Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

I can’t believe it is almost Easter time! If it is sneaking up on you too, then check out my Easter basket ideas below 🙂 

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

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Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

Hi Mamas!

 

Candy for EVERY holiday is getting old… and yes, that is me being bitter. ALL this candy, and I have very little self control. I end up eating waaaaaaaay too much. Why can’t I just eat all the candy I want without consequences via stomachache and weight gain? C’mon!

 

Besides that, it really isn’t good for the kids. I try to ration it, but then there usually comes the day when I just want them to EAT IT ALL… and be done with it!

 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not boycotting all candy. I cannot live without chocolate. The kids need to be kids. I am just trying to cut back because I feel like it has become a little bit of a problem in our house.

 

Instead of packing the little plastic eggs full of candy for the kids’ Easter baskets this year, I decided to find non candy alternatives because they will still be getting candy from Easter egg hunts that we go to anyway.

 

I wanted to share what I found for all of you mamas needing inspiration for toddler Easter baskets.

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Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

(First a little blurb about my skin care concerns. If you are looking for the list just click read more, and keep scrolling because it is towards the bottom)

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

**A big thank you to FOREO® for gifting me the LUNAplay ™ for me to review, and for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure here.**

 

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

 

Hey Mamas!

 

So… I have mentioned self care on here, and how important I think it is for us busy mommies. Self care is so general that I wanted to hone in on a specific area that I am passionate about: skin care. This stems back from my teenage years when I first started breaking out… wait, make that pre teen years. Lucky me, I know. Haha. Ugh.

 

At the time when I first started experiencing skin problems, my parents got me some Sea Breeze and cotton balls, and thought I just needed to wash my face more.

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5 things that make life easier for a new mom

5 basic things to make life easier as a new mom

5 Basic Things to Make Life Easier as a New Mom

5 basic things to make life easier as a new mom

Hey Mamas!

 

Giving parenting advice was one of the main reasons I started this blog, and I haven’t really wrote a lot about my experience as a new mom yet. With a few of my friends expecting this year, I decided that I needed to get on it.

 

This series is dedicated to those new mommies, so be on the look out for helpful tips and tricks from being in the hospital to bringing your little bundle home.

 

I just want to give a little disclaimer because every baby is different, so things that worked for me might not work for you. In sharing my motherhood experiences, I just hope to help some of the parents out there. When I became a mom, I had NO experience with babies whatsoever.

 

My own two babies seem to like everything opposite! Keeps me on my toes. Haha. So I hope you can relate to one or the other to help you with your little one.

 

These 5 basic things WILL make your life easier, and I wish I had known about them.

 

They are things that you just don’t think about until you are living it.

 

 

  1. Dye Free Tylenol – Wait, what? As a not so new mom, I think ALL medicine should be dye free, and it isn’t even because I am worried about blue #7 or whatever.

 

It is because my first born had acid reflux. When he was teething, we would try to soothe his poor little gums by giving him Tylenol. He would spit it up, and if it was pink, purple, or red, it would leave a stain on his shirt or bib.

 

It didn’t matter if I soaked it or pre treated it before the wash. Dye free is clear or whitish, and guess what? It doesn’t leave a stain!

 

Babies spit up, drool, or in the case of my daughter… will hold the Tylenol in her mouth and spit it out. You will be so glad that you have the dye free stuff. (I have seen generic brands with dye free options as well.)

 

As a new mom, you don’t want to be spending more time than you need to on treating laundry anyway… you have that beautiful baby to bond with!

 

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  1. Nail Scissors – I realize this may not be applicable to all new moms or parents, but they were a lifesaver for me.

 

I was so nervous about cutting my tiny little baby’s nails, but they needed to be trimmed so bad because he would scratch himself. They have mittens to put on newborns hands for that reason, but I didn’t want to keep him in those all the time.

 

My friend suggested that I try nail scissors instead of clippers since I was having a heck of a time filing his nails… which is what the nurse suggested at the hospital.

 

There are specific nail scissors for babies, and they are super duper easy to use if you are a fraidy cat like me!

 

 

  1. Swaddle Blankets/Learning to Swaddle – Ok, so I am a little embarrassed to admit, but I had no idea how to swaddle until after I gave birth to my son.

 

You always see babies on TV wrapped up in blankets, looking like a little burrito… there is a method for that.

 

And if you have a little baby ninja, there are swaddle blankets with Velcro. I had to use them on my son. The swaddle would soothe him, but he could wiggle out of the blankets in about 2 seconds.

 

Now, with that said… swaddling is great, but please follow your pediatrician’s guidelines for safe swaddling such as not swaddling a baby that can roll over. You should receive some information on this from the pediatrician or the hospital when you have your baby.

 

 

  1. Dry Shampoo – This may seem a little vain to some, but hear me out. As a new momma, you might find yourself choosing sleep over showering. Haha. I know that sounds gross, but it was true for me!

 

On the days where the baby is cranky or you don’t have help (like when your hubby is gone for the week at work if you’re a railroader wife), sometimes you might skip a shower, but if you want to freshen up… I highly recommend using dry shampoo.

 

I brought dry shampoo to the hospital with my second baby, and after I used it (to look a little bit better when visitors stopped by) the nurse even complimented me, and asked how I did my hair.

 

 

  1. Diaper Delivery – There are quite a few companies that you can order diapers from, but our favorite is Costco if you do disposable.

 

Here’s why: Costco Huggies diapers are higher quality than you will find at regular stores, they offer free shipping, and the diapers go on sale a few times a year.

This is a time saver, but makes it so you have one less thing to worry about. When diapers are running low, I hop on my Costco app really quick, order more, and they arrive within the week. It is such a big box that running out doesn’t (usually) sneak up on you.

 

Babies use lots of diapers, and you don’t want to be stressed about running out.

 

*General Diaper Tip: Don’t jump the gun to go up a size! The bigger the diaper, the less you get in the pack for the same price.

 

These tips for new moms are just things that I picked up along this motherhood journey of mine. Starting my series of parenting tips with these basic things was important to me because they are the little details that you might not think of.

 

If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them in comments 🙂

 

Talk to you soon!

 

 

With Love,

 

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Make Your Home Feel Cozy This Winter

Cozy Decor Ideas

Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozy This Winter

Turn your home into a cozy winter retreat! Here are a few simple and budget friendly decor ideas from my home to yours. Make this holiday season your coziest yet! 

Ways to make your home feel cozy this winter

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Hey Mamas!

How are you all doing? We woke up to about 5 inches of snow this morning, so this is the absolute best post for today! AND the reason why this is a little late going up… wifi was having a hard time uploading images. Some of the pitfalls of living in a rural area. Ugh.

Anywho…

Let’s get to the good stuff. Home decor inspiration. I was ask for some tips on making your home feel cozy by the Florida office of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. With decorating being one of my favorite things in the whole world, of course I was happy to help!

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Wooden Holiday Sign

Wooden Holiday Sign

Wooden Holiday Sign Craft

This little wooden welcome sign craft is super duper easy! I picked up the sign in the fall clearance aisle at Target, and hot glued some flowers on it… Wallah! 

Wooden Holiday Sign

Hey Mamas!

The word “craft” is being used very loosely for this post my dears… haha. I will let you in on a little secret. The wooden welcome sign was not DIY, but picked up from Target for 75% off in their Fall decor section! Score!

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A Country Christmas Centerpiece

A Country Christmas Centerpiece with Buffalo Plaid

 

Throw this rustic style centerpiece together in minutes to get the perfect look for your parties this Holiday season!  

 

 

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Country Christmas Centerpiece

 

Hey Mamas!

 

Who else here can’t get enough of this buffalo check print?? Or wait is it buffalo plaid? Tartan? Whatever it is called, it is pretty, and it is everywhere! Of course my Christmas centerpiece wouldn’t be complete without it.

 

Since Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday, it is hard for me to hold off on decorating. Life is short, why wait? I headed off to Target for inspiration… and well, we now the rest goes. You don’t simply go in to Target without snagging some pretty things.

 

That is right my friends, ALL of these decorations are from Target. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Here’s all my loot:

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Start a Christmas Family Tradition this year

Start a Christmas Family Tradition this year by delivering Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies to your friends and family!

 

Christmas Family Traditions

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Christmas Family Traditions: Spreading Cheer with Betty Crocker Cookies

Hello Mamas!

 

The Holiday Season is upon us! It is my absolute favorite time of year, but it sure is busy isn’t it? As mothers we run things. We get things done, but as I am strolling up and down the Christmas aisles at Walmart with my littlest one in tow… I start to think about what is really important this season: Christmas family traditions, and spreading cheer. What is a better way to do that than with sugar cookies decorated by tiny humans? Haha. They might not be pretty and perfect, but they are cute and delicious!

 

Betty Crocker at Walmart
My littlest gal picking out her favorite Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

 

The last 2 years my toddler and I have decorated sugar cookies… and of course shared them with guests, but I really want to teach my kids what the Christmas season is all about. They will get to feel how good it is when you spread holiday cheer. We decided to spruce up our sugar cookie game without the stress by using these quick Betty Crocker cookies.

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DIY Floral Fall Wreath

DIY Floral Fall Wreath

 

DIY Floral Wreath

 

Hello Mamas!

This week I took a trip to my local craft store to re vamp my front door wreath into a fabulous DIY floral fall wreath. Being inspired by some lavender that I found on Amazon, I was on the hunt to make a fall wreath that was different from anything I have ever made. Repurposing my burlap wreath from this summer made it easy because let’s be real… burlap goes with anything! Or maybe I am just a little obsessed. There is burlap in my home dĂ©cor, there was burlap in my wedding dĂ©cor… burlap is my friend. Haha.

 

Cruising through the craft store, one year old in tow grabbing at scarecrows and sunflowers, my mission was complete when I found the most beautiful combination of colors in these premade bouquets. How easy is that? I’ve struck wreath making gold! These little floral arrangements were also fifty percent off, so that sealed the deal.

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The Mindset That Helps Me Keep My House Clean

The Mindset That Helps Me Keep My House Clean

 

The Mindset That Helps Me Keep My House Clean

 

Hey There Mamas!

 

Motherhood has provided many challenges, with the biggest one for me being housekeeping. I can keep my cool (usually), play and entertain, cook decent food, teach, read to the kids, and whatnot… but then there’s the mess.

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Farmhouse Style

Farmhouse Style Decor

Farmhouse Style Farmhouse Style Finds on Amazon

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Hi There!

If you are looking for some farmhouse style decorating ideas then look no further! This rustic and country type of décor is so hot in the interior design world that you can’t help but want to add some old fashioned pieces to your home. There is just something so cozy and inviting about farmhouses isn’t there?

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