Friday, May 19, 2017

Vacay Pics + Travel Tips For Tots

Our vacation started early on a Monday morning when we flew to Alabama to leave on a 5 day cruise. It wasn't Fallon's first time flying, but it was my first time flying alone with her. Chris had to stay behind for work so it was just the 2 of us, navigating check-in, security and a connecting flight. So before I get to all the fun stuff, let's talk about a few things that made traveling with a baby easier, especially doing it solo. 

1. Bring way too many snacks. Fallon was only 3.5 months old when we flew the first time so I nursed her during takeoff and landing instead. This time around I stuffed my diaper bag full of all the snacks. And I fed them to her while we waited to board the plane and throughout the flights. If you think you have enough snacks, add in more just in case. 

2. Wait until the very last call for boarding to get on the plane. Walk around the terminal, sing songs, read a book, whatever you have to do while everyone else gets on. Don't even worry about them running out of room for your carry-on bag. You can either check it gate side or a very nice flight attendant will stow it in the closet for you. Just don't be stuck on the plane any longer than you have to be. 

3. Let people help you. I struggle with this. I don't want to be a bother to anyone and I like to think I can do it all by myself. But when someone offers to put your bag in the overhead compartment or grab it off the gate side rack, let them. I cannot tell you how floored I was by the kindness of strangers during our flights to and from our destination. And remember that when you're traveling. The lady with the baby next to you could be me. 

4. It's okay to cry. I mean I'm hoping it's not you that's crying but that's okay too. Life is rough. But if your kid cries, WHO CARES?! The majority of people on the plane are parents or grandparents. They've been there, done that, got the t-shirt and most likely aren't fazed a bit by a little screaming. If it gets really bad, just order yourself a cocktail and buy a round for all the adults on the plane. I joke. But really. Don't stress about it. You'll never see those people again anyway.

5. Forget all the rules. Leave the nap schedule at home for the day. Let your kid eat the cookies they give you on the plane, pull the magazines out of the seat back pocket and let her crinkle the combos wrapper found wedged between the seats. Just do WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep them occupied. Trust me, they won't be scarred for life. 

I'll spare the details but a few things went wrong on the way to and during our trip. But don't worry, none of them killed us, obviously, or put a damper on our vacation. We ate (a LOT), we swam, we went to the beach and even hung out on a trampoline in the ocean! 

We spent our days at sea poolside, breathing in the salty ocean air and soaking up some vitamin sea. Our 2 days in port we beached it and Fallon wasn't exactly all about the sand between her tows, she was happy to enjoy the view from mama's arms. 3 course dinners with fresh seafood and melting chocolate cake were every day affairs and Fallon even went to a Dr. Seuss brunch! Thanks so much to my awesome in-laws for this vacation!!

Now if you'll excuse me I'll be doing the old camera roll scroll through all these pictures as I share them with you. Happy Friday!!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

10 Months Of Fallon

It's official, we've got a mover and a shaker on our hands. Fallon is scooting all over the house and she's super fast! She's pulling to stand and working very hard on standing on her own from sitting. Our ten month old has experienced several firsts this month including her first bout of HFM, a double ear infection and an allergic reaction to red dye. She also traveled via airplane for the second time in her young life and went on a cruise that took her outside the country! 

There aren't any new teeth in her tiny mouth just yet but she's showing all signs of hard core teething again so we're betting which one will come through next. Fallon has reached a new level of interaction now and it is so fun to watch her point, wave hi and bye and purposely snuggle us! She continues to sleep through the night, gimme 10!, and naps most days at least for a little bit. 

Of course she's still fooling the world into thinking she's the happiest baby on the block because she usually is when we're out and about. At home, well, she's started this new thing. Tantrums. Holy flippin' Mariah Carey tantrums. Girlfriend will scream if she doesn't get what she wants and throw herself dramatically on the ground, kick, flail and throw whatever else is offered to her. It's like a 2 year old trapped in a 10 month old body. Can we all say DIVA?!

But we love her from her head to her monkey toes. And while I patiently (not) wait for her to say anything resembling "mama" she's getting really good at "dada", "uh-oh" and "hi". Because why bother saying "mama" when she's always around and all you have to do is reach for her? Wink, wink. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Freshly Picked

I discovered Freshly Picked when I was pregnant with Fallon and could not get over how adorable they were! I mean little baby moccasins?! I bought a gender neutral pair since we did not know if we were having a boy or a girl and gushed over them when they arrived in the mail. The first time I put them on Fallon I was totally in love with how they looked on her little feet and never looked back.

Of course dressing Fallon up cute is really fun for me but I want her to be comfortable and her shoes to be high quality as little ones tend to beat them up. Freshly Picked checks all the boxes AND these little moccs are so easy to slip on and not so easy for Fallon to kick off. Miss thing is scooting around all over the place and standing up so any day now those little feet will be up and running. There's nothing like tiny bare toes in the grass on a summer day but when shoes are required you can bet we will reach for our Freshly Picked moccs. 

There is something so sweet about the sound of little feet carrying through the house and soon that music will be on repeat for us. I can't wait to see Fallon toddling around in her moccs, learning to balance and looking like she's had one too many sippies of milk. Be prepared for little walker spam in the next few months with all our favorite Freshly Picked moccs on her feet.

This post was written in partnership with Freshly Picked but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

My First Mother's Day

This year will mark my very first Mother's Day celebrating as a mama myself. Quickly closing in on a year of having a daughter has me thinking about how incredibly thankful I am to have the title of mom. Motherhood has been my greatest challenge but by far my greatest joy. Most days I have no idea what I'm doing, just winging it, giving it my all and hoping for the best. And even though I've completely lost my mind, I've found my purpose. Motherhood has shown me strength I didn't know I had, a whole new level of patience and the truest meaning of unconditional love. Funny how you don't there's a missing piece of your heart until it finds you.

I just can't seem to find the right words to describe how amazing it is to be a mom. Even on the days when nothing is going right, I've hit the wall and just feel like a massive failure, I still go to bed missing my baby girl while she sleeps and feeling grateful that she's mine. Did your mom ever tell you, "one day when you're a mom you will understand,"?. It's annoying when you're a know it all teenager but it makes more sense than anything else most days when you do become a mama yourself. I still have a long road of understand ahead of me, mistakes and heartaches with I hope so much laughter and joy mixed in. Motherhood is such a crazy, wonderful and terrifying journey but I have to say, I'm think I'm doing alright. And that's more of a compliment to my own mom than it is to me. Because I learned how to surpass good and become a great mom from the very best. Mom, I understand now. And I hope I'm making you proud. 

In closing of this very first Mother's Day post, I have to thank my perfect baby girl for making me a mama. Fallon Lynn, you are the most precious gift I could ever receive. I hope you know that I am here to support you when you leap, catch you if you fall and cheer the hardest when you succeed. May your strong will take you all the places you want to go and nowhere that you don't. Never lose that sparkle of curiosity in your eyes or that smile you do with your whole face. I love you always baby girl, and one day, when you're a mom, you will understand.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spring Style With JORD

Spring is in the air and I don't know about you but it makes me want to freshen up my style a bit. I am all about the most versatile pieces as wardrobe staples right down to my accessories. So I was really excited to have a chance to work with JORD because their watches totally fit the bill.

First of all, I was already impressed by the packaging when I received my Dark Sandalwood and Slate watch. Of course that didn't stop me from immediately opening it up and trying on my new arm candy, that is even prettier than the box! It is such a beautiful and unique watch. I'm a true jeans + tee girl at heart and I think my favorite thing about this watch is that it fits my casual style but can also can easily be dressed up. Running around with a baby all day isn't glamorous but adding that perfect accessory at least makes me feel more put together. And on that rare evening out, my watch can transition to a dressier look right along with me.

Everything in nature is blooming and a wood watch has such a natural look and feel to it. If you're ready to freshen up your spring style too, JORD has a variety of beautiful women's watches to help you step up your game. You might even spy something perfect for a Mother's Day gift or want to check out the men's watches for the special guys in your life celebrating Father's Day this year.

Want to win a $100 gift card for that amazing gift or maybe to treat yourself? Just click here to enter the giveaway. And just for entering you will receive a $25 off coupon code to use toward your next purchase! Take it from a girl who is very picky about her accessories, you won't regret having a JORD watch on your arm.

The giveaway will close 05/28/2017 at 11:59PM.
This post was written in partnership with JORD but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Dirty Thirty

Thirty years ago today, I was born! It's so crazy to think about being 15 and how that was half a lifetime ago. Time really does fly! I've had the best day celebrating with my little family and I thought it would be fun to share 30 things about me with all of you. 

1. I am a natural blonde. I started highlighting my hair when I was 18 and I've had it done pretty much the same ever since. 

2. I've never (probably obviously) had braces. My teeth were straight enough to forgo the hassle and expense of them. And I don't mind my slightly crooked smile one bit!

3. I broke my first bone(s) in my early 20s. Ironically I slipped on ice getting out of the car going INTO the bar. I refused to believe it until an x-ray 2 days later confirmed 3 broken metatarsals. 

4. My aunt is my godmother and we share the same middle name: Joan.

5. I never ate seafood until I vacationed with a friend in Florida when I was 16 and there was literally nothing but that on the menu at a restaurant where we had dinner. A bowl of shrimp pasta later and I never looked back.

6. I always thought I'd get married young, like 23, but I said, "I do," a month after my 28th birthday. 

7. I have a really small head (like toddler sized) and when I was a baby my parents had to take me to see specialists about it. Turns out, it's just genetic and totally normal. Fallon's is small too!

8. I always
have a favorite color of the moment but I always go back to grey.

9. I am mostly my mother's daughter but I have my daddy's hazel eyes.

10. I'm 5'4 but mostly legs so people always think I look taller. 

11. Chris and I met at a bar. You can find love just about anywhere. 

12. My dogs' names (Ares + Chaos) came from mythology.

13. I bake much better than I cook. It's shocking to everyone because....

14. I'm terrible with numbers and measurements. 

15. I'm actually athletically inclined although I'm not the least bit graceful in daily life. I run into walls in my own house. 

16. NSYNC was the first concert I went to. My fanatic teenage self would reemerge quickly if the band got back together. 

17. I don't watch the news. There's too much sadness in this world and if I really need to know something going on in the world someone else will tell me about it.

18. I do my own nails once a week. 

19. I am a proud Pit Bull mom. I dare you to say something mean about my baby.

20. I am a trusting person and have a pretty high tolerance for BS. But if you cross the line, watch out. 

21. I'm a former party girl. Now I'd rather stay home grilling out or eating pizza than hitting the bars any night. 

22. Lilies are my favorite flowers. 

23. I love distressed jeans. I'll probably still be wearing them long after I'm of an appropriate age. 

24. I love being barefoot all summer long but I have to have cozy slippers when it's cold out.

25. Fall is my favorite time of year as an adult but as a kid it was always summer. 

26. If I don't wear bug spray I get eaten alive in the warmer months. I must have super sweet blood. 

27. I went to look at and put an offer on our house while Chris was away for work. He didn't see it in person until we already had a contract.

28. I eat peanut butter every single day, sometimes just by itself.

29. My name means cheerful.

30. I've been a vegetarian for 2.5 years now and I don't miss meat at all.

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