September 1, 2015

Covered Goods- Giveaway!

One of the most nerve wracking things about becoming a parent the first time around was the thought of breastfeeding in public. I quickly learned after Logan was here that a hungry and crying baby trumped all worries I had about what anyone else thought. The first few weeks I tried really hard to time outings so they were in between feeds but one night we went out to eat with a coworker of my husbands family. I brought a bottle for Logan because I was nervous and had never met them before.... you can probably guess what happened next. It was the first time he refused a bottle and sat at the table screaming. Lucky for me, they were awesome (and the wife was also breastfeeding their youngest) so they told me to go for it and ordered me a beer.

Even now the second time around, when I am out, I like to use a cover. It is totally a personal preference and I don't bat an eye at those who don't... but I quickly found out that I have some very inquisitive babies. If they aren't covered, they want to stop eating to see what is going on and after delivery, I guess I'm still trying to hold on to what little modesty I have left. ;) Logan wasn't a huge fan of the cover but would tolerate it... Quinn is definitely not a fan at all of being covered up.

On our trip to Seattle a few weeks ago, we were out and about a lot. I quickly learned that the second Quinn is done eating she wants out and likes to karate chop the cover out of her way. It's crazy fast and I barely have time to adjust my shirt before shes peeking out and laughing at me. I knew that there had to be a better solution than the small and lightweight nursing cover I had been using. One that would actually keep me covered...
 Checking out Instagram, I came across Covered Goods. There is was, a nursing cover that actually covered you. I had to have it. Luckily, they were oh so nice and sent me one to try out. Let me tell you- this cover is fantastic. Not only did I get a beautiful design, but it covers your front and back and stays on until you are done and pull it off. I have used it nursing all over the place and haven't had to once worry about anyone accidentally seeing anything.
Not only does it work as a nursing cover, but it also can cover your baby in the infant bucket seat. So if it's windy out or your little once is napping, you don't have to worry about bringing another blanket along. It also can not blow away- which is amazing.
Also, when you baby starts sitting up in carts, you can also use it as a car seat cover. Right now, Quinn still goes in the carrier when we shop... but once she can sit a little better, I will be using this on our errands out!

In a few weeks, I'll be heading to the beach with a few girlfriends while Geoff hangs out with the kids. I will be pumping a lot to keep up my milk supply while I am gone. Two years ago when I went, I was in the same position and I remember how akward it was trying to pump and keep my nursing cover from flying all over the place. This year I am so excited that I will stay fully covered and could probably pump with a tropical drink in my hand instead. ;)
If you aren't completely sold on this cover yet Covered Goods is giving one away to one of you!

To enter to win a cover of your choice all you have to do is leave me a comment on what design you would love to have!
Contest will be open until Sept 4th at noon and I will email the winner shortly after it closes!

Good luck.

You can check out more Covered Goods here. Also feel free to look at their Instagram as well!

*This product was received for review, no other compensation was provided. All views expressed are honest and my own! :)

August 24, 2015

1000 Books before Kindergarten #51-75

Back with our next section of books… Again I'm highlighting a few of our favorites! :)

51. Enzo in the rain by
52. Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
53. I Am a T Rex (Dinosaur Train)
54. In a People House by Theo LeSieg
55. I love Trucks by Philemon Sturges
We've been reading this book forever! Probably one of the top board books in our house.

56. The Jungle Book by Jennifer Adams
57. Clifford's Peekaboo by Norman Bridwell
58. Ten Engine Friends (Thomas and Friends)
59. The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
60. Hello, Brutus by Aimee Aryal
61. Wings on Things by Marc Brown
62. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
63. Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly
Logan picked this one out himself from the library and really liked it. 

64. Look and Find- Thomas and Friends
65. Tell Time with Thomas by Christopher Awdry
66. I Love you through and through by. Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
67. Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain
68. Oh the thinks you can Think! by Dr. Seuss
69. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
I love this book. Slightly silly but good practice for the alphabet. :)

70. C is for Clown by Stan and Jan Berenstain
71. Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain
72. The Ear Book by Al Perkins
73. Clifford Counts Bubbles by Norman Bridwell
74. Express Coming Through (Thomas and Friends)
75. Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
This book is super cute!!! What boy doesn't love construction vehicles?

August 17, 2015

Logan 2 and a half

I haven't done a post on Logan in forever. We've had a lot going on and I just didn't have it in me to sit down at the computer at the end of my pregnancy and then at the beginning of the year with a newborn.
 To say Logan has changed since my last update would be quite the understatement. These first few years of a childs life are really amazing. I've watched my newborn turn into a baby and my baby turn into a toddler. It feels like it happened overnight.
At 2 1/2 Logan has pretty much lost all of his baby fat. He's running wild 24/7 and this boy is fast! He is in and out of picky eating stages which doesn't help us try and get some more meat on his skinny bones. When he eats... he loves cheese, yogurt, smoothies, almond milk, applesauce, cashews, raisins, hot dogs with ketchup, grilled cheese, meatballs and quesadillas. Also, the roasted pepper and tomato soup from Trader Joes with parm cheese on top. Meats are hit or miss, veggies depend on his mood but luckily fruits are usually good to go! I try not to make it too much of a battle. I offer healthy foods for him and trust that he will eat when he is hungry and he wont when he is not.
At the beginning of the summer, I would have written that he was pretty timid with the playground equipment. He loves swings (always have) and likes to run all around but he would not go down the slides. Well it took one day of sliding down with his buddies and overnight he turned into a climber. Climbing the ladders at the park, sliding down the tallest slides and then bringing it home and climbing right out of his crib. Womp womp. Transition was rocky, which based on his personality- I totally expected. Nights were fine but naps were our battle ground. This kid is on the go all day long and stopping for a nap is never his idea of fun. It took a few weeks for us all to get used to our new normal and while he still fights us on naps every once in a while… things are much better.
The day he climbed out of his crib, we also started potty training. I was not ready for it at all! He decided it was time and so after nap, we packed away the diapers and headed to target for underwear, pull ups, treats and stickers. I had imagined easing into potty training and making some fun sticker charts together. Instead, I found a few Thomas charts off Pinterest and up on the wall they went. It took a day or two for him to really get the hang of it but all in all, it was a much easier transition than I imagined.

One of the most amazing things to watch develop this year has been his communication skills. At two, Logan had a lot of words and could communicate partial thoughts to us.  A few months later and those thoughts expanded. Now, we get full sentences and complete thoughts. 'Eat apple' became 'I want to eat an apple'. It blows my mind to see the things that he remembers from days, weeks and even months ago. It also equally blows my mind the things he tells us when he is in imaginative play. He is a dinosaur one day boom boom booming around and we are deep sea diving the next… swimming from sharks and seeing sea turtles.
Other than that, Logan is becoming such a fun and loving kid. He hugs his friends and tells me when he misses them. He loves Quinn and always wants to hold and hug her. The few times she has been crying in the car and he has one of our phones- he will turn off his show and turn on the white noise for her. He rubs my back and shoulders for me, kisses my boo-boos and when he tells me that he loves me it just melts my heart!
This age is not without a little stress though (like every stage of life). Tantrums happen- usually out of hunger or skipping a nap. He is starting to get a temper and yelling when he can't figure something out and gets frustrated. And sometimes he just won't sit still and it bugs the life out of me. However, we have more fun together than ever and I would say that the good times we have Heavily out weigh the tough moments.

We've done a lot this summer and still have a bit more fun to go until I'm ready to admit fall is creeping near. (It's still my favorite time of year but this summer has been amazing and I'm not ready for it to be ending). We have to hit up the pool a few more times to practice what we learned in swim lessons… we need a few more beach days and many many more messy popsicle faces!

I love this little guy so much. His personality is really coming out and I feel lucky to spend my days with him.

August 4, 2015

Quinn- 6 months old

Well here we are. Half a year has passed since Quinn joined our family. Unbelievable! It feels equally as crazy that it's been 6 months since she arrived as it does that she has only been here 6 months. It is so hard to imagine life before she was with us.
6 months has been good. Sleep is going better and we are usually up once or more likely twice a night. She's given us a good, long stretch one night (2-9am... Which I slept all 7 glorious hours as well) which was amazing and such a tease. I can't complain after what we went through around 4 months. That was rough!
Last month I chatted about her naps in the swing... Well we have now transitioned out of the sleepsuit and she takes 2 naps a day in the crib. Sometimes we get a third short cat nap in the evening but not always. If we are out and about she will fall asleep when I wear her but it's never as good a nap as when we are home.
So far, Quinn is showing all the signs for teething but has no teeth. I'm pretty sure I look in her mouth everyday to see if any are there yet. Lol. She chews on pretty much any and everything (just like Logan) and especially loves to put her whole foot in her mouth.

We gave her a few bites of food right before her 6 month check up and she loved it! Wanted to hold and chew on the spoon. She would cry whenever we would take it away! I don't do cereals and just jump right into fruits and veggies. I briefly thought of doing baby led weaning and then got out the blender and started pureeing things up. Lol! I love freezing cubes in the Oxo trays so I can quickly mix up different combinations. She makes the funniest faces while eating which makes this stage oh so fun!
At this point Logan was crawling around, always on the move. So far Quinn is just rolling but she will do this cute shimmy on her back to get to things! It's really funny to watch. She's a little more calm than Logan which gives me hope I won't have to split myself in two to run after them both.
Other than that she loves the water still and has hung out with us a few times when we hit up the beach for the entire day. We were also hanging out in the backyard one hot afternoon watching Logan play in the water table. Before I knew what was happening, he said he wanted to play with Baby Quinn and dumped a cup full of cold water onto her face. I thought she was going to cry but instead just shook it off and continued to kick and coo. She's one tough little cookie! ;)

She's 16 lbs 8oz of cuteness and I feel like the fun is just beginning! Half way to a year and I just know it's going to fly by.

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. :)