Playtime with mamaRoo Baby Swing

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Have I mentioned how awesome this blogger gig can be sometimes? This 4Moms mamaRoo baby swing showed up on my doorstep last week and while my kids have not needed a swing for several months now, I couldn’t help but pull it out and show Teller and Nixon what the mamaRoo baby swing is all about. I went back and forth on whether or not to share it on the blog (you know, the blog with mainly a focus on home stuff?) but ya know what, it feels a little silly to ignore the very biggest and best part of my life on what is essentially my online life journal. So here we go. (Don’t worry, I won’t go all mommy on you all the time.)

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We actually had a hand-me-down mamaRoo baby swing when they were younger, and while I know they don’t remember it, they sure were like moths to flame when I pulled the new one out of the box. I think it had something to do with those fun-colored “eggs” on the mobile. 😉

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I showed the boys how it worked by using a stuffed animal and they were so, SO intrigued. This little playtime reminded me how much I loved this swing when we were using it constantly—it’s just soothing. The sound effects, the whirrrr of the machine and the softness of the fabric. It reminded me of those quiet mornings when they were babies. It also reminds me of lugging it and a second swing all over the house (don’t worry, the mamaRoo is super light) so that I could take a shower or fold laundry. It really made those first few months “doable” in a lot of ways.

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It was just a matter of minutes before Nixon wanted to climb in and try it out—and so we did! He’s still well within the weight requirements (it maxes out at 25 lbs) so it swung him with ease. I put it on “car” mode (#4!), which mimics the movement of traveling car and I had to laugh because he instantly relaxed. Both of my kids have what I like to call “car-colepsy” which essentially ensures full, deep sleep within the first 3 minutes of the car moving.

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Also the paci—oh boy. My kids the first entire 14 months of life were not at all interested in pacifiers, but teething has turned them into full-blown paci fanatics. I need to muster up the courage to start to wean them off and am not looking forward to it!

I love this sweet, sensitive soul so much. My goodness this child (and his brother!) have my heart. Look how chill Nixon is in the mamaRoo baby swing… loving it!

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The newest model of the MamaRoo is much fancier than what I was used to, with its digital interface and smartphone app. We all had fun pressing the buttons, playing music and watching the seat swing side to side.

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The secret of the mamaRoo baby swing is that its range of movements are designed to mimic familiar ones—in my arms, in my car, etc. Here’s a fun little video we did to show you just that.

Playtime with 4Moms mamaRoo (Sponsored) from Go Haus Go on Vimeo.

Check out the mamaRoo page for more information on the unique ways it moves. You can also sign up for the 4moms email subscription to receive product updates and information.

Who else is in love with this swing? It’s expensive, so I’d recommend borrowing a friend’s to see if your baby is up for this type of swinging. If he/she loves it, then go for it, but definitely take it for a test drive first!

Thanks 4Moms and mamaRoo for fun playtime and a great mail day!

xo,

emily

How to Fall in Love with Your Home All Over Again

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I have done a ton of exterior color projects over the last few months. Who knew! It’s a job I never knew I wanted, but I’m so glad I have lol! Here’s what happened: I posted this suburban home exterior project a few months and since then, my inbox has been flooded with similar requests. Y’all have a lot of exteriors that need painted! I think there’s something really cool that happens when you update your exterior: you fall in love with your home all over again. One of my clients actually said that to me and totally I get it. That sense of overwhelming pride and peace when you pull up… that is worth its weight in gold. Also, it helps when the neighbors “ooh” and “aah” but you know, not that you care about that or anything. 😉

I’ve been able to consult on enough homes now that I’m starting to get “after” photos too, so I thought I’d share two of my favorite projects with you.

The first one is the “after” I shared of the original post. The thing I loved about this project is my client was completely bored of her home and it lacked the “oomph” it once had. She had beautiful landscaping and entryway, but the siding was untouched. She originally thought white might be the way to make a statement, but I directed her in the opposite direction: dark, dark, dark. There is something so magical about dark paint on an exterior and it especially works well when paired with brick of any color/style.

Here’s the thing about dark paint on exteriors: it takes courage. It’s going to look scary dark at the store on the swatch. But what people forget is that super dark paint inside or up close, is going to look a very comfortable level of dark outside in daylight. So if you can get over the “ahhh! that’s dark!” hump, there is joy that awaits you. LOL.

Here is the before.

Here is the mock-up I shared with her.

And here are the afters. Exterior Paint Colors

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I mean… that is so good, right? We made the decision to paint the door dark too. I love that she kept the sidelights light to keep the entry looking fresh. It looks so modern, so chic…. ahhh. I just love that she loves it mostly. Also, we are benefiting from the fact that her landscaping and containers are fully in bloom and beautiful.

The paint colors used are:

Benjamin Moore Bracken Slate – garage door and all siding
Benjamin Moore Tucker Gray – all trim, soffit, facia and gutters

My second favorite project is on this lovely abode here in the Cincinnati area. The style of home is actually somewhat similar to the first in that it was siding paired with a light red brick. Their biggest fault with the exterior was that it was just so much white.

Here is the before:

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They also wanted to pay special attention to their porch, which also had a lot of white. She had the great idea of doing a natural wood ceiling, but just wanted to make sure it all worked together.

Here is the porch before.

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I wasn’t exactly sure of my client’s style, so in this case I provided a big range of exterior possibilities. When I do ranges I try to do a pretty large spectrum—from crazy to comfortable—just because sometimes I don’t know where people fall. And I have been surprised before! I took some liberties here too with the front porch (how might the exterior paint transcend to the front porch) garage door and even different style of shutters.

Here are some of the rough mock-ups I provided.

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In this case, this client picked the olive green (the last option, two photos up). I was so excited when she picked it, because it was my absolute favorite. Olive/army green is a very new color for the exterior paint world, but it’s so classic too. Plus, it has a dark enough value that it works the same way with brick like the first project above did. I just got photos a few weeks ago of the finished project and it looks great!

Here are the afters.

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I mean, did you see that porch? I feel like we need these before and after photos a little closer together.

Here’s the porch before.

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And here’s the after.

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And here’s the exterior before.

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And here’s the exterior after.

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Holy cow. It’s like a completely different place. And I can’t take much credit for that awesome porch. I love the stained ceiling they chose.

Paint colors are:

Benjamin Moore Desert Twilight – Siding
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron – Shutters
Sherwin Williams Natural Choice – Trim

If you’re local, the painter they use is Hayes Painting & Remodeling, which they have been happy with. If you’re in the market for some new paint, give ’em a call!

xo,

emily