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December 27, 2017

Bedtime Routine

I'll start this post by saying one thing - there are routine people, and then there are people who, let's just say aren't huge fans. I actually fall into the category of "not a huge fan." Every family does what works for them though, and that is all that matters! When we first had Liv, I fell into the trap of thinking I had to have a solid bedtime routine to actually get a child to sleep, and that if we strayed from this we would be horrible parents, screw up her development, or at the very least just get crappy sleep. Thankfully it didn't take long to realize she usually slept however she wanted with or without the full routine - so we for the most part tossed it out the window. 

But now with three we have something like a routine going on, and it's working for us, so I'll share that today (got a ton of questions after sharing their shared bedroom on the blog so wanted to help out)! I'll also say we never did sleep training or cry it out or anything else that required reading a book. 

We actually only do bath time/showers every other night at most, (it's more like twice a week most weeks) but if it is a night that the girls are still wired up closer to bedtime, we absolutely do baths/showers. Since our 2 bathroom condo only has showers we had to get a little creative - Livi almost always showers - she loves singing in the shower! Elli sometimes will shower with Livi, but more often her and Ro get a bath together. We searched a long time for the right fold up tub, and I then I realized we had an unused Sterilite container under our bed so I tried it out while deciding on a tub - let's just say that almost 5 months later we still use it and it is perfect. 

After bath time and getting jammies on, I nurse Ro - some nights because of when I last pumped I give her a bottle of breastmilk or formula instead (helpful too when Nathan can feed her and help out with bedtime)! She usually gets pretty sleepy while drinking, when she's done I put her down in her crib and falls asleep. 

I get asked a lot about the girls' sleeping arrangements - they all share the same room. Ro stayed in our room in a bassinet until just over 6 months, then we moved her with her sisters. They do great in the room together with a staggered bedtime. They're all pretty heavy sleepers so it's rare that if one wakes up crying in the middle of the night they wake up any of their sisters. We didn't know that it would work out but you never know until you try it! This is really key with kids - the idea might sound scary or you might be worried that it would never work, but honestly our fear holds us back from things working out more than anything! Just try it! Anyway...

If Nathan's home he gets solo time with the girls while I'm getting Ro to sleep - he isn't always though, and those days I can usually still get Ro down in the playroom with the other 2 playing - they just have to respect that it's "quiet time" and Ro has to go night-night. And believe me - it doesn't come without having to threaten that they'll go to sleep now too if they don't play quietly! 

Once Ro is down, I spend a few minutes with Elli, and after it's time to get her down. She climbs right into her bottom bunk (it's literally just a mattress on the floor under a loft bed, it's not an actual bunk bed) - but perfect height for her to climb right in and lay down. She gets her back patted for a few minutes but then can usually fall asleep on her own. 

Finally Liv. She's the big girl, so we spend some extra one-on-one time either reading or drawing or watching a show. Livi is probably the easiest to get down - she knows when she's tired and usually will say "mommy can I rest my eyes now" or just "ok time for bed." Sometimes I do have to force the issue though, and then the line "ok, you get to pick one toy to bring to bed, what are you bringing?" works well - she gets her toy and we get her into bed. We tuck her in and give her a kiss and she'll go to sleep on her own. 

Liv as a baby was the hardest to get down - from 0-4 months we walked around for what felt like hours trying to get her to bed after an elaborate routine. And then we scratched that and from 4-18 months co-slept. And then we got her in own bed and sleeping on her own (it happened really easily actually) and now she is the best sleeper of them all. I share this because, again, we place a lot on initial sleep routines and schedules, worried we're going to screw them up, but it's really not that big of a deal! 

Usually Ro is down by 8, Elli is down by 8:30, and Liv by 9. Again - nothing in our house is set in stone, but most weeknights that's how the timing works. I hope this post could be a little helpful to some of you, at least to just show you how one mom of 3 makes it work for her family! 

Bedroom for 3 under 3

Alright, Liv is 4. So technically can't call them 3 under 3 anymore, but a few months ago they were! On my IG stories today I posted a quick 15 second 360 degree view of the girls' shared bedroom and got a flood of questions about where everything is from so I thought it would be easier to do a quick post here!

Bunk bed (really a loft bed with twin mattress below on the floor) - we LOVE this bed, it's sturdy, adorable and low to the ground. And it was about $200. Comes in tons of finishes as well if white isn't your thing ;) We bought these mattresses and these waterproof mattress protectors - they've been incredible. 

Girls' sheet sets (pattern is called Khaki)

Wall lamps (I edited out the cords for the picture but these are plug in which I love and have an easy on/off switch) - they are from Ikea, I spray painted the bases gold. Unfortunately I don't see them online, but these are very similar.

Toddler chairs. Liv got hers for her 1st birthday and when Elli got old enough we had to add a second! Pretty soon we'll be buying another one (or buying the larger size for Liv and having the younger two use the ones we already have). 

Crib. We love this crib. It's minimalistic, can transition to a toddler bed if you wanted to, and comes in at just under $100. 

Rug - My exact style I think was discontinued (or just sold out everywhere) - it's called the Blonda in beige; but I love this one too - so whimsical for a kids room! And the best part is it's machine washable

Dresser/Changing table - it's really just a dresser (I spray painted the knobs gold), and I attached the changing pad using velcro strips! We've had it since Liv was born. 

Girls prints - check out this quick Instagram post where I explained how I made them! These were the type of frames. The other artwork is mostly from HomeGoods (or painted by Liv)!

I think that's most of what's in their room! One last special thing is the giant sock monkey Nathan won for me at a carnival (super special to us - the first thing Nathan bought when we found out we were pregnant with Liv was a little sock monkey). 

December 20, 2017

Last Minute Santa


Aaaand I literally just ordered the girls' gifts last night. But thanks to Amazon Prime they'll be here by tomorrow! PS if you don't already have Prime, membership is on sale now, I highly recommend!! I've gotten a ton of DMs asking about what I'm getting the girls this Christmas, so I figured I'd make a quick post sharing! I'll start by saying Liv is at the age where she is obsessed with Shopkins and Hatchimals (what the actual hell lol); but she has a ton of shopkins so she's not getting any for Christmas, and my mom wanted to buy her the Hatchimal. I told her that was absolutely fine by me! It's so hard trying not to spoil kids - especially when you have a large family. When we lived closer to family and spent Christmas with them we actually would purposefully only buy 1 or 2 gifts for the girls, the rest came from family and they could open everything Christmas morning. While our family is still amazing and sends gifts, they usually aren't here in time to be opened Christmas morning, so this year we really felt the pressure to buy a few more purposeful gifts just so the girls could have a few presents to open from Santa Christmas morning. Sounds silly as I write it, but I'm sure most of you guys get it! 

Here's what I ordered and why:

Pink felt letter board - Liv is doing an incredible job having learned her alphabet and now trying to put words together - I think she'll love spelling words out on this board! I got one in grey too that Elli can unwrap, but it's a little advanced for her so I'm sure I'll be using this one more to help Liv put together things on hers!

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History - I've been a fan Vashti Harrison's illustrations for a while now, so you better believe I had to get my hands on this incredible book she just released! Livi has been obsessed with reading and I really want to nurture that as much as possible, so these short stories will be amazing to read to her and her sisters! They are gonna KNOW their history and that they are standing on the shoulders of giants!

Calico critters rabbit family, dollhouse, and car - Liv and Elli have both been into independent play and creating little stories with their toys - I think it's finally time I got them a dollhouse. My plan is to have Liv unwrap the house (and I'll put two rabbits in the house) and have Elli unwrap the car (the other two rabbits in there). With multiples I have to make sure everything seems "even!" 

Mini brooms. Times two. The feminist inside of me struggled with this one, I didn't really want to further engrain societal standards that women should be cleaning etc. etc. BUT, we went to a friend's house (actually one of Nathan's attendings) who had an incredible playroom full of every toy you could imagine, including a cleaning set with mop, broom, etc. And Liv and Elli fought over who played with the broom the entire night. They loved the damn broom. So they're getting brooms. If I had boys they'd get a broom too. 

Doll stroller. I bought Liv the denim version of this exact stroller 2 years ago for her second birthday, and the girls have used it down to the point of it having holes in it. And now they fight over who gets to push the baby in the stroller. So stroller upgrade x 2. I love the price of this one, it's really well made, and it folds flat when not in use. 

Wooden walker + wagon. Poor Ro seems like she got left out, but she didn't! It's just she has no idea, so I'm ok with only getting her one special thing, and she has ALL of the girls gently loved on toys, so it seems like she's getting "new" toys every week! But she is currently coasting on all of our furniture and we donated our previous walkers, so my Ro is getting a new ride! Looking forward to seeing her push this around and practice walking! It later can also be used as a wagon so I'm sure it will be loved for years to come. 

What did you guys get your littles this year? Would love to hear!

December 15, 2017

Baking with the Girls

Thank you to the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s for sponsoring this post and providing these products for us to step up our kitchen game! As with all of my sponsored posts, I only work with brands and products I would spend my own money on, and all thoughts are my own.

Happy Friday!! Today I’m coming in to share a few photos of the girls in the kitchen helping me make cookies! For one - I love these photos and I think I have to frame a couple! And secondly - I’ve figured out a few tricks to make baking a little easier (especially with little helpers - cough, cough - mess-makers)! All of the kitchenware we use is from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy’s

For starters - these Non-Skid Mixing Bowls with Measurements are game-changers. The kids can help mix our ingredients (they have multiple sizes too) - so in our house, one girl mixes the dry ingredients and the other mixes the wet ingredients, and the bowl doesn’t slip on the table thanks to the grip at the bottom. The measurements are also helpful for pouring dry ingredients. And speaking of pouring, the lip is perfect for pouring the wet ingredients! The hard part is prying the whisk out of their hands so that I can actually appropriately mix everything (particularly beating the butter and eggs lol)! It’s always easier to start the mixing yourself and then hand it over to them to finish off (then you won’t have a screaming toddler, not photographed here, but it certainly happened)!!

Another tool I love using in the kitchen is this Martha Stewart Collection cookie scoop! We have it in two sizes - small and large - and we repurpose the large for our ice cream scoops. But the small we LOVE using for cookies. Not only does it make sure all the cookies are the same size for even cooking - but more importantly for a house with kids - no fighting over who gets the bigger cookie! They’re all the same size! We forgot to do it this time - but it helps to flatten them a bit with your hand or the back of a spoon ;)

We scoop them out onto our nonstick baking tray (truly nonstick - no cookie residue left after) and pop in the oven (with light on of course so the girls can watch them bake)! We’re also learning our numbers now, so Liv loves counting the timer and figuring out how much time is left. When time is up, I pop them all onto our Nonstick Cooling Racks and the girls patiently let them cool off (and call dibs on who’s getting which cookie) - which thankfully doesn’t come down to size thanks to our ice cream scoop (but they still find something - today it was the number of observable chocolate chips lol)! 

What are some of your little tricks for making time in the kitchen easier? Especially if you have littles!

Included products, all from the Martha Stewart Collection:

December 1, 2017

Wrapping Up Cyber Week!

Hi all!

Wrapping up cyber week with a few last minute deals (i.e. - end today)!

But I had to share a few of these!

This luggage set that I have been eyeing for the longest (I am so in love with the rose gold) is on sale for 68% off - from $330 to $104!! It also comes in a ton more colors (including plain old black if your partner doesn't want to roll around with pink luggage lol)

This bluetooth speaker is splash-proof and works from afar - and today 65% off - from $99 to $34! It has amazing reviews. Nathan takes ours on runs with the girls and keeps it in the jogger blaring Disney music lol, and then to the beach - we could use a new one!

Wireless electrical outlet switches. Since I've now nearly broken my neck trying to plug in our Christmas tree every evening hahaha! These things are amazing - whatever you plug in can then be controlled with a remote! From lights to appliances and more. They're not on huge sale, but they are 10% which takes them down to only $26 for 5. 
              ***I also really really love these - though not highlighting them today since they're not on sale - but their original price is only $35 so still an amazing deal. These wireless outlet switches allow you to control devices plugged into them via voice with Alexa or Google Home, and via an app on your phone - no separate remote required. 

This body scrub would make such a sweet gift - pair it with a charcoal mask or some other pampering treat and gift it to someone who could use it! It's on sale today from the normal $31 to $12.50.

This Moscow Mule set would be another adorable gift - particularly for a host/hostess! It's on sale from $40 to $19 - but this is one of the lightning deals that only lasts a few hours today so hop on it!

This dress (available in multiple colors) is on sale for 50% off taking it down to about $20 for most sizes/colors. Bonus because per reviews the wrap style makes for easy nursing/pumping! 

Detachable wallet iPhone case! What a great idea! It's another flash sale that only lasts for a few hours today - from $49.99 to $8!!! That's over 80% off!

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