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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours!! This was our combined Christmas card/ birth announcement this year! Wish I could send it to all of you!! Xoxo

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Cookie trays

I grew up with my mom making cookie trays for christmas. She'd give them to co-workers, friends, and always bring them over to my grandparents house on christmas day for the family to enjoy.

We don't go crazy with five hundred different kinds of cookies usually just three. My grandmothers cut-outs, snicker doodles (rolled in red or green sprinkles), and some brownies. We also fill the trays with candy in between the cookies.

Hunter and I are spending Christmas with his family this year so I decided to make some cookie trays to bring with us for everyone to enjoy all weekend long.

I made grandmas cut outs of course, but then saw on Carolina charm an adorably festive candy cane sugar cookie I thought would be perfect for the trays!

Grandmas cut-outs

WET INGREDIENTS
1 c.butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
4 tbs. half and half
1 tsp. vanilla

DRY INGREDIENTS
3 3/4 to 4 c. flour (sometimes 4 cups is just too much flour so use your judgement)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Mix all the dry ingredients together into a bowl and set aside. In a blender mix butter (room temp), sugar, eggs, half & half, and vanilla until well combined then slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 1hr. Roll out and cut using flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and counters. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for only about 5-7mins each. they bake fast so watch them...the bottoms of the cookie should be barely brown.

FROSTING - Pretty basic and really sweet but the sweetness is needed since the cookies alone are not that sweet.

3 cups confectioners
1 stick of butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk (more if needed)

There really is no method to this frosting madness... start with the above proportions and if its not quiet the right taste or consistency then just keep adding milk, confectioners sugar, or even a little shortening.

Super easy and i think a great gift and gesture. Nothing says Christmas like cookies,cakes and candy! Xoxo

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

What I wore... With red jeans!

Because they are christmasy (yes thats a word), because they are trendy, but mostly because they are one of the few pairs of pants I own that button! I wear these puppies practically everyday so I give u what i wore with red pants for everyday of the week! :)

Sorry the images could be better...I had really bad lighting being it's dark and rainy outside.

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Sweatshirt-forever 21, jeans- ny&co, watch-timex from target, bracelet-Tory burch, flats-Tory burch

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Shirt-express, scarf-express, jeans-ny&co, watch-timex from target, bracelet-Tory burch, flats-Tory burch

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Top-express, belt-ny&co, jeans-ny&co, watch-timex from target, bracelet-Tory burch, flats-Tory burch

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Top-anthopologie, jeans-ny&co, watch-timex from target, bracelet-Tory burch, flats-Tory burch

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Top-j.crew, necklace-ny&co, jeans-ny&co, boots- Seychelles, watch-timex target

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Top-j.crew, jeans-ny&co, flats-banana republic, bracelets-tiffanys, cuff bracelet-Tory burch

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Sweater-limited, necklace-limited, jeans-ny&co, watch-timex from target, bracelet-Tory burch, flats-Tory burch

Monday, December 19, 2011

A few of our favorite things...

A favorite things post is common during the holiday season so here are a few of our favorite things at the moment. As you can imagine they have to do with baby, well, because, we have a new baby :) I hope this helps our expecting friends as well :) xoxo

1. Fisher price lamb swing. 2-3hr nap in it every morning, nuff said. Favorite thing.

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2. Playtex nurser drop-ins bottles. I wanted to go the glass bottle route but HL5 who calls the shots around here had another bottle in mind. The playtex nurser because it's more like mommies boobies and what's not to love about mommies boobies. I love these bottles because it's less bottle washing and mess too. Just throw away the liner, rinse the outside bottle part, and the only really thing you need to clean is the nipples. Favorite thing!

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3. Rock n play sleeper. If Hunter isn't in our arms, or in his swing he's hanging out in this little dream. He naps great in it but also loves to just chill out in it while mommy gets chores done. If folds up for great storage and portability. We bring it with us to friends houses and grandparents houses. Hunter doesnt have acid reflux but I hear it's great for babies that do because of how it is elevated.

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4. Petunia pickle bottom diaper bag. I love lots of PPBs items. Clothes, blankets, bags (i have a ppb clutch too). It's stylish and functional what more can u ask for. Oh and you can buy clips so that it clips onto your stroller!

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5. Boppy changing pad covers. I started with one pack of three of these and quickly went to six. Little peepees and poos constantly sneak out when changing a dirty diaper. These things are a god send allowing me to just throw this pad cover in the laundry and put a fresh one on instead of owning and washing a million full changing pad covers.

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6. Soothie pacis. Some babies take to the paci, some don't. Ours did making our lives easier. Great for putting off feedings, distracting him from gas pain, soothing him back to sleep if he wakes up prematurely. You can find them all over our house! Also we recently discovered the wubba nub. It's a soothie paci with a stuffed animal attached to it in order to weigh the paci down and help baby keep it in his mouth. It's not perfection but certainly works, suits it's purpose and is worth buying one.

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7. Along the lines of the boppy changing pad cover I love these sheet savers. After a bedtime or middle of the night feed we lay Hunter back in bed and have found at some point in the night he typically spits up a little. Again, really nice to just change and wash this small cover as oppose to an entire sheet!

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8. Maximum strength Desitin. It took about a week of his fresh baby bum to develop a diaper rash and we've been using this ever since. It cleared him up in a couple days and has kept the rash away. In the beginning we were changing little man in the middle of the night but then I read somewhere that a soiled diaper doesn't wake babies at night. So I started caking on the desitin before bed and stopped changing him in the night. It's been working much better since changing them wakes them too much he now stays in sleepy mode all night long. Feed and right back down.

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9. Whale mobile. This was the mobile that went with Hunters bedding from pottery barn kids. I went back and forth about getting it because they are expensive around 50 bucks and being you have to take them down after a couple months I wasn't sure it would be worth the money. Well it is!! He loves it! As an afternoon activity I lay him in his crib, turn his mobile on and he could stare at it for hours. After about 20mins I actually have to take it down as to not get him overstimulated by it, but then he falls fast asleep for a nice nap in his crib.

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10. Everything in this picture! The chair we purchased is heaven, burp clothes ( you can't have too many), the pillow we use all the time to prop our arm up when feeding him, and the blanket we cover up with when rocking and snuggling in the middle of the night. Again I wasn't sure about getting the comforter to his bedding set since I knew we wouldn't use it in his crib, but we've used it a lot in the chair. Many many hours are spent sitting right here and everything was worth every penny being how cozy it makes us and how often we use everything!!

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11. Medela bottle storage and ice cube bin. It works best for me to pump most the time and bottle feed baby hunter. I originally only had two medela bottles to pump into so I would pump into them and then pour the milk into a storage bags to refrigerate. Well those bags are 12 dollars for 50. At 8 bottles a day we would go through a box of bags in a week. Not very economical. So I ordered 10 more bottles and now I pump into the bottles, they go straight to fridge for storage, and can be washed and reused. As far as storage goes I picked up two ice cube bins from target and they've been working great.

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12. Avent bottle warmer. And being that we pull cold breast milk from the fridge we pop the medela bottle in this warmer for a few minutes. Sooo much easier than old school boiling water and therefore worth the 40bucks in my opinion especially since were warming up 7 to 8 bottles a day. I'd say we are getting our monies worth this guy too.

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13. Skip hop drying rack. This little guy has far exceeded my expectations. Again I remember Hunter 4 moaning and groaning about spending 35 bucks on a drying rack when u can just lay down a towel for items to dry on. Um, no. Between breast pump parts, nipples, bottles, even pacis, younger constantly washing stuff. This guy holds has. Place for everything, drys stuff well without leaking wte all over the counter and isn't an eye sore :) it's great!!

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14. Skip hop day to night baby log. This was gifted to me and I'm so glad it was! You just want To make sure your baby is sleeping enough hours and taking in enough ounces. This allows me to keep track of his sleeping and eating during the day o that I can go easily add up the total amount he's eating and sleeping in a day. It's also great to be able to look back on past weeks, compare good days vs bad days and see what was different. Sure you can buy a plan old spiral notebook o track this info but when your tired and not sure what day of the week it is this book keeps you put together and organized! I've really enjoyed it.

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15. And last but not least our UPPA Baby stroller. I was pretty sure I would love it and we do!! The bassinet feature is fantastic. He can sleep fla on his back during walks and shopping as oppose to always being scrunched in his carseat. We also use the bassinet for hunter to sleep in if we go to fiends houses for dinner or to travel to grandparents homes. Its very portable!

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Overall, I think we registered and purchased right. We don't have anything that we don't use a ton!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A boy and his dog

Lots of people ask "How's Jake with the new baby"....

At first he seemed sad to me. Laid around more than usual giving us heart melting puppy dog eyes. I mean I couldnt blame him, he went from being walked twice a day, when I was trying to induce labor, to nada cold turkey! Although, I could have been mistaking those sad puppy dog eyes for extremely tired eyes. He wasn't used to being up all night either. In fact, on night two I called him up to bed, he raised his heavy head from the couch and gave me a look that said "are you crazy...I'm not going up there tonight, you people don't sleep."

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As the days moved forward Jake recovered and became more excepting that Hunter was here to stay and became more interested in him. He'll give him some sniffs, a few licks to his little baby feet, and even come in and sleep at the foot of his nursery chair as we are doing a middle of the night feed.

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Overall, Jake is still getting his. :) his rubs, his walks, his ball throwing, food and water. Perhaps a little less frequently but he needs to be patient because we are working on raising him the ultimate ball throwing machine! :)

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Putting up the Christmas tree with Mrs. Fearnow's

Last Sunday evening we headed out to get our first real Christmas tree. In the past years we have used our fake tree but there was just something about baby Hunter being here that made me want to start getting real trees for him (ok and me:)). No crazy cut down ourselves trip (although I would love to do that one day) this year we just headed to Lowes. You can't beat a 6/7ft tree for 30 bucks!

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And we like to get Jake envolved in the decorating too....he was less than impressed :)

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For the record he got himself into this bind...we did not do this to him :)

When you have a busy night ahead of putting up the tree you want a dinner that's warm, cozy yet quick and easy. Have no fear Mrs. Fearnow's is here!! Have you all every heard of or had Mrs. Fearnow's?? Best Brunswick stew you can eat ...ok here goes...out of a can!!! Of course chef Hunter doctors it up a bit, just like his Gram used to growing up.

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Empty the can of stew to a pot, add about 2 cups chicken broth, a can of corn, can of butter beans, and a can of okra if you'd like.

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Also flavor with worstshire to taste, some pepper, garlic salt pretty much whatever other seasonings sound good to you.

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Serve it up with some corn muffins or garlic bread and wala, easiest dinner ever!!!0

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