our cleaning schedule + toddler chores

This post is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as usual. 

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Alright friends, let's talk cleaning. If you're anything like me, schedules are a way of life ;) and cleaning is no different! If I don't have a plan, it just won't happen. So, here's what our week usually looks like:

- Monday: Mondays are laundry day. All laundry. All on one day - I like to just get it over with and this way it feels like there's actually an END to the laundry.

-Tuesday: I vacuum the carpets, rugs and wood floors. With an almost 3-year-old and almost 1-year-old, our floors get so ridiculously messy. Not to mention, the almost 1-year-old LOVES to find every tiny (or large) speck and put it directly in her mouth rolls eyes. So ready for THAT stage to be over hah. I also try to lightly mop the laminate wood floors - milk spills, cooking spills, you name it. Our favorite mop is the Libman Wonder Mop (gets those floors squeaky clean) and is so easy to use - which is a huge plus when you have a toddler begging to help! I want to encourage him to serve and have a helpful heart as much as possible, so I love including him. We bought our Libman Wonder Mop at Target but they are also available at Lowes, Walmart and Home Depot.

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- Friday: On Fridays, I try to do something like clean out the car (HOW DOES SO MUCH CRAP ACCUMULATE IN LESS THAN A WEEK?!), vacuum the car, declutter the kitchen table (which also accumulates enormous amounts of crap), etc.

My bathrooms get cleaned like.. every 2 weeks. Maybe. Okay, let's be honest. They get cleaned when we have guests. HAHA. Bathrooms are my WORST nightmare. I genuinely hate them. If I could hire someone to just clean my bathrooms.. that would be a dream come true. Soo until then, they get done when they get done. And we use the Wonder Mop for those floors, too ;)

Clutter and messes seriously stress me out, so our house is decently clean most of the time simply because of that. We try to wipe the kitchen counters down, put toys away, load the dishwasher, etc every night after the kids go to bed (coming out to a dirty house in the morning just starts my day off on the wrong note). But anyways, all that to say, Mondays and Tuesdays are my major days for other stuffs. And it helps me not to feel like I'm cleaning nonstop all week!

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Silas has started helping me clean (he's my little neat freak - LOVE IT SO MUCH). These are the ways he helps right now:

- Transferring clothes from the washer to dryer (as I hand them to him)

- Loading clothes into the washer and pushing start

- Vacuuming (he LOVES to vacuum and does a great job! Plus we have a Dyson cordless one, so he really can do it all by himself. I typically just give him a room or direction for where to vacuum and he goes for it!)

-Mopping (as long as it's not too wet, he does a great job! And I love how easy it is for him to use the Libman Wonder Mop). It's lightweight AND I can toss the head in the washer - how stinkin' easy is that.

- Picking up toys

- Helping me cook (we use his Little Partners kitchen tower and he loves to help stir and bake and saute. My fave).

Anyways, I hope that's insightful or helpful to someone out there! What does your family do? Do you have a cleaning schedule? What are some of your favorite products?

PS - you can sign up here for The Libman Company's newsletter to get a $3 off coupon for a Wonder Mop of your own! Click here to enter a sweepstakes (where 20 people will win a Libman prize package comprised of some of your favorite Libman products)!

Love,

B

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

YOU GUYS. This has been months in the making and I cannot believe we're finally going LIVE with the big news!! Check it out below:

Eeeeek! It's still surreal and slightly terrifying, but hey... what's life without a little risk, right?! ;) Stay tuned, my friends! More info and details coming SOON.

PS Just have to say that I am so so SO grateful for every person who has supported, encouraged and helped me on this journey thus far. Literally could not have done it with y'all (you know who you are)! Good things are coming, y'all. I can feel it!

Love,

B

my breastfeeding must-haves and tips

This post is sponsored by Evivo, but as always, the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Since I just did a post that detailed our breastfeeding journey (which you can read here), I figured this would be a nice little follow-up! Having breastfed for 21 months total, spaced out over two babies, I have a few tried and true things that made my experiences so much smoother:

1) Keep snacks and water handy (for YOU) - breastfeeding gives you an UNGODLY, unquenchable hunger and thirst. Truly. It's crazy. So buy yourself a big 'ol water jug with a straw and some granola bars to keep on the bedside table. You'll thank me later.

2) A comfy robe - something cozy and fluffy and warm, preferably. Being able to snuggle up in my robe with a hot cup of coffee in between feedings was one of those simple joys that I treasured. Especially in the midst of postpartum and all the chaos that comes with that.

3) A comfy carrier to nurse in + breast pads - once you get the hang of breastfeeding and don't have the time to stop and sit for 20 minutes to feed, get a CARRIER! I fed on the go allllll the time in our Ergo - Disneyland, IKEA, friends' houses, walking through the grocery store, you name it. Also, breast pads - get the reusable cotton ones! You can wash them AND they're soft, so they don't scratch your raw nipples. Woosah.

4) Evivo probiotic drops- I WISH I'd known about these when I was breastfeeding, y'all! They maximize the benefits of breastmilk, they protect your baby's gut for a healthy metabolism and immune system and defend against bad bacteria. Gut health is REAL, you guys. Especially for babies, since what we do now literally sets them up for the rest of their lives! And Evivo is the only probiotic proven to do all of the above. You can learn more about them here, which I'm definitely storing away for any future babies we have!

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5) Grace, to give yourself - the first few weeks are ROUGH. So cry, ask for help, find a lactation consultant, sleep when you can, use the nipple cream and HANG ON. It does get better, I promise.

You got this, mamas!

 

Love,

B

is our family complete? and other future baby-related decisions.

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

YOU GUYS. My teeny tiny baby is 8 months old now and for some reason, this age more than any other, is making me reflect back on my pregnancy and birth. Maybe it’s because the older she gets, the closer and closer she’s inching towards a whole, entire year? I don’t know, but either way, it’s definitely got me feeling nostalgic.

As lots of you know, Matt and I aren’t entirely sure we’re going to have any more babies... at least biologically. We’ve always been open to adoption, but that’s definitely scary in its own right. I don’t know, honestly. It’s such a complicated subject for us – we would LOVE a third baby, but I genuinely don’t want to be pregnant ever again. BUT then I think back on Silas and Verity’s births and some part of me would love to deliver another baby – there’s such an adrenaline rush that comes with labor and I LOVE that part. I mean, if there was a way to push another baby out without having to go through the 10 months of pregnancy beforehand, I’d sign up in a heartbeat! Haha. And on one hand, I’m so happy we’re out of the newborn phase and both of our kids sleep 7:30-7:30, so do I really want to do sleepless nights again? But on the other hand, I’d love for Silas and V to grow up with another sibling and 3 just feels good to us. AAAGH. Anyways, as you can see... lots of factorsand lots of indecisiveness over here.

BUT, all that to say... with birth and babies on my mind, I can’t help but think about things I did the last 2 times and what I would do the same/differently if we ever DID have a third. I definitely feel more prepared for things like my hospital bag and newborn must-haves, having had 2 previous newborns. I would still keep a lot of things simple, from decorating to baby clothes. We would still get meals delivered from our church and I’d definitely have family in town for a couple weeks afterwards – it’s so nice to have adult company and extra helping hands (especially when you like the people that come over ;)).

Things I’d do differently? Probably a few things, but at the top of my list? Digging a little deeper into the Cord Blood Registry and that whole process. I had heard bits and pieces about it during my last two pregnancies but never fully investigated stem cell preservation. You can visit www.cordblood.com for more details, but, basically, by preserving your baby’s cord blood stem cells, you’re able to keep them for future medical use for them! AND they may be used in the treatment of over 80 diseases and conditions. That’s pretty amazing to me!

I tend to struggle with some anxiety and so while I try to not live in the “what-if’s” of life, I also believe in doing everything I can to ensure 1) nothing bad happens to my children and 2) if something did, having the ability to fight it! I wish I had known more about cord blood banking before having Silas and Verity because we probably would’ve made the decision to do it! I’ve loved learning about the process of stem cell storage and feel way more informed going into the future – whether we have another baby or not, or even if we adopt! I’m a person who likes options and I’m excited to consider this option for any other kiddos that come in our family.

How did you know if your family was complete or not?? Also, did you choose to preserve your newborn’s stem cells? I’d love to hear from you!

Love,

B