Here you can check out some of the things that keep us [mostly?] sane as we renovate a farmhouse built in 1850 with our daughter, son, and baby twin boys in tow:
Tools We Love
Tomato Cage: https://amzn.to/3fHxLnY
This one is sturdy and affordable and has supported our massive tomatoes!
Starter Kit of Gardening Tools: https://amzn.to/3fZ7YGI
Has your basics… don’t know what they’re all properly called, but know in my one year of gardening I’ve used these a lot (and they’ve held up very well unlike other brands I’ve tried).
Weeder Tool: https://amzn.to/2STx4is
This thing is perfection and gets out all the weeds whenever I have a moment to weed (which is not frequent let’s be honest). I feel uber productive though when I use this tool because it makes the weeds just fly out, even if the soil is dry.
Peat Moss: https://amzn.to/3i9Nz4x
Pretty sure this is the secret to supplementing Virginia clay soil, at least it works well for me. I added this to our raised garden beds as well as to the normal garden beds and it’s incredibly good at making the soil fluffy/ airy. I think I ordered 6 of these humongous bags and the best thing about ordering them on Amazon was not lugging them to/ from my car at a store.
Rose Fertilizer Spikes: https://amzn.to/2TyyRJX
Basically takes .1 seconds to fertilize the roses using these organic spikes which is so worth it!
Cottonseed Meal: https://amzn.to/3cdiCso
This is boxwoods’ best friend and helps revive even the saddest looking of boxwoods! The trick is to work it into the soil around the base of the boxwood around February and then water it a ton.
Surviving Twins Necessities
Twin Nursing Pillow with Removable Cover: https://amzn.to/3vLiU1r
I use this literally every single day, multiple times a day. It supports your back which no other nursing pillow I’ve used does, and has proven to be more useful than I would have ever imagined. If you tandem nurse your twins, this is a must.
Double Stroller for Car Seats: https://amzn.to/3uLUxzk
Perfect for snapping in two car seats to stroll in a lightweight stroller.
Double Carrier: https://amzn.to/3cd6ckm
Once the twins were around 5/6 months old, we started using this double baby carrier to strap one baby onto my or David’s back and the other one on our chest. We have daily walks up our gravel driveway to the mailbox with the twins in this thing and it almost always calms them down. I like how it’s balanced weight and it’s easy to take off/ on, no matter how sleep deprived you are.
Essential Oil Diffuser: https://amzn.to/3yWsroc
Why is this a “surviving twin necessity” you ask? If you’re into essential oils, you know how much it can impact your mood and oh my goodness taking care of twins = you need all the mood boosters you can get sometimes. We are all about diffusing various essential oils in our house (I’m not a MLM person– we use all brands) but these diffusers work really well in the nursery/ in the play room. Plus they’re a really good price.
Incredibly useful to have a safe place to put a baby down that is not a bedroom/ kitchen, such as a Dock-a-Tot on the playroom floor while you’re tending to the other baby. We used this a lot our first few months especially as we were getting used to the idea of taking care of two babies at a time.
Baby Bouncer: https://amzn.to/34Omcot
This folds up to take up next to no space when it’s not in use, which is great, but what’s even better is when you do need to use it– babies love being bounced in it. Super easy to put a baby in and bounce with your foot while taking care of another baby.
All-Terrain Stroller Wagon: https://amzn.to/3wXaLHp
If you live on a gravel road, this is fabulous. We bundled the babies up and could lay them down next to each other to take them on walks in here, and I highly recommend it for the little baby phase. Now that our babies are sitting up, we can sit them in it and they love it still. It’s just a really, really good purchase for those bumpy gravel roads.
Adorable Farmhouse Lighting
Black Wrought Iron Chandelier: https://amzn.to/3g2NzRb
This is what we have in our family room and I think it’s so elegant/ simple and doesn’t take up too much space.
Barn Light Pendant: https://amzn.to/3c8TQcT
This one is extremely similar (I think it’s the same one but I’m only 99% sure) to what we have hanging over our kitchen sink and it’s held up extremely well through the years. I love the matte finish and flexibility so that when it gets knocked by the errant head or basketball it just sways around instead of causing any damage.
Hanging Bell Jar Pendant: https://amzn.to/3z08v3Z
We have this big one in our kitchen (again, 99% sure this is the same one) and I LOVE seeing it when I walk in through the front door. It adds a certain vintage gravitas that modern lighting just doesn’t have.
Other Farmhouse Decor We Love
Pom Pom Natural Curtains: https://amzn.to/3idJWKU
I haven’t revealed my new and improved master bedroom (mostly because it’s only 50% done) but trust me when I say these curtains are spectacular. Very cute. Very farmhousey. Also very sheer.
Jute Rugs: https://amzn.to/3fKJ92r
We have one of these in our bedroom and one downstairs in the playroom; they are great. They look classic and they feel comfortable.
More “tried and true” things coming soon!