Tuesday, April 15, 2014

what's your number?

Am I the only one who enjoys finding out random facts about my friends? I mean, I'm assuming not since we all read each other's blogs ;) Anyway I've seen this number post going around blog land and I thought it would be fun to participate!

11,575 - the number of miles we've put on our jeep.... that we bought brand new in October. #yikes! I hinted at my new "hot mom" car months ago on the blog but I never shared the details, oops! We are going to have some cosmetic work done on the jeep but really, we love this vehicle SO much!

6 - the number of years Eric and I will celebrate being married next month!

2 - years we have lived in this little town, which is 2 years too many ;) I still haven't fallen in love with this place, but I've fallen in love with some of the people here! We are so blessed to make good friends wherever we go! And I do love having access to so many National Parks!

60 - average hours Eric works in a week. ONE week! Definitely not one of our favorite parts about his job.

4 - missing permanent teeth in my mouth (not including the 4 wisdom teeth that have been pulled).

6 - the  number of years I've worked as a hairstylist.

7 - is the number of states I've visited (that I remember) in this country. Yikes!! I can't wait to add more to that list... I hope to visit all 50 states in my life time!

111 - the number that shows up when I stand on the scale.... say whaaaat? I haven't weighed this little since high school, and even then I'm not sure I was this small. But I definitely wasn't this strong! Proof that making changes to your diet and exercising religiously 5-6 times a week (for a year) truly pays off. Also proof that you can get your body back after baby. It wasn't easy, but at the same time, I never expected the my results to be smaller and stronger than before I got pregnant!

5 - times I (we) have moved in the last 6 years.

15 (almost 16) months - the age of our greatest pride and joy. We aren't wrapped around Mia's tiny fingers at all ;)

Monday, April 14, 2014

get in my belly

It's not very often that I'm tempted to give my kid away but today (a Sunday, the first time in who knows how long that I'm writing a post in advance) Mia hasn't been the easiest. She totally skipped her morning nap (2 hours in the crib without a wink of sleep! She's never done that before) which resulted in transformation to a mini monster at church who wouldn't stop running around like a crazy child, screaming at the top of her lungs (and hitting decibels that almost cracked my ear drums) and just flat out disregarding anything I said to her. I'm sure this has everything to do with the lack of naps and ice cream treats thanks to her grandparents. Not that I'm complaining about that... I'll let mine and Eric's parents spoil the girl because that's every grandparents right! I'm complaining because I can assure you that my parents are high-fiving each other as they read this while planning their next spoiling adventure that will wreak havoc on our home life the next day. Oh the joys.
Anyway, now that Mia is napping, I'm daydreaming of all the Easter candy I wish I was shoving in my face. In an effort to be healthier, I've stopped buying crap just to have in the house because I usually end up eating all of it... which is really unfortunate on days like today. This is the best time of year to walk up and down the treat aisles, amiright?! Easter candy is my faaaaave! Since I can't get my hands on any right this moment, talking about my top 3 is almost as good, right? (Who am I kidding? not. as. good.) There are so many other candies I love, but these are usually the ones that I get sick off of from eating so much each year ;)

Cadbury candy coated eggs- need I say more?
Sweetarts jellybeans- but any Easter jelly bean is winning at this point. So many good options!! But I love these tangy, addicting little devils!
Peeps- I admit it! I loooove peeps! BUT! I only eat them stale. Yep, you read that right! Stale peeps are bomb!
Ridiculous little side note- years ago I wrote a stupid tutorial on how to make the perfect stale peep. It's seriously the dumbest post ever, but I get hits on it every day! If you google directions? Bam, my post is one of the top of the list! It's one of my most popular posts... if that's not pathetic, I don't know what is ;)

So, what's your favorite Easter candy? Annnnnd, since everyone's doing it.... here's a sneak peek of Mia's Easter basket. I can't wait to give it to her!
"Spring" notebook for coloring, crayons, slinky and marshmallow "lollipop"!

Friday, April 11, 2014

my top five

Every 6 months social media outlets (Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, etc) are bombarded with quotes from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormon) General Conference. It is such an uplifting weekend full of advice and reminders to make our daily lives easier, that we can't help but share what touched our hearts ;) The things I hear throughout General Conference that really stick out to me are so simple, yet it is just what I needed to help me be a better wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend. These are just the reminders I need to be a better me. No matter your religion or beliefs, I think these words can help us all lead a better life. So I picked my favorites (though I have many more) to share today. The talks aren't available online, yet, but I left the link to view the Conference sessions until I can link these quotes to their direct talks.



Cheers to a happy weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

m a g i c

We finally introduced Mia to the magic of bubbles! A million and a half pictures of Mia's first bubble experience still aren't enough for me... I can't get over 'em! She was in heaven and didn't want the bubbles to end. Eric, on the other hand, quit blowing them so that I would quit taking pictures (such a stinker!) ha ha. But Mia's adorable Juicy outfit? It's my fave so I had to catch all the angles of that as well ;) Anyway, I still think our tiny backyard is craptastic.... but the magic it holds for Mia makes me more than excited for all the fun, special memories we will be making together as it warms up! Thank goodness for my sweet girl who is constantly reminding me.... it truly is the little things that make life SO happy!
P.S. Last chance to enter this giveaway!
P.P.S. Linking up with Ashley and Jess.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Loving: my spring swap package! I'd been dying to sign up for a little swap but I always found out about them after the sign up date ended. So when I saw that Stormy was hosting one, I signed right up! We were paired together and I have to admit, I got lucky because she spoiled me gooooood. My goodies include: an adorable picture frame, the most heavenly smelling candle (seriously, RUN to Target and buy it up!), nail polish, EOS chap stick (my fave flavor), face masks, earrings, and more! She even included a couple of surprises for Mia! Stormy, you are the BEST! Thank you sooo much!

Reading/Watching: the Divergent series. I'm almost finished with Allegiant! Thanks to the many road trips we've encountered in the past few weeks, I've been able to read them a lot faster than I normally would have. Now to find a babysitter to go watch the movie. Any takers?? ;)
Eric and I have been dying to have Netflix update our shows with no such luck (ugh!) Just last night we discovered that House has been added to streaming, so now we've got a new show to be hooked on. Annnnnd the best part? All the seasons are on there, holla!! (Can you tell how annoyed we are waiting for the seasons to be updated? ha ha!)

Trying to: figure out a solution to our babysitting problem. And when I say babysitting problem, I mean that we have zero babysitters in this town. It's becoming more and more apparent that Eric and I neeeeeed a weekly date but we have no family in town, I don't know any teenage girls to hire, and we don't do swaps with other couples. Man, oh man... How do you find babysitters in your neighborhood/town?

Wishing: that Mia wasn't napping right now (obviously I'm not wishing hard enough to actually go wake her up, ha!) so that I could play with her new headbands/clips from Sweet Angel Kreations!! Katie seriously has the most adorable accessories in her shop! And the tiny flower and bow? I die! I have headbands for Mia that are bigger than her head... and I love them! But we all know that everything is cuter when it's tiny... and we don't have tiny bows or flowers so I'm dying to see how cute the clips are in Mia's hair!

Excited for: Easter!! We are spending the weekend at my in laws and their tiny town has the funnest Easter celebrations! Mia is old enough to do her first Easter egg hunt and it's going to be sooooo fun to watch her do it! Plus it will just be so good to hangout with family and watch the kids play! And I'm dying to see Mia in her Easter dress :)