Monday, April 7, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent



Hey Friends!  I am SO excited to be partnering with Ruby Moon this week to bring you a fantastic giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a bag of Cloth Diaper detergent from Ruby Moon
Let me tell you a little bit about my favorite CD detergent brand...
As a cloth diapering mama, the detergent I use for my baby's little bums is highly important.  One, I don't want to use anything that will be too harsh on their little hineys and two, I want it to protect my investment! Cloth diapers aren't cheap & I am doing my best to make the ones I have last as long as I can.  I think a huge part of that is using quality detergent.
Ruby Moon specifically crafted their detergent for cloth diapers.  It is gentle on my little ones' skin (both have very sensitive skin & easily break out into rashes) and it keeps my diapers super clean!  I can count on one hand the amount of times I have stripped my diapers!  Many people strip their diapers about once a month.  With Ruby Moon I have only stripped my diapers 3 times in the past two years & two of those times were to get rid of a yeast bacteria from an infection that E had.
Ruby Moon's detergent comes in a small(ish) package, but lasts so much longer than you'd think! In two years of laundering diapers every 2-3 days, I have only used 2 bags of detergent with my HE washing machine (I am close to finishing up my third now!).  
Their detergents also smell AMAZING. Lavender is my personal favorite, but their monthly special scents are also really fun! Currently, they have a Chai Tea scent that sounds divine!
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

asher: 2 months + ephram: 22 months

 
 
 

 
The yellow chair is back!
 
And just in time for Asher's 2 month picture!
I went ahead and took some pictures of Ephram too at this age & stage, because two {partially} naked babies are better than one, right?
 
 
 
I'm such a mix of emotions over Asher turning 2 months old.  In some ways I can't believe it's already been two months & in other ways, I can't believe it's only been two months!
 
It's been a crazy, tumultuous, adventurous and {sometimes} tiresome two months, but it has also been a JOY.  You are a JOY, Asher. 
 
At two months old you are 11 lbs. 9 oz. and in the 74th percentile for length.
You love face time with your mama, daddy & big brother.  Whenever we catch your eye, we are sure to be met with the cutest little dimply grin.
You've also started to coo and make little "goo" noises when you "talk" to us.  You are quite animated and I can't help but melt & think how blessed I am to be your mama each time you look at me with those eyes & that smile. 
You are a pretty easy going little guy and really only fuss when you are ready to eat or have the occasional gas {poor guy!}
You love your paci, much like your older brother & love snuggling with your mama.
You've got quite a bit of neck strength & although you aren't rolling over on a regular basis yet, when you were only 4 days old, you rolled over from your tummy to your back, twice! 
 
It's only been 2 months, but already we can't imagine life without you little man.

 
It's hard to believe this {not so} little guy will be 2 in just a couple of months.  My wild-haired, sweet Ephram has been growing SO much and changing overnight in just the past few months. 
 
 I love this age and watching all of the wheels turn in your mind and each new day brings an assortment of new discoveries.  I can't even count all of the words you can say now.  You pretty much try to copy whatever you hear mommy or daddy saying and you love to associate objects or people with a name. 
 
You are also putting together multiple words, sometimes up to 4-5 at a time! Communication has really opened up between us in the past few months and it is so exciting to watch you grow and learn. 
You are starting to try to sing.  Your favorite song is "The Wheels on the Bus"
You can count to 13, although you often leave out numbers 4-6...it's adorable:)
 
You LOVE to pray.  It's the sweetest thing.  We have a "call to prayer" from you at least 10 times a day.  You fold your hands, and say "pray?" and wait for mommy or daddy to start praying.  I love how the Lord is molding your heart even at such an early age & it has also challenged mommy & daddy to really talk to the Lord & give thanks more often as we go about our day.
 
You have endured so much change in the past two months: a new home, a new little brother, temporary lodging, leaving friends and making new ones, two year molars, crazy long car rides and so much more, but have really done so well.  One thing's for certain: you LOVE your little brother.  You ask, "Asher, hold you?" when you want to hold him. 
 
You are a super active little guy and when you are awake you pretty much go at full speed all the time {unless you are breaking for food.  You love your food}. It's not uncommon to see a flash of Ephram zoom past as you run circles around the room, chase Bob or run after a ball.
 
Your favorite things to play with are your cars & trucks, balls & your kitchen pots & pans.  You love to make soup for mommy & daddy in your kitchen. On the rare occasion that you do sit down, you are enjoying learning to color with crayons and to identify shapes and colors.
 
You have a very sweet and joy-filled spirit, Ephram, as well as a very independent will. You seem to really thrive off of spending time with people, whether it be me & daddy or friends...you have a big, loving heart toward others and love to engage people.  Life is never dull with you, and though it's crazy to think that you aren't my "baby" anymore, you are stepping up to role of big brother well.  Love you, big guy :)
 


Monday, March 3, 2014

Mark Asher


 
 
Being that my little Asher man is already one month old, this post is a little delayed but I am imagining that is what being a mommy of two under two will look like.  And I'm ok with that.
 
Mark Asher was born on Saturday, January 25th at 5:07pm.  A healthy chunk, at 8 lb 8oz, and a miracle baby, as the nurses called him.  After delivery we discovered a knot in his cord that was never detected during pregnancy.  By God's grace it stayed loose enough throughout my entire pregnancy that it never created any issues for him. Even in the womb, he was already living up to his name, Mark, which means Warrior. 
 
Many of you known our story behind Ephram's name, and although there was not as much of a "journey" to go along with the name Mark Asher, we pray that it will be a word of truth spoken over his life. 
 
My dad's name is Mark, and he and my mom also named my brother, Mark.  We not only love the meaning behind the name, and pray that Mark Asher will be a mighty warrior in the Lord, but we also love and respect the Mark for whom he was named and pray he will be a man of integrity and wisdom like his Pop.  My dad & brother also have the middle initial of "A" and my brother goes by his middle name, Austin.  We liked the idea of giving this little one a namesake in my father, but of calling him by his middle name, one that would be unique to him.  Enter Asher. Asher means "happy" and although happy is not the first adjective one would use to describe a warrior, we really loved the idea of speaking that over him.  We want him to be a mighty warrior, but also one filled with happiness and joy! Asher is also a tribe of Israel, which we loved because Ephraim, is a tribe and is Ephram's namesake.  Let's be honest, the names Ephram & Asher just fit.  Like peas and carrots. And if the Lord so chooses to bless me with a household of all boys, at least I can pretend like Asher was named after me ;)
 
That is the story behind our little Asher man's name.  We are absolutely in love with him and are so thankful for the gift of his life.  His big brother Ephram is also a huge fan and always has to know where "baby asher" is so he can go give him a hug (or on occasion steal his socks and pacifier).
 
This little man has already lived in two states, traveled cross country, & lived out of suitcases in hotels and friend's houses.  It's been a crazy first month of life, but he has been a champ.  If we are able to find a new home soon & get my big yellow chair back from storage, I hope to start his monthly pictures/write ups soon! 
 
For now, I'll leave you with this cuteness from his newborn session.  :)
 


Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas at Our House

We spent Christmas at our house this year as a family of 3.5.
Being 35 weeks pregnant on Christmas day doesn't allow for much flexibility in traveling for the holidays. 
 Although we missed getting to celebrate in person with family, we enjoyed many Skype/FaceTime (I love technology) "Christmas sessions" and were able to get in some much needed relaxation at home.  When the jammies don't come off until well after 3pm, you know it's been a good day.
 
 


The preggo & the 19 month old Face Timing with family.



Enjoying his new Tee Pee
 



Someone liked his new fox hat
 


 
Mommy & Daddy were pretty pleased with their gifts too :)
 

 
Sneaking off with the presents
 
 
 
Story time with a new book before a post-present nap.  Unwrapping gifts is exercise for a 19 month old ;)
 
 
Although it's Ephram's second Christmas, he was only 7 months old last year.  We cherished this special season of Advent & Christmas with him and are anxiously awaiting the new little one to come who will be almost a year old when Christmas comes around next year! It's been so much fun to walk in this season as a parent and to experience even just a fraction of the love the God has for us & the great joy He has in lavishing the Gift of His Son on us. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sweet finds...

Found these little gems on my camera card the other day from a little family "self" photo shoot we did back at the end of October!
Yeesh.  I am way behind.
 
 
Enjoy :)
 





Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween 2013

 
 


Love this picture of my little lion that we took at our church's trunk or treat a few days ago.  He was on his daddy's shoulders surveying all the children running around in strange looking outfits, with absolutely no idea that he fit right in with them. For all he knew, we had just bundled him up in an Alaskan snow suit. 
 
Yesterday night, I was only able to get a few phone snapshots, hence the poor lighting/quality. 
The little lion's mommy dressed up as a preggo Dorothy in pants.  It was way too cold for a dress.  At least I was able to borrow my grandmother's red sparkly TOMS to pull the outfit together.  How many 85 year old women do you know that wear TOMS? She's so cool.





A side by side of the lion cub & his tiger Daddy at the same age.  Big cats run in the family:)
 

 
Overall, I'd say his first trick-or-treating experience was a hit. He had tons of fun with all his little friends, walked nearly the whole time, and even gave mommy all 3 pieces of his candy, which she then handed over to daddy.  He had no idea what he was missing :)
 
His idea of a treat was to push his friends in the wagon as we went door to door.  I seriously could not get a clear picture of him because he was so intent on keeping the wagon in constant motion.  That's what happens when you have a lion on the loose. 


Monday, October 28, 2013

Apples & Tractors & Cows, Oh My!

 
 
We spent a beautiful weekend taking advantage of some of the luxuries that country life and the Midwest has to offer.  We found an apple orchard in a nearby town and spent our Saturday morning picking beautiful little apples and chasing a little man around rows and rows of trees.  Although, Ephram loved picking apples up off the ground that had already fallen off of trees, and throwing them, he really LOVED the tractor.  It must have reminded him of his Pop's :)
 
 



 
Apple testing. 
If only my ugly chipped nail weren't in this picture....sigh.
 
 
 
After a short break for lunch, we visited a children's demonstration farmstead with lots of animals, birds, oh and TRACTORS.  Again, a highlight for the little man.  Although, the cows he got to see here were definitely a bonus!
 




This is his "moo" face. :)
 

 

 
 
Our trip ended where it began, with a John Deere tractor.  Oh the joy!