our go-to baby products

Happy Monday, friends!  I wanted to update you on some of my favorite baby products now that Raen is 5 weeks old.  I’ve been able to give some new ones a try and have been using others since Milo was itty bitty (she’s almost 6 now, whaaaaat!).  It’s crazy how much can change and what new products can come out between having your first and third baby.  Either way, each of these have become a staple in our home and I wanted to be sure to share them with you.

BABY ITEMS

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1.  These orthodontic BINKIES!  I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the place but have you ever noticed the price?  They’re expensive and I found them in a set of three for almost the same price you regularly pay for one.  They’re 100% rubber, Paraben free, made without chemicals and are great for the development of your baby.  I bought two packs.

2.  I’ve used this BATHTUB for all of my babies.  It’s easy to use, can be folded at an angle making it perfect for bathing newborns and can be extended all the way down for bath time for a growing baby.  It folds up flat making it easy to store behind the door on a hook.

3.  If you already have a MAMAROO then you just know. There are 5 different motions like “car ride, wave, swing” etc. making it easy to find what your baby likes.  Did I mention it has bluetooth?  You can control it from your phone — done!

4.  I’ve used this same DRYING RACK for all three of my kids now.  It’s easy to wipe down and obviously lasts forever.

5.  I’ve always heard about the SMART SOCK but this is the first baby I’ve used it with and now I’m wondering how I survived without it.  It uses wi-fi to continuously read your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels.  The best part is the base station alerts you if your baby’s oxygen or heart rate drop too low, turning red with an alarm.  Just a few weeks ago when Raen was 1 week old, his heart rate dropped below 60 and he wasn’t breathing.  The base station started alarming and was red letting me know instantly what was happening.  I woke up and was able to grab him startling him and getting him to start breathing again.  He probably would have started breathing on his own eventually but you just never know in that situation and I’m glad I had it.  I don’t feel like I have to check every two seconds on how he’s doing and when my husband has him, the base station is right next to me to let me know he’s ok.

6.  If you want a pop of color and a DIAPER BAGwith lots of pockets and a changing pad built straight into it, this is your bag.

7.  Have you seen the wood pacifier clips that are $18 for one?  That’s crazy to me!  These PACIFIER CLIPS are $10.99 and you get a pack of FIVE!!

8.  I’ve had this DIAPER BAG for over three years now and it still looks like new.  It has big pockets, it’s easy to wipe down and the best part is my husband doesn’t mind carrying it around with it’s neutral tones.

9.  All three of my kids have used these BOTTLES and I don’t plan on switching any time soon.  To be honest, they basically feel like a boob and they’re easy to clean!  They come in 5oz for newborns and 8oz as your baby grows.

Feel free to ask any questions!

Paige

What we’ve been up to + how we get through those crazy times

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It’s been a minute since I’ve been blogging and I’ve missed it like crazy.  The past few months have been a whirlwind to say the least!  None of it was planned, it was a little scary, but definitely worth it.

We sold our house in Utah and within two weeks were packed up and moving to Arizona all while I was 7 1/2 months pregnant.  Little things kept going wrong during this process and if I listed it all out, you would probably think I was making it up!

Just to scratch the surface, my son was given a bar with cashews in it (which he’s severely allergic to) so after one failed Epipen we had to take him to the hospital where they gave him another one. Then, two days later my daughter was riding on the back of my bike with my husband and her foot got stuck in the spokes of the wheel and it broke the lower portion of her leg.  This all happened while we were packing up our house to move in two days.

At this point you’re probably thinking WHAT IS HAPPENING?! Buuuuuut it’s only the beginning.  My kids and I left before Ben and stayed at my parents house for one night in Arizona before we moved in to the rental.  Well, if you haven’t gathered already, Ruckus has terrible allergies. He has a list of food allergies, asthma and allergies to cats, horses and goats (which my parents happen to have all of) so I should have known better than to stay there but in my mind, I figured what harm could two nights do?  We woke up after the first night and he was having terrible allergy attacks, was short of breath and could not get comfortable.  You could tell he was in a lot of pain and I had hoped that his emergency inhaler would do the trick but it wasn’t helping in the slightest.  I took him in to the hospital and they couldn’t believe how hard his body was working to breathe.  We ended up staying the night and after lots of medicine, an IV and breathing treatments, he was finally back to his healthy self again.

To give you a little idea of why we moved back to Arizona, it was because we wanted Ben to go back to freelance photography because with his prior job, we rarely saw him.  He traveled for long periods of time and it began to take a toll on all of us but especially on the kids.  We love Arizona because this is the place we were both raised and we have lots of family and friends here but deciding to move back with no upcoming jobs scheduled, having to switch insurances mid pregnancy, not knowing where we would be living with Milo starting kindergarten and being nearly 8 months pregnant with all of this happening was scary.

The reason I am telling you all of this isn’t to complain, it’s to tell you about how even though everything seems like it can come crashing down at once, it will get better!  It doesn’t happen in an instant and in our case, things just seemed to keep getting worse before they got better.  But, if you work together as a team, you can make something great happen.  I think what helped in our case was rather than to sulk on everything that was going wrong, Ben and I looked at each situation and thought, “how can we fix this or make it better?”.  Don’t get me wrong, I had spurts of anxiety and my fair share of meltdowns but I knew if I sat there and dwelled on every terrible thing, nothing would get accomplished and nothing would get better.  So, we tackled everything one by one.  It didn’t get fixed overnight, even insurance took a good month to get worked out and is still a pain in my toosh, but it’s something we are striving to work out!  I’m not sharing every single thing that was happening during this time because well, who wants to hear about every single problem, the big and the small?  But you know what is crazy?  Those three months where nothing seemed to go right, everything has turned around, EVERYTHING.  Ben is now the creative director at an amazing company, shooting photos and doing what he loves, my kids are healthy, we figured out where we wanted to live, bought a house and even welcomed the most perfect baby boy into our family.  Life doesn’t happen how you want it to but that saying about turning lemons into lemonade, I GET IT! Don’t get me wrong, I know there are plenty of scenarios that you can’t simply fix but hopefully by trying to take care of yourself properly and responding by looking forward, maybe the burden can seem easier.

I’m so lucky to have been able to lean on some amazing people in my life and I hope to be that person for them and for others. These crazy times do get better and end up being little blips in your past!

Lot’s of love,

Paige

DIY CLAY CHIMES

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I’ve been thinking about this project for quite some time now and finally decided to give it a go!  I wanted to create something that could be used in our baby’s room but also something that could be used as home decor as well.  I decided I would be using this for a baby mobile but could double as chimes or home decor.  Below you will find what you need and the steps to make this project.  You don’t have to be a craft expert for this project, it’s pretty simple but takes a little bit of time.

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Here are the items you will need for your project

  • Clay Roller 
  • Sculpey Clay was the easiest to work with and can be found at your local craft store.  I found that 3 blocks Sculpey’s 2 oz Clay made about 8-9 circles.  You can purchase as many blocks based on how many clay circles you want to hang on each cord.  The most I had hanging on one cord was 10 but the amount you have is totally up to you!  DO NOT get Sculpey Souffle clay!  It was hard to work with and hard to shape.
  • Leather Cord (found at your local craft store)
  • Needle Point Clay Tool
  • 1/2 measuring cup or something similar to measure circles

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First, roll out the clay until it is a little less than 1/4″ thick and place your 1/2 measuring cup on top to trace and cut the clay by using the Clay Needle Tool.  This will create a perfect circle.

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Next, you will cut out a few triangles, they don’t have to be perfect but by doing so, you are able to create a bowl like shape (see picture below).

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Bring the sides together until they meet.  Once you do so, begin to pinch the sides together to get rid of all lines and to slightly increase the overall size of the bowl.  If you are having a hard time getting rid of the lines, softly drag your finger over each crease to smooth it out and repeat.  It should get rid of all creases.

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Your finished product won’t be perfectly smooth!  That’s what I love the most about these little guys; they have texture and aren’t perfect.  Once you create a small bowl like shape, poke a hole into the center using your Clay Needle Tool.  Be careful not to smash it while doing so.

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Once you have finished your mini bowls, set the oven to 275 and place them onto a glass baking dish.  The Sculpey Clay packages will have the directions for baking your clay but what I found worked for the size of my clay was to bake them for 10-12 minutes and let them cool completely before taking them off of the baking dish.

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Once your clay is cooled completely, string them onto the leather cord and tie a knot under each to keep them in place.  Make sure to go far enough up the cord so that you have enough room for all of the clay to fit.  Once you get to the final piece onto the cord, tie two knots to secure it into place and cut the excess cord so it doesn’t show underneath.  Don’t cut it too short so that your knots come undone, just make sure it isn’t visible.  Lastly, leave enough leather cord so that each chime can hang at the desired length you want before cutting.

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Repeat these same steps for however many colors and chimes you want.

Then voilà!  You’re done!  Leave any questions you have in the comments below so that I can get back to you.

Let me know your thoughts and how this DIY turned out for you!

Happy crafting,

Paige