Friday, February 19, 2016

Fun toddler pieces!

I just wanted to quickly share a post I did for Savvy Sassy Moms

       Click HERE to see some fun toddler pieces.





PALS Socks, $20 (P seriously won't take these off.)

Also, thanks to the Creason boys for helping me model! What are best friends for anyways? They all three enjoyed the photo shoot and did such a good job! I love my little helpers.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Thoughts lately

One day I will be one of those people who have it all together, but right now I'm far from it. With one toddler (who I love dearly and would do anything for) I find myself struggling with time management. How do these people do it all when I can BARELY (I mean, barely) unload the dishwasher when he is up? He is the best helper, I will give him that. But these people who blog, cook, clean, organize, do everything under the sun WITH kids running around, well, I'm just not sure how it is done. I'm the first to admit P is rather bossy and when he says "mommy, sit" I usually take his advice. Time is precious and I'm doing my best to be in the moment more.

Speaking of time, WHERE does it go? I feel like these crazy days spent with my little guy are flying by. I will admit some days I look at the clock wondering if it is even POSSIBLE to survive until 5:30pm, but we make it. Most days unharmed. Most days cheerful with spirits high. I chalk these up as wins. SO what have I been doing with these 2 hours of coveted me time during nap besides not blogging? Napping. No one wants to hear my excuses but I'll give you some anyways! I hate winter. And the only thing that sounds appealing is crawling into my warm bed and cranking my heated mattress pad up (I mean, these things are amazing) and snoozing the afternoon away. 

BUT BIG O'LEARY NEWS! We are moving! I am so excited that we are building a new house and I absolutely cannot wait to call it home. Our little ranch has done us well over these past 5 years and I will miss a lot about it. And while I think it could possibly house another O'Leary, we decided the time was right. (And when I get my husband to agree to something, I move full speed ahead!) We sold our house right away, which is great. I can't even tell you how stressful that week was trying to keep a toddler happy and my house in order. My only thought was HOW DO PEOPLE DO THIS ALL THE TIME? The bad news is, we have to be out by the end of this month. Oh, and our house isn't built yet so apartment living for us! I apologize in advance if you are our neighbors. I think P's constant running and hurricane like behavior is charming. I also think its cute when he yells for George, or Elsa, or any other fictional character that may need saving. 2 years in and we still don't sleep through the night, BUT maybe these adorable traits will grow on our dear neighbors as they have on me. 


Now that you've had a brief catch-up, it is back to business for me. I pre-ordered two books this month and they BOTH have arrived. I can't even contain my excitement! So while my husband is packing away the house, I will be reading. I love that man! (And my books.) But seriously, Marc has been amazing during this process, working extremely hard to get us a new home and fixing up our current one. He shows patience daily when I fall short of any sort of organization in the home, when the kitchen is chaotic from my dinner mess, and when P is sitting in his favorite chair slurping Go-Gurts everywhere. (Seriously, this is adorable. Why don't I look adorable slurping food?) Thanks be to God for blessing me with an incredible husband and an amazing little boy.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts! (For me!)

My husband and I don't really do gifts for Valentine's Day anymore. We used to, until maybe the last year or so. The life of a grown up! (We do go out, which is always a fun time and perfect for me!)

But that doesn't mean I don't like any excuse to shop...so I thought I would put together a list of some of my current wants. I would not be upset if any or all of these showed up on my doorstep.




1.) S'well Water Bottle in Bikini Pink (S'well, $30) - I have some friends who have this water bottle and they are really hyping it up. Marc thinks $40 for a water bottle is ridiculous though so I don't really see it in my future.
2.) Kate Spade Stemless Wine Glasses (Macy's, $50) - I have really been wanting some stemless wine glasses. And these have POLKA DOTS on them. My signature in wineglass form.
3.) Tieks in Ballerina Pink (Tieks, $175) - I'm all about cute and comfy flats. The ballerina pink ones are calling my name!
4.) Kate Spade metro watch (Nordstrom, $195) - This is just a fun watch that is also speaking to me.
5.) Room Essentials Home Doormat (Target, $13) - I am all for a warm and inviting door mat. I think our new house needs this!
6.) Casetify Many Hearts iPhone case (Casetify, $40) - My cousin introduced me to this website and they have the cutest phone cases. She has one and it is just as adorable in real life!

What is on your Valentine's Day Wish List?

Note: You may have noticed I am back from a blog hiatus! I have a lot to catch everyone up on! I skipped over some big events, but I'm back and ready to spread some O'Leary Love throughout 2016.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The O'Learys take on The Polar Express!



This has been such a fun year with P. Watching his personality grow has been something I've truly enjoyed. It makes me so extremely thankful that I get to stay home with him. He is your typical boy, loving anything to do with trains, trucks, cars, dinos, and dirt. His absolutely favorite thing lately are trains.

Every time we go to the zoo P wants to ride the "choo choo" and honestly I don't mind one bit. He thinks riding that thing in a 5 minute circle is the best thing in the world. So when we bought tickets to go on The Polar Express, I knew he would lose his mind!


Sure enough, as soon as we pulled in the station and he heard that train whistle, he literally started sprinting! The joy on his face is something I will never forget. Marc, P, and myself had a wonderful time! There were lights on the train and as we pulled away from the station and The Polar Express song started playing, well, Patrick's smile could not have gotten any bigger. He waved out the window to passing cars and he was so happy when he got his very own cookie and hot chocolate. Marc and I had so much fun just watching him! 



It only got better when the train got to "The North Pole" and SANTA came out! I wish I could describe P. Basically, when Santa ran out of his workshop he almost cried with excitement. I was a little nervous when "ho ho ho" got on the train P would be a little scared, but he really did great! P chatted with Santa for a bit and he rang the bell Santa gave him the whole ride back.







I know these Christmas memories are ones that I'll keep in my heart forever.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Handprint Holiday Kids Crafts

I don't know about you, but I am having the best time with the SSM Holiday Blog Hop!


I'm thrilled to be a hostess this week for Holiday Crafts for Kids with these other lovely ladies!

You guys....kids crafts have a special place in my heart. I cherish the memories I made growing up making crafts with my mom, at VBS, with my friends at school, etc. I loved surprising people with my homemade goodness and seeing the joy on their faces. I loved walking by and seeing my artwork  proudly displayed and hanging in the hallways of my home. So it is no wonder that I love crafting and creating memories with little P.


Let me just say, crafting with a toddler is a true test of patience. P is almost two and LOVES to craft but he loves to get a little rowdy. Stomping and marching on the paper with paint on his foot makes it a little challenging to create what I was envisioning but I always treasure the outcome.
I wanted so bad to make a cute Christmas tree with little P hands but sometimes you have to go with the flow. I turned it into a wreath because I couldn't see a tree anywhere on the paper. BUT, the memory is the best part...right?


This year I have been big into sending the grandparents hand or foot crafts for every holiday. Just something little they can hang on their fridge and enjoy. That is why I had the tree-turned-wreath idea! 


We also tried this sleigh/reindeer picture...


Now is the fun part, you get to join in! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I want to make LOTS of fun crafts with P, so I cannot WAIT to see what you all come up with! 

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Link up to your favorite holiday craft for kids by putting the URL and name of your blog post in the InLinkz widget below.
  2. Visit 3-5 other blogs in the Holiday Blog Hop and leave a comment on their posts.
  3. Share this Holiday Blog Hop with your friends and readers on social media using the #SavvySassyHoliday hashtag. The more the merrier!
  4. Come back next week for Holiday Drinks!

Friday, December 4, 2015

O'Leary Lovin': the jimmyCASE!

Continuing on in the holiday gift giving spirit, I wanted to share another perfect gift idea! I personally have multiple members in my family who I can never think of a gift for. I spend hours looking online, searching stores, only to come up short. Well, who doesn't need a perfectly functional cell phone case?


I am loving all these different options from jimmyCASE! I personally am favorable to anything pink, like this iPhone 6s case, but I love how they have a lot of different color options. Even colors for the pickiest of people, like those brothers of mine.

As a mom, I'm always looking for an extra set of hands. I'm constantly running into stores with my cell phone, wallet, and toddler all while leaving something behind. (Thankfully it is never the toddler, ha!) I LOVE how convenient and easy the jimmyCASE is. I now have one less thing to remember since I can safely put my cards and cash in the cell phone case and be on my way. Gone are the days of me constantly searching through my diaper bag for my wallet and holding up lines, when now I can just pull my cell phone right out of pocket and slide out my card. I am always excited about being better organized.

Another thing that I appreciate about this case is that it provides excellent protection for your iPhone. I have shattered my screen multiple times so I don't take cell phone cases lightly anymore. The jimmyCASE has full frame protection, which I love. The elastic pocket is also uniquely designed to stretch without losing elasticity which is obviously important when you are carrying around valuables. Another perk is that the case can hold multiple cards. It holds my ID, a couple cards, and cash comfortably.

If you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your Christmas list, be sure to check out all of the different options that jimmyCASE has available!


Finally you can be relieved to leave your wallet at home, I know I am. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

O'Leary Lovin': Delta Children Club Chair

The Christmas season really is one of the most wonderful times of the year, but it can also be overwhelming. Especially if you have a December birthday baby like me!


Little P's birthday falls in the beginning of December and I never want him to feel like he is getting "shorted" on gifts because of Christmas. I totally get that Christmas isn't all about presents, same with birthdays, but I absolutely love special gift giving.
 
Right now P is big on Ninja Turtles. He was a Ninja Turtle for Halloween and he loves anything to do with turtles. When I saw this Delta Children's Club Chair I knew P would LOVE it! 

As soon as he wakes up he runs to sit in his ninja "tuuurtle" chair. He spends his morning sitting in his new favorite chair watching the choo choo circle the tree with his snacks in hand. He also loves to watch his favorite TV shows and to read his favorite stories in his chair.


I love that he has a special place to call his own. The chair itself is inflatable, but the ninja turtle cover is removable and SUPER soft. It is also super affordable which is a huge plus for me. Personally, I think any of the club chairs would be a perfect gift for under your tree this year. A gift that the kids will love but won't break the budget either!


I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

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