Saturday, March 29, 2014

when in doubt - peace out.

earlier this week, it was 8 degrees. it still felt like another "sub zero" day.
today? its a whopping 30 degrees.
this morning? raining. i even saw some grass.
but right now? SNOWING.
that grass? long gone.
my deck? COVERED.
minnesota? over it.

we are so cruise ready!!
i can hardly handle my excitement to have my baby and my husband all to myself for over a week!
can not wait to share the ocean with C and dip his little baby toes in the sand!

sunsets. endless food. the ocean waves. the breeze.

i will miss you lovelies!
see you when i return.
as a tan twenty-seven year old.

Friday, March 28, 2014

spring wish list : jcrew edition

the j.crew factory sucks me in. while i don't often get lucky enough to click that order button, i spend lots of time clicking that "add to cart" button. things seem like they are priced so well and then BOOM. it all adds up. it gets me. EVERY DARN TIME.


i am LOVING the light mint on that tunic! it looks so airy and i want to wear it over a swim suit i can't get over the flirty feminine look of the white eyelet top either. how could would that be with some wedges?! i don't think i could pull off that bright plaid button up but that doesn't stop me from wanting in my closet and dreaming of pairing it up with a bright skirt. and of course chambray is just a must have of any season, am i rite? i have one from jcrew that i got after C was born, but it fits awkwardly. i have to size up to fit my chest and then it just hangs off my girls creating the illusion of a much larger tummy than i actually have. can my tummy possibly look any bigger?! i digress. i wonder if maybe this top fits a bit different?!


i'll take those navy shorts, one in every size so i won't ever have to be without. i haven't seen them in person but they seem to be the perfect type of shorts to dress up or down. maybe pair with the white eyelet top?! ay yi captain. while you're at it, give me some colored shorts because thats the perfect pop of color against some tan legs or a chambray top. maybe not the 3 inch chino's though. i don't have the legs i use to! we're workin' on that. and i love the mint ones. is mint still gunna be popular this summer? it sure was a hit last year! the color of that skirt is so pretty i couldn't not throw that in my cart. it looks ridiculously comfortable. the perfect type of skirt that i might live in when i leave the house so i can look like a presentable mom and still chase after my crawling kiddo. pair that with the plaid button up and you have yourself an outfit! which brings me to the plaid shorts. toss those on with a slouchy white v neck? now THAT is my kind of outfit.

what are you crushin' on this spring?!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

health on the go!

We are a family that loves to be busy, on the go and travel LOTS. (we're probably on a plane as you read this!)
We're also a family that loves to be healthy and pick nutritional choices when we can, as often as we can. Fruit shoot juice for kids is right up our alley!

My husband is also a dear kid at heart, and he often likes to eat the kid goodies that we buy for C. He definitely approves of this drink!

Robinson's Fruit Shoot juice has 4 flavors coming in Berry Burst, Orange, Apple and Strawberry-Raspberry. The Orange, Apple and Strawberry-Raspberry also come in a no sugar added option which is GENIUS! These have 30 grams less than the regular Berry Burst, Orange or Strawberry-Raspberry.
My favorite is the Strawberry-Raspberry. You don't see this combo made often either!

The juices are finally here in the US and are made in Raleigh, North Carolina. Each bottle is made with 10% real fruit, has no-high corn syrup and comes with an easy no-spill top! That top right there deserves bonus points ;) It is great for all ages!

Fruit Shoot is the perfect addition to complete any lunch box for your family. It creates the perfect balance of the hydration that the kids need, and the tastes that they love!
As a stay at home mom, i love sitting down with C and sharing a meal with him. Of course right now as an 8 month old, were fairly limited. He loves himself some yogurt and toast with berries or cottage cheese with watermelon! I can not wait to add personal letters when he is old enough to take lunch with him to school (or even read, ha ha). I will feel so much better knowing that I'm sending him off with lots of healthy goodies! For now, i'll enjoy watching him try all of the new things :) He is all about flavor so i know he would/will enjoy this drink too. The bottle sure is entertaining!

Remember that colorful lunches are always a good start when trying to eat healthier! Skipping items with high fructose corn syrup is a good start!

With the purchase of fruit shoot, there is an option for a free download of an Angry Birds game. Something parents can play with their kiddos!


Check out their Facebook page and see where you can try your fruit shoot today!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fruit Shoot but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


WEARING: leggings and my husbands tee, which is a super soft marled dr. pepper tee. pretty sure when he bought it he didn't know he'd marry someone who's obsessed with dr. P!

FEELING: anxious. in a good way!

WATCHING: PLL. i don't know why. this is the dumbest show ever. im just wrapping up season 3 and i have no idea how this show keeps going. i can but i can't, ya know?! WHO THE HELL IS A.

EATING: nothing. shocker, i know. except not really. because i barely eat during the day. add that to #reasonswhyimafatty

DRINKING: ice wata - bahlee dat!

CRAVING: the oceannnn <3

NEEDING: a mommy makeover.

WANTING: to be knocked up again.

THANKFUL FOR: this family i've made for myself.

DREAMING: of a vacation.

CLICKING: this lace skirt, this floral dress, and this maxi. i got an email for my birthday (april 1st) and now I'm saving wish list items like crazy!


Friday, March 21, 2014

5 on friday!

this time next week, we will be heading to the airport for florida! i am so so anxious and excited to leave MN, travel with my baby and have a solid week with my husband! we decided were going to sail again in november, join the fun friends! i say give me the vitamin sea! HOWEVERRRRR. the amount of diapers to be packed is ridiculous. and i may have a panic attack.

i am starting to think of all 1st birthday things! sailboats, crustaceans, stripes, navy, anchors. give me all things nautical! i can not believe my baby is turning 1 this year. i know the next 4.5 months are going to FLY by. im not ready! and meanwhile birthday party number 1 hasn't happened, i keep thinking about ideas for birthday party number 2. ha! i still haven't decided on a location or accent color though. yellow? aqua? red? hmm. #momproblems
i mean… can we talk about this smash cake outfit?! kill me dead.

shutterfly has a coupon going right now for a free 8x8 book. i just made one for the first 3 months of C's life, but damn. i have 0 patience for a pretty fancy schmancy book. i still hope to do 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 months someday. {free code depending because im sorry, i just CAN will NOT drop $40 doll hairs on one of those bad boys}. use STORYTIME before tuesday! you're welcome.

i am a shop-a-holic. i need one of those "shopping is my cardio" sweatshirts followed by "i'm so tired" (are you listening hello apparel?!). maybe if i didn't stay up so late online shopping, i wouldn't be so tired! for real though, i blame sly fox threads. i need everything. and by i, i mean crue. boys are definitely just as fun to dress as girls!

i last posted here about slowly becoming a blonde again. AND I AM!
i didn't think i'd get to go back to the salon until around may, but i said that's for the birds. (you see, no patience)… i feel SO much better. happier :) not bad for just 2 foils/going twice.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014


getting this boy to sit and STAY in his chair these days… smh. so hard.

doctor appointment: not since our 6 month appointment on 2/14. we don't go back until he's 9 months!
weight: our home scale says 17lbs with his clothes on.
height: 27in
head: 17in/43cm

nicknames: LOTS! but the popular ones are C, crue-shoe, crumanji and crumakazie.

- with us in our bed
- the 2:30am wake ups have stopped! hallelujah.
- gets put down awake and falls asleep on his own, both at night and again in the morning.
- first nap is usually in moms arms during the day, the second is usually in our bed. naps happen around 2 or 3 and again around 5 or 6. the second one is usually longer than the first.
- will fall asleep anywhere. and hardly ever fights it. stroller, carrier, restaurant bench, mommys arms, daddys shoulder… zzZZZZzZz.
- tummy sleeper with his booty popped in the air. WAY up in the air. so cute.
- drools
- snores
- after isaiah puts him back down in the mornings, he snuggles up real close to me. i'd be lying if i said i didn't love it. even when he tries to steal my pillow. naughty.

- solids in between bottles
- usually eats what we eat for dinner
- loves toast and yogurt in the mornings
- hated broccoli. so we shall try again in a little bit! but so far? no good ( & i don't blame him).

- happy happy happy
- i really have nothing else to say. but really, C is rarely crying or giving us a hard time. sure sometimes he will tell me im pissing him off as he gets buckled in to the car seat or im trying to get a shirt over his big head but its never an issue we can't quickly solve. we got luckier than lucky in the baby department. too bad they always say the next is kid is never like the first!

- bath time
- music, especially dub step!
- dancing and shaking his booty - the stand & play activity center gets SO much use!
- bouncing and jumping. FOR DAYS. somebody get this kid a trampoline.
- climbing up on everyyyything
- toast with yogurt
- being tickled
- snuggles with both mom & dad :)

- getting dressed (read: laying down)
- getting his diaper changed (read: laying still)
- the word "no" (read: being pulled away from the blinds and doggy food)

- juuuust finally moved up to size 3 diapers. we tried them before and it was blow out central. too big. so we went back to 2's and now i think we're staying in the 3's! still LOVING honest. {new moms! click the link and try them out with the FREE trial kit!}
- wearing the last of our 0-3 month items. we seem to be in the pattern of taking them out, wearing it for the day (or until he poops on it), wash it and pack it away :( carters seems to be 3 month and wearing lots of 3-6 month items from the gap.
- starting to fill out size 2 shoes. obsessed with our freshly picked moccs.

milestones/whats happening:
- big trip #2! {coming up at the end of march}
- first time on a plane, first time flying to FL (besides the time in mommys belly for the baby-moon)
- first time on a cruise! for 8 nights!
- second time in a hotel, first being in chicago now in florida before we board the ship and again after.
- WE HAVE TWO TEEFERS! two! we had no notice of the first one coming. just on a sunday evening he gnawed on our fingers and there it was! we found the second one the following sunday a week later! the second one is hard to feel yet but this time we see it coming! thankfully we've experienced no fevers for this boy yet. ::knock on wood::
- mommy & daddy had their first REAL date night that wasn't for a work event sans baby. grandpa babysat and we went to the melting pot for dessert. it meant A LOT to isaiah.
- went to the lego movie. C slept the whole time again ;)
- wonder weeks says nightmares are now possible, & i think he's experienced a few.

- doing the 300/30 day ab challenge with shannon and really loving it! hopefully i'll go long past the 30 days. isaiah has been joining me so far which is probably half the reason i am enjoying it. i have 40lbs to lose so my ass needs to
- on my way to being blonde again!
- i am kind of going bat shit crazy about preparing for vacation. i get anxiety when i have to go to the post office with questions like "what if there is a long line" "what if i drop shit" "what if people are annoyed that im taking forever" "what if there aren't any parking spots" "what if the worker thinks I'm dumber than the box he needs to help me with" - so. you can imagine the anxiety that im having when i am trying to pack for 10 days and flying for the first time. AH! (holly, if you are reading this, send me some crazy pills. stat)!
- obsessed with being at home every day with C. it really is my dream come true and i love it more than anyone could have told me i would.
- planning/brainstorming ideas and possibilities for his FIRST BIRTHDAY. stop it.
- still pumping. but i could stop right now and have enough breast milk to last until he's 1! WOOP. i will keep going though, for now. i do notice my supply is dropping and i think over our vacation it may even drop some more. not stressing about it though, because that'll just be another thing to make it drop. and knowing we have enough to last until C turns 1 is pretty bad ass if you ask me. so all is well.

- is semi butt hurt that C stopped saying "dada" but isn't 100% butt hurt because C didn't start saying "mama"
- turned to me while doing the dishes and said "i hope we find out were pregnant in 6 weeks. or 4. heck maybe even 2. thats possible right?!" <--- melt. love this man.
- C lights UP when zay gets home from work, and loves waking up to find him still there! whether he's working from home in the mornings or its just the weekend. we both love it!
- loves jamming with C in the evenings before bed
- does the night time routine with C - every.single.night, cuties!


Friday, March 14, 2014

cruise wear: baby boy

cruise wear baby boys


baby gap made it really easy for us to get our shopping done for C! though i promise, we packed other things too :) i have become ADDICTED to instagram shops. it is dangerous. but oh so handy! and of course, little adi co was the cherry on top. i can't wait for C to play around in the sand wearing his cute little bummies! 

cruise play baby boy