Let’s Be Honest Mamas | Tips For Dealing with Sick Kids

There are a lot of things that come along with having a toddler I never knew about. One of those things is how much easier it is to get sick. We have had more viruses, colds, and bugs than probably any other year in our marriage. Although it may not just be due to having a toddler, or a weaker immune system due to pregnancy, I read online that this year was the WORST year for the flu since 2009. When Kacie Ellis of www.elementsofellis.com put together this month’s Let’s be Honest Mama’s topic, I knew it would be perfect and timely…

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Healthyish Loaded Potato and Cauliflower Soup

I don’t know if you remember the other day when I said that Cove loves to help me with everything around the house, but I seriously meant it. I use to work on dinner by myself. We’d jam out to music and I would cook while he would play with play dough, color, etc. But lately, he has wanted to help me do everything in the kitchen. I even try to wear him, because it’s hard to cook with one hand and a toddler on your every growing belly. I try to soak up ALL these moments. Even the hard and…

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Prepping for Baby | Clean & Safe Laundry

I’m writing this just after getting home from the store to buy drawer organizers. When I tell you the nesting bug has hit HARDCORE, I mean it. Ha. I’ve had the sweetest little helper too. Cove has been so interested in helping me with laundry, cooking, and housework. It honestly takes like three times as long to do, or I end up having to go back and re-do a lot of it, but it has been sweet memories and time with him that I am soaking up. It’s also made me highly aware of what we are using to clean…

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Inside Toddler Activites

The fact that it’s winter, and we can’t play outside unless we want to freeze had me trying to get creative on things to do indoors. Flu season has been terrible where we are, and so sometimes I like to play it safe and stay home, even though I am the kind of person who craves getting out of the house at least once a day. I love having a very active and hands-on learner, but it has honestly challenged me so much to think outside the box. I learned and played completely different when I was a kid. I…

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Playroom Update with Lorena Canals & How We Keep it Clean

You may recognize this space from my office post we did a few years ago. Pretty quickly after I did that space, I ended up staying home full time and pursuing blogging and felt like space would be better used as a playroom. It’s actually just a large landing pad/hallway upstairs in between the bedrooms and so I felt like it would get much more use that way. I kept the pink rug for a while thinking we would use it if we had a girl, but when we found out we were having two boys, I knew I needed…

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Freshen Up For The New Year

I have been in crazy nesting mode lately. It is actually kind of crazy how much I have been nesting compared to when I was pregnant with Cove. We took down all of our holiday decor the day after Christmas, the toy room was redecorated (more to come soon) and all of the closets have been cleaned out and reorganized.  I am actually really proud of myself because sometimes I can be a pack rat, but I cleared out carloads of stuff! Along with all the nesting, I got an early start on refreshing our bed linens too. January is…

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Your Last Holiday To-Do List | Present Over Perfect

I probably should have posted this a couple weeks earlier, but here it is now! This year, I have talked a lot about a simpler Christmas. More minimal decorations. Fewer to-dos. Which I guess is why the title of this is a bit ironic. But with it being the week before Christmas, I thought I’d share with you a few to-dos that will make your life easier, less hectic and more meaningful. Stop buying presents and be present. Don’t worry about that last minute person who got you a gift and don’t worry about the stockings being packed to the brim.…

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Easy, Yet Delicious Make Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast

*This post is sponsored by ALDI. All opinions are my own. I am not quite sure why, but breakfast is so important to us. I have always been a HUGE fan of breakfast foods. Bagels, bacon, eggs, French toast… all of it. Ian and I both have fond memories of waking up on Saturdays to our parents and especially our dads making breakfast and eating together as a family. Before we even had kids, we talked about how fun it was going to be making pancakes and sitting and watching our little ones chow down on the bar stools. Fast…

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Basement Update and Artwork that Brightens Up A Space

  So I have talked a lot about the basement renovations, but I haven’t really shared very many pictures with you guys. I am happy to say that we are almost in working condition. Actually, we are pretty much in working condition, we’re just piecing together all the decorating now. I’m just so proud of Ian and all the work he put into this space. We only had a little idea of what we were doing, and we figured it all out and made it look beautiful. AND a big thank you to my brother-in-law Aaron and the company he…

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Shopping Small Business, Making a Big Difference

Thank you PayPal for sponsoring this post. Shop small merchants with PayPal to make your holiday shopping a breeze. If you have been around for a while, you know how passionate I am about supporting small businesses. I’ve always been about supporting the local and their hearts and hard work. And I can say from personal experience how much joy it brings small businesses when people support and shop from them. It never get’s old. The internet has made it so much easier for you to be able to support these local businesses and makers and even from the comfort…

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Cove’s Big Boy Bedroom

Welp, it officially happened. Cove is in his big boy bed. The transition from crib to toddler bed went so well that we thought, why not?! Until I saw it all in his room and realized my baby wasn’t a baby anymore… Tomorrow gifted us a beautiful full-size mattress and bedding to go with his full-size metal bed we purchased him, so it really made everything a little easier. I have to say, the memory form hybrid mattress is incredibly comfortable. Even Ian and I enjoy laying on it and Cove is absolutely in love with it. He actually asks…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas | Family Traditions

As the holidays approach, time seems to fly by even faster than it normally does. Even though there’s a lot going on, we try to carve out time for family and the special traditions we have every year. Kacie from elementsofellis.com put together some great questions for the panel of Let’s Be Honest Mama’s to answer regarding family traditions. I hope you all enjoy! What do family traditions mean to you? Why are they important to you? I have always loved traditions because they remind me of sweet memories with the ones we love most. We had some special ones growing up that I…

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5 Tips for Better Sleep and Sweeter Dreams

Saturday mornings are my favorite. Ian get’s Cove out of bed, and the two of them come in and wake me up after letting me sleep in just a little bit. It’s one of those things I honestly dreamed about before having babies, slow Saturday mornings with my family, and I absolutely look forward to them all week long. These pictures are from last Saturday (our first slow Saturday morning in a while) and Cove and I hanging out in bed for a bit before we got ready for the day. When it comes to sleep, I simply cannot do without…

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A Moment Captured For A Lifetime

*This post was sponsored by Framebridge. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included in this post, I’ll be compensated if someone clicks on an affiliate link and makes a purchase. Photography is something our family holds very close. It’s something we enjoy doing together and most of all, it captures moments and memories that we never want to forget. Over the past six years, we’ve worked on refining our style and implementing some of those captures into our home. You guys may remember I shared last year about our special beach trip with Cove – you can read it…

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Baking Together | Lemon Butter Cookies

I am truly not a great baker. I love the idea of baking, but I am a much better cook than baker. But, baking with other people is so much fun. Cove has finally gotten to the age where he loves to help in the kitchen. He usually is more helpful when it comes to helping us load and unload the dishwasher and organizing the Tupperware, hah. If I am making something and have some extra time, I try to include him as much as possible. I think it’s so important for all kids to learn how to work and…

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Modern White Brick Fireplace & Walnut Mantel DIY

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); "It's time for a fireplace update." Fast forward 4 weeks and the aroma of freshly cut walnut and poly still linger in our living room as I write this. Nothing fancy here, just a simple paint and build, striving for simplicity and clean lines. I've detailed everything out below, minus the exact dimensions since it's custom to our space and different for each house. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment below! As with each DIY project I've…
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