Wednesday, September 2, 2015

10 Gifts for the Grandparents

Grandparent's Day is this month, Sunday, September 13th. So after scouring Pinterest for some cute gift ideas, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you all as a friendly reminder of the special day.

My Dad (who loves nuts of all kinds) would love this gift.
Free printable found here.

I thought this would be really cute to frame and give to my mom or mother-in-law.
Free printable found here.

I love any gift with my kids handprints on it, so I know their grandparents would love that as well.
Idea found here.

Like I said, I love handprint gifts. ;-)
Idea found here.

A super cute sign for the grandparents. This can be bought here on etsy, or could be a really cute and fun DIY project with your kiddos.

My sister and I did something similar for our Mom for Mother's Day one year, and we later re-did it to add "Maw Maw and Papa" to cover both of them. We'll be re-doing it again soon when my sister has her third baby this Fall.
 Idea found here.

I thought this would be a super cute printable to print out and frame for the grandparents and it would be a fun way involve your kiddos in the gift.
Free printable found here.

If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you know I am photo-obsessed. So naturally, I think this would be such a fun gift to give to the grandparents.
Idea found here.

I thought this was super cute and can be found on etsy here. Or it would be very easy to recreate just using Photoshop or my personal favorite...

And last, but certainly not least, another gift more geared for grandpa is this cute little jar filled with is favorite goodies. :-)
Idea and free download found here.

I think any of these (or any one of the hundreds of other ideas on Pinterest) would be so cute and thoughtful as a gift for Grandparent's Day. Our kids' grandparents are so supportive and are always there for us to help out or love on our babies. They love their grandkids to pieces and Grandparent's Day is a great day to show them how much we love them back.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Avery's 15th Month

 This is such a late post. By now, she is actually 16 months old. Ugh. However, I did take these pictures during her 15th month and wrote this post at that time too but kept telling myself I'd re-try to take her 15 month picture because I was unhappy with how it turned out. She did NOT want to sit still this night and I thought maybe I'd try again to get a better picture. That never happened so I thought I'd better just get it posted and just deal with the picture I got, so here it is, a month late. ;-)


On July 28th you turned 15 months old! 

At your 15 month check-up at the doctor, you weighed 23.6 lbs (74%) and you were 31 1/2 inches tall (71%). Such a big girl. :-) At this appointment you had to get 3 shots and you handled it like a champ. You didn't even cry during the first one but cried a little during the second and third shots. However as soon as the nurse said, "do you want a cookie?" you immediately stopped crying. ;-)

You are still wearing 18 and 24 month clothes.

Shoe Size:
Size 5

Size 4

You have your 8 front teeth (4 on the bottom and 4 on the top) and you've gotten all 4 of your 1st year molars.You are currently working on getting your incisors.

Your hair keeps getting lighter and lighter so I would say it's a very light brown and your eyes are a brown.

You usually go to sleep between 8 and 9 and you generally sleep until 7ish the next morning! You are such a great sleeper and Mommy and Daddy appreciate that. You usually take 2 naps a day that are usually around 1-2 hours long.

You love pancakes, toaster sticks, peanut butter sandwiches, pizza, carrots, macaroni, yogurt, apples, grilled cheese and you love fries and chips. You've got feeding yourself down now and won't even think about eating off of a spoon/fork from us. You have to do it yourself (oh joy!). We stopped giving you that last bottle before bed time this month and you never missed it or complained about not having it!! You still get milk in your sippy cup or water throughout the day and you do great with that. You got to have your first popsicle from the ice-cream man all to yourself this month and enjoyed that very much! :-)

Favorite Toys:
Any toy your brother has. Ugh... and so the sibling rivalry begins.

You love to sing and dance and have been learning the movements to "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed". It is just too cute to watch you do the movements. You love the opening theme song to The Office and you can be in the back room and hear it come on and you come running out to the living room to dance. SO CUTE!! You also started "singing". It is the cutest thing ever. You blow kisses and love to climb. You can get on and off the couch all by yourself now and you can climb up on things we'd rather you not! ;-)

You say a lot of words once, and then you often won't say them again. You've said "juice" when you wanted your cup and you said "duck" when we were at the park and saw ducks. You also said "hi dada" when you and your brother were out on the patio and Daddy was taking the trash out. Jackson said "hi daddy" and you repeated what he was saying. You've been able to say "dada" for a long time, but you put hi and dada together for the first time and it was really cute. You said bubble the other day when brother was blowing bubbles outside for you and you said "up/down" but won't say it again.

You have quite the personality these days. You are strong willed, very independent and pretty demanding, but you can be sweet at sugar too. You are very much a girly girl and love shoes, purses, chap-stick, baby dolls and brushing your hair. You love water... bath time and swimming in the pool are a lot of fun for you. You have quite the cute little tan from being at the pool so much this summer. You are on the move and into everything these days. You are wearing me out sweet girl.

I think that about covers your 15 month update. You are such a blessing and we love you so very much Pretty Girl!

-Mommy xoxo

Friday, August 28, 2015

Five on Friday

I'm linking up with April today for Five on Friday!

 I've been wanting a new watch for quite some time now and finally got a new one a couple weeks ago. I kept going back and forth on whether to go with gold or silver but ended up going with gold. I love the one I ended up getting. :-)

We close on our new house in less than a week and I can hardly believe it! Next Thursday we will once again be home owners and then the real fun can begin. I feel so excited and overwhelmed... but mostly excited. ;-)
This week, the weather has been perfect! The temps have been in the upper 70's to low 80's with zero humidity. I wish it could last forever! While I was off on Monday, we had a few errands to run in the morning, but for lunch we stopped and got some food and took it to the park for a picnic. After that the kids played on the playground for quite a while. It was a really fun time for them and it was great to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Jake and I have a date night planned for tonight. It's been quite a while since we've had a night out. With the move and buying a new house, it's been so busy and hard to find the time. We'll probably keep it low key and just do dinner and a movie. I'm looking forward to it. :-)

 Jackson will be starting back to pre-school on the Tuesday after Labor Day, so I took him to Target last week to help me pick up his school supplies and pick out a new backpack. :-) He thought it was pretty cool to be able to pick his own backpack and was very proud of his choice. ;-) I can't believe my sweet boy will be 4 already in a little less than 2 months. How is that even possible?

Happy Friday Everyone!! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's National Dog Day

I found out this morning that it's National Dog Day, so I thought I'd write a short post in honor of our sweet pups! 

We have two lab mixes... Hunter and Max. I used to post about them all the time, back when they were our only babies. Now that we have human babies, they have taken a little bit of a back seat, but we love them so much and enjoy having dogs in the house to love and cuddle with. :-) 

I've always been an animal lover and thankfully, I married one too, so I think our house will always be home to dogs. They are just so sweet and loving and I can't imagine our lives without them.

Happy National Dog Day to all of our Furry, Four-Legged Friends!! :-)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stitch Fix Box #3

I just got my 3rd Stitch Fix box yesterday and I was very happy with a majority of the items that my stylist sent. I specifically asked for 2 things for this fix. 1 was a pair of work pants and the second thing I asked for was a short gold necklace. She sent one of each for me to try. Just another reason why I love this company!!

So here are the items I got.

Emer Jacquard Print Tall Straight Leg Pant
These were very nice and very comfortable. The color in this close up looks a little purple, but it is really more navy blue. I'm strongly considering keeping these, even though they're a little pricey.

 Timberlake Split Neck Top
This is a very pretty top and would be great for work. Very much considering keeping it.

Margerie Stripe & Dot Open Cardigan
I absolutely love this cardigan. It is so soft and comfortable and will be great for work or for the weekends. Perfect!

With this fix, I asked my stylist for a short, gold necklace. I'm not sure I really love this Tegan Beaded Leaf Charm Necklace that she sent me, nor do I really love this Colina Mix Material Knit Top. The top is just okay and I just can't see spending $58 on a casual top. So I will more than likely be sending both of these items back.

So what do you think about the pieces they sent me? I know for sure I'll be keeping the cardigan, I'm seriously considering keeping the Emers and possibly keeping the Timberlake blouse as well. The rest will more than likely be going back. I love this fun surprise every month and it's really helping me build back my work wardrobe after having 2 babies and putting shopping for myself on the back burner. I'm loving Stitch Fix!

If you'd like more info on how Stitch Fix works, you are more than welcome to ask me any questions you may have, or you can click below for more details.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lions and Tigers and Bears... Oh My!

This past Saturday, we decided to take the kids to the St. Louis Zoo. We hadn't gone since Avery was born, so this was her first time! The kids both really loved it and the weather wasn't too terribly hot, so it was a really fun day. We waited til after Avery's morning nap to ensure she would hopefully be in a good mood. :-) We also brought Jake's mom along for the adventure. ;-)

New this year at our zoo was the Polar Bear Exhibit. I was super excited to see it because everyone was saying how cool it was. Unfortunately, we waited in line and then when we got up there, the Polar Bear was nowhere to be seen. I guess they must have taken him inside for one reason or another, so I guess we'll have to make another trip back... maybe in the Fall when it's a little cooler. But other than that, it was a really fun time!

I haven't been very good about getting my big camera out lately. However, I never leave the house without my phone, so I snapped a few pictures with it.

Here are a few of my favorites.

And just for fun and because I love a good side by side comparison photo, here is our first trip to the zoo with Jackson in 2012 and then our first trip with Avery in 2015.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Five on Friday

I'm linking up with April today for Five on Friday!

I'm excited to say, we closed on our first home on Wednesday of this week. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to our first home, but we're excited for a new beginning in our new home! We close on the new house on September 3rd, so it won't be long now. :-)

 Tonight we're going to a family dinner at my Mother-In-Law's house to celebrate my nephew who will be going off to NYC for college next week! I am so proud of him and can't believe he's going off to college already. When I met him, he was only about Jackson's age. It's so crazy how time flies.

 If your looking for daily encouragement, I highly recommend this daily devotional. You just sign up and they send you your daily devotional in your e-mail every weekday morning. They also have a new app called "The First 5". It has been such a blessing to me so I thought I'd share it with all of you.

 So I know several of you are signed up for Stitch Fix and are loving it. I am expecting my 3rd fix later this month. I thought I'd share a few of the items I'd like to see in my August fix. If you haven't signed up for Stitch Fix and want to know more about it, feel free to ask me any questions. You can also click here for more details.

I'd love to try these Houndstooth Emers.

 I'd love to try a cute blazer similar to this for the Fall. 

I'd also like to try a warm sweater like this for Fall.

I saw this on Pinterest and it instantly made me want to watch Friday Night Lights all over again. Such a cute pillow. I might need this somewhere in the new house. ;-)

I hope you all have a great weekend!