Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
I took Ave's to the doctor for her booster flu shot so she got weighed and measured on the 10th. She is 20 lbs 12 oz and 30 inches long.
She has grown in length but not too much on her weight. Part of that reason is because she refuses to eat solids!!!!!!!! It is so incredibly frustrating and exhausting! She will not eat off a spoon any more. no matter what the food is, she sees that baby spoon come at her and she throws a fit! She will eat finger foods, a few bites anyways, so I think she just wants to feed herself instead of me doing it. That's all I can guess anyways. She loves to eat bananas if I hold it and she can take bites off it; she will not eat it if I chop it up and give her small pieces. (picky picky!!) Likewise, she LOVES french fries and all of those Gerber snacks. If I were to let her she would eat a whole can of the Gerber cheese puff things and yogurt bites. At least they aren't too bad for her. I can get her to nibble on chicken fries and green beans, but those are hit and miss.
Anyways, the doctor said not to worry that she will catch on soon and get hungry enough that she will eat. I just need to be persistent in making 3 sit down meals to give her a routine.
Here's a few things on my list of things I've noticed she has done this month:
-looking under rugs
She will literally look at you, stick her tongue out and spit! If you repeat it, she thinks its a game and will keep doing it. It's pretty cute, but I need to get onto her at this point to teach her that's not nice; especially when she does it to me if I get onto her for getting rocks out of the fireplace!
-gets mad when things are taken from her
-predictable and regular night time sleep
-waves hello and bye bye
-blows bubbles with drool
A few months ago I saw this piece in the Potterybarn magazine:
I fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect for in our master bedroom. I would use it to get a lot of our "office" supplies out of our guest bedroom closet now that I have a laptop. The only hitch was that it was $899 for the top and bottom pieces together. That was WAY more than we wanted to spend.
So, I went to my father-in-law. He is an AWESOME carpenter and craftsman so I thought I would see if he could make something similar for cheaper.
Sure enough, he could! Here it is:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Can we say, STATIC!!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
It says it can hold up to 4 lenses with your camera. I dont have but 1 lense, but I hope to change that in the future one day... If you click on the link you can read all of the specs on it.
Anyways, here is a picture of the inside:
It's $159 which is kinda high, but a great investment!!!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This one is my favorite:
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
As for me, I've never been interested; I would much rather get my sleep. This year, though I really want to replace our ancient TV in our bedroom. We'll see what I can find. Hopefully something good...
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
First, let me just say that I am by no means an expert on babies or "how to be a happy mom". I simply just take one day at a time and try to live by the notion, as my dad put it the day she was born, Avery is a PERSON not a POSSESSION! It has worked great for me but may not work for someone else.
1. Find time for yourself
Happy moms know they deserve a little time to themselves. When you know you're going to have a little room to breathe later on in the day, it's easier to take on everything that's in front of you. Our formula? Take 2 hours out for yourself every 3 days.
2. Don't make a happy baby, happier!
We all do it...you see your baby's head at what you're sure is an unnatural angle snoozing in their car seat. You just know they'll be happier if their head was straight. So you move them. And they wake up. Then they scream. Or, you see them playing happily in the sand. You just know they'll be happier if they played on the slide. So you interrupt them and move them to the slide. And they're angry. And they let you know they're REALLY angry. Here's the thing, they were happy. It can be hard to do, but if your kid's not complaining, leave them be! Happy baby = Happy Mommy.
I am guilty of this one!! Jeff tried to do this just a few nights ago! I had to learn the hard way with this one in the car. She always looked so uncomfortable when she was in her seat but she never failed to fall asleep every time the car turns on. It would happen just like they say, here. I continually have to put myself in her shoes. I wouldn't like to get woken up and moved if I was happy and comfy, either! lol
3. Embrace the mess
So your house doesn’t look like something out of a magazine. That just means it’s cozy! Your children have hands coated in dirt from the playground and faces coated in spaghetti from dinner. It’s not gross—it’s an adorable photo op! Life is about how you look at things. Next time that pile of laundry that’s been sitting on the chair for three days starts to get you down, just remember… it’s probably feng shui.
4. Make time for your friends
Your family can survive without you while you make time to see friends. You are a woman with your own identity and its imperative that you and that identity go out for some margaritas once in awhile!
5. Stop blowing yourself off
While you may be the one taking care of everyone, it doesn't mean you can't also get what you want. Help your family realize your needs are as important as theirs and when mom is happy, everyone is happy, but when mom is not....
6. Get in the zone
Take 10 minutes to do absolutely nothing but rest. Take a break from your day, close your eyes, breath in slowly and deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Repeat several times. Think about a place you love that is relaxing, spend 10 minutes there in your mind.
7. Remember your dreams and goals
Everyday we are encouraging our children to reach their full potential. But sometimes in the midst of being a parent we forget about our own dreams and goals. The best thing you can do to encourage a child is to lead by example –happy moms hold on to their dreams and goals and don’t let go.
8. Be lighthearted
Don't be the uptight mom. Be silly and dance with your kids to their music or tv show tunes. Be romantic and pull your partner into a waltz. Dance in slippery socks in your kitchen while making dinner.
9. Bend the Rules
One of the best parts of making the rules is occasionally breaking them. Maybe it’s taking your child out of school for half a day on their birthday, or waking them up in the middle of the night to see a sky of shooting stars. Happy moms know how to turn the mundane into fun.
10. Mind your own business
Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Stop seeking the validation of others and be confident in yourself.
I use this in the evenings after I wash my face. (sometimes in the morning instead). You would be surprised at how much dirt and makeup is left on your face after washing!! This helps get rid of it all. It really keeps your skin from getting over dry or oily, too, which then helps with any breakouts. LOVE!
BeautiControl Microderm Abrasion Facial Set
I try to do this once a week. I get lazy, but when I do use it on a regular basis, along with the Aveda stuff everyday, I can really tell and feel a difference. The cream that comes in this set is obviously the best, but to save some money I sometimes use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub that you can get at any drug store for much cheaper and it works pretty good.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Of course I found something I loved. There was a lady there selling hand made crown molding picture frames. She had one there that caught my eye and I knew instantly where I could put it to use. I have a print from Avery's photoshoot in the antique tub with Kelley Cook that I have been wanting to put in our guest bathroom but I still needed to find a frame for it. (I actually have a stack of pictures I want to set out, but I have come to realize how picky I am at finding the right frames).
I loved how it had the rustic reclaimed wood look and white wash finish; it was perfect with the rustic look of the tub and field in the picture. I passed it up at first cuz I told myself that I wouldn't buy anything when we got there... I even thought about trying to make one myself but I have so many other projects in the works that I didnt need to get started on another one right now. (I always feel guilty buying something I know I can make) Plus, after looking into how to make one, I would have to find someone close with a saw, find the right moldings, paint, etc... I wouldnt be able to make one for less than the lady was selling it. I wanted instant gratification, anyways. Needless to say, I ended up going back on Sunday just to get it cuz I couldnt stop thinking about it! lol Here it is:
Sunday, November 7, 2010
You can find this at any drug store. It is the best hairspray I have been able to find!
Mary Kay Satin Hands
Bare Minerals Powder Makeup
Beauti Control Extra Help Concealer
This concealer is the best coverup out there! It is the perfect consistancy and the colors are so natural; you cant tell you are wearing it even with other brand powders/foundations. Plus, its onlly $5!!
Smashbox Foundation Primer
I have always thought things like this were a waste of money until I was given a free sample last time I was in Sephora. Holy Cow! This stuff is awesome! It feels so soft when you put it on and it really does help your makeup go on smoothly and stay on longer. I am pretty hard to impress with things like this, but it is definitly a winner in my book!
Friday, November 5, 2010
(Obviously, I was way off when I tried to measure her length on my own last month, lol)
This is one of my favorite pictures. She was really tired last night but it was a little early so we were trying to entertain her when she layed her head down on Jeff's shoulder, closed her eyes, and started humming. It was so sweet, I wanted to cry!
That's all I can think of right now. Everyday is different but so much fun! I am so blessed and couln't ask for a better life right now.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Also, I added some velcro so that I can fold it up and carry it by the leg seperator strip. It folds up perfectly into a little square, so why not?
I think that if I ever make another one I might add a pocket or two, just for the heck of it. :) I love it; I hope you do, too!