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    Your Pets Get Anxious Too


    We’ve had Bennett for 3 years now.

    When we rescued him, we got almost zero information about his previous owners. We have no idea what went on the first 18 months of his life.

    Which means we have no idea what causes his almost crippling separation anxiety.

    But it’s there, and it’s bad.

    When we adopted him, they warned us he was very hyper, so we were prepared for that, but it felt like so much more.

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    Little Colorado Toddler Furniture

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    Toys everywhere.

    Do any other parents feel like their home has been taken over by toys? I’m constantly feeling this way. They’re everywhere and yet, he only plays with like…5 of them consistently (and they’re all Lightning McQueens).

    I’ve wanted to get a big toy box for ages but couldn’t find one that was classic enough. They were all giant and plastic. I wanted something that would last through multiple kids and not show wear and tear.

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    Oliver’s Nursery Reveal with Mouse + Magpie

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    I was so sad when we had to take down Sawyer’s nursery when we moved. It was the one room in the house I actually worked really hard on the theme and decor, the rest of the house just kind of came together as I added bits and pieces over the years. But Sawyer’s nursery I really saw through from start to finish (see it here).

    It made me sad to take down all our hard work. But he had a new big kid race car bed for our new place, and I had Oliver’s nursery to put together now!

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    My Top 4 Favorite Uses for the Dockatot Deluxe

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    I’ve sung Dockatot‘s praises before. It is one of my absolute favorite parenting items. Sawyer has a Dockatot Grand now and I seriously wish we had had a Deluxe when he was a baby! We just got one for Oliver and love it.

    When it came in the mail, my Grandmas was visiting, and, like most people, she asked “what is it for?”

    The bigger size that Sawyer has (the Grand), we specifically used for toddler bed transition (read about that here), and it worked like a charm. But how can you use the Deluxe?

    There are so many ways to use a Dockatot Deluxe. You won’t know how you lived without it!

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    For The Zombie Parents: The Ninja Coffee Bar

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    We have a 3 week old so we’re officially getting zero sleep. My husband and I have a little agreement. I do all of Oliver’s nighttime feedings, and he gets up with Sawyer, toddler extraordinaire, at the crack of dawn. So I’m sleeping in shorter increments, but he’s getting up earlier. At the end of the day, we’re both getting about the same amount of sleep.

    Close to none.

    I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker. I really only like coffee when it’s cold brew or iced which can be really hard to make at home. But now that we have a newborn again I need the caffeine in an extreme way if I’m going to get through my day. So that means either suck it up and drink coffee I don’t love, or find out how to make iced coffee work at home.

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    The Benefits of Cord Blood Banking

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    Our babies are so special.

    I look at my two sons and I know I would do anything for them! There is no cost I would spare, nothing I wouldn’t do, to make sure they were safe, healthy, and happy. We always want what’s best for our children, don’t we?

    Something I wish I was more educated on before my babies were born is Cord Blood Banking. And I’m not alone. Approximately 33% of all expectant parents are unaware of the option of Cord Blood Banking, and even of those who are aware, 74% of them consider themselves to be minimally informed.

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    Working at Home Mom Magic- The 3 Things I Can’t Live Without!

    As someone who runs a business out of their home, there are certain things I cannot compromise on.

    Working at home takes a lot of preparation, equipment, and patience. You have to prevent as many problems as possible, but also be prepared for things to go wrong. If I’m working on a deadline, I’d hate for the wifi to stop working or the power to go out. I don’t have time for that!

    There are 3 things that I could not live without while working at home!

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