Babies Don't Keep

January 17, 2018




This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


It's not fair, how fast this baby stage flies by. I blinked and my sweet babe turned 10 months old. Which is basically a year old. Someone hold me.


We are confident that Belle is our last baby...but she's just growing so fast that even my husband said "I guess we need to have another one!" last night. He was kidding. I think. Because we feel complete as a family of five. But dang, if anyone would convince us to have another baby, it's this girl. She's just so perfect. 


She has about a zillion nicknames. I call her Belle or Bellie. Or "the cutest muffin of all the muffins", or just "muffin" for short. Hudson, Sadie, and Jon all call her "deet deet" because that's the what she babbles the most and the name sort of stuck. Sadie calls her "Ann-belle" or "baby Belle" or "sissy". And really we all just are wrapped around her little finger. Can you blame us? She's our favorite. Lucky girl.


Belle has been pulling up to a standing position for about a week now....and I have to muster all the restraint I have in me to not make her sit back down. Doesn't she know she's the baby, and that means she needs to stay a baby forever? No walking!!!! But I don't, mostly because she's just so dang proud of herself.


I continue to be her favorite person, and I'm not complaining about it. But she LOVES her brother and sister. Her little face lights up when she sees them and she loves to watch them play. It's adorable. Basically this girl will probably get away with anything as she gets older. Being the baby of the family has some perks! 


Belle is still a thumb sucker, and it's the sweetest thing ever. She only does it when she tired, and it's so dang cute. I think it's also the reason why she's such a great sleeper too! Most nights she sleeps 6:45pm - 7am. And it's amazing!


I love shopping for cute clothing for this sweet girl. I recently discovered the Little Planet organic line of clothing from one of my favorite brands, Carter's. Belle is wearing this adorable striped organic jumpsuit, and it's so sweet on her! Carter's believes you don’t have to sacrifice unique styles and patterns to dress your child in organic clothing. That’s why they’ve introduced their new 100% organic collection, Little Planet, which is filled with bright and colorful items at an exceptional value that will stand out from the rest. This is organic clothing for real life. Each item is 100% certified organic, made from 100% organic cotton, knitting and dyes. And it's all adorable. 


 It's so hard to find affordable and cute organic clothing! Little Planet is perfect for my kids, especially since I already love and trust the Carter's brand and style and they always have a great price point. The Little Planet line is available in basics, outfit sets, and jammies in sizes newborn to 5T, so there is something for everyone!


Little Planet will be available at Carter's in January 2018. Although it is available online only, you can order the product online and ship it to any Carter’s store for free! What items are your favorite? I think that Belle might need these adorable dinosaur pjs!


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The Trouble with Tummies

January 16, 2018






A few weeks ago Belle was pretty sick. Nothing major, just a bad cold and upset tummy, but it lasted several days. Her upset stomach cased some pretty gross diapers, which resulted in the worst diaper rash I've ever seen. It was so bad that I didn't know what to do, and ended up calling the pediatrician on Christmas Eve. My poor girl. I learned a few new things for treating upset tummies and diaper rash that I thought I'd share with all of you!


Under the advice of our pediatrician, I found a great mix of treatments that finally worked to beat that diaper rash! First, we changed her diaper frequently and I tried to keep her as dry as possible.


Second, we let her "roam free" for a little while. Air is the best at fighting diaper rash, so I turned up the heat, put towels down, and let her crawl around without a diaper or pants. The big kids could NOT get over this and had SO MANY QUESTIONS. Thankfully Belle never had an accident and loved being free.


Next, I alternated between a 50-50 mix of lotrimin and A&D ointment, and a 50-50 mix of lotrimin and a max strength zinc oxide diaper cream. This is what finally knocked out the diaper rash.


Once it finally started to get better I followed up with a mix of coconut oil and frankincense oil. I also made sure Belle got plenty of liquids to drink.


During this whole ordeal I learned the importance of keeping a baby's gut healthy. Belle's stomach was so upset, which lead to some awful diapers, which resulted in the diaper rash. Such a vicious cycle!


Every mother wants to give her baby all that she needs to grow up healthy and strong. We all do. I recently was introduced to Evivo, the first and only probiotic that is clinically proven to restore a baby’s gut microbiome to its original, natural state.

The results of over a decade of research and clinical trials at The University of California created Evivo. They learned that the presence of B. infantis, the good bacteria, reduces the potentially harmful bacteria linked to eczema, allergies, diabetes and obesity. Unfortunately, due to modern medical practices and lifestyles, the vast majority of American babies no longer have it. And that’s why moms like me want to find a way to restore it in my baby’s gut right from the start, so my baby can be healthy from day 1.


The first and only baby probiotic of its kind, Evivo is clinically proven to restore a healthy gut in your baby. Evivo is a daily probiotic powder that you mix with breast milk and feed it to your baby. It helps release nutrients in breast milk to create a protective internal environment in your baby’s gut. It also helps develop baby’s metabolism and immune system and builds the foundation for good health that can last a lifetime.

No wonder Evivo is the best probiotic for babies! You can feed your baby Evivo every day for as long as he or she is consuming breast milk.


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Check out this cute video I made showing how we use Evivo!




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Playroom Makeover

January 11, 2018

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Playroom Makeover with Hypoallergenic Alternative to Carpet | Air.o Unified Soft Flooring


I’m pinching myself. We have an official playroom! Ever since we built this house we’ve been dreaming of the day when we could finish our basement. It’s massive, cold, and basically a place for the kids to jump on the trampoline and for us to store all our junk. The thought of making over our gigantic basement was just way too overwhelming. So, we decided to start with just one room and go from there. And I am SO glad we did. I partnered with Mohawk Flooring and used their hypoallergenic Air.o Unified Soft Flooring (USF) to complete the space and it turned out so perfect!


Here is what our basement corner room looked like before we started. You can’t see in this photo, but only two walls had drywall, the other two were just framed out. We used this room for our treadmill, the kid’s giant trampoline, and my husband’s video games. Jon works from home one day a week and typically uses this room, so we knew it would be a great place to start. I also wanted to utilize this giant room more. I wanted a place where the kids could comfortably play with their toys and have enough room to run around and burn some energy during the winter!


To get started I hired a company to complete the drywall for us and then my mom and Jon painted the walls for me (I’m so lucky to have their help!). The paint is called Grey Owl. Then the Air.o flooring was installed by Verhey Carpets East….and my entire family is in love with it! I chose Air.o for this space because our basement is so cold and really needs soft flooring to help warm it up! We’ve always had issues with carpet because Jon has a lot of allergies, so we were thrilled to learn that this flooring is hypoallergenic. Air.o’s fibers and integrated cushion do not absorb moisture, so it dries faster and more completely after spills and cleaning…which is perfect for a basement playroom! It also means that mold, mildew, and other allergens that require moisture to grow and spread won’t be an issue with this flooring. Air.o’s unique construction provides superior airflow to your flooring, which helps release dirt, dust, and soil from the floor when you vacuum, leaving you with a cleaner home.


And here’s the playroom now. It turned out so amazing and the kids are so excited!


This little reading nook is my favorite! I’ve been wanting to add these book ledges to a space in our home for forever and this was the perfect spot.


The kids love having their books on display. Let’s see how long it stays looking this cute.


Toy storage was a must for this room. We have toys EVERYWHERE and I’m so excited to have a dedicated space for them!


Play all day is the motto in our house.


It’s crazy how much brighter this room is now that we have paint and flooring.


I have big plans to make this corner the “camp out” section of the playroom. I’m so excited to have the perfect spot for our teepee.


Wrigley is loving the new space and carpet too.


I am so happy with our choice of flooring for this room. Air.o is latex, odor, and VOC-free and I noticed right away that there was no new flooring smell after it was installed. The flooring has tension-free construction, so it lays flat as soon as it’s unrolled. Once it’s down, it will stay flat forever! Such a great investment – and perfect for a family like ours.


Check out Air.o flooring and you could win $1,000 to use toward flooring in your home.


I am thrilled with how the playroom turned out! I know we will enjoy this room for many years to come.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mohawk Flooring Air.o Unified Soft Flooring (USF).

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Sadie the Cat Lady

January 10, 2018


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.


If you know me, you know that I am a huge animal lover. Growing up, we always had at least two cats and one dog...often more! Having pets was just a normal part of my life...and I wouldn't have it any other way. I’m thrilled to be raising my three children with some animals in their life. My hope is that Hudson, Sadie, and Belle develop a love and respect for animals...just like I did.


Hudson and Sadie are both animal lovers, but Sadie is obsessed with our cats, Henry and Sophie, and calls them both “kiki.” She’s becoming quite the “cat lady” and it’s the cutest thing ever. Both cats prefer to watch her crazy antics from a distance or hide from her….but every now and then Henry needs a little attention and he’ll venture out in the open. He’s pretty good with the kids but even he has his limits. Sadie is learning to be gentle with the kitties and pet them nicely. It’s still a work in progress, that’s for sure.


Sadie is learning that when Henry purrs, he is happy. So she’s always telling me “Henry purring!!!” even when he’s not. Poor girl. Or maybe poor Henry. I’m sure one day he’ll really love her. But for now he’s tolerating her. And that’s about as good as it’s going to get. Hopefully Sophie will start to come around the kids more too….but that might be a few more years!


As a pet lover, I love that raising your children with pets helps them to learn to care for and love something other than themselves. I believe that animals can teach children how to have compassion and treat all living things with kindness and respect. Caring for pets, cleaning up after them, exercising them, and taking them to the vet for regular check-ups helps kids learn responsibility. When I was little I was in charge of feeding our pets dinner every night and walking, brushing, and bathing our dogs. I'm sure I complained at times about the level of responsibility, but I wouldn't change my experiences for anything. Having lots of pets was a highlight of my childhood, hands down. 

Since Hudson and Sadie are so young, they really do not have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to their pets just yet. We are mostly focusing on brushing, being gentle, not yelling around them, and not pulling their tails.


I recently switched Henry and Sophie’s food over to Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food because it has the perfect mix of real poultry and seafood flavors that they both love! Our cats love Meow Mix because there are so many different food and treat varieties in their wet food, dry food, and treats! Henry really loves the Meow Mix dry food that I found a Meijer.


As a special treat, both cats really enjoy Meow Mix Irresistibles® Treats too. I’ve been letting Sadie give Henry the treats and it has really helped him “warm” up to her!


We love our cats so much we want them to be healthy and that starts with good nutrition. Be sure to check out your local Meijer store for Meow Mix cat food and treats! Right now there is an awesome mPerks digital coupon for 30% off any 2 Meow Mix products at Meijer, now through January 27, 2018.


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