Tuesday, December 31, 2013

14 Months - 12.30.13


14 months?? Time is flying and we are enjoying every chaotic minute with you! You are so much fun right now. You are so full of laughter, personality and sass. It makes are days action packed. Your temper showed up this month but along with it came a baby who likes to kiss and hug. And while we could do without the tantrums, I love when you give us a squeeze and a wet smooch. Life with you is just plain awesome Connor.
Love you lots and lots,
Momma and Daddy Papa
 

2014 Goals

The following is a list of goals, activities, projects and expectations I've chosen to strive for in the new year.

[ONE]
I will be joining over 400 bloggers as member of the 2014 Blogger Challenge.

[TWO]
I have set person goals to read 24 books in the new year. To help reach my goal, I've joined one virtual book club and created another with fellow Moms here in ATX. The first book my local group will be reading is Me Before You.

[THREE]
As much as I love being home with Connor every day, I do miss working outside the home. I loved the job I left before having Connor for a few reason. I miss spending 40+ hours with some of my favorite people. I miss having goals, tasks and projects. I miss being a member of a team that kicked ass. Mostly, I miss being challenged. Learning something new. In 2014, I am going to sign up for a few classes to keep my mind fresh and to help mingle with folks over the age of 1. I've done a little research already and have found a few classes - baking, cooking, photography, web design - that I am interested in. My goal is to take 1 class per quarter so that would give me 4 new "skills" by year's end.

[FOUR}
Debt. What an ugly ugly word. As a family, our goal is to become completely debt free in the new year. I'm a easy target for good online deals or even deals in store. Pair those with the cashback perks 2 of my credit cards offer and the next thing you know, I've racked up a hefty credit card bill. Cutting back on our spending and sticking to a budget also applies to this goal. No one likes being on a spending freeze but the pros outweigh the cons. I am also starting this savings bank, care to join us? 

[FIVE]
Organization used to be my middle name. Thanks to a severe case of OCD, my life was always in order, things placed neatly in their home with no dust, finger prints or dog paw prints to be found. Unfortunately, that's not the case these days. Life has taken over and my OCD has been hunkered down in the corner since, I don't know, we brought Connor come from the hospital. My goal is to tackle one room every 2 weeks with the intent to de-clutter, clean, organize and purge ourselves of things we don't need. I was thinking I would work on the garage in early Spring and have a garage sale (read earn some extra money) or even donating our unwanted items to the Goodwill.

[SIX]
Health and Fitness. I'm sure you knew this one was coming. But seriously, 2013 was spent focusing on making Austin home and learning how to be parents and raise a little person. I let myself go. I'll be the first to admit it. I know all too well what I'm working with here. I want to focus on changing our diets, our activity level and our quality of life. Austin offers tons of outdoor activities and I want to take advantage of those this Spring and Summer and do it with a body that functions the way it should. I've heard great things about yoga and plan to start that after the holidays. I am really looking forward to getting ourselves in shape. 
This post is included in the 5 Days of Christmas link-up series
Be sure to include your 2014 goals and ambitions in our link-up


Monday, December 30, 2013

Green Smoothie for Those Who Hate Green

If you dine out with me or take a look in our fridge or pantry, you know I'm not a good eater. I like junk food. I like sweets. I adore pasta and pizza and tend to do so in large quantities. I don't like many green foods. And because this usually shocks folks, I hate lettuce. I think it tastes like dirty grass. Barf!

However, as much as I love food that fits into the "a second on the lips, forever on the hips" catagory, there are a handful of good, healthy foods I like. Smoothies is one of them. I love the sweet, yet healthy, taste they offer. They are typically easy to make or grab while out and about. My favorite is a good old strawberry banana smoothie. I've been thinking of how I really want to step up my game 2014 and make it a year that I'll never forget. One area I plan to focus a ton of my attention is our health. With that in mind, I went looking for a great green smoothie that provided me a large dose of tasty with a helping of green. I came across this pin and thought I'd give it a try.

Can I just tell you how tasty and GOOOOOD this Green Smoothie for Those Who Hate Green is? By the way, that's what I've named this smoothie. If you are someone that doesn't do healthy or green, this is the healthy and green smoothie for YOU! 

Here is the rundown: 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 pack of vanilla yogurt, 1 apple diced, 1 banana sliced, 1 orange peeled and diced and 5 strawberries diced. Put all the items into your blender and blend until all the apples disappear. I popped mine into the freezer for a few minutes before drinking because I prefer my smoothies cold. 

While there is a large amount of spinach in this smoothie, you can't taste the spinach at all. I promise! Give this a try and let me know what you think. Did you like it? Or do you already have a go to smoothie?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Playing Catchup

I had all these plans to keep up blogging through the holiday and trip back home. As you can tell, that didn't work out so well. Sometimes, it's just easier to sit back and enjoy life, let it happen and not document it to pieces. You know, just be. 

We left for family, friends and Christmas on Thursday the 19th. Being in town for 10 days meant we needed to pack nearly all of our earthly belongings and prepare to live out of a suitcases for a bit. Traveling with a toddler is challenging, especially one like Connor who is 10000% a creature of habit, but it's even more of a challenge when you are trying to celebrate Christmas (think buy, wrap, ship, track and give gifts for nearly 20 people in 5 different cities). While I loved being with my family and friends, Christmas wasn't as enjoyable as I would have liked it to be. The traveling was okay, thank goodness the Ohio weather was decent, but thanks to Connor's sensitivity to different climates, he got sick 3 days after we landed. A toddler out of his element along with all 3 of us surviving from some Ohio allergies/sinuses/colds, it was a rough week and a half. Spending time with our people was worth the late nights, disorder, sinus pressure and a 3 hour wait at the ATL airport. Or so I think now that I'm home. 

We received so many great gifts this year. We have such a loving group of people to celebrate the holidays well. Connor was spoiled beyond belief. I had even told people NO TOYS but that fell on deaf ears as my Mom is sending us 4 boxes of gifts. Oy! Where we will put those?, Lord only knows!

I'm trying to get myself (the house, the luggage, the boys) in order so we can tackle the New Year on Wednesday. I can't believe how quickly the last year as flashed by. Having a baby makes things move so quickly, doesn't it? I have a lot of great ideas and plans I want to execute in twenty fourteen. Let's hope I can pull them off. 

I hope each of you had a great holiday with your friends and family. As much as I love this time of year, it's safe to say I'm glad it's come and gone.

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

5 Days of Christmas - Day 4

Today is Day 4 of our 5 Days of Christmas series. 

 
Today, we focus on continuing Christmas traditions. Since this is our second Christmas as a family of 3, we don't have a lot of Christmas traditions in place just yet. Additionally, growing up, we didn't have traditions we enjoyed year after year. We simply celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day with our loved ones and that was just how we liked it.

However, I did want to start some traditions with Connor and our little family. Here is a list of things I've done the last few years that make the holidays a little more special:
  • Each year since James and I have been together, I have purchased us a personalized Christmas ornament. I love the ones from Things Remembered and pick the same one year after year. We have 6 of these Ball Ornaments on our tree.
  • Create a Christmas countdown. Last year, I used a printable from Little Laws Prints to countdown to the 25th and this year we are using Connor's Advent Book Basket. I plan to do something different each year. As Connor gets older, I will be challenged to find something that will keep his interest.
  • Yesterday, I shared my list of must see Christmas movies. Although, Connor is a bit too little to really sit and enjoy a Christmas movie, I usually have one playing once a day so that we can "watch" it while we play. The movie with more music than others is usually the one that really grabs his attention.
  • I mentioned that I purchase us a couples ornament each year. I also get Connor one. This year I went with this simple but adorable Snowman ornament. As Connor gets older, I'd like to have him pick out his yearly ornament to add to our tree.
  • I love Christmas lights. The glow at night warms my heart. This year, we drove through a lighted park. Connor loved seeing all the different colors and shapes. I enjoyed seeing the lights through his little eyes. I look forward to sharing my love of the Christmas lights with him as he grows. 
  • While in Ohio, we plan to make these ice cream cones with my niece and nephew in place of a gingerbread house. I would love to do something like this with them Christmas after Christmas. 
What traditions do you enjoy this time of year? 
I hope your Christmas is wonderful and shared with a room full of your loved ones.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Must Watch Christmas Movies


The holidays don’t start for me until I watch my favorite Christmas movie. But off course, you can’t just stop with one, you need to watch some of the classics. This is the time of year there is no shortage of options, as many channels will be showing holiday movies all day and night. However, there are a few movies that hold up year after year. My must watch movies of the season include something for every member of the family.

Did you notice I only listed 9? That's because I kept my all time favorite out. 


Which Christmas movie is a MUST WATCH for you and your family?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 in Review - Part 2


Part one of my 2013 year in review can be found here.

What song will always remind you of 2013? Blurred Lines. I'm shaking my head as I type this. It's my husband's ring tone and of course, I'll never forget our girl Miley making this song something much more than I ever thought it could be. Meow.

Compared to this time last year, are you: Happy. Last year, we had just moved to Texas and I was overwhelmed with the idea of being in a new place with a (nearly) newborn baby. It was just so surreal to me that I was actually living in Texas.
 

Happier or sadder? Happier. Hands down. We've made ourselves at home in the south and although it's not the ideal situation sometimes, it's home and I'm with my guys and I am loved by so many. I have a good life.
 

Thinner or fatter? This time last year, I was recovering from having a baby in October so I think I would say I'm a bit thinner but far from thin.
 

Richer or poorer? I don't have a job.. so poorer! Ha!
 

What do you wish you’d done more of? Focus on me while taking care of the guys and our home.
 

What do you wish you’d done less of? Eat. Being home all day has caused me to be a grazer. I eat all day long and it has caught up with me.
 

How will you be spending Christmas? We are going to Ohio to spend the holiday with our families and friends.
 

Did you fall in love in 2013? Nope. My heart is equally taken by my two fellas.
 

How many one-night stands? No.
 

Who were your best friends? RL: Tracy, Kari, Kristin and Sarah. Blog: Danielle and Nicole
 

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? James and I provided the airfare for our niece and nephew to come visit this summer. They had never been to Texas and really enjoyed themselves. We also made a huge effort in going home to visit as much as possible. All in all, we will have visited Ohio 4 times this year.
 

What were your favorite TV programs? I am a die hard fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Scandal and Revenge. I like Big Brother, Mob Wives and Nashville as well. And I can't forget Sid the Science Kid, Henry Hugglemonster and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
 

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Hate is such a strong word, isn't it? There are a handful of people that have left me with little other than hate through their poor choices and stupid actions over the last year. Dwelling on hating them is pointless. I just move past them and their unfortunate decisions.

 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, folks! Can you believe that Christmas is just 5 days away? I'm so excited to be back in Ohio with all my people. Today, Connor and I are going shopping with my Mom and HOPEFULLY getting a photo with Santa. We are also heading up to Columbus to visit and spend Christmas with 2 of my best friends. 
Of course, I can't forget to link up with Darci and the girls for Five On Friday.


{ONE}
I have a few gifts that I just LOVE and can't wait to give to my family and friends. It was difficult to shop and plan from Texas but there are a few things that I was able to pull off that I think will really blow the socks off of some folks. I can't wait for Mark and Kari to get their gift... Dean, hope you are ready to love me forever because after this gift, you're gonna want to (even more than you do now)!

{TWO}
My brother and I are going to try this adorable craft with the kids this year. I'm can't wait to see their faces when I tell them we are going to tackle this task. Cora is super artsy so I'm sure she will love it. Will, on the other hand, is all boy so let's hope he doesn't make too big of a mess. And Connor? Well we will see. I'm thinking someone will be covered in icing by the end of it.

{THREE}
Do you watch ABC's Revenge? Ohh Emm Gee! The winter finale was so good. I have been on the fence with that show for a while now. Sometimes I find myself being super bored with it and other times, I'm on the edge of my seat and can't get enough. In case you don't watch it yet or haven't seen the most recent episode, I'll keep all spoilers to myself but I will tell you, Emily (AKA the real Amanda) has her work cut out for her now. Good luck sister! You're going to need it!

{FOUR}
I somehow stumbled across Studio Cicada and fell in love with their phone cases. You can personalize them to fit your style and they aren't too terribly expensive either. I was lucky enough to find them when they were offering a BOGO special so I scored myself these two. If you know me, you know this just scream Stephanie. I love the finished product. Be sure to check them out.

{FIVE}
I've been thinking about my goals for 2014 and if I could sum up what I hope 2014 has in store for me, personally, I would pick this quote. 
In today's society, where we demand on social media so much, it's easy to compare yourself to someone else. I'm just as guilty as the next person but I'm hoping to spend 2014 working on me, learning to love the me I see in the mirror knowing I'm the first rate version of myself.

Happy Friday ya'll!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ohio.. HERE WE COME!

Depending on when you are reading this, we may be mid flight to Ohio or may have already landed. If we are still airport hoppin', I'm more than likely a inch away from losing my mind. I hate flying. I'm all about the destination and can't handle airports, security or sitting in chairs designed for those who weigh 100 pounds of less (FYI - that's not me). Add a very active 13 month in the mix and a husband who falls asleep before safety instructions are announced and I'm living my own personal Hell. 

But enough about that.. I mean afterall, this is the most wonderful time of the year, folks.
 For the first time ever, I am sponsoring a blog. Not just any old blog either but I'm throwing my support behind Laura over at Mice in the Kitchen. I love Laura's blog, which is a daily read. She keeps things real and fun and that's something you don't get from just any blog. Visit Laura today to enjoy a little Q & A with yours truly. Additionally, Laura, a handful of other and myself are giving you a chance to win $250 cash on New Year's Eve. Make sure you enter. You will be thanking me when you win. 
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

So What! Wednesday

It's been a while since I've hooked up with Shannon for So What! Wednesday so let's give that a go today


... we leave for Ohio for Christmas tomorrow and I have yet to think of what I should pack let alone actually pack. I've always waited last minute and I don't see why I should change that about myself now.

... I will be shopping on the 20th and 23rd for Christmas presents for 90% of the folks we are buying for. Nothing says last minute like shopping the weekend before Christmas. 

... being home with my family and friends is worth the pain of packing, flying with a toddler, shopping last minute and dealing with the Ohio cold. 

... cooking dinner has been challenging as of late. I'm just not in the mood for anything and don't want to put any effort into planning, grocery shopping and then cooking.

... the Santa Connor visited last weekend was the most ghetto setup ever. But like the Christmas lovin' fool my boy is, he smiled when we snapped a photo of him and the Jolly One. I am looking forward to taking him to see a much better Santa and getting a real photo.

... we've only had 2 ornament causalities this year and I consider that a win in my book. 

... James' work may be going on a cruise in the Spring and I could possibly go IF I wanted to leave Connor with my parents for a week. Just thinking about it makes me sick to my stomach. A week away from our boy? I can't handle the notion.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

5 Days of Christmas - Day 3

Happy Tuesday, ya'll! Can you believe we are a week away from Christmas Eve?! 
Where has the time gone? This year has gone by so quickly. 
Today is the third day of Christmas in our link up party and it's time to share our decked out halls!


This is the first year I've had to decorate a home in Texas. Although, we are leasing a two-story home, I only decorated the first floor! Let's take a look at some for the decorations we have up. 

 I love our Christmas tree for a couple reasons. A - it was a wedding gift from my Mother in Law and I will forever cherish it since she has since passed away and B - it's the most effortless Christmas known to (wo)man. I'll let you in on our little tree secret. Our tree is a Thomas Kinkade pre-lit pull-up Christmas tree. Seriously! Check it out here. From start to finish, it takes about 15 minutes to put up and decorate our tree and taking it down is just as simple. 
Our mantel is the focal point in our living room and I wanted to make it pop out. I mixed pieces I had from previous years with a couple of new items from Hobby Lobby. I've always wanted to decorate a mantel. I wish I could have hung our stockings there as well but with the MERRY CHRISTMAS banner it was too busy. The entertainment center has a few pieces of holiday flair and the couch is in our entry room. The music box gets a lot of attention from a certain little boy. 

As a Christmas gift to ourselves this year, we purchased a new dining room table and chair set and I am so happy with our purchase. Not having a lot to work with from years past, I made the centerpiece from what I had on hand. Not too shabby! Our (very empty and oh so neglected) stockings are hung in the entry room. 


We haven't gotten as many cards as we usually do which makes me a little sad. Not only do I love snail mail but Christmas cards are my favorite. I placed the handful we have gotten on top of the fridge, out of the reach of the baby boy, dogs and cat. I'm secretly hoping to come home from Ohio and have a mailbox full of Christmas cheer (wink wink nudge nudge).

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed my Christmas tour of our humble abode.
Be sure to link up and share your Christmas decor!



Monday, December 16, 2013

My Faith in Humanity

Last week, I came across this Huffington post article. To sum it up, two NC State football players are pictured eating lunch with a fellow student. The fellow student happens to be handicapped.
This photo touches me in a way that brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. Let me explain.

For those of you who know me personally or have been around for a while, you know that I have a younger brother who is a college senior and starting linemen for the Illinois College Blueboys. Chester is 9 years younger than I am and without a doubt, I am his biggest cheerleader and the feeling is mutual. After my parents, I'm his favorite person. The summer before Chester's sophomore year of high school, my parents moved 90 minutes away from our home town to be closer to our family. Chester didn't take the move well and we all hoped he would adjust and make friends quickly. Being a member of the Indians football team made the transition a bit easier but I know the move and change was hard on him. As the new school year approached, I was worried sick that he would have to eat lunch alone. Dead serious. The thought of him having to eat alone with no friends to cut up with made my heart ache.

Dining alone is something that seriously bothers me. Even now, as a 31 year old, I refuse to eat in public by myself. As bizarre as this is, it makes me sad to see someone dining out by themselves. I know some people like the alone time dining solo gives them (James has no problem with eating solo) but it seriously makes my stomach sick to think that a child would have to eat alone at the lunch table. Each school year, I ask my niece who she had lunch with on her first day of school. She is 7 and just answers me and quickly says something funny and lighthearted because she thinks it's weird that I even ask. 

When I saw this photo, it made me recall the 2 boys I know who sat with my brother during lunch his first week at HHS. I will always remember how kind they were to my brother, how welcoming there were to the new kid in town. They accepted him. Maybe that's what boys do, I don't know but seeing these football players sitting with a fellow student who is handicapped, makes me happy. I love that they see passed the handicap. They see him as a fellow Tuffy, one of them. 

As Connor gets older and heads off to school, you can bet I'm going to be terrified that he will have to sit alone at the lunch table. As silly as this seems to some, it's a real fear I have for him. I want my son to be welcomed, to be the kid everyone enjoys being with, someone you'd want to have lunch with.

Thanks to this photo, one that brings my love of football and the boys of fall together with one of my biggest fears, I know that there are still good, considerate people left in the world. It just goes to show, humanity isn't dead just yet.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Years Cash Bash


Wouldn't it be great to start out 2014 with some extra cash in your pocket!!  
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

2013 in Review - Part 1



Happy Saturday! 
Today, I'm linking up with Nicole at Three 31 to reminisce about 2013. I'm amazed with how much can really happen in just 365 days. Stay tuned for part 2 as I'm splitting the yearly review into 2 posts.

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? Traveled to Denver, CO and New Orleans and spent the entire year working from home as a stay at home Momma. 

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I had to go back and see if I even set any for the 2013 year... and I did. You can find those here. Sadly, I didn't reach any of the goals listed. Whomp whomp. However, a new year is approaching and I plan to kick it's ass. Check out the goals I have in mind, which are listed here.

Did anyone close to you give birth? No which is odd now that I think of it. But Nicole is due in May with a second little boy. I can't wait to celebrate Baby Boy Snowden! 


Did anyone close to you die? Yes. In March, my Papaw passed away. I miss him daily. 


What countries did you visit? Just the US but I visited more states than ever before.


What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? More quality time with my husband. 2013 was a busy busy year for us and I'd love to carve out some more one on one time for the two of us.


What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory? March 23, 2013


What was your biggest achievement of the year? Other than surviving our first year of parenthood? Maybe growing my blog a bit and keeping our house in one messy piece. 


What was your biggest failure?
That's a easy one... I really let myself go physically in 2013. It's easy to do when you have the ability to stay in comfy yoga pants all day and don't leave the house for days at a time. That's for the birds though. It's on in 2014. Serious.


Did you suffer illness or injury? C and I both were ridiculous this spring and summer with colds and allergies. I think it's being in a new climate for the first time, our bodies just didn't know how to handle the change. I'm hoping it doesn't happen again. 


What was the best thing you bought? I have no idea. That's a good question I guess. I sorta bough this girl's friendship and it was the best money spent since I love her. 


Whose behavior merited celebration? James'. He has handled me being a mess for the last 13 months so well. Like, he deserves a medal. Between the changes to my body post baby to moving away from home and staying home with C, I've been a mess. My husband is a saint and I don't tell him thank you nearly enough.


Where did most of your money go? Target. For real. And to Connor. Dude is spoiled.


What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to Denver. I have always wanted to visit Colorado and I'm so glad I did. I haven't seen much of the country but I can promise you, Denver is a one of a kind place and within hours of visiting, I fell in love. I can't wait to go back. 



Part 2 of my year in review will be posted on Saturday, December 21st. Check back then! 

 

Friday, December 13, 2013

How Things Change

If you would have know me before the husband, baby and stay at home gig, it would really surprise you to see how much I have changed. 

When I met James, I was engaged to someone else. Yeah, haven't shared that story before and it's far too complicated to get into today. I was engaged, James was separated from his wife (yet another bit of info you didn't know) and was my boss at work (guilty). I looked forward to Friday and kicking off the weekend first thing Monday morning. I spent my weekends with my girls Tracy and Kristin at Miami Valley Sports Bar (gag) or W.O's. (puke), drinking, dancing, drunk dialing and being a complete disaster. Weekend after weekend, I spent my nights out acting completely foolish and not giving a damn. I'd wake up the next day asking my girlfriends what had we done. I would check my cell's call history to calculate the damage that has been done. I was young and wanted nothing more than to enjoy every minute of my life, no matter what the consequences were. Yup, I was that girl.

Meeting James set into motion changes that I didn't know I needed, changes that I couldn't imagine enjoying or even wanting. James changed me. He made me realize that the girl who partied all weekend wasn't as cool as I thought she was. That there was much more potential in me than I had ever realized. Sure I had a good job and could support myself but instead of investing in my future, enjoying time with friends in ways that didn't include a $100 tab at a wine tasting, learning to love me, I was wasting time in bars, chasing boys who didn't know how great of a catch I really was (shameless). James challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before. I knew within months of meeting him that I loved him and he would be the man I married. Hands down, that's how much of an effect he had on me.

Our relationship wasn't one that was planned. Like I said, I had a ring on my finger from another guy. But meeting J, getting to know him and him knowing me, letting down the walls I had built around my heart, gave me the greatest since of freedom and love I had ever experienced. I realize that while it's fine to have get a little reckless from time to time, it's not really the best way to spend your weekend, week after week, month after month.

6 1/2 years later, I am married to the man of my dreams. We have the greatest little guy to love and raise. I spend my working hours as a stellar stay home mom. My girlfriends and I are closer than ever before. It's been nearly 2 years since I've drank to get drunk. Our weekends are far from what they were years ago. Tonight, we are taking C to visit Santa, Saturday is dinner with friends at our place and Sunday, I have a Mom's night out Christmas party.

If you would have told me in 2008 this is what I would be looking forward to, I would think you were drunk. But things changed. Times are different, I'm different. And when given the chance to be a 24 year old out with her friends in the Dub C or home with her husband and son, without hesitation, I pick a night in with my guys. 

My how things have change. 
Happy Friday, ya'll!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Toddler's War Against The Camera (and Mom)

I'll be the first to admit that I took a lot of photos of CJ. If I'm going to be honest, a lot doesn't really do the shear volume of photos I have of him justice. On any given day, I snap a handful of photos of him with my phone and at least 3 times a week, I break out my Canon Rebel to snap photos of better quality. My IG feed is 99.9% of the time Connor. Last week, I snagged some EPIC FIT THROWING photos of Connor. 

I was attempting to get a cute photo of C touching the tree, while showcasing a canvas photo of him from last Christmas. Very Pinteresty, right? Needless to say, Connor wasn't having it. All he wanted was the Mickey Mouse ornament his Aunt Tracy gave him last year. Being told no, while being "forced" to look at the tree caused someone to get his size 4 Pampers in a bunch. Let's take a look, shall we?

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being worse fit thrown thus far in Connor's short 13 months of life, this would be a 23. Serious. And in full disclosure, I wasn't helping matters any. While taking photos of this meltdown, I was laughing so hard. He would stop crying look at me and flip out again when I wouldn't give him what he wanted. He was testing me. The first of many exams, I'm sure.

In the end, both of us won our wars.
I got a cute photo and if you look closely at Connor, you'll see Mickey tucked away in his sweet little hand.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pumpkin Beans Product Review

Since becoming a SAHM, I find myself in the kitchen much more than ever before. Thanks to the Pinterest Gods, it's easy for even the worst cooks to pull off tasty breakfasts and great dinners with little to no effort, pleasing both the husband and the toddler and dinner guest alike.

Having picked up a few go to recipes from Pinterest, I had the idea that I would create recipe cards for a friend back home who is ... how do I say this??... simple in the kitchen. Just something small but would cause her husband to praise her for days (you can thank me later, friend).

When Jenne, owner of Pumpkin Beans, asked for folks to review her Etsy shop, I jumped on board.
Jenne offers a wide range of custom digital products from party invites to place cards to recipe cards and much more. Here is an example of a Wine and Cheese themed recipe card that would be perfect for the wine lovers out there:

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 Not only can Pumpkin Beans personalize their pre-designed files to fit your needs, they are able to create custom one of a kind products that you will love. Jenne was able to provide me with my recipe cards the same day I placed my order and the quality is on point. For example, look at this adorable campfire party invite. If this doesn't make you wanna grab a bag of marshmallows and head to the nearest fire, I don't know what will. Also, I think I've found the theme of Connor's 2nd birthday - thanks, Jenne!

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Hop over to Pumpkin Beans' Etsy shop and place your order today. I have a few items picked out that would make great add on gifts for the holidays. Be sure to use the discount code CHRISTMAS to receive 25%(!!!) off your order now through December 30.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The 5 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Today, I will share our festive Christmas clothing. And by our, I mean Connor. Because let's face it, I'm a little to old for penguin pants and Santa tops. Oh to be a kid again! 

Many of these you've seen already if you follow me on Instagram (scx11) but they are so dang cute that I had to share again. How adorable is our little guy? Snowmen, stripes and penguins, oh my! These are a few of my favorite things. I have Target to thank for these cute threads (of course). 

Again more adorable pjs but let's look at the sweater! Moment of truth: I have a thing for little guys in sweet sweaters. Add a Christmas theme and bam! Melt my heart. My love of penguins has no end. None. Not even Connor's pants are safe. Both sweater and cords were purchase from Crazy 8's for $2.99. Yes please!

Do you dress your little ones up in festive clothing? Or better yet, do you sport fun sweaters and Christmas themed jewelry? Be sure to link up with myself, Jenny, Courtney and Jenesha and share you holiday fashions.


Be sure to hop over to [the good life blog] and join the Christmas Pajama Party as well.