4 Favorite Podcasts & Favorite Headphones

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the wonderful world of podcasts. I liked them for several reasons: roadtrips and work commutes felt so much shorter, my husband and I enjoyed connecting over them and I learned so much random information.
Now that I’m a stay-at-home-mom, I’ve traded the work commute listening sessions for nursing, walks and play times, and they are just as beneficial now.

Here are some of my favorite podcasts:

The Moth – Stories shared from people all over the world told live at Moth Events. Everything from Christmas traditions to most embarrassing moments to crazy life incidents. Who doesn’t love a good story?

Coffee + Crumbs – I’m new to this whole mom life and this podcast, and have only listened to a handful of their episodes, but boy are they relatable! So, if you’re a mom (especially with small kids), and need encouragement or just affirmation, I would highly recommend! You are not alone.

This American Life – A super popular public radio show, every episode has its own theme made up mainly of journalistic stories, with lots of humor thrown in throughout. As they say on their webpage: “There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe.”

Crimetown – (warning: lots of language) a product of Gimlet media, Crimetown investigates the culture of crime in different American cities. The first season is set in Providence, Rhode Island and focuses on the story of corrupt mayor Buddy Cianci and organized crime and corruption in his city.

Skullcandy earbuds – I have a hard time getting earbuds to stay in my ears, and these Skullcandy ones are my favorite. They come with two pairs of silicone tips (one larger and one smaller) so you can find your perfect secure fit. Another bonus is with their in-ear design, they are partially noise-canceling.

What podcasts are your favorite? Comment below! I always love hearing about your favorites.

A Morning at Apple Works

We have so many apple orchards/pumpkin patches in our area, but this past Saturday, we decided to check out Apple Works with some friends. Apple Works is perfect for kids – they have a petting zoo, trails, horse rides, a playground with a zip line, tractor rides and a huge pumpkin patch. In addition to the fun things for kids, they have a pretty decent country store with everything from preserves & jellies to all kinds of baked goods to fudge.
Our first stop was to get a huge apple fritter from the Ice Cream Shoppe, and it was amazing. We then headed to over to the petting zoo to check out all the animals.

After the petting zoo and horse ride for the 2-year-old, we hopped on the tractor for a ride to the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was pretty big, and we took our time selecting the best pumpkins.

The cutest pumpkin. 😉

A little change & lunch break.

It was such a beautiful and fun morning, and I can’t wait to take Emberly back next year when she will appreciate the animals a little more.
Thanks for all the fun, Apple Works and H family! 🙂

Five on Friday // 10-6-17

ONE // Leather pacifier clips. My amazing SIL Joanna makes all things leather and made a couple of pacifier clips for Emberly. Isn’t this one so cute??!! Check out her shop Corious for her other incredible leather goods (she’s running a giveaway until Sunday)!

TWO // Almond creamer. I’m not a huge creamer person (just a touch of milk or black kind of girl), but I do like to indulge in flavored creamers once in a while. I recently tried this almond creamer at a friend’s house and was hooked.

THREE // Baby moccasins. As much as I love Freshly Picked, I’m on a budget and don’t have $60 to spend on a pair of baby shoes. Yes, I know they are super good quality, but honestly, I would be hard pressed to spend $60 on a pair of shoes for myself, let alone a growing baby. So, Amazon $5 moccasins it is!

FOUR // Crest deep clean toothpaste. I’ve used so many “teeth whitening” toothpastes over the years, but never really found one to actually help whiten my teeth. Then I picked up this one and started noticing a difference the day after I started using it.

FIVE // L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara. I’ve had this mascara for a while, but didn’t like it at first. But this past week, I decided to start using it again, and I love it! It really helps lengthen my lashes.

How’s that for a random roundup?
Hope you have a great weekend! Loren doesn’t have a wedding this weekend, so we’ve got some fun things planned and I can’t wait!

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Emberly Brynn | Three Months

Weight: pounds ounces (percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: in (percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: in (percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in
*will update after appt.
Emberly still nurses every 2 – 2.5 hours during the day for about 10 minutes and drinks 2-3 ounces when given a bottle. My favorite time to nurse her is in the mornings when she likes to take little breaks to smile at me. At the beginning of the month, she was still waking up twice a night to nurse, but we’ve got that down to one!
Emberly is back in her own room in the crib, and while that first week back in her room was pretty rough, we started intentional sleep training around week 10, and now she only wakes up once in the early morning to eat. She always manages to at least get one hand out of her swaddle and likes to suck her fingers (yay for self-soothing!).
Tummy time is still not her favorite, but we’re working on it. She kicks her legs and waves her arms excitedly when we put her down to play with her play gym and tries to reach the toys. She has discovered her hands and liked to try and stuff both of them in her mouth at the same time.
You LOVE to stretch and it cracks your dad and me up every single time. You like to chat, especially in the mornings and after eating. Your little personality is starting to show, and we can’t wait to continue to see it develop. You’re a relatively easy-going baby and are so much fun.
You took your first long roadtrip across several state lines down to South Caroline and met so many new relatives! You fussed a little on the way down, but were a rockstar all the way back home.
You went on your first hike and slept the whole time.
You went to Hobby Lobby for the first time and loved it. Aka slept the whole time.
You had your first playdate when some friends came over for a morning.
You went on your first 5K and naturally slept the entire time.
You spent your first Sunday morning in the nursery and were amazing.
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We love you so much, baby girl!

October Goals

Confession time. I failed all things blog this past month. So much in fact, that I didn’t even post a September goals post!

August went semi-well – I just didn’t reach my goals in blogging and working out regularly, even though I did make it to the gym and out for a run a couple of times.
So, let’s look at my last goals:

August Goals
~ plan/host a bachelorette party
~ start meal planning again
~ get Vashti married!!!
~ pick up a regular blogging schedule again
~ reconnect with friends
~ start working out again

I will note that in September I did hit a pretty big goal – I booked our tickets for Europe this Christmas!!! It will be Loren and Emberly’s first time over there and I am so excited to take them to some of my favorite places. We will be visiting my family in Germany, then hitting up France and Switzerland.

While I do hope to step up my blogging game this fall, I’m not going to set any goals in that department and maybe then I’ll actually be more consistent. Let’s see if this reverse psychology works on me.

October Goals
~  attend some bonfire and costume parties
~ take family pictures
~ plan & book the rest of our Europe trip
~ decorate the apartment for fall
~ plan & have a girl’s day
~ go on a fall hike to see all the beautiful leaves

Five on Friday // 9-22-17

Since I failed to do a weekend recap this week, today’s favorites are a few pictures from this past weekend in Cincinnati with Loren’s family.

ONE // This baby isn’t loved at all.

TWO // Adorable and hilarious nephews and nieces.

THREE // Niece silhouette photoshoots. Loren was playing with the girls outside after dinner, which then somehow turned into a little photoshoot. Then Rachel, who was completely fascinated by this, wanted to take a couple pictures of Loren & me. She was so cute, telling us exactly where to stand and how to pose. Guess she’s a natural!

FOUR // Saturday morning swaddle freedom. The best part of every day – releasing this happy girl from her swaddle so she can stretch like crazy.

FIVE // Saturday mornings on the patio with grandparents.

SIX // Saturday brunch with doting family.

Ok, so I know that’s six things, not five, but they were too good not to share.

Happy weekending!

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Saturday in Nature

This past weekend, we wanted to get outside for a hike, but all the good hiking locations around here are a little bit of a drive and we didn’t have a whole day to devote to it. But then we remembered that the Indianapolis Museum of Art has a nature park and we had heard that it was pretty awesome. So, Saturday afternoon, we headed to IMA’s 100 acre park that is made up of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake that also features several pieces of modern art. It was a beautiful and perfect afternoon and we will definitely be going back someday soon.

Can you spot the baby toes?

Emberly Brynn | Two Months

Weight: 11 pounds 7 ounces (48th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 23 in (70th percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 14.75in (22nd percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in
Emberly still eats about every 2 hours, and still likes to keep it pretty quick. She still takes a bottle pretty well and did fantastically when her aunt babysat her for a day.
Around week 7, we decided to move Emberly from our room to her own room. She sleeps pretty well in there, but we’re working on fewer nighttime awakenings. 😉 BUT at the beginning of week 8, she caught a cold so we put her back in our room for a few nights until she got over it. The sweetest moment of the day is when I go to get her in the mornings – she is usually wide awake and quietly just looking around in the dark, but when I open the curtains and and tell her “good morning”, she gets the biggest, sweetest smile on her face and starts trying to wriggle out of her swaddle. During the day she takes 1-3 hour naps in her swing or rock’n play.
Emberly isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, so I tend to put it off, but we’re working on doing it more often. She loves to “talk” back to us with the most adorable coos and has started responsively smiling.
You had a little bit of a crazy week 6 when you decided to randomly cry for no reason. We were usually able to calm you down after a while, but thankfully you have outgrown this now. You have started smiling at us, and it’s seriously the best thing. You love bathtime with daddy and taking walks with mommy.
You had your first passport picture taken and your hair looks hilarious. Thankfully, it doesn’t completely look like that in real life.
You went on your first (and second) photoshoot with mommy & daddy and were a trooper.
You had your first major blowout all over dad and were quite pleased with yourself afterwards.
You had an (almost) full day away from mom while she was in a wedding. Aunt Carrie watched you and you both had the best time (except during tummy time).
You suffered through you first cold like a champ and were still mostly a happy baby.
You went on your first coffee date with mommy & daddy.
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Happy 2 months, sweet girl!

Weekend in the South

A few weeks ago, we decided to make our way down South Carolina for Labor Day weekend so Emberly could meet more of relatives (finally some on my side!).

So, this past Friday, Emberly and I packed up and picked up Loren after work around 3pm, then we headed out of town with the rest of the Midwest. Or so it seemed between the rain and crazy traffic. Emberly did great at first, got fussy during the heavy rain and traffic, then eventually fell asleep for pretty much the rest of the trip. We pulled in to my aunt’s around 2:30am, exhausted, but so glad to be there.

One of her happier moments on the drive.

We spent the weekend visiting and catching up with so many relatives and a few friends, and since we took so many pictures, I’ll just let them do the talking.

Meeting Opa (my dad)! Just sad that Oma wasn’t there.
Skyping with Oma (my mom).
GG (my grandma) – E eventually decided to take a nap with her. 🙂

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10 Random Facts About Me #3

I’ve noticed a few new faces around here, and since I always love learning random facts about other people, I figured I would share a few of about me today (#1 and #2).

  1. I love the comforting sound of the dishwasher going in the evening – it means the kitchen is clean & closed for the day.
  2. I always forget to clean off the dryer lint, despite my mom trying for YEARS to train me otherwise.
  3. I currently have at least 5 grey shirts in my closet and they all serve a different purpose.
  4. I rarely exactly follow a recipe when cooking and often substitute items when baking.
  5. My first car was a manual VW Beetle. I had never driven manual before and had to learn very quickly.
  6. Loren’s sister was my roommate my senior/her freshman year in college, and whenever we would all hang out together people used to think she was his girlfriend and I was his sister.
  7. I played the violin in high school, but haven’t really touched it since then.
  8. I love having pictures, but hate being in front of the camera (as the above photo can testify).
  9. I obsessively close all my apps on my phone when I’m done using them. Except iMessage and my baby schedule app.
  10. I can’t keep plants alive. I got 3 succulents for my birthday last year, and the last live one is barely hanging on.

What are some random facts about you?
Share in the comments below!