Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Some things that have made me 

Liam enjoying the last bit of autumn leaves...

A couple of date nights with Matt...

Liam being a little artist...

This delicious (and dangerous) beer I discovered...
It's been a while since I've really enjoyed a beer - and this one did it for me!

The first snowfall of 2014...

A little snack tray I put together to eat during the Packers game...

Chloe finally loving solid foods! Red mess = pomegranate, beet & pear puree

Liam helping Matt make a pan of lasagna...
He's been SO interested in cooking & baking lately.
He gets mad if we don't let him stand on his stool and watch what we're doing.

Snuggles on the couch with my little peanut...

Liam listening to one my my favorite childhood albums!
Did anyone else grow up listening to this one?
"Where Do The Bubbles Go"
"I Like Peanuts"

And a plant that Liam insisted he "give mama" when he saw it at the 
grocery store. He's quite the little ladies' man already.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy belated boo!!

Halloween passed by so quick this year. I feel like I just put up the Halloween decorations, and now I'm taking them down already. The trick or treaters are long gone. And the carved pumpkins are starting to rot...

It was fun while it lasted though! Liam dressed up as Nemo and Chloe as Madeline.

My mother-in-law stayed at our house on Halloween so she could hand out candy while we took Liam trick or treating (it was too cold and windy for Chloe to go with us, so we left her with Nana). Liam actually "got" the whole concept of trick-or-treating this year (unlike last year) so he thought it was pretty cool.

We only lasted a 1/2 an hour outside, but when we got back home he loved handing out candy to the 400+ kids (just like last year). His patience and diligence surprised me. He plopped a piece of candy in the bags of each each ghost and Elsa and zombie, totally unfazed by the creepiness of some of the costumes. That's my boy :)

We attended a Halloween party on Friday night after trick or treat was done, as well as hosted a couple of friends & their kids to an outdoor treasure hunt/tiny pumpkin decorating/chicken noodle soup eating affair at our home on Saturday night.

Will bellies full of too much candy & cookies, I'd say Halloween 2014 was a success.

I didn't get around to posting a photo of the kids in their costumes on Facebook (and I've had a few requests to see photos) so here they are:

Liam liked the guts. He liked the smell of them too. 
(Personally, I think pumpkin guts smell like barf.)



My pumpkin, Matt/Liam's pumpkin, Chloe's pumpkin.

At our neighbor's house - see the eyes in the windows?

Liam and his friend, Cole.

And a few photos from the little gathering we had at our house.

I hope you all enjoyed your extra hour of insert whatever you did here this weekend!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On golden pond

Some things that made me smile in the past couple of weeks:
(basically, a bunch of photos of the kids!)

Liam hanging out in the trees at my grandma's house. 
I'm so grateful he loves & appreciates the outdoors.

The pond near my mom's house. Every year I look forward to
seeing the trees' reflection in this pond.

These tiny pumpkins I placed by my dad's gravestone with Liam & Chloe's names
on them. It may seem odd that this made me smile...but I feel peaceful after I visit 
his grave (after feeling sad and bummed out of course). It's quiet & peaceful at
the cemetery and I feel like he's close to me/watching over me when I'm there.

This little peanut in the stroller, out for a walk.

And this little man, insisting that he walk instead of ride in the stroller.

Seeing my nephew hang out with Chloe on my mom's living room floor.
He's a high school boy, so you think he'd be 'too cool' to hang out with family, right? 
But that's not the case at all. He has so much love for his family and younger cousins.
I'm grateful that Chloe and Liam have my nephew Tim to look up to some day!

Chloe and my nephew Hudson, just chillin' out. Pooping. Burping. Sleeping.
How cool that they'll be growing up together so close in age :)

Seeing my brother Nate and niece Bella ride on my mom's lawn mower together.
 It reminds me so much of when I would ride on the lawn mower with 
my dad when I was Bella's age!

Our mantel, decorated for Halloween.


Liam so proud of his pumpkin.

Chloe trying to touch her pumpkin. S--t--r----e--t----c---h

A vintage globe that Liam got from his Nana. I'm lovin' it.

That's it for now...

Enjoy the remaining days of October folks!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beauty products I'm loving lately

My beauty regimen has been pretty boring (and sometimes non-existent) lately.

On a day when the kids & I don't leave the house at all, I try to brush my teeth, apply some deodorant and pull my hair into a ponytail sometime before noon. On many days it is not before noon.

If I do leave the house with the kids (on a run to the grocery store or Target or the library) then I'll add a couple of extra steps -- I'll moisturize my face and put some mascara on. The one thing I NEVER leave the house with is mascara. I'd leave without a bra or shoes before I leave without my mascara. And if the mascara doesn't make it onto my eyelashes, then sunglasses it is.

When I leave the house for a "real" outing (such as on a date with Matt or to a friends house) then I may actually blow dry and straighten my hair! And add some eyeshadow and lip gloss.

Time for pampering & beautifying is slim these days, so I tend to use the most beauty products when I take a shower. It's my little '5 minute retreat' to relax.

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite beauty products at the moment. Ones that are quick, easy and never seem to fail me. I think it's important that we share this stuff with each other! Otherwise we end up buying a ton of expensive products that we use once, we don't like and then end up in back of the medicine cabinet until the year 2024....

This Heel Stix product from a Sheboygan store called Olivu is amazing. I have those 
post-summer-I wore flip flops too much-heels going on.  I scrub my heels in the shower with a foot scrubby thing and then apply this afterwards. It smells good, feels good 
and after a week of use I could tell a HUGE difference. 

I love coconut scented products. But a lot of them smell 'fake coconut' to me. Well this shampoo
and conditioner from OGX smell so, so good! When I'm scrubbing my head with this stuff I close my eyes and smell the coconut and imagine myself on a tropical island....then I hear a kid screaming in the background and I snap back into reality. But for a moment it works.

I love this Raw Shea Butter Wash by Shea Moisture. It's great for my sensitive skin. It's organic, I can understand the ingredient list and it smells good too. It's one of the first products I've used that doesn't seem to make my skin freak out.

Oh my gosh. I love this! I got it as a gift from my cousin-in-law Beth. It's Nursing Nipple Salve from
WILDROOTS and it works wonders. It's all natural, smells AMAZING, doesn't bother Chloe at all and really, truly works. I will be gifting this to all new moms I know in the future. It's that good.

I had been slacking in the 'eyebrow' department lately. But I recently did a much-needed
plucking and a little coat of this clear mascara by Cover Girl helps keep the strays tamed.

Dark under eye bags anyone? I'm usually pretty skeptical of age-rewind type stuff. But the foam tip
on this thing applies the concealer and I swear it covers some of the wrinkles. I had to try it to believe it.

What I used for my recent eyebrow plucking. I highly recommend this Tweezerman that you can
get for cheap at Walgreens. And the pink color makes tweezing slightly more bearable.

I've been a fan of this for a long time. And with the Winter months rapidly approaching, this Smoothing Serum from Aveda works wonders on the bottom half of my hair. It tames & smoothes out the dry and unruly ends.

Everyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with all things turquoise/mint/aqua/blue. This polish by Maybelline is my latest toenail color. It reminds me of the Caribbean.
The color is called Green With Envy.

What are your favorite beauty products as of lately?
Please share!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Half birthday

How did our sweet little girl turn 6 months old already? Seriously! 

1 month
"I'll sit here for 5 seconds, but then you better pick me back up again, mom."
2 months
"I am so tired I could win a staring contest."
3 months
"I'm gonna tip over..."
4 months
"This thumb tastes pretty darn good!"

5 months
"If I put my hands out like this I can sit up on my own a little."
6 months on October 9th
"I'm a half-a-year old already! And I am LOVING this tongue thing."

We look forward to the next 6 months, little peanut!