Saturday, September 8, 2012

Little Mama

 Last week at the store, I was pushing the cart down the toy aisle on my way to find some Hot Wheels cars (as incentives for Monster's potty training - that's another story, though. Haha!) And as I was pushing the cart, Sweet Pea started squealing... and reaching. I looked at what she was reaching toward - and saw baby dolls. *shock* She's only 9 months old! She's supposed to like rattles and push toys and musical toys... not GIRL toys. She's just a little bitty baby, unable to make decisions about toy preferences!

Ha. Joke's on me, apparently. Little sister wanted those dolls, and bad.

So, I found the smallest soft dolls that they had (the ones for $2.99 - heck yes!) and grabbed one of each colored outfit. Then I held them in front of her... and she actually looked at them for a few moments, as if deciding which one she liked best. Then she grabbed it, and immediately started sucking on it's head. LOL.

And with that, we went to the checkout line and I bought her her very first doll!

 She loves this thing. She'll crawl around the house with it, and just have it near her while she plays with whatever. :)

And if she's crying, she can usually be calmed by handing her doll to her.




Most of the time, she throws the doll around, smacks it against the floor, etc. But it's absolutely heartwarming to watch her cuddle the doll every now and then. I'm amazed by how early the maternal instincts kick in!

When she's sleepy, she wants to hold her doll, and cuddle into me or daddy. So it's us, holding our baby, holding her baby. <3 So adorable.

As shocked as I was that this starts so early, I'm going to love watching her grow into a sweet little girl - doing little girl things. 


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Haircuts

 We've had a haircut weekend! On Friday, I had a long-overdue appointment to get my hair cut. I had about 7-8 inches chopped off! It's now a simple bob, just above my shoulders.

And tonight I cut Monster's hair! I never look forward to cutting his, because I know when those curls fall, he looks soooo much older. But he's so handsome!

Here's our before & after pictures!

Me, before. This is from way back in May.... but it's the most recent picture I could find with my hair down! I pretty much kept it in a ponytail or messy bun all summer long, haha. But, as you can see - it was pretty long.

And, here it is now!


So short! But I love it!


And Monster's hair, before:
Look at those beautiful curls!

And, after! (cell phone pic, sorry. Camera battery died!)


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Sweet Pea is 9 Months Old!

 Oh my word, how did time pass so quickly?

Sweet Pea turned 9 months old today, and her check-up was today as well.


At 9 months old, Sweet Pea...

  • Weighs 22 lbs, 6 oz. That's the 95th percentile!
  • Is 27.75 inches long. 50th percentile.
  • Waves hi & bye.
  • Claps when you say 'Yay'.
  • Loves to get into mischief. Monster never got into stuff he wasn't supposed to. But this girl? Garbage can, check. Purse, check. Cell phone charger, check. Bathroom cupboard, check. Cat food, check. (eeewwwwww!)
  • Adores her daddy. Him talking to her (heck, even looking at her) is a guaranteed smile.
  • Is getting cuter each day. So, I may be a bit biased... that's OK. I'm supposed to be. ;)
  • Says a few consonant sounds - like 'ma' and 'ba' and 'wa'.
  • Loooooves to eat food. Will snatch anything out of our hands or Monster's hand.
  • Enjoys taking toys from Monster. To which he responds "Noooooo baaaabeeeeee!!" in a very worried voice.
  • Took her first steps last night! This girly will be fully walking before 10 months - yikes!
  • Lights up with she looks at Monster. She loves her big brother so much. Although this picture might not do a very good job proving that fact, lol!

Happy 9 months, Sweet Pea! Mommy loves you so much!



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Sunday, August 26, 2012

JuJuBe Love!

 So, I may or may not be a little bit obsessed with JuJuBe bags. And I'm also a sucker for a great deal.

I was browsing craigslist, and saw a post from a consignment store for a Blue Bouquet BeSmart for only $55! These bags retailed for $100 when brand new, and have since been discontinued. Depending on the condition, a used Smart typically sells for between $60-100 dollars (depending on how high in demand that certain print is) So I got a fantastic deal on it!

Front
Back (you can see  part of the memory changing pad sticking out)
 I drove 1 hour to this particular consignment shop just to buy this bag. And while I was there, I saw that they had other JJB bags! They had a Brown/Robin BeAll, and an Citrus Sorbet Packabe. Neither one interested me. But then I saw it... a little Perky Perennials BeMine peeking out at me from behind the All! Oh my goodness. I've never liked the pink prints, and I also never thought I'd wanted a Mine. But it was soooo cute. In was brand new with tags still on! And so of course I had to snatch it up! I paid $19 for it, which is a fantastic deal because somebody in the JuJuBe resale forums is currently selling theirs for $40!

Front






Back - love this print placement!
I went expecting to buy 1 bag, and instead bought 2! Three days ago, I didn't think I liked the Blue Bouquet or Perky prints, and I didn't have a desire to own a Smart of Mine. But both of them were fantastic deals, and in great condition. I don't think I'll have any difficulty falling in love!


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Friday, August 24, 2012

A clean house... almost

 About a year ago, I started to follow the flylady method of keeping my house clean. And I did pretty well at it... until I didn't anymore. :)

Since then I've just been struggling to stay on top of the clutter and dirt - and not doing a great job at it. So after seeing many great cleaning schedules on Pinterest, I finally sat down and put together my very own!!

It's now been working for me for a full month, so I figured I'd share it with you all!

 Daily
Sweep
Dishes
Wipe Counters
1 Load of Laundry

Weekly
Monday - Vacuum
Tuesday - Finances & Take out Trash
Wednesday - Clean Bathroom & Empty Litterbox
Thursday - Mop Floors
Friday - Swing Day *see below*
Saturday - Catch-up Day

 Swing Day (Monthly)
1st - Dust & Wipe Down Cabinets
2nd - Scrub Kitchen Appliances
3rd - Wipe Down Walls, Baseboards & Doors
4th - Change All Bedding
5th - Seasonal or Miscellaneous 

I have a few things that I do daily, just to stay on top of the simple messes. Then I have 1 chore I do each day of the week, and I put Saturday down as a catch-up day in case I miss something during the week. But otherwise, the weekends are free for family/fun days. And ok, so doing the finances aren't really a cleaning chore - but I had to schedule that in, otherwise the receipts would pile up and become overwhelming.

I also made 1 day of each week a "swing day" meaning I do a monthly chore on that day. Since there are some months that have 5 weeks instead of 4, and those come around every 3-4 months, I figure that's a good day to do any seasonal or miscellaneous chore that needs to be done at that time.

Now, maybe you do some of these chores more often than I do on my schedule... but the frequency they are getting done according to this schedule, is more frequently than they were getting done without it. :)

And there you have it! It's been working for us for a full month now, and I can say that my house is now always in a somewhat-decent condition, and ready for company. Never perfect and completely clean... but good enough. Which is what I think any of us want, right?!

 How do you keep on top of your housework? Do you have a schedule of your own?


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