Thursday, February 11, 2016

so much for winter {Spring bucket list}

One day we woke up this week and BAM, just like that it was 80 degrees. It's hard to believe that we were bundled from head to toe at the park (mid day) just last week! With high 80's in the forecast for the next week and a half, I find myself scrambling to soak up the great outdoors before it's too late... apparently triple digit heat is just around the corner :( Enough of my whining- here's what's on the agenda before Springs ends as abruptly as winter did!

Mia's Shirt c/o Loved By Hannah And Eli James' Pants c/o Osh Kosh

1- Go hiking! We have gone out twice so far and Mia absolutely loves it! She out hikes me right now (I blame her chunky brother, ha ha!)

2- Run a 5k.

3- Go to the pool. I don't think I'll be braving the pool by myself with 2 littles very often this summer, so I'm thinking now is the time to do it, while it's still cool enough for James to hang out in the shade. 

4- But just in case I'm not brave enough to take them by myself... buy a new kiddie pool for our backyard! Mia can swim to her hearts content, and we might even introduce James to swimming that way ;)

5- Teach Mia to write her name with chalk. That means lots of time outside with the chalk before it's too hot!

6- Go to the zoo as much as possible before our pass expires, and buy a freaking icee one of those visits! I want one every time but talk myself out of it. I need to splurge, just once! Where is my "pregnant" excuse when I need it?! HA!

7- Basically just spend as much time outdoors as possible! And when we're inside? Nap time! Taking more naps is definitely on my bucket list!

It's hard to believe that it's winter weather for the rest of the country... but soon enough you will all be enjoying gorgeous weather outside while we are hiding in our freezer until next November ;)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

surviving the food coma

I didn't get around to posting yesterday because I was recouping from, you know, napping, eating and super bowling... ha ha! But in all seriousness, our weekend was so good! It was just what we needed considering it was Eric's last weekend off for awhile... we are now entering survival mode again for the rest of the month with his crazy work schedule!

After lots of food prepping (okay, mainly Eric prepped food, he's the best!) I stole Mia away for a little girlfriend date, just the two of us! She has been pushing me to my limit these days with her "threenager" attitude and we were both in need of some alone time. I told Mia we could go ice skating of hiking and of course she picked ice skating! It only took a few minutes to get comfortable with her little "walker" until she decided she was a pro at ice skating, ha! I heard a lot of, "don't touch me!" or "leave me 'lone!" or "I gonna go FAST now!" or "hey! wait for me! I'm gonna follow you, friends!" to the random kids skating around us :) Mia also loved to try to copy the kids which mean a lot of sitting on her bum (because the kids kept falling, ha ha!) and occasionally ditching the "walker" to try and skate by herself... at one point I had to tell Mia that if she didn't hold on with both hands the whole time we were going to have to leave.
"but WHY?!"
"Because you are too little! This is only your first time."
"I not too wittle!"
"Why do you have so much attitude?!"
Well, okay then. Ha ha! Mia keeps asking when we are going back... it felt good to have nothing on the agenda but to have fun together! I think we just found the perfect mommy and Mia date during the summer time! The ice skating rink will be a sweet relief from the triple digit temps!

Sweater c/o Friday Apparel

Sunday was the perfect day of church going, napping, cuddling and good stinkin' food! Eric made 3 different cake pops and guacamole stuffed onion rings (oh yeah, they are definitely as good as they sound!) and I whipped up some spicy chicken tacos. Plus we gorged ourselves in the chicago mix popcorn from costco... which we lovingly refer to as "popcorn crack". So addicting! Eric wasn't too happy about the Bronco's win, since they are the reason the Patriot's didn't make it to the super bowl, ha! I didn't care about the game, I was in it for the food ;) We laughed the hardest at the doritos commercial, and James was a dancing machine (with a little help from momma) during the half time show! Of course he called it quits once we tried recording it, ha ha! I was sad to see the weekend go, I'm counting down the weeks until we get to have Eric back! Until then, I'll be drowning my sorrows with the left over (I'm not sure how there's any left?) popcorn crack ;)

P.S. If you missed the giveaway on Instagram (you really should be following me!), you can still snag this sweater for 10% off using the code "COURT10"!

Friday, February 5, 2016

nursing mom necessities {Shuga Bebe Couture}

I am so excited to be featuring some goodies I wish I'd had from the moment James was born! I received the most AMAZING nursing pillow, swaddle/nursing cover and onesie from Shuga Bebe Couture when James was around 2 months old, and I've been using them for two months (and have the most random pictures to show for it) now to give the most honest review. So if you know any momma's who are currently nursing, or will be giving it a try, be sure to recommend these products that will make life a little easier (when nursing a newborn is anything but easy in the beginning!)

 Outfit c/o Loved Baby

Let's start with the nursing pillow, my very favorite item of all! Oh how I WISH I'd had this from the beginning! I have the boppy pillow but I found myself stuffing 3 more pillows under it to get it high enough for nursing. What a pain! This pillow is the perfect height and sturdy enough to help support the baby without any discomfort (or bending/slumping/etc) on my part. My body was so weak after James was born and I wish I'd had this just for the support it gives! I'm able to have perfect posture without straining to hold James in place! I need to have another baby JUST to be able to use this from day 1 ;) ha ha! 
Fast forward 4 months... I have a HUGE baby (he weighs almost 16 pounds and he's just barely 4 months, whoa!) and I haven't been able to build my strength up in my back the way I want, plus our mattress is the worst (we are in dire need of a new one!) and I keep tweaking my back each time I workout. Seriously, I am a hot mess right now, ha! This pillow has once again been a saving grace! I thought nursing pillows were only needed in the newborn days, but I've been proven wrong! I seriously can't say enough good things about this pillow! It's the only one I'll ever recommend!  


Moving on to this darling swaddle/nursing blanket. The muslin material gets softer with each wash, plus its a simple, cute print (that also makes a great background for Instagram photos ;)) The bonus is the snap on one side that allows me to throw the blanket over while nursing in public, but snaps in place around my neck so that James won't rip the blanket off. Then I can take it off and swaddle my little burrito up and snuggle him close. 

Last but not least, the organic swaddling body suit. This is another gem I wish I'd had from the beginning! I am obsessed with elephant prints for the kids so this onesie was already a win in my book, but when I discovered it's secret, I was sold! Notice those little snaps on the shoulders of the onesie? When changing a diaper, instead of just pulling the onesie up out of the way, you can actually roll the arms up nice and snug then snap them in place at the shoulder snaps! Diaper changes were extremely stressful after his circumcision, and the flailing newborn limbs did not make life easier on me, ha ha! James would have lived in this onesie (or I just would have bought more, ha!) until he healed just to ensure less stressful diaper changes knowing that his arms were one less thing I had to keep track of!

So there you have it, my honest, obsessive review on Suga Bebe Couture products ;) They are a necessity in my opinion!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

our last day at Disney

Two nights ago during Mia's bedtime prayer, she thanked Heavenly Father for Disneyland (seriously!!) and I've been reminiscing about our trip ever since! So of course this was the perfect time to recap the last day of our trip!

We started our morning in California Adventure with the goal of hitting all our favorite rides. We had so much success the day before so we were totally let down when the rides we wanted to go on were closed down, and we missed the sing a long show by just a few minutes... so we took a few pictures and let Mia pick which rides she wanted to go on before heading over to Disneyland.

One of Mia's favorite rides! She loved crashing into daddy!
One of her favorite rides was the little bugs bumper cars. I got to ride with Mia and she LOVED crashing into Eric. It's a good thing those little cars crawl along at the slowest speed, Mia would be a total maniac if she could get them to go any faster, ha ha! 
After eating lunch we made our way over to Disneyland! Our main goal was to meet as many princesses as we could and ride the last few rides on our list. 

Ariel was by far her favorite!! Eric is less than thrilled to be taking a photo, but this was our favorite part of the day!

One of my oldest blogging friends (who is no longer on social media) told me to look her up if we ever went to Disneyland so that she could give Mia a special meet and greet, and she did not disappoint! Mia still talks about Ariel almost daily and tells me they are best friends, she wishes she could play with her, etc. It was so sweet and my heart felt like it was going to burst when we had our time with Ariel! You can just see the adoration on Mia's face in every single picture on my phone! 

I can't remember all the details from our last day at Disneyland (this is why I blog, because I forget things even more easily now that my kids have fried my brain, ha ha!) but I do remember indulging in beignets, cinnamon rolls (holy cow, those are bomb! First on my treat list for our next trip to Disney!!) and riding the train and It's a Small World, Christmas style. We hit that ride at the perfect timing as Small World always has the LONGEST line! We went during the afternoon parade and walked right on the ride with no wait time at all! Mia loved the ride (and it's not nearly as annoying hearing Jingle Bells over and over, ha!) so we decided to do it again. As we were walking through the line (again with no wait) the princess float just happened to be going in the parade right next to us. The area was closed off so there were no crowds watching and we had a perfect view of the princes and princesses, and they had a perfect view of us! They ALL waved at Mia, blew kisses, etc. ALL FOR MIA! Oh my gosh, I seriously almost started crying I was so happy, ha ha! Mia has no idea how big of a deal that was, but I won't ever let her forget how magical it was in that moment to have all that attention, ha ha! I know I'm so cheesy, but c'mon! This was like all of my childhood dreams coming true for my daughter! So special!

Clenched fist and smile... this picture cracks me up! Mia was SO excited to talk to Cinderella! 
We also got really lucky with meeting the princesses in their little area next to the big castle. We literally walked right in (but there was the longest line when we came out!) and first met Cinderella. Mia was so thrilled! I still laugh every time I think about Mia saying, "look at my Nike's!" She obviously remembered that shoes were very important to Cinderella, ha ha! Next we saw Snow White (again, and she was obsessed with James!), Belle and Merida. We don't really know the Brave movie so Mia was a bit more shy around Merida. I noticed Merida tucked some hair behind Mia's ears, then Mia quickly pulled it back out, ha! But now EVERY. TIME. I tuck her hair behind her ears, Mia tells me, "don't do dat! Only princesses do dat!" ha ha!

Mia wasn't that into Minnie, but boy was she in love with Mickey!! SO cute!
We hit up toon town when it was dark and were so bummed that we forgot to take Mia there! That is definitely first on our list next time we go to Disneyland! We met Mickey Mouse though and goodness, it was so sweet to see how star struck and in love Mia was! We watched the parade and ended the night with Mia falling asleep sitting up just before the firework show :) That girl played non stop those 3 days and didn't crash until the very end of it all! Of course the fireworks were amazing and then we drug our tired bodies back to our hotel. It was seriously such an amazing and exhausting vacation! Eric swore we were never going back but we are already day dreaming of the next time we get to take our kids back :) We love Disneyland!

Monday, February 1, 2016

it's been a year

This weekend was a good one! It was the kind where Eric and I both had a wish list a mile long of events we wanted to go to, but we opted to just stay home, relax and play with our kids! We spent the weekend feeling so grateful that we had the option to enjoy city life, or just chill at home and be content with our people. This weekend was our 1 year mark since saying goodbye to Utah and hello to Arizona. We reflected on the move and how happy we have been with it... sure there have been hard times, even bad times, but the good far out weighs them all! We've learned that attitude makes all the difference and we chose to stay happy and positive even when we didn't want to be, and we survived the trials with a smile on our faces (for the most part ;)) We discovered that we could be more homesick for our friends and family (and greenery... the Arizona landscaping is still growing on me, ha ha!) more than we ever imagined we would be, but our little family has grown closer because of it!
My Jacket c/o Yoga Outlet Capris c/o Senita Athletics Wrap c/o Happy Baby Wrap
This weekend Mia and I went on a much needed date (to buy her a pink ball cap... She is definitely Eric's daughter to be on the hunt for a ball cap, ha ha! At least it was pink!), we had family game night, ate good food and relaxed as much as possible. I'm so grateful for the time we get to spend together as a family and I'm even more grateful for all the wonderful memories we made together this last year!