can i tell you about one of my favorite gifts ever?! it’s lillypost! of course, if you’ve been around for awhile you’ve heard me mention this numerous of times. if you’re new, here’s the deets::
its a monthly subscription box available in 1,3,6, or 12 months
subscriptions start at $26 a box
you get to pick your style; board book box, picture book, or mixed
boxes ship out on the 20th of each month
lillypost will donate 1 new book to a children’s literacy charity for every box purchased
this month we chose to do a mixed box. i just cannot really get over the fact that finley probably is getting to the age where he doesn’t need board books, but lets be honest…hayden still loves these ones and he’s four. for us, its fun to do the mixed books because the board books they look at on their own + the picture books are left for reading before bed. or before nap time. or when they wake up for the day. WE’RE ALWAYS READING!
my coupon code is still good for all first time box purchasers. use ‘beingbadenhop’ or 10% off any 1,3,6, or 12 month subscription!
ps- this is like the perfect christmas gift. hint hint. you’re welcome. xx
we have some new favorites in the badenhop house + they have all been a big part of our lives throughout the last three months. the snow has melted [for now] and baby buds are starting to show up on our plants + trees outside of our home. temperatures are slowly rising, but not much. no matter what though, it is officially spring. we’re excited for the adventures that await us, but first let’s recap all the items that brought us joy during the winter months.
our nexo stroller
in case you missed it, i blogged about our beautiful navy stroller with cognac leather handles by mutsy, here. but since then, this guy has been a big part of all of our adventures. of course, little nexo is still riding like a dream and just the coziest stroller yet. we added the footmuff to our stroller for the winter, and i think hayden and i were slightly jealous of finley’s warm snuggle cocoon. he was so cozy [and sometimes sweating while we were shivering]! the footmuff; making all our winter wanderings happen. and the nexo, making life so incredibly cute. love this beaut!
i think i have seriously been on the hunt for a well working, long lasting natural deodorant for at least the past two years. it was just recently that i came across a recommendation for this one. the blackberry vanilla has to be my ultimate favorite. it. smells. delish. [insert nose emoji and one million heart eyes] it goes on so soft, and lasts even longer. i think i found the one, y’all!
i also blogged about this subscription box, here. but let’s recap! onto our second month of boxes for the boys and still so much to brag about, so let’s recap. lillypostis a monthly subscription box full of books for your littles. the books themselves come individually wrapped in the most beautiful paper, making it such a fun treat for the kiddos to open. lillypost offers subscriptions in 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. you can choose from a board book box [perfect for ages 0-2] or a picture book box [great for ages 3+]. you can see both boxes here! the packages ship out on the 20th of each month and start at just $26. you can use code ‘beingbadenhop’ for 10% off your 3, 6, or 12 month subscription [must be a first time order].
merci milo shop
i first came across this beautiful curated shop, ran by the sweetest mama, back in december when i was planning our christmas giveaway. founded in 2015 and inspired by her daughter, Milo, Caroline is always updating the shop and literally stocks it with the most beautiful handmade + unique toys, from local artisans to global brands. she knows how to keep them coming back 😉 i mean, i drool over everything. seriously, such beautiful toys that make me so happy to fill our home with.
oh our mikoleon boots. these boots are handcrafted in guatemala and made with artisan leather. simply put, the quality is beyond amazing. they’re beautiful and will definitely be an heirloom to our family. the boys have literally been wearing these everyday since they arrived. and every single time they wear their boots out in public, the compliments start flooding in. i don’t blame them one bit, because i am obsessed with these ones! you can see the love, miles, and adventures the boots have carried so far, and yet this still makes them so incredibly gorgeous. and yet, even maybe more so special.
about a month ago, both boys came down with the nasties. stuffy nose. runny nose. terrible horse coughs. just plain yucky around here. this year has definitely been different from pasts. hayden is now in school, and you know how that goes. GERMS. we do many things around here to help boost our immune systems, from our diet, to vitamins; including an immunity boosting blend for the boys, and diffusing and rubbing on those essential oils. and mainly for this reason; to keep the sickies at bay.
i remember first hearing about elderberry syrup [a natural remedy of colds +flu] during hayden’s first winter from a sweet friend. fast forward a few years and i am so embarrassed to admit that i finally whipped up my first batch for our home. i honestly don’t know why i waited so long because it was incredibly easy to make. and now we have two full jars, that should last us quite a while.
2/3 cup dried black elderberries
3 1/2 cups of water
2 tablespoons fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup raw honey
mix water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into medium saucepan
bring mixture to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer. simmer until liquid has reduced by half. this will be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
remove from heat and let cool.
mash berries using a spoon and then pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl [i mashed the berries again one last time once in strainer to get all the extra juices out]
let liquid cool to lukewarm and add honey. stir well.
store in glass jar in the fridge.
standard does is 1/2 teaspoon -1 teaspoon for children daily and 1/2 tablespoon – 1 tablespoon for adults daily. if the cold/flu strikes, you can take a dose every 2-3 hours.
elderberries come from the sambucis nigra plant and are naturally high in immune boosting compounds. the berries have been shown to help avoid and also speed up the recovery of cold + flu sickness. and of course like anything, can be purchased in health food stores. however, you will save so much money from making it yourself at home. recipe from wellness mama.