THE ULTIMATE NAP TIME ROUTINE

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One of the things that other moms share with you when you have multiple children, is that no two babies are the same. That’s very evident when it comes to my kids. All three of them have different tastes, and personalities. However, when it comes to nap time, they have all been really good about sticking to the same routine… at the same time! This means that if I play my cards right, I can have some child-free time to do important thing like the laundry or the dishes.
There’s no magic potion that helps them go down at the same time, but there is a routine that we have honed down over the years that works like a charm and today I’m sharing it with you.
Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

Here is our ultimate nap time routine:

  • Same time every day–  I like to put all three babies down at noon regardless of what we have going on.  This allows for them to have enough playtime in the morning so that they are tired enough for a snooze and a long afternoon so that they wear out at night. Noon works out for us really well.
  • Prep them for post-nap time activities– I like to give them a heads up of what to expect post nap time. This give them an incentive to get to bed without putting up much of a fight AND waking up excited rather than cranky. Some days I even hold their lunch time dessert (strawberries or frozen yogurt) for after their nap.  Whatever it takes to get rid of those afternoon blues!
  • Wash hands/ change– sometimes they make a mess of their clothes during breakfast or playtime and this is when I change them out of their outfit into something more comfortable. I also take the time to wash their hands and freshen them up before bed.

Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

 

  • Warm milk- this is my secret weapon. My older two will have warm milk in their sippy cups. Emory drifts off to a sweet slumber when I feed her milk from her Playtex Baby™ VentAire®. I’ve used Playtex Baby VentAire for all my babies because they’re BPA free, are designed to reduce colic and reflux. Also, their angled design allows for a semi upright feeding position and prevents ear infection. These days we are using the Playtex baby VentAire however, we also like using the Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners.  Both work like a charm!

Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

  • Lovies– all three of my kids have their preferred lovies. Haddon has his blankie, Emory has a stuffed animal and Gracie loves her fluffy pillow. Right before nap time, I make sure they all have their preferred lovey and are nicely tucked in bed. This is a crucial step.  I can’t tell you what happens when we misplace a lovie or God forbid we’re washing Haddon’s blankie!

Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

  • Prayers- we always pray before bed time and nap time.  We ask God to help us rest and thank Him for all of the play time that He allowed us to have that day, pray for our family and ask Him to continue to bless us.  Sometimes I hear them praying all by themselves and it makes my mama heart so happy.

Easy right?

Let’s face it, nap time is the only time that moms can get anything done around the house. It’s a sacred time around here!! Also, I have learned that when my kids sleep well during the day, they sleep well at night so there’s no skipping naps around here.

Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

Here is to nap times everywhere and to products like Playtex Baby VentAire, that make life easier on us moms!

 Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles

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Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles
Ultimate nap time routine with playtex baby bottles
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GRACIE’S ROOM {inspired by Virginia Johnson for One Kings Lane}

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before moving into our current apartment, we blogged about our lady’s first bedroom.  we were renting (and still are) so our design was very minimalistic.  we opted for a gender neutral palette and made sure to steer clear of anything pink. mainly because i was overwhelmed with the pressure of having pink EVERYTHING for little girls.  i tried to boycott the color as much as i could and i was pretty successful.  however, after some time, i realized that it was inevitable. we had to bring the color in somewhere, and thanks to a contest i entered last summer through Oh Joy’s blog and One King’s Lane, we did.  the two collaborated on a Pinterest Contest called The 10 Day Picnic.  the winning prize was a water color summer illustration by the talented Virginia Johnson.  i entered… and WON!! and as if winning wasn’t enough, they sent me my favorite illustration of the ten!!! it’s a picture of a colorful popsicle perfectly melting on a hot summer day.

at the time i did not have a place for the illustration.  we were getting ready to move out of our apartment and i wanted to make sure we found the perfect spot for the beautiful water color painting.  once we settled into our new place, i knew that the inspiration behind our little girl’s bedroom had to center around our one of a kind Virginia Johnson piece. it was perfect blend of colors that encouraged me to play with pinks and more vibrant hues allowing gracie to have more of the once dreaded color in her life, in a tasteful way of course.

thank you One King’s Lane, Oh Joy, Pinterest and Virginia Johnson for holding this contest and for the inspiration behind our little lady’s bedroom (2nd edition).

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^^this teepee is a new addition to her bedroom. it was a random find at homegoods that we picked up on clearance for $50!!! we found the exact same one later that night at amazon and were thrilled when we realized how great the price was^^

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^^grace is learning how to “sit like a lady” it cracks me up how knows that ladies cross their legs when they sit!^^

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^^i love this stage she’s in right now. she loves painting her nails and tries to blow on them to make sure they dry properly.  she’s also all about princess dresses… i have to force her to wear pants!^^

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^^plants don’t really thrive in this home but these little ikea plants are managing to hang in there^^

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^^this is sparky, her horse.  it’s a hand-me-down from grace’s cousin but i’m almost sure it was a cracker barrel purchase.  she used to be terrified of the horse and for a year and a half the poor guy lived in an attic. now i can’t get her off this thing.^^

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^^the shelves are from ikea.  they are very sturdy and we’ve had them for ever! we had to make sure we positioned them high because grace is getting to a “climb everything” stage and knew she’d climb to the top of those shelves if she found a way to get close to them.  the baskets were another clearance buy from target a couple of seasons ago and the “canvas” on the top shelf is a repurposed easter cloth kitchen towel that target sold two years go!^^

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^^the mobile on the wall is just about one of my favorite things in this room (except for the little lady in the picture of course!)  it was a DIY polka-dot garland project that i worked on for her first bedroom.  i wanted it to match with the water color motif, so i pulled off the dark blue circles and added light blue ones.  voila! that’s what i love so much about that garland… over time, you can tweak it as you need to^^

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^^i know i say this often but this little girl is getting soooo big! she’s having all sorts of conversations  and is showcasing her personality.  so far, i think this room suits her well.  it’s girly and playful and isn’t covered in pink! she’ll also be in this crib until i see signs of her trying to climb out of it, and i am not rushing to get her into a big girl bed any time soon. ^^

i’m curious where do you find inspiration behind home design/style?  a painting? a trend? i’d love to hear all about it!

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FLORIDA LIFE. THROUGH OUR iLENS

happy monday my friends we wish you an amazing day today!!!

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^^ she loves seeing momma in glasses and is so comfortable wearing a pair of her own… thinking about getting her this pair from BonLook!!! (this is a hint for all family members!!! ) she’d totally rock them! ^^what to do in florida

^^i din’t have much luck with cool uncles… maybe just one… but this little gal has the coolest uncles in the world! so blessed!^^what to do in florida

^^we try to take this puppy out as often as we can… it was a windy day but it set itself up for an awesome workout! ^^what to do in florida^^grandpa and his inventions… she’ll have fun anywhere^^

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^^ chicken and waffles Royal Pig style… ah… you drain our wallet but… oh my! you’re delish! ^^

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^^learning how to shop and and walking her “wau wau” so funny how everyone stops at the store just to stare at her…^^what to do in florida

^^first birthday celebration with an amazing coconut cake from grandma oma ^^what to do in florida

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Lovely girlie picnic

Valentines day has often revolved around getting lovey-dovey with my hubby. It still is, but this year our little one has added a twist of fun to a more serious grown up celebration.  Like a lovely girlie picnic.  Filled with pink hearts, colorful garlands, stuffed giraffes and cherry cheesecake bites.  Love is in the air and these two little ones (Ellie and Grace) remind us of how love grows in our heart and all around us.  Have a wonderful Valentines day filled with picnics, colorful hearts, and lots of cheesecake!

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{Thanks to Sammy for the cheesecake bites and for spending some time with us!!}

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