Keeping Her Close

May 26, 2017

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Now I know how people have 4 kids. It's because baby #3 is so sweet, and easy going, and simply amazing. Baby #3 tricks you. Because looking at my sweet girl makes me want another one....or five. But then my older kids come storming in to the room and I'm like, yep...we're good. 

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In order to get anything done around the house I've found that wearing Belle is the easiest solution. And luckily she LOVES to be in on the action. And I love having her close to me. I'm trying to soak up every second of her sweetness. 

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I've started to wear her in our new baby carrier by Lumiere. It's easier for me to run errands and wear least that way I have some room in my shopping cart for things other than kids. 

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The Universal Baby Carrier by Lumiere has 6 positions and is super easy to use! It fits newborns all the way up to toddlers and is made for little ones 7-45 pounds! Holy cow...that would be like wearing Hudson, ha! 

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The straps easily adjust to fit you and baby and I've found it easy and quick to put on...which is a bonus when you are juggling three kids! The extra-padded crossable shoulder straps, wide and sturdy waistbelt, and lumbar support provide supreme comfort and alleviate back and shoulder pressure for healthy posture and alignment. 

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This 6-in-1 universal baby carrier features structured bucket seats, lumbar and neck support, sleeping hood, 2-way shoulder straps, pockets, safety harness, and purse holder! I'm giving away one of these amazing carriers over on my Instagram today, so be sure to check it out!

*This post is sponsored by Lumiere, but all opinions are my own.

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Mabel + Bixby

May 24, 2017

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So I've got some exciting news to share! My mom has been making adorable baby bibs for over 30 years. She's made them for all of my kids....and several friends too. They are seriously the best ever and so so cute. So I'm am thrilled to announce our little baby bib business, Mabel + Bixby!
 It's been a fun little side project that I'm excited to finally share it with all of you! 

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Here's yours truly sporting one of the first bibs back in 1985. My mom has improved the design since then so they are even better (and cuter) than ever!

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We decided to name our little business Mabel + Bixby in honor of my grandma Mabel (my mom's mom) and the street I grew up on in California. My grandma taught my mom to it's fun to honor her in this way! All of the bibs are carefully sewn by my mom, Bev, and I handle all the other stuff like Instagram and photo taking...and supplying the baby models. My mom tried to teach me to sew back in the day but it was a disaster. It's just not my talent! Thankfully she's crazy talented to make up for it! Maybe one day I'll try to learn again....I'm sure being a hormonal teenager who could care less at the time didn't help the sewing lessons.

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This is one of my current favorites. I love it so much that we decided to call this one "The Sadie". All bibs are reversible and I'm obsessed with the gingham on the back!

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Sadie loves her pink floral kitty bib! All of the bibs are washable (just toss them in your washing machine and dryer!) and made from pre-washed 100% cotton. They also featured an inner batting layer, so they are super durable. My kids are ROUGH on them and they still hold up great!

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We have several adorable boy bib options too!

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Bibs are made to fit ages 6 months to 4 years and measure 9.5" x 15"

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A bow can be added to any boy bib to make it a girl bib for free!

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You can view all of the bibs we have in stock on our facebook page. We are currently just selling on our Instagram @mabelandbixby or by email at 

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Mom Hack: Let Someone Else Do Your Shopping

May 23, 2017

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It's officially happened. Right when we were blessed with baby #3, baby #2 - my easy, go with the flow baby entered the "terrible twos" a few months early. That girl right there screamed "CUDDLE MAMA!" all through the grocery store the other day until I agreed to carry her. Let me tell you something: carrying around an almost two year old while pushing a cart with a baby in it and ALL YOUR GROCERIES is quite the workout. I was sweating bullets by the time I got to check out. No amount of bribery will keep that girl still. So Sadie is officially off of shopping duty. Which means it's now ten times harder for me to run any type of errand. 

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Which brings me to my most favorite mom hack yet: let someone else do your shopping. We've used Sam's Club Pickup service a few times now and it is a total game changer. Order your items online, select a pick up time, let someone else shop for you, and then pick them up. Yay!

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With Pickup you can pay online and bypass the line. Your order is ready when you get there! You can seriously order all of your necessities - from grocers and household essentials to office supplies - everything is just one click away. We used next day pick up and it was great! Select Sam's Club locations offer same day delivery too. 

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Can I just order everything online? Because it sure makes my life a thousand percent easier. Here are some of our weekly staples: two types of milk, juice, and frozen strawberries. Everything else I blame on being hungry when I ordered!

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Since I didn't have to spend an hour dragging my kids through the store, we decided to use that time to explore outside instead. And everyone was much happier!

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These two give me a run for my money. 

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Right now when you sign up to join Sam's Club you can receive a $20 gift card and a $20 instant savings package. Such a great deal! Learn more about membership here

Thanks to my friends at Sam’s Club for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

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Learning to Love the Mess

May 22, 2017

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I'm going to be real for a minute. Everything posted to Instagram is not always real life. I try to keep it honest as much as I can....but even I clean up the mess or (more often) push it aside and only capture the pretty. In reality, my house is a mess most of the time. And so are my kids. It can take me an entire day to just straighten up one room. I start on a task and get interrupted by tiny humans 1,243 times. And then one of them decides to dump their brother's pokemon cards ALL OVER THE KITCHEN for the 5th time that day and I throw in the towel.

I'll show you what my kitchen looks like right now. 

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That's it. Unedited. Real life. If anything, having three kids is teaching me how to embrace the mess. It won't always be like this. One day my kitchen will be spotless....and I'll miss the little sticky handprints on my refrigerator, the toy cars on the floor, and the art projects on the counter. I did clean up after this photo (it took me all day!) because when my house looks like this it directly effects my mood. But I'm trying to let it slide and not stress about it. It's easier said then done. But my kids are only little once. 

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I'd rather spend my time and energy capturing those sweet first smiles than worrying about the mess.

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Can you blame me? Look at that sweet face. 

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When it comes to diapers, I let Huggies hug that mess! Huggies have been our go-to diapers for all three of my kids. It's a brand I trust and can stand behind. With Huggies, I don't have to worry about the mess with their Snug & Dry diapers and One & Done Refreshing wipes. (And you all know how I LOVE my Huggies wipes!). 

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Did you know Family Dollar sells Huggies? Right now you can sign up for their smart coupons and save $2 on any Huggies product! You just sign up and then type your phone number in to the key pad at check out. So easy! 

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Click here to find a Family Dollar near you. 

And check out our trip to Family Dollar and our love for Huggies (plus some adorable baby Belle action!) in the video below!

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Outdoor Fun and KEEN for the Whole Family

May 15, 2017


What happened to spring? It was winter, we had a baby, and all of a sudden it's summertime! Both of my big kids LOVE being outside (I mean, who doesn't) and we have the best backyard for exploring!


One of our favorite activities is doing a outdoor scavenger hunt. I make a list of fun things we can hunt around for right in our yard.

Here are some of the things I always include on our list:
- white rock
- rock shaped like a heart
- feather
- 3 dandelions
- a leaf bigger than your hand
- a leaf smaller than your hand
- 3 pinecones
- acorn
- nest
- blue bird
- red bird
- squirrel
- frog
- ant hill
- a surprise (we always end with this....see below)

You get the idea. Neither of my kids can read so we just talk about what's next on our list. Most days I don't even write it down, I just fly by the seat of my pants. Clearly, not a pinterest mom right here. We also think it's fun to have dance or jump breaks during our hunt. We stop and dance whenever they are starting to fight....and it does the trick every time!


Sadie prefers finding the rocks and flowers. 


And Hudson is always on the hunt for a frog. Boys. 


Dance break! Who can jump the highest??? Whenever they start to argue about who gets to hold what, or who found xyz first, I have them dance or jump. They start to laugh and forget about whatever was causing them to melt down. Mom win!


Pinecone and flower! Cross them off the list!


Hudson is wearing his new KEEN Oakridge shoes and we both love them! He's tough on shoes but these have held up great! Perfect for climbing, jumping, and exploring outside.


And Sadie is wearing the KEEN Encanto Finley. They are lightweight, keep her feet cool, and are easy to get on and off. Plus they are cute! She loves them!


We always end our scavenger hunt with a surprise....and on this day it was popsicles! Or "pop pops" if you're Sadie. 


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Things a Mother Knows

May 11, 2017

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I partnered with Hyland's for this post.

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These are things a mother knows:

- The smallest person in your house will have the largest load of laundry. Guaranteed.

- No matter how long your baby has been sleeping, the second you decide to check on them they will wake up.

- Cutting little fingernails is the worst job ever.

- Baby wipes are not just for cleaning up babies. They are good for wiping toddler hands, tables at a restaurant, cleaning up spills on the carpet or spots on your couch, wiping down your car, cleaning your cell name it. I will forever have baby wipes in my purse, no matter how old my kids get.

- Comparing your children's habits with your friend's kids will not end well.

- Going to the bathroom alone is a luxury.

- It's way more fun to shop for your kids than it is for yourself.

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- You will actually say the words "because I said so" more times than you will be able to count.

- You'll also say amazing things like "thank you for peeing on the rug and not the carpet" and "keep your hands and teeth to yourself" and "do NOT pee on your sister."

- Your purse is multifunctional. Not only does it hold ALL THE THINGS, I've also used mine to hold my baby while trying to help my toddler use the potty at the library. True story.

- You will do many, many, things as a mother that you swore you would never do. Make 3 different dinners because no one will eat the same thing. Let your kids watch youtube videos on the iPad so that you can have a minute to yourself. Bribe your kids with candy. 

- The pantry is a great place to hide in when you want to eat a cookie but you don't want to share.

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- You are the only one for the job. It doesn't matter if daddy is ready and willing to help with bath time, or put on a bandaid, or buckle your toddler in their carseat. In your toddler's eyes, mommy does it the best, so only mommy can do those things.

- You have the magic touch. Your kiss makes a boo boo feel better. Your belly rubs make the tummy ache go away. Your cuddles make everything better.

- Nothing grosses you out anymore. After your baby has projectile vomited and/or pooped on you, you can basically do anything.

- You'll sleep one day. Maybe.

- The "mama bear" instinct is real.

- Your kids have a "I'm pooping my pants face" and you know it well.

- You can smell poop from two rooms away.

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- Despite your best efforts, you will hear you own mom's words coming out of your mouth. You are slowly turning in to her.

- You can multi-task like it's your J-O-B. Because it is. Phone call + making lunch + toddler pulling all of the tupperware out on the floor + 4 year old telling you all about the rules to pokemon = you've got this.

- Washing machines eat baby socks. It's like a toll you have to pay to do laundry.

- You will do anything for your kids. Except touch the to the bugs and worms they find. That's daddy's job.

- Yoga pants are not just for yoga. They are the official mom uniform. And they are amazing. You don't even need to actually go to yoga....just look like you could go to yoga if you wanted to.

- No mother really knows what she's doing. We just make it up as we go along. The good news is that kids don't figure this out until they become parents too.

- There was never a more true statement than "the days are long but the years are short."

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- When it comes to your kids, natural, safe, and effective health remedies used by generations of moms are the best. That's why I trust Hyland's line of products. We've used multiple Hyland's products since Hudson was a baby. Hyland's goal is to support moms with products that provide gentle and proven care for adults and little ones. Motherhood is exhausting and overwhelming, but Hylands's looks to provide moms with the knowledge and comfort that they are not alone...we've all been there.

You can learn more about Hyland's products that are trusted by generations of moms here. In our house we regularly turn to Hyland's for gentle remedies I can trust. Only the best for my little ones. 

This post is brought to you by Hyland's, but all opinions are my own.

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