Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Where did I leave off? Oh, 2013. Well, no denying it's been a while around here.

1. Faux Fur Trim Down & Feather Fill Parka: I could write a whole separate post on this, but I'll give you the TLDR: I'm increasingly self-conscious about my age. Not that I think I'm getting old. Just the opposite actually. I'm acutely aware that people think I'm very young. I can't tell you how may times I get asked if I'm the nanny. While flattering, I am making an effort to dress a little more mature. Part of this is parting ways with my go-to North Face and Patagonia pieces. While I still love my old favorites, I think this quilted parka reads just a tiny bit more age appropriate.

2. Bolthouse Farms Protein Plus: I cannot get enough of this stuff! While I'm sure it's not a stellar health food, it totally satisfies my would-be Starbucks iced coffee cravings. Y.U.M.

3. IKEA Ribba Frame: At $14.99 these IKEA frames can't be beat. I bought 4 years ago and still love them so much. They're a great oversized square and look so crisp and modern. I'm planning on adding 5 more to the collection to make a huge gallery wall in our to-be-renovated dining room. My aim is to create something like this:

4. GLAMGLOW Flashmud Brightening Treatment: OMG PUT THIS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST NOW! It's my new obsession. Obsessed! It's a little spendy at $69, but let me tell you my skin looks amazing. I love, love, love it. If you're not convinced, the awesome people at Sephora just might give you a sample.
5. Facebook Groups: Specifically, Kid's Clothing Resale groups. I've met some great moms, and I've sold sizes my boys have outgrown and fully funded the next season of clothing. It's fantastic.
6. Mr. Pumice: Man, the bottom of my feet get ROUGH. On days when I remember to scrub down the bottoms of my feet with this thing I'm extra happy. It's less than $5 on amazon. Steal!
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
I have joked that I can't leave the house with my kids if I'm not in a really good mood. Everyone stops us. EVERYONE. I get it - it's hard to pass up commenting on twins and a toddler. And my kids are generally quite happy. They're practically asking for people to stop and chat.

The one thing people say over and over is how hard it must be. How I have my hands full. How much work raising three kids is. And while, yes, these things can be true, I refuse to imply in front of my children that they are a burden. I always kindly respond that "my kids are absolutely wonderful" and that "I'm so lucky". Somehow no one is satisfied by this answer. Of course there are some days when I want to pull my hair out. But, really, I do appreciate that I have pretty great kids.

I just hate the idea of being so negative about our kids. Especially while their impressionable ears are listening. What's the lesson in that? What's the message we convey?

At the end of the day, my kids are not a burden. They are a challenge. They keep me busy. They are silly, and fun, and manage to get 62% of every meal on the floor. They are so amazing. Ridiculously cute. And I really mean it when I say I'm the lucky one.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
I'm pretty sure sleep is the magical unicorn that all parents chase. We definitely take sleep pretty seriously around here. I've joked that Amazon's purchase history between the hours of midnight and 5am are primarily by desperate moms hoping a sound machine, just the right swaddle, or a new swing will be the cure-all. I, for one, have most definitely not shopped half awake out of desperation. Definitely not.

It seems like there are two key elements to getting through the night:
+ the actual sleep itself
+ staying clean and dry

I am a firm believer in a few key sleep elements:
     1. A dark room. You NEED blackout shades.
     2. White noise.
     3. A consistent bedtime routine.
     4. A cozy sleep environment.

In my book, a cozy sleep environment means: a quality mattress, soft linens, cuddly pajamas, a comfort object (lovey/blanket) and a durable crib.

Staying clean and dry has been the real challenge. Here's why:

CRIB 1: The King of the Diaper Leak

CRIB 2: The Puke Master

So, when I was given the opportunity to try and then review a PUREgrace Premium Crib Mattress Protector I jumped at the chance to add another element of comfort and protection to the twins' beds. With all the mess around here, mattress protection is a no-brainer.

The PUREgrace mattress protectors is how amazingly silky soft and high quality they feel. It's almost a shame to put sheets over them! According to the PUREgrace people: it's made of a product called Tencel that's a botanic and pure fiber derived from Euclyptus trees, found in nature, grown free from pesticides and herbicides, and harvested through an eco-friendly manufacturing process. Who wouldn't want their sweet little ones sleeping on that?

The other thing that's really fantastic is the security with which they attach to the mattress. The mattress protectors are very deep and have a series of elastics that keep them extremely secure. I appreciate not losing any sleep worrying about anything coming loose.

The PUREgrace mattress protector is a luxurious and high quality product. Honestly, it's not something I had thought to purchase, but I absolutely love having these! What are your sleep essentials?

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PUREgrace Premium Crib Mattress Protector was sent to us
via the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts Program!
Monday, August 3, 2015

Raising 3 kids under 3 isn't a small thing. I've learned that over and over in the past 6 months. But I'm not a hero.

When I leave the house with the kids, I get flooded with comments, stares, and praise. A big double stroller with a toddler riding in tow is certainly hard to miss.

"Go mama! I don't know how you do it!"
"Better you than me. I'm overwhelmed just looking at you!"
"I can't believe you get out!"
"You are my hero, mama!"

I appreciate the compliments. I'm proud that I feel capable of taking our kids out. And yet, sometimes I feel something else. I'm not sure of the word. It's not exactly embarrassed. Maybe undeserving?  I mean, the reality is this: This life is exactly what I signed up for. Literally. I physically signed a paper to transfer to strong, beautiful embryos to my body with a 18 month old baby at home. None of this was a surprise. I dreamed of it. I cried for it. I wished with all my being that I would have the opportunity to raise a family.

It's a lot of work, and planning, and coordination. Getting out of the house often feels like a 3-ring circus. Bottles, diapers, extra outfits, snacks,'s an entirely different level of effort than tossing a baby in the stroller and heading out for a few errands. But like I said, I signed up for it. And I love it.

Today I'm not showered. I am wearing clothes I grabbed off the floor because I got barfed on this morning. I honestly couldn't tell you what I've eaten today besides animal crackers and coffee. I'm definitely not a hero. But I love these kids like crazy. Most days I do my best. Many days I fall short. And that's that.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Just a few things have happened in the past few months:

1. We moved.

2. We renovated the heck out of our house.

3.  We welcomed these sweet boys to our family.

How's that for an excuse for letting blogging fall by the wayside? Also, follow @thefixits on instagram for regular updates and life snippets.


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