Archives for November 2016

11.18.16

Holiday Towel Tutorial!

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This holiday, Glade®® is helping me deck the halls and dress my home. Scents are so helpful with evoking a Holiday spirit in our home and Glade® has some wonderful scents out that are sure to deliver surprising bursts of joy. As a hostess I love to complete the experience of any Holiday by adding special touches around my house.

This tutorial is for your towels! The magic is in the details and nice looking towels make your bathroom so welcoming. You can dress them up with ribbons or brooches. Play around with color combinations and different folding techniques. I don’t expect anyone to use the decorative towels so remember to have clean towels available for guests to use.

You’ll need:

2 Bath Towels

2 Hand Towels

Burlap Ribbon or ribbon of choice

Tying ribbon

Silk Flower or brooch

Push Pin

Don’t be afraid to get creative with colors and textures.

  • Start by laying out a bath towel
  • Fold in each side to the middle of the towel
  • Overlap the second side a few inches
  • Run your hands over the folds to press them flat

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Once all 4 of your towels are folded this way start draping them over your towel hanger. Layer your towels large to small. Since we are only using 2 sizes just place your folded hand towels over the bath towels. Decide which decorations you want on your towels and set them aside.

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  • Knot the burlap ribbon around the towels. Make sure it’s tight enough, but not too tight.
  • Now cut a new piece about 20-25 inches long
  • Overlap the cut sides and pinch it all together
  • Use another type of ribbon to tie the middle of the burlap and fluff out the sides to create a bow. I used some red ribbon because it fit with the Holiday theme

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Now all you have to do is tie your ribbon onto the knot around your towels. If you have silk flowers or another type of decoration you can now tie it with the same ribbon. There is no need to double knot anything unless you are using really silky satin ribbon. I bought these gold berries to compliment mine.

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Once you are done with both towels adjust the height if necessary. Then use your push pins in the back to keep the ribbon in place. Over time they will slowly slip down so don’t forget this step.

Now add the other finishing touches to your bathroom. I set out a Glade®  3.4 oz. Small Jar Candle. I also plugged in some Glade®  PlugIns®  Scented Oil Warmer. I love that the Glade® 3.4 oz. Small Jar Candle has 2 scents in one jar. Also look for the Shazam logo on in-store displays. This will lead to Spotify playlists, video content, giveaways, etc. I found a wide variety of scents and delivery forms in my local HEB. For more information on what Glade® has to offer this Holiday season visit their sites. Click HERE!

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Ok inspired yet?! Let’s get in the Holiday spirit! These months come and go so quickly so head out today and buy some scents to start the Holiday season with. The earlier you start the longer it will last!

11.04.16

10 Must Have Newborn Baby Items

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Lanolin cream! This is a must have for breast feeding mommas! It’s a nipple saver for sure. This is the brand that I used and it worked fine for me. Another tip for sore breasts is sticking cold cabbage leaves in your bra.

 

This is the co-sleeper I have. They come in so many different colors and they slide right up to the bed. One side goes down for easy access to your little one. The height on this thing is also adjustable for different beds.

Disposable nipple covers are great for nursing. They make re-usable cloth ones, but sometimes those don’t absorb as much. At least in my case they didn’t work.

Sleeping gowns make night time changes easy.

We cloth diaper mostly, but to take the load off sometimes we use disposable Huggies Snugglers. These are my favorite diapers. They fit the baby really well and we had issues with Pampers. They absorb well and are nice and soft.

Get a nursing pillow! These pillows help support the baby while nursing. It really makes life easier in the early months. My particular nursing pillow is this one and it turns into a little seat for the baby as well.

Baby wearing is such a great thing for mothers and babies. I’ve seen it become very popular in the last few years. If you are new to baby wearing I recommend starting off with this Moby Wrap. They are long and easy to learn basic carries on. However, I don’t recommend them for heavier babies.

Video monitors are a great way to keep peace of mind with a newborn. And when your baby becomes a toddler they are very useful to see what that mischievous little angel is up to. We found them so entertaining. Audrey would hop out of her crib and play, but she’d dive right back in when she heard someone coming. We caught her doing so many funny things when she thought she was in the clear.

You’ll need an infant carseat. This is not the one we own. We were cornered into buying a Graco that was compatible with the bases we already owned. If we didn’t already have bases for a Graco we would have gotten this carseat by Chicco. Its really padded and great quality. I love the fabric on it. We have a Chicco Nextfit for our toddler and we love it.

I hope this list makes life with a new baby a little bit easier. I suggest that you buy as you go because every baby is different. These are items that I would try to use no matter what though. The co-sleeper is the only item that would really depend on a baby’s temperament.