How to create a Nursery-in-a-corner

So, Sometimes you live in a country that doesn't believe in having more than 4 children, and sometimes you don't have an option of living in a house with more than 4 rooms.
Sometimes said country also doesn't believe in closets, so they just make an entire wall out of them when you live on post and thus make the "organization" of your room basically impossible. 😂😂😂😂
AND Sometimes said house has such small rooms that regular sized furniture barely fits.

When you find yourself in this situation, or I don't know, any situation that warrants you not being able to give your new baby their own room, I have the solution for you! 

So, against popular belief, babies really don't need a whole hell of a lot.
Some milk, diapers, blankets, and love--and you're set!! I mean, I set up a LITTLE more than that for #fifthbabe, but I'm still really proud of my minimalistic approach.

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This wall used to have my dresser on it and that blue table that was basically just an area I threw "worn but still clean" clothes that inevitably never got re-worn and thrown into the laundry room 4-7 days later.

I replaced those things with Ellis' bassinet, a cart for small loose items, a basket for the clothes size he's currently in, and a chair pulled from the girls room.

Things I've found I NEED with a nursing newborn after doing it a few times:
+ a coffee within arms reach at all times
+ a comfortable place to sit and nurse that ISN'T my bed
+ a table to set a drink (coffee) and my phone on next to said place to sit
+ enough essential oils to get me through the apocalypse
+ easily accessible and light weight blankets/burp cloths
+ somewhere to change a diaper that's above my waist height

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Here's the list of the exact items that fills our cozy little fifth babe space:

-Ikea Strandmon chair (found here) that was previously in C + O's room. I converted the corner that the chair used to sit in into a "reading corner" that has a ton of pillows and a library chair, so we still have a place to read to kids in there and now a place to sit and nurse in here!
I have BIG PLANS of having my friend Ben convert it into a rocker (instructions found here) in the next few weeks! SO EXCITED to let Ben know via public internet blog that he's doing this project for me. I'm sure he will be too. 😂😂😂😂😂

-Ikea Raskog Utility cart (found here) --we have 4 of these in our house in various rooms to hold various items. OBSESSED with their simplicity, cute colors, and compact size!! OH AND IT'S ON WHEELS. The top shelf has extra pacis, teething necklaces, and my coffee on it. Second shelf has some hats and socks, and third shelf is burp cloths and bibs. 

-Baby Bjorn Cradle (found here) - after using the Baby Bjorn travel cribs for the last 3.5 years (if you're still traveling with those huge, bulky and insanely heavy pack-n-plays that are legit impossible to open--you're doing it WRONG), I know they make incredible products. This bassinet is SO LIGHT. I could easily carry it up and down the steps if I wanted to, has breathable mesh sides, a bouncy base making it easy to rock the baby, and was literally only 3 steps for set-up. Also, it's gorgeous, which is a SUPER added bonus.
(since for some reason companies feel the need to overload baby products with insanely hideous colors and design combinations. WHO THOUGHT GREEN AND BROWN WOULD BE CUTE IN A BABY ROOM. #itsgross #makesmethinkofpoop #juststop).

-Ikea Maryd Tray table (found here) - The tray is on Jack's dresser holding some special books and his piggy bank, and the table itself is here holding the basket of Ellis' clothes. it folds up easily, but is still crazy sturdy!

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and the ONE THING that I've NEVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE UNDERSTOOD:
Why someone would buy an entire table devoted to the storing and changing of diapers.

From the beginning we have just placed a changing pad on the top of an ikea dresser and called it a day. And ya know what? IT WORKS LIKE A DREAM.
How to make your own Changing Table:
1. Order a changing pad and soft changing pad cover off of amazon.
2. Buy some velcro.
3. Stick one side of velcro to the bottom of the pad, and the other to your dresser top.
4. Apply changing pad to dresser.
Velcro keeps it from sliding, and the dresser height keeps your back from breaking.
#BOOM.

Add a cute box or basket to the side with your diapers and Young Living Seedlings wipes (#seewhatididthere), and you're done. 

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Ya know what you'd be putting on top of that dresser otherwise? Clutter.
Don't be a hoarder of clutter.
No one likes hoarders and no one likes clutter.

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As it turns out, babies just want you to love them. Not to spend their college fund money on a Land of Nod Nursery. 😏

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OH! and, I challenge you to limit the amount of clothes you buy for them to one basket.
Y'all. It's SO NICE not to be bombarded with an INSANE amount of tiny-sized clothes that they're just going to blow out their mustard-yellow poopy diapers in anyways!!!

But blankets, girl (or guy.... gender equality and all) YOU BUY yoself all the blankets you want. I'm a firm believer in the fact that you can NEVER have enough soft and stretchy blankets 🙌🏼 #treatyoself

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TOTAL NURSERY PRICE: $650
and less for me because I acquired the chair, cart, and table from other rooms in my house!

So, if you want to learn from my over-buying, infant-item-hoarding mistakes and choose the minimalistic life, here you go! 
❤️💁🏼

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Mumbo Jumbo and #alltherandomthings

Our new favorite game in this house is trying to learn to blow up balloons. My favorite part of this game? The way Jack says Balloon

Phonetically: "Balloolololola-nnns" September 2016 balloon collage

IT'S THE GREATEST. and obviously Yaya didn't partake in the balloon blowing, so she just sat around with crusted food on her PJs that she was in all day and chewing on sissy's sunglasses. #thelife

Also, my favorite new phrase to use is "this season of life." haha, I think I saw it in a movie recently, and I now use it everywhere, all the time. "Well, we are in a season of our life where sleep just isn't in the cards." "In this season of life for you, you're allowed to eat 2 creme brûlée a day." " In this season of life, having pee on your hands 50% of the day is just normal." "Luckily this season of your life means that having wine (and only wine) for dinner is absolutely appropriate."

Y'all, I don't know why I'm so obsessed with it.

ANOTHER RANDOM THING. I'm pairing up with @thewhiteoakshoppe on Instagram as a Brand Enthusiast. Home of the "Don't be a Bully" shirt, I LOVE LOVE LOVE her style. First of all, my Mom and Sister are teachers and I've heard one too many bullying stories that literally break my heart into pieces. I just cannot freakin' understand it and the concept that my kids will be going to school in three years (WHAT?!) and that this is such a serious problem scares the crap out of me. It LITERALLY scares me to death.

So, join in on it and grab your "don't be a Bully" shirts and DON'T BE A BULLY. Like my Mom (and your mom, and your mom, and your mom) have always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, JUST SHUT IT." (ok maybe it goes a little differently...but I JUST GET SO ANGRY WHEN PEOPLE ARE BULLIES)

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You can shop here

AND, bandaids. can we talk about BANDAIDS? I CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE. so many bandaids. I mean, I do it because I can't handle the meltdowns x3, but GAH we are spending more money on bandaids then we did on diapers. 😂😂😂 I feel like it would be different if there was a Costco here, but there just isn't. So we are buying 6 boxes of bandaids a week.

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Another terrible thing about bandaids, some leave Liv with THE WORST RASH. At first I thought it was an eczema flare, but its in the perfect shape of bandaid ends. So, the Russian Roulette of bandaid picking drives me nuts.

Anyways, that's been our life these days. Traveling around, pooping on the potty, being big kids, destroying things faster than you can blink, coloring on stuff with clinique chubby sticks, loving us some Peppa Pig, Curious George, and this weird German calymation show called Shaun das Schaf. Oh, and never giving up our wubbs. HA, but even if they go to college with them, then they'll be out of my damn house. SO WHO CARES.

I've decided that in this Season of my life(😂😂😂), I have no time or need for caring about the useless things. Ok. going to bed because DAYSHIFT TOMORROW! All Hail the life of NOT BEING A VAMPIRE! 🙌

WAIT! One more random thing, on the 10 day kid free cruise in the Mediterranean we went on at the end of August (I just like saying it out like that because it sounds just as luxurious as it was and GAH IT WAS SO GOOD), I read two books and realized how much I seriously miss reading books NOT about potty training. So, LAY IT ON ME! your book picks!

Also, if you havent tried the #icedcoconutmilkmochamacchiato (for people like my Mom who will never be able to decipher that hashtag: Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato) from Buckies...WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU. freakin' go now. GO. gah, GET UP AND GO.

<3 Happy September!

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Muttertag Volksmarch

Happy Mother's Day!We spent the daying Volksmarching from town to town drinking beer & wine and eating bratwurst & brotchen. It was amazing.

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We started in the little town of Glan-Münchweiler, walked two towns down eating and drinking our way through each one, ended at an awesome park that served wine and beer, and then took the train back to our car--the kids' first ride on the train!

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We enjoyed dinner at Berg Nanstein (Landstuhl Castle) overlooking Landstuhl and the surrounding towns. We are JUST hitting that age where before and after dinner the trips can play (still mostly supervised--someday we can just let them roam!) It was an amazingly relaxing day.

IMG_4773 IMG_4776 IMG_4778Liv's CHEESE face

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IMG_4781Clara saying "NO CHEESE NO CHEESE"

IMG_4785Sitting at dinner with the three who made me a Mom! (With my super annoyed fake smile since the people behind us wouldn't stop talking about how they couldn't believe they are triplets and taking pictures of them.)

IMG_4788 IMG_4789 IMG_4796And this is how everyone enjoyed their water tonight

Overall, it was more than I could have asked for on a day to celebrate my favorite accomplishment thus far. Hoping everyone has just as amazing of a day! <3 Schönen Muttertag!!

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Köln, Germany | April 2016

I have a wonderful friend, Markus who lives just outside out Köln, Germany and we've been trying to make it up there for A YEAR! We finally found a weekend that worked, and it was fabulous!

We arrived on Saturday and Markus met us at the hotel before heading out for sightseeing. Of course we hit up the EPIC Köln Cathedral first. It's incredible. What always throws me about photos like this are just how small all the people are compared to the church. IT IS MASSIVE. and gorgeous. Absolutely a must see if you're in the area.

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IMG_9194IMG_9211We then strolled through the city, getting history lessons from Markus and eating gelato. Stopping to breastfeed Stella in front of a famous fountain, sneaking in on English city tours to listen about this historic city, running into bachelorette parties who sold us cheap plastic sunglasses. Ya know, the norm. IMG_3711IMG_9158We wandered across the South Bridge (the original "lock bridge" where you put a lock on the bridge with the name of two people in love)

IMG_9198Clara got an excellent nap on Markus' back.

All in all it was a fabulous day. Brandon and I have found that the easiest way for us to travel with our soccer team is to stay overnight in a hotel. I know what you're thinking..."Aren't Air BnB's cheaper? Wouldn't overnight be harder since you have to pack? Well, I end up packing just as much for "emergency" things for a day trip versus overnight. AND being in a hotel for one night usually isn't crazy expensive. and ROOM SERVICE. Turns out, room service is WAY cheaper than going out to dinner with so many kids. So, after a long and exhausting day of sightseeing and on-the-go naps it's nice to get back to the hotel with crazy toddlers, order some room service for dinner and get them down. And breakfast the next morning is a BREEZE! We've never been to a hotel without an option for a kids waffle. So, three waffles, a glass of milk-- kids eat while Mom and Dad shower and pack up the room. We load the car and then are set to sightsee the rest of the second day before loading kids in the car and driving back!

This is how we got around all weekend: Carriers x2, and the Baby Jogger City Select. the backpack carrier is Brandon's favorite way to go. We used the Beco Soleil in case of emergency (aka nap time), and if that wasn't in use then the leftover kid either rode on the roller board of the city select or in the foot pocket of Stella's seat. lol

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Day 2 in Köln was spent at the zoo and Markus' parents house. We had a relaxing stroll down the Rhein on Sunday morning and met Markus and his girlfriend, Elisabeth, at the Köln Zoo. Kids are free at MOST public venues in Europe, which makes our lives insanely easy. It's so funny, because the triplets WANT to love the animals at the zoo, but they're so freaking scared of them. hahahahaha I want to feel bad but it's also SO DAMN FUNNY. Liv is our biggest scaredy cat...this is her in my lap. Where she spent MOST of her zoo time. IMG_4492 IMG_4494 IMG_4499 IMG_4501Monkeys watching Monkeys.

IMG_4513Begging for more ice cream.

Sunday afternoon we had an amazing lunch at the Kaufmann's house in Brühl. I haven't seen his parents or been to his house since 2008. So, it was awesome to visit them again. Mrs. Kaufmann has 3 boys, Markus + this twin brothers. and Markus is only 21 months older than his brothers, so she really get us. haha IMG_4519 IMG_4520 Weekends with good food, great friends, and happy kids are my favorite. Köln is absolutely one of our favorite European cities so far.

And to end it, Check out this photo of My Mother in Law, Beth, with her oldest, Chris, at the Köln Cathedral when they lived in Germany 26 years ago. (and then us) IMG_3722

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