuate my waist, while hiding the extra bit of belly I have post baby. Most, if not all, of these bathing suits are under $50, because I am shopping on a budget.

I included sunscreen because I feel that sunscreen is SUPER important to maintaining healthy skin. I have been slacking with wearing the proper amounts of sunscreen but this summer it is my goal to take better care of my skin in the sun.

I was introduced to the COOLA brand about two years ago, when I got a sample in my Birchbox. It smells SO good, it is not super heavy on my skin, and its easy to apply. They have a ton of different types if sun screen, for your face, body, lips and even baby. I included the link to for these items through La La Daisy , a discount beauty product website. I 100% recommend shopping for your high end beauty products through this site. If you use code ” TANNERMMANN” for 15% off.

That yellow one piece from Belk is giving me all the “Saved By the Bell” vibes, RIGHT?

To shop these looks, click on the image. It will take you to another page with the links to each item. I know that I will definitely be ordering the items with the heart next to them.

If you buy anything from this post, tag me in a picture in Facebook or Instagram.  I would love to see you rocking your new looks!

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25 Random Facts About Me

Everything Will Be Okular is going to be six months old soon. I figured I would do a fun random facts blog post so that you guys could get to know me a little better. When you’re done reading please comment a random fact about yourself, I’d love to get to know more about you!

1. I was born in Sioux City, Iowa, but I lived in Northeast Ohio most of my life.

2. I am the middle of three children, I have a younger brother and older sister.

3. Growing up I was a total tomboy, I loved getting dirty and causing trouble.

4. My nickname growing up was fingers because I touched EVERYTHING. I still have to touch things when I go out, I don’t know why!

5. I am double jointed in my toes, I can walk on on the knuckle of my toes.

6. I couldn’t read an analog clock until I was like 19

7. I used to believe that the round hay bales on farms were baby elephants because someone told me they were. I was very young.

8. I HATE grape, lime, lemon and orange flavored things. They make me nauseous.

9. Towards the end of my pregnancy I craved hot dogs ALL THE TIME.

10. When I was little, up until I was 13, I played soccer all year round. I was actually really good and had a lot of potential. But in high school I gave it up for dance line (bad idea)

11. My husband and I lived two miles away from each other and didn’t meet until 2013, when we both worked at the local DQ.

12. As a little girl I was convinced I was old than my sister because my birthday was in January and hers was in October. She is 18 months older.

13. My best friend, Jessica, and I first bonded over the Jonas Brothers.

14. I played soccer in college but quit due to a head injury.

15. My favorite show growing up was Spongebob Squarepants.

16. The first time I ever left the US was 2017 on my honeymoon, we went to Barbados.

17. My maiden name is Springer, so every new person I meet asks if I am related to Jerry Springer.

18. My grandma calls me her “little apple dumpling”

19. I grew up around women who were always baking and cooking, so I am very knowledgeable in the kitchen.

20. I am allergic to shellfish, but I want to try crab legs SO BAD!

21. The first computer game I ever remember playing was “Backyard Soccer”.

22. My favorite food is probably cheese, which is unfortunate because I am lactose intolerant.

23. When I was little we used to live with my grandma, like my whole family. I used to stay up late and tell these wild stories until I fell asleep.

24. My favorite musical is Wicked, but I’ve never actually seen it.

25. Some people say I am like the music rain man, because I can name almost any song just by listening to the first 15 seconds.

That was fun! But also really hard to think of things to tell you guys! I hope you guys got a good laugh. I can’t wait to hear some of your random facts about you, remember to drop one in the comments!

8 common questions new moms have about breastfeeding and more

I recently attended an event put on by the Raleigh Moms Blog, called Bloom. The event is geared towards new and expectant mothers. This is the fourth year in a row that the Bloom event has been held in Raleigh. Wake Med was a partner for the event, so naturally it was held at Wake Med North. The event was amazing and super informative. There were several local vendors in attendance from swim lessons, counseling services, child care, photographers and many more! It was the perfect one stop for any mom looking for local support services. I highly recommend Bloom to any mom who feels overwhelmed, and does not know where to start when preparing for baby. 

The event had two main sessions, one of which was a lactation panel. Being a breastfeeding mother, I felt it was appropriate that I sat in and learned more from a local lactation consultant. Sandy Arnold, Certified Lactation Consultant and Dr. Alisha Davis lead the session, as new and expectant moms asked a series of questions regarding breastfeeding. I decided to share these questions with you all, in hopes that any mommas considering breastfeeding ,or who are breastfeeding ,may gain a little insight!


“Ask the Experts Session: Lactation Care & First Year Needs for Baby and Mom” 

What kind of lactation problems can you experience?

Sore nipples

Latching issues

Tongue ties

Low milk supply

Side preference- which can result in decreased milk supply and sore nipples

Is it common to have issues with the rooting reflex?

If there is any misalignment in the cervical vertebrae a baby can struggle to turn their head properly  and there maybe issues with the rooting reflex.

Breastfeeding pillow, helpful?

Yes! My Brest-friend is the most helpful because it gets closer and  snugger to the body! Often times little babies can get lost in the Boppy pillow. The Boppy is great for when the baby gets older and bigger. 

Is there a difference when you introduce solids and a latch?

Oh yea, sometimes babies will hold their tongue back when eating from a spoon. So they will do the same while breast feeding. Therefore struggling to latch properly. Just continue to breast feed and this problem should work itself out.

Is there anything you can do during pregnancy to help milk supply?

Not during pregnancy, no.

Foods to produce milk flow?

You don’t have to change your diet. You want to make sure you are eating and drinking. Oatmeal, granola bars, Kind bars, the “Pink Drink” at Starbucks. Drink half of your body weight in any liquid, water, juice, tea.

After birth suggestions.

At the hospital get all the lactation help you can get. Make sure the latch is right and the baby is gaining weight. Get your rest. STAY OFF GOOGLE (that is my personal advice)

Should you pump at the hospital?

If there are serious issues, yes. But what is more helpful is hand expression. The lactation consultant at the hospital can help teach you how. Most times they will encourage you to continue trying to nurse while at the hospital. Only add pumping if the baby is not nursing well.

Best Breastpump?

Madela Pump In Style (this is the pump that I use)

Spectra S1 and S2, these pumps are hospital grade, and they have a ton of positive reviews from mommas.

First year needs for baby and mom?

Make sure that mom is taking care of herself. A lot of moms forget to take care of herself because she is so focused on baby. Make sure that she is eating and staying hydrated, this is so important to maintain milk supply.

Make sure baby is hitting all of the proper milestones. Don’t sit in the house every day, get out. Postpartum anxiety can become worsened if you isolate yourself from others. Make new friends, find a mom tribe. Fit4Mom is a great way to get out of the house, and connect with other moms.


I know that there are a ton more questions that you may have, so feel free to let me know in the comment section, and I will try my best get you an answer!

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