Friday, January 29, 2016

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!

one. We made it two whole weeks before throwing in the towel on the shared nursery. We really, really, really wanted this to work so bad and still hope that we can give it another shot in a few months, but the reality was Thomas was waking Caroline up too many times throughout the night. During the first year there are so many growth spurts and sleep regressions so Thomas' sleep is just too unpredictable these days. He'd wake and cry for a bit and Caroline would get super upset which would result in both of us having to get up, each take a baby and rock them back to sleep. Then we'd do it all over again a few hours later. Since we've moved Thomas into his own room, Caroline has gone back to her 12 hours of sleep (for now anyway) and we've been able to let Thomas cry it out a bit which has really helped stretch him from 7 pm - 6 am. Any mamas with advice on timing for room sharing?
two. Since our main changing station is in Caroline's room we'll continue to change all diapers in there so I don't have to stock both rooms with all our necessities. Because we have a LOT of "necessities." I love talking to other moms about their must-have products, I thought I'd share some of my diaper station essentials today!

First up, we have the diaper genie and love it although these days we find ourselves bi-passing the genie with some of Caroline's diapers and heading straight to our outside trashcan. There is nothing worse than toddler poop. My only complaint about the diaper genie is the cost of the refill bags. We've tried all sorts of cheaper bags including the Target brand (strongly suggest not wasting your money on these) and the cheapest good quality alternative we've found are the Nursery Fresh refills

Another most used item for us are diaper changing pads...because washing, changing and buying a dozen changing pad covers is annoying, expensive and time consuming. 

We also have the OXO Perfect Pull Wipes Dispenser which semi-perfectly dispenses one wipe at a time. I say semi-perfect because on occasion a few will come out with one pull but not nearly as bad as the long strand of wipes you get from the plastic dispensers. For $20, it's worth it.

And a few of our favorite items we keep on the shelf include Mustela Physiobebe No-Rinse cleanser for quick wipe downs on skipped bath nights, the very best diaper cream ever - Triple Paste, Eucerin Baby for Thomas' sensitive skin and Noodle & Boo Lotion for Caroline, Aquaphor for winter chapped cheeks and lots of DISTRACTIONS!

Changing Caroline's diaper can be a full blown fight these days. The second we even mention a diaper change she turns into a ninja and a simple task of changing a quick diaper turns into either a negotiation or meltdown. Sooooo, it's extremely important that we keep a fresh rotation of distractions available to both kids to make diaper changes as bearable as possible. Our current distraction line-up consists of Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, Sophie the Giraffe, VTech Baby Phone and Bella Tunno Dream Bunny

Last but not least, odor eliminators for the aforementioned toddler diaper bombs. I recently received some products from Fresh Wave to put to the test in the nursery and I have been pleased with the results. I keep a tub of the odor removing gel on the shelf (out of reach from the kiddos), throw an odor removing pack at the bottom of my diaper genie, and freshen up the room with odor removing spray after each #2 diaper. You can find these products at Target!

three. I recently made the Pioneer Woman's Linguini with Clam Sauce recipe and loved it. This meal is inexpensive, is thrown together quickly, tastes delicious, is toddler approved and fed us for 2 dinners and 1 lunch! So I recommend throwing it into your next meal plan!

four.  This week was so incredibly long. Thankfully I had the most amazing cheesecake to look forward to each night after dinner. I already raved about this on SnapChat but I'll post it again because it is so dang good.

five. A few weekends ago we finally took the kids to Discovery Place Kids and I'm kicking myself for not doing this sooner. With the winter months keeping us cooped up inside it takes Caroline about 22 minutes before she's bored, cranky and coloring the walls. Out of desperation one morning we packed the kiddos up and trekked out to Huntersville to the most amazing "children's museum" aka a magical place of unending activities and rooms to explore. There's a huge firetruck, a toddler sized grocery store, a mini deli, an underwater aquarium, the most impressive water table of all time and so much more. There was even a large area for kids under 3 that Thomas was able to play in. If you're a mama in Charlotte, I highly recommend making a trip to DPK! Caroline could not contain her excitement.

Wanna join Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
1.) Write your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!



  1. Small world- we were at DPK this week too! And I actually mentioned it in my round up today too. :) I'm new to the link up and see that it is closed- when do I need to link by to be part of it? Thanks! :)

    1. Hi friend! I just fixed my link-up so you should be good to link up now!

      Also, DPK is the BEST!!!! Thanks for linking up today!

  2. I love the picture above Thomas's crib --- such a beautiful space!! That cheesecake looks absolutely amaaaaazing! I am always wondering what to scoop up at Trader Joes, looks like I'll be adding that to the list :) Happy Friday!!

  3. We love dpk here! We have been there so many times though we are in the hunt for something new to do, do you have any suggestions for the Charlotte area?

  4. I like Walmart's brand of diaper genie refills! We love our genie too, but poop diapers these days (19 months here) go straight outside as well! Haha. It's amazing what comes out of these little ladies. We are actually planning on making our first trip to DPK this afternoon! Good to hear y'all had so much fun

  5. Well looks like I need to be making a trip to Trader Joes...thanks for the tip! Wish we had a DPK close to us. Looked like so much fun!

  6. that discovery center looks like SO much fun... pretty sure i'd be playing store in there for hours!!!

    funny story, we brought that cheesecake over to a friends' house a few weeks ago for a dinner get together and forgot to eat it... i'm kicking myself now!!!

  7. I need this cheesecake in my life...

  8. No tips on room sharing for now, though I will be interested to see what other people have to say about it, as it may be something that we will be looking into soon (tiny house probs). Wish, wish, WISH we had a Trader Joes closer by - for so many reasons! And loving all the pictures of the kiddos at the Childrens Museum. So fun!

  9. That pasta dish looks amazing! And the kiddos are too cute.

  10. we love that facewash for violet! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  11. Pioneer Woman has the best recipes. You have to try her chili.. so good!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  12. We have a place like your children's museum and my son LOVES it!!! It took me forever to take him there too and now I can't tear him away!

  13. i love DPK.. i am dying to take my boys there when we come back to clt to visit my family. Have you taken them to the nature museum thats over in myers park? its pretty cute and i love the live animals.

  14. YUM! Linguine with clams is one of my favorite foods, but I've never actually made it myself! Definitely going to check out that recipe!

  15. Need to try that pasta dish, I love anything with pasta! Pasta and cheesecake my two favourite things in life.

  16. TGIF girl! I had the kids room sharing when we were living in the apartment. I would always stagger bedtimes (I don't think you mentioned if you put them down at the same time). Hudson first at 7 pm and then I would nurse Harper and put her to bed around 8. Harper would make it to about 5:30/6 before waking up. I'd run and get her and Hudson would sleep until 7.

  17. Oh girl, my condolences on the loss of your spare room. I'm still processing not being able to throw crap in mine now that's it's a nursery! (although maybe you've wisely retained part of yours for out of town family? I do miss my guest bed but it wasn't being heavily utilized since our fams are close by) Will be checking out that cheesecake! Our Children's Museum in Richmond has set ups like the Discovery Zone pics and Lawter LOVED it when we went to see Santa there! I can't wait to take her back. It's so much fun to be able to let them loose where they can touch and do all the things and you don't have to constantly say no! haha

  18. I was totally going to try the target genie refills next time..thanks for the heads up!

  19. I was wondering how the nursery sharing was going for you guys so i'm so glad that you posted a little update! I would love for our future kids to share a room for a little bit. Do you think you will try again when they are a little older?

  20. I think room sharing depends on the kids. Our 17 month old and 5 month old share a room without a problem, other than the toddler wakes the baby some mornings. I don't remember our other kids having much problem either...with 6 kids, only our oldest has his own room. I think it really depends on how sound of sleepers your kids are!

  21. I think room sharing depends on the kids. Our 17 month old and 5 month old share a room without a problem, other than the toddler wakes the baby some mornings. I don't remember our other kids having much problem either...with 6 kids, only our oldest has his own room. I think it really depends on how sound of sleepers your kids are!


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