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!