june crushes.

 

Happy June! This has been such a full summer so far! I don’t get to share updates often, so here’s a few summer highlights followed by our June faves and crushes!

  • I traveled with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law to Washington DC for our annual girls trip! Josh and his dad crushed the twin parenting game back home, and I so enjoyed the time away to refuel and adult! Trip highlights: seeing Waitress, yummy food I didn’t have to cook, lots of laughing, time to connect with family, and sightseeing!

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  • We made our first trip to the library to get library cards! They had a ball seeing all the books and other little people!
  • We started a Keto lifestyle in efforts to lose weight, gain more energy, and help with PCOS. I have been using this book for recipes and tipsand have found it INCREDIBLY helpful. Nearly 3 weeks in and it’s been going great!

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  • Kirsten and Logan got their first real bad bug which landed Kirsten in the ER and doctor’s office within a week span. I got it too, but good news is we are all better now!
  • Cali had her last day of school, hehe! (We LOVE our new letterboard from Rustic Rooster Home Goods … grab one on Amazon while the price is discounted and in the process, support a small business owned by our good friends Andrea and Ricky!)

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  • We celebrated Father’s Day, grateful that K & L have the best dad in all the land.

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  • My cousin Brittany and her husband Brad, and their 2 year old son Hudson came up to stay with us for a few days! The kids LOVED the time together. SO. MUCH. FUN.

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  • My sister entered her 3rd trimester and we are getting closer and closer to welcoming our NEPHEW into the family!

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This post includes affiliate links which means if you choose to use a link below to purchase something, our family will receive a small commission. In no way does this affect my opinions or crushes! I thank you in advance because twins ain’t cheap! :) 


Now time, for some June favorites! Click the bolded title to check out the links!

1) LifeDinnerPDF: My friend Maria from @RiaRambles shared this amazing tool (LifeDinnerPDF) her and her husband created and use for date nights and I LOVE IT. One thing Josh and I have learned quickly, is that if we aren’t intentional to keep up with our marriage, parenting together gets a whole lot harder. We love to invest in date nights and these PDF’s outline an awesome way to do that, whether it’s monthly or quarterly. Send it to your significant other and get a reservation on the calendar and CONNECT!

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date night in june!

2) Day Designer Monthly Planner: For those who use academic planners, I love this Target collab from Day Designer and Blue Sky Planners. The monthly is perfect for our family to keep out and share and it’s only $6.99. Hard to find in stores because it goes fast, but in stock online. This is my third year using it as a simply monthly planner in addition to my normal bulky daily one.

3) Soft summer feet: My friend Jana told me about this foot cream and these loose heel socks for sleeping and it has done WONDERS for my heels, especially in the summer when we are wearing flip flops and going barefoot more often. A little goes a long way and it has softened some ugly cracks and dry spots overnight!

4)My Soul Sings Out album: My church Eagle Brooke released a worship cd and me and the kids love singing along and praising Jesus! One of our favorites is “No Not Once.”

5) Starbucks at home – Keto style: My friend introduced me to this drink and I am in love! I make a big pot of Tazo Passion Iced Tea (grab the bags here for cheap!),and then add alittle lemonade Mio drops (find them here)and then I love to add some La Croix for a little fizz! (Berry is delish, but Tangerine is fun too! I don’t discriminate, they are all great!). OR to make it a Keto pink drink, sub the La Croix for a little heavy whipping cream! You may want a touch of Stevia to sweetened … or not! But it’s SO yummy!

6) Native Deodorant: Okay, months ago I reached out and asked for suggestions for a natural, well-working deodorant because mine was NOT cutting it. And you guys gave me soooo many suggestions, a repetitive one being Native! Well, months later, I’m here to say thank you! I have been using it for months now and it reallllly works. Paraben free, cruelty free, aluminum free, free shipping, and they even offer mini sizes perfect for your perfect or diaper bag … I have been so impressed. If you want to grab some to try – free returns if it doesn’t float your boat.

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Now onto the kiddos recent favorites!

1) Stack and Tumble Elephant: My kiddos got this toy for their birthday from family friends and it’s a daily staple! We have so much fun putting the rings on and taking them off (repeat x 1000) and making them fall off, and twisting the ears, and kissing it’s nose … they LOVE him!

2) Little Tikes 4 in 1:The kiddos have been loving their bikes this summer! Bonus for us – there’s an adjustable handle and cup holder so we can strap them in and push them. Since they can’t reach the peddles yet, there’s a foot rest that comes off when they can. It will adapt itself all the way into a little trike for them as they grow. An investment but so well worth it!

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3) Matching shirts: Because is anything cuter than matching kids? Girls tank here and boys tee shirt here. We got to match our cousin Hudson too! So fun!

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4) Just a Handful of Olives:My kids love olives and I love throwing these Trader Joe’s packs in my purse to feed on the go (cut in half so they don’t choke.) .99 cents a bag and delish!

5) Declan Roe: We just found out about this adorable boutique that sells children’s clothes and also, donates 15% of profits  to IVF and adoption families. Check out these PRECIOUS outfits my kiddos wore this weekend from them!

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BONUS: Hanna Andersson jammies … because we just love the quality and well, matching. Lemon jammies are a must! Here’s a coupon for 20% off your order. Don’t forget to use your Ebatesto save even more (and if you’re a first time user, get a free $10 cash with this link!)

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Whoa, that’s long. If you’ve stuck around, thanks for reading!!!! I appreciate you! Sometimes I just need to brain dump!

Upcoming posts this summer in addition to the What It’s Like series:

– surviving exclusively pumping – tips, tricks, and how to manage.

– traveling guide for Washington DC

– tips for teething toddlers: what we’ve learned

– favorite books + resources for quiet time as a busy mom. What does it look like?

– marriage tips + transitioning into parenthood … as we celebrate 13 years of marriage next month!

Thanks for staying along for the ride!

mom life: twin product must haves.

In efforts to make blog reading easier for those still suffering from infertility, any baby or mom related posts in the future will be named with the preface “mom life:”. If you are in a season of infertility, don’t worry, I will still regularly write to support you! I also enjoy the outlet of being able to share the good and hard stuff of motherhood too and will do so here. Feel free to skip and omit anything titled as “Mom Life!”


Today I am bringing you our favorite twin-related products, as promised in part 2 of our favorite baby items! Life with multiples is wonderful and there are a few things that make it a little more complicated than life with just a singleton. These products below have been a huge help to us as we navigate life with our kiddos!

1) Skip Hop Duo Double Diaper Bag: I looked at SO many diaper bags, and even bought one or two in hopes they would work, but when reality hit and I was trying to get everything we needed in it to get out the door, I ended up researching twin diaper bags and placing an Amazon order. This bag is EVERYTHING I need it to be. It’s large, it fits comfortably handing on my stroller. It fits diapers, wipes, clothes, and has tons of pockets, pouches, and zippered areas to store everything a twin momma needs on the go. I can’t imagine going anywhere without it!

In the early days, my diaper bag was packed with diapers, spare clothes, burp rags, an extra outfit for momma in case someone spit up on me, and nursing snacks and water. Now this bag is packed with puffs and toys and books and still holds everything practical too!

2) Twin-Z Pillow: When the babies outgrew their feedings in their boppy loungers (around 3 months), we upgraded to our twin-z pillow and never looked back. This has made feedings immensely easier. They like it, the cover is super easy to take off and wash, and we can use it for laying down, having them practicing sitting up, tummy time, and much more. For moms who are tandum nursing, the middle pillow flips back into a backrest of sorts to make it perfect for nursing. A MUST. We still use it for every feeding and also for sit up time!

3) Graco Modes Duo stroller: I just love this stroller. Right now it acts as a snap and go with our Graco car seats, meaning I can just pop them out of the car and click them into the stroller. When they change car seats, there is a variety of riding options (27!) for kiddos up to 50 lbs. It is so easy to fold up and load in and out of the car and is a super smooth ride. I love it and we looked at a lot!

4) TwinGo carrier: This is an awesome baby carrier that allows parents to wear the babies singly or tandem. We are just getting to the point where the babies are old enough to be carried on our backs, but we have heard amazing things from others who have used it and we love it so far. It’s incredibly comfortable and sturdy and the instruction booklet is super understandable.

5) Infant Optics camera: We just LOVE our video monitoring camera. We elected to get an extra camera so each baby crib has its own camera, and we upgraded to the wide view lenses and that we can get a more thorough view of them. It brings me peace of mind being able to see them and saves many trips into the nursery. It also is SECURE in its wireless transmission which means it offers 100% digital privacy.  Two-way talking, scanning back and forth between the cameras automatically, temperature display. This things has all the bells and whistles and is amazing. (We have this one as a “travel” monitor and love it too.)

Now a few other miscellaneous things that we have learned as twin parents:

We have found it incredibly helpful to have two:

We are happy we only have one … or wish we had only bought one … or really only need one …

For twins, it has been helpful to have a TON of …

  • washcloths
  • bandana bibs
  • burp rags
  • bottles
  • pump parts (if you are exclusively pumping especially)
  • pajama’s – we wish we didn’t have as many newborn or 0-3 outfits as we did because reality is you aren’t leaving the house much and when you do, you don’t have the energy or desire to change and dress them. Pajama’s all day every day. For real. (We liked Carter’s jammies the best for these early days!)
  • Wubbanubs 

I am sure I am forgetting something and may pop in here throughout the month and add an EDIT: down at the bottom so keep an eye on this page if you are becoming a twin mom!

35 in and out

Celebrating 35 weeks in and 35 weeks out this month! 

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