ErgoPouch Sleep Sack Review

Monday, January 15, 2018

I've been a fan of sleep sacks since Blair was a baby. Her blankie, that she still loves, is actually her old sleep sack from when she was a baby. We use sleep sacks for the twins every night as well because I like knowing they can't kick it off and then end up cold...especially in these winter months!

ErgoPouch sent us some sleep sacks and I love them! They are super thick, like a down blanket, which is great because then I don't need to run the heat at night. The ErgoPouch is made of natural materials including organic cotton, bamboo, and merino. They even have footed sleep sacks so baby can be bundled up in the stroller...a great idea for our Disneyland trips!

Every night before bed we zip the kiddos up in their sleep sacks and read them their bed time story. I love cuddling them while they are so mellow. It's such a special time that I'll treasure forever! 

Gettin' Clean for the New Year with Babo Botanicals

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ever since I battled unexplained secondary infertility I've been much more cautious about the products I use on the kids. I do try to be aware of what I use on my own body but I'm especially careful about what I put on the kids because I want to preserve their fertility and of course a healthy, less toxic lifestyle in general.

I use an app called "think dirty" that rates the toxicity of household products on a scale of 1 to 10. Products that score a 3 or less are "safe" and are products I buy for our home. Babo Botanical is a company that uses natural, clean ingredients and work like a charm! I love how conscious they are about using safe ingredients, especially on pregnant women and babies.

Blair's skin has been crazy dry this winter so every night before bed she lotions up her body. Her hands seem to suffer the most from dryness (probably from me making her wash them all the time to avoid germs) so we take extra care to lotion them throughout the day.

I've tried a lot of Babo Botanicals products and so far have loved them all. I use the swim and sport shampoo for Blair since she's in the pool a lot and I use the calming baby lotion for both her and the twins after their bath. The diaper cream is thick and works wonders for the twins and occasionally I even use it for Blair when she gets a rash. I also use the rose conditioner for Blair's curly hair and it does a great job keeping her hair shiny and detangled.

Airplane Survival Kit

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Over the weekend I flew with Cal to visit a friend in northern California. We were on our way to celebrate my best friend's son's first birthday so I took Cal (he flies free!) and the two of us enjoyed some one-on-one time!

We took a one hour flight to San Jose and I made sure to pack a few things that would make his flight (and my life) easier. Below is a list of the things that kept us both happy!

1. Snacks (pack a variety)
- On the way there I grabbed a bean and cheese burrito from Del Taco and it was possibly the best decision I've had in a while haha. He waved that thing around and gnawed on it the whole flight!

2. Books
-His favorite are Little Blue Truck, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Where do Diggers Sleep at Night?, and anything Bizzy Bear.

3. Blankie/Lovey
A blankie or lovey for cuddling.

4. Small Toys
I brought him a few of his favorite die cast cars so he could zoom them on the fold down table.

Happy 1st birthday, Kai! 
Happy Camper!

I can't wait for these two boys to grow up together! I'm already excited for the camping and hiking their dads will take them on. So great to have good friends!

Pediped Shoes Giveaway

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I'm always a little down the day after Christmas. The magic is over and we have to wait a whole other year to experience it again. But I guess that is what makes it so special! We had a lot of special moments over Christmas and I'm sharing one of my favorites below... decorating sugar cookies with the kiddos! Mostly Blair was decorating and the babies were eating but that's good teamwork!

If you're looking for some new shoes for the new year check out Pediped for tiny feet! Their shoes are so stylish and comfortable and will ensure that your kids start out the new year on the right foot! I love the classic mary jane style on Everly and know these shoes will go with everything without conceding comfort.

If you want to try out a pair of Pediped shoes head over to my Instagram (@natyouraveragegirl ) to enter a giveaway to win a free pair of your choice!

Christmas Home Tour

Friday, December 22, 2017

I'm not too late for a Christmas home tour, am I?! Let's be honest... one of the main reasons I'm posting this is so I can remember where I put all my Christmas decorations next year haha. Oh, and to inspire all of you to get festive! ;)

nevermind that chewed leaf in the front haha

I couldn't find loose tinsel anywhere!! Sad. Next year. :(

little stinkers forced me to hang the stockings out of reach this year

Just in case after scrolling through my holiday home tour you think my house is immaculate I'm here to tell you don't worry... it's not. I've perfected the art of hiding toys/laundry/dirty diapers from my shots. Shoot, half the time it's just out of the frame or sitting at my feet. 

Advent Calendar 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

With only one week left till Christmas I thought I better get on the Advent Calendar post I promised! Insert the monkey covering his eyes emoji here. This year I got THIS Advent Calendar and it adds the perfect amount of farmhouse charm to our home. Blair loves hearing what Christmas activity we are going to do that day and I love sharing the Christmas story with her.

Coming up with Christmas activities and breaking up the Christmas story into sections takes time so I've done the work for you below! Feel free to copy what I've done or use as much of it as you would like. Before the month of December hits I sit down and figure out what days would be best for which activities and inevitably I end up switching a few out for "hot cocoa night." ;) I try to keep things super basic during the week and we save the big stuff for the weekends like picking out a Christmas tree etc.

The activities and verses are written on small cards that slide in and out of the envelopes on the calendar.

Day 1 Luke 1:26-27 Hang Christmas lights
Day 2 Luke 1:28 Set up nativity
Day 3 Luke 1:29 Decorate kids' rooms
Day 4 Luke 1:30-31 Pick out Christmas tree
Day 5 Luke 1:32-33 Buy a stranger coffee
Day 6 Luke 1:34-35 Mail Christmas cards
Day 7 Luke 1:36 Bless someone unexpectedly
Day 8 Luke 1:37 Drink hot cocoa
Day 9 Luke 1:38 Decorate a gingerbread house
Day 10 Luke 1:39 Visit Santa
Day 11 Luke 1:40-41 Share the gospel with someone
Day 12 Luke 1:42 Go to a Christmas party
Day 13 Luke 1:43 Help wrap presents
Day 14 Luke 1:44 Drive to see Christmas lights
Day 15 Luke 1:45 Decorate the tree
Day16 Luke 1:46-47 Watch a Christmas movie
Day 17 Luke 1:48-49 Snuggle by the fire
Day 18 Luke 1:50-51 Wear Christmas jammies
Day 19 Luke 1:52-53 Give a gift to a child in need
Day 20 Luke 2:1-4 Read a Christmas story
Day 21 Luke 2: 5-6 See the Christmas production at church
Day 22 Luke 2:7-20 See festival of lights
Day 23 Luke 2:21-22 Make peanut butter balls
Day 24 Luke 2:23-26 Bake Cookies for Santa
Day 25 Luke 2:27-33 Open presents

Men's Gift Guide

Monday, December 11, 2017

Today I'm here to help you with gift ideas for all the MEN in your life! I'm not going to lie..this one really stumps me. Usually I know what my husband wants but throw in uncles, brothers, and DADS and I'm often stumped! Dads are typically old enough to buy what they want, when they want which makes gift giving impossible!

So here we go! I asked some pretty awesome men (and women!) what they get the dudes in their life and this is what they said...

I hope that was maybe a tad bit helpful! If you have any great gift ideas let me know below! Happy Shopping. :)