Thursday, April 27, 2017

House Reno Begins!

Here's a little an update on house:

We've had a lot of showings. We had another contract fall through. We received a low ball offer that we couldn't accept and they just weren't willing to negotiate. The most common feed back is - we love it but... the kitchen is too small. Which is a very obvious problem. Trust me, I've disliked it for many years. However, there IS a way to renovate to make it bigger!

Our listing expired at the end of March. We had decided that we would renovate the house once the listing expired and that way it was off the market during the construction. Our intentions were to make this as affordable as possible since this renovation is strictly for resale purposes.

Michael and I priced most items out that we would need and thankfully, we have family helping us do all of the work. So we had our budget set in mind. At the beginning of the month, we had a babysitter lined up and it was time to bite the bullet! We spent 7 hours in Home Depot that afternoon. Phew. I needed a nap and a stiff drink by time we left there.

Two weeks from making the purchases for supplies (after Easter and pending weather for RV living conditions) we began the renovations! We have a loooong way to go, but we made a lot of progress in one weekend. This is a weekend only project due to Michael's job so it's going to be a little drawn out... but, you gotta do what you gotta do!


Removed hanging cabinets

Removed two walls


Looking "into" the living/kitchen dining BEFORE


Some of the things that will be completed... new white trim/paint exsisting trim white, new hardwood flooring, paint laundry room cabinets white, new knobs on laundry room cuboards, finish dryway, hang new lights, new cabinets and countertop, paint ceiling, paint walls, refinish wood ceiling beam and fire place wood. 

Like I said, we have a long ways to go! But I can't wait to see the end result and hopefully attract a buyer for this house! In the meantime, I'll be living in the driveway in the camper with two little ones.... so send wine. 😉

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Toddler Bed Transition

A couple weeks ago, we made the transition from crib to toddler bed for Remington. Honestly, I wanted to keep her confined to her crib as long as I could (probably for all the wrong reasons). However, she started fighting naps at least once a week and insisting "I seep Mum's bed". Sure enough, every time I gave in to her request, she would go right to sleep. So I started to think that maybe she was just ready for the transition and she didn't want to be confined to her crib anymore. I started to get worried that she may begin attempting to escape and in turn would hurt herself. Not to mention, we are doing a bit of RV living again and I wanted her to be able to sleep in the big bed in the camper.

I spent days researching bed rails for toddler beds. Her bed is a 4 in 1 conversion so we planned on just removing the crib rail and making it a toddler/day bed. The bed rail that goes with her crib was out of stock. And it was $120. Yikes. So I began shopping around for other options. I looked at the mesh bed rails vs an inflatable bed rail vs a foam bed rail. For a few reasons, one being camper friendly, we decided to go with the foam bed rail. It is a half circle made of soft foam which allows her to climb over it or even rest her head on it. The material allows it to stay in place under the crib sheet. It could also be used on any size bed and is even great for travel. Most importantly, the price is on point! I would highly recommend purchasing one if you have a toddler transitioning to a big bed! 

*Note: a crib sheet is very snug and somewhat difficult to put on. A homemade one with extra elastic seems to fit best. Also, due to the snug fit, I put a large waterproof pad underneath instead of a full waterproof crib sheet pad. 

So how did Remington transition?! Excellent! Way better than I anticipated! You know, you hear those horror stories about kids who will not go or stay in their bed all night long... and I already have one kid that doesn't sleep well... so the last thing I wanted to deal with was putting both kids back to bed in the middle of the night!

It wasn't until a couple days later that I caught her out of her bed because "I read". I yelled explained to her that she cannot get out of her bed for anything unless Mama comes to help. Thankfully, she's listened! Every day during nap and bedtime she hops right in bed and we do our night time routine before it's lights out. In the morning, she wakes up and lays in bed until I come get her.

Now we have transitioned from her toddler bed in the house into a "big" bed in the camper. We purchased a second foam roller for the camper and now we don't have to set up a pack n play in her room (which takes up most of the kids room) so that's a plus! Again, thankfully, the transition into the camper went smoothly!

If the smile on her face doesn't speak for itself, I think it's safe to say she loves her "big" bed! 

The next transition will be to add an "okay to wake" clock to her room so she can learn when she's able to get out of bed on her own! Any suggestions or experiences with these transitions you'd like to share?! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Beauty that Makes 'Sense'!

Friends, I am so excited to share some fun news with you!

I've made the decision to become an Independent Distributor for SeneGence Cosmetics and Skin Care! The company is most popularly known for their waterproof, smudgeproof, kissproof, long lasting LipSense; which is the product that I fell in love with! Mostly because I can kiss my babies without leaving lipstick on them! 

For now, I will be mostly focusing on the LipSense line. Mostly because it is the original company product and the most popular. (Even if your not a lipstick person, you will love the balm or gloss, I promise!) LipSense is loved so much because you put your lipstick on and it stays on! You can eat, drink, kiss, wipe your mouth, and your lipstick doesn't move! Check out this video for a visual!

In addition to LipSense, SeneGence also carries an anti aging skin care line, lash extend, foundation, blush, eye shadow, brush cleaner, self tanning coconut milk, hand cream, and much more!

All products are Vegan, GMO/Cruelty/LED/Wax/Gluten FREE! 

All products are 100% Satisfaction or your money back! 

Made in the USA!

Okay now the real talk... I know these types of businesses "annoy" most people. I whole heartedly do not want to annoy, pressure, or inconvenience anyone! I simply just want to share my experience with using these products with hopes that you will love them as much as I do!

If you'd like to see more info, photos, and videos please stop by my Facebook or Instagram pages! If you are a blogger and would like to set up a collaboration or a review, I'd love to hear from you! 

Again, I'm SUPER excited about this new opportunity and thankful for my friend Sarah for introducing SeneGence to me! I'd love it so much to have your support!

Introducing... Beauty that Makes 'Sense' by Julie Joy! 💋

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter 2017

I'm a little late to the party as usual but Happy belated Easter, my friends! Better late than never, right?! I hope you all had a wonderful day spent with loved ones. We had a very busy day on Sunday and here are a few photos from the fun filled day! 

Mom fail... zero candy in the Easter baskets! 

My little baby bunnies! 

Easter goodies from Grandma

Easter egg hunt with cousins

Attempt #1 for a family photo

Attempt #2 a couple hours later. Ha!

Grandma and Papa Rick

My bunny lovin' Remi Roo! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How to dye Easter Eggs with Cool Whip

Happy Easter, friends!

Last year we skipped coloring eggs (pregnant Mama + 1 year old = no thank you!) however this year I was excited to see how Remington liked it! Considering she likes coloring plus getting her hands dirty, I figured she would enjoy this activity and boy was I right!

We did try a "no spill" basic egg dye kit as well as color tablets in coffee mugs/vinegar/water (hello broken eggs) but I'd have to say the cool whip dye was definitely the most fun and toddler friendly! (And edible!)

All you need is an 8oz package of cool whip, a large dish/cake pan, and some food coloring of your choice (I used neon pink, purple, blue, and green).

Spread the cool whip along the bottom of the dish, place drops of each color of food coloring throughout the cool whip (do not place on top of each other), and then slice/swirl with a butter knife.

The concept is to roll the egg from one end of the dish to the other, but I just let Remington do whatever she wanted. She really loved it! Her hands will be stained for a couple days, but it will eventually wear off.

Let them sit on a paper towel for a half hour before wiping them off. Don't rinse them under water, as the color will come off.

Does your family color eggs? If so, what is your favorite way to dye them?!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Links + Loves | Kiddos Edition

One of my favorite things about motherhood is that we are all in this unspoken tribe to support each other plus share ALLLLL of the things we love for our kiddos! Especially the good deals! There really are so many options for toys, books, stores, medicines, etc... and that can be overwhelming at times. I personally really like to hear about the things that others are enjoying or find for a great price! With that being said, here are a few things we love that I thought were worth sharing whether your a Mama, Aunt, Grandma, or you have friends that have kiddos!

3-in-1 Activity Desk - I am throughly impressed with this item! I never knew it existed until R got it as a birthday gift! It sings, counts, spells, asks you to find "x" on the pad, etc. There are many Interchangeable pads that teach so many things (animals, spelling, space, food, body parts, math, etc) as well as the desk top flips up as easel option for drawing. So far Remington is really enjoying it!

**The perfect summer shoe! Seriously, these shoes are everything! Be sure to use a current coupon code to get them for less than $10! Even Remington has loved them and wants to wear nothing but them (literally no clothes just these shoes). You all know my love for Natives... But Old Navy wins the prize on this one (IMO)! The price point and adorable Mary Jane style is irresistible! They also come in a unisex/boy style (that i'll be scooping up once Mason needs walking shoes). They clean up super easy and slid on really well (add some baby powder for sweaty feet). Note: These are seasonal and aren't available in the fall/winter. 

Jellies for less than $5!! - Don't walk, run! Okay,  I really love the above mentioned shoes, but these are a steal! I love that they are soft and not the typical hard plastic jellies. They come in 4 colors. I'll be ordering the other 3 colors soon. 😉

**Nesting & Stacking Blocks - ABC's, 123's, Nesting, + Stacking all in one - for less than $10! The kids got these for Christmas and they love them! They are made of a pretty durable cardboard type material. Only downfall is that ML likes to chew on them and some of the corners are peeling. We have the Mickey Mouse & Friends Set or there are other options here and here.

Piggy Paint - 100% Non Toxic. Tons of colors. Perfect Easter basket gift for a little girl!

Color Bath Drops - R loves these during bathtime! You can mix the colors to make other colors too! I found that they are sometimes cheaper at Walmart than Amazon. Walmart also has them in little packets with 9 tablets for less than $1 in store only (bath section) which is convenient for travel or a small gift.

Food Pouch Toppers - 100% Silicone. Prevents spills. I haven't purchased these yet, but I read about them on April's blog and I think they're genius! I'm looking forward to getting them for ML.

Emergency Personal Protective Alarm - I seen a recommendation on this item off Facebook due to the trend of child kidnapping and human trafficking, which is really bad in our area due to being so close to the border of another country. There is also one that has a human voice rather than just an alarm. Obviously my kids are too young for this, but someday it may be a good thing to have as precaution!

Camilia Teething Relief - A friend of mine shared this homeopathic teething medicine. It does not contain benzocaine, alcohol, artificial flavors, sweetners, or dyes. I love that the servings come in ready to use doses for quick, sterile, and easy use. Even though it doesn't seem like there is any medication that 100% relieves the pain of teething, these definitely have helped us get through some rough nights!

Constipation Ease - 100% vegan and vegetarian, no dairy, soy, artificial flavors, colors, or dyes. Not such a fun "favorite" to be sharing... but I just learned of it and I think it is helping ML! He refuses to eat prunes or drink prune juice... I've tried to give him more water or more fruits and that wasn't doing the trick either. It seems like this supplement is really helping! I add it to his bottle in the morning and shortly after he finishes he has a bowel movement.

Are any of these items favorites in your family? Tell me your current favorites for the kiddos! 

**Blocks \\ **Shoes