Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It's a Love/Hate Thing

I was recently tagged by a few of my blogging besties to share 10 things I love and hate.
Thanks Beth, Amy, and Courtney!

1. My family - they're the best!

2. Jesus


3. Any and everything Disney! (especially Disney World :)

4. Palm trees, the ocean, and a sunny day - which means I'd much rather be in Hawaii than my current location

5. Christmas and everything that comes with it

6. Seeing new things through Reese's eyes

7. Online shopping

8. Alcohol :D (which includes wine, light beer, and mixed drinks!)

9. Opening the windows on a fall day and letting the cool, crisp air in

10. Camping and vacations

11. Chocolate chip cookies and/or brownies 
(can't leave this one out! :)


1. Bad drivers - I could go on and on about this one, but I really hate when people weave in and out of traffic, tail-gate, or are generally just rude on the road.


2. Our current maternity leave policy in the US - so terrible compared to other developed nations


3. Bugs, especially ones that fly (wasps, flies, mosquitoes... yuck!)


4. Olives, especially green ones.  Hubby loves them and I can't stand how they smell or taste.


5. Poverty and hunger - I hate to think of all the children that go hungry every day.


6. Bad customer service


7. Single digit (and negative) temperatures in winter

8. Cloudy, dreary days, especially the ones that come at the end of winter and all the snow has melted, leaving muddy, icky roads and grass.

9. Over-sharers - aka: when some people don't know when to shut up :)


10. Running out of alcohol


I tag:
Liz @ Chasin' Mason
Desiree @ Macke Monologues
Becky @ Bybmg
Kary @ Always Painted, Usually Chipped
Ashley @ Everything's Hunky Dorey
Amanda @ Tickled Pink
Sarah @ Our Journey
Amanda @ A Great House Wife

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Christmas in July - Gift Reveal

Happy Monday friends!

Here's to hoping this week is much better than the last.

To start it off, today is reveal day for our Christmas in July exchange!  Back in June, Courtney, Liz, Amanda, and I announced this exchange and I couldn't wait to participate.  This was my second year doing this, and it was so much fun!  I love getting to shop for other little kiddos and Reese always loves opening her presents. :)   

Cocktails & Carseats

Amanda and her son, Greyson, from A Great House Wife sent us some fabulous gifts!

Reese loved the sidewalk chalk and immediately wanted to go outside to play with it.  I convinced her to open the rest of the presents and she was so excited to get some baking tools to help Mommy in the kitchen.  The apron and chef hat are adorable, and I can't wait for her to wear them. :)

Thank you so much Greyson (and Amanda)!  Reese loved everything!

Notice the hand sneaking into the picture :)

We had the pleasure of shopping for Mason, Liz's son, so hop on over to her blog to see what we picked out for him!

Make sure you link up your reveal below - we can't wait to see what everyone else received!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

5 on Friday

I have never been so happy to see a Friday arrive!

This has been quite the week and I am so.anxious. for the weekend!  Not that we have anything big planned, but it's a heck of a lot better than this work week!

Now let's get to the fun stuff, shall we?


1. I have the best hubby.  Earlier this week he brought me McDonalds on his way home from his guys night, and it was delicious!  Darn these pregnancy cravings, but who am I to say no to fries??


2. This little girl has been wearing pigtails lately, and it is adorable!  I can't believe how much she's growing and turning into more and more of a little girl, and not just a toddler.  Cue the mommy tears. 


3. I can't believe we're practically at the end of July and August is right around the corner.  Where did summer go?!  Thankfully, it's been so enjoyable, and I love that Reese has been able to go swimming so often.  She has a little pool at our house, a little one at my mom's house, and we've been taking her to swim lessons 3 days a week.  She's definitely more on the timid side, but she still loves playing in the water, and I'm glad she's been able to do it so much.


4. I've seen a lot of mamas post about the Nordstrom sale lately, and while I'm not a cardholder or anything, I broke down the other day and bought this cardigan.  Definitely a great deal!  I've heard TONS of good things about Barefoot Dreams and I'm hoping I like it as much as everyone else!  I think it will be perfect for this fall, and lounging around the house with a newborn.  I would've loved to buy a bunch of other things from their sale, but you know, money and all that. :)


5. We haven't gotten much rain this summer, but when we have, I've used my spiffy new rain jacket!  Charles River was kind enough to send this to me to review and I have to say that I love it!  It's very lightweight, and I love all the air vents that are incorporated, so I don't get too hot wearing it.  My favorite is the color - it's so pretty!  It definitely stands out on a rainy day, and since I'm a big fan of bright colors, this is perfect.  I can't zip it right now (because pregnant), but it still fits great!  I'm looking forward to wearing it on rainy days this fall and next spring.

Now the best part- I get to give one away!

This is the first giveaway I've ever done, so I'm super excited and can't wait to see what the winner orders!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I heard the funniest thing the other day - Reese was in her little chair and out of the blue said "I need a break!"  Both Scott and I started cracking up, since we've never heard her say that before.  Not sure where she picked that up from, but boy was it funny!
Even though she may not need a break, I know Scott definitely does.  He does so much around the house, and I can't thank him enough for that.  He takes care of mowing our lawn (which is quite big), maintaining our landscaping, washing and taking care of both of our cars, cooking, cleaning, so much more.  
With me being 30 weeks pregnant, I haven't been able to help out as much as I normally would, so he's had to take on more than usual.  On top of this, he has been the only one on his team at work lately, due to his other co-workers being out for vacation or health reasons.  
In honor of the #BreakYouMake campaign, I would love to give my hubby a break, and a big one!  What he really needs is a week-long vacation, but since that isn't in our immediate future, I am going to do what I can to make his life a little bit easier.  
We have about 2 months until baby #2 comes, and I know it's going to be even crazier then.  So in the meantime, I'm going to make sure there's plenty of beer in the house, and that we always have time at the end of the day to just unwind, and spend it with each other.
Make sure you check out the #BreakYouMake campaign on Chobani's website, and see how others are taking a break of their own!
{Disclaimer: I am not being compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own.}
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Friday, July 17, 2015


Oh am I happy it's Friday!  This week was on of those that dragged on, so I'm happy to get to the weekend again.  We don't have too much planned, but the downtime is just so nice!


1. Did anyone else think that Amazon Prime Day wasn't that great?  I checked the deals pretty often and while there were some good ones, most of the deals were just plain flops.  However, the bassinet that I was planning on buying for baby #2 ended up in the deals, so I snagged that up.  Now there's just a few other little things to purchase, like nuks, replacement bottle parts, clothes, and blankets.

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2. Speaking of blankets, I have like 3 different Aden & Anais blankets saved to my Amazon wish list for baby.  I love these so much and want to buy all of them!

3. I'm looking for some good book recommendations, so give me some ideas!  I just finished reading The Selection, The Elite, and The One (in about the span of a week), and now I'm itching for more good fiction books.  I'm in the midst of a Nicholas Sparks book now, but I need some of your favorites that I can add to my list!

4. This view.
Don't you wish you were here??  I would LOVE a vacation back to Hawaii and sometimes I pull up this webcam just to see the ocean and palm trees again.  Desiree and Liz, I am so jealous that you are so close to the Pacific where you live!

5. We just recently started getting serious about potty training, and oh my gosh, has it been going well! (Knock on wood).  My mom watches Reese during the week and she started working with her last week Monday.  As of today, she tells us every time she has to go potty and successfully goes every time.  I am super impressed and so proud of her.

Somebody found the fishies :)

Happy Weekend!!

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