Friday, October 21, 2016

Links + Loves

Happy Friday! Both kiddos are napping (praise hands) so I thought I'd finish this post that's been sitting in my drafts for two weeks clear my mind and share a few links to some things I've been loving lately!

First things first, give me ALL the foods! Breast feeding makes me hangry! I'm constantly snacking. Which probably explains why I still have 15lbs in baby weight to lose... but that's a different story for a different day. Meanwhile, I've been making this and this weekly for my go to snack. Kind of healthy, right?!

Lauren shared this quote and I felt that I could really relate to it. I've had my fair share of rough days over the past several days/weeks/months. I admit... some days one thing sets me off and I remain on edge for the rest of the day. Not to mention I have been having a lot of anxiety since ML was born. But this quote is something to think about and keep in mind on "those" days.

Whoever created grocery curbside pickup is a GODSEND! I've been using this service since we moved into our camper over the summer. Not all grocery stores or locations offer the service, but I was fortunate enough to have a Meijer near the camper that offered it. Since then, I've stepped foot into a grocery store twice! Today, I tried Kroger's Clicklist and that was lovely too! I tell ya, I'm going to be bumming when I move back into the house and don't have a store nearby that offers this service! Do you have a curbside grocery pickup near you?! 

This article explains how it feels to have a baby that is never content. 

Annie shared this genius invention for the little one that constantly drops or throws her sippy cup on the ground! I totally wish I would have known about this product sooner! It can be great for the vehicle, stroller, high chair, restaurant, etc! So awesome! We are loving it! 

These clips make getting the baby in and out of the car seat so much easier! 

Have you ever heard of Chatbooks?! $8 photobook with up to 60 pages plus FREE shipping?! Winning! I haven't made one yet because first I had to get 1500 pictures off my iPhone but I can't wait! I'm thinking of making some for Christmas gifts! Get your first book FREE using code JUUHXTET. 

I came across a steal ($1 each) on these 3" hair bow's for R. If you follow Julia's Bowtique on Insta, you'll be able to keep up on when she does another sale. She just posted one a few days ago! Great quality for a great price! You can also order interchangeable headbands if your little doesn't have enough hair for just a clip! 

Amanda wrote a great post about marriage after babies. Well actually she writes a lot of great posts... but this one really spoke to me. Now, I'm not saying anything negative about my husband, I'm just being honest when I say that having babies has affected our relationship. You learn new things about each other, you run on fumes of no sleep and frustration, your relationship is no longer the top priority - instead it's a tiny human (or two) that gets all of your energy and attention. However, it's crucial to adjust and to put the time and effort into your marriage. 

What are you lovin' lately?! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins

In proper white girl fall fashion, I love pumpkin spice season! Although I confess... I'm not a fan of the infamous PSL because well... caffeine/coffee/lattes just aren't my thing! BUT, give me all the pumpkin flavored foods!!

A few years ago my Mama introduced me to this simple recipe and I fell in love with it immediately! I've also seen a variation by Annie of the same recipe made into a loaf of bread

All you need is a box of spice cake and a can of pumpkin puree. If desired, you could add some additional pumpkin spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon as well! 

// Preheat oven to 350

// Mix two ingredients** Let sit for 5-10 minutes. I feel that this thickens the mixture and makes it more "fluffy". 

// Place liners in muffin tins. Fill liners with batter. Bake for 25 minutes. 

**If adding additional spices, add to dry cake mix and mix well before adding pumpkin**


What's your favorite pumpkin recipe?!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Blake's Apple Orchard

Over the weekend, I was able to take R to the apple orchard for the first time! Last year we visited a small local pumpkin patch, so I was really looking forward to taking her to a larger place with lots of kid friendly activities. The plan was for my Mom to watch ML while Michael and I had a little day date with R, just the three of us. However, Michael wound up having to work Saturday and Sunday. So then my Mom and I were going to take both the kids. Then last minute we decided that I would just have a little Mommy and me date with R.

So we headed to Blake's on Sunday morning, with hopes to beat a little bit of the crowd. We arrived around 11. Which was later than I wanted, but we got a late start. I loaded up the stroller and we made our way to the "funland". It was actually a bit colder than I than I thought it would be, so I'm glad we didn't take the baby. R didn't have much interest in anything besides the animals. So we spent most of our time trying to feed the overfed animals who had no interest in our ice cream cone treat. Then we checked out the pumpkin patch and headed out! I really wanted some cider and donuts (isn't that the true reason we go to the orchard?!) but there was no way I could squeeze inside the barn with the stroller and stand in the incredibly long lines!

It was really nice to be able to spend some one on one time with my not so little girl, even if it was only a short trip to the orchard. It may have been more enjoyable if it wasn't so cold out and if Michael were there to do some more of the activities they had. But, it's better than nothing so I'll take it!

Annnnnd.... look at this tiny babe one year ago!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Babies don't keep - 18 Months & 2 Months

As you may have already seen on social media earlier this week, I mentioned how I suddenly have a 1 1/2 year old and a 2 month old! You guys, if they are aging this quickly, that means that I am too! 
I feel like life after high school is the breaking point where life gradually beings flying by. It goes by faster and faster the older you get. I remember being in school and the days drug on. The school year seemed never ending. All I wanted was to grow up. Well here I am now, a Mama to two babies and all I want is to freeze time. Funny how that works, isn't it!?
Having children is by far (IMO) life's biggest juxtaposition.... the days are sooooo long and exhausting. Yet, in the same sense, the days absolutely fly by. So contrary, isn't it?! 
I don't intend to do regular monthly updates on the babes so here are just a few random things I don't want my Mama brain to forget.... well with ML on the other hand maybe it would be better if I forgot... ha!
♥ About a month ago at the Dr. she weighed 28lbs and was 27" long (if I remember correctly)
♥ She's wearing18 months clothes and a size 5-6 shoe
♥ 12 teeth
♥ SleepIt's been a few months since we had to re sleep train her and she's been doing great ever since! (knock on wood) On bath nights, we start bedtime routine around 7:15. On non bath nights we start around 7:30-45. She gets 6oz of milk in her sippy cup and gets to watch an episode or two of Mickey. Then we put on a night time diaper, read a book (okay one more... ;)) give her lots of kisses and "I love yous" and lay her down in her bed. She sleeps with white noise and we turn the crib soother on. We also have a humidifier/vaporizer in her room that we add essential oils to sometimes and run at night. For nap time, we just read and lay her down by 12:30 every day. If we're out and about it really throws her off so I'm that crazy Mom that revolves everything we do around her naptime. Honestly, it's worth it. She's a much happier kid if we stick to her routine. 
♥ EatingPickiest eater ever! Her routine favorites include noodles, bread, cheese, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, apples with peanut butter, rice cakes, animal crackers, gold fish, raisins, applesauce and fruit. Home girl doesn't like veggies, potatoes, or meat. 
♥ Most common words: Yes, please, woof woof, this, uh oh, ta-da
♥ Waves bye and blows kisses to everrrrryone (cutest thing ever)
♥ Grabs your hand/finger and pulls you to where she wants you to go with her (also cutest thing ever)
♥ Backs her little butt up to sit on your lap, especially to read a book
♥ Loves to buckle everything - high chair, car seat, stroller, bike, swing, etc. Cheapest entertainment for a good 10-20 minutes. 
♥ Is beginning to copy everything we do. Such as the other day she took the boppy pillow and set it on her lap just like I do to feed the baby. 
♥ Loves her baby dolls. The cutest thing is when she wraps it in a blanket and rock back and forth or pats it's back. 
♥ Favorite memory: I went to bed with ML and Michael stayed up to put R to bed. About 10 minutes later she came and found me in my room. Crawled up in bed with me, gave me a kiss, and laid down. Michael came in to get her and she waved at him and blew him kisses. We thought it was so cute and so funny because she was trying to tell him to leave her there. 
Then there's this little guy! Already 2 months old! Although I admit, I don't mind that he's already two months old. He's been a very challenging newborn and most days I wonder if I'm even going to survive. True story. 
♥ As of 3 weeks ago he weighed 12lbs 8oz. and 22.5" long

♥ Currently wearing 3 months clothes but it won't be for much longer! Chubby boy!

♥ Size 2 Honest Diapers

♥ Sleep: What's that?! Ha! Seriously... he's not a good sleeper. He's typically up every 1-2 hours and he will not sleep on his own due to his reflux he dislikes being on his back. Therefore, he's been sleeping on Mama's chest for 8 weeks straight now... 

♥ Nicknames: Chub Chub or Buddy

♥ Eating: Nurses nonstop every 1-2 hours. Refuses a bottle. Oh the joy's.... 

♥ Looks just like Mama as a baby! 

♥ Poor baby has reflux really bad. We're on the second medicine and no luck so far. I've also quit eating dairy and it hasn't helped him much. Hoping he gets better soon! 

Monday, September 26, 2016

"Boo Bash" Camping Trip

This past weekend, we attended our second Boo Bash camping trip at Algonac State Park. This year my mom was the host of the events - scavenger hunt, kids games, and raffles. Overall, it was a beautiful day and everything came together perfectly!

R woke up from her nap and we rushed to get her in her costume and outside for trick or treating. We missed the group picture with all the kids. She was definitely confused and slightly over whelmed by all the kids plowing her over running around. Mason slept in the ergo the whole time. Unfortunately, he didn't fit in the pumpkin costume that I had gotten for him.

It was also Jasmine's first homecoming! So her and Alexa got ready at the campground before the dance. They both looked gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Life Lately: 12 Recent iPhone Photos

There's no doubt we've been keeping busy over here in our neck of the woods! If it's not one thing, it's another. So here's a little bit about what's been going on in our lives (besides still adjusting to life with two under two) according to my most recent iPhone photos!

From top left to right and on down... 

++ Horses! When we stay at the camper, it's 90% of the time in my families back yard. Aka Nana and Papa Furtah. Next door, there is a decent size horse farm and Remington looooves them! She will go peek out the camper windows all day long so she can see them and beg to go outside. Every night, Michael and her take apples out to give them a treat. This has become such a routine that she will go to the fridge and point to the door until you open it. She will grab an apple. Then she will stand at the silverware drawer asking for a knife to cut the apple. It's amazing how fast she's learning! I love her excitement when she sees those horses! 

++ Date night!! A couple weekends ago, Michael and I got out of the house camper kid free! For the first time in I couldn't tell you how long! Literally. It was to attend one of my girlfriends weddings! The first problem was digging through storage to find dress clothes to wear. The second problem was leaving ML who doesn't have interest in drinking from a bottle. Luckily, we were able to enjoy ourselves for about 5 hours. We even stopped at a bar on the way and had a beer on our way. Now honest engines, I couldn't tell you the last time that happened either! It was nice to spend some one on one time with the hubs although I have to admit, I couldn't wait to get back to the kids. ;) 

++ R bites the dust. It's hard to tell in this tiny picture, but R's nose is swollen, bruised, as well as a bruise under her eye. Michael took her outside to play and she went down the garage stairs with chalk in both hands and he didn't assist her. Therefore, she went face first to the concrete. I was pretty upset with him. I honestly thought she had broken her nose. Thankfully, it seems to be okay now!

++ R Eating. You guys. This kid and her eating habits are so terrible! She used to eat on her own pretty well! Now it seems like every meal, we have to sit with her and make a game of getting food into her mouth. Hence her sassy smile. Side note: is it bad that we use paper plates so often?! It's especially easy in the camper so we use less water. 

++ ML Snoozing. I probably take too many pictures of my kids sleeping. But, who doesn't!? Fun fact: Mason won't lay (or sit in a chair/swing) for more than 5-10 minutes. Thanks to his horrible reflux. (Insert sarcasm) So this snoozing position was short lived. But, he looked adorable while it lasted! I think I took a nap with him on my chest after I took the picture. Ha!

++ Food plots with Daddy! When Michael is home, he always takes care of Remington so that I can get a break from at least one kid. It's really amazing honestly. Plus, it's great for their relationship as well! Anyways, Michael took her outback on the four wheeler to help him plant some food plots before hunting season. She's definitely an outdoors lover! 

++ Bug bite turned cellulitis. My MIL came over to help with the kids and took R outside because that's what she loves to do. Later that day I noticed she had a huge bug bite on her leg however it was the worst bug bite I'd ever seen. I called my MIL to ask if she noticed she had gotten bit by something. She hadn't. So I put some oils on it and kept an eye on it. Three days later, she woke up and it was much worse. Her whole leg was swollen, the bite appeared to be infected, and the area had a fever. After asking around for some opinions, I started to get a little worried about it. I wouldn't be able to get her into the doctor until Monday. (This was on a Friday) And I wasn't sure I wanted to let it go over the weekend. Later that afternoon, it seemed worse. More red and swollen. We were headed to the camper that evening anyways, so I went with my Mom instincts and stopped at a walk in clinic on my way. My Mom met me to take Mason so that I didn't have to take him into the clinic. Long story short, she was bit by a bug (most likely a spider) and then with the bite being an open wound, she was exposed to an infection from someone/somewhere (we only went one place that week so I have a feeling it was there), and the infection went into the bug bite. Had I not taken her in and got her on an antibiotic, the infection could have spread through her body and she would have wound up with MRSA and most likely been in the hospital. 

++ Timehop - 2012. This photo recently showed up on my timehop of Mom, Greg, and I camping in Caseville 4 years ago. Great times! Pre marriage. Pre babies. Wow. Can I have that body back?! 

++ R eating (again). Okay, apparently I take as many pictures of my kids eating as I do sleeping?!! Miss sass pot refusing to eat, per usual. Her facial expressions and personality keeps me laughing on the daily (along with the tears of exhaustion, ha!)

++ Kisses for baby ML. R doesn't have much interest in the baby. I was trying to get a picture of the two of them sitting next to each other and as soon as I sat him down next to her, she pushed him away and screamed. So I asked her to please be nice and give him a kiss since she was being so sassy. All the heart eyes. 

++ Our house. Nothing new on the home front. Had a showing scheduled last week. They pulled in and left. Apparently they didn't notice in the photos on the listing that we had a large yard of grass. (5 acres to be exact) Therefore, when they pulled in, they seen the yard and decided they didn't even want to look at it. I was quite annoyed. I could have been napping. On another note, we have been moving boxes back to the house from the storage unit as the time allows. I know it's a lot of work, but I don't think it's worth the money to pay for a storage unit. We are in the process of listing with a new realtor and we are PRAYING for a miracle. 

++ Lower standards. This quote is so true. In the past, I wouldn't be seen without makeup. I wouldn't go out in public with my hair a mess or in comfy clothes. Heck, anymore, I can be seen out of the house without even brushing my hair let alone who knows the last time it was washed. Motherhood, it's all about lowering your standards and embracing the crazy. 

Well that sums up a little bit of what we've been up to! I apologize for being a bad blogger lately, I'm hoping to catch up on reading soon! Thanks for those who have stopped by and continue to read my boring posts lately! Also, a huge thank you for all of the kind words, support, prayers, and encouragement y'all have given me! XO

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fresh Homegrown Peaches

One thing I've REALLY missed this year has been our garden. Since we thought we had sold our house, we didn't plant one. But now, being back at the house and seeing that big empty space, it's really got me missing harvest season. Luckily, we still have been able to take advantage of the fruit trees though!

Last month Michael and R picked all of the peaches off the trees. This year is the least we have gotten in all the years that I can remember. Which is probably due to the lack of rain. But, we took advantage of what we had and enjoyed them! One of Michael's favorites is a peach pie. So I promised him as long as I had enough to make some baby food, I would make him a peach pie!

(This is my mother in law's recipe) If you'd prefer a crust topping you could do that as well!

Peach Filling
4C peaches
3/4C sugar
1TBSP lemon juice (optional)
2TBSP butter
2TBSP flour
1/4tsp nutmeg

Crumble Topping
1C oats
1/2C softened butter
3/4C flour
2/3C brown sugar
1TBSP sugar
1/2tsp cinnamon

With the other portion of peaches I had left, I was able to make a batch of baby food! You can see how I made baby food by reading this post here. My favorite thing about using fruits of our labor is that it's truly organic and it's FREE!

What are your favorite recipes for fresh peaches?!