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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Joseph Michael.. Five Month Update

Five Months: September 8, 2017
Weight:  17.7lbs
Height:  27 inches
Diet:  formula, fruits and cereal with a spoon
Sleeping:  From 8pm til 5:30/6am
Clothing Size:  Mostly 9 months some 12 months
Diaper Size: size 3's

Joey can pull himself up. He loves apples, bananas and pears and eats them with a spoon like a big boy! Joey loves petting Charger even though some times he pulls his hair!! He likes to scream at the top of his lungs to make sure everyone knows he's in the room!!
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Healthy Snack

Guys! Let me tell you about the new healthy frozen snack I was introduced to.  I had the opportunity of trying Outshine Fruit Bars from Stop & Shop! They are a delicious healthy fruit snack that I think may be my new sweet treat! 

I picked up the creamy coconut flavor but there are so many to chose from! These would be an awesome healthy snack idea for all those kiddo's that are going back to school!

Since I don't have a child old enough to go to school yet, I enjoyed my Outshine Fruit Snack when my five month old went to bed for the night! 

I love the coconut flavorbecause there were real flakes of coconut in them! 

And look who also enjoyed one.. Mr. I don't eat fruit himself!! The fruit bars are made with real fruit of fruit juice and have no GMO ingredients! Don't wait.. RUN to go get these at your local Stop & Shop or Giant!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Home Tour | Bedroom

We have lived in our house for two whole years. We have done a lot in our home since we first moved in, however one room we never changed is our bedroom. See that blue wall color, yeah that was here since day one. The previous owners had just painted it before we moved in and the color was not horrible. Actually it kinda went with our furniture and accents colors. Plus, it was one less thing we had to do in our ever growing list of house updates.  

I never gave a tour of our bedroom, because I never felt like it was finished. There still are some things that need to be moved around in here but I am at a happy place with it right now. 

These two helped me put on clean sheets and made the bed. They are just so inviting it makes me want to curl up there with them!  Also,  until writing this post I never noticed the piece of clothing hanging out of the night stand. #reallife 

 I finally printed out some of our wedding photos and hung them in our bedroom. I just love black and white photos. Some of my favorites are candids that aren't staged. These are two of my absolute favorite. The one on the left I can remember my telling Joe how I couldn't wait to take the wedding shoes off and the one on the left we were laughing because the photographer wanted us to touch foreheads and stare at each other and when we did both our heads were sweating since it was so humid!
 The books piled here are actually from the Thrift Store that I purchased for $.50 each! I wrapped them in kraft paper and tied them up in some twine.

Bed Frame | Ikea (old)- similar
Bedding | Home Goods
Smaller Pillows | Home Goods
White Throw Pillow | Pottery Barn
Night Stand | Ikea
Taller Dresser | Ikea
Wide Dresser | Ikea
Lamps | Wal Mart
Clock | Target (similar)
Candle | Home Goods
Books | DIY
Plant | Ikea
Wooden Sayings | Hobby Lobby
Grey Frames | Kohls
Taper Holders | Pottery Barn
Pillar Holder | Pottery Barn
White Frames | Home Goods
Bracelet Holder | Home Goods
Vanity & Stool | Vintage
Mirror | Hobby Lobby (similar)
anything that is not linked, just ask!
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Joseph Michael.. Four Month Update

We blinked and our little man turned four months! These months are just flying by now!

Four Months: August 8, 2017
Weight:  16.2lbs
Height:  26 1/4 inches
Diet:  formula with cereal mixed in 
Sleeping:  Through the whole night!!! but no naps during the day
Clothing Size:  Mostly 9 months 
Diaper Size: Size 2's until we finish the opened box

Joey can roll over and is trying to sit up by himself. He loves belly laughing at his fur brother Charger and gets cranky if not in bed by 8pm! (What a Diva). He loves watching baseball and fixer upper and talks to the TV when they are on! He's in nine month clothes and the 90th percentile for his height!!
We love him more every day, and can't imagine our lives without him!
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kitchen Organization | Spice Cabinet

How many times have you been cooking or baking and open your spice cabinet to grab what you need, only to have to search through every darn bottle. I hate that spices don't have their names on the caps and that since we tend to buy all the same brand.. they all look the same. Our spice cabinet is one of our lowers, so unless you bend down or pull out everyone, you aren't going to see what it is. 
I decided I would take a step towards organizing this small cabinet and put my spices in these bottles. If we had more space in our kitchen I think they would look so cute displayed on a spice rack or shelf.. maybe next house! ha

Since they were going to be in a cabinet and not displayed, I used these basic labels from Anderson + Grant and simply wrote my own for the ones not shown. You can definitely make your own too, which prolly one day I will get around to doing! 

I still have to purchase more jars to finish up the rest of our spices and find a different type of jar that we can use with our grinders, but it definitely has helped so far while rushing to make dinner and pairing up the lids with their respective bottles after use!
Do you have any organizing tips for your kitchen spices?
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Monday, August 14, 2017

DIY | Olive Branch Tree

I was wondering around Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and came across the cutest olive branch topiary. There was a sign 50% off all pre-made arrangements so I picked it up. I could hardly believe the price tag said originally $60.00 um hello! it's a tiny tree!! I would not pay the reduced $30 for this little twig let alone $60!!!! But then of course the voice inside my head said.. "you can DIY for much less" and that's exactly what I did! 
I found the greenery aisle and thankfully that week they were all 50% off as well. I ended up getting two branches full (which was much fuller then the 'twig') for the price of one at just $9.99. I already had some of the brown floral tape from a project previously.  I also intended to use one of my clay pots, but thought it looked better in this galvanized pot instead. If you didn't notice it has the name 'Joey' on it because it was part of a baby shower gift!! I didn't realize I didn't take the name off until after taking the photos!


Two olive branches
Brown floral tape
Styrofoam ball (cut in half)
Greenery to cover styrofoam (optional)
Hot Glue dapped into pot to secure

It literally took my five minutes, if you include the time for the hot glue gun to heat up; to make this project! I removed the twine from the branches and put secured both branches together with the brown floral tape.

After the stems were secure I stuck them into the foam halved ball.  To secure it from tipping, I added a dap of hot glue to the bottom.  You can add some greenery to cover up the ball if you want! I didn't have any on hand, and put it onto of the cupboard and no one can really see inside the pot!

what do you think! I love the way it came out and so happy in all cost me about $10!
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Friday, August 11, 2017

A Cool and Refreshing Summer Pairing

I love a light refreshing drink during the summer while sitting on the patio on in our sun room. But what is even better is having the perfect snack to go with it!  Today I have a light drink- a refreshing Moscow Mule paired with some yummy Skinnypop Popcorn!

This Moscow Mule recipe is so easy to make, I was actually surprised I had all the fixings right in my house including the mug! We received these as bridal shower gifts last Spring and they have sat (well used in decoration) ever since. I was excited to finally use them


2 oz. Vodka
4-6 oz. Ginger Beer
1/2 oz fresh squeezed Lime 

 I paired the moscow mule Skinnypop Popcorn in the Original flavor. The popcorn goes great with the taste in the moscow mule.

 But why stop there.. check out all the other fun pairings Skinnypop Popcorn has!
Let me know if you try any! I think next on my list is the coconut margarita.. that's definitely calling my name! 

You can receive free shipping on your order of $49 with code SKINNYSHIP 
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