Coffee Shop Dates || #TheDailyMoments

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Coffee Shop Dates || #TheDailyMoments

My last blog post was almost 2 months ago, and it was one of "The Daily Moments" posts that Stephanie Pollock started. You should check out her blog to see her weekly photos. They are simply beautiful and a great reminder to turn your normal daily moments into memories. You can check them out here. Im hoping once we get settled into our new place that we will be able to start these weekly! They are such a special treasure to have. 

These photos are actually taken by my friend Tarynne ( Everglow Photo) . We Went to Lido Village in Newport Beach. If you havent been you need to go and you need to go to Honor Coffee. The most beautiful coffee shop EVER! and INCREDIBLE mouth watering Chai Tea. Like the best Ive ever had...in my entire life. Go get some. 

Also the photos of Adaline in front of the VW bus are my favorite ever. Tarynne just took her over there and she straight up posed. Like she knew what to do! I need to get her into modeling. No joke. Girl can work a camera. And also the impromptu photo shoot of her at the flower market with The French Bucket was adorable! I Die! Tarynne, you are incredible. And I love you, and I cant wait to have you visit. 

Now Ill stop rampling and let you enjoy these timeless photos. 

xox

Hannah Lorain

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The Daily Moments

One of my favorite mamas on Instagram started this series, The Daily Moments. Where you leave your camera or phone around and capture the natural raw moments through out your day. If you are participating make sure to use the hashtag #thedailymoments and follow Steph on instagram. 

How were beating this 115 degree heat! 

1.) Adaline running around eating her cheese stick
2 - 7. ) The most adorable sink bath photos theres ever been. 

8.) Snacking all day on those amazing vegan cookies i made the other day. 
9.) Adaline listening to music. She always holds the phone like she's talking on it. 
10.) Girls just playing in the piles of dirty laundry. 
11.) Incase you thought my kitchen was clean because of the sink bath photos... when reality i just pushed all the drying dishes to the side. 
12.) Adaline Found her bear that Brian got for her before he left for Basic Training when I was pregnant. 
13.) Dance party to Word Party on Netflix. 
14.) Claramae fighting sleep, But finally gives in. 
15.) Hang drying laundry
16.) Making Brian his lunch for the next day to take to drill, so he doesn't have to eat MRE's. 
17.) Adaline eating the  popsicles I made
18.) Teething Ice Cubes for Claramae
19.) Saying Goodnight to the doggy
20.) Mail Delivery

 

Check out some of the other photos from the series other have shared! 

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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. 

 Little Nomad

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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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