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Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Baby Andi, Family Fun, Giveaway | 3 comments

Scenes from our Snow Day

Good morning and happy Friday! Friday is, without a doubt, my favorite day of the week. I’ve been craving a cheeseburger like nobody’s business, so we have plans to hit up this amazing local joint called “The Burger Bus” and then I plan to sweat all that goodness out Saturday in hot yoga. I haven’t done hot yoga in years, so I’m a little nervous about the class, but I’m going with one of my girlfriends so it should be fun. I wish I had a shirt that said, “I don’t really stretch, I’m just here for the heat.” Because really, I just want lay in child’s pose and sweat. I’ve been working out at home, but I haven’t ran in weeks and I’m starting to go a little crazy. My body just craves running. January is a super busy month for Dave so he hasn’t been around a lot to watch the kids, which means I can’t sneak off for a quality run. I actually spent time today researching treadmills because I think it would change my life if I had one at home, but Dave isn’t feeling that price tag right now. He’s so practical. I’m like, “Think of how often that thing would put me in a good mood. I mean it would practically pay for itself in a month.” He’s not buying it (“it” being both my logic and the treadmill).

Anyways, we got some serious snow last weekend in Atlanta. And by ‘serious’ I mean 6 inches. It’s already melted. By Thursday it was 70 degrees outside and to be honest, I’ve just felt incredibly lucky this week to live in this fickle environment. I love that we got to play in snow on Sunday and then on Thursday we were outside without jackets riding bikes. It’s like the best of all worlds (as opposed to Florida which was 90 degrees year round or NYC, which was blizzard conditions for 5 straight months). The mountains of Georgia are my jam. It snowed on Friday night and Saturday and schools were cancelled until Wednesday! We were snowed in for a solid 2 days, which meant we pretty much stayed in pajamas and played by the fire, which was magical…until we all went stir crazy and the kids turned against each other and I began dusting all the blinds in an attempt to make the time pass. But I got to wear my snow boots so I wasn’t complaining!

You’re probably wondering what the point of today’s post is. There is no point. I’m just telling you random things and sharing a few photos of our snow day. The photos are mostly of Andi Rose because she was dressed like a bear and I think we can all agree that nothing is cuter than babies dressed as animals (except for puppies in sweaters – puppies in sweaters trump all in my book).

 

KitLife Giveaway Winner

And now for the KitLife Giveaway! YAY!

I want to thank each of you for participating in my giveaway on Monday and I also want to thank the kind girls behind Kit Life Planners for partnering with me on this giveaway! I loved reading all your goals for 2017 and each comment left me feeling inspired! You are all really and truly the best! ❤

And now for the winner…🎉

Kimberly K

Kimberly, I have messaged you to get your address so we can get your planner in the mail to you asap! I’m so excited for you and I loved reading all your goals! I hope your Kit Life planner helps propel you forward this year as you tackle each of them! 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend that goes by nice and slooooow! See you Monday, friends!

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Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Baby Andi, Fashion, Girly Things | 2 comments

Preppy in Polka Dots

Atlas has been fighting his nap every single day this week. Our week is flying by, but I’m struggling to keep up with some things since I’m spending a good portion of nap time putting Atlas back in his bed. Right about the time he finally gives in and falls asleep, Andi Rose is waking up from her nap, so he doesn’t nap that long, which is good and bad. It’s good because by then, it is later in the day so I don’t want him napping long because it messes up his nighttime sleep. It is bad because it makes him a cranky bear the rest of the evening though. He is really such a great kid and I feel fortunate that in a lot of ways he is so incredibly ‘easy’ lately, but he goes through these spurts where he gets super stubborn and as a result it can feel like some days are just a series of battles. Luckily, that isn’t our norm and I’m pretty sure his stubborn streaks are age-related and he’s just testing his limits, which I have to remind myself daily is completely healthy. Anyways, his thing this week is getting out of his bed 56 times at nap time and bed time. Just keeping it real.

In other news, my matching obsession with Andi Rose is still going strong.

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I fell in love with this polka dot sweater on Boden’s website the minute I saw it and then when I saw this dress at Baby Gap for Andi Rose, I just knew it was meant to be.

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The sweaters on Boden’s website right now are so adorable. If you haven’t shopped there, I recommend checking them out. There shipping is super fast too, which is great. I totally fell in love with this sweater online, but my love was solidified when it arrived and I tried it on. It is so ridiculously comfortable! It’s the perfect mom sweatshirt and I absolutely love that I feel like I’m wearing a sweatshirt, but I still can look a little preppy and put together.

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Polka Dot Sweater // White Pants // Pink Hunter Boots //

On Andi Rose: Dress is Baby Gap, but I can’t find it online (similar here & here) // Red Boots // Pink Bow by Little Lady Shop

Other Boden Sweaters that I think are super cute are linked here, here & here! And check out their kid’s clothes too, if you’re a mama! Gah! Seriously – SO cute!

And on that note, I’m off to read books with Atlas. He isn’t napping today so I’m just rolling with it. His punishment for not napping is that he can’t play right now – he has to sit and read books with me. *Insert evil laugh here* #momster

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Baby Andi, Motherhood | 8 comments

Happy 1st Birthday, Andi Rose!

Our sweet Andi Rose turns 1 today! I figured there’s no better way to kick off her birthday celebration than with a cheesy birthday poem. If you’re a long time reader, than you know cheesy birthday poems are my favorite!

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This time last year, I was waiting on you.
As far as what to expect, I already knew.
You were my second baby, so I was a pro.
At least that’s what I thought – little did I know.

 

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You arrived early, you’re never one to miss out.
You were ready to party, of this I have no doubt.
I’ll never forget when the doctor placed you on my chest.
That moment – when I saw your face – was simply the best!

 

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I knew right away you were different from your brother.
I could tell one of these humans was not like the other.
But what surprised me the most, was how my heart grew.
Turns out, there was room in my heart for Atlas and you!

 

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You were the sweetest newborn I ever did see,
For a moment, you actually made me want baby #3.
You would snuggle and smile and go with the flow,
I thought, “She’s perfect – she even has that angelic glow!”

 

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But one day you decided you needed to be heard,
You made your presence known without saying a word.
You started walking the first chance you got,
When it comes to energy, you have a lot!

 

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You are independent – to nobody you cling.
Everyone says you’re such a ‘feisty little thing.’
You are my second child, so I don’t jump when you make a sound.
I’m embarrassed to say how many things you’ve eaten off the ground.
You are not my first baby, but there’s a good chance you’re my last.
I find myself in tears because our time together is going by so fast.

 

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The hugs you give are my favorite thing ever,
In those moments, I want you to be my baby forever.

 

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With each day that passes you look more like your daddy.
He’s praying hard you’ll one day want to be his caddie.
My prayer is that with thankfulness you would overflow*,
That you will love Jesus and be a light wherever you go.

 

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Oh, & I’m praying you learn to love more than just bread.
It’s funny to think, “I’ll never tolerate a picky eater” is what I once said.
You have already proven that you are incredibly smart.
Each day I pray for wisdom in my role of shaping your heart.
I know for you – my little adventurer – God has such magnificent plans,
I pray His favor upon you and that He would establish the work of your hands.*

 

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I hope that you grow up with both roots and wings,
I pray that it is for His glory that your heart sings.
I pray that you and your brother start to get along soon,
Your fighting usually makes me want to drink before noon.

 

Merry Christmas

Gone are the days where you go with the flow,
It’s obvious that you are now running this show.
It has definitely been a challenging year – being a mom of two,
But Oh! How worth it, it has been to have precious little you!

 

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On this day last year, our family was missing something, but God always knows,
He knew what our family needed was you – our sassy little Miss Andi Rose.
I love you so much more than words in this poem could convey,
So, my sweet girl, I’ll just close with a big ole’, “Happy Birthday!”

 

*Colossians 2:6-7: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 

*Ps 90:17: May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us. Yes, establish the work of our hands! 

 

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Baby Andi, Motherhood | 1 comment

Friday Favorites

Hola! This week was a roller coaster in our house filled with some hard curveballs. I’m glad the weekend is here. I’m hoping it is filled with some play time in Central Park (we only have 3 weeks left to enjoy it), a solid run and some fantastic sleep. Clearly, I’m a party animal on the weekends.

Before I dive into weekend bliss though, I wanted to share my Friday Favorites!

Pink Hunter Rain Boots

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Dave got me these pink rain boots for Valentines Day and I’m wearing the heck out of them. They are easy to throw on (sometimes boots that zip are just too much work for this mama), they keep my feet warm (unless it is really cold) and they are comfortable. And they are PINK. All around win.

Scripture Lullabies

Scripture Lullaby

A few months ago I purchased a cd on iTunes called scripture lullabies and I play it while I rock Andi to sleep. I’ve been making a conscious effort to not use my phone to check e-mails or scroll through social media while rocking her at night. Instead, I try to use that time to just sit, be still and rest or pray. I love having this music on while I sit with her. It seems to really soothe Andi Rose and it encourages my heart as I sit with her and meditate on the words of the scriptures.

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The Best Coffee Creamer

This International Delight Sweet Cream coffee creamer is the jam. I like my coffee sweet. Actually, I like creamer with just a hint of coffee flavor. It is really sweet, so a little goes a long way. I don’t drink coffee everyday, but on the days I do I pour this in and it warms my soul.

The Wonder Weeks App

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I drink coffee because I don’t sleep at night. I don’t sleep at night because Andi will sometimes wake up and cry for 5 minutes and then go back to sleep while I lay in bed awake for 2 more hours wondering what the heck woke her up. It’s a problem. Lately, Andi Rose has been getting harder to handle and I’ve been feeling really drained because it is like she has these crazy mood swings and I can’t decide if she’s sick, teething or bi-polar. I randomly pulled up the Wonder Weeks app on my phone last night to see if she was going through a leap and sure enough! It told me that during this phase, Andi should be acting jealous (she freaks when I hold Atlas), waking up randomly and being extra clingy. I wanted to cry when I read it because I was thinking, “Oh my gosh! She’s normal! This is just a phase!” I’m hoping she is back to her happy self soon, but in the meantime at least the Wonder Weeks app makes me feel like her mood swings are perfectly acceptable.

Jo Malone Perfume

Jo Malone Perfume

I got this perfume a few months ago and it has quickly become my favorite scent. It smells clean & ‘springy’ (because ‘springy’ is totally a scent) and I can’t stop wearing it. I like it so much I want to spray it on before bed at night, but that seems wasteful?

My Sister’s Blog

My sister recently started a blog and every single one of her posts have been so so good. They are such encouraging reads and I love seeing them pop up in my inbox when she publishes them! If you want to be uplifted, definitely check it out!

That rounds out my favorites for this week. What are you loving lately?

 

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Baby Andi, Healthy Dishes | 0 comments

Baby Food Recipes – Part 2

A few weeks ago I shared some baby food recipes and I’m coming back today to share a few more!

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Andi will turn 8 months old this week. She’s been eating solid food for a few months now. She has 1 tooth – really it is 1/2 of a tooth because it isn’t even all the way in yet – so she’s gumming all her food, but I have been making her purees a bit thicker recently (meaning, I’m just adding less water).

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Here are 4 more baby food recipes for all you baby food makin’ mamas out there who are interested!

Sweet Potato + Spinach + Kale + Banana 

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • 1 Handful Kale
  • 1 Banana

Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with tin foil. Lightly grease tin foil with Pam. Peel sweet potato and chop into cubes. Drizzle sweet potato with olive oil and salt and bake for 35 minutes, until it can be easily pierced with a fork. Wash spinach and kale. Combine roasted sweet potato, washed spinach and kale and 1 banana (or 1/2 banana) into a blender and add a tiny bit of water. Blend well, adding more water as needed to reach your desired consistency.

Roasted Apple + Dates + Oats Cereal

  • 1 Apple
  • 4 Dates
  • Whole Grain Oatmeal Cereal (I never measure this, but I would say I add a few tablespoons – it comes in powder form)
  • Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with tin foil. Lightly grease tin foil with Pam. Peel Apple and chop into cubes. Drizzle apple with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Bake for around 30 minutes, or until it is soft enough to pierce with a fork.

While apple is roasting, soak dates in hot water for around 10 minutes. Remove pit from dates and discard the pit. Save the water the dates soaked in (It is more flavorful, so it’s great for adding to the puree).

Combine roasted apple, dates, some of the water the dates soaked in and some whole grain oatmeal cereal in a blender. Blend until desired consistency is reached, adding more water/oatmeal cereal as needed.

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Roasted blueberries + Banana + Oats Cereal

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • Whole Grain Oatmeal Cereal

Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with tin foil. Lightly grease tin foil with Pam. Cut banana into slices and arrange banana and blueberries on your baking sheet. Drizzle them with a tiny bit of olive oil, salt and cinnamon. Bake for around 15 minutes.

Blend roasted banana, blueberries and oatmeal cereal together, adding water (or formula/breast milk) until desired consistency is reached.

Squash + Zucchini 

  • 2 Squash
  • 2 Zucchini

Wash squash and Zucchini. Chop squash and zucchini, removing the ends. Put chopped veggies into a pot, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and a dash of onion powder. Cover and cook over low-medium heat for around 15 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

Put veggies in a blender and blend until smooth. I find I don’t need to add a lot of water to this mixture because these veggies blend easily without a lot of liquid.

And that’s that! 🙂

Andi also really loves the YoBaby yogurt right now. Our pediatrician recommended that and it has been a hit with her, just like it was with Atlas. We’ve also started giving her puffs to let her practice putting food in her mouth. She does great with those and really loves them. Last week I also gave her some whole peas to try too. I think I gave her about 12 peas (not at once) and 3 made it into her mouth. The rest ended up in the seat of her high-chair. Also, we’ve introduced cottage cheese and she’s a fan of that.

And last thing! If you have a baby you need this Nuk mash and serve bowl.

Baby Food Masher

I don’t like to use the word ‘need’ because who am I to tell you what you need? But the word is appropriate in this instance. If you are making baby food, you need this bowl. It is awesome for quickly mashing up all sorts of things from bananas to avocados to sweet potatoes. I use it at least once a day and I wish I would have had this when Atlas was a baby! It makes smashing up food a breeze and after I used it the first time, I immediately ordered another one to have in our rotation.

If you’re a new mama, I hope this post helps! Let me know if you have any questions. I’m definitely not an expert, but I’m happy to share what works for us in our house.

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Baby Andi, Motherhood | 4 comments

How to Make Baby Food

I don’t think I ever feel more domesticated than when I’m making baby food. Dave thinks that is hilarious. I have no idea why, but I just feel like my inner domestic goddess shines bright when I’m pureeing vegetables for my baby. I also find it kind of therapeutic. Unless Atlas is whining for me to pick him up and/or Andi is screaming at the top of her lungs. Then it isn’t therapeutic at all and I’m like, “Oh my gosh! Forget it! We will all just eat ice-cream, okay?!”

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I made most of Atlas’ baby food from the time he was 4 months old and now I’m making baby food again for Andi. I thought I would share 3 of our current favorite baby food recipes, just in case any of you mamas out there are looking for ideas. Andi is now 6 months old and has been eating solids for over 2 months, so I’m blending a few fruits and veggies together for each of her meals. Obviously, if your baby is just starting solids you would need to introduce 1 food at a time. And I’m not a doctor, so I think it goes without saying that you should always consult your child’s pediatrician before giving them solids.

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Sweet Potatoes, Corn & Apples

  • Peel Sweet Potatoes (I typically use 2) and apples (I typically use 1 or 2) and cut into cubes.
  • Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray lightly with Pam.
  • Place Sweet Potatoes & apples on baking sheet and lightly drizzle them with olive oil and then sprinkle them with a little salt and cinnamon.
  • Bake at 375° for roughly 30 minutes, or until they are easily pierced with a fork.
  • Boil Corn or sauté in a pan with a little olive oil until cooked through (I usually use frozen corn).
  • Blend the roasted sweet potatoes, apples and corn together in a blender, adding water until you reach your desired consistency.

Obviously, in the beginning you will need to add more water to ensure the mixture is thin. As your baby gets more comfortable with solids you can decrease the amount of water used and serve a thicker mixture.

Once the mixture has cooled, store in airtight containers (or pouches) either in the freezer or fridge!

Peas & Corn

  • Saute´peas and corn with a bit of olive oil and salt until cooked through. Or you can boil the peas and corn. Your choice!
  • Put the veggies in the blender and add water until desired consistency is reached.
  • Allow to cool and store in airtight containers (or pouches) in the freezer or fridge!

Carrots & Apples

  • Boil carrots until they are soft enough to easily stick a fork through them.
  • Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lightly spray with Pam. Peel apples and cut into large cubes and place them on the baking sheet. Lightly drizzle apples with olive oil and sprinkle them with cinnamon.
  • Bake apples at 375° for about 30 minutes.
  • Blend apples and carrots together in a blender and add water to reach desired consistency. I always taste it to see if it needs a pinch of salt.
  • Allow mixture to cool and store in airtight containers (or pouches) in the freezer or fridge.

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I asked Dave if we could get the Infantino Squeeze Station (the contraption you see in the above photos) last month and he surprised me with it over Christmas (such a gem that husband of mine is)! Oh my word – I love that thing, you guys! I always stored baby food in 4 ounce tupperware containers (I know a lot of people also use ice cube trays) but the pouches are so amazing for grab and go snacks! And they don’t take up nearly as much room in the freezer. Andi still doesn’t suck directly from the pouch that well, so I just squirt the mixture onto a spoon and then feed her because it is less mess at this stage. Atlas loves the pouches though, so its also a great healthy snack for him! I think the Infantino Squeeze Station is very user friendly, easy to store and easy to clean. If you are a baby food makin’ mama and you decide to get the squeeze station, just don’t forget to order the extra pouches because they aren’t reusable.

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This post isn’t sponsored. I just really liked the gift my husband surprised me with and wanted to share it here! 🙂

I also want to quickly note that Andi doesn’t always like the foods I make. Some days she loves a meal and then 2 days later I’ll try to give her the same ‘blend’ and she wants no part of it. Eating solids is still touch and go at this stage, but these 3 recipes tend to go over well with her most days.

If you’re interested in more baby food recipes, please leave a comment and let me know! I could probably dedicate 3-4 posts easily on this topic with different recipes that we’ve had success with in our house between our 2 babies. Just not sure what the interest level is! 🙂

 

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