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Hi friends!  Remember when you gave us your sleep advice here?  That was a lifesaver!  It’s been two months and things have changed dramatically.  I read through all of your suggestions.  I ordered so many books.  I thumbed through them and researched and sat quietly with myself to tune into my mom instinct.  At the time, I didn’t feel he was ready for any traditional sleep training methods.  So we hung in there, he and I co-sleeping/breastfeeding with me bouncing him back to sleep upwards of 10-15 times a night.  Lou slept in another room so that we would have one fully functioning adult in the house.  On the other side of it I can see that we were living in crisis mode still, even though it had become our new normal since my hospitalization.

But then.  BUT THEN!!!!!  I noticed Mateo started self soothing.  He would occasionally put himself back to sleep if I let him toss and turn a bit beside me in bed.  I realized that at this stage in the game we were doing him a disservice by not helping him figure out how to sleep for long stretches.  He was waking up tired, taking so many catnaps throughout the day, unable to get on a schedule, and having tummy troubles from eating so frequently.

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DwellStudio Bedding Giveaway!

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Howdy pals!  I’m so excited for today’s post- it’s my turn to feel like Oprah again!  I’m teaming up with DwellStudio to share their newest baby bedding collections, and giving one lucky reader a complete set!  The set includes: (2) crib sheets, crib skirt, blanket, hooded bath towel, stroller blanket and changing pad cover.  When they sent me two of the collections to style for this post I had a HOLY HEART EYES moment- both collections are so, SO cute!  I am obsessed with the safari print- we’ve been using ours non-stop and I smile every time I wrap this little bugger up in his hooded bath towel, or snuggle him up in the cozy stroller blanket for a walk.  I can’t wait until he’s older and we can talk about all of the animals in the print.  And then there’s the colorful boheme print (seen above) that makes me tempted to try for a baby girl to decorate a sweet baby girl nursery (monkey covering mouth emoji!!!)  Do you love them as much as I do?!  Click through to see the safari print we’re using and for details on how to win your own collection!

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Organic Modern Living

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Hey friends!  I spotted this home on Rue Magazine, probably via a Pinterest rabbit hole and it spoke to me.  Wanna know what it said?  It said, ORGANIC MODERN IS SO HOT RIGHT NOW (in a Will Ferrel Zoolander voice- so strange!)  It then continued, in a whisper: Sarah, your heart lies with earthy textiles, natural woods and black- embrace it!  I don’t know why photos are speaking to me, although it could have something to do with the three weeks of sleep regression I’m in the middle of.  But the heart wants what the heart wants.  And mine wants to move into a California bungalow and fill it with the pieces below.  Pretty please?  Also, can I have a round of applause for showering this week?  TWICE SO FAR!!!!!!!  Big things are happening at the Mora house.  Showers.  Blog posts.  Homemade ice cream.  Who knows what’s next at this rate- world domination!?  At the very least, I think I may get to watch a few episodes of LOVE on Netflix!  Only time will tell!  We’re really getting crazy over here!

But I digress.  Back to the matter at hand.  First and foremost: hats off to Square Foot Interior Design on this space, it’s stellar!  Second, I’ve rounded up a bunch of items inspired by their design in case you’re looking to bring a little bit of magic into your own abode- click through the carousel below for so many more pieces.  I hope you find something you love, covet and that eventually lands in your home bringing you the satisfaction that only a well-designed piece can.  Much love!  xx- Sarah {photos by Amy Bartlam}

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Sources:  1. Horse Print  //  2. Acacia book shelf  //  3. Large wrap bench  //  4. Indigo Pillows  // 5. Corriente Pillow  //  6. Monte Rug  //  7. Monte Pillow  //  8. Mantis Wall Sconces  //  9. Lenyx Leather Sofa  //  10. Braided hemp jute pouf  //  11. Indigo pillow  //  12. Principle bench  //  13. Puna llama throw  //  14. Rattan ottoman

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Hello! Remember Me?

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Hi my friends!  Wow, it’s been awhile.  I’m not going to lie, I feel like a circus monkey trying to juggle this new baby life with regular life, let alone work-life.  HOW DO YOU MOMS DO IT?!  Mateo just hit the 5 month mark, and I’ve been meaning to post monthly updates since the get-go but it just hasn’t happened.  But right now he’s hanging with his papa, I have a couple squares of dark chocolate and a cup of tea and I’m gonna type fast and furious until he needs his mama again!

Ok, where to start?!  Life with baby boy-  what a ride!  He’s delicious, really- exceptionally delicious!  He’s reaching the typical milestones, rolling over, cooing, playing wth toys, eating solid foods (ish), giggling.  He is sweet, mellow, happy, and healthy- truly a joy. It is the very BEST thing in the world watching him grow and being his mama!  I couldn’t ask for more.

EXCEPT SLEEP.  I grossly underestimated how difficult the sleep deprivation would be, and how awful it could get.  This kiddo is waking up every 1-2 hours around the clock.  I’m doing the night shift since I’m breastfeeding and it is INTENSE!  I’m reading sleep training books and trying to find our way.  Any advice?  This is hard on our marriage, hard on my sanity, it’s just hard.  Praying for grace and patience as we go through what so many have before us.  Praying that I find a way to help this babe sleep for longer stretches.  Praying that one day I wake up and feel like myself instead of a zombie-mom.

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I have basically been on an extended maternity leave- it took three months to physically recover from his birth and all of that health drama.  But now I’m feeling the strong pull to get back to this space.  And so we’re figuring out how to make that possible for me.  It seems that my pre-baby plan to just put him down and work while he napped/played independently is actually LAUGHABLE.  I’m serious.  I just had an out-loud chuckle over it.  It’s almost as funny as that idea I had when he was a couple of months old when he slept for 6 hours stretches that he was going to just keep sleeping for longer and longer stretches until Lou and I were enjoying glasses of wine after he was in bed and sleeping uninterrupted until our peaceful morning routine began at a reasonable hour.  LAUGHABLE IF I WASN’T CRYING!!!!!  Ha!

I’ve realized the most important thing is being a mama is knowing when you need to ask for help.  So, I’m asking.  Advice, please!  Suggestions for sleep methods, books, anything at all you think may help us navigate this time.  Also, I’m bringing on someone to help with childcare starting next week.  Any suggestions or advice for a newly-working mama is also appreciated!  You have all been so good to me over the years as we’ve gone through so much (I mean seriously, we’re ready for a break!).  So I thank you in advance, I know you won’t let me down.  Big hugs!  xx- Sarah

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Menu Planning and Money Saving with Flipp App

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Hello Everyone!  Today I’m partnering with Flipp, a free shopping app to tell you about how we menu plan, organize for the week and save money!  One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more organized when it comes to our kitchen.  So I now have a Saturday morning ritual and it involves a cup of tea, a stack of cookbooks, my planner and my phone.  I look at my calendar for the week, figure out how many evenings we’ll be home and plan out our menu for the days to come.  I go through my cookbooks for recipes, or inspiration, and write down a shopping list.  I break it up into categories – we get all of our meat from the farmer’s market, our dairy from the Co-op, and most of our pantry items, produce and miscellaneous household items from Whole Foods.  All of this planning ensures that we won’t get caught in the pickle of nothing to eat and order takeout that isn’t really the best for us (I’m looking at you, pizza)!  Since quality is my top priority when it comes to food and I’m religious about my sourcing, food is our biggest expenditure each month outside of our mortgage.  We make sacrifices in other areas to accommodate the expense, but I am always looking for ways to save.  SERIOUSLY WHOLE FOODS, WHY ARE YOU EATING ALL OF OUR PAYCHECKS?!

Which brings me to the Flipp App, my new partner in shopping & saving money! My routine now involves checking out the sales on Flipp before I start menu planning to see if I can incorporate any of the sale items into my plan.  For instance, this week Whole Foods is having a sale on vine ripened tomatoes. Which means it’s a good time for me to make a batch of the tomato confit from the Gjelina cookbook that I like to have on hand as often as possible (please please make it if you haven’t already)!!  After I’ve incorporated the sales items into my meal plan, I photograph my hand-written shopping list and upload to Flipp where it is then transcribed so I can easily check the items off as I shop. This is a lifesaver because I find few things more irritating than having to go back to the market after I’ve spent a whole day running around shopping (and trust me that has happened more than I’d care to admit with my chicken scratch handwritten grocery lists).

Did you ever watch the shows or read about the coupon clipping fanatics who were basically saving billions of dollars, almost as a sport?  I’ve always admired those people so much!  BUT.  Before Flipp, I’ve never, not once, remembered to use a coupon I’ve clipped.  And there was a point where I was all I’m totally gonna be one of those people who spends pennies on their groceries because I use the bejeesus out of coupons!  But.  Again.  I failed before I started.  And, truth be told, there is only a limited amount of saving I can do while still buying the best quality food. I’m not willing to compromise there for as long as I can afford not to.  Lucky for me, there are coupons for all sorts of household items to be found on Flipp! Think: batteries, toilet paper, lint rollers, paper towels, laundry detergent!  OMG I know I’m a super nerd for getting so excited about it but I can’t help myself!  I can finally be one of those people who uses coupons!!!!  *Patting myself on the back*

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Let’s Keep This Going

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Hi my friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  We set out Saturday morning for the Women’s March as planned, but a few minutes into our walk from the car to the march, the rain started pouring down.  Lou forgot his jacket, so he was immediately drenched and cold.  I was wearing Teo, so he was snuggly but I had concerns about how long the rain might last and what would happen if the two of us became soaked as well.  With so much regret we turned around and headed back to our car, the risk of  Teo getting sick felt like too much for us at this moment.  I spent a good part of the rest of the day watching my social media feeds explode with photos and videos from across the globe – it felt like a dream.  I was filled with emotion and hope, I cried for the beauty and struggle of humanity.  It’s a tremendous thing to see people come together in such a powerful way to speak up for those whose rights are violated or threatened.  It reminded me that there will always be more good than evil, more love than hate.

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