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Oklahoma Wall Art – Set of 4

Oklahoma Wall Art – Set of 4

I’m so excited about the recent collab I did with Amanda from The Staged Life for a local Air BNB in OKC.  Together we created 4 Oklahoma wall art designs to make any guest feel at home.  I used the OKC Districts from the Visit OKC tourism website to create a simple, modern, and rustic design.  (You can read more about the individual OKC Districts here.)  The handwritten “I’ve never been to heaven, but I’ve been to Oklahoma” quote is displayed above the bed to create a relaxing mood for visitors during their stay.  Lastly, the quote “Oklahoma home where the buffalo roam” is written in a rustic old west font.  On your trip to Oklahoma, check out the buffalo at Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

See more photos of this beautiful Air BNB on The Staged Life or hire Amanda to decorate your home with Layton Staging and Redesign.

Use my link to get $40 in travel credit when you sign up to Air BNB!

I hope you love these designs as much as we do. Comment below if you’ve ever been to Oklahoma, and tell me what you love most about it!
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Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts

Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts

Every year I find myself searching the internet for the “Perfect” Father’s Day Gifts.  It can be really difficult buying for a Dad who has everything and I always find myself turning to Pinterest posts and articles like these to help me find something he will actually use. I’ve noticed that most of these articles are written by women with good intentions but not by the person receiving the gifts.  I have given my husband a lot of gifts over the past 8 years that he hasn’t touched since he opened the box.  So this year, I asked my husband what his favorite Father’s Day Gifts are and told him to only list products he already owns and loves.    These Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts are all Dad approved and ACTUALLY used.
Father's Day Gifts

  1. Daniel Wellington Classic Roselyn (Use code “THEOKIEHOME” for 15% off) – This is my Husband’s favorite new gift from Daniel Wellington.  You can read all about it in my Daniel Wellington Blog Post.
  2. Clarisonic Alpha FIT Men’s Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System – It took quite a bit to talk him into trying my Clarisonic, but when he finally did he absolutely loved it and now he uses it every day! It’s perfect for removing dead skin and exfoliating while in the shower.
  3. Dickies Work Gear 16-Pocket Bib Apron – This apron is great if you’re on a budget for Father’s Day. It’s heavy duty, manly, and can hold all of his tools.  He could even grill in it!
  4. Men’s Wood Tie Clip 3 pcs – These are the perfect way to add character to a boring tie. He always gets compliments at work asking if he made them himself.
  5. Madden Men’s M-amit Oxford – These shoes are comfortable, stylish, and affordable.
  6. MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband – My mother got this for my husband years ago for Christmas and it has been my most recommended gift since then.  It’s only $10 and always comes in handy.
  7. Callaway Stretch Fitted Hat – By this point he has a collection of Callaway hats.  It’s breathable and washable with really nice embroidered lettering.
  8. Ryobi 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit – This is the most used power tool we own.  I just put him to work installing a new master closet and this set made us finish in half the time.
  9. Golf Digest Subscription – A magazine subscription is great for the man who has everything.  It’s cheap and he keeps getting gifts throughout the year!
  10. Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Portable 3-Speed Turntable with Bluetooth – Nothing is better after the kids go to bed than to put on a vinyl record, light a candle, and relax.

Father's Day Gifts from Daniel Wellington

Read my recent blog post about the new CLASSIC ROSELYN WITH DANIEL WELLINGTON (Use code “THEOKIEHOME” for 15% off)

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Happy Camper Canvas Banner

Happy Camper Canvas Banner

This week, I was sent the sweetest hand written letter and canvas banner from an Etsy Shop in Quebec, Canada.  AskYoMother sells beautifully hand crafted canvas + felt goods.  Alycia designs, sews, and assembles them herself making each piece truly unique.  You can order banners and patches in many different clever and inspiring sayings such as: happy place, beach please, grl pwr, you are enough, and even custom sayings. They look so good in every room in the house and one day I hope to have the Get Naked banner for our bathroom.

The Happy Camper Banner is the perfect accent for our sun-room turned playroom. When designing the playroom, I wanted clean neutral decor that would fit in with the design of our home but would still be fun for the kids. Even though it’s simple, it makes a big impact. I love the contrast in textures of the rough canvas and the soft felt appliques.  If you’re looking for affordable, unique home decor, definitely go with AskYoMother.

Follow AskYoMother’s Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration!

Happy Camper Canvas Banner
Happy Camper Canvas Banner / Wall Sconce / Orb Chandelier
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Promoting Positive Life Skills with Slumberkins

Promoting Positive Life Skills with Slumberkins

“Slumberkins help create a loving routine to deepen your bond with your little one while promoting positive life skills.”

Slumberkins is a cuddly, cute, and comforting lovey that is made to be a source of security for your child. As well as a friend to hold, Slumberkins include beautifully illustrated board books of Sleepytime Rhymes. These short stories use research-based techniques to promote positive life skills and to deepen the parent-child bond.  It also comes with a portable Affirmation Card to remind you of your lovies routine. Slumberkins has many other products to teach self-esteem, transitions, and conflict resolution.

They were even seen on one of our favorite shows ABC’s Shark Tank.

Promoting Positive Life Skills with Slumberkins
Slumber Sloth teaches progressive muscle relaxation.  Research shows that this promotes relaxation/sleep, mind-body connection, and anxiety management.  The accompanying Sleepytime Rhyme narrates that it’s time for bed.  It tells the child to calm their mind and take deep breaths in a relaxing story time manner.

Promoting Positive Life Skills with Slumberkins
Yeti is a Mindfulness snuggler and promotes mind-body connection, anxiety reduction, and concentration. His Sleepytime Rhyme tells the story about a Yeti that was always in a hurry and needed patience.  It teaches the child how to focus their attention on one thing in particular and think about the details with their all of their senses.  The story ends with the child repeating. “I am here in the now. I am calm and still. I notice things around me. And I am present and chill.”Promoting Positive Life Skills with Slumberkins

My boys love their new friends and really enjoy seeing their lovies in a book.  Surprisingly, when we first got them, they both picked one for their own and haven’t ever fought over who has which.  They have been sleeping with their animals every night since and their Slumberkin has quickly become a part of the family.
Promoting Positive Life Skills with Slumberkins

I received the Slumber Sloth and Yeti from Slumberkins in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Admire Beauty Quote Wall Art

Admire Beauty Quote Wall Art

“Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.”

This is my biggest struggle with social media.  Everytime I look through my Instagram feed I see mother’s with perfect families, perfect homes, perfect clothes, perfect relationships, and perfect lives.  As much as I love my family and my home, I always compare myself.  Why does she have more money? How does she get her kids to take that picture? And the big one…Why does she have so many followers?  I know I shouldn’t let a number define me, but sometimes it seems like I will never be at the level of those “Instagram Perfect Moms.”

I need this quote as a daily reminder.  To tell myself, you don’t have to be perfect to have it all.  You don’t need 10k followers to feel loved.  You are beautiful just the way you are.

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Empowering Women with Imani Collective

Empowering Women with Imani Collective

“Together, we unleash a woman’s greatness through empowerment, opportunity + community.” – Imani Collective

Imani Collective employs over fifty Kenyan men + women in Mtepeni Village and Mombasa, along with half a dozen women stateside. They provide in-house enriching childcare, literacy classes, food programs, home visits, and much more to the women and men they employ.

They sell pillows made from natural canvas, hand-woven macrame wall hangings, and intricate organic wool rugs.  Not only do they create beautiful products, but they also have packages to give meals, training, and education to their artisans and their children.

Imani CollectiveMacrame Wall Hanging / Bear Animal Pillow / Hello Pillow Cover / Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The Macrame Wall Hanging is my favorite wall decor piece in our home. The natural cotton and wooden dowel rod were sourced in Kenya.  It was then hand-washed, hand-spun, hand-dyed, and hand-woven all by local artisans.  It is a beautiful high quality piece that I can see myself having for many years to come.

The Bear Animal Pillow was a huge hit with my two boys.  The bear is so large and hug-able!  It is sewn and screen printed by hand on natural canvas by local artisans.  The material is really thick and seems like it can take the wear and tear of two toddlers without ever ripping or getting loose seams.  I definitely want to add their other adorable animal designs like the hedgehog, sloth, llama, and raccoon pillows!

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One of my favorite things about Imani Collective, is that they include the name of the artists on every item. You can go online to their Artisan Page and view pictures of the women and men in Kenya who created your product.

Imani Collective also offers trips to Kenya to visit their artisans, as well as, ways to volunteer at local events.

This weekend is their 5 year anniversary! Follow Imani Collective on Instagram to hear about their huge upcoming giveaway.

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I received the Macrame Wall Hanging and Bear Animal Pillow from Imani Collective in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Classic Roselyn with Daniel Wellington

Classic Roselyn with Daniel Wellington

Classic Roselyn by Daniel Wellington is a brand-new watch that launched May 8th.  It’s available in rose gold or silver with a 36 or 40 MM watch face.   It has a unisex design with interchangeable straps.  This beautiful sleek watch features a Japanese Quartz Movement and is water resistant up to 3 ATM.  They also launched the same watch in blue named Bayswater!

I love this watch because it’s so versatile!  It even makes the perfect Father’s Day gift! I gave mine to my husband to wear with his suits.

Use my promo code: THEOKIEHOME for 15% off your purchase at www.danielwellington.com. The site even has free shipping and free returns. Offer valid through 6/20/2018.

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I received the Classic Roselyn from Daniel Wellington in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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Transitioning to Toddler Beds With DockATot

Transitioning to Toddler Beds With DockATot

Up until now our boys have been sleeping in cribs, but when we moved to a new house with a bunk room, all they wanted was to sleep in a big boy bed. I was mostly concerned with them rolling out of bed in the middle of the night but thanks to DockATot, transitioning to toddler beds has been a breeze!

These Grand Docks are ideal for bed transitioning, thanks to built-in, air permeable sides that act as bed rails, allowing young toddler to settle more easily in a bigger bed.

We started off by letting the boys have playtime in the DockATot for a couple of days.  This made them see their new bed as a safe, fun, and comfortable place for them to be.  We then put their Grand Docks inside of their bunk beds and put them to sleep as usual! We had instant success!  Our youngest only woke up once in the night and our oldest didn’t wake up at all! Now, they love to climb up into the docks and watch movies. They even love to put them on the bedroom floor to climb and wrestle around.

These Grand Docks are for babies and toddlers age 9 – 36 months who are 22-40lbs. The open bottom design allows for a comfortable fit at any size. My one year old isn’t overwhelmed and my two year old still has plenty of room to grow.

I’m excited to also bring these Grand Docks along with us on vacation for the boys to sleep in!  It will be much easier than lugging around heavy pack and plays and can be easily stored in water-resistant travel bags (sold separately).

Keep reading to learn more about DockATot!

TRANSITIONING TO TODDLER BEDS WITH DOCKATOT

TRANSITIONING TO TODDLER BEDS WITH DOCKATOT

TRANSITIONING TO TODDLER BEDS WITH DOCKATOT

DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger. It comes in two sizes: Deluxe for 0-8 Months & Grand 9-36 months.  It’s all natural, 100% cotton and handmade in Europe. It was the most registered baby product on BabyList in 2017 and is trusted and used by many celebrities such as: Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Michael Phelps.

We have two of the DockATot Grand Docks in the print “Bananas for You.”  The material is breathable, washable and hypoallergenic.  They also have alot of other beautiful designs such as floral print and carrara marble.

Use this link to get $10 off all Docks at DockATot™.

I received these Grand Docks compliments of DockATot™ in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

TRANSITIONING TO TODDLER BEDS WITH DOCKATOT

TRANSITIONING TO TODDLER BEDS WITH DOCKATOT

TRANSITIONING TO TODDLER BEDS WITH DOCKATOT

TRANSITIONING TO TODDLER BEDS WITH DOCKATOT

Bath Time Must Haves for Toddlers

Bath Time Must Haves for Toddlers

For over a year now, my 2 year old has been battling terrible eczema. He gets it worst when he plays outside, and I have been trying to do everything I can to let him still be a little boy.  This is my list of 8 bath time must haves for toddlers with sensitive skin.  These products are great for all kids, but are also gentle enough for children prone to allergies.


1. Bath Kneeler and Elbow Rest – This 2″ Thick Non-Slip Kneeling Pad is a lifesaver and absolute must have for any parents having to bend over a tub.  It takes all of the pain off of your knees and elbows while trying to wrestle soap onto your wild one. It’s superior neoprene material is durable, quick drying, mold-resistant and machine washable.  It also had deep mesh pockets for storing your favorite bath items.  My favorite part is that it easily hangs from a towel rack to dry!  It’s a great shower gift that will be used for years.

2. Green Toys Rescue Boat with Helicopter – Green Toys are made from 100% recycled plastic with no BPA, phthalates, or PVC. They open up so you can clean inside the toys to prevent mold and are dishwasher safe.

3. Green Toys Submarine – The submarine has all of the safe features of the rescue boat and helicopter, but can also be used as a cup to pour water.  This is the easiest way to wash your toddlers hair and provides accurate pouring so soap doesn’t get in their eyes!

4. Baby Dove Wash – All Dove products are great for sensitive skin.  We were so excited when Dove released a sensitive baby wash that is fragrance free, tear free, hypoallergenic, and pH neutral.

5. Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover – Because bath time with two boys sometimes gets a little wild, the whale bath spout cover is a lifesaver.  I payed attention last time the boys took a bath, and my littlest one bonked his head on the bath spout over 30 times.  Luckily the soft rubber made him not even notice.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar – This is my most important tip for toddler’s with eczema. I thought it was a crazy idea too when a Harvard Graduate Dermatologist told us to put apple cider vinegar in our son’s baths, but nothing has worked better!   His skin has cleared up so fast and the water is suddenly less drying and harsh on his skin.  We add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to warm water and bathe him as usual.

7. Classic Yellow Rubber Ducky – Everyone knows this is always a winner and is the most affordable bath toy you can buy!

8. Bamboo Hooded Baby Bath Towel – Strawberry & Bamboo Hooded Baby Bath Towel – Lemon – These are the BEST towels for sensitive skin! They are hypoallergenic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-static and so soft on delicate skin.  These beautiful towels have one layer of 70% bamboo 30% cotton muslin and one layer of 100% bamboo terry cloth. Bamboo fabrics are known for their softness and soaks up to 4 times as much as regular cotton towels. They are resistant to odor, mold, mildew, and bacteria even after numerous washings.  Lastly, they are big enough to comfortably wrap your toddler and are made to grow with your baby up to age 5.