five on friday 6.26.15

Friday, June 26, 2015

I'm linking up with five on friday and Oh Hey, Friday!

When I look at this little blog I know I've been so bad about updating and when I look back I want to remember these busy, fun, summer this week is just a little update about our lives lately.  I've been keeping us busy everyday with fun summer activities.  Carter (and I) are loving our morning play dates- he gets to play and do fun activities and I get to catch up with my friends, but because we're having so much fun I'm getting nothing productive done.  But oh well- that's what summer is for, right?!

father's day

We worked in our kitchen most of the day, but Christian slept in, had Starbucks and donuts for breakfast, Primo Hoagies for lunch and grilled burgers for dinner!  Def not a low cal kind of day!  These boys are lucky to have such a great and hands on dad!

cherry picking

On Tuesday morning we went Cherry picking with our friends.  The trees were so full of cherries and they were perfectly ripe.  It was humid and by the end we were all sweating, but it was a fun morning!

Fruit picking is probably one of my favorite summer activities.  So far we've been strawberry and cherry picking.

dutch wonderland

We have season passes to this amusement park that is really close to our house so we've gone a bunch of times so far.

I think the best part is Duke's Lagoon which is the water park.  We first went in May before schools were out and it was empty.  It was like the best place on Earth for Carter.  He had such a blast and was going down water slides and shooting water canons.

But since schools are out everytime we go it's crowded and Carter is totally is overwhelmed with all the kids.  So on Monday morning we met our friends there and Carter got all shy and quiet.  So that afternoon Christian was working from home so after nap I took Carter back to Dutch Wonderland, just the 2 of us so that I could be more hands on and not have to stay with Reid and the stroller.  He loved it and had so much fun.  I was the mom in my tankini (that doesn't fit well- see #5 below!) soaking wet playing around getting buckets dumped over my head.  I hope that after spending the time with me there that he will feel more comfortable next time.  He's been begging me to go back already!

kitchen reno

Our downstairs continues to look like we belong on hoarders.  But things are slowly improving.  Last week the cabinets were finished but we still have no countertops, sink, floor, or back splash.  We're going on 2 months and it's been terrible not having a kitchen.  Christian is doing the floors this weekend and then July 6th is granite day (and a sink!)  All that is left is the backsplash and I can't decide on that, but at this point I don't even care- I just can't wait to get everything out of the dining room and into the cabinets and drawers and get organized!

Tomorrow's another trip to IKEA for more drawer organizers!

the bathing suit conundrum

I have been having the hardest time finding a bathing suit.  None of my old ones fit and I'm also in this transition where I'm thinking maybe I should wear a one piece.  I ordered this one and love it, if  only my chest were about 3 sizes smaller it would be perfect.  ugh. return.

I ordered this pink suit and this black suit from target so we'll see how that goes.  I'm really trying to avoid paying $80+ for a suit that's in my bra size, because what I've found are sooooo not cute.

Do you know of any good tops for girls with size 32F?

My birthday is tomorrow so we'll be going out to dinner and then spending some time at the beach to celebrate!  Happy Weekend!

Reid's Baby Blessing

Thursday, June 18, 2015

This weekend we had a baby blessing ceremony for Reid.  
We kept most details very similar to Carter's baby blessing but this time since we had 3 toddler boys and 3 babies we decided to hold it at our community room in our old neighborhood instead of at a golf club/restaurant.

It was at 11:30am on a covered porch, but it was hot!  Our guests sipped on lemonade during the short ceremony.

The same man who married us and blessed Carter officiated the ceremony.  He's relaxed and funny and makes everyone feel comfortable. 

At Carter's Blessing Christian and I did a reading from Nancy Tillman's Wherever you are My Love Will Find You.  I love it and Carter and I read the book often.  Now he can recite the whole thing.  So when it was time to think of a reading for Reid I totally struggled.  I googled, searched all over, but just wasn't into any that I found.

 Then I saw that Nancy Tillman has a new book being released in September, You're Here for a Reason.  I found a tiny excerpt and loved it so I e-mailed her and told her about how special her books are to Carter and me and that I'm hoping to find a special reading for Reid.  So although she couldn't release the whole book for legal reasons she e-mailed me a little snippet for a reading.  I love it and can't wait for the whole book to be released in September.  I already ordered my copy!

We don't have any pictures because we just took a video of the ceremony.  But it was just like Carter's - each person took a rose petal and put it in the water to create the blessing bowl which Jim sprinkled over Reid's head.  Then the grandfathers anointed Reid's forehead with oil for wisdom.  The grandmothers anointed his feet to walk the best path in life.  Christian and I anointed his heart to know true love and then Carter anointed Reid's hands with oil for protecting him.  It was so sweet.

We weren't sure how Carter would react to the day but he took his job seriously (after a few funny moments during the ceremony when he walked away to get lemonade and then spilled it all over his shorts!)  It was very Carter.

The ceremony ended with the Irish Baby Blessing (which I love!)

Reid was happy, for the most part, just sleepy and fell asleep right after the ceremony.

no time for pictures---time for a nap!
And now some pics of the food, decor, & family

I used a little of what I learned at my calligraphy class!
We had lunch, cake, strawberries picked fresh from a strawberry patch and sangria in mason jars (why is everything better in mason jars?)

with Jim, the officiant
our family
 It was a wonderful day celebrating and blessing our sweet boy!

five on friday 6.5.15

Friday, June 5, 2015

I survived 4 days sans husband as he was away on a business trip and it actually went really well!  Both boys slept later than ever, tantrums were at a minimum and my mom made me dinner each night!

I'm ready for a weekend at the beach- even if the high is only in the low 70's!  First, here's my five:

collect app

Last February my friend introduced me to the collect app.  It's an app where you save one picture every day.  I love it.  I find that some days I take a ton of pictures and it's hard to choose just one to represent the day and other days I take no pictures and then at 6:05pm I get the message reminding me to get a picture for the day and that's when the pic of the day is inevitably of bath time!   I love looking back at previous months and scrolling through all the pictures.

There's also a way to print all of the pictures with captions and I can't wait to do that!


I'm working on my greenthumb.  I've had very little exposure to plants and yards since most of my adulthood was spent in NYC or a townhouse where I paid homeowners dues to have all yardwork done for me.

Now that we moved to a single family home we have a front yard, backyard, garden boxes, and lots of landscaping.  I'm actually totally into having an herb and veggie garden!  I can't wait to play Giada and Ina and go outside to clip my fresh herbs!

So far I've planted my pot on the front porch with shade -loving plants and it's actually doing really well!  I added some hanging geranium baskets to our backyard and I've managed to keep our plants alive.  But the weeds...won't stop growing.  ugh.  And I'm still trying to figure out what is a weed and what's actually supposed to be there.

And I'm so scared of pulling a "weed" and it being poison ivy even though Christian swears we don't have any in our yard.   Regardless it's time for a pair of gardening gloves!


Outdoorsy- I am not (obv).  But now that I have a 3 year old who loves to be outdoors and barefoot and exploring I don't have a choice but to be amongst the bugs and plants.  So I've been looking into how to keep bugs away and I'm definitely not into bug spray.  Who wants to smell like that and feel all greasy?

I googled it, asked on facebook and have spent way too much time staring at the seasonal aisles at the grocery store and Buy Buy Baby.  Citronella candles, bracelets, battery powered bug repellent clips...what should I use?

Ideally I'd like to sit on my deck and not get bug bites or worry about bee stings etc.  I saw that Doterra has a repellent blend, TerraShield so I ordered that to diffuse, but I'd love your thoughts on other ways to keep the bugs away!

Image result for burt's bees sensitive facial cleanser

Recently I switched face washes from Neutrogena to Burt's Bees Sensitive face wash.  I noticed that my skin was dry and didn't feel soft.  Immediately after switching my skin felt much softer and no longer dry.

I definitely like how Burt's Bees is natural and doesn't have stripping chemicals in it.

On a side note...any thoughts on Rodan and Fields?  It's everywhere right now and although $250 for a regime isn't in the budget right now I'm intrigued with all of the before and afters.

chocolate ice cream soda

Totally craving this.

Happy Weekend!

Unglamourous baby must haves

Thursday, June 4, 2015

You won't find these on many registries and they aren't cute and exciting.  But these are some everyday things that you need with a baby.

Oxi Clean Baby or Free and Clear Oxi Clean
OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker 3.5 Pounds
I have become a professional laundress.  With the amount that Reid would spit up (and sometimes still does) his clothes and mine would be disgusting and just plain old free and clear detergent would not do the job.  Spit up smell just doesn't come out easily.  I tried so many things and hated using shout and bleach but then I tried OxiClean Baby and it took out the smell and the stains and didn't irritate his skin,  The Baby version is hard to find.  I only got it at Babies R Us but most everywhere else carries the Free kind and that works too.  I had the spray and the powder and used both and they are both great for getting out the smells and stains too!

Saline Spray & Nose Frida
NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

A winter baby needs this.  We never used this with Carter, but during the dry winter months it was a must have with Reid when he was so stuffy and couldn't breathe through his nose (somehow this always seemed to happen in the middle of the night- figures!

Manual pump

I can probably count the number of times that I used my regular pump on 2 hands.  But my manual pump I use a lot more often.  This just makes emergency pumping situations easier than plugging in the bigger pump.  The nights that Reid has slept for 7-9 hours I wake up and need to pump so the poor boy isn't scared by the fire hydrant-like stream of milk!  So I keep the manual pump by my bed- just in case.  It's super fast and quiet.  I can get 4 ounces in like 5 minutes!  I'll also take this with me when we go overnight somewhere or on vacation.

Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths

We go through burp cloths like it's our job and sure I've got some cute ones from Aden & Anais but we have a bunch of these and they are big and do the job.

BabyGanics Hand Sanitizer
Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Fragrance Free, On-The-Go, 50 ml (1.69-Ounce), Pump Bottle (Pack of 6)
I have small bottles of this in each car and the moment we get in the car Carter and I use it.  We also have bottles by the changing tables and used to be in the living room too.  It's a foam and doesn't smell or dry out your hands- much recommended!