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Beach babies

Spending the day in the sunshine is good for my soul… And theirs.

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Thank you zo (@zoeraina) for snapping these beauties! My babies love you way too much!

Xo!
S
Insta// @sarahholstrom

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everyone’s favorite moccasins

Freshly picked moccs.
So what’s all the hype anyways?!
Well well well… Let me tell you.
To put it simply,
they are the best.

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Susan is one incredible woman and it all flows down from her. She is innovative, practical, resourceful, hands on, and hilarious! She genuinely cares about about her customers and it is evident by the product she creates.
//she is captivating//

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The moccasins themselves- they are 100% genuine leather, buttery soft, and come in a multitude of colors! They complete any outfit and the soft sole makes them excellent for little walkers.

In my opinion the suede are more durable and wear better for the long haul. They are also better for little crawlers who are dragging the tops of their feet all over the place.

Another thing that I love about them is how easy they are to slide on and how well they stay on! My kids won’t keep socks on for anything. They pull them off constantly or they slip off and then they are gone for good. I was slightly apprehensive about the moccs because I was nervous they’d kick them/pull them off. So far so good. I’ve never lost one and no one has ever even ripped on off them self! // knock on wood //

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Finally, I have to just mention that their customer service is out of this world! Super helpful and accommodating!
Freshly Picked

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the sibling bond.

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I only have two kids and that’s really how I feel- only. To me I don’t feel maxed out, passed my birthing years, or like our family is complete. I feel secure in the little reproductive break we are taking but I know this strike will end sooner than later.

However, when I go to the park or the the grocery store strangers are always putting their opinion on me, implying that I got my boy and my girl so I can just hang it up- mission accomplished. It’s weird. When I vocalize that we aren’t done having babies yet they are stunned! They look at me like I’m delusional! Really! And again I think just how weird THEY are!

See, I was never the mama who consider having only one child- and thank goodness since I was pregnant again by the time my first was six months old!!! Oops! But really, I always knew I wanted more and I always knew I wanted to give them siblings. So I mean I guess we could stop. I have a boy and a girl and they have each other. I could look at it like okay I did it cross that obstacle off the list but my heart doesn’t feel that way and one of the biggest determining factors for me is the sibling bond. You just can’t grasp just how sweet it is until you create it and watch it bloom before your eyes. It is easily one of my very favorite things about being a mama, just watching them love on each other so well. Siblings create a crazy dynamic and at times it is a bit overwhelming because I swear they learn how to team up and take you out so quickly! But even on the toughest days, nothing compares to the love.

Having multiple children is a lot of work. It is a stress on your body, your patience, and your wallet. HOWEVER, the reward is ten fold! Giving your child a sibling is one of the very best gifts you will ever ever give them! I mean imagine them stuck with crazy you || ALONE || forever?!?! I mean that’s just not right! Give them some back up! Give them a forever buddy! Give them a partner, a confidant, and truth speaker that will be by their side for life! Help them grow by teaching them to love more, share more, and communicate more from a young age. Their life will be blessed by it and so will yours!!! And while you’re at it don’t just give them one give em a few!

I always say// you’ll never regret the kids you have but you might regret the ones you don’t have!

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Where to snag the looks we love//
High chairs// ikea
Bows // every dot and tiddle
Tank // little boogaweezin
Tee// the seeding project
Pizza Tee// JAMZ
Moccs// freshly picked

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Keep reading there’s a surprise at the end…

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We love supporting other mamas and finding rad threads for our littles! When we happened across rad republic threads we were floored! It’s a family run business creating fun tees, tanks, hoodies, and hats for yourself and your kiddos! We have been with this company since the beginning and watching them grow thrills me! Check them out and snag some goodies! The very best part is that they are offering our readers (YOU) a coupon code for 20% your order!!! Enter lionnamedRAD at checkout! How perfect is that?!?! Get shopping and spread the small business love!

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Happy Saturday!!! What are everyone’s Easter plans? We are celebrating with church, family, food, and a giant Easter egg hunt for all the kids! I cannot wait to see how much fun they all have!

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It’s Wednesday… Here I am!

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Yikes. Talk about slacker. I’ve missed the last couple Wednesdays and I have no good excuse for it! But it does lead perfectly into what I want to talk about today.

Time.

I feel like I am either battling too much time in a day, and not enough plans to fill it with or I blink and the day is gone!

My laundry is constantly piling up, my vacuum gets used a heck of a lot less than it should and yeesh, my bed hasn’t been made since we got home from CA.

I’ve been trying to work smarter not harder and be more proactive when it comes to playing Susie homemaker.

I utilize my crockpot to minimize dinner time prep, I try and do one load of laundry per day, and I try really hard to make my bed.

The biggest thing I’ve learned lately is that it really doesn’t matter what my home looks like, or if dinner is chicken again but it does matter if it affects me.

My mood is easily swayed by piles and piles of stuff everywhere. By hungry people asking about dinner and I forgot to thaw the meat, by stepping on yet another goldfish. I get snappy and short and I feel myself being the wife and mother I don’t want to be.

So for my own sake, I need a better routine. A more stable “work ethic” if you will.

All that being said, I’m definitely ready for some sunny days! I know my house suffers because were stuck in it all day! So bring it on Spring! We are R E A D Y.

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• Oil pulling •

Oil pulling is the trending fad of the moment…. Only it’s it not a new thing at all! Oil pulling is an ancient practice that’s just getting on the map. I was skeptical about all the hype but I couldn’t get away from it! Everywhere I turned I was reading something about it or hearing someone rave about it! I decided that I’d look into it a bit on my own.

While I was reading about it I was sorta laughing to myself because it was being talked about like breast milk! Hahah okay that sounds weird. I’ll elaborate! I’m one of those natural birthing, breast is best, mamas that wants only the good stuff for my babies! I am not a major fan of turning to western medicine for every ache and pain. In the hippie mama circle you hear people talk about breast milk as if it’s liquid gold magic! It can cure an ear ache, diaper rash, baby acne, pink eye , a stye, as well as be be the perfect food for your child! People who have started oil pulling seem to report a countless amount of benefits that covered a wide range of effects that weren’t all for vanity…. Though come on… I’m in it for vanity as well!

Okay okay! So what is oil pulling exactly?! It is the process of swishing or “pulling” oil threw your teeth and around your mouth collecting all the toxin stored up in your body! Amazing right?! I mean who wants toxins in their body?! Not me!
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How do you oil pull? It’s really basic. In the morning you take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon amount of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for TWENTY minutes. Okay! Okay! I promise it’s not as bad or as long as that sounds!! The fact that I had to do it for that long was my biggest deterrent but I promise it’s not awful or terrible or torture! You can do it!

Pro tip// when you’re all done be sure to spit the oil into the trash. You cannot swallow it (yuck) and you can not spit it down the sink or you will clog your pipes.

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There are many claims associated with oil pulling but for me I’ll tell you my personal results as of now. ||almost 3 weeks of daily pulling||
-whiter teeth
-fresh breath
-less tooth sensitivity
-reduced headaches
– improved skin
– my day starts positively and energized.

The hardest part is the first 1-2 minutes. Coconut oil is not liquid at first so you have to kinda chew it to get it to liquefy. At first that made me gag but as soon as it switches to a liquid… You’re solid.
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Potty Vibes.

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So Katie shared a few weeks ago about her adventures in potty training and it really spoke to me. I feel honored to blog along side such an inspiring mama but more than that I’m blessed beyond measure to call her my friend.
Katie and I were destined to be friends for a long long time but only officially met when our boys were babies. I instantly clicked with her and knew that I wanted more of her in my life! Over the last two and half years our boys have grown, I’ve had another baby, and she has made a major move across the country to Ohio and we have become closer! We are both major texters so we text all the time and are able to openly share the deep deep places of our heart with each other. She’s one of those people that teaches me, encourages me, laughs with me, supports me, and always gives me that reassuring pat on the back that I’m doing a good job when I feel as though I’m sinking. She had been a godsend in my life and I can say pretty confidently (right?!) that she feels the same way about me. Friendship is tricky and for me it feels as though it’s been trickier that it is for most. My heart has been crushed by a best friend wayyyy more so than by any boys. Girls can be brutal but they can also be exactly what you need. Katie is one of the good ones.

Shoutout homie// I love ya//

Wow that was a tangent!

So anyways all that to be said when I read her words I realized that:
1) all us mamas are just as lost as the next on the potty training game
2) all kids eventually figure it out
And
3) I needed to get my booty in gear and stop being fearful about it.
So we bought a little potty, we talked about using it, we took it out of the box, we put it back in the box, I asked him about using it, he replied, “tomorrow” and on and on the story goes. I was sorta bummed out and discouraged and I just kept hearing, “when they are ready they are ready” I backed off and then something magical happened! Phinn woke up this morning with a totally dry diaper and asked to use his potty right away! I was in shock-but.he.did.it!! I couldn’t believe my eyes! He took care of business like a pro. He danced around shouting how awesome he was and we took a ton of photos to commemorate such a momentous moment! So for the rest of the day he wore underwear and peed in the potty like a champ without a single accident- except for during his nap when I put him in a diaper. I felt so proud of him for his accomplishment and he felt so proud of himself! That was the best part! It was all him! He was ready and he felt confident!
I in no way think we’ve mastered this but we sure are off to a good start! Who knows what tomorrow holds but I’m excited to find out!

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Real Talk – The Seeding Project

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Today’s blog is two fold so stick with me. Firstly, I want to introduce you to this company called , The Seeding Project. The Seeding Project exists to create rad comfy tees for your littles that gives back. Whenever you purchase a shirt 25% of your money goes to helping orphans in Haiti!

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Phinneus && Tallulah were lucky enough to receive their tees in the mail this week and I couldn’t love them more! They are printed locally on American Apparel shirts so you know they feel amazing but they look just as great!

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Now let’s get real honest this is my first sponsored post and I don’t know if it was the pressure of trying to capture the love I have for this product or if it was because Phinn hasn’t been feeling great for a few days now but this was a really hard shoot. In fact, most every photo I set out to get is nearly impossible to capture! // where do I trade in these real kids for some darling robots?!// k i d d i n g . But really! I cruise Instagram on the regular and see these beautiful children sitting so properly with perfect smiles on their faces and not a single remnant of food on their clothes and let me be real clear for a moment – that simply is not my life, not by a long shot, not. at. all. But you know what?! I wouldn’t have it any other way! These are my wild things and I love them madly! Plus hello they rock these tees like nobodies business because look at em! They are crazy cute!

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Tallulah is wearing the Mountain Tee c/o the seeding project
Phinneus is wearing the Joy Ride Tee c/o the seeding project
Hurry on over to their website and get ordering… They are having a sale! Oh! And don’t forget to follow @theseedingproject on Instagram and participate in their fun giveaway that’s going on right now!

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love where you live//

Living in Southern California is a blessing I often take for granted. I’ve spent the majority of my life here. I don’t know harsh winters, poor produce, or what it’s like to be landlocked. We complain about the cost of living or the constant traffic on the 55 and forget that it’s worth it!

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Yesterday we made a few pj’s || that’s what phinn calls peanut butter and jelly sandwiches || hoped in the car and we were parked and at this perfect spot in under ten minutes.

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The kids played it the water, built and crushed sand castles, && collected little treasures.

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The day was beautiful and everyone is always happiest in the sunshine.

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We left the beach with happy hearts and tired eyes. Everyone snuggled up for a great nap and woke up ready to play. Our evening included scooter riding, BBQing, some twinkle lights, and much needed baths. It was the perfect summer day- in January.

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Go nuts! Donuts!

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Okay, so when you take your babies to pick out donuts for the first time you take a million photos to commemorate the occasion, for your blog. Right?

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Phinneus walked in like he owned the joint and quickly picked a chocolate donut like it was his job.

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Tallulah danced and squealed in my arms until she got her chubby little fingers on some sprinkles.

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Overall, I’d call it a success.

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We were quickly hyped up on sugar so we ran like the wind and played like crazy at the park.

On a less fun note we want to move but our lease isn’t up until the end of April. We walked through a cute little house today but I’m sure someone will snag it in the next few days. It’s sort of a discouraging place that we are in right now. I just wan a spot that feels like home. A spot that I can really invest in making it ours. A place with a yard for my babies to play out in the sunshine all day and a music room for my boys. ||Also wood floors, white walls, and great light. || That wish list is proving to be more difficult than I thought but we have time and my God is pretty big.

Xo!
S

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