Katie Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Attention Moms!

If you are pregnant or have a baby under one, this post is for you. Or if you're shopping for one for Christmas, too! I was recently on Pinterest when I came across this AWESOME article. It's the 15 best toys for baby's first year - written by a mother that is also an occupation therapist. She lists each toy and then goes into detail on how it will help your baby work on fine motor skills, cognitive development, communication, and self-help, etc. It's really well written and such a great read. Check it out here!

We already owned quite a few of these toys, but I picked up some more for Hadley for Christmas. Majority of them are under $10 and can be bought from Amazon Prime. She's getting these rattle balls, crinkly blocks, high chair suction toy, and ring stack (all of that cost me only $25). I LOVE that the OT explained in the article how I can help her play with each of these toys to get the max benefit out of them. Again, seriously (and no one is paying me or making me say this), check it out.

What else is Hads getting for Christmas?! The Pottery Barn Kids anywhere chair, this adorable tee shirt, and a bunch of books. I'm finding one can never have enough board books. Oh, and this hat, but it was so freaking cute when it got here that she's already wearing it, ha. What are you getting your babes?!

I'll be back tomorrow with a delicious (and easy) shrimp stir fry recipe. Yummmm.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide: Home Decor

20 days until Christmas! How is your shopping going? We have lots of friends + family that have recently moved, so home decor gifts were at the top of my to buy list. And maybe a few of these things for ourself, too - still working on decorating our house after two years, ha. I am still all about the light and bright, and of course marble is everywhere right now which makes me happy. Actually, everything here makes me happy!

The Nest holiday candle is such a great 'go to' gift for this time of year. With flannel buffalo check PJs (not pictured above, but how comfy do these look?) and maybe a Netflix gift card would be sure to be a hit. 

A Le Creuset dutch oven has been on my wish list FOREVER. 

Gift a pretty cookbook (love Host) paired with this Rifle Co. recipe box or wood serving boards

This Best Day Ever catchall is adorable and the marble serving board is on sale right now - under $20!

Gorgeous champagne flutes. Spring for a bottle of champagne to complete the gift.

This pom pom throw WILL be mine! I love it so much.

Speaking of things that are mine, I ordered this Dear Santa plate while writing this post. It's currently half off and free shipping with the code FREESHIP. Cannot wait to fill it with cookies on Christmas Eve.

A couple cute pieces for around the house: this under $50 globe lamp and marble picture frame.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Favorites

Rug // Coffee Table // Stockings // Cutest dog - not for sale ;)

Happy Friday! Anyone else feel like this was a long week? Having Nick home for most of last week with the holiday kind of spoiled me, and then this week felt like the one that was never going to end. The highlight was probably all of the Black Friday packages that have started rolling in, ha! So many goodies. Hope you all have fun weekend plans. We have our first Christmas party of the season on Saturday! Before I go, I wanted to share five quick favorites... I guess there were a few good things about this week after all ;)

THIS MIRROR. We upgraded our mantle mirror to this one and it is gooood. It's simple and beautiful and great quality for the price - which is less than $40 right now! 

THIS SWEATER. One of my favorite Black Friday purchases that is perfect for the holiday season! The red is super festive (also comes in white & navy) and I love the pom poms. 30% off with code MERRYSALE.

THIS BOOK. Quick! Get to your TJ Maxx! They had this super popular coffee table book for only $20. The pictures are gorgeous and we could all use a little warm weather pick me up during winter, right? 

THIS RECIPE. I will be making one of my all time favorite desserts (this post is almost 2 years old, ha!) for our Christmas party this weekend and I can't even wait. Thank goodness I just joined a gym.

THIS ORNAMENT. We ordered this Lenox ornament from Amazon Prime to commemorate Hadley's first Christmas and it's truly gorgeous. This would make such a sweet gift for a new mom.

Ps. this week also marked the first week since Hadley's been born that I've managed to get a post up every day! ICYMI: Cyber Monday Sales // Thanksgiving Recap // Hadley 5 Months // Gift Guide: Beauty Lover


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gift Guide: For The Beauty Lover

Well, this here was my favorite gift guide ever to put together! Isn't it so pretty?! Beauty products are typically my go to gift - both for giving and receiving. There are so many luxurious, splurge worthy items out there that I would love to have, but don't always want (or can't) spend the money on them. But to me, that's what makes a perfect gift! Something you would love to have, but can't necessarily spend your own money on. So here's a round up of my favorite beauty gifts for this holiday season...

How cute is this little cosmetics bag by Jouer? Perfect for the traveling lady in your life.

I'm so intrigued by this Drybar Silk Pillowcase. Has anyone tried it? It's supposed to extend your blowout, reduce frizz and breakage, and help with facial wrinkles. Um, yes please. 

I recently received a sample of this L'Occitane body cream from Sephora and fell in LOVE. I went to order some, but the price stopped me. You better bet this is on my Christmas list though! Smells so good.

Splurge worthy: the T3 styling wand. Comes with three different barrels to create different looks. Everyone that owns this seriously raves about it. (For a less expensive wand, I use this one and love it.)

Okay, this Mason Pearson hairbrush seems crazy - and it probably is - but it's another product that pretty much has a cult following. I've always been curious if it REALLY makes a difference in your hair.

I've never tried anything by Herbivore, but the brand is all over the place right now. I would love to get my hands on this hydrating face mist (only $16!) and this coconut oil body polish is actually backordered, so it must be good.

Have this Beauty Counter Lip Set and l-o-v-e it. It's the best neutral lipstick and gloss. Great price, too.

I own the older version of this T3 featherweight hair dryer and it's perfect for travel. If only mine was pink...

Stocking stuffer alert: how adorable is this bow hair band?! Love all of the Cara hair pieces.

A classic perfume in a beautiful bottle is such a great gift. Anyone would appreciate this. (Another stocking stuff option: the same perfume in a roller ball.)

Neulash growth serum has been on my wish list for forever! Now especially, because I feel like my eyelashes have been falling out since giving birth. Anyone else dealt with this?

Shop a few more great gift options below:


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hadley: Five Months

So, our photo shoots are getting harder and harder with each passing month as evidenced by these pictures! Our five month shoot went a little something like this: no, don't roll over - stop grabbing your blanket - take your hands out of your mouth for two seconds - okay I guess you can roll over - no crying - let's try up on the chair - aaaand I think we're done... ha! They crack me up just looking at them. Girlfriend is constantly moving and I love it. I think the pictures completely convey where she's at in her little life right now! Here are some other things to remember from this month... (ps. this is the softest, comfiest baby blanket EVER)

Stats: I never updated her weight/height after her 4 month check up, but she was 12 pounds, 12 ounces (16%) and 26.2 inches (97%). She's keeping right on her growth chart track. Long and lean girl.

Eating: Nothing out of the ordinary to report this month, thankfully! All is going well. She does have some days where I can tell that her teeth are bothering her and she'll chew on the nipple more and be less interested in eating, but from what I hear regarding teething, that's pretty normal.

Sleeping: Oh Lord, this deserves its own post. We had a rough month with sleep, but I think (and I hesitate to say this in fear of jinxing things) that we're coming out of the other side. The 4 month sleep regression was a very real thing. Lots of screaming, lots of car naps, lots of night wake ups, it sucked. But I worked hard on getting her to take naps and to establish a good bedtime routine, and I think it's paying off. She's actually a tummy sleeper now. She still sleeps in our room in her bassinet... which I said she would do until 12 weeks, but we're going on like 22 now, oops. I just love sleeping next to her and don't want to move her!

But really, I'm going to write an entire post about our sleep problems and how I somewhat fixed them - fellow moms, let me know if you have any questions you'd be interested in hearing about. Not that I'm an expert like at all haha, but I'm willing to share my experience.

Likes: Everything. She's literally the happiest baby. She love love loves her exersaucer, this glow worm, sleeping in her carseat, babbling away, grabbing my hair, these teething beads, her wubbanub, bathtime (loves kicking and splashing in the water!) and honestly just putting anything in her mouth, ha! Oh and now when she sees Brady, Nick or I, her entire face lights up. That's my favorite.

Dislikes: Truly not much. She's started to understand when she's about to be fed and as I'm carrying her and her bottle, she starts to whine and reach towards it. Sometimes cranky when she wakes up from a short nap. But otherwise, almost always cheerful! (How did we get so lucky?!)

Milestones: Rolling from her tummy to her back! This took her a LONG time to figure out - and was a big source of our sleep problems - but she can do it no problem now. She is starting to finally laugh a lot more and is constantly 'talking'. She can usually put her pacifier back in her mouth when she's in her bassinet. And she can almost sit up (with help), which is insane to me! Slow down, girl!

Postpartum: Keeps getting better and better, especially now that we're getting more regular sleep. I swear sleep makes a huge difference in how I feel. It's time to get rid of that pregnancy (and Thanksgiving) weight though, so we joined a gym over the weekend. They have daycare which will be nice for her to have some interaction with people other than me, and let's be honest- it's also nice for me to have just an hour to myself a couple times a week. And this is crazy, but I already feel like she's getting so big and isn't my tiny baby anymore and a couple times over the last few weeks I already found myself thinking about baby #2. Which definitely isn't happening for a while (!!!), but I must be feeling better to even be thinking about going down that newborn road again, ha! They really just change so quickly and I'm trying to enjoy and soak up every single minute because holy crap does it go fast.

Can't even believe next month she will be 6 months - and on Christmas Day at that!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 Snaps

I still can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone! We had a great weekend! Nick was off of work from Wednesday through Sunday and it was awesome. Lots of good family time, lots of shopping done, lots of Homeland episodes watched, and a few house projects checked off of that (never ending) to do list.

This was our first year cooking up on our own Thanksgiving meal at home and we loved it. Everything went perfectly - I kept waiting for us to epically mess something up because that always happens, right? But everything turned out deliciously, was all done at one time, and even coordinated perfectly with nap time so Hads could join in on the fun! She hasn't had any real food yet, but she's definitely starting to get curious about it. She was content to just hang out in her jumper for this year while we got after it.

{Nick did our turkey in the smoker and it was SO GOOD. There is definitely no going back to regular old turkey again. Ps. now that is a great gift idea for the men in your life: a smoker. He loves that thing and so do I because it means I don't have to cook and just get to reap the benefits aka delicious food from it, ha!}

{Can I get a bite of that?! She's recently obsessed with this exersaucer - on sale right now!}

{My family came over later in the day (after naps for all of us) for dessert and we made them take a family photo for us! I've never been so thankful as I have this Thanksgiving. I have a happy and healthy family, a crazy pup, a roof over my head, and food on my table. That's all that really matters in life.}

{This girl turned FIVE months old on Friday! Can't even believe it. Hoping to get her update up this week!}

{On Sunday, we took our Christmas card pictures at a tree farm and it was the cutest place ever! Christmas cards are my favorite, can't wait to start filling up the fridge. Send me your address if you want to swap!}

{Attempting to decorate the tree on Sunday night while Nick was at hockey with a baby that didn't want to be put down and a dog that considers ornaments his own personal toys was... fun! And then we couldn't even get a good picture despite 25 tries. I ended up saving that project for after everyone went to bed ;)}

And, just like that, the weekend was over. Bring it on Christmas! It's the most wonderful time of the year! 
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