Monday, April 21, 2014

Giveaway #3: Matilda Jane Clothing

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It's FINALLY beginning to feel like Spring around our parts (thank GAWD!), and just in time for Lola to sport the latest and greatest from Matilda Jane. They've really knocked it out of the park with their newest collection, It's a Wonderful Parade! So flippin' adorbs!!

Now that my gal's started going to preschool, and more regularly around little girls her own age, her personality is really beginning to blossom. Turns out she can be quite the girly girl. Who knew?! Because of this, she's been quite insistent of wearing mostly only "grill" (girl) clothes as of late (numbered are the days of me dressing her in big brother's hand-me-downs, lol). Her favorite pieces being her growing collection from the ever so popular Matilda Jane.

With this new Spring line, they've really stepped up their pattern-matching-game! I mean, they have successfully combined like 12 different fabrics and patterns in just this one little get-up. Amazing. They've got quite the eye for this, those crazy kids! Could this outfit possibly be any cuter?!
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To celebrate this new collection, Matilda Jane has offered one lucky reader a $50 gift card to their shop! To enter, simply choose from the Rafflecopter options below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Matilda Jane sent us this clothing to review free of charge, but I was not compensated in any other way for this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Silas Rhodes - 3 Months

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Our little guy turned 3 months old yesterday! Hashtag how, hashtag why?! Maybe it's 'cause he's my last baby (and I know I say this every month), but it feel like it's FLYING by. At the same time, though, I'm not all that upset because we're getting to the really fun part of babyhood, you know?

I won't say that I hate the newborn stage (b/c there are a lot of really good parts)…but it's not my fav. I like my sleep too much, I suppose. Aaaand, in the case with this baby, my eardrums. Though I will say he's seemed much happier slash less colicky the past couple of days, so maybe what they say about the 3-mo. mark is true and he's working out his stomach ish? I guess time will tell.

Other than these couple of expected newbie unpleasantries, it's been majorly awesome having this dude with us. He is "talking" up a storm, and I feel like he's right on the cusp of a big 'ol belly laugh! Also, I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but he's SUPER active (just like he was in utero), pretty much kicking and swinging his arms ALL. THE. TIME. His sister referring to this as "he doing the cha cha"? = DEAD.

LIKES: being held and worn (still a big fan), his brother and sister, running errands or anywhere where he's out in public (which is awesome!), the vacuum cleaner, the Mamaroo, looking/cooing at himself in the mirror, hitting his carseat toys, being swaddled whilst he sleeps & mostly sleeping through the night (hand clap emoji).

DISLIKES: being put down, naps (we're working on it, though) & dirty dipes (which weirdly didn't bother either my other 2 littles).

SIZE: I have no clue of his size right now b/c we haven't been to the doc in awhile, but I feel like he's gotten taller. Also, his feet are HUGE! Not surprising since both Dan and I have big 'ol feet.

I must also note that he's started doing this super dramatic pig squeal when he gets upset. The kids joke that he sounds like George (which Lola says in a British accent) from Peppa Pig, lol. You'd think it'd be annoying, but really, it's just comical.

Here are some pics I took of him yesterday. Big sis decided to jump in on a few, which I think turned out really sweet. She loves her "widdle baby"!

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We love you so much, Silas Rhodes! As you've grown these past three months, your little personality has really started to shine through. I can't wait to see what next month has in store!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Insta-life (February 2014}

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quiet morning // bottle-feeding

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baby-wearing (the only way I get anything done) // my best girl

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SQUISH // red sucker FTW

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sleeping like a baby // focused

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not happy…BUT Bill Murray! // Steve Zissou is his spirit animal

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in the car before her V-Day party // the life

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Valentine's Day cuties // tiny Cupid

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droppin' beats // Thai food lunch date

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erry night // tongue always out, just like a puppy dog

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popcorn bribery // no more cries at preschool

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frog belly // nigh nigh

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morning "pep talk" from my main squeeze // my first (only) paci baby

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morning snooze fest // "brudders"

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Birth Announcement

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I was pretty on top of my game with the ordering of the birth announcements this go-round. Mainly 'cause my mother was all, "Did you make a birth announcement? You need to make a birth announcement! WHERE IS MY BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT?!!" But, I'm glad she did because, hi, CAYOOT!

Unfortunately, I haven't been so great with the getting them out part. Silas is now almost 11 weeks old and they're still sitting on the kitchen counter. Womp. BUT! I have big plans to sit down and get 'em all addressed and in the mail over the weekend. So, if you've been waiting to get yours, you should have it sometime next week. Yip!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Touristy DC - Lincoln Memorial

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Over the past couple of weeks, it's finally started sinking in that we'll only be out here in NoVA for a few more months. If everything goes as planned, we'll be moving back to the Dallas area in August (before Nico starts school). Which means we're on a mad dash to see all the things! You know, in between the snow storms and overall crap weather we've been experiencing (I'm beginning to wonder if it'll ever be Spring).

Mother nature did throw us a bone these past couple of weekends, though! We took advantage of this by hitting up the memorials - Lincoln the weekend before last, and then the Jefferson Memorial this past weekend.

Nico's been studying presidents in Kindergarten, so he was pretty pumped about the whole thing. Lola is still a little young to grasp the importance of these places just yet, but she's our easy kid. Give her some grass to run around in (or in this case, steps to climb) and she's good. Silas pretty much slept in the Ergo the whole time, but I think he would've liked it had he known what was happening, lol.

Here are some pictures from our visit to the LM...

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The weather's supposed to be nice this coming Sunday, so I think we may try to venture back out there again to check something else off our list. There's so much to do that I almost feel like a tourist in my own town! It's kind of awesome. Because of this, I thought I start a new series on here (hence the title) to document our adventures.

If you have any suggestions for places we should peep, I'd love to hear 'em!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Silas Rhodes - 2 Months

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On Monday our boy Silas reached the two month mark. Maybe it's because he's our last baby, but really, how is it going by so fast?! STAHP. I just cannot.

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STATS:
Weight / 10.8 lbs (34%)
Height / 22.6in (45%)
Head Circumference / 41.5cm (87%)

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LIKES: being held, worn in the Ergo, swaddled, being in his carseat (basically any position where he is confined like he was in my belly), his big brother and sister (he's totally in awe of them), his sleep sheep, the bathroom sink (he likes to "talk" to it), the Mamaroo, eating, smiling, cooing and sticking his tongue out.

DISLIKES: being put down, when he's not eating - at this stage, this is about it.

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EATING: Oh man, homie is an EATER. Like, I'm pretty sure if we let him, he'd eat all day, erryday. I rented a hospital-grade pump, hoping to bring in my milk supply enough to not have to supplement, but it just wasn't enough. We've been supplementing with organic formula since he was 3 weeks old and he seems much happier. He currently eats at the boob, the milk I've pumped and formula. I had to supplement with Nico as well. My boys and their big appetites!

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Right now, Silas is super into smiling and cooing. Like, when he's happy, he's really happy. He'll just make eyes and smile at you for what feels like forever. And the coos! They're so good. He works so hard to get those little coos out! It kills me. It's like I have a glimpse into what his personality will be like when he's older.

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Other than this, he's just doing the everyday 2 month old things. His brother and sister still love their baby to bits. He's really lucky to such sweet siblings to dote on him so much.

We can't wait to see what next month has in store for you, "Baby Si-wis"!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Currently...

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We're currently buried in snow over here.

READING: Drea's e-book/cleanse, Mise En Place. Not sure that I'm ready to do the cleanse just yet, but I'm certainly loving all the recipes. I was a vegetarian for 11 years (and still primarily cook this way), so most of this stuff is right up my alley. A great reference for all things healthy!

EATING: I've been super into having a big variety of "clean" foods for lunch. Some of the stuff I've been rotating: sweet potatoes, lentils, baby spinach, avocado, edamame, roasted broccoli, roasted zucchini/squash, baby carrots and/or raw peppers & hummus. It keeps me feeling full and satisfied. Then for dinner we've been eating a lot of spaghetti squash (with my favorite recipe being this). Can't get enough!

THINKING ABOUT: What a bitch time is. I feel like my kids are growing up so fast. How is it that Silas is almost 2 months and Nico will be 6 next month?! SIX. I just cannot. 

WORKING ON: Being more patient with my littles. I was in the midst of feeling very frustrated yesterday when I came across a link to this post on Facebook. It gave me the perspective that I needed in that moment. When Silas came home, I was really thrown for a loop because I forgot just how much of your time/attention a new baby requires - like, ALL of it. This on top of taking care of my other 2 has been a lot for me. Once I was able to come to terms with the fact that this is the new normal, it has been much easier to embrace this new routine. Before I know it, my babies will be grown and I'll be nostalgic for the days when they needed me so much.

LISTENING: I feel silly admitting this, but Katy Perry. I've been out of the pop music loop for so long because we pretty much solely listen to our satellite radio indie station in the car (well, that and the 90's alternative station, because obvi). Anyway, so yeah, I was never a part of the KP craze…until now. I put her album on via Spotify one Sunday morning whilst cleaning and GAME OVER. So much cheesy pop goodness. Like, I know that I probably shouldn't be listening to shit like this at my age, but I just can't help myself. Dan keeps asking if I'm over it yet - nerp, boyfran! It may be a while.

WATCHING: I'm loving so many shows right now! First of all, Scandal. I started and caught up with the entire series over the holidays and am SO excited that it's back from break. Also, True Detective on HBO is uh-mazing (like, really EFFING good, y'all), House of Cards on Netflix (we've been binge watching season 2), Walking Dead and GIRLS. If you're not watching these shows, DO IT. So much good!

LOVING: All of the IG health food accounts I've recently started following. The baby is stirring from his nap so I don't have time to list 'em all right now, but feel free to peep my Instagram to see who I follow. Also, if you know of any foodies that I should be following, do tell!

*Original inspiration for these posts provided by Danielle over at Sometimes Sweet.
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