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Monday, November 28, 2016

GRACE'S NURSERY

 
When we bought our house, we always intended on this room being a nursery if we were blessed with a child. It is the only room with a chair rail and is also the smallest of the bedrooms. After the house

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

BABY PRODUCTS: KITCHEN ADDITION

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I hope everyone has their stretchy pants ready so they can indulge tomorrow. Ha! What better way to kick off a holiday that revolves around eating then to talk about the baby products that are kitchen centered? When I was pregnant and scouring the internet and pestering my friends for product recommendations, I never once remember anyone ever advising me on a highchair. People have opinions on strollers, car seats, and even what nursing pillow is best, but nada about highchairs. I registered for your basic highchair that every mainstream brand tends to have a variation of assuming they were all the same and to just pick a color combination that I liked. Fast forward six months, to when Grace started eating solids, and that run of the mill highchair became my arch nemesis. It was an absolute beast to clean. It had multiple little crevices perfect for little hands to fill with purees, chunks, and anything else that graced her highchair tray. I seriously hated it. Was I doing it wrong I wondered?! Simply put: no. I asked all of my friends who had similar ones and they all said something along the lines that it was torture for them, too. I suffered for a month or two and then after looking thoroughly, chose the Boon Flair. Now that I have a 21 month old, it puzzles me even more that people don't put more thought into choosing their highchair. It's strange, people are willing to spend more on a stroller, which I'm not suggesting that you skimp there either, but other than a stroller, a highchair is one of your most used items. Think about it, you use it three times a day! So, treat yo'self.
 
 

Monday, November 21, 2016

GRACE LOUISE IS 21 MONTHS OLD!

Our sweet girl is another month older, another month closer to turning two. Unless you ask her, then of course you'll hear that she already is. I'm fairly certain that I've said this every month for the last year, but I think this month was my favorite. It had it's set of challenges, and the farther we progress into toddlerhood those seem to be revving up, but she is still just so fun! I know that a lot of people tend to say that the newborn/baby stage is their favorite, so I'm the minority here, but I love late baby/toddler more. (I'm sure I'll be eating those words when the terrible twos really hit!) I understand why the baby stage is appealing with all the snuggles, lack of tantrums, typically being able to please them with eating or sleeping, and just general sweetness, but I've got to be honest y'all, the baby stage was not the easiest for me. It was quite the adjustment and I really over complicated it with the obsessions over if she was eating enough, sleeping enough, not taking time for myself, etc. As time continued on I found my groove as a mother and Grace has developed into the most amazing little person. This little personality that continues to shine more and more with each passing day truly just lights up my life and while I'm sad that it's gone so fast, I really do find myself excited to see exactly who she will become!

Friday, November 18, 2016

FRIDAY FIVE

Today is the big day, y'all! Today, I'm putting up my Christmas décor. Ha! I planned to put it up earlier in the week but it has been so unseasonably hot for November in the Midwest. However, a cold front blew in last night, so today it is! Does anyone have a yummy (preferably cheesy) potato soup that they care to share? We can't get enough soup when it's cold out. This week was full of Grace-centered activities for us: two play dates at local parks, lunches with sweet toddler friends, getting a picture of Grace for the Christmas card, and it ended with our sweet girl getting her first real cold. She's handling it like a champ and I'm sure will bounce back to full health in no time. For now, I'll soak up all the extra cuddles that I can get. Happy weekend!

{The sweetest little morning view}
 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

MUST-HAVE BABY PRODUCTS

Which baby gear is worth it? What are must-haves versus what the (ever growing) baby products market just wants you to think are must-haves but are actually irrelevant? This topic is what led to me wanting to start a blog to begin with. When I was pregnant with Grace, I loved seeking out the advice and opinions on baby gear from my friends that already had littles. They were great at telling me which pieces they had and loved versus which ones they were making work but wouldn't buy if presented with the same decision again. I love researching products, from baby to beauty to home, so I spent many of the early nursing months researching everything from best sippy cup to easiest to clean highchair. I've been asked to share my product recommendations enough times that I now keep a master list in my email! Truth.

Friday, November 11, 2016

FRIDAY FIVE

Fridays are my favorite day with Grace. We don't have any activities that we go to, I typically don't have any errands to do, and now that it's cooling off we don't have to get straight out the door so that I can run before it gets too hot. We have a lazy morning, go for a run when we're ready, and then "pay pay paaay!" to her little heart's content. As we head into the weekend, here's a look back at five of my favorite things from this week.
 
I absolutely love dressing this girl! Her little walk is so sassy and that seems to be magnified in a tutu.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

OUR PLAYROOM

 
When we bought this house, the room that is now the playroom seemed like a total waste of space. Houses in the Midwest are a lot different than what we're used to coming from Texas, for a multitude of reasons. Most obviously with the split-level floor plans and the presence of basements! Our particular house happened to have (most of) the basement already finished when we bought it. Ours is one large room with a powder room and (unfinished) small storage room. We weren't even expecting Grace yet, but my initial thought when we looked at the house was that the basement would make a great playroom because it's directly off of the living room. Fast forward to actually having a child and we realized how long it would be before Grace would be playing on a different level of the house solo! I quickly came to the conclusion that being in the basement for the bulk of the day was impractical. Which brings us back to making use of what we originally deemed our "useless" room. On the floor plan we were given when we were still looking at our house as a real estate listing, our playroom is referred to as the formal living room. Until we had Grace and wanted to begin setting up a playroom, it was our nothing room. It transitioned into being a playroom so naturally for us due to it's location. It's on the same floor as the kitchen and dining space and it's also close to the bedrooms -- which is a needed factor when you're making frequent diaper changes! When Grace was a few months old, we kept a play mat and rock 'n play in there so that I would have a place to lay here when I needed to make dinner. During a mindless Pinterest session, I started browsing playrooms and it really took off from there! I love the way the space is set up currently!
 
 

Friday, November 4, 2016

COUCH TO 13.1

In August of 2015, when Grace was 6 months old, I knew that I wanted to start incorporating exercise into my daily life. I wasn't ready to leave Grace in a gym daycare facility and trying to exercise around Andrew's work schedule was not ideal (he leaves the house at 4:30 every morning! I could go in the evenings, but I like having time with him then and have no motivation to work out that late in the day) so I decided I needed a jogging stroller. Andrew wasn't as quick to jump on that bandwagon since A) we already had two (awesome) strollers and B) good jogging strollers are pricey! I started watching the swap/sale pages on Craigslist and Facebook and quickly came across a BOB Revolution. Perfect! Unfortunately, I didn't find the motivation to actually start a real running regimen. I used the stroller for walks around our neighborhood but that was about the extent of it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

HALLOWEEN

Happy 1st day of November! Time to break out the Christmas decorations and start the Santa Claus countdown. Don't worry, I'm not being serious... I wait until mid-November before I put up the tree. That somehow seems to be the most logical thing to me. The idea of "decking the halls" in all of their glory is too time consuming to entice me to do it for 1 month of joy, so I split the time that my Fall décor and Christmas décor is up. Fall décor goes up the 1st day of Fall(ish) and stays up 6 weeks, then Christmas gets it's time to shine. Makes perfect sense. Also highlights the fact that I spend way too much time thinking about useless things. But let's not focus on that and, instead, let's recap Halloween with the cutest little Minnie Mouse that I ever did see!