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Feeding two young babies at the table can be challenging. When Brock’s home, he has one and I have the other, but it’s a constant battle of ‘please pass this” and “are you done with that?”. To help relieve some of the crazy I put together this food station that has helped us out tremendously!
I got a tray that fits nicely on our lazy Suzanne, and then stocked it with all of the essentials. Our goal is to never have to leave the table mid-feed once we’re there with our homemade baby food (link HERE).
Our Go-To Items Are:
I must say this system has been WORKING!!! We’re getting the feeding down like magic!
Have you guys been re-organizing or tweaking a problem area in your homes? Do share!
We knew making our own baby food would be healthier choice for the girls, but we had no idea would be so easy, fast, and how much money it would save!!!
The girls’ favorite right now is pureed butternut squash…here’s how to make it.
First prep squash: peel, de-seed, and cube.
Next, steam until tender.
Finally, blend with a little of the water left from steaming to puree.
THESE BPA-free Munchkin trays are perfect to freeze the puree.
Just pop out 1-2 cubes per serving, and you can always mix in a little rice cereal if you want it to be more filling.
We’re sure your babe will be squealing with delight, and you’ll be squealing too!
I was undecided on the girls’ Halloween costumes this year, but knew I wanted something easy and adorable.
The Dollar Tree came to my rescue again with these fairy wings (link HERE). Matched with clothes they already had: a onesie, cardigan, tutu, leggings and ballet shoes…Elizabeth transformed into one pretty cute fairy!
I think the only thing cuter will be when we double the fun on the actual night. Hannah was asleep for the dress rehearsal!
Do you have any quick and thrifty costume ideas? Do share!
It’s no secret that on this blog we’re obsessed with black and white. In our book you simply can’t go wrong with this color combo, even when it comes to baby.
These items have been some of our favorite baby products. Even though we’ve made the purchase on our taste, we also feel they are the most practical of choices when it comes to the big ticket items. Black and white are gender neutral and classic, we’ll be using them for whatever babies are in our future; making them the most sensible, thrifty, and prettiest of options.
How do you like them?
No. 1: I about died when I saw this top at Gap (see HERE), I’ll be getting it in two sizes to make sure the twins will be rocking it both fall and winter.
No. 2: Em’s diaper bag is as classy as it gets, I’m only slightly jealous! (see HERE)
N0. 3: These shoes are only $14.99 and as cute as can be, another purchase in multiple sizes! (see HERE)
N0. 4: Our Mama Roo has been a life saver, and a must if you ever want to take a shower! The black and white and cool design fits into our home beautifully, and hasn’t been one of those pesky baby items we’re dying to be done with. I only wish they made it in adult size! (see HERE)
No. 5: You’ve all heard that black and white is great for baby development right? So all of these products are very baby friendly, but especially toys like these. We just love it. (see HERE)
No. 6: Swaddle blankets are our faveeee. But a black and white version is our ‘super fave’. (see HERE)
No. 7: I’ve been on the hunt for the best binkie clip, and this is it! L.O.V.E the Dirty Dancing reference! (see HERE)
No. 8: Our Bumble Ride twin stroller with bassinets has been our lifesaver. I can’t say enough how much we adore this product. I actually make it out of the house because of this bad boy. It’s honestly amazing. We bought black A. because it was on sale and B. because I want to keep it forever and ever. Yes I’m in love! (see HERE)
N0. 9: Another true love, the Stokke High Chair. This is a family classic that we just LOVE. There’s soooo many great things about this product, but the main one is that it grows with the child. Seriously, our girlies are in theirs now and they can still use them as an adult. Our baby brothers still fit in there’s and they are giants at 6 foot, 7 inches! (see HERE)
N0. 10: Just some adorable sockies to match our theme. LOVE! (see HERE)
Elizabeth and Hannah rocking the trend! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more!
Oh how we love the look of a little chubby baby in a pair of sweet moccasins!
There are a lot out there with a huge price variation….
In the mid-range, we have classic Minnetonka moccasins. We have several pairs and they are sooo comfortable. We love the simplicity of these moccs. They are a great price for a great product. These booties are available at Nordies, click HERE and HERE.
Lastly, we have the high-end moccs. These boutique moccs offer soft leather and oodles of enticing color choices. We love the look of THIS bow pair from The Coral Pear, and the color of THIS platinum pair from Freshly Picked.
As new mummies we’d love your input!
Where do you stand on baby moccasins? Are you happy with getting the look with a faux pair from Old Navy or is it worth the splurge on an oh-so-pretty high-end pair?
Double of everything looks like a lot in one little closet, so it’s also doubly important to keep it nice and organized.
After our recent post (see HERE) where we made our own headbands, you can say I went a little crazy and decided the girls needed at least one each in all the neutrals (yes, pink is a neutral when it comes to baby girls!). Good thing they are cheap and easy!
Which was exactly what we were looking for in a storage solution. Naturally we headed to Ikea and found these awesome rails ($2.99), bins ($.99) and hooks ($.99).
Using all available space is key in a small space. In most cases that means putting your wall space to use.
It looks pretty, but most of all it’s very functional. As always, creating a home for something helps your home run more smoothly with way less stress. No longer are we on the hunt for two matching bows, they’re right there next to each other…see less stress!
We also love that the rails, hooks and bins can be handy for all sorts of odds and ends when the bow phase is over. Honestly, I think I’ll be adding a lot more of these around the house. Are you tempted?
There are sooooo many great baby items on the market these days that it’s hard not to get carried away.
These 4 items from the Dollar Tree, (although not all are specifically made for baby) have not only been a relief on the wallet, but have been some of the most used items in our homes this year.
1. Mini Tubs are sooo freaking handy dandy!
We’ve used them to store binkies, formula, and now rice cereal. They’re 10 for $1…
2. Plastic Bin, these have been so great for lots of things, but primarily carrying dirty bottles to and fro, upstairs to down.
In the early days we also kept one in the shower with oxyclean in, whenever the girls had a blowout we’d just pop dirty clothing item in their to soak until the next wash. Worked wonders and very proud to report we have very little stained items. :)
3. Diaper Bags (see HERE) we opted for these instead of a diaper genie type because we have “diaper changing stations” all over the house. Simply pop the diaper in and tie it up. They actually work pretty well for holding in the stench!
4. Mesh Wastebaskets (see HERE) these are perfect for holding all those bagged diapers, and easy to empty every day or so.
So there you have it! Our very thrifty and handy baby finds.
If you have anymore, please do share!
I’d seen this little Sophie everywhere, but a rubber toy for $25. I don’t think so!
Randomly, my little ones both started teething around the 3 month mark. Not having much control over their little fingers they had a hard time holding onto things, so their hands became their only teething toy.
Luckliy, Nanny knew better and turned up one day with a pressy for each of the patients. The toy I swore we’d never own!
Little Sophie is magical, and my girls are both in love.
I wonder did her creator know exactly what he was doing? Her leg size make it perfect for tiny fingers to grasp, making her the 1st and only toy my little ladies could hold on to for quite sometime.
They really go to town, and I love hearing the soft squeaky noises of their gums while chewing the rubber.
I guess next time, I should not be so stubborn. And trust that if something has been around for about 50 years, it’s be tried and tested and is still winning…
(see HERE to order!)
We love babies with a big ole’ bow, but have found them to be quite uncomfortable for little heads. They are usually also so expensive, especially when buying multiple!
We’ve been playing around with making our own simple bows that are soft and pretty for baby.
.Here’s what we came up with. Cute right?!
(Left: Elizabeth | Right: Hannah)
Here’s How to Make Your Own:
1. We measured the babies heads and cut our piece of tights to be 4″ smaller. This will be different depending on each pair of tights and how readily they stretch. (You can make multiple headbands from just a pair of tights).
2. Fold in half and pin ends in place, ready to sew.
3. Use needle and thread to sew two ends together (or use sewing machine).
4. Trim excess fabric after sewing.
5. It should look something like this:
6. Flip headband inside out, it should look like this on the finished side.
7. Now for the tricky part! You want to create an “M” shape with your fingers and glue the two peaks of the “M” with a hot glue gun together. You just need a tiny dab of glue.
8. Next turn the headband inside out again and glue the two edges into the center.
9. This is what it will look like:
For the Bow:
1. Layer your tulle accordion style, you can use as much as you like.
2. Gather tulle in center to create a bow look.
3. Pinch center together and tie with string to secure bow.
4. Hot glue bow onto headband.
5. Secure with a small piece of ribbon which is glued underneath the headband.
This process is actually a lot easier and faster than it looks. It only takes about 10 minutes to make one, and then you’re a pro.
We are working on all different colors to match all the outfits, and have been thinking of them as gift options too. Wouldn’t it be great to gift several of these for a baby shower?! We are loving them!
Let us know if you encounter any problems or have questions, we know it’s hard to understand in a step-by-step like this. We promise, once you start playing with it, you’ll see it’s a piece of cake!
Here’s to happy babies with comfy headbands, and happy mommas saving $$$!!!
I gotta admit, pregnancy has been no walk in the park.
Here are five things I’m so glad I didn’t have to live without during the last 9 months.
1. Snoogle Body Pillow
I thought this pillow was kind of ridiculous before I was pregnant, but it is the best thing ever! You soon discover when pregnant that sleeping is so much more comfortable if you have a pillow between your knees and have some support on your growing bump. Cannot imagine pregnancy without this! I’m also excited to use this like Sarah did, as a pillow support for her babies (see HERE). See more details on this amazing pillow HERE.
2. Belli Elasticity Belly Oil
This is worth every cent to keep your belly from feeling like it will explode! With its divine smells of lavender, it is my favorite thing to rub on my belly right before bed. I definitely already had a few stretch marks pre-pregnancy, so thought I would for sure get lots during pregnancy. So far this oil has helped keep them away! Absolute love! You can purchase it HERE.
3. Reusable Water Bottle
Pregnancy is literally a battle of the bulge. Drinking H20 is the best thing you can do to eliminate and reduce swelling in ankles, feet, face and hands. This has worked really well for me, and drinking water is also the best way I’ve found to keep energy levels up. Love THESE camelbak water bottles.
4. Minty Tums
I now know what heartburn is! I got sick of fruity tums really quick, and Mummy came to the rescue with these mint tums. These rolls of Tums or Rolaids are available at most gas stations and drug stores, but not regular grocery stores.
5. Neutrogena Sunscreen
I use this stuff everyday regardless of pregnancy, but with Melasma aka pregnancy mask making its dark appearance early in my pregnancy I have been more religious than ever to apply and re-apply this non-greasy sunscreen on my face every day. Purchase HERE.
Buy Buy Baby has been my favorite store while being pregnant. They have 100% satisfaction return policy, which gives me comfort in my new world of pregnancy and mommyhood. Sign up for awesome coupons and offers HERE.
When we came home from the hospital we set up camp in our master bedroom, it became major ‘baby central’ as EVERYTHING happened in there: sleeping, eating, nappy changing. Everything! We were in survival mode and it was just easier to keep everyone and everything in one room.
The twins migrated to their nursery when they were 8 weeks old, but we still found it very handy to keep a set up in our bedroom. It isn’t the prettiest, but having a baby station near by still helps big time in the middle of the night, and pretty much all day long.
If I’d had my time again (and maybe next time round) I think a cart would work perfectly for this job.
If you find yourself with too many essential but messy items, you may want to get a cart too, things look so much tidier when they are contained.
Here are a few budget friendly ones:
This one (click HERE) is from World Market for $150
This Ikea beauty is only $50 (see HERE) is.
Crate and Barrels all business with this, but I always love the industrial look (click HERE).
PS. Did you notice my snack bin next to the baby bottles!?
BEST. IDEA. EVER.
It may just stay forever!!!
Holding my babies is my favorite thing to do, but it’s not good for me or them if I do it all day, every day. Having twins I learned pretty early the power of having happy independent babies who were excited to be put down not only for nap time.
I love the idea of giving babies their own activity time after food and before naps. Quick 15 minute sessions do the job and tire them out for sleepy time.
Here are a few things that have worked for us:
This is Hannah at her first activity time session with ‘the stripeys’. I simply drew stripes with a black marker on a sheet of paper and hung them in her bassinet. Mesmerized I tell ya!
About a month ago, I noticed the twins loving anything above them. Instead of buying a play mat, I made my own by hanging some toys with string. They lie great under this while Mummy spends 15 minutes editing photos every day!
This has been the the twins’ favorite activity: tying a ribbon from a mobile to their feet. They learn very fast when they move their feet, the mobile goes crazy. This was Elizabeth’s first try. It has the ‘wow’ factor!
(Obviously, you need to keep a close eye on your baby with anything hanging around him/her)
My jumbo pregnancy pillow came in super handy for twins, kind of like a twin boppy pillow. Positioned like this, they can see each other and interact from a very early age. This worked great when I was folding laundry on the bed!
An entertained baby is a happy one!
Now that my babies are entering a new age, I’ll be looking for more ‘out of the box’ ideas. What are your tricks? Please share!
Congratulations to Rachel!!!! Thanks to all who entered!!!
We’re so excited to kick start our week with a great giveaway!
I started to look for a memory book almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant. My parents had one for each of us, and it’s something I always knew I wanted to do for our children.
I was so happy when I found this one by Bunnies By the Bay. First off, it’s the cutest thing ever, with adorable illustrations, but most of all I love how easy it’s been to record all the little details I don’t want to forget about my two little ladies.
Isn’t the layout just the cutest?!
If you know someone who is pregnant, or just had a wee one, I couldn’t suggest a more treasured gift!
To enter, simply leave a comment below (by June 16th, 12pm MST) and tell us what other product catches your eye over on their site (HERE)! The winner will be selected at random and notified by June 17th.
On another note, I’d just like to rave about another couple Bunnies By the Bay products!
My girlies are getting to the age where they can really begin to enjoy their toys and they are just in love with their Blossom’s Lulla Bunny Bye Binkie Blankets and Bunny Wrist Rattles (which they like on their ankles)!
They are sooo incredibly soft! The babies love them against their skin, and give us lovely giggles when they hear the rattles. Too cute.
Be sure to check out the entire Bunnies By the Bay line on their site (link HERE). You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Oh, and don’t forget to enter for the book :)
Only seven weeks to go and we are getting as ready as we can for Jane! I’m so excited to share with you a few details of her nursery today!
The sample can covered one wall with two coats! I am in love with the color, Benjamin Moore Pink Canopy. It is a great combo of pink and coral and super bright. I decided that just an accent wall was perfect for the small space.
I cannot believe paint cost for this room was only $6!!! It dramatically changed the whole look of the room and only took about an hour! Love it!
I couldn’t resist this hook to display a few favorite things.
I thought I would use this chair in the nursery, but after your comments this comfy chair is on its way! So excited, thanks for the advice.
I found this lamp at Home Goods for $34.99 and tied a huge tulle bow around the shade to make it extra girlie.
A bookshelf on the wall opposite the crib holds all her books, shoes, bows and stuffed animals.
Brad’s niece, Lisa made this bow holder! Genius, I tell ya!
Your bunny and room are waiting for you Jane, don’t take too long!
If you’d like help decorating your space please email us!
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I know a lot of people that manage through their pregnancy with waistbands rolled down and extra large tops. This method did not work for me! Cute maternity clothes are easy to come by and so affordable these days it is worth spending a few bucks to be comfy, especially because I’ll need them for a little while after Jane arrives too.
Here’s a timeline of my maternity purchases:
1. A new bra. This was the first thing thing I needed. Achy shoulders and pulling at your bra for 9 months is no good! This is the most expensive pregnancy item I have purchased but man, is it worth it. You know how much we love Nordstrom! The ladies there are miracle workers at finding the perfect fit for you. It’s hard to imagine until you experience. I ended up purchasing a nursing bra that I’ve been using for most of my pregnancy and will hopefully be a good fit post delivery too!
2. A few basics: Two new pairs of these leggings. I purchased these on 40% off days at Gap and have used them almost every day. So comfy, wash great, can be dressed up or down, and are very long for tall ladies like myself :) I also ordered a few new layering tops, and ordered one size up. These have been great as the bump has grown to still give me the length and coverage I like under my normal blouses.
3. A few go to outfits: I purchased these pants at H&M and a maternity Maxi dress from Old Navy. I wear the pants (which are capris on me!) to work all the time and pair with a loose-fitting blouse, one of my normal blazers (that can’t be buttoned any more) and a pair of flats. The maxi dress has been awesome! It’s such a relief to slip on a dress without any waistband or hemlines to worry about. I wear it by itself or layer with cardigans, blazers or scarfs to mix up the look.
The last thing I want to do right now is take pics while feeling like a whale. So here you have my very awkward go-to outfits.
I still have 2 months to go and a lot of baby growing and heat headed our way! I’m glad I’ve invested in just a few pieces to make it comfortably through, although I have warned Brad and neighbors I may be walking around naked before too long. Wish me luck!!!
Last weekend we finally got around to blessing our twin girls. After church we headed back to our place for a brunch with family and friends. The food and company were the focal points, but I wanted a little decoration with the girlies names displayed, so we came up with this cute idea…
A Personalized Glittery Banner.
To Make You’ll Need:
Cardstock with letters printed on it (I used Bebas font 300pt)
A paint brush
Pegs + Twine for hanging
No.1 First, spread the glue evenly and quite heavy. Make sure your edges are as neat as you can make them.
No.2 Generously smother in glitter
No.3 Shake the glitter off (on clean piece of paper to re-use), and you’re done!
Some letters took longer to glue than others, so I’d do half the letter at a time. The key is to not let the glue dry at all before the glitter!
Here’s how Hannah’s turned out at the other side of the room…
The best thing about this is that they are easy to store and I can whip out again for any occasion.
How fun that I get to have a ‘Kids Party Box’ in the house now :)