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After having two babies who were good sleepers I was bound to get one who was a bit more challenging. Enter Quincy 🙂 For the first two years of his life he woke up around 5 am. It didn’t matter what I tried or how tired he was, he just woke up with the sun. And while I had some success at sleep training and getting him to sleep through the night, I could never seem to get him to sleep later in the morning. But I needed to sleep past 5:30 am! Not only did he wake up at the crack of dawn, but he would scream until I went in to get him out of bed. And because I have two other kids that I don’t want awake that early, I would always have to get up with him as soon as he would scream for me. He was totally working me and there was nothing I could do about it.
We talked to a sleep consultant who did help me to get him to sleep until 6 am by putting him to bed earlier. We basically reset his sleep cycle so he wasn’t waking up for good because he shifted into his lighter sleep cycle too close to morning. It also helped that he wasn’t overtired. But he still wasn’t consistently sleeping past 5:30-6 am. I knew we needed to try something else and an ok to wake clock had worked with our other kids (although we had used them once they were a bit older and in a bed). But we decided to give one a try with Quincy and went with REMI.
REMI is a smart 5-in-1 bedside clock that is a baby monitor, sleep trainer and tracker, alarm clock, nightlight and speaker — all in one. I wish I had one earlier — I think starting really early with your little one so they are familiar with the clock, the light, and and what it means will help when the time is right to teach them how to be good sleepers. It can sit by the bed and offer your kiddo a bit of comfort at night with its soft glow and provide parents with more information about your child’s sleep habits and patterns at the same time. Parents can program REMI’s face to show closed eyes or open eyes and a smile at specific times, giving children a simple indicator of when it is time to go to bed in the evening, and when it is ok to wake up or get out of bed in the morning.
You control the REMI with an app through your smartphone and connect via Bluetooth. The app is how you monitor their sleep patterns and get an idea as to what happens throughout the night so you know if there is an issue you need to address or can help with — similar to Quincy’s early morning wakeup issues we used to have. You can also use the app to control wake and sleep times, play music, set and change the REMI’s faces and use the walkie-talkie feature. And it let’s you do all of this from your phone without actually going into your child’s room (because we all know that once you go in, you may not come out for a loooong time…)
With Quincy, my favorite feature is that I can set the REMI to a happy face at the time that it is ok for him to wake up. So if he wakes and doesn’t see it — and instead sees a sleeping face — he will (hopefully) go back to sleep. And for older kiddos, you can use REMI as an alarm clock and play music through it via Bluetooth. So it is basically a clock that you can use from 0-10 years and beyond.
Quincy has been sleeping until 7 am most mornings lately, and a couple times as late as 8 am! Who knows why or what has worked, but I’m just going to keep doing all of the same things and hope it sticks. But the REMI seems to have clicked with him and I know it is at least part of our progress. If you are having sleep issues with your little one or if you want to be ready for when you do, the REMI is a great tool for your mom arsenal. It is available for purchase on Amazon here.
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I could not be more excited for some summer fun after the long, grueling winter we had. And while I’m all for throwing out the strict routines in the summer, I also like to take the opportunity to incorporate some new things into our days that are easier when things are more laid-back. One thing I try to focus on in the summer is finding ways to serve my community and volunteer or help others. Signing up for an awareness walk to raise money for a cause, taking part in a park clean-up day, helping those in need — there are so many ways to do something to help others. That’s why I’m excited to be partnering with Gold Peak® Tea, because they are partnering with Feeding America to help fight hunger in the US with their Gold Peak Fights Hunger Initiative.Read More
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Now that summer is on the horizon and we’re done with winter weather, I’m feeling lighter and happier. It’s funny how much weather can effect our mood and overall outlook isn’t it? I find myself enjoying the simple things so much more and having more gratitude in my day-to-day. It got me thinking: what does a “perfect” day look like to me? And the answer is so simple but true: hanging with my family in our backyard, doing some gardening while my kids play, eating a meal outside, and having a glass of Day Owl Rosé with my husband on our deck.
For so many years that we lived in Los Angeles, I dreamed of living in a house with a fenced in backyard and a deck where we can spend time as a family. So to now own our home with a big fenced-in backyard is a dream come true. And we recently finished our deck, so I’m now out there every chance I get just enjoying that time and soaking it up and feeling a lot of gratitude. I’ve discovered that I love to garden and tend to the flowers I’ve planted in our backyard. I love hearing my children play, and even when they fight, it is wonderful to see them enjoy having that space to run around and just be kids. We love to turn on music (the kids ask Alexa to play songs they want to hear) and just spend time outside. I also really appreciate the chance to spend a few minutes just sitting with my husband and chatting and watching our kids play. It is nice to be able to connect during the day, rather than having to wait until our kids are in bed and we’re too tired to make an effort. One way we do this is by sitting together on the deck with a glass of Day Owl rosé and just being together.
If you love rosé (and who doesn’t?) then Day Owl is a must-try. It is everything I love in a rosé: It is a crisp, fruit-forward, California rosé, and has notes of floral red fruit and orange zest. It has flavors of dark cherry, dried strawberry, plum, lavender and vanilla. It is the perfect refreshing beverage on a summer day, either on its own or as part of a rosé cocktail or a frosé (basically a frozen, blended rosé that is delicious!). We have a bar cart on our deck and I love to serve from it, even if it is just my husband and me. We fancy like that 🙂
Even though every day is a great day for rosé in my book, June 9th is National Rosé Day. We’ll be celebrating with the simple pleasures of backyard picnics and a rosé cocktail for the adults. How will you celebrate?
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We’re counting down the days until summer break at our house. Those days where the morning hustle and bustle becomes a slower rhythm of waking and playing and staying in our pjs and heading to the backyard instead of leaving the house. Days of making messes outside, getting dirty, and not coming in until lunch. Days of digging for worms, playing in the water hose, and eating al fresco. With all of that fun also comes the need to force sunscreen, water, and snacks on my kids because they will not stop playing long enough to do any of it voluntarily. So I thought I’d give you a few summer snack ideas I love that kiddos can eat while playing, adventuring, or on the go.
This post contains affiliate links. That doesn’t affect my recommendations and it doesn’t cost you extra – if you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission. Thanks for your support.Memorial Day weekend is obviously about something much more important, but it is also a time for some really great sales. So I rounded up a few of my favorite things that are on sale this weekend including the perfect summer jean, my #1 skincare must-have, and much more. So take a BBQ break and enjoy a little online retail therapy 🙂
- The perfect summer jean (50% off!): I love these so much. They run true to size.
- My #1 skincare essential from Beautycounter: (it is pricy but lasts foreverrrrr and pulls double duty as a cleanser and a moisturizing mask. Oh, and it is clean and safe – free of toxins and chemicals. You can get a free trial size (a $49 value) if you spend $125 or more this weekend. Might I suggest my other favorites to get you there: Dew Skin (the perfect glowy tinted moisturizer and foundation in one – I use shade 2 in winter/spring and shade 3 in summer/fall when I have more of a tan), Countersun Sunscreen (The only one that doesn’t break Calvin out), brighting facial oil (works wonders for dark spots and uneven skin tone!), charcoal face mask (I use this as a blemish spot treatment mask and swear by it, and a Band of Beauty membership — not an auto ship program but cost a one-time $29 and gets you 15% rewards on your purchases, free shipping over $100, and more! so worth it). And if you want to read about why I love, use, and sell Beautycounter read this post.
- My favorite flowy summer dress (I have it in the blue tribal and the lemon print – perfect for summer and already super affordable). Current promo is 10% off – just be sure to click the discount box there in the listing.
- My favorite summer strapless bra (it even works for those of us who have breastfed three babies and are bigger than a C cup! And it is 50% off (making it under $12!!)
- My favorite one piece swimsuits (but this one is my very fave) are all on sale (most are 60% off, making them under $20!)
- The best summer shoe investment: the bandal (bootie/sandal). These pull double duty and are real leather and high quality, meaning they’ll last you forever, won’t kill your feet, and can be worn for almost every occasion and with every outfit. I have the grey and think they go with everything. And they are 20% off with code MEMORIAL.
- My favorite sun dress (such a flattering fit, even on me and I can wear it with no bra or the bra I linked above!) And it is 25% off.
- The only shorts I’ll wear: bermuda length, perfect flattering high rise fit, and deconstructed. A must for summer. 25% off making them $15!
- The perfect blazer/sweater combo: I have this in caramel and love it so much. The cropped sleeves and cotton blend make it work for chilly spring/summer nights and also into fall and winter. They also have several other colors including a light blue and blush pink that would be great for this time of year. And it is 40% off with code GETAWAY. Get one (or two!)
- My favorite summer hat (or two): Both are on sale so it is hard to choose just one, but I think every mom needs a chambray baseball cap and a straw hat in her summer wardrobe. They are great on days when you don’t have time to fix your hair (and on summer break, who does!?) and they protect you from the sun. This chambray one and this straw one (that is packable, making it perfect for summer vacays!) are both 40% off with code GETAWAY.
So there you have it — 10+ of my favorite things and must-haves on sale this weekend. Happy shopping!
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I’ve shared about how I use essential oils in my home and with my family (if you missed my original post explaining how I was a former skeptic-turned-believer and how I use oils in conjunction with other holistic approaches to health as well as Western medicine, then read this one first) but I think the biggest use I have for essential oils is for my own mental health and that of my family. From uplifting our moods to calming our minds, from helping with focus and grounding to helping with relaxation — essential oils have been a huge help to me. I’ve had requests to see a post on what oils I use in this capacity, as well as how I blend them and use them. So today this post is for those readers and anyone else that would like some help.
In an effort to be transparent and share as much as I can so it can help you understand where I am coming from, I feel I should include some backstory. I have struggled with postpartum depression and quite a lot of anxiety (with several anxiety attacks) since becoming a mother. I’ve tried talk therapy, medication, exercise, rest, and essential oils, among other things, and found those to be the most helpful. I do believe in medication for severe anxiety and postpartum depression (and am still taking medication myself) but when I feel my anxiety increasing or a dip in my mood, or when I find that my oldest seems anxious (he is showing signs of inheriting yet another trait from his mother) then I’ll add essential oils in to our routine. I love to diffuse Tranquility or Happy Joy. Or if I want to go with single oils and blend myself in a roller or diffuser I sometimes choose Lavender, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, or a combination. Or sometimes I’ll put a few drops of some of them into epsom salt and put them in a nice bath.
I also struggle from autoimmune and thyroid issues, which negatively impact my mental health as well. This year I also discovered I was dealing with hormonal imbalance and adrenal fatigue which were causing my fatigue, mood swings, inability to lose weight, and irregular and heavy periods. That realization changed a lot for me — my diet, the products I use in our home, and the skincare and makeup I use myself. Stay tuned for a post focused on how I’m healing my hormones (it is a work in progress) but the three big things were switching any dairy and beef we consume to grass-fed exclusively, using all natural products to clean our home, and changing out my skincare to Beautycounter. You can eat all the right things and take all of the supplements you need but if you are still surrounded by toxins and carcinogens that negatively affect your endocrine and adrenal system, you aren’t going to see and feel the progress you want. And you could even get worse or end up with long term illnesses, including cancer. I believe in this so much and loved what Beautycounter stands for that I decided to become a consultant. I’d love to answer any questions you might have and share my favorite products (maybe even send you a sample if I have any available!) If you are at all interested, please reach out via email. And look around their site and do your own research as well.
Diffusing oils is a great way to both start and end the day. I like to diffuse Happy Joy in the morning to get everyone in good moods. If I’m working from home I sometimes need Energy Boost instead of that afternoon cup of coffee. And Peace and Quiet or Tranquility (or both!) in the evening during dinner gets everyone calmed down. I also like to diffuse Sleepy in our bedrooms to help with, well, sleep. I also sometimes use a Sleepy roller (made the same way as I linked to above but with relaxing oils) and roll on the bottoms of feet before bed.
We’ve also been using oils to help our son who has struggled with anxiety and ADHD this year. I made a roller that I use on him before school and I think I see an improvement, and his teacher has as well. This is the roller I made if you are interested: 10 drops of lavender, 5 drops of peppermint, and 5 drops of vetiver, then fill the rest of the roller bottle with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Always do your research on specific oils to make sure they are ok for use on or around children.
My Essential Oil “Essentials”
If you are interested in trying to incorporate essential oils into your home here are some good things to have on hand to start:
- A good diffuser: my favorite two are this one (I have it on my bedside table) and this one for a smaller space or shorter diffusing periods.
- A bottle of carrier oil with a pump (you can get these cheap at the dollar store or on amazon if your bottle doesn’t come with a pump)
- Roller bottles for making your own rollers.
- Some basic essential oils. For a newbie I would recommend having these on hand:
Without getting into a bunch of rumor or negative claims about any essential oil companies (it exists and can be found with a simple google search if you are interested) let me just say that there are a few things about a couple of essential oil brands that give me pause. I have tried and used some of their oils, however. But then I discovered Simply Earth, and I gave them a try and haven’t looked back. I love that their oils are 100% pure, farmed ethically and responsibly, distilled properly, 3rd party tested to ensure purity, and packaged and stored properly. Also, their oils are reasonably priced for the quality. The oils work great, smell great, and are packaged beautifully. And the company donates 13% of profits to fight human trafficking, which I think is fantastic and I am always happy to support with a purchase. I’m saying this only because I know I’m going to be asked what oils I use or why I choose these over other popular brands. I think you need to try oils out and do your research and choose what works best for you and what you feel good about. This is a company I feel good about.
So, are you an essential oils user already or are you interested and want to know more? I’m happy to answer any questions, although I’m certainly not an expert. I’m just a mom who is willing to try natural solutions to things and finds oils helpful.
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