Saturday, July 22, 2017

Newlie Co Diaper Bags (and coupon code!)

Mama's, have you heard of Newlie Co?
I just discovered this diaper bag and accessory making company and
Talk about holy cuteness batman!
Their diaper bags look like chic, big purses, but when you open them up, it reveals lots of diaper bag necessary organizing pouches! 
So, I ordered one...shh, don't tell the hubs
(by the way, keep an eye out for beautiful photos once it arrives!!)
and I got this code for y'all to save 10%!

I mean, we carry these things around for years!
Sometimes even after the kids are out of diapers.
Just because we still need all of the space and pouches!
For snacks, change of clothes, toys, coupons, sunglasses, wallet, keys, etc!!
I'm not gonna lie, every time I go into Target and see a cute purse, I just look away. Because my purse carrying days are gone for now.
I'm not sad about it, I love my babies, BUT how excited I was to find Newlie Co and their glamorous diaper bag purses!
Now we don't have to give up everything that's cute 

Here's the link if you're interested in shopping their site and savings the 10%

Tell me, which purse would you pick and why?
Can you guess which one I bought? ;)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nested Bean Zen Sack Review

I was so excited to try out this @nestedbean Zen sleep sack, I've always been curious to try a sleep sack! If Lily were younger, I absolutely would have tried the swaddle. Both of my kids enjoyed being swaddled as newborns. But I love the safety of it! Baby can still have a blanket without the worry of them suffocating. Lily is actually a decent sleeper, but boy does she fight it! She's very particular, she wants what she wants! But her sleep routine usually involves me laying next to her, snuggling. So I was really excited and curious to see what she'd think of these! The little egg on the front is slightly weighted to add a light pressure to feel like your hand is still there. Again, I was curious as to how that worked, worrying about the "weight" and it being on her chest as she slept. The pellets are actually really light, so once I checked out the sack, I was no longer concerned. I picked the bamboo fabric one, and boy is it soft! It also doesn't make her get too hot. She wore a sleeper, and the bamboo sack over that and seemed to be the perfect temp. The first night she wasn't bothered or impressed by the sack. But I noticed that she seemed to sleep a little deeper that night. After 2 more nights, she still fought sleep but did fall asleep a little quicker! All in all, it may not be a cure all for a fussy, sleepless baby, BUT I am impressed! Excellent quality and thought put into making the product. There's a zipper that runs along the sides and bottom to make those midnight diaper changes easier. And there are shoulder snaps to make changing easy. Especially if you have a poo-plosion (which we still do, you know the runny, breast milk poo explosions 😣 yeah...) And I can't get over how soft the fabric is! I'd feel totally comfortable putting her in that sans jammies, it's THAT soft!! And again, the comfort of knowing she can still be warm and snuggly without that worry of her getting the blanket up by her face and suffocating. All in all, I'd totally recommend it! Nested Bean is offering all of my followers 15% off!! Use the code KATIE15

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Stained Concrete Patio

My mother-in-law was debating between tiling her back patio, or staining the concrete, she was really leaning towards tiling. But we were able to talk her out of it and tell her how staining is really the better choice. With tile, especially outside on your patio, you run a high risk of it cracking. From the grandchildren playing too roughly, or (and most likely) the ground shifting and settling. With the stain, if a crack does occur it won't be as noticeable as it would be with tile, but it's also a lot simpler to fix.

So my husband spent this past weekend staining my mother-in-law's back patio.
It took him about 3 days, due to waiting on drying times.

Day 1, he prepped and cleaned the concrete with Muriatic Acid,
Day 2, he put down the tape for the "grout" lines, and applied the stain, and
Day 3 he pulled up the tape and applied the sealer!!

It really was not hard at all! And he did a beautiful job!!

We used Valspar's Semi-Transparent, Exterior stain in "Vaquero Brown"

Along with a "Decks & More" sprayer that we bought at Lowe's.

Day 1 - Prep the concrete with Muriatic Acid

We used Beneath my Heart's patio makeover as a reference

Before the sealer was applied...

Applying the sealer...

Even the cat seems to enjoy the completed project!

Cheap, Educational Toddler Activity

It's been a while!

Hey Y'all! It sure has been a while! I've been a lot more active on Instagram lately, so if you're interested to see more frequent goings-on check out my Insta page!