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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ad Space Giveaway - May

It's that time again! Time to enter to win YOUR BLOG'S AD on the front page of my blog. If you scroll the left sidebar of my blog, you'll see a section called WINNER OF THE AD SPACE GIVEAWAY. That cutesy blog button could be YOURS! Winner will win ad space for the month of May. Yay! Just enter using Rafflecopter below. Good luck!


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Homemade Baby Vapor Rub for Chest Congestion

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. My little family enjoyed an amazing church meeting {easter.mormon.org}, then spent the evening at my mom's house with my family. There was no shortage of delicious food, PEEPS, egg hunts, dirty diet cokes and strobe light dance parties. :)

I originally posted this baby recipe on Today's the Best Day. I'm happy to share it with you today! A few months ago, Ava got sick for the very first time! She had just turned 1. Seriously - she had never been sick before. I thank breastfeeding 'til she was 1 for that (really - I don't know - but as soon as I stopped, she got sick!). The thing about being a baby is that you can't have any medicine. But poor Avabean would toss and turn all night - whimpering and coughing and being unable to suck her binky due to a stuffed up nose. I felt SO BAD as her momma not being able to do anything. 

I'd heard the rumors of putting vapor rub on baby's feet, covered by socks, and that it helps with their congestion. I'd never tried it, but wanted to try something to help my little munchkin. I've been really careful about what I give Ava as a little tot - I made all her own organic baby food when she was 6 months, she drinks a local whole milk now - yeah, I'm kind of "that" mom. But don't worry, we kick it with Chick-fil-A and diet coke as much as the other guy. :) To help Ava with her congestion, I made a homemade baby vapor rub (NO petroleum or any of the questionable oils in vapor rub). A little on her feet + socks + bedtime = a happy baby. I didn't use it all day or every day, since she was only 1, but it definitely helped the days I used it.

Please do your own research when deciding what essential oils to use for your baby! Some are safe - some are not. Even specific TYPES of the same essential oil are not ok. For example, only the Smithii variety of eucalyptus oil is OK for babies. Use what YOU are comfortable with!

The following advice was given in the Mommypotamus article where I got my recipe:

"Please note that lavender and chamomile are generally considered safe for babies under two months, eucalyptus (only the smithii variety) can be introduced at two months and tea tree can be introduced after 6 months. Essential oils are very potent so use sparingly!*

I do love using essential oils now. I'm really careful and not hard core, but Ava and I love lavender oil baths and adding a drop of lemon oil to my water bottle is a must. Like I said, do your research, but essential oils can be great.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Burlap Bunny Treat Bags for Easter + Free Printable Bunny Stencil

Happy Friday! I've been thinking ALL DAY today was Saturday, because my husband gets work off for Good Friday, so it feels like a Saturday. It's been throwing me off in a major way. I even started typing the beginning of this post with a "Happy Saturday! Yes - I'm posting on Saturday..." message, but then, thankfully, realized I was talking loco and checked myself before I wrecked myself.

Easter is in two days, people!!!!! Easter has always been one of my most favorite holidays as a kid. We would (sometimes) get a new Easter dress to wear to church. We always had an indoor Easter egg hunt and an outdoor one. The indoor hunt consisted of my parents going downstairs and closing the door at the top of the stairs. They would hide all the candy (with some of the floor for the littles) and us kids would wait excitedly at the top of the stairs for my parents to push little jellybeans under the door - you always wanted to be the first to grab that candy! Those little beans coming under the door is a memory I will cherish forever. :)

I've got a fun Easter DIY tutorial for you that I shared last week on Creative Ramblings. These mini burlap treat bags are a great last minute idea, if you need something for your kids on Sunday or to take to church or a party! Read on to see how easily you can make these this weekend.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Link'n Blogs #21

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I am sharing some tips for selling your house while you and your toddler still live in it! Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes. ;)

How to Sell Your Home While You Still Live in It


Katelyn from Learning, Creating, Living 

Katelyn is sharing a brilliant idea for bringing the outside IN with just a little tissue paper. These tissue paper flowers are super easy and super adorable!

Be sure to give some love to our guest hosts - you will love their creative blogs!

I'm so happy to have these ladies back again! They are sharing a cool way to update furniture using {would you even guess it?!} contact paper! Check it out!

Heather has a fun series on her blog to help the busy blogger! This week, it's all about Pinterest. These are great tips!

Tammy is also sharing a fun way to bring the outside in this spring, by updating your mantel. I love decorating my mantel for different holidays and seasons!

Here are this week's features:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to Sell Your Home While You Still Live in It with a Toddler!

Most of you know - we are MOVING! After 6 years in our beloved home, we are moving closer to my husband's work. We knew when we bought our home that this day would eventually come. It's just surreal to know that day is here!

We are building a home, so it won't be ready for several months, but we really wanted to get our house on the market to sell as soon as possible. That way, we could move in with our amazingly nice family {immmm, family, we are moving in, ha ha}, save that house payment each month, and not have to worry about having to sell last minute. With the up and down housing market, we didn't know if our house would take days ... weeks ... or MONTHS to sell. The tricky part about selling your house before you move out of it is just that - YOU STILL LIVE IN IT! So having showings in the house you're trying to live in can get tricky. If you have a few days between showings and they're scheduled far enough ahead of time, you aren't as stressed. But most agents would call and want to come in an hour or two! We had 12 showings in the first week -- and 1-2 showing every other day the following week. So we couldn't ever really LIVE in our home. To get a call and need to have your house ready to show in 2 hours doesn't give you a lot of time for putting away that craft project, folding the laundry and cleaning up the lunch dishes...

I have compiled some TIPS for selling your house while you're still living in it with a toddler. It wasn't easy. It was very stressful. But we got through it and sold our house in less than 3 weeks! If you're in the same situation - YOU CAN DO IT! I hope my tips will help you get through it, too. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bebe Bloom Boutique Feature & Giveaway

Today, I'm happy to introduce you to an adorable shop! Bebe Bloom Boutique is a handmade accessories boutique for our little one. Headbands, dresses, bow ties, suspenders, pacifier clips, hats - it's all there! Annie is the owner, and I love what she says on the About Me page of her website about starting Bebe Bloom Boutique:

"Born out of a need to find one-of-a-kind items that just weren’t being stocked in stores, Bebe Bloom offers unique handcrafted accessories and beautiful handpicked apparel for infants and children. As a mother of two beautiful little munchkins, I came across this little dilemma while searching for these hard-to-find novelties. Unsuccessful in my search, I decided to make them myself! As my hobby grew, I learned that friends, family, and colleagues were absolutely crazy about them! Realizing there was a market for exclusive hand-made items, Bebe Bloom was born."

Ava was able to try on a couple of these adorable headbands!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Because I'm Worth It ... Tees for Charity

Hello lovies. Do you remember my friend Cady of Enjoy Essential? She makes the adorable onesies Ava loves to wear. Cady reached out to me asking if I would share a special shirt she has designed to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - and I am very happy to share it with you today! Here is the info Cady sent me - all about her friends that are running for cancer awareness. I hope you'll check it out and share the love, if you'd like to help support. :)

"Enjoy Essential is partnering up with two young women who have decided to run the San Francisco Nike Women's marathon this fall, and in order to do so, they will need to raise money for the charity of their choice. We have designed kids tees and women's tanks to support their cause, and all proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here is some info about Arianna and Jenn and how they encouraged each other to start running and training, and why:
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