Archive for September 2013

It's Fall Y'all

September 30, 2013

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Happy fall! We celebrated my favorite season this weekend by visiting an apple orchard on Saturday with my in-laws AND a pumpkin patch on Sunday just the three of us. Double the fun and double the goodies. Hudson clearly loved being an apple in this photo.

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At the apple orchard we saw the biggest, and cutest horses ever. We thought about going for a hay ride but Hudson seemed a little leery of the horses....maybe next year!

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On Sunday we went to the pumpkin patch to let Hudson pick his favorite. I've been looking forward to taking him since he was born so it was so fun to watch him run around in search of the perfect pumpkin!

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Despite the lack of smiling, Hudson LOVED all the pumpkins....but I think he thought they were just a bunch of toy balls.
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Little wiggle worm just wanted to play!

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Our little pumpkin. I can't believe it's the last day of September already! Bring on the crisp mornings and mugs of hot cider!

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5 on Friday

September 27, 2013

Happy Friday!!! Today I'm linking up with the beautiful ladies from The Good Life, Carolina Charm, A. Liz Adventures, and Hello Happiness for 5 on Friday...and you should too!

{one} I picked up this Phillip Lim for Target bag when it was released and still haven't decided if I'm keeping it. What do you think? It's hard to tell in this photo but it's a pretty grey color.

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{two} This little stinker has become stick obsessed lately. (Although he sort of looks like he's about to slay a vampire in this photo). He's so proud of himself! And now that it's fall we have sticks and twigs and leaves EVERYWHERE. Oh Lord help me. 

{three} OMG I've finally found the perfect protein bar! Quest Nutrition Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is SO good. I mean, it isn't a snickers bar, but it's not gross either. And is packed with protein and not a lot of other junk. Win!

{four} I'm super excited that my favorite TV shows were back this week!!!! Wednesday nights are my favorite because Modern Family, The Middle, and Nashville are all on! Too bad I didn't get a chance to watch them this week...but they are all patiently waiting for me in our DVR. So excited! And I also recorded Hostages on CBS...did anyone watch it? I hope it's good! What are your favorite shows?

{five} Hudson wasn't nearly as excited as I was about his Halloween jammies. Drama.

p.s....did you see the campaign I'm working on for Wendy's? I will LOVE YOU FOREVER if you could just click here really quickly to read it. Thanks loves!!!

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6 Seconds Flat

September 26, 2013

Do I look like the Wendy's girl?
I think I just found my Halloween costume for this year.

What’s tasty and could score you $6,000?
I recently partnered with Wendy's to share all about their super yummy Chicken Flatbread sandwiches. I made an Instagram video (below) that you shouldn't miss...Hudson even got in on the fun! Watch my video and then click here to see how 6 seconds could win you $6,000!

It's super easy! Tell Wendy’s what you think about their flatbreads in a Vine or Instagram video then send it to @Wendys (through twitter, Instagram or Vine) with the #6SecondsFlat tag and then my custom hashtag #girlintheredshoes6. Each week of September, one lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive a $6000 prize.

We aren't big fast food people, but this totally didn't taste like something you could get from a drive-thru! I was suprised at how yummy it was! I ordered the Asiago Ranch and it was so so good. And it has bacon on it! Wendy's also also have a Smoky Honey Mustard version that's only 370 calories. Visit the sweepstakes landing page for more information and view the “official rules” at the bottom of the page.

 Wendy’s is handpicking the best video entries to re-post from their official Wendy’s social media accounts to be featured on the contest website.

I'm hungry just looking at it. And the fries...oh my word. I could eat this every day.

So please check out the contest here and make a video that's at least 6 seconds long. It could win you $6,000 in Wendy’s #6SecondsFlat Flatbread Sweepstakes! Plus it was fun!

This post is sponsored by Wendy's but my love of their Chicken Flatbreads is 100% my own.

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The Breastfeeding Diaries: Olivia from Mad Lib

September 25, 2013

Hello! I'm Olivia, Libby to most, and I blog over at Mad Lib.  I'm so excited to be a part of this series, as soon as I came across Julie's blog and saw one of the Breastfeeding Diaries posts I went through and read them all and then emailed her because I knew I had to get in on this great thing she is doing! 

Cooper was born on July 8th, 2012 at 3:23pm and by 3:30pm he was nursing!  Throughout my pregnancy I knew that I was going to nurse and avoid formula at all costs.  While I knew that formula would do the job and do it well, I wanted to provide my little guy with the top shelf stuff if I was able!  I joined several breastfeeding Facebook pages and filled myself to the brim with knowledge about all things breast.  I have always been surrounded by breastfeeding mamas so I felt completely confident that I could do it too.  And what do you know, I could!

Nursing in the hospital went fantastic, Cooper latched on so easily and I was completely fascinated by just how natural it was.  The first night of his life he nursed for three hours straight and I got my first taste of just how much work nursing a baby would be.  On Cooper's third day of life we got to go home, I was so sure that we had the nursing part down and as long as he was fed we were good.  That night my milk came in.  I went to sleep with normal(ish) size breasts and woke up to ones so big that they were literally under my armpits.  I had heard and read all about milk coming in but the experience itself was unreal.  I was terrified.  Cooper would not latch on anymore and was screaming in frustration and hunger.  I sent his dad to get formula and medicine cups because I could not let this little tiny newborn feel hungry.  He drank 1 mL of formula out of a medicine cup (to avoid nipple confusion) that night and that was the last time he ever had formula!

When he was seven days old he got admitted to The Children's Hospital of Atlanta for an infection.  At this point we had gone to see the lactation consultant at the hospital Cooper was born at and I was on the verge of paying another lactation consultant to come to my home.  Something wasn't right about his latch.  I knew breastfeeding was going to be painful but not like this.  My nipples were bleeding and chapped and I was very close to having myself convinced that they might fall off if we continued like we were.  While at The Children's Hospital I received the greatest gift of my life in the form of a little piece of silicon called a nipple shield from the amazingly awesome and supportive lactation consultant they had on staff.  I had never heard of one but was game to try anything to make this experience better than it had been thus far (I loved that dang nipple shield and we used it until two days before Cooper turned four months old!).  It was also determined that Cooper needed his frenulum clipped in order to give him a better latch, so we had that done while he was still admitted at the hospital.  

During the first four months of Cooper's life I became best friends with my couch and Netflix.  I watched so much Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Parenthood, and Friday Night Lights because it took at least thirty minutes to nurse him.  At right before four months old I tried nursing him without the nipple shield, he did great and his feeding time went from thirty minutes to SEVEN minutes!  Prior to this he had been nursing for about fifteen minutes on each side but with the glorious seven minute feedings came a strong dislike for my left side and I am here to tell you that you can successfully feed a baby on one breast, it's what I've been doing for the past nine months!  I think it was at this time that I became dramatically more confident as a mother, as Cooper's mother.  I didn't feel as chained to the house and we finally got into our groove.

I am so thankful to have had such an easy journey compared to several other mamas.  I never left Cooper once until he was six months old and I had to start back school.  At this point I was only taking a few classes so I would just pump twice a day which was enough to feed him one to two bottles while I was in school.  Cooper is now fourteen months old and is still nursing four times a day! He nurses first thing in the morning, before his first nap, before his second nap, and before bed.  I have no intentions of stopping anytime soon.  I think he will most likely self-wean before two but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he won't.

My words of advice to mamas who want to nurse are to do research, talk to nursing mamas, go see the lactation consultant as many times as you need to, and feel confident in yourself and your body's ability to feed your baby.  The most important thing is that your baby is fed, so if you can't nurse or don't want to, you're still doing a great job and we're all cheering you on.

If you would like your breastfeeding story featured please email me at thegirlintheredshoes @ gmail. Be sure to catch up with the rest of The Breastfeeding Diaries series at the top of my navigation bar.

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The Thief of Joy

September 24, 2013

We all do it. We let comparison steal our joy. I'm guilty of it too.

 She's skinnier then me...They have a nicer house...Their kid sleeps through the night...She gets to be a stay at home mom...Her wardrobe is so much better than mine...

And let me just say this: it's exhausting. 

I don't know about you, but sometimes I can get caught up in this horrible game. I feel overwhelmed with pinterest perfect meals, photos, outfits, kids, name it. And I start to get down on myself. Start to think maybe I'm not good enough. That's what comparison does. It makes us feel unworthy...and that's a horrible way to live. 

Combating comparison is a constant battle, but it's one I'm determined to win. I won't let comparison steal my joy or run my life. Enough is enough. It's time to embrace what makes me, me. And forget about all that other stuff. 

The reality is we are all flawed. No one is perfect. 

But that doesn't mean we can't have it all. It's just that "having it all" doesn't mean having lots of stuff. It means having love.

 photo RenAug13_12.jpgI'll never forget a lesson I learned when Hudson was just a few weeks old. It was the middle of the night and I was up once again with a fussy baby that screamed every time I tried to put him down. I was praying that he would just sleep for an hour so that I could get some rest. I was exhausted. And throwing a pretty extravagant pity party for myself. For some reason I decided to check my email on my phone and saw a message from one of my neighbors letting me know that our other neighbor had just gone in to labor at 22 weeks and that her baby had died. And due to complications she might not be able to ever have a baby.....and I just lost it. My heart broke. I cried big fat messy tears. My sweet neighbor would do anything to be in my shoes right now. She would give anything to be exhausted yet holding her baby boy. Right then in that moment I realized I had it all. I had a perfect baby boy in my arms. I was healthy. I had an amazing husband by my side. What else matters really?

The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do. 

And now let me introduce you to another mama who has it all....Katie from Yellow Mango Life.
Hey there!  I’m Katie and I blog over at Yellow Mango Life.  

Yellow. Because it’s my favorite color. Mango. Because it’s an easier way to refer to our last name. Life. Because this little space talks all about ours.

I met my husband, Nick, in college in 2000. Fell in love. Got engaged in Cabo in 2008. Married in 2009. Had our amazing baby, Cruz, in 2011. And that’s where this all began. Read more ‘About Me’ here.

 I started documenting my pregnancy at Yellow Mango Life as a place for our family and friends to keep up on all things prego. Not only that, but I really needed a new hobby, since my drinking days were over.

Yellow Mango houses all things about our life – learnings as a new mama, products we loved for Cruz man, fun little facts about our family, even funnier things out of his mouth, pictures of our fam {check out his photo shoot here} and things I’m loving lately. Just a little mishmash of everything us.

We would love it if you would swing by and check us out…chances are we will do the same!

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