The Birth Story of Charlie Adam Lloyd

First of all, I want to give credit to my wonderful sister, Hayley, for photographing Charlie’s birth. It was no easy task in our cramped, tight and very dark little room, but it means the world to me to have Charlie’s birth documented, both in photos and videos. Working in such a dark room is nearly impossible for photography, but the twins were born under fluorescent lights and I was SO grateful for the dim calm this time! She also photographed the twins birth, (as much of it as she was permitted to at the hospital!) and I am eternally grateful for her love and labors at both events. She even hung in there when it got super gnarly, bless her brave heart.

I will admit to feeling quite vulnerable in sharing all of this, but, being able to read other’s birth stories and see their photos and videos gave me such strength before both of my births, and I am sharing our story in the hope that I can do that for someone else.

Watch Charlie’s birth story video here, and scroll down to read it <3

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Easiest DIY Toddler Bunk Bed (no sawing or additional tools required!)

Allow me to preface this with the statement that I am not an architect, nor am I a DIY expert, just a mom on a mission, so please feel free to ask for clarification on construction for this bed! 🙂

Ever since the twins were born, we’ve been a cosleeping family, and loved it. Many things contributed to that decision, not in the least of all which was space. (When you have one bedroom you do what you gotta do!) When our queen bed got too small we purchased a twin bed off of Amazon and sidled it up next to the queen mattress to make one bigger bed. When we found out we were pregnant with Charlie, I started making plans to transition them into their own beds as part of our home renovation. Well, the renovation took longer than expected (don’t they all) and suddenly Charlie was here and the only progress I had made was to remove the extra twin mattress and in its place put some toddler mattresses on our bedroom floor, so essentially we were all in the same bed still, it was just a LOT smaller!

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Hiking Updates-Log 1

Hello! Welcome to our first official Lloyd Family Hiking Update! I want to share this journey both so we remember ourselves and so that we can also hopefully inspire and help others as we have a LOT to learn about being a hiking family of 5! I hope you join us and follow along, this will be our biggest adventure yet as a family! Follow us on Instagram here, Facebook here! Now, to check out what we learned on our first four hikes as a family of five, (including all the pics!) keep reading!

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So Yarn Cozy-beautiful crochet shop!

I am ever so excited today to introduce you to So Yarn Cozy, a beautiful crochet shop owned by Kelly, the loveliest mama of three gorgeous girls! (Not to mention, how cute is the name So Yarn Cozy!!! <3 )

Kelly is a truly talented mama who uses Etsy to enjoy her hobby as a small business, and I am ever so glad she does! She makes absolutely lovely and truly high quality crocheted items, and is she ever fast as well! I found her when I was hunting for bonnets for my three little ones, and I am just ever so honored to be able to collaborate with her!

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Best Nursing Cover-The Infineni by Nenikanopi!

I first met LindyJo Larnard, a mama to three beautiful children, wife, and the creator and founder of Nenikanopi, through her Nenikanopi Insta account and was immediately struck not only by her incredibly sweet personality but her truly genuine nature. Her kindness and loving spirit is what led me to check out her company in the first place, and I was also equally struck with her incredible product and her beautiful passion for supporting and helping mamas.

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Staying on Time as a Parent with JORD!

**Attention! Giveaway included in this post for $100 towards your choice of a new JORD watch plus all entries will receive exclusive holiday discounts!**

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How We Potty Trained Pain Free

**as always, my parenting posts are simply my sharing what has worked for my family in the hopes that it can help yours. I am not a parenting expert by any means, I am simply learning as I go (as aren’t we all!)**

So first of all, I’ll admit straight up, the concept of potty training terrified me from the beginning. It just seemed, so, HARD! And stressful! And messy! And nebulous! For me and my littles! But I felt like there had to be a better way, and what I would like to propose in this post is, I believe there is. I took a rather non-conventional potty training approach with my little ones and it worked absolutely beautifully for us. It wasn’t hard, it wasn’t messy, it was so, NATURAL. And honestly, it wasn’t training. I just let them take the lead and they did it themselves. And, dare I say, it was so EASY. It really was. It was so so easy. When my son was barely over a year old, he suddenly started refusing to poop. It was seriously stressful and traumatizing for both of us. On a whim, I got a little potty hoping that perhaps the only issue was he didn’t want to mess his diaper. Lo and behold, he pooped on the potty that day and we never had another issue (or another single poopy diaper from him!).

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Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest Organizer Set-Modern by Designs

Bathtime is a crucial part of our evening routine. My children are definitely creatures of habit, and thrive off structure, so bathtime every night is pretty set in our schedule. (Not to mention, they play hard and it’s quite necessary!😉) When I was contacted by Modern by Designs to review their Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest Organizer, I was pretty excited. We have a hard tile bathroom floor and it’s not overly kind to knees (especially pregnant knees!).

(Also, keep reading because I have a limited number of 25% off discount codes to hand out!)

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Snacktime with Oogie’s Popcorn!

First of all I have a confession: my family and I have been Oogie’s popcorn fans for yearsssss. So, when I got the chance to collab with them I totally took it! And I mean, there are quite a few reasons (besides how undeniably delicious it is) that Oogie’s popcorn has a place in my heart. Created by a musician, and made in the mountains of Colorado, non-GMO, gluten-free and truly packed with flavor, it really is a fantastic product. I love that I don’t have to feel guilty when my kiddos snarf down an entire bowl (which trust me, getting these pics was challenging because I had to shoot fast before they’d eaten it all!). And have you ever popped open a nice fresh bag of delicious looking popcorn, expecting zing and dazzle, and it’s, bland? That absolutely will not happen with Oogie‘s. They truly pack these bags with flavor. Best popcorn ever!

 

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Christmas Time with Lena’s Yard!

**as you know if you’ve seen my previous post about Lena’s Yard, I fell head over heels in love with the quality of her work and the style and fit of her clothing. She ever so graciously gifted me these beautiful outfits I am featuring today, and I am just as in love with them as I was the ones I bought from her first!**

I will admit to LOVING dressing my babies. As my mama once said, it’s like having actual real life living dolls! Dolls that are picky and hard on their clothing though ha! 😉 The holidays are an especially exciting time to get them dressed, and I can NOT wait to take my little ones in their new rompers to our holiday events! Keep reading to see our latest gorgeous pieces from Lena’s Yard!

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