Wednesday, October 22, 2014

guest post | brianna @ healthy home company + a giveaway


i have some fun bizz going on today for the blog. i get to introduce an idaho gal! so obviously she's near and dear to my heart. above and beyond that...she's known my farmer since they were just young. (what i wouldn't give to know my farmer as a pre-teen...i can only imagine.) anyway...

brianna is here on the blog today to teach us all about a company she is involved with called healthy home company. girlfriend is passionate about what healthy home company offers to keep our nearest and dearest safe and toxin free.

brianna was also sweet enough to send me some goodies to try around my own home...and no complaints here!

obviously my very most favorite is called clean. it's a 10 in 1 product that you can spray on everything. and since i'm a clean-spraying machine...well...it rocked. and the orange scent didn't get old either.
the other product i'm already on board with is the sunscreen. with the amount of outside time we log i'm constantly worried about making sure kaye is covered up. and now that i'm going to have a young muffin tagging along...times that worry by 1000. 

if you haven't heard the rumors...there's some pretty nasty stuff in your run-of-the-mill sunscreen and babies aren't even supposed to wear sunscreen until after they are six months old. 

but if it's a product that's all natural and toxin-free...well why not. 

i've been slathering it on the turtle for the past few weeks and no complaints. that's a win here on the farm. 
anyway...i'd love for you all to get to know brianna better as well as healthy home company, so have a read of our little q + a below!

KARLI | brianna - before we really dive in, tell us about yourself.

BRIANNA | i've been married for 10 1/2 years now. i married my high school sweetheart! we have two kids: jayce, 4 and callen, 2.

my husband and i are both hard workers. he works for dex media and i work for a company called heart 'n home hospice as a volunteer coordinator and program rep. on the side, i am building a healthy home business.

KARLI | why did you get involved with the healthy home company? how did you first hear about them?

BRIANNA | a sorority sister of mine showed me a video called the toxic 12 and i was read to get involved with healthy home right away. i had no idea ll the harmful chemicals that we use on a daily basis, especially the cancer causing chemicals that i was using on my children! as soon as i  learned, i haven't been the same! i have a great time sharing the mission of the healthy home company to my friends and family. i love that i don't have to sell anything. i just present the information and people are usually very excited for a one-stop-shop for all things toxic-free.
KARLI | i really need to get my act together. the message you're sharing here is so important and simple. i mean...it's just about healthier living.

so...i'm guessing you're probably really into ALL the products, but which are your very very most favorite? if someone were just getting started and didn't want to spend a bunch, which would you direct them to?

BRIANNA | i DO love all the products! i would suggest starting with the sanitizer. (i don't leave home without it.) you know, kids are playing and they fall down...use the sanitizer. then at normal places like bathrooms, walmart carts, animal bad breath, eye wash (if you have bad allergies)...really i spray this stuff on EVERYTHING. (i'm kind of like the windex grandpa from my big fat greek wedding.)
i would also recommend clean, which is a 10 in 1 cleaner. you can use it for windows, floors, dishes, laundry...just one product needs to be under your sink or laundry room cabinet. it's absolutely amazing stuff.
and my third favorite is called remedy. this replaces neosporin or any bug bite, diaper rash ointments, etc. my son had really bad excema and it's soooo much better with this. my husband had loss of pigment on his forehead and this has cleared it up dramatically! i have also heard it helps with shingles and psoriasis. see...amazing stuff! the best part about toxic-free is that you can really try them on anything and it doesn't matter!

KARLI | well...what with welcoming a new baby gal in just days...i can tell you i'm sold. i think for me it's just about changing my mind-set regarding convenience. but just a little extra effort can make a difference in our home...the place my girls and i spend SO MUCH TIME.

i'd love to read more. is there a newsletter or e-mail subscription people can get on?

BRIANNA | yes! if your readers just want to e-mail me with any questions or would like to get on our mailing list for monthly specials or learning about new products, i can help with that.


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you gals. i can't emphasize to you how passionate brianna is about her venture with healthy home company. she's on a mission to share their message about removing toxins from our daily lives. 

now...obviously we can't control everything, but there are adjustments we are capable of making. and if it makes us healthier in the long run...why not, right? no-brainer. 

brianna was also nice enough to offer September FARM readers a chance to win some goodies!

all you have to do is check out the healthy home company site and ask a question regarding one of the products in the comment section - simple as that!

there will be one grand prize winner of a $20 healthy home company credit to spend on your product of choice, and three additional winners will receive a spray bottle of clean.

thanks brianna!

(contest will run until october 29, 12 am MST. winner(s) will be selected at random and contacted within two days via e-mail.)

Monday, October 20, 2014

39 week stats | farm gal #2

i'm not really sure what planet i was on thinking i had a shot in hell at having this turtle 2.0 early. i've said it the entire pregnancy...she's JUST like her sister. and sister was 11 days late and still wasn't ready to arrive...so she was evicted.

well sister...get ready for your eviction notice because i am NOT going 11 days over with you. been there, done that...and i'm not a fan.

39 WEEK STATS | farm gal #2

WEIGHT GAIN | sit tight...let me go weigh myself. 

oh...what happens when you throw a birthday party that involved cake, cupcakes, and cakepops? you gain weight. hello 17 pounds up.

17 pounds is nothing to be mad about...unless those last two pounds were gained purely in sugar consumption. nobody would be impressed with my diet as of late. 

however...i got my shiz together last night and made us quinoa taco bowls for dinner, so there's something to be said for that. tonight we'll probably have life cereal.  

SYMPTOMS | i swear i'm having contractions. right? i have to be. except i'm not. i asked amy to feel my belly the other day convinced it was a contraction and she said, "no karli, that's definitely a baby. that's a baby's body part." 

so according to dr. amy, i'm not having contractions. however, i AM having some pretty intense pressure on my lower abdomen all the time. don't get excited, because this still doesn't mean labor is near. i felt this same pressure when i was pregnant with kaye. 

SIZE OF BABY | last week doctor timothy said the baby was probably hitting the seven pound mark and 19 inches. 

SLEEP | sleep. i miss you. let's have a rendezvous soon-ish? 

but seriously...i remember sleeping WAY better after kaye was born. it's just so damn uncomfortable right now. and the five zombie walks to the bathroom a night are a pain. and getting in and out of bed is a chore. and and...i'm over it.

not to mention...kaye woke up at 5 am this morning yelling, "HI! HI!" which is actually super cute and made farmer and me laugh...but since she normally sleeps until 7:30 am it definitely caught us off guard. 

apparently if i'm not sleeping...she's not sleeping. team-player.


WORKOUTS | so, last week i mentioned that it was too painful to continue to workout. well...i've changed my mind. if working out raises my chances in any way of having girlfriend early i'm going to do it. 

i'm back on the treadmill, just a lot slower. i try to get in about 60 minutes of walking several days a week. besides...i'm about to embark on at least a few weeks of physical activity...so i'll embrace these last few days.
CLOTHING | let's not even talk about it. my hue leggings are officially WAY TOO TIGHT around the mid-section to be any sort of comfortable. my maternity jeans are too baggy after five minutes so i'm constantly pulling them up...which is beyond annoying. and obviously i'm not going to buy anything new at this point...so i'm down to yoga pants and my farmer's t-shirts. it's depressing. (except for today. today i put on the baggies and a scarf so i could take the appropriate 39 week selfies.)

GENDER | pink is the word.

CRIES THIS WEEK | no cries. i thought for sure i would get overwhelmed getting ready for kaye's party last week and let a few tears fall...but i didn't. super impressed with myself. so far this has been a WAY less emotional pregnancy...and for that i'm grateful. 
PURCHASES | last week when i was waiting for farmer to make it to the big city to take me on a little date, i popped into anthropologie and just happened to find a few wall accessories to jazz up the nursery. i snagged some wall hooks and a porthole mirror. 
now i just need to order some maternity session prints to fill the frames. i'd also love to find a little art piece to go above the changing table...because that wall is bare bones. 
don't mind kaye. she can very successfully climb in and out of this crib in 10 seconds flat. 
CHECKLIST | we're in business people! this week i actually marked some goodies off the list! 

i decorated our porch (kind of) for fall, complete with hay bales and corn stalk bunches, farmer packed his hospital bag, our infant carseat is completely clean and ready to be installed, and i even designed a faux birth announcement with picture placeholders. things are happening.
and that brings us to the 39th week with no signs of baby...and a semi-positive attitude. 

wait wait...i'm having a contraction. no, that's the baby getting cozy.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

oh hey, friday! | kaye's 2nd birthday party prep

this one says the 11th, but it's tomorrow...i promise.
we have turtle's 2nd birthday party breathing down our necks. it's tomorrow. 

and with my due date just over a week away, it'll be nice to cross this one off the list. 

kaye's actual birthday isn't until october 30th, so if k2 comes before then, i'll be able to claim (for a hot second) that i was a mom to two under two. that's brag worthy, right?

but before the party-prep details...
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MY FIVE

1 | i party prepped the cakepops!
who doesn't love a cakepop? i'll make them again and again and again because they are a win every single time. they were certainly a learning process and for some reason took me quite a few failures until i came up with a successful batch, but now...they're a snap. and they're cute. and i love them. 

2 | i party prepped little floral touches
kaye is into this new thing when she sees something she thinks is pretty or she thinks she likes...she'll kiss it, hug it, and nod her head a bunch of times as if giving it her stamp of approval. 

i absolutely adore this about her and hope she does it...until it starts to look weird. (i mean...imagine if i hugged and kissed a vase of flowers and nodded vigorously after? that would be strange.)

bug girlfriend can pull it off.
3 | i party prepped water bottle labels
i don't know what it is about water bottle labels but i just love the custom look they give a party, so i do them. it's silly. but they are so easy to pull off, so why not?

i also have every intention of moving this little table outside because it matches the party colors perfectly. yay for vintage furniture. 

4 | i party prepped stripy straws and cupcake toppers
and one night while our internet was down i snazzied up some straw flags and cupcake toppers. i had been putting it off and putting it off, but when the internet failed us and i couldn't do (??????) whatever it is i do after kaye goes to bed, i had no choice but to get my craft on. i'm not mad about how they turned out. 

5 | ad discount...again

in honor of my best gal's 2nd birthday, i'm offering a 2% discount on all ad spaces

kidding...it'll actually be a 20% DISCOUNT off of all ad spaces! i have an individual feature opening up as soon as october 25th! so if you want some September FARM love...show your love and get your ad space on. enter code TURTLE20 for the discount.

have a wonderful friday and a great weekend! have a drink for me saturday night. i'm going to need it.

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