Katie Elizabeth

Happy Friday! Thanks for all of the love and awesome questions on yesterdays post! The first edition of Asked & Answered coming right up next Wednesday. And don't worry - the sleep post will be coming, too!

This week was a good week. After a previous couple of crappy weeks, I feared 2017 was going to be terrible, but I think it's starting to redeem itself. This week brought an army crawling Hadley (omg), an overweight Brady that needs to lose 10 pounds, a girls night out disguised as a Junior League meeting, buying the worlds worst dry shampoo (don't waste the $4), and trips to the gym to continue my couch to 5k program (I'm up to running 8 minutes at a time!).

Let's start with Hadley! Girlfriend is on the move and the game has officially changed. Gone are the days of just setting her down and getting stuff done. Now I set her down and straight to the wall outlets she goes. Why?! I only wish I had invented the outlet covers, I bet that man is a bazillionaire because I just had to buy about 800 of them for our house. And can someone tell me how to change a diaper on a baby that won't stop moving? Please tell me there is a secret mom tip or trick I'm missing that doesn't involve body pinning my baby that just wants to roll onto her back and crawl away from me during the eight now extremely annoying times a day I change her diaper?

A much better purchase for my girl this week was a BEACH BAG. I know, it's January. And she's six months old. But come summer, she is going to be rocking this bag and I can't even wait. I just wish there was a matching adult size one...

I take any chance I can at matching us though and did it twice this week. White sweaters and jeans below, and then gray sweatshirts and leggings the next day. I love it a little too much. And the baby winter hats kill me. I can't stop buying them! This one is from Zara.

Now that Hadley is sleeping in her own room, we had to rearrange the furniture to get her giant dresser off of the vent. It wasn't letting enough heat into the room - especially with the door closed - and it would be freezing in there at night. I was a little sad about the new set up, but I tried everything I could to fix the temperature problem (other than a space heater because I've heard too many horror stories about those things!), so this was our only option.

Ahh, girls night. I mean Junior League meetings. The best chance I have at wearing scarves (Hads loves to choke those around my neck) and heels. Guess where these boots are from? Target! I was kicking myself for not buying these during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a few weeks ago, and then I stumbled upon these guys on our weekly Target trip. They are super comfortable, but they do run small, so make sure to size up. And they stay up really well around the leg! That's always my complaint with cheaper boots, but no problems with these so far. A very good budget buy.

Don't mind all of the mirror smudges. Cleaning is on my to do list for today ;)

Ps. has anyone else been having trouble loading Nordstrom's website this week? Happy weekend!

Hi guys!

Notice anything different around here?! I always get the itch to update my blog template in January. New year, new blog. It's a nice little refresh. Also on the blog front - I have a fun idea for a new series!

Lately I've been getting a bunch of emails asking similar questions and I thought it would be entertaining to start answering them here on the blog. A little 'asked and answered' series, if you will. So leave a comment or hit me up via email at katieelizabethblog@gmail.com if you have a question you'd like answered - and I may regret this later, but it can be about anything, ha! Baby, blogging, life, makeup, decor, whatever. 

Oh, and speaking of babies, I've had the most emails regarding a baby sleep post and that one is coming up next week, but let me know if you have anything specific you want me to cover! 

We're all nosy little bloggers and I love it. Shoot me your questions!

I seriously need to get some natural light in my house. We haven't seen the sun in a few days and it makes for awful pictures. And I swear SAD is a real thing.... is it spring yet?

Anyway, let's talk about one of my favorite Christmas gifts - my Kindle! I've always loved reading, but really haven't made time for it over the past few years. Truthfully, I do have the time occasionally, but I tend to waste it mindlessly scrolling through my stupid cell phone. Why is that thing so addicting? Tell me I'm not the only one.

This year, one of my goals is to put the phone down and spend that time enjoying things that make me happy. Reading being one of them. I'm hoping to get through 15 books this year, which I think is totally doable. I've already FLEW through It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover and loved it. Right now I'm reading Cancel The Wedding (having a hard time getting into it honestly) and I just started The Battle Plan For Prayer that I'm reading a chapter of each morning and it's a nice way to start the day and get my head right.

What else is on my list for this year...

It Ends With Us
Cancel The Wedding
Battle Plan for Prayer
Present Over Perfect
Secrets of Midwives
The Five Love Languages
What Remains
Luckiest Girl Alive
The Nightingale
The Good Girl
Truly Madly Guilty
The Weekenders
The Nest
The Rumor
Where'd You Go Bernadette

I'm obsessed with my Kindle. It's the Paperwhite version - I've had it for a month and still haven't had to charge it! I was worried that it would be strange not reading an actual book, but I don't mind it all and the screen doesn't bother my eyes at all.

As for my case, I got it on Amazon (of course) and really love it, especially for the price. There were a bunch of different colors to choose from and I like that it's super slim and has the auto on/off. 

What's on your reading list?
I've got a whole bunch of random for you today. I decided to break out my fancy camera and mess around and document a few things that we're loving lately. Let's start with my most proud picture - because see that blurry background? It's the little things around here.

So first up, these bowls. So cute, right? They look straight out of an Anthro store, but they're not. Oh no, they're from COSTCO and they were $20 bucks for the entire set! They're gorgeous, dishwasher safe, and the perfect size for my nightly cereal snack. And while you're at Costco, go ahead and grab a set of their flannel sheets because those are the best ever, too.

We finally did it. We finally moved Hadley to her own room. Goodbye bassinet! And while the whole growing up thing makes me a little sad, I am loving all of the free reign access I have to my bedroom and bathroom again. I can shower during nap time! I can do face masks after she goes to bed! The options are endless! What I should start with though is finding some sort of decor to hang over our bed because that is one empty spot...

A couple new beauty must haves. This Mario Badescu facial spray is amazing and only $7. I keep one upstairs, downstairs and in my diaper bag. It's perfect for setting your makeup after applying and a nice little refresh during the day - especially this time of year when the heat is kickin' and our skin is feeling it.

I can't believe it's taken me so long to try the eyelash primer by Benefit. I SWEAR by They're Real mascara and the primer makes it even better. It's a base coat for your lashes that makes them look longer and fuller. I usually do a couple coats of the primer and a couple of the mascara - a couple or like eight. There's always room for one more coat, ladies.

I'm trying to eat healthier meals (January and all), and this is the best lunch. Avocado toast with a fried egg and roasted sweet potatoes (made with avocado oil and s&p). Not pictured was the half of donut I ate after this, but that's definitely something I'm loving lately, too.

Staying warm is the name of the game in Michigan in January (and February, and March...) and these camp socks from J. Crew are THE best. Super warm and cozy and they're only FIVE dollars right now.

That's all the fabulous I've got for you today, but I'll be back tomorrow with a few favorite reads for 2017. I'm on a roll this week and it's only Tuesday!

My pumpkin pie, minnie babes, sweet baby ray, Hads, baby squirms, girly girl -- you are SIX months old as of Christmas day, December 25th! Not such a bad way to spend your half birthday: presents and food and family, right?!

Stats: 14 pounds 6 ounces (15%), 27.5 inches (94%), size two diapers, mostly 6 month clothes.

We had quite the month of all things holiday fun. We kicked off your six month of life with Thanksgiving weekend, got back together with your newborn photographer for Christmas card pictures, cheered on WMU in the MAC championship, celebrated Christmas with dads side of the family on your first Detroit trip, played in the snow (so much snow this month), did some Christmas shopping up in Grand Rapids, met SANTA!, and most importantly of all, got baptized surrounded by all of our friends and family. What a month.

You also broke two little bottom teeth through! You were such a happy thing through it all- the only way we knew your teeth were coming through was because your little cheeks were red and blistered. You are seriously THE happiest baby I have ever seen and everywhere we go, people comment on it. You're always smiling (I love how you smile with your entire face) and screeching and while you're still stingy with your laughs, it's the best sound in the world. No one makes you laugh like dad! I think we've watched this video of the two of you liiiiike eight hundred times. It's the sweetest!

We are loving watching you grow and become more independent and discover the world, but I won't lie- it's bittersweet for me. Every day, you are becoming more of a little girl and less of that tiny newborn that changed our lives on a warm June evening. It breaks my heart a little, but in the best way. Seeing how much you love life makes me so happy and you bring SO much joy to our home. Even Brady is starting to become obsessed with you (in the form of licks all over the face)! This first six months have been the best of my entire life and I know it's just the beginning. 

We love you, sweet baby!

I'm here! I haven't completely fallen off the face of the earth!

2017 has been off to a slow, rough start thanks to an EAR INFECTION that I'm assuming I picked up on the way home from Dallas. These things are no joke. Fevers, chills, body aches, exhaustion, and let's not even talk about the chest congestion and cough. A cough so annoying that it forced us to move Hadley out of her bassinet in our room into her crib in her own room. Tear, but it really was about time. 

Speaking of time, I've still got to get girlfriends 6 month update up! You know, before she reaches 7 months. That will be coming next week. I've already taken the pictures, but seriously couldn't get my act together to do ANYTHING but nap while she did this week. Ugh. Well, or doing some online shopping because what else is a girl to do from her couch bed? A couple things I have my eye on...

+ Zella now makes a moto legging that I will be needing. So cute.
+ I am all about bell sleeve tops right now and am obsessed with this one.
+ These hoop earrings! Gorgeous and on sale! I think I need to treat myself...

Anyway, so glad to finally be feeling better and just in time for the weekend! We've got pretty much zero plans - just how I like it - other than taco night tonight. Hooray for Friday's and for Mexican fiestas! Now send me your best margarita recipe. xoxo
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