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Our Simple Coffee Bar

Check out our Simple Coffee Bar I have been working on! Our house has been a work in progress the last year. We are coming up on one year of moving in and finally I am starting to love how it's turning out. We are really trying to downsize and live a simpler lifestyle, and coming from an entire life of borderline hoarding, it has been quite the challenge.

I have started putting together our simple coffee bar and as you can see, this is the first stage of it. I am still trying to figure out what to put on the top shelf and in the cabinet. Although, right now, it's bare because we have sneaky little fingers that like to rip things off shelves.

So this Ninja coffee bar machine has been amazing. I'm still trying to figure out the perfect recipe for my beloved White Chocolate Mocha addiction, but I get closer and closer every day! Stay tuned for more photos on our home transformation!

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I'd love to hear some suggestions on possible decor for this coffee bar! Share some design wisdom in the comments!

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

 

Happy Mothers Day to all of you Messy Haired Moms out there!

 

Today is your day and celebrate as you wish! Do a little dance, eat some breakfast, lunch and dinner in bed, and soak up every ounce of love and snuggles you can from your littles! We spent the day shopping and dining yesterday so we can dedicate today to some family relaxation! Also, Please excuse our messy living room, after all, It’s Mothers Day!

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Babywearing in Cool Places | Ergo Baby Carriers

To be completely honest, becoming a mom of two terrified me. I remember wondering if I was ever going to be able to leave the house by myself with the kids. I honestly think I’ve survived it thus far with the help of my one particular baby gear essential. When it comes to any type of outing, you better believe I am wearing my sweet little girl in my Ergo baby carrier. It has been a lifesaver the past six months and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it.
Some of you may know, my son can be a total handful. He’s one of those toddlers that we’d categorize as a “runner.” Literally, the boy can’t be trusted. In the past few months, I have done a lot of traveling solo with the kids, and I can thank my Ergo for being able to have both of my children still around.
The carriers that I have are the Original Ergo in Black and my new one, the Ergo Natural Linen Baby Carrier. I received it as a gift right after having my daughter in late April, and the light linen color was just perfect for the summer time with its naturally cooling and breathable fiber. Since my daughter was born and to this day, she throws a fit when put down. That said, my Ergo has become almost like a second skin. Even when she is out of the Ergo, I still find myself wearing it around the house.

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I wore my little one in some cool places this past summer. During our travels, I wore her through flight cancellations, long airport wait times, hiking the White mountains of New Hampshire, a funeral, beach trips, festivals, food truck rodeo’s, amusement parks – you name it, I wore it. It all was made possible by being able to comfortably wear my baby while simultaneously (and frantically) chasing my toddler around.
I’m not sure how familiar some of you are with Raleigh, North Carolina, but there are two things we love in this city. Chopped BBQ and Beer. It was a long nine months after first moving to Raleigh and watching my husband try all these crazy sounding beers. I never was a beer drinker until all of a sudden I started craving it during my pregnancy (don’t worry, I waited until she was out to try some!). One of my favorite and somewhat odd places to wear our baby girl is the local brewery. I know what some of you may be thinking: What kind of mother brings her baby to a brewery?! This Mama! 🙂
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It all started when I was having a date night with my husband. We wanted to try a local brewery out, but had a hard time finding a babysitter after our recent move to the area. Finally, after a year of wanting just a sip of this delicious craft beer my husband was raving about, our time had come and we headed straight for the brewery. It wasn’t until the end of the night when I went to the restroom and was baffled that they had a baby changing station in there. I immediately headed for the bartender and asked about it. Apparently this and many other breweries around the city are kid-friendly and even encourage bringing the whole fam! After that, we started to make a couple of family trips a month, checking out different local breweries and treating our little ones to a great atmosphere, yummy food, and two happy parents who get to taste test some of the yummiest craft beer in the country. That’s a parenting win if I’ve ever seen one! You would be totally surprised at all of the kids and babies there are tagging along with their parents. I had no idea, but I’ve been enlightened!
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Being able to wear my little one at the brewery makes the experience that much more enjoyable. She loves watching all of the people around us all while feeling the warmth and comfort of Mom. HANDS FREE! I’ve tried a few baby carriers and have gotten tons of back pain from other brands. The Ergo has such great back support, and keeps both myself and baby comfortable the entire time. Neither my husband nor I am the partying type, so if we are going out, we usually like to have our children with us. It’s so nice not to have to lug around a big bulky stroller everywhere we go. The Ergo carrier that I have has a zip-up pocket in the front which can carry quite a bit comfortably. Not only does it eliminate the stroller, but also keeps me from having to bring our big baby bag along with us. Usually, you can find my phone, keys, wallet, a few diapers, pacifiers, etc. in the front pocket of my Ergo. Another feature that makes it really convenient is the hood that can shield your little one from rain or the sun. It’s the perfect set up for a family outing no matter where we decide to go.
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So next time you are passing a brewery with your kids and wishing you could check it out, stop on in and see if it’s family friendly. Oh, and if you have little ones, don’t forget your Ergo!

This post is sponsored by Ergo in partnership with BabyCenter.

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The Perfect Gift For Dad | JORD Wooden Watch & Giveaway!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN $75 TOWARDS A JORD WATCH

(All entries will receive a $20 E-Gift Card to JORD Watches)

When starting a family, you and your spouse are bound to have the conversation on who's going to stay home and raise your little ones; or what options you have for childcare. If you're lucky, you will have family nearby that can help; however thats not always the case. In our case, we recently moved to North Carolina, where we have no family around.

Since having our first, we have decided that it is more cost effective for me to stay at home with our children. It has been such a rewarding experience to be able to spend each day with my babies, but there are some aspects that make it really hard. Before my husband and I started both of our own businesses this past year, we have decided to forego gifts for each other and put our extra funds towards our growing businesses. This is so tough for me because I pride myself on my gift giving skills. I truly enjoy splurging on the perfect gift for my loved ones. After having our children, my Mama bear budgeting instincts went into full effect; splurging on ourselves isn't even in our vocabulary these days.

That's why I was absolutely ecstatic when JORD Watches contacted me to see if I would like to collaborate with them on one of their gorgeous wooden timepieces. When I first took a look at these watches, I was instantly blown away with the quality. I have never seen a wooden watch before, but I knew it was right up my ally. JORD focuses on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. These watches truly are pieces of art. JORD values sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. After all of the stress of starting his business this past year, I knew this was a product I would love to gift to my husband; and it would be something he truly loved.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN $75 TOWARDS A JORD WATCH

(All entries will receive a $20 E-Gift Card to JORD Watches)

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The best part about this was definitely the way his face lit up when I told him to come on over and pick out a watch for himself. He looked like a little kid on Christmas morning. (I told you this was a rare occasion!) It has really made me realize how important it is to treat ourselves. The watch that he chose was the Dark Sandalwood and Smoke from the Frankie Series. (I was totally hoping he picked that one as it was my favorite too!) It is the perfect fit for him; who has a very minimalist type of style. Within two days of choosing a watch, it showed up on our doorstep. I was so surprised with how fast the shipping was and when I told my husband his new watch had come in, he even commented on how he had JUST picked it out.

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The moment of truth! As soon as he opened the package, I wanted to jump in and grab the box from him. The watches come in a beautiful carved wooden box; you can really see the pride JORD takes in the quality of not only their watches, but the way they package them. As soon as we opened the box, you could smell the fresh sandalwood. He tried it on; which was sized perfectly thanks to JORD's easy measuring print out that they provide you when ordering their watches. The first thing we both noticed was how lightweight it was. My husband is all about comfort; so this was a home run. We were so thrilled to see the rose gold color trim around the inside of the watch that we had not noticed when ordering. (Both my husband and I have rose gold wedding rings, so it was the perfect fit!)

When we first saw the watch, it looked a bit darker than we had thought it was going to be; so we looked on the site and saw that JORD uses various species of sandalwood, each chosen for their unique and varying color tones. The tone of the wood gives you an idea of where the sandalwood came from. Ours is very dark (almost black in color) so we found out that the wood originated in East Africa (Mozambique).This shows how unique each of their watches are.

You can see the true craftsmanship that goes into these beautiful timepieces. In my opinion, it is the perfect gift for active dads; whether they are running around outdoors with the kids, meeting with clients for lunch, hanging around the house in sweat pants, or going on a special date night. This watch goes with all occasions. We both love the fact that it can go with any outfit. Now all we have to do is get me one!

Luckily for all of my Messy Haired Moms, you can enter my exclusive contest to win $75 towards one of JORD's gorgeous watches. (Which are already super affordable!) The best part is that EVERYONE who enters will receive $20 (excluding the winner) towards your own JORD watch. Whether you're starting to think about the holidays (yes I realize it's not even Halloween yet; but they creep up on us busy moms) or you're looking to treat yo self, I know you will love the quality and craftsmanship of JORD's watches as much as we have.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN $75 TOWARDS A JORD WATCH

(All entries will receive a $20 E-Gift Card to JORD Watches)

The contest will close 11/20 at 11:59pm. Both the $75 and the $20 codes will expire on 2/28/2017

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This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

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My Favorite Placemats and Bowls

Hey Guys! So a little while back, I discovered these awesome placemats and bowls for kids. They are made by EZ PZ (you may recognize them from the show Shark Tank) and since purchasing them, our old plastic kids plates and bowls have been in the back of our cabinets collecting dust. These are completely microwavable, dishwasher safe, and they suction to the table! (TAKE THAT BOWL DUMPING TODDLER!) After purchasing the original large size, I immediately went to amazon to find the other sizes that they offered. They have bowls, full size placemats, and smaller trays (perfect for babies because they fit perfectly on the highchair trays.) My son is one of those kids that has to have every piece of food separated in its own little spot, so he loves these just as much as I do.

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Of course my little man had to flash me the most heartwrenching smile all while saying "cheeeeese"; distracting me from taking photos. He loves modeling for Mama, especially if it involves Mac & Cheese.

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THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST BY EZ PZ PRODUCTS.

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This post includes affiliate links from Amazon. Messy Haired Mom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

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Hi Kids Co.

Hi Kids Co. is a print shop based in Dallas, TX providing art prints for kid's rooms, nurseries, and now offering children's T-shirts. All prints are printed in-house using acid-free, lignin-free fine art papers & archival ink. Hi Kids Co. have a very simple, yet playful style perfect for any kids room. We are in the process of styling Cal's big boy room ( I know, I can't believe how fast it goes!) and we found the perfect print. Not only does Cal LOVE dogs, he's also obsessed with super hero's. DOG SUPER HERO FOR THE WIN! Cal picked out the ice cream t-shirt, the only problem is he won't stop asking for ice cream whenever he wears it. Which if it were up to him would be every day. Another thing that I love about this company is that they are super affordable AND offer free shipping. (on orders over $35) I'm really excited to have found Hi Kids Co.

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Fresh Wave | All Natural Odor Remover

It’s always exciting for me when I find a product that is not only made with natural ingredients, but is actually safe to be around my children. Although they have never been super sensitive to any type of detergents or chemicals, it’s important for me to reduce any type of interaction I can on their contact with toxic chemicals. Even if it’s in the smallest amount. One product we have completely stopped using since having kids is Febreeze. Although it is oh so nice to walk into a room and get a wiff of the fresh Alps mountainside in mid spring, it makes me entirely uncomfortable just thinking about the amount of chemicals that goes into air freshening products like these; which will have direct contact with my babies skin as they crawl all over my rugs and couches. It’s funny how you become so aware and mores paranoid of these things when you become a parent! If you would like to see the full list of UNDISCLOSED ingredients in Febreeze, this is a great source. Caution: It may be very eye opening for you if your love Febreeze products.

Introducing Fresh Wave!

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If you aren't familiar, Fresh Wave odor eliminators use the power of nature to actually remove odors.  No harsh chemicals. No harmful ingredients.  No masking fragrances.  Just water and natural extracts of lime, pine needle, aniseed, clove and cedarwood — to get rid of organic and inorganic odors. Basically, Fresh Wave products are environmentally friendly, and most importantly non-toxic.  When Fresh Wave first contacted me to try their products, I was instantly excited. Finally a odor eliminating product I can trust around my babies! But you always have that doubt in the back of your brain when trying a new "All Natural" product. The question is, Will it actually work? 

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Over the last month, I have been using Fresh Wave as much as possible. I really wanted to test out and get to know how well it actually works before writing a review about it. I have definitely fallen into the trap of reading a sponsored post about a product only to find it a disappointment. That always leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. How could someone say something was - oh so great - when the product actually kinda sucked!? So for a little over a month, I have been using Fresh Wave in every way that I possibly could. And here is the honest truth.

I actually really really like Fresh Wave Products.

In my sample package, I received a bottle of the Odor Removing Spray, Odor Removing Gel, Odor Removing Packs, and the Odor Removing Laundry Booster. The two products that have been the most effective for me have been the Odor Removing Gel, and the Laundry Booster; although all of them have been revolutionary in our home.

Lets face it Messy Haired Moms, your babies are cute, but they stink like hell sometimes! We just started feeding our little one solids, and things have really changed in the diaper department. As some of you may know, we are a cloth diapering family and this change can be much more of a transition than if we were using disposables. I have definitely been having a lot of second thoughts about this whole cloth diapering thing lately. The Fresh Wave Odor Removing Laundry Booster has been a godsend. Sometimes it's tough to get those stinks out, but since using Fresh Wave, our little peanuts diapers have been coming out of the wash odor free. It's been truly helpful in our wash routine.

Aside from cloth diapers, sometimes you need a little booster in your laundry if you have something that was a little mildew-y smelling. (Yes I just made up the word mildew-y.)  The best part about Fresh Wave products, is that it doesn't mask the smell. It truly eliminates them.

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Next, I tried the Odor Removing Gel and Travel Gel Packs. These are awesome. Literally, I am constantly moving them around the house if I smell something icky. The travel ones are great for the car, but I have found them THE MOST effective in our cloth diaper pail. It has been revolutionary.

Next comes the Odor Removing Spray. So our living room rug has taken a bit of a beating in the last 3 years since my son was born. Although it's a great rug, it's gone through pets, spilt milk, and god knows what else. About every 2 months, we really give it a good wash outside. Of course the night we had washed it and left it out to dry, it ended up raining and sitting there wet for a day or so. Long story short, the rug ended up smelling terrible. I gave my husband a capful of Fresh Wave, along with some other soaps and cleaning products and it really helped. But after it was dry, it still had a slight odor. In came the Fresh Wave Spray. It sprayed and sprayed and sprayed away. Odors Gone. BOOM. Mind Blown. I literally was talking with my husband about just getting a new rug and tossing it. We were really close. Now it's good as new, except for my son spilling chocolate milk on it as we speak.

HONEY, WHERE'S THE FRESH WAVE?

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In all, we have really loved all of the Fresh Wave products we have tried. It's really refreshing - no pun intended - when I find a product that I actually like and that WORKS that is made with all natural ingredients. Fresh Wave also offers vacuum beads, PET SHAMPOO, and candles. All three products I definitely will be testing out. Oh and by the way, Fresh Wave Products are available at Target. You're Welcome 😉

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fresh Wave Odor Eliminators. All opinions of the product are on behalf of Messy Haired Mom.

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Sweet C’s Designs

Hey guys! It’s that time again. My favorite day of the week Friday! This week we have an awesome blogger named Courtney. Her blog is called Sweet C’s Designs, and boy you guys are in for a treat! I think she may be my new favorite blogger. Her recipes and projects are all so unique and creative; not to mention her blog is absolutely beautiful! In Sweet C’s Designs, you can find everything from yummy recipes, to holiday decor, to fun crafts to do with your family! There is so much to look at and learn from on her site and I am so excited to be able to share it with you!

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Top Makeup Picks for Moms

So when you spend so much time being a Messy Haired Mom, you will notice (in most cases) that you’re not wearing as much makeup as you were before children. Before becoming a mother, I used top of the line makeup and loved my bare minerals. Now that I have the added expenses of having and caring for children and a family, I almost feel guilty when it comes to spending money on myself. Especially on something like makeup. At one point, I just stopped wearing makeup in general because I couldn’t get myself to spend the money on myself. (crazy how things change!) But as a mother, you need to treat yourself sometimes. Luckily, you can treat yourself without breaking the bank! I found a new brand of makeup that I absolutely LOVE. I will never pay such a high price at Sephora again now that I’ve found this brand.

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Making Life Sweet

I am so excited to share with you all our Feature Friday #5 Blogger! Meet Lauren from Making Life Sweet! I found Lauren through the Shine Blog Hop and with Thanksgiving around the corner, it was a no brainer when I saw her 10 Must Have Thanksgiving Side Dishes post. It was so much fun going through her blog and discovering her unique recipes (many containing my favorite fall ingredient: pumpkin!) It was so hard to choose my favorites but here they are!