never gonna give you up, lovey

This post is sponsored by Tile; however, as per usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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SILAS AND HIS LOVEY, y'all. Stuck like glue. If you see lovey, I can almost guarantee Silas is close by.

So, what is a lovey, you ask? It's a 16 x 16 piece of fabric that is like a mini security blanket. Silas has had his since he was about 5 months old and is obsessed. If any of you know my son in real life, you know that he LOVES his lovey. Like, seriously. Cannot live without it. Cannot sleep without it. Carries it everywhere. Holds it over his nose and sniffs it when he's upset (that's actually how he decides which lovey he wants every night - he smells them all and chooses the dirtiest. So. Gross. Haha)! Heck, we finally bought an extra one last year because good lord, if we ever lost this thing, LIFE WOULD BE OVER. 

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So, when Tile reached out to us last month, I knew EXACTLY where we would use their tracking device... on lovey!! It's truly the one thing we cannot handle losing.

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Tile is the world's best-selling bluetooth tracking device and you can basically attach it to anything you own that you don't want to lose. I just sewed a little hole in the corner of the lovey and threaded a ring through that I could attach the Tile to. 

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I really love that the Tile is small enough that Silas hardly notices its there. And I seriously can't tell you how relieved I am to be able to find his lovey with the click of a button. The whole program is so user-friendly; you simply download the Tile app and that's how you keep track of whatever the Tile is attached to. So easy!!

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Aaaand I officially feel like we need at least 12 more of these for everything else we own. Haha! You can learn more about the Tile here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-evd9B-ZKg

our latest family adventures

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So I don't know about you but family time has always been a struggle for us. Well, intentional, quality family time, that is. We spend most evenings together, an hour or two in the morning before Matt leaves for work, so we definitely had time together.. but we never were super intentional about doing things with all four of us. Going somewhere, making memories. That kind of time together. 

When Matt switched careers from teaching to real estate this past summer, family time was one of our main goals. The school he was teaching at had forced him to coach 3 sports every year, which meant he was gone from 7-7:30 every day, plus tournaments on the weekends. For FIVE years. It was awful and so hard on all of us.

Real estate lends itself to a much more flexible schedule, and while the stress of being self-employed is high sometimes, it's an entirely different type of stress. We actually prefer it. Haha. Anyways, back to family adventures. Awhile back, we had talked about being more intentional about trying to get out of the house and do more things as a family. Matt still works most Saturday afternoons and some Sundays (just the name of the real estate game - some people can only look at houses on the weekends!), but we are trying to keep Saturday mornings for us and our adventures together.

So far, it's been amazing! We never would've said this out loud but we had somehow subconsciously come to the conclusion that we needed an entire day and lots of money in order to have a good time with the kids..and that's just not true! The more I've researched and googled and found events and activities near us, the more I've realized just how easy it is. You don't need a ton of $$ or 12 straight hours to have fun. Be creative! Just get out of the house and do it! Especially with young kids... 2-4 hours is about all you'll want to do anyways ;)

Here's a little list of fun adventures we've come up with - obviously you might not live in Houston but hopefully these spark some ideas for you, too!

- Donuts and the park

- Zoo (if you get there right when it opens, it's way less crowded)

- A local farmer's market 

- Beach trip 

- Froberg Farms (a farm near us where you can pick strawberries, do a corn maze, etc. depending on time of year)

- Wildlife park

- Brunch downtown 

- Hiking at Brazos Bend State Park

There are so many options, so many fun things to do - I just had to look a little harder and adjust my expectations a bit. Anyways, we usually get the kids up around 7:30 (when they normally wake up), pack a bag of snacks and diapers/wipes/changes of clothes, etc., load them up in the car and head on out!

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One of our favorite snacks right now is Welch's new 100% juice with coconut water! It has the amazing taste of 100% juice with 30% less sugar than normal juices, which means it's something I feel comfortable giving my kids (no added or artificial sugar)! We love having Welch's juice on hand for our family adventures.. especially when we go the beach and go hiking! We all tend to get pretty thirsty when we're out in the sun! It's yummy, and refreshing and just a super easy way to stay hydrated on the go.

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Anyways, we're usually home by noon every time, which works out great for us - just enough time to give the kids some lunch and then put them down for a nap. We have found that those 4-ish hours really seem to be the perfect amount of time to do any of the things on our list.

I hope this inspires some of you to get out with your families and make some memories! 

 

Love, 

B

breastfeeding and probiotics

This post is sponsored by Evivo; however, as usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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There are so many things I wish I knew about breastfeeding before I started my journey, almost 3 years ago. No one warned me how painful it would be or how many times I'd want to quit along the way.. because my goodness. It was TOUGH. With both of my kids! For entirely different reasons... but that's a whole other story. Breastfeeding is so complex, physically, mentally, emotionally, and everyone's story is so personal and unique. 

But while my breastfeeding journey was incredibly difficult at times, it was also incredibly beautiful. Nourishing my babes with my own body was surreal - knowing that *I* was keeping them alive?? The weight of that was both heavy and heartwarming and I'm so grateful I was able to breastfeed not once, but twice. It was such a gift. 

Like I mentioned above, I do wish I had known of several items that would've made my life easier and set my mind a little more at ease. One of those things are basics, like a comfy robe, nipple cream, a water jug (because nursing thirst is like NO OTHER THIRST EVER), etc. Those things would've physically made the experiences better!

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Mentally, I wish I'd known about Evivo Probiotics! Evivo is the only probiotic that is clinically proven to restore a baby’s gut microbiome to its original, natural state, transform special carbohydrates found in breast milk to promote the growth of B. infantis and defend from potentially harmful bacteria linked to eczema, allergies, diabetes and obesity.

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That's AMAZING, right?? Such peace of mind! I don't think probiotics even crossed my mind while I was breastfeeding and I SO WISH they had - breastmilk is already incredible but being able to add a probiotic in to make it even better? Well, that's just the coolest. Haha.

It's super easy to use - it comes as a powder that stays in either your fridge or freezer. Mix the powder with 3-5ml of breastmilk and syringe into baby's mouth. That's IT. I love how simple yet powerful it is!

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I'm grateful to know about Evivo now because Matt and I have gone back and forth on having a third and if we do, I'm sure I'll breastfeed again (at least for a bit). I would LOVE to be able to incorporate Evivo products in my milk and provide an even better start for the next babe.

You guys can go here to learn more about Evivo products and all of the benefits of this incredible probiotic!

XO,

B