May 16, 2016

The weekend - May 14th & 15th 2016

Because I never want to forget.

Community yard sale.
We met our neighbors; the family behind Iron Grace Designs.
Emptied the planter in the front yard and planted the plants purchased at a yard sale + some vegetables + some cacti.
Played out front.
Disneyland passes didn't work after driving to the far lot.
Decided against Disney all together.
Walked The Block, or whatever it's called these days.
Visited the animal shelter.
Donuts for dinner.

April 26, 2016

Tween Bedroom Makeover

At the beginning of March, Taylor went away to sixth grade camp for the duration of the school week. I had planned on distracting myself from missing her by giving her a bedroom makeover while she was gone. Instead, I got extremely busy, and began the makeover the night before she returned home. It was chaotic, to say the least. You can see what the room once looked like here.

I decided against painting her room, since she told me that she likes the color. I had planned on painting it a bright new color, but right before she left, she was talking about her bedroom wall color being perfect for her, and my plans were changed. It all ended up working out beautifully though, since the project was completed in a much shorter time frame.

The amazing company Anewall sent her a full wall mural when I told them about my plans to surprise her, and it really ties the room together. The mural came in self-adhesive panels, and fit together like a puzzle. It took just a little bit of patience, and the mural was up in less than one hour. Since Taylor's favorite animal is a panda, I thought the black and white wall would bring the panda elements together with the bright and cheery decor. The entire makeover was extremely simple.

Furniture: IKEA (bed : bookshelf : desk)
Decor: IKEA, World Market, and Target
Bedding: Target
Wall mural: c/o Anewall (her mural can be found here)

March 14, 2016

The best laundry detergent for babies!

Having four kids, I do a lot of laundry. Okay, actually, I put a lot of laundry into the washer, forget about it, and then my husband does a lot of laundry. Laundry is my nemesis, and I'm really not that great at it.

Coming back and forth from constant doctor's visits with the baby, we end up with special items needing constant laundering. From babywearing wraps, to stuffed animals, to pillows- our hospital visits always result in a car full of things that need special attention in the laundry department.

The sweet people from The Laundress reached out to see if I'd like to test out their product for a mention on social media. I get those offers constantly, but I decided not to turn this one down because we really do need to find something for all of Rocky's special belongings. I figured that I would snap a quick photo one day and direct some traffic to their Instagram account without saying a whole lot. Instead, I found myself halfway through their Baby detergent bottle, and I decided to write up a full blog post. It's one of the best products that I have had the opportunity to try, and I had to share it with you guys here! The internet is forever, as is my love for this laundry soap.

I'm all for natural cleaning. I'm obsessed with essential oils, and I am cautious of everything we bring into our home as to stay epilepsy safe for Rocky. The baby detergent from The Laundress makes me feel confident that I am using safe products in my home, and the scent is seriously dreamy. I tried to word their ingredients properly here, but they say it best on their website: Plant-derived anionic and nonionic surfactants,stain-fighting and cleaning enzymes (protease, amylase, cellulase, lipase), mineral-derived cleaning enhancers (borax, sodium gluconate, and calcium chloride), essential oils and fragrance. Made with nontoxic, biodegradable, and allergen-free materials. Made with natural ingredients. Color and texture may vary. Free of petroleum, SLS, phosphate, phthalates, and dye. Cruelty-free. No animal by-products.

Swoon. Especially when you read all of that and then smell it. As they say on their site; a favorite of the entire family, our Baby scent is a soft and calming blend of vanilla, musk, lily of the valley, lavender, and sandalwood. They have a fabric spray in the same scent that I use on the car seats, my diaper bag, stuffed animals, our bedding, and all over the play room. 

I had to profess my love for these products! Even Rocky approves.