Saturday, August 31, 2013

Beach Baby Tips

If you are taking a baby to the beach,
I have some great tips for you.
We took Olive when she was 6 weeks old and had a wonderful time.

We packed the following items for her to wear:
regular diapers (because she wasn't going to be getting in the water)
cover up
sun hats - one with a chin strap will stay on the best
 I found the hat and cover up at Old Navy and they were perfect!
True to size, fit really well and was adorable.

We avoided the hottest, sunniest parts of the day and went down to the beach in the early morning or late afternoon hours.  We also rented a large umbrella and chairs to give us plenty of shade.  I packed bottles, bibs, diapers, pacis, paci clip, a light weight blanket, wet wipes and ziploc bags in a mini diaper bag.  She had her own beach towel to lay on while she was on our laps.  We fed her while we were at the beach, she napped and enjoyed the view.  I also packed my cell phone and real camera to take lots of pictures.

We kept her out of the sand, ocean and pool water because she was so little.  We also avoided putting any sunscreen on her because everything I read suggested not using it.  We kept her out of the direct sun and she was in heaven with the ocean breeze.  We stayed out in short amounts of time and went back into the condo to cool off.  We didn't want her to get overheated so we were extra cautious.  Cloudy portions of the day were prime beach times for us because it was cooler and less crowded. 

Hanging out with her dad, bib on and ready to eat.

 Being a beach baby is hard work.
If you pack accordingly and plan ahead,
taking a baby to the beach is very doable!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Hello Friday!

Another great week to report at my house! 
The best parts of my week were...

1. Making homemade Butterfinger blizzards.

2. Olive was the perfect errand running companion this week.  She also turned 3 months old and started smiling at "strangers" (aka anyone other than mom and dad).

3. We had our 5 year adoption anniversary of this guy:  

4. I busted out the iron this week.  
This hardly ever happens at my house so I must really love my hubby.

5. I found this cute bird cagey, wall art.  I hung it by my front door and clip cards, snapshots and outgoing mail to it.

Hope you have a wonderful, long weekend!!
Linking up with LaurenElizabeth and Life Rearranged

Lipstick Stains No More

I think every lady has had this problem... lipstick on fabric!  I can't tell you how many times I've smeared lipstick on a top or scarf as I'm taking it off or I have even dropped a tube of lipstick down my shirt as I was putting it on!  Since having a baby, I also noticed that I kept getting lipstick on Olive's bows/headbands.  I'd go to give her a kiss or she's bop her head into my lip and ended up with a lipstick smudge on her accessories.  Bummer.

I used to get so mad when I'd get lipstick on something but not anymore.  I recently discovered that TOOTHPASTE removes lipstick from any type of clothing or accessory material!!!!!!

How to do it yourself:
1.Choose any type of regular paste toothpaste.  This Crest is my favorite and my dentist gives it out each time we have a visit.  (Please ignore my curious cat... he comes running anytime he hears a cabinet door open!)
 2. Apply the toothpaste directly to the lipstick stained area.
 3.  Use your fingernail to scrub it around on the lipstick stain for a few minutes.
 4. Rinse or wipe down with water.  Repeat toothpaste process if you can still see remnants of the lipstick.  I have never had to repeat the process more than once.  No sign of any lipstick!  Let the item air dry and it will be good as new in no time.

I've done the toothpaste method on blouses, skirts, scarves and baby hair bows.  It works on all of them, doesn't leave a stain and leaves you smelling minty fresh :)  Give it a try real soon.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Do It

Gender Reveals

Have you ever thrown a gender reveal party??  I recently did some research for my sister and came across some really cute ideas so I thought I'd share them with you!!
If I were hosting a gender reveal party,

I would send out invitations something like these:

I'd serve pink and blue foods.

I'd also serve food that I was craving.

I'd have people wear pink or blue to showcase their guess.
 via hwtm

 I'd post the answer to old wives tales to help my guests guess.
via indulgy

Fill balloons with confetti for the big reveal

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Not Flexible.

Me in a nutshell...
but I'm working on being less planned out, more spontaneous
and enjoying life as it comes my way :)

Program Fan

Having a summer wedding??
Your guests would LOVE these program fans!

Monday, August 26, 2013

No Way!?!?

I was doing my hair the other morning and I noticed a wonky hair poking out of the middle of my head.  I plucked the unruly thing out and after closer examination realized it was SNOW WHITE!!!  I was in shock.  Where did this mutant hair come from???  It was curly and wirey and it did not belong on my head.  I've never found a gray hair and at 31 I'm slightly traumatized at the thought of going gray.  So I did what every normal woman would do and I called my husband at work.  I told him the horrific tale and he thought it was hilarious!  He said to blame it on the baby and that he'd pick up some hair dye for me on the way home from work.  Not super helpful but helped me to see the humor in the situation.

I proceeded to tape the gray hair to the mirror to show him when he got home as proof of my going gray situation.  I showed it to him when he got home and he died laughing (again).  I made him check my head for more and he said there was no sign of any grays.  I confess that I'm slightly paranoid now and continue to monitor the situation closely.  Guess I need to start thinking about hair dye and what color I'd color my hair when the time comes.  Yikes... I have never dyed my hair and I thought I had at least 5-10 more years before I had to start.  

Have you ever found a gray hair?  How did you react?  
Any advice for a newbie on highlights/low lights/hair dye??

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Chicken Chimichangas

I love all mexican food and we eat it a lot.  It's easy to put together and great left over.  
Here's my latest favorite recipe for 

Taco Seasoning
shredded chicken
large tortilla shells
shredded Pepper Jack cheese

Follow directions on taco seasoning packet adding chicken and water.
 Scoop out a generous amount of chicken onto one tortilla.
 Top with Pepper Jack cheese.
 Bake in a greased pan at 400F for 15 minutes.
Broil for 2-3 minutes afterwards to get a crunchy layer on top.
 Serve with refried beans, corn & your favorite salsa.
 These a great left over too!  You can substitute your favorite cheese for the pepper jack cheese if you don't care for the spicy cheese.  I made them with cheddar cheese before and they were good.

Arkansas River in our Backyard

We are enjoying the view of the Arkansas River that happens to run right along our neighborhood.  It's fun to watch the boats go by, feel the breeze, watch the bikes zooming along the path on the other side of the river and just relax.
 Kevin walked down for a closer look and to sit right next to the river.
 He ensured me he had no intention of taking Olive for a swim.
 Olive loves to ride in her Chicco carrier.
That's downtown in the background.

Addison and I were feeling brave so we held on to each other and went to see them.
 Thanks for a fun visit!!
Love the bounty of crape myrtles!!