Monday, March 11, 2019

What's In My Diaper Caddy

With my first two girls, I never had a diaper caddy.  Well, for one reason, I didn't even really think about it, and two, we lived in such tiny places the need was never really there.  But now that we live in a two story, I knew this was a must.  

After visiting my sister in Australia and seeing her survival methods with two kids under two, I saw how amazing a diaper caddy really is.  So I've packed my caddy and prepared a list for you here, in case you need one too!  Because I promise, they are worth it!

1. Diapers and Wipes
I packed the newborn diapers and a pack of water wipes, however I do have a wipe warmer for both upstairs in her nursery and downstairs where the caddy will mainly be.  I truly love the wipe warmer and think its important for my little ones.  There is nothing like a cold shock to a newborn that is so used to warmth.  Many will argue it isn't necessary, and that's fine too.  For me, it's a must.

2. Burp Cloth(s)
I love my Jhen&Co burp cloths.  My sister's littlest had some serious acid reflux and that mean at any given minute she was going to spew/spit up and when she did, it was NEVER in the spot the burp cloth was.  She'd toss her little head and either down my arm or down my shirt it would go.  So I designed these cute, custom oversized burp cloths with that in mind, and I LOVE them!  I also have a stack of extra white burp cloths for those spills and excess clean up.

3. Haakaa Silicone Manual Breast Pump
I mean, brilliant to the one who invented this contraption!  I nursed & pumped with my first two and I always remember filling up that breast pad of the breast not in use.  This manual pump not only lets you release when needed without pulling out the full pump, it also allows you to catch that excess milk instead of filling up a pad just to throw away.  Brilliant, I do say!

4. Diaper Rash Cream & Aquaphor
Pick you favorite, but mine is the Honest Diaper Rash Cream.  

5. Paci & Paci Clip
I love the BIBS USA pacis.  They are super cute and well loved by littles everywhere.  Although those newborns don't really need a clip, I have one just in case, so that I can clip it to myself or my little so they don't keep falling in between feeds and changes.  I have a few extra spares in the caddy as well.

6. Disposable Dirty Diaper Bags
We had the diaper genie with our first two girls, but rarely used it.  So this time, and after my sister's advice, we went with disposable diaper bags for those dirty poopy diapers.  They come in multiple colors and scents, and they are the perfect size for those dirty diapers.  You just toss them in the trash and you don't have to worry about your trash stinking up.  I keep them in my diaper bag too, but I'll share more about my diaper bag contents in another post

7. Hand Sanitizer
This is pretty self-explanatory.  Get your favorite, and I'll probably upgrade to the pump kind soon, but for now, the little travel size works.

8. Play Toy/Teether
Because this thing is super cute and once they start fidgeting a toy or teether is a perfect distractor for those changes.


9. Extra Outfit
Keeping an extra outfit or onesie is an absolute necessity.  Those blow outs or spit ups are destined and having a quick change instead of lugging your nakey baby back to the room to change is a major convenience.  I like to keep plain white onesies, mostly because my hubby loves a little babe in a white onesie, but they are the easy outfits to change in and out of throughout the day.

*This is NOT a paid post in any way.  All of these items are my personal choice and most, if not all, of the items can be found on Amazon.  So happy shopping and baby prep!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

When 2019 Gets Warmer

Twenty eighteen was an absolute whirlwind.  We entered the year halfway through our Airman's first deployment and four months later and just two days before his return, I quit my job which started a five month investigation into the work environment I was subjected to (which eventually ruled in my favor).  I stayed home with my two girls during Summer break then got a part-time job at a non-profit and that September found out that we were expecting baby number three.  

Unlike my previous pregnancies, this pregnancy kept me bedridden with Hyperemesis Gravidarum and in December, I quit my job to stay home full time to cope with the HG and be available again for my children.  So with all of that positively behind me, and my HG subsiding, I happily started planning the nursery, finishing my book, and started sewing again.  We thought we had everything falling into place and planned out, until my phone rang this last Friday morning and the voice on the other end immediately asked if I was sitting down.

I was just finishing applying my make-up when the familiar ringtone song, "In case you didn't know" played from my phone.  Jon's voice immediately sounded anxious.

"We got orders."

These were the words I wasn't anywhere near believing we would hear anytime soon.  We have only been at our first duty station for about two and a half years, and we had cleared our dream sheet awaiting the chance for overseas orders.  Instead, we found out that not only are we moving, but we are set to move a month after our baby girl is born!

So throw out those plans to set up a nursery because it's about to be packed up and relocated to the warm State of Nevada.  Yup, we're trading in cool Colorado for warm Nevada in just about four months.

With all that setting in, I've got a few blog posts lined up to share, including PCS Binder Free Downloads and all things moving with the military.  So whether you're reading along to see what we've been up to, or joining for the military insight, I've got you covered.  Here's to another fun adventure!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Embracing the White Walls - Base Housing Post 1

We've been living in base housing for a little over a year now and since then, I've learned a few things about making base housing a home. 

My Airman's JNCO rank meant that we qualified for the most basic house, which means on most bases, a joined home (like a town home).  However, where we're stationed, there are four military bases we had access to living on, so we were given the luxury of deciding which base to live on and so we chose the base that I was working on, at the time, but is about 15 minute drive to the base my husband is currently stationed at. 

Base housing, for those of you who aren't familiar with it, creates their neighborhoods and homes for the rankings of their military members, and then takes their entire Basic Housing Allowance which every military member gets, as "rent".  For our particular location, it is a GREAT deal, because we cannot get the housing size we have in the neighborhood in town that we want for the price we are currently paying.  So we're a little spoiled with base housing, however, not every duty location provides that same living opportunity. 

With that being said, it did take a while for me to grasp the full opportunity I had to create this blank space into a cozy home we love being in.  So, after trying a few different layouts, we've settled with a style we love and I'm sharing with you all, how this JNCO family embraced the white walls.

1. Minimal Is Key:

I am a huge fan of pink.  You already know that.  So I decided to incorporate it into my kitchen since the color is light, but with a smaller size kitchen the less out and cluttered, the larger it feels.  And a clean kitchen means a happy mama.  And a happy mama, means a stress free home.  ;)

2. Go With Lighter Colors:

This particular living room changed a lot in the year we've lived on base, but it actually get's the least amount of natural light in the home and has minimal lighting for when the sun goes down.  So it's technically the darkest room in our home.  So to compensate for that we went with lighter furniture.  This also makes our white walls feel like they are on purpose.  This is also my favorite room in the entire house.  

Pretty much every piece of furniture you see in this room was purchased at America's Furniture Warehouse and the rug is a 7 x 10 ft find for $100 at AtHome Decor Superstore.  

3. Shift Furniture:

As a military family, moving is a guarantee.  Which means that the furniture you bought for one house might not fit the new house.  People will often sell their furniture before a PCS already anticipating the fact that their current furniture wont fit their new place.  And there's nothing like moving furniture you wont end up keeping anyway.  However, sometimes a furniture piece might just be worth keeping, even if it doesn't fit the small spaces.  Our long sectional didn't fit any of the rooms in our home so we had to break it up and act like we meant to... meaning, we're faking it until we make it.  

5. Go Ahead and Paint A Wall (or two):

In our home, I went ahead and painted two walls, and painting this dining room wall was key to making the room feel like it's own.  

Our base housing allowed us to paint as long as we primered the wall before move-out.  Simple enough for me.  So while my husband was deployed, I spent super bowl Sunday painting this room.  Sometimes you just have to paint a wall to make it feel like home.  

Also, our dining table was a $20 find from a local Facebook buy, sale, trade page that I chalk painted and then we bought modern style chairs from Target to marry the modern and vintage styles together.  

It was our goal that our home would be a place we want to be in, as well as a place that other's felt welcome in.  So we kept that goal in mind with every way we laid out a room.  Being on base means that we're smack dab in the tight-nit military community and we want to embrace that too, so having our home feel inviting was key!  

What tricks, style, or design advice have you discovered in making a base house as home?  Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our IG or Facebook page!  

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Creating A Workspace in Base Housing

The sun rises directly within view of my desk window and beams under the door way.  My favorite part of my mornings right now is grabbing my cup of coffee and opening the door to my "office", greeted by the sun and a clean crisp pink room.  

Living in base housing, we have minimal design stimulation, and just about every house is exactly the same.  When they say white walls, they mean it.  So it has taken me a while to really get this room the way that makes me happy, and I'm here to share how to transform a base housing room, into a place that makes you tick.  

We lucked out and got a 4 bedroom home (spoiled on our first assignment), so this fourth bedroom predominantly worked as a guest room, until I started working at home.  I needed a place where I can hide away but be invigorated by the aesthetics.  I'm a visual person, so I need a place that speaks to me and allows me to get in my zone.  

Most base housing communities will let you paint with permission.  Our particular community only requests a primer over the paint on move out so I decided that extra work is worth creating personal spaces in this blank canvas.  I'll give a full base housing tour later, but since much of my time recently is spent in this room, I decided to give the tour of my most intimate space; this is where I process and pour out my heart in both the book I'm working on and my blog.  

For me, minimal speaks just enough to awaken my creativity and entice my imagination.  And as always, pink just brings my heart to life.  

For a virtual tour of the space, check out my insta stories at my instagram, Jhenandco