Over the weekend we celebrated this little guy turning three years old and it really was the sweetest of times. I can’t believe how fast three years have gone by. We shared this little video with family to celebrate our baby and by far it was the best thing.

I’m convinced that there is nothing worst for an adult than laundry. I hate laundry and it hates me back, it makes it clear when it piles up and refuses to put itself away, one can dream right?! But even worst is having to do laundry in a an ugly sad space. So we decided to take on a little project and update the laundry room on a tiny budget because thats how our bank account works.  We started the laundry room makeover early August and we just finished it because even small projects tend to take long when you’ve got to work around two schedules and a demanding toddler. The great thing about making over such a small space is that 1. It’s small! Projects that would take days in a large space can be done in just a few hours! This space is tiny, nothing more than a hallway with a space for a washer and dryer, but even tiny gets the job done. Since the tech geniuses haven’t figured out how to get laundry to sort, wash, fold, and put itself away, it means that I’m stuck doing it. If thats the case then I need a bright, fresh room and the best washer and dryer a mama can ask for to do so in.

Let’s get to the project part of this post, seriously such an easy and affordable update. We used this tutorial from Pinterest to shiplap the wall for cheap, it worked great and we didn’t spend more than fifty dollars with glue, white paint, and nails included. We purchased four wooden brackets from IKEA and then got one piece of wood cut in half at Home Depot for easy and super affordable shelves, these two were under twenty-five dollars including brackets. We also spent thirty dollars on plants to brighten up the laundry room and decorate for cheap, we already had the baskets. It can be a little hard for me to balance functional + beautiful but aren’t we all like that? I feel like the open shelving is perfect because it forces me to keep the area tidy and baskets make it easy to hide the not so pretty things. If you are wondering about detergent bottles, well one of the best features of  this GE washer is that it holds up to 75 oz. of detergent and automatically dispenses the right amount for each load, no more detergent bottles hanging out in the laundry room. I know what you are wondering, then why does she have those bottles there? Dimensions! Now you know if the shelves can hold/fit detergent bottles.

I still want to add two drying racks and linen hampers but those will have to wait a bit since I’ll probably have to get the linen hampers custom made and will have to take a trip to IKEA for the drying racks! Promise to update you.

Don’t judge the me for the Raid bottle! We had fire ants in our garage this summer and some were making their way into the laundry room! I wasn’t trying to deter them with peppermint oil! I wanted them dead.

 

In case you’re wondering why in the world does this washer have a wifi icon? Let me elevate your laundry experience, both the washer and dryer come with this feature. Keep in mind that you will find this super useful if you hate laundry and are part of the “lets run it a second time club,” because you left the laundry in there for a day or three. The wifi feature allows you to control and monitor your laundry from anywhere with a smart device or Amazon Alexa. It will also text you to let you know that your laundry is done so that you dont leave it in there for days! Don’t roll your eyes at the feature until you try it.

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Before becoming a parent I had heard all about how much kids could eat. Nothing prepared me for the amounts of food that an almost three year old toddler can eat, its a part time job! All day I hear “mommy let me see something” as he points to the fridge. “Mommy I’m really hungry” 10 minutes after any meal. With the eating habit of a professional eater I have to make sure that I keep snacks with staying power, we want fat and protein to ensure that they are healthy and filling and guarantee me at least a 10 minute break before the next “I’m starving.”   Yes, these are super high fat but it’s good fat and this isn’t the 90’s anymore so we know that good fat is vital for growing babies, pregnant women, active people, or anyone that is alive. You need good fats! These are so easy to make and quite honestly you can eye ball the ingredients, you will dirty two dishes if that, and they make amazing bargaining chips for when your toddler refuses vegetables, I know you’re not supposed to negotiate with them, but mama needs to live.

Energy Bites // Makes 12

The coconut oil here acts as glue for the whole situation, therefore, they hold together better when refrigerated, to remain in a more solid, state. They are fine at room temperature, but note they will be more delicate and not travel as well. If you want them for travel just use coconut butter instead of oil.

1 cup rolled oats
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Vanilla-Coconut Collagen Peptides
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Vanilla Coconut Collagen Whey
1 drop of Young Living Vitality Cinnamon Bark Essential oil
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil, melt it if solid
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
3 Tbsp. maple syrup

 

this post was sponsored by Vital Proteins

October really is one of my favorite months of the year! It comes into these parts of California promising cooler weather and what’s not to love about that? I get a whole month to enjoy my baby before he turns another year older, and the Holidays are around the corner, so like I said, best month. I’m giving myself extra mom points because we got to the pumpkin patch in October and not November! I’ve always loved going the pumpkin patch, I grew up in Los Angeles and unfortunately all the patches I had been to were pretty much hay bails and orange pumpkins in some parking lot, I feel robbed. But as you will see this pumpkin patch isn’t that. Oliver,  had the best time riding the train with his daddy,  petting the goats and bunnies, riding on the tractor  and of course looking at all the pumpkins that come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. This visit was the best yet because it was the first time that my sweet boy really got to experience it and he absolutely loved it! I’m adding this activity to our yearly traditions and I think you should too. By far the best pumpkin patch in Southern California .

Love the way his little face lit up when we said it was ok to hold the “baby pumpkin.”

 

 

If you follow me on Instagram you have probably heard me talk about some of the challenges that Im dealing with this pregnancy, including pubic dysfunction, PSD. It can be so easy to just focus on the ugly side of this whole situation, because really there isn’t much of a bright side to it. I am in chronic pain that just gets worst with each day and this has forced me to slow down a ton. Well, I have found that a lot of good things happen when you slow down, our mornings are no longer rushed. Before,  we would wake up and rush to eat breakfast and make it to our Fit4mom class on time. Now our mornings are slower, we cook breakfast, watch some toons and make plenty of time for play in our pajamas! Watching Oliver play freely without the words “baby we got to go” or “baby you cant play right now” have really allowed me to witness his imagination take him to all sorts of amazing places. We partnered  with Tea Collection to offer all of you 20% off + free shipping their newest collection! I love that Tea Collection encourages children to explore far away lands while providing clothes that are beautiful, comfortable, durable, and ethically sourced.

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