method Laundry Detergent

method laundry review - making laundry last longer

As a mom of two girls...a big concern of mine is stretching a dollar by making their clothes last longer.  Who wants to buy more clothing because of harsh laundry detergents that fade clothing or that don't live up to fighting stains?  My goal is to be able to save the majority of Mabel's clothes that I love to be loved and worn again by Millie.  :) So lately we've been giving method concentrated laundry detergent a go. Some things that I look for in a detergent to use on clothing and bedding for my family is that it is first and ... continue reading...

I Went For a Run – Becoming a Runner

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After talking about finding my motivation the other day it was finally time to get out there... I went for a run...and quickly realized that this running goal of mine isn't going to be easy. I'm slow...like painfully slow...like you can walk faster than I run slow. And the 'what the heck were you thinking' thought has popped into my head endlessly after signing myself up for two half marathons (one is in November and one is in January).  My husband keeps telling me that I have plenty of time to train and that despite what I think, if I ... continue reading...

How Babies Say ‘I Love You’

saying I love you through touch #johnsonspartners #somuchmore

I used JOHNSON’S® for my little one and for myself as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore Okay, so babies can't talk and can't exactly tell you that they love you...but there are plenty of other ways that they can express it.  I melt every morning when I wake up to Millie cooing and smiling at me.  And in addition to flashing those big baby gums of hers, she lets me know through her touch. Nuzzling into my neck as she falls asleep. Touching my face while looking at me. Stroking my arm as she ... continue reading...

Splishin’ and a Splashin’

swimwear styles from Target Baby #TargetCrowd

I’m sharing our cute swimwear looks from Target Baby as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TargetCrowd Mabel's favorite season = summer. But honestly, what kid doesn't love summer or isn't obsessed with playing in the water?  I pretty much have to live outside with her since she insists on playing at the water table or in the sprinkler.  And of course she has to dress the part!  ;) And because of that, I go to one of my favorite places to get hooked up with all the summer necessities: Target.  The Target Baby section has a huge ... continue reading...

Millie at Three Months Old

millie at 3 months old

Three months arrived faster than I thought it would...but isn't that how it always seems to go? So what's Miss Millie up to? She smiles non-stop and I'm in love with that fact that she thinks I'm hilarious.  She also brightens up every.single.time Mabel is around her. She weighs 15 pounds.  I LOVE her rolls! We're still breastfeeding. Cooing and babbling is her new favorite thing.  She even has back and forth conversations with us.  :) She's discovered her toes...she's not quite coordinated to grab them yet but she likes to ... continue reading...

Mother’s Day Past and Present

As good as it's going to get for a mother daughter photo

It's Mother's Day!  I'm super emotional about it...and I'm sure it's still due to all those crazy post-pregnancy hormones lingering within me, lol!  ;) As I'm currently spending my days taking care of little Millie, I find myself constantly thinking of how lucky I am that she's joined our family.  I don't think the amazement will ever fade that I created a tiny human (well, two tiny humans :) ). Flash back to last spring = And just like that...we were pregnant with Millie. We had been trying to get pregnant with our second baby ... continue reading...

Coffee For All! {Giveaway}

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Review and Giveaway

Let's face it...as a mom of a newborn, coffee is pretty much the only way I can get up most mornings.  And I'm sure a bunch of you ladies are in the same boat.  ;)  And I'm also just a flat out fan of good coffee. As a part of their ambassador program, Hamilton Beach offered to send over their 2-Way Flexbrew system and of course I said yes!  Seriously...who turns down anything coffee related?! First off, let me say the appeal to this machine is that it can brew both a single serving of coffee or a carafe for multiple people. The ... continue reading...

Finding My Motivation

Motivation - running shoes

Motivation can be hard to come by when you're exhausted. Lately I've been unhappy with the state of my body.  Don't get me wrong, I'm fully aware that my body just completed the nine month process of creating another tiny human being but I'm ready to be healthy again.  I want to lose the remaining pounds, eat better, and just overall feel confident with where I'm at when it comes to my fitness level.  I'm ready for positive changes. I wrote yesterday about purging excess from my home and I think that ultimately has pushed me to seek the ... continue reading...

Seeking Joy Through Organization

old receipt from Nordstrom

I've always had a problem with clutter...I keep wayyyyy to much when it should either be thrown out or donated.  I would love to have the picture perfect Pottery Barn style home but it's never going to happen with the amount of stuff I have (clothes that don't fit, books I've never read, and random odds and ends).  The times that I've attempted to organize and get rid of excess, I get overwhelmed and I just stop altogether. Basically...I have a hard time getting rid of things because I either have some emotional connection to it or I think ... continue reading...

Hello Pello!

pello review

Hello Pello! Millie looks pretty darn happy, doesn't she?  Who wouldn't be lying on minky fabric?!  :) Shortly before Millie arrived, the wonderful folks over at Pello sent us over one to try out.  I was first really impressed with the quality of the fabrics and the construction (remember I used to have an Etsy shop making quits so I know what I'm talking about! ;) ).  Everything was just solidly made and both sides are useable (there is a soft side and a cotton fabric side).  AND the most awesome thing about it is that all pellos are ... continue reading...