Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back to School Build-A-Bears

I'm the first to admit I'm a bit of a nerd. I always looked forward to going back to school! Well, I always looked forward to back to school shopping (for both clothes and school supplies) and when I was younger I always enjoyed "meet the teacher" night. Now that I have a baby, just thinking about sending him off to pre-school is giving me anxiety! One thing I hope to start as a family are back to school traditions. I'll be sharing some fun traditions I've heard of and hope to start in the coming weeks as school is starting back up!

My BFF's little one is about to start Kindergarten this year! I can't imagine. But, he was requesting to go to Build-A-Bear and they invited me and P to tag along. I was so excited because I've been wanting to take Patrick. Well, P loved it! He enjoyed making his first teddy bear with his friends and I enjoyed watching them have a lot of fun. So while they are little and loving the little things, I'm thinking "back to school Build-A-Bear" may become a thing!





We all had such a fun time. We had lunch at Chick-fil-a where Patrick somehow fell backwards through the chair and landed flat on his back smacking his head. So there was that. It was horrible but he is okay and I'm glad I had my friend there to calm me down. I bought Patrick a lemonade and that seemed to make things better.


Last night I had to sneak in and take this picture below. Patrick was snuggling with his new teddy bear all night. So precious! I'd say it was definitely a day well spent!


What are your favorite back to school traditions? 
I'll be back to share some of my favorite traditions and favorite back to school gear!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

County Fair!

Adding a child to my life has truly changed my outlook on just about everything. Seeing the face of excitement and pure joy on Patrick has been indescribable. I love experiencing "firsts" with him. Last night Marc and I took Patrick to the fair with a group of our friends. I loved watching the children marvel at literally everything. Even the silly jugglers that were on the sidewalk. I wanted to share a couple of [blurry] pictures that I took with my phone, because I mean, P is adorable. I had to thoroughly document his first fair experience. P had his first elephant ear, his first lemon shake up, and his first pony ride. I couldn't really tell you which was his favorite because he absolutely loved them all!








If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen these. I know,  I am always oversharing!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

18 months


18 months
28.5 pounds
33 inches

P is 18 months! Folks, I don't know how it happened, but my baby is a year and a half. It's crazy to me. I still feel like such a "new" mom at times. Although I have gained a lot of confidence since those scary newborn days, I still feel like I don't have it all together. I've discovered that each stage is a different kind of hard, but each new stage also brings new joys.

I have loved and cherished different things about each stage P has gone through, but I am truly enjoying this stage right now. Now, toddler tantrums are seriously no joke, but I do love watching P explore everything around him. He is trying to say words and sometimes I feel like we carry an entire conversation, even though I only know a word or two of what P says during it. The hugs and kisses he gives me makes up for the tantrums.

I still go to bed each night thinking about all the things I could have done better throughout the day. By now I'm not sure that will ever go away. I hate how much I beat myself up, but Patrick lets me know that I'm doing the best that I can.

We started swim lessons this month! We both left the first lesson in tears, but the second one went much better! P still loves the water, so I'm glad we get to something together that he enjoys. He loves to show off his kicks and splashes to the instructor, and he HAS to collect ALL the diving rings leaving zero for the other children. I think he may be a little competitive. Or selfish. Time will tell.

The summer has been incredibly rainy here, but we have enjoyed many playdates with our friends. It is SO precious to watch P interact with his friends, I absolutely adore it. I hope he is always a friendly and easy going type of guy.

P is still a great eater, but definitely has picky moments. He will love something one day, and then won't even touch it the next. We also have his first dentist appointment next month! I'll be interested to see how that goes. He has a mouthful of teeth and is working on his 2-year-old molars (what?!), and he also does this adorable singing "ahhhh" when you brush his teeth that makes me melt. He drinks a lot of apple juice, and sometimes I leave a bottle in his crib during nap so he will sleep longer, shhhhhh please don't tattle. SO, I'm working on those bad habits and hoping he doesn't have any baby cavities because apparently that is a thing. I have a lot to learn, I know.

Basically we are living out that cliché of how the days seem long but the years are short, because I have not a clue how Patrick is already 18 months.

(Also, it is extremely hard to take a non-blurry photo of a toddler. So hopefully you enjoy these random iPhone photos! I have a goal, and it is to use my camera more often. Maybe if I use it more I'll develop some sort of photography skills.)


We love you, PMOIII.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cow Appreciation Day!




Today was Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! Which is, of course, our favorite place. We are there too much, but we wouldn't have it any other way. And WHO could possibly pass up the opportunity for free Chick-fil-A? Not us.



Last year we went with our friend Lucas, and this year we went again with him (plus some other friends)! They have gotten so big. They are still "babies" to me, but in reality they are definitely big toddler boys now!

I wanted to share some pictures of little P and his buddy Lucas. The pictures on the left are from last year (sigh, babies!) and the picture on the right is from today.



How cute?!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Totspot!

As a mom to a toddler, I am all for anything that can make my life easier. I enjoy shopping 110% and have been taking P out on daily shopping adventures since he was a baby, however he doesn't last very long. Especially now that he is a toddler! I have about a three minute window of pure shopping bliss. He would much rather reach out from the stroller or cart and create a chaotic mess to any type of order the store has. That's why when I got the opportunity to try Totspot* I was so excited! Shopping from my phone? Sign me up!


Totspot is a resale shopping app for children's clothes. Like a consignment store, you sometimes have to do some searching, but Totspot makes everything super simple. I got the super cute Gap outfit below for P that was in excellent condition. I was also very impressed with how user friendly the app is. This is especially important to me because with a toddler running around, if I can't figured something out quickly I usually move right along to something else.


I have a huge basket of P's clothes that I was going to sell at a local store, but I think I'm going to put them on Totspot to sell instead. One less store I have to drag Patrick into! Kids grow so quickly, so if you are looking for clothes for your little ones or wanting to sell some great quality clothes, be sure to check out Totspot! Be prepared to be constantly scrolling through kids clothes on their app though, I'm a bit addicted now! 

What are you favorite apps that make life a bit easier?


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


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Amy Gene's Nightly Routine

So my nightly routine is nothing to write home about. I love trying new products, but tend to stick to the basics. Mainly because at night, I want to get ready for bed as soon as possible and have no time to mess around applying a million different products. I am a night time showerer, so in the shower I wash my face with Cetaphil (because it smells heavenly and works well with my skin) then hop out and apply this lovely new product that I received in my Savvy Sassy Scout Box!!


            Apothederm Firming Serum 

Although I'm still in my 20s, I'm all about preventing the wrinkles as much as I can. Can I just throw this out there... motherhood ages you! Like overnight in my case. This firming serum by Apothederm* has been added into my nightly routine and I'm loving how it acts as a moisturizer as well! It moisturizes and hydrates while firming skin. I put a tiny amount on my face after washing and I'm all set. My face feels ready to conquer another day, after some beauty sleep of course. You can of course apply it in the mornings if that is more your jam. Oh, you want a make-upless selfie? Done. -->

Well, I have to say, I'm very pleased with my upgraded nightly routine. One simple step adds so much. I definitely feel "refreshed" and anything that helps fight those wrinkles is fine by me, right? I think my favorite part is how it works as a moisturizer which I mentioned above. I should also throw this out there, I have pretty sensitive skin and haven't noticed any breakouts or anything of the sort, which is another win for me!

I'm definitely going to keep this little beauty secret close by! If you're in the market for an anti-aging skin care product, I would definitely recommend this Apothederm Firming Serum. You can check out their website because they have a lot of other great skin care products as well. I have my eye on some eye cream because I have some pretty serious dark circles going on... ;)


What favorite products are part of your nightly routine?



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



Sunday, June 28, 2015

4th of July Cook-outs: Bake It, Wear It, Bring It!

I am definitely a holiday type of girl. I am always finding something to celebrate, somehow, and I love and appreciate what 4th of July represents. We usually attend other people's gatherings on the 4th and don't usually host cook-outs, but that doesn't mean you can't bring something to the party!



Bake It:
I love to cook! And I especially love to bake. However, with a toddler it is extremely hard to mess with everything involved with baking while he is up and running around. Especially the mess I [always] make in the kitchen. Well, this Love'illy Gourmet Pie Mix was the answer to my domesticated prayers. It makes baking extremely easy while still tasting absolutely amazing. I tried the apple spice* and it was fantastic. The cherry almond is calling my name next and I plan to make it for a 4th of July cook-out I'm attending. SO, if you are in a pinch trying to decide what to bring to a pitch-in, I suggest giving these mixes a try! All you need is the fresh fruit and crust and your friends and family will be impressed.

Wear It: I have had a hard time lately deciding on things to wear to cook-outs. I'm typically a dress wearing type of girl, but I love this extremely casual look that is ideal for chasing a toddler around. White shirt, denim shorts, and I throw on a bandana tied at the top for a more girly look. Add in some colored Tieks if you are feeling extra patriotic, which I always am!

Bring It: If your kids are too little for fireworks, like my little P, I usually like to bring more toddler friendly activities. Whether it is bubbles, balloons, or 4th of July colored rubber balls, there are plenty of things that can still feel festive that are easy for little ones to enjoy. 


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