It's time for a little football here on the ol' Home Field blog! I don't post a lot about being a football wife because - hey, it's my husband's job just like your husband has a job. It comes with it's own set of struggles and perks! While it's a demanding schedule, I wouldn't trade our football life and football family for the world! I do like to share little peeks into our little football family life from time to time though...so here we go...
BIG shout out to Under Armour and Lisa Wells for these awesome sunglasses for my coach! With year round sun exposure here in TX - a good pair of sunglass is so important out on the field! He's loving these CORE 2.0's!! (#ad - we were provided these sunglasses for free in exchange for an honest review)
I was planning to post about Spring Football (the 4 weeks in March/April where college football teams get to do official practices and scrimmages) while it was happening but apparently I missed the ball on that one. So I guess y'all will just get a recap!
We wrapped up our spring ball season last Saturday with a BEAUTIFUL evening spring game. Seriously, you couldn't have asked for better weather. My kids happened to cooperate the whole time as well (I know, a miracle) which made for a perfect night!
Spring Ball is actually one of my favorite times of the football year. As a college coaching family, we have lots of "football seasons". We have pre-season, season, recruiting, conditioning, spring ball, recruiting and camps. Yeah. If you though a football coach just worked Aug- Nov, you thought wrong! But I love spring ball for a few reasons. First, we get to enjoy some football after a few month break from the official season, and it's so fun to get back on the field! Second, at least here in Texas, the practices are actually cool enough to attend, so I get to bring the kiddos more often.
Unfortunately this season, our team held many of their practices in the evening. Not only did this mean that we didn't get to go as much, it also meant I had lots of solo parenting bedtimes in the past month!
Luckily, we stayed busy and we made time to get to the field or to practices as much as possible during the day.
This was my first spring ball with 2 kids - who both happen to be ON THE MOVE!! No more Ergo pack and sleeping newborn (that was short lived!!).
Here are a few fun things I did with the girls during spring ball:
While Spring Football is fun, I'm excited for SUMMER now! Summer means some extra time with my hubby, a chance for vacations and no more solo bedtimes!!
Football wives - what is your favorite football season? What fun stuff do you do during spring ball?
Happy November! It's officially "holiday season"!
Isn't it? Is there some official person that decides that? Well, I've decided it for the rest of us...and I'm SO FREAKING EXCITED!
For once I've actually been thinking about gifts early this year so I wanted to share my findings! Do you have an essential oil lover in your life? Want to share YOUR love of oils with your family and friends? I've found the coolest gifts any essential oil addict would love. Bonus points - many of these products are sold by small businesses and mom-preneurs...my favorite kinds to support! Many of them have been kind enough to share discount codes with my readers so be sure to head over to their sites and show them some love! You won't be disappointed and neither will your friends and family!
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For the Oily Kiddos in Your Life
These snugly stuffed animals are essential oil diffusers for snuggling! Place 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil onto the "brain" and place it into the pocket located at the top of the head between the ears. Simply snap the pocket closed, hug, snuggle and sniff. These are the perfect gift for little ones who need some extra help falling asleep at night or just need a little extra lovin' some days!
You can get these silly little faces in several different styles and colors and in 2 different sizes. I recommend the gift set with the most adorable companion book "Sniff The Earth"! We just got our set and I can't wait to give it to Miss Mak for Christmas! Hallie and I have been sneaking snuggles and reading the book ahead of time!
This shop is closing on November 13th (maternity leave for the mom-boss!) so be sure to head over there SOON and get your order placed! On November 4th and 5th you can save 20% on your entire order with the code: SMELLYSALE20
Another diffuser option for the kiddos (or a kid at heart!) these adorable animal diffusers run for 8 hours and are the perfect addition to a little one's bedroom. You can even add a water bottle to it to work as a humidifier on sick or dry days.
We have Rosie the Pig and LOVE her!!
For Your Stylin' Friends
What if you could bring the benefits of your oils with you all day long, while looking beautiful! I love diffuser jewelry - they are so practical but so pretty too! This shop has several beautiful necklaces and there are even more on Etsy if you search around!
This is the perfect gift for your mom or BFF or anyone who wants a little extra oil
with them every day!
I've got an obsession lately with tees and tanks with fun quotes and sayings on them! I recently purchased this "oils & coffee" tank from Oils all the Time and I wear it constantly! Super comfy, cute, and a great conversation starter! This mama owned shop has other great shirts with oily sayings as well as really cute labels for your oil roller bottles!
Get 20% off the entire shop through Nov. 30th with this code: HOMEFIELD
For the Diffuser Addict
This is the PERFECT diffuser if you're shopping on a budget! For just $15.99 you get a long lasting (up to 6 hours) mist, an auto shut-off, and MY favorite - changing colors! I think kiddos would love this but I would love it too! I have a friend that bought this exact one recently and she is loving it!
This is the CADILLAC of diffusers you guys. It's way at the top of my wish list - I know several people who have one and love it, and I totally want it for my living room! It has the obvious diffuser component, but also a water fountain AND a bluetooth speaker! This would be awesome for an office too! By far the coolest diffuser I've ever seen!
Fun Stocking Stuffers
Who wouldn't want to drink their coffee out of this awesome mug every morning! This is another one on my personal wish list! Essential Oil Style is another small business that I LOVE to support. Aside from this killer mug, they have dozens of great shirts and other accessories to fuel your oil addiction.
They are offering 10% off your total purchase through Nov. 30th with the code: HOMEFIELDESSENTIALS
These are a personal favorite of mine, hand made by my very talented cousin! They hold 3 10ml roller bottles and are great for keeping your oils with you on the go! I've got one of these in my diaper bag and one for the kiddos too!
Taking pre-orders through Nov. 30th - email me to place your order!
Spread the Oily Love
What better way to celebrate the holidays with Peace, Cheer and Holiday Joy? These are just a few of the AMAZING oil blends available that you will LOVE these holidays! Here are a few of my favorite doTERRA products that are perfect gifts for the experienced oiler or total newbie! Get all of these products and more at a 25% discount by emailing me!
So...do you have your shopping list complete yet? Or maybe a whole new wish list? I hope you've gotten some great gift ideas here today and I hope you'll get a chance to check out some of my favorite shops - it's a shop small kinda holiday, don't you think?!
What's on YOUR oily wish list this year?
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Having a second baby is a big transition for a family! It's so different than having your first - while that is completely life-changing, everything is so focused on that first new little baby, that not much else has to be worried about. I've found with baby #2, the biggest thing is that we are still ON THE MOVE all the time (hello, 2 year old ball of energy), so we need to find ways to adapt and bring new baby along for the ride! When you add another little one to the bunch, you usually don't need too many new things, especially if it's the same gender, but there are a few things that can make life a whole lot easier.
Now honestly - if this were my dream must-have list it would include a house cleaner, a professional chef and a lawn guy. But let's be real. I've got it down to 4 must-haves for baby #2!
1. Covered Goods Multi-Use Nursing Cover
Ok - this thing is THE.BEST.THING.EVER. I've gotten so many compliments on it and I really don't know how I lived without it the first time around. This Covered Goods cover is not just a must-have for baby #2 - it's a must have for ANY mama! We are on the go a lot, and luckily, breastfeeding is portable. BUT - I always hated how I was struggling with those apron covers - flashing side-boob, bare back, tangling up trying to see the baby...really I felt like I was drawing more attention to myself trying to nurse with one of those than if I just whipped it out uncovered! Covered Goods changed all of that. It's so easy (and comfy!) to slip on, everything is covered, baby has plenty of room and I can easily peek at her from above. The fabric is so comfy and not hot, so it's perfect for this South Texas mama! In less than 2 months I've used it at the beach, in coffee shops, at football games, at friend's houses and more!
While I absolutely LOVE this as a nursing cover, I've probably gotten even more use out of it as a carseat cover. It keeps the sun off of little Hallie without it getting super hot in there, and keeps curious eyes and hands off of her in public (I know, protective parent!). Miss Mak loves peeking at her when she rides in the back of the cart and narrating whether she's awake or asleep.
The other way I've gotten to use this cover is as a cart cover! Carts are NASTY y'all - so when Miss Mak is riding in front and Hallie is in the Ergo, it's the perfect way to keep the germs at bay. My old bulky cart cover somehow vanished in the past 2 months so this has been great to have on hand!
I love how lightweight and small this is to keep with me all the time. I can easily throw it in my diaper bag and have it on hand everywhere we go! If you have little ones...you need this cover!
Lucky for you...Covered Goods is offering a discount to all of my Home Field readers....
CLICK HERE to get 15% off until Oct. 21st. Use code: HOMEFIELDFITNESS
2. BOB Revolution Duallie
When I found out I was pregnant, I think the first thing I did was start searching for used BOB Revolution Duallies. I knew how important and awesome my single was for us, and it was definitely a must-have for baby #2! My dad found and gifted us with this awesome used Duallie and we've already gotten a lot of use out of it! Unfortunately, Hallie isn't a big fan of carseats or strollers (or anything but mama's arms, really...) so a lot of our walks and runs are serenaded by her crying. I'm hoping that as she gets a little older she'll learn to love runs in the BOB as much as me and her big sister do! I still call this a must-have for any mom who is hoping to run with her 2 littles. It's great for walks, the beach and groomed hiking trails too. It's bulky, but totally worth the size for the comfort and ease of pushing! I've gotta share something off of my wish-list here too...if you're needing to haul your double BOB around in the car, this Scout carrier hitch is awesome! I really want to get one to clear out our trunk again!
I totally recommend checking your local resale sites for used BOBs, because they are expensive! But you can also find them on Amazon!
3. A Baby Carrier
I don't know how moms of more than 1 kid live without some sort of baby carrier. When you just have one, it's totally acceptable to just sit in a chair and cuddle and rock them all day. If you have a toddler in the house, you know that's not really an option! For us, Miss Hallie really hates sitting in all-of-the-things (ie: bouncer, swing, carseat, stroller...) so this is a total lifesaver. She loves being snug up with mama, and mama can still play with big sister, clean the house, go for walks, workout, cook dinner and more!). I have both the Boba Wrap (like this) and the Ergo carrier with an infant insert. (like this one). The Boba is super cozy and she's really cuddled up in there, but it can be a little more cumbersome to wrap up on the go (lots of material!), and can get really hot when we are outside. I use the Ergo a lot more, it's easy to slip on and it breathes better for both of us! We switch them up though. There are tons of great wraps and carriers out there so just find one that works for you!
Apparently I still always have 2 hands full even with a kiddo on the carrier!
4. Backpack Diaper Bag
I knew when I got pregnant with #2 that I HAD to upgrade from my SkipHop diaper bag. I was resistant to the backpack thing with Miss Mak because I thought I would be "that mom"...but then reality sinks in and you realize that backpacks RULE! And hey - I still don't wear fanny packs or drive a mini-van so I still have a little cool left...right? Plus, there are a lot of really cool backpacks out there these days! I found all of these super expensive backpack diaper bags out there but knew that wasn't in the budget. I had 2 requirements: a waterbottle holder, a strap to hook over a stroller, and lots of pockets. Randomly on Amazon one day this one popped up (how do they know me so well!?) and I was sold! There are seriously a zillion pockets, an insulated water bottle holder, it's comfortable to wear and has an extra strap for wearing over your shoulder or hooking on a stroller. Plus it's not super girly so I can make my hubby carry it too!
That's it! My 4 Must-Haves! I've loved keeping things simple with baby #2! What would you add to the list? Anything I've missed or will need down the road?
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