Trying to juggle motherhood

juggling motherhood: jenni kayne and kids

After promising JB a week ago that I’d make matzoh ball soup for dinner, I finally made good on my word last night. While he ran to Costco with Levi, I rolled matzoh balls and chopped chicken while wearing Asa in the Baby K’tan. For 15 minutes or so, I was a champion at multi-tasking.

Levi and Asa were sleeping by the time the soup was finished cooking, and JB was out in the garage installing a car seat protector. As I ladled out the first portion of soup into the low-rimmed soup bowl I was holding in my left hand, I clumsily tipped the bowl, spilling boiling broth onto my palm. Yelling in pain, I tossed the bowl onto the stove and ran over to the sink to run cold water on my hand.

My hand under the faucet, I began to sob. JB, who had come in from the garage when he heard me yell, asked, “I know your hand hurts, but why are you really crying?”

The boy knows me too well. Read More

Shopping bag: Tea Collection

tea collection clothing

Tea Collection’s Friends & Family Sale started today, so I spent some time browsing summer clothing for Levi and Asa. And I couldn’t resist sneaking a peek at the new arrivals for girls – Tea Collection’s sundresses are the sweetest! The sale ends tomorrow (4/23), so be sure to take advantage of it while you can. Here are a few of my favorites.

clockwise: sundress / tunic / shorts / dress / tee / shorts / tee

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A weekend at home

toddler boy smiling

dyeing easter eggs

dyeing easter eggs

toddler wearing babylegs leg warmers

toddler wearing vest outside

My parents were in town this past weekend, and we had every intention of making it an activity-filled visit. Walking around the zoo, catching a minor league baseball game, and playing at the Children’s Museum were on our hypothetical list of things to do. I was also looking forward to taking advantage of free babysitters and going to get a pedicure or seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel with JB.

But then poor Levi woke up in the middle of the night on Saturday from a diarrhea-induced diaper explosion that left him, his pajamas, and his bedding covered in poop. Then, as I was tucking him into bed at the end of the day, he stood up and vomited all over me. While I jumped into the shower to wash my hair, his sheets went into the washing machine once again.

I’m not sure if what happened was more traumatic for Levi or for me.

So we spent the weekend at home, giving Levi multiple oatmeal baths and letting him go diaper-free to air out the painful rash on his bottom. We also dyed Easter eggs and (finally!) watched Frozen while Levi snacked on crackers and Pedialyte.

Of course I wish that Levi hadn’t been sick while my parents were here, but I have to say, JB and I were happy to have two extra set of hands to help out with the kids. We can always visit the zoo the next time they’re in Omaha, and maybe I can find some time to get that much-needed pedicure one night this week.

Time to come clean!

cottonelle flushable cleansing cloths #LetsTalkBums


Here’s something they don’t tell you before you have a baby: After a vaginal birth, you won’t be able to wipe your own ass.

Instead, you’ll be given a peri bottle to, ahem, clean your lady parts after going to the bathroom. Then you can air dry or gently pat with toilet paper. But no wiping!

Things will be sore and messy for a while down there — after all, giving birth is traumatic on your body — and a peri bottle is surprisingly efficient at cleansing. If you had tearing, an episiotomy, or stitches, you’ll also find that rinsing with warm water is actually pretty soothing (it also helps with hemorrhoids).

Now that I’m seven weeks postpartum, I don’t need to use my peri bottle anymore, but there’s something to be said about combining wet and dry cleaning methods in the bathroom. Sometimes you just want to feel a little bit, erm, fresher down there. However, remembering to fill a plastic squeeze bottle with warm water before sitting on the toilet is kind of a pain in the ass (pun intended).

An easy solution would be to steal a package of Levi’s or Asa’s baby wipes, but baby wipes are not flushable. We already had to repair our sewer line once shortly after we moved in; I’m not interested in risking another repair.

I’m also not interested in purchasing another Diaper Genie for my own personal use. Could you imagine?!

cottonelle flushable cleansing cloths #LetsTalkBums

A better solution is using Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths in conjunction with toilet paper (Cottonelle Clean Care TP, perhaps?). They clean like diaper wipes but feature SafeFlush Technology that makes them sewer- and septic-safe. Wipes designed to break down immediately after flushing? Genius!

Plus, Cottonelle’s flushable cleansing cloths come in a nondescript OneTouch dispensing tub, making them much less conspicuous on the back of the toilet than a box of baby wipes. (My photos show the dispenser still packaged up. It’s simply solid black underneath.)

It’s time to come clean. How do you feel about using a wet + dry combo in the bathroom? Would you try flushable wipes? Click here to learn more!

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today’s discussion!

Giveaway: Petit Collage

petit collage book You may not be familiar with the name Lorena Siminovich, but I’d bet you’d recognize her line of vintage-inspired wall decor and toys, Petit Collage. Playful and folksy, Petit Collage’s signature style is unmistakably rooted in midcentury modern design — making the brand a favorite of design bloggers. In fact, the most popular nursery tours on your favorite design blogs probably feature a Petit Collage bamboo mobileprint on wood, or growth chart.

If you’re a fan of the Petit Collage aesthetic — and DIY inclined — you’ll want to check out Siminovich’s new book, Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home, which hit bookshelves this week. This collection of crafts includes step-by-step instructions (and templates!) to make Petit Collage’s bestselling paper and wooden accessories for yourself and your little ones.

petit collage book

I received a review copy of Petit Collage, and I have to say, it’s a really beautiful book. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the projects are designed for kids and families to enjoy, but they aren’t necessarily kid-friendly projects. Meaning that you, the grownup, will be doing the majority of the crafting! Don’t fear: Siminovich includes ways for children to help when appropriate.

I’m excited to be giving away two copies of Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win. This giveaway closes on Sunday, and the two winners will be notified by email on Monday. Good luck!

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