Babies First Foods


Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about introducing foods to babies. My twins are now 4 months old and I just started thinking about my plan for feeding them. It’s crazy to think that time is almost here! As of now I am still breastfeeding and giving them formula before bed and sometimes one other time during the day. I also am pumping about 2-3 times a day to up my supply and get some milk for them to have on hand if they won’t nurse. For this post I have partnered up with Stonyfield Organic to show you some more options when it comes to healthy baby food. Their YoBaby line, which is the #1 pediatrician recommended yogurt for ages 6 months-2 years, recently added a new strain of probiotics, BB-12. Probiotics are super beneficial for your gut. And your gut health is the foundation for overall good health.

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It’s recommended that you wait to feed solids to your baby until they are 4-6 months old. You also want them to be able to sit upright and hold their head up. Our girls have good head control but still can’t sit up so I’m going to wait until they can. I am starting to notice they get easily distracted when nursing these days. If I start to talk to someone, they will turn their head toward me and start to smile and coo. It’s pretty cute, but can sometimes be frustrating when I want them to eat!


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It is a bit overwhelming figuring out what to feed your babies once they are done breastfeeding yet to young for cow’s milk. But dairy is packed with nutrients like calcium and vitamin D which are both super nutritious for growing babies. The nice thing is, even if your babies are still breastfeeding, they can have yogurt at 6 months. These yogurts are a great option and made with organic whole milk.

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So what other foods am I going to introduce to our girls first? Egg yolks are at the top of my list. They are packed with beneficial fatty acids and provide cholesterol needed for the optimal development of the nervous system. I’d love to know your thoughts on baby cereal. I’ve heard to pour some breast milk into it to help your baby get used to it. I’m just wondering if it has many nutritional benefits. I’d also like to introduce avocado around six months. They are packed with essential fats, vitamins and minerals. To prepare, I’m going to mush it up and add breast milk to thin it out. The other two things I’d like to introduce early on are bananas and sweet potatoes (both packed with vitamin A, C and folate).

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There are so many things to consider when being a mom to two littles, but I just try to trust my instincts and do my best! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!


Thanks to Stonyfield Organic for sponsoring this post.


Bathroom Reveal


Hey guys! I am so excited to share our completed guest bathroom with you. It was a long process because we completely re-did the entire thing since it was in bad shape to begin with. Even though it took a while I would definitely do it again! I am so happy with how everything turned out. It’s exactly as I envisioned it.  I have both before and after pictures for you so you can see the difference. In the very start we changed part of the actual structure of the bathroom to create more space. Originally there was a shelf on the opposite side of the wall (where our dining room is) so we closed that off, which allowed us to open up the ceiling higher in the bathroom. I have to give credit to Andrew for that idea! We used all Kohler products to give the design a very cohesive feel. Honestly, everything works so well, I’m super impressed with the quality, functionality, and aesthetic. I think I love the shower head the most. Well, maybe the sink!! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
IMG_4986Something I really wanted when designing this space was a hotel feel but with a few rustic elements. I think the honeycomb marble tiled floor really helped to create that vibe. Also, having the subway tile come up the wall is something I always loved about hotels I’ve stayed at in New York. It gives a clean and classic look.IMG_4568IMG_4966IMG_4569IMG_4978I wanted to keep all the big pieces white so that the printed wallpaper would pop. I also chose a very dark grey grout to add some contrast to the all white tile. For the hardware I went with chrome to bring a touch of elegance to the space. I also love that it complements our kitchen! When decorating our home, I like all the rooms to have their own look but keep with a similar style throughout. That way the whole home has a very cohesive feel to it and I can switch out decor accents between all the rooms. IMG_4977IMG_4980

^^Our Verdera Medicine Cabinet is one of my favorite features of the room. We had the piece installed in the wall so it doesn’t even stick out too far, yet we still have a ton of storage inside. It is clean and simple and I love how the wallpaper reflects in it.^^
IMG_4982IMG_4981^^Right now I have it full of beauty products and baby things. I love having options for guests when they come to visit.^^
IMG_4984^^The sink is called Ceramic Impressions and it has been so easy to clean. I also have been loving the vanity. It is real wood and has soft close doors which really fit a lot inside.^^IMG_4563IMG_4556IMG_4561^^Floating shelves were on our must-have list. I knew that there would be a lot of white so I wanted a wooden element to break it up and bring a little warmth to the space. We had a friend of ours make these for us. I just showed him similar styles that I had seen on Pinterest.^^
IMG_4555IMG_4551IMG_4550^^The shower is such a transformation. Before it looked much smaller. Extending the subway tile all the way to the ceiling really helps to make the bathroom look larger. I also had a little nook installed for extra storage of shampoo and conditioners.^^IMG_4987

All appliances are from Kohler.

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shower curtain: wayfair

curtain rod: amazon

rug: homegoods

wallpaper: schumacher

pendant light: joss & main

towels: homegoods

shelves: our carpenter made them for us

basket: target

decor accents: homegoods and marshalls


BEFORE SHOTS:

Here are some pictures of what the bathroom looked like when we moved in and then a few during the reno process. I’ll lay out what the steps looked like.

-Rip everything out including flooring, fixtures, tub, toilet and vanity.

-Cut out overhang to raise the ceiling height. (We had to close it off first on the opposite side of  the wall.)

-Re-route pipe, new drywall and texture. We also raised the shower head about a foot.

-Waterproof shower/tub.

-Tile walls.

-Install vanity, toilet, shower fixtures.

-Cut out wall to fit mirror, patch up drywall and re-texture.

-Install mirror and rest of fixtures.

-Apply wallpaper and mount floating shelves.

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Watch full video below! Thank you to Kohler for providing the bathroom materials!



Spring Clean With Me!


Happy Spring! Today I wanted to share my cleaning routine with you. I also went through a few spaces and did some organizing. I love spring for many reasons, one being it really inspires me to keep the house clean. I also love to go through all my things and decide what I really want to keep. I want to do some more de-cluttering soon. I swear I declutter all the time, it is so satisfying! To watch my video scroll down to the bottom!1st

^^I always start with our bedroom. Making the bed and putting clothes away is first on the list. I have to have a clean bedroom before moving on to the rest of the house.^^

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^^The kitchen is the main place I like to clean up. If my kitchen is a mess, I’m a mess! I always make sure to put the dishes away and wipe down the counters every day.^^FullSizeRender 47^^The next place I have to keep clean are the floors. I just got this new mop from O-Cedar, called the EasyWringTM Spin Mop & Bucket System. It makes cleaning my floors super easy since there is a pedal that allows you to control how much water is left in the mop head. I like to wring a lot of the water out so that I can cut down on the dry time! (Watch my video to see it in action.) It’s also great because the microfiber mophead is reusable and washable. And the handle can be extended to 51″ so you don’t have to worry about ever getting a sore back after cleaning.^^mop

^^If you are in the market for a great mop that is super affordable (39.99) definitely check it out!^^

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^^The other area that collects a lot of stuff over time is our breakfast nook. We spend a lot of time here so the table is an easy place to put all our stuff. I always make sure to fluff the pillows and wipe down the table top. It’ll most likely be covered in pacifiers, burp cloths and coffee cups in about 5 minutes.^^

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^^The dining table and entry way are two other spots I focus on. I have to de-clutter these spaces daily and wipe them down to get rid of dust and dirt. The dining table is a major ‘dump’ spot, so I’m trying hard to not put all my stuff here whenever I come home.^^

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^^The last space I wanted to tackle was our closet in the office. Whenever I don’t know where to put something, it ends up here! I made sure to get rid of anything I don’t really need and organize things based on category.^^


Watch the video here!


This post was made in partnership with O-Cedar.

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Spring Style Trend: Neutral Shoes


Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you some ways to style neutral shoes. I just got a few pairs of shoes from Aerosoles that are perfect for spring. Neutral shoes are a great thing to add to your wardrobe because of how versatile they are. Especially with twins, styling clothes quickly is very important and pairing clothes with neutral toned shoes takes out a lot of the guess work.


First I am style these rose gold flats with black leggings. I wanted to show you how easy it is to change the look of an outfit by swapping out a few pieces.

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^^I love how soft and feminine this look is. Rose gold and florals look so pretty together and are perfect for the spring. And keeping your layers lightweight keep the look fresh.^^

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^^Here I chose a slightly longer trench, but kept it in a sheer fabric. The light pink color perfectly complements the rose gold flats. For my top, I have on a striped blouse in a similar fabric to keep the outfit cohesive.^^

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^^One of my favorite ways to wear leggings is with a denim top. This one works great buttoned or un-buttoned. Denim is a great option for spring attire. It goes with pretty much everything, and I especially love it with a metallic! To make the look a little sporty, I have my backpack diaper bag which is both cute and functional!^^


Next, I am styling a pair of cork heels that have gold veining throughout them.

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^^I love stripes for spring, especially navy and white!^^

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^^I like to mix and match a lot of different types of neutrals. Denim jeans mixed paired with a camel bag and white top give an effortless vibe.^^

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^^Here you can see how easy it is to swap out flats for heels to dress up your outfit a little.^^


Neutral Shoe Trend Guide
Spring Trend Guide

Rose Gold Flats (You Betcha)
Cork Heels (Laminate)
Nude Slide-On Flats



Beauty Essentials for New Moms: Pamper Routine


Life has changed quite a bit recently. With the birth of our twin girls, my days are now consumed with feeding, burping and changing on repeat. But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Because of my lack of free time, I have had to alter my beauty routine quite a bit. I still like to take some time each day to freshen myself up so I feel alive, but the amount of products I use is less than before. I now try to be more efficient but still savor those moments I have to myself. All the products I have to mention are from Marshalls. I found some amazing items the last time I was there and I have been using them close to every day since.

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The first area I always focus on is the skin. If your skin looks good, your makeup will look much better. Two products I have been loving are the Tiaki Face Serum and the By Nature Eye Crème. Serums are wonderful to pump your skin with nutrients and add moisture at the same time. This one in particular is lightweight yet still very hydrating. It also leaves your skin looking fresh and dewy. The second product that is a must with newborns is an eye cream! I enjoy this one because it targets dark circles. With less sleep at night comes tired undereyes. Make sure to dot on  a little eye cream morning and night to keep them looking bright and awake.

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Next up is makeup. To cut down on my time I use fewer products on my face. I usually start out with a lightweight BB Cream to even out my skin tone. After that I’ll apply a small amount of powder so it will last. Next, I go in with bronzer to warm up my complexion. I honestly think bronzer is essential these days. I haven’t been outside much so I count on bronzer to give my skin some life and dimension. This one from Bobbi Brown is great for an all over bronze or to contour your features. Last is highlighter. I’ve been loving Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey applied to the high points of my face. It adds almost a ‘wet’ look to your skin. Highlighter is a product that will always make you feel so much better! I also found these brushes at Marshalls and they are awesome. Make sure to check out all their brush kits, they usually have a lot of great options.

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Nothing says pampering more than taking a bath. No matter how busy I get I find that there is always time for a 20 minute bath. Load up the bubbles, add some salts and light a candle. A bubble bath is a great way to unwind and relax your body. A good time of day for me is after my husband comes home from work and after we have eaten dinner. I typically put the girls down around 7:00 so there are a few hours of calm. I check out for about 30 minutes, find a good YouTube video to watch and try to savor those quiet moments soaking in the tub. I had to share these bath salts I found because I can’t get over how beautiful the packaging is. The brand is Alchemy Studio and I also have their hand soap, which is equally as pretty!

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So even with newborn twins, it is possible to find a little time for yourself! I think it’s important to pamper yourself a little bit to make up for the clothes covered in spit up!






Twin Girl Nursery Tour


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I’m so excited to share with you our nursery for our twin girls! They were born December 16th at 1:08 and 1:09 and life has definitely changed around here! I had so much fun decorating this room for them. It was nice to be able to go slightly more feminine and girly than the rest of our house. I added touches of rose gold and floral patterns to give it a vintage vibe, and added in some wood elements to keep it balanced. The other thing I wanted to do was decorate it so that they can grow into the space. I didn’t want to have too much of a ‘theme’ because I knew both the girls and myself would get tired of it quick. Instead, I opted for a look that was more classic and simple. A lot of the furniture will work as the girls grow up so we don’t have to keep buying new things all the time. I hope you all enjoy the room as much as I do! And thank you all so much for the kind words on my social media accounts wishing my family well. It means so much to me!


Paint: Behr My Sweetheart & Swiss Coffee

Butterfly Print: Minted
Flower Girl Print: Minted
Dresser: Z Gallerie (on sale!)
Changing Pad Cover: Oilo (capri, blush)
Rocker: Joss & Main
Play Gym: Finn and Emma
Blanket: Boll & Branch (cable knit) (pink origami)
Curtains: Minted (lilac, luxury linen)
Side Table: Joss & Main
Lamp: Target
Horoscope Sign: Etsy
Dream Catcher: Etsy
Cribs: Pottery Barn (emerson, cloud)
Bible Verse Print: Petals to Paper
Sheets: Oilo (capri, blush)
Pillows: Oilo (capri, blush)
Animals: Cuddle + Kind, Carters, Buy Buy Baby
Rug: Rugs USA
Chandelier: Overstock
White Dresser: Joss & Main
Rose Gold Baskets: Joss & Main
Hangers: Amazon
Hamper: Joss & Main




Must-Have Beauty Products


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Today I wanted to talk beauty with you! Many of the products I already love are sold at Marshalls, and now I am noticing other exciting brands that I have never tried. Testing out new products is something I am very passionate about. I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest body scrub, facial mask, etc. So it’s great to be able to test out so many new products from Marshalls at such an affordable price.

Today I wanted to show you some seasonal products I found, new charcoal body products and a few staples that I always buy.


Something I get so excited about is finding seasonal products. I love the hunt, and when I find them it’s like gold! I put them in my cart so quickly so nobody else can grab them! Since we are currently in Fall, I love replacing normal home products with more seasonal scents to create a cozy vibe. Hand soap and cream are a great way to do this!

Something I noticed last time shopping at Marshalls, was all the new charcoal products in stock. Charcoal is a huge thing right now. It is both detoxifying and purifying to the skin. I found a facial scrub, cleanser, body scrub and body wash that all looked amazing. Deep cleaning our pores is always important, especially in the Fall. This is usually when we are using heavier products on our skin along with a more full face makeup look. A good clean can really help to keep your skin balanced and clear.

Last up, I have a few products I always stock up on. The main one is facial towelettes. These in particular are my all time favorite and I seem to always find them at Marshalls. I also scored this three pack of lip balms (all these products are great natural options which I love)!

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I hope these products gave you some great ideas for new things to incorporate into your beauty routine. There is nothing like opening up a brand new product to give it a go! …or wait is that just me?!


 


Sweater Weather


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jeans: tilden (paige verdugo)

sweater: marshalls (similar)

purse: windsor (similar)

boots: windsor (similar)

sunnies: loft (similar)

lips: smashbox in bing


 


Maternity Shoot


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We are a month away!!! Holy moly it is getting so surreal to know we are going to be holding our baby girls in such a short time. Even though I feel so yucky I really wanted to have some pictures taken with Andrew to remember this time in our lives. This pregnancy has definitely not been what I was expecting. Ever since we found out it was twins, I feel like we jumped on a rollercoaster of emotions. From awful morning (*more like all day) sickness, to an extremely achy body, the whole pregnancy glow thing just wasn’t for me! But on the flip side, everything with the girls has been above and beyond. They are in the 70th percentile for size and have been so healthy this entire time. With so many risks associated with my type of twin pregnancy, we are very lucky to have had such a smooth ride. I can’t thank all of you enough for your continued support over these last 8 months.


dress: asos maternity

shoes: qupid


Bathroom Reno Inspiration


Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you some ideas I have for our guest bath. We are going to completely gut it and re-do everything except the floors. I’ve ordered all the ‘parts’ like tub, faucet, toilet, mirror etc. We are just waiting for them to come in until we start on the demo. Once the tub is in I think we will start. The only thing not finalized is the wallpaper, light fixtures and accessories. We are planning on having the whole room subway tiled. In the shower it will go from the top of the tub up to the ceiling. Then the tile will extend all around the room going half way up the wall. I’ll then have wallpaper on the upper part of the walls. I’m leaning towards some of the designs from Anthropologie but it’s so hard! I want something with a little interest since everything else is basically white. Let me know if you have some wallpaper recommendations the comments. I’m so ready to get it all started. I’m really hoping we can have it done by the time the girls are born!bathroom design

vanity: kohler

light fixture: joss & main

faucet: kohler

shower head: kohler

rug: target

towel: target

wallpaper: anthropologie