Beach Getaway

by jessicalieb on April 29, 2016 · 0 comments

This past week Joe and I (along with Abel) got to take a short trip to the beach to attend a wedding. Joe was a groomsman in his friend’s destination wedding and we got to take advantage of the wedding destination! Abel got to come along for the ride since he is still breastfed and doesn’t always sleep through the night. Plus he’s never been to the beach before.

We stayed at the Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I grew up going to Wrightsville Beach (or the surrounding area) so it’s kind of nice going some place familiar. I basically know my way around and I know some great places to hang out or dine. Although things have changed quite a bit over the past 25 years that we’ve been vacationing in the Wilmington area.

Overall, we liked staying at the Shell Island Resort. All of the rooms are on the ocean with a great view, they are also all suites meaning they have a kitchen/living/dining and bedroom. This was great because we were able to set up Abel’s pack n play in the living area and we had the bedroom all to ourselves. The wedding was held on the beach in front of the resort so all we had to do was walk downstairs to attend the wedding and reception. This was great because when it was time for Abel to go to bed I just took him upstairs and Joe got to stay at the reception. Although our room was directly over the reception hall so we could very clearly hear all the dance music. Luckily, everything wrapped up around 9:30pm. We liked our stay at Shell Island it’s not the nicest hotel we’ve stayed at but it was a good getaway and we might even consider taking the whole family back sometime.

In addition to all of our wedding duties we got to go out and do a little fun exploring in downtown Wilmington. I’ve always love walking around downtown there are so many great little shops and restaurants right on the river front. Although this time it seemed as if a lot of the unique shops had disappeared and been replaced with more touristy shops. I was kind of disappointed but we still had a great time walking around, enjoying the gorgeous spring weather.

It was nice to get away even with 1 child in tow. (He was a big hit at the wedding!) I missed the boys a lot but I was glad they all didn’t come with us. They got to stay home with Grandma and Grammy (2 grandmas for 1 weekend) they were super excited!

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Fighting off Spring Cold Season

by jessicalieb on April 28, 2016 · 4 comments

The boys (including Joe) have developed mild colds. I always hate when they get sick in the spring. The weather is so gorgeous and we love to spend as much time outside as possible but sick little boys need to rest.

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Sick days are never any fun but we try to make the most of it. We buy special drinks and snacks to make sure everyone gets all the water and nutrition needed to help their bodies heal. We stay in our most comfortable pajamas and watch movies while snuggling on the couch under a pile of fluffy blankets. We may not feel well but we try to make sick days as bearable as possible. In addition to getting lots of rest, hydration and good food we also use some great over the counter medicines to help alleviate their cold symptoms.


For all their aches and fevers I use Children’s Advil. Children’s Advil is a favorite because it comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.


Coughing and congestion always seems to be worse at night so we use Children’s Robitussin DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin Nighttime Cough). The non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.


During the day we also like  Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough because it tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough.

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Ways to Save When Preparing for Baby

by jessicalieb on April 21, 2016 · 0 comments

In celebration of moms this Mother’s Day I’ve teamed up with online retailer to share some great budget tips for all things baby.

Here for some of the survey insights they found regarding spending and saving habits when preparing for baby:

  • With annual childcare costs hovering around $6,000, it’s crucial to choose (and pay!) the right person to watch your kids.In our survey Julia Roberts was voted the top celeb moms would let babysit, but Kim Kardashian didn’t make the cut and was only selected by 3% of respondents.
  • Raising kids can get pretty pricey, so it’s no surprise a third of mothers surveyed said they’d compete in a monthly random dance battle (32%) in exchange for free baby gear, attire, etc.
  • Almost half of mothers surveyed (45%) said the most missed pre-mom indulgence is actually having a day off.
  • 33% of moms agreed that the most common squabble couples have regarding new parenting is about money.


  1. Borrow – If you have friends or family that have recently had babies and may not be ready to pass along their gear ask to borrow items like a bassinet or baby swing for a short time.
  2. Buy Used – Baby clothes and other baby gear is great to buy used at consignment sales or online. However, beware about buying certain items like car seats and cribs.
  3. Sales – Always look for a sale, shop sites like to get great deals on hot products for baby.

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With all the above stats, it’s no wonder moms everywhere are always on the lookout for smarter ways to spend on baby, and online retailer zulily is dedicated to helping their plight by serving up fresh, unexpected items for baby and the whole family, in fact, just in the last year customers have saved millions of dollars on baby gear items. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Savings on baby blankets: over $2.4M
  • Total savings on key items needed to set up a nursery: over $2.6M
  • Savings on all baby feeding supplies: over $4.5M

Be sure to check back on or on their app every morning to discover new finds, especially on Mother’s Day (May 8th) for their Moms First event, to shop everything a new mama wouldn’t want to be without.

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Simon gives up his pacifier… finally.

by jessicalieb on April 19, 2016 · 1 comment

On Saturday we took our annual trip to the mall. Seriously, I don’t like going to the mall but it was way overdue. Simon, who is 3, was still using a pacifier. None of the other boys kept theirs this long but I honestly just got lazy about it. The dentist finally told me it was time to cut the habit so we finally bit the bullet.

When Noah gave up his pacifier we took him to Build-a-Bear and he put the paci inside the bear. So he would still “have” it with him at night. So we tried to do the same thing with Simon, except he knows there are other pacifiers in the world. So we had to throw away all the pacifiers in the house. He happily built his doggie but then when bedtime rolled around he asked for his “milkies” and we reminded him that it was inside his new doggie. He tried to open the dog back up where they had sewn him shut and then realized it was officially over… then the tears began to fall. It was terribly sweet and sad to watch but the milkies had to go.

I finally got him to calm down and agree to go to bed by making his doggie talk to him. He really likes making toys talk to each other so once we started a dialogue with the stuffed animals the problem was solved.

He really loves his new dog which he named “Simon Doggie”.

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What We’re Watching Now


Joe and I don’t go out a lot. Babysitters and dates are expensive and our disposable income is somewhat lacking so we try to have date nights at home. Mostly we spend an hour or so after the boys are in bed relaxing on the couch watching some of our favorite shows. Over the years […]

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