Dealing with loss on the holidays

Well this year didn’t quite go as planned. The day started off storming.

Im talking thunder, lightning, torrential raining. The whole works. So a pool day was completely out of the picture. Little man goes to his nannies house on Tuesdays so while he played with her and her little one I went with one of my best friends and thrifted. Not before getting my Starbucks B+W Mocha though. The stormy weather and coffee in hand reminded me of fall and Ill be the first to admit I considered turning on christmas music. (Don’t hate me. Im just being honest)

So I do have to confess while I am HUGE on bargain shopping I haven’t thrifted in probably years. I am actually shocked at this considering I grew up thrifting. It use to be one of my favorite things. However it can be SO HARD for me to hold back and not buy everything. Now especially with having a little one. I usually go through a process of putting things in my cart, staring at them. Then five aisles over realizing no I don’t actually love that. Even if it is $1 or $.050.


So what I didn’t know about fourth of July was that it is a HUGE day for people who do thrift. Why? 50% off EVERYTHING. I pulled up ten mins before they opened with the parking lot pretty much empty and within 15 minutes the parking lot was half full of thrifters! I had no idea!! Does anyone else here thrift on the fourth?? Well I am SO GLAD I went!! I was able to find some super cute hoodies, and button ups for little man. That brown jacket you see in the cart I scored for $.99, a denim skirt for $2, and some jeans I am going to attempt to make into cutoff shorts. If the shorts turn out well I will do a DIY on them.

 

 

After I picked up little man we went home and just hung out at home. Because it was fourth of July I put his little outfit on simply for the sake of pictures. Cause come on you have to document this cuteness!! 

While we made the most of the day and he has no idea what he ‘missed out on’ with a pool day, bbq, smores, and fireworks theres a part of my heart that genuinely grieves. See fourth of July was one of the bigger family holidays in my family. My mom loved it, we would go to the beach with my grandparents, parents, and cousins. We would explore the beaches, eat to much watermelon and stay up late watching fireworks.

With the passing of my mom and my grandparents holidays are hard. But its honestly harder when I cannot participate in them. Because when we can do holidays I feel like I am able to continue the tradition of what those who are gone left behind. So today was hard. I wanted to be able to continue the traditions that my mom and grandma loved. I wanted to be in situations that reminded me of their laughter, and jokes. The inside jokes. To be honest this was honestly probably one of the hardest holidays to date since there passing because of this.

 

 

I would love to hear from others who have dealt, or are dealing with this!

Hope you all had a wonderful fourth. Stay safe out there!

 

 

 

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My favorite skin care product

I have been slowly working on switching out all the products we use for ‘clean’ products. If you haven’t downloaded the Think Dirty App I HIGHLY suggest doing so. Skincare has been something I have been slower to change over as I am super simple and honestly its hard for me to actually commit to a regimen. Insert SkinKC skin care line. Stephanie Skin KC is extremely knowledgable and truly LOVES what she does. Stephanie has created each of the products so if you are local to KC pop in the store and pick her brain about your skin needs. She will definitely help you out.

 Skin KC prides themselves on having a natural organic skin care line. The Skin KC products are made safely, with non-toxic, non-synthetic, anti-aging, exfoliating, cruelty free and vegetarian ingredients, contains free-radical ingredients, age-fighting antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory nutrients, organic, all-natural ingredients, premium essential oils, powerful antioxidants, nourishing & organic, nut, seed, and fruit oils. She uses essential oils, so you know I was going to love them 😉

This Anti-Aging Serum has become my FAVORITE skincare product. While my skin is extremely dry I was nervous the oil would make my skin oily or breakout. It does no such thing. Instead the anti-aging serum adds a glowy ageless look to my skin that I have been dreaming of.
Seriously, this is the first time I actually use a skincare product religiously.  Best part? Its under $35!

 

 

The next product I got was the apricot clay mask that can also be used as a scrub. We she told me they had dual uses I knew this was going to be my friend! Less products cluttering my bathroom drawers. This clay mask through is such a winner.

 

 

My outfit:

Top is PINKBLUSH (size small)

Shorts: Rock + republic

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Taking time to read

One of my favorite pastimes is reading. I definitely don’t do it enough for myself so when little man gets new books we try and spend time reading. He LOVES his books. Definitely just like his mama. Especially in the last couple months he is so drawn to his books and learning and doing what the books talk about. Talk about major heart melt ❤

 Lost my name has done a phenomenal job at creating books that are customizable and teach life truths, and remind children on their worth and work ethic. All things I can get on board with!

 

 

They have several other books as well. We also have have the little boy who lost his name book as well. You can read about that book here. 

What are some of your favorite books?

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Newton Baby Mattress Review

When we got everything for his nursery the one thing that we didn’t put a lot of thought into was definitely his mattress. Looking back I wish I would have! We bought the IKEA crib like most parents so we just bought the ikea mattress as well.

You guys I didn’t know any better. Now, I am kicking myself.

When our newton baby mattress came. My jaw almost dropped. The ikea mattress was like McDonalds compared to this steak dinner of a mattress. The IKEA mattress besides not being very “clean” was so flimsy.


 

I would honestly sleep on his Newton Baby Mattress. Hint, Hint. Can you guys start making mattresses for adults now? Not only are they “clean” meaning Newton’s core is made of 90% free air – yes, air and 10% food-grade polymer. It’s all wrapped up in a breathable, three-dimensional fabric that provides comfort and unzips for easy washing. Newton contains no foam, latex, springs, glue, or allergens and is 100% recyclable.

(Little man is allergic/sensitive to latex so this is so important for us.)

I mean look at it. You can tell just from the pictures the quality is ten times better than our old mattress which was super flimsy and lacked any kind of support.

We got the white mattress cover (Did you notice the zipper? Yep, just zip it off and throw it in the wash! How easy is that! ) but they also have gray, pink, and blue!

Do yourself a favor and ditch that old baby mattress and get your little one a Newton Baby Mattress. 

100% BREATHABLE

Babies can breathe right through our mattress.

100% WASHABLE

Even the messiest baby can enjoy clean, pure nights.

100% RECYCLABLE

With no foam, glue, latex or springs, Newton is 100% recyclable.

Best part? They have a 100 night guarantee. Free shipping, free returns. I guarantee you though you will LOVE this mattress.

 

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Pool Must Haves

So I thought it would super fun to do a quick little summer pool must haves list.

My favorite book to read poolside: Wild and Free

Ladies this book has been WRECKING ME. Ill be totally honest I bought it and it sat in our house for months. Almost a year. I read the back cover and was like I don’t need this. I am the opposite of what this book is talking about. I assumed the book was for those timid and needing to learn how to express themselves or something. I honestly dunno. Well um, one of the authors pretty much was me and called me out on all my stuff like I couldn’t believe. So all that to say. This book is for me.

My favorite water bottle: My VS pink water bottle

My favorite chapstick: Babo Botanicals Tinted Gloss with SPF

Its a tinted gloss too! Honestly one of my favorites to apply. I love it so much! Its always in my pool bag. Oh, and it has 15 SPF so another reason its a must have on my pool days.

My favorite snack: Apple

Sounds lame, but its true. A sonic frozen strawberry lemonade though is a close second.

 

 

I have been trying out a couple new products for sun care as I have been searching for sun care that I love for myself. We use Babo Botanicals for the little guy. And I think I have found my two new favorites. I tried Alba a while back but it was way to gritty for me and honestly it doesn’t score as well on the Think Dirty app. Which if you haven’t gotten the app, do yourself a favor and get it. But when you do chances are you are going to wanna throw out almost everything in your house.  And when you do you can check out my blog post on how to make your own DIY house cleaner.

My current favorite facial sunscreen is this Suntegrity 5in1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen

Its tinted (I use fair) and honestly looks more like makeup than sunscreen. Theres no grittiness and it kept my skin from burning. Its super light weight which I LOVE for my face. I was out in the pool for a couple hours and got wet and didn’t have any issues with burning.

 

 

 

My favorite hat + coverup: FRANCESCAS

Over the years I have found the place that you can tell sun damage from the quickest is my face HANDS DOWN. Sun damage meaning everything from wrinkles, to dry skin, to those wonderful wrinkles on the sides of my eyes from squinting so much. I remember someone once telling me you can tell the age of a woman by her neck. Thats where most women don’t apply lotion and it does get wrinkly. So lets be real, I apply lotion cause I wanna put that off as long as possible. haha. One of the easiest ways to keep my face from the sun is a hat. Best part is there are so many cute ones to choose from at Francescas. I’m obsessed with this “Hello Sunshine” one.

If you’re local to me (KC) make sure and head to the Summit Fair location and they will make sure and take good care of you. Just make sure and let them know I sent you. Just show them my blog or IG ❤

 

 

 

My favorite all natural sunscreen is Raw Elements Eco 30. It even comes in a plastic free tin. The consistency is just a tad thicker than normal sunscreens but its not gritty like the other natural sunscreens I have tried. Goes on super easy and is non greasy. Its water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Its kid friendly too meaning infants to adults can use this. With No chemicals or fragrances I can definitely get behind this brand! Go check out Raw Elements and make sure and let them know I sent you!

 

My favorite pool floatie:  A unicorn floatie. Because well, everyone needs a little magic in their lives. 

 

We all have our favorite things, so I wanna share mine and I would love to hear about yours at the end! Anything I need to add to my list?

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Lets be Honest Mamas : Technology with Kids

Its that time of the month again. No, No. Not that. Honest Mamas time! The lovely Hannah Renee started this online mama group called Lets be Honest Mamas and I am so thankful for it. We chat a bit about each topic and how we do life. One of the fun things is we are all at different stages in motherhood. Some of us have one, others have 3. Some are stay at home mamas, some are work from home, others are working mamas and its all just stinking beautiful. I find inspiration from these ladies.

Do you have an opinion on technology use with kids? Do you worry about being on your phone too much around your babies?

Definitely something I deal with. As of late I have been trying to purposefully leave my phone in another room for 1-3 hours. I always feel amazing after doing that.

Then, I think for a moment and realize wait I have my phone on me for 8+ hours a day. I wish it were the opposite that I was on my phone 1-3 hrs a day and left it in the other room for 8 hours.I find its the first thing I check in the morning and the last thing I stare at as I doze off. So maybe mama needs a technology time out?

 

What age did you or will you allow your kids to play with your phone, iPad, etc.? Do you restrict what they do on it? Will you buy them their own tablet?

My little one is a year old. He is allowed the iPad when we are flying. I talked about that here Tips on how to travel with a baby. Cause um, enough said. Flying in an airplane and being stuck in one spot is enough to make any mama say HERE watch mickey mouse! Or maybe its just me. haha. We will decide whether or not we allow him to use computer, phone, or iPad for educational games as we discover how he learns best.

I am really big on catering to each kids needs. Meaning if one of our kids needs public school and another blossoms in private then we will try and do our best to do just that.  So while one kid may do great at sitting down and reading books and learning, another may flourish in going out and actually doing what we are teaching them.

I really don’t want to buy any of our kids their own devices. I would prefer for them to have to “check out” a family device. Instead of everyone having devices, we all have to share. Again for the sake of more family time, and saving a few dollars doesn’t hurt.

At what age did you (or do you plan to) let your kids watch tv and for how much time per day? Certain tv shows/channels?

Currently the only kid show I let him watch is Mickey Mouse, really though he doesn’t watch it for long. Daddy likes to watch soccer on the weekends and we love watching our Kansas City Royals so typically the only thing on when he is awake is Sports on the weekend. I really try and make sure the TV is not on everyday. I actually grew up without us watching much TV at all and I am thankful for it. Because of it I don’t watch much TV at all on a weekly basis. Maybe 2 hrs a week.

What are your/your babe’s favorite tv shows and movies? Are you concerned with the message it teaches and do you restrict any shows in particular?  

Because we don’t really watch TV I really am not even aware of what all is out there. I definitely will have strict standards though when it comes to what we watch. Shows much teach respect, love, and be teaching kids something educational.

Being goofy is fun and all, but why not just be goofy in real life with your kids instead of some sponge. haha. To answer your question you probably have. Correct, spongebob will NOT ever be allowed in our house. haha.

If you do not use iPad/iPhones as entertainment/distractions while out, what types of activities, toys, explanations do you use?

We do not. I like the idea of trying to use the surroundings as entertainment. I find so often when he is surrounded by toys what he really wants is to explore his surroundings and check out whats on the couch, whats under the chair. To me thats even better. That means less toys in the house!!

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com// Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com //  Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com // Camille Burley theburleytribe.com

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Nursery Update

I knew I wanted to update little mans room a little bit when he turned one. We originally had it all gray, white, and black and I wanted to add some simple colors to it. Im currently obsessed (like half the population of mamas) with cacti so I decided to go with that theme. We started out by switching out his mattress. It is the one thing I REGRET not spending more money on. We changed out our IKEA mattress to this Newton Baby Mattress (Review coming next week!) and you guys it made me almost ashamed at having an ikea mattress for my baby.

Sidenote, are toddler chairs not the sweetest thing ever? We got this one at Target and he LOVES IT!!

 

Next up was switching out his white faux fur rug with these stunning aztec rug from Lorena Canal Rugs. First off, the rug is soooooo soft. Way softer than I imagined. Second, ITS WASHABLE MOMS!!! Third, well who needs a third reason after number two. haha. You can get this rug in two different sizes HERE 

I have a thing for making little corners in his room. He has his little reading corner, then an area for toys, and then sleeping area. The organizer in me can breathe easy. haha.  How perfect are our Bannor Toys engraved wood blocks on his shelf!

You can call thank me later for finding this incredible brand Lily Razz. I searched high and low for the perfect cactus pillow. I tried google, etsy, amazon, instagram. I had almost given up hope that I was going to find a super cute one that wasn’t 3″ tall and that wasn’t 3′ fall. Finally I found lily razz. And lily is so sweet! Please make sure and let her know I sent you!!

Sunshine Nursery Co has been one of my favorites since becoming a mama. She made the beautiful faux fur blanket and matching changing cover. He is OBSESSED with his blanket you guys! And I can still have it in his crib in the summer! Cause he is obsessed with everything soft.

And this crib sheet. Yes, lets all drool for a moment because yes this print is PERFECTION. Again, you can thank me later for finding this brand 😉 Wild Littles is AMAZING. You can find me on Etsy over HERE

 

 



 

 

Mattress: Newton Baby – blog post coming soon on how INCREDIBLE this mattress is!

Crib Sheet: Wild Littles

Changing Pad: Sunshine Nursery Co

Cactus Pillow: LillyRazz

Rug: Lorena Canal Rugs

 

 

 

 

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