First Birthday Gift Guide

Friday, January 25, 2019

Since Natalie's first birthday is right around the corner (two weeks from tomorrow!) I decided to put together a little gift guide of things I have on her wish list, and some of our favorite gifts that she got for Christmas. One is such a fun age, but it's definitely a challenge to find gifts that are both age appropriate and will keep their interest/be useful, so I hope this guide helps if you have a little one to shop for! :)

1. Radio Flyer Trike. My Dad is getting Natalie this trike and I am so excited! I love that I can push her in it until she gets old enough to learn how to pedal. Baylee just learned how to ride her bike with training wheels well, so I see lots of walks with the girls on their bike and trike this spring!

2. Toy box. Any toy box will do, but I fell in love with this one on Amazon. We are toy storage obsessed over here. ;)

3. Flappy the Elephant. My niece got Flappy for her first Christmas, and adores it, so I knew Natalie had to have one too. Santa brought her one for Christmas and she plays with him all the time.

4. Books. I love when my girls get books as gifts, I am a firm believer that kids can never have enough books! We are hoping to get "Flora and the Flamingo" for her birthday this year. I also have "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and a farm animal "Play-a-Sound" book on her list. 

5. Wooden Alphabet Puzzle. Babies this age love wooden toys, and this puzzle that is super cute and doubles as a way to teach the alphabet is a win-win in my book.

6. Security blanket. One-year-olds are finally ready to have a little something extra to snuggle in their crib, so a security blanket is a perfect gift that parents will love you for. Baylee slept with hers until she was a little over 3!

7. Stuffed animals. I'm not a huge stuffed animal fan, but my girls adore them, so of course, we have a ton. Sometimes, I can't help myself though, so I had to get Natalie this adorable pink flamingo to go with her "Natalie In Onederland" themed birthday party! 

Tell me what your favorite gifts for one-year-olds are and I will add them to the list!

I can't believe my baby is almost 1!


Real Good Foods!

Monday, January 21, 2019

One of my biggest problems when trying to lose weight is my habit of munching on easy-to-grab food that isn't on the healthy side. As a busy stay-at-home mom, I often find myself eating grilled cheese sandwiches or dino nuggets with the kids, and I know I could be putting way better things inside my body. That's why I was so excited when I found the Real Good Foods company. They make frozen meals and snacks that are low in carbs, high in protein, grain free & gluten free to give people like me an easy way to make a smarter meal choice! The best part? Along with being able to order their food online, you can also pick it up at your local Walmart!

So far, I have tried the cauliflower crust pizza and the chicken jalapeƱo poppers, and both were amazing! The pizza was quick and easy to bake in the oven, and came out so cheesy and delicious. 

The chicken poppers are the perfect snack or small lunch. I tried them both in the microwave and in the oven on different occasions. I definitely liked them out of the oven better, but both ways taste great! Dipping them in a little ranch was amazing too!

Along with being perfect meals for me, my kids actually really like them too, especially Natalie! As soon as she sees me eating the poppers, she comes begging like a little puppy. I also cut up the pizza into small bite-sized squares for her, and she adores it! Real Good Foods makes easy, healthy meals for the whole family, and that relieves so much stress for a busy mama like me! :) 



Eleven Months With Natalie!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I am waist deep in 1st birthday party planning for my Peanut, and I can't even believe it! Seriously, this was the fastest year ever and it breaks my heart. I love watching her become a toddler right before my eyes, but there's a part of me that sometimes aches to do this year over again. She's been the sweetest baby, and I will always miss her tiny snuggles and quiet mannerisms. Time, you thief, you.

Age: 11 months
Weight: 20 lbs
Height: 27 inches (last time I checked...she might be more now)
Clothing size: 12 months
Teeth: 2! 1 fully in and 1 that just cut yesterday! Finally!
Favorite foods: cheerios, pasta, carrots, peas, cheese, eggs, and yogurt
Words: dada, mama, baba, sissy (ti-tay) & dog (Natalie is definitely not as much of a talker as Baylee was)
Favorite activities: pulling herself to a stand on everything in sight, taking all the tupperware out of my cabinet, bath time, eating, and playing with Baylee
Least favorite activites: getting out of the bath tub or having her face wiped
Favorite toys: activity table, her fishbowl, and her llama
Signature moves: crawling around the island in the kitchen as fast as she can to chase Bay, splashing in the dog water, twerking to any and all good beats

Natalie got to celebrate her first Christmas this month, and as I recapped in my Christmas post, she had a blast! First Christmases are seriously the best!

She has been enjoying all her new toys she received, but her favorite by far is her activity table. She also loves her llama that we have named "Sweet Llama". She snuggles her when she is tired and it's the cutest thing. Also, she randomly has decided that her paci is life, and I'm not even mad about it. #paciloversunite

It's been so much fun watching her relationship with Baylee develop as she grows. They are starting to become best friends, and they want to be around each other all day. My Mama heart can't even handle what sweet sisters they are!


Oh, my Natty Lou, how are you going to be one?!
Your love of the dogs water bowl runs deep, but not as deep as my love for you! I can't wait to celebrate your next month, my sweet baby!


Snow Day!

Monday, January 7, 2019

My sister, Nicole, & her husband, Andrew, got a cabin in Big Bear over the weekend, so we decided to crash their party and let the girls have a snow day! My other sister, Gina, her husband, Eric, and my niece, Kennedy, joined us, so it was the best day! :)

 There wasn't a whole lot of fresh snow, so we didn't get to build a snowman, but it was just enough for some fun sledding! Baylee could not get enough. She is snow-obsessed just like her Daddy! (He used to be a ski instructor in the mountains where he grew up.) She is definitely ready to go skiing this winter.

This was also a very special snow day, because it was Natalie's first time seeing snow ever! She was definitely interested and giggly...until she got cold, then she just wanted to be held. But just the pics of her in her little snow suit made the trip 100% worth it! 

 After snow play, we plopped the girls in their brand new wagon and went for a walk in the village to find some lunch before we headed back home. It was such a fun family day, and I'm so, so glad we got to do it! Love my girls so much!



2019 Resolutions

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Last year, my only new year's resolution was survival, and looking back it's almost hilarious what a smart choice that was! Learning to do life with a newborn and a threenager while my husband started a brand new firefighting career was no joke...throw in buying a new house and moving, and well, it's been survival mode at it's finest. :)

Things are finally in the beginning stages of settling down, though, so I feel like I can start goal setting again. I am so excited to see what the new year brings as we fully settle down in to our new home, and Brian and I discover what it's like to parent a toddler and a kindergartner! (She starts Kinder in 6 months you heart is breaking.) So here are my goals for the next 12 months:

1. To get organized. About a third of our stuff is still in boxes, because Christmas hit and I just kind of stopped unpacking. I want to fully unpack and get a system of making the house more organized as well as implement a cleaning schedule for myself. 

2. To lose the "baby weight". I know this is so cliche, but I have kept 10 pounds per baby, so I would really love to lose it to get healthier and feel better about myself. (Says the girl who ate donuts for breakfast...there's always tomorrow!) 

3. To get my stress and anxiety under control. I had some postpartum anxiety and depression this year, and it seems to be getting much better, but I still have a lot of moments where I have to put on my essential oils and calm myself. I want to learn more about other oils and invest more in them, because I know they will help with prevention.

4. To be more present with my girls. It's been a rough year of being tired a lot and not always feeling like playing or going places with the girls, so I really want to change that. I'll have a blog post soon that will delve in to it more, but my goal is to become more of a "yes" mom instead of being a "no" mom so often.

5. To be a little selfish. I know this sounds so contradictory, but I tend to be a people pleaser and often forget to fill my own cup. In the end, this usually makes for a grumpy and worn out mama/wife, so I'm going to make a point to focus on my self care more than usual. It's all about balance. 

Well, now it's out there on my little corner of the internet, so you all are holding me accountable. ;)

Leave your resolutions in the comments, I would love to read what you all have planned.

Let's make this the best year ever, friends!