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Thursday, March 22, 2012

My best friends bridal shower...

Back to this!!!

My best friend in the whole wide world (whose also named Kristen :)) is getting married! Two weekends ago I flew to NYC for her bridal shower. Myself and her other bridesmaids put on the shindig and it turned out fab if I do say so myself. Kristen's family is hilarious and All the girls are so much fun. I'm really looking forward to more upcoming events including a bachelorette weekend in Charleston and of course the wedding weekend June 2nd 2012!!

Here's some pics from the shower...

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Bride and MOB, so sweet :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Hubby

Your Rough




and tough




talented




and funny




hard on the outside




yet soft on the inside



pinkies up!!!




Love you babe! 31 ain't so bad, just look at what you have to show for it! :)


Hope all your birthday wishes come true!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sandwhich heaven...

in our house! Apparently according to the pictures on my camera we have sandwiches quite often for dinner. Of course we aren't talking no ham and cheese on white bread sandwiches, my husband still has a name to live up to...

Turkey burgers! This one was not intended to be a double decker. They were just frozen turkey burger patties and when defrosting them Hunter didn't realize there were two per package. After defrosting four on accident he figured, why not... :)
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From the looks of it and if I can recall he added as toppings...lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, cheese, onion I'm sure, and some sort of romalade majo based sauce. Oh and he had it on like a hawaiian flavored bun. Sometimes turkey burgers can be bland tasting so it added much welcomed additional flavor!!

Chicken Sandwhich. I think there was chicken in there :) Grilled chicken breast, bib lettuce, bacon, carmalized onions, pickles, majo and i'm sure whatever else he could fit on there!
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Tuna Burgers! This one we saw Guy Fieri make on his show. We immediatly put it on our radar to make one day soon. It was delish.
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Club Sandwhich. Hunter never ceases to impress me with his culinary skills. He came home from golf last sunday and literally just said how about a big club sandwhich for dinner. I said okay and 20 minutes later this was put in front of me. It was sooooooo good, we both we're a bit embarassed by the fact that we ate ALL of it!! :)
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He had an avocado spread on this puppy.

How about a sandwhich for dinner tonight??

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Project Simplify Week 2: Our pantry

Our Pantry was OUT OF CONTROL. Things falling out on you, running out of shelf space for food, not even sure what food we had in there. AND with HL5 turning four months old I wanted to add a little basket into our pantry where all his food is kept.

In the before picture notice the top shelf is where I used to store my crystal stemware. And somewhere tucked towards the bottom is our china. The hubby said that was taking up entirely too much space and I had to agree with him.

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So we moved those items and they are now being stored upstairs in our laundry room above our washer and dryer. Doesn't necessarily make the most sense but hey its where we could find space. Gaining the extra shelf allowed for us to add a shelf for more food which is what we really needed and also just give more organized space for our tuppeware and large appliances.

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It doesn't look like a huge difference in the pictures but in person it is! Every time I used to open the pantry anxiety would come over me. Now I open it and feel organized and calm. Its amazing what a little rearranging and purging can do!

Be sure to link up your Project Simply Projects to her blog! xoxo

Sunday, March 11, 2012

4 Months!

This month marked your first sickness, poor little guy. After 2.5 weeks at daycare you came down with bronchitis. We gave you breathing treatments to open your airways and you were a champ through the whole process. Despite your sickness this month you have become SOOO much fun now. Laughing belly laughs when your tickled or given zerberts. You love mommy’s high pitched voice and couldn’t be any happier to hang around and play with Dad. We should probably relish every second of this time, huh??
We (mommy) is still getting used to our crazy morning and trying to get us out the door. Pumping, feeding, showering, dressing, packing bags and then rushing off to school and work. It’s a 2hr process! But again, your great at being flexible, relaxed and just along for the ride!

Size: 16 pounds (75% tile) 26.5 inches (97% tile). Size 6 or even some 9 months sleepers. 6 to 9 month onesies and pants. You have officially out grown ALL 3 month clothing items. Size 2 diaper.

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Development: You are starting to reach for things more and bring them up to your mouth. We can hold out toys or blankets in front of you and you will grab at them. If you don’t have any toys playing with your own hands seems to keep you just as content. You have learned to roll over in your sleep although we haven’t seen you do it when your awake yet. I think you get to wiggling and moving when you’re sleeping and Opps, you flip yourself over. You seem to like sleeping on your belly though. We introduced you to the bumbo this month and its perfect for allowing you to sit up straight considering your neck strength is great at this point. Only thing is we are already having trouble squeezing you in and out of it…big boy! You still love to stand along with sit on your bum if someone helps you balance. Your tummy time is no big deal now holding your head up super high and working on flipping yourself over. You also move to your side when on your play mat and love to look at yourself in mirrors. (hmmm I wonder who you got that from) Daddy also likes to look at himself in the mirror. Lastly, you’re a big talker! Cooing and making noises at us much more often. It’s my absolute favorite when you tell me stories!!

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Personality: You are a very relaxed baby. You fuss a tiny bit if you are tired but we lay you down in your rock n play with a blanket, lovie and paci and your soon fast asleep. You’ll fuss if you are hungry but most the time we feed you before you get to that point. You fuss if you’re ready to get out of your crib, bouncer, or bumbo. And you fuss BIG if you have gas. But that’s it. Your just great at letting us know what you want and if we give it to you your happy  oh boy!  You still arch your back when you’re mad most often when we are lotioning you after your bath and getting your PJs on. (I think because your cold and hungry at this point in the night) . You’re getting better about getting into your car seat. Your also a sunggle bug. On the weekend Mom and Dad will bring you into bed with us after your 7am bottle and you will snuggle with us happily until 11am! I know CRAZY!! We think you like to sleep in on the weekends just as much as we do. We’re a good fit buddy  It’s hard not to bring you into our bed more often because I know it would be an easy fix for so many things. You are just so happy when you snuggled up with us. Overall your lots of fun though. You love to play, watch other kids play, and be around people in general. Being on the go and traveling around town with mommy and daddy doesn’t bother you one bit.

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Eating: Sometimes you take your bottle so easily and other times it’s a struggle to get it down because you’re WAY too busy to sit there and eat. Your head moves back and forth as you look around the room and you wiggle yourself out of our arms. BUT if we take the bottle out you fuss so we know you DO want it you just want it as you play. Other times your sweet, snuggly and relaxed in our arms as you take it. Right now you get 6 feedings a day all bottles of breastmilk with one nursing session. 7am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8(bed), 11pm (dream feed). Most are around 6 ounces with the exception of your 7am bottle you only drink around 4oz here. When you were sick you weren’t as hungry so we had to feed you less ounces more often but you seem to be back to your old routine now. I def think you’ll be ready for cereal in the next couple weeks. Yay!

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Sleeping: I think you’re a good sleeper. We start bath around 7:15, bottle, then bed by 8pm. You sleep from 8pm until 7am with a dream feed in there at 11pm. We hope to try to eliminate the dream feed once we start you on solid foods. You do wake up fussing a couple times a night for various reasons. Arms get out of swaddle, gas, poopy diaper, cold or hot or you just wake up but no matter the reason all we have to do to get you back to sleep is give you your paci. (unless it’s a diaper change) Our biggest struggle and upcoming adventure has been getting you to sleep without your swaddle. We tried it a few weeks ago and you were waking yourself up with your hands in your face about every hour, so we decided to put you back in it. Last week we tried again and you’ve done great this time. I would say you are swaddle free now!! Now that you have your arms we gave you a lovie to sleep with and I think that has replaced the comfort of the swaddle. You hold tight onto your lovie as you fall asleep and you like the feeling of having something up against your cheeks all snuggly.

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Likes: Paci, blankets in your hands and lovies snuggled up by your face touching your cheeks. Sucking on your hands and putting toys in your mouth. Really starting to like Sofie and Sofie to go. Playing with mom and dad, singing songs, reading books, listening to chica chica boom boom (you immediately stop fussing when I put this on in the car). Watching tv especially the baby first show with bright colors and animations. Swinging and your jungle bouncer is still your fav place to be (other than in our arms of course). Still love your baths and sleeping in the car too!

Dislikes: Gas, having lotion put on you, having your nose sucked out. Other than this I REALLY can’t think of anything else you don’t like. You’re a good sweet boy!

It has been miraculous and fun watching you develop and grow from a newborn baby into the infant that you are. I try to cherish the moments you are snuggled in my arms or playing with me because I know one day soon those moments will be far and few between. Keep growing big and strong and Mommy and Daddy look forward to being with you every step of the way!! We love you!! oxox

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The below little series is cute. Hunter discovered the sticker on his onsie and from that point forward was determined to get it OFF! :) I also think he liked the crinkling sound it made.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Decluttering in the month of March

I'm sure by now you have noticed the button to the right on my blog that says I'm Decluttering, wanna join? It's part of Project Simplify on a blog I follow, Simple Mom. For each week in the Month of March it gives you an area of your house to declutter.

•Week of March 5: Kids’ stuff—toys, clothes, and the like
•Week of March 12: Kitchen and/or pantry
•Week of March 19: Closets, countertops, and drawers (oh my)
•Week of March 26: Choose your own adventure—you pick your most-needed hot spot

This week is kids stuff, perfect timing being that HL5's clothes we're overflowing with newborn and 3 month sizes he no longer fits in. I needed to clean out all the stuff he has outgrown and box it up for the next kid. Check out my before and afters from this past weekend, and declutter with me!


Hunter has this rattan trunk in his room that I had intentions of using as a toy box for him. However, as he started to out grow clothes I just started piling them into his trunk. THIS is what it looked like. ha! I sorted and repackaged into vacuum seal bags and boxed up his old playtex nurser bottles and soothie pacifiers...he uses the advent ones now!

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Now where to put these bags and box? Is it wrong that I want to lower his crib already so that I can start storing things under it without people seeing. ha! :) Baby you got your toy box back though!

For anyone out there in the market of a dresser/changing table or even just drawer organizers I highly recommend what we went with. Our dresser is from Ikea and I LOVE how big and deep the drawers are. The top drawer dividers are also from Ikea 7.99 a pack you can't beat that! They have worked great for keeping his socks, onesies, and even medicines that I keep in the top drawer separated. Everything has its own bin. The second drawer is divided by using these. A bit pricey but again well worth it. It took one HUGE deep drawer and allowed me to section it off into 5 different rows. I did PJs, Larger size PJS, Pants, shorts, sweatshirts/sweaters. The bottom drawer is big enough to fit ALL his extra sheets, mattress pads, blankets, swaddles, towels etc. His own little linen drawer :)
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And lastly, just a pic of two of my favorite things in Hunters room. His book shelf and this frame he got from good friends of ours. The saying worked perfectly for one of his newborn pics :)

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Next week is Kitchen/Pantry another area we are busting at the seems in. And again good timing since HL5 is about to start food so I want to give him a section in our pantry for baby food. :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pinterest to Reality

So when you all pin or repin style ideas do you actually recreate them? If I repin a style inspiration its normally because I have similar items in my closet but normally would not think to wear them together. When getting dressed for work or a weekend outing I'll pull up pinterest and recreate the outfits using clothes out of my closet. Here's a few pinterest style inspirations I've turned into reality lately!

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