traveling with little ones

We have traveled with our little ones quite a bit. Sawyer is barely 8 months old and he’s already been on four flights! We really have tried to make traveling part of our lives as parents even though it can be more challenging with kids. A lot more challenging! I always think of something Jordan of Oh Happy Day said when thinking about taking our kids on a trip. The gist of it was that traveling with kids is not as fun as traveling with all adults BUT it sure beats staying at home all the time! A-men, Jordan.

I feel like every trip we take we downgrade what we bring. Our first couple of trips back home to Texas we’d be schlepping a million things through the airport! Car seats, a pack n play, large luggage, carry ons, a big stroller, along with our kids. It was SUCH a production just getting to the airport! My husband is somewhat of a bag aficionado so he’s been looking at Tom Bihn bags for a while. I started watching videos on their website and was blown away by how much they could fit in their different bags. The type A in me was all googly eyed over the organizational aspect! It totally changed the way I thought about packing!

For our trip to Texas we brought more than we will on our Ireland trip but we still only checked one bag (along with our car seats). I’ll tell more about our international packing/car seat/traveling in a future post — some tips will be the same, some will be different.

  1. Bring luggage that helps you be as hands free as possible. When you have little kids, it makes traveling so much harder when don’t have hands to help kid A with this, kid B with her backpack, or wipe kid C’s spit off off his mouth without putting everything down and picking it back up. It’s seriously exhausting! We both carried an Aeronaut 45 on our backs and just look at how much I was able to fit in mine! I love the organizational cubes. Honestly, I could’ve fit even more than this! 
  2. If your kids are old enough, get each a backpack to carry on the plane full of snacks and activities. In the past we’ve used whatever backpack we had around the house but this time we got a Sprout pack for each of the older kids and they are amazing! We filled them with tons of activities, iPads, snacks, “babies” and there was still room for more, they were just getting too heavy. When they get older they’ll be able to carry even more!
  1. This goes along with #2 but pack their bags with their favorite activities, snacks, candies they don’t usually get to eat. For us, most rules at home go out the window while traveling. We are in survival mode! We pack iPads for each of them, temporary tattoos (with a rag in a plastic bag), stickers, a notepad for each, a dry erase board, and a small game. When Holden was younger we brought little boxes of nerds because he would eat them one by one and it would take FOREVER for him to eat them, it was fantastic.
  2. For babies, pack more than you think you’ll need for the plane. One time I was heading home and before we even made it half way to Texas, Sawyer had pooped through one outfit and peed on his extra outfit so boyfriend had to hang in an outfit he had peed on for the rest of the trip. Have backups for your backup! If you’re nursing, bring your favorite nursing cover (Covered Goods!!) so you can nurse on take off + landing. We’ve been using our Parental Unit from Tom Bihn (sensing a pattern?! All of their stuff is so so good!) and it’s crazy how much stuff you can fit in the bag and still zip it up and it doesn’t feel heavy or bulky. My husband has LOVED this diaper bag because it just feels like a bag he would carry everyday but with all of the organization a good diaper bag needs.
  3. If you have access to a washer + dryer, try packing less and doing laundry on your trip. For our 10 day trip to Ireland, we plan on bringing a small thing of detergent and doing some laundry in our sink or bath. I have a feeling a tide to go pen will be our best friends too with spills and splatters.
  4. Buy diapers when you get to your destination. We always bring enough for the plane ride and for a day or two once we get there (if we have the space in our bags) because sometimes you just don’t want to go to the store as soon as you step off the plane.
  5. Pack an empty sippy cup or straw cup for the plane ride. We just buy a water once we get through security and pour it into each kid’s cups. It’s a lot easier than dealing with screw tops and it helps the kids be more independent on the plane. We love the ones that have a straw but close so they don’t spill in their bags.
  6. Check your stroller at the gate or bring a baby carrier (like an ergo or solly wrap). We love to check our stroller at the gate because it helps us be as hands free as possible while walking around the airport. Bonus: our kids ride on the skateboards of our orbit so it keeps them close to us!
  7. Kids get restless so if the seatbelt sign is off, get some wiggles out by walking up and down the aisles a few times! This is especially important on a long flight. We’ll do this and also sometimes hang out in the back with the flight attendants for a bit if our youngest is feeling grumpy. They usually love to see a cute baby so they’re happy to share the space for a few minutes (I think at least hah!)

I hope those were some helpful tips for packing/traveling with little ones! As I’ve done it more and added more kids to the bunch my motto is simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

-LWPH

our living room tour

We’ve lived in this house for just over three years. We are renting (and feel so lucky to have scored such a great house in Silicon Valley) but have been constantly frustrated at the housing market here. We’ve put some work into decorating our rental but not a ton of work.

We’ve been toying with the idea of buying a house out here and even looked at a few but something was telling us it just wasn’t the right time for us so we’ve put it on hold. Once we put the house hunting on hold I told myself to just enjoy this rental we have and really make it our own!

I knew I wanted a long picture ledge along the back of the couch. We have so many wonderful pictures + prints framed and the ledge makes it so we can swap out as often as we want! We bought two of these ledges from Ikea and hung them next to each other on the wall. I love how it turned out!

Oh, if we owned this house that fireplace would be the first thing to go! The stonework matches the outside of the house but it definitely needs some updating. I’m not really sure if the actual fireplace works but that could use an update, too. It’s from the 60’s, I believe!

There was a NIGHTMARE of a mess of cords hanging allllll along the wall. We had all of the game consoles and internet/cable boxes on the mantle and it just looked terrible. I wish I would have taken a before picture — it was THAT BAD. Now full disclosure: a tiny bit of the gathered wires really do show a tiny bit around those white flowers that I didn’t have time to fully figure out how to cover up so that was photoshopped out. You can totally hide the wires behind the wall though following this tutorial, we just didn’t want to drill into the wall anymore than we have to.

I love this diffuser from Magnolia Market. Everything Chip + Joanna do turns to gold. I want to be BFFs with them (a sentiment felt by most of America, I’m sure!) The diffuser smells DIVINE. The perfectly fresh scent.

It took me a really long time to figure out what to do with the top shelf! Like a really long time. I finally was like DUH, put some great books up there and steal that cool ball thing from Sawyer’s room and voila! The difference between past decorating endeavors and this one was I didn’t want a bunch of little things that maybe looked cute but served no purpose. I don’t need anymore junk around my house! I used the shelves of our Walker Edison media tower to host some of our favorite books, a plant for some green next to a box for all of our Amiibos, our game consoles and cable boxes (which I still want to hide somehow) and a speaker for our nightly dance parties!

I LOVE our coffee table from Walker Edison! It has a glass top which you’d think would be super annoying to keep clean with three little kids but it honestly hasn’t been bad and the fact that you can see through the top actually helps me to keep the bottom shelf clean. I need all the motivation I can get to not let clutter take over our lives!

Sawyer was, of course, hamming it up for the camera. He just radiates sunshine!

Now this is technically a TV stand of sorts but after I saw how Whippy Cake made it such a functional piece for her family I was like THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEEEED. Now, this post is already getting suuuuper lengthy and I have so much to say about how we use this in our every day lives so I’m going to have to make a totally separate blog post for it. It’s been that life changing in organizing our day to day! Thank youuuuu, Walker Edison, thank youuuuu!

We needed a LARGE piece of art to put above our life organizing, wonderful piece of furniture and Minted definitely saved the day. They have the most beautiful selection of art and you can either buy the art separately or have it framed and shipped. We opted for the framed and shipped option because convenience is everything in my life right now! They have SO many options guys, take a while and browse their selection! I want it all.

We were going to put two large pieces just leaning against the wall there but decided to move one of the framed pieces to the game room. I love how it looks on our buffet and that copper frame is just gorgeous!

Here are a few more shots from around the room and then I’ll try to put some sources below but if there’s something specific you’re wanting to know about, just put it in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

I love having the quilts I’ve made for our family out on display. They are such a labor of love and mean so much to me, there’s no way I could hide them all away in a closet somewhere! We love snuggling under quilts watching tv, movies, or playing a video game so it’s perfect having them so easily accessible.

That Rad Revolution romper on Charlotte…obsessed! I don’t think she sells that floral print anymore but has TONS of other adorable romper choices! And really, it would be terrible of me not to turn you guys onto Loyal Hana if you’re nursing. All of their clothing is cute, well-made, and HAS HIDDEN ZIPPERS for breastfeeding! I have quite a few pieces from them and pretty much rotate them out and maybe throw a t-shirt or two in the mix but mostly I’m like, why would I not want zippers in everything I’m wearing right now?! I told you, convenience.

Like I said, if you have a question about a specific piece let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you! Hope you enjoyed the tour! I’ll post next later this week or next week about the console and how we use it!

All photos by Rachael Bradley.

-LWPH

Castle Rock Hike

One of our favorite family activities is going on a hike with the kiddos! We usually do a pretty low key hike but we were feeling adventurous..or at least Allan was feeling adventurous and it was his Father’s Day hike after all. Carrying Sawyer up and down the mountain, Charlotte peeing her pants half way down and nursing Sawyer to sleep while hiking down the mountain made for a super interesting time but there were just so many good moments along the way.

We always stop at this creek to throw a few rocks + leaves.

Sawyer is loving the Ergo Baby 360 these days. It was great because he could be facing out for as long as he wanted and then when he got tired and needed to nurse I could switch him around very easily.

-LWPH

BabyList Small Shop Pick 2016

 

We are so excited to have been chosen as one of Baby List’s Small Shop Picks for 2016! This is actually our second time being included in their Small Shop Picks and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be included with such a wonderful group of small businesses who work so hard every.single.day.

We have an exclusive promotional code with BabyList so make sure to sign up for their mailing list and get discount codes for the other businesses involved! We’ve also made it SUPER easy for you to add Little Wife Power House directly to your BabyList registry by following this link. Not only can you add anything from our website for your loved ones to bring to your rockin’ baby shower, you can add anything from around the internet… even meals, house cleaning, etc! It’s truly an amazing service and I loved using it with my little ones!

-LWPH

Cake Maternity

I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with Cake Maternity and try out a few of their nursing bras. I chose the Nude Rock Candy Seamless BraDark Chocolate Underwire Nursing Bra, and the Maple Mousse Plunge Bra. One to relax in, one maybe for a night out [ha! a night out?! Well, a girl can dream!] and one for everyday use.

The Nude Rock Seamless Bra was super comfortable and I actually birthed Sawyer in it! It’s stretchy and perfect for sleeping and lounging, especially in those early weeks. The Dark Chocolate Underwire Nursing Bra has been a fun alternative and great to wear under darker clothes on those hot date nights. And by hot date nights I mean the occasional dinner out WITH our youngest. Anyone relate? The bra I’ve worn the most by far has been the Maple Mousse Plunge Bra. It’s the perfect neutral and still makes you feel super cute. A fellow nursing mama saw it and commented on how cute it was! I sized down to the size just below the one I was previously using and there seems to be a huge size disparity between the two but I could have missed something and ordered wrong! Just make sure to measure yourself and get the right size!

You can see their whole line of goods here. They have everything from bras to tanks to nursing pads so make sure to browse around to see what all they have to offer!

-LWPH

the big kids’ room tour

I’m so excited to finally share the makeover of my kids’ shared room! Decorating a room that has both genders can be a challenge but I found I tend to lean towards gender neutral colors in general so it kind of worked out! I love greys, white, teal and did I say grey?!

I know you guys want to know all the details about our bunk beds so head here to read all about them! We’ve loved these bunk beds and adding a little DIY to them made them SO much better!

I made both quilts for their bunk beds. Quilts are such a labor of love and I really hope they keep + use them for their whole lives…and then pass them onto their kids. That’s why I totally believe quilts are such a great heirloom investment. They become part of some of your most cherished memories. I’ll always remember tucking my babies into bed at night snuggled in their cozy quilts. Cuddling with them as they both beg to all lay in the same bed for a few minutes at night. Reading their favorite books over and over again. My sweet babes are what make the memories but our quilts are part of them. Charlotte’s quilt also helped add a little fun color to the room which I love!

Our teepee from Tnee’s is one of my favorite parts of their room! It’s such a show stopper and the quality is unmatched. The grey stripe is the perfect neutral and if we ever change up their room I know I’d be able to put their teepee in our front room and it would fit in the decor seamlessly. The kids love reading in it, playing peek-a-boo, and turning it into a time machine to search for dinosaurs!

Linking to sources below but leave any questions you have for me here!

All photos by Corinne McCombs.

Hatch Baby Smart Changing Pad

I am constantly blown away by the amazing baby products people are coming out with to take away as much worry from us mamas as possible. We have enough to worry about, don’t we?! I was so excited when Hatch Baby reached out to introduce their new product, the revolutionary smart changing pad that connects to a free app on your smart phone to track your baby’s weight, feedings, and even sleep!

I don’t know about you but being that I’m exclusively breastfeeding, I’m constantly worried that Sawyer is getting enough to eat — especially in those early days. The guessing can leave you seriously stressing! The Hatch Baby changing pad has a scale, guys! I was able to weigh him before and after feedings to make sure he was getting plenty of milk, can you believe it? What a blessing of peace of mind! I immediately thought how wonderful it would be for mamas who bring home premature babies to closely track their weight gain and diaper output! In fact, my mama friend who gave birth at 32 weeks was wishing she had had a Hatch Baby pad in her home back in her most worrisome weeks. The pad also wirelessly sends Sawyer’s weight to the app and charts it all! I love taking babies to doctor’s appointments just so I can hear how much they weigh. Nothing better than knowing your babe is thriving. Friends are always asking how much Sawyer weighs so now I can say [down to the ounce]!

We put so much thought and love into every detail of our little one’s nurseries, don’t we?  Sometimes techie baby products can look clunky and the design can be lacking. The Hatch Baby changing pad is sleek and the top pad is even interchangeable so it can be washed or changed out if you decide you want a slightly different look. We went with Ash but it also comes in Rose, Sand, and Sky. Doesn’t it fit into the decor seamlessly? It was my last item to put in so I’m pretty sure one of their four colors would fit into most color schemes!

The app is a great partner to the changing pad. I love that I can enter information as I’m nursing [bravo efficiency!] I’m also reeeeeeally grateful that all of Sawyer’s information is right at my finger tips for those moments when his pediatrician is asking me about his sleep/feeding schedules and I’m all wide eyed because I can’t even remember my name on the three hours of sleep I got the night before. It has saved me from looking like a super spaced out mom more than once! Even if you don’t have their changing pad right now, I recommend getting their free app to keep track of their stats although I’m sure you never have space cadet mom moments like me, right? Never ;)!

…and one photo of my three little loves just for fun because I can’t believe how lucky I am to mother my sweet red head, blonde, and brunette babes.

This blog post is in partnership with Hatch Baby and all photos by Corinne McCombs Photography.

4moms Momaroo + Bounceroo Review

We were so excited to get the opportunity to try out 4moms Mamaroo and Bounceroo with Sawyer! I had done a lot of research and talked to other moms who all said the same thing, 4moms products are the best!

The bounceroo has quickly become a staple baby product in our house. It’s mobile [battery run] and light so it can easily be moved from one room to the next. I use it all over our house — while eating, getting ready, folding laundry, etc. It only weighs six pounds and has three different vibration settings. His favorite is the wave vibration setting! Each vibration setting can be put on high, medium, or low depending on what your babe prefers.

Here’s one of my favorite times to use both — so mama can get some work done!

The mamaroo is perfect for those times he’s getting sleepy and needs to relax but I absolutely HAVE to get something done either with the house or one of my other kids.

It has five different motion settings: the car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, and wave. He instantly falls asleep in the car so the car ride setting is the best thing ever! It even has different sound settings to cancel out some of the crazy of our house so he can relax a little easier.

I love that I can control both the sound + motion settings from anywhere in the house using my phone! If he starts to get fussy I can switch it up with a different motion.

You can tell that 4moms products have really been tested by moms and they put so much thought into every detail. We’ll be giving away a Bounceroo over on my instagram page today so make sure to check back later tonight!

xo, LWPH

Sawyer’s Room Tour

Well, it’s finally here — a tour of Sawyer’s room! When I started decorating, I literally had no direction or plan! Isn’t that the worst way to decorate?! I just started buying a few things here and there and somehow it all fell together and I really, really love how it turned out. It’s the perfect amount of “boy” while still keeping the decor simple.

We had recently moved Charlotte [3] to the bunk beds with her brother so we still had her old crib, dresser, glider and shelving ladder hanging around that I loved to death so I kept everything in there and just changed things up a little to match the style better. I covered our glider we’ve had since my oldest [and it was a goodwill find then for $26!] and love how it came out. I swear you can add a coat of spray paint to anything and it becomes a whole new piece of furniture!

I added a few of my favorite things to his shelves that I not only love to use but look so adorable sitting out. Here’s a few shots of the shelving ladder with some of our favorite small shop goods! The felt bins from Loop Design Studio are the perfect modern storage for diapers + wipes, baby blankets, and were such a great combination with our alphabet wood blocks.

Nothing better than having Tubby Todd close in reach held up by a Sweet Littles Handmade pirate!

Of course I had to add in some Little Wife Power House! I love how our navy marked crib sheet + The James plus quilt pulled together perfectly. They compliment each other without being too matchy matchy! Not to mention that beautiful play gym from Nin + June!

Every nursery has to have a beautiful dreamer by Baby Jives! Sawyer loves to lay on his changing pad and stare as it slowly turns.

Other resources: wraps by Solly Baby, print c/o A Vintage Poster, moccasins c/o Freshly Picked, sliced wood decor and lamp from Target, crib from Wal Mart, adventure banner by Juney House, rug c/o Rugs USA, hamper from Land of Nod, ladder shelf from Target years ago.

A special thanks to Corinne McCombs for the beautiful photos!

Thanks for taking the tour! I hope you loved it!

xo, LWPH

maternity photos

I’ve never done maternity photos with any of my other littles — mostly because I really hate having my photo taken but Jessie Evans is crazy amazingly talented so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have her take some photos while we were in Utah! It would’ve been an absolute travesty, right?! I told her I’d be happy if she got one photo I liked. ONE. I just went through and saved them and there are like 18 that I love! So many that this blog post is going to be ridiculously long because she’s just so good! I am going to love these forever so thank you, Jessie.

Even if you think you’ve gained too much weight, aren’t photogenic, all of the terrible things we tell ourselves out of insecurity [I’m talking to myself here mostly!], I highly recommend photographing this stage in your life. It’s crazy and beautiful and needs to be documented.

-LWPH

the coveted bunk beds

Holy moly have I get a LOT of requests about the details of the bunk beds in my kids shared room! I’m so glad you guys love them as much as we do and figured it’s probably easiest to point everyone towards a linkable blog post with all of the information I have!

We bought the Kura bed from Ikea a couple of years ago but luckily they still seem to have it in stock and even better — it’s only 2 colors vs the three we had! We first had it flipped with just one mattress and a canopy on top but when my current youngest started wanting to sleep in there anyways [and another babe on the way!], we decided to flip it and have my daughter [3] sleep on the bottom and my son [5] sleep on the top.

We have a regular twin mattress on the floor and an ikea twin mattress on the top. I hated the look of the bed because of the multi-color tone and just knew it needed an upgrade so I painted it the perfect shade of grey! I put a drop cloth down, flipped the bed the way I wanted, and painted with a regular paint brush. First, I did a coat or two of primer and then a coat of grey — similar color here but definitely choose what you like! I let each coat dry for a few hours in between. Does it chip? It’s chipped a little in one spot, I’m thinking it had a tiny flap starting to peel and my son was bored one night trying to go to bed. Will fix that right up one of these days [aka probably never]!

I hope that helps answer everyone’s questions but if you have anymore, please leave them in the comments and I will add the information to this post! Below are not exact links to products but links to where I purchased them.

-LWPH

30 days of sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics

I was so excited to be asked to be chosen for 30 days of sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics! I had such a hard time choosing which fabric I wanted to use but it finally dawned on me that our OLD [and I mean, old] glider needed a makeover in a major way for baby boy’s nursery!

We’ve had this glider since just before my oldest was born [he’s now 5] and it was new to us at that time but not new. We bought it at a local goodwill. It needed some serious TLC so my sister recovered it for me — can you believe at the time I didn’t even know how to sew?! I gave it a good coating in new spray paint and it was like a new chair!

I’ve been agonizing over what to do about a glider — our nursery is so small so a big comfy chair was pretty much out and I really loved the comfy level of our current glider, the look just didn’t fit baby boy’s nursery theme anymore.

I used Bound in Canvas by April Rhodes and literally just winged it on a hope and a prayer. I used the cushions as my “pattern” and it was a really short + simple makeover project! And holy moly isn’t my little guy THE CUTEST!? I just want to eat him up.

The last step in the glider makeover was a fresh coat of spray paint. I’m kind of obsessing over grey right now [if you haven’t been able to tell by my instagram feed] so it was the natural choice. I grabbed two cans at Home Depot and it was done in about an hour. I love fast + easy projects!

I can’t wait to share more of his nursery with you guys! This is probably the most neutral and simple of the three nurseries I’ve put together and I just love sitting in there dreaming about our new little one.

This blog post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics and photos by Scott Mosher Photography.

-LWPH

calling for submissions: styling your bump + nursery tours

Hey mamas!

I’m so excited to be looking for some amazing contributors to my blog! As I’m pregnant right now, I’m totally loving styling the bump posts. There is SO much fabulous maternity clothing out there right now and want to see what you love to wear. I’ll be adding posts from myself as well but it’ll be nice to have a few new faces around here besides mine! We also want to see how YOU style your LWPH goods at home! You mamas tag me in so many fabulous photos and inspire me so much I would love to feature a few of your nurseries!

If you’re interested in contributing to the LWPH blog with either a Styling the Bump or Nursery Tour posts, please e-mail LWPHsews@gmail.com with some information: your name, blog link, instagram handle, due date for bump posts and a few photos for nursery submissions. Make sure to put BLOG SUBMISSION for the subject!

Thank you so much, so looking forward to hearing from you lovely ladies!

-LWPH

photo by Jessie Evans

Bump Style Box

I know it may seem silly but having actual maternity clothes this time around (as opposed to going up a size or wearing my husband’s t-shirts) has made me actually enjoy getting ready for the day instead of absolutely dreading it! Even better? Having someone else pull pieces just for you, sending a whole box of goodies to try on, and keeping whatever works best for your body + style! Bump Style Box was an answer from the maternity heavens! All you have to do is sign up, fill out a survey so your stylist can get a feel for what you like, and a box of beauties shows right up at your doorstep!

It was such a personalized experience down to the handwritten note from my stylist, Hannah. I tried on everything in the comfort of my own home and ended up keeping a few pieces and sending back a few pieces. It was so nice not to have to drag my littles to a store, wrangle them in the dressing room while I’m quickly trying everything on and ending up leaving totally frustrated because I couldn’t even enjoy the experience. Anyone feel me on shopping with little kids?!

Any service that makes a mama’s life easier + feel prettier is a-ok in my book! You can order your first box here!

-LWPH

Pink Blush Maternity

 

 

In the past, I’ve never given too much thought to my maternity style — just buying up a size in regular shirts or even in months 8 & 9 with my first just borrowing my husband’s tees! Not surprising, I never felt super attractive pregnant and told myself this time around I’d get a few pieces that really make me feel good but don’t cost a ton. Let’s be honest, who wants to spend a ton on maternity clothes you can only wear for a few months?!

 

I was so happy to stumble on Pink Blush Maternity through instagram because it totally fit the bill! I was looking for more fitted, long tops that didn’t make me look [and feel] bigger than I am! They are always having great sales and I even found a super cute baseball tee for $15 through a special they were having on instagram one day! I wore the floral maternity dress to church a couple of weeks ago and I can’t tell you how many people complimented me in it — talk about making a mama feel good! Getting a few pieces that really fit your growing belly well is totally worth it.

Shop these looks here | here | here

 

–LWPH

Christmas in July Sale!

We’ve been working hard for the last couple of weeks to build up as much stock as possible for you rad customers! I LOVE having mostly everything ready to ship because who wants to wait 3-4 weeks for a quilt? Sometimes that’s just how it goes but this time I’m so glad to have everything ready to go!

The sale will start at 5PM PST on Sunday, July 26, and run until midnight on July 29. EVERYTHING in stock will be 20% off! I only do a sitewide sale once per year and it’s usually on Black Friday but since this baby will be here a few weeks before that, I don’t know if I’ll be able to offer a Black Friday Sale this year — so here we are with an awesome Christmas in July sale instead!

Sadly, a few items will be retired once the last one or two items sell but I wanted to give you plenty of heads up so here they are! You can also see my previous post incase I missed any here.

And a couple more products being retired are The Teagan Plus QuiltBerkeley crib sheetDaisy crib sheetThe Frances Plus QuiltRose crib sheet, and The Amanda Plus Quilt may be retired once the last one sells. Please e-mail me through my contact form if you have any specific questions regarding the sale I didn’t answer here!

-LWPH

prints being retired

I’ve been posting a lot on instagram about tons of prints being retired and I thought it might be helpful to put links all in one place. Easier to keep everything straight and make sure you get notified in case I don’t have time to post about it on social media. A print being retired means it will NOT be brought back to my shop — ever — so if you’ve had your heart set on it, I definitely recommend snagging it soon as some only have one left of each.  So let’s get to the list.

Grey Cat Boppy Cover

Daisy Crib Sheet

The Lilly Crib Quilt [only available in crib size]

Lilly Crib Sheet

The Teagan Crib Quilt [only available in crib size]

Field Party Crib Sheet

The Berkeley Plus Quilt 

Berkeley Crib Sheet

Geo Baby Blanket

Little Bow and Arrow Collab Quilt

The Alison Plus Quilt

I will also be flying on a plane alone with my two kids and pregnant belly to head home for a couple of weeks [wish me luck!] so all orders placed now will ship June 25th at the earliest. All turnaround times are on each listing. If you have any questions not answered here, please feel free to send an email to LWPHsews@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

LWPH

LWPH in Country Living

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the growth of my business. It has been steady and I’ve loved being able to add a couple of talented seamstresses to my team — they are truly fabulous! It got me thinking about some of the coolest opportunities I’ve had since starting my business and one that immediately popped into my head was my 2014 feature in Country Living Magazine!

 

 

I was so beyond excited when one of the editors commented on my instagram and sent me an email a couple of hours later. I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high because I’ve heard that things get cut with magazine features all the time. I happened to be out of town with the most minimal access to finished quilts or the ability to whip out any quilts but it was kind of amazing how it all came together! I had brought a throw quilt I needed to finish binding for a customer, a throw of mine, and my mom had one. My customer was AMAZING and let me borrow her quilt for the shoot and I sent everything overnight.  My friend from California also overnighted a quilt I had made for her daughter. I was so grateful how generous everyone was to help make this happen!

I heard back from Country Living and everyone was raving about the shoot — I couldn’t wait to see it and was still dying to get the final word on if the feature was going to make it in or not! My hopes were definitely high at this point but luckily I didn’t get crushed as I got final word that it had gone to print! My little shop was going to be featured in a national magazine. Is this real life? I even got tagged by a friend from high school after she found me at Target! Totally made my day/week/month/year.

 

 

The best news is I still hadn’t seen the shot! I was under the impression that my quilts were going to be hanging out in the back of some beautifully staged room, piled up or laid across a couch. That would’ve been awesome, right? The morning it was released on digital I got a tag from another shop posting the feature and it was a full page spread! Four of my quilts on a full page. It was seriously one of the coolest moments and I won’t soon forget the feeling. I may never  be featured in another magazine and that’s totally okay. I’m beyond grateful for my experience with Country Living — everyone I worked with was so great and so kind!

This year I’ve been having to readjust my expectations for Little Wife Power House as I’ve been trying to take care of myself [and this growing babe!] but I know I still have so much more to offer and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings my business!

xo,

LWPH

freezer cooking tips + links

Today has been a weird day. I woke up EXHAUSTED and even texted my husband that I could hardly keep my eyes open and would probably be laying in bed all day [like I did yesterday]. I cleaned the kitchen a little then had to pick my 4-year-old up at preschool. I felt guilty that we’d be stuck in the house all day and instead of picking up a quick lunch, we opted to grab some groceries at Target. I was about to go in and got this urge to cook a few freezer meals I made when I was pregnant with Charlotte [now 2 1/2] so we grabbed the ingredients for those as well as the basics. The next text to my husband was a little different — going from complete exhaustion to a photo of all the food I had cooked was kind of surprising to him!

So I thought I’d link to some of my favorite freezer meals and some tips I’ve picked up along the way. I’m a HUGE fan of freezer cooking. I know space can be an issue for a lot of people and I have a few tips to save space but not many, just a heads up!

  • Today I made these chicken enchiladas. They are so good! I just freeze the sauce separately and since we aren’t huge fans of leftovers, I always split recipes in half and either cook half for dinner and freeze half or just freeze both halves.
  • Breakfast items are a must when you have littles to take care of on top of a newborn. Not that cereal every day won’t work. Cereal works and we’ve done that too but every once in a while it’s nice to pull something out of the freezer and feel like a rockstar mom! I make these banana muffins and add chocolate chips. I also always double or triple waffles + pancakes anytime I make them and freeze the extras. With muffins, I fill the liners with batter and stick them in the freezer. Once they’re set, I take them out and put them in a gallon size bag. Then you can either take out and thaw the morning you want to cook them or you can just add a couple of minutes to the cook time! Fresh muffins! Freezing cooked muffins works really well too though and with a newborn, it’s nice to have some stuff that you don’t have to do anything to!
  • Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti is definitely a go to of mine! One tip I always do is I, once again, split the recipe in half but the nice thing about casseroles is you can put them in a gallon sized ziploc, lay flat in a pan and stick in the freezer. Takes up minimal space and you can stack meals on top of meals! It’s great.
  • This white chicken chili was a huge hit for our family and I snagged some of these from amazon for storage. They’re super nice and I also use them for homemade spaghetti sauce. Make sure not to fill ALL the way to the top since liquids expand a little when frozen.
  • Chicken rolls are always my go to for freezer meals! It reminds me of home and they are just so good. Freeze on a pan just before cooking then stack them in a gallon size freezer bag. Easy peasy!
  • You can also freeze crock pot recipes all in one gallon size freezer bag. Pinterest has lots of great ideas!
  • And last but not least…TREAT YOSELF with some frozen cookie dough that you can just take out and cook! Chocolate chip cookies are always a go to but you can freeze any kind!

I hope this helps some of you get started on freezer cooking! I know it’s not for everyone but on hard days where I’m about to ask my husband to pick up take out, it’s nice to get a win and be able to pull out a wholesome meal for your family! Please leave any freezer meal recipes/links in the comments, I’m always looking to expand my list!

-LWPH

wanderer product review

Wow, so coming up with titles for blog posts is REALLY hard! As you can see, I took the more literal route. Full time bloggers, I bow down to you and your endless creativity!

I’m so excited and honored that one of my absolute favorite fabric designers asked me to be her last some on the Wanderer Fabric Tour! I love sneak peeks of products coming so I’m going to share a few things to come with the shop! First up is a new crib sheet that will be coming sometime in March. The print going down the side of the mattress is a perfect addition to the print and doesn’t it just work perfectly for a crib sheet?!

Sweet Madison was the best model! She loved being wrapped up in this blanket, probably because it’s made out of the softest knit ever! You can stretch it crazy far and it still pops back into shape. I remember when I first started sewing, modern prints were just starting to get popular and now lines like Wanderer come out that just leave me so inspired to create pretty things for you + your babes. I definitely couldn’t do what I do without talented ladies like April!

I’ve been talking with Katy from Sweet Littles Handmade for so long about collaborating on a doll quilt. When we were both sent a little of Wanderer to play with, we knew exactly what print we’d be using to make the cutest doll/quilt combo. I was so excited I whipped it up that same night! Make sure to follow me on instagram because we might just be doing the cutest giveaway ever with some of my absolute favorites soon!

I’m so glad you guys have been loving my new everyday blankets as much as we do! My daughter literally sleeps with at least one every single night and they are SO warm and cozy! When I saw this print I knew it was screaming to be used on something large scale! It’s perfect used on an everyday blanket and will be amazing made into a crib sheet as well! Can’t wait to introduce these products to the shop!

I’ve copied and pasted links the other wonderful, talented men + women on the fabric tour so go check them out and be inspired!

Sunday Feb. 15 – Nicole Morgenthau – finchsewingstudio.com
Monday Feb. 16 – Holly Hughes – hollygetsquilty.com
Tuesday Feb. 17 – Shannon Cook – veryshannon.com
Wednesday Feb. 18 – Becca Bryan –  bryanhousequilts.com
Thursday Feb. 19 – Rochelle New – luckylucille.com
Friday Feb. 20 – Kate –  http://seekatesew.com
Saturday Feb. 21 – Amber – oneshabbychick.typepad.com
Sunday Feb. 22 – Caroline Hulse – sewcaroline.com
Monday Feb. 23 – John Adams – quiltdad.com
Tuesday Feb. 24 – Maureen Cracknell – maureencracknellhandmade
Wednesday Feb. 25 – Delia – deliacreates.com
Thursday Feb. 26 – Kelly – cutcutsew.com
Friday Feb. 27 – Christopher Thompson – thetattooedquilter.com
Saturday Feb. 28 – Jen – www.littlewifepowerhouse.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to follow April on instagram [@aprilarhodes] for a giveaway of the line!

-LWPH

new boppy love

so this is my first blog post officially as a shop owner. I blogged for years about my family but I’ve been pushing back blogging here for over a year! I felt like my first post had to be some earth shattering news but guess what?! It’s going to be about my new boppy covers and shop stress!

I had a crazy stressful day. I realized a couple of weeks ago when I was making some modern horizon everyday blanket preorders that I had completely run out of that print. That never happens! I always have ridiculous amounts of that print because it’s so popular! So I put my order in with my wholesale distributor and was told it would be here today along with some other fabric. I checked the UPS tracking more times than I care to admit and when my husband yelled that it had finally come in I ran out of my sewing room and ripped open the box only to find every print BUT the one I needed! I am supposed to be sending out these orders tomorrow to all of my wonderful customers who have waited patiently for these cozy blankets!

What can you do though? Sometimes these things happen and it’s not my fault and it’s not the distributor’s fault something happened at the facility which messed up the shipment. Really, it’s not that big of a deal. I sent out emails and the people I heard back from were so kind. In the grand scheme of things, it’s really not a big deal [I’ve probably told myself 100 times today]. I just super hate going past my promised ship date! I really never do and actually always try to ship out early!

Are you still with me? Ready to see some cute new boppy covers listed? Say hello to the avery, sketch, rose, and grey cats boppy covers!

Each boppy cover is machine washable + has a 20″ zipper for easy off and on. Anything with babies MUST be machine washable! With the right print, a boppy can totally blend in with your nursery decor! Just leave it on your rocker and it’ll be waiting for you in two hours when it’s nursing time again…

I’m grateful to have this space to share more details on my shop with you guys! Next I’ll do a little intro on how LWPH came about!

xx, LWPH

>Sallie’s Bridal Shower

>This is Sallie. She is the about-to-be-mrs-ferguson.


[isn’t she going to be the most beautiful bride ever?]

Sallie has SO many people that love her! There must have been 40 people there…wowza! They started with a game where they asked Garrett questions in advance and had Sallie guess what he answered. She got the first one right word for word and did pretty well after that! 😉 I think they might be meant to be! I’m so excited for [first] December 21st when Sallie goes through the temple for her first time and [second] December 28th when they get sealed together forever! Here is Sallie with my sweet H:


We had to skip out before presents because the Emperor’s patience was wearing thin and he needed a nap. It’s okay because they’re not getting our gift until they get married anyways because 1. Allan wants to be there when we give it to them and 2. I have to see Garrett’s face! Sallie got a Coke wrapped up 🙂 

S&G – do I win biggest fan yet?!

-Little Wife Power House

>frisco heritage museum

>I’m sure some of you are getting really bored with my gratitude posts so I’m going to make sure and still post fun things we do. Last week Holden & I went to the Frisco Heritage Museum with Lori and the boys. For those in the Frisco area with young children, it was actually pretty fun and really cheap – just $4! We got to see old cars:

{This was a car from 1916}

They had a retro-style living room which was so fun! I actually want one of these TV’s (with a HD screen :P) in my house!

{Holden is sitting up really well now-a-days!}


Holden and Ash got some “cousin time.” It’s funny because they look almost nothing alike! Asher & JR have tan skin and dark hair while Holden has very fair skin and red hair (both from me…hope he doesn’t resent me later :P). They love each other none the less!



They also had a train section, king cotton section, and a quilting section. Overall, it was a win! Older children (3+) would enjoy it more but Asher still had a great time.

-Little Wife Power House

P.S. I have a phone again! Happy day!! 


>the little girls

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I just had to write down this story because it was too funny. On Saturday Allan’s mom and the little girls (Carrie, 8, and Adelle, 6) popped on over. Allan’s mom was outside checking out our dying tree and the little girls were playing with Holden while he sat in his bouncer. I was cooking in the kitchen and looked in the den to check on them and I see Carrie bounce bounce bouncing Holden reeeally hard. I’m like, “ahhh, uh, let’s not do that!” So, I go over there to buckle Holden in for safe keeping and I hear Adelle say, “Good Carrie! Now you can bounce him hard again!!” LOL. Definitely had to stop those shenanigans. Those girls are hilarious.

P.S. I had to share this picture. I was going through them from when Holden was a itty bitty baby {5 days old}. He used to have a very extravagant waking up process. He would stretch, groan, wiggle, and make this face every time:



I’m so glad we caught it on camera. Enjoy!

-Little Wife Power House

>meet mr. food face

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I just ordered this and I think it’s a genius idea. I know Holden isn’t even two months old yet but I’ve always been one to plan ahead – way ahead :). Talk about a great way to make eating those “yucky” vegetables fun! Thanks NieNieDialogues for the great idea! Everyone check out her blog – it is amazing. I know Holden will have hours and hours of entertainment when he gets older! I can’t wait. 

Get hers here or his here 

-Little Wife Power House

>he loves his monkeys!

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It amazes me how quickly Holden will calm down when placed in his crib and having his mobile cranked up. It’s fun to sit there and watch him work to follow the monkeys round and round. I also can get a few minutes of “me” time. Granted, it’s constantly interrupted with me having to go in and wind it back up every minute or so. Why can’t they just make mobiles that run on batteries and have an automatic shut off like the swings? I’m sure I’m not the first mom to think that so I wonder what’s stopping them? They don’t want to make things too convenient for us!


Thank you, GiGi for getting Holden his monkey mobile!


-Little Wife Power House

>“Marriage is a relationship where one person is always right, and the other is a husband.” Saw this quote on someone’s facebook and it made me chuckle…


-Little Wife Power House :o) 

>first blog…

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(This was written and posted originally on August 24, 2010)

My blog was on tumblr.com but I wasn’t getting everything I wanted out of it so I moved here. I wanted people to be able to leave me comments! Tumblr.com is more of a “mini-blog” site. It’s great – just not exactly what I was looking for. So…here it goes! 

My sister, Lori, inspired me to start this..Allan (my husband) set my tumblr account up for a me over a month ago but having a newborn doesn’t leave you too much time to blog so I’m just now getting around to it! 
This is more for my benefit than anything. I’m hoping it will hold me accountable to jotting down Holden’s daily accomplishments. It’s really interesting, being a mom. Interesting, fun, challenging, rewarding, etc etc. His newest thing is smiling at me. It seems like a really small thing but the first time he smiled AT me (not just at the space surrounding my head) was amazing! It made me think…”He knows I’m his mom!” Whether that’s true or not…who knows…but it sure made me feel good! 
With all of the amazing things Holden does every day there’s also the…less amazing things 🙂 For example, let’s go back to two days ago. 7:00 AM comes around and Holden is a hungry boy. So I respond accordingly. While nursing him, he does a major poop! Moms out there – you’ll understand my first response – “Go Holden!!” Then I felt it…running down my stomach, then leg…YUCK! Oh man, decontamination began! I quickly yell at Allan to grab the little guy so I can jump in the shower and scald my body with hot water/soap/bleach (JK on the bleach part). “No one ever said being a mom is a glamorous job.” Ain’t that the truth.
Well guys, motherhood is calling my name (aka Holden is crying) so I gotta jet. Talk soon!