Blog Hobnob Linkup ~ October

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We are back with the October edition of the Hobnob Linkup! Made in a Day‘s former Blog Hop Social has been renamed the Blog Hobnob, and it is a great chance to find other blogs out there and meet new bloggy friends. Come and join us, why don’t you? I have found and connected to some amazing blogger through this hop!

This Blog Hop is a Meet & Greet where you can connect and network with other bloggers in various genres! Link up below and check out other blogs, follow them on social media and leave a nice comment! Super easy to make new friends!

This is a monthly Link Up. It will start on the first day of the month and will stay open until the last day of the month. So stop back by and check out who’s new each week!

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10 Months Old!

Please forgive us for being a little over a week late on their 10 month update. It’s been a little… well… crazy here!


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Things We Love About Audrey

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  • Her favorite sound: “Tffftttffff…”
  • The way she pulls to standing on everything, then cruises around while holding on.
  • The way that she loves climbing and rolling on pillows.
  • How we never know if she is going to spit all of her food out or keep eating.
  • Her cuddliness when she is cutting a tooth.
  • How, the first thing she does every morning, is to take all the books off of the shelf for David.

Things We Love About David

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  • His huge laughs.
  • The way he keeps asking to say the “Hoki Hoki Hi” cheer by clapping our hands together.
  • His big, sloppy kisses.
  • The way that he instigates play with a smile on his face and a raised eyebrow.
  • How he will read books all morning long.
  • The way he loves to push the pop-pop truck around the playroom.

 

Here are some pictures from when they were 9 months old:

It’s a Boy (in a Family of Girls)! Kit

It's a Boy (in a family of girls) Kit (1)

Last year, we had some family friends announce that their daughter was going to have a baby boy just a few months after the twins were born. How exciting! What was even better was that this woman has 3 daughters… so this is the first boy in a whole family of girls.

The Doyle family joked about putting together a kit for them of all the things that they would need for raising a boy, since they didn’t have any experience. While the kit never materialized, here is the list of things we thought of:

  • Legos
  • building blocks
  • a pocket knife
  • nunchucks
  • a sword
  • a Whoopie Cushion
  • a bag of dirt and a water bottle (to make mud)
  • a Dixie cup (for diaper changes)
  • a cap gun
  • Band-Aids and Neosporin

By the way, we know that not all of those would be for babies… some he would need to grow into. Still, what would you add to this kit?

Review: Kidecals

Disclaimer: I received the following items in exchange for my review. All of my opinions are 100% my own.

With it being the back-to-school season, it is also the start of  ”I can’t find my (fill in the blank)!” and “Where are my (fill in the blank)?” Although Audrey and David are too young to do this, we certainly aren’t immune to leaving or misplacing things, especially when we are out and about (all of the Doyle family has the tendency to spread out our possessions upon reaching our destination). When I was contacted by Kidecals about reviewing their products, I was thrilled to try out their website and personalized decals.

We ordered four different products from them: personalized decals for David and Audrey, labels for gifts, and decoration for my laptop keys (“keycals“). I will admit that we had a hard time figuring out exactly what to order, because they have such adorable products on their website!

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As we were working on designing and personalizing the labels, there were a couple of bugs with the personalization software, especially when I wanted to change the amount of labels to order. I found that I needed to select the size and quantity first before personalizing. Besides this bug, however, it was great to be able to see what we would purchase before finalizing the order.

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The labels arrived incredibly quickly in the mail, and I was thrilled with the quality. They are nice and thick with a really strong adhesive backing. These labels aren’t going anywhere! I love that I can seemingly use them for clothing, sippy cups, or toys, and they won’t budge. I haven’t tried them on clothing yet, but they are advertised as being able to go anywhere. Honestly, if you see how sticky these are, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do well.

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I’m all about making my life easier. With two babies, I love the idea of being able to use labels instead of handwriting their names on every item that goes out of the house. With the sizes available and the different options in styles, I would definitely recommend checking out Kidecals.com!

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Check out the different products they have available:

Boys Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/boy-labels/
Girls Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/girl-labels/
Parents Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/parents-corner/
Organizing and Kitchen Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/canning-labels/
Keyboard Stickers: http://kidecals.com/product-category/keyboard-stickers/
Chalkboard Labels: http://kidecals.com/product-category/chalkboard-labels/
Wall Decals: http://kidecals.com/product-category/wall-decals/

 

If you would like to receive a discount on any of the items available, they have a great deal for those of us with multiples in our families (whether the same age or different ages). You can enter these coupon codes at the checkout:

2 children:  doubles2014 = 15% off $25 or more
3 children:  threes2014 = 20% off $50 or more
4 children:  fours2014 = 25% off $75 or more
5 children:  fives2014 = 30% off $100 or more
6 children:  sixes2014 = 35% off $125 or more
7 children:  sevens2014 = 40% off $150 or more

 

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Review: North Texas Excess Baggage Company Essential Oil Bag

Disclaimer: I received the following products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have become so totally in love with my Young Living Essential Oils, and that means that I take my favorites with me wherever I go. We use them to keep healthy (Thieves), help us sleep (lavender), remedy tummy troubles (peppermint), and so many more everyday uses, so we need a way to keep them organized and with us constantly.

Essential Oil Bags - North Texas Excess Oil Company

I was thrilled to receive an essential oil bag from North Texas Excess Baggage Company. This is a company that I have followed for a while on Instagram (@ntxexcessbaggagecoand) and Etsy, and I would highly recommend you do it too (in addition to their Facebook page), just so you can see their constant stream of new patterns available. Every Saturday, they unleash their new products, and it seems like they always are coming out with something cuter than the last week.

Outside Essential Oil Bag - North Texas Excess Oil Company

This is the description of their bag from their Etsy page (retails for $25):

Our Essential Oil bag holds fourteen oils, ten slots hold either 5ml bottles or 15ml size bottles, four of the slots hold either a 15ml bottles or a Thieves hand sanitizer. If you only carry the 15ml size bottles the bag will hold twelve. The bag is double lined to protect your oils.The bag is approximately 8″ x 5″ perfect size for carrying in your purse! Bag pattern layout varies with each bag.

They also make a smaller bag (retails for $20), that is 6″x 4″ and holds ten 5ml bottles or eight 5ml & two 15ml. This was created when the KidScent collection came out, and it is perfect for a crossbody style handbag.

I have to say that these bags are so professionally made! They are secure, well-stitched, and keep everything organized so well! It is so easy to get everything in and out, but it keeps the oils nice and secure. Once the oils are in, the bags are so sturdy as well. They stand right up with no chance of falling over. The only problem is that you need to have the labels for the top of the oil bottles so you can quickly see what you have (ours have been ordered, but aren’t pictured).

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Inside Detail Essential Oil Bag - North Texas Excess Oil Company

Here is the background behind Kelly and NTEBC:

Kelly NTEBC

Hello friends! I want to take a little time & give you my testimony! I will try to focus on just a few things & keep it to what has happened to me in the last year. In March of 2013 I had to quit a banking job that I love. I have fibromyalgia (I really think I have lupus, but that is another story) & just basic tasks everyday was a challenge for me. I would come home every night barely able to walk, sometimes I would cry myself to sleep because the pain was unbearable. I was going to 3-4 doctor visits per month & on six different medications. My husband & daughter had to take care of me & the house – I felt miserable for it. People would look at me & say you don’t look sick, you are fine, it’s all in your head. They just did not understand – my family lived it everyday with me & took care of me however, sometimes they too didn’t see how my illness was affecting me. I contemplated my life so many times, I would beg God to please give me relief or take me home to be with Him. I did not want to live. Of course the Doctors would prescribe all kinds of anti depressants for me, most of which I was allergic to. I was at home laying on the couch for a few weeks & decided it was do or die time! I got up went to my pantry & got rid of everything in it, everything in the fridge, & freezer. ALL OF IT! I then drove to Costco, Sprouts, & Central Market & bought all organic, nonGMo, & gluten free foods. We started eating at home & eating all clean foods. I felt so much better! I was able to get off all of my medications. I was not 100% though. I still had aches & pains & my fibromyalgia would flare up if dared to eat out or treat myself. I still had some depression too. Then my aunt Donna invited me to go with her to a YL class, I had bought a YL kit more than 15 years ago but did not have enough information to use the products (this was before Google & Pinterest). I went to the information class & spent every dime I had to buy a kit – my husband did not appreciate spending all of our money, but he said if it makes you feel better I will do anything. I was kinda scared of using the oils at first, but started looking on the internet at how others were using their oils & that began my passion for them. I discovered so many great things about oils. My upline Tracy won a Young Living trip to Hawaii & asked Gary Young himself what I could do to treat my fibro – he suggested a protocol to follow, it was a bit expensive, so I created my own, very similar to what he suggested. Within a week the pain left my body! In a months time I no longer needed to follow the protocol everyday – just a few things for maintenance. Not to say I don’t come back to the protocol, because I do in stressful times. My protocol for fibromyalgia is this: one pill of oregano in the morning & one Ningxia Nitro, in the afternoon I take a pill of Frankincense & if I feel tired I will take another Nitro, & before bed I take a pill of Copaiba for pain if needed. I diffuse Peace & Calming mixed with lavender at night so I can sleep. I no longer need any type of medications Rx or OTC, I have not been to any doctor in over a year, I sleep like a baby, my depression hardly ever appears (I use oils to fight it when it does) I no longer have to eat gluten free – I can still treat myself & eat out without my body shutting down. This is my story – I cannot say this is what you should do, but this worked for me! I love my life now, it is full & rich but most importantly it is pain free! I praise God everyday for sparing me & giving me relief. God gave me these oils as a gift. I love Him for it. I am so passionate about the oils that I cannot help but share. I bought my kit in August 2013 & in December I started selling the oils to friends & family. My downline has grown to 180+ members! 

To add to what I share I asked God to also give me some kind of work that would keep me busy, but yet allow me to be able to work with a schedule to allow for illness b/c with my fibromyalgia stress is huge & can set me back quickly. My mother taught me to sew when I quit my job just to have a hobby of some kind & we made purses, tote bags, & rag quilts for fun & one day the idea of these bags popped into my head so I asked my mom to create a bag to hold the oils & in three tries & one day we had our bag! From there the bags just took off & I truly believe God has his hand in every detail. We also taught my Bible Study Leader/Teacher Jessie T. to sew the rag quilts she was injured at a job & was staying at home & wanted something to do too. I asked her if she would like to help with the bags & of course she was in! Her mom joined us about a month or two ago as well. My daughter Jessie P. just started college so I have another friend Danielle that started sewing for us last week to help since we no longer have Jessie here everyday helping out – she still helps on the weekend though. This little business is truly helping out all of our families, the income is a great blessing!

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Inside Giveaway Essential Oil Bag - North Texas Excess Oil Company

North Texas Excess Baggage Company was so generous to send a second bag in Pink Swirl for us to give away! In order to do something a little different than our typical giveaways, I am going to hold this giveaway on Instagram (@dorydoyle), so make sure you check it out to see how to enter!

Giveaway! for Instagram

Lonliness

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Although it seems like so many of my friends are having babies at and around the same time that we did, there is something very isolating about having a baby (or babies, in our case). I first was able to put a finger on this feeling after I went on a walk with a friend and her baby at the beginning of the summer.

No, this isn’t postpartum depression, but it is loneliness. It’s the feeling that life is going on around you, without you.

Now, I have to be really careful to not seem like I’m complaining, because I am not. I longed for these babies, prayed for them, wanted them so much. I am more in love with them each and every day. I truly love my life and my family. I’m not overwhelmed like I was in the early days of motherhood. I actually feel quite settled.

But there are days and weeks that I do feel lonely. It’s odd, because I constantly have 2 other living, breathing, interacting beings with me at all hours of the day. At night, I have my amazing husband. I have a dog and a cat that vie for my attention. I also have a fantastic family: parents, parents-in-law, siblings, my sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, nephew… all who give me the adult stimulation that I need. They are there for me to talk, share feelings, being friends as well as family.

Yet I do feel loneliness and isolated.

My friends and co-workers from before are not in the same stage of life as me. They have not chosen to stay at home with their children (if they have any). If they do stay home, they aren’t moms of multiples, so they don’t have the same challenges as I do. Believe me, things are a lot more complicated with two babies than with one (or even one and a toddler).

Again, I’m not complaining… I’m just pointing it out. Having babies is isolating. Friends won’t be around like they used to. If you want to spend time with them, you have to figure out what to do with the babies (find a sitter? bring them? plan around meals/naps/activity time?). They will say that you can do something after they go to bed. You know what, though? You will just want to sleep.

Review: Ice Pop Mold Maker


This is a product that I had been wanting to try for a while, and I’m thrilled that we now own them!

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During my pregnancy, I became addicted to popsicles, especially the ones that would be a sugary liquid and you could stick in the freezer to enjoy when frozen. I called them “pool pops” because they were the same ones that we used to get at our pool snack bar growing up.

Well, now that I’m a mommy and trying to feed healthy things to Audrey and David, I don’t think we will have those pool pops for a while. I would much rather have a healthier juice popsicle option. That’s why I love the idea of making your own! The Bee Sili Popsicle Mold and Snack Container is (in my opinion) the perfect solution. It’s made of strong silicone, has a handy top, and it comes in sets of 6!

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Here are the stats on it from the company:

Ice Pop Molds – Make Popsicles or Use As Lunch Box Snack Keeper – Reusable, PBA Free, Highest Food Grade Silicone, FDA Approved – Make Healthy Pops with Leftover   Smoothie Mix, Juice, Yogurt Popsicles – Keep Snacks Fresh in Lunchbox –  Get 6 Bee  Sili™ Pop Molds Free! Bee Healthy,  Thrifts & Eco Friendly!

  • 100% BPA free, non-toxic
  • FDA approved, food grade silicone that meets the highest standards to insure they are completely safe for you and your family; no after taste or smells
  • Nothing to lose: Love them or  get 100% money back guarantee for life.
  • Each mold is  8” long, 1” wide at the top & hold 3.4 oz or 1/3 cup
  • Space saver, fits in small freezer spaces
  • Reusable, saves money and environmental resources
  • Dishwasher safe – mold and the logo: Bee Sili™
  • No  messy drips, easy to clean
  • Cold and heat resistant so no cold fingers
  • Slim cone shape fits  into small spaces in your freezer, lunch box, purse or gym bag
  • Stand  6 molds  easily in a cup for filling

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I have to say that it is everything that we were hoping for (and more). I am so excited to put our little snacks (Cheerios and puff snacks) in this and then easily stick it in the diaper bag for around-town snacking. The top is easy to remove, so you would want to be careful with it, so you don’t accidentally pull it off. I can imagine that these will be great for preschool and beyond as well, as they are a fun way to package snacks. They would also make great pudding or yogurt dispensers, although I don’t know that I would send them to school with yogurt/pudding in them (as a past teacher, I did not like when students would have GoGurt because of the mess factor).

You can purchase them on Amazon for $11.95, and they are Prime eligible. So, go get them and have a creative solution for making popsicles and storing snacks!

Bee Sili Holder

 

#BeeSiliPopMolds

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I Need an Oil for…

I Need an Oil for...

So I wanted to create a list of the ways that we have used essential oils (and the kinds of oils that we have used). This is by no means a final list, but it might be helpful for those of us that are starting out. By the way, most of these are oils from the Young Living Premium Kit. Let me know if you want more information!

headache

  • lavender on the temples
  • 1 drop of peppermint on a cool, wet washcloth, placed over the eyes

eczema

  • lavender on the trouble spot
  • lavender and jojoba/coconut oil mixture (1 drop of essential oil per 1 tbsp carrier oil) spread on the trouble area
  • 10 drops of lavender, 5 drops of Frankincense, and jojoba oil

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acne

  • melaleuca (tea tree) on the troubled spots

nausea

  • smelling peppermint oil
  • one drop of lemon in a cup of water and drink

congestion

  • drop a couple drops of peppermint oil into your hot shower, letting the peppermint steam help clear nasal passages
  • diffuse lemon, lavender, and peppermint

energy

  • rub 1-2 drops of peppermint or lemon in the palms of your hands and breathe in the smell deeply

fruit wash

  • mix a 5-10 drops of lemon oil with cool water and rinse your fruits and veggies to make them last longer without mold

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better sleep

  • rub 1-2 drops of Peace and Calming on the bottoms of your feet
  • rub lavender or a lavender/coconut oil mixture on your chest and neck
  • take a bath with 1-2 drops of Peace and Calming
  • rub 1-2 drops of Peace and Calming on the bottoms of feet, shoulders, and neck before bed

teething and tooth pain

  • rub lavender or a lavender/coconut oil mixture on your jawline

spine pain/alignment issues

  • rub 1-2 drops of Valor on your spine and the bottoms of your feet, especially if you are about to go to a chiropractor

 remove sticky residue

  • use 1-2 drops of lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue, or adhesives

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dry skin

  • rub lavender on the dry or chapped skin

repel mosquitos

  • combine several drops of water with Purification and one drop of Peppermint and spray on skin

stop itching

  • place a drop on itchy area

bad odors

  • diffuse Purification, Thieves, Frankincense, or lemon

relieve stress and anxiety

  • massage frankincense onto temples or back of the neck
  • apply PanAway onto the bottoms of feet
  • rub 1-2 drops of Peace and Calming on the bottom of feet and shoulders
  • use 1-2 drops of Peace and Calming in a warm bath
  • rub 1 drop of Valor on wrists
  • add 8-12 drops of Valor to water and spray under bed and in closets
  • tantrum relief: 10 drops of Peace and Calming, 10 drops of Joy, fractionated (liquid) coconut oil in a roller bottle

bring positivity and happiness

  • put drops of Joy on a scarf
  • rub 1 drop of Joy between your palms and spread over your face

sore throat

  • 2 drops of Thieves in a small glass of water and gargle
  • use Thieves mouthwash or spray
  • 1 drop of Thieves as far back in your mouth as you can go (careful: it’s hot)
  • apply 1 drop of Thieves to neck or throat externally (careful: it’s hot)

 cradle cap:

  • lavender rubbed on the area

sore joints

  • PanAway rubbed on sore area

stay healthy

  • rub one drop of Thieves on the bottom of your feet before going out in public
  • diffuse Thieves for at least 30 minutes

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So, what are some of your favorite go-to recipes?

 

 

 

Review: Golden Dot Moccs

We have two babies that love to pull themselves up on everything. They are also cruising around (when they walk around objects while still holding on). It’s only a matter of time before they are walking on their own. While we don’t mind them walking around barefoot in our house, we know that not all surfaces when we go out and about are clean. So, with soon-to-be walkers, we knew that we needed some good real-leather moccasins.

A few weeks ago, on The Wise Baby published a post called “A Closer Look: Baby’s First Shoes” which brought up that a baby’s first shoes should be flexible and a natural material, if they are learning how to walk. This is so that they can still learn how to balance on their own, without the hindrance of a harder sole.

So, when I had the chance to get a pair of moccasins from Golden Dot Moccs, I jumped on the chance. I have been following them on Instagram for a while, and they have a beautiful website as well. We received a pair of the “Sprinkles” Moccs, which normally sell for $32. If you have seen some of the competitors (such as Freshly Picked), this is a great price!

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When we received the moccs, they were adorably packaged, just like they were a present for our Miss Audrey. We put them on her right away, and she was immediately drawn to the buttons (securely) sewn on the tops. Side note: she calls anything pretty “va va va,” so these moccasins were perfect for my little girly girl.

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Although they were a little big for her feet, I was very impressed with the quality of these shoes. They seem very secure and will last for a while with constant wear. We are so excited about Audrey’s new fashion accessory!

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I want to make a note about the size. We asked for this particular size, knowing they would be a little big. We wanted something that we would be able to wear for a while, especially going into the winter. We knew that we were on the earlier side of walking, and we wanted something to last us a while (after getting burned with the babies growing out of clothes before they could really wear them). So, the fit issue has nothing to do with how they are made.

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Enjoy this little video of Audrey discovering her moccs for the first time. She is really strong, and those buttons and fringe aren’t going anywhere!

 

 

 

 

A Cleveland Visit

First of all, let me say how much I love my husband. Not only is he the world’s best dad and husband, but he has helped me to get my phone to become a wifi hotspot. So here I am on my computer on the internet in the car, driving back from our weekend trip to Cleveland. I can work on this blog post and get it uploaded while on the road! Exciting!

This weekend, we came to Cleveland to be with my extended Bedol family for my cousin’s bat mitzvah. It was a whirlwind weekend, but filled with love and happiness and lots of laughter. Because we were so focused on family and the twins, I didn’t get a ton of pictures (you know, living in the moment and everything). Here are the best pictures that I got:

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