Love List!

Friday, August 26, 2016

It's Fri-yay! And the best part is that today is the last Friday in August, which means that Fall is almost here! I am seriously pining for sweater weather, jeans, and PSLs! All of my favorite companies releasing their Fall lines has been feeding my craving even more, so I couldn't help but include all the Fall things in this love list!

 Loved By Hannah and Eli released their buffalo plaid pieces, and I am in love! I must have this Mama Bear Hoodie for the fall and winter, and I am loving these Baby Bear Tees (unisex!) for the littles!

Baylee just became a brand rep for Nell's Bow Co and her Fall line is just. So. Good! I am obsessed with the mustard, eggplant, & black and tan. We got our order in yesterday, and I have all the heart eyes for everything, right down to her pretty packaging. You can order the bows with an alligator clip or on a nylon headband for tiny babes. (Which means twinning if you have a big girl and a little one!) Make sure you check out all of her gorgeous, and well-made bows... I promise you won't be disappointed!

I am totally digging sweet, simple dresses paired with a cardigan and tights for Fall mini style this year. June & January (my forever fav!) has their Fall line (including new swing dresses) coming out September 16th, and Alice + Ames released theirs this morning (and are already sold out of some styles!), and the new options are just stunning! If those companies are a little out of your price range, however, I just stumbled on a company called that sells perfect solid pieces for both girls and boys. I'm loving all the color options for their short sleeved dress and you can even get cardigans to mix and match!  

You can't have a Fall love list without the mention of pumpkin. Bath & Body Works is promising pumpkin everything to be released September 1st, and I seriously can't wait. My poor husband is going to be so sick of our house smelling like pumpkin pie 24/7! (Sorry I'm not sorry ;) ) I also just found out Califia Farms (available at Target) is releasing a pumpkin spice latte cold brew this year. I think I've died and gone to heaven! I've already been prepping my pinterest for the season of baking, and this applesauce pumpkin bread is first on the list! Not gunna lie, it might debut next weekend! :)

And, though it's not Fall related, no post is complete without the mention of my little bestie. I am dying over her recent obsession with "check-ups". Doc seriously has nothing on this girl. Her stethoscope is always nearby ready to give a poor, unsuspecting stuffed animal (or you know...the cocker spaniel) a check up at any given time. Med school, here we come! ;)

Until next time! XoXoXo


Doing Disney With A Toddler

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Two years ago today, I took my little 5-week-old newborn to meet Minnie Mouse for the first time. Baylee was born in to a Disney-loving family, so she is already a Disneyland and Disney movie pro at only 2 years old. (I mean I can name a Disney princess and she will immediately sing whatever song that princess sings. She's that good!) After frequenting the Disney Resort, I have a few tips and tricks that can help when tackling the parks with a toddler. (If you want my tips on doing Disney with a baby, that post is here!)

1. Pack snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. It's hard to get Baylee to focus on eating a real meal at Disneyland with all the distractions, so I make sure we have snacks for waiting in lines or for while I'm pushing her around in the stroller. I take granola bars, goldfish crackers, applesauce packets, and go-gurts. Sometimes, if we are going to be there all day, I even pack a full lunch for Baylee in a cooler just to save money by not having to buy her a toddler meal when I eat.  

2. Bring a full change of clothes (or two) and a change of shoes. With so many ways to get wet or dirty, and so many messy treats, it's almost guaranteed that your toddler will need an outfit change at some point. And walking around in wet shoes is no fun, so I always bring an extra pair just in case. 

3. Download the Disneyland App and choose rides accordingly. I've learned that Baylee's wait-time limit for rides is about 20 minutes before she gets over it and starts turning in to Wild Child. I always look at wait times on my app and choose the rides that have the shortest waits. 

4. Find a good, small stroller. We just got this stroller and I love it for Disney. It is way more maneuverable in large crowds than our older, bigger stroller, and still has an undercarriage and drink holders.

5. Bring a towel or blanket. One that you don't mind getting dirty. This is the easiest way to "mark your territory" for a parade, and it gives you something to sit on. When we are waiting for parades, I always make sure I have something for Baylee to eat or do, or I will have whoever is with me take her on rides while I wait at our spot. 

6. Use the baby center for potty training. We haven't quite reached this point yet, but I am so happy that it's available when we do. The baby centers in both parks have toddler sized potties for potty trainers or littles who just don't feel comfortable sitting on a big potty yet. There are even sinks that are shorter for them, so they can practice washing their own hands.

7. Find health(ier) eats. There aren't many choices for true health food at Disney, but there are definitely places with better options for toddlers. The toddler meals always come with sliced apples, baby carrots, or applesauce instead of fries or chips. We love the frozen apple juice in Fantasyland as an alternative to any of the other frozen treats. There are also stands in pretty much every land that sell fresh fruit and other healthy goodies. However, if it's just a cheat day for the whole fam (we all have those!), I highly recommend going crazy and just getting the churros and ice cream. ;)

8. Don't forget the shows! A lot of times, guests get so caught up with riding rides and meeting characters that they miss out on one of the most fun things to do in Disney, which is to watch one or two of their amazing shows! For toddlers, I highly recommend the Disney Junior Live show (Baylee's fav!), Mickey and the Magical Map, and the shows at the Royal Theatre (They alternate "Tangled" and "Beauty and the Beast"). These shows are a perfect way to catch a glimpse of your kiddos favorite Disney characters and to sing along with all their favorite songs, while mom and dad get to sit and rest their achy feet for a bit. It really is win-win!

9. Follow "Magic Kingdom Mamas" on Instagram. They are at the parks all the time and have a lot of tips and tricks for those of us with littles, as well as scoop on what is new-and-coming. Warning though...their feed may leave you with daily cravings for pineapple whip, churros, and Mickey-shaped treats!

10. Go with the flow. If there's anything I've learned about doing Disney with a toddler, it's that I'm on her time, not my own. If you have to stop and rest for a bit, do it. Sometimes the greatest things can happen, or you can make the most precious memories when you sit on a bench and just let Disneyland happen around you. Take some time to take it all in, because before you know it that little one is going to be dragging you on California Screamin' for the 5th time in a row. :)

Two precious Disney years down, and many more to go with my little mouse! I am so blessed!



Things That Baylee Says...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

 I swear these posts are nothing but my desperate mommy attempt to freeze time with my kiddo, who is growing so fast that I just know I'm going to blink and it will be her first day of Kindergarten. I love how smart and hilarious my girl is, but it makes me so sad that she's already growing out of the "saying things wrong" phase. She's already started to correct herself sometimes, and you can tell she's putting a lot more thought in to what she's about to say. It makes me so proud and so bummed at the same time!

That being said, though, there are many things that come out of her mouth that are said wrong, or just plain adorable/hilarious, and so worthy of an entire blog post to keep them forever. :)

My absolute fav. of her new sayings is "I misch you so musch!". Whenever we reunite after I've been gone, or just in the morning when she wakes up she tells me that she's missed me and I am a complete puddle.

She's started to shout different sayings that I know for a fact she's picked up from listening to me, Brian and my sisters. The best ones are "Oh my goodness!", "That's so so cool!" (or "This is so so good" if its food), and "Good job, Mommy!". 

She's also full of warnings and concern, "Careful, Mommy..." if I'm pouring a glass of water, or if I shout because I stubbed my toe or something she says, "Mama, you ok? Oh no! Got a boo boo?" Which she will then promptly pull out her doctor's kit and tell me "Time for a checkup" and say "Want a shot?" (I get one whether I want it or not.)

I feel so blessed to have such a loving girl. Her new thing is to tell me what she loves and then kiss and hug said object. "I lub puppy!", "I lub books!", "I lub fries!". She's also so polite and remembers to say "Bess you" when people sneeze, "Scuse me" when she burps, and "Tank you" when someone gives her something or does something nice for her. We are still working on "please", but she remembers half the time. :)

Her conscience is developing, and the looks she gives me when she knows she's done something wrong are killer. Just this morning she accidentally ripped a page in one of her books (Which shes gotten in trouble for doing on purpose before.) and she looked up at me and said "Shorry, Mommy...Shorry, I ripped da Elmo book." My heart totally melted as I told her that it was okay and that she wasn't in trouble. To which she responded, "I'm gunna make you some 'shood' (food)" and ran to her play kitchen as fast as she could. She said "Looooook, Mama!" and gave me "ice cream" with "tea" poured on it, and lots and lots of "finkles". :)

If you're a fellow lover of Baylee's shenanigans, make sure you follow her Insta @thatsbayleesworld

Until next time! XoXoXo


Viva Las Vegas!

Monday, August 15, 2016

So, we totally had one of those amazing weekends in Vegas where you're so busy and having so much fun that you forget to take pictures for the blog! Oops! :) But, luckily, I managed to scrape up enough from everyone's iPhones (thanks guys!) to do a post, so here we go!

I was so sad to leave Baylee for the whole weekend, but I knew it would be good for Brian and me, and she was in great hands with my grandparents. So, while she was having a blast all weekend running their roost, we got to have some adult time. There were 13 of us total that went, and it was for my middle sister's 21st birthday, so it was quite an adventure!

I never feel old until I hang out with twenty-somethings, and then I'm like "Holy crap I can't keep up with you guys!" We stayed at Harrah's and pre-partied in the hotel room on the first night, then had dinner at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. (Which was fun but had terrible service and ridiculous prices for the amount of food that you get.) We really had no set plans that night, so we gambled for a bit and then walked around the strip.

The next day, we spent most of the afternoon out by the pool (some of us were gambling and shopping as well), and then that night we went to Margaritaville for dinner. I can't say enough good things about that place! We had great service, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere is so fun! I can't wait to go again! 

After dinne, we went to my favorite Vegas bars, Coyote Ugly and Nine Fine Irishmen inside the New York, New York and had an absolute blast complete with dancing on the bar at Coyote Ugly and doing a ridiculous amount of shots at Nine Fine! I'm pretty sure I had more alcohol this weekend than I have had in the past 3 years, and though it was rough at times, I managed to hold my own! I was pretty proud of myself. ;)

 It was a crazy weekend filled with selfies, very little sleep, dancing, great music, lots of laughter, and my husband becoming obsessed with craps. (At least he won!) I missed my girl terribly, but I'm so glad we got to have a kiddo-free weekend to just be us for a little while. :) And I'm so happy Nicole had a raging 21st birthday! It's all downhill from here, girl! ;) I kid, I kid.

Until next time! XoXoXo


Summer Waterfall Hike!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

One of the silver linings that has come from Brian's accident at work is that Baylee and I get to spend more precious time with him doing fun things! Yesterday, we took Baylee on one of our favorite hikes to a small waterfall. It's a super quick hike, so we figured it would be perfect for our little beginner. She actually managed to walk a quarter of the way up and a quarter of the way down, so we we're really proud of her!

When she wasn't walking she sat in the carrier on Brian's back and loved it! It's been a long time since she's been in a carrier, so she thought it was pretty cool that she could be on Daddy's back without having to hang on.

Once we got to the waterfall, we all took our shoes off and played in the ice-cold water. Baylee had a blast finding rocks and plopping them into the water. We stayed and splashed for about a half hour, and she cried when it was time to go because she was having so much fun. I love watching my little nature girl in her element!

As frustrating as it is to have Brian out of work, I'm so grateful for this extra time we have to spend as a family! We definitely have a few more adventures planned before he has to go back. :) 

Until next time! XoXoXo


Today With Bay!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

7:45 Good morning, monkey!


8:00 Brusha, brusha!

8:05 Vitamin choices

8:10 Coffee and somehow the house is already destroyed!

8:30 Breakfast!

We had scrambled eggs, has browns, and bacon! Yum!

9:30 Fun at the park!

10:30 Home and milky!

11:30 Nap time

Which means Mommy gets to catch up on some Harry Potter!

1:30 Wakey, wakey!

1:45 Lunch

We are going to Vegas soon, so I've been "trying" to watch calorie intake. For lunch today we had peanut butter on rice cakes and some Green Machine Naked juice. 

 2:15 Play time!

Baylee has quite the Little People village going on since her birthday!

2:45 Nail salon!

 3:30 Stella Lou gets a bath!

 4:00 ABC learning with cookie cutters!

 4:30 Swingin'

 5:15 Dinner!

Baylee had a chicken quesadilla, and Brian and I had carne asada tacos.

 6:00 Concert in the park!

Our local park apparently has free concerts every Thursday in the summer and we just found out about it. This week was an 80's cover band, so we decided to check it out, and had so much fun! Baylee was dancing and running around (thanks to her ice cream and lemonade sugar high), and had a blast picking me sweet little flowers. She should definitely sleep well tonight! :)

8:15 Home and books with Daddy!

Ni-night, Baylee boo!

Until next time! XoXoXo