Five on Friday // 10-27-17

ONE // One year ago today we found out we were pregnant. Best news ever!!! Also one of the hardest and easiest secrets to keep. haha

TWO // Zuppa Toscana. I finally found a recipe that actually tastes very similar to Olive Garden’s classic soup. I made it last week and when Loren asks for thirds, you know it’s good. It will definitely be made on repeat this fall/winter.  Now just to figure out the breadsticks!

THREE // Sam’s Club Scan & Go. This app saves me so much time at Sam’s. You just scan the items as you shop, then when done, checkout on the app and a barcode pops up that you show as you walk out the door (instead of a paper receipt). No more waiting in lines and unloading/reloading the groceries in the checkout line!

FOUR // Visiting daddy at work. This is from last week, but once in a while we like to brighten daddy’s day at work and stop by to say hi.

FIVE // Colds are not cool. For adults or babies. And Emberly has her third one in the past 9 weeks. But this NoseFrida, as gross as it looks to use, is a lifesaver for babies with colds.

Well, the baby is up from her nap, so that’s all for now. Happy Friday!

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Currently: Fall Edition

It’s been a good long while since I’ve done a currently post, so here we go:

Feeling… thankful for a mild transition into fall. I don’t especially like winter, and these beautiful sunny days with all the leaves changing have been perfect.

Readingnothing. I picked up a couple of library books after Emberly was born in hopes of reading them, but I never got around to it. Hoping to read more this fall & winter!

Watching… Parenthood (late to the game, I know). It’s so much more emotional now that I have a child!

Buying… fall/winter baby clothes and this sleep sack (swaddle weaning hasn’t been super fun). Dressing a baby in summer was so much easier!

Listening to… the washing machine going and the baby’s sound machine (seriously the best thing ever) through the baby monitor.

Thinking about… how to make a little office corner in our bedroom since Emberly’s room is my former office.

Working on… planning the rest of our Europe trip. Any suggestions on where to go in northern France and Switzerland?

Tasting… coffee with this amazing creamer.

Excited… for our family photoshoot tomorrow. Our first official shoot as a family and I can’t wait! Btw, coordinating outfits just got harder.

Hoping… we can take a hike at Turkey Run before the weather gets cold and all the leaves fall.

What have you been up to lately.
Share in the comments below!

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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


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