April 16, 2014

Bunny cupcakes

Every morning when I ask Rosie what she wants for breakfast she replies " let's make pancakes mommy!" She loves to help cook/bake, and anything of the sort. It wasn't until recently we realized the connection between her favorite show Ratatouille, hence the love for baking and cooking. 
She could seriously sit on the counter for hours and cook with me. It takes about three times as long to make something as simple as spaghetti, and it is always a big messy kitchen scene when we are finished, but she loves it so so much! It's worth the time and the mess just to watch her explore, learn, and create. Of course her favorite part is always cracking the eggs! SMACK smack smack! She basically hits them on the counter until they're completely falling apart, smiling the whole time. I love it. This morning we made some Easter cupcakes for our friends at playgroup. 
Rosie was in heaven, pouring flour, cracking eggs, and most of all- eating the frosting!

 (I found these cute little Wilton sugar bunnies at Wal-mart, and had to use them for something!)

April 11, 2014

DIY Easter Banner

Easter is one of my very favorite Holidays. I love the traditions, fancy new Easter outfits, baskets full of goodies, the candy of course....(don't even get me started about the Reece's Eggs, Peeps, and so on) it's hands down the best candy time of all. I love the feel of spring and warmth that comes with Easter, but, most of all I love what it represents. I have been trying to focus on Easter 
and the real reason we celebrate, the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
I hope I can teach my little ones to feel this same love.
Lately,  I have been really trying to focus on what matters most in life,spending less time
 on social media, tv, blogging- hence the two month lapse in posting!!!!
 I am trying to spend as much time with Rosie as I can before this next babe comes. 
Quality time, not time while looking at my phone. 
Anyways, I wanted to do a few Easter crafts together and this one was so simple yet so charming.
I bought a few packs of these Metallic letters in the $1 section at Target. 
Simply put a dot of hot glue on the back, glued them to some embroidery floss we already had, 
and voila' an easy peasy Easter Banner. It turned out so cute, the perfect little touch for our wreath.

P.S. I have to share these candy eggs with ya'll!
They are my all time favorite candy as decor! They're gorgeous! 
Everyone always asks what they are, or "are they edible?"
I have them all over the house as you can see. 
They're the perfect dreamy Easter colors (and little ones will love to eat them)
Bonus, they are from the dollar store- and come in a big bag!

February 27, 2014

Another one of those days.....

Yesterday was one of those days, the days that just own you! 
No matter what you do, silly little things just keep happening and nothing seems to go right. 
Rosebud and I spilled our yogurt breakfast all over the bed 
-guess that's why most people really don't eat breakfast in bed with a baby?!
Nap time has already become a battle at this stage, so I was more than happy when the little miss
 fell asleep in the car. The whole way home from our play group I was thinking about the many things I needed to get done and how perfect it was that she was asleep, planning my valuable time while she napped. Well, I carried her into the house, carefully transferred her to the bed and suddenly..... 
wet doggy kisses right on her face. Eloise couldn't wait to greet us and WAKE UP the baby! grrrrrr. 
I tried and tried to get her back to sleep, no luck. So, about fifteen minutes later there was a diaper explosion on another bed, which led to little toes accidentally kicking over a full glass of water on my nightstand, spilling right onto my phone, journals, books, etc. A pile of clean Q-tips dumped in the toilet, and half a can of steel cut oats spilled all over the kitchen floor. (Couldn't have been the easier to pick up, quick oats), the teeny tiny steel cut oats, I am still feeling them stick to my feet after sweeping five times last night. So, a few hours later, another attempt at a nap...... fail! Toddler tantrum was thrown, kicking hitting, etc. The kind that just leave both baby and mama so upset. I ended up hiding under her bed covers for a few minutes while she rallied the house doing who knows what? I fell asleep for literally 14 minutes and woke up to messes galore. I was so frustrated and really feeling sorry for myself that I live so damn far away from family, that I couldn't call my Mama to come play with Rosie and rescue us, or just drive five minutes to visit one of my sister-in-laws with some pink cookies, etc. I sat there on the bed while the little mess maker threw sparkly pipe cleaners all over her room. She slowly walked over to me, grabbed my face really tight and said "No be sad, how bout sing a song." She then started rocking back and forth singing an assortment of songs all in one, and smiled the whole time. I had an instant smile on my face. How can one little babe make you feel so frustrated and so inadequate as a mom, and a few minutes later, make your heart just melt and smile like never before? These little ones are so special. Being a mom is no joke, but there's also nothing in the world that compares. I can't believe how fast she is growing up. It's so bittersweet. I love spending every single day with her and I can not imagine a better little best friend. She's my everything. 
I am so grateful for those hard days, the ones that remind us we have so much to be thankful for, 
and in reality they are not hard compared to so many others. Gratitude can lift the soul!

I took these photos of her a few days ago as she was playing in her room one morning. 
(Playing and of course watching a show on my phone)
I had been thinking about how crazy fast time flies and how much I love her at this stage. 
She's such a beauty. I will cry when she loses these chubby baby cheeks she still has. 
I could spy on her and watch her for hours on end. She talks so much and can have conversations with me. I seriously want to just squeeze her every second of every day.

*Our comfiest, softest leggings from Our Little Lullaby. 
I am in love with the new spring hummingbird pattern they sell!

February 20, 2014

What's in my diaper bag? Sweet Little Peanut feature.

The darling girls over at Sweet Little Peanut asked me to share what's in my diaper bag!
For the full post check out their blog
They are always full of fun ideas and such a great peanuts and momma inspired blogazine.

The Bag – Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack |Champs-Elysees Stop

1. CamelBak Jet Valve water bottle – This water bottle is the best we’ve found yet. The jet valve feature is so great. Water comes out only when baby sucks on it, but It does not spill {like all our sippy cups} ever! + it keeps water cold for hours, and is big enough for the two of us to share.

2. Flamingo Swimsuit – We live in Florida, so we always keep a swimsuit in our bag.
I am loving this new flamingo print suit we got!

3. Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain - aka “chubby stick” {in sweetheart}. I have never been a ‘lipstick girl” However, after having a baby I quickly realized what a difference a bit of lip color can make, when I don’t have time to put on my makeup. I love the moisturizing feel of this, and it stays on for a good while.

4. Daisy Doll Cosmetic Brush Set – So, these are actually not for who you think they are?!
I buy these inexpensive cute brush sets for my little miss. She loves loves loves to put on her ‘makeup’ in the car, out and about, etc. They are great for keeping her entertained, and feeling like a big girl, just as good as any toy.

5. Freshly Picked Moccasins, in Platinum – Of course! We always keep these in our bag. They are so easy to pack in the diaper bag and have in there at all times. They stay on, match with everything, feel so comfy, the list goes on and on.

6. Baby Bum Natural Sunscreen Stick - Baby Bum Natural Sunscreen Stick- I love this sunscreen because it smells just like a day at the beach, good old banana tropical smell,
all natural and the stick is hands down the easiest for application on little wiggly babes.

7. Siggi’s Yogurt Tubes- Our favorite on-the-go yogurt. So delicious and so healthy. Rosie loves these just cold, or frozen.

8. Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes – Like most moms, I am a germ freak! These are my favorite because they are gentle on the hands, but you can also wipe everything in sight!

9. Peek Kids Tee – We definitely have to keep an extra t-shirt or top in our bag these days.
Toddler eating is no joke! Ha! We always end up covered in our snacks {even if it’s one m&m}. I love Peek t-shirts, they’re so comfy and so darling.

10. Sabra Hummus Singles – Our diaper bag is pretty much half full of snacks at all times, ha!
This is so easy to take on the go in the mini packets. Rosie’s fav snack!

11. Good Dog Carl, Board book – This is one of Rosie’s favorite books lately. If you have a dog, it’s a must. The small sturdy size is perfect for carrying in our bag.

February 13, 2014

Little Valentine

A note to my little Valentine. 
It doesn't take just one special day to say,
 my love for you grows with every second in time. 
Your sweet little voice is my favorite sound in the world. 
Your sassy attitude and hilarious laugh could stop any crowd. 
I am literally astonished each and every day at how smart you are
and how you just figure things out on your own. You are one determined and adventurous little girl.
While playing with your little critters today, I over heard you say "so nice meet you guys"
I thought I was going to just about fall to the ground smiling and laughing at the cuteness!!
I wish I could explain how much I love to watch you and see you shine. 
Sometimes when I get lonely, being so far away from home and our loved ones, I get overwhelmed with gratitude that I have you. You're my best little friend, day in and day out. 
We were meant to be together, I have absolutely no doubt. 
I don't know how, but I was lucky enough to be your mommy, 
and you will always be my little Valentine.

  Speaking of love...
Today we received this package bursting with love!
My Mama sure does know how to make us smile. 
Every time we open a package it makes us feel not quite so far from our loved ones back home.
I always smile, and cry for a minute- happy, sad, grateful, and then we all dig into the fun!

Speaking of love again!!
Short but sweet, 
I sure do love this Valentine of mine.

February 7, 2014

Kissy "art"

Today we had a little bit of fun (& A LOT of mess) making these easy kissy art projects.

So fun and so easy. You can do random kisses or patterns.
We made this one for Daddy's night stand.

This little lady had too much fun with all the lipsticks. 
She wanted to put it on herself of course.

I can't get over how cute her little tiny smashed lips look on this piece. 
She added some little ones in between mine.

Perfect gift for all your loved ones.
Who wouldn't want to open the mail to kisses.
I know we will be sending lots to our loved ones miles away.