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    Baby Brown #2

    If you haven’t already heard the news…I’m pregnant!

    I’m about 11 weeks along. We waited to announce due to the fact that we lost our last one, so we wanted to wait until at least the first ultrasound to make sure the pregnancy was viable and going well. We didn’t wait the full 12 weeks most people usually wait to announce, because I’m already showing and couldn’t hide it anymore! I got a little bump probably around 8 or 9 weeks that rounded out by week 10. They sure aren’t kidding when they say you show earlier with your second! I wasn’t expecting this at all! I know it’s a minuscule bump compared to what it will look like 20 weeks from now, but I feel huge. I waited to tell my coworkers until we knew everything was okay and I had to hide it at work, that was stressful.

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    Friday Favorites- Okie B and Jack Jack and Co

    Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! Can you believe it’s already the 23rd? Where has December gone?

    I can’t wait for Christmas this year! While I’m especially excited to take the next 2 days off, I also can’t wait to see Sawyer’s face on Christmas morning. Last year he was only 6 months old and while he appreciated his new toys (he mostly appreciated the wrapping paper), this year should be a lot more fun for him.

    But I have a few fun things to share with you today so let’s get started.

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    Hey Mama, You Need a Time-Out

    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Chai Leaves Premier Tea Club. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    This time of year is crazy.

    It’s crazy and I can’t seem to slow down and enjoy it. I want to so badly. Sawyer is 18 months old. He is the perfect age to enjoy the lights, the decorations, the sweets, opening presents, and being with family. I want to be present. I want to enjoy every moment. I want to remember it all.

    But there’s so much to do! I have to decorate, shop, bake, wrap, clean, host, attend, and so much more. Don’t you wish we got a few weeks off for the holidays even as adults? Like we used to with school? If I had 2 weeks off of work, maybe it wouldn’t be so stressful. But then again, maybe it still would.

    The holidays are so busy, and motherhood is so busy. It never stops.

    But maybe we should.

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    Let’s Talk About Car Seat Safety (Featuring Graco Car Seats)

    Disclaimer: Thank you to Nakturnal Agency for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    As parents, we have a responsibility to keep our children safe. I know, as a parent you love your child more than anything. And if you love your child, I encourage you to take the time to research car seat safety.

    Sometimes I am shocked at what people don’t know about car seat safety. But then I remember, when Sawyer was just a few weeks old how little I knew about car seat safety. In fact, someone (very kindly) pointed out to me on Facebook that the head support insert I was using with our car seat, wasn’t ideal for safety. And rather than be offended, I was thankful. I was a brand new parent and how would I have know otherwise?

    So when someone stops you on the street to offer advice, a friend pulls you aside, or a well-meaning aquaintence messages you on facebook, to correct you or offer advice, please take it an do not get offended. Most likely, they are doing it out of concern for your child, because we all want children to be safe. They are not trying to embarrass you or tell you you are a bad parent. We are all just trying to help. It takes a village, right?

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    Natural Remedies for Teething and the Common Cold

    Okay, teething is the worst.

    I honestly didn’t even really know until now. Before, it had been kind of a chill experience. He would only get 1 tooth at a time and they came in slowly. Sure he was uncomfortable but we would give him the necessary oils, and, on the bad nights, tylenol. And he would be fine. Then, the tooth would pop through and we would resume our normal lives.

    But last week, oh man, last week was killer.

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    The Working at Home Mom Schedule (+ free printables!)

    Motherhood is not easy.

    Homemaking is not easy.

    Making time to take care of yourself is not easy.

    Working is not easy.

    Blogging is not easy.

    Now, imagine trying to do all 5? Seems impossible.

    But it’s not! And the secret is a really, really, great and tight schedule.

    Not everyone is a schedule person. I totally get that. But with everything going on in my life right now, I would be totally lost without it. I also know that keeping the house spick n’ span, and making a home cooked meal every night is not everyone’s cup of tea. That’s totally cool! But it is mine and so I thought I’d share how I accomplish it.

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    Chemical Free in 2016: Aihu Essentials for Healing and Grace Mabel Baby

    Disclaimer: Thank you to Grace Mabel Baby and Aihu Essentials for Healing for sponsoring today’s post. I received these items in exchange for review. As always, all opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    Happy Friday everybody!

    I’m really excited about today’s collab because they’re products I really really love, and they’re chemical free!

    You guys know I’m all about the essential oils and natural living. These two companies are owned by the same person, and their values line up with mine so well. They create only natural, chemical-free products to help you in all areas of life. I’m so excited about the things they sent me so let’s dive right in!

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