Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tacky Sweater & Christmas Dessert Linkup Announcement

I don't know about you but the idea of this link up just brings a smile to my face. When LizCourtney, and I got together to host this last year, our original idea was just Christmas Cookies & Desserts, but we knew we could make it just a little bit more fun, so...

 the Christmas Desserts & Tacky Sweaters Link Up was born! 

Honestly, it has been making me laugh ever since we landed on it last year. Just look at those fabulous sweaters above! If that doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit then I don't know what will. And this year, we're lucky enough to have Whitney co-host with us! 

The details of the link up...

Get in the kitchen and whip up one of your favorite Christmas desserts! Don't have one? Don't worry! Find something that looks fabulous and new to try or even go the semi homemade route and decorate some store bought sugar cookies. Anything goes!

Take lots of pictures to share and if you are up for it, snap a picture of you in a delightfully tacky Christmas sweater showing off your dessert as well. Write up a recipe post so we can all try it for ourselves, and then come link it up with either Liz, Courtney, Whitney, or myself on December 3rd. The link up will open at 6am EST on Dec. 3rd and close just in time for Santa to make his rounds at 11:59pm EST on Christmas Eve.  If you don't have a blog, no problem!  Just share your dessert and/or sweater on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #sweetsandsweaters15.

Not sure if you feel like shopping for a tacky sweater?  No problem! Doctor up a sweater you already have and have fun with it! It doesn't have to be anything complicated, the point is to have a little Christmas fun with it. But, not to worry about if you'd rather not, you can absolutely link up just a Christmas dessert recipe - no silly sweater required! 

We hope to see all of your Christmas treats in two weeks!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Bucket List

Happy Tuesday friends!
I am exhausted and already looking forward to the weekend.  To all you mamas who stay at home full time- I don't know how you do it!  Managing a toddler and a baby is crazy hard work, and you all deserve mad props for doing it 24/7.  Being an adult is hard.  Sometimes I just want to be a kid and get pushed around in a stroller and take daily naps, ya know?

So, is it just me, or is this year just flying by?  I seriously cannot believe next week is Thanksgiving and then Christmas!  I feel like the weeks are just disappearing, which is why I want to make sure to do lots of fun holiday activities this year.  I skipped a fall bucket list (I feel like having a baby topped everything anyway :), so I wanted to make sure to do one for Christmas this year.   Most of these I plan on doing with Reese, which she'll definitely enjoy.

I can't wait to get started on these after Thanksgiving!

What are some holiday activities you're going to do with your kiddos this year?

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Five

I feel like it's been WAY too long since I've shared some Friday favorites, so I'm attempting to jump back into the swing of things.  Having a baby will kind of throw things off, ya know? :)  Here's a few fun finds I've come across in the last week or so.

1. I've kinda been wanting to decorate my planner a bit more, so I recently bought some stickers from FayeCreates.  I got them this week and they're soo cute!  I cannot wait to start using them!  Definitely will be getting more from her in the future, and probably will be buying more stickers and washi tape too. :)

2. I saw this print on Etsy the other day (I am so addicted to that site!), and love it so much!  If you saw the Disney Pixar short, Lava, then this makes more sense, but either way, I love this saying/lyrics.  This particular shop has tons of other cute prints too, so I may have to purchase a few of these soon!

3. Can you believe there's only 48 days until Christmas?!  I can't.  Thankfully I know pretty much what I'm getting everyone, so now it's just a matter of purchasing.  I came across this the other day and may have to get it for Scott.  How funny is this shirt set??

4. Speaking of Christmas, I am SO excited for it this year!  Not that I wasn't in previous years, but having a (soon to be) 3 year old AND a baby for the holidays is basically the best thing.  Reese gets so excited seeing lights and she's going to be beside herself once decorations start going up in our house and neighborhood.  Seeing holidays through the eyes of a child truly is magical.

5. StitchFix - talk to me mamas!  I see a few of my bloggy friends have signed up for this recently, so I'm looking to see how well you ladies like it.  Now that I'm not in pregnancy clothes any longer (SO happy), I need to get some new clothes.  What I really want are quality pieces though that will last a long time.  Too many times I've bought shirts from Kohls or Target, only for them to pill and stretch out after 1 wash.  I love the idea of StitchFix, but would want shirts and tops that won't fall apart.  Let me know how you like it!

That's all I got for today - happy Friday!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

One Month Favorites

We're now 6 weeks into having another baby, and it is still amazing to me how FAST time has gone! 
In the blink of an eye, it's November, and I only have 6 more weeks to spend at home with my girls.  Sniff.

Doing the whole baby thing a second time around, I have some new favorite items.  It really has been different since we knew what to expect this time, so we didn't use some of the things we did with Reese.  Not to mention we got a better sleeper too (knock on wood), so that has helped. :)

wubbanub | solly wrap | stroller caddy | mittens | boppy | blankets | woombie

I didn't think the boppy would make this list, but we had some breastfeeding trouble early on, and this really helped with positioning.  Mittens were essential in the first few weeks, so the little peanut didn't scratch that cute face :)  Charlotte doesn't really care for pacifiers all that much, but the wubbanub has been super helpful at times when I need to put Reese down for a nap, and Charlotte is upset.  It helps keep it in her mouth so I'm not running to replace it every 2 minutes.  The swaddles are also GREAT since the zip makes it super easy.  The stroller caddy has been great to use again too.  With all the errands I run, it's so convenient to pop the car seat into it, and do my shopping.  

She's growing so fast and I have a feeling these next few weeks are going to go even faster.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

One Month

I can't believe it's been one month since this little lady was born!
It's crazy how fast this month has gone, compared to the last month of pregnancy.

Charlotte is a very easy-going baby, which I am very thankful for!  Reese was pretty easy-going as well, but Charlotte seems to be even more so.  Unlike Reese, she doesn't currently need a swing to go to sleep, which makes it easier to set her down when I need to.  She loves to be held, but is happy to be by herself as well.  She does suck on a nuk occasionally, but doesn't need it to fall asleep.  We couldn't be happier or more thankful for her, and I can't wait to see what the next few months bring!

I love seeing how the girls compare, so I think I'm going to post Reese's monthly updates when she was a baby too, since I didn't start this blog until much later after she was born.

Reese at 1 month:

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