Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites-Mid September

Well, it is Friday, and it is mid-September, and it is supposed to be nearly 90 degrees today. For you southerners I suppose that isn't saying much, but my Minnesota soul is just not equipped to handle temperatures that high, let alone at this time of the year! Of course, after today it is nothing but 60s and even some days in the 50s! Fall, I see you coming, and I am so ready for you!
1. A New Phone
Well, I finally bit the bullet after literally months of waiting and finally got the iPhone 7 Plus! You guys, I am so obsessed! After my very sad story of washing my iPhone 6 shortly after moving into our new house, I was rocking my old iPhone 5 until I was finished making the payments on my nonfunctioning phone. Kind of depressing, right? I told myself I had to wait until I could get the 7+ at the same amount as my current monthly payment, and that number finally happened, YAY I am finally working with a phone that takes pictures that actually look amazing. I wanted this phone for the camera features, and they truly do not disappoint. That, and the battery has a life longer than four hours which is a plus ;-) Now, wish me luck in not letting this thing anywhere near a washing machine, ever.
 I am seriously so obsessed with the portrait feature on this phone!
2. Vivora Niko Chair
This week the boys were so excited when this adorable vivora niko ball arrived. Jackson thinks the bear face on it is about the coolest thing ever. He has been loving using it to sit when he is at his chalkboard, and Lincoln prefers to drag it around by the ear ;-) It is a great tool to help kids with better balance, and even functions as an exercise ball. I love how cute it looks; it is such a great addition to the play room that really adds to the space!

3. Blush Sneakers
Do you all remember the coveted DV blush sneakers from Target last spring that sold out absolutely everywhere? Well, they are back in stock! I have seen then in my local stores, and it looks like all sizes are currently available online! If you had been wanting these, I would suggest buying them now before they sell out again!
4. Fresh Palette
So I think I managed to fully skip mentioning this (what kind of blogger am I?) but it was my birthday two weeks ago! The big 2-8! My sweet sister surprised me with a new eyeshadow and highlighter palette, and I am LOVING IT. I had been using the remnants of my old Naked palette and was definitely due for something new. It is designed by Carli Bybel, and I love the blush and gold tones to this one, and have been having a lot of fun mixing and matching the new options! I highly recommend it! 
5. Toddler Talk
I shared some of my favorite things Jackson says earlier this week, and I have to say, the nipple comment is by far the one that people seemed to laugh at the most ;-) I cannot say it enough, but sometimes I forget that a year ago at this point in time, we were having him assessed for speech therapy and were so concerned as he essentially said five words, at most. Now, we literally cannot get him to stop talking. He tells stories, plays make believe, and wakes up every morning and immediately needs to know where the last toy he was playing with before bedtime the night before is. I just love hearing his little voice so much. Head over to read up on the funny things our little man says!

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday. You guys, we are only a week away from the most magical month of the year!!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Things Jackson Says

Well, a year ago I couldn't imagine being here, but Jackson never. stops. talking. He has a lot to say about just about anything you could imagine, and often he says things we would prefer he didn't. He is at such a fun stage right now, I want to remember as many of the little things he has been saying as I possibly can!

  • OOOOH, Me wike it! He cannot say his 'l' sound yet, and I secretly hope he never does. So wike is of course like. He will proclaim this over absolutely everything. I showed him my wedding ring and told him that daddy bought it for mommy, and this is what he said. I bought him new snacks, and this is what he said. I show him a pile of dirt on the ground, and this is what he says :-)
  • Poop. Everything is poop, poop head, poop face, you name it, he will tack the word 'poop' onto it. Which is funny, because the kid won't do #2 on the toilet for anything.
  • Oh, fank you! It must be daycare, because this kid has some pretty awesome manners. He thanks me for absolutely everything, even when it isn't necessary.
  • Me a big dinosaur.
  • Me a talking little dinosaur.
  • As I am putting him to bed and he touches my shirt; "oh wow, dose nice big nipples." Dad took over the bedtime routine after that.
  • Me gonked my noggin.
  • Square. Circle. Triangle. Pentagon. Hexagon. Heart. Fart.
  • Let's go to TARGET. (my child).
  • When I bought him some Halloween pajamas; "Mama why you buy dese for me? Oh me wike dem! Mama, why you buy me dese white monster jammies!?"
  • It's okay Winkin. He has started consoling and cheering on his little brother, and it melts my heart every single time.
  • Way by me in mine bed, mommy.
  • Dat not funny, mommy! He is quick to correct me if I ever laugh and he thinks I shouldn't have.
  • Mommy, where's my wittle BAY-ORD. I cannot even put into words how precious it is when he says bird.
  • As we are walking through the grocery store and he is pushing a small cart; Mommy you walk by me? Mommy, you my FRIEND!
  • Mom don't make my brother SAD! Well, that is an interesting turning of the tables ;-)
  • Winkin is my wittle baby penguin.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wildflowers and Ruffles

If you haven't heard me repeat myself before (because I have literally been saying it on repeat), I am OBSESSED with the wildflowers in our backyard. We live on about 4 and a half acres, and while we have some trees on the perimeter, it really was a field of wildflowers before we set in and started building/landscaping. As of now, we have about one acre that is actually our useable yard, and the rest is still just doing its natural thing. While it can get a bit overwhelming sometimes, I look out at the gorgeous wildflowers most day and just feel so grateful that this place is ours!
We have continued plans for this yard. We put in a patio this summer, and next year are planning an above ground pool, and if not next year then soon we will also be doing a fire pit down closer to our pond. I know as these projects happen, we will trim down more and more of our yard. I am excited about this, because we bought this land so we could use it, and as pretty as they may be to look at, you really cannot run and play where the wildflowers are. It is fun to know that our landscape is going to progressively change, especially over the next five years or so, but it is kind of bittersweet, because I really am loving it just as it is right now.

I suppose my love of wildflowers and soft, pretty things makes it easy to understand why I was immediately drawn to this neutral peplum ruffle top. There are so many tiny details that make this top so unique; the bottom chiffon layer to the ruffles, the raw edge neckline, and the lace detailing where the peplum begins. It is roomy, so I suggest sizing down! I paired these with my new favorite colored Rockstar Jeans from Old Navy, but this top is such a neutral color that it would go with absolutely anything! It happened to be chilly the day I wore this top, and it pairs perfectly under a white jean jacket!

Can you all believe it is already September? My mantle is decked out and ready for fall (however my hubby already requested I put the pumpkins away and dedicate the month of September every year to VIKINGS themed d├ęcor for football season.) I'm soaking in every last day of these pretty flowers before they turn over and winter is upon us!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Cutest Halloween Jammies!

Well, you all could have figured this post was coming! It is officially September, and we are all over the Halloween pajamas! Of all of the things my kiddos wear, pajamas are by far my favorite to shop for. Which is proven when you open Jackson's pajama drawer and it gets stuck because it is overflowing. Woops! But he loves them too; it has become a new favorite thing for him to pick them out at night. It may mean I am doing rushed loads of laundry (because he definitely needs to wear his newest monster jammies every single day), but it is so fun to watch him get excited over picking out his out things!
I have rounded up some of my absolute favorite Halloween themed pajamas for your little ones. Check them out, and let me know if there are other places you love to buy cute seasonal jammies!

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Favorites-Labor Day Weekend

You guys, today is about as good as a Friday gets, because it is September, and September means FALL. Give me all of the apple spice, pumpkin, and cozy sweaters please! The best four months of year is officially here! Today is an extra happy Friday in our house, because all four of us are off to enjoy a nice, long four day weekend as a family. We don't take too many days off at this stage, (because bye bye PTO when one kid gets sick), so when we do get some extra days to savor as a family, I soak it all in. We don't have anything big on the calendar either, which is kind of amazing. I am so excited for a nice, low-key weekend with my boys!

1. New Crib Sheets
Here is a fun confession: I have been using the same crib sheets since Jackson was born! Yikes. Both boys have had navy and gray in their rooms, so it has just made sense for them in both spaces. But they were definitely starting to look old, so I was super excited to find these adorable pebble sheets! They look SO adorable in Lincoln's nursery, and bring such a fun touch that has been missing. And is there anything sweeter than a sleeping babe? I think not! This shop has the most precious little girl options too; it is all just adorable!

2. Flipside Prints
Okay, my boys are seriously OBSESSED with these. They are double sided wall art that has a magnetic strip in the top. You secure the band to the wall, and then can flip the images back and forth to change which side is displayed! I obviously went with the dinosaurs, because #boymom, and my kids, including the littlest guy, get SO excited when I lift them up and let them change them. Jackson has been loving The Land Before Time lately, and so he loves to ask for Sarah, Little Foot, and Peetrie all of the time!

3. Old Navy Pants
I decided it was time to invest in some new work pants, because a lot of mine are older, meaning boot cut (which doesn't work with boots on those never ending winter days!) and just frayed and torn at the bottom. Old Navy had a great sale last week, so I scooped up this pair of Rockstar sateen jeans, and then a classic black pair of the Pixie pants. I remember shopping for work pants at ON five years ago, and thinking their stuff was just not good quality at all. They have stepped up their game SO much in the past few years-their Pixie pants are seriously my go-to for work!
4. Suede Jacket
While browsing Old Navy (I really do have a problem), I saw this jacket and my jaw just about hit the floor. I have been talking about how they have stepped up their game, and this jacket seriously looks like something that you would find in a high end retailer. I NEED it in this pretty tan color-how perfect is this for fall!? I am loving this sweater option of the same style, too. Just make me buy all of the things, Old Navy.
5. Reeses Pieces
Okay, this is nothing ground breaking, and it is hardly healthy. But sometimes I just love when you find an old favorite in the grocery store. There was a sale, so I grabbed a few different kinds of cereal, and you would have thought I told Jackson I was taking him to Disney World when I told him that I had gotten him some new snacks. Both boys are pretty obsessed with this cereal this week. I absolutely adore how excited he gets over something like cereal. He always thanks me and says 'oh me wike it!' when I show him something new. I am kind of loving having a three year old; you think they can't get sweeter than they were as a baby, but then they start talking and telling you their thoughts, and your heart turns right into a puddle.
I hope you all have the BEST Labor day weekend, and happy FALL Y'ALL!
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

One Last Hurrah for Summer Fashion

Raise your hand if you cannot believe summer is over? Seriously. The other day, I got an e-mail from my beloved Caribou Coffee that perks members officially have access to their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I mean really, how is it possibly pumpkin spice season? When did this happen? I still just don't know if my fall loving heart is quite ready to kiss this summer goodbye.
 While we may be on the brink of sweater weather (at least here in Minnesota), I am still squeezing out every last day of bright, colorful fashion that I can. I about died when I saw this kimono; the fringe, the pink and purple florals, and it has velvet in it! It is still very thin, but in person the velvet gives the most gorgeous shine and texture to it. It is such a fun piece, and I am going to continue rocking it until Minnesota weather tells me otherwise.
 On another note, while it may be the season of pumpkin, my parents have two huge apple trees and as of this week some of them are officially ripe for the picking! I love pumpkin, but if we are being honest, apple is the flavor of fall that truly has my heart. I get all of the warm fuzzies already thinking of the Sunday afternoons spent baking up an apple crisp while the boys nap, the windows are open, and football is playing in the background. I guess maybe I am ready for fall, as long as it means eating all of the apple crisp ;-)
 What are your thoughts of summer colors during the fall? Do you trade it all in for the warm neutrals, or are you a color person year round!?
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Coffee Talk

Is anyone else in absolute disbelief that summer is drawing to a close? We are literally only one week away from pumpkin spice lattes, and I'll be honest, I'm not sad about it! So in the spirit of fall, grab your favorite spiced coffee, cozy up on the couch and pretending it feels like fall outside, and let's chat.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you...
I am feeling more lost with my career than I have in a long time. I mentioned last week that my boss resigned without notice, and ever since our department has kind of been in a frenzy and no one really knows what to do next. I am at a point of really weighing my options, but it is so overwhelming to ever consider doing something new.
In my dream world, I would work 2-3 days a week. Some days, I kick myself for not going into a career that works shifts so I could have this be more of an option. I so badly wish I had the desire to be a nurse, but I just know that isn't the right career for me. I hate not being with my kiddos more and being able to spend more time taking care of our house, and yet I know I would go crazy being home full time.
Every time the Powerball gets really high, Mike and I buy a ticket and then talk about what we would do with the money. And we legitimately end up in heated discussions. Over the lottery that we will never win.
I am relieved we are beyond party season. In a matter of four months, I threw birthday parties for both of my boys, a baby shower, a bridal shower, and have hosted family over to our house numerous times for dinners. While I love spending time with loved ones and planning these parties, I planned so many in such a short window and am more than ready for a breather.
Speaking of birthdays, September is both mine and Mike's birthdays, and then October is our anniversary. These occasions are all taken as an opportunity to go out to a restaurant and NOT cook ;-) I already have plans for childcare and dinner lined up for my birthday, and I already can't wait!
I am so off tracking with any sort of meal planning, and healthy eating has not been a priority at all lately, but I so desperately want to change that. Especially because the holidays will be here soon, and if I just continue how I have been going I know it is going to be bad news for me.
Since quitting breastfeeding, I put back on a few pounds, but also feel like my body is the most out of shape it has been in years. I am thinking we are finally at a point where if we got a new gym membership we might use it. I can't find a spot in our new house that would be good for a workout, but I NEED to do something!!
We are still in the process of potty training, and I feel like we are at an absolute stand still. He is in underwear all day, but still won't tell us he has to go (we have to ask), and he outright refuses to #2 on the potty. I am seriously about to lose my mind and am just so over it. I am even reaching the point where I sometimes get frustrated at him, which I know isn't fair. I am getting desperate, so am more than willing to hear people's tips and trips!
With that, I was just scrolling the channels and stumbled across Sweet Home Alabama, so it is time for me to sign off and watch Reese Witherspoon decide which hearththrob to marry ;-)
Happy Friday Eve!
Linking up with Annie today!
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