Healthy Living

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Baby's Room

Before Coach and I even thought about becoming parents I was known to read any and everything baby related. I am the type of person that LOVES research and articles that teach. (I may or may not HATE writing research papers.... but hey.... I've been known to write a ton few.) I read any and every article I could find about products to use, schedules, sleep training, what to expect the first months with a new baby, and any and all things about labor. I knew up to date car seat laws and rules way before Baby Cain was even on the way. I just LOVE reading information and making a choice about our parenting decisions based on my own research. I was not really one to ask advice on Facebook because that took the fun out of researching! (Plus it is always great to have some go to websites to have on hand for some great advice!)

When we found out we were expecting the research doubled and I also began to read any and every book I could get my hands on at the time. Coach and I had MANY discussions about our beliefs and what we wanted to stand firm with in our parenting. My favorite conversations we had were about parenting while I was pregnant. I am also SO SO SO glad we took the birthing classes and had discussions about those topics. Our labor and delivery was far from textbook and the entire time the craziness was going on I did not have to worry about any choice Coach had to make because we had already covered all plans. (I didn't get to meet Calla for over 24 hours after she was born. I was still the first one to meet her. Coach did an amazing job at staying strong and keeping the family.... well.... in check!) 

One major discussion we had was that we both had strong feelings that we wanted Baby Cain's room to be somewhere they spent time, slept, played, and that it was truly a functional nursery. Calla is 18 months old. We have lived in two houses since she was born. I can honestly say that Calla spends LOTS of time in her room. She has slept in her crib since the 7th night we brought her home. I suggest getting an Angel Care monitor. In fact, this may be my number one MUST have.  In the early days when we got up in the middle of the night for feedings, we fed her in her room. (I breastfed and had pumped bottles for Coach to help.Anyone interested in how we had a 12 hours a night sleeping baby at 10 weeks old?) She had tummy time in her floor while I read or played too. I have spent HOURS and HOURS in the chair in her room with her. 

Now that we have a toddler Calla still spends so much time in her room. We have toys in the living room and she plays in there some but really... she LOVES her room. We are pretty blessed that she does great with independent play time and with the monitor on I can see her play in her room while I cook dinner or whatever. This week we were all in her room and I thought I needed to document how we have her room set up and why it works so well for us. I also want to remember her room as well as have ideas for later. (If they are ever needed.) 

 See the chair? Invest in a good chair. When I say we have spent hours in this chair, I mean it. I still use is every night. I don't rock Calla to sleep, but we sit in the chair and read. I love this chair!

 Calla doesn't have a dresser. A family member had this changing table in storage so we are borrowing it. It holds 4 baskets. One basket has pjs. One basket has diapers. One basket has socks and the other holds blankets. There is also a stack of blankets in the middle of the top shelf. This can be a mess sometimes because her favorite thing to do now is to pull them all off the shelf. I also found these bucket things as Homegoods. We use one bucket for toys and one for a dirty clothes hamper. I also want to say 100% best thing we did was buy some cheap black out shades. They were so easy to install. They aren't nice and kinda ugly but they are hidden by the drapes. Buy some.
 This hutch is a family piece. Brandon's Granny had it in her house. We had an amazing friend paint it for us and we use it to store her important things that aren't for play.
 All the books and all the babies. Calla is also known to pull every single book off this shelf. We are working on how to put them back. I really don't care that she pulls them off and makes a mess. I am just thankful she has books to read and many books in her hand! We also use two more of the buckets for doll clothes and blankets and stuffed animals.

 Why do people still sell bumper pads with their crib bedding? Please don't use bumper pads! ( We have mesh ones we just never needed them.) The Easter Bunny may be bringing some art for above her bed. She also has not learned that they light switch is so close to her.
 This is just proof that she is constantly in her room playing with toys. I want to shout out to her teacher because she is also really good at cleaning them up before bed.
Calla, if you are reading this as an adult.... I need you to see that we had way too many bows. I also have a small basket that holds all of her shoes. She is also pretty good at putting her shoes up when we come home. She may be better than me in that! 

This is just what worked well for us. It is by no means perfect and I totally 100% suggest that you do what works best for YOU. You kinda have to just go with it and learn as you go! I just highly suggest reading and learning all ideas and tips that are out there!

Love love,

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Bigger the Bow... A Review

All opinions are my own. (And a few are Calla's) :) 

It hurts to admit this... but it needs to be documented. I have spent a pretty penny on Calla's bows. I buy 90% of her wardrobe second hand from consignment. I consign a large amount of her clothing that she out grows. Coach never mentions Calla's clothing because he knows I get great deals and shop very thrifty.  However, bows. Bows are a different ballgame. 

Until now. 
  Nothing says southern lil babe quite like a smocked dress and a big ole bow.  I was spending money on bows and then she would break my heart into a million pieces when she touched them with her cheesy hands, or pulled them out and pulled ribbon loose. With a growing little gal... I was determined to find well made bows that didn't pull from Calla's college fund. Thankfully I recently found CR Designs and Bowtique

After stumbling across her business page  I was looking at her ribbon choices and LOVED that she had so many options. THEN.... then my life was changed. I saw her pricing. I couldn't believe it. I ran to C's room and did a quick inventory. I quickly ordered several different shades of pink.

 Here's what I look for in a business: 
  • Quick response when I ask a question. 
  • Easy to follow rules and options 
  • Prices
  • Quality
  • Friendly service
  • Quick Shipping

I asked a question. Had a response in 30 minutes. I placed an order with my PayPal. Got an invoice in 30 minutes. I couldn't believe the prices. I was simply waiting on quality and shipping. 

THREE DAYS LATER..... I had an amazing box of bows on my porch. I held my breath when I opened the box of goods. It was all just too good to be true. Y'ALL...... the bows were perfection. It was official. I had three beautiful bows shipped for the price of ONE. I was hooked. I instantly messaged the owner and told her I was a customer for life. The bows were packaged in a box and wrapped in paper. The bows are beautiful, strong, and made with amazing ribbon. We love bows on alligator clips and the clips were covered in ribbon which is a detail often left out but I LOVE. 

The owner is just a SAHM that is trying to create orders that have great service and amazing prices. She simply rocks. 
I was telling Coach the good news and of course he was just way too thrilled for words. I joke. We agreed to allow Calla to be a brand rep for this sweet shop because we both loved that the bows were amazing quality and super reasonable. Without a doubt you will be seeing pictures of these bows in our future! 

Are big bows just not your style? No worries! You can get any size in single, double, or triple. Options are endless. 
ANNNDDDDD...... Good news: We are doing a giveaway! All you have to do is....

  • Like the group
  • Comment on what solid color you would love for free! 
I will pick a winner Monday night at 8pm! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Girl Mom

Warning: I was not paid for this post. The opinions are mine, and free of charge!

 Girl Mama Friends, this post is for you!

Over Christmas break I was rolling through Etsy and Facebook and happened to see the cutest little shop that offered some unique bows and headbands for little gals, SimpleSassyandSweet. If you've ever been around my daughter, it is highly likely she was sporting a slightly large obnoxious bow. I honestly just can't help it! We have been practicing wearing bows since she was a wee three pounds! I honestly may or may not have bought a box of bows to hide before we knew Baby Cain was indeed a sweet little girly girl.

I did some research and waited until this sweet little shop was open. First off, I had some questions and concerns about how to tie these unique wraps. The owner, Brooke was super helpful and tagged me in a tutorial video. I went ahead and placed an order for two wraps. With a few practice rounds and chasing sweet girl around.... our first wrap was a success!

Calla wore this wrap a good bit over Christmas and received so many compliments! Calla's hair is quite unique and I absolutely love love love it! However it can be a slight task to tame. That's why we love bows. We can let her hair be...

The wraps are very easy to tie. Calla doesn't mind at all. I did practice tying them on my leg a few times... but it was a very simple process. I also love the messy look! You really can't mess these up!

Right before Christmas Santa was looking for Calla's "Something you can wear" gift when Brooke posted these way too precious leopard headbands. One word. Perfection.

It's just the perfect bow for our wild day trips to check on the animals!

My favorite part of this small business is it's a mama, making precious bows for precious babies while she is home with her precious babies. I love supporting a good small business.

The prices are very fair. The shipping was extremely fast. She also is very responsive to any questions. I mean.... does it get any better? Go over to her Facebook page. Like it, and when you place an order... Tell her Calla sent you! :)

Love love,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Crockpot Love

I'm setting my timer and only spending 25 minutes on this post because I promised my kids I would grade their writing tonight!

 I have cooked 30 meals in a row over the last 10 days and I wanted to share! (Well, technically I haven't cooked 30 meals. What I mean is we have not eaten a meal out in 10 days.) This is HUGE for us. 2017 is going to be our year.... and we made a goal to not eat out for 30 days. Our breakfasts are the same through the week, I cook one big dinner, and then I split the leftovers for our lunches. Calla eats what we eat, unless I am feeling super nice, then I'll make her one of her favorite dishes.... broccoli cheese rice.

 I should also add that I am a HUGE fan of loaded potato soup and many other recipes that call for cream of something. I've just had to break up with all that. I spent a good part of Christmas break researching ways to use my favorite kitchen tool without the cream and junk. We've been very successful.
 So..... here is what we've been having: (JUST THIS WEEK!)

All of these meals are from the Crockpot:

Chunky Veggie Soup (Not my recipe) 
Vegetable broth
diced tomatoes
sweet potato
green beans
bell pepper
salt and pepper
(You could add beef or turkey)
Chop everything, dump it in, cook on low for 6 hours.

See... nothing bad here!

We had this the day it snowed. Only it didn't snow. It rained. It was amazing and made a TON. We got 4 lunches and 2 dinners from one pot. I also just cleaned out my fridge and put all kinds of stuff in there.

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Salsa (not my recipe) 
Chicken breasts
1/4 cup of lime juice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper

cook on low for 4 hours

I served this with an avocado salsa I made:
4 avocados
1/2 cilantro
lime juice
1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
I just mixed everything in my Ninja

It was super creamy! I served it over riced cauliflower and veggies. It was so good! My co-workers tried it too and loved it!

Again, nothing too bad here!

Slow Cooker Pork Lettuce Wrap (Coach did not wrap his in lettuce. It was too much for his Coach-y- ness.)
4 pound boneless pork roast
chili powder
juice from two limes

Pat with the spices. Drizzle with the oil. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Y'all. This was SO SO good! Again, two dinners and two lunches. My coworkers were commenting on how good it was smelling!

BBQ Chicken
Put 4 boneless chicken breast in the crockpot. Dump 1 cup of sauce over it. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. It literally takes 5 minutes. I literally spent 20 minutes on the veggies.

Now, before you wonder about the sauce... I spent 25 minutes of my life reading labels and searching for one with NO SUGAR and all natural ingredients that I knew what they were. Sorry, Kraft... it wasn't you! I found a great one that I love and will buy about 10 bottles next time. It's kinda $$$ but I was trying to stick to natural ingredients.

Let's talk about sides. I am currently obsessed with riced cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes.
I have been roasting the sprouts and potatoes. I cut the sprouts in half, toss in olive oil, cover in black pepper and sea salt. Roast at 425 for 12-15 minutes. I PROMISE I hated these things just the other day. But now....  They are so so so good!

I don't know how folks make it without a crockpot.TIP: If you are leaving it in the crockpot for a long day, freeze the meat and place it frozen in the pot on low. This keeps if from burning all day. That was a free tip that I found back in the coaching 5 sports days... :)

Did I seriously just write a post about food?!?! YES! And you just read it...

Love love,