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With 3 Little Ladies, we go thru bows like crazy.
So we love this thrifty find at Walmart…$1 Grosgrain bows.
For now, we use them with our handmade bands (see HERE), but soon the ladies will be sporting some locks and we’ll use them to keep their hair out of their eyes. Too cute.
Can’t beat this for a $1!
Sassy brand toys are a favorite of ours with their bold colors and clean design. Not only do the babies LOVE them but they are so affordable, making them even more amazing!
Coupons and complimentary gift wrap in-store sweeten the deal even further, making this one of our go-to gifts. Do you have any babies to shop for? We know they’ll love this!
Hey g-free friends! Have you tried THIS amazing new gluten-free pasta?
It’s a winner and a staple around here now it’s carried in a four-pack at Costco!
Dinner gets complicated when you’re cooking g-free for some and ‘normal’ for others. But now we can get this for $1.50 a box, it’s our go-to easy-peasy dinner for everyone.
We simply boil up the pasta as normal, drain and mix in 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp pesto and s+p to taste. Top with chicken and parmesan and serve with a side salad or even just cut up veggies and hummus or dip for an appetizer for the kids (and hubby) while you’re cooking up the pasta.
We’re finding it’s way easier to get fruit and veg down serving the babies the healthiest options first before they get eyes on their ‘main course’. Are your kids the same?
Have any amazing kid-friendly recipes to share?
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Happy weekend everyone!!!
It is so fun to watch our three baby girls and their personalities grow. They all have their own set of likes/dislikes and what makes them laugh and cry.
But one thing they have in common is the love of THIS book!
Sarah ordered the girls a book each from Amazon because they were such a great price.
The book couldn’t be simpler, and the babies love it, as in they’ll each sit individually for about 10 minutes and read it!
If you need a great gift or have a little one, this one is a must… and it’s only $3!
It’s the babies first proper swim season and we were super excited to see Honest Sunscreen on coupon at Costco just in time for the pool.
2-Pack for $11 through May 31st!!!
Time to show those thighs, ladies!
Our little brother is getting married this June…eek sooo exciting!!!
We found these simple cotton flutter-sleeved dresses from Gap that are perfect for a summer wedding. They are comfy and cool for the long day ahead (not to mention super affordable) but they needed fancying up a little….
We really wanted real flower crowns for the babies but we knew they wouldn’t last more than a minute with these little grabby hands.
We decided to fancy up our home made headbands (HERE) with a massive silk flower from Hobby Lobby.
We pulled off the flower heads from their stems and hot-glued the base of the flower to a piece of felt. Then we hot-glued the felt to our normal piece of ribbon instead of the tulle bow.
These turned out great and only cost a few dollars!
Can’t wait for the girls to wear their big headbands on the big day!!!
Church, meetings or special events…there are those special times we need to keep the little ones quiet.
It’s all about the art of distraction and a designated ‘quiet bag’ ready to grab works wonders.
Here’s what we’re towing around…
1. Snacks and water. We know how it feels to be cranky pants when thirsty or hungry. A snack bag of cheerios and our fave lollacups keep the girlies amused for a while when meetings run long.
2. Links. The best toy ever!
3. A cute tote to carry it all.
4. Plastic photo album. The girls love flipping through these and looking at pics of the family.
5. Mini board books. THESE ones are a family favorite…those illustrations!
6. A diaper or two + wipes.
7. Finger puppets. These ones are hand-me-downs, but THESE are an amazing deal.
8. Straws and plastic utensils can double as a toy to keep the babies occupied for a few minutes.
Do you have any great tips for keeping babies amused on the go?
Do you guys watch Shark Tank?
Love that show.
Anyhow, a few years back they had on the inventors of the Lollacup, a sippy cup with a weighted straw that allowed it’s young users easier accessibility to their drink. I was sold on the spot (as were the Sharks) and made a mental note to get one when I eventually had a baby.
Fast forward to having TWINS! With double the fun comes double the cost, and since these lil bad boys run at $16 each, I dragged my feet. Fortunately, Santa knew best and my girls got theirs at Christmas. Then 10 months old and still not successfully using any sippy we introduced the Lollacup. After just a couple of ‘practice sessions’ they got the hang of it and haven’t looked back.
We just use it for water, but it’s seriously the girls favorite treat of the day. They just love using the straw, and I love their independence.
They make the cutest faces while sucking too, and have to come up for a big gasp of air!
We’ve officially added this to our list of “must-haves” and would much rather have one good cup than a dozen crappy ones!
PS. Just a reminder that this WAS NOT a sponsored post, I just got really really giddy about this find! Nerdy Mama!
What is cuter than a baby with rosy cheeks and pearly teeth?
All of the above plus a party hat!
After a failed attempt to find cute hats for the twins’ first birthday party (HERE), we decided to make our own.
We used THIS template from Oh Happy Day and attached ribbons to help the babies keep their hats on.
Of course, the paper hats were way too tempting for the one-year olds, but the older kiddies loved them for all the birthday festivities.
Oh Hannah, you are a cheeky baby girl and somehow even more so in your little party hat!
Easter is less than two weeks away…eeek! We cannot wait!
It’s time to start prepping those Easter baskets as you know as well as we do that every store runs out of our FAVORITE Easter chocolate the week of!
We’ve gone bright for our little bugs’ Easter baskets this year…
Jellycat stuffed animals HERE
large chocolate eggs HERE
Lindt chocolates HERE
basic watercolor set HERE
fun crayons (similar HERE)
Do you have something you love to add to your baskets every year? Please share, we love a good tradition!!!
I am a sucker for a cute swimsuit, and with all these baby girls I am in trouble!
Swimwear has hit stores, and here are my favorites…
1. Really? Mini polka dot flip-flops for $2. Sold!
2. A sunhat is a must for baby. Old Navy has us covered for $7.
4. THIS is my pick from Nordstrom, but it is sold out! Hopefully will be back soon.
5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS fringe swimsuit!
6. Isn’t THIS ruffly tankini the cutest?
8. THIS pineapple Honest company swim diaper is adorable!
Swim sells out fast, so make sure to buy your favorites now!!!
Did we over-face you with too much chocolate yesterday, or are you ready for more?!
Either way, THIS mini egg mold makes the cutest little chocolate Easter eggs you ever did see!
We then popped them out of the mold and drizzled them with chocolate in different designs.
This is the perfect Easter activity to do with kiddies…EASY, EASY, EASY!
We’ll be putting a few in cellophane bags and tying them up with pretty ribbon for Easter gifts.
We love a good five-minute, affordable and adorable gift idea!!!
One of the nicest compliments we get is that our babies smell so good! It makes us feel like at least we are doing something right in keeping our babies clean and fresh.
We owe it all to our favorite baby products by Mustela. They are gentle, smell delicious and are super concentrated so they last a really long time.
Nothing beats picking up your baby in the middle of the night to a yummy fresh baby smell…heaven! One thing is for sure, you will love these baby products so much, you’ll want to use them too!
Have you tried any Mustela products? Please share your favorites!
If you follow us on Insta you saw that we went on a last minute trip to Hawaii!!! We got super cheap flights we couldn’t pass up, but the deals all had connection flights making for long travel days for six-month old Jane.
Here’s a few things that really us make this an amazing and happy trip for all of us.
1. Do Your Homework
We made a doctor’s appointment two days before we traveled to make sure Jane didn’t have an ear infection. Landing in particular is sometimes uncomfortable for infants even without an infection, so we wanted to make sure she didn’t need an antibiotic. It takes about 24 hours for an antibiotic to start working, which is why I made it two days prior to travel. Luckily we got the all clear, and the doctor even gave us a travel size Ibuprofen just in case we needed it while traveling, yay for leaving the large one at home!
Flight rules and restrictions are changing all the time. Check your airline and TSA for rules for traveling with baby. Airlines can help you decide where best to sit on the plane and even put an ‘infant block’ on a seat, which won’t be taken unless the plane is 100% full. Most airlines allow you to check a car seat and stroller free of charge. Woot, woot!
2. Pack Smart
The less baggage you have the less you have to keep track of and the easier it will be to move around the airports and planes with your baby.
This is obviously way easier to do when you are traveling to a warm climate, we managed just to bring carry-ons for the three of us.
While packing light for you is ideal, packing extra for baby will give you extra piece of mind. I stocked my diaper bag like always (HERE) and added extra snacks, water and extra outfits.
Bring only baby gear you will need. Most places you visit, you’ll need a stroller, I think a beach vacay is the exception. We managed great just with the baby bjorn.
3. Dress in Layers
I dressed both Jane and I in lots of layers. Sometimes on planes you can be freezing or way too hot, it’s always a guessing game. I dressed Jane in a onesie, and jammies, mostly so I didn’t have to keep track of socks/shoes etc. I also packed both a muslin swaddle and heavy fleece blanket in the diaper bag. I wore jeans, basic shirt, a swing cardigan which was perfect to keep me covered while nursing Jane. I also wore my comfiest, slip-on loafers, which made security a breeze while holding Jane.
4. Arrive Extra Early!
Easier said than done right?! There’s always an unexpected blow out/spit up and being stressed out worrying about missing your flight while baby is being fussy is the worst! It’s worth waking up early for extra time. I have to add 30 mins to the time I think I need with this little one. On the way home from HI we couldn’t find the car rental place and ended up arriving later than we had planned to the airport, so stressful!
5. Love Your Layovers
Usually I despise layovers, but I actually loved them traveling with a baby, even LAX! Layovers give the perfect opportunity to change, nurse and have a little play time. On our way to HI we stopped in San Jose, CA which even had nursing rooms…perfect! On the way home, we stopped in LAX which was crowded and under construction. I found a quiet corner and nursed and changed Jane there and even let her have a little floor time on her changing mat. 1.5-2 hours layover was about the perfect amount of time we all needed.
Traveling with Jane was a great experience, everyone was extra nice and accommodating.
Try to remember even traveling is part of the vacations, and I realized when I was relaxed and enjoying myself Jane was too :)
So far, we’ve discovered everything our mother taught us about parenting is true! “Being one step ahead” is something we’ve heard our whole lives, but now we understand how much easier and smoother our day is when we’re prepped!
We try (emphasis on try) to re-stock our diaper bags every night, so it is ready to grab in the morning without even thinking what the babes might need for the day.
Like organizing anything else, every item has it’s place so can be easily found and to equally easy to see when it needs to be replaced.
plastic changing mat
small refillable wipe case and back-up wipes
diaper sacks kept in plastic wipe case (we love THESE ones)
antibacterial wipes (for baby and surfaces HERE)
wallet and sunglasses (we love our Hobo wallets HERE)
THESE muslin blankets are perfect. Sold in a two-pack, one for home, one for diaper bag.
Extra complete outfit (onesie, clothes, headband). When our babies were younger we’d keep two extra outfits.
In the other side pocket we keep food and snacks. Two bibs, baby food in pouches, and a bag of baby puffs (HERE) for easy on-the-go snacks.
In the two end pockets we keep one stocked with toys, and the other with a water bottle or two for mama and for baby’s sippy cup.
These hand sanitizer cases from Bath and Body Works are perfect to attach to the side of our diaper bags.
We love THIS diaper bags from Pottery Barn Kids. It is large, comes with a changing mat and has so many pockets so things don’t get lost.
Keeping our babies clean, fed and happy is a big task away from home. Having our diaper bags organized and stocked is key to starting a good day!
How do you keep on top of it all? Please spill your secrets, we need all the help we can get ;)
Can you believe Sarah’s twins are one?!
What a year we’ve had since the arrival of Elizabeth and Hannah! A year full of smiles, giggles, and more diapers than we can count.
A little party for their birthday lunch was in order! Sarah chose a classic Winnie-The-Pooh theme which was perfect for our little pooh-bear and piglet.
We decorated with white and florals, stuffed animals and building blocks.
For the littles, we made a picnic lunch. Gygi came through again with everything we needed for our little guests.
Our sister, Helen made tiny fondant honey bees for the cupcakes as well as pooh bear and piglet for the girls’ cake.
The girls took licking every ounce of their frosting very seriously. Our little pooh-bear Elizabeth..
…. and our little piglet, Hannah with her tiny little pigtails :)
We couldn’t imagine life without these little girls…”it’s so much friendlier with two!”
Simple food and decorations made for a very easy and enjoyable party for everyone.
Be sure to check out all the products we used on Gygi’s blog HERE and don’t forget to use our coupon for 15% off purchase your next Gygi purchase!
Baby Jane is a very lucky lady. She is the youngest of many little girl cousins and therefore is the recipient of LOTS of hand-me-downs.
The only downside of lots of clothes, is keeping track of them all! I have a few systems in place to help make sure that cute little 6-12 mo dress, or those size 3 shoes will be worn without being lost at the back of a drawer.
My friends bought Jane THESE adorable totes from Target. These keep together things that I have lots of…sleepsacks, crib shoes, hats, and one designated for Jane’s memory box.
I try to keep the hanging space to things she is currently wearing or will be shortly. It really helps me to see all of her outfits in one space rather than folded in a drawer. The left side of the closet is every day clothes, and on the right we keep cardigans, coats and dresses.
I put a storage cube at the bottom of the closet to add extra storage. I’ve been loving the open shelving when I only have one hand available to grab a blanket. This cube is discontinued, see similar HERE.
On top of the cube we keep her current shoes and fancy socks and tights in the little boxes. Again, it really helps to have them out and lined up so none get forgotten about. So many hand-me-downs.
Any hand-me-down that won’t fit for another year gets labelled and stored in a large tote in the basement.
Thanks family for dressing our baby girl, she wouldn’t be as nearly as stylin’ without you!
In England, we like our pom-poms on our babies extra large!
We discovered it was hard to find bobble hats (knit hat with a massive pom pom) in the states, so decided to make our own!
Isn’t Jane so funny with her massive pom-pom?!
We found knit beanies for $.97, as well as extra bulky yarn for $2.97 at Walmart.
Here are the supplies we used:
Two sheets of cardboard for pom-pom template (we used a cereal box)
Compass or two round objects for template (we used salad plate and a cup)
30 yds of yarn
We followed THESE instructions to make the pom-poms.
Because we wanted such a large pom pom and had such a big template we cut our yarn into 10 yard pieces to make it easier to work with.
Last, we attached the pom-pom to the hat by cutting two little slits at the top of the beanie and tying two pieces from the pom pom in a double knot on the inside of the hat.
One hat took about ten minutes to make, and because we could make 2 pom poms from one ball of yarn only ended up costing $2.50 per hat!
What’s not to love about a warm and cozy baby?!!!
The girls nursery is one of my favorite rooms in our home (see more HERE). We purposely planned a neutral grey background so we could switch out a “pop” colour depending on our mood or girls preference when they get older.
To spruce it up for valentines, I’m simply pulled out their books with red, pink or purple covers and all their white and pink soft toys. By grouping like items together, you can create a display without having to go out and buy festive items. Putting existing things to use is always a good thing because it feels and looks and IS effortless!
My mum bought our little valentine babies these adorable Haba heart toys (click HERE) when they were born. For the longest time they were hanging from their stroller basinets, but this valentine’s they’re all grown up and using them as a teething toy.
Do you or your kids have a birthday near a holiday? I only think it adds to the festivities and so far we’re loving it!