How to Make Time to Workout

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To all of my parents and busy bees out there, am I right when I say that we have to savor our Little Wins™ throughout the day? Maybe before becoming a mom or dad, you were able to sip your morning coffee in peace. Maybe you were able to get your workout in whenever you wanted. MAYBE you even got to shower on a regular basis. But then, life hit you SMACK in the face. That coffee became a luxury, your workout time became a feeding time, and that shower? What shower? Anyone feel me? Portions of our daily routines have turned into Little Wins™, and personally, I absolutely need

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How to Have a Successful Trip to the Park

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If you tell me that every trip to the park or playground with your kids is a breeze, I’m going to have to call your bluff. That would mean that no one ever gets mad when it’s time to leave, no one ever gets a bump, bruise, or scrape, and everything is just easy peasy. I just don’t believe it! For me, I have the personal struggle of having to watch twin toddlers occasionally run in opposite directions. On top of that, they’re climbers, love puddle jumping, are curious about

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The 4 Step Skin Care Routine

I’m not going to lie to you, here. I have NOT been taking care of my skin. Since becoming a mom last year and turning 30 this year, I’ve begun to reevaluate how I treat my skin. While I’ve always slapped on a lotion after I shower, I really had no skin care routine. In the interest of not appearing far older than I actually am, I’ve decided it’s time to get my act together! I might be trying to treat my skin better, but I might also be super afraid that my

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The Best Learning Toys for Babies

Greetings mamas, papas, or anyone caring for a little one out there! I’m here today to hopefully save you a little time, a little money, and a lot of sanity. There are SO many toys on the market these days, you can drive yourself absolutely nuts trying to research them all. For our family, having twins means that we have many “multiple” items, and are always trying to limit our clutter. Therefore, we like to choose our toys wisely! What do we look for?

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How to Get a Free Breast Pump Through Insurance

This post was sponsored by Aeroflow Inc, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Hello, lovelies! It has been one hot minute since I’ve written anything regarding breastfeeding or pumping, but guess what? August is National Breastfeeding Month, and as luck would have it, I have some information to help out you mamas-to-be. If you’re expecting, you might be debating how you’ll go about feeding your new arrival. For me, I was hoping to at least attempt to breastfeed or pump, and wanted to be prepared. When I saw what a breast pump could cost

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Back to School Clothes for Kids of All Ages

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It’s that time of year again, everyone! If you have little ones in school, pre-school, or even staying at home, it’s hard to miss all of the back to school sales popping up. Instead of stressing out over going to multiple stores to stock up, how about you just stop at one? As a mom of multiple kids, big outings can get a little stressful, so we try to make clothing a one-stop shop, instead of an all day event. Where do we always go?

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How to Thank A Mom Friend

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Let’s put this simply: motherhood is rough. It’s beautiful and exciting, yet can also be isolating and scary (that will be a whole post of its own). During those less-than-perfect moments, it’s so helpful to have a mom friend to offer you advice, a shoulder, or even make a joke to lighten things up. As an introvert, I have difficulty meeting new people, let alone other moms. On top of that, our family moves every few years, which only adds to the challenge. Luckily, while living in Kansas a few years ago, I met a couple of amazing ladies who

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How to Have a DIY Date Night (with 10 Date Ideas)

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So here you are, trying to plan your Friday, Saturday, or whatever night. It’s date night and you’re not feeling the whole “spend 3 hours at a fancy restaurant” vibe, but you still want a good dinner and an enjoyable time. You may or may not want to dress up, the babysitter is up in the air, and you’re just looking for a simple, frugal plan. This is my husband and I on almost every date night. Honestly, I’m not a fancy person and I often have trouble

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7 Tips for Life with Twin Toddlers

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“I have no idea how you do it with two!” I hear this phrase pretty frequently, and while it’s hilarious nice that people think I’m “doing it” with two, it often doesn’t feel that way. My twins are now almost 18 months, and while many things have gotten easier (like feeding them), some things have also gotten harder (also, like feeding them). Still, I’m often asked for tips on how to handle twins, or just two close in age, especially once they become mobile toddlers. Well, get ready, because here is my tip:

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White Kitchen Remodel (Renovation Update Pt. 2)

Just want you all to know that this post is NOT sponsored, mmmkay? We just like Lowe’s!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a renovation update, whoops! Since we last saw each other, I’m pretty darn excited to say that we now have a new kitchen. I mean, I kind of miss having cabinets with the edges chewed off (by hopefully, a dog) and countertops with the world’s strongest glue stuck to them, but they’ve moved on to better places (dumpster heaven?). Let’s kick off this post by showing some love to the original cabinets. You can check them out below…

I’m pretty sad to say that I did not take any close up photos of the missing corners, holes, or extreme grease that was packed onto them when we moved in. What you can see though, is that they were the standard, builder’s grade beauties. Normally, there’s nothing wrong with that, but, with the damage I mentioned and with us needing to resell in a few years, they had to go. The photo above shows us right after having appliances delivered, because we flat out didn’t have any! (It also shows some babies chilling out, one missing a shoe, because…who needs two?) You can find out what brand we chose for appliances at the bottom of the post.

Installing the Cabinets

As you can see, the kitchen only has one little window, so when choosing colors for the cabinets, I went with white. Not only because I love white, but also because I felt that the kitchen was dark and depressing. I used to season our food with the salt of my teardrops…just kidding. I know in past posts, I told you guys that we can’t go crazy personalizing with colors or anything, since this isn’t our forever home, but I’m still SUPER happy with the color scheme here! (Scroll to the bottom for the specifics on makes/brands that we used).

Now, you may remember that I have a talented family member who likes to help with house stuff, right? His name is “Dad” and when he came to work visit last fall, he was kind enough to measure and design a new kitchen for us. He eliminated strange cabinets that wasted space, gave us drawers, true corner cabinets, a bigger island, and ordered some fancy crown molding to jazz things up a bit. All doors and drawers also close on their own, which is extra helpful! He traveled out here to install them, because otherwise I was going to complain about customer service (kidding, Dad!).

The cabinet installation took only a few days, including tearing up some of the old flooring (more on that later). After watching him install and watching my husband help, I quickly realized that this job is not for the faint of heart. Issues arise, such as having walls that aren’t straight, and a rookie would probably be set back WAY longer in trying to solve any problems.

About the Countertops…

When the cabinets were done, we only needed to wait for our countertops, which arrived about a month later. They were ordered during the cabinet installation, with the help of my mom, who makes better decor design and decisions that I ever will. In the meantime, we just laid the old countertops back down to give us a surface use, which you can see in the photo above. If you’re doing a renovation, you can also just use plywood if you need to! Anyway, when the countertop arrived, there was one slight issue. A piece of granite cracked during the installation, and would need to be replaced. No big deal, what’s another week of waiting, right? When the new piece arrived, it was like it never happened! You can check out a few photos of the complete finished project below! It’s hard to tell, but there are little specks of a cranberry-ish color throughout, which I love!

I ate all of those cookies in the corner…

Details:

Cabinets: Diamond Shaker Style from Lowe’s

Countertops: Allen + Roth Tauro Leaf from Lowe’s

Appliances: Whirlpool everyyything from Lowe’s

Do you think we like Lowe’s?

What do you guys think? Are you working on a renovation of your own, or plan to? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

(PS: Read our last renovation update here and the story of our purchase of a foreclosure here!)

 

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