A Quick Rug Trick & a Little Chit-Chat

Hallelujah it’s Friiiiiiiiiiiiiday. I don’t know about you guys, but it’s been a hectic week over here and I am worn out. Zonked. Fried. Pooped. All the adjectives. I mentioned a few days ago that we were having our front room and living room painted this week, which was crazy exciting and something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time now. Well that happened Wednesday and let’s just say it didn’t go as well as I had hoped…I have so much to say about the whole ordeal, but I think I’m going to just wait and explain it all in separate post. I don’t have the energy right now to get into it. Soooooo let’s just move right on to some fun things for today’s Friday Favorites. I have a cool little rug trick to share with you guys anid a few other random goodies.

Recently I was putting together the mini-nursery in our room and I needed a way to keep the rug in front of the crib from sliding around on our wood floor. I didn’t want to use one of those rubber mats, so I did a little digging around Amazon and came across these super simple rug grippers. I decided to give them a try and I was surprsied to find that actually worked really well! I thought it was a pretty cool little trick so I wanted to share with you guys!

Easy trick to keep rugs from sliding on wood floors

So it comes with 4 grippers and all you do is peel and stick them onto the corners of the rug. Then push down firmly where you want the rug to stay and voila! No more slippery rug. These grippers also work if you have corners of your rug that always flip up!

Easy trick to keep rugs from sliding on wood floors Easy trick to keep rugs from sliding on wood floors

Isn’t that a cool little trick?! I don’t know why I didn’t know about these before. I must have been living under a rug or something! Ha. See what I did there?

Farmhouse style table runner

I picked up this striped woven table runner a few weeks ago and I kept forgetting to share it with you guys. I think this is perfect for spring and summer. Plus it’s under twenty bucks, so you can’t beat it. I love that it has a farmhouse, grainsack vibe. I also love these matching striped napkins.

Other tidbits from the week: 

  • I found this great article called “How I Learned to Stop Being So Afraid” and it talks about trusting God with our children and their safety. I’ve told you guys this before, but I really struggle with worrying all the time about my kids. I worry about these awful what-if scenarios and I’m constantly concerned about their safety/health/future. I always have to stop and remind myself to give my worries and anxiety over to God. I found this article midweek and it was really helpful. It shares some great tips to live with less fear and more peace.
  • I’m still on the hunt for a new sofa for our living room. Buuuuut I had to pump the breaks a little to do a few other things that need to be done first. I’m still looking though, just in case I find one on super sale. Right now this one here is my top choice.
  • Valentine’s Day isn’t far off and I’m starting to think of fun things to do with the kids. I love doing keepsake crafts with them, like cute things with their handprints. And I’m going to casually mention to my husband that I want a bar necklace like this purdy one here.
  • We’re still battling some bad eczema with sweet little Ava. And she still isn’t sleeping well at night, which I think is related to her eczema. We had a doctor visit this week and they recommended we get an allergy test done to see if there’s more going on with her skin. They also recommended this ointment, which seems to be doing a decent job in combination with all the other creams we use for her. Poor little thing. I’m praying she starts sleeping better soon!

Well friends that’s all for me today. I hope you have the best weekend! See you back here Monday morning. xo

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38 Comments

  1. AnnTN wrote:

    OMG! She’s growing up so fast…and those cheeks!!!

    If you haven’t looked at Lee Industries sofas, I suggest you give them at least a look. I have their denim slip covered sofa, arm chair and ottoman, that I bought in 2002. I just replaced the slipcover, for the sofa, last fall. That sofa is indestructible and I love it so much. They have other colors/styles of slipcovers. You can order whatever you like and the sofa is made in the USA.

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  2. Janet wrote:

    Where did you get the rug? It’s beautiful? I love seeing all the things you have done. Keep it up!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      I got it from Target, but I can’t find the darn link. I’ll be sure to share it if I do!

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  3. Jill wrote:

    I wasn’t aware of the Rug Grippers but will have to try them.

    Cetaphil cream really worked well for my son. He eventually outgrew his eczema but sometimes it was really bad.

    I strongly recommend the book Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child.

    Love your blog.

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Jill! We’ve tried Cetaphil and unfortunately it didn’t work very well on her. But we have a whole arsenal of creams now that are doing a decent job. And thanks for the tip on the book, I’ll check it out!

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  4. Betty in Arlington wrote:

    What a cuteie! I love the head wrap! Is it for babies? Also, the non-curl rug tab is what I need; the rug I got bunches up under the bath door. thanks for the tip.

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Yep, it’s a baby headband from Nordstrom. So cute right?!

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  5. Lorrie S wrote:

    My kids are grown now but they have struggled with allergy issues as well. Finding a good Dr and what works best for them is sometimes hard. Hang in there! I’m going to be shooting a link to my husband on that necklace…. very cute!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      haha go for it! I sent it to my husband as well!

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  6. Sherry Darlington wrote:

    Can’t wait to see the new paint job & love the sofa choice! I have a similar one from a local company but the cover is more natural. Wish I had gotten white now.
    Have a restful weekend.

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Sherry, hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Heather wrote:

    Happy Friday, Sarah! Thanks for the tip about the rug grippers. I’ve always used the rubber mats, which have messed up my floors in several areas. They leave a residue on the floor that I can’t seem to get up… even with a magic eraser. All 3 of my boys suffered with eczema. My oldest was the worst. The good news is that they eventually outgrow it. The bad news is that it is usually associated with allergies and/or asthma. I used a mixture of Aquaphor and 2.5% Hydrocortisone cream. Also, it helps to bathe them in a lukewarm bath and pat dry, then apply the creams immediately. I tried so many things and this is the combo that seemed to work best for my kiddos. Hope it gets better soon and she is able to sleep better! I seriously can’t believe how big she is getting! She is absolutely adorable!!!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s exactly what we are thinking–this is associated with some kind of allergy. She has good days and bad days and we’re just figuring out how best to manage it. We have a whole arsenal of creams, including a hydrocortisone cream that works pretty well. Thanks for the tips, I really appreciate it! xo

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  8. Dina wrote:

    ‘love the rug gripper idea! I had exzema very bad as a child as will. The good news is that I slowly out grew it. Much more tolerable by high school – I still have very dry skin on my hands and an occasional patch, but nothing like when I was a child.

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    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s awesome you eventually grew out of it. Seems like that happens to a lot of people. I’m really hoping baby girl does the same!

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  9. Faith wrote:

    She is darling! My son’s GF uses coconut oil after all my grandsons baths to get rid of his eczema and it works, she just rubs it in her hands to melt it and then all over him, like a little greased pig and then immediately puts his jammies on….clears it up, and he’s not scratching himself so much.
    I relate to your mommy worries…I was that way as a young mom too. It’s a scary world, and even though we trust God with their lives, it’s an ongoing challenge for all your life. You will always be a bit anxious about them whether 2 or 42….but it’s ok, as long as it doesn’t consume you. I was once told “to worry is to not trust God can handle it”. We really can’t control some of the things in our life, but He promises to never leave us nor forsake us in His word. I have found a simply line that I tell myself anytime anxious thoughts arise. From the movie “Anne of Green Gables” (from years ago) Marilla says to Anne “You can’t change what God determines” and all the “what if’s” will not alter His plan, He is good and wants to bless your life not hurt you. He says He “works ALL things together for GOOD…” no matter how we are feeling in our trials. I think He allows our anxiety as a warning to protect at times, especially as a mom. Another great book is Anxious For Nothing by John MacAthur that helped me a lot. Jesus tells us in Matthew that worrying adds nothing to our day…our worrying isn’t from God, it is used by our enemy to defeat us….we all experience it….it’s learning how to defeat it that challenges our hearts. At least you recognize it and are trying to overcome it by learning about it….you will….He knows the plans He has for you, and conquering your worry is just one of them. Blessings!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw, Faith. You are so kind. Thank you for this comment. I agree with all of this. And of course I love your line from Anne of Green Gables. You know that’s one of my all-time favorite movies! Thanks for the reminder that God will never leave us or forsake us, even when trials arise. I always have to remind myself that His plans are better than my plans and you’re right–it will all work out for GOOD. Thank you for sharing this encouragement. xoxo

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  10. Cassidy wrote:

    Where is that rug from? Love it! Sorry if you’ve already told us. lol

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    • Diane wrote:

      I would also love to know if the rug is still available. Target?

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      • Sarah wrote:

        It was from Target, but I can’t find the link! If I can I’ll be sure to share it.

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    • Sarah wrote:

      It’s from Target, but I can’t find the darn link. If I find it I’ll be sure to share!

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  11. Vicki wrote:

    Sweet baby girl! Thank you so much, Sarah, for the great tips, but most of all for the article about fear. I really needed it! My baby girl is a senior, graduating soon, heading off to college, and just went through a break up with her first boyfriend because she recognized it wasn’t a healthy relationship (but still felt guilty about it), and he is not handling it well and I worry about both of them. As one of my doctors once said, “parenting is not for whimps”, lol. Hope you can get relief for your baby soon and better sleep for her (and you!).

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh wow, I can only imagine the fears and worry you have about your daughter heading off to college soon. I am sure I’ll feel the exact same way when I get to that point. And you’re totally right, patently is not for wimps!

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  12. Donna Lendach wrote:

    Your baby is adorable! Love her headband! The rug gripper tip came at just the right time for me. Thank you so much.

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh good! Glad it was helpful Donna. xo

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  13. Those rug grippers look awesome. I am beyond frustrated with rugs that don’t have the built in rubber backing. My main frustration is vacuuming! Have you tried vacuuming this rug since you put the grippers on? I’m curious if it holds it down even when you are vacuuming on it. Thanks friend! xoxo!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      I haven’t vacuumed it yet, but the grippers are only on the corners so I bet the vacuum would still move the rug around a bit, especially in the middle. They need to make a middle gripper! 🙂

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  14. Nicole wrote:

    100% do allergy testing and the Celiac blood test. Reflux runs along with gut and skin issues and may be what is waking your daughter. I had to stop feeding my son wheat, carrots, tomatoes, and anything acidic or high in beta carotene. If breastfeeding, eliminate those in your diet too. His reflux and eczema were way better afterward. Also, we only used green cleaners on the tub, very little laundry soap in his washing and gave him short baths. In the end he tested positive for Celiac disease at age 6. The skin is a very important way that the body shows you what is happening in the gut. Worth checking it ALL out!
    Love, love, love your blog and IG!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks for sharing that Nicole, I think it’s definitely related to some kind of allergy. She’s still only nursing for the most part and I’m wondering if it’s related to some kind of dairy intolerance. I’m not sure, but we are working on figuring it out. Anyway, thanks for sharing your tips! xo

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  15. Sue wrote:

    Love your site Sarah and thank you for sharing. I have a rug I love but one corner always flips up so can’t wait to order.
    For your sweet littl one, go to llhugs.com. Lynn’s products are amazing and helped my daughter tremendously. My husband and I also reap the benefits of her skin care products!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I’ll check that out, thanks Sue!

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  16. Mummy :) wrote:

    Hiya, I just wanted to share my experience with so called “eczema”. It is most likely that your daughter has an allergy to the cow’s milk PROTEIN (not lactose). IF you are breastfeeding exclusively it will be easy as you can just stop eating dairy products, chocolate and also nuts. That’s what I did when my son (8months old then) had eczema on his cheeks and elbows. Within 5 days I could see improvement. Within 3 months the skin healed beautifully (he had it since he was 5 months old). If your little girl is on formula milk, then you need to get special milk that is for very allergic children, where proteins are greatly broken down. It is available on prescription here in Europe. You need to use good cream to help the skin to heal. Some children grow out of it when they are one year old, some when they are two, some three and some struggle with the allergy always…. My son was around 15 months old when I introduced dairy again, and allergy never came back 🙂 good luck! Love your blog!

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    • Sarah wrote:

      I think you’re exactly right. That has been my suspicion for a long time now. I’ve cut out all dairy other than cream in my coffee…I’m not sure if that’s enough to throw things off but maybe I need to cut that out too…Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience!

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  17. Ivory wrote:

    What a beautiful bundle of joy. She is so cute. Oh by tge way, your rug is fabulous to.

    Posted 2.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Ivory!

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  18. Carrie wrote:

    Love the rug grip idea and plan to order a couple sets. I ordered the Tula products that you mentioned several posts back and am liking them. Not sure if you have hear of Monat hair care products or not, but I’ve heard many people talk about their Rejuvanique oil helping sooth and even clear up eczema. By daughter in law has a horrible case of it on her head and she just ordered some today because she heard such great reviews of it. It is botanically based and non toxic which is extremely important for little people. it has a blend of 13 different oils in it. You can contact me if you want more info. I also have a little info on helping littles sleep through the night. I have 6 children and used it on all of them and they all slept through the night by around 4 months. I enjoy your blog – keep it coming 🙂
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  19. Sara wrote:

    Gah! This is genius! How did I know know about these? Off to order about a hundred of them:)

    Posted 2.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      They were a lucky Amazon find. Apparently it pays to browse Amazon endlessly! 🙂

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