1.18.2017

You Don't Want To Miss This


Going forward in 2017, I want to add in a different series of posts that feature links + products (maybe even a recent favorite recipe or 2) I'm currently loving, but in a short and simple way. I still plan to do my currently/life lately series, but because I ramble a lot on those (sometimes it's the best way to catch up with all of you!) they can get kind of lengthy.

Blogs have changed so much the past few years and I know some of you prefer posts that are short and simple, so if you are one of these people (or just don't care about the nonsense I type all the time) then these posts will be for you!

Let's get into it...

+Recently I've been using this anti-aging cleanser. Totally not sponsored at all and I don't look like Cindy Crawford just yet, but I really love it so far. It's refreshing and  gentle and smells good. It is a little bit pricier, but you only need a little bit so I know it'll last awhile. All the good reviews sold me on it.

+An easy low carb dinner option

+New favorite earrings are these crystal crawlers. This pair is a close second. I'm starting to really love this style. 

 

+Stop Being a Butthole Wife...basically one of my favorite posts I've read lately. Seriously. Read it.

+I have these sneakers in gray but just got the black because I wear them so much. They are definitely one of my favorite Nike shoes.

+I have a fun (fashion related) giveaway coming up next week as a thanks for always following along/sticking with me, so stay tuned!

PS: I know this is me just adding my voice in to a post I said I wouldn't but holy cow - ya'll wouldn't believe the past few days we have had. A flat tire...Camden having to get stitches after a hard fall at school (we just got them out yesterday actually)...and then a stomach virus going around our house. Triple yikes. I do plan to have Camden's 2nd birthday party details up tomorrow, though, so there's something positive! Happy hump day!

1.16.2017

Naples 2016


Another glorious, fun, refreshing, not-ever-wanting-to-leave trip to Naples in the books. We wanted to take one last trip before Camden turn 2 so that we could take advantage of him still being free to fly with, so it was like a birthday/family trip combined. It was also really special because we had Grayson + my brother-in-law and sister-in-law with us! The boys were so happy to have them there to play with, and I can't tell you how nice it was to have the extra hands + help for our first trip with 2 kiddos.

 

This was Grayson's first time flying, going swimming, and to the beach! This boy continues to impress me SO MUCH with his go-with-the-flow 'tude and laid back demeanor. He slept for the majority of the flights (to and from) so no issues there, and adjusted just fine to his new sleeping conditions/nap schedule while on vacation. I've asked myself how we got so lucky about 1 million times...he's just a dream. 

 
(matching swimsuits for the boys are from Carters!)

He loved swimming and was super inquisitive about the water - always making funny faces, but enjoyed it. And when we were at the beach, Billy dug a hole in the sand and put a towel in it so he just sat there content as can be for the majority of the time. It's so cute how much he loves watching Camden play and how much he laughs at him.

 And as expected, from the second we arrived Camden was having a blast (I think he prefers warm weather like his mama!) He's been to the beach 3 or 4 times now, but he was much more into it this time I noticed. He stayed entertained there for longer period of time and loved throwing shells into the ocean! When we were swimming at the pool there were even a few times he jumped off the side of the pool into the water on his own (we were in there to catch him of course), which made me realize just how big he is getting!


And just a few (see also: many) more pictures...

I know I've gone over it before but since I get asked a lot - when we go to Naples we stay at my parents place. Since it has a kitchen and multiple bedrooms it's much easier than staying in a hotel room when traveling with kids. For this trip we mainly did breakfast and lunches at our place (or we would pick up some coffee/something quick for breakfast) then ventured out for dinner almost every night. The key (for us) when going out to dinner is just to make sure we go at an early enough time before the kids gets sleepy/overly hungry and we always order their food first so that they are fed by the time we get our food. It just works so much better this way and avoids meltdowns! 


Camden also surprised me again with flying. Since we flew during his nap time (a great decision on my end), he napped the entire way home on my lap. We were so impressed, but I think most kids generally do better than we think they will do! 

We are already talking about planning a trip back (and trying to get Katie and Kevin to join us again..duh) because well, you can never really have enough palm trees and sunshine in your life. 

I did want to share some things I learned with traveling with 2 kids that are just little tid-bits I picked up along the way...
+if you can swing it, get the nonstop flights (so, so worth it)
+put the toddler in the window seat (I've heard the opposite-that the aisle seat is best-but for us that is NOT true. By putting Camden by the window he's not tempted to want to get up/walk around because he's "blocked" in, so to say. He also loves looking out the window, which helps distract)
+use the resources the airport already has for you - like curbside check-in, the carts you can rent for luggage, etc.) 
+wear the baby (you can walk right through security wearing them)
+as for schedules, we still stick to normal nap times/bed times when on vacations for the most part (Cam's bedtime was a little later if we went out to dinner or something), but some days Grayson did skip a nap but I didn't stress about it. He did just fine and slept a little longer at the next nap. 
+Buy diapers/wipes at the store when you get there so you can save space when packing

Overall, you obviously need A LOT of stuff when traveling with 2 kids, but it's definitely do-able and actually gave me a boost of confidence to want to do it again. Oh, and since we had so many people we decided to rent a mini van (my first time driving one) and it was the best decision. So much room for activities! ;)

I know that I'm missing some things I wanted to mention, so I'll probably come back and update this post when I remember them. Mom brain is going STRONG lately.

1.11.2017

Camden's 2nd Birthday + Back From Florida



Even though we had to fly back to the freezing cold from sunny Florida (just in time to still get away with not having to pay for Cam's airfare!), yesterday was so much fun celebrating Camden turning TWO! 

We continued on with the tradition of putting balloons in his room to see when he woke up and he, not surprisingly, loved every single second of it. He was so excited when we picked them up from the floor and put them all in his crib with him - it was the cutest thing and even better than last year, which I thought would be hard to top. 

After a birthday donut and a pretty big sugar rush, he went to school (where they had an adorable birthday sign with balloons on the door for him) for the morning but I picked him up with Grayson at 2 and took him to the store to pick out a new toy. He picked out a soccer ball (which made this soccer mama SO happy) and a new Paw Patrol ball. I mean it when I say Cam is super athletic + coordinated - everyone is always commenting about it. I just know he is going to LOVE playing sports. 


The rest of the day was spent watching one of his favorite movies (Toy Story), opening presents once Billy got home from work, eating cake (he blew out his candles like a champ!), and refusing to go to bed because he wanted all the balloons to sleep in his crib with him. I totally should have predicted that. :) As far as presents go - we got him a hockey net + sticks, some cars, a new puzzle, a Paw Patrol blanket, and some play doh kits (he is loving it right now!)

 He was running around the house so happy + being silly all day, which is exactly how birthdays should be! His actual birthday party is this Saturday, so it's nice that we will get to celebrate with family and friends then. I can't wait to share all the details from his party, too!


OK, let's chat Florida for a minute - can I just say that I'm a much happier person being around palm trees, sunny skies, and the beach? It's like my mood instantly changed getting off the plane there. I really need to talk Billy into moving there (even with the hot summers) because it's just SO nice to not have to be stuck inside for 3-4 months per year due to the cold. Not to mention, much more convenient because you don't have to put a 1,000 layers on your kids before leaving. 

I plan to have a post up tomorrow sharing pictures + more about traveling with two kids, so stay tuned!