Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weekly (More like Monthly) Faves

Lots to love online this week/month. Here are a few of my favorites!

Is anyone else into the fox thing like I am? They are just so cute! I love this Foxy Mama baby shower board on The Celebration Shop. I am especially in love with those invites!

The Hollywood Housewife posted this travel bed she uses for her toddler. While we have no trips on the horizon, I thought this was a really affordable bed for a baby who is too large for a pack n play.


If you loved Nancy Drew as a kid, you will be in awe of this party featured on Love the Day. It is so darling and would be so fun to attend!

While my babushka birthday party ship has sailed (or has been stacked beneath another doll), I loved this really cute one featured on Kara’s Party Ideas.

Since it is cold outside, I think a hot chocolate bar is still in order for any upcoming party. I thought this article on how to style one on Infarrantly Creative was great!

That is it for my faves! I’d love to know any great ones you have come across! XO!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Emmy 15 months

Since I have completely slacked on monthly updates, I figured quarterly ones will work! Sweet Emmy has started developing quite the personality since she turned one! She is just the sweetest girl who loves to give hugs to her mama. She would definitely be the president of my fan club if I had one. Right now she is the only member. She wants me with her at all times…like all the time. (Which I admittedly love.)

She is currently going through a stage where she won’t let anyone hold her except me when I am around. I feel a little bad for my sweet friends and family. She is also at the stage where she is scared of loud noises and will come running to me for a hug as soon as she hears one. It is adorable. However, there are a lot of loud noises that we tune out!

Emmy’s vocabulary has started to come out! She can say a few words clearly – Jesus, cheese, mama, dada, ball, bye bye, bow, pizza, hot, socks and choos (shoes) and has nicknames for others – baba (bottle, which she asks for first thing when she gets up in the morning and probably requires a whole other post) and nana (banana), tank choo (thank you), tash (trash). She also is really good at repeating things and saying yes or no (usually accompanied by a violent head shake. Ha!) Emmy also communicates through sign language with the words more, please, all done and diaper. Another cute thing she has recently started is “singing.” She will hum and have a little melody while playing in her bed or in the back seat of the car. Adorable!

Clearly I have had a bow in this baby’s hair since she got out of the womb because the first thing she said to me this week when I went to get her out of her crib was “bow” and patted her head. Cracked me up!

I am just amazed at how much she knows at this age! I can say something like “bathroom” in passing and she will take my hand and lead me to the bathroom.

Emmy loves to dance and it is so darling. I especially think her dancing at church is heart melting! She loves to twirl and I am definitely thinking dance classes are in her future! She is also a baby dare devil who loves to climb ANYTHING, so I am not sure if gymnastics would be a good or bad idea…

As far as eating goes – baby girl loves herself a carb. She LOVES pizza. I can say it and she will get so excited. She will eat any fruit without hesitation. She loves Pirate’s Booty, cheese, tomatoes and Little Duck Organic fruits. All other foods are hit or miss.

Some highlights (or lowlights) over the past few months:

She had her first two fevers (a few months apart from each other). The first was just about a day and a low grade fever. Her second more recent one was two days and she was feeling pretty crummy. I hated that she was sick, but did get lots of extra cuddles. Luckily, she was great for Christmas. Both must have been viruses because she didn’t go to the doctor for either and recovered well.

In November, Emmy’s Nebraska cousins came to visit for Thanksgiving. Her cousin Bella is only 4 months older than her, so that had lots of fun playing together! However, she became hysterically territorial and would scream at the top of her lungs sound an alarm every time Bella got close if she had something she didn’t want to share.

Emmy has FINALLY just given in on the car seat and we can drive, for the most part, without fussing. We got a new convertible one and she is able to see out the back, so that helps. I have also succumbed to listening to KidzBop on my satellite radio. But I will do whatever it takes to drive without piercing screaming in that tiny enclosed space Winking smile.

In November we moved to one nap a day. I was sad to give the morning one up, but Emmy would take an awesome morning nap and never go down for the second for about a week, so we moved to one nap. It does make our days more fun since we can do so much more! We have been able to do more with our friends and cousins (trips to the Children’s museum, the park, the aquarium, the library and more).

One of Emmy’s most favorite things to do (much to my chagrin) is turn the faucet on and off. I tell her she can do this three times and she will pretend to count on her fingers like I am. The result of me taking her off of the counter typically is a full on crying fit. We are working on those. They happen a lot around here! We definitely have a baby who knows what she wants.

Emmy now has 11 teeth, wears 12-18 month clothes and size three diapers. On our home scale, she weighs about 22-23 pounds. We have her 15 month doctor’s visit this week, so I will know for sure then.

We love this sweet girl and can’t wait to see what the next three months have in store for us!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Emmy’s Playroom (on a Budget)

I have been promising pics of Emmy’s playroom and it isn’t completely done, but my friend Alisha mentioned that she was looking forward to seeing it, so I thought I would post a few pics. I by no means staged these, as we are going for a “lived in” look over here. Ha!

The way our house is laid out, we had an office off the front of the house attached to the living room. We honestly never used it, so I we decided to turn it into a playroom for Emmy. I thought it would be nice to have something downstairs that she could keep her toys in so that the living room toy creep would be at a minimum. (Have I mentioned I HATE clutter…you would never know that from my work desk, though. Funny how that works.)

When we embarked on this project I wanted to have a custom unit made for the playroom and Tommy talked me down. My next “want” was a Pottery Barn system. They had the look I was going for, but Tommy convinced me that we should go with something less expensive since it is, in fact, for kids and they destroy everything. So without further ado, here is a little peak. While it isn’t fancy, I do love being in there and she enjoys playing!

The view from my living room and my little helper.

I am looking for baskets to fill the space in the center of the unit, but those puppies are hard to come by.

A TV may eventually go in the center spot, but I decided that learning the alphabet works for now.

I would love to get artwork to go on either side of the window. Not sure if it will be too much. Thoughts? Here is what I am in LOVE with from Rita Orloff on Etsy. I am like obsessed. Do you think it goes?

For those of you who are looking to do a playroom on a budget, here is where everything came from:

Bookshelves – Target Oh, I also didn’t install the back and left them open so you could see the wall. The back was like a fake wood panel and I felt it would make it look cheaper than it was. (Which was super cheap, as you can see!)

White Center Entertainment Console – Target Threshold brand. They don’t have it online, but they do carry it in stores. I bought the console in the store and had the bookshelves sent to me online.

Dark Bench beneath the windows and baskets – Ikea

Rug – Overstock (I purchased it for $106)

Chalkboard Table and Chairs –  Bought from a friend at an art show

Tan Baskets in white unit – Pottery Barn. These were a bit of a “splurge,” but I have a PB card and I have only bought them when they send me a $25 off a purchase of $50. I think they retail for about $26 each, so it ends up being only about $13 per basket. They are really sturdy and durable. Much more so than the ones you see at Target.

Memo Board above play kitchen – Tutorial here

Hope that helps! Let me know what you guys think about the artwork!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A little light reading

So my book reading is slacking off and is completely mostly in the area of children’s books. Though, I should easily be able to hit 100 new books read in 2014 if Emmy’s books count. I am always on the lookout for a board book (since that is about all that can handle her aggressive sweet book viewing).

Here are three really great books I would recommend!

Boss Baby – Love this book. We call Emmy Baby Boss, so when I came across this on Amazon, I knew we had to get it. It basically describes our life to a “T.” Demanding boss who has a personal chef, drinks made to order, gets spa treatments and holds meetings at all hours of the night! Of course, it is all tongue-in-cheek, but it is a cute book. Perfect for parents of a one year old!

I saw this Alphablock book in Parents Magazine and I got it for Emmy for Christmas. It is a beautiful book with awesome illustrations. It is currently sold out Amazon, but it is worth the wait! Clearly, I love good design.


The third book I got Emmy was this Colors book by Xavier Deneux. A neighbor of mine had the book for her little girl and I was so impressed with the quality of the book. The author has other books that I will definitely buy in the future, but I thought this one was the most age appropriate for her.

I love books, so I would love to hear any of your favorites! Let me know what I am missing out on.

(This is not sponsored, nor are the links affiliate. Ain’t nobody got time for that!)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas 2013

We had a super fun Christmas season this year. Emmy just loved the tree, the lights, the presents (mostly pulling on the tissue and wrapping paper), and definitely when I sang her Christmas carols…which was a lot.  I love me some Christmas music!

Here are a few pics of the highlights from the past few weeks!

Because I have no shame, I am totally into taking my baby’s pictures on displays at the grocery store. Ha! I figured this might be the only time she saw “Santa” this season, but we did a little better on Christmas Eve!

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I thought for sure she would be super excited about the owl inflatable I bought her for 1/2 off at Walmart. As you can see, it was a little anticlimactic.

She loved the tree.

And the ornaments.

We also met the real Santa. It went as expected.

The best Christmas Eve family pic we could muster. Someone must have been excited about opening presents!

Sisters! Clearly I need to up my wardrobe game as my sister looks fabulous and trendy and, once again, I am in a cardigan Winking smile.

Sweet cousins.

If they are all three looking at the camera it counts, right?


More presents?

Christmas morning. Santa delivered!

Her favorite Santa gift!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a fabulous new year! XO!

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