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The Perfect Bottle

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We love sharing about fun, new products! When Twistshake reached out to us, we happily obliged.

Twistshake makes a bottle that contains an innovative mixer net that dissolves clumps in your baby’s formula.  And when you are preparing your baby’s entire daily needs, Twistshake’s practical portion sized containers are ready to be used. Also, the bottle comes in fun colors, which is always fun! The bottle is easy to clean and you can use the part that you carry the formula in, later for storing snacks when you are on the go.

Eleanor loved the bottle, which I found hilarious because she has never wanted a bottle before.  It’s also the first time we have been able to get her to drink milk. woo hoo!!

Use the code shoplovethreads20, for 20% off their entire site!!

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health // earth’s best

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are continuing our healthy, eating/snacking series over here, with a little love towards our little ones.  We can’t forget about them!

When we had Eleanor, I said I would make her food, when she was ready for solids. I said a lot of things, but…Well, I attempted it once, and to be honest, it wasn’t for me or her. (don’t judge. ha!)  So my quest began for the perfect, organic, baby food.  There weren’t many options, that I found and felt comfortable with.  However, the one we kept reading about and seeing was Earth’s Best.  So, that’s who we started with. Eleanor loves her options, and there are many to choose from, so, that’s who we’ve been with since day one!

Earth’s Best has a simple mission, “Earth’s Best Organic provides “better for baby” products with the freshest, purest ingredients, so parents can nurture their baby’s health with the utmost confidence.

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Eleanor had a chance to taste a few of their newer products, and she was thrilled with them.  Luckily, we don’t have a picky eater over here, so we are pretty lucky there.  Another thing we love about Earth’s Best, is the variety of items we have to choose from.  We like to give Eleanor choices.  This way she can learn the taste of different foods.  I am still fully breastfeeding, so her meals with Earth Best tend to be a very small lunch, and a larger dinner. We also do give her avocado and banana. She really is a wonderful little eater.

Lastly, if you get a chance and of course have little ones, try Earth’s Best snack crackers, Those are her favorite, of course!

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Filed under: Children, Family, Food, Health

9 months!




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Time flies when you’re having fun! We can’t believe Eleanor Reed is going to be 9 months in a couple of weeks.  She definitely has a strong personality, which I’m so grateful for.  She’s strong, independent, and funny.  She loves all foods, but sweet potatoes are her favorite.  She started music class at a wonderful little music school here at home.  Eleanor loves the ukulele! We feel so blessed to have such a fun, loving little girl. And her hair!!! Need I say more.

We are off to Mexico in a few weeks, this will be Eleanor’s first time to Mexico. Sayulita has a special place in our hearts.  We’re excited to show her where mommy and daddy like to relax.

Love the print above from hellomaypole.  It really is a great reminder to slow down and let your little one be who they want to be, not who we want them to be.


Hope everyone is having a great start to 2015!

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Filed under: Children, Family

The new normal


It’s been quiet around here.  Life has completely changed, and we are trying to get a good schedule down.  Any free time I have, I’ve been working on Love Threads.  The store has been very busy, and little miss Eleanor keeps us quite busy too. All good stuff, but really just trying to find the “new normal” around here.

First and foremost, the sleep schedule.  We are sleep training and it has gotten a lot better.  Some nights better than others. Eleanor is only a month old, so we don’t expect a lot out of her, obviously. Ha!  Next up, trying to figure out how many hours a day I’m carving out for Love Threads.  Mornings work best for us.  We all function really well in the morning, and Eleanor usually takes a couple hour nap.  So basically all orders are filled in the morning, and my buying usually takes place in the late afternoon, when she is napping again.  Lastly, just getting an overall day schedule down. We are really organized people.  We have always had a schedule and pretty much stuck with it.  Obviously, we know having a newborn it isn’t always easy.  Although, we know we can try our best.  For us this is what works, others can fly by the seat of their pants, and that works for them.

Overall, life is good and finding this new normal has been a great life lesson, especially to slow down.  The biggest lesson we have received is not being selfish, one bit!  I’m glad I waited 36 years to have my first child.  I’m not sure I would have been ready before now, to be honest.  I commend you twenty something mamas, it’s not a small feat.  This is definitely the biggest accomplishment my husband and I have had in life.  It’s also the most amazing thing that has happened to both of us.  I’m so so happy we have been blessed with this opportunity.

We love you more than all the stars in the sky, Eleanor.

ellie2^^^Picking up Eleanor’s birth certificate^^^

ellie3^^^Our first walk to the Santa Barbara rose garden^^^



Filed under: Family, Home, Life

eleanor reed jessen

We were blessed with our baby girl a little bit early, but we are so glad,  because she is perfect!  Eleanor Reed Jessen was born on May 8th at 7:02 PM.  She weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces. We are over the moon!

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citrus lane

I want to introduce one of our new sponsors, Citrus Lane.  I love the concept behind this company.  You can either purchase one of their monthly boxes, which includes innovative products for your child, or go online to their site, and shop for your own picks.   All of the products have been reviewed by real parents.  Some of the brands they have partnered with are BabyBjorn, Aden and Anais, Beau Coup, Chronicle Books, Green Sprouts, Eco-Kids, Lifefactory, and many more.

Here are some of my favorites that you can purchase from the online store…

booksBusy bear board book bundle

dog binDog storage box

swaddlesAden and Anais classic swaddle blankets

sleeping bagAden and Anais sleeping bag



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Little ones

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We did.  We didn’t do much, just relaxed.

I decided to do a little roundup of some of my favorite children’s clothes.

We don’t have any little ones yet, maybe soon.  But, here are a few of my favorites for our future little one…

baby collageSources start at the top and go left to right.

Alpaca apple sweater, alpaca apple pillow, baby puffer snowsuit in polka dot.

Cotton blouse with striped detail, Handmade shoes by Beatrice Valenzuela, Harem pants.

Teepee, wood burger, Handmade shoes/booties.




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Midweek Links



The weather is starting to cool down around us, and I love it!  We’ll see if it stays that way.  This week has been busy, but worth every headache.  Ha!  We are headed out of town for a month, and frankly I couldn’t be more excited!  I use to travel a lot,  and miss not doing it as much these days.  I’m thrilled to go check out a few new places for the next month!

Happy midweek, and yay,  we are almost to Friday!!!  Here are some links for a little midweek entertainment.


A couple leaves their jobs to build a glass house in the woods.

Have you seen this new shop?!

Diving deep without oxygen.  No thank you.

Splurging on this for Fall.

5 rules for a happier life.

If you’re looking for a good book, I just bought this, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about.

Connecting to your divine support system.

Letting go and moving on.

Making a nursery work no matter where you live.

One of my favorite bloggers,  turned me on to the idea of a much needed Utah trip, especially to this place.

15 of the most beautiful children’s books.  EVER!

I was this month’s featured sponsor over on this website.

Still one of my favorite quotes around.

Dr. Seuss is the best!

Words to live by.

If you have a baby or need to buy a baby gift, I highly recommend this shop.

Thinking about going back to the Bluegrass Festival.  I miss this place.

The Etsy shop Yarning Made sells the most dreamy blankets for babies and home.





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