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Germs & Hearts | An Impromptu Valentines Party

My babies were sick on Valentines. Between them we had 3 cases of RSV and a double ear infection. No good.

Since we were a hot contagious mess, I threw together a little last minute par-tay just for us to boost our spirits!

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Ty built this arrow shelf (completely his idea) for the girls’ room. Is it the cutest or what? Thank goodness that man is my valentine for the rest of forever!

He will be posting the tutorial for you guys soon.

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February 13 marked the one year anniversary of the day this pumpkin joined our family. That story here. He will forever be my favorite V-day present!

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Unprompted baby kisses… is there anything better? These two love each other to pieces.

Also, I suspect this is how the RSV was spread ; )

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Chair backers :: Pottery Barn Kids
Heart garland :: Maisy & Alice
Table :: IKEA
Chairs :: Overstock, I think
Heart rug :: Target (last year)
High chair :: Phil & Teds
Nolan’s pants :: Zara
Nolan’s tee :: Slyfox Threads
Harbor’s onesie :: Itty Bitty Hip
Harbor’s bow :: Moose & Hippo Designs

Happy Valentines, from our germ-infested bunch to yours!

XOXO

Madison

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Jacky Pereira - February 15, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Awesome!
Is Your House floor white concrete?

Christin Schultz - February 16, 2015 - 4:01 pm

So sweet!
Did you follow a tutorial on painting the concrete white? If so, do you mind sharing the link? :)

Saraya Roshelle Hunt - February 25, 2015 - 7:46 pm

This is the sweetest! I hope the kiddos get to feeling better!

Mommy Must-Haves | Milk & Joy

I rarely wear jewelry because my kids end up yanking on it, breaking it, losing it… it’s really kind of a train wreck over here ; )

But I am adoring Milk & Joy teething necklaces. Necklaces for mamas, that are also for babies! Recently Lacey of M&J sent me this gorgeous wooden & yarn necklace.

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From their website:

Milk and Joy creates stylish, handcrafted and organic teething jewelry and nursing necklaces. Each item is made from fair trade and sustainably sourced materials. Giving back with every purchase.

All Milk and Joy’s Organic Teething Necklaces are exclusively handmade in the United States using only the best quality natural and organic materials. Our beads are hand crocheted using our exclusive 100% organic cotton yarn, which is hand dyed using plant based pigments and natural mordants. It is also EKO Certified Organic and Certified FairTrade. Our yarn makes us different from others and truly unique. Being dyed by hand, each and every skein of yarn has it’s own beautiful gradient of color. You won’t find Nursing and Babywearing jewelry made this way anywhere else.”

I adore brands who understand the importance of being safe, unique, and Certified Fair Trade. These were huge selling points for me!

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On the blog, they also list some Bible verses for mamas who will be experiencing the trial & triumph of giving birth. Really, in my opinion, they apply to all of motherhood in general. Here are a few of my favorites listed (click here for the whole list):

James 4:8 – Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And that peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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XOXO
Madison

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Mommy Must-Haves | Talenti Gelato

My kids eat pretty clean. They will get down on some asparagus, salmon, sugar snap peas, almond milk, kale juice — you name it — all day long, and without complaint. But occasionally we like a treat. And when we do, Talenti is our fave.

Recently, Talenti was kind enough to send us some yummy new flavors to try!

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Some things you might not know about Talenti, but will be so very happy to find out:

-Their gelato is gluten free
-It contains 30% less fat than ice cream
-It has more flavor than ice cream because it contains less air
-It is HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) free
-It is vegetarian
-It is kosher
-Their sorbetto is dairy free (mamas, this is gold!)
-It contains simple ingredients, of which I can pronounce ALL
-Their containers are BPA free

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Here are the flavors we tried. They were all incredible. And knowing that they don’t contain a bunch of toxic crap allowed me to actually enjoy them! Hooray! : )

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XOXO

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I call this series… Nolan eats blueberries.

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Sour one ; )

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XOXO

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Aléna J Ingle - February 7, 2015 - 6:04 am

He reminds me of my little Hugh (13m) who’s also adopted. <3

Check Yourself | Essential Oils Overhaul

If you’ve been around long, you know my family’s love affair with essential oils. (More here)

It’s been over a year now since we’ve made-over our medicine cabinet and kicked all those toxins & carcinogens to the curb. We have energy, we sleep great, we’re medication free, headache free, have way less stress, and we’re having loads of fun learning more and more about all that these babies can do!

If you’re on the fence — get off it! : )

Here’s a rundown of what comes in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit, which is what Kari & I over at The Happy Oils recommend getting started with:

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How to get your hands on the Premium Starter Kit:

1. Click over to the sign-up page: https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1564403&enrollerid=1564403

2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (this secures you the 24% off discount on all future orders).

3. The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be filled in for you.  If they aren’t, fill in 1564403 in both spots.

4. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law.  Young Living never shares this info with anyone, and you’re not obligates to sell anything if you do not want to. I promise I wouldn’t lead you astray here!)

5. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.

6. Select your enrollment order.  This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. I recommend the Premium Kit with the Aroma Diffuser, which is $160. (Ours paid for itself the first week when I was able to treat an ear infection with oils on a Saturday instead of spending $150 at urgent care.)

7. It will ask if you want to sign up for the Essential Rewards program. I recommend saying no to this for now.

8. Agree to Terms & Conditions

9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Some folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out.  To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

10. Wait for the mailman to arrive! This step is will be agonizing.

Oh, and

11. Please friend me on Facebook so that I can add you to some fun oily Facebook groups! : )

Happy oiling!

XOXO

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