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Motherly nursery tour: a dreamy, minimalist space for twins

Only the prettiest of essentials for these two babies! 

Motherly nursery tour: a dreamy, minimalist space for twins

I'm often so inspired by my Instapals and one friend whose taste is out of this world is my sweet pal Lindy. Lindy is a new mama to TWO sweet girls and the twins' nursery is one of the coolest I've seen. From the diamond-shaped window, to the amazing light fixture, to the custom dolls that Lindy actually made herself (#goals), this room is a one of a kind.


I asked Lindy what inspired her space for Hazel and Norah. Here's what she had to say about the room—and how you can steal a few pieces of her style:

1. What was your nursery design inspiration?

A nursery from Amber Interiors, an amazing interior design company in California, totally inspired me. It was neutral, earthy, airy and grounded... All the things I love about a space.

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When I think about design in a space, I start with creating a simple mood board. Once I pulled all my inspiration together, I was able to quickly pull the trigger on all the items at once, knowing they would go well together. Because of the time I invested on the front end and being able to see the pieces together, I was able to created a visually cohesive space that I felt good about.

2. What was the first item you bought?

The pieces I was most excited to arrive were their dresser from AllModern and a creamy wool rug from RugsUSA.

3. What are the most meaningful pieces in the room?

The first thing I made for them was a linen quilt. It's a cherished heirloom piece already!  I also love a framed watercolor painting of two rainbows that we painted together. 

4. How does the space make you feel when you spend time there?

Truly, that space is my favorite one in the house. Nothing is loud or obnoxious in print. It's calm. And my fondest memories were spent rocking in that chair with two sweet newborns in the quiet of the night.

5. What "must have" items did you decide to go without?

Well, we have a baby monitor, but we've never actually set it up! We never even installed a door to their room after renovations to keep the flow from their room to ours like one big room.

6. What are the most-used elements of the nursery?

Our peanut diaper changer is absolutely essential—and I wouldn't trade the high price tag for the functionality of it. It's wipeable and I have two baby bums to change, so it's really helpful to not have to swap and wash those fabric covers that are on other changers.

7. What advice would you give any expectant twin mamas planning their nursery now?

You're going to spend a lot of time in that little room. Aim for it to be the most serene space in the house. Don't fill it with loud prints and make sure there is plenty of storage to allow for an easy toy clean up.

I try and keep that room clean and calm. It's become a sanctuary for us. A live plant always adds to the freshness of a room too—and just feels good. Also, buy two noise machines! Place them beside each crib, which will hopefully help break the "one waking the other up" sleep cycle.

A few more faves:

IKEA Sniglar Crib, $79

Rossford Rocking Chair, $280

Horse Print by Kevin Russ, $48

McGee & Co. Anne Pillows, $178

What a lovely little space for twin girls. A huge thank you to Lindy for opening the (non-existent) nursery door for us!

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Ah, the 4-month sleep regression...unlike, say, your baby's first solid food or her first steps, the 4-month sleep regression isn't a milestone that many parents typically look forward to. Whether you're currently in the midst of the madness or just anticipating what might be ahead, odds are you have some questions—and some worries—about this much talked-about sleep (or lack thereof) phase.

But guess what, mama? The news is good! According to experts, sleep regressions aren't really a thing; they're more like transitions. And they're actually a good thing—they mean your baby is growing, changing, developing, + finding new ways to interact with the world around them.

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