Natalie & her extremely adorable crib sheets.

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Each morning, Natalie wakes up happy, as though it’s a fragment of who she is on the inside, it’s that simple. There’s nothing in particular we do to help her develop her happiness, she just is. And her brother was (is) the same way. Happy newborns, happy infants, happy toddlers… our family is so blessed.

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When Natalie wakes up happy it’s an instant boost to my day. I love walking over to her crib and greeting her with a big, “it’s our happy girl!” cheer. The little nook where our kids sleep in our master bedroom — the only bedroom in our Los Angeles apartment — is such a happy space.

Max often climbs himself into her crib from his big boy bed. They are most often squealing, with Natalie’s arms raised up in excitement and a grin of pride enveloping Max’s face  :)

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This season where we live in Los Angeles can be hard. Our apartment is small and our possessions go through a brutal, “do I really need this?” examination, but throughout the day we remember why we are here (to support Zack and his career).

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Having things in our home that spark joy and creativity and serve our family well is my 3-point checklist for each and every possession. If an item doesn’t fall into one of those categories it gets the boot. I say “no” to a lot of gifts because we don’t have room to keep around extra stuff.

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But if something comes my way and it brings joy and ignites creativity and helps me take care of my family, well then, I will find room for it. Natalie’s crib sheets are from Madly Wish, a handmade business from the outskirts of Chicago, and they are extremely adorable.

Our crib is an oval shape, and Whitney totally brightened my day when she sent us three of her crib sheets. They are well-made and remind me of how happy my Natalie is. It’s a real treat for me to have some of Whitney’s sewn work in our home.

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Madly Wish is giving away one crib sheet (valued at $90) to a Maggie Whitley Designs reader (US residents only). Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:

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Thank you for supporting the shops that help support me and my family!

BONUS: Madly Wish is offering a 20%-off discount now through August 3rd, simply enter “Maggie” at checkout!

Additional details & links: Max’s bed, extendable mattress, and sheets. Natalie’s crib, changing table, oval crib sheets, and mesh crib bumper. Natalie’s outfit, “you are my sunshine” wooden sign, alphabet sign was made by me, and “do small things with great love” orange print.

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BabyBjörn has polka dots! (and a sale)

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Sometimes I look at Natalie and the next thing I know I’m laughing out loud with happiness. You guys, she makes the best faces (remember this one?). She and Max are both super expressive with their eyebrows and I love it a whole lot, especially on days when I’m tired from a restless night. Which has been often lately — for the past two weeks I’ve had sick babies at home with me. Boo.

Since we’ve been forced to stay home more we’ve been playing with colorful blocks, Natalie’s dolls, and eating homemade cookies after naptime. We’re basically living the good life — minus the empty tissue boxes :) But whatever we’ve got going on I’ve got both kiddos by my side. Usually in the morning we paint (or do another craft), read books and wash a load of laundry. After lunch/naps, we hang out in the nursery and play trains, blocks (again), and hide-and-seek behind the curtains.

Our BabyBjörn bouncer is another one of my favorite baby accessories because allows our family to play together, regardless of everyone’s age or fine motor skill ;)

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Side note: did you notice the polka dots on Natalie’s bouncer? Oh yeah, that’d be BabyBjörn’s newest product line, Dots by Karin. This limited edition line features their top three bestsellers and is sold exclusively at Kohl’s. The Dots collection is available for another 5 weeks or so, and as a bonus, Kohls.com is having their annual baby sale making all BabyBjörn products 5%-10% off.

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When I told Natalie it was time to introduce her to the awesomeness of polka dots, and then placed her in her new seat, she gave me this face. What do you think she’s trying to tell me? I think it’s time she and I have a little chat… :)

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Win a mamaRoo by 4moms!

One of the first things I loved about the mamaRoo infant seat was how compact it is. We live in a cozy apartment in Los Angeles with our two young children and dog, so having furniture that’s compact gets a thumbs up from me. Something else I love? The pop of seat color against the white base. I am a huge fan of color, and having baby gear that blends in with the styling of our home makes me happy.

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The time I have each day to teach my children well, to love them, to cuddle them and play with them really is fleeting. I love the quote, “the days are long but the years are short” because it’s a beautiful reminder to embrace all that mamahood is.

I’m embracing these wild, short years by making lists of all we accomplish each week. Even on the most difficult of days I’m amazed at all the play and learning we do together. I’m not afraid to ask for help, and our mamaRoo is my modern day Mary Poppins. It features comforting rhythms that calm Natalie, the contrast/color fabric balls make her smile, and I love that I can change the speed or sound through the 4moms iPhone app. The only thing it’s missing is a spoonful of sugar for mama ;)

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I’ll be honest, it’s easy-to-use baby gear like the mamaRoo that helps me fully engage with Maxwell, prep meals or paint my nails (wink). And I can easily move the mamaRoo to whatever room we’re playing in so we can include Natalie, too! (Or she can rest quietly in the other room if big brother is being too loud.)

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4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

We love our mamaRoo and I’m so excited to offer one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader one, too!

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. The first entry is required (leave a blog post comment) but the remaining are not, although we’d love for you to share this giveaway with your social media communities. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Good luck!

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Natalie at 1 week old + her birth announcement

If we went back in time to 26 years ago you’d most definitely find me with my two favorite dolls tucked under each arm. I loved my dolls (loved them!) and wanted nothing more than to be a mommy when I was older. I was also really into painting rocks with my nail polish, collecting Lip Smacker’s, and riding around the neighborhood with a radio bungee-corded to my bicycle, but those are stories for another time ;) What’s important about these memories is the things I enjoyed as a child are still things I enjoy as an adult: spending time on creative projects and lovin’ on my babies. How awesome to be able to experience this.

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Since our little pumpkin, Natalie Rose, was born I’ve definitely got my arms busy with our two babies. Max was just 19 months old when she was born, and although he’s very smart (with a great personality) he’s definitely very young. Each day is a blessed day because I’m spending it with my little loves.

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One of my favorite ways to capture the joy my babies bring me is to keep a baby book for each child. When Natalie was just one week old we gathered all our soft blankets and a Moses basket and snapped some photos of our daughter. She was so fresh from my womb and her legs wanted nothing more than to stay curled up, all cozy and compact in the basket. I love that we captured that in these photos.

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One of our longtime sponsors, Pear Tree Greetings, helped us create her birth announcements to share with our family and friends. I know the years when our children are young will go by fast (…let’s not talk about that) so I’m glad to be preserving these years with something tangible for their baby books.

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And I need to totally brag about something: this time I ordered our address pre-printed on the back of the envelopes, along with a few extra envelopes for mistakes. Because new moms are often foggy. And sometimes their penmanship is funny looking. Speaking from experience, of course.

And just for fun, here’s Maxwell’s birth announcement from March 2013:

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Do you keep a baby book for your children? Project Life? How do you preserve the dozens of photos you take every day?

(Thanks to Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring this post. All opinions and stories are uniquely mine.)

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