A Spring Baby Shower

03.20.2017 by Sarah |

There’s something about the anticipation of Spring that makes throwing parties this time of year a little more exciting, don’t you agree?  Our baby brother and his wife, Sam and Sally are expecting their first baby next month and we are all giddy waiting for baby Alice’s arrival.

The sun came out a few Saturdays ago and we had a glorious afternoon with Sally’s lady friends and family, talking only of childbirth, brand new babies and first time parenthood… our idea of heaven!

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Sally with her Mom and Grandma…

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We always try to keep the menu as simple as possible for showers. We want to spend every second of the shower relaxing with guests and not in the kitchen, so we always make sure to serve food that can all be prepped and laid out before guests arrive. We served a strawberry salad (HERE), spinach, bacon and egg salad HERE, fruit and chocolate strawberries (HERE). Our Mum made an amazing cheese board with all of our favorite British cheeses and our sis, Helen (pictured with her two girls above) had the great idea to order our favorite carrot cake, which was a huge hit.

Our decorating theme was flowers… large paper ones we borrowed from a friend and fresh tulips dotted through the space.

Many of our guests were traveling to the shower so instead of doing our favorite flower favor (HERE) we sent guests home with a wild flower kit (Flower pots and seeds from the dollar store and top soil bundled in fabric pouches). Sally’s family and ours share a love of the Beetles so we added a quote from John Lennon, “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”.

Many hands make light work and hosting with a few people can really make showers so much easier and stress free.

This was such a special day for us all, we couldn’t help but look around and realize how lucky Alice is already to have such wonderful women in her life. You are loved beyond measure baby girl!

Adding Trim Work to Em’s Dining Room

03.16.2017 by Emily |

Our dining room has been a trouble spot in decorating since we moved into our home almost four years ago (see HERE).

I have loved our stark white walls but it has been a major factor in the room feel unfinished from the get-go.
Then add two small children, Jane and Ben. After dinner the place looks like a war zone, so adding a large area rug, which was my first instinct was absolutely out of the question.

I then started adding things to the table. A runner and pretty centerpiece that had to be removed every meal time looked great but just wasn’t practical.

This led me to trim work. I played around with a few ideas of shiplap, board and batten, or a whole wall of squares and finally decided on a grid. It seems like a no brainer now, but just one wall of trim helped the room feel inviting, cozier and finished….just what I was looking for.

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It definitely needs that area rug eventually, but for this stage in life it’s a huge improvement!

I’ve also concluded fresh flowers in the middle of our table is the best centerpiece there is. Calmness among the crazy!

Hurray for one project being checked off our 2017 list. Next up is the kitchen and I can’t wait!

Get your Cheese on Paddy!

03.14.2017 by Emily |

If you fancy getting your Irish on this week, look no further than your Dairy section!

We are half Irish and love a good Irish product. Kerrygold’s Dubliner cheese is always heavenly but we’ve just found their spreadable cheese (by mistake) which has made it to our favorite list quickly…and just in time for St Paddy’s Day!

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Spread with crackers, paired with raw veggies, or extra naughty on a slice of fresh baguette… it’s the perfect afternoon snack for you and the kiddos.

We found ours at Costco for only $5.50, they also have carry Kerrygold butter which is to die for…

To see our other posts about Ireland check out our “Dublin on a Dime Post” or “Get the Look of an Irish Cottage”.

Top of the Morning to you all! Have a wonderful Day!

Sarah and Em. x

Sick Baby Survival Guide

03.08.2017 by Emily |

Our household has been stricken with the worst colds since Christmas! Nothing worse that sick babies and mummy too and being housebound.

I have been trying to keep my sanity with drive-thru chic-fil-a, and trying to count my blessings. We’re so fortunate to have a clean, warm home, access to health care etc.

Having a sick baby is so stressful and worrying, but having a few things on hand has really helped me survive.
Here are the few things I always like to in stock for when the sickies strikes.

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Utah the winter is so incredibly dry so having humidifiers really helps the whole family sleep better, especially when the little ones are congested. Jane also has bad eczema and her dermatologist recommends a humidifier year round. Humidifiers can be so ugly, and drive me nuts to have out in the bedrooms all year. Luckily they’ve started to make cute ones, like THIS elephant one.

My favorite tissues are Puffs Plus Lotion. Soft and durable is a winning combo on the tissue front. I always try to have a stockpile in the basement!

Thank goodness for easy themomoters these days, am I right? The number one thing I need when my babies are sick to monitor fevers. I bought THIS Exergen one when Jane was a baby. It’s so easy to use.

Even when my kids just have colds it seems like their appetites are off. Isn’t it unnerving when your baby won’t eat? If your baby is old enough for solids I love having THESE GoGo Squeez organic applesauces on hand. It’s all about keeping them hydrated and these do that and give them a few calories and nutrients too. Pouches are so nice for zero clean up and the variety of flavors is good. Seriously sometimes the only thing I can get the babies to eat when they are super sick.

Babies hate having their noses wipes and isn’t it horrible when they’re chapped and red. Boogie Wipes are a Godsend.

I usually try to use natural cleaners for my ordinary cleaning but not when we are sick! I know Clorox wipes HERE will kill those cold and flu viruses and I can stop them spreading around our house.

Jane has had a really deep, chesty cough. THIS Zarbee’s natural cough syrup has really helped her sleep. I really like that it is all natural, especially when she’s had lots of fever reducing meds. This product is recommended for babies 12 months and older.

I have mixed reviews about Emergen-C. I feel sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s still worth it to me to give it a try HERE when I’m starting to feel sick. I keep it stocked in my kitchen and mix with a water bottle whenever I feel I’m coming down with something.

The days and nights are both so long with sick babies, you have to give yourself a break from your normal routine and diet. I promise DIET COKE and M&M’S (the bigger bag the better) make our home a happier one when we are sick. If mama ain’t happy, ain’t anyone nobody happy.

I know sickness will show up at my door again at the most inconvenient time, so I’m already stocking up!
Do you have any to add to my list?

-Emily x

Lately!

02.22.2017 by Emily |

You guys! We cannot believe it is the end of February, whaaaat??!! The new year has been nuts for us so far.

Our best news of course, is that SARAH IS PREGNANT!!!!!! We have had so much sickness, doctors visits, snow days, visitors and a fun trip to Disneyland we have had zero time to blog.

On a good day we have three toddlers running around, baby Ben who’s now on the move and into EVERYTHING and one pregnant lady, so you can imagine how productive we are being. We are finding it hard to manage and keep on top of it all which gives us even more incentive to simplify everything in our lives! What is your secret to managing it all? Meditation?! A nanny? Please comment and let us know!!!

One thing we have done is made major goals for our homes this year!

We’re both hoping to finish our basements in the near future, but first we want to spruce our current spaces. With our growing families we have room changes to tackle too. A new nursery and playroom for Sarah’s family and a big girl room for Emily’s little Jane. Minimum budget with maximum impact will be our goal and we’ll be documenting everything to take you along our updates. You can follow us on Instagram HERE and Pinterest HERE for our daily inspiration and what we’re up to!

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First up for Emily, is her dining room. If you follow us on Insta you got a sneak peek of her current project. It’s the space that felt the most unfinished so the perfect starting spot for the year.

She had one blank wall that we thought needed some trim to help the whole space feel finished. We decided on a grid wall of squares and got our inspiration from this image from  Serena and Lily.  It’s traditional but also modern and fits well with the craftsman architecture of the home.

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The project is almost done and we’re thrilled with how it’s coming together. We’ll be sharing the space with you soon.

Lastly, are you having a hard time getting through this winter? If you have the February blues like us you NEED THIS Restoration Hardware throw that is on major clearance. We think it is the world’s best secret and our survival for winter.

Lots of love, Sarah and Emily xx