Monthly Archives: June 2014

Laundry Room Update{DIY}

Continuous Work-in-Progress

Cans Dipped in Paint for Extra Storage

Spray Painted Cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby with Metallic Paint

Fabulous FREE Printable found HERE

Gifted this Print from ETSY

Tuna Cans with Laundry Clips- I re-use most glass jars for our pantry.  The label peels off and I paint the top of the lids.

Check Your Pocket Sign- Idea from HERE
White pitcher for lint catch.  Our dryer is incredibly dinged up… but works like a charm!

Leftover bead board from kitchen renovation. Took one nap time to paint it in leftover paint from Em’s room and stencil. Love the effect, imperfections and all.

F THIS MESS Printable: HERE
Chalk Menu Planner: Painted frame with chalk painted canvas.
White Board List: Need to add a pretty piece of paper behind and get a small pen to write with.

Softflex Natural Nurser


Nuby Softflex Natural Nurser


This is the biggest, baddest bottle that I have in my collection.  With two little ones, two and under I now have quite the collection of bottles and sippy cups.  The Toddler was 100% bottle-fed while Em is the complete opposite with almost 100% breastfed.  I will not go into details at this time on how or why because that is an epic tale of tears and trials and tribulations.  

Please note: I support you in however you choose to feed your child.  As a parent you know what is best for your little one.

The nipple of this bottle is incredibly a natural size and I almost can trick Em into taking the bottle. Almost.  You see she won’t take bottles. At all. We’ve tried everything and she literally passes out screaming rather than taking a bottle. UNTIL I used this bottle with water.

Yes, my daughter will take water out of a bottle. She will latch- which is fundamentally key and makes this mom jump up and down with excitement. So for those out there walking down the aisle bottles seemingly lost in a sea of shapes please note that this out of 12 other types my 99.99% breast fed baby would take. 


Water is pivotal in the desert-110 degrees yesterday- glad that we had success with the Nuby Softflex Natural Nurser!

Adorable Design

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baby’s gums. Additionally, this bottle is made from a high grade of Poly Propelene material which is 100% Bisphenol A FREE and is fully interchangeable with the SoftFlex™ Silicone system. 



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Top FIVE Bedtime Tips & Tricks{Baby & Toddler}



Here are the top five tips and tricks that make our bedtime routine with our baby and toddler so successful.  No meltdowns.  No surprises.  Just peaceful, sleeping babies. Exactly what every supermom needs at the end of a long day!




Make sure you have a STASH of diapers your little ones need for night time.  I use that term because we use different diapers at night than during the day.  The simple change of moving to Huggies Snug and Dry for night time was the difference in BOTH of my children sleeping through the night! I’m not kidding. No tricks or gimmicks just Huggies Snug and Dry diapers in the size up from what they wear during the day! Size-Up for better sleep! Trust me.

Having just another thing to remember can drive me crazy! Sure I am supposed to remember EVERYTHING, I am Mom, aren’t I?  But it sure is nice to order items that I know we will need and USE from the comfort of my own home! No meltdowns to worry about at the store.  No nap times to navigate. It is a WIN-WIN. Ordering online from Diapers.com I can browse over 1,000 different baby items that I might need without ever leaving my couch at night. I save time, money, and save my much needed sanity.  Instead of shopping for necessties I need EVERY month. I simply order them online and get them shipped straight to my front door.  BRILLANT! 


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Waking up after a glorious 11 hours of sleep! 



White noise is the cure-all for many of our nighttime headaches.  Our neighbor has five dogs that he allows to bark all day and night. That’s right- five. Needlesstosay you can hear them in our house and seeing as how that is a very big variable noise it helps to have some background noise to mute the crazies.  We don’t use white noise machines that you buy at the store and instead prefer to multitask with air purifiers and cool mist humidifiers. We live in the desert and our little ones desperately need a little more humidity in their rooms, especially when the AC runs 24/7.

The lightest sleeper in all of the land! 


Both The Toddler and Em have three layers of protection- blackout curtain, blinds, and then curtains.  The toddler has three windows in his room so the small windows with white wood blinds have double layers on the outside.  We live in the desert with more than 330 days of sunshine.  Fabulous as that may be, when summer rolls around with the sun setting later or if your little one has a hard time settling down for nap then this may be the lifesaver you were looking for!







Just a peek of natural light coming in right before bedtime. Hello summer!



Bath time is essential! We love the calming effect, the warm water, and our two little ones gently playing together after a fun-loving day.  To be honest even if the day was not exactly perfect bath time is one of the things they both look forward to as part of our nightly routine.  Being able to slow down and just sit with them instead of doing the hundred other things on my to-do list is one of the highlights of my day!  They both get a bath every.single.night. Unless one or both are sick and then they get a steam shower to help with congestion and colds.





Story time is a beloved part of our bedtime routine. Both little ones are freshly scrubbed and in new pajamas.  We sit in the reading nook that I created for The Toddler in his room and he picks out book after book.  We read through his collection-some nights are longer than others depending on how they are both doing and they both willingly settle down for the night in their cribs.  Sweet Em just a couple months shy of her first birthday still nurses before she goes to sleep.  The Toddler just tucks in his lovies and drifts right on off.  Blissful end to another sweet day with our family.

Reading Nook



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Freshly Picked Review(& GIVEAWAY)


Goodness gracious did I jump for joy when Freshly Picked offered to let me review AND giveaway one pair of their fabulous moccasins to my lovely readers! Seriously, I jumped and did the happy dance… you know the one… that one that embarrasses your family. Oh yes, that’s me.

Let me start out with acknowledging the fact that I have been following Susan religiously ever since she was on Shark Tank.  But word-of-mouth? I knew about her and her fabulous moccs WAY before that episode hit live air.

You see quality baby and kid products are hard to come by and every company claims that they have the best products for your family.  I like to find out from real people, moms, exactly how these items hold-up before I spend my precious money.  

Well these moccasins live up to the hype!  They have Em’s seal of approval and are a worthy purchase for any of you out there that are on the bubble about this investment.



Before I picked out the moccasins that would grace Sweet Em’s feet I printed out this adorable diagram to figure out what size would work for her.  All parents out there know how hard it is to corral a kid to stay still so I just waited until she was eating lunch in her high chair to place the paper against her foot and mark it off.  


Then it was time to pick out which color of moccasins… goodness did that take a long, long time.  I went back and forth between Coral and Aruba probably twenty times if we are being honest.  I am over the moon happy with my choice Aruba!  

THE CARRYALL IN CORAL

CORAL MOCCS

The pictures online are true to form and the color is just as rich and beautiful in person.


Freshly Picked is proudly made in the USA.  We try to purchase as many products locally and Made in the USA as we can throughout the year!  Love companies that invest in their communities and country!


ARUBA MOCCS

GLACIER MOCCS

The Toddler picked out this color when we were shopping for our pair.  It was between this and neon green- tough call for him!  


The leather feels like butter.  And the smell? Smells like a new mitt at tee-ball practice! Brings me right back to being little and on the Bulldogs Team.  Em HATES shoes.  And that my dear friends is putting it lightly.  Although at ten months old she doesn’t need shoes yet-she is this close to walking- we go out twice a day(cabin fever) and she needs something to cover her feet that are not slippery when she cruises at the park or is crawling after The Toddler. The shoes are definitely going to fit her in the next couple of months and I can see her wearing these on play dates and out to lunch with friends.  

Oh yes, got off on a tangent- she HATES shoes- but she LOVES these moccasins.  I am not kidding.  These are easy to put on and so comfortable she forgets she is wearing them.  If I put on any of the other pairs I have for her she sits down and doesn’t move until she tears them off.  We have never successfully gotten her to wear an entire pair of shoes.  Sometimes she will get tired of trying to rip them off and will crawl around with the lone survivor, but that is a rare occasion indeed.


THE CARRYALL IN NEON PINK

NEON PINK MOCCS

Freshly Picked just released The Carryall in matching shades with their moccasins and I may or may not be coveting The Carryall in Coral… husband you have been warned.  
That is on my wishlist.

Matching Coral Moccs for Em and purse for mom! WIN-WIN!

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Now onto the GIVEAWAY! Please read the rules below and enter using the Rafflecopter.  


Freshly Picked is giving away one pair of moccasins in the color of the winner’s choice!  You can check out what colors they have available HERE. The giveaway opens on 6/16/14 and closes on 6/30/14 at 5PM Arizona Mountain Time.  All entries will be checked for validity. If you can’t see the Rafflecopter-click on the link below the last adorable picture below! Good luck!

This giveaway is only open to United States Postal Codes. 
The winner must live within the US for their prize to be shipped.

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*I was given a product for my review. No other compensation was provided. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest.

Road Trip Must Haves{Baby & Toddler Edition}

Our little family is about to embark on a road trip to the west coast.  Sun, Surf, and The Happiest Place on Earth!  I have successfully completed this trek with little ones and am hoping that perhaps this post will help you prepare for a journey of your own! Because a journey it will be!

It always is with kids. Always.  Just when you think you have everyone in the car satisfied and happy your nose starts to curl from that all to familiar smell… oh yes, please take the next exit at that rest stop.  Oh dear rest stops, there are many of them on our nine hour trip and they are usually our only hope as we cross the barren desert.  I never thought of this in all of our trips-perhaps this is the “mom” in me of taking care of others-but boy is there never toilet paper in the bathroom?!? Our last trip was over the holidays and counting both ways I was 0 for 6 with toilet paper in the Ladies Restroom.  The Husband can’t remember if there was an adequate supply in the Men’s Room other than it was disgustingly dirty-go figure.
Low and Behold

There is an answer! We will be bringing our own supplies for our day of travel out to the beautiful state of California! It definitely kind of feels like a “duh” moment but I am already patting myself on the back!  
The Husband and I will be covered over the various six rest stops we could take on our trip out west.  I am thankful that this is finally making the list of must haves that I always pack!

The Husband and I will be well-prepared for facing the uncertain rest stops ahead! Flushable cleansing cloths that fit in my purse and diaper bag? Yes, please!



WATER BOTTLES:  If my little girl was taking bottles like my son did when he was her age, I would pack three 8 ounce bottles in a cooler for our nine hour trip.  

EMERGENCY MEDICINE: My toddler suffers extreme food allergies so it is a medical necessity to carry this Epi-Pen pack.  I also always bring Liquid Baby Tylenol and Liquid Benedryl.  

BABY SNACKS: This is tremendously important. Nobody likes a cranky baby and a hungry baby quickly turns into a little Tyrannosaurs Rex. I always bring more food than I deem necessary.   

CLOTHES: An extra set of clothes for every 4-8 hours you are traveling.   The swaddle blanket is both comforting and can be used as a nursing cover.  I tend to dress my little ones in light clothes that I can add layers to.  A sweaty baby, is a cranky baby.  So much easier to add layers or wrap them gently in a swaddle blanket.

ENTERTAINMENT IS ESSENTIAL: I tend to go for sensory objects that are not noisy for little ones- balls tend to get dropped and roll under seats, and noisy toys in a confined space is just not a good combination.  Books have always been the go-to item in my bag of tricks for babies.  The Toddler loves reading to himself and plays happily with stickers and a piece of paper.   

 Win-Win.

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On-the-go soft packs are small enough to conveniently take with you and keep you clean and fresh when you’re away from home.


When traveling during the summer months, you always want to make sure you are clean and fresh. That’s where Cottonelle comes in!

Product Details:
• Alcohol-free for a safe clean
• Sewer and septic safe, breaks up after flushing
• Pre-moistened and gentle

Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper
• Strong and effective for a confident clean
• Tuggable, huggable softness that goes a long way
• Two-ply
• Pairs well with Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths for the ultimate in clean

The Toddler is happy because Mom is happy! Life is Good! 

Necessary Items that should be easily available for the extra spouse to grab while traveling.

Car Packing List:
Breast Milk in a Cooler or Formula
Powdered Formula for Emergencies
Baby Food & Pouches
Bottles & Sippy Cups
“Special” Blankie or Toy
Diapers- One for every hour on the road
Wipes
Diaper Cream
Bibs
An extra outfit for every 3-4 hours traveling
Stroller
Cooler 
Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer

First Aid Kit:
Extra Bottled Water
Flares
Flashlight
Blanket
Poncho
Traffic Vest

Extras:
Multiple Plastic Bags or Ziplocs
Bubbles-really this is very helpful
iPad

#LetsTalkBums, Shall we?

Two adults, a toddler and baby will be filling up a Prius with all of our essentials and headed out to the Sunshine State! Wish us luck! 

What are your must haves for a road trip with little ones?  Please share! 



This post is sponsored by Cottonelle.  All opinions are always 100% my own.

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