Thursday, October 26, 2017

Veggie Buds Club

You mention crafts and Ellie will come running.
She LOVES to do crafts and learn new things. And I love teaching her new things because she gets so proud of herself when she knows something new. 

I think school is going to be a breeze for her, and I hope she always keeps her eagerness to learn. She has already asked me if she can go to school….so I really think she is going to love it. But she is only two and we aren’t rushing that one. So for now at home I will teach her as many new things as her heart desires. 
Before Ellie turned two, she knew how to count to 10, most of her colors(she sometimes gets them mixed up), she knows her opposites ex: up vs down, front vs back, light vs dark, hot vs cold etc, and her vocabulary is growing every day and she now talks in full sentences. And to think a year ago I was worried she wasn’t talking that much… 
I don’t push her to learn things, I simply show her and explain. I do work full time, so the moment I get home I spend about an hour just playing with her and talking. One on one time is so important and I feel like that has really helped her. 
Since I love doing new things with her and teaching her all about this world. I wanted to do something fun each month with her. I stumbled upon Veggie Buds Club on Instagram and was immediately hooked! Learning about veggies, crafts, and recipes all centered around little ones. Yes please! 

Last month we learned all about sweet corn! My favorite part about the sweet corn box was letting Ellie watch the kernels pop into popcorn. And then we made popcorn head crowns. I think she liked doing that too! She just didn’t get to eat any popcorn because I’m that super paranoid mom and I’ve read that kids younger than 4 shouldn’t really have it. So she didn’t even know you can eat it. 

This month was all about PUMPKINS!

Probably my favorite so far, because Ellie is my little pumpkin baby since she was born in October.

This box contained stickers, coloring, a game, recipe, book, and crafts. Of course we had to do multiple activities at once. I try to save some activities so we can use our box all month long.

Here are some snaps of our activites we have done so far with our box! 

Parker the Pumpkin is her favorite, and she loved making it come to life with eyes!

She decided that Parker needed some friends ❤️

And she wanted to make sure she read to all of her "friends" 

Counting her pumpkins 

Want to join in on the fun?! Sign up NOW to receive your box for November! Go here

Here’s what is included (taken from the Veggie Buds Club site): 
An activity book that highlights the month's featured veggie. The activity book's pages include a fun incentive sticker chart to get your kids excited about eating veggies, ideas on how to incorporate the featured veggie into your meals, coloring/activity pages, fun facts, and more. 

A kid-approved recipe card.
An arts and crafts project with materials.                             
A fun veggie game with materials.
A simple indoor growing project- seeds included. 

Veggie Buds Super Club members also receive a book and felt Veggie Buds character highlighting the month's featured veggie!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pink Farm Birthday Party

Ellie's Farm 

Ellie loves pink, farm anything, and animals! So we decided to throw her a Pink Farm Birthday! I can't believe she is two but planning her birthday party was so much fun this year because I incorporated the things she loves most and I knew she would have so much fun. 

So here is some pictures from Ellie's Farm Birthday party! 

We surprised the kids with a tractor barrel ride! It was such a big hit and Ellie loved it! 

Present time!!! This girl LOVES opening presents and was so excited about everything. 

 The kids got to pick their own pumpkin and decorate it. 

I think it's safe to say that she had such a good birthday party!

Happy Birthday Sweet Ellie! We love you so much! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Two Is Oh So Sweet

She's TWO!

I am pretty much in shock that my baby is two. She is not a baby anymore, and is turning more and more into a little girl. I'd say I miss her being a newborn (and somedays I really do) But I'm so in love with her age and it's just so fun right now. 

The biggest things that have just blossomed so much is her speech and personality. You can carry on conversations with her, and understand what she says. She still is figuring out how to put together sentences but most of the time she can get about a 5 word sentence together. It's pretty amazing! I love talking with her and just listening to her tell me stories. Oh and I love hearing her say "I love you mommy" as if my heart couldn't be melted anymore 😍 

She loves to sing and dance. As much as kid songs drive me crazy, hearing her little voice sing them makes up for it! 

Her personality is just blooming. She is so sweet and is so gentle with everything. Except when she gets mad (which I'll get to that) 
She loves to play with her babies and be their mom, or their doctor. She is constantly asking them if they're okay, are they hungry, or do they need a bottle. It's so cute. She will also cook for them and give them meals. Her imagination is starting to develop more and I love just watching her play because it's quite interesting to watch how her mind works. She is so observant because how she plays...she is mimicking what she sees me and others do. That certainly doesn't put any pressure on me at all 🤣

Even with her sweetness, she is still a toddler. And with that comes the meltdowns and tantrums. She does have them, and they can be pretty bad. But knowing she doesn't understand exactly why she feels such strong emotion is really sad to me so when she is in the middle of a tantrum I just hold her. Most of the time it does help her calm down. And then we will talk about what made her mad. Usually she can tell me and I try to help her through it. It is one of the hardest things right now is trying to get through these emotions. Some days she does well and will ask me for help before she loses it but other days it doesn't go over well. 
Toddlers are like ticking time never when they're going to be set off...
So I make sure that she is always fed because she gets HANGRY real fast. And if she's tired I just try to limit what I know will make her mad. 
But any tips on how to deal with toddler tantrums...I'm all ears! 
Except spanking or hitting, sorry but I don't believe hitting your child is ever going to teach them a lesson. Especially a toddler, they're too young to understand that. All it teaches them is it is okay to hit....

Ellie is growing into her name quite well. "Ellie" means "God is my light" or "light" 
Which I instantly loved because she has always been our little light. And the older she gets the more and more of a bright light she becomes, not only in our lives, but everyone who meets her can't help but light up. 

Her excitement about life is so contagious. She makes me so excited for anything. Which is something pretty crazy to me. Having a child really makes you appreciate every single thing. 

Ellie Skye, you make me one proud mama. And as you grow I will make sure you always know how proud I am of you and how much you mean to me ❤️❤️

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Grove Collaborative

Saturdays are usually the day I spend all morning cleaning and getting the house picked up from the previous week. Not something I do enjoy. But I do enjoy when I have products to help make the job easier, and my house smell amazing. 

Have you heard of Grove Collaborative? It is pretty darn amazing. 
If you are like me, then you hate going out and buying cleaning products, just to come home and have to clean. I much rather get them sent to my door. One less thing I have to worry about the better. 

Grove has SO many products. And everything is based off of being all natural and organic. Which is what I prefer to use when it comes to cleaning. Since I have a toddler, I don't want her breathing in all of those nasty chemicals that most cleaning products contain. Okay and I certainly don't want to be breathing them in either. 

Grove collaborative is a subscription based company, but you don't have to order each month. You can choose your delivery day and they will send you an email a few days before it ships to make you want to receive it. Also to update your cart and add or delete things you may or may not need. 

Also when you sign up, you are assigned a "grove guide" which is a real person who loves Grove and recommends products for you. Which is pretty cool. 

They carry popular natural products, and some products I haven't heard of yet but I can't wait to try! 
Want to try Grove Collaborative?! Sign up through my link and you will be given $10 to your account to use, just for signing up! 

I love it, and I know you will too.

Plus: I can't get enough of Mrs. Meyers Lavender scent...I have since bought the laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Smells so amazing and makes my whole house smell like a relaxing spa. 

Sign up here!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Choose Love

Today I decided to just let go and choose love.

Of course every day I spend with my girl I love her more. And I make sure each day she feels loved.

But you see Mom life isn't just about caring for your littles. It's cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, being a wife, working, and everything in between. Life changes so much when you have a baby. Your mind is filled with so many to-do lists that you can sometimes  forget to just stop. Look around. And be thankful for the life you have in the moment.

I'm guilty. So guilty.

I'll get so stressed and tense because the laundry needs folded, kitchen is a mess, groceries need bought, and a million other things need done.
All while feeding, caring, and playing with a little one.
Sounds impossible doesn't it?  I never realized how much time I had in a day before Ellie, but some days there's still not enough time to get everything done.

Today I choose not to worry. Because those dishes will get put away, laundry will get folded and put away.

But Ellie, she's only this little once. She's growing by the hour and every time I blink she looks a little bit older.

Instead of worrying how am I supposed to keep up with everything. I just let it go. I'll get things done, but maybe not in the time frame I had planned. Because what is most important is I focus on being a mom and creating special moments for my little girl. I want to create a life for her that she doesn't feel the stress I feel, and that she knows she's always the most important.

Is it hard to let go of things and go with the flow?

Yes. This is something that I struggle with constantly. I like to be in control and control how things go. But sometimes I need to just let everything happen and relax.

Everyone needs a day where they worry less about how they are ever going to get everything done. And just focus on their children.
Play any game they want, study their little faces, take in all their giggles, and let them tell you stories their little minds have created.

Because tomorrow, they will be older and want to play a different game and their little face will look just a little bit different.
I can promise you, you will never regret stopping and pausing your busy to-do list, to play, snuggle, or just talk to your little one. You will be amazed how full your heart feels afterwards.

So make a promise to yourself, spouse, and children to at least take one day(or more) out of each week to just let go of everything and spend quality time with each other.

And choose love, because without we have nothing. And the world needs more love.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Living Proof Hair Care

Being a mom, I know it can be hard to take time for yourself. But it is something pretty important to do to feel "normal" 
For me I make sure I get up before Ellie does to get myself ready for the day. And I usually have a few minutes to myself (which this is usually on the weekends since I work during the week) but even if I stayed at home I would still do the same thing.
I get a lot of questions regarding my hair and what I use in it. So here I'll answer the top ones. 

Is your hair color natural? YES. YES. YES. Seriously people ask me this...there is no added color to my hair. It actually can get quite annoying that people think it's dyed... 

Is your hair naturally straight or curly? It is naturally straight/wavy. 

Is it thick or thin? It's pretty thin, and the texture is fine. So I'm limited in what I can do with my hair. 

How long does it take to curl? About 10 minutes.

Those are the main ones I can think of. If you have any others feel free to message me! I'll add them in.

I'm always on the search for new products and products to help my routine of getting ready faster. 
Lately I've been loving the Living Proof hair care line. I wish I found this sooner because my hair hasn't felt this healthy in between trims. 

I go between loving the Timeless and Frizz collection.

One product in particular I'm obsessed with is the In Shower Styler. This is a brand new product from Living Proof. I was so scetipcal that this would do anything. Like how could something work in the shower and you just let your hair air dry? Please...if I let my hair air dry I'll look like a poof ball. 
With a bunch of skepticism I tried it anyway. 

OH MY GOODNESS. My hair dried, and there was no frizz it was soft and had a slight wave to it that actually gave my hair body which is something else my hair lacks. How amazing! And even more amazing that all I have to do after my shower is brush my hair and that's it. 
I'm completely sold.

 I did receive this as a free product to review and this post is sponsored by Living Proof. I do buy Living Proof products but the In Shower Styler and Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner I received free to review. But I completely love these products and will continue to buy!