Armani Dress Giveaway!

Red Shoes/Black Armani Dress

I am excited to announce that I’m giving away this black Armani dress! It fits like an absolute glove, and I’m sort of obsessed with it. We have one in every size (never fear!) and I’m so excited for you to be as crazy with it as I am.

To participate:

  1. Follow @dolcedesignerdiscounts on instagram
  2. Follow @jasperandarchie on instagram
  3. Follow @kezzieandco on instagram
  4. Tag a friend in the comments

(one friend = one entry, so tag as many as you like!)

A little about Dolce Designer Discounts: It’s owned and operated by my mum actually! She specializes in finding hand curated designer pieces, and selling them for a fraction of the original price. They are currently revamping their website, but still have their eBay store open.

 

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11 Parenting Hacks

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  1. Buy Quaker Rice Cakes instead of shelling out for baby snacks.
  2. Put a little bit of organic apple juice in their water, to get them to drink more fluids.
  3. Purchase produce in bulk, then blend & freeze it in lots of small containers to save money on baby food.
  4. Buy reusable baby food pouches, so your babies can feed themselves, instead of spoon feeding.
  5. Bathe kids in the paddling pool outside. Since it’s a fun activity, you kill two birds with one stone. Plus, you can make it really shallow for the babies.
  6. Instead of using bibs when feeding the babies, strip them down to their diapers. (Or better yet- if it’s hot, never put clothes on them in the first place!)
  7. If your little one is battling a cold or ear infection, turn on the humidifier and elevate one side of their cribs (it drains the fluid).
  8. Buy a pumping bra. trust me. Being hands-free is the best thing ever.
  9. When you’re out and about, bring a heavy blanket, and use it to prop up the bottle in the carseat. (I’ve been doing this one for ages!)
  10. Use coconut oil for diaper rashes, stretch marks, hair, moisturizer, and much more.
  11. If babies are being fussy, stick one in a bumbo, open the front door, and turn the sprinklers on. They will be fascinated by the water!
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Must-haves for twins (and very busy mums!)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from raising twin babies, it’s how time consuming it is. Everything is double: Double the diapers, the baths, the feeding, the bottles, the spitting up, the carseats, etc.

Because of this, I’ve found what really works for me, and ditched what doesn’t. I wish I would have learned this all earlier, hence why I’m helping YOU out!

Without further ado, here’s a list of my favorite things:

  1. Ergobaby carrier x2

Ditch the solly, you won’t have enough time to wind/unwind it when the other twin is crying and you need to switch out the current baby you’re wearing.

2. Fisher Price Bouncer

Yes, I know it’s expensive… but my boys are obsessed with it, and yours will be too.

3. Simple, bright, contrast baby books

Babies don’t care about beautifully illustrated books. They care if the color catches their eye. Keep it to one sentence per page, since they lose interest pretty quickly at such a young age.

4. Fruit teethers x2


Perfect for fussy, teething babies, long walks, or as a distraction.

5. Fisher Price seat

Since my boys were held less than most babies (as is the case with most twins), they developed flat backs of their heads. This was really great for keeping their heads off the ground. Don’t bother with the head cushions- my boys rolled right off of them.
6. NutriBullet

Save money on prepackaged baby food, and make your own.

7. Little Green Pouch

I try to not spoon feed since it’s very tedious and I want to teach my boys to be independent. They have been able to feed themselves with these reusable pouches since they were 6 months old. I blend up produce, put it in these, and either freeze or give it straight to them.

8. Baby mum mums

Again, a huge distraction for them. Although they’re obviously not nutritionally amazing, my boys devour them.

9. Gerber baby pouches

These are amazing for on the go! I try to get the boys the savory kind, so they don’t expect sugar in every meal.

10. Avent bottles

While Dr Brown’s bottles supposedly help with colic, I don’t like all of the inserts you have to wash. Avent are definitely my go-to bottle.

11. Snap & Go frame stroller

We still drive a compact car, and this is one of the only double strollers that fits in the trunk. It’s also very lightweight and easy for me to lift by myself.

11. Baby Gate

Most of my friends with one child don’t feel the need to have a baby gate. But for the mamas out there with more than one, this gate will be your best investment yet. Ty & I nicknamed it “the corral” and after much research, this is definitely the best of its kind!

I hope you all find this useful! As always, comment on my Instagram and let me know if you have any other questions on parenting hacks or products I use.

 

 

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Game Day Outfit

Shoes / Leggings

I’m wearing this outfit to the Utah vs. San Jose football game. Ty and I are pumped! The leggings are the “live in” Zella leggings from Nordstrom. I literally bought eight pairs during the #nsale and boy, do I live in them… every.single.day. The shoes are obviously Nikes, and worth every penny in my opinion. They are perfect for running errands with twin babies!

If you know me well, you know I’m all about function over fashion, and this simple, comfy outfit hits the mark.

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Baby Birds

I used to call Jasper “baby bird” when he was first born. He weighed 5lbs5oz at birth, but after his NICU stint, quickly dropped to 4 and 1/2lbs. I remember watching his dainty little body on that bed, all covered in wires, and being so afraid to touch him. Every time I picked him up with my big, clumsy hands, I felt like he’d break. But he didn’t. He’s a fighter. And while Archie is the opposite of a baby bird (sturdy, chubby) he sure knows how to rock the shirt too.

Outfit details:

Shirts: www.mintedmethodshop.com

Cactus: www.chromecactus.co

Bloomers, blanket, & moccs :

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Summertime and the livin’s easy

Californian weather and stretching cherry wood porches make for perfect baby playgrounds. I’ve thrown an old white duvet out there, and the boys and I read books and play with toys in the shade every day. How I want to bottle up all these memories and never forget them.

My recent obsession is knit bonnets. Praise Amazon! They have everything I could ever want/need.

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Tahoe

      

In regards to my swimsuit choices… my friend actually gave me the floral monokini since she wasn’t a fan of the way it looked on her. Well I fell in LOVE with it, and looked it up online… you GUYS! It’s only $10! Here are some of my other favs too.

Aaaaaand the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Links to the inflatable unicorn, flamingo, and swan! Enjoy, loves!

Let me know if you guys ever have outfit or product questions, and I’ll post them on the blog! Xx.

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Jasper & Archie’s first pony ride

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Sunny is the SWEETEST, mildest-mannered horse out there. He belongs to Ty’s Dad. Ty and I both have such a deep love and respect for animals, and we really want to emphasize that to our boys from a young age. As you can tell, horses were a big hit with them!

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Lands End

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My brother and father were in town for a few days, so we thought we’d go on a hike to Land’s End in San Francisco. I’ve had so many friends rave about this hike, that I just had to see it for myself. It did not disappoint! The Sutro Baths branch off of the main trail, and are quite breathtaking also. Definitely a must-see if you are new to the San Francisco/Bay Area.

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Tips for traveling with babies

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…Without further ado, here is the list!

Tips for traveling with babies:

  1. Try to get TSA pre-check (so they don’t have to raid your diaper bag).
  2. Make sure ALL fluids are in separate Ziploc bag.
  3. When taking off and landing, have baby suck on bottle/binky/thumb to relieve pressure on ears.
  4. PACK LESS CLOTHES. Trust me. You can usually find a washer & dryer at destination.
  5. Check stroller, car seat, and pack n play (it’s FREE).
  6. Use ergos (they don’t make you take them off at security).
  7. Bring snacks! (those little meltable bites work wonders for distractions).
  8. When all else fails, download the fisher Price animal game onto your iPhone.
  9. Have bottles of milk & outfits ready to go the night before.
  10. Bring small cardigans and keep in diaper bags.
  11. Bring LOTS of wipes and enough diapers.
  12. Request sitting next to spouse (or in adjacent rows if you have two babies).
  13. Request seats with a lot of legroom.
  14. Fly DELTA! They are the best by far!
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