dry skin solution

This post is sponsored by Baby Dove; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I don't know about you but this winter season has been absolutely brutal for my kids' skin. I think it's been especially hard due to the time we spent in California in December - Texas winters can be fairly dry as it is, but Southern California weather is just next level in that arena. I don't think Silas' cheeks have ever been that chapped - I was constantly applying Dove lotion to their entire bodies and faces; their skin just drank it in.

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We've been back in Texas for almost 6 weeks now and while the dryness has improved some, it is definitely still there and can be bothersome. So we decided to continue our every-other-night routine once we got home, which includes a bath for the kiddos using our Dove wash and lotion.

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YOU GUYS. It smells so good and FEELS so good - and our kids feel the same way! The lotion is their favorite - and it's mine, too, especially since it helps retain their skin's natural moisture.

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If your babies are struggling with dry skin, I cannot recommend Baby Dove enough. In fact, you can check out this link here for a coupon and more information about all of Baby Dove's products.

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Let me know if you have any questions - I would love to answer them! 

 

Love,

B

keep that floor clean, girl.

This post is sponsored by Bona; however, all thoughts and options are my own!

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Alllllright. I'm about to confess something to y'all. Ready? And seriously, before I tell you... just PUHHLEASE promise that you won't judge me. I swear I'm an amazing housewife and mother in every area except.... MY FLOORS. There. I said it. Cringe. I hate hate hate cleaning floors, y'all (mainly because I hate bending over and wringing out a big, wet mop).

The floors in our house used to get cleaned like... once every 5 months? MAYBE??! Ugh. I should be ashamed to even write that out.. and I am. A little. HAHA. But I try to keep it real around here and that's about as real as I can get with y'all. 

UNTIL NOW.

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PS, isn't it funny, as an adult, the things that excite you?? Things like.. an easier way to clean your floors?? I feel like I want to kick up my heels and cheer... but I won't. Because the kids are sleeping and because I'd probably look downright ridiculous. Ha! But seriously, I'm SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS MOP.

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This is the next generation Bona Premium Spray Mop with Bona Hardwood floor cleaning solution and it. is. AMAZING. 

They redesigned the mop to make for an easier assembly and ejection (now there's an audible click! I'm a person that needs the click to tell me I've done it right haha). The base has a large head, which makes for easier (and faster, HALLELUJAH) cleaning. The mop itself is super lightweight, which means everyone in your family can help (ahem, which is why Silas is with the mop in these pics -- that kid LOVES to clean)!! And one of my personal favorite features is that you just squeeze the handle at the top and the cleaning solution sprays out in front in a fine mist -- no wringing wet mop heads or having separate bottles to keep track of -- just one, simple design. 

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And because y'all know about my obsession with clean living, I also have to mention the cleaning solution. Every mop comes with a full-size cartridge of the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner -- which is safe for all unwaxed, polyurethane finished wood floors (and BONUS: it dries residue-free!). It also has the GREENGUARD GOLD certification, which means it's safe to use around your home and family. I have to say, a mama of two young kiddos, this is a huge plus for me.

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I cannot believe how clean our floors are right now -- and because the Bona Premium Spray Mop is so easy to use, I think I might actually start mopping my floors more than once every 5 months. Haha!!

Here's a link where you can find more info and grab one for yourself! Also, if you sign up to be a BonaFide Fanatic on their website, you’ll get free shipping, plus $5 off your mop -- which is such a good deal! Let me know if you end up snagging one and our floors can be that much cleaner together!! ;)

Love,

B

my babies and their new Graco 4EVER 4-in-1 carseats!

These carseats were given to us, courtesy of Graco, for review; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Y'all. I am SO excited to share this post with you guys! You know that I only partner with brands I really love and can stand behind -- and Graco tops the list as one of those brands. 

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A little backstory: Silas has had the original Graco 4Ever since he switched from an infant seat to a convertible seat in 2015 -- so, for over 2 years now! It has held up incredibly well but of course, after 2 years, there was some definite wear and tear (WHO LET THIS KID EAT AND DRINK BACK THERE?! Oh wait, I did)/a missing cupholder (gee, wonder who tore that off??), etc.

Fast forward to now. Verity is almost 15 months and FINALLY outgrowing her infant seat (we switched Silas at 10 months), so I reached out to Graco and was delighted when they said they would love to send us matching seats for the kiddos! If you know me in real life (and online, I guess), you know that I am mildly obsessed with having things that are cohesive and pretty HAHA. So Silas and Verity having matching carseats is kindaaaa like a dream come true for me ;)

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We decided to go with the 4Ever 4-in-1 seats (featuring their TrueShield Technology) in the color "Ion" -- and I think it's safe to say, I LOVEEEEE THEM. Seriously, easiest install EVER. Both Silas and Verity are rear-facing, so we just use the latch system that clips onto the car's anchors in the back of the seat -- it's quick, it's EASY and I'm 100% confident that they're safe.

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SIDE NOTE: Rear-facing is a HUGE deal to us -- actually, extended rear-facing, I should say! Silas turned 3 in December and is still RF -- and he will be until he hits the seat limits (40lbs - he's currently 29lbs) or 4 years old. You can message me if you want more info (happy to send all the articles and links that I have!), but basically, it boils down to this: rear-facing is safer, y'all. I'm taking, WAY safer. You can check with your own state, but the law in most places is 2 years -- kids must be rear-facing until they are 2 years old. However, most experts will agree that the safest age to turn them around is actually closer to 4. That's actually one of the main reasons we LOVE the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 -- because it allows kids to rear-face so much longer than they would normally be able to! I'm so grateful for companies that strive to bring the best and safest products to the market for my (and your) babies.

I know that there are some exceptions and that some people literally can't do extended rear-facing (due to height/weight requirements), but for everyone else... PLEASE, I am begging you -- do the research. Don't allow convenience or peer-pressure to be the highest goal or main influence in your decision. I am just so passionate about carseat safety because it's such a simple way to keep our kids safe. 

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Alright, alright.. stepping down off my soapbox now to finish the review of these seats haha! But please feel free to message me if you have any questions about rear-facing! Moreee than happy to continue the conversation ;)

BACK TO THE 4EVERS!!

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Some of our favorite features:

- it's a 4-in-1 seat that grows with our kids (rear-facing, forward-facing, high-back booster and backless booster -- and can be used from 4lbs-120lbs!)

- it has 6 recline positions (AND they're color-coded).

- you can raise the height of the harness by just lifting it up - NO having to re-thread the straps (which pretty much jeopardized our marriage with the last seat we had).

- the bubble level indicator! This is a HUGE help in making sure the seats are installed correctly.

- how easily the cover comes off! Which makes washing off the crumbs, old milk and everything else they spill back there so much easier #praisehands 

- on a totally vain level, they're GORGEOUS seats! My minivan already ups my cool factor but these seats send it over the top. Seriously. I've never had anyone compliment me on my carseats until now #illtakeit

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Like I said, they were a breeze to install and I am just loving all of the features. Silas especially loves the two cupholders because it means that he can bring both his water AND his snack on our rides (I swore I wouldn't let them eat back there again.. BUT HERE WE ARE). I love that both kids can see each other, even rear-facing -- hearing them laugh and try to hold hands is the BEST. I'm also so excited for the day that we DO turn Silas forward-facing, knowing he's still going to be safe and protected. 

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And let's be honest, we're frugal people. I LOVEEE that I can buy one seat and use it for 10 years and that it grows with my kids and will keep them secured literally every day of their lives. 

If you have any other questions regarding the 4Evers', shoot me a message on Instagram, comment here or email me! Happy Monday, friends!

Love,

B

 

carter's + my babies, a new collection!

This post is sponsored by Carter's; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Oh my goodness, you guys. I am so excited to share this new collection from Carter's with you because it is UNREAL. Everything is made from certified organic cotton and the prints are to die for. Organic clothing is usually so expensive but I have become so conscious lately of not only what we put IN our bodies but what we put ON our bodies; that's why I'm so excited to share these pictures and this new collection with you all! Because it's AFFORDABLE, y'all.

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And how stinkin' cute are these prints?? So sweet and so colorful. 

The Little Planet's line is only available online currently (but ships to any Carter's store for FREE) and includes organic basics and outfit sets, in sized newborn-24 months and organic pajamas in sizes newborn - 5T! This line is sooo soft and super easy to mix and match, which is a huge perk.

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This pair of jammies is the one we received for Sissy - cutest little print and so soft and cozy! I love that these stop at the ankle and don't have feet on them - my kids run super hot when they sleep and I feel like the no-feet helps keep them cooler.

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And these little organic jammies are the ones we received for Silas! I cannot tell you how obsessed with dinosaurs this kid is! He will hardly take them off now haha.

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If you love basics and already love Carter's clothes but also want to make sure your babies are dressed in the high quality, organic cotton, then this new Little Planets line is for you! It's available in limited quantities so hurry over to the website and grab your favorites before they're gone!

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I cannot tell you how much we love these pj's - Silas has NOT wanted to take his off! He just keeps asking for his "DINOSAUR JAMMIES"!! Haha! It's so cute and I love knowing that their pj's are 100% organic: cotton, knitting AND dyes. How's that for a mom win!

 

Love,