Sunday, March 26, 2017

Campbell | Three Years Old

Campbell is three years old today!!!
 
Weight: 29 Pounds
 
Height: 3 Feet exactly
Sleep: Campbell is in an inbetween stage where he doesn't really need a nap but occasionally he does. I offer him quiet time and sometimes he goes to sleep. If he doesn't go to sleep, he goes to bed at 7:30 but if he does take a nap he stays up until 8:00/8:15. He wakes up between 7:00-7:30 every morning. He sleeps in his big boy bed and never, ever gets out until we come and get him. He sleeps with his dog, bear and blanket and if they aren't in his bed, he makes sure they are before he falls asleep!
Eat: Meh. Not the best eater but not horrible either. His current favorite fruit is cantaloupe. He loves rice and we pretty much eat it as a side at dinner every single night. I make him a PB&J for school almost every time he goes. He has a smoothie for breakfast every morning. He wakes up asking for his "smooth" and it's made of Chobani Yogurt with a banana and a few strawberries. He loves it. Sometimes he requests cinnamon rolls for breakfast also. Campbell's favorite veggies are peas and carrots. He loves cheese but only if it's shredded. His favorite thing in the whole wide world is any and all snacks!!
 
Clothes: Size 2T clothes, 3T Kickee Pants pj's (almost...going to move him into them any day now) Size 7 shoes.
Likes: PAW PATROL!! Puzzles, trains, dinosaurs, stacking blocks, TV (his favs: Paw Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Mickey, Sheriff Callie, Little Einsteins) playing with his tools and fixing things that "break," reading books, playing outside, his brother and sisters, snuggling, helping with tasks.
 
Three Years Old: What a delight this year has been! Campbell is a pleaser so his toddler years haven't given us much trouble at all. He attends Mothers Day Out twice a week and absolutely loves going. He learned to sleep in a big boy bed and got potty trained all around the same time (about 8/9 months ago) and picked them both up instantly. Only a mom could appreciate this but he recently started going potty all on his own which is super exciting. He got pretty sick once this year with a little 24 hour bug in January but otherwise has remained really healthy. He still sucks his fingers and I have no idea how we're going to stop that....nor do I even care right now. Campbell became a big brother this year and he is the best big brother! He adjusted better than I ever could have imagined. He LOVES his baby brother and has since day one. Campbell is so, so sweet to Bennett and Bennett thinks Campbell hung the moon. Campbell grew up SO much this year. He went from still being a baby to seeming like such a big boy. I love his age right now. He makes us laugh daily and is so much fun.
All About Campbell: Campbell is so sweet. I know I say that all the time but that's because he is. It's mine and Scott's favorite characteristic about him. Campbell loves to read us books and does a great job because he has his favorites memorized page by page!! It's so cute and funny and he mimics exactly how I have always read them to him. He pronounces his name "Tampbell" and calls Bennett "Boo." He always has and came up with that all on his own. He knows his name is Bennett but will never, ever say Bennett--it's always Boo. Campbell loves to give out hugs. He is currently extremely obsessed with his Pops (my Dad) and talks about him allllllll the time. Campbell loves playing with his friends. He loves to spin in circles and get dizzy. Ha!! Campbell has a zest for life and loves to have fun--and you can always, always tell when he is having fun!! He calls me "Mommy" and Scott "Dad."

This sweet precious boy has blessed my life more than I could ever express. I adore being Campbell's mommy. I feel so lucky that I get to spend day in and day out with this amazing kiddo and watching him grow has been the best part of my life. He makes me so proud and brings me so much joy. Happy 3rd Birthday Campbell!! We love you more than you will ever know!!!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gap Joggers

I received so much feedback on my Instagram Stories last week about some clothes I was trying on in the Gap dressing room. I ended up walking away with a few items and these joggers were some of my favorites. I love them so much I got them in a few different colors. I've been asked how I would style them so I snapped a few photos earlier this week to share with all of you how I plan to wear them this spring/summer.
I like the style of these pants but I love the comfort even more. They are seriously the most comfortable pants I think I've ever worn!! This outfit is probably going to be my summer mom uniform so I'm all about being simple here. A basic tee and flip flops is all I need to pull this outfit together.
I had to size down in the pants....they run a little big. You could also pair them with sneakers or wedges but I love sliding my feet into flip flops in the summer so that's probably what I'll mostly wear them with. I've been debating getting a few more pair to add to my collection because that's how comfortable and easy they are!!
Shop the look!
Pants HERE & Similar HERE & HERE | Tee HERE

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rodan + Fields Review

I recently had the opportunity to try out a few Rodan + Fields products. For those of you who haven't heard of Rodan + Fields, it is a skincare line founded by the same dermatologists that are the creators of Proactive. When I was asked what my biggest concern about my skin was, I said mostly to prevent the signs of aging. I'm already getting dark spots on my face (I blame my love of the sun) and I know I'm getting to the age where I need to start taking preventative measures to keep my skin looking bright, tight and youthful! Rodan + Fields has created an amazing skincare line that is clinically proven to visibly reverse the appearance of aging. Much of our skins aged appearance is caused from the sun, not the passage of time. Instead of visiting the dermatologist for these skin concerns, R+F has created a dermatology based skincare line giving everyone access to a clear, even-toned complexion.

Hands down my favorite product was the Redefine Night Renewing Serum. First of all, the packaging is so neat....not that that's supposed to matter but still! It comes in an individual capsule that you twist open and use nightly. The capsule helps shed dead skin cells to visibly improve skin texture. It feels so silky going on and I love that it's individually packaged so you a.) know exactly how much to use and b.) know exactly how many applications you will get per package. Some breastfeeding women are nervous to use this product due to the retinol in it but I reached out to my doctor and she not only gave me the clear but also said she used it herself while breastfeeding.
Another product I loved was the Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream. It replenishes skin's natural moisturizing factors while you sleep for visibly firmer, less-lined looking skin in the morning. I applied this after I used the night renewing serum and I loved how my skin felt after using it.
Finally, I also really loved the Redifine Multi-Function Eye Cream. Sleep deprivation, pollution, the sun's rays, putting in contact lenses, and taking off make-up, even smiling, frowning or blinking--everything seems to take a toll on our fragile eye area. I've learned from friends who are in the beauty industry that using an eye cream is so important and this cream is perfect to use to help brighten eyes and make them appear younger.  
Overall, I was really impressed with all of the products I tried. These three just happened to be my favorite but I loved many others. All four of their lines--Redefine, Reverse, Unblemish and Soothe--are clinically proven to work. You should google before and after photos--you will seriously be amazed!!!

Everyone who uses Rodan + Fields is very passionate about these products because they know how well it works. If any of you are interested in trying out this skincare line, simply click HERE. Also, you may want to consider becoming a Preferred Customer. You receive perks like 10% off all purchases, free shipping, reminder emails about product replenishment, exclusive offers and first access to specials.
"Decide Today How Tomorrow Looks"--Rodan and Fields

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sunlight

Is there anybody out there who isn't enjoying all of the extra daylight? I looooove it. We have a great little routine in the spring/summer where we go outside after dinner (if we aren't already outside grilling) and play at the park, go for a walk, have fun with toys in the driveway and chat with neighbors. It's just SO much better than staying cooped up inside and after feeling like we've been hibernating all winter, it is a very welcomed new routine.
While Campbell was playing with the little boy who lives next door to us, I decided to snap some pictures of my littlest angel as the sun was setting.
I don't shoot sunset backlight often. It's hard to do it in the winter because it gets dark so early. I love the look of that warm light though and I think these photos turned out so sweet. I'll have to try to take more like it this summer. 
Bennett is feeling much better now. He has a pretty terrible sounding cough + congestion but I'm pretty positive it's just allergy related. He's in bed now with his Vicks plug-in's going. Do y'all use the Vicks plug-ins? I swear by them. I discovered them when Bennett was just a few months old after he got croup and I was trying to find things that would help him. We've always done Vicks on the feet but I know the smell of Vicks is what helps most so the Vicks plug-in's work great. I swear it seems like they've basically been on constant rotation since Bennett was an itty bitty baby and they really do wonders. Whenever Bennett is grown, the smell of Vicks will always remind me of him as a baby!! It's kind of sad but totally true. It will forever be my memory smell of baby Bennett.
This week is running away from me. I keep looking at Campbell thinking "he only has a few more days to be two." It's crazy to think he was in my belly just 3 years ago and now he's this little boy that I have conversations with. Exactly 3 years ago today I was 37 weeks pregnant with Campbell and if anyone cares to take a walk down memory lane, you can click HERE to read my 37 week bumpdate!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

We are back home after a little weekend getaway to Little Rock to visit my family.
We didn't do just a ton while we were there. On Friday night Scott and I snuck out for a bit to go to the promenade and while we were there we decided to sit on a patio, listen to some music and have a glass of wine. It was impromptu and very nice!
This week I'm in party planning mode. Campbell turns three on Sunday and we are having his birthday party that day. I don't have just a ton to do to get ready for the party but it always feels like a lot nonetheless. Campbell's birthday always falls around the week of spring break which means every year he's been out of MDO the week before his party. It's really not the best timing. What I could get done in one afternoon without kids will take me an entire week with kids!
It's 80* here today and the first day of spring so I say it's okay to break out the shorts and flip flops! My Mom got Bennett this little Mud Pie romper and I think it is soooo cute! Summer clothes are definitely my favorite when it comes to dressing my babies.
I posted a pic on my Instagram stories last week of me in Gap trying on a bunch of different clothes. I have never received so much feedback on my stories before. It seems as if all of us are trying to find some comfy, mom-friendly attire....plus a few impractical things that are just too cute to pass up! This isn't the best pic but here I am this morning after getting dressed in my new joggers that I just got from Gap. I'll link them HERE in case anyone is interested. There's several different styles/colors (I got a few different ones) but they are so great, incredibly comfortable and just so perfect for my #momlife. The ones I'm wearing don't look as patchy in person as they do on the website...I hardly even notice them actually. And you'll want to size down in these. I'll try to take some good pics later this week but for now this mirror selfie will have to do!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Madison and Ivy | Five Years Old

Ivy and Madison are five years old today!!! We just can't imagine a world without "the girls" and we are so thankful for their sweet little lives.
Madison and Ivy love bones, especially Ivy. Madison is obsessed with toys. I hope she never gets too old for her toys. Her mini tennis balls are her absolute favorite but she also loves her Christmas tree toy. It drives us nuts because she's constantly asking us to throw her toys so she can fetch them but deep down inside, I'd be sad if I didn't have her bugging me about that all day! Ivy is 100% the boss and Madison is scared of her a lot of time. Haha!! However, these two are soul mates and wouldn't know what to do without each other. I love watching their sweet bond and I'm so glad they've always had one another.
Madison and Ivy love to lounge in their pretty bed, especially in the winter when the fire is on because we keep their bed right in front of the fireplace. However, their favorite thing to do more than anything is to run around in our backyard. They love walks but they bark and go crazy any time they see another dog and it embarrasses us so bad! Their best friend is Grace and they get SOOO excited to see her or even if you just say her name. Madison sleeps on my pillow and Ivy sleeps in my curve. They love their brothers and Ivy especially has a really special bond with Campbell. Madison appreciates Campbell's willingness to play tug-of-war with her toys. Ivy insists on going bye bye every time I take the boys to Mothers Day Out. She never wants to go bye bye any other time but somehow on those two days she knows where we are going and refuses to be left behind. Madison usually goes too but she doesn't get nearly as excited about it as Ivy. At the end of the day, they're thankful to lounge on the sofa and enjoy the peace and quite with mom and dad, just like old times.
Happy Birthday Girls! We love you!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring Music Program

Campbell's Mothers Day Out/School does a music program every spring. I've been looking forward to it because last year was so darn cute! He and his classmates performed two songs this year and it was just as adorable as last year!
When he first got on the stage Scott and I could tell his little eyes were searching hard to find us. I was right in the front filming him but I guess he didn't think to look right in front of him, he was looking out and into the audience. The music began and he starting singing and doing his little moves and about 30 seconds in he finally spotted me. He starred for a while to make sure that was me then gave a little wave and softly said "hey mommy!" It was so sweet!!!!!! After he performed his two songs, he looked at me and said "I did it Mom!" Hehe! I have it all on film and I'm so glad. Moments like this make me so happy and joyful. Being a Mom is the best thing in the world! I love this sweet kiddo and I'm so thankful for his amazing MDO program that puts on things like this. So much fun!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Window With A View

This is a little random but I wanted to start today's post off with this.
It's not a very good photo but this is one of my favorite views from my house. This is what Campbell gets to see out of his bedroom window. It's especially beautiful in the fall. The tree in our yard is a deep red and the trees across the street, between the evergreens, are a gorgeous yellow. When Campbell was a baby, this was what I would see while I was sitting in his glider and it was just so pleasant. I know that's random but I just really appreciate this pretty view. We got this light dusting of snow on Saturday and Campbell could not have been more excited about it.
Before it started snowing, we took the boys to The Amazeum. It's an amazing interactive museum for children here in our town and Campbell has always loved going. This was Bennett's first time to appreciate going and it was so cute because he had the absolute best time! It was really fun to watch.
Not to sound like a broken record, but Bennett got hit with the stomach bug....for the 6th time in 7 weeks. He woke up yesterday looking pretty yuck and by the afternoon he was throwing up. This was him in his bath last night. He looked so pitiful. I cannot even begin to tell you how frustrating this is. I have never heard of anyone getting the rotavirus this many times in this short amount of time. I have gotten sick right along with Bennett every time but I didn't this time. Scott and I have brainstormed where it could be coming from. We've considered anything and everything including a possible underlying issue which would seem plausible except for the fact that I'm getting sick too and at the exact same time. Because of this we also don't think it's food related or some type of allergic reaction to something. Campbell is at all of the same places that Bennett and I are at and he doesn't get sick. It's very strange. I have googled, wracked my brain, and disinfected my house so much that lysol is smoking out of our chimney. I think if it happens again I will lose my mind. I've already lost about 65% of it so I'm just barley hanging on. This sickness over these last few weeks has stressed me out so much that it's given me anxiety. I get a shortness of breath and a heavy feeling on my chest and it will just come out of nowhere. When I told Scott about it a few weeks ago, he asked me what I thought was causing my stress and I told him that it's Bennett getting sick so much. Not only do I feel horrible for him and worry about his well being, but it's extremely stressful and honestly, really hard and challenging to take care of a sick, fussy baby. I'm so tired of it! I'm keeping Bennett home with me all this week and next week is Spring Break so we'll be home all next week too. I'm hoping that after these two weeks and some warmer temps, we'll knock out whatever we have going on here for good. Thankfully Bennett is already feeling better but we're going to the doctor tomorrow just to check in and make sure everything is okay. I go to our pediatricians office so often now that I seriously get embarrassed when I walk in the door. They don't even ask for our names anymore, it's just like "oh there's Bennett again." Sigh.....