Saturday, October 22, 2011

Etsy- obessions

Today I received some beautiful hand knit-with love hats for Liam. I am like in awe with the things you can find on Etsy.

Of course AJ was tickled and obsessed with them, so now I have to hope and pray Courtney will be able to make some in AJ's size.

Check out these beautiful hats! (AJ's being silly per usual & wearing Liam's hat)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Traditions Start Somewhere

I yearn for my own family traditions. I want to be like ‘big momma’ (from Soul Food- of course this will be in like 60 years). So I'm setting out to start those customs- beginning with Halloween Parties. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want to dunk their heads in water, mess up their makeup, and bite the same apple 5 people before them tried to gnaw at? Eat boat loads of candy, and dance to spooky music, while celebrating things that personally scare the mess out of me?

As I prepare for the coming festivities, I have once again put on my DIY hat, and made the invitations!! They were so cute! And FUN! 

In honor of spreading the love, I am giving away 25 custom invitations to the 25th follower of my blog!! The invitations can be Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years eve, or Birthday invitations. I will email the winner templates to choose from.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

On a Mission for Sleep

For almost 2 years now I have struggled with getting my toddler to sleep through the night and in his bed. Now throw in a baby to the mix. I'm exhausted. I'm delirious half the time. Cranky. Moody. I'm getting headaches, irritable, and worst of all I'm loosing patience.

Being sleep deprived is not good for anyone, so now I'm on a mission for an answer. I have tried to rock, sing, rub, bounce, nurse, and play with my boys to the point of tiredness. This doesn't work efficently. I have also tried allowing them to cry it out to an extent. Personally the sound of the cries isn't work my sanity, if that makes any sense (remember I'm half way delusional). And I'm attempting to not put labels on myself, but I am definitely a natural parent- meaning I do what feels natural for me. And I don't feel right letting them cry out for me, but I don't feel right not giving them 100% of me, because I'm physically and psychological spent.

I've decided to read The No-Cry Sleep Solution  as well as Solve Your Childs Sleep Problems. I hope to get more reference, and insight. I'm not sure which technique I'm going to adapt, but I know this- whatever I do is in the best interest for my boys. And I love them dearly, and should they "cry it out", and be cuddled every night I will do it with every ounce of love in my body.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Slowly Slimming Down

I just tried on 4 pairs of jeans, and all of them were practically falling off! Now most people would be overly excited, in my case it's bitter sweet. See all of my jeans were PRE-baby and before motherhood I spent every penny I earned on myself! Therefore my jeans cost upwards of 200.00 per pair. This is sickening, to think I once spent that amount of money on jeans (well not really! haha.) If we could afford our lifestyle, savings for children, and retirement I'd buy them all over again, yet sadly we can't, so now I'm bummed.

Luckily for my mother who is currently the size all my too big jeans, gets to inherit them! 

If you're wondering what I'm doing to loose weight, stay tuned, and I will keep you posted.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

When the kids are asleep the Parents will... EAT!

I have realized that being a SAHM has taught me more than the obvious. One of my newly acquired skills is being capable of providing a fine dining foodie experience at home; thanks to McKinnon's that is.The wonderfully neat, and inviting store, with knowledgeable staff, always gets my taste buds eagerly excited. Today they paired some Brie, with a fig spread on top Crostini's with a White Merlot. 

 Yum! Yum! Yummy! And all of this was under $20!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I still ADORE my moby wrap!!!

6 months, and going strong. Liam is just as comfortable as the day I first wore him!! This wrap simply doesn't compare to the baby Bjorn, which made my back hurt, was completely uncomfortable, and simply didn't offer the support the Moby does. I am able to use it as a semi cover when nursing, and blanket for my toddler. I love the unconventional usage I get.

I would suggest ordering two, so that when one is dirty or being washed you have another to wear.