Love List

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


It's been forever since I posted a love list on the blog, so I decided it was about time I did one! For those of you who are new readers; every so often I like to post a list of random things I am currently loving just for fun. I used to do it monthly, so I'm really going to try to do that again. :)

1. Cozy fall blankets! I have gotten a few blankets off Amazon this season, and they're awesome. I never thought about ordering blankets off there until recently, but I am so glad I did because they shipped fast (love Prime forever!) and they were a great deal! I got this one and this one.

2. New "Soup Sunday" recipes! Brian's schedule has been all over the place, so I haven't been able to do Soup Sunday this year, but I definitely want to start making a different soup weekly on one of the nights he is home. I just saw an episode of "The Pioneer Woman", and she made this hamburger soup, and I was absolutely drooling. I also want to make this stuffed pepper soup, because stuffed peppers is one of my favorite meals! 

3. I went shopping with my Mom and sisters recently, and each of us got a pair of these jeans, and we are obsessed. Seriously, you need them in your life. They are very forgiving, so soft and comfortable, and on sale right now! 

4. Cat & Jack plaid shirts. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my post about a week ago of the girls wearing these shirts at the pumpkin patch. I love them so much, and I decided they need all the plaid! 



5. Halloween meals! I have been trying to add a little Halloween flare to any meals we have been having at home lately. Sometimes it's as simple as cutting out some garlic toast into a ghost shape, and tonight we made mummy alfredo pasta! Comment with any fun ideas!


6. My JORD watch! Brian has had a JORD watch for a little over a year now, but I just got my first one, and now I totally get what the hype is about! I am not a huge watch or jewelry person, but this watch is so comfortable that sometimes I forget I even have it on. I also love how stylish it is and that I can wear it dressed up or dressed down. Right now, I am hosting a giveaway so make sure you click here to enter so that you can get a JORD watch of your own! 


Also, is anyone else as excited as I am that Halloween is only two weeks away?! Bring on the candy! ;)

 

Eight Months With Natalie

Tuesday, October 9, 2018



Eight whole months with my sweet baby, and it has seriously flown by! This month, her personality has really started to shine, and I am enjoying every minute of it. She's silly, always smiling, and loves to start playing as soon as she wakes up. She takes naps and bed time very seriously, and doesn't waste a moment letting me know she's had enough, then falls asleep within a few minutes of me putting her in her crib. She still wakes up once a night for a bottle most nights, but considering I was still getting up 4-5 times a night with Baylee when she was Natalie's age, I take it as her spoiling me. ;)



In true Natalie fashion, she continues to hit milestones at her own pace, and has no sense of urgency to keep up with big sis. She's a cuddle bug, who is happiest being held by mommy. In fact, just about a week ago, she blessed me with the surprise of babbling "mama" first. (Baylee of course said "dada" #daddysgirlforever) She just melts me with her love. We went through a rough patch where she sobbed every time I left the room for even a split second, but that seems to be getting much better as she's realizing that I always come back. :)

So far, Natalie is not "crawling" in the classic sense of the word, but she sure does get around! She's been rolling everywhere and backing herself up into a "sit" from all fours. She definitely rocks and tries, but so far hasn't gotten the hang of moving forward. She's been doing a lot of "down dog" baby yoga and trying to pull herself up on everything she can possibly get her hands on, so I know as soon as she strengthens those muscles enough she will be moving around like crazy.


Also, this month, Natalie finally discovered her inner foodie. She hadn't been a huge fan up until a few weeks ago, and now she's feeding herself tiny pieces of whatever we happen to be eating, and it's been so much fun! So far her favorite things are chicken, turkey, cheese, broccoli, and macaroni. I still attempt to end her meal with a puree, but she hasn't been finishing them lately. I think she's just about ready to give them up all together. 


 Natalie had her first trips to the county fair and the pumpkin patch this month, and I am so excited to do all the other "fall things" with her! Our Halloween costumes are ready to go, and I can't wait to see how much more fun it's going to be with both my girls!


Happy 8 months, my peanut!

Spooky Sleepers

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

 I asked on my Instagram stories if you guys wanted to see my favorite Halloween jammies for this year, and the "yes's" won! So here are the links to all these adorable jams! Most of them are already super discounted, so hurry and grab them before they're gone!

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 It has been so much fun this year to find coordinating PJs in both baby and big kid sizes...I'm pretty sure we need ALL the matching Christmas jammies for next month. ;) But for now, we are going to have these little skeleton beauties on repeat for the next 28 days! 



Also, true story, I didn't read in the description that they glow in the dark. You can imagine how bed time went the first time Baylee wore them and got the best surprise. *face palm*

Where are your favorite places to shop for matching jammies for both kids and adults? 

Fall Bucket List

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Every new season, I love to make a bucket list of fun things for us to do, so Baylee and I sat down and came up with some ideas for Fall!


 Fall Bucket List 

1. Go apple picking.
2. Bake a new cookie recipe. (We are thinking of adding apples to our oatmeal cookie recipe! Yum)
3. Visit the pumpkin patch.
4. Watch Hocus Pocus and our other Halloween movies on repeat. 
5. Make a new soup for dinner once a week. 
6. Go trick-or-treating.
7. Go to Baylee's school's Harvest Festival.
8. Move in to our new house and immediately put a new door mat and pumpkins on the porch! ;)
9. Bake a pie. (Either pumpkin or apple...or both)
10. Drink a hot caramel apple cider from Starbucks.
11. Do a random act of kindness.
12. Have a chili and cornbread night.
13. Go hiking on a cool day in the mountains.

What's on your fall bucket list??

I am so excited to begin the season of holidays with this little lady and her big sis. I think it's going to be the best ever! :)



Proud of You Two!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I have been looking in to all of the adorable personalized books that are out there ever since Baylee was a baby, but I never quite found one that was perfect enough. Then, recently, I found a company called Hooray Heroes, and I just knew we had to have the siblings book that they personalize! As soon as we got our book, "The Adventures of Natalie & Baylee", I knew that it was something the girls would cherish for the rest of their lives!



Making the book was half the fun! I was able to design each of the girls (I made it so that Natalie looked like a toddler and Baylee like a big kid so they can grow with it!) and then I picked and chose from a bunch of "stories" to completely make the book our own. Once everything was chosen, I was able to add a sweet message to go inside the front cover, so that they can always know that the book was a special gift from their Mama who loves them so!


The stories inside the book are all hypothetical adventures starring my two beauties with me as the narrator. It goes over many adventures that we can take one day including things like going to the beach, climbing trees in the forest, and star gazing. Each one has an underlying theme regarding how important it is for siblings to help each other and be each other's very best friend. There are sweet moments and giggles all along the way. Baylee and I had the best time reading each adventure, and I know Natalie will love it just as much when she's older! We took it slow and read 2-3 adventures each night so that we could talk about each one and point out what we saw in the pictures. Baylee loved that it depicted Natalie a little older than she is right now (already walking and talking), and now she is even more excited for sissy to get bigger!


I can't even begin to explain the way these sweet sisters warm my heart! I am so very proud of both of them; Natalie for being so sweet and smart, and just an all around joy, and Baylee for being the best big sister, a wonderful daughter, and a strong girl with a heart of gold. It is so great to have this book as a way to time capsule this ever fleeting season. They won't be little forever, and one day they will be even more grown up than the book depicts them, so I will forever cherish it for capturing this precious and innocent time of their lives.


Along with the sibling book, Hooray Heroes also has a whole line of individual personalized books which are just as adorable (and definitely going to be under our Christmas tree this year!). This amazing company has been so generous to offer my readers a discount of 15% off using the code: COFFEEGRACE15

These books are so great for holidays and birthdays, or just as a way to show the kiddo in your life how special they are to you! I promise you and they will love it more than any other book in their collection. ;) 





Until next time! XoXoXo 

 
 
 

Seven Months With Natalie

Sunday, September 9, 2018


I keep telling my sweet, little Natalie to stop growing, but she just won't listen. ;)

This month has been pretty magical for me, because with Baylee back in school a few days a week, I have been able to get some much needed one-on-one time with Nat to soak in what's left of her baby-ness. I'm enjoying the cuddles and playing with her uninterrupted for a few hours. I feel like second babies get a little jipped because they kind of just get carried along for the ride, so the slow down has been nice for both of us!

Natalie is still the chillest baby 95% of the time. She's quiet as a church mouse until she wants to be heard...then she has a shriek that could break glass. She's all smiles and giggles, and adores being around her people. She's definitely still not in a rush to hit milestones like Baylee always was (and still is), but I kind of love that about her. She's just content to do things at her own pace.

For milestones this month she has started to do a lot of baby push-ups and rocking back and forth in preparation for crawling. She can scoot herself backwards, and gets very frustrated as she gets farther away from whatever she's after. She's 100% mastered sitting up unassisted, and she loves to play peek-a-boo with a blanket over her head. My favorite thing, though, is that she thinks her name is "Sissy" because we call her that so often. She won't respond to "Natalie" yet, but if you call "Sissy!" she looks right at you. :) 


Natalie's love for food has grown a ton this month! She can eat an entire serving of pureed food in one sitting, and has finally gotten the hang of feeding herself solid food. She loves to snack on puffs and cheerios, and for meal time she has been enjoying her Raised Real meals! (Check out my post on this amazing company here!) Her favorite foods so far are sweet potatoes, peas, and apples.


Natalie is just like me, and is happiest when our family is all together. She's obsessed with Brian and Baylee, and is just one happy bouncy baby during family time. I keep saying this time and time again, but I seriously don't remember life without her. She's just been this perfect little addition to our family and we are so blessed. :)


I am so excited for the next few months with Natalie celebrating her first Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It's going to be the best holiday season ever! 

Until next time! XoXoXo

Raised Real, Baby!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


While scrolling through Instagram a couple months ago, I came across an ad for a company called Raised Real. I decided to check them out, and I instantly knew it was something I needed to try for Natalie. We try our best to eat fairly healthy, and we want the same for our babies. Raised Real is an amazing baby food company that makes feeding baby healthy and clean food super easy! 

With Baylee, we did primarily baby led weaning when it came to meal time, but it was a little difficult to always feed her whatever we were eating. I found myself often having to make something separate for her, and wasting a lot of food in the process. Raised Real comes in ready-to-make packets that you just add water to and steam on the stove for a few minutes...instant healthy meal for Natalie! The best part? If you don't do baby led weaning, the food can easily be mashed or pureed for some super healthy baby food with no questionable ingredients.



Natalie has absolutely loved every packet that we have tried. Her favorite is the peas, zucchini, hemp seeds, and basil in avocado oil. She has so much fun picking up the food and trying to feed herself, and I love that she is getting familiar with different flavors. With Baylee being back in school, dinner has been even more of a challenge during the week, so it's been great to have Natalie's Raised Real meals to take away the stress of having to make something different for her. We can all eat dinner together at the table at night, and that has made our evenings so much nicer. :)


There's no better time to try out Raised Real for your baby, because right now they are offering my followers $25 off their order! Just use the code ASHLEE25 at checkout, and you'll be on your way to getting some amazing, healthy food for your baby that is going to make your life so much easier! 


Natalie promises you'll love it! ;)

Until next time! XoXoXo