Home Update: Our Deck Makeover

A Home Update: Our Deck Makeover

When we first moved into our new home last year we were thrilled with the big yard and had big dreams for finishing our deck (we had a platform but no railing). But we decided to wait for spring because we wanted to add to the stairs, add railing, and build a storage bench. My uncle is a carpentry wizard and offered to help us. And once that was done, we teamed up with IKEA to design and style it. I just love the way it all turned out and can’t wait to host our first outdoor party.Read More

Our Family Trip to Lake Erie

This post is sponsored by Lake Erie Shores & Islands, but the experiences, opinions, and vacation hangover are mine alone.

Family Trip to Lake Erie

We took our first official road trip as Ohioans and packed up the boys and headed north — Lake Erie, to be specific. I grew up in Southern Ohio but had never visited Cedar Point or the surrounding area, so the trip was a first for all of us. Charlie has been begging to visit Cedar Point since we moved here, so we thought it would be a great start to kick off the first weekend in summer. I was lucky enough to partner with Lake Erie Shores & Islands, who planned a whole weekend filled with family fun. It was fantastic because they knew all of the best places to go — where to get ice cream, activities the kids would love, family-friendly places to eat — and it truly made the trip easier and more enjoyable. Let’s face it, when you’re traveling with small kids you could use all the help you can get to help things go more smoothly. So I hope maybe this post can be that for any of you looking for some family fun, travel tips, specific things we loved about Lake Erie, or just a funny story or two to commiserate with on your own family travels 🙂 But really, overall we had such a great time and only did a fraction of the activities available in the area. So we’re already planning a trip back!Read More

DIY All-Natural Bug Spray

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DIY all natural bug spray: easy, affordable, and it works! | ohlovelyday.com

It’s summer adventure season and all the fun (and a few not-so-fun) things that go with that. From backyard play and catching lightening bugs in the evenings to nature hikes and lake swims and all that summer goodness — the two things you really can’t live without is sunscreen and bug spray (especially here in the Midwest). I’ve got a great, clean sunscreen covered but I was still hunting for a good bug spray that is all natural and works well. I wanted one without chemicals, DEET-free, and that didn’t cost a fortune. And then it hit me — I could easily make my own, and for cheap! So naturally I had to share it.Read More

How I Turned My Early Riser Into A Later Sleeper

This post is sponsored by UrbanHello but the opinions and experiences are my own. #helloREMI

How I Got My Early Riser to Sleep Longer

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.

How I Got My Early Riser to Sleep Longer

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…)

How I Got My Early Riser to Sleep Longer

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.

This post is sponsored by UrbanHello but the opinions and experiences are my own.

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Ways to Combine Summer Fun With Helping Others

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldPeakFightsHunger #CollectiveBias


Ways to Combine Summer Fun With

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

What is your idea of a perfect day?

This post is sponsored by Day Owl Rosé, but the experience and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help me to bring content to you here on Oh Lovely Day. The content is for 21+.

My Idea of a "Perfect" Day with my family | ohlovelyday.comNow 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 RosĂ© with my husband on our deck.

My Idea of a "Perfect" Day with my family | ohlovelyday.com

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 rosĂ© and just being together.

My Idea of a "Perfect" Day with my family | ohlovelyday.com

My Idea of a "Perfect" Day with my family | ohlovelyday.com

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 🙂

My Idea of a "Perfect" Day with my family | ohlovelyday.com
Even though every day is a great day for rosĂ© in my book, June 9th is National RosĂ© Day. We’ll be celebrating with the simple pleasures of backyard picnics and a rosĂ© cocktail for the adults. How will you celebrate?

This post is sponsored by Day Owl Rosé.

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