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Hi. We’ve Missed You!

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Well helloooo there stranger, it’s been a while!

Little did we know when we posted last, a little (BIG) life curve ball was about to take place. We truly hope you follow us on Instagram otherwise I betting your wondering what on earth happened?!

No, we are not stopping the blog, and no we didn’t forget about you!

For those who don’t follow us on Insta, we’ll give the little low down….

Sarah’s water broke with her little boy at just 24 weeks of pregnancy. She was immediately admitted to the hospital and put on bedrest, and had to stay there until she finally delivered at 30 weeks to the cutest little boy, Liam Max at only 3lbs 4oz.

Liam, now almost 4 months is doing remarkably well. But it’s been an insanely busy summer with his extended NICU stay and then pretty much house bound with oxygen for another couple of months. It’s been all-hands-on-deck helping her family and we’re all finally beginning to feel ‘back to normal’.

(Pics from Sarah’s Instagram)

This blog is a product of love. We love getting together and having our creative outlet, we love sharing a little of our lives and our finds! We love hearing we’ve helped or shared something you love too!

With now a combined 5 kids, three years and under, life is insane! Pretty much every day seems like a scramble of trying to piece together a life full of all the things we want it to be. But some days we need to strip it down to the basics. Are we fed? Are we dressed? Are we happy?! And after all that has been taken care of, we like to pop back here and check in with ourselves and share some things we’ve been enjoying.

As we try and get back to our pace of posting regularly, we hope you enjoy what you see as a little escape from your crazy lives too!

We appreciate your time, thanks for visiting!

Sarah & Emily

xoxox

(Pics from Em’s Instagram)

The Start of Baby Boy’s Nursery!

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Good Morning! We hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend. Ours was truly lovely, with the girlies ever more getting into the holidays and festivities, it’s just adding to the fun. It’s so nice to spend special days with lots of family, but we always miss those who don’t live near.

Ah Good times!

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On to the nursery…

I’ve been really excited to get going on baby boy’s room for a while now, but with so much fantastic design inspiration out there (thank you Pinterest!) I had a hard time narrowing down what style I really wanted to go with.

As with the girls’ nursery, I knew I wanted to stay pretty neutral, (it brings out my much needed calm side), and to add a little blue since it’s been my favorite “real” color since childhood.

My thought was traditional elements with a modern feel. When talking it through with Em, she suggested I just get started and put a design board together…so here we are, and I’m pretty please with how it’s all looking.

Curtains | Crib | Lighting | Rug | Dresser | Mirror | Lamp | Sloth

We’re reusing one of the girls cribs which we LOVED, and decided to stay with the same dresser as the girls, just the smaller version. I like to have small elements of consistency throughout the house to keep things looking coherent.

The blue is calming and so ‘baby boy”, while little black accents like the cameras and nobs on dresser with add just a spark of contrast. I’m not in love with the mirror for the space, I’m hoping I can find one at Home Goods, but I love how wood always adds warm and the cozy natural elements, I’ll be doing some wooded frames or shelfs too. The lighting is all pretty modern. The shapes are bold and clean.

Do you guys have a hard time choosing between styles too?

I’m really at my core modern, but always love the warmth of traditional…or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, I’m pretty pleased with how this is all flowing together so well, at least on paper! Now time to get ordering and seeing it in person.

To see Baby Ben’s Nursery from last year click HERE. My twin girls’ nursery HERE, and Lady Jane’s HERE.

With our fourth nursery in 4 years, I love how they are all so unique, so see!

Sarah x

Easter Basket DEALS!!!

Monday, March 27th, 2017

I am so happy my Easter baskets are miraculously done and waiting for the big day! I stumbled on so many amazing deals, and am so excited to share them with you…

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For Jane’s basket:

HABA girl (only $5 HERE)
Melissa and Doug surprise ink (HERE), car version HERE
Melissa and Doug bead set HERE
Mini Lilly books HERE
White chocolate bunny HERE
Tolo cat (similar HERE)
Tolo lamb HERE

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For Ben’s Basket

Everywhere Babies Book HERE
HABA click clack rattle HERE
HABA wooly duo clutching toy HERE
HABA ring clutching toy HERE
Animal finger puppets (in store Target only)
White chocolate bunny HERE
Tolo boy (similar HERE)
Tolo moose HERE

Every Easter I want to make sure the kids have books and a chocolate bunny in their baskets, other than that I just look out for good deals for what the kids will like. Like Christmas stockings, little kids are so easy to please with every day items like a new toothbrush, fun bandaids, new crayons and bubbles etc. Last year I even added a new pair of sandals for Jane (see HERE), that matched her Easter dress. My favorite baby and toddler toys are Haba and Tolo, so I usually buy a few to add to our collection.

If you are looking for new baskets this year, we’ve been impressed with Target’s selection and price points. We like THIS large traditional basket paired with THIS monogramed liner for a total of $10. THIS little bunny basket is very cute, and THIS little roped white one is great too.

How about that Hollar.com?  Have you checked it out yet? If not, you need to! It is our new favorite place to stock up on kid presents. We CANNOT believe these prices on HABA toys. We usually pay double or triple these prices!

It will feel so great to get your baskets done early, get your shopping done now before all your favorites sell out!

-Emily x

A Spring Baby Shower

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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!

Sick Baby Survival Guide

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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