Fifteen Months With Natalie!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

My darling Natty Lou is 15 months old today! She finally started walking about 8 weeks ago, and she's basically running now. She is a full-force toddler complete with opinions and tantrums, but her sweet disposition seems to be sticking around, so I'm glad! She's the biggest cuddle bug I've ever met, a complete people-person, and a huge animal lover. I'm enjoying this stage in her life so much; even on the hard days she's still just the cutest thing! :)

Age: 15 months
Weight: 22 lbs

Height: 30 inches

Clothing size: 18 months

Teeth: Four that have cut completely (yay!!) and two more that are halfway cut. So, six by the end of next week :)

Favorite foods: BANANAS! She can eat a whole banana in one sitting in minutes. She also loves noodles, spaghetti, carrots, chicken, and yogurt.

Words: Oh, my little Natty Parrot. I was so worried she wouldn't talk well, but she turned 1, and sure showed me! Not only does she repeat words all day, but she says little phrases like "Hi Dada/Mama/Sissy!" and "Up me!" (Which means "up please") She even says "Thank you" when you hand her something she wants. Her all time favorite word to say, though, is "shoe". 

Favorite activities: chasing Baylee and Kennedy around and acting like she knows whats going on, bath time, running around in the backyard, and eating

Least favorite activites: diaper changes (It's like trying to put a diaper on a rolling alligator!)

Favorite toys: play food from the play kitchen, her purse, and random objects around the house. Honestly, I don't even know why we have toys for her. Hahaha! ;)

Signature moves: taking all of the shoes out of the shoe basket for 20 minutes and letting me know that each one is a "'shoe!!!", walking on the couch cushions and then body slamming a perfectly innocent Baylee, dumping out the dogs water (still obsessed), and throwing the nearest toy as hard as she can when she's mad

Honestly, I forgot how much fun one-year-olds are! It's been so much fun watching her blossom more each day and really create a bond with her big sis and cousin. 

I love you, my Peanut! 
I'm so glad God picked me to be your mommy!

Easter 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

I have to say that our Easter this year was the most laid back and relaxing ever! It was so nice to just have a quiet day with the girls. :)

My sister and I were up early, and we were greeted at the crack of dawn by Baylee. (Of course!) She was so excited to see that the Easter Bunny had left baskets for her, her sister and cousin. We made her wait for the little ones to wake up, so she spent an hour staring at the three baskets and telling us what she saw. It was too funny! Once everyone was awake we let them go through their baskets. They were so excited!

After baskets, we all hopped in the car to drive through Starbucks. I had given it up for Lent, so you better believe I was going to start my morning with a machiatto after not having one for almost 7 weeks! When we got in to the front yard, Baylee was so excited to see Easter eggs all over our lawn. "I thought the Easter Bunny forgot to hide eggs this year!" she said. He usually hides them inside the house, but this year thought our front lawn would be a beautiful location. ;)

When we got back from Starbucks, Brian was just getting home from the station, so he got to help us with the egg hunt! It was so much fun, and even Natalie and Kennedy got the hang of it right from the start! 

After the egg hunt, we made french toast bunnies for breakfast, and then let the girls play with all their new goodies from their baskets. 

We had a quiet afternoon while Natalie took her nap, and my sister and Kennedy left to go visit her husband's family. Once Natty woke up, we all got dressed, and went out to dinner.
The girls behaved so well at the restaurant, and it was the perfect way to end our relaxing day!

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!
Hallelujah! He is risen! 




To Three Or Not To Three

Friday, April 12, 2019

"When are you trying for baby #3?" is a question I get a lot now that Natalie is a year old. It's a completely innocent question, everyone knows that Brian and I adore our girls and used to always say that we wanted 3-4 kids...but now that we are actually living the life of having more than one kid, the answer is not so easy. 

While still laying on the operating table after my c-section with Natalie, I asked my doctor if I was a candidate for VBAC. Even in that moment, I thought for sure I would keep having more kids. Then I was thrown in to the world of taking care of two kids while having a firefighter husband who is gone more often than he is home, and wow...what an eye opener the last 14 months have been. I have had to be honest with myself; I don't know for sure if I can handle having another one.

When Natalie was around 5 months old, I realized I was battling some post-partum anxiety/depression and it was terrifying. I managed to get it mostly under control through using essential oils and expressing my need for help to friends and family, but I am so scared that it will happen again if I have another baby. It is so hard to take care of children when you're tired all the time and feel like the walls are closing in around you. I definitely worry about what adding another baby will do to my quality of parenting.

I also worry about being able to actually juggle three kiddos during Brian's 72-96 hour shifts. That's a long time to be alone with two kids, so the idea of adding a baby to the mix makes me sweat a little. I think we would be okay once we adjusted, but the "during" definitely has me concerned.

From a selfish standpoint, it's been kind of nice to have my body back. I spent so long not only being pregnant and breastfeeding, but also going through daily shots and fertility treatments, so it's been nice to do and eat whatever I want. Also, I have about 10 pounds from each girl that I am in the process of losing, so adding more baby weight to that doesn't sound fun. I'm just not too sure that I'm comfortable with the idea of starting from scratch again, and since we would be doing another frozen embryo transfer, daily shots would be back in my routine. Also, FETs are not free and not covered by our insurance, so we would be looking at spending another $5,000. Bottom line is we don't have it right now, because we are still paying off the IVF and FET we did to have Natalie.

On the other hand, the idea of not having another baby definitely makes me sad. We are so blessed that we got 15 embryos from our first (and only) round of IVF. We have 13 left and 2 of them are the highest grade possible. The thought of not transferring at least one of them is almost depressing. I don't want to regret not having another one and always wondering if I should have and who they would be. So many people have told me "You will never look at that child and think 'Oh, I regret having you...'" and it's so, so true. 

I am trying me best to let go and let God decide on the matter, but with it being an IVF situation and the fact that I would like to be done having kids before I turn 35 (I turned 33 in March), we definitely have to figure it out soon.
No matter what we decide, I am one blessed mama to have my two little beauties!  
 So, what do you guys think? 
I would love to hear your thoughts on why you did or did not keep having kids after you had two!

Summer Themed Easter Baskets

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

One of my goals for 2019 has been to minimize the clutter at home, and while that's not going as well as I originally hoped, I have made a solid effort to not add to it. So, with that in mind, I decided to go with a more practical approach this year for Easter baskets and do a summer theme. I am going to stuff them with things that the girls will need for summer that I would have had to buy anyway! Here are some of the main things going in their baskets:


Also, they're not pictured, but the girls are each getting a pair of Freshly Picked sandals. They are, by far, the best quality sandals for kids we have ever owned, so I highly recommend them! Other ideas would be floaties, sunscreen, pool floats/rafts for big kids, pool toys, goggles, and cute summer outfits or jammies! :)

I am going to put in one toy and one treat for each of the girls, but other than that they are getting all the necessities and I am one excited mama! 

Do you have any other ideas for a summer themed basket? Also, what do you guys stuff in your kids' Easter eggs besides candy and money? 

KIDBOX is Love!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I love shopping, but shopping with/for my kids inside stores is quite often less than fun. You just really never know what you're going to get from one of those little ticking time bombs, and often we have had to rush through stores because someone reached the point of no return. (a.k.a. melt down city) This is why I was so intrigued when I found KIDBOX. I knew we had to give it a try! KIDBOX is a seasonal subscription box filled with clothes for your baby or child hand picked by your own personal stylist. You fill out a questionnaire when you order to help the stylist make the best choices for you. You get to keep what you love, and if anything doesn't suit your fancy then you can send it back free of charge!

After answering the questionnaire about my girls, our boxes arrived super fast, and all of the clothes were perfect for both my girls' styles! Our stylists were definitely on point, especially for Baylee! (You may have seen the unboxing on my Instagram stories when we first got them in!) Along with the clothes, Natalie got some snack cups, and Baylee got some art supplies and temporary tattoos. We were all so excited! Since the boxes are seasonal, they will definitely be able to wear the outfits they got all through the spring! :)

We, of course, had to have a little photo shoot of all our favorite looks:

All of the clothes are name brand like Jessica Simpson, BCBGirls, Lucky Brand, and many many more! And the best part? I didn't have to drag them to a store to try on all the things! #momwin  

Along with being an amazing subscription, KIDBOX is also wonderful because they give back! For every full box kept, they donate money to help clothe a child in need. Companies with a mission to help are always a win in my book!

You definitely cannot go wrong with a KIDBOX subscription, and right now all my readers can save 15% off their first box using the code Ashlee15. If you get one make sure you tag me in posts of your favorite looks! I can't wait to see all your stylish kiddos! :)

Bloom Daily Planners

Monday, March 18, 2019

One thing about me that is for sure is that I am definitely a planner! I love to know what’s coming next and to count down the days until the fun events and holidays! That’s why I was so excited when I found Bloom Daily Planners! Not only are their planners and list tablets super cute, but they are so functional for all my planning needs!

I got the cutest 2019 planner to plan out daily tasks, my blogging schedule, and special events! I love that there is an inspirational quote on each page, and even a spot to track your water intake! 
We are big on meal planning in the Tibbetts' house both to eat healthier and save money, so I was so excited to find the fridge magnet pad that has both a weekly meal planning side as well as a grocery list! It makes it so easy to only shop for what we will need for the week.
I’m always jotting to-do lists on random papers, so their To-Do Pad has been perfect for me to keep track of where my list is! There is nothing more satisfying than checking things off a to-do list! :)
I also got a daily goals planner that isn’t dated, so you can start using it any time you want! I plan on using it to keep track of all my fitness and personal goals!

If you are in the market for any planning tools, I can’t recommend Bloom Daily Planners enough! I will definitely be purchasing my yearly planners from them for now on! This week they are celebrating their 9th birthday will some fun sales!

There will also be a giveaway hosted each day on their instagram page, so make sure you check it out! 

Which planner are you most excited about?!

Whiter Teeth With Smile Brilliant

Thursday, February 28, 2019

When I first started working a desk job in my early 20's, I quickly became an avid coffee and tea drinker, so you can imagine how much worse that habit got once I started having kids a few years later. (I mean the name off my blog is Coffee & Grace haha) While I adore both, coffee and tea are terrible for staining teeth, and for the longest time I have been very self conscious about how much my teeth were yellowing. That's why I was so excited when I found Smile Brilliant. I knew that I had finally found a whitening regime that would work for me, and hopefully have great results!

Once I got my kit to make my teeth molds, I immediately began the process. It was actually kind of fun! Before long I was mailing them off, and then my customized trays were delivered right back around 10 days later. I was so excited to begin the process!

The directions were simple, and the gel was easy to put in to the trays. I whitened during the day for the sake of getting the pictures for the blog, but almost every other session I did right before bed so that the desensitizing gel could really soak in. I did have some discomfort a few sessions in, so I spread my whitening out to every other day, and that really helped a lot! 

Because the trays are fitted, they're super comfortable, and in the mirror you can barely tell you have them on. Each session takes a little over an hour, so I would use that time to just relax and scroll through Instagram or Pinterest before bed. :)

I have tried other whitening products including toothpaste, mouthwash, and strips, and the bottom line is that nothing has whitened my teeth the way Smile Brilliant has! These are completely unedited before and after photos:

I could not believe how much whiter and brighter my teeth look! I keep checking out my own grin in the mirror now because I am so excited to see my old pearly whites again! ;)

Smile Brilliant wants to help one of my readers get a whiter and brighter smile, so I teamed up with them to give away an entire kit! Just click here to enter! And if you can't wait to start the process to get the whiter teeth you've been wanting, you can save 15% off store-wide by clicking here and using the code ashleetibbetts15