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    Packing A Diaper Bag For 3 Kids

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    All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

    I am still packing a diaper bag for all of the kids. We are almost 100% done with diapers! WOOHOO!! If you could see me right now I have the biggest smile on my face! I never thought I would get to this point in my life but they day has finally come! We haven’t been in diapers since the beginning of June but during nighttime Kai is still wearing one just as a precaution.  Read more

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    DIY Blanket Ladder Under $5

    I’ve been wanting a blanket ladder for the last year. I just haven’t been able to pull the trigger on spending $50-$250 on one. Yikes! So, I figured if I could make a headboard I should be able to build a ladder, right!? I looked all over the internet at what type and what would be easiest one to make. I initially wanted to do one with dowels but I didn’t know how easily the nails would go into the dowels without splitting the wood. 

     

    What you’ll need

    2 | 6ft 2×4
    5 | 18″ 2×2
    10 | 3″ nails

    OPTIONAL

    Wood Stain
    Paint
    Spray Paint
    Sand Paper

     

     

    First let me tell you that, Home Depot has scrap wood that might be warped or damaged in some way. This is where I found all of the 2×2 wood that they carried. The wood was 70% off! I only needed one piece cut up into 5 pieces so it worked out great!  I got my 5 2×2 piece for like 37cents and the 2×4’s were $1.98 a piece so my total came to to like $4.87

    Just like my DIY Headboard (if you haven’t checked it out you can here) Home Depot makes cuts so I just picked out the wood that I wanted and asked them to cut the exact measurements I needed. This is a total time and money saver for me. Since I do not own some sort of saw this is a wonderful perk. 

     

    I gave the gentleman my measurements and within minutes we were out of the store. 

    I wanted my rungs 10″ apart. I got my tape measure and measured out every 10″ and marked it. 
    My biggest tip is to nail the nails in first on the 2×4, just when they start splitting wood on the other side. This will help big time so you don’t have to hold the 2×2 wood in place while trying to get the nails in place.  Definitely learned my lesson on the second board. 

    Finally just get to hammering. 

    I did one whole 2×4 and then flipped it over and lined up the second 2×4 and did a nail on the top rung and then the bottom one to hold everything in place. And finished it off with the middle three rungs. Now would be the time to sand spots you need sanded. I did not do this. I’m content with it not being sanded but if you have nice blankets and/or want to guarantee no snags definitely sand where the blankets will hang. 

    I was very unsure about what color I wanted to do. Ideally every blanket ladder is some sort of wood color. I thought about white but the whole room is white and so I went with the color 

    BLACK

     

    I absolutely love it!

    Honestly haven’t seen any black blanket ladders and I think it adds a great pop to the room and then adding a fun color of blankets will just look great against the black color. 

     

    If you do end up making one, 
    I’d love for you to tag me on instagram @ebrooks so I can see what you created! 

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    Valentines Day Gift He’ll NEVER Forget

    We purchased a dinosaur costume from Amazon for Knox’s dinosaur birthday. Since Ethan is living in Colorado right now I thought it would be funny to take boudoir photos in the costume and get it printed for him. You can only imagine what the people at  Walgreens thought when they printed the photo and had it placed on the wood canvas haha. So I wanted to do something different and funny, something that wasn’t your typical V-Day gift and I got the BEST reaction! 

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    Best Dry Skin Must Haves

    Dry anything is horrible to have. But sometimes it feels like you can’t ever get rid of it. Winter is the worst time for me because my skin gets dry, when I wash my face it feels tight, and my scalp is dry and flakey. I’ve been testing some of these products for years and some for a few weeks. So I wanted to share some of the best products I’ve used to help with all of the dry.  Read more

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    The BEST Banana Bread

    First let me say….the things you do as a mother. YUCK.

    I HATE bananas.

    I know what you’re thinking,
    “If you hate bananas how can you make the best banana bread in all of the land?”

    Answer: Everyone tells me that it’s the best banana bread. 

     

    This is super easy and one of my kids favorite breads that I make. 
    All of the ingredients you need you probably already have in your kitchen. Did you forget to eat a few bananas and feel guilty about throwing them away. WELL DON’T TOSS THEM! 3-5 past what you would have eaten the bananas are the best banana bread bananas. You want them to be brown and squishy!

    Plus I got to use my new cast iron bread pan that I got for christmas! Thank you secret santa! 
    Heres the one I use

     

    What You Need:

    • 2 Cups of Flour
    • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 1/8 Cup of Sugar
    • 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil
    • 2 Tablespoons of Milk
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 2-3 Ripe Bananas Mashed
    • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips or Chopped Walnuts (OPTIONAL)

     

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.
    2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside
    3. In a separate bowl mix egg, sugar, and oil until completely combined. 
    4. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. It will be very dry and thick
    5. In the small bowl mash bananas until it looks like a creamy mixture.
    6. Add milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas. Mix until it’s all combined. 
    7. (For our optional ingredients you can now mix chocolate chips or walnuts. I personally don’t add the walnuts into the bread I add it as a topper but you can add it into the bread if you’d like.)
    8. Pour into your bread loaf pan (Now would be the time to add the walnuts to the top of the bread)
    9. Bake for 60-70 minutes, knife should come out clean and Tada! 

     

     

    I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe. I’ve been making it for years!  You can also bake these into little muffins. The kids like these in the morning for breakfast. Just cut the time down to 30 minutes and check on them. 

     

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    5 Things I Do To Keep My Sanity As A SAHM

    I have been a Stay-At-Home Mom for 5 years now! I can’t believe that 5 years has flown by. It’s been a busy, challenging, eye opening, humbling, and amazing experience. Growing up I never envisioned myself as a SAHM but I’m grateful that I have had this opportunity and will always cherish these moments when my boys. 

    With that being said, they are a bunch of shits that drive me bananas! 

    I can’t tell you how many times they’ve brought me to tears and I had to lock myself somewhere to get a breather from them. They’ve tested my patience and have really put me to the test questioning whether I can really handle being a mom. I have to say this has been extra hard the last 2 months since Ethan has been gone and I’ve been solo with the kids day and night. So these are five things I do to help me stay sane.

     

    1. This one might sound like a no brainer but it’s something I’ve been continuously working on. I usually get up before the boys and having my alone time in the morning before they get up has been a great way to start my day. I enjoy my coffee and a piece of toast and catch up on all of my social channels. It’s just so calming and peaceful to have my 30 minutes and start my day before all of the chaos of the days starts. 
    2. Before I hop in the shower or soak in the tub, I like to take 10-15 of some self care. I put on a face mask and/or hair mask, teeth whitening and let it set. Once I’m ready I like to take a extra long shower or put on some calming music and soak in the tub. Totally brings me a sense of calm. 
    3. Personal time away from the home. This is huge! I don’t care if I need to take a walk, go to the grocery store, or stop to get an ice cream cone alone. Having my own time to take a breather completely changes my mood. Especially when it’s been one of those days. (Can’t wait to be in Colorado to get some alone time.)
    4. Planning a girls trip! Since we live so close to Vegas this has been one of our easy and goto trips that we like to take. A weekend get away to a concert or staying at a hotel to lay by the pool is such a nice refresher. We’ve taken cross country trips to visit friends and I’m so excited to be going on a cruise with one of my girlfriends! 
    5. Last but on least, lock yourself in your room with a glass of wine! (or a diet coke!) I am not kidding. Put on your kids favorite show go hide in the nearest closet and BOTTOMS UP! 

    I hope you enjoyed this list of things that help me keep my sanity as a SAHM! I’d love to hear what things you do and how you keep your sanity! 

     

     

     

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    Easy Teacher Gift Idea

    This is the first year that we will be buying teacher gifts and I am so excited with how ours turned out! I wasn’t trying to spend a fortune but I wanted to give functional and realistic gifts that not everyone would be giving.  I decided on a basket filled with goodies. Kellan has his teacher and a teachers assistant. So we doubled up on our gifts.  After purchasing our mugs for our teachers it was brought to my attention that mugs are a no-no gift because all parents every year want to give a mug gift. If you decide you want to there is nothing wrong with that but try and add a little something else.

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