Monday, August 13, 2018

Big Changes, Big Boys

Well hello there! Long time no see. I took a (much needed) summer blogging break.....and kind of a break from life in general. We've just been chillin' and enjoying our last days of summer before starting back into our routine next week. I was in Little Rock for most of last week with the boys. We needed a little change of scenery and it was so nice. We got home last night and I'm spending my week prepping for the boys to go back to school. I am SO ready for some routine to our day. We have enjoyed our summer but are beginning to get quite bored around here so it will be nice to have some purpose to our week again.
Bennett is good and potty trained. He has had an accident here and there but I would say he's got it down about 95% of the time. It took Campbell about a month for him to get it down 100% so I'm expecting Bennett will be the same. He wakes up the majority of the time with a dry diaper from his nap and in the morning. If he keeps this up another month I'm going to drop the diapers completely.
Campbell experienced a big boy change himself within the last few weeks. He has 100% dropped his finger sucking habit. Campbell has sucked on his right, two middle fingers his entire life. Any time he was still (riding in the car, watching TV, falling asleep, etc) those fingers were in his mouth. I approached him a few months ago about breaking the habit and he bawled his eyes out. But two weeks ago I mentioned it again and he was ready! I bought some stuff to put on his fingernails that is supposed to make them taste horrible. It must really taste bad. I put it on his fingernails and kissed him goodnight then ran to look at the monitor to see what he was doing. When I got the monitor turned on, he was wiping his tongue on his blanket. Hahaha! So I took him some water so he could get the taste out of his mouth and he literally never stuck his fingers in his mouth again after that. I am beyond shocked at how easy that was. It's so strange, honestly, to see him being still and not have his fingers in his mouth but I'm so proud of him for adjusting to his lifelong habit so quickly and easily. I would have done that a while ago if I had known how easy it would have been!
So we've had two big changes in our household the last couple of weeks. My boys are growing up. I'm proud of them for doing so well with their adjustments!! Hoping we enjoy and soak up our last full week of summer before school starts back for us!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Entry

I thought I'd share our entry on my blog today. Not that there's really a whole lot to it but it is the first room you walk into when you come in our home so....
When you walk into our house this is what you see. Everything but the rug was from our previous home and unfortunately, you can't get the lamps or table anymore. We wanted to keep it simple since the house is all open and you see a lot when you first walk in.
Everyone always comments on our entry light. It's massive. It's the biggest light Scott has ever hung in a home but the space is so big it really needed a big chandelier. I love this light. It hard to get a detailed shot of it myself so I grabbed the image off the website.
The room to the left of the front door is Scott's office and to the right is the dining room. We chose a super durable rug since it sees a lot of traffic, the same kind of rug we have in the playroom and under our kitchen table. Even though it's cream, it's held up beautifully.
Like always, everything you see in the photo is from Bassett. As I said previously, it's a pretty simple space but I do love it and think it fits the rest of the home perfectly.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Potty Training Bennett

Hey-O! I feel like I've spent the last 48 hours holed up in our playroom. I started potty training Bennett yesterday. I have been planning on doing this for months and when I woke up yesterday morning I dreaded the days ahead of me. Other than going stir crazy, it hasn't been as bad as I had envisioned it in my mind to be. I remember thinking the same thing when I potty trained Campbell. The thought of it is worse than the reality I guess. I am potty training Bennett the same way I potty trained Campbell (you can read about that HERE) but with a few small differences.
The first day I potty trained Campbell I had one of those small potties and kept it in the playroom with us all day. The second day I took it away and we went to the regular potty. I didn't want to mess with that gross potty this time so I axed that and we went straight to the big potty with Bennett. The first two hours I was worried I had made a mistake by not having the small potty. Bennett freaked out when I sat him on the potty and wouldn't go which made me wonder if this was going to work. I finally got him to calm down after a few hours by letting him watch YouTube on my phone, which made him relax and go. From that point forward it was smooth sailing. I actually couldn't believe how well he did. By the end of the first day he was looking at me saying "momma pee pee" and running to the bathroom. I didn't clean up any accidents the whole day and felt so proud of my little guy.
Day two (today) literally went down the exact same way for Bennett as it did with Campbell. He had three half accidents this morning (I say half because he stopped himself midstream then ran to the potty to finish) but I didn't get discouraged since Campbell did the same thing. I knew he would catch on and he did. By lunch time he was telling me when he needed to potty and he didn't have anymore accidents the rest of the day. He even went on command when I asked him to go before he got in the bathtub which I thought was really good of him.
Tomorrow I'm going to attempt my first outing with him. I'm thinking a super quick trip to Target and maybe a drive through Chick Fil A to reward my little buddy with a lemonade, his favorite. I'll be nervous and will probably pack my baby shopping cart cover just to be on the safe side in case he has an accident in the cart!! Overall, super proud of my little guy. He even woke up with dry diapers after naptime the last two days. Not that I'm trying to train him for sleeping or anything but I think it's really good that he can stay dry for 2.5-3 hours. Campbell was completely out of diapers, even at night sleeping 11 straight hours, two months after he was potty trained so maybe Bennett will be able to do the same.
I really think the 3 day naked method is a great way to potty train. I have always used THIS article as my resource because I think it has the best advice when it comes to this method. This has worked with both of my boys so we're 2 for 2 here. Hoping by the end of the week I'll feel totally confident in my big boy and be able to put some cute undies on him. He's so ready to wear them. Anything big brother does he just really wants to do too.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Happy Nordstrom Sale day! If you're a card holder you've already had access but we're a one credit card only kind of family so no department store credit cards for me. I've been getting my wish list all set up over the last few days and unfortunately a lot of the items I wanted sold out completely or are unavailable in my size but these items were still left and I snatched them up first thing this morning. I obviously don't have any pics of myself in them since I haven't received them yet but I'm excited to get them shipped to me and try them on. The great thing about Nordstrom is free shipping! So if I don't like them, I can easily send it back. Here's my items:
I thought this would be great for Razorback games. I ordered a medium for a more oversized fit.
Some of my favorite bloggers rave about these leggings. I've never owned a pair before but I'm excited to try them. A girl can never have too many leggings and I like that they're high waisted. I got a small.
Apparently I'm into plaid for fall. I thought this was really cute and it could be paired with so many different colors of jeans. I ordered a small.
One can never have too many black cardigans. This one has a hood on it which I felt like set it apart from the rest. I ordered a small. Cardigans always tend to run big in my opinion.

Decided this was too good of a deal to pass up. I love this shade of pink for fall and winter. I got a small.
This looked too perfect and comfy for fall. I'm adding a lot of cardigans to my closet this year. I didn't wear them a lot last year but I'm feeling it this year. I went with a small.
I had a really hard time deciding between black and the other color, a beautiful shade of blue. Ultimately I went with black because I wear so much black. I'm tempted to make one more purchase and get the blue. For this price and the free shipping.....kinda hard to say no. I got a small.
Another hard decision choosing a color. I really love all of the options but this just felt perfect for fall. I think it will look great paired with black jeans or leggings and black or leopard slides. I purchased a small.


And a few other items I picked up that aren't on sale but their prices are like sale prices so I decided to go ahead and include them.
I loved this tee so much I got it in black stripe and ivory stripe. The back is longer so it would cover your bottom if you wanted to wear it with leggings. Everyone needs shirts like these in their closet. They pair with almost anything. I ordered a small in these
This tee is similar to the one above except it has a pocket and the stripes are wider. Black and white striped shirts are my go-to's all fall and winter long so I decided to grab a different version of the one above. I went with a medium in this for a more over sized fit. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lacy Floral Flounce Dress

I have been meaning to blog this dress since I purchased it at the beginning of spring but you know, life got in the way. I'm glad it hasn't sold out yet (now it's on sale!!) because it really is such a lovely little dress. It's light and comfortable and very feminine. The pretty lace details and the subtle floral pattern make for a perfect little summertime dress.
I paired it with my favorite strappy sandals and go-to bag. The dress and shoes are such a good deal. Combined, they're cheaper than the bag alone. Can't beat that kind of pricing!!

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