Thursday, July 31, 2014

21 Months - 7.30.14


The cold hard truth: you'll be 2 in 90 days. 
What the what?

Okay. Now, let's talk about what fun we've had this month. First things first, you are a talker. You chat all day long. I can't even tell you when or how it all started but one day, Daddy mentioned how talkative you are and ever since then, it's all you do. And I love it. We can now communicate so well and there isn't any frustrating moments of trying to figure out what you need/want.

To piggy back off of your amazing communication skills, I have to document that this is the month that you said... love you. Lord knows you hear a zillion times a day but finally, you said it. It's quiet possibly the most amazing words ever spoken. 

You are full of energy and seem to really enjoy independent play these days. You love your cars, Jake figurines and can spend a good 30-45 minutes coloring daily. We play morning, noon and night and you never seem to tire. Too bad the same can't be said for Momma and Daddy!

Eating is on point this month. Well, if you don't count your hate for veggies. Nothing I do makes them intriguing so I've learned to hide them in your daily smoothies and you are none the wiser. You've been a fabulous sleeper lately too but I don't want to talk to much about that because if I jinx myself, I don't know what I'll do. 

Life with you has been full of of giggles, wet open mouth kisses and the best hugs ever. You are the center of of our world and we wouldn't want it any other way. 

We love you sweet boy. To the moon and back.
Momma and Daddy Papa

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane by Kristen Hannah

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable. For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

My Thoughts: Hannah's novel is the 16th book I read this year yet the very first to make me cry. And I should admit, I cried like a baby. Oh my the tears. Simply put, if you can make me cry, you've hit something deep within me. Kudos! The relationship between Kate and Tully transcends time. For over 30 years, they tackle every up and down that could possibly come their way: death, college, love, heartbreak, adulthood and loss. The author is so full of passion that this novel is like a web that holds you hostage with the want to know how? why? when?. By the end of the book, you'll be reaching for the Kleenex and calling your best friend to tell her how much she means to you. Guaranteed. 

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Happy reading!

 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Bucket List Week 6: Beach/Sand Fun

Week 1: Water Fun
Week 5: Picnic
Complete Summer Bucket List is located HERE

A couple weeks ago, a girlfriend invited us to a new water park called Hawaiian Falls. As daunting as the idea of tackling a water park solo with Connor is, I thought if a day at the pool doesn't wear him out and allow me to have a couple hours of me time, nothing will. 

 
In between the wave pool and the lazy river, we had the time. of. our. lives. Connor has never been afraid of water and today was no different. He was fearless. When we needed a break from the water, we headed to the Breaker Beach for some fun in the sand.


Connor hasn't always been a huge fan of sand. He says "dirty dirty" when it sticks to his hands and "meshy meshy" when it covers his legs and feet. As he had gotten older, he has grown to enjoy playing with the sand.


Connor is the baby in his group of friends. Most of them still refer to him as Baby Connor. Which melts my heart. Because let's face it, he will always be the baby. Colt and Dyllan are a bit older than Connor but play so well with him. They are always willing to share and entertain him. We are blessed to have such great friends here in ATX.


Getting 3 little ones to look at the camera and smile? Nearly impossible. Dyllan isn't smiling, Colt is looking away smiling and Connor... well, he is a picture taking pro!

3 and a half hours later, with sun kissed skin and tired little ones, a day at the water park and some time in the sand is in the books. Memories made and good times had!


 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July Gift Exchange

It's not news that I love all things Christmas. So when Jenny and Courtney put together a Christmas in July gift exchange, there was no way I would miss the opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit.


I had the pleasure of shopping for Maddie, daughter to Courtney at Shiraz In My Sippy Cup. Can I say that shopping for a little girl is tough? I mean, the clothing section alone can suck tons of time (and MONEY) from you if you aren't careful. The best part of getting paired with Maddie is that today is her birthday so I bought a little extra in honor of her 3rd birthday. Happy Birthday Maddie!

Connor couldn't have asked for a better Christmas in July Santa than Desiree from Macke Monologues. Desiree and I are on our way to being IRL friends and having her shop for CJ Frankenstein was just the best coincidence.

 
Desiree truly picked the best of Connor's favorite things. Our little guy is crazy about George and Mickey so the DVD and lunch box have been played and enjoyed so much since getting our package. The fruit snacks and "ish" as C calls them are long gone. No food is safe when CJ is around. Connor has recently discovered the joy of stickers and when I say joy, I mean they get applied to any and all surfaces. Needless to say, I've put the ones Momma Macke sent us up for later use. 


It's safe to say Connor's favorite part of his Christmas in July gift is his Mickey box. He has used to it hold his crayons, his most loved Elmo and discovered it makes for a great coaster.  

Thank you so much for the wonderful gifts Desiree and family. There is nothing that makes Connor happier than snail mail from his family and friends. A box of goodies just for him? Consider his day made!
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Goodbye Anonymous

My blogger settings have allowed anyone and everyone to comment on my blog posts. Until this weekend that is. When I checked my email Saturday morning, I had 52 emails: 49 of those were blog comments courtesy of Anonymous. After a month of getting tons and tons of comments from Anonymous, something had to give. 

I logged into blogger to change my settings (let's hope this doesn't effect real folks trying to comment) and was baffled when I saw the number of spam comments I had. Between June 23 and July 19, I had over 614 spam comments. Which in return means I had received and trashed 614 emails alerting me to a blog post comment. Holy shit! What a waste of time. 

Here are some of the ridiculous comments that I've gotten from Anonymous:

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Say what? 

When someone writes an article he/she keeps the image of a user in his/her mind that how a user can be aware of it. So that's why this piece of writing is great. Thanks! Here is my page :: precision air conditioning

Thanks for compliment ... I think... 

However you purchase it for a fraction of the retail price. He told Ashley he'd be taking the vehicle; that was good with her. You do not win something, but it is like a jailbreak for your wager.

I love a good sale, but excuse me... who the Hell is Ashley? Who is this "he" you speak of? And sorry, but I'm not one to wager on anything #strictbudget

So with a couple clicks, I'm hoping I made the appropriate changes to keep the spam comments at bay and that real folks can comment. If for some reason, you aren't able to comment on this post, let me know so I can make the appropriate changes to my settings.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Bucket List Week 5: Picnic

Week 1: Water Fun
Week 4: Finger Paint
Complete Summer Bucket List is located HERE

As busy as this week has been, it's been a bit low key as well, which was ever so welcomed. Does that even make sense? Overall, it's been a great week. One that I would like to see repeated again and again. However, with so much left on our bucket list, I wasn't sure what I wanted to focus on this week. So when a friend ask us to join her and her little ones for a picnic, we jumped at the opportunity.

Before heading to the park for our picnic, Connor and I spent an hour or so at the library picking up new books and enjoying Toddler Time. If you have a little one, visit your local library! 45 minutes of playing, singing, reading and dancing makes for a great way to start the day.


Once we got to the park, the littlest ones played, while my girlfriend and I chased them and prevented them from getting too close to the water. Because as always, it's not a visit to the park without visiting with the ducks.


Once the kids ran, climbed a bridge and skipped some rocks, it was time to settled down for lunch. I was worried that Connor would be too interested in everything BUT eating but thanks to a skipped morning snack (my bad!), he was quick to settle down and get his eat on.


And to make sure lunch was a success, I packed his favorites: a peanut butter sandwich, blueberries, Pirate's Booty and some fruit snacks. We enjoyed lunch under the humid afternoon sky and then headed home to take a family nap. Hey! Mommas play hard too!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Moodstruck Younique 3D Lash Review

I have one word for you: Younique. You've heard of them, right? Because unless you've lived under a rock, you have a sister, family member or friend selling their products. It’s a newer company and they sell products like brushes and mineral makeup like eyeshadow, blush, and a slew of other beauty products. I'm fairly certain every woman I know is in a constant state of searching for the worlds best lashes. Younique makes a product called “Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.” that has changed the way you will wear mascara. I was excited when Gina provided me the chance to review the product and I wanna sure with you my thoughts.

The little kit with the lashes arrived in a case with a “transplanting gel” and a “fiber lash”. There is 2 ways that you could wear the lashes. Option A) apply your favorite mascara, followed by a coat of the transplanting gel with a coat of fiber lash. Add an additional coat of the gel to lock in your fibers and repeat as desired or Option B) apply a transplanting gel followed by the fiber lash. Add an additional coat of the gel to lock in your fibers and again, repeat as desired. Both options will give you longer fuller looking lashes. However, I like Option B. I was able to get a cleaner, finished look this way.

My left lashes have been given just one coat of the gel and fibers. Within seconds, you can see how fuller, thicker and longer my lashes appear. My right lashes are completely bare.

With a few swipes of the wand, my eye makeup is complete. Most days, I just wear mascara because let's face it, play dates and story time don't really call for a glam look. Younique has provided me a more finished look with noticeable lashes with little to no effort on my end. 

Here is the product inform direct from Younique's site:
Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. Try it! It will quickly become your favorite makeup must-have! 

My final thoughts? This is a 5 start makeup product. In the beginning I was worried I was going to be reviewing a $29 beauty product that didn't deliver the results. But I was (happily) wrong. I found that Younique to be easy to apply, resulting in a polished look and they stay on the entire day (just like regular mascara). Overall, Younique Moodstruck 3D Lashes are a fantastic product to keep in your makeup kit. If you would like to order this product or learn about Younique's other products, please contact: Gina Lacy, Independent Younique Presenter at her direct link listed here: Gina Lacy.

Have you tried 3D lashes before? What do you think of my results?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Bucket List Week 4: Finger Paint

Week 1: Water Fun
Complete Summer Bucket List is located HERE

With a sick baby boy to entertain, I was uncertain of which Summer Bucket List task to tackle this week. On Tuesday, after Connor's nap, I thought we could do a little finger painting before taking a bath. We've been taking baths at the most random times thank to Snotty McSnotterson. Connor was pretty excited to head outdoors since he's been trapped indoors up for the last 5 days.


Connor played around with the paints for all of 2.9 seconds. He discoverd I had a paint brush (after all, he was the finger painter, not me) and thought it was be fun to use a brush instead. Okay. Have at it. 


I tried to show Connor how to use the brush but he snatched it from me, hugging it and saying "mine". I tell ya, this little guy has sass. So while holding the brush, he thumb painting. For whatever reason, this was the other figure working. 


"Mom? I'm bored." said Connor. Not exactly but this photo doesn't show a little human excited to be making a mess. As much as I attempted to coax CJ to get messy and have a little fun before bath time, he wasn't having it. He would walk out into the sun, run back and say "hot! hot!". Yeah, you're right little guy, it's hot. Welcome to Texas.


At one point, Connor looked over and said "teeth" as he slowly moved his hand to his face. Non toxic or not, the idea of cleaning paint from his mouth and nose wasn't something I wanted to tackle today so I told him no. Which he thought was funny. He would take his hand back and forth saying "teeth". He is a mischief maker. 


Connor then found his rocks and thought he would ditch the paintbrush and paint with his rock friends instead. Okay, whatever you want. This lasted 2.5 seconds, tops. 

 
So maybe we should use the paintbrush to paint our rocks, give them a littler personality. Since we have approximately 513 rocks, this should buy us a little time and create some fun.

Wrong.


Connor placed his rocks on his paint plate and backed up to the door and said "side". Having spent all of 6 minutes painting, it's safe to say he isn't really a fan these days. 


Before heading inside to clean up, Connor sat in my lap and I snapped this photo of his sweet little hand and fingers. While the activity itself didn't interest him much, using the paintbrush and his messy fingers to touch Momma with was sure fun. If you're gonna be messy, you might as well share the mess, right?

 Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wife Mommy Me 500th Post Giveaway

In honor of my 500th blog post, I have a sweet giveaway for you today. But before I get into what goodie you could win, I want to take a moment and reflect...

500 friggin' posts! Who the heck knew I had enough going on in my world to share something with my readers 500 times? Amazing. But really, it would never have made it to 500 if it wasn't for all my faithful readers and the fabulous support I've gotten from the blogging community. So THANK YOU from the bottom of my Buckeye heart!

My way of thanking each of you is by giving you a chance to win a $10 credit to Becky's Bybmg Etsy shop. Becky was kind enough to send me a Toms Flag MakeUp Brush roll to review for this giveaway. Two words for ya: ORGANIZED PERFECTION.


This make-up brush roll is made from a Toms shoes flag (the one that come with the shoes). It has 6 slots to meet the needs of many brushes or other items (really 12 slots because there is a double layer of flag that is open at the top, if you want to put one brush right in front of the other). The top part of the roll is an open pocket/flap to cover the tops of brushes and keep things from falling out. The drawstring rope that came with the Toms flag is repurposed to tie the roll closed.


Putting my brushes, eyeliners and mascara in my Toms Flay Makeup Brush Roll frees up room in my makeup bag and prevents me from having to search the bottom of my bag for these smaller and often misplaced items.


For those of you were are just itching to purchase something from Becky, use WIFEMOMMYME to score FREE shipping until July 31st. Check our her shop; I adore the Instagram Frame she designed. Now here is your chance to snag a $10 Etsy shop credit. Just follow the prompts listed in the Rafflecopter box for your chance to win. Good luck! 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer 2014 Reading List

Now that we've celebrated the 4th of July, it's official: SUMMER IS HERE! The best way to cool off from a hot day is to relax with a good book. Below are 6 quick warm weather must reads to enjoy this summer.


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
The One & Only by Emily Giffin
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle

What's on your must read list? 
For more recommendations, check out my Goodreads bookshelf.

Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Unconditional

While most of you are sharing and reminiscing about the festive fun you had this weekend, I have nada to share about the 4th. Well that's not exactly true. Let me break down what our weekend was like:

High Texas mold counts + Connor + the nastiest snottiest nose this side of the Mississippi = 
a weekend spent at home attempting to keep C's nose clean and applying lotion to an oh so chapped baby boy skin.

While this wasn't the most ideal way to spend the holiday weekend, it gave me a chance to reflect on how important it is to cherish the littlest things. 

While Connor was suffering from the worst allergy attack to date, he still made us laugh. He was still his happy self. Full of energy, climbing, running and being all boy. Snot withstanding, Connor was our personal firework show all weekend with his quirky noises, his over the top antics and his sweet hugs, snuggles and kisses. 

Connor is going to be back to his normal, healthy self soon and he won't be so quick to cuddle. He won't be as needy or want to sit with Momma or Daddy as often, as long. But it's the littlest things like a lingering hug or a belly laugh that makes the hard days easier to conquer.

I read this quote online this weekend and it rings so very true in regards to being a parent:

“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” -Nicholas Sparks


This little guy is our world. He is the reason we know the true meaning of love, unconditional love that when tested and pushed and stretched too thin, finds a way of staying strong, patient and never-ending.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Bucket List Week 3: Dinner Outside

Previous Summer Activities:
Week 1: Water Fun
Week 2: Park Discovery
Complete Summer Bucket List can be found HERE

When I added dinner outside to our bucket list, I instantly thought " that's not going to go well". Connor is a creature of habit. He is used to eating 3 meals a day at home, in the comfort of his booster seat. So when Mister mentioned picking up dinner and heading to our neighborhood park, I figured we could give it a shot and see if Connor would eat anything or if he would be off playing within minutes of getting there. In true Connor fashion, playing took front seat to dinner.


This photo? Captures the one way he would eat. Standing up, with Daddy feeding him. He was ready to climb, swing and visit the pond, which offered no time for dinner. We were able to get him to eat a few bites before he was off to play. What can I say, he is all boy. 


James and I finished dinner and then joined Connor for some evening fun. His new favorite thing it to swing with Momma. The bigger he gets the more difficult this will be but until it's impossible, baby boy and I will swing our days away together.


While swinging, C spotted the pond and yelled "duck! duck" and took off to find his feathered friends. What is it about ducks that make them so intriguing? Whenever there is a body of water, Connor instantly starts yelling for the ducks; to him they're one and the same. Lake/pond = ducks. 


James brought some biscuits and potatoes from our dinner over and we feed our new friends. Funny side story: J gave Connor a potato wedge to give the ducks. He threw it (not far) and then picked it up and ate it. We cracked up laughing. Not the ideal way to eat dinner but hey! whatever works little man.


While our dinner outside turned to more play and less eating, we had a fun evening together as a family. Watching Connor discover and learn is something I will never get tired of. Discovering and seeing life through your little ones eyes is the best.


Happy 4th of July!
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Guest Post - Sweet Turtle Soup

Today, I'm guest posting over at Sweet Turtle Soup.
Jump on over and get to know me a little better and meet Courtney if you haven't already! 

Sweet Turtle Soup