Baylee's Princess Tea Party

Monday, July 16, 2018


Over the weekend, we had Baylee's birthday party, and it was probably my favorite of all her parties yet! I asked her a few months ago what kind of party she wanted, and she told me a princess tea party. I was totally shocked because I thought for sure she would want something with My Little Pony or dinosaurs, but being the Disney lover that I am, I took the princess idea and ran with it!

We let Baylee invite her best friends and family, and did a little lunch party. The "tea party" part didn't go as planned, but everyone enjoyed the food and hanging out with each other. (Even though it was crazy hot and humid!) For the adults we had deli sandwiches, and the kids went to town on some chicken nuggets.

As a surprise for Baylee, and to give the kids something fun to entertain them, we hired Princess Belle to pay them a visit for an hour! We used Crowns & Castles Princess Parties, and I was so happy with our experience! Belle was absolutely adorable! She had story time with the kids, then she did their makeup and they had princess lessons complete with a dance. We took all kinds of pictures, and then Belle helped us sing "Happy Birthday" to Baylee before she had to return to her castle. It was so amazing, and Baylee was in absolute Heaven! She could not believe that the actual Belle was visiting her at her birthday party. ;)


















  
It was the best day, and such a fun way to celebrate our big girl turning 4! She hasn't stopped talking about how much fun she had, so I really hope it's a memory she hangs on to for a long time! :)

Until next time! XoXoXo



Happy 4th Birthday, Baylee!

Sunday, July 15, 2018


 My baby girl is 4 years old and I seriously can't believe it! She is the silliest, sassiest, most fun kiddo ever, and I can't wait to see how much she changes over the next year as she prepares for Kindergarten! Three was definitely a rough age for us at first with her tantrums and new-found opinions, but we made it through, and every day I see her maturing a little more!

Right now, Baylee is 38 pounds and 39 inches tall. She's in 4T/5T clothes and is a size 8 shoe. Her favorite things in the whole world are her baby sister, Disney Princesses, dinosaurs, and My Little Pony. She gets smarter every day. She can spell her name, recognize the entire alphabet and what sound each letter makes (as well as name a word that the letter starts with), she has been tracing letters and can recognize numbers 1-20. I am so excited to watch her learn even more in Pre-K this year! She loves to play play-doh and color, and can play with her toys in her room for hours.

Baylee's 4th Birthday Interview

Favorite color?: pink
Favorite toy?: my shopkins
Favorite food?: pancakes
Favorite TV show?: My Little Pony
Favorite game?: Pretty Pretty Princess
Favorite snack?: cheese-its
Favorite animal?: horse
Favorite song?: “H.O.L.Y” -Florida Georgia Line
Favorite book?: “I Spy”
Best Friend?: Maci, Sophie, & Kassidy
Favorite Cereal?: Rice Krispies
Favorite thing to do outside?: ride my trike
Favorite drink?: apple juice
Favorite holiday?: Halloween
What toy do you take to bed with you at night?: Kitty Cat
Favorite movie: Toy Story
Favorite place to go?: The park

I love my little bestie more than I could ever explain! 
Happy Birthday, Sweet Baylee!
 
  

Until next time! XoXoXo


Little Sleepy Head

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I recently stumbled across a company called Little Sleepy Head for baby products, and I love it so much! The company was founded by a tired mama who made some special pillows for her boys to help them get better sleep in their own beds, and the rest is history! Now, along with pillows and pillowcases, they have a complete line of products for babies and kids. As you all know, I am always on the search for natural and organic products that I can use on my girls for their sensitive skin. So far, we have yet to be disappointed by anything we have tried from LSH!

Their hair & body wash is gentle and smells amazing. I also love that it comes in a convenient pump bottle because, let’s face it, I am often only one handed during bath time! :) We put the lotion on after bath, and the girls love it so much! They get super relaxed and it’s not greasy feeling at all.

 
We also have been using the lavender oil linen spray on the regular. (I kid you not, the bottle is half gone.) Baylee begs for it every single night! She has started calling it her “monster spray” because she said it keeps her bad dreams away which I thought was adorable and very inventive of her! I spray it all over both her and a Natalie’s mattresses about 20 minutes before bedtime for a soothing environment once they get cozy in their beds! We also have the giraffe and elephant loveys, and I can’t wait until Natalie is old enough to sleep with them! I know they’re going to be her favorite things!

 
Our absolute favorite product that we have tried from Little Sleepy Head is their sunscreen! I have the hardest time finding sunscreen that doesn’t make Baylee have an eczema flare, and theirs is absolute gold. It doesn’t smell weird, goes on easy, completely protects the kids from burning, and we have no flare ups after! Can’t get much better than that!

 

Along with the products we have tried, Little Sleepy Head's  line of toddler/youth pillows and pillowcases are the cutest! I definitely plan on making some more purchases in the future. I am so glad, and so excited that we made Little Sleepy Head a part of our daily routines. It is so nice to be able to trust in a company, especially when you have little ones at home!

Make sure you check them out, and hurry! Right now most of their products are on sale! (And free shipping for orders over $50!) :)

Until next time! XoXoXo

Five Months With Natalie!

Monday, July 9, 2018


My little peanut is not a peanut anymore, and I can't even believe it! She's getting bigger, smarter, and stronger by the day, and I just feel so blessed to be her Mama! Natalie weighs 15 pounds right now, and I'm not sure of her length, but we will find out in a few weeks at her next appointment! She is in size 2 diapers (but probably our last pack!) and 6 month clothes.

Nat is the happiest baby ever. We had a little rough patch with her 4 month sleep regression, but she seems to be doing much better now. She's napping in 1-2 hour stretches and sleeping 12 hours at night with only 1 or 2 wake ups. (I'm still dead tired though lol) She's full of squeals, smiles, and giggles and loves playing with her toys. She's gotten pro at picking toys up to chew on them, and she loves to bounce around in her jumper. She can now roll in both directions, and loves to lay on her belly for long lengths of time. 

We have had a pretty quiet month over here with not too much going on, but Miss Natalie got to experience a few firsts. She went on her first picnic at the park with Baylee and me, and loved being outside under the trees! 


She celebrated her first Father's Day with Daddy! I still can't believe he has two little beauties to cuddle now. :)


She tried baby oatmeal for the first time, and absolutely loves it! I try my best to give her 1 serving of it every day now, and she bomb dives the spoon. I have a feeling she's going to be a good little eater! 


She celebrated her first Independence Day! We had so much fun getting her all dressed up for the day, and she loved all the attention. :)



And finally, as of yesterday, she sad up completely by herself. It was such a bittersweet moment! My little baby is already getting so big, and I know I'm going to blink and she will be crawling! 


We also hit the one year anniversary of little embryo Natalie being transferred into my uterus, and it was such a special day for me! It's amazing what a year can change, and now I have a fun and bouncy 5-month-old that I get to love on every day! 


Until next time! XoXoXo!



 





Patriotic Funfetti Cookies

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I can't believe tomorrow is already the 4th of July! We are so excited, so today Baylee and I decided to get a head start on dessert! This year, we made Patriotic Funfetti Cookies! They turned out super cute and super yummy!


Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

1 box funfetti cake mix
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tub vanilla frosting
sprinkles of choice

Instructions 

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3. Add all ingredients to a stand mixer bowl and beat on low until combined. (A hand mixer will work too!)
4. Scoop out dough and roll into about 2 inch or so balls, then place them on the prepared cookie sheet. 
5. Bake at 350 for about 11 minutes. Edges will be just starting to turn golden and center will still be soft.
6. Let cookies cool for a few minutes on the sheet and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
7. Once cookies are completely cooled, frost and sprinkle!







You can use any box of funfetti cake mix for this recipe, so it's good for any occasion! I found the seasonal red, white, & blue funfetti mix at Target!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Independence Day! I can't wait to see how you all are spending it! :)


Until next time! XoXoXo
 

 

Friday Favorites: Miss Independent

Friday, June 22, 2018


I haven't done a Friday Favorites post in forever, so I figured I would do one in honor of one of my favorite holidays being less than 2 weeks away! Here are my favorite outfit choices for baby and toddler girls for Independence Day this year!

1//2(shorts)2(top)/3//4//5//6 

 


I think we are going to have a simple 4th of July here at home this year with some kiddie pool splashing and BBQ, but you better believe I will have the girls all decked out in their red, white, and blue! :)


 What are your Independence Day plans?? 
Did I miss any adorable outfits that are out there?





Until next time! XoXoXo
 


Four Months With Natalie

Saturday, June 9, 2018




This amazing little diva of mine is 4 months old today, and I seriously have no idea how time is flying so fast! Her personality shines more each day, and I fall more and more in love with this tiny human! :) Natalie is so smart, happy all the time, and the most laid back baby I've ever met. She only cries if she's super hungry or super tired, and most of the time is completely content hanging out in her bouncer or on her play mat watching us do daily life things. She passes out smiles and giggles all day long, especially when she's being sang to.


We just recently had her 16 week checkup, and she weighs almost 13 pounds and is just about 23 inches long! We moved up to size 2 diapers and size 6 month clothes this month, and just like always I cried packing up all the 3 month clothes! She's getting so big so fast!


We moved Natalie into her own crib for naps and overnight this month, which has been a bittersweet change. I miss having my girl in my room with me, but she also sleeps a lot better on her own and is learning to self soothe, which is amazing. I can put her pacifier in her mouth and walk away and she rubs her head on her mattress until she falls asleep. As a result, she's now sporting the same baby bald spot that Baylee had as a baby, and it cracks me up every day! 


Now that we are having nice, summery weather here, we have been spending a lot more time outside. Natalie loves it so much, and is super calm every time we go out. It's the most adorable thing to watch her take in her world from a different perspective. She also got to have her first dip in the kiddie pool. She wasn't the biggest fan at first, but she got used to it and enjoyed kicking her feet in the water. 


By far, Natalie's favorite thing in the whole world is when Baylee plays with her. She loves her sissy so much, and looks all around for her when she hears her voice. Baylee loves to go in her room when she wakes up from her nap and talk to her while she helps me unzip her sleep suit. I love watching what a cute little mommy Baylee is becoming!


There's no doubt about it, this little girl gets more and more fun! She rolls from belly to back regularly, and almost has back to belly down! She blows raspberries all day long, and has recently found her voice which has been super funny to listen to. She loves sitting in her bumbo, and it has helped strengthen her back quite a lot! I have a feeling she will be sitting up before we know it!


Princess Natalie, you are so loved, and I'm so honored to be your mama and watch you grow each month! 


 Until next time! XoXoXo