This post is sponsored by Faultless Brands but all opinions are true and personal.
It is that time of year again already. You know what I am talking about. The holiday season where our homes become a revolving door of family, friends, and little ones. Isn’t it the best? If you are like me, you stress about keeping your home clean! My kitchen is where most of my entertaining happens, so it is important to me to keep that space clean. Along with that, with having littles, I love that the Bon Ami Powder Cleanser doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals!
Basement Kitchen Renovation
After 6-ish LONG months, our basement project is finished! My sister and BIL are going to be living with us for the next 4 years, so we had big plans for our unfinished basement for them.
We decided on a full function kitchen for them, and so when we sell down the road we can claim a true second kitchen/”MIL quarters”. We also decided on one bedroom with a big closet, and full bathroom, and a large living room.
I am excited to share the kitchen with you today! It was definitely a labor of love and it was exciting to see it finally get all put together. I had a specific idea of the finishes that I wanted, and I have to say it turned out perfectly!
Getting Summer Ready with Aveeno Baby Suncare
Can you believe summer is already here?! I know in some places, it has already arrived. Here in Utah we have gotten a few teases of warm weather, but we have been enjoying some nice spring weather. Being a mom of young kids, I am ultra aware of sun protectant, now more than I ever have been. I want to protect their sensitive skin, and I have realized that you can get a sunburn even in 70 degree weather!
Picking a sunscreen was always stressful to me. There are so many choices, and they all claim to be the best, do the best job, most affordable, non-irritating…I could go on and on. You know what I am talking about. All I know is that my babies have sensitive skin and I try to use good products that don’t contain a bunch of junk on them.
I have personally used Aveeno lotion on myself for years, so when I found out they made a natural, mineral based sun blocker, I had to get on board! It is a 100% zinc-oxide UVA/UVB mineral protection, and also hypoallergenic. I picked mine up at Walmart. It comes in a 2 pack, which is super convenient because we go through sunscreen like crazy over here. The bottles are the perfect size…keep one in my diaper bag, one in the car, take it to the park, etc!
What I have also noticed about this sunscreen from Aveeno after using it a few times is that it actually helps my girl’s dry skin. Particularly Remi, she has really dry, sensitive skin. It seems to act as a lotion, and soothes and nourishes their skin by locking in the moisture. I never knew I needed that it a sun protectant!
The formula of this lotion is really great, also. It isn’t super thick, and it is easy to rub in and doesn’t leave you feeling like a complete grease ball. I like that it comes in a 2 pack, it saves you money in the long run! Be sure to head to your local Walmart and pick up the AVEENO® Baby CONTINUOUS PROTECTION Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and use the Ibotta offer and get $3 off.
Half Bath Update with Build.com
I found Build.com while doing my usual browsing of home improvements and interior design on Instagram. You can find the best inspiration on there! I was immediately drawn to the bright and modern style of Build.com. I also saw that they are based out of Chico, CA, which is super close to where I am from in Northern California! Such a random connection, and I love anything that makes me feel nostalgic about home.
Here are some before photos of our downstairs half bath…
I just realized these photos were after we had started doing some upgrades! We added shiplap as an accent wall, which was completely plain before. It was just grey with a standard oval mirror. I love how shiplap looks, and it adds the right amount of pop to the small bathroom.
I knew the brushed nickel fixtures had to go…like yesterday. I was choosing between a black or gold finish, but I ultimately decided that black was more timeless, and if we ever decide to sell, future buyers would appreciate matte black more than gold. Build.com had a wide selection of fixtures in black, and I fell in love with matte and knew that was the right choice! Because our pedestal sink is so small, a normal soap bottle doesn’t even fit on the side. It was important to me to have a one handed temperature control, so it would free up some space on the sides of the faucet. All of that criteria lead me to THIS beautiful matte black faucet by Delta. It was just what I was looking for.
It left me with the perfect amount of space on either side, so I can actually fit a soap bottle, yay! That was my biggest concern, because it was so annoying having to drip across the floor. I love how the matte finish looks against the flat white paint of the shiplap. I found a basic circle mirror with a thin matte black border from Target, and I knew that it would match perfectly. The mirror sells out often, so keep checking back if that is the case. You can get it HERE.
Another thing that needed to be upgraded was the light fixture. Say no to brushed nickel! Again, I wanted to stay on track with the matte black theme, and I thought I would like the globes around the light bulbs to be clear glass. I was also looking at 3 bulb options…which let me to THIS simple beauty. This fixture from Progress Lighting is also very affordable and that is hard to find sometimes! It all looks like it just came that way and I absolutely love how it all flows together.
I also wanted a small piece of art to put in the empty space next to the window. I was looking for it to be neutral and calming, nothing too crazy. I found a perfect sized picture from Target (of course), and loved the light wooden frame. It is THIS watercolored palm leaf photo from their new Project 62 line. It fits perfect!
Thank you to Build.com for sponsoring this post, and for carrying an amazing selection of products. Be sure to check them out for all your home improvement needs!
10 Month Old Remi Rowe
When I was pregnant, I had every intention of taking the same month photos of Remi to document. How difficult could it be to take a single photo in the same set up, every month? Well, it has proven to be very difficult! Haha, I can’t tell you why, it just is. I have been wanting to use these milestone cards from JumpOff Jo, and I finally did. It wasn’t a complete failure! You can find these on Amazon, which, yes please, every person’s dream. They come with each month, as well as other cute milestones on the back, like “just sat up” or “just crawled”. These cards make a great gift and are fun to have!
I also got this cute, whimsical crib sheet from the same company. It is so cute & soft and fits Remi’s crib mattress perfectly. I love the unique design. It’s made of 100% super soft cotton, which offers a ton of benefits like moisture adsorption, temperature regulation, and is naturally comforting. Again, I had high hopes of taking a cute photo when Remi was sleeping, to position her like she was soaring or flying, but she is a light sleeper. Lol, oh well.
Remi has slept for 8 hours, 3 times in the last month, and I credit it to this sheet. LOL. Nothing else has changed though, so I don’t know what else it could be. You guys know how hard of a sleeper she has been for me (re: she wakes up ever 3-4 hours, even still), so I’m praying that she is going to become a good sleeper now! This cute crib sheet also makes a great gift, it is gender neutral and affordable!
For documenting purposes, Remi was about 15.5 pounds at her 10 month appointment, which was around 7th percentile. I can’t remember how long she was, but she was 30th percentile for that. Her hair has a reddish tint to it in some light, and her hands and feet are tiny and delicate. She does this cute thing where she scrunches her nose up just like her older sister used to do. She is finally crawling “normally” and not so much army crawling. We love her so much and I am so glad she is sleeping better!
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Learning to Relax & Take Care of Myself
Does anyone else have a hard time relaxing and taking time for yourself? I know I do! Of course I love to relax and pamper myself, but sometimes being a mom to 2 busy little girls impedes that. There are days that are so stressful and long, that I will literally force myself to take a bath or do a face mask…something that simply takes 10 minutes but is a sure way to elevate my spirits and make me feel relaxed.
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Here are a few products I have been using and loving lately. I love their natural properties, and I especially have been loving all the different smells. My go-to way to relax lately has been taking a bath with these lavender bath bombs and/or this epsom soak in eucalyptus + citrus. I’ll also light candles everywhere, at all times. They help me feel balanced and make me happy. I have been loving this candle from Mrs. Meyers. I love all of this brands scents, the candles and dish/hand soap is my fave!
If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you know I love skincare. I struggle with acne, thanks hormones and babies, so I am always trying to find things to combat that. I also am always looking for things to tighten, brighten and lift my skin. I have been wanting to try products from both Acure Organics and Pixi Beauty, so I finally just got a few to try! This brightening cleanser from Acure has hundreds of 5 star reviews, and so far, I can see why. It is gentle, yet thorough enough for me to feel like my skin is clean and glowing. I follow the cleanser with this Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic, and I’m OBSESSED. Many other beauty bloggers rant and rave about how amazing pretty much everything from this brand is, so I was so excited that I liked it so much. This mask from them is just a good as I was hoping as well.
Another thing that keeps me going and healthy (most of the time), are taking vitamins. Vitamin C is a staple around our home, we all take it daily. We also all love and prefer gummy vitamins, so these gummy Emergen-C vitamins make everyone happy. And one last product I have been loving is this natural deodorant. The brand is Schmidt’s, which I had never used before but, like always, I read reviews and was lead to this one! I chose the scent Rose + Vanilla, and it keeps me feeling refreshed and my skin soft. It is a bit thicker than regular deodorant, so you need to hold it to your skin for a few seconds to get it to melt a little bit.
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Saylor’s New Room!
First off I want to talk about her gorgeous bedding from Beddy’s. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are zipper bedding that fits like a fitted sheet. The length sides of the bed have zippers, so it makes it so very easy to “make” your bed. It is so perfect for Saylor. The inside of the top part is a soft minky material, so you don’t have to worry about being cold or having extra blankets. I gave Saylor a few options to choose from, and she chose this cute Vintage Blush II set. I love the soft pink color, and the ruffles that make it girly.
Next up is her adorable wallpaper. If you remember Remi’s nursery, we used the same company for this accent wall. Milton & King blew me away once again, with their high quality wallpaper and cute designs. As soon as I saw this black and white leo spots design from the Jillian Harris collaboration, I knew it would be perfect for an accent wall in Saylor’s room. It is so cute now, and will be cute in a few years when she wants to switch up her room again. I’m continually impressed with Milton & King as a company and will always refer them when people need wallpaper!
Now for the fun details and accessories. This adorable little table from Sprout fits perfectly in the corner of her room. Say likes to keep her artwork and other little things that she is obsessed with at the moment all lined up on it. I love the look of the pieces that Sprout carries, and it is definitely well made.
The little yarn piece about her bed from Arrow to the Heart is so perfect for its place! I just told her what colors I was looking for her and she came up with this beautiful piece and I love!
Machine Washable Rug from Lorena Canals. I’ve talked about them before that they are just simply the best.
A lot of the smaller decor pieces are from Hobby Lobby…the cactus photo, metal basket, and 2 hanging things around the windows. Santa brought Saylor that dollhouse for Christmas (from Costco lol), and she insisted on having it right there at the foot of her bed.
OH! I almost forgot, the gorgeous light fixture I found at Pottery Barn Kids (on sale)! It is the perfect finishing touch to her room, but be warned, it puts out zero light.
I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into Saylor’s room, and love it as much as I do. I am always looking for new places to shop at for home decor and all that fun stuff, so let me know if you have places you love!
Christmas Traditions & Remembering Christ
I was recently introduced to THIS website that focuses on Christmas traditions that are centered around Christ. They create crafts and things to do each night as family to remember Christ. THIS 25 Days of Christ set prompts you and your family to gather each night in December and focus on one part of the life of Jesus. It comes with a small ornament for each day to be a symbol of a story.
So this set that Saylor helped me add to our garland is the This is the Christ ornament set. It comes with 12 beautiful wooden ornaments that have a bible reference along with a biblical name for Christ. I thought that it would be a nice addition to the garland on our stairs.
You can find the set HERE. I used twine I had laying around to tie them up, and I think it turned out super cute. Everything come perfectly packaged and is very well made. They would make a wonderful, thoughtful gift!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and take time out to remember the true meaning of the season.
Starting Solids with Nuby
First is this E-Z Squee-z. I have loved this. It is a soft, squeezable silicon bottle that promotes self feeding and is easy for little hands to hold. I simply pour a small amount of pureed food in it and let Remi figure it out. We have used it a few times and it is cute to see her figure out bringing it to her mouth and chewing/sucking on it.
My older daughter Saylor has liked using this silicone placemat lately. It sticks to flat surfaces, is dishwasher safe, and she really likes the different sections. Once Remi starts eating more/different foods I will use this for her as well. It is really cute and convenient.
Last thing that is perfect for teething and introducing foods is this Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Tray. I love these! They are brilliantly designed. The handle that you hold is the perfect size, and they have a ring catcher thing around the actual popsicle part that is design to catch the drips as it melts. Such a good idea.
Starting foods with you baby is sort of bittersweet, it means they are growing, but it is also fun to have them try new things and learn. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @robynmeacham and enter my giveaway with Nuby!
Baby Shower Gift Idea’s for the New Mom
(this face can be deceiving LOL)
I know when I was a new mom, creating my first baby registry, I didn’t think about putting things like diaper rash creams on it. There are many choices, and I didn’t even think about my baby getting a diaper rash, nonetheless what I would even do for it! After Saylor came, I quickly realized I needed something! Newborns poop literally all the time and their skin is so sensitive, it is pretty much inevitable. I so wish I had some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® to help with my littles sore bum.
(sore bum= grumpy baby)
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® comes in 2, 4, and 16oz which is perfect for various situations. A large tub for the bathroom, or a small bottle for your diaper bag. It starts healing on contact, and protects the skin by forming an instant barrier. They have an Original and Maximum Strength, which is nice to always have options. All these products are available at Target which is just so, very convenient.
Be sure to head to my Instagram to enter my giveaway! Thank you to Boudreaux’s Butt Paste® for sponsoring this post.
Photos by Freckled Photo