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Relaxing Simplicity & Burt's Bees Baby Essentials

Having a new baby is a funny thing. People often go back and forth about how draining and stressful the newborn phase can be. I have to agree that the sleep deprivation, lack of time, lack of energy and the emotional exhaustion are very real. The other day it occurred to me I had not eaten in three days. Meals are usually too much effort! The reality of caring for ….

Dahlia Cloth Menstrual Pads for Postpartum

*Pads provided by Buttons Diapers for review One of our favorite cloth diaper companies, Buttons Diapers, has recently come out with their own line of cloth menstrual pads, named Dahlia Cloth.  A lovely name for a lovely pad! Reusable cloth pads are comfy, economical, green, and better for your body. If you already like reusable pads, you will enjoy Dahlia pads! Dahlia pads come in a three pack, with all ….

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We Had Our Baby!

Two weeks ago.  I had a repeat cesarean two weeks ago, but life has been crazy with lots of kids and recovery and leaky boobs, so I didn’t get to my computer until today. So here is an untouched picture from my cell phone. Because I also couldn’t be bothered to use my real camera. His name does not have a nickname. It is one of those that cannot really ….

The Low Key Baby Boy Room

It is crunch time! At the moment this post goes live, I will be in the OR having a cesarean.  Unless of course I very suddenly went into labor right before and didn’t have time to quick come edit this. Haha. I really, really, wanted a beautiful nursery. And it is quite nice actually. I just need some different artwork on the walls. Something bigger and more dramatic maybe.  If ….

Chow Mein Stir Fry with Pea Pods, Carrots & Shirataki 'Rice'

When I was a little giril, my mother went to this dingey take out joint for chop suey chow main on occasion. I’m sure it was about as authentic as chow mein in Saint Paul in 1982 could be.  Although, it was nothing like what I see in take out places now. My mother even actuually came up with what she called chow mein hotdish, because you know, Minnesota.  It ….

Baby Room Update: Dresser Makeover & Elephant Art

This is only a small update, but I thought I would share. I have a bunch of stuff coming in the mail to add to the nursery. I have a scheduled cesarean in 10 days if I don’t go into labor before then for a VBAC, Nothing like the last minute, huh? I took the black vintage dresser from the girl’s old room and re-purposed it in the nursery. This ….

A Mini Makeover for Our Family Room & Basement Bathroom

I wish I could show you just how awful our basement stairwell, family room, and hallway were. The pictures are too dark to do it justice. Wood paneling, nursing home inspired wallpaper, and so many shades of green that were very in during the late ’80s. After weeks of removing wallpaper, sanding walls, skim-coating with joint compound, more sanding, priming, and painting, I solved the wallpaper problem. It was almost ….

Boy Bedroom Before & After

Remember the new boy room that was part of ‘phase one’ of the basement renovation? Well it is complete. Or rather, as complete as it will get right now. I need to focus on getting the nursery set up and making sure this baby has a place to sleep and some clothes to wear. And I keep getting distracted by things like, my urge to repaint all of the bathrooms. ….

Ipsy Glam Bag & Beauty Box Five June 2016

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where each month you receive a Glam Bag with around five samples focusing on makeup and sometimes nails or skin care. The cost is only $110 per year with occasional savings options, and you can purchase full sized items from your bag on your Ipsy account for a discount. referral link! In this month’s bag: Peter Lamas Youth Revival 5 Oil Hair Treatment Mask ….