Back to school with Milo

  • I’m a sucker for a good pair of little girls culottes.  These ones that are photographed are sold out but these DENIM CULOTTES are even better.
  • Milo has the FJALLRAVEN BACKPACK in peach pink and I’m loving it in this purple color as well.  If you scroll through the colors you will find the peach pink as well. Here is another PEACH BACKPACK similar to Milo’s but cheaper.
  • This BE KIND TOP is only $7.99!
  • Just bought this EMBROIDERED TUNIC for Milo
  • Bought these WATER RESISTANT SANDALS in both colors
  • If you need a good pair of girly, SLOUCH PANTS, these are the winners
  • You can’t go wrong with this simple STRIPED DRESS
  • I love how easy it is for Milo to put on these SLIP ON CHECKERED VANS by herself, especially after playing at recess and having her shoes full of sand
  • This CREWCUTS ROMPER is 40% off!
  • By far my favorite top that we purchased for school.  The cutest CROCHET TOP
  • These are probably the most used WHITE SHOES of Milo’s because they easily go with everything
  • I need these SKINNY JEANS in my size, I’m obsessed
  • I love love this simple FLORAL DRESS.  I love how girly it is and that you can pair it with some cute sneakers or sandals
  • These STRIPED SHORTS are flowy and so comfortable. Another option in FLORAL.
  • Milo wears these FRAYED BLACK SHORTS the most
  • Every little girl needs a good pair of DENIM OVERALLS and the light wash on these is the best
  • We’ve always had a pair of these SK8 SHOES.  They’re easy to slip on and off with their velcro straps and add some extra style to Milo’s outfits
  • Obsessed with this FLORAL JUMPER.

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

Jumper

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