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0 In home decor/ Lifestyle

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection
This post is sponsored by La-Z Boy but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

La-Z Boy now has their own pet collection so you can truly pamper your pooch in style.  And even better, their pieces will look good in any room in your home.

If you’re like me, you work hard to give your dog (and your kids) a better life. And if your furbaby is anything like mine, they spend the majority of their day lounging around so obviously we want them to be comfortable. So when I heard that La-Z Boy was coming out with a pet collection, I knew I had to try it out.

A little back story…

My husband surprised me one year for my birthday by getting me our dog Lola. We were newly engaged and just moved into our first home and I had been wanting a furbaby of my own.  Lola was our “furst born” as I like to say. From the very first night we brought her home, she slept with us in our bed, although my husband was reluctant (he didn’t really have a choice haha).  A few years ago, Lola suffered a tragic spinal cord injury that resulted in extensive back surgery and physical therapy. She luckily made a miraculous recovery but since then we’ve had to restrict her activity a bit. So with everything that she’s been through, I only give my sweet girl the best!

Puggle Puppy

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

Although Lola can no longer sleep with us, she still sleeps in our room. The La-Z Boy Lakewood Lounger is a beautiful addition to our bedroom with it’s tufted design. There’s plenty of room for Lola to curl up for a snooze, or sprawl out and soak up the sun streaming through the window. I always say, “She didn’t choose the Pug Life, the Pug Life Chose Her.” And the quality fabric makes it durable and easy to clean.

La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

Pet furniture that looks great in your home, cleans easily and is comfortable for your pets is a win-win in my book!

Click here to shop the La-Z Boy Petmate Collection

 

 

 

0 In favorites/ friday favorites/ Lifestyle

Friday Favorites July Edition

This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

Happy Friday, and Happy last Friday of July! I can’t believe August will be here next week, this summer is flying by! It’s been awhile so I thought I’d do a Friday Favorites July Edition, with all the things I’m loving on this month!

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you know that the end of June we welcomed another sweet boy into our family, making us a party of 4.  So July was pretty much a whirlwind, learning how to juggle two kids and settling into our new routine. I will say, summer is the best time to have a baby! That sunshine has been great for the body and mind! So with that in mind, this month’s Friday Favorites are a mix of things to make momlife a little easier and summer stuff!

Friday Favorites July Edition

Dockatot – When I had my first babe, I had never heard of a Dockatot, let alone know what one was. He was an awful sleeper, unless we co-slept, which meant mama didn’t get any sleep which was horrible for my anxiety (see where this is going?). So when it came time for Baby #2, I did a little research and Dockatot was gracious enough to send me their product and let me tell you, it has been a God-send. This lounger recreates a feeling like baby is in the womb, making them feel snug and secure.  My little guy sleeps throughout the night and so does mama! It’s also great for travel. We take it with us everywhere, going to the pool, the drive-ins, and the beach. They also now have the option where you can get the cabana kit to shade your little one from the sun. I just got one and plan to use it when we go on vacation next week.

Dockatot

Dockatot cabana kit

Shaker and Vine Wine Bar– This one is for all my followers who are local to the Capital District area. Schenectady has some really nice new restaurants and bars including this place which did not disappoint. My mom and sisters took me to Shaker and Vine for my birthday and it was fabulous! I mean who doesn’t love a waterfront, self serve wine bar? It’s a great place to go out with your girlfriends or for a nice little date night.

Shaker and Vine Wine Bar

 

Shaker and Vine Wine Bar

Amazon Bathing Suits – If you didn’t see my bathing suit try on in my Instagram stories last week, I’m linking them here.

I love this halter one piece by Cupshe.

cupshe one piece halter bathing suit

I also bought this one piece with ruffle flounce top. It has a built in tummy control to help slim your midsection and easy removable straps.

one piece bathing suit on Amazon

 

Drive Up groceries to go – The thought of going to the market with a toddler and a newborn in tow makes me crazy.  Plus, in the summer, I’m all about simplifying things so that I have more time to spend outside with family and friends.  I started using grocery pickup towards the end of my pregnancy and its been so helpful while out on maternity leave.  It’s also a great way to save money because you can see how much your cart adds up to before clicking submit.  And when you’re not in the store, there’s no opportunity for impulse purchases.

 

Summer Beach Reads – Elin Hildebrand is by far my favorite author when it comes to picking summer beach reads. Most of her stories take place in Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard that make you feel like you’re right on the island. My top picks by her are Castaways and Summerland.

Summer Beach Reads

Summer Beach Reads

 

What are some of your favorite things from July?

 

 

1 In Lifestyle/ mom hacks/ spring cleaning

Keeping your floors clean with dogs and kids.

keeping your floors clean with dogs and kids
This post is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Trying to keep your home clean with a dog, let alone kids is no easy task. I’ve just come to the realization that my home will never be as clean as I’d like it to be. But there are some tips and tools you can use to keep your floors clean and spend more time with your babies – both fur and human. (And be sure to scroll to the end of my post to see how you can get a $3 off coupon from the Libman Company)

My little furbaby is Lola, a 5 year old puggle we got shortly after getting married. She is my “furst” born (furst, get it, hahaha). It’s a good thing she’s cute because she certainly gets into trouble and makes quite the mess. Sometimes (actually most of the time) she’s more work than my 2 year old. But I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world.

keeping your floors clean with dogs and kids

Here are my tips for helping keep your floors clean:

1.) Vacuum regularly

Luckily, Lola doesn’t shed alot compared to other dogs. But I still vacuum regularly to try and stay up with the dog hair. All the praise hands for my robotic vacuum. I set it to go off while we’re all at work and I feel like I have my own little personal cleaning lady.

2.) Create a station for all to wipe their feet/paws

When we let Lola in, there’s a little mat at the backdoor where she knows to stop so we can wipe off her paws. When we come in from outside we come in through the laundry room so we can automatically remove any muddy/wet shoes or clothes and throw them in the wash. This helps prevent tracking dirt and footprints through the house.

keeping your floors clean with dogs and kids libman mop

3.) Invest in a good mop

My mop of choice for keeping my floors clean is the Libman Company Freedom Spray Mop. I used to make fun of adults that had a favorite mop or vacuum but now I’m that person. #momlife. My favorite features of the Freedom Spray Mop are:

  • There’s no bucket needed and no sloshing around of dirty water. Simply fill the cannister with your favorite cleaner of choice, spray and clean.
  • No need for bending over. The mop features a head that swivels 360 degrees.
  • When you’re done, just take off the microfiber pad and throw in the wash. Good for up to 100 washes!

keeping your floors clean with dogs and kids libman mop

What are some of your tips for keeping your floors clean?

Get your $3 off coupon here! Happy Spring Cleaning!

keeping your floors clean with dogs and kids

1 In Lifestyle/ mom crush monday/ parenting

Mom Crush Monday – 7 Goals Every Mom Should Have for Herself

 Happy Monday mamas!  One of the cool things that I have enjoyed as part of this blogging community has been connecting with other women and mothers like ourselves.  As such, I wanted to start something new where every Monday from now until Mother’s Day I feature a “Mom Crush Monday” post where I share a blogger that I enjoy following and a post of theirs that I think is special. 

To kick us off I am sharing Sierra from Beautifully Candid. Sierra is a fellow boymama like myself who is candid in sharing her experiences in motherhood. I love how real she and I admire her sense of humor, which is so important.  Here is her post 7 Goals Every Mom Should Have For Herself.

The past few weeks it seems like my boys have been sick off and on which has really limited us to being able to do alot.  On a good note, the slower pace has been nice for a change. I guess in between dealing with cleanup duty, I’ve had some time to sit around and think while everyone’s laid out on the couch watching Paw Patrol. I have all of these goals and self inflections that keep popping into my head.

I shared the above picture on my instagram last week because as much as we have so much fun and enjoy all of our adventures together, there are days where it is not easy. Having two under two was no walk in the park, but at the same time, I wouldn’t trade if for the world.

I’m thankful early on as a mother I was able to accept that things aren’t perfect, life with kids is messy and even when you think you have something figured out, usually one of them throws a monkey wrench in there and you need to adapt all over again.

I’m sharing what’s helped me as a mom, and when you think about it, we’re all in this together and can learn a thing or two from each other.

1. Give yourself grace: this has been the biggest one for me and such a weight lifted off of my shoulders when I accepted that perfection doesn’t exist. Let me rephrase that, I never really strived for perfection, but I think when you have an idea of motherhood in your head and it doesn’t go as planned, you need to give yourself grace. Before I had kids, I thought I had this parenting concept in the bag. I would look at other kids and think, not-ah, that won’t be my kid. I will not be a mom who takes my kids to McDonald’s, my kids are going to have cute clothes and they are going to use their manners always. Ha! Oh silly me. Sometimes momming can catch up to you and you need to  remind yourself that we’re all human and grace is a beautiful thing.

2. Build your confidence as a mom: there are some people that are really gifted and great with kids no matter what the situation is. I’m sure being a kid whisperer must be a thing right? I have friends who are teachers and some that have psychology degrees, and I would think, if I just knew a little bit more about dealing with kids maybe I could master this whole mom thing. What I’ve come to learn is regardless of your background, you know what’s best for your child and are a master in your own way. If you are confident in your abilities as a parent, it will switch your whole outlook and allow you to handle situations differently and utilize what works best for you.

3. Trust your instincts: It’s going to be a reoccurring thing over here with me saying you know your kid best because I truly believe that. When it comes to them not feeling well, grasping certain things or displaying odd behaviors, trust your gut.

4. Learn how to ask for help: this should seem like an easy one but you would be surprised at some people who are just not able to swallow their pride. I don’t think it makes you any less of a person if you reach out to someone and say “I can’t do it today” or “can you please help?” In fact, I applaud you for that. It’s ok to admit that on some days we might need an extra hand or a few minutes to just step away. In the end, it’s usually beneficial for everyone involved.

5. Learn how to say I’m sorry: this has also been a big one for me. I don’t intentionally do it but I’ve been guilty of automatically assuming that my older son has been the trouble maker in some of their toddler scuffles. I mean, knocking over someone’s Lego castle that they worked hard on is not cool. I’ve been in the other room preparing dinner and heard cries coming down the hall. Little nugget will run to me and without hearing the full story I’ve been quick to want to put A on a time-out. After I slow down and hear the whole story I’ve had to apologize several times for my own actions and mistakes as a parent. I think it’s so important for our children to hear when we are sorry and admit our mistakes.

6. Downtime goals: It’s important to also figure out a way to work in some downtime for yourself. This is something I have to remind myself of frequently because usually when I sit down I’m thinking about the three baskets of laundry in my room that I have yet to get to and still working on my superpowers to blink and magically make them go away. I always feel better after a cup of hot tea, lighting a scented candle, putting my phone away and catching up on one of my shows.

7. Learn how to laugh: some days I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, sometimes both, or maybe even at the same time. There’s a reason why we’re taught a cheerful heart is good like medicine. I can’t say we’re like this all the time and I don’t want to come off like a mom who laughs at her kids when the are upset, that’s not the case. But sometimes they come out with the silliest excuses to things, like how they can’t pick up their toys because their legs don’t work. You can’t help but laugh or you might drive yourself crazy. I also think a smile is contagious. If one of us starts smiling or laughing it creates a ripple effect and everyone ends up in a better mood.

Here’s to laughing, crying, saying I’m sorry, being confident and giving ourselves grace. You got this mama!

Thank you so much Sierra for sharing this piece with us! I think there are so many important reminders for all of us mamas. What is one thing you’ve learned on your motherhood journey?

Have a great week!