Monday, March 23, 2015

Home Ideas I'm Lovin'



While we continue to wait for the sellers bank to get their crap together our first home - I've been pinning like crazy. CT's hunny-do list is miles long and I've found lots of fun ideas that I hope to make happen once we get those keys. 


Here's what I'm loving . . . 



1. Striped Accent Walls
I haven't decided if I'm going to go bold and do black or emerald stripes or stay subtle with white/grey stripes. All i know is that I need to make this a reality in my home. Such a simple inexpensive way to bring focus to an area.



2. Navy Front Doors
You want to set the tone from the beginning - what to expect on the inside shows with how the outside of your house looks. I love dark doors and pretty porches. We don't have a lot of room for more than a planter with flowers - so I hope to make the entry appealing by having a pretty painted door. 
  


3. Tuft Headboards 
I am obsessed with tufts - on chairs, ottomans and especially headboards. We plan to upgrade from a queen sized bed to a king and hopefully I can talk the hubby into helping me make a headboard. It shouldn't be too difficult or costly -  and can really bring drama into the bedroom. 


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4. Succulents 
Inside and outside - I want lots of them! They are a minimal maintenance plant with lots of color and texture. It doesn't get much better than that.




5. Color Throughout 
Whether its emerald in the living room, plum in the bedroom, navy in the bathroom or mint in Kingston's room - we plan to have lots of color throughout our house.


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6. Pillows
When you see an abundance of pillows on a bed or couch, doesn't it make you just want to jump right in? Pillows make things look cozy and inviting. I have been on the lookout for the perfect pieces - but so far I haven't found anything I love that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. 


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7. Sliding Barn Doors 
My plan is to replace our laundry room door (that open into the hallway and blocks traffic from both sides when it's open) with a sliding barn door. My only concern is that I hope it doesn't clash since we are more of a 'modern' family. 



8. Stained Concrete
Our soon to be basement has a finished bedroom and bathroom but the family room still needs completed. We plan to stain the concrete and cover most of it with a shag rug. It's cost effective and helps keep things cool during the summer. The only downfall is that during the winter it literally feels like Antarctica.  


My to-do list is a mile long but hopefully I can make most of these things reality! 


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Friday, March 20, 2015

5 on Friday


Man -- It's been a while since I've posted anything. Life and a baby got in the way and I'm okay with it! Just some randoms on this Friday . . . 

1. Today I'm taking a vacation day. I originally had this day off because we were suppose to close on our new house this past Monday and I was going to use today as a paint and projects day. Unfortunately we didn't close again ... going on a 100 day process, so I'll be spending the day with my boys running errands and watching lots of basketball. 

2. Speaking of my boys ... Kingston has been hanging out with CT all week and they have been having quiet the adventures. Falling off couches, cutting teeth, park surfing and playing the drums on pots and pans. 



They are a mess! I can't imagine the type of stuff these two are going to get into together this summer. 

3. I have a list a mile long of all the projects I want to do to the new house when the time comes. Paint walls, doors, and furniture (cream,grey,green,navy = we are totally a cool color family), sliding barn door for laundry room, stain concrete flooring in the basement etc. My list of things I want to buy for it is about 2 miles long - but I feel like I need to wait until we have paint on the walls and everything we already have in it's place to see what we are missing. Many more house posts to come once we finally get the keys. 

4. I really wish Iowa State wouldn't have lost yesterday because they totally busted my bracket. Scratch that, I guess I'm a tad bit okay with them losing because they beat KU last weekend and some of their awful fans yelled at my baby. 

5. Have you guys ever heard on a journaling bible? Look on pinterest or instagram under the hash tag #illustratedfaith. Such a fun and creative way to worship The Lord. 


Doodling in my bible! 

Linking up with these lovely ladies today: Linking up with: The Farmers WifeLauren ElizabethA Little Bit of EverythingXOXO Rebecca, A Blonde Ambition

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Kingston: 7 months

















As of 3.7.15
19lbs 4oz -  (taken at home)
29.5" - (taken at home)
Blueish green eyes depending on what he wears, rosy chapped chubby cheeks, dark brown thin hair. 

Clothes: 9 -12 months onesie/tops and 12 month pants.
Diapers: Size 3 disposable diapers and the middle rise snap on cloth.
Shoes: Kingston fits best in his size small moccs. 

  

Eating
Nothing really new has changed this past month with Kingston and his eating. He usually nurses first thing in the morning around 430am (this keeps getting earlier and earlier and I'm not sure how to combat it),  fruit + 6oz bottle around 830a, veggie + 6oz around noon, 6oz at 300p, veggie or fruit + nurse at 530p, nurse at bedtime. If I give him orange fruits I try and give him green veggies and vice versa. I know I like variety - so I try and think of that when choosing his foods. 

So far he's tried 'real' foods in this order:
oatmeal cereal, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, turnips, avocados, bananas, apples, peaches, pears, squash. --- This month we have added prunes, sweet corn, blueberries, turkey. His dad might have also given him tastes of lemons and the cheese off of Doritos. I've really enjoyed making most of King's food but even more I like the money I've saved in doing so! 





I would say he LOVES: fresh avocados with lemon juice, all his fruits and carrots.  He still loves to each bananas out of his mesh holder - but it's a beast to clean so it doesn't happen as often as I'd like. I read today that they make a similar version in silicone - which I might have to look into getting. 

I would say he HATES: peas by themselves - but if I mix them with apples/peaches/pears he eats them! 

This past month we introduced those baby food pouches and they are the most amazing thing when we are out and about and on the go. If Kingston sees CT or me eating he needs to eat too, so it's the perfect solution. He essential 'drinks' it and it's quick and mess free. LOVE them!

I still continue to pump at work - always 2 times a day but most of the times 3 times a day. I average about 12oz a day which is enough and I still have quiet a stash in the freezer. 5 more months till my goal of a year! 



Sleeping 
This past month my little man had quiet the change in things. No more swaddle, no more paci and crying it out. He sleeps about 730p-430a - eats then back to bed until 645a. He was becoming too dependent on his paci - waking up 2 and 3 time in the middle of the night just for his paci so we knew we had to change things. He sleeps in a halo sleep sack with his face HAS touching something .. usually smashed right up against the bumper. 



He still is sleeping awful at daycare - maybe a 20-40 min nap in the morning and a 45-rarely 2hr nap after lunch. CT and I both hope that when summer comes and CT is home with him, he can get back on a better schedule and sleep better during the day.  



Milestones
He has mastered both sides of rolling over and thinks he is hott stuff when he does it.
He's also a pro at sitting and this is his most preferred position. 





He claps.
He straight belly laughs.
He turns in circles during his rare minutes of tummy time.
He can feed himself but would prefer if we did it. 
Gives kisses and hugs. 
Getting close to waving and turning on/off light switches. 
He knows his name.



Likes
All sports - in person or on tv. 
Bath time. 
People watching. He is such the awesome shopping partner. He will just sit in the cart and stare at people. 
Mama & daddy's bed.
Books & balls. 
The colors black and white.
Any STL cardinals logo. 


Music and DANCING to any and every beat. 
His bath scoop toy. 
Being outside. 
To cuddle in bed. 



Dislikes
He personality is definitely shining through - he gladly lets us know when he doesn't like something. He has started to cry/fuss with his lips closed. Not sure why he does it .. but it's the funniest thing. 
People with glasses. He cries every time. 



Sounds/Words
ah-goo
grr
He gargles his spit in the back of his throat and blows spit bubbles by vibrating his lips.
Da-Da 
Whoaaa
Ba-Ba 
Something that sounds like hi in a high pitch.
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Ma-Ma (but I'm certain he doesn't know mama/dada is us)



Activities
Dancing.




Jumping in his door jumper.
Playing with his basketball goal. 



Hanging out with his daddy at the gym. 
Standing whenever he can.



Misc.
This month Kingston was sick yet again. He had to miss 3.5 days because of a fever. The highest it got up to was 102.8. I took him in to the immediate care facility and they just said he caught some type of a virus. I think it was also due to the fact that he is teething hardcore. I'm guessing he will have 2 little teeth on the bottom by the next time I do this update. 



This past month we also got rid of the bath mat and now he has a little more freedom during bath time. He spends time on his back, tummy and sitting up and loves it. 

Kingston also got to experience his first snow this month. He wasn't so sure what to think about it. 



Bentley still stays away and I wish that would change. 

Kingston had his first Valentine's day and brought all the ladies at school roses. He also had 6 month/Valentine's pictures taken and I love how they turned out. 


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I'm still sticking to these being the best days of my life! Not one day is the same. He's growing and changing and learning and it's making me do all of those same things.


I love being his mama. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shop Small - My Faves!



If you follow along with me on any type of social media, you would know that I'm obsessed with dressing my little dude in all things trendy and grown. A year or so ago when we found out we were pregnant with a little boy - I vowed to not dress him in planes, trains, dogs or dinosaurs UNLESS it was uber modern. 

I love (some people might say obsessively)  dressing Kingston in handmade goodies from shops on Instagram and Etsy. The ladies behind these shops dedicate hours to their craft and it really shows. All the pieces I have received are of great quality and come at a really decent price. But if $15-$25 is a little more then you would pay for a piece of baby clothing ... just wait till the next holiday and you'll find that these shops do sales galore! I'm sure for St. Patties Day there will be lots of 15% off around the web. Follow along and be sure to snag something the next time they offer a deal! 



Below I've rounded up a bunch of goodies from some of my favorite brands/shops that are on Kingston's must have list. A few might even be under the sewing machine and on their way to me in a few weeks!  





Tops

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(This is going to be Kingston's Easter shirt!)


(Part of Kingston's first birthday outfit -- and YES I'm that mom who thinks about these things 6 months out)


(We have some multi-colored cassette tape harems coming that would work perfect with this!)


Bottoms 

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(These pants are purchased and will be arriving for Kingston to wear for Easter with his Jesus saves bro shirt!)




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(2 for $14 leggings - we have 9&11 on the way!) 


Shoes


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(All her booties are so amazing but they are always sold out. If you want some of these bad boys you have to be quick and snag them as soon as she restocks!) 



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Accessories 



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(Kingston has 8 of these slouchy's - I would love to add this one to the collection!) 


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Aren't all these lovelies just ... lovely? These days I'm obsessed with harems and leggings because they go over our cloth diapers so easy. I'm sure daycare loves them too because when I send him in jeans they literally have to throw him over their shoulders and have to 'jump up and down just to put 'em on'. 
And I've always been on to add accessories - whether its bibs, bow ties or hats. 

Can you see any of your littles rocking any of these pieces? If so - head on over to these shops and show them some love! 


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