Long time no see! I feel like I haven’t posted on here in ages. Life has been a bit hectic to say the least. And if you don’t follow me on YouTube or Instagram then you may have thought I am in hiding! I’ve been super busy with YouTube the last few months and my blog has taken a back seat. However, I have some exciting things happening soon and a lot to catch you up on.
First off, I’m re-designing my blog. I have finishing touches to work on which will take some time but it’s almost done! Towards the end of 2017 I was feeling so uninspired and needed a fresh start on a lot of things. I have known for a while my blog needed help. Whenever I’m not super happy with how something looks visually, I tend to not give it much attention. So I finally made the decision to give it some love and now feel completely re-invigorated. I have lots to learn because I’m going to be using Square Space now instead of WordPress but I know that eventually it will be worth it.
Our girls have changed so much! Whenever I get them out of bed I feel like they look 2 years older! They run around the house all day long and bring so much joy to everyone around them. It is so special to see the bond forming between the two of them. They are starting to say words and are obsessed with reading books. They love Kaila and play with her, and feed her, all day long! I love seeing them learn new things every single day and feel so lucky to be their mom!
For 2018 I have a whole new mindset. At the top of my list is organization. I seriously want to organize my entire house. Every closet, every drawer, every cabinet. I also want to simply things. De-cluttering brings me so much satisfaction and clarity. I love cleansing my house of things I truly don’t need and keeping only things that I love. Thank you all for the support in 2017 and and here is to a great year!
Hey guys! So if you follow me on Instagram you know that Andrew and I took the girls to Irvine for the weekend recently. Believe it or not, it was the first time we had taken the girls just the two of us anywhere for two nights. Astoria at Central Park West offered to let us stay for the weekend in one of their furnished two bedroom places. Irvine is about an hour from our home so it was a nice way to get away, but it was nice to not have to spend that much time in the car with our little ones.
They also showed us around and there is a great gym, pool, lounge area and personal wine cellars for residents!
Our place was so stunning. It had beautiful modern decor and huge windows which allowed so much natural light. The complex really reminded me of staying at a hotel, rather than an apartment. They have valet service all day long, a stunning entry, and gorgeous elevators that take you up to your place. The layout of our place had the two bedrooms on opposite sides with the kitchen, dining and living space in the middle. We set up two pack n plays for the girls in the second bedroom. At night we could just keep their door open and could hear them when they woke up, but it was nice that they weren’t right next to us because they move a ton when they sleep. And I never sleep well with them in the same room as me. I always bring their sound machine when traveling to keep things somewhat normal for them. Same goes with their zip up blankets. I try to keep everything as close to normal as home so they don’t have to adjust too much.Right when we got there, we put the girls down for a nap and I headed to the grocery store to get a few things for the girls. There was a cute natural foods market right across the street which was amazing! Health food stores make me soooo happy. I can’t explain it haha. This one was called Mother’s and I got a delicious juice. Highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area. It was super convenient being right by the apartment complex.Something that I loved having was a Keurig! We used to have one when we first got married but ended up getting a normal coffee maker because we drink a lot of coffee! But not having to clean out the coffee maker every time was such a treat! P.S. Tully’s is my favorite coffee! I used to go there in Seattle all the time.
At night we headed to South Coast Plaza to just walk around. It was fun to see all the holiday decorations and the fancy stores. The only store we ended up going to was the Disney Store haha. June went crazy when she saw all the plush toys. She wanted to kiss all of them and give them huge hugs. Violet was a little hesitant and wanted to stay near to me the whole time. It’s so funny to see the differences between the two of them. It’s also so sweet to see them take in new things every day.
The girls loved running back and fourth in the long entryway of our place. They started chasing each other and hiding behind the walls. They sure are entertaining to watch! Check out June’s face and tummy in that pic!
This was our attempt at a family photo! It’s near impossible to take family photos right now.
The second day we drove to Newport which was super close, I mean less than 10 minutes. We put the girls in the stroller and took a little stroll. The morning air was nice and crisp and I could smell the ocean which was so refreshing.
For lunch we went to Lemonade, one of my FAVORITES. If there was one really close to me I would go all the time! So when I saw there was one across the street from our place I was so excited! It was in the same shopping center as Mother’s. Something that we found really tricky traveling with the girls at this age was feeding them. When you don’t have highchairs to strap your babies down it can be very difficult to feed them! We would literally sit them down on the ground in the apartment and sprinkle food on the ground or hold them on the counter while they tried to squirm out of our arms. SO, if you can, go out to eat so you can take advantage of highchairs. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a little food while your kids are occupied. A very rare thing with twins! When we do go somewhere to eat, we eat really fast. It’s like a race against the clock I swear. And if you haven’t tried Lemonade before, you have to go! I got their new ahi dishes along with the strawberry arugula salad.Like I said, getting a picture with these two!That night we met up with a friend of mine and took the girls to Downtown Disney, which again, was really close! It was the first time we had taken the girls, and they were a little overwhelmed. We didn’t last long haha. We had intentions of eating dinner, but like always, plans change quickly with twins. We ended up eating back at our place with some wine and had a great time actually. I’m a homebody at heart, so staying in is always okay with me! Overall, we had a great time during our stay at the Astoria apartments. Everyone who worked there was so kind and helpful. It was such a treat to get away for a little bit and show the girls new things! If you are in the Orange County area, I highly recommend checking these luxury apartments out. They are so stunning and really equipped with everything you need. It also helps that everything you need is really close by. From restaurants, to theme parks you are completely set! And if any of you have twins or little ones, I’d love to know some of your travel tips! Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!
If you want more info on the Astoria at Central Park West Apartments click HERE
Happy Holidays! Can I say that yet? Because other than our tree, I’ve put up all our Christmas decor over here! I got this POPSUGAR X Neiman Marcus box in the mail yesterday and was gushing over it for a loooong time. I kept showing everything to Andrew in amazement and he was like okay great. Haha. But seriously, I was blown away by how beautiful everything was and am so excited to give you a peek at it all! So real quick, POPSUGAR partnered up with Neiman Marcus and curated this gorgeous box of items that are centered around the perfect Holiday Soiree. Everything is in beautiful metallic shades ranging from home decor to beauty products. This box is perfect to either spoil yourself with, OR you could gift all these items to loved ones. Everything you get will make both you and your home feel a little more glamorous this holiday season!
So starting off we have a matching Chan Luu necklace and earrings in gold. The cool thing about this necklace is you can wear it at any length. The earring are super cute too! And look at that gold keychain! It’s by Edie Parker and the back is a really pretty red. I’m going to hook this on my keys asap.When getting the box you get to choose if you want the ‘gold box’ or ‘silver box’. Also, I forgot to mention this box retails for $250 but has over $750 worth of product! AND you get a $25 gift card to Neiman Marcus!
Next up we have this gorgeous 4 pack of placemats by Kim Seybert, Inc. The are so glitzy and I love them! You also get a YSL Shock Mascara and Wild Illusion Limited Edition Eye Shadow Palette.
How stunning is that Jonathan Adler candle? This one is in champagne, the other one that comes in the ‘silver box’ is vodka scented. And alongside of that is a GlamGlow Dreamduo Overnight Treatment.
Last we have a W&P Design cocktail shaker in a super cute pineapple shape and this insane agate cheese plate and spreader from Anna by Rablabs. Can you imagine serving some cheese on that? It’s almost to pretty to use!
Definitely get one of these amazing holiday boxes before they are gone! I am so excited to open it all up more and put them to use!
ORDER YOUR OWN POPSUGAR X NEIMAN MARCUS BOX HERE: http://bit.ly/2mtgh53
Hey guys! I hope you are all doing well. I haven’t been on my blog in a while, mostly YouTube. I really want to start updating those of you who prefer to read posts rather than watch videos but these babies sure do keep me busy! I cannot believe they are almost 10 months old. Which means they are practically a year old. What in the world?? As I type this I am listening to them talk to each other in their cribs. They recently realized that they are right next to each other and now love to steal each others binkys and throw them out of the crib, make each other laugh, or just talk for EVER. But it is really the cutest thing. I always imagined them interacting like this, I just never thought it would happen so soon. Days go by slow but the months fly by.
Something that is a major part of our day is diaper changes! I am very picky when it comes to diapers because I have to change double the amount. Comforts recently revamped their diapers (which I get at Ralphs) and they are such an amazing diaper now.
The new diapers are day and night protection which is a must for me. The girls drink an 8 oz bottle before bed and sleep 11 hours straight, so their diapers have to keep them dry for a while. They also have a wetness indicator which not many diapers have when the sizing gets bigger. It’s helpful during the day so you aren’t changing diapers that aren’t that wet.
They also have cute new patterns which never hurts!
Our girls are super busy and always on the move so their diapers have to keep up with them. These fit them really well so no matter how active they are, the diapers stay snug. Keeping an eye on two crawling babies is pretty exhausting and the last thing I need to worry about is a leaking diaper. If you are in your local Ralphs definitely pick some of these up for your little ones!
“Here is your baby’s heartbeat. Very strong, looks great.” little pause. “And here is the second heartbeat, also very strong.” Second heartbeat? That is all I remembered from our doctor’s visit when we found out we were having twins. Pretty sure I blacked out after that. Two heartbeats. Two little humans growing inside me. But I only signed up for one baby. Now I have to go through a very high risk pregnancy and buy two of everything? What about my dreamy pregnancy that I always envisioned? Ya that is out the window.
Those were my original thoughts after I found out we were expecting identical twins. I have always been a planner and had come up with what I thought my life would look like. Twins were definitely never considered. That week was a very emotional week. My life all of a sudden looked so much different to me. I actually couldn’t picture it. I was afraid, confused and slightly panicked. But little did I know, having twins would be the best things to happen to me. Having TWO little faces smile up at me every morning would change my world like nothing else had before. TWO babies laughing, reaching for my face and holding on to me would now be my new normal, and that new normal is better than anything I had envisioned before.
I want to tell you guys how having twins has actually, believe it or not, slowed me down. It’s made me appreciate things so much more and actually enjoy living in the moment. Now let me be clear and say that having two babies, the same age, can be pretty intense at times. The first four months were extremely hard. The girls were so fussy and all I truly remember around that time was lots and lots of crying. Did I mention there was a lot of crying? Once four months hit, the sun came out and life got a whole lot easier. Granted, each month comes with new challenges, but for the most part, every day gets so much easier. I decided I wanted to write down my thoughts on this topic one day while I was sitting outside with the girls. They were in their bouncers, playing with toys and I was sitting in a chair next to them enjoying a glass of rose’. The wind was blowing and the sun was shinning on my back. (Oh, and my phone was inside.) It was in that moment that I felt so happy and so content. I was disconnected to the ‘media’ world (which is hard to do considering it’s my job), but so connected to this sweet moment with my girls. I was thinking that I never in a million years would have sat outside and just BE, pre-kids. I would feel like I was wasting my time and could be doing something else that was more productive. It didn’t occur to me that taking a little time to do not much of anything was actually really needed. When you are on your phone all day long, checking emails constantly and always creating to-do lists, you get caught up in this never-ending cycle of go-go-go. I mean, yes it’s important to get work done, but now I’m realizing that it doesn’t need to be 24/7. There is enough time in the day to take some moments to just be. Then, when it is time to get things done I find myself being so much more productive than before. Don’t get me wrong, when they are awake I still manage to get stuff done. Now that they are older and can entertain themselves more, I can do some cleaning and other chores. But I leave the big stuff for when they nap.
These girls have taught me how to enjoy the simple things of day-to-day life. Drinking coffee has a whole new meaning to it. Drinking hot coffee (keyword: hot) is something I never though about before! But now, I savor each and every sip. Waking up to a clean house is on another level. Walking into a spotless kitchen is pretty spectacular. Getting the motivation to clean at night once they are asleep can be hard to do. But man is it worth it.
Another thing that has improved with babies is my time management. When they nap, I am so much more efficient and amazed at all I’m able to do in an hour and half. I have learned to multi-task like a boss. If I’m walking down the hall with one baby I’ll throw in a load of clothes in the wash. When I take one baby into her room to change her diaper, I’ll bring in their clean clothes. While a bottle is warming up I’ll load the dishwasher. Sure, I used to do all these things before, but now I feel like a super hero once I get it all done.
Life with twins is constant. If one is calm, the other is needy. If I hold one, the other begs for my attention. So I’m in no way saying that having twins is a piece of cake. But what I am trying to say, is that having twins has taught me how to devote un-distracted time to things. When I am with the girls, I am fully with them. It’s so refreshing to see things through their eyes. They are taking in each and every thing around them for the first time. Seeing them develop and grow everyday is a pretty amazing thing. So if you have little ones enjoy those moments. Take a few minutes to breathe and not think of your never-ending list of things to do. (Does that list never end??) And while our house seems to always be a mess even though I’m cleaning all day long, I know I’ll look back on these days and miss them so much. June and Violet, you are two amazing little girls and I thank you for showing me how to enjoy the simple moments in life.
Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you some more info on our Evenflo Minno Twin Stroller. We have had it for about a month now and it’s absolutely perfect for summertime! If you are looking for a double stroller that is lightweight and very convenient than this post is for you!
Something Andrew and I love to do, is take the girls to different nurseries. The girls love to be outside, so it’s a great way to enjoy the morning and keep them entertained. They love looking at all the plants and Andrew and I enjoy it as well! When it’s a hot day, we usually take them out in the morning while it is still fairly cool. We get them fed and dressed then head out! Now that they are a little older and can keep their heads up, we’ve been using this stroller when we go on walks. Before we had been putting them in their carseats every time, but strapping them in this is so much easier! It opens up in just a few seconds, and even Andrew was impressed at it’s simplicity.
I’m planning on taking it to Nashville in a few weeks since it’s easy to use and folds up really compact. And then we are renting carseats with our rental car. The stroller has overhead shades that are easy to pull down and an underneath compartment where you can store some things. Also it comes with a cup holder you can use on the side. Side by side strollers can be pretty big, but this one is narrow enough to fit through most doorways. It’s also nice that the girls have a good view of everything!
Summertime to me is enjoying everything outside. So every chance we get (when it’s not 100 degrees outside!) we go on walks, swim in the pool or just hang out on the grass. When the girls start to get fussy, taking them outside is our magic trick. It works every single time!
Love my family of four!
June was so relaxed the whole morning, just completely content sucking her thumb!
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far. Life is much more exciting with these two babes in tow! Just going on a walk is much more exciting! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I hope you have a great day!
Today I want to share with you our master closet. We just had it organized by Life in Jeneral (the company who did our twin’s closet) so I had to share it now while it looks nice and clean!! It’s crazy how some small changes can make such a big impact. With 5 month old twins, keeping the house clean is quite the chore, but I always try my best to keep our house presentable. I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own space!
To see an in depth video of the whole closet, head to the bottom of this post!The main thing we needed help with was organizing our clothes. Before everything looked jumbled and out of place. Now I feel like it all looks so much more cohesive. If you are looking to spruce up your closet here are a few tips I picked up!
-use the same hangers for everything
-organize by category (tank tops/short sleeve/long sleeve) and then color code each category
-hang lightweight fabrics first (closest to door) followed by heavier items like sweaters
-hang pants low and tops high
-use bins to store things that aren’t as pretty (flip flops)
-keep items you use more often low (sandals) and items you use less often higher (scarves)
-file fold, rather than putting items on top of each other (saves spaces and allows you to see everything)
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.
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!
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.
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).
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!
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! Something 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.I 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.
^^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.^^ ^^Right now I have it full of beauty products and baby things. I love having options for guests when they come to visit.^^ ^^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.^^^^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.^^ ^^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.^^
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.
-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.
Watch full video below! Thank you to Kohler for providing the bathroom materials!
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!
^^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.^^
^^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.^^^^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.^^
^^If you are in the market for a great mop that is super affordable (39.99) definitely check it out!^^
^^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.^^
^^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.^^
^^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.^^