Baby’s First Fourth of July | Craft Project

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I’ve always envisioned being that Mom that did lots of crafts with my kids and fun activities around the holidays.  My little girl is only 7 months but I thought, why not start now?  She may not be able to remember things yet, but I will!

I scoured the internet to find a quick, and easy (make that VERY easy) 4th of July craft, and this one was perfect!  Simply dip your baby’s toes and heels in opposite colors, and let the middle stay blank–red, white, and blue!

What I liked most about this easy little craft, was the keepsake aspect to it.  I will forever have a print of her sweet little feet at the cute size they are right now. <3

After I took the picture of the final product, I later decided it would look a little snazzier to add blue, hand-drawn stars around the writing, so I did that and I like it even better.

I already feel like she is growing too quickly!  My sweet, sweet, baby girl.  I love you and can’t wait to celebrate many more holiday’s with you in the future!

Love, Mommy. <3

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Sweet baby feet.
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Yes, the ink will get everywhere. Ha-ha, that’s why we did it on our lanai!
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You can frame it or put it in a sheet protector and save it in a keepsake binder!

 

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My Favorite Diaper Bag

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So I’ll be honest… This was a bit of a ‘mommy-splurge’.  An ‘I-think-I-should-treat-myself’ kind of (totally justifiable) purchase.  I had done my research on diaper bags and decided that this was the one for me.  Except they can get pretty pricey…up to two hundred dollars (gulp).  I could just sew together all that cash and use it to hold my diapers…  But that wouldn’t be as attractive now, would it?

Enter Ebay.  Price-checking is your BFF!  I found my bag at a better price on Ebay, from a husband who was trying to sell it because it wasn’t the pattern his wife had wanted–hey, her loss, right? 😉

When this diaper bag came in the mail, it was seriously just like Christmas.  I was giddy, and couldn’t wait to tear off the wrapping paper.  Mom’s are weird, aren’t they?  Anyway, all the YouTube review videos proved to be true, with the exception of the backpack straps being “super comfortable”.  I wouldn’t go that far.

I’ve had this bag for over a month now and I carry it everywhere I go.  I often bring this diaper with me even when I don’t have the baby with me (she’s home with Daddy) because it has every single thing I need in it!  The main compartment hold all of baby’s things, but the front compartment (called the “mommy pocket”) holds my money, chapstick, kleenex, keys, phone….everything.

The bag also has two bottle holders on either side that are insulated for keeping your bottle cool if you’ve just pulled it out of the fridge–another feature I really like.

I also love the classic style of this bag, with the black and white stripes, and gold accents.  This particular diaper bag is called the Ju Ju Be BFF in the style “First Lady” I believe.

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I used this bag on our first trip as a family, back to the mainland last month.  I had everything I needed, nicely organized and easily accessible.  Plus, it fit perfectly beneath the seat in front of me when we were on the plane.

Those are just a few of the things I love about this bag, but there are certainly many more!

 

What diaper bag do you use?  Do you have a favorite?

 

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Kleenex & Coffee (The Not-So Glamorous Side of Mommyhood)

Today, being a Mom looks something like this…

Laying on the couch watching the TCM channel while Ava sleeps on my chest and we both try to recover from a rough night. She didn’t fall asleep fully until after midnight last night because she was so congested and fussy. No sooner would I lay her down, after rocking her to sleep, would she then wake up again, crying and wheezing. Poor baby. I gave her some of the Doctor’s prescribed baby Tylenol to bring her fever down a little and kept a bottle always in hand, as she seemed much hungrier than usual, and it was good to keep her as hydrated as possible.

Sometimes being a Mommy means dropping everything (house, errands, school, work…) and laying on a couch in your bathrobe, consoling a sick baby. I’ve got kleenex and Boogie Wipes to my left, a blanket and coffee to my right, that’s my setup currently and I’m okay with it.

Not every day will go as planned. You won’t always get everything accomplished that you had hoped and may not get anything accomplished that you had planned! But that’s okay. 🙂 I’m trying to focus on treasuring these unplanned moments and not feeling like I have failed if dinner isn’t ready or the house isn’t spotless.

To all Moms out there, today I raise my coffee mug to you…

Here’s to the unplanned, unglamorous, and exhausting side of motherhood…may you greet each precious moment with patience and grace, may you remember that in those late night hours when your child wont sleep and it takes every ounce of energy you can muster to soothe your baby, that you are not alone. In those (perhaps, not-so-quiet) moments, remember those that have gone before you (maybe your own mother who spent many a night holding you when you were sick), and never forget that God is with you. He gives strength to the weary and He gives grace, LOTS of grace to us all. He’s the one set of footprints that remain when yours disappear, because He’s carrying you the rest of the way. So rest in Him, He who is strong enough to hold you when you don’t feel strong enough to go on. May you be blessed today and face each day with renewed hope and zeal.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

 

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Outfit of the Day on the USS Missouri

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sheath dress Old Navy // wool hat (similar) F21 // brown ruffle tote (gift) Simply Vera Wang // bow sandals (out of stock) Target–different pair here.

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Either she’s not looking at the camera or she has her hands in her mouth! ;)

 

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My Mother-in-law was able to join us for the last event we attended on the battleship.

 

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I’ve had the privilege to be on the USS Missouri battleship, on at least four different military occasions.  I’ve attended promotion ceremonies, a retirement ceremony, a ceremony to honor years in service, and I will be attending a retirement/farewell ceremony tomorrow for my husband’s coworker (our family friend).

I never get tired of standing on the decks of the battleship and singing our National Anthem with the soldiers of my husbands unit, while the many flags wave in the breeze behind the podium and the sun reflects off the crystal waters.  Or hearing thirty soldiers sing, “…First to fight for the right, And to build the Nation’s might, And The Army Goes Rolling Along … “.

What a blessing to be an American and to live in this beautiful country!

#proudtobeanAmerican

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Closet Cardio + My AE Spring Picks

Happy Thursday, ladies. 🙂

My closet chronicles continue!  I haven’t gotten to a place yet where I’m willing to take pictures of my progress, 😉 but I’m close!  I still have a little ways to go with my downsizing and organizing.

If I haven’t already mentioned it…I’m eliminating anything in my wardrobe that I haven’t worn in the last couple years, or that I don’t absolutely love when I put it on.  I’m trying to create my version of a mommy “capsule wardrobe“.

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Have you ever had the feeling that you have SO many clothes you actually have nothing to wear?  As strange as it sounds, it’s a completely normal feeling.  My closet is brimming with clothes, yet, when I try to pick out something to wear, the options, and colors, and patterns, overwhelm me and I spend much longer choosing an outfit than I should have to.  My easiest, and quickest mornings, when it comes to getting ready, have been those were I reach for neutral colors (maybe all black, or jeans with a white, or grey top…) and throw on an accessory (sun hat, fedora, braided belt, arm cuffs) and a cute pair of sandals.  Not only do I feel totally put together, but I feel chic and effortless.  And it only took me 5 minutes, or less!  So the other part of my organizing project, is in sticking with mainly basic colors for my clothes, and coloring them with an accessory, such as a scarf or piece of jewelry.

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Lately, I’ve been scouring the internet (hey, sometimes it’s easier to shop online than it is to get out the door with a 5 month old!) for affordable, but good quality clothing that I can use to replace the pieces in my closet that I no longer need or wear.  Last night, I went through American Eagle’s website, and found a bunch of cute items!  They are all simple, and classic pieces that I think would look fantastic in my closet. 😉  Check out my spring picks!

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My Skincare Routine

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I’ve always believed, since I was a teenager, that skincare was very important.  No matter how tired I was at the end of the day, I always tried to at least give my face a good rinse and clean up the oil build up from the day.  As I’ve gotten older, and tried many different products, my routine has changed a lot, and for the better!

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, and St. Ives Apricot Scrub are the two newest products that I’ve adopted into my routine and I LOVE them!

Every evening I apply the Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser to my face and then wet a washcloth and wipe away all my makeup.  Its simple, and easy, and I love how refreshing the cold cream feels on my skin–it’s a refreshing, yummy-feeling, rich cream that picks up all the makeup and dirt on your face and leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturized.

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Three or four times a week, when I wake up in the morning, I wash my face with the Biore charcoal soap bar (not pictured) and then I follow-up with the St. Ives Apricot Scrub to smooth away any dead skin cells and leave my skin feeling silky smooth.

After the cold cream cleanser (and the apricot scrub every other day or so) I soak a Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner cotton ball and gently rub it over my face in upward strokes to help recondition my skin and smooth my complexion.

Lastly, I finish with lotion.  I use Aveeno Ultra Calming Lotion with SPF 15 in the mornings, and Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balance Moisturizer in the evenings.

Do you have a skincare routine?  What are your favorite products?

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