If you are a parent you know that a baby and child with a stuffy nose can be one of the saddest things ever...espcially for babies! They can't nurse or take a bottle well without having to "come up for air." They can't take a binky because then they can't breath, and it usually results in a sleepness night for everyone because the stuffiness causes a fussy baby. I can't really blame them though I get frustrated when I have a stuffy nose and I can blow my nose to fix it! Babies can't blow there noses so they rely on us to fix it for them. I was in this situation with Grizz just a couple weeks ago I tried the "bulb" that the hosptial gave me and it resulted in such an angry baby who still had boogs. I remembered that I had been gifted the Nosiboo.
The Nosiboo is a nasal aspirator. It plugs into the wall and it sucks the boogs right out of your babes nose-it reminds me of a tiny nose vacuum. It was very user friendly and easy to put together, but the best part is that it didn't make Grizz scream! It was a miracle. I won't lie and say it was a breeze because he did try and turn his head, but once I inserted the nose piece he would sit there and out the boogs would come! Plus I had a baby that could breath again! It's a very light sucking and much nicer than using the bulb! I love that it has different settings of "vacuum power" so it can be customized to each child. It also is VERY clean! The bulbs that the hospital give are really quite gross, since you can't get inside and clean everything; with the Nosiboo the entire bulb part can be taken apart and cleaned. The Nosiboo Pro Aspirator does take power to use, but they also have one-The Nosiboo Eco Aspirator- that you use your own mouth for the "vacuum motion" it is also a cheaper option and would make a great stocking stuffer or If you are interested the Nosiboo Pro is $35 off Cyber Monday. It makes for a great practical Christmas gift for babies or a great baby shower gift if you are in the market for something this this now's the time to buy!
If you ever see me you'll see that my hands are literally full all the time, and even getting into my diaper bag has now become a struggle because I usually have a baby in my arms. I always carry a water bottle in my diaper bag, because chasing boys around can be exhausting, but now with the extra baby it's so hard to get to which is why I absolutely love the Closca Design water bottles. These bottles are perfect for anyone on the go. They have the coolest design I have seen on any bottle because they have the ability to strap right onto things allowing you to be hands free...which is something I really need these days.
They can strap right onto the straps of your backpack, shoulder bag really any sort of bag, AND your strollers too; which I really love because nowadays most strollers don't come with cup holders. The design is really sleek and beautiful so you don't have to worry about ruining your outfit or being too bulky- I honestly forgot I was even wearing it...well until I got thirsty and it was in arms reach *insert cheering* If you ever do run out of water you can check the Closca app to help located where you can find FREE water..because who wants to pay for water? I know I don't...plus it might actually help me to get my daily water intake in since it so easily accessible!! I also really love that that companies mindset was to help with the amount of garbage being dumped into our landfills and making a reusable bottle, because this earth we live in is just way too beautiful not to treat it well. I know that this Closca bottle will definitely be strapped onto my backpack on all our hikes up the mountains, hooked to my stroller on our walks and or just carried around by my boys as they are taking sips from it. Right now Closca Design has a kickstarter for you to get your own bottle just follow the link here to help make your life a little more hands free.
It was Labor Day weekend, the night was cool in temperature and we could feel the first sign of fall on our skin. We parked camp near a stream just for the night to work with some of the most amazing ladies- Dayna from Dayna Grace Photography andJanea Greene, who had never been up our little canyon before. The boys were playful and fun as they explored the world around them. We found a cute little white shed, a trough that was an old bathtub with running water that we played in letting our hands feel the cold water, and a rope swing that is every little boys...and Jared's dream where they could feel the adrenaline and wind rush about their bodies. The smell of camp fire filled our noses, and the taste of mallows, grams, and chocolate filled our mouths and bellies as we sat listening to the boys run around the rustling trees and the crackling fire... and I realized that I am truly the luckiest.
After we left that night I was so excited to see the things that Dayna and Janea captured from our night. Most of the times getting pictures done with kids is such hard work and usually very stressful. This night was not-I think you can see that in the photos and video- They just let us be us, and I think you can tell that we are genuinely happy in them.
I love the playfulness that Dayna Grace Photography captured in the photos; She hit the nail right on the head with capturing each of our personalities and I can't forget to mention she is a dream with the kids. I have included her promo video below for you to watch how amazing she is at capturing those pictures and how she makes you feel at ease.
Janea Greene captured the details of the night so perfectly. I love seeing all of Boone's many facial expression, the playful kick on the butt from Jared as we are walking down the hill, and seeing him like a kid on that swing. I can't get over Grizz'z little chubby hands as he strokes my arm, and watching Cooper examine and touch every little thing he walks by and his smile form on his face...oh that smile! These moments may not seem like anything special but when I watch them I realize they are everything I love about our family. Thanks to Janea I won't forget about these tiny details that are so often forgotten. So if you haven't ever done a video I highly recommend it. If you're lucky enough to hire both Dayna and Janea together then you scored the jackpot.
I want to genuinely thank you, Dayna and Janea, for asking little old me to be part of this collaboration, I honestly had tears running down my face as I viewed the finished product that you ladies sent me. To say that you are a dream team would be an understatement.
We headed to the pumpkin patch, well more like a pumpkin greenhouse with Old Navy today, I have been working with them the last three months. Each month we are given a theme dress around, prep, denim and folk. This folkys theme was my favorite yet. I feel that folk style is a mix of a lot of textures, layers and prints that aren't too bright and overwhelming. Suede is a must in any folk outfit so when I found this skirt I was sold, and I got the vest for the amazing texture it will add to any outfit. I got Cooper a button up with the cutest elbow patches plus it will make the best layering piece for the winter months. Okay so enough about the clothes even though they are SUPER cute... you won't believe what happened on this day, I am not as "mom brained" as I thought but my husband might have a case of "dad brain"!
So went to Ikea to go buy our boys some bunkbeds because I am determined to get them to start sleeping in their own beds because I'm suffering from severe sleep deprivation, not even lying...um can you say 4 hours of sleep last night.. I need some zzzz's! Anyway we stopped at the pumpkin patch first and then took the boys to Ikea...which let me just say they were SAINTS while there, honestly the best shopping trip we've ever had with them and we had ALL THREE..gasp!! Well we got the bunkbeds, shopped around and went to the checkout- Jared loaded the boys in the truck while I finished paying. We loaded our Ikea haul and headed to Cabelas. My husband was started to head in when he asked where his wallet was....ummmm......this mom brain of mine is seriously failing, but the downfall was that my outfit didn't have any pockets. I thought and thought and retraced my steps, and said it was probably in the back door because I buckled Boone..."not there" my husband said. So we had to turn around and head back to Ikea... ugh I was feeling so bad. After a half hour Ikea hunt for the wallet that no one had scene, and me searching the truck like a mad woman, my husband went to the exact same place I told him I thought it was and lo and behold it was there!! You guys my prayer either worked VERY good like some kind of magic or my husband had some kind of masking googles on...I'm going with the latter since he usually asks where the milk is and it's staring at him right in the face...haha! I know I can't be the only women who married a man who can't seem to find anything, I swear we are on a treasure hunt everyday for something, but I can't just say it's his fault I start cleaning and everything goes in the garbage. So we are sending out a SOS for someone to help save our sanity.
I have linked our outfits below!
You know those days that are just really, really good days? Well today was one of them! That doesn't mean that there weren't tears from Boone because I chose the wrong blue cup even though they look the EXACT same and lets not even start talking about the wrestling matches it takes to put his clothes on. Or fussiness from Grizz because I wasn't holding him or holding him the right way (see pics below) and arguments with Cooper; he has finally hit the threenager stage, which I really can't complain about because he's five so I withheld it for two extra years...he must be a late bloomer. It was just one of those days that you felt that nothing could stop you from being happy-you feel like you could burst from all the good LIFE!
AnWe were already having a good day because my sister called and asked if she could pick up Cooper from school and take him to lunch; I should add that Cooper goes to school in the same town she lives in, he doesn't go to school in our town. She offered to come get his carseat but told her I had errands to run over that way....jokes on her all my errands were done in my own town...Anyway I told her this so that I could I drive over and spy on her picking Cooper up- I'm such a freaking creeper! Cooper had no idea she was picking him up so I didn't want to miss his reaction plus he didn't have to ride the bus (his worst thing ever) so I knew that would add to the excitement! When he saw her he went running over with a smile spread from ear to ear. There was even a hug-spin, something you'd see in a movie, and it just made my day. It's a happy thing to see your babies getting so much love; witnessing that just added like 100 points to a happy day!
When Cooper and my sister returned back from their date I was getting the boys ready to head up to the lake. My sister, who is always up for an adventure, decided to join! We heading up the canyon and were greeted with the most beautiful fall colors... my most favorite of colors. It was such an amazing site to see I literally kept saying "how is this even real?" You'd think that after seeing it year after year it wouldn't be seem so unreal but it never ceases to amaze me. We got lucky because the air was so calm that the water looked like glass and the overcast day made the trees reflect off the water just perfectly. It was a sight that I just could not believe was happening...we got extremely lucky with our timing. By the time we left the sun was peaking out, and we got to see the place in a whole new light with the sun shining on the trees making the colors even brighter. It really made me realize how quickly things can change in a few seconds. How things can be seen differently with only a few changes. It honestly made me feel so much more grateful for this life that I have but also helped me realize that with only a few changes I can make it that much better. So here's to a new seasons and a few changes for the better.
Photos from 7/31/17 when Grizz was only a four weeks old.
You shoot up in a state of panic worried that something is wrong with your sweet helpless little baby, not to mention your engorged boobs are telling you 'it's way past eating time where is that little milk monster?" You quickly and quietly sneak over to the bassinet and ever so lightly put your hand on their chest to feel that up and down movement of each breath-awe all is right again back to bed...or so you thought. For me the state of panic usually ends up with waking up the baby or a mind that doesn't want to stop racing and before I know it I'm planning for doomsday. You can't tell me it hasn't happened to you ;) Well I found a solution to my worries: The Owlet Smart Sock 2.
The Owlet is an awesome gadget that helps track your babies oxygen levels and heart rate. It will notify you with an alarm type sound when these levels fall outside the preset zones. It is connected to your phone but also has a base station that both sound when there seems to be a problem with either your babies levels or sock placement. I love that when the owlet notifies you there are two different sounds for these: an alarm and music so you know what to expect when going into the situation. I also love that the base station plays the sound as well as your phone because sometimes I turn off the sound to my phone to help me stay 'distraction free' at nights with my family and forget to turn it on. The sock used to help track the heart rate and oxygen levels can fit on either of your babies feet comfortably and safely so you can get that peace of mind you need for a more restful nights sleep
When Boone was six months old we had a huge sleeping scare that landed us in Primary Children's hospital. We left the hospital with really no answers to why he stopped breathing during his nap, I just knew that I had aged 10 years and then another 10 with all the sleepless nights afterward. I wanted to carry all the machines that he was hooked up to home with me but I just knew that wasn't realistic. Time passed, Boone grew but the worry was still there. I knew I needed to invest in something that would help calm my mind with the arrival of Grizz. I can truly say that the Owlet Smart Sock 2 has given me so many anxiety free nights and a peace of mind.
Can you believe a new season is upon us?? I mean, I always feel that once school is in summer is over and fall has begun, but if you want to be real scientific ;) fall doesn't actually start for 3 days, but that doesn't mean I'm holding back from all things fall. I have already started my fall bucket list which includes everything pumpkin and orange/yellow leaves, visits to some of our favorite little pumpkin patches and corn fields....because there nothing quite like children and corn fields-trembles in fear. AND all the fall food like soups, cinnamon rolls, cobblers, and pumpkin flavored everything, because nothing else makes my taste buds dance quite like those ...I just cannot wait!
laAnother one of my fall favorites is the clothes. I won't lie being married in the LDS temple and living through Utah summers just don't mix well. But fall...fall is where I feel the happiest because I am actually comfortable!! I love being able to layer pieces, especially pieces that go with everything-like a leather jacket. Utah has the strangest fall weather you go from temperatures that feel like winter in the mornings, with even a little frost on the windows, to hot heat in the afternoon with a few random rain showers here and there and maybe even some snow. I love that Old Navy's new fall pieces are a fun summer to fall transition with fun prints, bold colors, but that be easily layered right into fall. They are so perfect for our weather who seems to be caught in limbo. I got the boys the cutest cardigans because they are so easy to throw on top of a tee or even use under a jacket for even more layering on those chilly mornings. Not to mention they are soft and cute which is a must for my boys! It makes me so excited to wear all the fun pieces on our fall adventures this season. What are you most excited about this fall?
Outfits Linked Below:
Coopers Shoes similar (his are last year Old Navy)
Summer is coming to an end but that doesn't mean we are going to stop having fun outside. I love spending time with my family outdoors because it allows us to stay technology free, besides our camera of course-I don't go many places without it; I have to make sure to capture my wildlings in their natural habitat. Staying technology free really allows us to stay closer and to enjoy the amazing things that mother nature has to offer and to learn about her beauty, because I've said it once and I'll say it again that I believe the best type of learning comes through experiences.
I feel that our summer adventures are just going to begin since I had baby Grizz right in the middle of summer so we had to put a tiny hold on them. We are going to make up for it by having summer adventures right into fall this year, that way we won't miss out on anything. With adding another little lost boy to our clan it takes a lot more to get out the door; even just more planning time goes into just our everyday getaways so outdoor adventures take even more. I needed items that were quick easy, tasty, healthy, and ready to go at whim and CLIF Kids has the perfect solution to our problem. We were able to try our their Organic CLIF Kid Zbar Filled and my boys absolutely loved them, well the ones that could actually eat them ;) Zbar Filled offers great taste and delicious flavor combinations that kids will LOVE, with nutrition that parents can feel good about. Boone shoveled one into his mouth so fast that I actually had to dig it from his mouth so that he could actually chew it up. Me, my sister, and my niece all had one as well and they are so filling even for adult and super yummy; We really liked theApple Almond Butter flavor. Plus the Zbar Filled is snacking made fun – the first and only organic, soft-baked snack bar with smooth, creamy nut butter filling to surprise and delight kids. I really like the softness of the Zbar Filled because alot of times I just grab granola bars for quick snacks but they break while they are in our packs during our hike and it makes it hard to eat without spilling half of the contents on the ground. I think they would also be great to break into small pieces for younger kids. This is always a problem I have ran into when trying to find wholesome grab and go snacks for my children who are beginning to their eating journey.
Thanks to the yummy CLIF Kid Zbar Filled we were able to easily jump into the car and go up the mountains on Grizz's first tiny hike without worrying about anyone getting hungry because Zbar Filled is filled with the good stuff. By the good stuff I mean- nutritious ingredients like oats and nut butters, certified USDA organic and non-GMO, and it's doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors.
For Grizz's first hike we took him to a meadow of wildflowers that had an assortment of butterflies and we got to watch the bees pollinate the flowers, which was an amazing thing to see. Cooper brought his collection box (more like a cylinder) where he picked a few wildflowers, and even caught a butterfly, which he ended up letting go. Each path we took lead us to the prettiest views. It was such a fun mini adventure spent with my loved ones with bellies full of CLIF Kid yumminess.
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Cooper starts kindergarten this year! I honestly don’t know what I am going to without him; not only me but Boone too, they’re the best frenemies and I am afraid Boone is going to get bored of me real fast! I guess time will tell. One thing that helped us to get over the ‘school starting’ blues was school shopping! I remember going as a child and just loved it. Our first and only stop was Old Navy, of course, because it never fails to have what we need, Cooper could live in their PJ sets if I would let him! Since I was a little bummed that school was started so soon for him I decided to get myself a pity party outfit…guess what it totally worked!
The season of school starting also means that fall is on it’s way, so I try to think into the future when school shopping. Right now I am loving the denim trends lately-denim on denim, layering it with dresses, mixing denim with fun prints etc. Old Navy had the perfect pieces to make my denim dreams come true. I love that the denim pieces work now in the warmer weather but will make the perfect transition pieces into fall, plus Cooper looks pretty darn dapper and VERY confident which is always a win in my book! I am a big believer in ‘when you feel good you look good and do good’ but sometimes you need a little something to make you feel good and sometimes that something is new clothes! So I know that little man is going to do great this coming school year because we have him decked out in lots of “feel goods” thanks to Old Navy! I have linked all the pieces below because I want you to feel good too!
Fit and Flare Cami Dress
Denim Jacket with Embroidery
Karate Skinny Jeans
Denim Button Up
Tonight Jared and I took Cooper and Grizz to their very first stadium baseball game to see the Orem Owlz play! Obviously Grizz won't remember so I don't know if it counts, but Cooper will sure remember and I think it will only be good memories. When we told him we were going to the game he went over and (with his excited hand gesture of putting hands together and wiggling them) was telling Boone what were going to do. We had to break it to him that Boone wasn't coming because, well Boone is at a stage in life that makes it hard go out without causing a scene, so we thought a babysitter would be best for everyone. He was a little sad that Boone got to be babysat because he loves it when we leave him-"you gonna take me and say bye, bye?" But once we arrived at the game he was so excited!
Coopers first thought when he saw the stadium was "what animals live in there?" The cute guy thought it was a giant pen. We told him that there weren't any animals but that he might spy some 'Owlz' in there and to keep an eye open for them. Before we even had the chance to enter the stadium we were greeted by the coolest cars because it was car show night (they have a theme each night) and now I'm aching for a vintage truck. Once we entered the Owlz stadium we were kindly greeted with Orem Owlz fun; like a park, bounce houses, face painting station, and not to mention the best seats in the house to watch the Orem Owlz make an awesome comeback. We ate our way through the night and enjoyed all sorts of concession stand goodies! Cooper favorite was the ice cream, mine the pretzel, and Jared's the nachos. We all loved our night watching the Owlz play, and the family friendly atmosphere that would have even been Boone friendly, which is saying a lot. We can't wait to go back and take our ENTIRE family! Thanks for the fun night Orem Owlz!