July 13, 2015

Giveaway with Freshly Picked!

*** Giveaway Closed! Winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered!***

Hey guys, back today with a less serious topic. Shoes! When we found out that baby #2 was a girl, the very first thing I ordered for her was her first pair of Freshly Picked moccasins. Purple of course! We absolutely love these shoes in our household.
When Logan was an infant, I researched baby shoes and came across a lot of information about how babies who are learning to stand/walk should go barefoot or wear soft soled shoes. It helps them to feel the ground while they are learning to walk and they can freely move their feet around. They also provide some protection from anything on the ground, or ground that is too hot or cold.
After trying a few different types on (because lets be real, baby socks never ever stay on feet) I fell in love with the look of the moccasins. They are cute, made of quality leather (or suede) and stay on active little feet. Logan had a pair of camo moccasins that Quinn will wear once she grows into them. But as of now, you can find her cute little toes in these...
Made in the USA, these are by far my favorite first shoes for babies! Once Quinn outgrows her purple (Size 1), our friends at Freshly Picked sent us these Heirloom in Ivory and Chrome (Size 2).
 They are honestly so adorable even my husband loves them!
And whats the best news? YOU can WIN a pair too!!!
All you have to do is check out the Freshly Picked website here and leave me a comment letting me know which is your favorite pair.

This contest will close Monday July 20th at noon and the winner will be notified by email.
This giveaway is open to my US readers only... sorry!

Good luck!!!

(If you haven't seen the Shark Tank episode about these moccs, go and watch it! Susan Peterson's story of getting started is a good one!!!)

July 10, 2015

Photos with your kids

I'm sure it is no shock to anyone who reads here that I take a lot of photos. Especially of my kids. I love capturing their personalities and the stage they are in... because if you have ever seen kid grow... it is always changing and goes by so so fast. I look back lovingly at professional photos, fun faces, big messes and even first tears. I try and keep anything that could embarrass them off the Internet and for family eyes only but it's so nice to see baby rolls and double chins and to find it so cute and lovely.

I've noticed in the past two and a half years (since having Logan) that I also take a lot of Geoff and the kids but have a quarter of the amount of myself with the kids. When he does snap a photo or two of us, I am always picking myself apart in the photos. I think... I would never share this one... look how fat I look. Or I look so tired and my hair isn't done. It's awful.
This past 4th of July we were playing outside. Logan and Quinn were decked out in cute outfits while Geoff and I had managed to shower that day. I was in a festive t shirt and leggings with my hair barely brushed and no makeup on. The light was beautiful as the sun was just starting to set and I ran out to get my camera to get a photo of the kids. I promised Logan a Popsicle if he held Quinn for a shot (which he did and then proceeded to eat his, mine and Geoffs). Afterwards I snapped some shots of Geoff and Quinn and then he asked if I wanted a few photos of myself.
At first I thought, no. My hair is a mess, I'm in leggings... but then I figured that this is life. This is my real life. Not the cream of the crop shots that look so perfect and put together. I need these photos to remind myself what life was all about in this stage. That we were living life and having fun. That some days are messy and I'm in pj's all day. That most days lately, my make up is sunscreen and chap stick and I have bags under my eyes. But that I am loving my kids and enjoying it all. (Well most of it... potty training and toddler beds are a little dicey at times)

I still like to have lovely staged shots to hang in the house and send to family but this season as I try and get the rest of the baby weight off me and I don't remember the last time I really felt rested... I am going to say yes to photos and try and see all the love that is in them. These are the days that everyone says I will miss later on so I want to hold on and remember them all the ways possible. And that includes photos like this... just me with the little loves of my life.

July 8, 2015

1000 Books before Kindergarten #26-50

Back with our second round of books... (if you missed the first post you can read it here)

26. There's a wocket in my pocket by Dr. Seuss
27. I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafur
28. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
29. Subway by Suen Katz
30. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
31. Pirates, Ho! By Susan L Thomson

 This one was a random library pick and Logan loooooved it. We read it a few times a night for 2 weeks straight.

32. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? By Mo Willems
33. Naughty Bunny by Richard Scarry
34. The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats
35. Around the World We Go by Margaret Wise Brown
36. Zero by Kathryn Otashi
37. Go Dog Go! By P.D. Eastman
This one is one of my childhood favorites and a book my mom saved for my children. Love it!

38. Buckeyes 1,2,3
39. Animal Nursery Tales by Richard Scarry
40. The story of a little mouse trapped in a book by Monique Felix
41. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
42. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
These books are awesome! We've been reading them forever... we all love them.

43. Duckling Wants a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
44. Helpful Thomas (Thomas and Friends)
45. Ride with Thomas (Thomas and Friends)
46. Year Round Engines (Thomas and Friends)
47. Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church
48. Let's Explore a Pirate Ship by Nicholas Harris
49. Penguin and Pinecone by Selina Yoon
50. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
This book is so much fun! Logan loves to act out all the actions as we read it.

These are our latest reads! Again, feel free to tell me your favorites in the comments and I will be sure to put them on our library list to check out. :)

July 1, 2015

Quinn- 5 months old

This past month went by in a haze called 4 month wakeful. I don't think I have ever been this tired for this long in my life. It's like I've done red eye flights the whole month. We are finally coming out on the other side of the wakeful period and I've eased up a little on the coffee and cookies that I used to get me through this month.
Around 4 months, a babies sleep changes from newborn (deep sleep anywhere, anytime) to more like an adults rhythms of light and deep sleep. Logan powered through this time pretty easily but Quinn has struggled with this a bit more and in turn... so have we! Since she started rolling pretty early on, we had to take her out of the swaddle before she was truly ready. We tried to let her roll onto her stomach and sleep but that was a huge fail and ended up with both of us crying. So we brought out the Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit- just like we did for Logan. She didn't sleep through the night in it but it did help to keep her from rolling onto her stomach and freaking out... so that was good. The suit is really fluffy but she can still get her thumb into her mouth to help soothe herself, so all is good!

 Besides sleep.. Quinns personality has really been coming out this past month. She is such a sweet sweet baby. So happy to be around people, loves being snuggled and laughs a lot. She watched Logan all the time and makes sure that her voice is heard and she is not forgotten. She "talks" a ton and has the highest little scream when she gets really excited. It's half adorable and half defeaning. lol.
She has really taken to her exersaucer and especially the jumperoo. She just jumps away for long periods of time... just as happy as can be. I love watching her as well! Her legs are getting so strong and I'm afraid she may skip sitting and crawling for walking. (Half kidding)
Quinn mostly takes naps in the swing or the carriers these days. I'm ok with this. Logan had his best naps in the swing until he got almost too big for it. I'm sure once she is ready, we will transition to the crib. We are still at 3 naps a day and pretty much have a basic schedule we follow each day.
 Logan still loves her to pieces and is pretty good at sharing toys as of now. Even when he takes hers, we have him give her another toy to replace it. We will see what happens once she is mobile. ;)
This month we had a family vacation in Cape Cod with my side of the family. My dad, brother and soon to be sister  (in law) met Quinn for the first time. So exciting! We had a great time and everyone loved on her a ton.
Quinn dipped her toes in the sand and cold water for the first time too... she didn't even flinch when the cold water got her before Geoff could lift her. She is one tough cookie! She has no idea how many beach days are in her future!!!
Every single day, I am so thankful that she is a part of our family. This little girl couldn't be any sweeter and she has us all wrapped around her cute little fingers!!!

June 25, 2015

Favorites for Baby #2

So... the thing about babies- no two are exactly alike. What your first liked, your second may not and what worked for me... may not for you. That being said, I still always love to read peoples lists and see if there are any new products I want to try for my babies. So, today I'm sharing mine. I meant to share this a while back but life is busy with two!!!

(Here is my must haves from Logans first month of you want to go back and see what worked for him.)

These are our 'must haves' for when you add a second baby into the mix!!! 

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller
-This was my favorite of all the double strollers we looked at. I wanted on that wasn't side by side and this one has so many ways that the kids can face. Also folds us pretty easily and can fit in the back of our car.

Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets
- I love love love these. They have so many uses and the boutique sizes are huge and great for swaddling.

Boppy Newborn Lounger
- Both my kids lived in this the first few weeks (when they weren't sleeping on us or feeding)

Arms Reach Co-sleeper
-We had Quinn in our room for the first few weeks and she slept in this. It was close to us and she was safe.

Sakura Bloom ring sling
-its lightweight and beautiful! 

- These things are wonderful. Velcro close and hard to mess up. We love our swaddles over here at our household!

Zutano booties
- I wish wish wish I had known about these with Logan. Having babies in the northeast in winter is no joke. Baby socks do not stay on... but these do!!! We love them!

Freshly Picked Moccasins
 -Besides the booties, these were Quinns first pair of "shoes". Adorable and they also stay on your babies feet. I looooove these!

Boba wrap
-liked this better than my Moby. It's stretchy and easier to get a tight wrap. Quinn also loved being wrapped up nice and close to me.

Basically you need a place to put the baby while you chase around your crazy toddler and blankets to swaddle her. ;) That and shoes. Oh and don't forget the coffee and lots of kisses.

June 15, 2015

1000 books before Kindergarten

Have you guys heard of this? I'm always looking for fun things to do with my children and I love having a goal to reach. I try and keep us pretty busy during the week, getting out of the house at least once each day. Logan really likes going to the Library or Barnes & Nobles and at both places we never leave without at least one new book. I loved reading as a kid and figure you can never have too many books!!!

So if you have littles and haven't checked this out... Go here.

I'll be posting our list of books as we go along and highlighting our very favorites. Feel free to recommend books that you love as well. I'm concentrating on books I read to Logan (since we read a ton before bed after Quinn is asleep) but will be including her in our reading as much as possible. Basically our age range is baby to toddler. ;)

So here we go... Our first few books!

1. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild  by Peter Brown
2. Huckle Cat's Busy Day by Richard Scarry
3. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
4. Zero by Kathryn Otashi
5. Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
 This book is super cute and really funny. We've been talking about underpants to get Logan prepped for potty training.

6. Ten in the bed by Penny Dale
7. Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet by Dr. Seuss
8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

 This one is a classic and for a good reason. Logan likes to find the mouse on all the pages with the room. We've been reading this one to him forever!

9. Splish, Splash, Baby! by Karen Katz
10. Baby Einstein First Words
11. Olivia goes to Venice by Ian Falconer
12. Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
13. Potty Time with Elmo (Little Sound Book)
14. Uh Oh! Gotta Go! by Bob McGrath
15. Because a little Bug Went Ka-choo by Rosetta Stone
This was one of my favorites growing up. I remember reading it so many times. So, I busted out my old copy this past week and we've been reading it on repeat.

16. Numbers Colors Shapes (board book)
17. Big Rigs (Flowerpot Press)
18. Off Road Trucks (Flowerpot Press)
19. Baby Counts (Little Scholastic)
20. Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle
 Who doesn't love all these books. We are obsessed with babies over here so Baby Bear is our current favorite.

21. I'm a Big Brother by Joanna Cole
22. Quiet LOUD by Leslie Patricelli
23. Animal Airways by Andrea Pertlik and Sally Hopgood
24. Good Night, Thomas
25. Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
These Elephant and Piggie books are great! We have been trying to work on the concept of sharing and Logan looooves reading this one. Maybe it will help? ;)

That's all for now... I'll update again with out next 25!

June 10, 2015

Summer bucket list

Last summer I was early pregnant and oh so sick so to say I am pumped for this summer would be an understatement. Sunshine and long days of fun are what I've been waiting for. Having two kids, I can never remember anything unless I write it down so I thought it would be fun to share our list on the blog (and to give myself a reminder in case I forget) lol.

1. Go to the splash pad
2. Eat lots of Popsicles
3. Go to the beach
4. Visit family in Seattle
5. Play at the pool
6. Visit Davis Farmland
7. Day out with Thomas and the new Thomas amusement park
8. Go for a hike
9. Go to the zoo
10. Family vacation at cape cod
11. Collect more rocks for Logan's collection and paint them
12. Have a cookout with friends
13. Strawberry and Blueberry picking
14. Storyland (a kids amusement park here in NH)

I'm sure we will try and pack much more into the summer but I figured this is a good start!