Tuesday, September 2, 2014

our Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend didn't go at all as planned,. not that we had that much planned, but work definitely wasn't in the plans! I was incredibly disappointed that Eric had to go in over the weekend, but we made the best of the time we did have together! Saturday evening we decided to take Mia to the movies! Eric loves How to Train Your Dragon, so we took Mia to the sequel in the discounted movie theater. Eric's cousin that lives in town just happened to bring her kids to the same movie so it was a little party! Mia LOVED shoving her face full of popcorn and treats (a rare treat for her, and us!) while climbing all over her cousins! We had such a fun time!
A little blurry but sooooo cute!
 On Labor Day Monday, Mia and I had Eric all to ourselves, and we loved it! The fair was in town so we couldn't resist taking Mia! We stopped by the car show first... Eric was in heaven! Mia loved roaming around but was a little peeved that she couldn't touch all the shiny cars :) We went straight over to the food booths after the car show and we had to buy a bag of kettle corn popcorn... Mia is obsessed with popcorn thanks to her grandad Crowley :) Next, we headed over to the rides/games and Mia instantly wanted to ride the carousel. I made her take a picture in front of it (she's not looking at the camera because she couldn't take her eyes off the carousel, and she was crying for it, HA!) and then it was just pure torture waiting for us to buy the tickets. Mia is obsessed with the carousel thanks to her grandma and grandpa Brinkerhoff :) She's got some fun influences in her life! And luckily for her, Eric and I can't say no! Eric and Mia got to make a little tool box together, and Eric's got big plans to paint it and basically "pimp" it out for Mia, ha! We ended our fun morning by eating lunch with friends and taking a big, family nap!
Our Labor Day weekend didn't go as planned, but we made the best of it and had so much fun together!

Friday, August 29, 2014

what I live for

 Dress c/o Olive the Things
So that may be a little dramatic... but I'm pretty sure I'm mostly serious when I say that I live for long weekends ;) We actually have zero plans (which is rare for us, but I thought I'd give Eric a break, ha ha!) and I couldn't be happier knowing that I get an extra day for my little family to spend together! Anyway, a couple things to note-

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This giveaway ends this weekend and your nails are begging you to enter ;) Don't miss out!

This photo makes me really baby hungry. Like, yikes!

Eric has picked up golfing as a hobby in the last month and he and Mia are obsessed now! I always thought I would hate it if he got into golfing but I'm so relieved that he has a hobby he can enjoy right now, it's something we can do as a family (well, sorta) and it's theraputic for him which is a huge plus! Although, I may be singin' a different tune if he gets too obsessed, ha ha!

I'm having a hard time believing that it's Labor Day Weekend and summer is coming to an end... but this bow screams "Fall" and you better believe Mia will be wearing it all season long!

We rearranged Mia's room and FINALLY finished decorating and putting it together. I've only been working on it for the last 2 years, oops! Anyway, each time she walks into her room she stops and in an awed voice says, "Oh wooooooow!" Ha! It's SO cute! I can't wait to share pictures of her room!

Have a happy, SAFE weekend, my friends!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

am I enough?

I'm keepin' it real with today's topic and it's a little scary... "Feeling confident as a mom"... I have to admit that I have never felt more confident at anything in my life before! I'm a dang good mom and I rarely worry or stress about the mom I am. I definitely have my moments where I wish I would have had more patience, or wish I would have put down the cleaning supplies and snuggled my baby, and the list can go on! But Mia's fun personality, her instant forgiveness, her loyal love and her need for "momma" builds my confidence a little more each day! I don't even think to second guess our relationship as I watch her grow, flourish and learn on the daily!
I do struggle with feeling confident with every other role I have taken on in my life- wife, daughter, sister, friend, etc. The one that bothers me the most is my role as a wife, because I feel like for the most part, before Mia, I was a dang good wife!
Eric and I married young, he was 22 and I was 20, and we wouldn't change a thing! We have matured together, grown together, and figured out a lot of the hard parts of marriage together! But I come up with new items to add to the list each day that I need to become better at for Eric, for myself and for our relationship. As we've experienced different trials in our marriage, we both have to learn how to react, communicate, and work together to get through each rough spot on top and stronger than ever together. And it's hard! Marriage is hard! But it is oh so worth it!
Something I am trying to overcome right now is that I've noticed as I'm teaching Mia, watching her personality come out I am her biggest influence (next to Eric) on how she reacts to different situations. I am helping mold the kind of girl she will be as she grows by guiding her through the emotions she feels. Quite frankly, I'm a bossy mom sometimes but she's a year and a half! I have to be bossy, put my foot down, and teach her some boundaries because that's what she needs! The bad thing is that I find myself doing the same things to Eric... which is a problem since he's a grown man and doesn't need his wife treating him like he's a toddler! We are supposed to be working together instead of me laying down the law, ha ha! But seriously. It sounds ridiculous when I type it out, and even scarier because I know I'll have even more eyes watching the kind of wife I'll be and if I can overcome the things I'm saying now. It's scary because I'll fail. I'll fail multiple times before I start getting it right.
Becoming a mother and loving my sweet baby with little fears in the back of my mind has been the easiest, most natural thing I've ever experienced. Navigating the rest of my life as a new mother has not. It's been hard, but it will be worth it to figure this stuff out! Eric and I have already come a long way as we've discovered how to reconnect after that major life changes that a baby brings, and eventually I will come full circle and be the wife he needs in every aspect! It's just really scary admitting out loud that I have been failing and feeling like I'm the only one who has been sucking at something that I take such pride in! But one day I will perfect my wifey skills again and I will be better!
P.S. Last chance to enter this giveaway for a beauty basket!
Aug 28:  Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

my secret {makeup} weapon

Once upon a time, shortly after Mia was born I got eyelash extensions, and I loved them! I felt so pretty with long, gorgeous lashes and I didn't mind the upkeep... until Mia grew out of the stage where she slept for hours at a time, whether it was in her car seat, crib, my arms, wherever! It became to much of a hassle to get my lashes touched up every 2-3 weeks so I quit. And I missed them, I missed them a lot! I have debated over time whether I can commit to the upkeep and putting them back on, but I ultimately decided that it's just plain expensive and not in our budget to have gorgeous eyelashes. Then I was introduced to Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara.
Now, these pictures might suck (Eric doesn't pretend to be a pro at photography and let's face it, pictures of eyes are kind of freaky and it's hard to make 'em look good! While I'm at it, I don't pretend to be a pro at applying mascara... ha!) but this mascara doesn't! I won't lie, it was kind of a pain applying the multiple coats my first time or two, but now it's just a normal part of my routine! When I ran out of the 3D Fiber Lash, I actually waited a bit to purchase some more. I wanted to be sure I loved this stuff because I've never spent more than $5 on mascara before in my life... but I couldn't stay away for long! This is way cheaper than extensions (although, I can't promise I wouldn't go back to those if we could afford it, HA!) and I find the time in my day to apply make up, so what's a couple more minutes (versus an hour or more, plus finding a babysitter to go get lash touch ups) of applying a couple coats of mascara for amazing eyelashes?!
Anyway, I just wanted to share my find for beautiful lashes (wish you could see these in person so that my eyes don't freak you out, ha ha!) and if you're interested in checking them out for yourself, go here!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

just some randoms {20}

"Mia, where is your belly button?!"

We love that Mia is the perfect mix of girly, girl and getdirtyplaywithballsandtrucks kind of girl!

"Mia, show me your muscles!"

Fun fact: Mia calls crackers (or any treat) "coooookie?" I'm pretty sure she learned that at nursery because she didn't learn it from us! Our treat of choice is ice cream and I never bake. So seriously, where did she learn that word?
Also, notice her cute nails?! Don't forget to enter the Jamberry beauty basket giveaway!!

Mia wants to bring home the dog AND a boyfriend from Old Navy!