Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quinn's Pink Boho Nursery

Now that Quinn is making the transition into her own room (moving her from her bedside co-sleeper this month) - I thought I would share pictures of her nursery! {Photo Love: Katie Berry Photography}

{I melt.}

{Boho baby}

{Love the pillows my mom hand-made for her nursery} 

{Absolutely love this rocker}

{Big brother reading to his sister}

{Adore this daybed...great for story-time, nursing and makes a great spare bed for guests}

{My sunshine}

{"You are my Sunshine" was my favorite song to sing her in my belly}

{This mobile was given to us by one of my hubby's coworkers. Love}

{The other print says "Let Her Sleep, For When She Wakes She Will Move Mountains}

{This daybed is amazing because it has drawers for extra storage}

{Adore the giraffe decal}

{Love the gold...I bought mine unstuffed for SO much cheaper and filled with old clothes}

{Little Quinn on her rug}

{Love this picture of my Mighty Quinn}

Click links below to purchase items from nursery (most everything is from Amazon...because, frankly...I love that place):
Black-out Curtains
Sheepskin Pelt
Ventilated Bumpers
Giraffe Decal
Gold Pouf 
Animal Drawings were hand-made by my sister, Allie "Gato" Buck
Pillows were hand-made by my momma (she bought the pillow inserts at Crate & Barrel}

As a reminder, my "must-haves" for setting up a nursery are on an old post, click here.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Toddler Muffin Recipe {great for breast-feeding mommas too}

It can be SO hard to get my two-year old to eat protein - so I love that these muffins are packed with Greek yogurt + eggs....and free of refined sugar, wheat and oils. An added bonus is that I LOVE them too! And oats are supposed to help with breast-milk production...double bonus! They are so easy to make!

Here is what you need:

{Makes 1 Dozen Muffins}

  • Blender 
  • Aluminum cupcake liners (the muffins stick to paper liners) 
  • Cupcake/muffin pan
  • 2 Over-ripe bananas 
  • 2 1/2 cups of Old Fashioned oats 
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt 
  • 3 eggs
  • Half cup of honey (agave or sugar work too) 
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda 
  1. Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
  2. Pour oats into blender - little by little - until the oats looks like flour 
  3. Add baking soda + baking powder (blend)
  4. Add bananas (blend)
  5. Add Greek yogurt (blend)
  6. Add Honey/sweetener (blend)
  7. Add eggs (blend)
  8. After everything is good and blended - pour into aluminum cupcake liners in cupcake/muffin pan
  9. Bake for 22 minutes 

Enjoy! So easy for your toddler to grab for breakfast! And so easy for mommas to snack on during middle-of-the night breast feedings. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we wanted to share this mother's heartbreaking story. She hopes to provide hope and awareness to this little known cancer - she is asking that you donate your status to share this message:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Box + Crayons = Zen Activity for Two Year Old

Braden had one of his little {almost} two-year old melt-downs today and he really needed to just "chill out." None of my normal tricks worked for the cranky little booger. Then I plopped him in an empty box {thank you Amazon} with two crayons and some Jack Johnson Lullabies. Total zen moment {45 minutes worth}. Ahhhh! Relaxing for momma too!

Loving the Crayola washable large crayons...they wipe off walls, high-chair trays, etc. SO easily! Braden obviously loves them too! Going to re-name him "Braden and the Purple Crayon."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Setting Up The Nursery: Essentials

With baby #2 on the way {still no name for baby girl} - my "planner/Type A" self is already daydreaming about her nursery. Since this is not my "first rodeo" - I know what we actually NEED in her nursery {though the white chandelier I've been eyeing is obviously a "must" too}....hehe. Here is a list of suggested items for setting up a nursery:

1) Crib: I know, I know...pretty obvious!

2) Blackout Curtains: These are SO essential for nap-time, early bed times, daylight savings, etc. Get them! And don't skimp. As pretty as sheer ones are...they are basically useless (you want your little one to be able to sleep...TRUST me on this one). I have found the best value on blackout curtains to be on Amazon.

3) Chair: Get a chair, any chair. A rocker/glider is certainly nice but not necessary - just get something comfortable with arm rests. You will be nursing or bottle feeding your little one SO much in the first few months and you will want a comfortable and quiet place to sit in his/her nursery. I would also suggest an ottoman or footrest. This helps to make the long and constant nursing/feeding sessions SO much more comfortable to be able to "kick your feet up."

4) Soft Light: Get a nice/soft light to have next to your nursing/feeding chair and for late night check-ins. You don't want to have to put the bright/overhead light on every time you do a check-in or night feeding. I really have loved this little soft light from Ikea (love that its made of plastic for accidental falls). I also really love the Cloud B Twilight Turtle for night check-ins.

5) Soothing Music or Noise Machine: I have found this to be an absolute must. A couple good suggestions for sounds machines - love the Cloud B Gentle Giraffe and the Munckin Nursery Projector for white noise makers. My son also LOVES the Jewel Lullaby CD for some sweet/soft tunes.

6) Cool Mist Humidifier: This is definitely something you will need to help ease stuffy noses. Cool mist was recommended by my pediatrician to avoid burns from curious little ones. We really love the Crane humidifier - works great and has replacement filters to keep things clean.

7) Waterproof Covers: Get a waterproof cover for your crib mattress and changing pad. There will be accidents and me!

8) Spare Sheets and Changing Covers: Like I mentioned above...there will be leaks! Be sure to have an extra set of crib sheets and an extra changing pad cover.

9) Diaper Pail: This will help to keep the nursery smelling fresh if you are planning to use disposable diapers. And this is an absolute MUST if you have curious pups...they will eat diapers! Be sure to get a diaper pail/diaper genie that can be locked.

10) Changing Station: Along with some sort of changing table (though the floor/blanket will work JUST fine too) - you will want some sort of diaper caddy that has all your essentials. It is nice to have diapers, wipes, creams, etc in one clean/easy spot.

Hope this list help! Any other practical items that you felt were necessary for the nursery set-up!? Would love to hear from you! I will be sure to post pictures of the progress of our baby girl's nursery! Can hardly wait to set it up!

We Are Expecting A Girl!

We are SO stoked to announce that we are expecting a little baby GIRL in October! No name yet...stay tuned! We had so much fun doing a balloon gender reveal (thank you Pinterest for the idea)...just wish my hubby had followed my "orders" to get a PLAIN white box {not one with HUGE Orange Home Depot logos}...sigh. Oh well! Just wanted to share a few pictures from the big reveal over the weekend!

The moment we found out we were having a girl! Clearly, I am SO excited. Hubby looks a little nervous...haha.

We can hardly wait to be a family of FOUR! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gifts
Mother's Day is quickly approaching and you better be planning something special! Being a mother is a full-time job and it deserves a serious celebration {and a goodie...or two}. If you are on a serious budget - give your wife the "morning off." Grab the kiddos and take them to the park + a drive thru Starbucks while your wife sleeps in...takes a bubble bath...whatever she wants! She will love taking the morning off {and a yummy Starbucks never hurts either}. Breakfast in bed is always good too - but make sure she doesn't end up doing clean up!

Here are a few of my favorite Mother's Day items {all budget friendly} to show that you appreciate EVERYTHING she does! Don't forget a card! And if all else fails - just get a lovely bouquet of flowers!

TOMS crocheted slip-ons - $54. Love the boho feel of these shoes for the Summer. They are so comfy and breezy - making them a perfect gift.

Dogeared Jewels Mom I Love You Necklace - $76. This necklace is so simple with a super sweet message. Its hand-made in the USA and is offered in gold or silver. Perfectly thoughtful and lovely.

Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag: Chevron - $58. If your little ones are still in the diapering age - grab her a new & stylish diaper bag. There are LOTS of cute options at Nordstrom in a wide price range (currently swooning over the Danzo San Ysidro diaper bag). I really love the Skip Hop bags because they are super functional & budget friendly (machine washable, lots of pockets, stroller straps, etc). But find one that fits her fabulously unique personality!

Manicure/Pedicure - Price Varies. With Summer sandal season coming soon she will love going to relax and get her piggies painted. A great buy is the Spa Finder gift card at Costco - you get a 20% discount when you purchase the cards - which is a nice cost saving.

Okay guys - make your momma or wifey feel special {she deserves it}! Happy Mother's Day!

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