Wednesday, August 20, 2014

happy 20 months to my love bug

- Mia finally learned how to jump... and have her feet leave the ground! Before she would make the jumping motion but her feet always stayed in the same place :)
- She says "momma" all the time now and it melts my heart each and every time!
- Her fourth canine finally popped through over the weekend so Mia has all of her teeth except for her 2-year molars. We are so over teething, ha! 
- Mia is picking up SO many words and loves repeating what we say! The words she's learned that I remembered to write down are: "cower" (color), "Whe-w" (where), "Shir" (shirt), "Cuuuu" (cute), "no way!", "toh" (hot), "how", "ca" (car), "Hewugo" (here you go), and my favorite, "Ceoool" (cool).
- She's not really into making animal sounds, but she thinks it's hilarious when we do them :) But she has started meowing and it is SO cute! I have GOT to get a video of it. In a really high pitched voice she meows, "how-how!" Kills me every. time.
- One of her favorite games is to sit in the cabinet under the sink in our kitchen, close the door as much as she can (her feet are hanging out the bottom) and says "eeee-la!" (Mia) until we start calling her name and asking where she is. She will laugh but stay hidden for a few seconds up to a couple minutes before throwing the door open and watching our "surprised" reaction :) 
- Mia is still wearing 6-9 month, 12 month and 18 month clothing. She's in size 4 and 5 (they are big, we strap 'em tight) shoes.
- She wears size 3 diapers during the day and size 4 at night. Once we run out of size 3 we will just keep buying size 4! I honestly didn't think she would make it to size 4 before potty training because she is so tiny, ha ha!

We can't believe Mia is just 4 short months away from turning 2! I know I say it all the time, but time is flying! She is our greatest blessing and we are so grateful Mia is ours! She grounds us every day and reminds us what is truly important in life. Funnest 20 months of our lives thanks to Mia!  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

we found p a r a d i s e

Normally I would share our weekend review, especially since it was a good one! We pretended Thursday was the start of our weekend (even though Eric had to work Friday) and Eric planned a double date! We met up with another couple who have a little girl just a few months older than Mia and ate dinner, ice cream and stayed up late talking while the girls played! Friday night we finally watched Divergent, loved it! Then Saturday we spent our day up the mountain with our friends and we had the best time! BUT! I really didn't take any pictures.... so I guess I'll share a different adventure Mia and I enjoyed together :)
I have been seeing pictures all summer long of people swimming at "Little Jamaica" and I had to explore this place for myself! It is seriously in the crappiest, ugliest spot.... it's in Arizona, right between the Utah and Nevada borders, directly underneath the freeway! My friend, Kortney, made the trek with us and we were in awe of this gorgeous, tiny paradise in the middle of crappiness (ha ha)! Someone dammed a section of the waterfall to create a pool and it's the perfect spot to spend a summer day! The waterfall is surrounded by grapevines and it makes the prettiest backdrop! I pretty much wish this was in my backyard, ha ha! Mia is quite the little fishy, which I love, and we had so much fun swimming and hiking the waterfall! I kind of don't want summer to end!

Monday, August 18, 2014

GIVEAWAY {Jamberry nails + beauty products}

Please ignore that little stain. Mia spilled lunch and I had to wait until nap time (I would've changed her except I didn't see the spot until after I took the pictures) to snap these photos, oops!
Mia got her first ever manicure (#jamicure) last week! My favorite part is that we matched! Nelle was so generous and sent us a Mommy and Me set of Jamberry Nail Wraps to review! I have to be honest, I get shellac manicures because I can't stand chipped polish, and they hold up so well to my normal day to day routine (which is not gentle on my fingernails) and the chemicals I encounter while doing hair. Sooooo I was pretty skeptical of the Jamberry nail wraps I've been seeing everyone post about. I'm shocked and happy to say that after a week of wearing these wraps, they are still holding on strong! No chipping, and growing out just the same as my shellac manicures do!
To continue in my honesty, I admit that I will probably wait a few more years to try another "jamicure" on Mia's fingernails. While I loved matching her, the wraps had a difficult time with her tiny fingernails. It doesn't help that Mia instantly picked at hers (because she thought they were so "cuuuuu") and stuck her fingers in her mouth a ton (not normal for her, I blame teething). Keep in mind, Mia is just a year and a half! To be fair, I don't paint her fingernails for the same reasons. I will be trying the nail wraps on her toes though, I've heard those hold up well on little ones! But I'm definitely excited to have more matchy nails with Mia when she's older because the wraps are adorable (so many cute designs!!) and the application is so simple (it takes about 1 or 2 fingernails at first to feel like you've got it figured out).
I was supposed to get pictures of us together, but other than the one photo I snapped during her nap (and could only do one handed since Eric wasn't home) nothing else really worked out. I mean... we tried... and they turned out like this... nails for Mia, and the worst angle on mine, ha! The majority looked like this...
...yeah. Mia wasn't having it, ha ha! #reallife
But luckily for you, I have a giveaway below where you have a chance to win your own Jamberry nail wraps so that you can see for yourself instead of trying to decide if you like them from my awful pictures ;) Nelle is generously giving away a $40 gift certificate to her Jamberry site, as well as tons of the best in 'beauty business' samples (too many to list! but they include make up, perfume and Bath & Body products!) Giveaway will run through the rest of August. Good luck and happy Monday! xoxo

Friday, August 15, 2014


Loving: that Mia is such a little girly girl (who loves to play with rocks, trucks and cars, balls and is obsessed with being outside and getting dirty, ha!) and is so into her hair lately. I did little piggy tails and she would touch them and say, "cuuuuu" (cute) :) I gave her her 3rd haircut this week and she LOVED it! And she puts on her own headbands! I let her run around like this because I love it so much, ha ha! Mia is so fun!

Reading/Watching: I just finished the Poison Study, but I have the whole series (don't remember what it's called) on my kindle so I'm read to read the next one! It's not one of my favorite books, but it was an easy read! I'd love suggestions for a "MUST read"!
I know I'm so behind the times (ha ha) but I just finished watching the Bachelorette finale and the After the Final Rose episode yesterday... ummmm! Can we just talk about Nick and what he said on live, national TV?? Not that I think it's okay, I actually lost respect for her since she knew she wouldn't be picking him, but I'm dying that he said that! I don't know how she didn't haul off and punch him in the mouth, ha ha! He's such a jerk! (I've never liked him from day 1)

Trying to: wrapping my head around the fact that summer will be over in the next couple months, which will fly by! I mean, school started this week in my neck of the woods! So crazy!! It's going to be a sad day for me when I send Mia off to school, ha!

Wishing: that I lived in Boston (or surrounding area)! I'm still kind of shocked by how much I fell in love with that city!

Excited for: Mia's birthday (which isn't until December)! That feeling could very well change between now and then, but last year I dreaded December! As the days flew by I was just torn up that my baby was going to turn one, and wouldn't be my baby anymore! Obviously she still is my baby :) and I'm really looking forward to enjoying planning her party and just soak up the fun with our little love, instead of suffering from an anxiety attack the minute her party ends (I really took it hard, harder than I thought I would, HA!) Even though I'm keeping her party super simple, I'm excited to start planning now and slowly gathering decor and other fun stuff for her special day! I'm even thinking about putting together a huge, fun giveaway to celebrate her (so if any shops are interested in participating, let me know!)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

baby number two?

"Is it time for another one?" What a tough, scary question (for me) and I wish that I had a road map to my future so that I knew what the right time is to make these big decisions! The only real answer I can give is that Eric and I, and only Eric and I will know when the right time to expand our family is.
I love to tease friends and ask them when they will be having kids, but I really try to avoid the question because it is so touchy! You never know one's situation! So how do we handle answering the question? Before we got pregnant with Mia, sometimes we laughed when we were asked "when?", other times we rolled our eyes, and other times it just hurt to hear the question... as if we have total control of that, you know? Eric finally got sick enough of people asking that he started to tell them, "we try every day! Sometimes multiple times a day! I guess practice makes perfect, right?" I was just as mortified as they were to hear that come out of his mouth, ha ha! But hey! They stopped asking! Looking back, we see that it truly was the perfect timing (God's timing, in our opinion) when Mia came into our lives!
How do we handle the question of adding more kids to the mix? I really don't know, it's a different answer each time! Do we want Mia to have a sibling? Yes! Are we kind of terrified to change up our routine and see if our hearts really will expand to loving another baby as much as we love Mia? Yes! These are legit stresses we experience (that I used to roll my eyes at when I heard other mothers say this, oops!) but we know it will be worth it in the end. So sometimes our answer is, "practice made perfect and there's no way we will get this lucky a second time, so we think we are done!" (ha ha). But mostly is just the honest truth, "we really don't know!" I just hope that we will know it's the right time when we feel calm (er) and (more) confident that it is time. But whether I'm feeling calm or not, I will put my faith in God because I know that my family is what will make me happiest in this world!
Aug 14:  Deciding when the time is right for baby #2 (and/or how to handle these questions)
Aug 21:  Tricks for eating out with your toddler
Aug 28:  Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)