Hits & Misses

September 19, 2014

This is becoming my funnest, and easiest, blog post of the week. It's nice to do a little recap in my head of the good, and not so good, things of the week.

HIT - Homespun Honeybee Designs

If you're looking for some cute hair bows for your little one, I purchased 12 sets (just incase we do pigtails one day), for $24! Yes, $1 a bow. And the 3" bows are just right for my taste - not too big, but a bit of a graduation from our little baby bows. At the rate that we lose our bows, these are perfect.



Ellie is a huge fan of them, and she insists we change the color multiple times a day. I opted for the $10 quick shipping, but I think that it's probably not necessary if you can wait a week or so to receive them.

And, now that we've received them, I'm already determining which colors we missed that I need to add to our collection. :)

MISS - I was Booed



Someone put a cute little note on our front door with a baggie of Halloween candy and I didn't follow through. I feel kind of terrible about that, but when the note says you have one day to complete the mission and it's a Saturday where the last thing you want to do is go purchase Halloween goods with two kids in tow in your crazy-busy-on-Saturday town? Probably not going to happen.

So what happens next? I'm Booed again the next evening by someone else. And, being the crazy lady that I am, I not only took on the challenge the next day, but I also redesigned the papers that came along with it and above is what I sent out instead. Hopefully whoever started this won't be pissed that I changed it up.

HIT - Christmas Cards

I've already got mine designed and in the bag - just need to wait for our pictures in December so I can drop one in the card and send to the printer!

Since the Fall usually becomes chaotic around here, I decided to be proactive and check anything off of the list that I can. I am also mid-design on one for my BFF. My little hiatus from designing has given me a breath of fresh creative air. I might just open the shop back up one day with a few designs. Maybe.

Adios Naptime

September 18, 2014

Just like that, HUT is no longer a napper. We had an incredibly rough day on Tuesday - from the moment he woke up, he was just not having it. And by "it," I mean everything and anything.

Since HUT has started his new school, we have to wake him up before seven each morning in order to eat, get dressed, etc., before heading out of the door around 7:30. On Tuesday, everything came to a head. Tempers flared, one or more of us (yes, including me) shed some tears, frustrations soared - it was truly one of those down in the dumps parenting days where you think that you'll never get things right and all you are doing is screwing up your child.

So, what's a mom to do? I texted the U and said that I had had it - HUT never wanted to go to bed at night, woke up incredibly grumpy, and everything was becoming a fight. I made the executive decision to drop his afternoon nap. Until this point, I could still get him down for an hour or so of naptime each day.

On Tuesday afternoon, I let him play. Then we went outside and played some more. We avoided the nap altogether and, even though he was fading, we took a trip to Costco as a distraction (toys! snacks! all the things!). Before we knew it, dinner was eaten, baths were done and the sun was beginning to set.

A good tooth brushing, three books and 15 minutes later? He was out.

Wednesday he not only received a green smily, but also a good note and report from his teacher. We were all much happier campers.

Today is day three of this - and I hope that I'm not jinxing myself - but this routine seems to be working wonders for his little personality.

So, adios naptime. You sure were great while I had you. And while I'll miss that hour plus of alone time, nothing can compare to a happy child.

Pinterest-ipes

September 16, 2014

I feel like it's been a while since I've posted some recipes. Last week I got the new Cooking Light, so this week I've basically planned our entire week out of the new issue. I'll be back with a full report next week but, for now, here are a couple of slow cooker hits that we've had in the kitchen lately...

SLOW COOKER SUMMER VEGETABLE PESTO SOUP


Well, I forgot to add the green beans and put way too many potatoes in this soup, but with the fresh pesto on top (I didn't follow their recipe for the pesto, just made my own up), this was delicious. Even the U liked it and it didn't have any meat. You could easily add chicken or sausage to make it a bit hardier. I had to finish the soup off on the stove because, again, I put in too many potatoes and my crockpot had no extra room for the beans and pasta (I used orzo because that's what I had on hand).

SLOW COOKER BARBECUE CHICKEN


This recipe was so easy and so delicious. We used the meat to make sandwiches for dinner, then my mom killed it off during the week on top of some leftover mashed potatoes. Make sure to use the thighs, like it calls for. The darker meat makes such a better flavor with this easy dish!


Ellie's Big Girl Room

September 15, 2014

That title is a bit misleading. You see, Ellie has had her big girl bed in her bedroom ever since she was born. However, she's not quite moving into it yet. The crib remains until the dreaded day that she decides she can climb out of it and no longer sleeps there. I am still redecorating a bit for her though - a little less baby, a little more big girl.

Right around this time with HUT we were moving houses and I decided to decorate his new room as a big boy room. Turns out, I must just get this itch around 20 months, because I'm doing the same for Ellie now.

You saw how we rearranged both of the kids rooms, but now I'm working to pretty up Ellie's since her room rearrangement was the most dramatic. We really spent next to nothing when decorating her nursery, so I have a little more wiggle room to have some fun with her new stuff. Same color scheme, and it will always have that special quilt, until the day she insists we take it down. I'm waiting for all of the pieces of the puzzle to come in, but here's a little sneaky peak of what I've been planning...




Her room faces the evening sun, so blackout shades are a much belated necessity. Can't wait to share it once it's all complete!


Happy Birthday, GroopDealz!

September 12, 2014

This post contains affiliate links. I'm posting for the possibility to win a $50 gift for both myself and one to giveaway on this little blog to a faithful follower as well! All opinions and thoughts expressed below are my own.

Two posts in one day? This never happens! But it's a great opportunity for myself, and for you, so here we go...

This week, GroopDealz turns 4!


While I am an affiliate and host an ad of theirs on my blog, they are really one of my favorite go-to spots for scarves, jewelry and, lately, girly hair accessories for Ellie (my most recent purchase being two different chiffon headbands for Ellie's Halloween costume).

In honor of their birthday, they are having a little bit of a bash on the GroopDealz site and I thought I'd share some of my faves...

{ glitter bows - $6.99 }

{ play dresses - $9.99 }

{ dorm lounge pants - $18.99 }

So, happy birthday to GroopDealz, and happy shopping to any of you who might take advantage of their special birthday event!