Custom Made Sandals by Sseko

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Custom Made Sandals by Sseko

You guys! This is by far one of my favorite products I'm sharing about. But if you don't mind Id like to give a little back ground about how I got involved with Sseko. About 8 years ago I attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta. My two best friends during that semester was my girl Jessica who I drug with me from Indiana and this guy we met named Patrick. Now if you knew Patrick, then your life was so enriched by his goofy smile, his love for everyone, and those Toms that he wore until the fronts had ripped off and his toes were hanging out. They were pretty much inseperable and I was forever third wheeling it. Unfortunately a little over a year later, Patrick went home to be with the Lord. His death was unexpected and shook the campus. He truly caused a revolution in so many hearts and lives. When his family came out for the service and to meet all of us at the bible college, I connected with his sister in law Eliza. We became friends on social media and have virtually share in the trials and joys of motherhood together. 

Eliza reached out to me and shared the mission statement behind Sseko. Listen to this, 

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Sseko Designs provides employment to women in Uganda during the 9 month gap between high school and university where high potential young women are able to earn and save enough money to pay for college tuition. 50% of their salary each month goes into a savings account that is not accessible until tuition is due. This ensures that their income goes towards education. This also protects the women in our program from the social pressure they often feel from their families to give away the money the are earning which can perpetuate the cycle of poverty. At the end of each term, Sseko Designs grants university scholarships that match 100% of the savings each woman has made during her 9 month session with Sseko.

HOW FLIPPIN COOL!  Patrick and I had gone on a few mission trips together and we had actually talked about both of us wanting to go to Uganda. So in a way this kind of feels like he is apart of this. Leave it to Patrick to still be causing change and empowering people through his death. Cant wait to rock out to T-swift with you again man. <3  

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Back to the Product

Adaline's lace up sandals were a big hit and I still get messages about them. So if you're wanting to custom make your own babe sandals or just spoil your self then this is for you!. 

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 I struggled long and hard on which design I wanted to bring to life. And i have to say these sandals are inspired by my girls. Eliza helped me immensely since we are on different sides of the country. Countless texts and face times to show me the swatches and what colors compliment each other.  * Side note, if you have a fellow in your area you can meet with them in person instead of FaceTime. So after about weeks of brain storming ideas and picking colors and platforms and designs i settled on these beauties. The top foot strap is a rose gold for my newest little rosy girl. And the pink base is a blush color for Adaline because 1. Its pink and she's everything I dreamed of for my first girl, and 2. because her love for life and people truly makes me blush. Cheesy? probably but i don't care. 


Picking this design was so hard because there are sooooo many options. I went with the wedge because I'm 5'3 and can use the extra height.  But I'm definitely going to buy the original cross over sandals, and the travel bags, and the purses, and well everything. 

If you're interested in checking out any of there products you can do so here. And make sure to follow them on Instagram here 

As always these thoughts and words are my own, and I'm so grateful to stand behind such an amazing company and help support other women. All photos taken by Everglow Photo

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Living Purposefully

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Living Purposefully

Hey guys, I don't think I've told you how much I appreciate all your love and support through out the years. Its crazy to think Ive been sharing our life with you all a little over 2 years now. So much has happened. I really am thankful for this community. When I have a question or need advice you all flood my inbox with messages, and when those hard days seem like they are more common than they should be, you all pour so much encouragement into my life. For every negative comment I get there are thousands of you who rally around me. So thank you. Motherhood aint easy. Especially when you don't have friends around you who are in that stage of life you are in. We all need that one mom best friend who you can go to each others house and not feel like you have to entertain, or clean for. And you don't have to apologize constantly for your childs' crazy behavior. 

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Speaking of cleaning.... ;) It seems like there isn't a reason to clean anymore. I do the dishes and minutes later its time for Adaline to eat, which just means there are going to be dishes in the sink and food on the floor. I read a meme that said. " Why do i clean, while we still live here?" Haha soon true.. Minutes later its just going to be a mess! And no matter how many times i sweep Adaline seems to find the tiniest speck of dirt on the floor, or fuz, and puts it in her mouth. So I've given up on sweeping. Instead our new little pet "bObi" cleans for me. And entertains Adaline. She loves her new pet. She chases her all around the house and literally pushes her buttons. But it keeps her entertained while I nurse, or eat or binge watch Friends. Which is also why I call our new pet Monica (Geller- Bing). She's soooo thorough.  You can shop her here . She has seriously made it so much easier around here. I actually feel like the house is getting a little cleaner each and every day! Maybe one day ill get around to mopping the floors..... maybe. 

But mamas...if you're still reading this, I know this is easier said than done, and I need to work on this too, but lets try not to get caught up in the lies that our house needs to look perfect and the toys need to be picked up. The days maybe long, and the nights even longer, but the years are so short. And one day we will wish we had toys to pick up, and baby bath toys to step on in the shower. One day these littles will be grown and on their own, and we will have all the time in the world to clean and organize. So get yourself the best kind of pet, the bObi ;) let it do the cleaning for you, and spend time with your kiddos outside.

My mom challenged me to spend one day with my phone shut off and in a drawer. At first I legit rolled my eyes and thought thats impossible. I have way too much Im trying to do that requires my phone. But you know what... it can wait. I need a day away from the world and the feeling of urgency to answer every text and every message. Mondays and Thursdays are my off days, where theres no therapies or appointments, so I'm gonna choose Thursdays to turn my phone off for 24 hours. I Challenge you to do the same thing! Or something similar..maybe no TV or no instagram. One day a week where you can unplug. If you try it out let me know how it goes in the comments! 


This post is sponsored, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. As always, I don't share products with you that i dont love and use myself. 

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Playroom by Day, Living Room by Night

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Playroom by Day, Living Room by Night

Alright you guys, I get the most questions about Adalines therapy room, you can see her playroom on this blog here! But a lot of you say you don't have the space for a thearpy room, which I totally understand because we live in a 600 sq ft casita. Adalines therapy room is in my parents house, and my mom used to run a preschool so she had a ton of things to start with. So I decided to start blog series sharing products with you that are for developmental growth, but also "aesthetically" pleasing to have up in your living room, or whatever space you have available.
If you are like me the bright colored toys always make me anxious, and i feel the they just add to the mess. So Im really excited to share these products with you. 

 

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So our home is pretty monochromatic. Mainly white, grey, and wood with accents of bohemian/macrame. Our new couch is from Burrow. Its very durable, comfortable, and was really easy to put together. And the awesome part of these couches is that you can add on pieces to make it longer once we have more space. A lot of you ask me about our floors and they are acacia wood. 

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This Play Mat is the prettiest playmate you'll ever see. Its from Little Nomad. They are having a sale right now, so grab one quick! They come in a variety of sizes and colors/prints. And you can piece them together however you like to make any design. These playmats are very helpful especially if you have hard floors like we do. When Adaline was learning to walk she would fall a lot, and hit her head. Now that we have this play mat, I know we can spare claramae from the same bumps and bruises. Especially when she starts to sit up on her own. And it replaces a really pretty area rug, and is easy to clean! I HIGHLY recommend this one! The activity mat you see in the picture with the mobile above is by far the prettiest activity mat I've ever seen. Its by Bubs&Windy

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Now activity mats are important for any child for quite a while. The first few months while they can't sit up they still need to get some "therapy" in. The hanging mobile helps them reach upwards to try to grab the toys, and you can also work on turning their head with however you lay them on the mat. Adaline had torticollis so we would have to lay her facing the side where the toys were NOT, so that she would have to pick up her head (if she was on her tummy) or turn her head (if she was on her back) to see them. Eventually when she was sitting up we would still have her reach upward to one side so that she was working on grasping toys with both hands. And this activity mat is really big so your little ones will still play with it when they are older. Adaline plays with it now. So for the price, you'll get great use out of it. And its not this bright ugly color thats going to make you fee like you have to constantly clean up toys. 

Okay, I seriously get asked about this item DAILY! And Ive answered it so many times. Probably like 3 times on my blog, and I'm not getting paid for these shout out haha. So that should tell you how much I LOVE this toy/chair. This is an activity chair from Land Of Nod. They have so many different styles now. But it is AMAZING for helping your littles learn to sit unassisted. We were never allowed to use the bumpo because it creates and artificial seat and does the work for you so your kids don't need to learn how to hold them selves up properly. If you don't have a child with low muscle tone, that its not that big of a deal. But for kids like Adaline, their bodies and muscles have to work twice as hard to manage a skill, and if the toy does the work for them it can prevent them for learning how to do it properly on their own. So we weren't able to use one of those play rockers where they sit it and push them selves around to learn how to walk. 

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Last but not least, This swing is by Adelisa&Co. You can shop this swing here. Their website is down right now, but look at their instagram here. They also make the most adorable leather boots for babies. I can't wait to get Adaline a pair now that she is walking!. If you have seen my parents play room for adaline they also have a swing in their house, but their swing is like a park swing for kids. To mount these swing in the ceiling is probably the hardest part. You have to find a strong beam in the ceiling to hang screw the hook into. So ours is not in a prime spot because we have limited space, but it gets the job done for the deep pressure and sensory time she needs. When Adaline gets worked up, she needs a way to put out her built up energy and swinging is GREAT for this and also just for vestibular development and sensory therapy. With flu season being crazy this year, I don't take Adaline to parks because we can risk her getting sick. I also have a macrame hammock i want to hang outside on the front porch too now that the weather is nice. 

 

I hope this was helpful, and as always, though some of these products are sponsored, i don't share anything with you that I don't personally love for really recommend. 

xoxo

Hannah Lorain

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Fighting Flu Season with Nosiboo

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Fighting Flu Season with Nosiboo

This years Flu Season has been the worst! Its been lasting way too long, and its taken too many lives in the down syndrome community. Our little ones with the extra chromosome tend to have a compromised immune system, so its a lot more scary for us and them when they get sick. And because of their facial anatomy, their smaller nasal passages make it a lot harder for them to breathe when they are congested. During the summer, Adaline got sick with croup and then was congested for months. She would throw up because the post nasal drip. She couldn't sleep because she couldn't breathe. We had to constantly aspirate her nose and those dumb bulbs were the worst. She would just scream and kick and cry. It probably looked like we were torturing her. 

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Brian would have to hold her arms and legs down while I would have to keep her head still and try to get all the gunk out super quick. It broke my mama heart each time we had to do this. She seemed so scared and sad/mad at us. 

When I saw Nosiboo on instagram I knew right away I had to have this amazing machine. Everyone was raving about it, and how quickly it got all the boogers out of their LO's noses. So I was so excited to try it out. 

Im not going to lie, Adaline still had a hard time getting her nose aspirated with the Nosiboo. But it was more of the fact that she was mad that something was in her nose, rather than being in pain or scared. But it helped that we no longer had to hold her down for so long to get everything out. A quick few seconds and her nasal passages were clear. 

There is a clear part of the machine that holds all the nastiness. And let me tell you, it was absolutely disgusting to see all of the snot that had been stuck in there. I swear after maybe 3-5 days of using the Nosiboo, Adaline hasn't been congested since. And that is a MIRACLE, given the California air, her genetic makeup, and the sinus issues she inherited from both sides of her family. For a while I thought we were going to have some sort of surgery to help he breathe and sleep better, but it hasn't been an issue since. You all need a Nosiboo in your life. 

I recommend introducing it to your child as a fun toy, while its unplugged of course. Have them hold it to your nose, and switch off. Or even having them practice on their baby doll like Adaline is doing here. This helped Adaline know it wasn't scary and when it came time to turn it on, i would have her hold the bulb part to my nose so she could feel and hear it and see that it wasn't hurting me. She became way more calm when it was her turn, because she wasn't stressed out and neither was I. Now if only they cold come up with a way to have an on the go Nosiboo ;) 

If you're looking for other holistic alternative ways to help clear up some cold symptoms or congestion, these are what have worked for us. 

  • Essential Oils. I swear by them now. There are a few different companies I like to use. YoungLiving or Doterra. Specifically breathe by Doterra works great for congestion. But there are a lot of other mixtures that work wonderful too. If you're looking to buy any essential oils, let me know and I'll hook you up with someone from either YL or Doterra. 
     
  • Boiling Bay Leaves- Once you've brought your water to a boil add some bay leaves and let them boil. Holding your baby against your chest and safely away from the stove waft the steam from the pot towards you both, breathing it in. I swear this works!. I also ended up using the water in the pot after it cooled in our humidifier and running that during the night. 
     
  • If you don't have a humidifier, try sitting in the bathroom and letting the steam from the shower fill the bathroom. This should help break up the congestion in your little ones chest. Even adding essential oils to the shower will help. 
     
  • Now I haven't tried this one, but I  read about it and my friend tried it. If your child is sick, cut a 1.5 inch round of a potato and stick it in the bottom of your babies socks while they sleep. The potato will pull out the toxins in their bodies from their feet. This should help with the congestion. My friend said it worked, id be interested to hear if it works for any of you. Im going to try this next time one of the girls are congested. 
     
  • We have also used a saline nasal spray to help break up the mucus so it is easier to bring out. And a light pressured facial massage will also help to break up the congestion. But make sure you or your child is staying hydrated after doing a facial massage. 
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And for those of you who follow me on instagram, you have seen this new piece of furniture we welcomed into our family. Its from Burrow. This couch was so fun to put together, and it was easy. It also charges your phone (or anything with a usb outlet), is stain proof, and so comfy! You can add on pieces as your family grows too. I can't wait to add on another seat. Check them out here

As always, though some of these blogs are sponsored, all opinions and words are my own. I don't share products with you that I don't believe in or stand by. If Im not comfortable using them on my littles, I wouldn't suggest you do. 

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New Born Must Haves - A Baby Bee Box

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New Born Must Haves - A Baby Bee Box

Alright mamas, I am REALLY REALLY excited about this. A few months back Adaline and I were asked to do some modeling for Burt's Bees Baby new spring line of baby Pjs. Heres a sneak peak from the shoot and some of their outfits. You are seeing it here first! This Photo Shoot was soo fun! Adaline was loving being in front of the camera. Im really thinking about getting her back in contact with an agent and doing some shoots. Ill hold these photos so close to my heart because one baby girl is in my arms, and one is in my belly. What's really cool is that my mom used Burts Bees Baby on all of us kids. I had such sensitive skin and would break out to everything and she only trusted Burts Bees. And now we've come full circle. PS. This house in Joshua Tree was AMAZING!! Im totally going to find it on AirBNB and try to link it here or in my insta stories. 

We got to keep all the new spring pj and they are freaking adorable. Keep an eye out for when they launch and follow them on IG. &&&& now... Burts Bees Baby is launching their first baby box. And its perfect for any mom. Its completely gender neutral and contains everything you'll need. Check out their website here. They cover everything you need from Mealtime to bed time. Here is everything thats included in the box! It was like a Mary Poppins box. It was never ending! 

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I can't wait to use the bibs when Claramae starts eating solids. The bibs are so cool. They look like shirts the way they are designed and just slip over their head. My favorite thing about this box is that its so gender neutral. Dont get me wrong, I love my pinks but If you're one of those patient parents who can wait to find out the gender of your baby then this is perfect. Its like the best baby shower gift. I can't wait to gift it at the next baby shower I go to. 

On top of being completely safe to use on your little love ones, you can rest easy trusting these products and also know you are helping out families in need. Because with the purchase of each box, one is donated to a family through Save The Children. 

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Being a mom is hard work. Knowing which products to trust and use on your precious babes shouldn't be hard. And with this baby bee box you've got everything you need. And you can rest easy and just snuggle your babies. We have enough to worry about. There are so many things out there its hard to know what to use or what to trust. These products are what work for us. And while this blog was sponsored, all words and thoughts are my own and I don't share products with you that I won't use myself or on my babies. I even got the soap in Claramae's eye when I was bathing her and while I felt terrible, she didn't even know what happened. No pain, no tears, no infection. Just mom guilt. 

Go get your hands on one of these boxes for your self or your mama friend whose currently expecting.  

 

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