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1/20/15

3 Life Hacks For Little People

I cannot even tell you how much I love having two children.  Don't get me wrong, Emmett's and my first twenty months together were really special.  They were simple days where life easily revolved around our schedule together.  I cherish so many good memories with this sweet boy that made me a mama.  But having two little guys to spend my days with?! My joy is doubled.  So is the work and the juggling act and the diapers to change.  But the joy far outweighs the challenges and I cannot imagine this home any other way.

That being said, having two under two creates it's own set of challenges.  I never thought I would love just being home so much because bundling two babies up in the car to go places truly is a lot of work!  Something that has really encouraged me is the wisdom from my sweet friend, Shelby.  When you add another baby to the family, you are simply adding to your skill set.  It's not impossible to learn to juggle life with two little ones, it's just another learning curve in life.

I love this so much because it gives hope that I can learn to schedule and balance well -- or at least semi-well.  Of course having little tricks up one's sleeve can make each day run a bit smoother so I thought it would be fun to share a couple things I have discovered since having two babies.  I like to call them my life hacks for moms of little people. . .
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My first and most appreciated life hack is my newfound love of Lavender Oil!!

One of the most unfortunate things that come with newborn babies is the lack of sleep.  It's too bad we have to battle this monster in these precious days that fly by so quickly, right?!

Ashley from Evening Grace Essentials  recently sent me a bottle of Young Living Lavender Oil.  Ahhh!!! Let the heavens open and an angel band sing my theme song!  Not only does this stuff help me sleep so soundly at night, which is a Godsend, but it's also safe for our little guys to use.

I am so new to the world of Essential Oils but I love them already.  Ashley -- who is honestly as sweet as they come!! -- was sharing with me that this oil is good for allergies,  earaches, cuts, bruises and skin issues.  Doesn't that sound like childhood itself?!  I have been so excited to see how it helps to soothe Gideon at night and his baby acne and eczema are so much better after using a simple cream of coconut and lavender oils.

Every mama should have this oil in their home.  It's like our own little super power.  Please do yourselves a favor and contact Ashley to see about getting your own bottle.  I promise you will thank me later!  You can contact Ashley via her blog here.
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The second life hack is a simple toy basket for the car.  This little collection of toys and books has been such a life saver.  I picked up this cheap basket from Wal-Mart -- in the bathroom section no less -- for just a few dollars.  I always keep it stocked with little cars, books and a couple extra diapers and it fits perfectly on the seat next to Emmett's car seat.  

I love this because he always has stuff to play with when we are driving about -- which is a lot because we live in a small town that is far away from everything!  It's also helpful because these are designated as car toys, which means I don't have to worry about packing stuff to go or bring it into the house after every outing.  And it comes in super handy if we are out and I have to take time to feed Gideon in the car.  Once, I was stuck in the car nursing and Emmett played so sweetly with his toys for the entire 30 minutes of feeding!
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Lastly and most fun for Emmett, is what I like to call The Scribbling Box.  I originally saw this idea via Pinterest from this original post and holy cow!  Has this been a gem of a find.

Since Emmett has started getting into more arts and crafts, I remind him about 67 times a day that we only color on paper.  Apparently it's a hard lesson to remember.  So the idea of putting him into a big box with crayons and telling him to go ham on scribbling all over is literally genius!  When I first tried this, he sat in the box for a solid 15 minutes just coloring away.  And in toddler time, that is practically a lifetime.

From here on out, you will be able to find me hoarding all the Emmett-sized boxes from this day forward.
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Okay.  These are just three simple life hacks that I've discovered since having babies, definitely not an exhaustive list.  What are your own tricks that keep you afloat each day?!  I'd really love to have you share in the comments below!!

Also much thanks to Ashley for sponsoring this post, though all the opinions expressed were my own.  If you are interested in sponsoring a post here on Today Is My Favorite, be sure to send me an email and share your thoughts.  

nicole(dot)neesby(at)gmail(dot)com

XO

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15 comments:

  1. Haha!! These are some pretty great life hacks... we used a lavender oil on Scarlett when she was little and I swear it worked for sleep!! Also a basket for the car is brilliant and I NEED to invest in one, even to keep snacks and stuff in it for on the go! Brilliant!

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  2. Lavender oil is amazing!!! I add a few drops to some lotion for Dietrich's eczema and it is doing wonders. Bam!

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  3. isn't it wonderful?!! we did the same thing for gideon because his poor face had broken out with horrible ezcema and acne around the holidays. i'm so glad his smooth skin is back!. ;)


    xo

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  4. adding snacks is a great idea. . . thought he would probably consume them all in one trip if they were next to his seat. haha.


    xo

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  5. I love these! Thanks for sharing- we're still trying to get the hang of it all!!

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  6. i did make a simple cream of coconut and lavender oils for spreading on his eczema and also at naptime. sometimes i apply a little bit directly to him at night. i am definitely still learning though so i am not the expert. do you use oils?!

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  7. You can BET I'm going to try that scribble box idea! Thanks for these!

    Sue from Sue's News
    susanstange.com

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  8. it will definitely change your mom life. ;)
    xo

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  9. SCRIBBLE BOX! Why have I never thought of that?! Totally trying that out today!!

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  10. we keep one on hand all the time now!! it's genius!

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  11. I have never tried essential oils. I want to though!

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  12. We drive a van and each of the big kids get three small toys and one book to put in their little van cubbie. It keeps drives so calm and peaceful.

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  13. yay! if you are interested in more info, shoot me your email address! you will LOVE them!
    xo

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  14. that is super smart!! i am dreading getting to the mini-van-stage of life. haha! ;) vain much?!?!?! i am sure we will succumb eventually.

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