Archive for April 2016

Mommy bloggers got to blog

April 29, 2016

I love how some mommy bloggers have these beautiful walls and backdrops for their photos and I'm all "Hey! Look at this photo I snapped of a dirty downtown wall + kids who are OVER IT + mini trees!"

Also, yes, my child crawled around on the dirty downtown city sidewalk. Right towards a piece of trash. But mommy bloggers got to blog right? Truth is I'm in a funk and need your HELP.

What kinds of things would you like me to blog about? More kid stuff? More confessions? Daily life? Home stuff? Breastfeeding? What? I need ideas people, and I need you to help me generate some! 

So please....let me know what you want to know, you know? Ha.

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Easy Tomato & Cucumber Hummus Dip

April 26, 2016

This post is sponsored by The Women Bloggers but my love for Bush's Hummus Made Easy is all my own. #HummusMadeEasy

Now that it's finally warming up outside, I'm starting to crave fresh veggies and snacks. This weekend I whipped up this amazing Hummus, Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta dip for a simple appetizer and it was so good!

I love experimenting with fresh ingredients and this dip did not last long before it was devoured. 

This appetizer serves a crowd and never disappoints! And it's healthy! Totally something I feel comfortable serving to my friends and family.....and it doesn't make you feel weighed down and heavy, like so many other appetizers. 

This dip will certainly be on rotation all Spring and Summer long and it's great for last minute guests!

Here's what you'll need: 

Bush's Hummus Made Easy, one can of Bush's garbanzo beans, one tomato, one cucumber, and some feta cheese (to taste). 

First you'll need to make your hummus.....that's right, make it yourself! It is super easy....all I did was blend one can of garbanzo beans with Bush's new Hummus Made Easy mix. It took literally one minute to do and it was delicious!

Next, chop up your veggies. 

Then pour your hummus in to a pretty dish, then top with veggies and then sprinkle on your feta. It's that easy. And that yummy. tastes just as good as it looks. 

I'm keeping theses stocked in my pantry for last minute entertaining options! Bush's Hummus Made Easy mixes are available at Walmart and comes in different flavors. They have no preservatives and really tastes so yummy. I can't get over how easy it was to make hummus by myself. Just beans and the mix and you're done! These all taste great on their own with the perfect dipping chip of course!

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Friday Five

April 22, 2016

It's been a while since I've done a five on let's do it!

{one} This girl and her dimple. She always wakes up from her nap happy, and I love that about her. She also took stellar naps yesterday, which I also love! And no, she doesn't wear a bow when she naps. I popped that sucker on her and as soon as I snapped this photo she ripped it off. Sigh

{two} I stalked this vest online until I saw it come back in stock in my size. It is the softest cutest vest ever. I'm sure I will live in it this summer! They still have medium in stock, so if you want it I suggest you hurry! 

{three} I recently signed up to receive the Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotional via email and it is one of my new favorite things! Have you heard of it? Or have I been living under a rock? Short and sweet and perfect for busy moms. Taking just a few minutes each morning to read their short devotionals has made such a difference for me! This one is my favorite from this past week!

{four} Hudson's school photos came back this week and of course suckered me in once again. I mean, it's in a barn, so naturally I love it.

But this shot of his school might be my favorite! Isn't it the cutest farmhouse you've ever seen? Seriously Hudson is one lucky little boy. 

{five} The trees have started to bloom around here and it is my most favorite thing! Everything has been so brown brown brown for the past few months (or covered in snow!) so it's so exciting to see some green and flowers pop up. And that little hand reaching up is pretty sweet too.

Enjoy your Friday friends! 

Linking up here....

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I'm Not Tired

April 19, 2016

No, I'm not tired. Said by no mother ever.

Hudson is the best sleeper ever and just loves to sleep all night in his bed. I'm just going to write it here because if I do, it will come true right?

But in real life he alters between "I not tired mama! I awake! See?" and "Cuddle me mama! I just want to CUDDLE YOU!!!!"


He's a stinker and he knows I can't resist a good cuddle session. 

Sleeping with a toddler is like sleeping with a drunk ninja. Am I right?

Any tips for getting a three year old to sleep all night in their bed? We've tried the "okay to wake" clock and rewards but nothing is working. 

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Love at First Floss

April 18, 2016

Happy Monday friends! Today I want to talk about the teeth brushing battle. I love to brush my kid's teeth...said by no one ever. Anybody else have this problem? Every day Hudson and I battle over brushing those pearly whites. He wants to do it himself...which basically means chew on the tooth brush and mess around. Usually he'll let me help, but sometimes he refuses. And flossing? Forget about it. Aren't three year olds so much fun? 

But we just discovered something that has made flossing fun for Hudson! So yay!

We started using Plackers Kids Flossers and Hudson loves them! They are fruit flavored and come in fun colors. AND they make a "Flosser Friend" who stores all of the flossers in his mouth. 

The Flosser Friend is the only reason my son will floss his teeth. Because apparently flossing is more fun with a friend. 

So Hudson is officially a teeth flosser now. Yay! I could just kiss that little orange and purple monster! Who knew something so simple (and cute) would be the answer to our problem.

See what I mean. He thinks it's a game and loves to pick out a new flosser every night. 

So, if you are struggling with getting your child to floss, I highly recommend Plackers Flossers and the Flosser Friend. Additional information about dental health and Plackers Kids Flossers can be found here

*All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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That time we almost got a cow....

April 14, 2016

I mean, not really.....but we really wanted a cow. Or at least Hudson did. And I kinda did too.

On Tuesday Hudson and I went to visit a local dairy farm with some of the mom's in my church group. And it was SO fun. And so stinky......

They had like over 1,000 cows. And of course Hudson was fearless and walked right up to them. 

He's never met a farm animal he didn't like. Our favorite part of the day was feeing the baby cows. I cute is she? 

Totally wanted to take this gal home. She let Hudson pet her and talk to her....and then she tried to lick his face. 

Seriously the most chill cow ever. I would have gladly taken her home with me...if only she would stay that small. And not smell so bad. 

As soon as we got home I immediately threw all of our clothes in the washing machine. And my hair smelled like barn animal for the rest of the day. But it was fun! Yay cows!

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Sadie Mae: 10 Months

April 11, 2016

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10 months. TEN MONTHS. How is that possible? Fastest and bestest 10 months of my life. 

Sadie is sugar, spice, everything nice, rainbows, and happiness. I know I say that every month, but she is just bursting with joy all the time. Except when a cashier at Target tries to talk to her....then she's all seriousness and grumpiness. But other than that she's pure joy. 

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She's getting hair (and it's RED!) slowly but surely. And has her 4 front teeth. 

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Sadie is a champion speed crawler and expert picker upper of dirt and dust on the floor. If you drop something, she will be sure to find it. And put it in her mouth faster than you can say expert picker upper. Girlfriend is making me vacuum every day. 

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Biggest milestone this month? Starting to pull herself up to stand. The first time she did it I didn't even see it....I had left her in the bathroom to go put her dirty clothes in the hamper and when I came back in she was standing up watching the water fill the tub. And naked. And so proud of herself. You better believe I snapped a photo...but I'll spare you that one. 

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I have no idea how much she weighs...but we are going to the doctor this morning for her 9 month checkup (second child problems....) so I'll update that info when we get back. Update: Sadie is 29.3 inches long and 21 lbs 14 oz.

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Another big milestone this month? NAPS. Hallelujah. I nap trained her this month and now she takes decent naps...they aren't perfect but they are SO MUCH BETTER than before. And she's been sleeping through the night about 60% of the time. 

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Sadie pretty much eats what we eat but is still being breastfed 5-7 times a day. When she wants some milk she'll crawl up to me, grab my shirt and stick her head down it. Girlfriend knows what she wants! Her favorite foods are raspberries, peaches, bananas, yogurt, green beans, corn, peas, and mac n' cheese. Oh and graham crackers. And she flips out over those freeze dried yogurt puffs. 

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Her favorite people are still mama, Hudson, and that order. She tackles Hudson every morning and tries to eat his face. She loves him so much and it just melts my heart. 

I don't know what we'd do without her. 

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Building a House: Frequently Asked Questions Part 2

April 5, 2016

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I love that you all love talking about house stuff! In my first post, I answered a few of your questions and today I'm back to answer a few more! Let's do this.

1. How long did the actual "building" part of the process take? 
I shared that the entire planning + finding land + building took about a year...but from the time they actually broke ground to the day we moved in was about 6 months. I've heard it's sometimes faster to build a new house than it is to renovate an old one.

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2. How did you choose your interior finishings (flooring, lighting etc.)?
This part took the LONGEST time for me and was probably the hardest part. Early on our builder kept telling me how much fun this part would be so I was really looking forward to it. And don't get me wrong, it was fun at times, but mostly it was just overwhelming. I also had a brand new baby during the time I had to make all of these decisions so it made it doubly hard. Our builder has clients pick out EVERYTHING (I'm talking every cabinet pull, doorknob, flooring, light fixture, toilet, tile etc) before they break ground on the house. That way we knew exactly how much money we would be spending. 

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(That's my laundry room sink sitting in the middle of my living room. Also, I designed the fireplace based of of something I saw on one of my favorite blogs, The Lettered Cottage. I love how it turned out.)

So, we basically had appointments over the course of a few weeks at different vendors that our builder worked with. They had me go to each place with their designer to help me make decisions and help keep me on track with the number of items I needed. For example, our designer would tell me I the number of hallway lights I needed to pick out or the number of cabinet hardware in each bathroom and the kitchen. She also wrote everything down for me and got photos of everything, which really helped since I had Sadie with me at each appointment and I was often a little distracted! Once my designer had a feel for my design aesthetic she was able to help suggest things she knew I would like....I felt like the two of us were on the same page and she totally "got" my vision. But she was more of a facilitator than a traditional designer. 

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Since I had to pick out everything before the house was even built, it meant that I couldn't actually see the layout or design of my house while making these decisions. Let me tell you....picking out an entry way light fixture when you can't even picture what that entry way will really look like is tough. Picking out tile for your bathroom, plus cabinets, plus shower tile, plus countertop, plus a backsplash when you've never even stepped foot in the bathroom is also hard. I'm no designer, so figuring out what would look good together was tough.  If I had to do it all over again, I would have made maybe hired a professional designer to put together mood boards for each space for me. BUT I had just had a baby, so that didn't even cross my mind! I spent a ton of time on Pinterest so I knew generally what I wanted before going to any appointments, which helped.  My designer would also give some companies a heads up as to what I wanted (like white cabinets in the kitchen, or subway tile in the bathroom) so that when we arrived for an appointment they were prepared with specific things to show me. I was just plain exhausted from having a newborn...several of my appointments were quick and I knew what I wanted right away. Flooring and cabinets were the easiest for me. Lighting was the hardest and I ended up going back to the lighting place four different times, and I actually changed a fixture when it came in because I didn't like how it looked in the space. My lighting designer loved seeing how much Sadie had grown each time I came in! Jon went to a few of these appointments with me (flooring, and one lighting I think) but for the most part he let me pick whatever I wanted....or whatever was "in the budget."

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Speaking of budget, our builder had a general budget set out for us for each category. The goal was always to stay in budget or come under. So, if I ended up going over budget on lighting then I knew I had to come under budget on flooring. At least that is what my husband told me to do. And well....I kind of did this. I went over a few times, stayed on budget a few times, and went under budget maybe twice? I can't remember. If I had it all over to do again I wouldn't sweat the small stuff. 

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Once the house was up and some of the items I picked started to come in I was SO happy with how it all turned out. I remember being at the house one day and a worker had some questions about where certain things went...and I totally couldn't even remember what I had picked! It was like Christmas morning watching him unwrap everything that had arrived! Also, I had to pick out paint colors early on too....luckily we were able to wait until it was time to actually paint to decide, so I could walk through the house and get an idea of what would look good and wouldn't. Picking out paint for an entire house is hard too! When I saw the painted rooms for the first time I was so excited! I remember walking through the downstairs and just feeling like I had made so many good decisions! I seriously loved it all....that is, until I walked in to Sadie's room. It. Was. Horrible. And the funny thing was I was so nervous about all of the other colors I had picked, but I wasn't nervous about Sadie's color at all....and I turned out loving every other room and HATING Sadie's room. I almost started crying. It's silly, but I wanted my little girl to have a soft pink room and somehow she ended up with a pepto bismol room! My mom and I ended up re-painting it ourselves before we moved in. Ha!

Does that answer your finishings question? I can go in to more detail if anyone wants. Let me know in the comments!

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3. What's your favorite part of your new house?
That's tough.....but probably my pantry. It's HUGE and amazing and I pinch myself each time I walk in. 

So that was only three questions, but it was a lot of info! What else do you guys want to know? Let me know in the comments and I'll be back to answer them soon!

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