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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

We’re back…and with a little surprise!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We are really excited to now share that I’m pregnant with a baby boy!

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When we wrote our Christmas post, we really didn’t think it’d be this long of a blog break! But life has a way of throwing you unexpected surprises.

For those who’ve done IVF (or know those who have) you know it’s no walk in the park, and even the smoothest of cycles is so consuming, time wise, physically, financially and mentally. This has been our 2nd fresh cycle, and we’re beyond grateful that they were both successful.

We feel VERY lucky.

The news of the success however was put on hold while the beginning of pregnancy was quite bumpy to say the least. Pretty much all of January was ‘hit or miss’, and I’m just starting to feel as confident as the Dr’s do and get excited that a baby boy is joining our family in August!!!

We love you guys and this little blog of ours, we’re excited that another boy is joining our little group.

Finally, here’s to the new year…and all the exciting things in the works!

Sarah. x

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The Twins Nursery, ready for both Toddlers and Christmas!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The girls’ nursery has always been a magical place for me.

After trying to conceive for so many years, it finally became a place where dreams came true when I got to design a nursery for my two baby girls (see HERE).

In the blink of an eye my babies are becoming quite the sassy, beautiful, crazy little girls. Life has been an adjustment, and therefore so has their room!

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We would have loved to have kept them in their cribs until they reached three, but Hannah had other ideas. We were able to keep her restrained (happily) in sleep sacks (like THIS) for a year or so, but finally she was too tall for even the XL so it was time to start thinking beds.

We juggled with either building toddler beds or going straight to twin, but since they still seems so little, we liked this idea of keeping them on the floor so they wouldn’t be falling out. Plus we could customize the size and keep the scale quite small.

Brock whipped up these beds with some ideas we found on Pinterest. We made them to fit Ikea Toddler mattress although we are still using their crib ones for now since I like the sheets a whole lot better! We just fill in the extra space at the top with pillows. (Thinking about a whole post on this, comment if you’d like to hear more!)

The price tag was amazing at about $25 a bed, but more time consuming than what we thought. But we’re very happy with the results, as are the girlies!

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I’m always craving hooks on all my doors, but in the past we’ve had them fall off since our doors are hollow. Finally I realized why not use command hooks? Not nearly as cute but still get the job done of displaying cute things on an otherwise blank door!


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Em got these tooth fairies for the girls for their second birthday (HERE). They hang on the tip of their beds looking over them while they dream!

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This is Elizabeth’s bed, although the girls match a lot they usually have their own color and things slightly different. It’s been interesting to see which items they are attached to. Since very early on, they’ve each had their Little Giraffe blankets (HERE) and Jellycat bunnies (HERE), E is attached to her blanket, and H her bunny.

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Both girls love their Corolle dolls they got their very first Christmas (similar HERE, crib HERE). We keep toys to a minimum in their room for less distraction and hopefully a little more calmness but these dolls are the perfect companion at nighttime.


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We hung simple snowflakes throughout the room to help bring in some Christmas magic!


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This is Hannah’s bed. This bed has a temporary extra bar to help keep her in. She’s such a wiggly one and needs boundaries! We never got around to painting it white, opps! Did I mention we’ve been a bit sleep deprived since adjusting to new territories?!

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A home made pom-pom garland has really cozied things up for winter (tutorial to come).

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We have all their winter-themed books out on shelves. Below are framed pictures from one of my favorite Children’s author and illustrator Helen Oxenbury, ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ (HERE). I found this book at a thrift shop with the cover torn. The pictures were still in great condition, so I put them to use!

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Like I mentioned before we try to keep most of their toys in their playroom, but THIS kitchen has always looked so amazing in their bedroom and added that pop of pink it needed to feel just a little more ‘girly’. Sometimes the pots and pans get confiscated if it’s 10pm and we still hear footsteps but for the most part it has been working great!

We hoped you enjoyed this little tour of such a fun room in our house.

Fingers crossed we’ll be getting to decorate another nursery soon, as I’m doing another round of IVF this week! Eeeek!!!

Sarah. x

Holler Dollar: Christmas Activity Books for Toddlers

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

One of the easiest ways to get our little girls ready for upcoming holidays is coloring books and stickers that we keep in our diaper bags. They’re perfect for those times we’re sitting in a restaurant and want ten more minutes to chat and the girls are getting restless!

We found the most adorable Christmas activity books at the Dollar Tree. They’re perfect for preschoolers but even our two year are enjoying the coloring and stickers.

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Such a cute gift for $1 too!

If you have little kids in your life, do yourself a favor and pick a few up. Next time you’re sitting in a restaurant and want one more diet coke refill, you’ll thank us!

-Sarah and Em x