The best of Amazon Prime Day

July 16, 2018

AMAZON PRIME DAY! We use Amazon Prime weekly around here, and we save some of our bigger home purchases for prime day! (If you don’t have a membership try the 30 day free trial and you can still take advantage of the below deals). They are flash deals with limited stock, so I hope this post can be helpful for narrowing down the best deals in different categories: Home, Electronics, Family and Kids. Many of the items are ones Gabe and I have used and loved. We will be updating it throughout the day! If there is anything you are looking for specifically, let us know and we will see what we can find….

3 piece duvet set for 27.99 while supplies last!

 

Electronics
Hive Home pack – Our favorite Smart Home System goes on sale today! (compatible with Alexa)
Projector – This is the projector we use for backyard movie nights and it is 40% off!
Echo Dot Two Pack! – Synced with Alexa on your phone. With this price it’s getting one for free!
Echo Dot smart speakers – We use our speakers all the time indoors and out! By far one of the best steals you should grab. They are fantastic!
iRobot roomba – Kicking myself over how much we paid for a deebot now. Cannot get over this price. A robot vacuum has definitely been a sanity saver around here.
Fire 7 Tablets – (Great for car rides with kids)
50 in. Toshiba – $120 off!
Portable charger – This is a lifesaver to have on you when you are out for the day.
Laptop cases – Water repellent lap top cases in really pretty colors for 10 bucks!

Linen pillow covers – Set of 4 for $20!

Home
Down comforter  – We have one under our duvet, and it makes it so comfy! They are rarely this cheap, and make great wedding gifts.
Stone and beam area rug – I love the design on this, and it is such a good deal!
Faux fur throw – Available in a few colors for $20
Goosedown pillows (set of two)
3 piece duvet set – Can’t get over this price, and I loooove the colors!
Rug pads – These make a significant difference in making your area rugs a softer landing place and prevent scratches on your floor.
NuLoom 8 x 10 area rug – Love this pattern, and this price is crazy!
Arched floor lamp – Similar to the one in our living room.
Set of 4 Linen pillow covers – Several color choices. $20 Also, you can get a pack of two pillow inserts for cheap.
Power washer – For the price of renting a power washer for our patio and house, we realized it would save us in the long run to just buy one since we will need to use it every year.
Power and hand tools set
Dyson Cordless Vacuum – I have been dying to get one of these, and it is currently over $100 off.
More home decor and furniture finds here.

STYLE
Leather backpack – $28 – I use a similar one for travel/diaper bag. So convenient!
Leather wallet – My wallet is a sad delapitated story and I have been holding out on getting a new one till I found one that could carry everything. This will do the trick!
Cotton maxi dress – $22 and comes in several colors, and has pockets!
Men’s field jacket – Gabe’s pick for $32.

Family + Kids
Samsonite luggage – 70% off these basically indestructible luggage pieces.
Resistance bands set – This is what Gabe and I use for at home workouts and it’s a steal today!
Melissa and Doug – my favorite kids brand. I usually get Christmas and birthday gifts from Melissa and Doug and everything is steeply discounted today.
Seat covers and back of the seat protectors – We put these in our suburban to protect from stains and messes, and put organizers on the backs. Game changer from the usual mayhem scene.
Magnet Building Tiles – Hands down the most used toy in our house.
Magnetic colorful drawing board – been dying to get one of these for Rocco for car trips!
Super cute rainboots
Expo markers – These are on all three of my kiddos school supply list so heck yes I will take the deal on them! Also, pretty sure Veronica would flip over these gel pens.

Baby
Baby Trend Double Jogger – I have never seen a double jogger for under $150!
Babysense Video monitor – We use a similar one for Zel, and have loved it. Especially when we are traveling.
Munchkin Inflatable Tub – These are awesome for babies in the backyard.
Portable shade tent 
3 in 1 convertible crib
Maternity Body Pillow – I needed this to survive months – 6-9;)
Booster seats and pack n’ plays – Graco has all of their carseats and baby gear on super sale.

 

Tip for shopping the prime day deals – since they have limited quantities, and are releasing items at different times of the day, download the app where you can track things you have your eye on or add things to your watch list!

 

Summer proofing our home + Prime Day Sale

July 15, 2018

 
We’ve been HIVE users since the fall now, and I am pretty sure Gabe is their #1 fan. Being someone who takes pride in protecting his family, keeping the home safe, and finding ways to save money, Hive smart products make it easy to do all of that. I had him write out some additional features to the smart home products that he especially loves…

 
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How our family uses essential oils.

July 9, 2018

 

I’ve gotten so many requests on how our family uses essential oils, but never took the time to write it out! Finally sharing how we use them for our family on a daily and seasonal basis. With how few our regulations are here in the U.S. on what is allowed to be manufactured and sold in our common household and personal care products, I started a while ago to be my own health care advocate for myself and my children. Not everything is in our control, but cutting out toxins and chemicals in our lives certainly improves the quality of it. With the recent release of the study confirming the connection between Formaldehyde to Leukemia, I am convicted now more than ever of this. We need safer FDA regulations, but until then I have to actively read labels, and understand what certain ingredients mean. Formaldehyde was found in products I trusted, and it is disguised under different names. When I find companies I can trust that are committed to clean labels and transparency, I stick with them! A few being Seventh Generation, Honest, Beautycounter, Follain, Young Living, etc. Since I keep receiving requests on how I use essential oils for our family, I went ahead and wrote out this post of ways I have integrated them over the past 5 years. If you have any questions please let me know!

Why are essential oils effective?

This is something I didn’t really get when I first started using them so it was hard to find the motivation to actually use them consistently. Essential oils are the lifeblood of a plant that can be found in a plant’s flower, stem, leaves, bark, or fruit. What is fascinating is that they can reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes when topically applied! They can transport nutrients, are powerful antioxidants, help support cellular regeneration, digestive, nervous, and immune systems, and can even purify the air. These oils are highly concentrated and complex which deliver the human body the purest and best parts of the earth we live on. It does matter where you buy your oils from as many that are sold on amazon or wal-mart have been diluted.

There are a million and one ways to use oils, but finding simple routines that work for you and your family is what will help incorporate those healthier lifestyle changes. I was overwhelmed at first and the oils sat in my cabinet for a year until I started reading about ways that didn’t seem as intimidating to try. I hope this post proves to be the same for you!
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Home Update: Lower Patio

July 2, 2018

 

The weather stays warm through November here in Atlanta, and we use our deck and patio areas more than any other areas of the home during the spring and summer seasons. When we bought this home there was already a large lower cement patio to work with, so we knew we wanted to create a space more conducive to what we use our yard for so we can put it to good use over the years! Always impressed with the quality of Article pieces, so we teamed up again to design an outdoor patio area that would work for our family.

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Summer weekend round up.

June 29, 2018

 

June is a big month over here…a marathon of celebrations! Today is Max the moose’s 5th birthday. He was my 9 lb. 6 oz. boy that came so fast there was no time for an epidural, and he almost broke me in half. (Remember that birth story?) He hasn’t slowed down since. I am so thankful for Maximilian Francis. He is wild and crazy and curious, and all of the things I am most definitely not. He has challenged Gabe and I in patience, patience, and more patience. He has such a big bear heart, and is definitely one of the funniest kids I have ever met. He adds so much gusto to our lives, and I can’t wait to see who he becomes. We surprised him with birthday balloons and blue pancakes this morning:)

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10 years of marriage.

June 28, 2018

 

We renewed our vows today on our 10th anniversary. Gabriel, Veronica, Max, Rocco, and Azelie were all there as little witnesses. It was a reminder that we chose to commit to each other on the altar. I will never be one to say marriage is easy. I don’t think it is meant to be. In it’s hardest days, it knocks down the walls we have so carefully guarded around parts of ourselves, and allows us to see ourselves for who we really are…whether we like it or not. The best days on the other hand, allow us to experience a humbling love and acceptance from the other despite our weaknesses.
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Girls’ Room Update

June 26, 2018

 

We made a lot of progress in the girls’ room over the last few weeks, so here thought it was time for a quick update!

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