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Monday, August 25, 2014

You're such a special boy to us. when you go to bed at night we talk about how cool we think you are... that is if we aren't busy taking turns tending to your fake needs/crazy bedtime requests. lately you will try anything to get out of going to bed. you will even pretend to have to go to the bathroom. the craziest thing yet is you like to have an ella's kitchen pouch in the bed with you. now i know this is horrible for his teeth, but he doesn't eat it. he will wake up covered in pouch sometimes because he likes to leave it 'right here mama' on the side of the crib. i am enjoying this last week with you in the crib before we go to nonna's house. i am sure you will sneak into my bed most nights. you stinker...

you have successfully found your thumb to enjoy, even when you are awake. you had your two month visit this week a little late. you're measuring like a 4 month old. you are also very, very strong. you seem to only want to sit up. i cannot get you to cuddle too much on my chest like your brother did at this age. you did however fall asleep in the rocking chair after nursing. we had some major bonding time this weekend as dad and everett did some manly things. you definitely enjoyed having me sing. you and everett are my biggest fans.

august where did you go?

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it seems every year that august sneaks up on summer and sprints to the end. I swear it was august 1st yesterday. Eleanor is growing so fast and has so much to say in her babbles. Everett is an opinionated toddler running in circles singing songs. Aaron celebrated his 29th birthday with some golf, pool, and splash park activities. When he asked everett if he wanted to go he replied, "oh yes, thank you!" We are approaching our 5 year anniversary this week, right before we fly to michigan for 12 weeks. I am completing my yoga teacher training with Center for Yoga in Birmingham. I am pretty excited to go through this process, but very nervous about living with my parents and the kids for 12 weeks...without my husband. Luckily, he will be visiting too. He has been so busy with instructing and certifying that we barely see him during the week days. Once we get back to Ok, he will almost be done with teaching and will begin the outprocessing for the army. Busy BUSY!

new bed time routine with toddler and 3 month old is a lot of fun. families are the best!


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 bugs, bugs and more bugs. chasing these bugs around the backyard provides hours of entertainment...well before it gets scorching hot and we have to go back inside. i love watching you discover new things. you are fearless most of the time and will pick up the bug with no problem. i also really enjoy your view on the world. 'grasshopper sleeps mom'


you're always smiling and happy. so close to finding your thumb while sitting up. the ceiling fan is your favorite thing to look at, besides everett's room. you are laughing more.

My favorite products

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm pretty boring (lazy) when it comes to beauty regimen. I also don't like a lot of oily product on my face and body. Since I started nursing baby number one I have been more cautious and smart about the products I use.



1.Starting with deodorant, something I never needed until the hormones went wack while nursing. I found this fragrant, aluminum free deodorant that worked on me. When my mom went through chemo and radiation she had to find an organic paraban free, aluminum free pit stick and this was the brand she used. She used it before it was cool to find those things... Total hipster mom! My dad has always been a proponent of no deodorant because of the aluminum it contains. Really! Why is it in there? Jason purifying tea tree oil 

2. Face wash is hard for me. I tend to have oily skin which has been a problem since I was a teenager. It didn't improve with nursing, but I have found the less product the better. I use this Avalon Organics face wash with vitamin c. It's really revitalizing and smells like you stuck your head in some orange juice. I follow up with some coconut oil with frankincense essential oil and voila.

3. For an extra pick me up I have used this Glam Glow mud mask. It has volcanic rock in it. I'm sure it's not the cleanest facial product but the effects are nothing but WOW! Rebirth. Every review is right! Cost a pretty penny though. This was gifted and I'm almost out of it.

4. Honest company makes my favorite laundry degree gent. I have a sensitive wolf sniffer. Morning walks on Sundays makes me have sneeze attacks with all the dryer sheet smells from people doing their weekly laundry. Honest company does not bother my sinuses and does not aggravate  my son's ezcema. We are also fans of their diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer spray.

5. The tarte primer, 30SPF and tint goes on so smooth and clean. It's like magic because it doesn't even feel like it's on. You barely need a pea size either. It completely makes me feel together as a mom and woman each day. I apply some of their tarte mascara and ready to go. The reason I like this product is it's Eco-friendly and cruelty free.

6. After the shower, I try really hard to moisturize but I almost always forget. I keep this oil in the shower (probably dangerous) but it reminds me to give my legs, thighs arms a little TLC. Plus my husband says it smells good. He rarely can smell, so I like when he says I smell nice.  Shea Moisture has been a family favorite since Everett's baby shower. We use their products and purchase it at target. They seem to be a part of the made to matter program too.

7. Lastly, thanks to made to matter and target, i have tried this eye product from yes to cucumbers. This one is clear like a gel which I thought I wouldn't like, but have only used it for two days and noticed a difference. Plus I don't feel it on  my face before bed or with my morning routine. I hope it helps sway my dark circle genes in a different direction.

What are your favorite products?

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Saturday, August 9, 2014



 Doll: Candy Kirby Designs Jumper: Gap Headband: fromZion

tucked shirt into undies thanks to his dad.... it's how we survive this OK heat.

peacocks play in michigan

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Friday, August 8, 2014

 Eleanor sporting her favorite Happy Socks from her Auntie Donnie & Calli. (I forgot how the weather was going to be cooler than OK). It's hard to believe this picture was taken after our long Oklahoma trip. However, since she slept most of her trip, she probably was the least exhausted. Meeting new people and seeing her smile at them only reiterates her personality is totally chill. When Everett met Uncle Mark he made the pouty face and cried because his voice was so deep. Eleanor loved him as you can see above.
 The baptism was beautiful and we were so happy to share the day with so many of our family and friends. We are so lucky that people make the effort to see us when we are back home because it's hard for us to get to see everyone. When we move back, I hope to be able to attend every big event in our family and friends' lives. How pretty does my bestie Mary look all pregnant? 23 weeks too! Also the dress she is wearing, she wore at her wedding shower. skinny stinker....

 I am not promoting taking selfies and driving, but I could not resist this awesome sleeping picture. There were so many times we were crawling into the backseat of the car to tend to our little munchkins. This was towards the end of our trip...

 Ladies and Gents, my model E sporting the DIY tie I made specifically for him. Shirt is from the GAP. Soon these ties will be in my Etsy Shop.
Taking everett to his first tiger's game was the best day. It was first a little overwhelming with all the sounds and people, but as the game progressed and he rode the carousel, he warmed up to the game. He had his own seat right behind home plate. Probably the best seats you can get for your first baseball game. He had his own bag of popcorn, licked his first taste of blue cotton candy, kicked his leg to some Pit Bull music, and watched the Dunkin Donuts race on the big screen. He was equally impressed by the giant Tigers. The game of pickle was pretty difficult to explain, but it was damn funny hearing him retell us a million times that the Detroit Tigers got him out. We look forward to years of taking him to baseball games... rain or shine!

LIVE with my LOVE (Dress: Target (OLD), Shoes: Old Navy  (on sale sizes 9 & 10)
we went to a wedding of our good friends who have been together for a long time. we had a blast. it was a strolling wedding with detroit themed food. Michigan Salads, Gyros, Short Ribs, YUM! Thanks D & M.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014



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