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Wife After God: Come Join In!

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Monday, December 30, 2013

As you know I had a baby this year, but I am still a wife and I purpose to never let my role as a mother consume me entirely that I forget about my husband. I am super excited to read (and review) Wife After God:Drawing Closer to God and Your Husband devotional on 1/1/14. This is such a great way to start the new year.

I would love for you to join me and at the end of the month I will be posting my review. In the meantime grab a copy for yourself, there is even a Kindle version so you can download right to your favorite device so you have it in time to start.

**Update: The Kindle version is on sale right now 12/31/13-1/1/14 for $0.99!!! Wife After God

I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided and all opinions written are my own.

Love, the Unconditional Kind

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I cannot properly express in words the love that I have for my son. I would literally do anything for him. He spend 10 months in my womb, he is a part of me, he is half me. He is such a blessing, I have never known a love like this before. When I see him in pain it hurts me, and I want to take that pain away from him. Watching him grow up is truly amazing, I celebrate in his successes reaching developmental milestones. I crave snuggling with him and spending quiet time without him trying to bust out of my arms to play. Even on the very hardest of days, yes they do occur with an infant, I miss him when he is sleeping. It is such a wonderful feeling to be loved and needed that much by a tiny human. To watch his face light up when he see's my face and to hear him say mama.

It got me to thinking about the love that God has for his children, for us, for me, for you! It is this same kind of love that a mother (or father) has for their child. WOW talk about a revelation! A love that is unconditional. We put 'conditions' on our love walk with people because we get offended, that is truly the bottom line. You may make secret choices that affect that person. Choices you would never think of making for your own child, your flesh and blood. In God's eyes, we are his children, therefore we receive the benefits of being his child. When you get this understanding the word love will never be the same for you again!

5 on Friday

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Friday, December 13, 2013
THE GOOD LIFE BLOGHappy Friday!! M woke up early this morning, 5:40 and thankfully his sweet self was not ready to start his day and went back to bed 20 minutes later. I was planning to get up early today, not quite that early but it definitely stopped any procrastination. I am going to try to start getting up before M. It's nice having some time to myself in the morning and not feeling (cause I am) stumbling into M's room when we wake up together around 7. Now onto my 5.

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Somewhere in the mix of Thanksgiving and our sleep battle I missed celebrating my one year blogiversary. Last year I sat on my couch debating whether or not to hit publish on my first post I stared at my screen for a long time and finally I got the courage to do so. I have so enjoyed blogging over the past year and have met some amazing women! My goal for this year is to blog a bit more, I love writing and I don't set aside enough time to do so.

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My husband has been asking me for my Christmas list for a couple of weeks. I gave him a list and the jacket I wanted were sold out and the scarf I wanted was not available in that color. He told me to scrap the list and make a new one. I have been debating over getting and Erin Condren planner, only the most talked about planner in blogland but $50 seemed a bit high for some paper which I may or may not use frequently. Then I saw this post  for an alternative from PlumPaperDesignsthat would fit me more when I googled life planner. Now I feel that I need this and really hope that I get it!!! 

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Saw this picture on my Instagram feed this week, hilarious!!

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M has been going to work on his crib with that one tooth. 

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I saved the best for last....As of last weekend M says "mama" and officially crawls no more army crawling! He has been saying mum for a while but not mama and he says it when he see's me or when I walk away so he knows I'm his mama. Every time I hear him say mama I can't help but smile this silly smile. 

Naps and Nighttime Nonsese

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
So I debated about sharing this for a bit, no one likes to talk about ugly days or weeks in my case but then I realized it was an amazing blog post that lifted my spirits and helped me have a better understanding of sleep. Which you can read here. Be prepared this is a long post!

I knew that sleep was going to be sparse as a mother, heck I knew I would have some sleepless nights it's kinda part of being a mom with a baby who is learning constantly. The newborn days passed and somewhere around when M was 2.5 maybe 3 months old we stopped feeling like zombies and could function "normally" or whatever that means haha.

At 4.5 months M went through a sleep regression, uummmmm where was this info that babies sleep regresses? We came out winners after 2 weeks of this regression and by 5 months M settled into his own nap/sleep schedule. NOT in my arms :) I've talked about needed to hold him for naps and sleeping in shifts many times. I had this new found freedom in the middle of the day and a very well rested baby and I liked it, like a lot.

But you see babies are forever growing and changing and what worked today, or what has worked for months, may not be what works anymore. Developmental milestones like rolling over, crawling, standing and teething all disrupt sleep as well as growth spurts. Plus the occasional sicky times which makes your heart hurt seeing your cutie not well.

5 weeks ago our amazing sleep arrangement was disrupted. Let me be real it's like a hurricane swept through our house and we were back to newborn like sleep. It started off with more night waking and so if baby is hungry feed him. Not so bad, at least he was still napping. Week two hit and M decided that he didn't want to go to bed at bedtime, well actually those teeth, (his first one finally broke through the day before Thanksgiving) started to bother him at night and the pain was keeping him up. I am not big on giving him medicine all the time I much prefer a homeopathic approach but after 3 hours I relized that this was beyond Hylands teething gel and cold teethers. So a few nights out of the week we had to give him Tylenol and hoped each morning that we would see the tooth that was causing trouble. All the while still waking up at night but napping.

Things escalated and those night wakings turned into 2 sometimes 3 hour sessions of a wakeful and very playful baby who screamed when put down, and not a scream of pain just a I want to be with you come back. I thought ok he needs some extra snuggles I will sacrifice what little sleep I'm getting because he needs this.

Week 3 hit and the sleep floodgates opened, NO naps, night waking + needing to be held and nursed/rocked until he was completely asleep. Yes I nurse my baby to sleep AND I don't mind and truthfully love it, but during week 3 I was pretty worn out and sleep deprived. I didn't feel like myself and was super emotional. I tried co-sleeping just so we could rest but M thought it was playtime and I finally called in the reinforcements (my mom) to help because I was losing my mind or at least felt like it. At this point he was also wide awake around 5am.

I was pretty adamant about not co-sleeping and no sleep training. Well let me let you in on a little secret, your ideas, plans and reasons for choosing a way to parent pre-baby are usually unrealistic at some point and you have to re-evaluate and find a better way if you are big on not doing something. Co-sleeping is not for us, it doesn't work, it did for a short time in the beginning but not now, my husband and I literally cannot sleep that way and M well he wakes up with every little noise even with being so close to his mama. That is the reason we transitioned him out of the pack and play and into his own room 4 months ago.

As for sleep training well I had to go there. You see M lost his ability to self-sooth and some point in those 3 weeks, maybe even before that because his mama over here would rush in to rescue him because he was crying. I would't take a moment to pause and see if he would settle again because I thought oh it's his teeth. I was determined to get out of my funk and get M back on track with sleeping, oh my goodness he was overtired!

I never want to make parenting decisions frustrated, my husband and I agreed that we exhausted all other options and sleep training is where we were at. My loving mother came over and sent me away for an hour while M was going to go down for a nap. He was fed, changed and not in any pain and oh so tired! I knew I couldn't stay to listed to the first cry and would feel the need to go in. Well she called after 35 minutes to let me know that my newly standing baby had stopped crying and was now rolling around and playing with a toy. He then took the longest nap in a week 1.5 hours! 2nd nap rolled around and we were out and he knocked out in the car for an hour. Bedtime came and he went right to sleep, at 7:30 and woke up around 9:30 and rolled around and I resisted going in his room and within 10 minutes he was back to sleep and slept through the night! Ummm mama's sanity restored and she even got some much needed sleep :)

It has been two weeks and I realized my sweet boy is a big sleep fighter. At least once a day we have to let him cry it out which has not lasted more than 25-30 minutes. I am not opposed to nursing him to sleep, we do this nightly and I am by no means ready to stop but sometimes he slaps himself to wake up then gets restless and is clearly done eating. He rubs his eyes until they are so red and I know there is nothing else I can do especially when he tries to bust out of my arms. His crying is truly not even really crying, it is more of a whine. Whining because he is so tired and does not know what to do with himself. He knows how to put himself to sleep he just doesn't want to miss out on life when he is sleepy. Now I am not at the point that I can let him cry for more than 25 minutes when I can see on the monitor he is not ready to sleep. I go back in and try again, but in most cases this actually makes it worse and we have to start over and he is even more tired. When he finally gives up and goes to sleep and wakes up a much happier baby and is ready to play more!!

I'm pretty sure the major disruption is sleep was due to all of the new things M can do. He is pulling himself up on everything, cruising and has mastered crawling no more army crawling for this boy, oh and the tooth, that cute little tooth. These milestones interrupt sleep big time! With this being said I still stand by my decision to do some mild sleep training. Self soothing is important, if he didn't relearn this I literally would be holding him for every sleepy moment. That doesn't work for us, it may for some but not us.

I don't have the answers to how to get your baby to sleep through the night, I'm not even looking for M to sleep through the night yet, miraculously he has been for the past two weeks and I know that this could change so I will not dare say he sleeps through the night just yet! I don't have a solution how to get your cutie to stop waking up, I can only offer my encouragement and tell you it happens AND you WILL get through it :) Do what works for you, your baby and your family. I know one day I will be on the opposite side of this sleep battle trying to find ways to wake my M up later in life. Until then I take each day one at a time and hope for the best :)

5 On Friday

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Friday, December 06, 2013
THE GOOD LIFE BLOGHappy Friday :) I was MIA for a lot of November. Family came to visit for 10 days which was so much fun. M had such a great time with my sister in law and his cousins that he only saw once before when he was 4 weeks. Then we had a sleep battle in our house for 2 weeks, left mommy so tired I was going to bed an hour after M. I will be sharing that post later this week.

Then Thanksgiving, it was all I hoped for and more this year as a family of 3. We even took some family pictures for our Christmas cards. Whew, I missed writing!

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Found this post on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and made it!!

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My house is 95% decorated for Christmas. Super excited for M's first Christmas!!! I ordered our stockings from Pottery Barn on Veterans day and got an amazing deal, I am happy with how our fireplace turned out. Oh and do you see my trees I made??

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Gap super skinny pants and legging jeans are amazing! I am so glad I saw so many posts raving about these pants.  I took advantage of the great sales over this past week and this mommy got some new clothes finally. M will be 9 months and I was making what I had work for reasons I am not even sure of now. I feel great in my new clothes :)

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Cotton babies had a cyber Monday deal and gave $5 off your order. I couldn't help myself so I pre-ordered the Chelsea Perry Top Hat flip. Cannot wait to get M in one!

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So after I ordered that Diaper I was telling my husband that M needed the other new print in my his cloth diaper stash. I entered the Cotton babies contest on Pinterest and I WON it :)

Thankful Thursday: The Event

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
I'm linking up with Marie again for her Thankful Thursday series. This week is all about the event I am most thankful for. Super easy and I am sure that most of you can guess it!

My wedding day held the title of best day of my life for 3 years it a day that I will never forget. It was the first day of my new life as a married woman. 8 months ago my wedding day took a backseat when M entered this world. We chose to keep our birth intimate just between the two of us, in doing so we learned so much more about one another, and fell in love all over again when we saw our baby boy for the first time.

He has shook my world up like a snow globe, I watch in pure amazement as he grows daily and makes me smile and cry tears of joy often. I love being a mother, his mother. He has taught me how to be more patient, to slow down and that sometimes the best thought out plans get executed totally different than expected.

I am so excited for all the future events and memories our little family will have together, it all started with this one BIG event :)

The Sunshine Award

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Monday, November 18, 2013
Thank you so much Rychelle for nominating me for this award :) If you have a chance stop by her blog and get to know her!


1. Post a pic of the award in your post
2. Post 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you
4. Nominate 11 bloggers
5. Write 11 questions for them to answer
6. Let them know they are nominated

1. I hate folding clothes. I have no problem washing clothes I just can't stand having to put them away. 

2. Less than 2 months after I got married I was chopping a bell pepper and nearly sliced the tip of my index finger off. It was barely hanging on, I got stitches and almost passed out. Needless to say since then my husband constantly reminds me to be careful when chopping veggies. 

3. I have naturally curly hair, I used to hate it growing up now I love it.

4. I have a really good sense of smell.

5. I HATE bugs. 

6. I used to be a really heavy sleeper. I could sleep through anything now, I hear everything!

7. I walk my dog with my son in the Ergo and people look at me like I'm crazy. I have a pitbull and he is 100 pounds :)

8. I don't like fast food, there was a time I stopped eating it all together.

9. After I'm done eating I need a little something to get the taste out of my mouth. My husband now has that habit.

10. I don't like being scared.

11. I was the school president in high school. 

Rychelle's questions for me:

1. Favorite movie: Grease

2. Reasons you blog: I love writing, it is a lot of fun and a nice way to spend my me time.

3. If you could meet anyone who would it be? Hmmm, this is a hard one. I'm going to answer with a twist...I would love my son to meet my Grandmother. She passed away 2 years ago and I miss her a lot. She was an amazing woman! 

4. Favorite vacation: Last summer we took a European cruise, it was on my to-do list before we had kids. On that trip we found out we were pregnant best vacation EVER!

5. Favorite TV show: This season Trophy Wife and Modern Family are pretty hilarious, loving them both.

6. Describe yourself in one word: Silly

7. How many kids do you want? 2, maybe 3

8. Favorite color: mint green and orange

9. Favorite holiday: Christmas hands down, I love decorating and making traditions :)

10. What do you want most for Christmas? A new wardrobe please. 

11. Favorite hobby: Baking, which is a bit of a challenge as of late but I'm not giving up on it. 

My nominees are: 

Marie @ Candidly Marie
Andrea  @ Hand and the Heart
Pamela  @ My Married Life
Hannah @ Joyful Life
Elise  @ Cheers Ya"ll
Elizabeth  @ My Glad Heart
Lena @ Root and Blossom
Marta @ Petite Raisin 
Nancy  @ My Little Criatura

My Questions:

1. What did you want to be when you "grow up"?
2. What was your favorite toy?
3. Where did you go on your honeymoon?
4.Describe your husband in one word
5. What is your go to recipe?
6. What is your favorite holiday?
7. How do you spend your "me" time?
8. If you could relive one moment in your life what would it be?
9. How do you spend your "me" time?
10. How do you spend Thanksgiving?
11. Coffee or tea?

Thank you again Rychelle I look forward to reading your responses ladies :)

Thankful Thursday: The Place

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
November is a month spent intentionally reflecting on all that you are thankful for. When I saw Marie's post about this linkup I knew I was in! For the next 3 weeks I will be joining her in sharing who, when, and what I am most thankful for. This week is all about the place...

I am thankful for my house, no scratch that my home. House hunting was an extremely stressful process and it seemed like it would take forever to sign that last paper that would make our house officially ours. It is an older home on a quiet street, older therefore means things were not updated except our appliances which was such a huge blessing they are expensive!! 

We have spent the last two years making this house feel more like our home. It is certainly not perfect and there are several unfinished projects which allows us to change our minds often and find what we love most to complete a particular space. There is room to grow but it's so big to feel that we feel like strangers lost in the space. I am so thankful that we have a place to call our own and do what we want with. 

What is the place you are most thankful for? Link up!

If you get a chance stop by the Mom-Lovin' link up too, I love this link-up and meeting so many other amazing mama's! 
Joyful Life

5 On Friday

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Friday, November 08, 2013
How is it Friday already? This week flew by! Almost a week into this time change and some days are better than others. M woke up at 5:45 yesterday ready to start the day needless to say mommy was not exactly all smiles or even fully awake for some time. Do moms ever sleep good again?

| one | Went to the mall yesterday with my husband, our intention was to fix the birth certificate of a Build-A-Bear. Of course we needed to make one for M who was very unimpressed by his new Frosty the Snowman. The tag on his hat, all over it! My bears were not fully clothed when I was young, but you just feel wrong leaving with a naked bear they need clothes and accessories too right?! I digress...

| two | Got these Steve Madden boots I have been drooling over for the past month looking for the best deal. My favorite brown boots are very well loved and it's time to part now. Thank you Nordstrom for having your half yearly sale :) 

| three | Speaking of Nordstrom I love that they have a mothers room. M is such a distracted eater so having a quiet space while out is amazing.

| four | Used my crockpot for the first time this season. Made this recipe, I added one package of Sazon Goya as well and we enjoyed it! I will be making it again. 

| five | Found this recipe on Pinterest to make pumpkin creamer, I'm making it this weekend I hope it tastes amazing. I have had many failed attempts with a couple different recipes I've tried. 

Happy Friday!! Hope you have an amazing weekend :)

Thankful Thursdays: The Person

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
November is a month spent intentionally reflecting on all that you are thankful for. When I saw Marie's post about this linkup I knew I was in! For the next 4 weeks I will be joining her in sharing who, when, and what I am most thankful for. This week is all about the who...

I thought for sure the answer to this question would be my son. Now hold on hear me out, I am so thankful for M, but there is no way he would be here if it weren't for my husband. He is my best friend, my life partner, my soul mate the love of my life. He is my number one fan, he has seen me at my worst and and my best. He is so very kind and encouraging never crushing a dream that I have, instead he finds ways to make it happen. He works so hard for out little family so I can stay at home and raise our son. The sacrifice that he makes picking up and overtime shift weekly is one that I am so grateful for. He strives to be better in life never happy with just being mediocre and that is something that I love about him. He is a go getter for sure! 

This year I have watched him become a father and have fallen in love all over again. I always knew he would be a great father but never imagined it would be like this. He used a couple hours of FMLA a week to come home early to spend time with M, he has stayed up with me on rough nights when M wouldn't sleep. He has changed countless amouts of diapers without complaining and even washed a few loads of cloth diapers :) I have never once questioned his abilities to parent, I trust him, value and respect his opinion. 

I am so thankful and blessed for the man I share my life with, the man who made me a mother which in itself is the best gift he has ever given me. Before we got married out Pastors told us that you don't marry someone that you could live with, you marry someone you could not live without. I can honestly say that I could not live without him!

So who is the person you are most thankful for?

So What Wednesday

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Life After I Dew
So WHAT if....

{1} I have 3 drafts that I just cannot complete my thoughts on, I have opened them up for almost 3 nights in a row and still haven't hit publish. Personal goal this week is to get one of them done and up.

{2} M got super mobile in the last week and I seriously feel like my free time is lost again. He loves pulling himself up and is even crawling for real (not the army crawl he has mastered) like a lot. I am exhausted most days once he goes to bed.
{3} With that being said this time change which used to make me all giddy is just not doing that for me this year. I am yawning at like 9 which is really early for me.

{4} Now that Halloween is out of the way we are ready for Christmas in this house...we've been listening to Christmas music and strategizing where things will go this year now that we have a new room to decorate 

{5} We purposely left a corner in our family room less decorated for our Christmas tree 

{6} I made 3 attempts to drink my coffee today and out of the 3 only one was successful. Lots of wasted coffee, I like it freshly brewed and let me tell you that cup just now was amazing :) 

{7} I'm addicted to a zombie show, said I never would be, but hey the Walking Dead is now our nightly show once M goes to bed 

Breastfeeding Essentials

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Aden + anais swaddle | Aladdin Mason Tumbler | Lansinoh Lanolin | Nursing Tank | Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads | Medela Tendercare Hyrogel | Nursing Bra | Medela Pump In Style

I am really passionate about breastfeeding. It is another amazing connection with your child outside the womb. I encourage every mother to at least try breastfeeding, you never know you may just love it! I exclusively breastfed my son up until last month when I started making him baby food. Currently M eats 2 solid meals a day and continues to breastfeed every 2 hours. That little man can eat!

In order to be successful you really need some essential things to help you, especially in the beginning. The first 3 weeks are the hardest and it might be tempting to throw in the towel because it hurts! Just when you thought you were done being in loads of pain giving birth, you have a very hungry newborn nursing round the clock putting your girls through pain you never knew existed! You may dread each feeding, bleed a little but I promise you it is so worth it once you get past those first few weeks.

Lets begin shall we....

Nursing Cover: 
My amazing Mother sewed me three nursing covers that I used for the first 3 months whenever I was away from home. As my son grew he wanted to start playing peek a boo and those covers weren't cutting it anymore. I use these swaddle blankets tucked in my bra straps and wrap it around my son who is also very distracted eater.

W a t e r is so important. You have to stay hydrated it keeps your supply up, your supply is liquid gold. Don't cry over spilled milk, unless it's breastmilk then you may shed a tear you worked hard for that!

This will be your BFF #1! Use this after every feeding and it will give you some much needed relief and the best part is you don't need to wipe it off before your baby eats next. 

Nursing Tank: 
I love these nursing tanks from Target. I use them to sleep in and in the beginning paired with a nursing bra so my whole side wasn't exposed. I have since found a solution that doesn't expose my side without have 2 sets of clips per side which just takes too much time when your baby is hungry. 

Nursing Pads:
I love these disposable nursing pads they are soft, absorbent and you can't even tell that they are there. 

Tendercare Hyrogel:
Introducing BFF #2. These lovelies will cool down your nipples if you so happen to get engorged adding insult to injury to your already sore girls. 

Nursing Bra:
This is hands down the best nursing bra! I am not one who would even think to go with a seamless bra but while trying them on the amazing woman who helped me at A Pea in a Pod said I needed to try this one out. It is comfortable and surprisingly supportive!

Breast Pump:
I have never actually used this pump, I use a hand pump, but if you must pump this is the way to go. When I say exclusively breastfed I truly mean it, M has never drank out of a bottle. I hyper lactate and followed the advice of my lactation nurse and pump only when necessary since I stay home. Instead of using a bottle we give M breastmilk in a sippy cup (started at 3 months) when needed. 

I would love to answer any questions if you have any.

5 On Friday

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Friday, October 25, 2013
| one | Two weeks ago I posted about M needing this adorable jacket...
So the very next day Old Navy had a massive sale and I was super excited to get it, except it wasn't in stores. Long shopping adventures story short I finally got it yesterday!! 

| two | When I turned on my laptop this morning I saw I had an update available. Naturally I clicked on it to see what it was all about. OS X Mavericks update is available aaannnnddd its FREE. Kinda felt a little like Christmas. Thanks Apple :)

| three | We got this brilliant family costume idea, hey better late than never. Went out to exchange M's and get our costumes yesterday and sadly we are really late so it truly might never happen this year. Totally forgot Halloween is next week, how did it sneak up on us so quickly? M is going to be a dragon and we will coordinate somehow. 

| four | I found the best french toast recipe, I have made it four times already. I made some extra this morning to freeze so I can have it anytime. 

photo credit
| five | Teething, oh teething. Where do I begin?! M is still currently toothless at 7 months but has been teething since he was 3 months. He is such a happy go lucky baby but this week teething has got the best of him. We are pretty much glued together at all times, chewing on everything, he is not a huge fan of nursing like he usually is and naps, psh what naps. Thankfully he is still getting good rest at night because this little buddy needs it. Teething we don't like you at all, can we speed this process up a bit? I don't like seeing my baby is pain :( Please do share any tips if you have any.


Mom-Lovin Hop No. 21

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Today I am super excited to be guest co-hosting the Mom-Lovin' blog hop with Hannah, Lena and Andrea. It is one of my favorite places to link up. I have met some pretty awesome ladies on this hop. Come join in the fun!

Happy Thursday :)

Our Guest Co-Host this week is Ileana at Simply Inspired Me

Ileana writes about her life as a wife and mama. She shares lots of great tips for moms including her favourite baby accessories, and pregnancy tips. Check out her super cute DIY post on making embossed baby footprints! CUTE! Be sure to follow her!

Our featured Mama of the week: Elizabeth from The Bradleys

If you long for authentic writing and real relationships through the interwebs, Elizabeth is your girl! She is a breath of fresh air in blog land and super sweet to boot. Elizabeth writes about her life and family living in Thailand. Go check The Bradleys out! You won't be disappointed. 

Joyful Life

Please, if you are new to the hop or have been here but haven't left a comment, please let us know on our own respected blogs that you are a new follower so we can be sure to follow you back! 

Also, If you are interested in co-hosting FOR FREE shoot Hannah an email at hannahsjoyfullife (at) to get on the list, growing your followers couldnt be easier! 

Homemade Coffee Creamer

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's no secret to those who know me [in person] that I like a little coffee with my cream. Yeah you read that right, I use lots of cream in my coffee. A couple of months ago after seeing so many recipes on Pinterest I decided to try making my own creamer. Except I didn't have some of the ingredients they were calling for and no fancy cream bottle to contain this deliciousness in. I got over the cream vessel and went ahead and made a batch, I was in love and have made my own creamer since. I was really excited for pumpkin spice creamer and bought some and was so disappointed I dumped my coffee and made poured myself a new cup with this stuff.

Here is what you need:

32 oz Container
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp almond extract
Milk (enough to fill the rest of the bottle)

**Since then I have not found the perfect "pretty" container so I use a 32 oz Nalgene water bottle and it works just fine

Open the can of condensed milk and pour it into your container. I use a thin spatula to get it all out of the can. Add almond extract and fill the rest of the container with milk. Use the spatula to break up the milk as best as possible and shake it until everything is mixed. Enjoy with a cup of hot coffee :)

I have not tried any other flavors yet, but plan to make pumpkin spice in the next week or so and with during Christmastime an eggnog creamer,

A Little About My Mr

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Monday, October 14, 2013

1. He is truly a kid at heart. Playing games of any sort is something he loves doing. I know that he is looking forward to M to get a little older so he can make forts and buy a set of Nerf guns.

2. He is ridiculously good at games, like really good, people give up or will stop playing because he always wins.

3. He hates sleeping in and I [did] love to sleep. He would much rather wake up early and head out than sleep in.

4. He loves hats, he has so many of them and is always looking to buy more.

5. At least once a week he misplaces his wallet.

6. Family always come first, and he has been this way since the day I met him. Now that we have a baby I am so thankful that he feels this way because it takes us twice as long some days to get our routine tasks done and it doesn't bother him one bit that we have to pull over to change/feed our son sometimes back to back. 

7. He is newly addicted to buying and things Craigslist. 

8. I used to annoy him when we were kids [yes we have known each other for 21 years] he ignored me and went straight to playing with my things have changed over time :)

9. He doesn't have a middle name! 

10. He is the funniest person I know, we laugh so hard my stomach hurts.

5 on Friday

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Friday, October 11, 2013
| one | My friend posted a picture of a ball pit she made for her son. This has been on my husband's to do list for as long as I can remember. Last week we drove all over the place to find the perfect "pit". Sadly when we put M in it he freaked out. Then all of sudden over the weekend he fell in love. He literally crawls up to in and dives in and swims on top of the balls it is hilarious.

| two | Speaking of ball pit, I guess the edge on this gives M the idea to start STANDING!!

| three | Woke up today and it was gloomy outside. Cannot even tell you how happy this makes me!! If only it could stay this way.

| four | I'm convinced that M needs this peacoat from Old Navy.
Old Navy Quilted Fleece Peacoat
| Five | I wrote my first ever DIY post about how to emboss your baby's footprints here. It was really fun taking the writing it and taking the pictures I may just have to write more DIY projects.

DIY Baby Footprints

| On
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Whaaaaa, a DIY/crafty post? Before my freetime was consumed by cleaning, cooking and all sorts of other chores I actually enjoyed crafty things. I am a perfectionist so most projects took me forever hence why I have given it a rest for a while. I love baby toes, especially M's tiny toes, so stinkin' cute. I have been trying to find the perfect way to save these tiny prints with out spending a ton of money. We splurged on a beautiful handmade ceramic imprint of his hand and foot when he was a newborn and I don't regret it but spending $70+ dollars monthly just seems a bit much to me.

On Saturday I got this genius idea to emboss his foot print! Best part about this project is I had everything already!!

You will need a VersaMark watermark stamp pad, which is waterbased and non-toxic, an embossing heat tool, embossing powder and card stock. Michaels and Jo-Ann's Fabrics always has a 40% coupon so this project will cost you around $20.

Stamp your baby's foot with the ink pad, press it firmly onto the card stock. Be sure to have some baby wipes handy to wipe off those tiny feet when you are done. Sprinkle the embossing powder generously over the stamped footprint and shake off any remaining powder. Turn on the heat tool and slowly move it over the footprint. Slowly you will start to see the powder gloss over. Let it stand for just a few seconds before touching it. Once it sets your done!

Voila now you have your very own keepsake and you can make it as many times as you want.

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