Tuesday, March 3, 2015

the nesting/spring cleaning monster among us ... me (:

*the light color is the refinished wood and the bottom is not*
Our hardwood floors in our kitchen were diiiiiisgusting.  About this same unfortunate orange color  that we have in our dining and living rooms but ten times more beat up.  The kitchen once housed a sweet old bulldog and a blue tick hound I wanted to write into the contract.  While super cute, they definitely gave the floor a ton of wear.  We will eventually get the orange taken care of in our other rooms but first things first were those kitchen floors!  Realtors have a way of seeing charm in everything and when we looked at our house she said "you got to love those old country floors"... and when you really want a house you find the grace in them too.  But now that they are refinished I am trying to take good care of them.  Especially now that I am most definitely in crazy nesting mode.  Everrrrything must be clean and every piece of laundry done.  at all times.  I joke.  kiiiinda.
 Enter the Bona hardwood floor cleaner and mop.
It's safe for my family; Non Toxic and GREENGUARD certified.  Which is a big deal to me!
It doesn't leave a residue behind and is super easy for 35 week pregnant me to just do a quick run through my kitchen at the end of the day.

A few easy habits I have to stay on top of everyday chores:
- I hardly ever use paper towels or paper products in general.  We use cloth napkins and dish towels for most everything. When people ask me where my paper towels are I'm always like ummmm i know we have them somewhere (they are always under the sink)!  but here's a dish towel.  I keep a little bucket in the cabinet above our washer and do a load for dish towels, cloth napkins, rags and now the mop part of the Bona hardwood floor cleaner.  The fact that the mop part is reusable is a huge plus to me.
-I do at least two loads of wash a day.  It makes life ten times easier and there's no crazy Sunday laundry party.  As fun as those are ... (;
- at the end of the night I like to make sure the kitchen sink and kitchen counters are clean.
Waking up to that starts my day off so much better.

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*Though this is a sponsored post by Bona, the guy that redid our floors actually recommended Bona for us to use on the newly refinished floors.  + it's non toxic.  I'm a fan (:*

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

favorite fifteen Easter dresses

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15

Easter is my favorite.  I love the colors, the baby animals, the blooms, and most of all the Hope that Easter offers us.  I've said how nesting has me a bit crazy around here.  I am already putting together Tucks Easter Basket.  Which is too much fun for me.  My momma still makes us easter baskets - except usually they have some grown up things - like a devotional and some wine (: .  I definitely want to carry the tradition and excitement of Easter on even though it is most definitely not about what you wear or what's in your basket.  But they are fun stuff!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuck the Tea Man

Tuck is obsessed with pouring!  My mom does a lot of montessori activities with Tuck.  Pouring is one of those- I'm happy to replace her cute china (I think she is too) with this adorable little wooden set from Our Green House.  It's also a great little set I bring with me in my purse for play dates.  Love imaginative play and Tuck really gets into it.  Plus it's a unisex set!  I am always making tea around here, so I guess Tuck likes being just like mama.  minus the caffiene or herbal fix (:  

1. organic kitchen towels - Would make a great housewarming gift!
2. reusable snack bags - I love these reusable snack bags.  Usually put cut up melon or sunflower seeds in them for a snack while we are out.
3.  unisex tea set - We love our little tea set.  Love how it keeps him busy when I am getting ready.
4.  detox tea - this organic detox tea looks perfect for anyone in need of a cleanse and the packaging is great for gifting.
5.  digestive bitters - I am slightly in love with this stuff!  Safe for pregnancy too.  a few spritzes of this to help curb sugar cravings and it's even helping with my heartburn.  You can read more about all of it here
6.  buoy dog toy - a cute little organic dog toy
7.  wooden animal farm set - I think this set could not get any cuter!!
8.  Natural finger paint - colored with real fruits and vegetables and totally safe
9.  Organic handmade bunny - y'all know I love the bun bun's.   
10.  sleep sack - this little star sleep sack is adorable and organic!

A couple things about Our Green House - The owner, a mama, wife, and entrepreneur, hand picks every item and makes sure it's safe and natural!  Shipping is only $4.99.   You can get 10% off with code: sarahtucker . This is a sponsored post but I truly love OGH!  Takes the guessing work out of me asking  - "is this safe for them or not"!

**PS:  I'm over at Gratefully Inspired today**

Monday, February 23, 2015

Essential Oils for Labor & Delivery with @oilnurseNYC

My friend Jessica (who is a wife, mama, and nurse in New York City) sent me this book along with some essential oils and blends to help me in this last trimester, during labor and delivery, and during the post-partum period.  I just bought my first diffuser per her recommendation - before I was diffusing on the stove with a pot of simmering water which works too!  The book and her guidance has been a game changer as of late.  A couple things about the book - it's short!  I often get overwhelmed if there's a ton of information in books like these.  It is really easy to read!  It covers everything from fertility blends, blends for each trimester, babies and children and post partum.  As with anything concerning my family I always want to be juuuust the right amount of cautious when it comes to anything that they will digest.  This book really laid it all out in lay(wo)man's terms for me and has sparked me to do more researching on my own as well.

*a few notes for beginners like me from Jessica*
-Use a carrier oil for diluting- fractioned coconut oil, olive almond.
-Some oils are "hot" meaning they can burn if not diluted - some of those are clove, peppermint, oregano.  If something burns, don't try to wash off with water but add more carrier oil so that will slow down the absorption and burning sensation
- Take a class.  Jessica (oilnurseNYC@gmail.com) can help connect you if you're interested.

Planning on doing a follow up post with how these helped me and what's helping me post partum!  Right now I am really loving the Lavender at night.  Definitely hit the weird insomnia phase and this is helping me drift back to sleep when I wake up at the scary hour of 3am.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Birthday Breakfast with Liberte

that mug may be real real weird if you don't watch arrested development.  i had to get him that plus a card for his birthday from this hilarious store!
My mom was/is amazing with birthdays.  So I try to keep up because I know how special she's made me feel over the years.  
Breakfast in bed is generally a must!
I've been buying Liberte yogurts to have at night before I head to bed with this pregnancy.  They remind me of the yogurts I used to buy in Switzerland - sooooo creamy and decadent.  I'm always all - wait, what?  this is yogurt?!  
JB tried his first one this morning - the cappucino one, of course.  Verdict?  Loved it.
I also made him a pretty yummy frittata.  I've been making what I call kitchen sink frittata's since we started dating.  If I've got eggs I see what else is in there.
Today I sauteed a couple handfuls of kale with olive oil, salt, pepper, onions, and garlic in our iron skillet (a wedding present that we both love and use all of the time!)
I whisked 5 eggs, a 1/2 a cup of heavy cream (it's his birthday!!), a little more salt and pepper.  
Italian grated cheese to taste- which means a lot
poured that mixture in and fanned some asparagus around. 
Popped that baby in 325F and it came out so yummy Tuck could not resist after 30 minutes!

Tuck also had a Liberte inspired smoothie:
1 Liberte Coconut cup - which I love because it's not low fat!  full fat all the way for me and tuckito!
1 cup of milk
one banana
 1 flax seed pack - I have these in my purse and sprinkle them on/in all types of things
two spoon fulls of coconut manna - yummmm!
1 spoonfull of justin's almond butter because neither tuck or i can resist dipping into that cookie jar.
blended and voila!

My favorite of Liberte is the caramel and french vanilla.  You can grab a coupon here and pick some up at your Publix.  Thanks to Liberte for sponsoring this post and y'all for supporting my blog!