Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday!

We made it to California, leaving behind the aftermath of a blizzard and showing up to 70-degree weather. As I worked outside yesterday while the kids were napping, I texted Nick that we need to move back- hahaha.  Being home is so good for the soul and I'm happy to be back and enjoy my family and friends (and warmer weather!) for the next couple weeks.



The plane ride went very smoothly -until the last 30 minutes. For a 6 hour flight, I'll take it! I attribute our success to coloring books, wiki sticks, numerous snacks, the iPad, and Moana. I am glad that on the way back Nick will be with us so it will be man-to-man defense for the travel.

We have plans to see Beauty and the Beast while I'm here and I can't wait! It was one of my favorite Disney movies growing up and I am so excited to see it come to life. We're still on the fence if Hayden is old enough to go- he's 4.5 and he also really enjoys the cartoon version, but I'm not sure if this one is right for him? Any thoughts?

Does anyone else read the Skimm? I have been for the past month or two and I really enjoy it. I admit that I don't always have time to keep up with the news and this is a daily (free!) e-mail that you can read over in about 5 minutes to keep you up on the most current news. It comes pretty early in the morning so I have time to read it before the kids get up. If you're interested in signing up, here's a link to do so!

Lastly, now that my kids aren't donning heavy winter coats, I have Spring on my mind and some cute Spring clothes are catching my eye:



Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope it's the best! 
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Packing Kids for a Long Trip

Since moving across the country from our family, we've had a lot of experience for packing for long trips. Our visits to CA are always at least 2 weeks so packing (without overpacking!) is something that we've refined over the last year and a half. Here are my tips for packing (semi) lightly...

Make a list. I am a little type A so I like to make a printed list that I can check off and detail each item. I make a list for myself and one for my kids. Sorry Nick, you're on your own!

I usually only pack 6 -7 outfits for the each kid, and 4 pairs of pajamas.  The kids can wear each outfit more than once and I also don't end up packing every single one of Charlotte's cute outfits. I also like to pack things that can mix and match easily. We have access to a washer and dryer since we stay at my parents. If you're going to a hotel, it might be worth it if to check if they have laundry services available. Anyway, I pack each complete outfit in a separate gallon ziplock bag. I include pants, socks, underwear, and a shirt for each outfit (and a bow for Charlotte). Both of the kids' outfits used to fit in one bag, but they've gotten bigger and that doesn't quite work anymore.

I include 1 -2 outwear items that can go with multiple outfits and try and limit it to 2 pairs of shoes per kid (including the one they are wearing. For example, this trip, they are both wearing tennis shoes on the plane and I am packing their rainboots since it's been pretty rainy lately in CA. In the summer, I would pack their sandals instead.

I also pack all their toiletries in one bag as well.

Each kid has their own backpack(we love the SkipHop Backpacks so much!) with a few books/toys and Hayden will carry the iPad. I always pack lots of plane snacks and a water cup in their backpacks. We always buy a giant bottle of water and divvy it up into everyone's cups once we get through security. We use these containers for packing snacks so they don't get crushed.

I also always buy diapers when I get there so I don't have to waste valuable suitcase space with those. This time, I did an Honest Company order and sent it ahead so we will have diapers on hand when we get there.


Favorite Skip Hop Backpacks:




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Monday, March 13, 2017

Basement Stair Redo


So we've lived with some pretty ugly basement stairs for over a year now... They were painted brick red, though the paint was chipped in places. They had black rubber covers nailed down to each stair. Many were feeling loose so it not only looked unspectacular, it was also not the safest. Our playroom and laundry room are at the bottom of these stairs and there is also an entrance to our garage down there. It's safe to say, we use these stairs a lot. Given their steepness, I always carry Charlotte up and down because I'm worried about fall.


Anyway, we decided a little stair makeover was long overdue. After pinning lots of painted stair options, we decided to paint the stairs black and get a natural looking runner for the stairs. These are definitely not the best-looking stairs, with chips and nicks in the wood. I would have gone with white but I was nervous about them getting scuffed and dirty too quickly.

Nick took off the rubber runners and sanded the stairs for me. I did all the painting and he installed the runner. We used 2 of these rugs on the stairs and he worked to make them look pretty seamless.




Overall it was a fairly quick update the after is 100% better than the before!


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