Monday Moments of Gratitude - February 29, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.

Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Afternoon surprises. Mr. B has been working A LOT lately. On a typical night he gets home around 6 but he's had to work a few nights and weekends lately. It was an awesome surprise when I pulled in the driveway Tuesday afternoon at 4pm and saw his truck! We actually got to eat dinner together as a family, have some play time in the toy room and story time in mini-me's bed. Plus, he bathed the kiddos and helped with bedtime. Ah-mazing!

Bad haircuts. I may or may not have given Oliver a Lloyd Christmas 'do (yes, I'm making Dumb and Dumber references... it's either that or one of the Three Stooges). The old me would have been devastated about this, but honestly, I couldn't stop laughing (sorry Ollie). He's obviously still super cute and it'll grow out, but in the meantime, I get a little giggle every time I see him. Whoopsie!

The arrival of a baby and the celebration of another on the way. My brother David and his wife, Johanna, welcomed their son to the world on February 28th! The same day we had a baby shower for my brother James' wife, Michelle (she's due in April with a little girl). An exciting time for our family!

The Blended Blog hangout. I've mentioned that I'm a contributor over at The Blended Blog a few times. Well, the other contributors are some pretty awesome women and we managed to get a few of us together Saturday night for a google hangout. It was almost like we were all sitting together in the same room. Best part about google hangout? You can have wine a beverage of your choice AND no bra required - don't pretend you don't feel me on that one. Heads-up: if you follow the second part, ensure camera is pointed upwards... just sayin'... don't want things to get awkward.

Ice-storm aftermath. I don't get to enjoy nature as much as I'd like to so as I drove home from a playdate Friday afternoon I was able to revel in the beauty that a recent ice storm had left. The sun was shining so bright that it had melted the snow off of all of the ice that coated the trees. It was too cold for the ice to completely melt so what was left was ice on all of the branches that sparkled like diamonds in the glistening sun. It was absolutely breathtaking. I mean, who doesn't like sparkles? Also miraculous was my sleeping toddler in the backseat! 

Sibling-love. I spend a lot of the time saying things like "watch out for your brother" "no pulling hair Oliver" or "be nice to your brother" (and yes, I know this is just the beginning and I haven't seen anything yet). It's so nice when they have cute sibling moments. Actually, it melts my heart how absolutely taken these two are with each other most of the time. If Oliver drops his sippy cup, Annabelle immediately jumps off her chair to get it for him. The way Oliver looks at her, stares with such concentration, I can already tell he admires and loves her quite unlike anyone else.

tell me this doesn't melt your heart?!

If you're not already following me on Instagram - what are you waiting for? You'll see sneak pics of most of my 'moments' and then some... and don't tell me you are sad you weren't one of the first to see little man's haircut!

What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!

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how would you wear it? Style perspectives

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Me and my friends (that's some good grammar there, it just sounds weird saying "my friends and I" - I'm aware of the error, let's move on) over at the Blended Blog have a new series we're uber excited about: Style Perspectives.

It all starts THIS coming Wednesday all the way until June!!

The deets: all the prompts are below. Each of us at the Blended Blog picked our prompt for our week and everyone is going to style it their own way. You'll be seeing 14 different outfits with the same prompt every week! Our group has a wide range of ages/occupations etc so it should be interesting.

The 'host' each week will post on the Blended Blog and each of us will post our interpretation on our own individual blogs.

The best part? YOU can join in with us and add to the fun by linking up with us!

See you Wednesday :)

Olive pants 2 ways for Create28

Saturday, February 27, 2016

I'm sharing two looks for olive pants today BUT I'm doing it over at A Little Bit of Cheer!!! So I'll leave you a little sneak peek here but you'll have to head on over to Casey's blog to see the full details :)

I'm styling my olive pants for a date and for warmer weather.

Here's the preview:

The Create28 ladies have another look scheduled for tomorrow and a recap where you can see all the amazing stylings for the whole 28 days!! Enjoy!

Carrie/A Lovely Little Wardrobe ~ Bloglovin/Facebook/Instagram
Whitney/Whitney à La Mode ~ Bloglovin/Instagram
Casey/A Little Bit of Cheer ~ Bloglovin/Facebook/Instagram

choosing happiness

Friday, February 26, 2016

Choosing Happiness

I woke up early.

I woke up grumpy.

I woke up bitter and irritable.

I was frustrated about feeling tired all of the time and not getting a break.

And then I made a choice.

I sat, clinging desperately to my coffee, on the floor of the toy room while both children played and I made a choice.

I decided that I could spent the day pissed off and short-tempered OR I could not.

I could be annoyed at all the shit to do around my house OR I could play on the floor with my kids and sort the rest out later.

I decided that making pretend pizza and crawling around the floor was a better option than being overwhelmed by the lack of reprieve.

I decided to be happy.

It's easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day. Sometimes I forget to be grateful. Sometimes I am happy but sometimes I am miserable. You know what? I always have a choice. We ALWAYS have a choice.

Each and every day, in each and every moment, we have a choice. Life isn't always easy and there are a lot of things out of our control (like teething, teething so out of my control right now) but we still have choices.

Today I'm choosing to play. I'm choosing to not stress about the laundry or the floors. I'm choosing to have an extra cup (or 2) of coffee to give me the energy I didn't get from sleep. I'm choosing to enjoy my kids instead of feeling frustrated with them.

I'm choosing happiness.

What choice are you making today?

come back on Monday for Moments of Gratitude which have been really helping me make the right choice each morning.

what I wore celebrating a life

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Last week I lost a friend and this past weekend her friends, family and people from the community came together to celebrate her life.

It was sad but hopeful. There were tears but laughter. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced. There was hula hooping at the funeral! Such a testament to the joy with which she lived her life. She would have been proud, she would have laughed.

A few of my old coworkers came up with the idea to wear pink. It was Nicole's favorite color and it is also symbolic of breast cancer which was how this journey started.

I will admit, it felt strange getting dressed and putting on hot pink, but I know she would have loved it.

There were pink ties, shirts, socks... We all got dressed that day with someone very special in mind. I hope we did you proud.

This is what I wore to say 'see you later' to my friend:

pink and black

Even in her passing, Nicole brought color and positivity to the world. The sea of pink just reminded us all that we need to continue her legacy of optimism, of hope.

I woke up this morning (Monday) determined. Determined to seize the day, to celebrate the life I have been given. Yesterday (Sunday) was such a sad yet beautiful reminder of how fleeting this life is and what a gift we have.

Happy Wednesday friends, I hope you're having a colorful week!

I'm going to leave you with a reading from the funeral in hopes it will inspire you as much as it has me:

​The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

Monday Moments of Gratitude - February 22, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

This week's post is dedicated to Nicole Marchand who grew her angel wings last week. Nicole is the person who inspired me to practice gratitude. ALL of these posts are a tribute to the legacy she has left here on earth. 

I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.

It's been a challenging week around these parts. Losing someone you care about is never easy; however, if there's anything I have learned from Nicole, it's that we need to be thankful for the gifts we are given. 

Even though there were many tears this week, there was also laughter and joy.

Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

New blog!!! Alright, this has come with a LOT of hiccups but, I'm still super excited about the new name and design... hopefully everything else will just get sorted out.

Breaking the rules. I think I've said before how I'm kinda strict about food outside of the kitchen. Well, rules are made to be broken. Mini-me was so excited when I asked her if she wanted to share a banana on the couch. She also enjoyed making silly faces for the camera.

Daddy-daughter naptime. Sure, I may have enjoyed this more had I gotten in on the nap bit, BUT it was super cute to see them all cuddled up on the couch.  

Shoveling snow. Sometimes, when life gets challenging, you just need to change it up. For me, that was getting outside and shoveling now. It turned into a really beautiful moment just when I needed it. 

 National wine day. Because, who doesn't love a nice glass bottle of wine?!

A nap. I was feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted Thursday morning. I decided to say 'screw it' to my ever-growing to-do list and nap when little-man napped. It was GLORIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! Plus, I kicked it into high gear after and ended up getting a ton of stuff done. Go me. Note to self: nap more.

Breakfast. I LOVE breakfast. Wanna know the truth? The same day I took this pic we also had breakfast for dinner (another one of my favorite things); however, if I'm being honest, the dinner version was not nearly healthy as this one as it included bacon and hashbrowns (and no tomato or avocado) #whathappenswhenbrentcooks

Pooping on the potty! I should be clear: mini-me pooping on the potty. Sorry, almost got weird for a second there.
No pic, as excited as I was, this was one time I decided to leave the camera alone.
My kid is a potty-training super-star and thank the sweet Lord for that because I couldn't handle to change another #2 'accident'. Oh wait, we have another kid in diapers. AWESOME.

Finger foods. Little man LOVES to eat. That's an understatement: this kid is a beast. I decided to overcook him some carrots for supper. It was adorable watching him shovel them in his mouth. Guess he was ready for finger foods. YAY for less spoon feeding (yes, more mess, but we're being positive here, roll with it).

Workouts. I'm one of those people who never really enjoys working out and even though I've been fairly consistent the last few weeks, I'm still not a fan. What I do like is the feeling after I work out. I managed to get 5 workouts in this week and I feel pretty great about that!

Morning cuddles. Ya, ya, I say this every week. Well here's the thing: Mr. B went to work early Saturday morning. I was little bummed out he was working and I was sooooo tired. You know what helps every time? Cuddling with these little cuties (the dog had to get in on the action too). 

What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!

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Nicole's legacy

Thursday, February 18, 2016

My heart is heavy as I sit down to write this. As I sit down to try and capture the essence of someone who has had such a profound impact on my life and the lives of so many others. As I wrap my head around the news.

It is with a broken heart and a tear-stained face that I share with you that on February 16, 2016, Nicole died from pneumonia. I cannot and will not say she lost her battle with cancer, because if you have seen one of her many posts, if you have watched one of her many videos, if you know anything about her, you too would know that Nicole cannot be beat. She just doesn't have it in her.

I have written about Nicole before. When I asked, she quickly, graciously and excitedly agreed to let me share her story. Nicole has publicly shared her journey in hopes of raising awareness and in spreading her message that life is worth fighting for. She has done just that.

Nicole and I met as coworkers and while I saw her regularly at our old place of work, we reconnected by social media when she received her initial diagnosis. Something just affected, particularly the way she was dealing with her diagnosis. I reached out and she responded. Since that time we've had a number of conversations about her illness, struggles and just life in general. I treasure the confidence she placed in me, I honor the challenges she shared with me and I am so grateful I got to be witness of miracles that took place along her journey. I will miss our chats and responding to her challenges that she put out to her many followers asking us to make her smile during her many hours of treatments. I usually spammed her with pics of my kid and always got a smiley face back.

Many people aspire to cause some kind of change in the world, to leave the world a little bit better for them having been in it. To say Nicole accomplished this is an understatement. She inspired and continues to inspire so many. She encouraged people to be positive, to savor the beauty in the everyday, to enjoy every moment and to be kind. She changed the world by just being her. That's the real beauty of Nicole. She lived her life the only way she knew how, with a tenacious fever and she let cancer and everyone around her know she would not give up. She NEVER gave up. She did all this with love in her heart and a smile on her beautiful face. The best part? She bravely shared her journey with all of us.

 Nicole, early on, made the decision to share her story, to share her fight. She was inspired and encouraged by her many followers and them by her. Each picture she posted, you could literally feel the light emanating from her smile. As much as she helped us all, I know we helped her too. When she was so tired, it was all of those looking to her who gave her the will to continue, she told me that. She encouraged people to love each other, to help each other, to not complain too much or wallow, to be thankful, to be grateful, to LIVE.

Whether you are her best friend or a stranger in another country, Nicole has the innate ability to affect people. It has been nearly impossible for anyone I know to read her story and forget about it. Once anyone sees how she takes life on, they just can't stop reading.

If you've been touched by Nicole's story, change your perspective, live your life, be happy, be grateful and don't take what you have for granted. I remember talking to Nicole on Facebook messenger and talking about parenting struggles and how it seemed trivial to talk about to her. Nicole, being so kind and wise, said that her struggles weren't any more or less than mine, they were just different. She reminded me we all have our 'stuff' and it's how we deal with that and welcomed a chat about my mommy-woes. Wow, right? From that moment my attitude changed. It still sometimes needs adjusting but thanks to Nicole, I have the ability to do that. I have her as a point of reference. She gave me that gift, I vow to not waste it.

Lastly, I am going to share a video Nicole posted about Metastatic breast cancer and ask that you watch it... please watch it, listen to her words and share it. There's not enough being done, there are too many people losing their lives and this needs to change NOW.

Please take the time to share my video and help raise awareness for Metastatic Breast Cancer! All I want for my birthday is to help turn my terminal disease into a chronic one!!
Posted by Nicole Marchand on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nicole's legacy is in her memory, it is in every single heart and life that she touched and we all have the honor of helping her continue it.  Nicole's light is one that can never be put out, she lived her life the only way she knew how and we are all better for it.

You will be missed sweet friend but your strength and beauty lives on in all of those who had the honor of knowing you and in all those lives you've altered forever. I am a better person for having known you.

**these are the links Nicole mentioned in her video, PLEASE check them out **

a beautiful moment

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

As a busy mom I don’t have a lot of time to process things when and the way I would like, to work through emotions from the day’s events, whatever those might be.

The world lost a beautiful person yesterday and I spent a chunk of today holding back the tears for fear of the confused reactions of my two children, too young to understand grief.

I decided to forgo my workout video tonight and offered to shovel the driveway instead. I figured it would be a good way to get a workout and fresh air.

I shoveled and I shoveled. Wet and heavy snow almost too heavy for me to lift. I chopped at the thick snow and ice and I threw, I threw those shovels full of snow with all my worldly might. It hurt my muscles but fed my soul. Every bit of frustration, sense of injustice and unfairness, I took it out on that snow.

I breathed heavily and wore out quickly but I kept going.

Our normally busy street was strangely quiet. No cars passed and no one, save one lone man who walked by, head in his phone, led by his little dog.

Then it started to snow.

First it was soft and then it was everywhere.

It was one of those big snows The type of snow that seems to fill every inch of the sky. Giant fluffy flakes floating, weightlessly nearly suspended in the sky. .

I stopped. I stopped and just stood in the driveway staring up at the moon through a snow-filled sky. Then I smiled. On a day where I have felt so very sad, I smiled. A big, huge and genuine smile.

I looked at the snow, piling up at my feet and picked up my shovel. I went back to work. 

Despite the fact that all my effort seemed so very frivolous. Despite the fact that I could have easily been pissed off and given up, I continued, I continued where I wouldn't have before.

Instead of feeling frustrated, I embraced the moment. This beautiful, quiet, peaceful moment. A gift.

I smiled because I thought of you, because I know I’m not the only person who has changed, I’m not the only person able to enjoy a moment because of the message you shared.

Thank you.

Monday moments of gratitude - February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.

Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Pretend breastfeeding. During a playdate this past week, both mini-me and her friend fed their dolls. Well color us mommas impressed when BOTH of our littles pulled up their shirts and breastfed the dolls (Annabelle was so kinda as to feed the baby and then Elmo, she's generous like that). Honestly, I don't care if you bottle-feed or breastfeed, I'm just happy that mini-me recognized breastfeeding as an option despite the fact that the vast majority of baby dolls come with bottles.

Blog makeovers. Alright, this one isn't exactly completed yet, but it's in the works and I'm looking forward to it. I talked a little about it HERE. The process of this makeover had me thinking a lot about why I'm doing this and where I see my blog going. I feel good about the changes and am happy with my direction. 

After nap smiles. One of my favorite moments of the day is when I go and get little man after a nap. I creep in the room and, being honest, I crawl on the floor so he can see me through the crib rails. He just lights up. He smiles so big and so bright that my heart melts. Every. Single. Time. Seriously, whether he's been asleep for 30 min or 2 hours, little man is always happy to see his momma and I'm just as happy to see him. 

Potty successes. Can I tell you how much I've been dreading potty training? Oh wait, this is a positive post. WELL, despite my fear of this process, mini-me has proceeded to surprise and impress with her ability to let us know when she's gotta go. I am so very proud of this kid, words can't even begin to capture it. I have an AWESOME daughter, just sayin'. 

Wine, flowers, breakfast and dinner. Mr. B had to work Saturday but arrived home Saturday evening with a bouquet of flowers and two (very nice) bottles of wine. Don't tell him, but I would have been happy with cheap wine (shhhhhh our little secret). 

I rewarded him and mini-me (and myself) by making heart-shaped pancakes V-day morning. Delish!! I hadn't had pancakes in forever.

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I decided that we could have a 'date' after the kids went to bed on Sunday. Sooooo tasty! Protein overload, but delicious none-the-less. You REALLY can't go wrong with steak, lobster and bacon wrapped scallops... and WINE (obviously)

An extra day. Monday is the "Family Day" holiday where we live. Mr. B has to work a little in the morning but then we get to spend the day together. YAY! It's going to be another cold one here so me and my babies may just have a pj and snuggles day :) 

Hope your week is filled with beautiful moments!

What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!

I'm also over the The Blended Blog today posting about relationship tips for parents of young children - check it out!

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time for a change

Friday, February 12, 2016

Come the end March, I will have been blogging for two years. Crazy.

I remember making the decision to start a blog. My initial purpose was to document my struggle journey out of gym clothes and to figure out my personal style. I'm proud to say, most days, that when I'm wearing workout clothes I'm usually wearing them for their intended purpose, working out.

I certainly still have many (MANY) moments where I would be considered a 'frumpy mommy' but I allow myself those times because they usually follow a night/week of little-to-no sleep. Plus, let's be serious, I'd even hate me if I looked like I had my shit together ALL of the time while parenting two kids under the age of 3. Rest assured, this is NOT the case.

Now what?

After much thought and brainstorming (thanks to my friends at The Blended Blog for being my sounding board AND for helping with figure things out) I'm changing things up.

My blog name is going to change, the look of my blog is going to change and my content is going to change (a little).

I'm going to be REAL honest here. For the most part, I speak in my normal voice. I write about things I want to share or am passionate about; however, there have been times where I have written posts just to write posts. Now, because you're all so awesome, you stick around and you write thoughtful comments BUT it's not fair. It's not fair that I put something out into blogland that I'm not super excited about and that I don't really want to share. Plus, it's really a waste of my time to sit down and write stuff just to write it. I want to write because I WANT to write. I want to create because I'm feeling creative. I want to share stuff that I feel is worthy of sharing.

What will you see here? I'm going to make a point to be more intentional about what I'm putting out. There will still be reviews and stuff (because, who doesn't like getting free stuff?) but I'm going to try and be more selective with my content. There will still be style related stuff because, well, I like it and a girl has got to get dressed. There will also be a lot of parenting-related stuff and more about me trying to make this the best life possible. I want you to feel like you know me when you're reading my posts. Sound good? Alrighty-then, let's do this!

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you. Some of you have been around pretty much the entire time I have been blogging. I have made some amazing friendships and new ones continue to form. I'm clearly not going to be making millions blogging anytime soon (darn!) but what keeps me at it is the people, YOU people. Plus, I kinda like chilling with my coffee/wine (time of day appropriate, of course) while writing, it's my outlet, a much needed and appreciated one.

So that's where we are at. Stay tuned because I'm sooooo excited to share this with you!!

what I wore on a date!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If you've been keeping up with my Monday Moments of Gratitude then you already know that Mr. B and I went on our first (and much needed) date in a long time this past weekend.

He sprang the date on me at the last minute and I struggled to figure out what to wear with items in my closet. I wanted to dress up but not wear a dress.

Well, I will have you know that I wore two pieces that throw me completely out of my comfort zone: leather-like leggings and a fur vest. YIKES!!

How I envisioned my date night outfit:

date night outfit

Here's how I wore it:

if you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen this preview, sorry for the repeat!

Also, how do you like that smokey eye?! Go big or go home, right?

Sorry for the crap pic quality... light outside the restaurant was less than ideal.. food was awesome, so I consider that a win and let's be serious, my pics aren't typically known for their brilliant photography.

I have to thank my blog-friend Deena for making me buy these leggings (and because I've seen her style hers so well). As much as they throw me out of my comfort zone, they also make me feel a little sassy and there's nothing wrong with that (plus, Mr. B is a big fan)!

What's your go-to date night outfit?

Link ups: The Pleated Poppy//Pumps and Pushups//Mix & Match Fashion//Tucker Up//The Mummy Chronicles//Shopping My Closet

Monday Moments of Gratitude - February 8, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.

Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Early morning cuddles. I say this every week don't I? This and bedtime are my favorite times. Sleepy snuggles with the family (daddy was missing this day because he had to work early). There's just something about being warm and cozy in bed with my babies. 

Grandpa's visit. My dad came and spent the day with us on Monday. Mini-me couldn't have been happier because this meant she had a playmate for the day. Worked out well for me because I could get a few things done around the house while he entertained the children. 

Mini-me's date with her grandparents. Can I tell you how freaking adorable it was to see how excited mini-me was to go on a date with her grandpa and grandma? They took her to the mall and out for dinner. She came home still excited, beaming and sporting a new princess dress AND a stuffed animal for her and little man. 

Valentine's fun. Figured I'd get a jump on Valentine's so mini-me, my mom and I put together Valentines for her daycare friends AND baked cupcakes. Mini-me just loves any kind of 'helping' and to be honest she was actually helpful putting the bags together!

Getting pictures from daycare. Mini-me goes to daycare two days a week (to hold her spot and maintain my sanity to give me one-on-one time with little man) and I get updates throughout the day, including pictures. I can't tell you how much it makes me smile to see how much fun she's having with her little friends. It does make me miss her but also comforts me knowing she'll be somewhere that takes good care of her and little man when I return to work.

Picnics. I'm that mom that doesn't allow food/drink (other than water) anywhere but in the kitchen (after bedtime is a different story :). WELL, I figured we could bend the rules Saturday morning and have a picnic. Can I tell you how excited mini-me was? There's something so beautiful and pure about her excitement around things like this. Seriously, it was like she won the lottery (which of course made me feel as though I had - you know, minus the money and all).

Date night. Mr. B called me from work Saturday morning to tell me his mom was going to come after the kids go to bed and that we were going out for dinner. A date? WHAT? We haven't been out sans children since BEFORE little man was born. That's almost 7 months ago people. 7 MONTHS. Yes, we spend time after the kids are in bed every night, but going out is just different. Instead of dressing down, we dressed up. Instead of snacking on junk, we ate gourmet. Instead of watching a monitor, we looked at each other. Instead of wondering if every sound was a crying baby, we enjoyed the noise around us. Instead of sitting beside each other, we sat across from each other. We enjoyed each other. We reconnected with each other. *sighs* we needed that. 

yes... best we could do for a couple selfie lol. Note: my head is not as large as it appears in this picture, I SWEAR.

Family time. What a better way to follow up date night than the one day a week we get to all spend together? Parenting is so so much easier when there are two sets of hands. Props to the single parents out there. For real.

daddy cuddles, the only way to get mini-me to nap

Again, a pretty fantastic week and I'm feeling pretty lucky right now. 

What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!

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A day in the life of me (and family)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A few of us at The Blended Blog thought it would be fun if we picked a day and documented what "a day in the life" of each of us looked like on that day (January 23rd to be exact).

If you're stopping by via the Blog Hop and Nicole's Blog, WELCOME!

This is going to be a pic HEAVY post but you know you want to see what a Saturday in my life looks like... right?!

**timelines are loose (to say the least) because I didn't have time to keep track #momlife

6:45 - Annabelle is up, snuggles for a few minutes and then let Mr. B and Annabelle snuggle while I get ready for the day (before Oliver wakes up)

7:30 - well HELLO little cutie! Oliver is up and at 'em

8 - quick breakfast. This is kinda funny, Mr. B thought we needed to ALL be out of the house way earlier than we actually did so he rushed around getting Annabelle fed/dressed/ready.
(note: she normally feeds herself but Mr. B was trying to hustle)

8:15 - Feeding Oliver before we attempt to go out for breakfast because Mr. B and I decided it had been WAY too long since we went out for breakfast (it's my favorite meal to go out for for some strange reason). 
Yes, I'm posting breastfeeding pics on the internet. Take notice: there's actually no visible boob, crazy huh? Kinda makes you wonder what all the fuss is about.

8:30 - Breakfast! Mini-me loving her smoothie and fruit (this kid is a fruit MONSTER!)

Little man's first breakfast out AND first time in a highchair at a restaurant. All around success!

9:50 - dance recital time!!! Mini-me was soo excited. She didn't quite follow the instructions (at all) but had a blast and was very entertaining to watch. 

11:30 - LUNCH time!!! Breastfed first then onto solids. This kid can EAT!!

A little playtime before nap.

12 - nap time for little man and momma leave the littles to get some kid-free grocery shopping done! (to be clear: I left them with Mr. B, not by themselves lol)

I get home and little man and daddy are just chillin'

Mini-me is the best little helper! She LOVES emptying the grocery bags and 'helping' me put everything away ( by 'away' I mean everything on the counter lol). I think she's secretly assessing my shopping skills. She was pleased that I bought her Zoodles for a treat.

ALL day mini-me asked to go outside... we FINALLY obliged and daddy took her out to shovel the deck. She was beyond happy.

She did pretty good!

Meanwhile, inside, Oliver is eating AGAIN!

Sometimes we are silly after we eat :)

Daddy and mini-me play outside while mom cooks supper and little man plays.

Mini-me was NOT happy to have to come inside and was a more than a little sleepy after all that fresh air.

Dinner time!!! Not my best picture, but that's roasted potatoes, steak (covered in mushrooms and onions) and brussel sprouts!  

Mini-me wasn't keen on steak and potatoes so she had "princess pasta" (aka Zoodles) with some whole wheat bread and a fruit plate for dessert.

Frozen Gummies (aka multi-vitamins)! Parenting tip: you can use gummy vitamins as a reward for a well-eaten meal :) She has no idea they're good for her!

I don't bath little man every day, but now that he's eating solids it's hard to not lol

6:30 - We had family story time (no phones allowed) then off to put little man to bed. He eats, lights out, then I sing twinkle little star and put him down. He's getting better at just going to sleep after that.

6:45 - good night cuddles/quiet play with mini-me. We say our goodnights and she's allowed to have quiet play in her room until 7:30/8 (depending on if she napped or not - she didn't this day)

7 - workout time!

Someone had posted this on Facebook so I thought I would give it a go.... I have the longest name EVER and this workout nearly killed me. I did my first, middle AND last name.

This is my "I'm going to puke" face.

I had a shower... sorry, no pics of that.

8pm - wine and blogging time!!!

Google Hangout with some of my favorite bloggy friends!!!!! Clearly I caught Lana mid-sentence lol! We chatted about all things and shared quite a few laughs! Love these ladies!


I missed lots of things but it's hard to take pics by the minute especially with the littles. What you missed: a few cups of coffee, some snacks, what I ate for lunch (at this point, I don't remember what that was lol), me driving my mom home, chatting on FB with my mommy friends, some snuggles etc.

Next stop on the hop, Deena's blog!!!! Check out a day in Deena's life HERE.