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The Friday Five

The most delicious smelling pumpkin candle & celebrating Oktoberfest with all the food

Four posts in one week - who am I?!  It feels good to be back in the blogging swing of things.  We had a good week and I can't believe it's the end of September already.  It's really feeling like fall here as it's been in the lower 60's and rainy all week.  I even turned the heat on!  I say it's for the baby... but really I'm the baby when it comes to being cold.  The forecast looks like more of the same for the weekend and we actually don't have any plans, so we'll probably be sticking close to home!

ONE | We have a corner of our living room that is in desperate need of help.  It's just sitting there empty and I'm so sick of it driving me crazy, so I finally got to work on fixing that this week!  I decided to go with a console table (thinking about this one) and a gallery wall.  But since gallery walls give me a bit - no, a lot - of anxiety with all of the measuring and holes in the wall, I decided to take the easy way out and use shelves to layer pictures on.  I bought these from Amazon and am crossing my fingers they're good quality! I'm excited to get to work on this project and hopefully will have a completed wall to share on here soon!

TWO | Haddie is breaking out of the swaddle on the regular now and a couple of times this week, I found her sleeping on her side which freaked me out (her arms were out though thankfully).  I think it's time to transition her to the next stage 'swaddles' - I've heard great things about the Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit, Summer Infant SwaddleMe Wiggle Blanket and the Zipadee-Zip... anyone have any recommendations for one in particular?!  

THREE | I ordered my first pair of Ugg boots since college!  Last spring, I came across the Amie Slim version in a Nordstrom store and surprisingly loved them.  They are much more flattering on, while still being super warm and comfy like the Ugg brand is known for.  They'll look so cute with both jeans and leggings and you can't beat how easy they are to just throw on and go.  Nordstrom actually has quite a few different styles of Uggs on sale if you're in the market.

FOUR | Another order placed this week was for the Pioneer Woman's Holiday Cookbook and I cannot wait for it to get here!  You can't go wrong with her recipes - there are over 140 of them in the book - and I love that it includes entire meal plans for each holiday.  I'm thinking it will get lots of use during the upcoming holiday season.  I already have plans to make the popcorn balls for Halloween, yummm.

FIVE | This is for my fellow shorties: if you love the Zella leggings, you have to get a pair of the midi version (here).  I always have to fold the bottoms of my leggings up, but these are the perfect length for me at 5'3" and hit right at my ankle!  They are the same great quality as the regular Zella leggings - just a more appropriate length for us to wear with athletic shoes or flats.

Have a great weekend!

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Favorite Toners

I was recently wandering through Target (which I basically do on any every other day basis) when I finally found the Pixi Glow Tonic Toner I've been looking for for what feels like forever.  I've heard rave reviews about it from all of my favorite beauty bloggers, but my store was always out of stock and I've been #toolazy to order it online.  Plus it contains 5% glycolic acid which is amazing for the skin, but not pregnancy friendly.  So you can imagine my excitement when I was finally able to get my hands on it and give it a try!  After using it for a few weeks now, I'm happy to report that it's awesome and I highly recommend it. 

I consider toner a must have in my beauty regimen.  I apply a little bit on a cotton ball and use it right after I wash my face and before my lotions & potions (see how I layer my products here).  It gets the rest of the leftover makeup off of your face and just helps it feel cleaner.  I tend to have dry skin so I try to stay away from toners that contain alcohol in them as they will just dry things out even more.  Here are my top four favorite toners, in no particular order!


ONE | Arcona Triad Toner Pads: Well why not start with my favorite anyway?!  I love these toner pads.  My skin always feels so super soft and smooth and looks brighter after using them.  I swear it helps with the redness that I deal with in my skin.  The cranberry scent is strong, but it's fresh and I enjoy it.  The pads always seem to be included in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale which is when I like to stock up and I find that they're so saturated that I use one side of the pad at night and the other side in the morning which also saves money!

TWO | Pixi Glow Tonic Toner: The toner that inspired this post!  As mentioned above, I love it specifically for the glycolic acid which exfoliates the skin and promotes a toned, smooth complexion. It's also alcohol free, hypoallergenic and paraben free - all great for the skin.  Not crazy about the scent, but it's nothing that will make me stop using it.

THREE | Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner: I have been using this for forever and will always have a bottle on hand, especially in the winter.  It's so gentle on the skin and soothing.  The aloe vera is said to reduce irritation and redness which is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin (me).  There is really no scent at all and you can't beat Mario Badescu prices.

FOUR | Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner: This one is probably my least favorite of the bunch.  I do like it, but it's nothing special - actually the reason I tried it is that it's one of the few toners that comes in a small travel size and I bought it for our Colorado trip.  As with all Kiehls products, it's made with quality ingredients and I find that it really helps keep my skin moisturized.  This one also has no scent.

What's your favorite toner?
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Three Months of Hadley


It's kind of scary how fast three months have gone by.  Next week she's probably going to head off to college already!  I've had a love/hate relationship with time since Hadley came into the world.  As she gets older, things are getting more fun and (a tad) easier, but I already miss those crazy newborn days.    When she needed to be held around the clock, I didn't have time to take a shower and we just stared in amazement at her all day long.  That was a beautiful time, but also a rough time and I plan on sharing more soon about my postpartum experience in full.  For now though, here's what we've been up to over the past month!

Stats: 11 pounds, 7 ounces (17%) and 24.5 inches long (87%). Still our long and lean girl!

Eating:  We've had some major struggles with eating this month.  Very distracted, eating way less than normal, etc.  It started while we were on vacation last month and I figured it was just because we were in a new place with lots going on.  However it continued and kept getting worse once we got home.  At some points I couldn't even get her to take 2 ounces at a time!  We had quite a few trips to the pediatrician for weight checks since she fell from the 49th percentile down to the 17th, but after changing her formula and a couple of other things to minimize distractions, I think we're finally headed in the right direction.  We were at the pediatrician yesterday and they were very happy with her weight gain so we don't have to go back until her 4 month check up - what a relief!  It's scary when your baby doesn't want to eat and therefore isn't gaining weight.  The month was filled with frustration and tears (from both of us), but I'm so thankful that we're coming out the other side of it now.  I hope. ;)

Sleeping:  The eating struggle definitely affected her sleep as she wasn't getting enough calories during the day, so she would make up for them at night.  Reverse cycling they called it.  She went from sleeping 8 hours straight at night, to maybe 5 or 6 with a couple of wake ups to eat.  It was strange because she did her best eating at night in terms of ounces, so we just had to roll with it.  Hoping to get back to better sleeping habits now that she seems to be eating better because we know she can do it!

As for naps, she has become a napping champ!  She's come such a long way from needing to be held to sleep and I can only attribute that to my persistence of putting her in her bassinet and probably just her getting older.  She takes 4 naps a day right now - the best one is in the morning in which she'll sleep up to three hours!  The rest are usually 45 minute catnaps.  

Schedule:  I was following the Moms On Call (and loving it), until the feeding issues began.  I'm a total schedule person and I honestly just had to let all of that go because she doesn't/won't eat on a schedule, she eats when she's hungry which is generally every 3-4 hours.  I do try my best to follow the EASY routine: eat, awake, sleep, you, but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  The one type of 'scheduling' thing I try to stay consistent with is her wake times.  She goes down for a nap 90 minutes after she wakes up and that seems to prevent the overtired meltdowns.

Likes:  Smiling, cooing and making high pitched squeals (we call her baby pterodactyl!), grabbing her feet, hanging out on her playmat, 'standing', doing tummy time on her boppy pillow, listening to music (specifically Justin Bieber because I listened to him nonstop while pregnant), riding in the car, going for walks. bath time.

Dislikes:  Eating ha! and being overtired, but that's really about it.  She's a super happy baby.  She has had a little stranger danger going on with people other than Nick and I, which always makes me feel bad when others want to hold her.  Any idea how to help with that?

Milestones:  Her first laugh was literally the sweetest thing I've ever heard!  I cried it was so adorable!  Also this month was the first time that we left her with a babysitter and while it was hard, it was good to have a little time away.  She loves her sitter, so that really helps :) She has come such a long way during tummy time.  She holds her neck and chest up super well and has also rolled over from her tummy to her back a few times - it surprises her every time she does it!

Funny Stories:  This isn't quite a funny story, but a night I won't forget.  It was a Saturday evening and Nick and I were wanting to go out to dinner, so I was feeding her and getting her changed and ready to go when she started literally screaming.  I've never heard her cry like that and it honestly kind of scared me.  Gas was the only thing I could think of, so we gave her gas drops and tons of burps came up, but she still just wasn't a happy camper so we decided to stay home.  About an hour and a half later, she had FINALLY calmed down enough that I went to put her in her Mamaroo which she loves... and then I clipped her skin in the buckle.  The tears started again (from me too - I felt awful) and she couldn't be consoled, so we just put the poor girl to bed.  Not a good night!

Postpartum:  I want to devote an entire post to this, but this third month has been the first month that I've felt like I'm living again and not just in survival mode.  I'm finally starting to feel more like myself.  It's been so very needed to have time to myself during the day while she naps and I've been able to devote time to my hobbies again, like blogging and I even changed up some decor around our house.  It's just really nice and a relief to realize that I can still be myself while being a mom, which is something I really struggled with at the beginning.
 
Cheers to month 3!  It was a beautiful one and I can't wait to see what this next month has in store for us. 
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Busy Weekending

Busy busy weekend, but such a great one!  Filled with beautiful weather, friends, good food and even a nap... doesn't get much better than that!  I had high hopes of getting this post up last night, but sleep won out, as it usually does these days.

We kicked things off with a big dinner out with 12 of my Junior League friends and their husbands on Friday night.  We went to a restaurant downtown that serves small plates and fancy drinks.  It was our second time leaving Haddie and I felt so bad that our leaving timing coincided with her need for a last nap of the day and she was screaming her head off, ha! But she did great the rest of the night and we were able to have a fun parents night out.

Nick and I shared cheddar bay biscuits, spicy roasted broccoli and for our main dishes, I had the trout while he had the steak.  All of the food was delicious and the drinks were so fun (and super strong).  One of mine even included raw egg whites in it!  I was a little leery of that, but it made for a great foamy layer on top and was delicious. And I didn't wake up with salmonella poisoning the next morning so it was a successful evening!


You know who doesn't care that you had a little too much fun and too many drinks the night before?  Your baby.  She was up at 7am and ready to go for the day!  Nick had to head into work so Hadley and I cuddled in bed for a while, ate and played, and then I was able to put her down at 9 for a SUPER long nap.  She slept until noon!  It was very much needed for me though - I was so lazy on the couch, cuddling with Brady and binge watching Real Housewives of NYC (so behind).  And then of course I was super excited to wake her up because I'm crazy and miss her while she's upstairs napping!


Later that evening, we decided to attempt to take her tailgating at our alma mater, Western Michigan University.  We timed leaving right after (another) nap and feeding and crossed all of our fingers for a happy baby.  I broke out the Solly wrap - don't mind the terrible wrap job going on in these pictures - and I'm happy to report that she had the best time!  Everyone loved seeing her and talking to her and she was wide awake and bright eyed the whole time, just taking everything in.  We hung out for a couple of hours and then took off when the game started - I wasn't quite ready to brave that yet!

It's always such a relief when we take her somewhere new and she is content just observing the world around her.  I'll be the first to admit that I have some anxiety with doing new things with her because I don't know what's in store for us, but the older she gets, the easier it seems to be.  Although, we can only handle a couple hours out at a time because the girl has FOMO and won't take a nap when she's out in public (can't miss a thing, reminds me of someone else I know...).  Anyone have any tips for that?  I was hoping she would pass out in the wrap, but no such luck.


Sunday was another busy day with a Junior League event.  We were helping out with our local Children's Hospital 5k Run through downtown, so we met up at one of the girls city apartments for brunch beforehand. Quiches, donuts, mimosas, bloody Mary's... great way to spend a Sunday morning!  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from the day because my phone's camera storage is out. of. control. right now because I take approximately 95 pictures of Hadley every day.  Organizing those are on my must do asap list.

And speaking of Hadley... girlfriend turned 3 months old yesterday!  I don't know how that's possible because I feel like we just got home from the hospital, but we are loving every day with her.  Update coming this week!  Happy Monday!

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Friday Confessions


This is how I feel about this week, too... TGIF.

It's been a long one over here!  I've had a cold that just won't quit so between that keeping me up at night and middle of the night feedings, I am beat.  Looking forward to the weekend where we won't get any rest because it's jammed pack full of activities, haha!  But all good stuff - dinner out tonight with friends, taking Haddie to her first college football tailgate on Saturday, and I have a Junior League event on Sunday!  I'm also hoping to squeeze in some TV time... anyone watch any of the new fall premieres this week?  I have heard great things about This Is Us - the previews remind me so much of Parenthood!

I figured the best way to kick this Friday was with a few confessions since it's been a while...

I confess that Brady has been picking at his paws since we got back from vacation (a month ago) and I just kind of ignored it.  Not in a mean way, I just figured it was normal dog behavior or something.  That was until I took him to the groomer this week and she said they looked really bad and that I should take him to the vet to get them checked out... cue me feeling like a terrible person.  I took him in literally the next day and the poor pup has allergies.  He's on pills now for them and fingers crossed that they work!

I confess that I just got these flats in the nude leather and now I want to buy all of the colors.  They are SO comfortable and really well made.  I'm leaning towards the black leather next (because I'm boring and love neutrals).

I confess that we had out of town friends over for dinner on Wednesday night... and I got a take and bake pizza.  Ugh, so lame.  I had all of these visions of grilling and making risotto (haha) and roasted veggies which I would have been all over 3 months prior to this, but cooking like that on a Wednesday night just isn't working out with a baby right now!  Thankfully our friends didn't seem to mind and it was a nice night.

I confess that I am just not on the fall bandwagon yet.  I haven't had anything pumpkin, I'm still wearing my shorts (it was 85 degrees here yesterday!), and I haven't watched a single football game.  Long live summer.

I confess that while I packed away all of my maternity clothes, I left my maternity tank tops and pajama pants in my closet.  The tanks are so long which I love and the pants are SO COMFY how could I not wear them (every day)?!?

I confess that I'm on the hunt for a high chair... and my #1 criteria is that it fits in with my decor.  Ha! I'm leaning towards the 4Moms one or the Boon Flair.  Anyone have recommendations either way?

Have a great weekend!  
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My Top 10 Newborn Essentials


Hadley will be 3 months old on Sunday (what?!) and I feel like we're finally beginning to emerge from that 'newborn fog'.  We're getting into a routine, real naps are happening, there's less crying, we're getting out and about, and things are just getting easier in general.  The last 3 months are a bit of a blur (especially that first month) and there are quite a few things we couldn't have survived without.  Okay, maybe an exaggeration, but these are the things that made life feel just a little bit easier when I had no idea what I was doing!

SWADDLE BLANKETS
Before Hadley was born, I wondered if I had bought too many swaddle blankets.  After Hadley was born, I realized there is no such thing as too many swaddle blankets!  I would grab a new one every morning and use it all day for all kinds of things: keeping her warm, wiping up spit up, wrapping her up for daytime naps (we didn't use these at night), letting her lay on it, etc.  You can't go wrong with anything by Aden + Anais and these bamboo blankets from Amazon and so super soft.

HALO BASSINEST
I love love love the Halo Bassinest.  It's a bassinet that sits right up next to your bed and can even swivel over your bed.  One side bends down to easily pick baby up and all of the sides are completely mesh so it feels like you're cosleeping.  We literally sleep face to face and I love it.  She's probably going to stay in there till she outgrows it, ha!

MIRACLE BLANKET
We tried tons of different swaddle blankets for at night, but the Miracle Blanket worked the best for us.  I like that it keeps baby contained by the weight of their own body, so she couldn't wriggle out easily (although she can now).  We have two of them and while they're pricey, we have found them to be totally worth it.

NOISE MACHINE
A must have to help baby sleep at night!  They're used to coming from your belly, hearing random noises all day, and so they hate to be in the quiet.  This definitely rang true for Hadley and we have to have the noise machine on for her to sleep at all.  We use the Dohm and I like it - it's a neutral color that blends in with our decor and it's small enough that we can travel with it.

GAS DROPS
Babies are gassy little creatures - I had no idea!  We got lucky with Hadley and she doesn't seem to have too many problems in that area, but when she does - gas drops to the rescue.  I don't know if I ever mentioned it on the blog, but the first night we were home from the hospital, she screamed from 10pm-4am.  We finally had to wake Nick's mom up to help us and immediately she realized that Hadley had gas!  I didn't feel comfortable giving her gas drops at 3 days old, but we started using them when she was 2 weeks as approved by our pediatrician.  Another one many swear by is gripe water.

MAM PACIFIERS
Mam's were the best pacifiers at the newborn stage because they are super tiny.  We had a bunch of them scattered around the house and they really did help calm her down.

CAR SEAT WITH CANOPY
So, obviously you need a car seat - they won't let you leave the hospital without one - but can I just say that I seriously love ours, the Nuna Pipa, because of the canopy?  It has a little shade that comes down from the handle and magnets that hold it down by her feet so she's completely covered.  (Here is a picture because that was a terrible description haha).  It's perfect for bringing newborns out and about so you don't have strangers reaching in to touch them with all their germs.  Other pro's for the Pipa: the most lightweight carseat out there, very easy to install, it's gorgeous and well made, and is very highly rated in the safety department.

BATH SPONGE
I've mentioned this before, but we picked up this super cheap bath sponge to put in her bathtub when she was so tiny at the beginning.  Of course we didn't do real baths until her cord fell off, but once we started, this thing was a must have.

SIDE SNAP SHIRTS
This was what our hospital provided for the babies to wear and as soon as we got home, we went out and bought a bunch of them.  In fact she still wears them to bed most nights!  They are long sleeve shirts that button on the sides which make alllll of those diaper changes you're doing at the beginning just a little bit easier.  (This may not be the best, warmest choice if you have a winter baby though.)

A COMFORTABLE CHAIR
If you splurge on one thing, make it the chair/glider in your babies room.  You will spend so. much. time in that chair that you better love it!  Make sure to test them out.  I was so set on one from Pottery Barn Kids and when we visited the store, I just didn't love sitting in any of them.  We went with this glider from Babies R Us and it's perfect for me and matches with our decor (scotch guard is always a great idea, too).  

And for formula moms, a couple of must haves.  We love the Dr. Browns bottles.  We used Avent at first and I just wasn't a big fan, so we switched over in the second week and have never looked back.  Yes they have SO MANY PARTS (and washing them sucks - won't lie), but the parts are there to keep gas at bay and I truly believe that's why Hadley hasn't had very many problems.  And second, the Baby Brezza also known the best thing ever.  It makes perfect bottles in 3 seconds.  No bubbles, perfect temp, no work required on your part.  It's amazing, especially in the middle of the night.  Nick didn't think that we needed one before she was born, and after she was here he wanted to get one for upstairs, too ha!

The thing I was most shocked that Hadley didn't like was the Rock N Play. I KNOW!  Everyone swears up and down by this, but every time I would put her in it, she was not a happy camper.  I gave up on it after the first month and just packed it away.

Whew, sorry that was so long.  I devoured this kind of stuff when I was pregnant though, so I tried to give as much detail as I possibly could!  Let me know if you have any questions and be sure to share your favorites - I've already got a list going for the next baby (#1 on it is a Dock A Tot), so I love to hear what others couldn't live without!

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Lessons Learned After 3 Years Of Blogging

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Three years ago yesterday I hit 'publish' on my first ever post.  Time flies when you're having fun!

I never would have guessed what this blog would become to me.  A place to store fun memories, a place to connect with friends all over the world, a place to share things I'm loving and a place to document my life.  I treasure the fact that I can go back and read about my wedding day, my honeymoon, my pregnancy, the birth of my daughter and all those little days in between.  Not many people can say that and it's a special thing!

Over the past three years, there have been ups and downs, but I've learned a few lessons through blogging that I thought I'd share today...

Write about things you truly love and your personality will shine through.

Respond to all the comments you get!  Even if it's just a quick 'thank you' - your readers will appreciate it and keep coming back for more.

Don't commit yourself to a schedule.  I used to do 'Meal Monday' way back when and would get so stressed over trying new recipes on Sundays because I had to have something to share (and because I'm a procrastinator).

Pick up a white poster board.  We all love the white flat lay photos ;)

Be honest.

Don't publish a post you don't believe in/totally agree with just because you're getting paid for it.  Not worth it.  But on the other hand, don't work for free.  Those companies that want you to work on a post for them just so they can *possibly* share it on social media?  Not worth your time.

Invest in a nice, clean blog design from the start.  You don't have to spend a lot - there are plenty of cheap, pretty options out there.

And while we're on that, if you're starting a blog - do it on Wordpress!  I do use and love Blogger, but  Wordpress offers so many more options and I'm now too lazy to switch everything over.

Take time off when you're not feeling it.  I promise the world won't end if you don't post for a few days ;)

Always give credit where credit is due.

Ignore the haters.  Not everyone is going to like everyone and that's okay.  Don't stoop to their level.  Delete and move on.

Get out from in front of the computer and live your life.  That's where the best posts come from.

And finally, have FUN with it!  Blogging has changed a lot over the past few years and sometimes it can feel like we're constantly trying to keep up with the Joneses, but you just do you.  Share the things you love, what makes you happy, the little memories you want to remember.  I promise you'll never regret starting a blog!  

As for me, I plan to keep on going with this ol' blog.  I know my posts have been sporadic this summer, but holy cow does having a baby throw your life and routine for a loop!  I thank you all for stopping by here while things are all over the place and for your kind words over these last few months.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

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On My Radar

Happy Friday!

I have finally gotten Haddie to take naps in her bassinet during the day (yay!), so I'm hoping to get back into blogging more regularly.  She took a two hour nap yesterday and I was able to finally sit down to my computer and order a few things that my wardrobe is missing for the fall.  (And a couple things that I just wanted for fun :))


This Lush twist front shirt is perfect for work, date night, running errands, drinks with friends - pretty much anything.  I bought it in the navy, but I also want the sphinx color!

I'm intrigued by this Bobbi Brown brightening face powder.  I love my shimmer brick, but this one you use as a finishing powder over your entire face for that nice little glow.

Also from the makeup aisle, this Charlotte Tilbury 'Mini Miracle' eye concealer.  Because we're still doing a middle of the night feeding and so Lord knows I need all the help in the concealing arena.

I was super proud of myself when I realized that my FAVORITE Banana Republic jeans fit again this week!  I seriously haven't worn jeans since December because I never found a maternity pair that I liked.  So so happy to be back in them, but that's also the only pair that fits so I needed to order a couple of more.  I finally bit the bullet on a designer pair, ahh!  These AG Legging jeans come very highly recommended and I'm hoping they live up to the hype.  I also got these black jeans.

How perfect is this BP faux leather backpack for running out with the baby?  I love my diaper bag, but sometimes it would be nice to have something that is completely 100% hands free.  Great price, too.

As soon as this Kate Spade initial necklace comes back in stock in the H, it will be mine :)

I also picked up these nude leather flats that aren't pictured.  Hope you all have fun plans for the weekend.  Ours include friends staying the night tonight, a football party tomorrow and NOTHING to do on Sunday - just how I like it!

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Five Good Things

Long time, no blog!  We've been busy busy busy over here - all good stuff though...

ONE
We had our first night out since Hadley was born!  Nick and I went to see Chris Stapleton in concert and he was AMAZING.  I swear he sounds even better live than on the radio if that's possible.  It was a beautiful night and great to just get out together and relax for the first time in a long time.  We left Hadley with our friends and she was in great hands!  Aaaand I didn't cry when I left her (which I was expecting to) so the night was a major success!


TWO
Two awesome collaborations happening right now -- Beauty Counter for Target and J. Crew for Nordstrom.  I'm so excited about both and already picked up a few things.  From Target: the purifying charcoal mask, nourishing eye cream, and the rosewater mist.  From Nordstrom: so far just this ruffle top, but you know I love a good blazer and I'm majorly crushing on the regent one (how fun is it in pink?).

THREE
Best sound in the world?  Your baby laughing.  Hadley did it for the first time on Saturday evening and it was seriously the cutest thing ever.  She likes to put her feet down and 'stand' while we hold her now and it brought out a little chuckle is probably the best way to describe it haha.  I've been trying to get her to do it again, but so far no luck!


FOUR
Speaking of Hadley... girlfriend got her first pair of shoes!  Now that the weather is starting to cool off, I can't let her go barefoot everywhere so I bought a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins.  Can't wait for them to get here.

FIVE
I am student loan FREE as of last week!!  Such a great feeling.  We've been working hard at getting rid of our loans over the last couple of years and have been fortunate enough to make some great progress.  We just have one of Nick's left and then other than our mortgage, will be completely debt free.  It's been totally worth throwing all of our money at them over these past few years.

Tell me something good that's going on with you!

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Fall To Do

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Crunchy leaves, a pumpkin spice latte, the best dark nail polish and duck boots.  Ahhh, fall.

In order to help myself get over my fall aversions, I've decided to make a list of FUN things I want to do these next couple of months. Excuse me while I want to go gag just from looking at this picture. Despite my post traumatic stress (haha) from last year and being pregnant, it is Haddie's first fall so it has to be special!  I'm setting my expectations low because #tinybabylife, but I'm hoping to get out there with her and Nick and experience some of the goodness this season has to offer!

1. Take the iconic baby with pumpkin picture.  I remember being at the pumpkin patch last year and watching parents take the picture with the baby propped up on the pumpkin and I can't even believe I have one of my own this year.

2.  Go on lots of nature walks.  This is mostly for Brady, the poor pup hasn't seen much walking action in the last couple of months.  And besides, fall in Michigan is beautiful with all of the leaves changing color.

3.  Go on a golfing date.  I really, really, really want to become a good golfer.  I'm not even close to being there yet, but hopefully Nick and I can go off on a day date to lunch & golf before the weather gets too bad!

4.  Attend either a college or high school football game.  Or both.  Because nothing says fall more than football.

5.  Take Haddie on her first trip to Chicago!  So many of our Chicago friends have had big stuff going on this summer - buying condos, getting engaged, getting dogs - and I'm just dying to be back in the city.

6.  Watch a scary movie.  This will be a perfect at home October date night!  Any recommendations?  

7.  Visit the cider mill.  Stock up on cider, donuts, apples, donuts, pie, donuts... you get the drift.

8.  Drink all the pumpkin drinks -- if I can stomach them!  I can't believe the PSL is out already.  I'm also a HUGE fan of chai tea lattes with a splash of pumpkin syrup, so so good.

9.  Find a pair of jeans that fit.  Thiiiis is a depressing one, but I just can't wear my leggings every single day again this winter.

10. Celebrate Haddie's first Halloween.  I've already started thinking about what to dress her up as :) I can't even wait!

Cheers to making this a much better fall than the last one!
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So Long, Sweet Summer

Goodbye, summer 2016.  I can't even believe it's September 6th!  Today was the first day of school for our area and it was crazy to hear the busses rolling through the neighborhood this morning.  It's really over.  

We had a great weekend!  It started off not so great though - with Hadley's 2 month well child visit which included the dreaded shots :( So heartbreaking.  She was a champ though and I cried longer than she did, ha!  Everything else about her appointment went perfectly and we have one healthy, happy girl.


We spent the rest of our Friday evening grabbing a bite to eat and then heading home because the shots were catching up to Hadley and she was getting a bit fussy.  She never had a fever, but was SUPER tired and not interested in eating - for the first time ever!  Lots of cuddles were on the weekend agenda.  This picture makes me laugh - I think the flash surprised her.


We had a little photo shoot on Saturday since I finally had some updated stats from her doctors appointment.  At 10 weeks old, she weighs 10 pounds 8 ounces (21st percentile) and 23.5 inches long (87th percentile).  Long and lean!  And isn't this chalkboard adorable?  My friends mom made it as a surprise for my baby shower and I l-o-v-e it.  I told her that she needs to open an Etsy shop and sell them because they are so cute!

onesie (only $4 right now!) // bow

Sunday was spent making our first road trip with the baby.  We headed over to the east side of the state for a fish fry with Nick's family.  Hadley did great and slept the entire way there & back thankfully!  At the fish fry was a different story.  She was pretty fussy from her shots still and had a bit of stranger danger going on, ha.  But it was a beautiful day and nice for the family to be able to meet her.

And of course, we had to stop and take a picture with the Hadley Road sign we came across! 


Monday was spent catching up on chores and getting ready for the week ahead - nothing too exciting, but unfortunately necessary.   One thing I didn't partake in this weekend?  College football.  I usually LOVE football and fall in general, but I have real anxiety about it this year.  I spent last October & November pregnant and feeling awful, and it's just totally what I associate fall with now - it's so sad.  I almost cried at the grocery store when I saw pumpkins were out because it makes my stomach flip and I want to throw up!  I'm hoping this passes soon and I can get back to enjoying one of the best seasons of the year.  I'm crazy.
Hope your week is off to a great start!  Love that it's already Tuesday - that much closer to the next weekend! :)
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Birthday Boy + Happy Friday!


Celebrating our big two year old pup last night!  I still can't believe Brady is two!  I feel like it was just yesterday we picked up our fluff ball (see that post here, he was the cutest little thing!) and life got a million times more fun.  He's had to take the backseat this summer with all of the changes going on, but we made sure his birthday was awesome for him with walks, treats, playing ball and a big rawhide bone to chew on.  Happy Birthday my big boy!

In other news... it's Friday!  This one is a little bittersweet because it's the last Friday of summer (I always consider Labor Day the official end of summer.  And the official beginning of PSL season).  I'm kind of left wondering... WHERE DID THIS SUMMER GO?  It went so fast and it's been kind of a total blur since June 25th.  But, despite spending 95% of it inside on the couch, it's been the sweetest summer of my life and so I'm sad to see it go.  What do you guys have planned for the weekend?  We have a fish fry, dinner with friends and seeing some family all on the agenda.

Before I go... a few of my favorite links from this week:

+ Loved Christina's round up of games for at home date nights.
+ We have this rug in our entryway and it's perfect for a high traffic area.
+ I finally picked up a new hair dryer and am l-o-v-i-n-g it.  20% off at Ulta right now, too!
+ Drooling over this embroidered Free People dress.
+ This caprese orzo salad would be a great side to bring to all of those weekend BBQs.
+ Amazing news from one of our blogger friends, Owen!  Congrats, girlfriend!

Hope you have a great, long last weekend of ice cream, campfires, swimming and staying up too late.  See you back here on Tuesday!
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