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The Black Jumpsuit Everyone Needs| Kaboom Boutique Review

Jumpsuits have totally become a huge trend over the last several years, and I've seen so many that I absolutely love, but for some reason, never caved and gave into the trend. When I was getting ready for the Advocating Moms Conference several weeks ago, I kept imagining myself presenting at this conference wearing a black jumpsuit. I scoured the internet again and again, but couldn't find quite the right one.


Eventually I found Kaboom Boutique, and when I was looking through their site, their Delila jumpsuit stopped me dead in my tracks. It was everything I'd wanted and more. A super flattering v-cut that isn't too low. A tie at the waist that's super flattering and adorable. And my favorite part might be the legs. They aren't crazy wide legged, and they're not cinched at the bottom like a jogger either. They're just the perfect tailored leg that looks flattering on basically any body type! 



They have a ton of amazing pieces for fall like these "Freya Rose Flats" that are super similar to the shoes I'm wearing in these pictures. "The Parker Sweater", is the perfect shirt to wear with these high waisted jeans on a cozy fall day... and of course, the Delila jumper are just a few of my favorite pieces they sell! 


Kaboom was super gracious and gave a 20% off code for me to share with you guys! Now through October 31st you can use my code Paige20 on all your purchases at Kaboom Boutique. 

Three New Additions to Kinsley's Bedroom

We finished putting Kinsley's bedroom together about a month after we moved into our new house. And because the universe works the way it does, the second we were "done" putting it together, we wound up getting three new things that we really love unexpectedly. I thought it would be fun to share these items in a blog post, because they're all things I really love, and I think they deserve to be highlighted. 


Over the summer Heidi from Love Me Sparkle reached out to me to tell me all about her business making handmade dolls and tee pees, and that she donates 1 item from her shop to a child with special needs or medical diagnosis after every 10 sales. Someone had nominated Kinsley to be one of the children on the receiving end of these donations, and Heidi sent us this beautiful handmade tee pee. It is so well made and fits perfectly in Kinsley's room. She loves hiding and playing in there with her animals, and it's been really fun to see her crawling in and out of it, and hiding from Derek and I all the time. 


We're huge fans of these stuff animal bean bags in our house Kyle has a massive one in his bedroom, and Kinsley had one that was quite a bit smaller. We just upgraded her to this larger size one, and it fits all of her many animals perfectly. I know some people will say to purge animals, and to not buy a bigger bag to accommodate them all, but she has so many from different hospital visits and such, and each on really has a special meaning. Animals are always hard for me to part with, and I love that my kids love them too. 



Harkla was one of the companies that had donated a discount code to the Advocating Moms Conference, and reached out to see if I'd like to work with them on my blog. We've been long time fans of weighted blankets in our house, and when I saw they had a ton of affordable options on their website, I knew I had to try one to share with all of you! This blanket is so soft, and both of our kids love the minky fabric! They have blankets for kids and adults of every size. The kids blankets are weighted down with thick batting, and the adult sizes are weighed down with little tiny beads. 

These blankets are already crazy affordable, ranging from $79-$109 depending on the size you get, but you can also use code, "ABILITY-15-FALL-19" at checkout to get an additional 15% off! These will make an awesome Christmas gift this year! 

Have anything you've been loving in your home lately? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below! 

DIY Princess Carriage Wheelchair Boxtume with Amazon

This post is sponsored by Amazon Prime, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

One thing that I've wanted to do with Kinsley since we got her first wheelchair was to make her a sweet Boxtume, or a costume made from a box. I've seen so many amazing wheelchair costumes over the years, and figured I could easily make one out of some Amazon smile boxes and some craft supplies we had around our home. 


The busier life gets for us, the more I look for simple ways to get things done. I feel like I always have a million Amazon smile boxes hanging out around our garage from all the things I'm ordering from Prime with fast, free shipping, and figured Halloween was the perfect time to put all those boxes to good use. 


Kinsley wanted to be a princess for Halloween this year and decided that I could jazz up her wheelchair with a sweet Carriage Boxtume! This was seriously so easy to put together, and took no time at all! The best part was that everything attached easily to the wheelchair without any straps, tape, or glue, which means that I don't have to worry about potentially ruining her chair, and everything snaps on and off in about one minute flat! 


Supplies:
4 Large Amazon smile boxes
Blue Paint
White Paint
Foam Brushes
Purple Marker
Pink Ribbon
White Bows



Directions:
Start by taking a wheel off of your wheelchair and sitting it on a box. Trace the inside circle of the wheel and then cut out the circle. Use the circle you just cut out to trace and cut another circle. These two pieces should easily pop right into the wheels when you're done cutting. 



Next you need to cut a large half circle carriage shape. I just freehanded this and then cut out a big window in the middle of it. Then, I took the shape I just cut out, and traced it to make another carriage window on the other side of the chair the same size as the first.



Once I cute everything out, I painted all of the pieces. Again, I did all of this free hand. I painted the lines on the wheels white, and then once the white paint was dried, I went ahead and painted the blue triangle pieces next. I then painted the big carriage pieces with dark blue paint. 


Once the paint was dried I took a purple marker and drew some loop de loop shapes all the way down the white lines and connected everything with a big circle in the middle of the wheels. 

I took some big white bows and tied them to the top and two sides of the carriage pieces, and then wove some big pink tulle through the bows to match her princess dress.


Once everything was done I simply wedged the carriage pieces down into her seat, and popped the wheel pieces into place, and I was finished!

What fun Boxtumes are you going to make this year with your Amazon smile boxes? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Kyle's Big Boy Bedroom Tour

We've been working on getting Kyle's bedroom put together for what feels like years now. After being in a rut for so long, we finally hired a Modsy designer a few weeks ago to design the space just how we needed it to be. We needed a queen bed for guests to sleep on, a dresser, a bookshelf, and a desk, but couldn't figure out how to make it all fit in the space. Modsy did an awesome job designing it, but if we bought everything they told us to, we would have spent over $6,500 on this room. It took me another month to hunt down similar options in our budget, but when everything was said and done, we spent under $700 on this space (Some pieces we bought years ago and some new now, it's a collection of things over a long period of time. Putting rooms together is a long process in this house)! We literally spent 10% of what the design team came up with and I love the result so much! 

Doesn't it look so perfect? Sometimes when the kids are in school I come sit in here because it's just so peaceful and visually pleasing. It's the perfect balance of everything we needed, without over crowding the space. 


My very favorite part of this room is the desk. I had told the Modsy designers that we wanted a desk and a bookshelf because Kyle is reading all the time and his books were a complete mess, and I LOVED the low profile design that this desk offered, while still having plenty of room for all of Kyle's books as well. We bought these little giraffe book ends on Amazon to house all the books he owns, and then stacked all his library books right next to it, and I love how it turned out! 

The gray basket on the top shelf is what we used to use to hold his books, but now it just has some loose ends that Kyle has wanted to hold onto. The plant was in our garage from another room in our last house, and his chair is a simple $10 folding chair from Walmart. 


I get asked about the kids dressers all the time! Kyle and Kinsley both have the three drawer Songesand dressers from Ikea. Kinsley's is white, and Kyle's is the brown option.  They are awesome quality, and we've had Kinsley's for over a year now with zero issues, so we knew it would be a great option for Kyle's room too. These are $130 each which is a great price for a dresser, and they quality is amazing. I also love that they look nice, because a lot of Ikea's dressers aren't my style, but these are really great. 

The cactus light on his dresser actually came as a set with the flamingo light that is on Kinsley's dresser. I love that they came in a set and that each kid as one of the lights. The gold lamp is mostly for show and we've literally never put a lightbulb in it. The picture frames were from Amazon, and we just printed some pictures from our California trip to put in them since they'd been blank for over a year now. Finally, his macrame was the last piece to complete this space, and we'd found it for about $6 on jane.com.

One thing I loved about Modsy was all the little details it gave you for a space. My designs had a blue storage cube ottoman like this on it, with an orange animal on top, but the ottoman and the animal they told me to get were literally over $200. I found this identical ottoman on Amazon for $20, and we purchased this moose from Ikea when Kyle was a newborn, so it was fun to put this little detail together for a fraction of the cost. 



The final highlight of this space was Kyle's new Beddy's Bedding. We've been wanting to try them for years, and I was so thrilled when they gifted us a set for Kyle's room. I love that they're all handmade by local women in our community, the quality is amazing, and Kyle can make his bed on his own in about 30 seconds. 

The blankets and fitted sheet are all attached together by a zipper on each side of the bedding, and fit over your mattress like a glove. I love this bedding because Kyle's bed is positioned right next to a wall, so making his bed with a traditional blanket meant I was breaking my fingers everyday trying to get his blanket in between the bed and the wall. Now Kyle just unzips the side of the bed he's sleeping on, and then zips it back up in the morning when he wakes up... and I get to keep all the flesh on my hands. 


I also really love that Kinsley can zip the bedding up really easily too. There aren't many chores she can do around the house with her physical disabilities, but Beddy's makes it so that even kids who have a harder time doing simple tasks can be involved in the house keeping process too. They were kind enough to give me a discount code, and you can use code FLAMM20 to get  20% off your purchase! 

I seriously love how this space turned out, and I'm so glad to have this entire house that we're living in right now completely put together and settled so that we can just enjoy it for the next nine months that we'll be here!

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3 Ways to Improve Digital Wellbeing with Google

This post is sponsored by Google. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Screen time is something that our family has worked hard to find a balance with for years now. We've been on both sides of the pendulum with way too much screen time, eliminating it for an entire summer, and everywhere in between. It's something that I care deeply about, and hope to raise my children in a way where they become competent in how to use these devices, but that they don't become a crutch that hinders them in being connected to the other important areas of their life such as friendships, playing outside, creating things, and being an overall well rounded person. 


I love that Google recognizes that they play a huge role in the internet and technology, and as a result, has compiled a large number of resources at wellbeing.google. This is a new initiative filled with video content, a family resource guide, and tools that you can implement on your devices to increase your digital well being and to make sure that you're achieving that overall balance in your life that all families want. 


The family guide has so many inspiring quotes and suggestions that really resonated with me and my family. I loved their suggestion in making a family time box, where you pick a time and room in your home where you will be "device free" and all the computers, phones, tablets, etc... go into the box and you spend time together connecting as a family. 


Another amazing resource that I love is the Family Link app where you can set time limits on devices, manage which apps their accessing, and help your children understand the amazing tools that devices can be for learning and discovering new information, while helping them learn skills of self regulation at the same time. 



Finally, if your family is anything like mine, TV has taken a backseat to YouTube when it comes to entertainment. I love that they have implemented take a break reminders and autoplay controls to help parents regulate this aspect of screen time for not only ourselves, but for our children as well. 


It's amazing to me that Google is a massive world wide brand that has their hand in many parts of the internet, and yet they see the value in this powerful tool being regulated in order to help all people live their best lives and be the best versions of themselves that they can be. These wellbeing.google efforts are so valuable in our increasingly digital world, and I'm grateful for the tips and knowledge that I've learned through this initiative to help my family thrive in this day and age.  

Our Nighttime Cleaning Routine

This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

One thing that is very important to me in our home is that everyone pitches in with the cleaning, no matter their age or abilities. I hate waking up to a messy house in the morning, so after we eat dinner each night, it's all hands on deck to get the house back to normal before we head upstairs to have family time before bed.


Mom Mops The Floors: 
Since Kinsley cannot walk, and spends a lot of time crawling around our home, it's really important for me to have our floors as clean as possible. We've been huge fans of Bona mops for years now, and love how quick and effortless it is to get our floors clean each night with the Bona Express Disposable Wet Cleaning Pads. The wet pad is extra large, and attaches to the bottom of the Bona Mop for quick and easy cleanup each night. 


Kyle Gets The Counters: 
It's kind of novel to have a kid who can see over the counters nowadays. Kyle's main job is to clear all the food and dishes off of the counter tops, and then to wipe them down with one of our favorite cleaners. I always have Kyle wipe the counters down before I mop so that anything he wipes onto the floor will get cleaned up when I go through with our Bona mop. 



Derek Does The Dishes: 
We like to follow the rule of, mom makes the dinner, and dad does the dishes. This works well for our family and it's something that we've done the last several years. I also really don't like doing the dishes, and Derek doesn't mind, so it's a balance that works well for us. 


Kinsley's Jobs:
Since Kinsley can't walk, we often have her do chores that are more on her level. She's really great at cleaning up toys, putting them in the right bins, and putting them away in the cabinet where they belong. We also have her work on PT skills by pulling to stand and wiping down the coffee table, or cruising along the couch and fixing the pillows. The more we can sneak "therapy" into our everyday lives, the better! 


I'd love to know what chores you delegate to certain family members, and what cleanup looks like in your home! Let me know in the comments below! 

Legoland Castle Hotel Room Tour

We've been back from Legoland for a solid day now and I'm still so tired. Needing a vacation from your vacation is a real thing right? I convinced Kinsley to nap with me for two hours yesterday and it was the greatest thing ever. I hope she always wants to nap with me in the afternoons! 



Luckily, there was lots of sleep to be had on this vacation too. We stayed at the Legoland Castle Hotel, and our room was so fun, and had so many amazing details for the kids. The reason we picked this room was because they had a specific bunkbed room for the kids to share. The room was pretty small, but it was big enough for Kinsley to roll her wheelchair in to play with the Legos, so big enough for what we needed it for. 


Kinsley slept on the top bunk because it had a bigger bed rail, but if we wanted to go through the effort, they would have brought another bedrail to go on the bottom bunk for her to sleep there. We wound up putting Kyle on the bottom, and Kinsley on the top, and everything worked really well. Bonus points the kids were so exhausted by the time we went to bed each night that they went to sleep super fast. 

One of my favorite details when we entered the room was this welcome sign waiting for us on the TV. It was such a small little detail, but Kyle couldn't get over, "How do they know our name?!" the entire time! 

The kids room didn't have a closing door, just a sliding curtain. Two feet down the hallway from them was Derek and I's bedroom. We had a complete king size bed with lots of blankets and pillows... and let me tell you, after walking 20,000+ steps each day we were here, this bed was heavenly at night. Pure heaven. 

The only downside was that the walls were tissue paper thin. The people in the room next to us were having a super casual conversation and we could pretty much hear the entire thing. Not a huge deal because they weren't being loud and obnoxious, but just a heads up that if you can hear them, they can hear you. 


The bathroom was really big and nice, which worked out well when we were all trying to change and get dressed at the same time when we got back from the beach. I was super impressed that all the shampoos, soaps, and conditioners, were all natural/organic, and didn't have any harsh chemicals. I usually correlate hotels with lower end products, so it was nice to see that was something the resort valued. 

Likewise, when we were in the theme park, all the kid's food was organic. Yogurt, juices, milk, fruit snacks, everything. I assume not everything was organic, but it was nice that all the pre-packaged things that you would buy for your kids were. If I'm going to pay for overpriced resort food, having it be good quality that I would feed my kids at home makes the $46 lunch we ate a little bit better. 



Lastly, Our room was adorned with tons of awesome Lego statues, along with a disclaimer that if we broke one of them we'll have to pay $900. The safe that the green dragon is on top of had Lego sets for the kids inside. They place one small set in there each day, for each kid, so the kids walked away with two new mini sets from the room as well. 

There were a lot of things in the hotel that we didn't get to like swimming in the pool. and the entertainment in the hotel restaurant each night. I feel like since we were only there two nights, it was hard to cram it all in. I think one extra day would have been great to feel like we really got the most out of the hotel, but we still had a ton of fun, and it was totally worth the trip!