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Mom Must Have: Daisy May Candle Co.

HELLO!!!  It’s been too long, feathered friends.  Between sick kids, teething kids, snow/ice days, sleep regression, and everything else my writing has definitely taken a back seat.  However, I’m making a goal to do a product rave/review once a week.  It’s not the introspective, raw writing that I typically lean toward, but I think it’ll be something new and fun…and maybe associating writing with something less heavy would be a helpful approach to getting me back into the swing of things.

So.  Onward we go!

(Literally as I wrote that:  Pause…baby’s crying.)

(An hour later…)

Daisy May Candle Co.
(with special guest Pink Zebra)
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Product:  Daisy May Candle Co. (Hand-poured soy wax melts)

Scents Available:  *The ones I’ve tried are in bold italics*
Honeysuckle Jasmine
Clary Sage
Sweet Orange Cream
Eucalyptus + Peppermint
Fresh Lemon
Lavender Cucumber Sage
Antique Sandalwood (with Orange, Frankincense, & Bergamot)
White Birch
Very Vanilla
Clean Cotton
Amber + Vanilla Wax Melts (with Sandalwood, Musk, & Cedarwood)
Black Raspberry + Vanilla
Hydrangea
English Garden
Red Ginger + Saffron
Tea Tree + Lemon
*Note:  I purchased English Garden for Valentine’s Day gifts, but I haven’t personally melted them.  They smelled wonderful in the packaging, though!

Feedback:  When I saw this product during my Facebook scroll, I had to give it a try.  A local business of so many of my favorite things?  Yes, please!  I’ve placed two orders so far…one in January…another in February…and I’ll be ordering again in March.  (Until March 9th, you can use this code to buy 2 get 1 free: B2G1FREE.)  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by not only the strength of the scents, but the duration of the scents.  My house is chock-full of large animals, grown kids, a busy toddler, and an adorable baby– all of that fun makes for interesting smells from time to time.  If I’m honest, I’ve struggled to find a product that smells great and is able to fill our main level for any period of time because of the aforementioned reasons and our vaulted ceilings.  Most products would smell amazing, but only in the kitchen (or wherever the warmer is)…and only for a few hours.  My experience with these has been different.  I typically put two cubes in my Pink Zebra Simmering Light (I’ll say more about product this momentarily) and don’t switch them for at least 48 hours.
My absolute favorite is Very Vanilla.  It is VERY AMAZING.  In fact, I’ve had it melting all this morning, and I can smell it alllllll the way in our bedroom.  (I’ll include a picture of the layout of our house so you can see why it’s exciting that I can smell it up here.)

One of the things that I like most about Very Vanilla is its ability to pair with other scents.  For example, one of my favorite combinations is Very Vanilla and Sweet Orange Cream.  (OMG heavenly.)
My least favorite that I’ve tried so far would be Clean Cotton…and not because it doesn’t smell fabulous…but because I didn’t feel like the scent was strong enough to cover all of the other scents in our home.  It would be a wonderful option for a family that has a warmer in a smaller area, likes lighter scents, or doesn’t have so many other scents to mask.
I’ve also mixed these scents with Pink Zebra Sprinkles…which sounds weird to give a shout out to another product in the middle of another review, but you guys want an honest review…right?  Where Pink Zebra has so many amazing scents, they don’t fill my home the way Daisy May Candle Co. does.  BUT, Daisy May gives the Pink Zebra the extra oomph it needs to smell stronger, longer.  A scoop of Black Cherry Sprinkles and a cube of Very Vanilla from DMCC…or a scoop of Meditation Sprinkles and a cube of Eucalyptus + Peppermint DMCC…it really works together well.
img_1923On the topic of Pink Zebra, I use a Simmering Light ($28 for a basic)…which uses a lower temperature bulb so scents last longer.  I’m sure most melting pots or warmers say something along those lines…but I really do love what I use.  And, honestly, one of the determining factors prior to purchase was that you’re able to purchase different shades ($15-18…there are a few really fancy ones for more) to use on the same base.  My white shade looks fabulous everywhere…but if I want a pop of color, I can just order a new shade without having to order a whole new thing…which is pretty cool.
ANYWAY, back to Daisy May Candle Co– I’ve reached out to the owner several times with questions.  Her response time has always been within the hour…and she’s been so helpful in deciding which scents would work best for my needs.  Plus, she’s full of new ideas and seems to be trying out those ideas often.  For example, she gave me the inside scoop on brand new lotion bars (with essential oils) that are in the works…AND an online craft show that she’s organizing through Etsy with over 30 shops interested in participating in an online craft show that has the feeling of a local craft fair with freebies and drawings and freebies and featured shops and F-R-E-E-B-I-E-S.  It’ll be called Fresh Air Marketplace and will hopefully be ready for action mid-April.  So be sure to keep your eye out on the Daisy May Candle Co. Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, etc. for updates on that.

Alright, I think the only thing I have completely failed to mention so far is the price.  Each scent is $4.99 and comes with 6 cubes per container…however, I’ve not yet paid full price for an order…which is just another reason to follow DMCC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. for those discount codes.  Also, shipping is FREE (no international orders) and my packages have all arrived within 3 days.

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And there you have it!  My house smells great, despite all the craziness we have in here…and I’m thankful for great products to help me out, because it doesn’t matter how much I clean, there will still be smells.  At least now the smells are fabulous.

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Until next time,
xox,
Dani

To order Daisy May Candle Co products, click here!
To order Pink Zebra products, click here!

Mom Must-Haves

Life hack: Non-Slip Toddler Booties

My 13 month old toddlers will NOT keep socks on. They pull them off by the toes of the socks and just giggle. It’s been so cold here and I hate them having bare toes, especially on our tiled kitchen floor. 


I bought some booties off of Amazon…. because I buy everything on Amazon. At the time that I purchased them the description said they had a non-slip sole. But the striped version that I bought didn’t have the non-slip bottoms. I complained in a review and they’ve since changed the description. I considered sending them back but they’re just too stinking cute. I came across a “life hack” option to use fabric paint on the bottom of toddler socks to add a non-slip texture. A lightbulb went off… the adorable booties can be saved!!! 

I had some 3D fabric paint on hand that I used for our Christmas stockings, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The fabric paint cake from Hobby Lobby and I paid $1.29 for 1 fl. oz.  

Mom Must-Haves

Twin Essentials for the 1st year

When I found out we were having twins I was so overwhelmed with the amount of things that we would need.  If you are a soon to be twin mom and you’re looking for ideas for your registry, you’ve come to the right place. Here is my list of essential items:

  • 2 Cribs – we bought ours second hand and spent $300 which was a huge savings
  • 4 waterproof mattress covers
  • 6 sets of sheets – My grandma and aunt made cute sheets for me because I couldn’t find any gender neutral sheets that I liked in store.  Here is a “how to“.
  • 2 car seats (obviously) – We loved our Britax B-Safe 35 infant carriers which we are still using at 1 year old.
  • 2 days worth of bottles (approximately 16) – We loved the Avent classics, but don’t buy new nipples until you know your babes are ready for the next step. We bought size 3 nipples and we will be done with bottles before they ever use the size 3 nipples.
  • Bottle drying rack
  • Spectra S2 breast pump – this is hands down the best investment I made for our babies
  • Handsfree pumping bra
  • Bulb syringe – I tried the Nose Freida too, but I found the bulb syringes to work best for me
  • The First Years Lanolin Free Nipple Butter – This was in a gift basket I received and it was by far my favorite nipple cream. It was silky smooth making it easier to spread than thicker lanolin creams I had tried.
  • Insulated lunch bag for packing bottles
  • Back pack – a diaper bag just wasn’t cutting it after 3 months.
  • Portable changing pad for the back pack
  • Changing table – I didn’t think I’d need one but after the first week of changing endless diapers my back needed the relief of a changing table. We bought a used one off of Facebook Marketplace for $25.
  • 2 high chair/booster combos
  • 2 Summer Infant travel high chairs
  • 2 Chicco Lullago travel bassinets – we absolutely loved these and used them until our twins were 6 months old
  • 2 waterproof bassinet mattress covers
  • 4 bassinet sheets
  • 4 Swaddle Me swaddlers – worked great for the early months
  • 4 Halo Sleep sacks – loved using these after the babes started rolling
  • 6 plush bath towels – we were gifted the small hooded baby towels which worked great but knowing how quickly they outgrow them it may be easier to start with standard towels that are exceptionally soft
  • Diaper Genie and refills
  • 12 Terry cloth bibs and burp rags – these were great to use when they were itty bitty for bottle feeds.  They often dribbled from their mouth or spit up so it was nice to have an absorbent bib. Family members made mine but here is a “how to“.
  • 2 silicone bibs
  • 2 extra laundry baskets with wheels (because you don’t want to lift anything late in your pregnancy or soon after birth)
  • Postpartum belly support band
  • 10-12 outfits per child and 8-10 sets of pajamas in each size
  • Aquaphor
  • Triple Paste
  • Gas Drops
  • Calming Lavender Baby Lotion
  • Baby bath tub
  • Summer Infant Dual Video Monitor
  • Summer Infant Portable Playard– we love spending time outdoors so this was awesome to have. I could work in my flower beds and let the babes hang out and play. It was also great for our camping trips.
  • 1 push behind walker
  • 1 activity table
  • 1 exersaucer (we bought ours used for $35)
  • 2 play mats
  • 2 auto Rock n Play
  • 2 Pack n Play (we bought ours used for <$20 each)
  • 2 Boppy pillows
  • Double Baby Trend Snap N Go stroller
  • Double Baby Jogger City Mini GT
  • Double umbrella stroller (bought used for <$15)
  • Canvas storage baskets – we have 8 and use every one of them
  • Leather rocker recliners – we decided to forgo your typical rocker glider for the nursery because they share a nursery which means we didn’t rock the upset baby in the nursery while the other was sleeping in there. We just bought rocker recliners for our living room instead. Leather is essential for cleaning up spit up and spilled milk.
  • Amazon Subscribe and Save diaper and formula subscriptions
  • Photographer package – I would’ve saved so much money and avoided annoyances if I would’ve just signed a contract with a photographer who did newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 12 month photos.
  • DSLR Digital Camera

 

Things we got that we didn’t need

  • Wipe warmer
  • Bumbos – we used them for such a short period I’m not sure they are worth it
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Packing for a week long vacation with twins

I’ve been MIA for the last week and a half because we just spent the last week in Orlando, Florida.  Packing for this trip was super stressful. I could not figure out how I was possibly going to pack 7 days worth of stuff for two 11 month olds. I managed to get my husband and I’s clothes in one suitcase and the twins’ clothes in one suitcase.  We also took a small rolling carry on and a back pack. I’ve lived to tell the tale and here are my recommendations:

  • Pack 3-4 outfits in gallon sizes ziploc bags. Sit on the bags and zip while sitting on them. (It’s not an attractive process but it worked for me!)  I decided that when I do this in the future I will take extra gallon bags. Some bags were ripped while taking the clothes out of the bags. When packing to come home I tried to use the same bags but couldn’t get the air out of the bags because of rips in the bag. 
  • Buy diapers and formula when you arrive to your destination. We literally went to a Walmart directly after we picked up our rental car to get diapers, formula and food. But be mindful of how many diapers you are likely to use. I over estimated and ended up having to find space in my suitcase for about 35 diapers. I would prefer to have to make another Walmart run to buy more than have to lug them home. 
  • Pack high chairs! I know it sounds crazy, but we took these high chairs because we stayed in a condo and cooked a lot of our meals to save money.  There are places that rent high chairs but it’s expensive so I sacrificed some suitcase space and bought some inexpensive foldable high chairs. It maybe took up a third of the suitcase. 
  • If you have easy access to a washer and dryer only pack half of the weeks clothes. I took about 6 outfits for each kid and 4 pairs of PJs per kid. I did laundry in the middle of the week and it worked out great. If we didn’t have access to a washer I would’ve had to pack a lot more and likely would have had to check another bag. 
  • One piece outfits are ideal as it saves on packing space so take as many rompers as you can! 
    My babes in their rompers
  • Pack minimal toys! We took too many toys and they preferred playing with the diaper box, a laundry basket, water bottles… and exploring the condo. I found that the best way to contain them in the suitcase was to take an empty Huggies wipes box and put the toys in it. 
    Contains: 4 mini books, 7 little people farm animals, a teether, set of keys, small ball, bath book, and tiny Tupperware cup.
  • Pack n play sheets were essential. The condo we stayed in had pack n plays available but they didn’t have sheets (other than a standard flat hotel sheet). I took our own pack n play sheets and waterproof covers
  • Pool floaties are so worth fitting in. We have the floaties that fold together like those windshield covers that take 4 tries to fold up just perfectly. I was able to fit them into an outside pouch on the kids’ suitcase. 
  • Baby nail clippers. (How do baby finger nails grow so freaking fast?!) When packing baby toiletries don’t forget to throw the clippers in. We probably cut them twice a week or they get out of control and they scratch themselves and each other. 
  • Silicone bibs were a game changer. I bought these Ashtonbee silicone bibs specifically for this trip and I have no idea why I didn’t get these sooner. They are an easy clean up and roll up pretty small making them easy to pack. 
    Baby girl using her Ashtonbee silicone bib at Giordano’s before it was covered in lasagna.
  • Enough bottles and sippy cups per day is ideal. We took 8 bottles and 2 sippy cups. We packed ours in our carry on bags. 
  • Pack a diaper bag for each of the babies. We took one back pack (diaper bag) on the way to Florida. We ended up buying a second back pack there and flying home with a second diaper bag. A lot of planes have 3 seats on either side of the aisle but we weren’t guaranteed seats together (even though we flew Southwest and were able to board early). There aren’t enough oxygen masks for 3 adults and two babies in a row so we couldn’t sit in the same row. 
  • Take your baby carriers for the ease of  moving through the airport and security.  We used the Ergobaby carriers. This could be a blog all on its own, so stay tuned if you want to know the easiest way to twin through the airport. 
  • Buy car seat and stroller gate check bags to pack in your carry on. We got some very affordable car seat bags and a stroller bag off of Amazon. The Southwest counter could sell them for $15 each but there is no guarantee they have them at the ticket counter which means you could be risking the fabric on your car seats and stroller. 
  • Take a stroller that car seats can sit on. We used the double Baby Trend snap n go. It was helpful in the airport and getting the babies in and out of our 6th floor condo. We rented a double jogger in Orlando from a company close to our condo. There are a ton of stroller rental options in Orlando but call and book ahead for the cheapest deals. 
  • Don’t forget a second set of clothes in the carry on bag. We’ve all had experiences with those dreadful blow outs, which my husband and I like to call “shit-uations”. If a baby has a blow out while sitting in your lap, you’ll likely want a change of clothes for yourself too. 

Gallon bags of clothes across the top. High chairs across the bottom. Pack n play sheets and covers on top of high chairs. Huggies box o toys, handful of swim diapers and sippy cups in the middle.

Whew! That was a lot to digest! Thanks for hanging in there. Vacations with little ones can feel overwhelming but stay organized and don’t stress! If you have any questions about my methods I’m happy to help. If you have suggestions to add I’m excited to hear them… I’m certainly not an expert and love efficiency improvements! 

Mom Must-Haves

Sweep, mop, repeat… daily. 

Holy moly! I feel like I’ve gotten hours of my life back… so I have to share my secret!  We recently laid 500 square feet of ceramic tile in our kitchen, mudroom and laundry room. 


The tile replaced berber carpet in the kitchen and commercial grade linoleum in the mudroom and laundry room. All of the sudden I have so much more floor space to mop.  So in honor of my husbands obsessant researching abilities I set out on an online mission to make my floor cleaning days more manageable. I scoured YouTube and Amazon for reviews. 

I ended up with the Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop
What a dream this Symphony is!

Pros:

  • I don’t have to sweep which cuts my cleaning time in half
  • No mop bucket
  • No chemicals 
  • Easy to fill with water
  • Easy to empty dust and debris
  • Ready to steam in 30 seconds 
  • Adjustable handle in case my tall husband ever decides to clean the floors

Cons

  • No retractable cord
  • Requires distilled water for long term success 
  • More expensive than a standard mop and bucket (but if time is money – it’s oh, so worth it). 

I am super happy with my purchase and I would recommend it to all of you mommas who are short on time with lots of messes! With 10 month old twins who are exploring new foods I’ve used this multiple times per day.  I keep it on standby in my kitchen pantry for quick clean up under the high chairs. 

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15+ Things to Steal from the Hospital after Childbirth

Ok… it’s not stealing if you’re paying for it… and trust me… you’re paying for it. Here’s a list of things that are so worth lugging home:

  1. Barf buckets – we seriously use them for everything. As newborns, we fixed up baby bottles of water and put themin our “night bucket” and a can of formula and took it to our bedroom which saved us from having to go to the kitchen 4 times each night.  We use them for water play activities, packing supplies into our camper, washing bottles, storing things in the bathroom…. the possibilities are endless.
  2. Peri bottles – you’re going to want that refreshing splash of water for at least 2 weeks postpartum… and ask for extras if you have multiple bathrooms because you will want one in every bathroom you use.  (I was also thinking the other day that they might be fun bath toys for the babies. HA!)
  3. Baby toiletries – the travel sized soaps and lotions are great for weekend trips.
  4. Stay dry pads for the bed – these can be used for so many things… that may not be baby or mom related.  Lay one on the driveway when the husband is changing the oil in your vehicle… then throw it away.
  5. Disposable underwear, pads, ice packs and tucks (or the like) – and ask for extra. I wore disposable underwear for at least a week.  They were comfortable and wearing them saved my everyday underwear. You will go through pads and tucks like crazy (at least I did). 
  6. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream – I wish I would’ve packed a little of these away each of my 4 days in the hospital so they would replenish them like they replenish toiletries at hotels. But honestly, my nurses were great and brought extras for me to take home (I think they pity the twin moms).
  7. Nipple shields, nipple cream – again, ask the lactation consultant for extra. And ask for multiple sized nipple shields.  You may find that in a matter of days you need a different size.
  8. Breast pump parts – even if you don’t plan on using the same brand of pump that the hospital uses take them home. The hospital I went to used the Medela Symphony and I used the Spectra S2, but you can buy conversion parts that allow use on different pumps and it is so nice to have multiple sets of parts so you don’t have to wash them every 3 hours.
  9. Insulated hospital cups – I ended up with two and I tried to keep them filled at all times. One next to my recliner and one next to my bed. Drink tons of water, ladies!
  10. Receiving blankets – the hospital blankets were a bit heavier than the other receiving blankets we had and since our kiddos were born in November it was nice to have something a bit heavier.
  11. Baby thermometer – We didn’t have one at the time our babies came home from the hospital so I’m glad they sent one home with us.
  12. Bulb syringes and pacifiers – again, ask for extras if you can.  The bulb syringes should be thrown out fairly regularly so it’s good to have extras. And the pacifier fairy swoops in and does her thing more often and not so it’s best to have extras on hand. 
  13. Premixed formula bottles – ask for enough to get you through the next 48 hours at home (even if breastfeeding is the main goal, it’s always good to have on hand).  I didn’t produce enough milk for both babies to have 100% breast milk, so having these were great for throwing in diaper bags.  Plus it took about 6 days for my milk to come in, so we had to help supplement with formula to keep our preemie babies growing.
  14. Belly band (abdominal binder) – generally the hospital will send you home with a belly band when you have a c-section.  Even if you deliver vaginally the belly bands are nice to have.  My belly was so stretched out that my skin physically hurt after delivery so wearing the band helped me keep my skin from hanging which reduced the discomfort.
  15. Compression socks – I was hospitalized for 19 days prior to delivery, so I was lucky enough to get a couple pairs.  It took a couple weeks for my swelling to subside so I’m glad I took them home.

 

What did I miss from the list? Anything you would add?

Mom Must-Haves

Lula-what?

Lula-Roo? Lula-Row?

Regardless, I caved.

I broke down and jumped on the mommy bandwagon and bought LulaRoe. That’s right, those loud, outlandish leggings and the comfy, flowy, wear to bed, wear to church, named after an old lady shirt (Irma).

I love me some leggings. I wore them frequently when I lived in Miami and weighed 30 pounds lighter. But they fell out of my wardrobe after discovering mom bod doesn’t squeeze into leggings anymore without making them slightly transparent in all the wrong places. Therefore, I don’t wear leggings in public…. until LulaRoe. I’ll wear those crazy, comfy, clown pants anywhere and shout LulaRoe from the roof tops (as soon as a figure out how to pronounce it). In the meantime, I’ll be joining all the Lula Facebook groups in hopes that I will stumble upon solid tops and the least outlandish prints while storing my pennies for my next purchase.


Here are some of my favorite groups to follow:

Jami Lynne LulaRoe

LulaRoe Tracy Foster

Shop LulaRoe Cora Brown

I know my co-blogger Dani has a number of groups she follows too.  Hopefully she can add to this list for your stretchy-pants-shopping pleasures.