3.05.2015

Pretty as a Princess

Every Sunday morning when we put on Ellie’s dress for church, this is what we hear. I don’t know where she learned it from, but I never want it to stop! I finally caught two little clips, and for her grandmas I had to share!

3.04.2015

Welcome Home Baby Package with Softsoap

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #FoamSensations

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Babies, babies, babies! That’s what has been on my mind lately. And rightfully so, I suppose! :) Besides preparing for the arrival of our own little one, it seems that so many of my friends are expecting a little bundle, too! I’m always stumped when it comes to giving a new mom/baby gift, until I remembered that someone gave me a little care package when I was pregnant and I loved it! Perfect for mom AND baby. Here’s a package I recently put together with all my favorite essentials – like the softest swaddle blankets, foaming hand soap, treats for mom, and a whole lot more. If you want to make your own Welcome to the World package, there’s a link to a free printables below (for baby boys and girls!)

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outfit: H&M blanket: Etsy pacifiers: Walmart

FOR BABY: a comfy cozy sleeper and hat are a must for those first few weeks of newborn bliss. A swaddle blanket doubles for the perfect naptime blanket or nursing cover (and this one is as soft as can be!) Include a few favorite baby essentials – like pacifiers, wipes or diapers, you can never have too many!
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Foaming hand soap: Walmart

FOR VISITORS: The absolute worst moments during those first few weeks when Ellie was born, was when visitors (and all their kids!) would come by with horrid coughs, runny noses, and other nasty symptoms. I would literally wipe down the entire house after they left! To keep those germs away, these Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Wash bottles are an absolute must for every new mom! Dress up the kitchen sink with The Kitchen Citrus Bliss, and adorn your other sinks around the house with Jasmine & White Cotton and Whipped Cocoa Butter. I purchased these at Walmart to include in my package and they’re the perfect addition. Now that new mom can send those visitors directly to the sink to wash up before they touch that precious little baby!

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Journal: Target Waterbottle and treats: Walmart

FOR MOM: Treats and a water bottle are essential for new moms – and most moms I know wouldn’t mind a diet Coke included, too. ;) Having a journal on hand or in the diaper bag is super handy too! I don’t know about you, but I was constantly forgetting things after I had my first baby. Whether it was writing down grocery lists or doctor’s appointment, or recording important baby firsts, having a journal on hand was amazing! Other things you could include: lotion, lanolin, chapstick, and healthy nursing snacks.

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You could also include an extra little surprise for the new dad, big brother, or big sis! What essentials would you include in a new baby package?

Free printables welcome home baby decorate package flaps

Want to make your own package? Here’s a few free printables for you to download, print, and glue to your package. Easy peasy! Print on heavy cardstock for best results.

3.02.2015

Big Hero 6 Movie Night

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6Release
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It’s out, it’s out! After seeing Big Hero 6 in theaters last November (Ellie’s first movie theater experience!) we’ve been counting down the days until it was available for purchase! Since first watching the movie, Ellie has started giving us fist bumps then saying “badalalalala.” Ad-or-able. We had to snatch up a copy for ourselves from Walmart the day it came out. How could we not?! :)

To celebrate our new purchase, we had a little family movie night, in which Ellie was enthralled the entire time. We had a lot of fun putting together a few fun treats and crafts before the movie, with Ellie’s plush Baymax by her side the whole time. “He’s my favorite!” We ordered him from Walmart.com and he was the perfect addition to our movie night party. If you’re ready for a super easy Baymax mask and cookie tutorial, scroll down!

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Baymax Cookies
Ingredients:
Oreo Cookies
White Baking Chocolate
Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate
Food Coloring

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Directions: Line a pan or plate with wax paper. Divide white baking chocolate into two bowls. In the microwave, warm each bowl of chocolate for 20-30 second increments, stirring in between. Once melted, stir red food coloring into one bowl. Spoon a generous amount of both red and white melted chocolate onto the tops of the cookies. Set on wax paper and let set in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

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Melt a small amount of semi-sweet baking chocolate in microwave. Using a round tipped utensil (I used a chop stick! :) carefully adorn the cookie with eyes and a line across to create Baymax’s face. Using the same method and baking chocolate, you can make Baymax’s mask face or a low battery signal. (May takes a few practice tries!) Let chocolate decorations set before serving.

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Baymax Mask
 Supplies Needed:Red Felt
White Felt
Black Felt
Hot Glue
Elastic
Free Mask Template

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Directions: Download and print mask template. Carefully cut out template and trace or pin onto felt. Cut out each piece of felt and hot glue together. Use an exacto knife to carefully cut out eye holes through each layer (you could try to cut the holes out before, but they may not line up as well). Cut elastic down to size and attach with hot glue. Run around the house like Ellie yelling “I super hero! I save the day!”

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Best movie night we’ve had this year! Have you purchased Big Hero 6 yet? I learned that when you purchase the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift With Purchase Set includes a digital movie on Vudu while, supplies last. All I have to do is scan my receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app, then watch for a message on my phone or email. Now we can watch Big Hero 6 on any device! I know what our next road trip movie will be. :) 

2.26.2015

Babymoon!

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Bring me back to our babymoon! I’ve tried to narrow my photos down as much as I could, but for journaling sake, this post may be a tad bit long. :) We just had too much fun! 

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(Note to self: next time bring some pregnancy safe motion sickness medicine. Ha! That first night I was so dizzy and disoriented! Also note, the staff's suggestion of 'eating a green apple' does not in fact, help with dizziness. Haha. :)

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We probably ate far too many desserts while we were there, but that chocolate cake was to die for good! The unlimited ice cream wasn’t half bad either ;)

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Towel animals! I had to get a picture of this cute elephant for Ellie.

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We stopped in Ensenada for a day – my very first time in Mexico! We put on our swimsuits, ready to hit the beach, but our bus ride into town from the ship proved that the walk to the beach looked a little long (and a wee bit sketchy!) Instead, we opted for an excursion with a bunch of people from our cruise (seemed much safer!) The bus ride there was an eye opener and full of color! I couldn’t get over all the amazing colors.

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We walked the flea market and had THE BEST CHURROS OF MY LIFE. I took every free sample they gave me…amazing! Costco churros just don’t compare. ;) We didn’t leave much except some real vanilla and a handmade dress for Ellie. Totally worth it.

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My handsome traveling buddy!

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We also saw an awesome natural blow hole. My lens wasn’t quite wide enough to capture the whole thing, but it was pretty darn cool. And that salty ocean air…mmmm! My favorite!

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The rest of our cruise was sooo relaxing, we kept marveling over how incredibly lazy we felt. But man it was fun! I was terrible at taking my camera out on the actual ship, oops! On the last day of our cruise we spent in our swimsuits…on lounge chairs…by the pool….huddled under towels. :) It was a wee bit chilly! But hey, we tried to get some sun! And I managed to finish two books, two books! I haven't had much time to read in...forever! So that was bliss!

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 The trip ended with Brian catching some stomach bug/ food poisoning (all those churro samples maybe?) Big fat bummer! (And being sick on a rocking cruise ship, not so fun!) Besides that, we had a blast!


2.25.2015

My Husband Hates This Hat

Other alternative post titles: My Momiform, I Like to Pretend It’s Spring Even Though My Feet Are Freezing Cold, Could It BE Any Colder (why yes, yes it could. Thank heavens for no snow), and I Am So Not A Fashion Blogger. ;)

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Yes, it’s true, my husband hates when I wear this hat. I stole it from my brother Spenc long ago (who also happened to hate when I wore this hat, for who knows what reason). You see, it seems to be a sin to wear anything referring to the Yankees in this household since B is a die hard NY Mets fan. I, on the other hand, could care less what logo is featured on the front, because it’s so. darn. comfy. Paint spots and all. Plus, it covers greasy hair quite well. :)

How I wore it: my momiform

Anyway! Onto the real intention of this post! I teamed up with some fabulous ladies again for a “How I Wore It” post. This time our inspiration came from this outfit below:

outfitvia Moiology

I loved the green and navy paired together (and stripes! Bring on the stripes!) along with the mix of her casual denim and sweater with those fancy heels. I decided to play off the colors and stripes (my fav!) and downplay a maxi skirt with more of a casual look. (read: mom friendly, I could wear this every single day)

How I wore it: my momiform
Outfit details: Maxi Skirt: Honey & Lace | Tshirt: Target | Jacket: Old Navy | Hat: Stolen from little brother | Necklace: The Dainty Pair | Sandals: Target and not quite warm enough to wear them yet :)
   

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And there you have it. My husband-despised hat, momiform, too cold for winter but perfect for spring outfit. :) Want to see how my other favorite ladies wore it? Check out their blogs below (they are darling!)

Brooke at Silver Lining | Deidre at Deidre Emme | Brielle at Ready or Not | Laura at Sincerely, Laura | Brooklyn at A Little Too Jolley | Jana at Life Could Be A Dream | Ashley at Absolutely Ashley | Megan at And Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson | Bonnie at The Life of Bon | Aubrey at Dreaming About Someday | Bri at Breezy Days

2.24.2015

Cruisin’ down to Mexico!

Hola! Last week Brian and I took a little adventure…all on our own! Yup, that’s right! We dropped off Ellie at Gramma’s house (thanks again!) while we went cruisin’ down to Mexico! Neither of us had ever been on a cruise before and a “babymoon” was the perfect excuse to enjoy some salty ocean air and sunshine. :) Ellie could have cared less that we came home (that was hilarious) and who can blame her, she was spoiled and had far too much fun at Gramma’s house! I have lots of photos to share from our cruise, but here’s just a few until I can put together a big post! (Also, I cannot get over all that glorious COLOR in Mexcio! Be still my color loving heart!)

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