Those that know me know I love animals, all of them. I respect all animals and their place in our world, but there are some I am fine with observing from a distance. Namely, spiders, bugs, and reptiles, except geckos. Geckos are okay with me, because to me, they are a symbol of love and a message from heaven.
Before you think me too crazy, let me explain. You see, a few years ago, my mom and I spend an amazing spring break in Port Orange, Florida right outside of Daytona Beach. This was a place we had spend many amazing weeks visiting my Great Aunt Patty, Uncle Ralph, my cousins Ashleigh and Christine and Christine’s sweet son Aidan. At the time, my sweet Aunt Patty was undergoing treatment for cancer. For some people, this would have brought them down, but not her. She laughed and joked and was the same amazing woman I had grown up to admire. (more…)
Today, we are throwing it back to last Friday….okay so that’s not really a throw back, but it was a night worthy of recognition. Last Friday, Crystal and I got to join up with another mommy friend of ours for a Mom’s Night Out. All you mommas out there know that time out is not as easy as it once was. We are lucky, our husbands are both super supportive and always push us to get out and have fun, but it still doesn’t happen very often. In fact, this night was planned for a month and we still had a few friends that couldn’t make it. We have been trying to plan one a month. It is surprising how hard it is to stick to one night a month, but we are trying to plan with a group 7 of us all with children.
Our big night out consisted of a crazy evening of mall walking, some returns and even some tequila shots!
Well, the weeks sure do go faster when there is no work or school on Monday! We have been enjoying some unseasonably warm weather here in Maryland and some great time with family to go along with it! In addition to extra family time, which is at the top of both our lists here is what we love this week:
This wagon, (pictured here with the canopy off and with his hat on because the sun was going down and I, being a first time mom, of course freaked out about him getting cold) L got the chance to ride in H’s at the Christmas tree farm this year and he LOVED it! For Christmas, my parents go him his own and he has the best time going for a stroll around the neighborhood in it on these nice warm days! It is a bit on the expensive side, but it is worth it as we have already gotten a ton of use out of it!
This twist on our usual tacos by the Garlic Diaries. We usually use the taco shells from a box or tortillas but the lettuce makes it a bit more healthy. We did add some extra fajita style peppers and onions in. It is perfect for us because my husband loves tacos and we have them about once a week! (It’s even 21 Day Fix approved) (more…)
I have been looking forward to today for a while. Who doesn’t love a long weekend with a Monday off? Of course, like most moms out there, I had big plans. You know fun stuff, like putting away laundry, cleaning floors, and maybe, even cleaning out the pantry! I know sounds like a party! My house is kind of a mess after a busy weekend and warm weekend where we spent a lot of time outside. It needs to be cleaned and my to-do list is a mile long. But, if you want to know the truth, I am currently doing none of those adult things. I did do the dishes, and pick up a few toys and a few things in my craft room but that’s about it. The thing is, I am tired. I am worn out and all I want to do is sit right here on my couch, drink my coffee and catch up on This Is Us while L takes his nap. So that is exactly what I am doing. I am working on being present in my life and my feelings.
Lately, his teething has taken a toll on his naps. (read more about this here) The time I have to get things done is short and it can be a bit stressful to figure out what to do first. My job has also been very busy lately. In fact, most nights, I would consider being in bed by midnight to be early. (more…)
They told me it was coming, I was warned. Teething toddlers ARE. NO. JOKE! Like for real, y’all this stuff is real. For the most part, my L is a sweet little guy who loves to give hugs, laugh, play and even, for the last few months stick to a regular nap schedule. Until this week. This week he has been a crying, hitting, ear pulling cranky mess. Our sweet daycare provider has even been sending me messages about how different he has been. His naps have decreased, he has been cranky during the day and even been hitting me, and the other kids along with having epic meltdowns in major meltdown style. My poor little man, I feel awful for him and the other kids and adults around him during the day. My heart is breaking to see him in pain. I know this is a phase and it will pass and I know some of the behaviors are because of his pain, but holly shit (sorry) it’s hard on so many levels! (more…)
Happy Valentine’s Day! I have a confession, my memory and sense of time sometimes escapes me. (Please tell me I am not the only one, mom brain y’all) Therefore, today snuck up on me and I have been trying to figure some creative, fun, CHEAP Valentine’s Day ideas that is thoughtful but doesn’t require a lot of planning. After several Google and Pinterest searches, I came up with a few meaningful last minute ideas. I thought I would share them here with you all. Just in case there is someone else out there that is as last minute as I am, haha! So, here you go, a few no or low cost Valentine’s Day ideas. (more…)
It seems like everywhere you look these days the in look for decor is shabby chic, farmhouse, rustic or whatever you want to call it. A major trend of this look are these adorable hand-tied fabric banners. They are the perfect addition to your party, or just to add a little touch to your home! I have one hanging in L’s room as part of the window treatment, and it is CUTE! Sure, you could head on over to Etsy and buy yourself one, but making your own DIY fabric banner is quick, easy and cheap! I used my coupons at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and made this little mini banner for less than $10! With all the fabrics out there, you can create endless combinations to match your style! Come on, give it a try and create your very own easy fabric banner! (more…)
Happy Hump Day! It has been a long few days, but the weekend is in sight! We want to share a few more things we are loving this week! But first, an update! The dessert recipe Crystal posted last week, yeah she made it for a little get together this weekend and lets just say, people were licking the serving dish!! AMAZING! In case you missed it, you can find it here. For real, if you are looking for something to make for Valentine’s Day, it’s perfect! Filled with chocolaty gooey goodness, and perfect for toddlers’ little hands. Harper even helped with the Oreo placement! (more…)
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, there comes the age old question of what gift to give. Sure, you could go with chocolates or flowers, classic, easy, thoughtful and beautiful. But why not go for something more personal like this original piece of finger painted art? We know, crafting with toddlers sounds scary, but this craft is quick and easy enough to do with a toddler, but fun enough that kids of all ages (and even adults) will love it too! (more…)
In case you missed it, Crystal and I along with a few of our good friends had the pleasure of enjoying our annual girls weekend recently. It was heavenly! Check out the details here. Of course, it would never have been possible without our amazing husbands to keep the kiddos while we pampered ourselves.
Have we mentioned how amazing both our husbands are? For real, y’all they rock. They both FaceTimed, texted and loved on our kiddos!