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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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Sarah’s Winter Bedroom

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

For many it may not be worth while to decorate their bedroom for the holidays, but my bedroom is a central part of the house; lots of TV watching, book reading and laundry folding going on here. The light is so great that it’s often my favorite room to spend time in, and definitely my go-to heaven while the girls take their nap.

Our bed is from Pottery Barn, and I often switch out having the top bars on or not. It’s much cozier with them on, so for winter it’s perfect and a great frame for adding a lit garland.

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These oversized pinecones help make the corners pop. Topped off with a bit of white paint to mimic snow, and a few sprigs and ribbons from Hobby Lobby.

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This ‘Merry Christmas’ garland was one of my first decorations I purchased after we were married 11 years ago. It looks great where ever I hang it, I only wish the colors hadn’t faded with time.

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A seasonal accent pillow and winter greenery are always nice.

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My winter retreat is my favorite place on earth!

Hope you enjoyed visiting, I’m off to bed!

Good night. Sarah x

Holler Dollar: Water Glass

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

boxwood clippings | holler dollar water-glass | dollar tree | fall pacesetting

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There is something we love about setting the table for family dinner.

We still take delight in cloth napkins and pretty glassware, and pull them out even for slightly special occasion like Sunday dinner. They make even an ordinary meal a special occasion.

We have been liking these water glasses from the Dollar Tree! They have thick glass which just makes them easier to use and keep (dishwasher friendly!).

Are you expecting a large crew for the holidays? These glasses are your answer to a pretty and practical table!

Autumn Books for Kids

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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We love using picture frame shelves to display kid books like Sarah did in the twins’ nursery HERE.

Displaying seasonal books gets the kiddies excited for the upcoming months, helps us not to forget a book before the season is over and is instant decorating for the room too. Here are our favorites…

Room on the Broom HERE

 ‘touch and feel’ Fall HERE

Owl Babies HERE

Spooky House HERE

 Where is Baby’s Pumpkin HERE

The Gruffalo HERE

In the Forest HERE

What you have a favorite we need to add to our collection? We’d love to add a few more!