Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Growing up Clark // six month edit

Half a year has never gone by so fast!
Growing up Clark // six month edit on Work it Mommy blog
Weight | 17.9 pounds 51th%
Height | 27.6 inches 87th%

On the verge of up-sizing diapers. Again. He will be in a size 3. The last size Brielana wore when she stopped wearing diapers. Let that sink in. My 6 month old is wearing the size my 3 year old last wore. 😂

Beginning BabyLedWeaning and I am so excited! He tracks foods and will reach out for it and has so far tried scrambled eggs, banana, chicken, cooked carrots and celery, green beans, sweet potato, waffle (no syrup!) raspberries, blueberries, rice and shredded pork.
Growing up Clark // six month edit on Work it Mommy blog
Wary AF of people in sun/glasses. Even me. He gets a very concerned look and is on the verge of tears. Its actually pretty funny since he’s around people who wear them constantly. 

Getting some knee chub and I am in love. Chubby knees are my favorite.
Growing up Clark // six month edit on Work it Mommy blog
Still complaining of teething pain without actually having a tooth yet. (Our Pediatrician says there are two bottom teeth on the verge of erupting) Any suggestions? The teething tabs we used are now off the market. I’m not sure about amber necklaces. Hellllp!

Still loving his big sisters. The adoration in all their eyes is my whole world.
Growing up Clark // six month edit on Work it Mommy blog
Clapping when happy and it is thee cutest. I will add he also claps when eating haha.

This guy's "sit-er" is broken. I made that joke at Clark's Well Baby visit last Friday when I was explaining that he will not sit up, he immediately pushes up from his feet so he can be in a standing position and sure enough, he did it for her too! Thankfully she says its not that he is behind developmentally he just really wants to stand. So for now he's working on doing chin ups and when on his belly, pulling his knees under his bum.
Growing up Clark // six month edit on Work it Mommy blog

Nuby Teething Mitten- this thing looks ridiculous but Clark loves it!
Baby-Led Weaning book- such a great resource!
Bumbo and tray- we start off in this portable chair before moving up to the high chair.
Gripe Water- with the introduction of solids comes digestion issues (tummy troubles) this stuff helps ease gas and some mild teething pains!
Saline drops- keeping nasal passages hydrated to avoid stuffy nose and flaky boogers.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Currently 003

How is it March already?! Joining Anne for her Currently link up! I'm also celebrating 
F I V E years as a blogger, today in 2013, I published my very first post and began this journey. Thank you for celebrating with me :) Affiliate links used. A small commission may be received if you purchase an item through my links. Thank you for supporting my blog!
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Planning |
On introducing solids to Clark using BabyLed Weaning. Brielana took to BLW so I hope to repeat the process! Now to brush up!

Seeing |
My girl's room in shambles is breaking my heart. Due to the rain and an unseemly crack, their room was flooded on Friday night. I've never loved our wet-vac more. Or sandbags for that matter. Thankfully it is now contained but an actually repair won't be on the agenda until summer (after our unpredictable "rainy season" ends). I'm glad it wasn't worse and that the room is still liveable, it just isn't perfect and it's bugging me. 

Making |
DIY cleaning products! Like I mentioned last week I still use conventional (albeit green) cleaners but wanting to use my essential oils, I've started throwing stuff together. I love this easy stainless steel appliance polish and this dusting spray.

Pretending |
I’m a good housekeeper. I did Kendra's #justcleanit challenge last week and cleaned the whole house from top to bottom. It took may hours and lots of elbow grease but we are all spring clean over here! The best part is I sat down and wrote out a Cleaning Master List for each room and broke down Daily, Weekly and Monthly tasks to complete and assigned each room a day of the week. I found since decluttering a bunch of stuff that I now have the head-space to tackle cleaning without feeling overwhelmed or not knowing where to begin. It has been a wonderful growing process!

Wearing |
My mom uniform= cozy cardigans + ruffle tees (plus a tank top layer for warmth and nursing modesty, haha) + skinny jeans + slide on sneakers.
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Mom Life Lately

Thank you to Figure 8 Maternity for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. It has been six months since I've been a mama x3 and it tickles me when I hear, "you have your hands full" or "how do you do it?" and another favorite "I could never!" I think it comes down to perspective (yes, you could do it if they are your children) and experience (I was gifted these babies by God and try my best to be the mother they deserve. On the flip side, one of my good friends is expecting her fourth baby and I think, "how can you do it all?!" haha.) You do what you are called to do! Affiliate links used. A small commission may be received if you purchase an item through my links. Thank you for supporting my blog!
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Sara woven nursing blouse, c/o Figure 8 Maternity // skinny jeans // booties, similar
In this busy season of life I find that I am actually more energized than I have been in a long time. I guess I've hit my stride. Clark isn't sleeping the whole night through, neither is Brielana for that matter, and yet I wake up ready for the day (if not still slightly groggy.) And I wonder, what is so different this time around?

In January I decided to declutter and from that time on I have gotten rid of 10 bags and a couple of boxes to Goodwill, several bags to our Children's Consignment shop, recycled and trashed useless items and started to clean the house from top to bottom. Clearing out the unnecessary stuff has left space for me to breath again and really has energized my soul.
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Another habit I've implemented has been to wake up 15 minutes earlier in the morning to get my daily devotional time in with God. It improves my attitude and really starts the day off right. Refocusing on true importance is refreshing.
Mom Life Lately from the blog Work it Mommy
Having this time with my babies at home is such a gift. There are some days we may watch too much TV or not get out of our PJs or eat sub-par (Cheet-os and fruit snacks, anyone?) but I want to embrace these little years as they are all too fleeting. 

Take nursing for example. I have dedicated five years to this endeavor and it still is one of my all time favorite ways to nourish and bond with my children. It reminds me to take a few simple minutes every few hours to sit down, cuddle and just be; all while holding my most precious of bundles close. I have to add concealed side zippers on nursing tops are genius. No more frumpy cross-front tees for this mama! 
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So, if you were to ask, "how's motherhood treating you?" I would say wholeheartedly, "it is treating me so well!" (Never 'good', we all know that's not correct, right?! haha) And that's the truth.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Practical Essential Oils

I know essential oils are everywhere these days and its almost cliche that I’m writing about them (I know you thought it! Its ok :) but I feel like there is a gap that needs to be bridged between die-hard-oil-enthusiast and just-starting-out-newbie because there is a lot of information out there and knowing where to begin can be overwhelming.
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My journey with EOs began when I was a child. My mom is a product of the 60’s and being a “flower child” believes in alternative medicines so putting drops of essential oils in a humidifier when I was congested was a common occurrence. Finding little glass vials in the refrigerator door was normal. I never really gave it any thought other than liking certain fragrances. Fast forward to now and oils are everywhere! It took me a solid year before I decided to try them out in my own home (2015) another few months researching what brand to use (through this podcast) and another countless hours learning how to use them. And it's still a learning process!

I will not tell you that I’ve replaced all my cleaning products and use just tea tree and water and vinegar because to me that isn't realistic. While I do believe green products are important and the majority of my products are, I admit that I still use bleach. And if I get a migraine I still reach for Tylenol. 
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I do not sell essential oils and am not sharing to make sales, though I have linked to Amazon products and can earn a small commission if you click on them to purchase, so thank you.

Plain and simple I use essential oils because they smell nice and I enjoy them. 

I own 14 essential oils; 8 are synergies (blends of multiple EOs in one bottle) and 6 are pure. I have two carrier oils, coconut and almond that I alternate between. And I also have witch hazel on hand as a stabilizer when making room/linen sprays that mix with water. There is a diffuser in our room and the girls room

Autumn gift set (seasonal oils)
Plant Therapy Vein Aid Synergy Pre-Diluted Roll-On 

***If I was to tout a miracle oil it would be the Vein Aid above which cleared up a spider vein I had for 6 years on my left shin after two weeks of twice daily use.***
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I like staring small and working my way up so no big starter kits for me- I also get overwhelmed easily which freezes me into inactivity (am I the only one?!) I simply began by diffusing a few drops of one essential oil in water and have since started combining oils to make more complex scents. 

My top concerns are making sure the oils I use are safe for my kids and dog and making sure to properly dilute when using oils topically. 

Peppermint is a firm no right now. I also will not use oils “neat” (applied directly to the skin without being mixed with another carrier oil) or ingest oils when extracts are more suited for baking and eating purposes.

Practical Essential Oils from Work it Mommy blog
But how do you know if an oil is safe? That was my biggest question and why I love Plant Therapy essential oils, every one of their products is clearly labeled and ones that can be used safely for children 2 years+ are deemed KidSafe (you can see the Kidsafe marking above). You can buy directly from their site or through Amazon which keeps costs down (no middleman) and their testing standards are the strictest in the business. Whichever company you trust is where you should purchase from.

Some other ways to use oils in daily life:
  • Adding a few drops to liquid soap for added germ-killing properties.
  • Adding to laundry detergent to impart fragrance and get rid of musty smells in towels. Alternatively, adding a few drops to wool dryer balls.
  • Adding to body lotion or other personal care items for fragrance (as a precaution always test a small part of your arm for sensitivity to any given oils before applying to larger areas of the body.)
  • Making household cleaners/dusters/polishers.
  • Making hand-sanitizer
Practical Essential Oils from Work it Mommy blog
As it turns out my mom was right about everything 😉

Have any questions? I'll try my hardest to answer them!
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