Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Dream Come True

I have probably said this a million times, but I have always wanted a daughter. Of course I would always be happy with a boy but I just felt like in my heart I would have girls...might be because I grew up with all brothers and just can't stand the thought of being in a house full of boys...KIDDING! (kind of) but I can't quite explain how I feel except that having a daughter(s) just makes sense to me. 
Well I couldn't explain it, until now. 

The moment I found out I was pregnant I was so ecstatic and just wanted a healthy baby...deep down I really wanted a girl. But it was more than that, I just knew I was having a girl. 
Before we found out what we were having, anytime someone would say "I think it's a boy" I would just smile on the outside but on the inside I just wanted to say "you're wrong" but I couldn't because I didn't want to be wrong! All I could think of was girl names, and I was always drawn to the girl's clothes.

When the day finally came that we would find out for sure if we were having a boy or a girl, I was back to my I don't really care, I just want my baby healthy. As soon as my husband and I opened the envelope and I saw the word "Girl" I just squealed and cried. My dreams were finally coming true. I couldn't wait to meet MY daughter. 
The day we met our baby girl, face to face, was one of the best days of my life. And also I finally figured out why I wanted a girl so badly. 

You see it's so much more than all the pink, bows, and glitter. It's getting to relive my childhood all over again, through her. I get to show her how to play dress up, have tea parties, play momma and take care of her babies, teach her ballet, let her help me cook and bake, and go on adventures. All the things I did when I was little with my mom, I want to do with her. 
I may have a daughter, but I also have a best friend for life. And I want her to know that I'll always be there for her. 
Even when she thinks she is "too grown up" to need her mom. 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

16-17 Months- Update

16-17 months

You came into our lives sooner then expected, but God knew we needed your sweet spirit, bright smile, and big heart.
Every day with you is my favorite, good or bad. On the good days we play and have adventures, and on bad days, I just hold you and let you know it's okay to have bad days.

Weight: 24 lbs. I'm sure that's right on track for her age.

Height: Still not sure of this. But she is definitely taller!

Hair Color: Blonde, very blonde.  

Diaper Size: Size 4!

Clothes Size: 12-18 months. She's like right in between because 12 month fits perfect. But I keep buying her 18 months and up because I know she will be in 18-24 months clothes soon.

Eats: Three meals a day, plus a snack before bedtime. She gets one bottle a day which is right before bedtime. She still loves food, but can be picky at times. I try not to give into her being picky because I want her to always have a well rounded diet.
Current favorites: Fruit, she can't get enough of fruit. Chicken is her favorite meat. And I recently introduced her to quinoa and she is hooked!
Least favorite foods: She has been so picky about vegetables, but I still put them on her plate. If I don't make it a point for her to eat them. She will eat them all...toddler logic... 

Personality: Ellie is like a sour patch kid, first she's sour, then she is so sweet that I forget how sour she can be! She has such a big personality that I think she is trying to learn just how to handle it, which can be very hard for a little one. Most of the time she

Words: This is the biggest change since my last update. She keeps surprising us with all of the words she knows. And will sometimes say them if we ask her too. I'd list them but I can't even remember everything she is saying now. Her favorite word is "please" and seriously she can have whatever she wants when she says it.  She doesn't speak in full sentences yet. But she will babble and throw in words that she knows. So I assume sentences will be coming in the next couple months or so.

Favorite Activities & Toys: This is still the same as the last update. She is starting to be more into creative play. And she will make animal sounds or try to make conversations with her little people sets. It's so cute!

This girl has the mom life down. She will clean, feed her babies, put them night night, cook and bake. We also "shop" a lot. And of course her babies have to all be piled into the shopping cart. I put all of her play food up on the TV stand and couches and she goes and puts them into her shopping cart. It is so neat to watch her play since she is starting to be imaginative.

I can't wait for summer so we can be outside more. She LOVES to be outside. Like runs to the door, and will say "side, PLEASE!" So of course we have to go outside. We will take evening walks when it's nice out. And this has been one of my favorite things because she will hold my hand, and we just will walk and talk <3 I have no idea what she is saying half the time but I love those special times with her. I feel like she is telling me all about her day, so I tell her about mine too.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HelloFresh Review

I'm about to be real honest here. 

I hate dinner time. 
Of course I have always loved cooking. But when you have a toddler who requires your undivided attention when you get home from work. Things can get tricky. Some days she is content playing in the kitchen while I cook. But other days, she's at my feet whining and wanting me to hold her. I don't blame her because I know she missed me all day. So to help with the dinner time stress, my husband and I decided to give HelloFresh a try. 
And here is our thoughts.
We have received two boxes, so this is the first one we tried.

Have you heard of HelloFresh? Most people have by now because meal delivery services are becoming quite popular. I mean who doesn't want meals delivered to their door..already planned out for them? And all you have to do is prepare and cook it. Amazing and so simple. HelloFresh is a weekly meal delivery system. You can choose you meals you like from 6 recipes. And you can choose either for 2-4 or family plan. It's so simple to navigate so their site is extremely user friendly. Also, if you don't want to get deliveries every week. You can skip as many weeks as you would like to. Cost wise it can be pricey, but that depends on what your food budget is.
We get a shipment once a month, sometimes twice depending on if we want to try a recipe.

So now to the food, because that's what you are really waiting for aren't you?

When you get your box, it contains the three meals (or however many you choose) and everything is packaged so well. We plan on shipment to be delivered on a day my husband is home so it doesn't sit outside. So I can't say for sure if the food stays cold, but it usually is cold when we receive it.

All of the ingredients are fresh and organic, which I love. My main goal is feeding my family healthy and nutritious meals, that also taste good. 

Everything is already measured out for you. So there is no measuring. Just washing and preparing. The first meal we tried was the Balsamic Chicken Rustico. This was probably one of my favorites. And it took about 30-40 minutes to make. 
The instructions are really easy to follow (plus they use pictures as well) 

The portions in my opinion are pretty big, and with a toddler we can get three meals out of them for her. She loved this one too. 

Next was the Ginger Beef Stir Fry.
I'm not a beef person, I'll eat it but I can't say it's one of my favorites. BUT I did really enjoy this recipe. So much better than take out! I'd make this one again, but maybe with chicken. 

Lastly, the Feisty Shrimp Linguine. 
Okay, this one was just okay to me. I braved making this all on my own with a clingy toddler so it didn't turn out as near as good as it could. I overcooked the noodles and the sauce. So I think if I didn't do that it would have been better. I omitted the red pepper flakes because I don't like anything spicy. 

My husband really liked all of them. 
But he loves food so much that it takes a pretty gross meal for him not to like it. 
He cooked some meals and I cooked others, and we both agreed that how easy and simple the instructions are is definitely what makes us love HelloFresh. 

Have you tried HelloFresh? Follow this link to get a discount off of your first box! 

If you have tried it, what did you think?!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Toddler Skin Care Routine{California Baby Products Review}

Today I'm sharing my favorite skin products for babies and toddlers. As well as my daughter's skin care routine.

I have loved Babyganics and did a review here. But with the winter air, it just wasn't enough for my daughter's skin. She was covered in Eczema and some were even starting to scab over. I tried a few creams specific to Eczema but nothing helped long term. I was frustrated because nothing was helping. I changed our laundry soap to an all natural, no fragrance detergent, skipped fabric softener, and used wool dryer balls, and I was almost to the point of doing an elimination diet, but since it wasn't just specifically to one spot. I didn't feel like that would help. Of course some suggested giving her a bath only a few times a week, but there's no way we could take bath time away from her. She loves it and it helps calm her down for bedtime.

I searched and searched for a new skin care brand and kept reading reviews on California Baby about how amazing it was. I didn't even care about the cost at this point because I just wanted to calm her skin down. So I picked up the Eczema cream and the body/shampoo wash to start. I stopped using any other brand of soap or lotion to see if the switch would help. Well in just a few days her skin was softer. Which if we put lotion on in the morning, it would still feel dry. But her skin would still be soft by bath time and when she woke up in the morning.

I immediately bought bubble bath, the everyday lotion, and conditioner.

Bubble Bath: Overtired and Cranky: 

I love this bubble bath! Not only does it smell really good. I feel like it does help calm her down. Usually she can be quite opinionated around bath time, especially after and I noticed that she will just go with the routine when we use this. It's fragranced with essential oils which is a plus to me. Also it comes with a bubble wand to blow bubbles, something else my daughter really loves. And of course it makes tons of bubbles!

Eczema Cream:

This is like the holy grail of California Baby's products in my book because it saved my daughter's skin. It turned her terrible rough dry skin, back to that baby soft that it should be. I will forever use this. Unless of course her skin starts to react to that. But for now, this is a staple in her skin care routine.

Everyday Lotion: 

The Eczema cream is pretty pricey and doesn't last to long (my only complaint) so we use this everyday lotion in the morning. It's so light and the fragrance isn't to harsh so I barely notice it. I will use the Calendula Cream along with the everyday lotion for the daytime. 

Body Wash/Shampoo:

I use this for her body wash and shampoo. It lasts so long because you don't need much at all. It hasn't made her skin flare up at all. 

Calendula Conditioner: 

This is amazing! It has calendula in it, which is a main ingredient in most of the lotions to help soften skin. It makes her hair super soft, and has really improved her dry scalp.

Toddler's skin care routine.
I have done a routine with her ever since she was born. It's so important that we take care of our baby's skin. Especially super sensitive. I believe all baby's skin is sensitive, and it's so important to use the best products for them.

Night time: Bath: Bubbles (about twice a week), body wash, shampoo, conditioner. I always make sure to rinse off extra bubbles before getting her out of the tub since they can dry her skin.
Lotion: She has no patience for this part, but I make sure to put the Eczema cream all over. Including her face and scalp. I will also use the diaper rash cream once a week to help prevent any rashes since she is prone to them as well.

Morning: I always change her clothes after breakfast into her day time outfit. We always use our Every Day Lotion to make sure her skin is protected during the day. If she has any dry spots, I will apply the Eczema cream to those as well.

She has gotten used to the routine, and now she wants to help put the lotion on. Which ends up usually going on my shirt and pants. But at least she thinks she is helping! It's not a to involved routine, but if you have a toddler you will know the struggle of trying to get them to do anything. So our routine usually takes 15 minutes at night (Not including bath) and 10 minutes in the morning. 

California Baby has SO many products and I haven't tried any that I don't like. So thank you so much for making an all natural and gentle product that is safe on my daughter's sensitive skin! 
Link to California Baby website

If you love California Baby products, comment down below! Or if you have other natural baby products that you have found to work amazing, let me know! I do like trying new ones out. Especially now that it's getting warmer, her skin won't need as much products. Hopefully!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What Ellie Wore Wednesday {Boho}

Is it really Wednesday again?
I guess it's a good thing that this week seems to be flying by.

Today I'm sharing this adorable outfit that I wish I had. Her shirt is from BlackSmith Boutique. Preciously BlackSmith Bows but they changed their name because they have added clothes and more accessories! And now have their own website. You can read about their feature here.

I was so excited when they announced they would be selling clothes because they always have their girls dressed super cute!

This shirt is so perfect for the transition from winter to spring. Not to mention the details are just so adorable.

Shirt & Bow: BlackSmith Boutique
Moccasins: BeautysandGents    Code:THANKYOU15


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What Ellie Wore Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Here's a little cuteness to get you through the rest of the week. We have had some crazy weather here. 60 degrees and sunshine! Amazing. 
Now we are in a winter storm warning....
Can we please just have summer already?! 

I have posted about SweetPeony Boutique before. And I am again. She has one of the cutest shops and we've been a part of her team for almost a year now! Any custom shirt idea that I might have, she makes it come to life. And all of her designs are one of kind and truly hers! Love that! 

BUT have you heard of Elleberry Baby?! I heard of her through SweetPeony Boutique. They are basically Etsy Besties and are such a great team! All of her bows are handmade and designed by her. Ellie is also a brand enthuistat for her shop so I knew she needed a bow to match the shirt! And Kelsey came up with the perfect bow! It's so gorgeous! It's a navy and gold print and I just adore it. 

Next is where I get all of Ellie's moccasins from. Beauty and Gents. These are high quality moccasins, but priced so reasonable! Ellie loves them! She doesn't really care for shoes that have hard soles on them and will constantly trip over her feet. But when she wears these moccs she just runs, and runs. She just released her spring line and it is seriously so cute! You HAVE to check out her shop and buy some! 

Can you tell I have so much respect and love for small shops?! :) 
Seriously these mamas are so amazing and they work so hard to make sure every person is happy with their products. 
I hold no creative skills like that so I fully support any one who does.

Ready to see Ellie's outfit of the week?! It's my new favorite! There's a lot of pictures because I'm quite obsessed with this outfit, and her <3 

Bow: Elleberry Baby   Code: ELLEXIA10
Shirt: Sweet Peony Boutique    God's Royalty     Code: ELLEXIA10
Moccasins: BeautysandGents         Code: THANKYOU15
Fur Coat: Christmas gift, it's from a little local store
Jeans: Target, Cat and Jack 


Thursday, February 2, 2017

What Ellie Wore Wednesday


What Ellie Wore Wednesday

I thought this would be a fun way to post some of my favorite outfits of Ellie's from the previous week. I am constantly getting questions about where I get her clothes and accessories so this will be where I post each outfit and where it is from. Since Ellie is a brand rep and enthusiast for some amazing small shops, be on the lookout for a discount code you can use!

Since this is the first post I decided to add some of my recent favorite outfits that I adore. I really hate winter, yes that's a strong word but I feel like taking photos inside just isn't the same. So I'm really counting down the days until warmer weather!

We have had a few milder days this past month. So we took full advantage of them by getting outside and running around. Oh of course taking pictures!

Outfit Details

Bow: Lillibug Creations Use code: LILLIBUG
Vest: Carters
Heart Shirt: Kohls..I believe
Jeans: Cat and Jack for Target
Moccasins: BeautysandGents Use code: Ellie15

Aren't baby jeans just the absolute cutest?! Ahh and they make her look so much older.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Til next week