The Weekend

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How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was super relaxed. We stayed home, cooked a lot, and even took naps yesterday. Yep, even our toddler. It was magic. Buuuut naps means we were up until like 1 am so it’s a Starbucks kind of day! Don’t laugh at my tiny little tall drink, my Starbucks addict friends. 😉

We made this guilt-free ice cream this weekend and also this not so guilt free but oh so delicious skillet cookie. They cancel each other out right?! Ha! The ice cream is actually dairy free, which is great for our lactose intolerant/sensitive friends and it’s guilt free so good for everyone too! Problem is, they were gone before I could get any good pictures. #oops

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My sweet little girl has my heart. We are trying to grow out her bangs and do different things with her hair, definitely not my thing! I tried putting her little bangs in a hair tie like a cute fountain and totally failed! Haha! So we got these cute little bows at Target to clip her hair back and just hope that it grows fast! Need to work on my hair skills. Any suggestions?

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She wanted to sit with me at lunch, which is no big deal – pretty normal here, but also let me play with her hair! ❤ That never happens, you guys. Never happens! I loved every second of it!

I read this article on spending less money on clothes and it’s perfect. I’d say #3 is my absolute favorite! It makes SO much sense!

Any highlights of your weekend?

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Weekend Fun

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This weekend was so fun you guys! We checked on a family member’s horses and Lilly loved it. She pet them and told them so many stories. Of course, they always start with “Once upon a time, there was a baby and a mama and a daddy.” So cute! I showed her this Eastern Red Cedar tree (totally had to look that up!) and she kept saying, “Oh, is it blueberries? Can we eat them, Mama?” My sweet precious girl. Keep your wonder forever little girl. 🙂

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On our way to check on horses, we drove over a river. We’ve driven by it a hundred times but have never seen it so green! So we decided to swing back by it yesterday. Such a nice day out! We enjoyed great car conversations, a nap for our toddler (hallelujah!), this lush green sight, and a bit of off-roading. Thankfully we didn’t get stuck! 😉

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And my absolute favorite thing this weekend was this! Lilly has been setting up tea parties in her room with a little tea set a friend is letting us borrow! It’s soooooo adorable! I can’t even! She sets everything up and says, “Want some tea Mama? I have a tea party.” Yes sweet girl! I will always come to your tea parties! My heart you guys. My heart. She gets all the cups, plates, silverware, and the teapot out and pours us tea. She gave Anthony a cup and poured him some tea. “Just for you Daddy,” was her response to his confused look. A girl after my own heart. All the tea.

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How was your weekend? Anything fun and exciting?

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Mother Daughter Date

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Happy Thursday! This week has been crazy busy. We’ve been meeting with people, hanging out, done piles of laundry, and a mountain of dishes. So I decided we needed a good ol’ fashioned mother daughter date day and it was so fun! Shopping, ice cream, and lots of giggles. 🙂

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Funniest thing happened at Marshalls! We were in the dressing room and I had one thing left to try on. Lilly said, “I have to go potty!” AHHH! That’s like the worst situation to be in when your kiddo needs to go! Half naked and scrambling to get dressed! Haha! Of course 2 seconds later a waterfall of pee comes from my child and gets all over the cart and the floor. ALL OVER. After cleaning it up, I wrapped my cardigan around my butt naked child and tied it into a dress. Barefoot, makeshift dress, and one happy kiddo. I thought it was actually pretty cute. 😉 The old ladies in the store were dying laughing. I’m sure they’ve had their fair share of accidents and makeshift outfits from mothering young tots. 🙂

We bought a bag of veggie straws at Marshalls (because why not?) and ate them when we got home. My toddler and I ate a whole bag of veggie straws. A whole bag you guys. In one sitting. Whoops!

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And then what summer day is complete without ice cream? So. Much. Ice cream. I thought, “I can get 2 scoops! I can do this!” Note to self: if you have to give yourself a pep talk to eat it, don’t. Right?! I shared a bunch with Lilly. I think we actually probably ate the same amount! Needless to say my run was a bit longer this morning and I’ll probably slip in a few more ab workouts.

Shopping and ice cream – probably going to be a tradition for our mother daughter dates. I hope so anyway! 🙂

What are your favorite parent child dates?

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Summer Clothes for Kids

It’s so crazy that we are almost halfway done with July! Where’d the time go?! Like, seriously? What happened? Even though it’s already July, there’s still plenty of summer left. Yep, still time to buy watermelon, run through sprinklers, hit up the pool, and chalk on every sidewalk within a mile of your house. Oh, that’s just me? 😉

And with plenty of summer left, there’s plenty of time to buy some kids’ summer clothes for this year and next if they’re on sale. Everyone likes a sale, right? Thanks so much Amazon Prime Day! 🙂 So here are some of my fave kiddo clothes. Cute, functional, comfy. Basically the 3 essentials to buying anything, right guys?

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Girls: palm dress, overalls, floral stripe dress, vintage stripe romper, summer food tie topembroidered top, floral top

Boys:  orange shortsshark polopalm polo, surfboard tee, surf shirtgiraffe shirt

What are some of your favorite fun summer kids’ clothes?

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To all the mamas

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Who else has had a fun week?! Keeping children alive and unhurt from fireworks. Anyone else? 😉 We had a long, restful weekend. Anthony had Monday off so it was a 4 day weekend for us. We had 4th of July festive donuts! 🙂 But now it’s back to the daily grind. You know, where the weekend doesn’t last 4 days. Ha!

And for us mamas, I guess that daily grind doesn’t really ever stop. There’s always something that needs to be done, children who need to be fed, the house that needs to be cleaned, and the family who needs love. I once read somewhere that a wife/mama is the heart of the home. And oh man! Isn’t that just so true?! So to all the mamas out there handling the endless breastfeeding/bottle sessions. The endless being needed. The sleep deprivation! The constant supervision. The guilt of being away from your child. The selflessness. The can I just get a break?! The single mama struggling. The multiple children close together (two sets of twins, true story). The sweatpants is all I own and what’s makeup? The stay at home mama questioning her purpose. The working mama questioning her priorities. The homeless mama skipping meals to feed the littles. The expecting mama – nervous, anxious, scared. The mama who has lost a child. The I was almost a mama. The mama with kids that are always sick. The what’s a shower? The spitup upon spitup. The running out of coffee. The tantrum at the pool where your toddler makes you accidentally flash some things. The poop and pee on the wall, fridge, carpet, etc. The blowout diaper in the middle of a nice dinner at an expensive restaurant. The endless laundry, dishes, messes, etc. The keeping your child alive when they want to do something dangerous.

And the love. Oh, the forever love.

This mama thing is hard. The hardest thing you’ll ever do besides being married. Maybe even harder than marriage? What do ya think? But I just want you, yes you, to know something. Something that every mama needs to be reminded of: you’re a good mama. 🙂 Simple, right? Sometimes you just need to hear that you’re doing A-OK at this mama thing. I know I do.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

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Flowers are here, spring dresses are everywhere, summer is coming up, and so is Mother’s Day. Here are some practical ideas! And some pretty ones too! 😉

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1. // World’s okayest mom mug

2. // Floral scarf

3. // Straw tote (on sale!)

4. // Pride & Prejudice book scarf (love this!)

5. // Gold calligraphy notebook

6. // Concrete cork planter

7. // Ring dish

8. // Patterned panama hat

9. // Yarn bowl

10. // Insulated wine glass (or a pint glass for beer drinkers)

11. // Pineapple corer/slicer/peeler (I need this!!!)

12. // Key & phone finder

13. // Amazon gift card

14. // Target gift card

15. // Bar necklace

16. // Mama Bird tee

17. // Family portrait drawing (so cute!)

18. // Layered necklaces

19. // Kate Spade lemon tumbler

I straight told my hubby to get me this for Mother’s Day. Haha! Gotta love the transparency and honesty in marriage, right you guys? 🙂

What are you getting for Mother’s Day? Any mamas out there getting themselves something? A nap maybe?

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14 Favorite Baby Books

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Everyone’s having babies you guys! Like everyone. I know a sweet lady who just had a little boy and 3 ladies who are pregnant right now. Actually 4 I think. Or maybe it’s 5. Anyway, ALL the babies! I love working in the nursery at church with the little babies. Even though it was not my favorite stage, it’s so sweet to look back at photos of little newborn Lilly who just wanted to sleep on my chest.

One thing I DID love about that baby stage though? Books. I loved reading to her and still do. We love Dr. Seuss books, but there are some others that we loved in our house or that our friends have that we love. Um…Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? for any of my 90’s kid peers?! Plus there’s a line of classic literature baby books that I’m totally swooning over. Swooning you guys. I don’t use that word very often so you know it’s serious. 🙂

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1.) My Mother Gave Me The Moon // 2.) Little Owl’s Night // 3.) Counting Kisses // 4.) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? // 5.) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom // 6.) I Love You Through And Through // 7.) There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! // 8.) The Very Hungry Caterpillar // 9.) Anne of Green Gables // 10.)Pride & Prejudice // 11.) Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles // 12.) Alice in Wonderland // 13.) Sense & Sensibility // 14.) Little Women

Books make the perfect bridal shower gift! Along with plenty of diapers, wipes, coffee, pacifiers, freezer meals, free babysitting, and free let-me-come-over-and-clean-your-house! 😉 But seriously.

What are your favorite baby books?

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