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Thoughts on my own adoption

Thoughts on my own adoption

Ruby is almost 6 months. She is SO still, so sweet and even tempered. She doesn’t cry much except when she’s hungry or overtired, things I would expect from a baby! Her eyes captivate a room and her soul feels wise and old. No one can make Ruby laugh like her older sister and she loves being dragged around by her older brothers. She isn’t a thumb sucker but loves her hands to soothe her, and she lives for a warm bath. It’s always a miracle to me what you can know about a person in just a short five months,  especially about a person who doesn’t even speak yet because even in the silence there is so much being said.

And every time my babies are this age I have a moment of deep reflection and even perhaps sorrow as I ponder on the five and a half months I spent in foster care waiting on my eternal family. Who knew the things I loved? Did they know how to comfort me or make me laugh? Did I light up when someone came in the room? I like to think they did and that in this foster home there were angels who truly tried to pour love into a baby they knew they’d soon say goodbye to.

It’s a piece of my life that goes missing, a time I know nothing about and in many ways I mourn for my adopted parents who would have loved to fill those spaces and moments for me. Who yearned desperately to know my fingers and toes and kiss my baby belly. I’m grateful to be where I am and for the spaces in time I don’t remember but can almost sense. These reflections teach me about myself and about people, those still waiting for their babies and the children still waiting for families and those mourning for time lost.

We all have delicate stories don’t we? And this part of mine always serves as a reminder to pause and give thanks to Heavenly Father for the blessing of my children. I have a sacred and deep gratitude to have known Ruby every second of her life and I don’t take a single one of them for granted and recognize not all have the chance. Maybe something feels lost in your life and you mourn for what was or might have been, but my story reminds me continually that there is a plan much bigger than my own, even when I can’t yet see it. Xo -j

Strawberry Valentine’s Popcorn

Strawberry Valentine’s Popcorn

❤️ I got this popcorn recipe from my friend Kerry years ago and I’ve loved it! I just brought it to a party and it was perfectly festive plus I figured out how to pop popcorn in my instant pot and my whole life changed so I gotta share the love!!! You can do this with or without the pot but here’s what I did.

Directions:

  • Set your instant pot to sauté on high.
  • Put 2 T coconut oil in and let melt and cover the entire bottom of the pot, wait a couple minutes for it to get super hot.
  • Put in 1/2c kernels and stir around to cover them in coconut oil.
  • Put the lid on and do not take it off! It will take a couple minutes for the kernels to get poppin but once they do, it will only take a minute or so! Wait until the kernels sound like they’re slowing down and turn off the pot leaving the lid on and letting the rest of the kernels pop!

Once finished put popcorn in a bowl

  • add 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 T PB Fit (peanut butter powder)
  • 1/2c dried strawberries or raspberries!

Mix together well & enjoy!

Grandma May’s Caramel Recipe

Grandma May’s Caramel Recipe

Here by popular demand is my mother-in-law’s caramel recipe, which is actually her grandmother’s recipe. Basically, it’s stood the test of time my friends and you won’t find better!!

Grandma May’s Caramels:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of corn syrup
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Bring to boil on low heat with 1 cup of cream. Add the second cup of cream. Continue boiling on low stirring constantly. Cook until candy reaches 230 degrees. Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp of vanilla. Pour into 9x13 dish. Cut into squares when cool. Wrap pieces in wax paper.

  • **use a glass 9x13 pan and be sure to butter so caramels don’t stick!
  • **stir constantly
  • **use wooden spoon

When we lived in California I got a huge box one day and opened it up to see that Melanie, my sweet mother in law had made me a HUGE batch of caramels. I cried. It was the sweetest labor of love she did because she knows how much I love them 😭❤️ They’re that good! This also happened with her Texas Sheet Cake once too 😂

xo

Jenna

 

Jenna’s Baby Must Haves

Jenna’s Baby Must Haves

Hi friends! Now that Ruby is 7 months old (where has the time gone?!?!) I feel like I can totally share must-haves for the first 6 months of life & most of these things I am still using today. Everyone will swear that you need this or that with all the bells & whistles– but I am giving you true items that I use/used every. single. day. & if I had another baby (and that’s a giant IF) I would make sure I had these things again. (Also, here is the link to these jeans!)

 This is my philosophy on baby gear:  

    • I don’t want to spend more than I need to
    • I want to buy things that I can use for a long time 
    • I want to buy things that are going to make my life easier

With me? Yeah you are. So-  here goes! Jenna Rammell’s ultimate list of baby-must haves after birthing 4 magical little humans in the world! 

#1: Stroller

Okay, this is the Cadillac of strollers, BUT before I lose you– it is worth the hype and the money. It’s beautiful, rides so smooth, is easy to open and close and has attachments that grow with your child. Get this, I can click in my carseat and have the extra seat for Lolly annnd I can have the skateboard on the back for my boys. Yeah, I can be a total circus and accommodate allll of my kids, it’s truly amazing. I would also highly recommend that you buy the matching carseat because it clicks into the travel system. That way when you’re running errands and baby is asleep, you don’t have to transfer them into anything. Just click them in and go.

 

#2: Baby Monitor/Camera

If you are like me at all and would prefer to stare at your baby the entire night because you’re terrified of anything and everything happening to their sweet tiny bodies… this is for you. I am a little paranoid (especially in those early days) of SIDS. Terrified. Who isn’t? So for me, this is all for my peace of mind. The Owlet Smart Sock makes me feel like I am checking my baby back into the nursery at the hospital. Like someone is watching her for me at all times. It’s just that extra assurance that I can fall asleep without thinking the absolute worst is going to happen.

I moved Ruby into her crib at 4 months and that’s when I started using the camera. I was able to check in on her during nap time and see her cute, sleeping face. It links with your smart sock so you can see their vitals and see them! This is something that I wish I had with all my kids!!

 #3: Portable Sleeper

 The Dock-a-tot is the holy grail of baby loungers! I had this down in my living room/office/basement for the beginning of Ruby’s life. When she was tiny and wasn’t napping in her bed yet, it was so nice to have this accessible to just move about my house. I would lay her in it and the raised edges help with moro reflex so she didn’t always have to be swaddled. In the beginning it’s nice to have a portable bed so you aren’t trapped upstairs by the bassinet, adjusting a binky.

Also, this was awesome for travel! Because it’s a baby item, you can check it for free and take it with you. I loved this in hotels and making a pack-n-play a little cozier.  

This is another favorite bed that I found! I loved this when Ruby was teeny, tiny. There is an adjustable piece at the bottom that you can move as they grow– making the bed super cozy and womb like.

#4: Swaddles

If you’re a traditional, swaddler– let me introduce you to the best swaddles around. The colors are pretty, but the fabric is SO soft, they are huuuge and stretchy so you can get your babe snug! They also have some of my favorite muslin swaddle prints right here. Also, if you want to see how I love to swaddle my babes, go here!

I love having lots of these muslin swaddles too! They make a great baby shower gift, but also, they are nice and cozy for the car, awesome to wipe up spit it, use as a burp cloth, use as a changing pad and at the end of the day, I can throw it into the laundry room and have another one clean for the next day. Okay, here are some of my favorites!

 Now that I am not swaddling Ruby anymore, I have moved to sleep sacks. They are so nice for safe sleep because there aren’t any loose blankets! I found this one that is a lighter and doesn’t get twisted when she’s rolling around her crib.

#5: Sound Machine

Every baby needs a good sound machine and this is the best I have found! It’s portable so you can stick it in their carseats when you’re in the car, but also it’s loud enough to be used in the nursery. The charger is a USB so when it’s low battery, I can plug it into the car charger in the car. It also has a “shush” setting… need I say more?  

#6: Paci’s and Clips

These are my favorite pacis and clips! They are soft and pretty and I have found that Ruby is able to hold these really well in her mouth. If you’re buying pacis, you’ve gotta have clips because otherwise they end up on the floor and dirty. These clips are small and soft so when she falls asleep with them, they aren’t pinching or hurting. 

#7: Sleeper

This Fisher Price beauty is one of the best baby finds. (I know this isn’t “safe sleep,” I know, but this is what my babies have slept in.) It’s slightly elevated so it helps with reflux, it also rocks which is SO nice when a baby is used to your rocking body for 9 months. I also found that it was perfect for setting baby in while you were hopping in the shower or brushing your teeth. It will gently rock them so you can buy yourself 5-6 minutes.

#8: Baby Lounger

Here is another Fisher Price find! I loved this baby seat (& the price) before Ruby could sit up and wanted to look around and see us. It’s lightweight and I moved this all around my house when I was working or trying to get something….anything done.

At 6 months, I started putting her in this baby seat. This one is nice because I can feed her food (while she is learning) and just hose her & the seat down and all is clean again! It’s also easy to drag around the house and helps her learn how to sit up.

#9: Health

I really don’t like using medicine on my babies when they are so tiny, but I want to be able to support their immune system, help them with a cough or runny nose and sleep better so these are the oils that I use on my babies and myself. These touch rollers are already diluted so it brings me peace of mind that they are safe on their skin. I talk a lot about oil education, how to use oils and how to purchase oils over on The Daily Essential Co.. Come learn with me 

Okay, let’s talk about baby nails. They have the smallest little fingers and if you have ever cut a babies nails too short– you know how terrible you feel after. I found this little number, that files the nail instead of cutting them. Genius. That way there’s no blood, sweat or tears involved!

Next is this 3-in-1- humidifier and why didn’t I have this for all my babies!? Living in Utah, it’s dryyyy. I had this bad boy going all winter to help Ruby stay healthy. Andrew and I joked and called it her “ecosystem” because this made her room cozy and comfortable. I also will drop a couple of drops of lavender in the diffuser to help support sleep each night.

#10: Baby Bath 

There are so many baths out there to choose from so I bought this one. Ruby will use it from birth until she can sit up on her own in the tub. It’s super clean and easy and goes straight into your tub so there’s no added mess. If you have other kids that you’re bathing, it’s nice to just do it all at once!

#11: Bows

My favorite bows that I have used for both Lolly and Ruby are right here! They are soft and stay on, which is everything you need in a bow. There are tons of colors and cute prints. They are stretchy and grow with your babe so they aren’t a one and done kind of bow. Lilerally, ever picture of Ruby in this post is a Baby Bling bow!

#12: Jammies

Every. Single. One. Of my kids have worn these jammies and still wear these jammies. This is not a drill, they are the softest thing on the planet. I gift a these to all my friends with new babies so they can know of this goodness from the beginning. They also have the little hand covers to keep babies hands warm and to keep away those tiny nails. I love all my new babies in white so click here and get these jammies and you’re welcome! 

 #13: Carriers 

When it comes to baby wearing, these 2 are my absolute favorites! Lolly lived in these wraps. They are the best for when they are tiny and you need to be hands free. This wrap is my favorite once baby gets a little bigger and can hold their head up on their own. Andrew can wear it when we go to the park or on hikes. Which is nice when you have other kids that need you! 

I truly hope this post finds you well! As you’re about to (maybe) welcome a little one into your life, I hope you know that YOU already are everything your baby needs. All your baby needs to be happy in this world is you!

 xo

Jenna

 

Basement Kitchen Reveal!

Basement Kitchen Reveal!

OH FRIENDS.

The basement. It’s kind of a trigger word in our house and we are all still recovering from the 8 month process it’s been! We are grateful to have been able to finish it and now we know moving forward that timelines in renovation and construction are basically imaginary and you can just plan on your project being finished when the universe allows it 🙂

There are still so many little things to do so we will be doing these reveals over time but I am SO FREAKING STOKED to share with you THE KITCHEN!

I got a few comments asking why would I put a kitchen in my basement when I already have a beautiful one?! Good  question! We wanted to have a space where we could keep drinks and snacks for the downstairs theatre and playroom as well as a place where guests could feel like they could come to our home and have a space of their own! You know when your kids wake up at 5am at a friends house and you’re trying to keep them quiet and feed them cereal? It’s tough! So I wanted to have a space that accommodated our friends and family as well as gave me a second kitchen to utilize when we have large gatherings!

I am so totally obsessed with the kitchen and I hope you will be too!

I wanted to take some fun risks in the basement since I had gone so simple and white in the kitchen upstairs! Open shelving didn’t make sense to me in our main kitchen because I cook a lot and need a lot of closed storage for all our appliances so it was fun to do open shelving in the uppers!

The lower cabinets were custom by our friend Tadd Cox – aren’t they gorgeous? He doesn’t have a website but you can DM me if you’re in Utah and I can get you his contact information! The color of the cabinets are Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. I love how this color plays in the light and is sometimes lends to blue or green depending!

The open shelving is quartered oak which we also had custom made by Tadd. My husband Andrew stained them with this stain. We may add some more white in so you can see more grain in the future but for now I’m really loving them!

The backsplash tile is from Contempo Tile and is a simple crayon shape in Bright White. I LOVE it and would do it in other places in the house for sure! It’s fairly inexpensive but more interesting than a subway tile! The faucet is the same we have in our upstairs kitchen and I’m obsessed with it. The Champagne Gold is such a great unique color and somehow it doesn’t get TOO spotty from water and fingerprints which I appreciate!

Let’s talk about the waterfall island. DEFINITELY my favorite part of the kitchen! It makes such a statement without being over the top – it was totally worth the investment! We decided to go with Home Depot for our countertops and it was truly THE BEST experience. Work can be really hard to find in Utah right now. There is SO MUCH new construction that it can be difficult to get people out to finish jobs. Not with Home Depot! I took my dimensions in and worked with the BEST people who just know their job. I didn’t have time or energy to figure out depth or what would look best and they did it all for me. I also love that they sent actual templates and 3d drawings of how the counter tops would look in the space so I could adjust things. This counter is Calatta Gold Quartz.

The grain in it is is so soft but yet SO GORGEOUS. Do you think Andrew would be mad at me if I wanted to replace all the upstairs with this material? YES YES HE WOULD.

Gasp. Love it so much.

The appliances are all Whirlpool! We had done higher end appliances in our upstairs and couldn’t afford to go that route downstairs as well. I love the options we found for well made but budget friendly appliances and these are working great!! I especially love the option of having a double oven, dishwasher and fridge down here for hosting parties. They’ve already been put to good use. We decided not to do a stove top because FIRE and kids and I just didn’t want to not be able to keep an eye on it when they’re downstairs playing!

Fridge // Double Oven // Dishwasher

Baby Got Back.

The floor! Okay this has a lot of questions on it. I could do a whole blog post and maybe I will but I’ll keep talking more about these as we do more reveals. This is Natural Maple Engineered Vinyl Plank from Lumber Liquidators. What I’ve learned is it’s a newer manufactured tile and nicer, stronger and feels better than even Luxury Vinyl Tile. I was hesitant to use anything but wood but after my experience with maintenance with my wood (NIGHTMARE) I wanted to be able to have a breathe easy space in the basement where the kids can have a drink and I don’t have to panic! This stuff is INDESTRUCTIBLE. Andrew installed the entire floor himself. Technically guys it’s SO EASY but just freaking time consuming. It took him almost 4 days to lay the basement flooring we chose to do this in, which was about 1000 square feet. ANYONE can do it but just plan on some time and buying some knee pads 🙂  

Okay I think that’s all I have for you for now! Leave any questions and I can source everything below! I know this is a long post but hopefully helpful to you! Thanks for stopping by and for all the love and kindness!!

xo

Stools // Rug // Cutting Board //

 

 

 

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Redwood Planter DIY

Redwood Planter DIY

HI!! This is my blog. Did you know I had one? 😉 While I’m not the blogger I used to be I’ve been really enjoying popping on here occasionally to document the things I enjoy and the season of life our family is in. I’m so glad you’re here!

We are still settling in to our new home a year later and it seems every weekend is full of projects which we love doing! This project I’ve been promising to post about for a while is our DIY Redwood Garden Planters. When we had the yard landscaped we left the side of the house open for garden space and knew we wanted planter boxes that fit custom against the house so they wouldn’t be raised out of the ground but fit beautifully against the house.

Leave it to Andrew to get.it.done.!

And here’s how!

First he measured the base of the soil to the top of the siding where he wanted the planter to fit, ours are 12 inches high. And then around the entire garden space where he wanted the wood to border. He took his dimensions to Home Depot and purchased the appropriate amount of Redwood for it. He used Redwood because it’s a durable outdoor wood as it will be sitting year round on the ground, it’s a little more expensive so you could achieve this with Pine.       

Andrew did all the cuts himself with his saw but if you have the dimensions you need Home Depot can make the cuts for you making it an even easier project! If you are building them for a space like ours you can put them together before hand but Andrew had to do a little bit of the building in place for ours. You lap joint the corners and screw them together (this is me literally repeating what he says cause heaven knows I have ZERO CLUE), if you want to hide the screws you can use pocket screws.

K then things got crazy. This is completely unnecessary which is the story of our life so here goes.

Andrew decided he wanted to Shou Sugi Ban the wood. SAY WHAT? Basically this is a Japanese method of torching wood both for the appearance and for wood preservation. It helps to protect against harsh eliminates and creates a beautiful look. The torch Andrew used he just snagged at Home Depot and now we have one so yay 😉

Use a blow torch to blacken the wood on all sides, it doesn’t take long but don’t be afraid to burn it! 

After that’s done you’ll wire brush off the excess char and unveil the most GORGEOUS wood!! Isn’t it stunning?! Some people leave all the charred wood there and seal it but we did it this way and love it. After that’s done you’ll seal the wood with this but you can also use a Linseed Oil.

       

We have spent countless hours out herewith the kids taking care of the Garden and eating from it’s beauty!! We have snap peas, beets, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, squash and so much more growing! I can’t wait to have endless amounts of tomatoes for salsa and just to east with plain kosher salt – MY FAVORITE! What a joy it is to have a garden of our own in a home of our own, I am so grateful for the blessing of it every day.

 

 

 

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Thoughts on Marriage: 13 Years

Thoughts on Marriage: 13 Years

Today marks 13 years since I married Andrew Rammell. I posted these sentiments last year and they still ring true for me. I’ve added one and edited some. Marriage has been a place of great learning and love for the both of us. Here are 13 lessons we’ve learned on our 13th anniversary.

1. Find common interests that are simple so when it feels like you are agreeing on nothing, you have something easy to access that feels agreeable. Maybe it’s home projects, cooking together or finding the best gummy bear ever(Albanese duh.) Something simple that signifies an outward expression of, “look! we have something together.” 2. Laugh. Every day and never at the expense of others. I’ve never heard Andrew put down someone else.

3. Instead of looking at your partners flaws as setbacks – consider them as the strengths you do not yet possess. Honor their movement through the universe and they will honor yours. Different movement allows for different perspective.

4. Therapy is for any marriage. Even if yours is good – communication makes it better. I view therapy as saying to myself and to Andrew when times get rough – “I’m not giving up and neither are you.” I used to think therapy was for the weak and unhappy but I was wrong! Therapy is for the most brave and courageous souls who admit we cannot always do it alone and who seek to refine their relationships and live in more joy. Plus therapy is cool! @mindfulcounseling

5. You’re a power couple. Believe that. Work together and not against each other and the entire world is yours to take over. Recently Andrew and I could not seem to get on the same page about something and I simply started the conversation with “we both want the same thing for our family, so let’s work together towards it.” That message changed the entire energy and promoted a peaceful conversation.

6. Sex matters. 😎 Things can be hot, weird, non existent and a number of other emotions but never ignore what’s happening. Keep talking about it. so.much.talking.

7. Fill silence with truth. Don’t wait for your spouse to fulfill your imaginary needs. Take your power back and speak what you desire. No games, just the honest truth. (Contd in comments)

If you’re waiting for someone to read your mind, you’ll be pretty disappointed. I asked Andrew what he thought and he said this “Relationships are only as good as the effort we put into them. I’m not always great at putting forth enough effort all the time but I know the formula. Love is as much a decision as it is a feeling or state of being.”

8. Celebrate each other. The big wins, the little ones. Be each other’s biggest fan. What you speak becomes truth, so always speak light.

9. Show up. Be the person you know your partner can count on.

10. Believe in something. For us it’s God. Have a source of light and love that can help guide you.

11. Serve together. Loving others will help in loving each other.

12. Don’t give up. When it feels like you can’t understand your partners perspective, keep asking questions. In the answers you will find (even if you still disagree) better ways to love and show up for them.

13.This above all else. Believe you are worth loving. If things aren’t as you want them, remember you have the power to change it. Once you let down the walls you’ve put up against love, you will be open to receive it ❤️

Perioral Dermatitis & All Its Glory

Perioral Dermatitis & All Its Glory

If you follow me on my personal Instagram you know I’ve been having a journey with Perioral Dermatitis. It is aggressive and I’ve had it for 2.5 months now and it’s finally clearing up. I have a ways to go still and there is some scarring so I’ll be working on that next. For so long I thought it was simply a hormonal breakout but it’s a lot more than that and actually requires a lot of vigilance to get rid of!

If you know me well you might know I’m super in to skin care and holistically supporting it. In fact I recently taught a webinar all about detoxing your skin care to help avoid chemicals!! This time with dermatitis my skin was relentless though and wouldn’t budge.

What IS IT? Pimples around the mouth in adult women are often diagnosed as acne, but many times it’s actually perioral dermatitis. Perioral dermatitis is an acne-like eruption that presents as red bumps on the chin and mouth. Like dermatitis, the skin can be red, scaly and itchy; like acne, it can have pimples. Perioral dermatitis usually starts as pimples around the mouth; in more severe cases, the bumps appear around the nose and eyes as well. It has a characteristic circular pattern, surrounding the mouth while sparing a thin border of skin around the lips. Unlike acne, there are no clogged pores (comedones) in perioral dermatitis.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Get a diagnosis. This skin issue can look like zits and so you think they’ll go away and they often won’t without an antibiotic (although I’ll be sharing my natural products I’ve used thus far.) Just knowing I had it made me feel better, like I wasn’t shooting in the dark at treating what it was.
  2. STOP SCRUBBING. My initial feelings were ‘okay if I scrub with my normal sea salt I love or my favorite clay mask or anything it will get better.’ Honestly the MORE you do to your Perioral Dermatitis the worse it gets. It’s CRAZY. It gets red and inflamed so easily and is an angry little buddy. And do not even THINK about putting a steroid on it, that will make it so bad you’ll cry. Put it down, don’t do it.
  3. Stop using everything you currently own. Really. Even my essential oils I stopped once I knew I had it. It’s just a different kind of thing and you really do have to treat Dermatitis differently than you would any other acne break out.
  4. Avoid SLS and fluoride in your toothpaste. Sounds insane but this is A HUGE cause of Dermatitis. Most toothpastes contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate which is a chemical used in toothpaste to create the foaming action. SLS can cause or irritate existing allergies, canker sores and bad breath, which is why an SLS Free alternative is worth considering. Here is the one I found that I like.
  5. Go makeup free. Heavy foundations make dermatitis worse so plan on taking a break for a while. You need to disinfect and wash your brushes and any sponges that you use.
  6. Here has been my routine. For weeks I JUST used Apple Cider Vinegar as what I washed my face with. I dilute a cotton ball with water and put a few drops of ACV on it and just clean my face off. I did that for a few weeks with no other treatment and it helped. Hold it firmly to the spot for 1 minute too, it will sting but it showed improvement for me.
  7. I eventually started using this Black Clay Facial Soap and I think it’s been most instrumental in my skin repair. It’s made specifically for Dermatitis but if you have any kind of skin issue I highly recommend it. The results have been absolutely mind blowing. I’ll continue using this because I love it that much!
  8. I’ve been using this product made with coconut oil, aloe vera and manuka honey to heal and repair my skin. It’s well loved in the Dermatitis community (yep there is one) and for good reason. I’ve really found it nourishing to my skin which has aided in repair. You may think drying it out is the best thing but actually keeping it moisturized helps with healing. I’ve also been using this cream, I think it’s helping and a lot of people have recommended it but I’m not able to say totally if it’s what has worked.
  9. At this point if you’ve done this a few weeks and still haven’t seen results it’s time to get serious. You can either go the route of antibiotics (you’ll need to be on a low dose of them for 1-2 months in order to get rid of it.) And in that case you should always take a probiotic, supplements and bone broth along side with it to promote good gut flora while you’re breaking it down with the antibiotic. I take a probiotic and supplement from doTERRA and you can always sign up for our newsletter list to get more oily info. I get my bone broth at Thrive Market.
  10. You can attempt to use Structured Silver as an antibiotic in the body. It is hugely powerful and I am no expert on how it works but my friend Jennie teaches about it constantly. And you can find her here.

Wow this is seriously a lot of information and more than I ever would want to know about Dermatitis so if this doesn’t pertain to you, I’m sorry! I’ve had hundreds of woman reach out to me saying they’ve had it or have it currently! If you have your own suggestions to chime in, please DO in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

xo

J

Organizing with Home Depot!

Organizing with Home Depot!

Since we had our big move middle of 2017 I began my commitment to living a more organized life. I am realizing it’s a really tough habit to break!! Now that I have all the closet space I need I still find myself stashing things and letting items pile up and then looking at myself and wondering “why do I do this!?” Old habits die hard I guess?!

Here is a recent before and after of my boy’s room:

But honestly in the last two months I’ve gained some serious speed on the organizing game and I promise you – it can be done! Here’s what I’ve learned about the game of organization so far – it doesn’t have to be daunting if you’re doing it in bite size pieces consistently.

Here are 3 things I’ve learned about setting a home and being better organized:

1-  Every time you do laundry (which for me is seriously once a week if I’m lucky so I do A LOT at once) grab a garbage sack and a box or bin. In the box you’ll put anything that your kids have outgrown to organize and in the garbage sack you’ll toss stuff that’s maybe too worn or isn’t something you’re wearing much anymore so you can donate it. While you’ve got things going in the dryer head over to every closet in the home and just start cleaning out. I am surprised that every time I do loads of laundry, I have something that ends up in a donation bin or a too small bin and then it’s one less thing my kids end up wearing and throwing in the laundry basket! This has been huge for me because I find that clothes can seriously BLOW up any room.

I am a huge fan of traditional (and cheap) laundry baskets. I’ve done the big cute ones in the past and I swear because they’re tall and I can’t see the clothes I let my laundry go on f o r e v e r (said like squints palladoris obviously)! These baskets allow me to carry too and from, don’t hold too much but hold just enough and are cheap so I can have a zillion around my house. Plus #lifehack, I love having these when I’m transporting anything to a party or dinner – they’re the BEST to carry dishes and odds and ends in! This one is $4 – can’t beat it.

2- Commit yourself to an area or organization a week. This has been huge for me! Every week I write in my notes an area of focus in my house I want to tackle. I can’t possible spend all day organizing and cleaning and on days when I try to do that I grow a strong aversion to it and then my house looks like a wreck. So one week – tackle your pantry. The next week, your mail area + junk drawer. Write a massive list of what you want to achieve functionally in your home and just start tackling it! In the past I wake up on a Tuesday and think “today I’m going to be organized!” Then am disappointed when I’ve worked my guts out and it’s 11pm and nothing looks done. Take your time and do it right. Plus when you love on a spot for an entire week you become super possessive about how it looks and it’s hard to let it go to waste like you used to!

3- Buy all the baskets and bins for your common areas. I don’t have a toy room or loft in our home yet (most the toys will go downstairs when it’s finished) so I had to find a way that was functional for toys to be organized but yet still pretty. I don’t like to permanently label anything in case kids interest or the flow of the organization needs to be changed! I like using gift tags to label so the kids can clearly see when it’s time for pick up where things go. I also like to buy smaller containers and pouches for the TINY pieces that don’t see to matter until a kid is freaking out wondering where the piece is 🙂

Here are some of the baskets I love below from Home Depot that are both functional but beautiful! Now go – be organized! I’ll be cheering you on!!

Copper Storage Baskets

Jute Decorative Storage Basket

Hyacinth Basket

Scoop Basket

Rope Basket

Copper + Marble Box

Navy Basket

*This post is in partnership with Home Depot! All opinions are my own – cause that’s how I roll! Thanks for reading!

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Favorite Lamps Plus Lighting

Favorite Lamps Plus Lighting

Like I promised I wanted to round up my favorite Lamps Plus lighting! We used their fixtures for most of our home and I absolutely love their selection! Everything is great quality and you can find what you need in your price range too!

  1. Sully Warm Brass Plug-In Wall
  2. Brass Swing Arm Wall Lamp
  3. Black Barn Light (we used these on the exterior of our home)
  4. Mini Pendant Light
  5. Brass Globe Pendant
  6. Light Chandelier
  7. Wide Polished Brass Pendant
  8. Euro Deco Flush Mount (these are the ones we have where we have flush mount in the house)
  9. Outdoor Lights (I have these on either side of our double front doors!)
  10. Honey Gold Chandelier

 

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