Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FOR SALE: Kate Spade Diaper Bag

Hi Everyone,
I am selling my beautiful Kate Spade Holland Diaper Bag, in like new condition.
Is anyone interested?

It is $348 on their website right now, but I am selling it for $175. (that's 50% off!)
And Free Shipping for those in the US.

I used it for 1 year, but it's in great shape. No wear and tear, no holes or stains, it's clean (and easy to clean), and the perfect cross body bag for any mommy. It also comes with a large changing mat and has hooks to clip to your stroller.

Let me know if anyone is interested!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things I love...

Since it's Valentine's Day, I thought I would list a few things I'm loving lately...

+ my sweet family
+ that Paisley (our dog) turns 15 years old today
+ Leah turning 20 months old yesterday
+ new basement floors
+ selling our old washer and getting it out of our basement
+ my bestie, Alison, due with baby #2 any day now
+ Leah's beautiful eyelashes
+ my hubby's amazing cooking skills
+ my 2 miles commute to work
+ new coworkers to eat lunch with
+ my new Jujube diaper backpack
+ CV bringing me Cool Ranch Doritos yesterday (even though I'm trying to eat better!)
+ spending the evening soaking in our hot tub
+ black and white pictures
(This picture is one of my all-time favorites!)

What are you loving today???

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Highlights

 January Highlights:

+ We started the year in Memphis visiting my family.
+ CV bought me pretty flowers.
+ Had so much fun at the Cincinnati Zoo on an unusually warm Saturday.
+ Went to our friends house for dinner and watched our kids play together.
+ Leah went down the park slide 100x in one day.
+ Leah tried Skyline for the first time. She was skeptical at first but finally enjoyed dipping her crackers in the chili.
+ I celebrated my pregnant friend, Alison, with a baby shower.
+ Leah got upgraded to Toddler 1 class at daycare and transitioned from a crib to a cot.
+ Leah bathed in Crayola Bath Colors.
+ I finally got my hair cut and colored.
+ I had the most relaxing 80min massage at Woodhouse Day Spa.
+ We played at the Cincinnati Children's Museum.
+ I turned 34 years old! (and Leah turned 19 months!) :)
+ CV bought me amazing birthday flowers and prepared my meal of choice. (Salmon and Brussel Sprouts!)
What were your highlights this month?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Five Questions for Mommas!!

I decided to focus my "Friday Five" post about Five Questions I have for fellow mommas out there. Please share your wisdom with me!!!

1. When did you start potty training??? Leah actually tells me every time she goes "peepee" and "poopoo" and tugs at her diaper. Just by her knowing what is going on, I feel like she's getting close to being able to be potty trained. What do you think? She is almost 19months old....any suggestions on where to begin or did you do anything that worked???

2. When did you stop using sippy cups??? Leah actually drinks milk out of a "learner cup" and I'm wondering I should move her to more of a "big girl" cup. I've given her other cups but she loves to purposely spill things so I'm still stuck on this learner cup because it doesn't spill/leak.  I would love to try more straw cups, but they seem to all leak when you turn them upside down, and Leah loves doing that! Any suggestions???

3.  When did you give your child a pillow to sleep with?? I folded a blanket and tucked it under her fitted sheet to act as a "practice pillow". She uses it sometimes, but she still moves around a lot in bed. What age did you give your kiddo a pillow...and when did you move them out of the crib, or take a side of the crib down?

4. Why is it so hard to brush Leah's teeth? All she wants to do is suck the water off the toothbrush and does not actually brush her teeth.  I researched dentists and a lot of them won't see her until she is two.  Any suggestions on how I can brush her teeth??? I'd hate to go to her first dentist appointment and get any bad news.
5. Is there anything else I should be thinking of for a 19month old??? Haha, such a general question, but it's hard to remember everything I should be doing at this point. So much going on with her fast development!!

THANKS so much to all my mommas out there who are reading this! I really appreciate any responses of your experiences!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lately....and Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, everyone!
I've been off the grid for a few weeks so now I feel like I need a "Lately..." blog posting to catch everyone up with my life.
This blog post is great for all those (like me) who love lists.

My Life Lately:
+ I bought a brand new car and said goodbye to my old car of 9 years. It feels so good to buy a new car, but am I the only person who does NOT like the "new car smell"???
+ We celebrated the holidays!! I never blogged about NYE, Christmas, or even Thanksgiving. I'm a horrible blogger, ya'll. Haha. So here is the holidays in a nutshell:
+ Thanksgiving was spent with our "second family" in Cincinnati and it was lovely. It was fun seeing Leah eat her first real Thanksgiving dinner (last year she just drank milk!) And Leah loved petting their sweet family dog.
+ I partied hard one night! My besties were in town during Christmas and stayed the night on the 23rd. We went to Anchor in OTR for drinks, followed by dinner at Zula. Then we went downtown for bar hopping (literally stopped by every bar for a drink and a shot) and didn't get home until after 2:30am! This momma was TIRED! haha.

+ Christmas Eve was spent with CV's extended family and it was a lot of fun bc there are a lot of kids all around Leah's age. We had a BBQ dinner and had a fun white elephant gift exchange.
+ Christmas Day was spent with my two loves, opening presents and having lots of delish food and fun play time. CV bought me two necklaces that I wanted, and I bought him a MVMT watch.
Leah got everything from clothes and shoes, to arts and crafts, to a basketball hoop and fun toys.
+ I also bought CV a squatty potty and he says its the best present he's ever received. hahaha. Does anyone else have one???
+ I was off work the last week of the year, so Leah and I spent a lot of fun time together, then we traveled to Memphis to spend time with my family and celebrate a delayed Christmas.
+ We had a late Christmas dinner at my moms house with family.
+ And we Rang in the New Year in Memphis with my BFF, and Leah stayed the night over my moms house, (only the 2nd night away from mommy since she's been born!)
+ We also celebrated CV's birthday in Memphis by dining at Rendevous for BBQ, visiting the Memphis Pyramid (Bass Pro Shop) and going to the very top, and watching the Ohio State game
Welp, that seems to be all I can think of for now, so there you have are now ALL CAUGHT UP with Jax. 
Now, I can focus more on the New Year and good things to come for 2017! :)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

18 Months with Leah

The month's are flying by...
This little nugget is already ONE AND A HALF YEARS OLD! (As of 12/13/16 oops I'm late!) Every month that goes by, it's my new favorite age, I just adore this age where she is becoming independent, can somewhat vocalize what she wants and still wants to (sometimes) snuggle with her mama. She's the perfect little 1.5 year old!
Height/Weight: Our official weigh in was this week at 21.2 pounds. (fully clothed) which makes her in the 30 percentile.  She was 81cm long, in the 50 percentile. And I forget the measurement but her head was in the 30 percentile.
Diapers: Still in Pampers Baby Dry Size 3.
Clothing: She's mostly in 18month clothing. Carter's and BabyGap are my two favorites.
And sometimes we even dress like twins! :)

Teeth: She currently has 4 top front teeth and two molars (one on each side) and 3 bottom teeth...and the fourth bottom one just poked through.  Sweet girl is in a lot of tooth pain.
Words she can say:  She can say soooo many words now, this is probably not even a complete list: 
Da-da, Ma-Ma, Doggie (kinda sounds like "dada" but she says it a little different), Shoes (sounds like "doos"), Bubbles, Uh-oh, Baby, Bebe (Grandma V), Toodles, Hi, Woah, Up, Ball, Apple, Car, Eyes, No-No, Book, Cracker, Purple, Bye-Bye, Night-Night, More, Mine. Thank You.
We also just started repeating us a lot recently so a lot more words to come! 
Words she can Sign:  Milk, Eat, More, All Done

Some fun/interesting things she does: 
+ Raise her hands if you ask "how big is Leah?"
+ Give high fives
+ Point out a head, nose, ears, cheek, mouth, eyes, feet, tummy and belly button.
+ If you hand her a tissue, you can get her to wipe her feet or clean her nose with it.
+ Blow her nose.
+ Get me a plate out when I'm making her dinner
+ Help me put her plates up when I am unloading the dishwasher.
+ Open the pantry and get out the dog treats.
+Fill the dog bowl up with dog food with a shovel
Nicknames: We still call her "bug". Either Leah-bug or Baby-bug or Bug-Bug. 
Likes: feeding the dog, eating off a fork, new shoes, playing with her belly button, throwing balls, opening and closing doors, taking stuff out and then putting them back, helping mama and dada with errands, running around the bookstore, eating crackers or chips
Dislikes: not wearing shoes, when you tell her "no more" after she's already given the dog 10 treats, lots of food (she's becoming a picky eater!), taking snapchat selfies with mommy! hahaha.

Want to catch up on Leah's milestones...visit here:
One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven| One Year | Fifteen

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Our Family Photo Session

We took our fall family photos in October this year, but I've been hoarding them until after our Christmas card went out, as I always like my friends and family to receive their card and it being the first time they've seen the picture.
So now that everyone's received their cards, I can now share all my favorite family photos.
For my Cincinnatians, we met at Glenwood Gardens which is one of my favorite parks for photography. I just love all the beauty of this park.
The one thing I didn't love about our pictures was the outfits that I chose..gosh, picking outfits is SO HARD! Ohwell, there is always next year to get this outfit thing right!
Love this little family of mine!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Our Picture with Santa

Like I mentioned in my holiday bucket list, getting Leah's picture taken with Santa was on the list!
Last year, Leah was pretty content meeting Santa. She didn't cry, but she didn't smile either.
This year, was a whole different story, as I guess she's old enough to know that sitting on a strangers lap (an old, big bearded stranger in a funny outfit) is pretty creepy. Haha. 
And just for the record, I WILL NOT be going back to the mall on any Saturday or Sunday until 2017. The traffic/parking/mall was complete chaos and the worst part was that I couldn't even get Chickfila for lunch because the line was 50 deep. (So I ate a mall pretzel for lunch instead, which was delicious!)

After our quick trip to the mall for a Santa picture, we headed to our favorite bookstore for a playdate with Leah's bestie. I love this bookstore because there is a train table, a play kitchen, and of course all the books you need. Or you could just ignore all the fun toys and just lay on the floor with your friend and laugh.

And that was our Saturday!
Hope everyone is having a great hump day, today! :)

Monday, December 5, 2016

2016 Holiday Bucket List

The holiday season is here!!
Time to bust out my Christmas CDs and listen to my favorite songs! ("Oh Holy Night" is my top favorite) Along with listening to music, there are a lot of other festive things I want to do this season, so I put together some of my holiday-must-dos and I can't wait to knock these things off my list!


1. Put up the Christmas Tree - We actually put up our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving morning and decorated it this past weekend. We usually do two christmas trees (one in the Living Room and one in the Bonus Room) but this year we just decided on one in the Bonus Room. It's super cozy, especially when we have our gas fireplace going!
2. Send Christmas Cards - This one is always on the top of my list! I love sending and receiving Christmas Cards. Last year, we made our cards through Tiny Prints and it was by far my favorite Christmas Card of ALL TIME. I don't know how I will ever beat it. Haha. But this year we had family photos taken and I chose one of my favorite family photos for it and I absolutely love the finished result!! We've used a lot of card services in the past, but Tiny Prints is my favorite one, there are so many modern options and they have very high quality cardstock! (I love the foiled ones!)
This year I upgraded to the gold envelope; I just love getting colored envelopes in the mail, don't you!? They just "pop" and stand out from the other mail.
3. Take our traditional Photo - Two years ago, CV and I took our "we are expecting!!!" picture in front of this Christmas Village in our neighborhood. We went back last year with Leah to show how much has changed in a year...but now, I feel like we need to continue the tradition and go back each year to take another picture.
4. Attend Christmas Village - For my Cincinnati friends, The Christmas Village I mentioned above is in Montgomery and has a light display and Santa event on weekend nights during December. We went opening night and it was super cold and super crowded, but still a fun event for kids.
5. Have "Breakfast with Santa" - Our city has a cute "breakfast with santa" event that is $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes and you get a picture with Santa. I love family events like this!
6. Build a Gingerbread House - I hit up Michaels for Leah's gingerbread house kit and with my coupons it only came to $5!! We put it together last night and....well...I honestly thought it would be prettier. Haha. It's harder than it looks.

7. Watch Elf - It's my favorite Christmas movie!! If you haven't seen it - please go watch it tonight!
8. Make a personalized ornament for our tree - Another tradition is creating a personalized picture ornament for our tree. I've created Chris one every year since we met in 2010, and I can't wait until we are in our 50's and have a full tree of only personalized ornaments that I made year after year.
9. Put out cookies for Santa - I'm not into the "elf on the shelf" craziness, but I am into putting out Reindeer Food in the grass and putting out cookies for Santa! (Especially because I am Santa and I love me some cookies!)
10. Take a picture with Santa - Another tradition where we head to the mall and stand in line for a picture with Santa.  Here is last years picture. Tiny little Santa baby! :)
Well, that's my TOP 10 and I'm itching to start crossing things of the list right away, especially by mailing my Tiny Prints Christmas cards!!

Oh, how I have so much fun to look forward to this holiday.

What's the top items on your holiday to do list???