Friday, September 21, 2018

Five on Friday - Notepads, PJs, Tank, Pics and Apps


ONE:
How adorable are these notepads for Molly Anne's teachers and Ms. Becky?  I had her teachers fill out a favorite things list at the beginning of the school year and used those to get these made.  Olive Juice and Dandelions is the name of the shop and she couldn't have been sweeter sending me proofs of these and I just think they're perfect!



TWO:
Cutest pajamas ever - rainbows and unicorns - every little girl's favorite!  I got these for Molly Anne this week for the winter!  Instagram account - @smockingbird_clothing




THREE:
I recently got this Corinna Tank and yall.  It is good.  I wish they had it in every color.  Easily my favorite workout and hang around tank.  It's thin and cool for running but cute for being out and about.  I'll likely get this one too because if this is how their athletic line is, I need more.  





































FOUR:
We have a busy weekend with soccer, a birthday party and pictures that we're having done by Lindsay Hart.  I'm really looking forward to having family pictures taken and I am going to post them ALL over our house and on here.  Get ready.  Now I need to lose 10 pounds between now and tomorrow!  

FIVE:
I made this Baked Brie Bites appetizer and Christina's Pumpkin Dip for the mom's night out I hosted last night.  Both are always a hit!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall is in the Air

Two things I LOVE about Fall - this candle and this soap!  

In case you're living under a rock haha, the Nest candles are simply amazing and this Fall one is definitely the best Fall candle to smell.  It is a little pricey but lasts a long time and your whole house will smell delightful!  I pulled mine out the other day and found I still had half left woohoo!  It'll be burning every day!



I do believe Williams Sonoma hand soaps are the best - they get grease and gook off your hands without having to pour Dawn all over yourself.  We keep one bottle at our kitchen sink and one bottle in our powder room.  We have the Pumpkin Spice and Spiced Chestnut and I love them equally!  They both smell so good and leave your hands smelling like Fall!



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Random Wednesday

1.  I still am not getting emails when you all comment on a blog post so I'm incredibly sorry I can't reply to you!  I hope Blogger fixes this soon.  Thank you for all of your sweet comments!

2.  I got some of our Fall decorations out and put them around the house. I honestly don’t have much Fall decor but maybe I’ll find some cute things on sale at the end of the season for next year.  I’m not a huge fan of Fall (I know, I know) so I’ve never rushed out to buy all the things!

3.  I reallllllly need to start for real exercising. I’ve been taking Mills a few times a week to run/walk but that isn’t going to cut it.   

4.  I can’t believe October is in two weeks. How did that happen?  

5.  Tomorrow all of our landscaping that didn’t make it (since being planted in 10 degree weather) will be replaced. We’ve been waiting for the weather to start turning from 1,000 degree days to a bit cooler.   Anyway, I’m so excited about this.  It’s going to make our yard look so much better.  And our grass will be overseeded in a couple of weeks.  

6.  We got all of our furniture put back on our porch but before we did this, Kevin scrubbed the slate down. It feels so much cleaner out there even though it’s open to the elements! 

7.  I’m hosting a mom’s night out for the other moms in Molly Anne’s class at school. It will be nice to meet them!

8.  We’ve been playing ‘clean out the freezer’ since last week and it’s been good to get rid of some of that stuff.  Plus I haven’t really had to cook and since I’ve been back to work, this has been so nice!  


Yep, that’s some random for y’all!  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

C Section versus Regular Delivery

I've been meaning to write this post for ummm about 4 months!  I know some of you were interested in hearing my thoughts on a regular delivery versus a c-section since I've had one of each.  Here it goes:

Regular Delivery

Pros -
1.  You really feel what it feels like to have a baby, even if you have an epidural.
2.  You get to labor and experience all of the parts of having a baby somewhat naturally.  
3.  The surprise of getting to tell your family and friends that your baby is here is so fun!

Cons -
1.  You don't know how you'll feel afterwards 'down there' and may have to take lots of sitz baths among other things.  You don't know how long it'll take to feel better.  
2.  You may never sneeze or jump on a trampoline again without a little dribble ha. 
3.  You don't know when you're going into labor so keep your bag packed!


C-Section

Pros -
1.  You get to plan exactly when it is going to happen, assuming you have to have one for medical reasons.  If you have other children, you can make sure you have them covered for when you'll be at the hospital. 
2.  You won't know exactly what to expect for recovery but the two weeks estimate to be back to normal is pretty accurate (it was for me at least).  At least you know it's 'only' two weeks.  

Cons -
1.  It's surgery and you might not know how your body reacts to that.  You cannot use those ab muscles very well afterwards.  Getting up from sitting is hard work.  
2.  You still have some of same after-effects like if you had a regular delivery.  Blah.  


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In general, I would say the first two weeks of a c-section recovery are harder than the first two weeks of a regular delivery recovery.  But that totally depends on how your regular delivery goes!  This was just my experience.  I also had an almost 3 year old that I was chasing around and couldn't lounge around all day like I did when Molly Anne was born!

I think however your baby comes out, it will be amazing and likely the best moment of your life.  The one thing that drove me crazy when I was pregnant was not knowing when and how my child was going to decide to come.  Well, it always works out so try not to stress something you can't change!  Easier said than done, I know!

So if I had to do it again, what would I prefer?  Probably a c-section but that's because of three big things - 1.  I have other children and I'd love to be able to plan childcare and 2. because I've gotten to experience a regular delivery and 3. because I already (sorta) forgot how awful I felt in the OR and recovery rooms!  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Hurricane Florence

What a weekend.  Hurricane Florence came our way but didn't do nearly the amount of damage that happened at the coast of North Carolina.  I'm just so sorry for those folks and hope the rebuilding process can start soon.  

We took most of the furniture off our porch on Friday afternoon after we got home from work.  


And put it inside.  We had run out of room in our garages so we just stuck it in the breakfast area.  


Molly Anne is way into forts these days.  Kevin started building them with her a few weeks ago and she's been obsessed.  This may be her most creative one to date haha!

We never mind a weekend at home because we aren't home during the week.  Molly Anne loves playing with all of her toys and doing random activities at home.  I used the @busytoddler instagram account to come up with two activities that she loved!  



First, use these stickers and draw a few apples and have her outline it in stickers.  




The other one is write her name in big letters then I did five post-its with each letter on it and hid them all over the first floor of our house.  She had to find the letters and put them on the letter on the banner.  Molly Anne already knows all of her letters but this was still a fun activity for her!


This boy was precious to be with!



Saturday night we went next door for dinner and to hang out.  


I went home and put them to bed and this was us leaving haha! 


We played cards against humanity and had way too much fun.  Oh and I beat Drew in ping pong so there's that. 


Sunday morning Molly Anne and I checked on the drainage system we had installed under the house on Friday.  It was dry under there so that meant it was working.  We have been having issues with groundwater and needed to get it drained to one location and pumped out so that's what we had done just in time before the storm.  


We also cleared the catch basins in front of our house so the rainwater could flow faster and easier.  


And we did a lot of this.  It was a really nice weekend together!






My brain really isn't thinking straight this morning.  Molly Anne's school is closed again today so she is at Becky's with Grady.  Becky is amazinggggg.  She kept her for me on Friday too so I could work.  Chat soon friends. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Seven on Friday

ONE:
I hope everyone is out of Hurricane Florence's path as much as possible.  We are hunkering down here in Charlotte and expect a lot of rain.  My brother and his family evacuated to Savannah and may go further south today depending on what the storm does.  Molly Anne's school is closed today like most are in the Charlotte area.  Stay safe!

TWO: 
The most beautiful sunflower field near our house.  We missed the peak but we still loved getting to see it Tuesday after school!







THREE:
Molly Anne got her hair cut after school on Wednesday and she was so good!  All the girls in there just gawked over her haha!  She definitely hammed it up talking to them about everything under the sun.  I think it really got them when she unprompted said, "Thank you Ms. Christina, I love it and I'll see you next time"  as we left!  They all in unison said, "awwwwwwww!"   

FOUR:
My favorite iced coffee combo right now!  I'm not a huge coffee drinker but I'll have this a couple times a week!



FIVE:
A necessary girl's night with my besties! Good for the soul!




SIX:
Last week when I asked Molly Anne what she wanted to be for Halloween, she told me a Ghost.  I had no idea where this even came from.  Since when had she even heard of a ghost?  Well fast forward a couple of days and Kevin told me they had been reading a Halloween book and it had a ghost in it and that's where she got the idea.  I let it be.  Then a few days later I asked her again what she wanted to be for Halloween and she still said a ghost!  Ahh!  So I ordered this since she's obsessed with tutus and dresses.  It came in on Wednesday and she lost her mind she loves it so much!  It's 20% off right now with code HEYFALL until Sunday




SEVEN:
We've been working on being strong and tough by going into her classroom each morning and not flipping out about me leaving her there.  This transition to her new school went very smoothly for the first two weeks but now we have a little separation issue that we are working on.  Real life.  




Thursday, September 13, 2018

Halloween Class Treats and Teacher Gifts

Too early for Fall and Halloween treats?!  I'm a crazy person and like to do these things EARLY!  Here are the treats I made for Molly Anne's teachers and classmates!

Teachers - I got them soap from Bath and Body works and these cute pumpkins from the Target dollar aisle - crazy!  I'm going to give them these treats on September 21st, the day before the first day of Fall (which is that Saturday)!



Children's treats - I tried to steer away from too many scary things! 


This is what's in their little cups and it's all from Dollar Tree or Target!  Cup, stickers, blank little book so they can use that for their stickers and stamp, a play-pack, glow stick and spider rings!



I also got little things for Grady's friends at Ms. Becky's which I'll share at some point!  They're from Target too, nothing fancy!

Can't believe it'll be October in a few weeks!