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Changing Table Necessities with Huggies

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I'm a young mom, I'm also a first time mom, but I've learned more than I ever could have imagined these past 18 months in the parenting world. I've learned that at times it's going to be hard, at times it'll be challenging, and sometimes you'll want to throw in the towel and just run away... I've also learned that your heart will grow ten times bigger, motherly instincts do actually kick in, and you'll love like you've never loved before. But, most of all, I've learned that being prepared will save you a whole lot of time and energy during your day to day life. Whether it's always having a snack on hand or keeping stocked up on Huggies diapers... being ready with "mom supplies" will keep you mentally sane during all hours of the day (and night!).


Let's flash back to a moment I'll never forget for a second. Oaklyn was only a few months old and was going thought a major sleep regression. I was sleep deprived, incredibly grumpy, and I was lucky if I remembered to put shoes on on my way out the door. Because I was so tired, I forgot that my wimpy little package of off brand diapers was just about to run out. It only came with about 24 diapers, was over $15, and I was already almost out! One night, Oaklyn absolutely would not go back to sleep. I had tried just about everything and was about to lock myself in my closet because I was flat out exhausted. I felt her diaper and even though it was nowhere near full, it could still probably be changed. I had one diaper left in the changing table, it was a risky move, but if it made her sleep it was well worth it. After I changed her, I began to rock her back to sleep. She was drifting off into dream land and I was holding my breath and wishing so badly that this was all it took. Then it happened... Her little body began to tense up and her little face got all scrunchy. I knew exactly what was coming. Then with a whole lot of force, she let loose. Part of me was happy that her tummy must be feeling better, but the other part of me was clueless as to what I was going to do now. With lovely baby poo coming up her back, I yelled for Hunter to search all corners of the house for just one clean diaper. Luckily, he did find one but can you imagine how much easier it would have been if I just had a huge box of Huggies Little Snugglers Plus from Costco in her closet? 


I don't know about all of you other moms, but I get incredibly stressed if things don't go smoothly. That stress then rubs off on Oaklyn and it's a big mess all around. I have learned over time that a high stress mama will rub off on her child and will create a high stress kiddo in return. I'm nowhere near perfect, and I absolutely get stressed several times a day, but I'm learning how to manage that and especially how to be more prepared. I've discovered certain baby products I love and had to throw away several I definitely didn't like. I've had to slow down and really listen to what it is that Oaklyn needs and take mental notes so we don't run into the same problem later on. I've also had to learn that stocking up on everything we need, will save me hours of worrying in the long run. Two things I absolutely always keep stocked with our favorite baby items are my diaper bag, and the changing table. I know people say you don't necessarily need a changing table, but I truthfully feel like you do. We do both the morning and night time routine on the changing table, and every single diaper change happens on it. It's comfortable, safe, and holds everything I need. So, today I'm going to share exactly what it is I always keep in our changing table and a very inexpensive and effective way to keep it organized. 


My changing table drawers have definitely evolved over time. In the beginning, I probably could have stocked every drawer with diapers and still not have enough ;) As time went on I had to make sure I had toys to entertain Oaklyn during changes and blankets to keep her new little body warm. However, there's a few things that have stayed consistent.



Drawer One:
-Huggies Little Movers Plus size 4. We love these diapers! We've tried several different brands and have decided that sticking with Huggies is absolutely the way to go. We get these diapers at out local Costco. These are Huggies' most absorbent diapers, hence the Plus, and are exclusive to Costco. With the double grip strips, they are an absolutely perfect fit for my really active baby. Not to mention, they have a 12 hour Leak Lock protection which is perfect for night time! They come in sizes one through six and if you get them at Costco, you won't have to worry about running out any time soon. They come with so many and have truly been a life and money saver for our family. There is currently a deal running where you can get Little Snugglers Plus (Sizes 1 & 2)  for $37.49, $31.49 after $6 discount and Free shipping. (this offer valid 9/1 to 9/25) Or Little Movers Plus (Size 3, 4, 5, & 6) for  $42.99, $36.99 after $6 discount and Free shipping. (this offer valid 9/1 –to 9/25) Also, starting in August Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn starting - $29.99 available in select warehouses and online at Costco.com 
-Wipes. Find a brand of wipes you like, and always keep them stocked up right next to your diapers for quick and painless changes.
-Rash Cream. Again, you are going to have to find one that works for your baby's skin, but always keep it on hand... you never know when a rash will break out!
-Hygiene Essentials. This is one that will change with time as your baby's needs change. We always keep her toothpaste and toothbrush, lotion, and a little medicine in case a cold comes on. 
-Hair Care. Obviously this is different for every baby but mine came with a whole lot of hair! So I keep a brush, hair elastics, and occasionally a few bows but her big stash is in her closet. I also keep her pacifier clips in the top drawer. 

separated the different compartments in efforts to stay a little more organized and you'll never believe how easy it was to make the separators! I actually just cut the flaps off of my Huggies Little Movers Plus box and stuck them in my drawer! As Oaks gets older I'll probably get little containers to stick the smaller items in. 


Drawer Two:
-Jammies. Part of Oaklyn's bed time routine is to get in her jammies while on the changing table so it only makes sense to have some clean ones in a drawer!
-Blankies. Blankets are the easiest way to get Oaks to calm down. Some diaper changes are rough, so I always keep blankets close by to let her snuggle. 


Drawer Three:
Extra Sheets. Being prepared with extra sheets makes the world of a difference! Waking up to a wet bed, a spilt bottle, a diaper explosion, or even worse throw up can make for a messy clean up. While I wash her sheets, having an extra to throw on for nap time helps take my stress down immensely!


Obviously over time I know some of these things might not matter anymore and if you are a mom of a smaller baby, you might need a whole lot more! So adjust your separators as you need to and keep your essentials close by. Keeping your favorite items stocked up will help you stay calm during the most stressful situations. So now I want to know, what do you keep in your changing table??

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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Binder Organization with HP Printers

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"Back to School" happened a whole lot faster than usual this summer. I swear I started seeing back to school supply setups in stores much earlier than usual this year! I didn't know wether to be excited or sad, but I'm honestly so ready to get back into a routine and for Fall to get here! While I'm not actually in school anymore and Oaklyn isn't anywhere near ready to start school, we still do have one student in the house! Hunter is finishing up his last year and a half of college and just recently got accepted into the business program! We were so excited when we found out and I of course am so proud of him because it's a hard program to get in to. With Hunter about to start his most challenging semester yet, I figured it would be a good idea to get him all the reliable supplies he really needed to stay organized and work efficiently.


On top of starting a new program at school, we are also moving... in like a week! This came as a bit of a surprise to us, but we're headed just up the street so it isn't too much of a change. We've been going through the things we will need when we get to our new place, and one thing we needed was a printer! I had a few standards for our new printer including:

1. Wireless, to make printing from any room or device a breeze. Also, less setup. Don't we all want less setup?
2. Pretty and compact. We don't have much space as renters, so the less bulky, the better. 
3. Reasonable ink consumption.
4. All in one, and durable so it can last us a while. 


We headed straight to our local Walmart to look for a printer to ensure affordability and value. The printer that quickly caught my eye was the HP Deskjet 3752 because of how sleek the white looked.


I also honestly could not believe how compact it was for all of the functions it includes. It manages to print, scan, and copy without taking up a bunch of desk space. I was a little bit worried about having to constantly buy ink, but luckily, it can print 2.5 times as many pages with optional Original HP high-yield ink cartridges. The HP Deskjet 3752 is the world’s smallest all-in-one printer and is designed to fit, and look good anywhere! I was sold right as I saw it but once I learned that you can print straight from your phone, I knew I needed to have it. It fit our budget, and it definitely fit our needs!

The setup for this printer was a breeze! I set it up almost immediately after picking it up from Walmart and it took less than 20 minutes. No crazy wiring or messing with hefty setup instruction manuals... I literally typed a web address into my browser and followed the simple instructions to set it up. Each printer even has it's own email address to make it convenient and simple to send things you want printed. To make things even easier, You can download the HP all in one remote app to easily connect your smart phone or your tablet to your printer, and easily print or scan without a network!


So what was the first thing I did with this printer? I made sure my husband would be organized as he enters an all new program at school. I made him some nifty class dividers so he can keep all of his assignments and notes in one place without worrying about losing them. I also made him a fun binder cover in honor of his dad who recently passed away so that he can stay uplifted and inspired during a hard school day. 

Here's how I made the dividers:
1. Design each divider image on a photoshop option of prefereance. If you don't have a photoshop program downloaded, check out picmonkey or canva for free. You can also design it on your phone.
2. Save the image to your computer and easily print wirelessly from your desktop, tablet, smart phone, or laptop with the HP Deskjet 3752.
3. Stick the printout in a plastic page protector.
4. Use colored paper cut into little rectangles and tape them on to the edge of your divider to make easy to navigate tabs. Cut off the excess tape.
5. Stick the new dividers in your three ring binder and you are all set for an organized school year!



If you want to make yourself a fun and inspirational binder cover, download the one I made for my husband here and insert your own pictures. My Father in Law always said this quote to his kids growing up to teach them to reevaluate the situation they were in. It has also stuck with me as I try to learn a new skill and find myself having to make adjustments to get the end result I had hoped for.   


I hope you enjoyed this fun little tutorial and I really hope you go pick up one of these printers! They are a perfect fit for millennials and college students heading back to school this fall. So now I'm curious, what kind of subject divider are you going to design with your HP Deskjet 3752?

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Pamper Yourself With Groupon

This post has been sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are mine alone. 

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One thing that I have come to realize I really need since becoming a wife and a mother, is "me time." I love making memories as a family but there's just something about getting pampered and not having a worry in the world during it. Often times, the days are long and I go to bed realizing I didn't do anything but chores and I feel stressed about all the things on my plate. Getting pampered helps relieve some of that stress and really helps my mental health. Whether it's receiving a much needed massage, getting a fresh coat of polish on my nails, or getting a new hairstyle, having some time alone helps me feel refreshed and rejuvenated. 

As much as I love feeling special and getting a spa day, these sorts of things can really add up fast. That's why I'm so glad Groupon helps me save on all things Health, Beauty, and Wellness while also providing quality services on their site. I ensure that I'm always signed into my Groupon account on my computer so that I can pull up all the local deals right around me making it easy to save money in my area. There are so many different ways you can save on pampering yourself with Groupon thanks to their daily deals on massages, nail salons, hair salons, day spas, and much more!


My family also loves to go on adventures together. We love getting out of the house and doing a fun activity together, trying a new restaurant, and going on vacation. Groupon helps you save on all of those things with new listings constantly. Groupon has been such a wonderful resource to help my family save on services and dining, to retail products.

Groupon is also a completely free service! That's right, no paying a membership fee! Simply create an account, log in, and start saving! I know you'll love Groupon just as much as we do so go ahead and give it a try!
Trust me, you need a spa day ;)
How do you save money with Groupon Goods?

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

What's In My "Toddler" Diaper Bag


When Oaklyn was tiny, I packed everything but the kitchen sink in my diaper bag.
It was always filled to the brim with things I hardly ever even used but always made sure were there "just in case."
As Oaks got older, I found myself needing less and less things and feeling comfortable leaving the house with nothing but an extra diaper and some wipes for a few hours.
It has been such a relief on my stress level, and my shoulders ;)
I used to tote around a Petunia Picklebottom Boxxy Backpack and while I did like it for the time being, I don't think I'll ever go back... but that's a post for another day.
As we made the transition of what actually went inside my diaper bag, we also made a switch to a completely different diaper bag as a whole!
I'm pretty much obsessed with our new Coco and Kiwi Sydney Bag in Amber!
We got this bag from one of my favorite baby stores on the planet, The Baby Cubby.
They have a retail location in Lindon, Utah where they are able to answer all of your wildest questions (seriously, trust me on this one.) and help you find the best items for you and your little ones.
If you aren't local, they have a website with all the same awesome brands and great sales. 
Currently, they are having the best sale I've ever seen on the City Select stroller and I'm beyond tempted!
Directly on their website, you are able to chat with a cubby mom to ensure you make the right decisions on baby gear. 
And to top it all off, they price match! 
You guys, they even price match Amazon!
Basically, I can't say enough good things about them.


Okay, back to the bag...
This is a five piece bag and it comes in two colors
Inside the actual bag you will find a changing pad, 2 Stroller straps, a removable messenger strap, and a zip-out wet bag.
It has gorgeous gold hardware, SIX interior pockets and one exterior, the cutest teal interior, and is so easy to wipe down.
I love the design of this bag, the color, and how functional it is.
I had this weird idea in my head that my diaper bag had to actually look like a diaper bag before having Oaklyn.
I'm so excited about my Coco and Kiwi bag though because it works as a purse for a night out while also doubling as the perfect diaper bag!
So, I would hands down give this bag 6 out of 5 stars ;)


Let's move on to what I actually put inside this bag while toting Oaks around.
Here's my daily list, my go to's, my essentials:
-Huggies Diapers, and Costco Wipes in a Huggies Clutch
-Books! Oaks loves books. I'm eyeing these adorable Baby Lit books from The Baby Cubby
-MAM pacifier  and a paci clip from Loved By Sophia Claire
-Tubby Todd all over ointment because Oaks has eczema and this stuff has saved us!
-All sorts of snacks in the Munchkin snack catcher
-Hand Sanitizer
-Change of clothes for Oaklyn
-A few small toys
-My wallet and a few lip glosses ;)


So there ya have it!
Most of the time though, I condense that list as much as possible and just bring the necessities.
It's crazy how much less I have to worry about now that Oaklyn is getting older and more independent.
I would love to hear what you pack for your toddler and some of your favorite items during outings.
I'd also love to hear your thoughts on this diaper bag!
However, if you don't think this one is the right fit for you, Check out The Baby Cubby's Diaper Bag Buying guide to find the perfect match for you!
I hope you all love it as much me!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy




Beautiful Girl, You Can Do Amazing Things


I remember my mom telling me numerous times growing up that she wanted me to have a better life than she ever did.
Not that her life was bad, it's just that parents only wish the best for their children.
At the time, I couldn't really understand it.
I thought it was sweet of her to say, but didn't she want to have an awesome life too?
After having my daughter, I now understand.
Every morning when I get her out of bed, I see the excitement and curiosity in her eyes for a new day.
I see her quickly look over her room to see if something is different and I say a quick little prayer that she'll never lose her sense of wonder. 
Watching her go through life's new milestones, holidays, and experiences makes life worth it.


I love being able to teach her and help her be the best she can be. 
One thing that I hope I can teach her, is that she can do amazing things.
My mom was the perfect example to me of that.
She went back to college when I was in middle school and started her dream business when I was in high school.
I watched her go for her dreams and it helped me realize that I should go for mine.
I hope that Oaklyn looks to me and sees my drive and motivation to be the best I can be and multiplies that by ten in her own life. 
She may be a little girl right now, but she is a little girl with great big plans ahead of her.
I cannot wait to see her life unfold and be there cheering her on during every new accomplishment. 
I think one of the best ways to teach our children that they can do anything they put their minds to, is leading by example.
It's quite the challenge to become the perfect example for her, but thankfully she's pretty forgiving ;)
I also think a good way is to cheer them on and help them along the way.
I want Oaklyn to know that I'll always be right beside her in each new journey and motivating her to accomplish her dreams. 


I was so excited when Aubrey from Ink Splashed released this adorable print.
It put all of my above thoughts into one beautiful hand drawn print.
It is currently hanging in Oaklyn's room and I hope that she'll always look to it for inspiration.
It actually inspires me to accomplish my dreams too!
Aubrey is incredibly talented and her prints speak for themselves. 
I love every single one in her shop and always swoon over the custom orders she creates. 
Because we love Ink Splashed so much, we have decided to team up for a giveaway!
We will be giving away one of the prints above to one of my lucky instagram folllowers.


What are you doing to teach your children they can do amazing things?
And what amazing things have you accomplished?
Let me know in the comments!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Tasty Tuesday: Clean Kettle Corn


I have seriously been slacking on Tasty Tuesday recipes lately.
I've been cooking non stop, but forgetting to take pictures!
I also can never seem to find time to write out the recipes. Seriously, there is just not enough time in the day!
Anyways, I have a "late night cravings" problem, ha!
Somehow, after putting Oaklyn to bed at night, I immediately crave something sweet.
After dealing with tantrums and time outs all day, it's finally time to unwind before bed and my favorite way to do that is by having a treat and watching a show with Hunter.
However, all those late night calories can really add up!
I've been trying to find ways to fulfill those cravings by still eating somewhat clean.
I love fruit, homemade popsicles, green smoothies, and protein shakes, but something I can never get enough of is popcorn!
The smell of kettle corn will always remind me of high school football games when I used to cheer for Hunter on the sidelines and it brings back sweet memories, and sweet tastes!
Old fashioned kettle corn isn't the best for you... so I figured out a way to make it a little better and I'm obsessed!
So here's my clean-er version of kettle corn :)


Ingredients

-1/2 cup popcorn kernels
-1 tsp salt
-a little less than 1/4 cup honey
-3 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

1) Pop your popcorn however you please! I am hoping to get a whirly pop at some point but for now I just use a pot with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and let it pop on medium heat with the lid on.
2) Transfer popcorn to a bowl and sprinkle salt throughout.
3) Bring honey and 2 tbsp coconut oil to a boil whisking constantly over medium heat in the same pot you popped your popcorn. (if you are using a pot that is. Use a pot instead of a whirly pop if that's the route you choose!)
4) Pour a third of the mixture over your popcorn, then mix. Continue doing this with the remaining two thirds.
5) Devour ;)


I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
I can literally eat the entire bowl by myself... oops!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Master Bedroom Wants

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!
It's been a busy week for us with family in town and errands to run.
I'm soooo excited right now because we are getting ready to redo our master bedroom!
This condo isn't where we are planning on staying forever, but it is where we'll be for a few more years, so I decided it was time to do what I want to it!
If you follow me on snapchat (username: aleighjoy) then you probably saw we finally painted the kitchen cabinets white! 
After doing that, we loved how much it brightened up the place and wanted to lighten several other rooms!
We're starting with our room and I couldn't be more excited.
Like the rest of the world these days, I totally love the farmhouse look.
Hunter and I love watching fixer upper so that must be why ;)
We're doing seafoam green/blue, gold, cream, grey, and true white. 
I'm SO excited about it!
Below you can check out and shop some of the items I've been eyeing through the process!

I can't wait to get started!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy