19 July 2017

Baby Products I Wish I Knew About the First Time Around

I was gifted the below products in exchange for my honest review. I will never share something I don't truly love! As a thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog, please enjoy the discounts the companies have provided! xo

I've had 2 babies in 2 years, so you would think I would know just about every baby product known to man. But there are a few things we have been absolutely HOOKED on this time around, and I can't believe I didn't know they existed with Sawyer!

1) Binxy Baby

Ya'll have seen this on facebook, i'm sure of it. It's a rad baby sling that hooks onto your shopping cart so you can still load it up with groceries, while your little one snoozes away! I've found that it fits just about every standard size shopping cart, and since it holds up to 50 pounds, you'll be able to use it all the way up until your baby is sitting up. Since Sawyer usually takes up the front of the cart, our Binxy has been perfect for Isla to lounge in while we load up! As an added bonus, my friends at Binxy are giving you 10% off if you use my link above!

2) The Ollie World Swaddle

Sawyer literally wouldn't sleep unless he was swaddled, and naturally I assumed the same for Isla girl. We stocked up on Swaddles and Swaddle sacks only to find out that the only thing she would sleep in was her Ollie Swaddle! It's known as the smarter swaddle and I know why. Jake calls it her mermaid suit because it wraps around snug and ties at the bottom as if she had a little mermaid tail. It's made from moisture wicking material and so incredibly soft, so it keeps her at a perfect temperature. I love that it ties at the bottom because it makes for super easy diaper changes without having to unswaddle her completely. Good news! You can take 10% off your Ollie Swaddle as well using my link above!

3) Milestone Baby

This one really is a MUST for 2nd time moms. With Sawyer, we had a coordinated photoshoot each month and I diligently wrote a blog post and filled out his baby book with every little thing he did that month. Ain't nobody got time for that the 2nd time around!! Milestone cards have made it easy for me to snap a quick photo of Isla through her weeks and months, and they include really fun milestones like sleeping throught the night, trying your first food, and smiling as well!

4) Finn & Emma Clothing

Alright, this one is a little special just because shopping for baby girls is SO DARN FUN! I love just about everything in the Finn & Emma shop. Jake even asked me if this Zebra blanket was weighted or something because the material is so darn hearty and it's made so well. I love how everything is Organic and you can feel good about putting it on your babe, but it's also neutral and cute, something you want them to wear. You can take 15% off your order of $50 or more using my link above!

These are just some of my favorites. As Isla grows, I know we'll find others, and the crazy thing is if we have baby #3 one day, i'm sure there will be 100 new products I am eager to try! What are some of your mom must haves? I am the consumer of all consumer's so I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until Next Time,

17 July 2017

Kitchen Update

You know you've been the worlds worst DIY blogger when your kitchen is 90% complete, and you haven't given a single update on the progress!

Ya'll, I took these progress photos about 3 weeks ago and never got around to uploading them,  so our kitchen has already made leaps and bounds, but I wanted to check in to share where we are at!

If you remember from our first home tour last year, our kitchen was plenty functional, but the exact opposite of our style. So we saved our pennies and finally began the DIY remodel in February of this year. I know what you're thinking-it's freaking July. 5 months later and you're not done?!

To be fair, that was the day we paid for the countertops, and it was a whole host of little things before we could get those in. We had to have a sink retrofitted and installed, our countertops templated, we needed to go through about 3 different contractors before Lowes finally got their act together and sent out the installation team.

If we had to do it again, we would never go through Lowes as we had an absolute nightmare of a time, but we did end up saving quite a bit of money so I guess you could call it a wash.

Other than the installation of the countertops and our 200 pound farm sink, this remodel has been 100% DIY, so it's been pretty slow going. I was heavily pregnant, and then we had a baby, so the only real work has been on weekends and some very late nights, but i'm happy to say it is soooo close to complete now! I'm aiming to share the finally reveal by the end of the month if all goes well.

Because none of my decorations are up, the kitchen looks pretty white and sterile, but with some of the finishes we've chosen it should start to actually look like people live in it soon.

I should mention that I didn't clean up at all for these photos, so you're really getting the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with a DIY remodel- dust pans and all ;)

As of today, we've officially painted all of the cabinets, installed all of the hardware, completed the backsplash, and purchased the paint + trim for our kitchen island. It's come a long way from the olive green countertops of yesteryear ;)

I don't think i'll have another update until I post the reveal (which I promise not to drag out another 5 months!) but follow me on instagram (@roseandcoblog) and you'll be sure to see all of the real-time progress on my story. If you have any questions on sources or materials used, just comment them down below and ill be sure to get back to you.

Until Next Time,

14 July 2017

Isla's Newborn Photos

Ya'll, i've been terrible. AWFUL!

There are so many posts i've got saved in draft mode that just need a little editing, but this whole 2 under 2 business is fo' real. I definitely took a maternity leave of sorts from this blog to really get our schedules down and figure out how to mom these two babies. I finally feel like my head is above water (and I head back to work in 6 weeks, so i'm fully prepared to drown again soon!) Before then, though, I have so many updates i'm dying to bust out!

I wanted to start with Isla's newborn photos-I seriously can't believe I haven't shared these yet! As usual, my friend Jessica at Jessica Robinson Photography nailed it. She has been taking pictures of our family since it was just the two of us + Axl, and oooh how times have changed :)

This one cracks me up-so much real life in one photo!

My favorite photo of all time! Love his sweet little hand on her. We used this for her birth announcement.

I will forever cherish these photos as they're some of our first as a family of 4. It was absolute chaos that morning, as I was just getting an awful case of mastitis, and my kiddos just wouldn't cooperate, but they turned out so wonderful and I can't wait until I get my act together enough to frame them!

I said it all the time with Sawyer, but it truly is heartbreaking how fast the time goes. I feel like Isla already looks completely different from her newborn photos, and it was just a few weeks ago that we took them. Babies are tiny time machines!

Thanks so much for checking in and baring with the radio silence as of late. Make sure to follow me on social media (@roseandcoblog everywhere!) to keep up with us.

You can see more of Jessica's work and our family over the years here: Isla's Maternity PhotosSpring Family PhotosSawyer's newborn photosSawyer's Maternity photos.

Until Next Time,