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I always said my car would be clean, sparkly and would smell good when I became an adult. That rang true - I kept it nice and tidy, smelling good + everything. Then, I had kids - it is NOT easy having to manage a messy car.

All of a sudden, diaper bags, extra clothing, bottles, sippies - you name it. 
Used. 
Loved. 
Worn. 
Tossed.

All of a sudden - packing the kids in and all of their crap was like a game of Tetris.. one that I actually got really good at. I got tired of it and created a system that seems to have done its job and keeps me (and the boys) in check! 

I started out by cleaning my car out completely. I took everything out, including car seats. Why? Because things actually collect in there and there is only one word for it 
Y U C K.

Once I cleaned everything out, I organized it. 

Three (3) Bins. 
Two (2) Garbage bags. 
A handful of shopping bags. 
Anything coconut ( this onethis one, or this one!
Rags/Old T-shirts. 

Two bins are actually for my kids. One holds diapers for both, an extra pack of wipes, an extra tube/tub of ointment, and a change of clothes for both of them. The other holds a couple of small books, some cars, a soft toy, a teether, and some CDs. The third bin holds my cleaning supplies, paper towels and a pack of sanitizing wipes [these are a must!!!]

[[ These are tethered in the back in place or kept UNDER our seats. There is a risk in flying objects in the event that you find yourself in a car accident. I don't know about you but a pink bin in my face is the last thing I need after being hit by a car... just saying ]] 

I sort through everything I've taken out of my car. Usually, by the time my car has been cleaned out and I organize the kids' stuff, I'm pretty much in the clear. The diaper bag and stroller are placed back into the back of my car. As is my carrier [ currently sporting the Ergo Omni - I love it! ].

I keep one of the large garbage bags in the passenger compartment + the smaller shopping bags in my lovely glove thinger in the center console. Sometimes a diaper might go south or there might be a spill and I like to keep these on hand. 

Then comes the fun part. I use Turtle Wax - I love the way it smells and the fact that my car feels super clean when I'm done! You can also spray it into your vents, but I do this when my boys aren't in the car with me or once a week when I leave the car and won't be in till the next day! 

Because I am the Starbucks queen - I collect napkins, cups, straws, you name it. I keep a plastic bag to keep things orderly and I clean out the bag EVERY WEEK sometimes twice a week. 

I also keep a cute little broom + picker upper duster for the crackers, cookies & crumbs. Since Alexander is two, I enlist him with this job! 


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Diaper Bag Must Haves for Moms of Two

I was (and still can be) an over thinker + over packer. As a mom, we have to make sure we have to have absolutely everything, am I right?

I learned with Alexander that the best thing I could do was just make sure I had the essential. Then, when we found out we were expecting again, I transitioned to a backpack that would let me carry everything I needed and I used my lovely Vera Bradley for storage in the car [ ya know.. for just in case purposes ]. 

Depending on what my day looks like I keep enough to be gone for the day. I used to over pack and the bag would be heavier than I am and would tip the stroller over. Now, with two kids - I need something easy, something fast, something simple. 

For Lucas, currently 2 months. 
4-5 diapers
a change of clothes
nursing cover
a burp cloth
wipes
diaper ointment [ as needed ]

For Alexander, currently 2 years. 
2 diapers
an outfit change
a sippy cup 
snacks [in pouches/ individually wrapped]
wipes

For Mom + Dad
[because we can be just as needy, ;)]
hand sanitizer
a shirt (for mom because breastfeeding)


Each "section" has their own labeled, zip loc bag or "wet bag" [Check out Itzy Ritzy - super cute + discreet, you can use them for snacks + everything -- find them here!] 

I also stick in a grocery bag or two because blow outs exist + containing them is essential. 

Whenever I leave, I make sure I have my keys (thanks to Thirty One) & my wallet. One less bag, one less thing to remember. 

For the longer days, I make sure my bigger bag has at least a set of each of the above JUST in case. I also keep spare diapers for both kiddos in a container in the trunk of my car because there is always the possibility they will blow through the diapers like a leaking pipe soaking a kitchen towel.

What do you keep in your diaper bag? 




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5 Things I Am Grateful For



This was originally supposed to be a gripe fest. I was venting, just to vent.. to get things off of my chest. I looked over at my kids and realized that I was wrong. I needed to be positive.

We get so caught up in "getting things off of our chest" we don't take the time to truly be positive and take a step back and realize how lucky we are.

So.. I am grateful for ...

♡ My husband + kids.

These humans mean the world to me, even when they're driving me crazy, even when things are rough. They are who I start my day for and end my day with. I am blessed beyond belief to have "my boys" [ I am literally the only woman in my house, even my dogs are boys ].

My parents + my sisters. 

I am the oldest of four girls and the daughter of two amazing beings. I love my parents and my sisters, endlessly. My best support system, my sanity to the insanity.

My best friends. 

Need I say more? They know who they are, I love them. They complete me. I am forever thankful.

Our Home.

Even when I am stir crazy, I am beyond thankful. We have a roof over our heads, food in our fridge, water to shower with, and beds to sleep in.

Life. 

This may seem corny and overplayed. But I am truly grateful to be here. Every day. I am healthy and happy. I have support. I have love.

There could be a day when I am not, there could be something that alters my life in unimaginable ways. But right now, it is here, I am present, I am able.

I am grateful.




What are you grateful for today? Always?
Please share ♡



10 Things Every Mom Should Be Doing For Herself


I am so guilty of not doing each of these, some of these or any of these at any point of my day. Some days you just can't.. so this is more of a reminder, rather than a must. 

 Parenting is no joke - some days you will have it in the bag, others the bag has the biggest gaping hole and there is NO way to fix it. And that's okay! We often forget to take care of ourselves when the going gets rough, the days get tough + the kids seem to have had a secret meeting to run you to the ground. 



So I put a list together of things you can, and probably should, be doing for yourself. Because you deserve it! 

[1]
 You really need to say no. 

Yeah, I know. Easier said than done.. but maybe going out with two kids, after crappy sleep + lacking energy isn't the best thing for you. And that is OKAY. Say no. 

[2]
Eat. 

The phrase "You can't pour from an empty cup" exists for a reason. If you aren't eating, then you don't have what you need to make it through the day. A full stomach avoids angry + hungry mommy, plus gives you the energy you need to get through the day. 

[3]
Ask for Help. 

This is where I fail, daily. I don't ask for help .. so really, who I am to tell you that you should be doing this, right? 
There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Whether its 5 minutes, 15 minutes or an hour. Don't make it a habit - just ask. You'd be surprised at how willing people can be. 

[4]
Commit to something. 

Weird, right? I can't commit to a shower, let alone something else. But it's true. Whether it's that one  hour run, one hour bath, fitness class, tv show, or a nap. Commit. 

[5]
Go for a Walk. 

Everyday. Go for a walk. Without your phone (I put mine on airplane mode because I love taking pictures of my kids), with your kids. Talk about what you see, talk about your day, what you're going to do next. Make it a habit - get outside + enjoy it. If you can't do it outside, do it inside :) 

[6]
Schedule any appointment. 

Hair, nails, massage, whatever. Just do it. 
[ preferably one that is pleasurable and not a matter of health, lol I don't necessarily find the dentist or eye doctor fun]

[7]
Ignore the to-do list. 

If your day is just not going as planned, ignore it. There is a reason for it and you just have to go with the flow. Follow what your kiddos want and/or need. You'd be surprised at how stress free you end up  being. 

[8]
Take that damn nap.

Who says naps are just for kids? If your kids are asleep, you might want to take advantage of that too. Sometimes a good nap can make the world of a difference. Can't sleep? Just lay there. Aimlessly. It works too. 

[9]
Pick a book. 

Not a parenting one, not on your iPad or Kindle or Nook. 
An actual book and get lost. Before the kids wake up or after they've gone to sleep. 

[10]
GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

I am so guilty of this it's not even funny. You are not supposed to be superwoman, you're not supposed to do it all and have it all done at the end of the day. Some days you will, other days you will just be glad you woke up, the kids are alive and the fire department isn't putting our fires at your house. And that is a damn good day if you ask me. So give yourself a break, you deserve it - your kids and SO do too! 


What is something you're doing for yourself or something you do for yourself religiously?