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Kids’ Room Makeovers Part 1 (Featuring Beddy’s)

It’s been a busy month as we’ve been preparing to add a new addition. As soon as I check something off my to-do list, I add about 5 more things. So I’m not sure that why, after living in our house for a year, I decided it was an urgent matter to fix up the kids’ rooms before the baby is born. But when a pregnant woman (or any woman) sets her mind to something, you’re probably not going to talk her out of it ūüėČ

girls room

A few months ago, we had painted Evangeline’s room a pale pink (it was originally a very dark purple.)¬†But besides that, their rooms were pretty much the same as the day we moved in.¬†I had spent the past year scouring the stores and internet for bedding for their beds. In the meantime, they had mismatched sheets and blankets that made their room look sloppy. It’s almost too embarrassing to share–but I will, just so you can see the difference!

room makeover before

messy boys room before

It was bad, right? That’s when I came across Beddy’s¬†and I was immediately fascinated! I reached out to them about reviewing their product and was beyond excited when they agreed to send me one. I had already done a lot of research and knew that this would be such a sanity saving thing for us (and they were kind enough to offer a discount) that I went ahead and ordered two more for the other two beds. I am not being compensated for this review–all these thoughts are very much my own! I always have and always will share my honest opinion here–I only want to share about products we truly love and I know that I always rely very much on others’ reviews when researching products! (I also posted a short little video¬†with our Beddy’s that you can check out at the bottom of this post!)

little girl reading books

beddys bedding

Beddy’s is a full bedding set, all in one piece. It fits on the bed like a fitted sheet, with the comforter attached with a zipper. That means that those difficult-to-make bunk beds and beds against the wall could now be easily made with a simple zip! I am very OCD about making beds (just ask my husband–sometimes I start making the bed before he even gets out of it haha) because I feel like the look of a made bed instantly takes away stress, even if the rest of the room is a mess.

beddys zipper bedding

What I don’t enjoy is making everybody’s beds every day. The best part about beddy’s¬†is that the kids are all able to make their own beds every morning. Actually, that’s not the best part. The BEST part is that they enjoy doing it!! We’ve had the bedding for about a month now and they all still wake up and zip their beds before coming down for breakfast. Evangeline (3) is still learning to remember to do it, but I can’t even complain because I just walk in her room and quickly zip up the sides.

little girl zipping up bed sheets

beddy's white bedding set

Now I know that some of you will click over to their site and be shocked at the pricing. I understand! I had the same initial thought. But I considered a couple of things that make the price totally worth it. First of all, it’s a full bedding set. It’s the sheet, comforter, pillow case(s) and sham(s). You could probably find sets¬†in the store that would be a cheaper option. But to me, what really makes the price worth it is the time/sanity it’s saving me. Instead of sloppy beds or comforters that come untucked (has anyone ever attempted to put bedding on the top bunk before?!) the kids are able to make their beds all on their own and it actually looks nice! That alone is worth so much! And these are sure to last them for many, many years.

boys room makeover after

fitted sheets on twin size top bunk

boys reading books in bed

beddys review

Totally their idea for the posed “fake sleeping picture.”

kids sleeping in bed

boy zipping up bed

A few other things:

  • the underside of the comforter is lined with a minky material (pictured below)– the kids love how soft it is!
  • they wash easily–I can just throw the twin set in the machine as one piece. With the full size, I unzip the comforter first but wash it all together, per the website’s¬†recommendations.
  • when the bed is made, you can’t see the zipper
  • the zipper moves smoothly–making it easy for young children to zip up (this also makes it a great option for those with disabilities or the elderly!)

soft bedding for kids

Evangeline has the Chic White set–¬†so simple and beautiful for a little girl’s room. The boys have the Game On Gray. The modern striped pattern is exactly what I had envisioned for their room (and the colors don’t bleed in the wash!) They also just released this Goldie Dots set that I’m dying over! ¬†Follow them on instagram for discounts and giveaways!

Here’s the video we made! Stayed tuned for the rest of the room makeovers in the next few days with before and after pictures (I couldn’t fit it all in one post!) Thanks for reading!

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28 week bumpdate (with a video!)

Jessica Roberts in Blue Mamma Belle Dress with Sunflowers
 
It’s so crazy that I’m already 28 weeks, which also means that I’m in the 3rd trimester–the final stretch! If you want to know how the pregnancy has been going, make sure you go all the way to the end of this post where I have included my first bumpdate video!¬†
 
This has been one stressful week for us. This time last week, I was going back and forth, trying to decide if I needed to go to the ER. I had a pain in my jaw/tooth/whole left side of my face. It was so severe that I was curled up in a ball,¬†hardcore crying. And though I’m a wimp with pain, I usually never cry from it. I decided to wait it out until the next day. I have had pain off and on this past week but it’s almost all the way gone at this point–so weird! I did find out that I need one, if not two, root canals on Monday (and to be honest, I’m completely dreading it!!)
 
Jessica Roberts in Blue Mamma Belle Dress
Blue Mamma Belle Dress Maternity
These pictures were taken on Wednesday night, right after a fast, but powerful storm blew through our area–taking out our electricity for 24.5 miserable hours! It was sad to have to throw out all the food that went bad in that time but I’m thankful that we are safe and that no real damage was caused!
 

Blue Mamma Belle Dress with Evangeline

Blue Mamma Belle Dress with Evangeline 2Blue Mamma Belle Dress with Evangeline 3
Those pictures with Evangeline are some of my favorites ever!! Don did a great job capturing this stage of life of me with all my little loves. It’s stressful to get everyone in the shot sometimes (especially since my boys are entering the stage where all their smiles look fake and forced haha) but I truly treasure each and every picture. And the promise of cupcakes made the kids extra well behaved and motivated to get into a few shots with me ūüôā
 
Roberts Family Group Shot with Blue Mamma Belle Maternity Dress

Roberts Family Group Shot with Blue Mamma Belle Maternity Dress 2

¬†Can we just pause and talk about this¬†maternity dress¬†that I’m wearing?!¬†It’s from¬†Mamma Belle¬†and I am in love! I don’t own anything else in this color and I think I need to change that because it is too good! The¬†maternity clothing¬†industry has come a long way since my first pregnancy (and so has my style–or lack thereof!) I love the ruching on the sides and the black and white floral pattern. But I think my favorite part is that it’s lightweight and so comfortable. Comfort is pretty much my number one requirement for clothes these days–and dresses and leggings are my comfort clothes! Mamma Belle also offers other beautiful¬†maternity¬†and¬†nursing friendly dresses, so be sure to pop over and check out the site!
**this dress was kindly sent to me but I was not asked to give a review. These are my real, honest opinions!!
Blue Mamma Belle Dress Maternity 2

Blue Mamma Belle Dress Maternity 3Blue Mamma Belle Dress Maternity 4Roberts Family Group Shot with Blue Mamma Belle Maternity Dress 3Roberts Family Group Shot with Blue Mamma Belle Maternity Dress 4

 Now, before you watch this video, a few disclaimers!!!

1) I usually end up editing myself out of every video we make! It is extremely awkward to talk to a camera–but I’ve heard it gets easier with practice? We’ll see! But editing this video was tough and I was cringing the whole time. How do my friends deal with me?¬†
¬†The fact that I’m posting this video is actually kind of a miracle because after I made it, I wanted to just delete the whole thing!
 
2) The clip that appears while I mention my exhaustion cracks us up–so I hope you get a kick out of it too ūüėČ
 
3) I recorded the talking videos right as the crazy storm was blowing through. So there are some weird lighting shifts. Also, you may hear kids being loud in the background because…well, #reallife.
 
4) If I don’t go into hiding after posting this, I may do a couple more videos before baby girl is here. But I’m not making any promises!
 
5) Fun fact: Evangeline fell into the pond while we were videoing at the park. I thought for sure we would have to leave right then and there but she toughed it out. I still keep laughing about it though.
 
Anyway, enjoy! And thanks for reading/watching!

 
 

 

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family pizza night–a recipe + video

****Edited to note that when I make our pizzas, the crust is not as thick as the kids made theirs! We do love thick crust–just not THAT thick ūüėČ The kids even stated they prefer the thickness that I make it. Just had to note that in case you looked at the crust and thought it was way too much!

Like a lot of families, one food we love and eat frequently around here is pizza! I’ve been asked quite a few times for the recipe I use for our pizza dough. My dear friend, Molli, passed a recipe on to me a couple of years ago and it’s been our favorite ever since.


I am horrible at writing out recipes, so bear with me, but I thought I would pass it along to anyone who is looking to try a new recipe. If you like thick crust, you’ll probably love this! And the added bonus is that it’s so super easy to make and memorize! I never have to pull out a recipe card!¬†
roberts kids about to make pizza
We had a little family pizza night last week. The kids helped me make the dough and then they made their own pizzas. They absolutely loved getting the chance to make their own dinner. It’s one of those things that I need to work on–letting them help out more. Most of the time I’m just wanting to get dinner on the table, not wanting the extra work of 4 little helpers. But it is so worth the extra time and mess! They were so proud that they made dinner that night. We made a video of our family pizza night and it seriously makes me (and them) so happy! Check it out at the end of this post!


Our favorite pizza crust recipe:
1 c warm water
1 tbsp yeast*
1 tbsp sugar
Whisk together and let it rest for a few minutes until the yeast starts to foam. 
Then add in:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 c flour**
Knead with the dough hook attachment with your stand mixer (if you don’t have one, you can knead with your hands–it just takes a little extra time!) until the dough pulls clean away from the sides of the bowl. Then knead for an additional 5-6 more minutes. The dough should be slightly sticky but should not completely stick to your hands when you touch it.¬†
 
Coat a bowl with oil or cooking spray. (Put a little on your hands as well to avoid a mess!) Form the dough into a ball and place into the bowl, flipping once. Then cover with a towel and let it rise for about 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
After the dough has risen, uncover and gently punch it down. Then form the crust. 
 
This recipe allows me to make one (pretty large) thick crust pizza. We usually double the recipe and get 3 medium pizzas. Top with sauce, cheese, and whatever other toppings you would like and bake for about 10 minutes at 500 degrees, or to your preferred done-ness ūüėČ (Is that even a word?)
*I use the big bags from Sam’s so I’m not positive how many packets you would use if you go that route
**With all dough recipes, it’s always smart to start with a little less flour than what is called for. Differences in humidity, altitude, etc. can affect how much flour you may need. So you could end up using a little more or little less. But it usually ends up being about 2 1/2 cups for me.
 
I don’t often write out recipes for anyone so I apologize if there is any confusion anywhere. But if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
And as promised, our pizza making vlog!