Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday!

Happy Friday, y'all! We are officially limping toward the finish line this week and I'm giving ALL THE PRAISE HANDS to this day. Here are my five today:



-ONE-
I told y'all on Monday about our crazy Sunday night full of tornado sirens and vomit, but what I didn't mention is that Brandon was on a plane to en route Detroit for the week for business. {He's currently en route home, thank the Lord!} So about three hours after he left, the sirens went off, and I was the one getting two sleepy, drowsy boys up out of bed and into the closet while internally freaking out and externally trying to be super brave and strong for the kids -- letting Walker find shadows on the wall from the flashlights and singing "Jesus Loves Me." And then cleaning up vomit from the closet floor and from all over Knox while putting Walker in my bed with an episode of "Mickey Mouse" at 10 p.m. and then getting them both back to sleep. Sigh. 


Closet selfie for the win!

And then poor Knox came down with RSV {he was officially diagnosed yesterday} and hasn't been sleeping this week and this mama is just exhausted. 

Pass the wine, y'all! 





-TWO-
I bought this overnight cream at Target on a whim when mine ran out and y'all, I love it! It smells so amazing and my skin is so smooth and fresh when I wake up in the mornings. It works perfectly on my combination skin, but especially in the middle of this dry winter. Scoop this stuff up!



-THREE-
When my best friend Lindsey texted me with the link to these cute Valentines, I knew I had to scrap my original Valentine plan and order these immediately for my truck-loving Walker and his little classmates. Bonus points that all I have to do is stick some Annie's Cheddar Bunnies in there and call it a day! ;) 




-FOUR-

I had heard from multiple people that these jeans were amazing, so I ordered them for this spring/summer and y'all, they ARE amazing! They're so comfy just the right amount of stretch, and the distressed look is a fun touch. Old Navy for the win! 



-FIVE-
We went on a walk on Monday afternoon and Walker found this giant stick that he has dubbed his "walking stick." That boy walked with this thing and it's his newfound "treasure" that he requests for every outside adventure now. {And yes, I broke off the sharp, pointed end!} It's really the little things, y'all. 



I hope y'all have wonderful weekends! 


Linking up with April, Amanda, Andrea, Amy and Katie 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Movies I've Never Seen

My husband always laughs at me for the amount of movies I haven't seen, namely "The Princess Bride." He loves to always say, "Mawwww-wige," and I just look at him with a blank stare, to which he always rolls his eyes and says loudly, "HOW HAVE YOU NOT SEEN THAT MOVIE?!" 

I have no reason or rhyme as to why I haven't seen these movies, but I thought it would be fun to share with y'all and see if I'm not alone in any of these: 


So, what's the verdict? Have y'all seen any of these, or are you in the dark like me?

Linking up with Annie and Natalie 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Homemade Baby Food How-To

Something I've really enjoyed doing for both of my boys is making their baby pureés. It's definitely not something I ever thought I'd actually enjoy, but I really do look forward to it every month! 

I love that I know what's going in their food {read: lack of preservatives}, and I love mixing and matching the fruits and vegetables to come up with a fun combination. Of course, I don't think any differently of the mom who buys baby food off the shelf, feeds their kids pouches {hello, I love those things!} or makes the baby food like I do. We're all in this together! #solidarity 


But, if this is something that you'd like to know more about, here's how I go about doing it. Before I begin, though, I must say that the tool that has made this 100 times easier for me this go-round is the Béaba BabyCook {along with a cheap cutting board, a great knife and these ice cube trays for freezing the pureés}. With Walker, I didn't have the Béaba and had to steam everything on the stove or in the microwave, then pureé it in my food processor. So, the Béaba is a two-in-one tool and saves me so much time -- and dirty dishes! 


+ STEP ONE: Select your fruits and vegetables 


I follow this handy chart {found on Pinterest} that helps me determine what fruits and vegetables Knox can have and when. When I buy fruits directly from the produce section, I try to buy organic if at all possible. 




But of course I'm not above buying things that are pre-peeled or chopped...namely broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and green beans. Y'all, I buy those straight from the bag and there is no shame in my game! 


And sometimes, especially if things aren't in season -- especially in winter, like now -- I buy fruits or veggies frozen. 

For the already soft fruits {e.g. banana or avocado}, just put in a bowl, mash with a fork and give straight to baby. Those are easy and always my favorite in a pinch!

Personally, I buy all my groceries from Walmart using the grocery pickup {which is amazing for mamas, BTW -- use my code here for $10 off your first order!}, but you can buy anywhere. Nothing special is needed for these fruits and vegetables -- as long as they're fresh!


+ STEP TWO: Dice the fruits and vegetables {if necessary} 

If the fruit or vegetable needs chopping, dice into small chunks. If the produce is frozen, leave it out in the sink to thaw. If it's pre-chopped, you can move on to step three! 



I put my chopped fruit/vegetables in bowls to make room on my cutting board and to make it easier to dump into the Béaba when it's time to steam and pureé it. Like I said, I make a lot at a time!


+ STEP THREE: Steam and pureé

Following the instructions for the Béaba, steam and then pureé the fruits and/or vegetables. I typically do a bunch of food at once -- typically on the weekends when Brandon's home to help me watch the boys -- but you can, of course, do one at a time...whatever works best for you! 



+ STEP FOUR: Pour pureé into ice cube trays 

As soon as the food has been thoroughly pureéd, pour into your ice cube trays and stick into your freezer overnight. 


I personally love the OXO ice cube trays because I think they're easier to get the food out of once frozen than the ones typically marketed toward baby food making, but that's just my personal preference. You can use any type to get the job done! 



Since I make a lot of food at once, I use masking tape to label the trays to make it easier on myself when it's time to pull them out of the freezer and separate into labeled Ziploc bags. 


+ STEP FIVE: Put frozen cubes into Ziploc bags in freezer

Once the pureé has had time to freeze overnight, pull the trays out of the freezer. Label a gallon-sized Ziploc bag with whatever you're pulling out of the freezer: "Broccoli," "Peas," "Pears," etc. Run the backside of the tray under hot water to 
loosen the frozen pureé.  Then, put each frozen cube into the labeled Ziploc bag, and stick back into the freezer to use whenever you need them! 

Knox has two cubes of a vegetable and two cubes of a fruit three times a day, so this makes it easy for me to grab what he needs for each meal. I put the frozen pureé into these bowls and microwave for 35 seconds or until thawed and warmed, and then feed Knox. {But be sure to test it before feeding to baby because every microwave is different!} 



I also mix and match the cubes, too -- just pull one of each from the freezer and warm together in the microwave. Knox's favorite mixes include: 

  • White beans and sweet potatoes
  • White beans and butternut squash 
  • Peas and carrots
  • Quinoa and sweet potatoes
  • Mangoes and peaches
  • Apples and sweet potato


Do any of y'all make your baby's food, too? 



Linking up with Jenn and Jessi 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekending

Happy Monday! I hope many of you are enjoying an extended weekend! Unfortunately, we are not over here -- Brandon is working today -- but we are making the best of it! ;) 



Here's what we were up to this lazy weekend of ours: 


-FRIDAY: 

+ We had a much-needed "lazy day" with absolutely zero plans on the agenda. While Knox took his morning nap, Walker FaceTime'd with my Dad from the inside of the settee at the end of our bed -- his "cave" -- and it was the sweetest thing. He had a flashlight and my Dad would ask him what he was seeing inside his "cave." So thankful for precious grandparents! 




+ Friday afternoon was actually a rough afternoon; Walker hid my keys from me in the car after we came out of Target and I couldn't find them for about 15 minutes. I looked everywhere -- at one point on my hands and knees on the ground in the pouring rain looking under my car -- and just didn't know what to do: I couldn't go back in Target and lock the door because I didn't have keys and it was pouring down rain; I couldn't go anywhere; and my husband was at his office 30 minutes away. 

It was pouring down rain and cold, Knox was screaming because he was hungry, Walker was crying because I was getting onto him for hiding my keys, and I completely lost my cool. I'm not proud of it, but I'm thankful for God's grace and forgiveness for me, along with the grace and forgiveness from my children because Lord knows we need it sometimes. That's real life right there, folks. It's not pretty all the time, but it's real. 


+ Called it an early night after a quick and easy supper and lots of cuddles with my guys. 


+ Knox was up screaming at 10 p.m. because of his stuffy nose, so he and I spent about an hour rocking trying to get him back to sleep after he had some medicine. He thought it was a great time to party and was laughing at me as I was rocking him. Stinker.


-SATURDAY: 

+ We celebrated our twin nieces, Noelle and Caroline's, first birthday! 




+ After the party, we had a very lazy afternoon of making forts on the couch, having tickle "fights" with the boys, cleaning the house, doing laundry and me making a month's worth of baby food pureés for Knox. 

+ Brandon and I watched "Deepwater Horizon" after the boys were in bed and it was so good. So sad, so heartbreaking, so moving, yet so good. 


-SUNDAY: 


+ We went to church, then came home for another lazy afternoon. Walker pulled out his doctor kit and thought Knox's stuffy nose needed some monitoring with his pretend stethoscope. ;) 



+ We watched that heartbreaking Cowboys game {wahhhhhh!} and sat and watched the weather, as we were under tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings all night. Around 9 p.m., the tornado sirens went off and we gathered in my closet until it passed...and right as I was getting Knox changed in there to take him back to his room to get him back down, he got sick all over the floor of my closet. Soooooo, I'm praying the stomach bug doesn't make its way through our house this week. 

Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep, but that's okay -- there is coffee this morning and hopefully lots of grace to get through this week. 

I hope y'all had fabulous weekends, and I can't wait to read about them!



Linking up with Biana 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday!

Happy Friday, y'all! 

-ONE-

It's Friday the 13th! I'm not that superstitious, but I will say that I always keep my eyes a little more peeled on this day. For what, I'm not exactly sure, but I'll be noticing a black cat wandering my way and won't be walking under any ladders today. Ha! And of course, I always think of the movie, "Freaky Friday" -- the 1976 film...not the Lindsay Lohan pre-crazy days version -- on this day. ;) 



-TWO-
Ever since Kelly posted about Snips & Snails on her blog, I've been completely addicted to that little Facebook group! I like to dress my boys in sweet little smocked Jon Jons for holidays, church and special occasions, and this little site has me buying ALL THE THINGS for my boys...namely Knox since Walker is none too thrilled to wear a Jon Jon anymore. I mean, I have snagged these things for about $12-18 a piece! You most definitely cannot beat that! {The below are user photos from the site, but I can't wait to share pictures of Knox wearing these sweet outfits!} 





-THREE-
If there's one thing I love, it's a good sunrise. I used to really love sunsets, but since having children and being up early with them in time to see the sun rise, I've grown to love them more. Tuesday morning, we had the most spectacular sun rise...so beautiful that I had to walk outside and snap a photo. This is completely unfiltered because there was absolutely no need to put a filter on it! Isn't God the best artist?! 



-FOUR-
I would just like to remind y'all that this time last week, it was snowing. Exhibit A: 


And a week later, we have been donning short sleeves and taking walks in our new wagon almost every afternoon. Only in Texas, y'all. 


-FIVE-
I'm sure y'all are, but please tell me you're watching the train wreck that is "The Bachelor?" Y'all, Corinne is a complete whack-a-doo...her parents must be so proud. I haven't read any of the spoilers, but I think he's going to end up with Vanessa -- the Special Education teacher from Canada. I really like her and Danielle M. {The seemingly normal ones...and isn't it funny that they're the two oldest contestants. Something to ponder.} 




Linking up with: April, Amanda, Amy, Andrea and Katie 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Valentine's Day Books for Littles

Growing up, my mom always gifted us with a small little something for holidays like Valentine's Day and Halloween, just as something fun to make the day a little more special. I have carried that tradition onto my children, and it's one I hope they'll do for their babies, too! 

I like to give holiday-themed books for Valentine's Day, along with another small something. I found the cutest heart-shaped plates in Target's Dollar Aisle that I'm giving the boys this year, along with the Curious George book {Walker} and "I Love You More" {Knox}. 

If you're like me and resolved this year to be a little more on top of things, here are some Valentine's Day book ideas for your littles almost one month in advance! ;) 


one || two || three

four || five || six 

seven || eight || nine 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: My {Current} Favorite Makeup Products

A sweet reader asked if I would do a post on my favorite make-up products last week. Well, Holly, your wish is my command! :) 

I have done some previous posts about my favorite products, but here are my current favorites. I do tend to rotate in the lipstick and mascara areas, but the rest of these products are pretty tried-and-true and ones I have used for a good while: 




The Estée Edit Pore Vanishing Stick

I actually received this in an Influenster VoxBox and was so impressed with it that I purchased another one. It does a good job covering my pores in my T-Zone and also takes away any shine {and works as a great primer} before I apply my makeup. 

+ NARS "Orgasm" Blush

The cult favorite with a wicked little name, I have used this blush for years. It is the perfect color -- in all seasons -- and works really well with my fair skin tone. Not too pink, not too orange, and just enough shimmer to make you look alive.

+ NAKED Basics Palette by Urban Decay

Believe it or not, I'm not a huge eyeshadow girl. I have to be careful with my blue eyes to not add to much or my eyes don't pop. I love this palette and have tried to go to the Naked 2 or Naked palettes, but I keep coming back to the Basics one. 

+ Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder in "Stay Buff"

Not kidding, I have used this pressed powder since I started wearing makeup in the 6th grade! It's the perfect finishing powder when you're ready to set your makeup and also to combat any shine during the day. I have combination skin and am a little oily in my T-Zone, and this stuff really helps cover that up if I've had a long day in my makeup. 

+ L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in "Fair":  

Call it #momlife to the extreme, but the dark circles under my eyes aren't going away any time soon. So, I use this concealer under my eyes -- and on any blemishes or discolored spots on my face -- before I apply my powder foundation. It covers well without being too thick. 

+ NYX "Thalia" Lipstick

I saw this on someone's Instagram, and I'm obsessed with this lipstick. I have super fair skin with pink undertones, so I have to be careful with lipstick colors being too pink, too brown or too nude. This is such a creamy lipstick in a perfect shade for my fair, pale skin. And you can't beat the fact that it's less than $10! 

+ Bare Minerals Matte Powder Foundation in "Fair"

After many years of using a liquid foundation, I finally switched to the dark side of Bare Minerals. I have combination skin, and no matter the brand {the most expensive to the cheapest}, my skin would get extra oily and I'd break out with any liquid foundation. Plus, it never stayed put all day for me! Enter this stuff: it's light, you don't look like you're wearing foundation -- but the coverage is amazing -- and not once have I broken out because of it. I'll use this forever! 

+ Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in "Black Brown"

Another product I've used for the longest time -- high school or college, I think?! -- this is the only eyeliner I've found that doesn't budge during the day. I don't do well with liquid eyeliners and I always forget to sharpen the pencil eyeliners and then they hurt my eyelids -- ouch! Love this stuff!

+ Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in "Ultra Light"

A blogger cult favorite, this concealer works wonders when I'm up all night with a baby {or two}. I will say, it's very thick and does have a distinct smell -- almost like Play Dough -- but man, it works. And, a little goes a long way, which I learned the hard way! Ha!

+ L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in "Blackest Black"

I have used expensive mascaras and keep coming back to this one. To compare it to an expensive brand, it works, to me, just as well as Diorshow, but at 3/4 the price. I have long eyelashes but need volume in them, and this adds length and volume without being clumpy. 

+ Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in "Dark Brown":  

I don't know what I did without this stuff! I have naturally thin, sparse eyebrows that need to be filled in and "finished" each day. I love this brow powder duo because it fills in my brows without looking drawn on, and it lasts forever -- and I use it almost daily! 

Do y'all use any of these products? 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn