Willow House Party Reminder

You have until the end of the month to participate in my Willow House Party! There are some great things for summer entertaining at Willow House and some unbelievable specials!

I am obsessed with home decor and accessories and Willow House has some of the cutest, most unique pieces I’ve seen. My sweet friend, and another mommy to a 2 year old and a brand new baby, Callie from Willow House Mom, has me all set up to host this fun party for my readers.

I think you’ll be impressed!

All of your purchases can be made HERE at Willow House and you must enter my name as the hostess. (Erin Carroll)


* Spend $40, get any item $40 and under at
half off!
- To reach the $40, you CAN purchase outlet items and magazines. The $40 item that you will be able to pick at half off can not be an outlet item

There are so many specials for the month of May and the savings are incredible! The items in the two virtual flyers below are up to 50% off. To purchase these, you can visit Callie’s site at Willow House with Callie- they aren’t in the catalog. There is no minimum purchase price AND these items can count toward the show special– with a $40 or more, get any non-outlet item $40 and under at 50% off!

*Remember to list my name, Erin Carroll, as the hostess.

Here’s my favorite part! Willow House also sells your favorite magazines at fabulous prices! This is perfect as summer is coming up and we all need some light, beach or poolside reading as we catch up on Southern Living, Cooking Light, Real Simple and People!

You can get two years of Southern Living for $34.95. Or you can get a year of Southern Living plus 4 monthly issues of Martha Stewart Living for $30. Those are just a couple of my favorites. CLICK HERE to check out the magazine specials!

I thought I’d show y’all some of my favorite items. I have a few Willow House pieces already and really want to add some more to my collection! The Emerson Stemware glasses are absolutely beautiful and I need them in my house! The Gramercy Double Dish stand would make any table display look gorgeous and interesting at a party. I think the embroidered Scrollwork pillow is absolutely beautiful and the Galveston Footed Hurricanes are perfect for flowers on your coffee table or candles on your patio. I love it all!

Of course, most of my absolute favorite items have to do with outdoor entertaining. As we approach the summer, I know we’ll be spending more time outside and hopefully hosting more parties. The Savannah Beverage Server and Nola Party Bucket are two of my absolute must-haves for the summer time! And the Addison tray table is perfect for indoor and outdoor use if you need to move a table outside while you entertain.

Click here to place your order today. These specials run through the end of May. Remember to enter my name as your hostess and you can email Callie at willowhousemom@gmail.com if you have any specific questions about the products.

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Q & A for you

Once a year I try to do a post like this. I get a lot of emails and comments that ask me to answer questions about the way we do things or advice on various topics. Lately, I’ve gotten questions about c-section recovery and process and baby care, products, and suggestions.

It’s hard for me to answer all the emails- just because I rarely get a chance to actually sit down at the computer. I get overwhelmed trying to answer emails on my iPhone, so maybe I can answer a lot of your questions this way.

So if you have questions about babies, c-sections, pregnancy, or anything else I’ve mentioned or touched on lately, ask away!

Since I’ve blogged about having a newborn before (with Hudson) I’m not sure how much is repetitive, but I know some of you weren’t reading my blog when I had Hudson.

This will also help me get some of my blogging mojo back. I need content! So thank you!

So ask any question you have about stuff I’ve mentioned and I’ll answer them on my blog.

In the mean time, check out this funny video of Hudson. We were watching the American Idol finale and Marc Anthony was singing (while J.Lo provocatively danced next to him). Hudson was trying to dance, but wanted Boudreaux to dance with him. We thought it was pretty cute!

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bittersweet

Today has been kind of a hard day for me. After being here with us for just over three weeks, my mom went home today. We were so unbelievably blessed to have her stay so long with us to help me.

When TC got up and headed to work every morning, he knew he could work his usual long(ish) hours without feeling guilty because he knew that the boys and I were well-cared for at home with my mom’s help.

I have very strict instructions to not lift Hudson, who is now 33 pounds. So I have really appreciated my mom being here to give Hudson what I can’t and pick him up and hold him or change his diaper.

She doesn’t live close by, so just coming over to hang out on a Saturday has never been an option. Her long visit flew by, just as Hayes’s first three weeks have flown by.

I enjoyed having someone to talk to all day while we played with Hudson and Hayes. Some days we didn’t get out of our pajamas and some days we’d sneak in naps while the boys napped. She did our laundry, helped us with meals (when our sweet Sunday school friends weren’t providing them), and helped get both babies bathed and in bed every night.

I appreciate her wisdom so much as I learned how to take care of two babies at once. I will never forget how much she encouraged me as I wondered how I could do it all or in the days when we couldn’t figure out why Hayes wasn’t gaining any weight.

My mom sacrificed so much of her time and put her own life on hold, with my Dad’s loving blessing of course, to help me, as only a mother can.

I didn’t put on makeup when I got dressed this morning because I knew the airport drop-off would be teary. And it was. I still feel like a child when I say goodbye to my mom, but this goodbye was full of more gratitude than sadness. I don’t know how I can ever thank her enough and I hope she always knows just how appreciative we are.

Though I know it will be hard, I am looking forward to figuring out my new daily routine and getting started with our fun new life as a family of four. I’m trying to stay organized and take things one day at a time. I’m only focusing on each day as it comes– and may have to take my mom up on her offer to call her in the middle of the night when I’m up feeding Hayes if I need a little encouragement!

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a post partum brain dump!

  • I just gotta start off by saying that this pumping, formula-feeding, breast milk-in-a-bottle-feeding thing is for the birds! It consumes my life and I feel like a cow. I won’t be doing it much longer. I’m okay with that decision.
  • I feel like I am being pulled in a million directions every day. Hudson to Hayes and Hudson to Hayes and Boudreaux and Fiona. Thank goodness my mom and brother are here. I was without “help” for one day last week when my mom left town for the weekend and TC was at work and I seriously watched the clock until TC came home. I remember feeling the same overwhelming feelings when Hudson was born and I was alone with him for the first time, so I know this feeling will pass and I will become a pro. I just hope I become a pro sooner rather than later!
  • I realize I can’t be everything to everyone, but I think it’s normal to want to be the best mother I can possibly be. I want both boys to get as much of me as I can give. I want to have a lot left at the end of the day to give my husband.
  • I am only showering about three times a week. Judge away!
  • It would be really awesome if my wedding and engagement ring fit again soon. My fake/back-up ring gets the job done, but I miss my rings!
  • Do you check out new mothers’ ring fingers when you’re out? Because I do. My fake ring is missing a couple of fake stones. I hope the other people who look at ring fingers didn’t notice!
  • TC got me a really great case and wireless key board to go with my iPad. It’s a totally functional case and I love it, but I got my Cambria Cove catalog this week and I’ve got my eye on this Stephanie Johnson case. You know how much I love Stephanie Johnson.

  • Hayes is the sweetest little boy, but he has decided that sleeping more than two hours at night isn’t for him this week. I’m hoping that he’ll change his mind and go back to three or four hours at a time.
  • Hudson continues to make me laugh every day and even though he pitches lots of fits and has lots of temper tantrums, he is the sweetest little boy. I am so proud of him, but I can see him growing up a little bit more every day now that he’s a big brother. I’m going to try not to cry about that.
  • I have gotten lots of enjoyment out of the following things on TV: Justin Timberlake on SNL, the Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice, and a full DVR of Real Housewives, Pregnant in Heels, and Bethenny Ever After.
  • I hope to be a better blogger. Life is just bonkers and I wish I had more time to sit down at the computer. I have worked it out for Hayes to nap while Hudson naps, but showering, cleaning, responding to emails, and napping have been higher on my list than blogging. I don’t want to miss documenting Hayes’s early days though.
  • Both boys are happy and healthy and pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. Let’s end this brain dump with a couple of pictures of Hudson and Hayes!

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