Katie Elizabeth

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Round Up

Happy Friday!  A little look at life lately...

{This is our new version of happy hour, ha!  The Henry's Hard Soda's are SO good - orange is definitely my favorite, but the ginger ale is really good, too.}

{Our first farmers market trip last week!  She naturally slept through the entire thing, I swear the louder the place is, the better she sleeps.  We did not end up making a quiche like I mentioned... but we did buy a premade one so that counts, right?  Ps. this tee is only $5 right now, such a good deal!}

{I do love the Insta stories since I'm all about less apps to deal with, but you can't beat the Snapchat filters.}

{We got a new computer!  FINALLY.  We decided to go with the Mac Book Pro Retina and the screen is amazing.  We've always had PCs before this, so we're still getting the hang of it.  Send any tips or tricks this way!}

{This little lady is still sleeping pretty well at night.  She goes down around 9pm and sleeps anywhere from 3-5am and I'll take that for being 7 weeks old.  During the day is a totally different story.  Must. Be. Held. At all times... I try and put her down in her crib and she'll sleep for 15-20 minutes and then she's crying.  I don't know why - I do everything the same as nighttime: swaddle (I use this one during the day because it's cooler), sound machine, door closed, cool room, etc... only thing I can think of is that it's not dark in there?  If I could just get her to take ONE nap a day in her crib, it would be so helpful for me to have some free/alone time.}

Also I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all of your amazing and super thoughtful comments from my post on Monday.  I'm still working on responding to all of them, but I'm so glad that I'm not the only one feeling this way.  Maybe together we can bring blogging back to what it used to be!

And finally, a few things I was loving this week...

+ I needed to print square sized Instagram pictures for Haddie's baby book so I tried Foxprint for the first time and highly recommend!  The price was reasonable, they shipped super fast and the quality is great.

+ Individual sized Justins Peanut Butter Cups -- need I say more?

+ My hair has been needing a little pick-me-up lately, so I used this clarifying shampoo and this hair mask (both drugstore) and I was super impressed.  My hair was much shinier and smoother after one use.

+ Old Navy is killing it in the dress department lately.  I picked up this SUPER comfortable and flattering t-shirt dress in black this week and had to restrain myself from buying so many others.  Their dresses are really rivaling Anthro's right now - this one was my favorite. 

+ Not loving?  This Korres skincare set.  I actually felt like the products worked, but holy crap I could not get past the smell.  Everything smells extremely strongly of roses and I just couldn't handle it.  I used the overnight sleeping mask once and had it on for 30 minutes before I had to get out of bed and wash it off because I was getting a headache!  Just save your money and skip it.

Have a great weekend!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

I Miss The Old Days Of Blogging

Remember the days of blogging before all of the sponsored posts?  Before affiliate links, staged pictures and SEO strategy?  I miss that.  I fell in love with blogging a few years ago because I could visit someones blog and feel like I was visiting with a friend.  I could catch up on their life, read about their thoughts and fears and dreams, and browse pictures they took of their families busy weekend.  It was so innocent and fun.  I miss that.

I've felt really uninspired by blogging lately and just haven't felt like spending as much time here as I used to.  I shrugged it off as being due to the fact that it's summer which is always slow in blogland, oh and I just had a baby so my time is obviously limited right now.  But then yesterday I read this post by Lindsay at Lovely Life Styling and it hit me why I haven't been as interested in it lately - because I feel like blogging isn't as real as it used to be.  Bloggers are sharing less about their lives (which I can understand, the internet can be a scary place), and it's more about selling things or 'must haves' or 'how to' articles.  Don't get me wrong, I love all of that and you'll find plenty of those types of posts here on my own blog, but I think there needs to be some balance to this.  More real life stuff.

Lindsay's post was exactly the type of posts that drew me into blogging.  It was real and honest and heartfelt.  Of course I can completely relate to what she wrote about, and I actually think becoming a mom has also brought on this change in how I view blogging.  Having a newborn is hard.  I am so in love and so grateful for her, but it is hard.  I'm overwhelmed and I'm tired and I'm scared - of anything happening to her and even of how much I love her! - and I'm going going going around the clock (another post for another day, ha!).  It's 110% worth it and I'm loving and appreciating every second and wouldn't change a single thing, but it's honestly been hard for me.  So I guess at this point in my life, I'm relishing in all of those 'real life' posts because they make me feel like I'm not so alone.  Like there are others out there struggling, too - whether it be as a new mom, a single lady, trying to become a mom, dealing with illnesses, a working mom, etc - we aren't alone.
What do you think?  Do you ever miss the old days of blogging, too?  Who are your favorite bloggers that share the perfect mix of posts?  I just want to say that this wasn't aimed at anyone and bloggers, please don't take offense!  Maybe I'm am overtired (actually I'm definitely overtired!) and overthinking things.  I will always love reading shopping and how to posts because heck, they are a great escape and another one of my favorite things about blogging is people sharing things they love and truly recommend.  You'll still be seeing some of those types of posts here on my own blog, although just not as many as before and hopefully some more real life stuff.  I hope that's okay.

I also love connecting with my readers because I LOVE blogging for the community aspect of it (especially with staying at home - you guys are the only adults I chat with each day!), so if you're reading this, please leave a comment or shoot me an email - even if it's just to say hi and even if you never, ever comment on blogs!  I love to know who's out there and that we're all in this together.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Sleep + Links


Fist pumps for Friday!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know what the highlight of our week was -- Haddie slept through the night on Wednesday night!  It was fabulous.  She went down at 9:45pm and was still sleeping at 6:15am when I woke up... and then I actually woke her up myself to keep her on the schedule we're following (Moms On Call)... so who knows how long she really might have slept if I left her alone!  I'm sure I'll pay for that here soon, but it's amazing how a full night of sleep can make you feel like a brand new person!

Other than that, it was a normal week and I'm looking forward to a normal weekend.  We have dinner plans with friends tonight, but otherwise nothing else scheduled.  Which hasn't been the case since like June?!  So it will be really nice to just hang out as a family.  Hope you guys have a great weekend ahead, too!

+ I just started using this all natural deodorant because I felt like the Lavanila stuff just wasn't doing it anymore for me and I'm super impressed.  It works, it doesn't have any of that nasty/scary crap in it and it's CHEAP.  

+ We haven't been to the farmers market all summer and I'm hoping to change that on Saturday morning.  Here's a delicious quiche recipe that is the perfect way to use all those veggies I plan on picking up!

+ The cutest shirt that has stripes and ruffle sleeves... I want.

+ Check out Michael Phelps diet for the Olympics because it is insane.  I wish I could eat like that!

+ Love this gallery wall by Lindsey Regan Thorne.  I totally want to recreate it in my own home and I really want to get one of these lamps.  Anyone have one?  Do they actually work?

   + And saving the best for last... the most popular, perfect tee from the Nordstrom sale is back in stock in all colors and sizes!  Not on sale anymore obviously, but the price is very reasonable.  A happy Friday indeed!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Confessions

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I confess I want this pizza sign in my house... no, but really.  It has been a while since I've done a confessions post and oh do I have a LOT of them to share today!  Let's get right into it...

I confess that I completely understand why women chop their hair off after having a baby.  Between it falling out all over the place and said baby somehow grabbing and yanking on it multiple times a day (ouchhh), I get it.  I can't do it because I chopped my hair a few years ago and am still scarred for life, but it makes total sense now.  I'm going to pick up this hairbrush that's supposedly a dupe for a Mason Pearson (but at a fraction of the price) because it claims to help prevent hair breakage, yes please.

I confess that if Haddie falls asleep, I will do ANYTHING to keep her asleep.  That means doing random things like taking Brady's collar off because I never realized how incredibly loud his tags jingle together, ha!

I confess that the other day I was holding my baby while eating chips + guac and dropped a big old dollop of guac on her forehead.  She didn't even flinch... and then I ate it off of her.  That is all.

I confess that I wore my wedding rings still don't fit and I feel so self conscious going out with a baby in public without them!  My hands aren't swollen or anything, but I really think my joints in my fingers got bigger.  It's so strange.  I'm about to just go get my rings re-sized because I hate not wearing them!

I confess that I will take this dress in every color, please and thank you.  So light and flowy and cute for these hot days of August.

I confess that despite all of the crappiness involved, I really miss being pregnant.  It was such an amazing experience and I loved having her all to myself inside of me, going with me wherever I went.  My body honestly feels lonely/empty now... if that makes any sense?  Tell me I'm not crazy?

I confess that while I do miss it, I am also so glad to have all my skincare products back that were off limits for so long!  This stuff makes THE biggest difference in how my skin looks and I am so glad we've been reunited ;)

I confess that my friends and I went to see Bad Moms on Tuesday night and I already want to see it again.  (Also it was my first night leaving Haddie and I was obsessively checking my phone for texts/updates from Nick, ha.)  Seriously so so so funny.  I laughed through the entire thing - highly recommend!

I confess that I'll be rockin' the mom swimsuits when we go on vacation here soon.  I ordered a bunch of one pieces (this is my fave, fingers crossed it fits!) because I just can't handle the stretch marks on my stomach.  I started using this cream to hopefully help with them... let me know if you swear by anything else.

Today I'm heading out of town to visit a friend and one of the highlights of that will be stopping by Trader Joes!  I love that place and can't wait to get my hands on some of their ice cream sandwiches, among (many) other things.  What are your favorite TJ picks?  Anything I NEED to try?

Enjoy your day!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Three Shows to Binge Watch


You guys.  I have never watched more TV in my life than I have in this past month.  Between the babies feeding sessions and requiring to be held to nap, the couch and I have been BFFs.  I'm thankful for the Olympics coming at the perfect time, but I've also been keeping busy with these three shows that I can't. stop. watching.  If you're in need of a good binge, check out one of these...

FUNNY: Grace & Frankie
Oh my gosh, did I need this show right after I gave birth.  While based on kind of a deep subject (two husbands leave their wives to marry each other after a 20 year affair), it is hilarious.  The characters are all so well played and you'll laugh through every episode.  We watched an episode a night after coming home from the hospital and it was exactly what I needed with those rough postpartum hormones!

CREEPY: Stranger Things
The hype is real with this one.  I read somewhere that it's basically 'The Goonies go monster hunting' and I couldn't say it better myself.  Set in the 80's, kids start going missing and plenty of other supernatural things are happening around town.  It'll creep you out, but you won't be able to watch the next episode fast enough.  We haven't finished the first season yet, so no spoilers!

DRAMATIC: UnREAL
I will never watch The Bachelor/ette the same way again.  This is a scripted show about the behind the scenes aspects of making a dating reality show (if you followed that, haha).  The drama is literally unreal and I can't believe the lengths the producers will go to to get a good story.  I'm almost done with the first season and have heard the second one is even better.

I also have Shameless and Jane The Virgin on deck.  I'm hoping to get Haddie to start napping somewhere other than my arms though soon so I can do things like eat.. shower.. blog.. you know ;) Taking any tips on how to get her to nap in her bassinet during the day- she does so well in there at night, but prefers to be held for sleeping all day.

Have you seen any of these shows?

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Friday, August 5, 2016

A Bunch of Randoms


Happy Friday from this busy girl!  She is starting to love her playmat that my friend Cate got her!

Can I just tell you that I have been writing this since Tuesday?  It started off as an confessions post and then I couldn't finish it in time on Wednesday or Thursday, so I just gave up and it became a Five on Friday.  Because apparently it now takes me 3 days to get my act together for one (not that exciting) post ;)  But here I am and it's Friday so YAY for that!

ONE | Olympics
Best part about this Friday is the start of the Olympics!  Summer is my favorite to watch, especially gymnastics and volleyball.  I love it all though.  I'm just so happy that something exciting will be on TV 24/7... since I feel like I'm up 24/7 right now.  I think we're going to be ordering pizza and watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight.

TWO | Instagram
What do we think of the newest Instagram update with the stories?  Basically completely stealing from Snapchat and kind of even wondering how they can do that... but not going to lie, I like it.  At first I rolled my eyes aaand then I realized how nice it is to now only have to check ONE app instead of two!  I'm all about saving time these days, haha.  So make sure to follow me over @ ka5ohare - if you like pictures of babies and dogs and trips to Starbucks, anyway.


THREE | Tanning Help
I am THE palest I have ever been for the beginning of August.  I haven't cared too much because there is about 8 million other things to care about with a newborn, but we are going to a wedding shower this weekend which meant I needed to get my act together.  My two favorite sunless tanners: this lotion for every day (I promise the smell has improved so much) and these towels for when you really need to look good aka pretending you just got back from a beach vacation.

FOUR | Blog Buddies
Nothing better than blogging friends!  Sara is the sweetest and sent us these gorgeous Kate Spade picture frames for Haddie's nursery.  I am so in love!  They look perfect and I can't wait to fill them with pictures from our newborn photo shoot.  Thank you again, Sara!!  We love you!


FIVE | New Computer
My computer is in terrible shape aka it's about to completely die on me at any minute, BUT this weekend we are fixing that!  We are going to be buying a very seriously needed new computer and I. Can't. Wait. I'll finally be able to get back on my blogging track and doing all the online shopping - like this adorable bodysuit :) and I just ordered this skincare set, can't wait to try it!

Hope you guys have fun weekends ahead, too!

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