03.29.2017

9 Ways Spring Motivates Moms to Live a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

Mom and Henry on Patio

Spring Motivation

I used to always say Fall was my favorite season, but I switched teams to Spring after having kids.  To me “spring ahead” is like a fresh start to me, almost like the new year.  It’s easier to get and stay motivated in the spring time and here’s why…

Growing Succulents and Coffee

 

     1. More Daylight-  Is there anything better?  I get more done throughout the day because my day actually feels longer (in a good way!)  The shortest day of the year (December 21st) only has 7 hours and 54 minutes of daylight.  After daylight saving we work our way up to the longest day (June 21st) with a whopping 16 hours and 33 minutes!  That’s over double the amount of “day!”

     2. Warming Up- Obviously, along with spring comes the warmer, and most of the time “better” weather.  I’m not sure about you, but the nice weather gets me going.  During the cold, winter months I really just want to stay snuggled up all day watching Netflix.  And lets be honest, the kids rule the house so watching ‘Special Agent Oso’ all winter can be draining.

Henry and Mom jumping

3. Windows Open-  Instant mood changer.  Fresh air flowing through the house makes me feel ready to conquer anything, even if it’s cleaning.  Which bring me to #4.

4. Spring Cleaning-  I know it doesn’t sounds like a party or anything, but having a sparkling clean house leaves me feeling less anxious and more relaxed.

spring cleaning

5.  Get Outside-  Everyday that is weather permitting we either go to a park, walk, bike ride, play a sport, or try swimming.  Getting outside and moving more makes me feel so much better about myself.  Most of the time you’re getting a good workout in without even realizing it!  Also, the runts are staying active, having fun and burning off all their energy.

 6.  Saving Money-  Along with spending more time outside I find myself spending less money.  We are busy playing outside and having fun for free.  During the winter we are always looking for fun indoor activities, but those all add up quickly.  If you’re anything like me it’s hard not to spend that extra money on cute spring/summer clothing!

Vivian Walking at Park

Henry going down slide at park

     8. Eating Healthier- Don’t get me wrong, on a nice warm day there is nothing better than an ice cream cone! I do find myself eating more fruit, veggies, and salad. Combined with all those walks and exploring outdoors, your waistline might be shrinking with little effort! Score!

9.  Confidence Boost-  Spring time really brings out the best “me!”  Less anxiety because of a clean house, boost of happiness from fresh air and sunshine, (AKA Vitamin D) thinner waistline, thicker wallet,  and most of all creating special memories with my kiddos makes me feel like a million bucks.

Fishtail Braid and Off the Shoulder Top Vivian Playing at Park Holding Hands with Vivian Piggy Back Ride Fishtail Braid up close Henry Climbing at Park

Outfit Details

Off-the-Shoulder Top // Distressed Jeans // Colorful Sneakers // Kids Moccs // Vivian’s Dress // Floral Headband // Baby Cardigan // Henry’s Shorts // Chambray Button Up // Stackable Rings //

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03.23.2017

20 Baby Items Every Parent is Thankful for

What You Really Need

It’s so easy to get lost in the millions of baby products out there.  How do you decide which ones you need or don’t need.  These 20 products below are everyday (or close to everyday) items that are helpful, unique and amazing quality.  You will leave you wondering how you lived without them.

20 must have baby items

  1. UPPAbaby Vista Stroller
  2. DockATot
  3. Noodle & Boo Skincare
  4. Natursutten Pacifiers
  5. Coco and Kiwi Diaper Bag 
  6. Britax Boulevard ClickTight
  7. Bloom Fresco Chrome
  8. Solly Baby Wrap
  9. 4moms mamaRoo
  10. Puj Tub
  11. Nosa Frida Snot Sucker
  12. BioKleen Baby Laundry Liquid
  13. Bloom Baby Care Baby Wipes
  14. LEVO Baby Rocker (sweet grey) by Charlie Crane
  15. Spearmint Love Swaddles
  16. Tranquilo Mat
  17. Milk Snob Cover
  18. Como Tomo Teether
  19. Joovy Boob glass bottle
  20. Dohm White Noise Machine

Already have one or more of these items?  What do you think of them?  What else would you add to this list?

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03.22.2017

What to do when it rains on Vacation

When it rains, it pours…

Raining outside

…and temps drop 45 degrees, it storms, it sleets, and it gets extremely windy.  Okay-okay you get the point; the weather was really shi%$*.  Don’t get me wrong, I checked the weather before we left but was in denial and hoping they were wrong.  I packed beach goodies, shorts, sundresses, and t-shirts. We had everything but jackets, hats, and mittens (which is what we really needed.)  The first few days it poured all. day. long. and with the rain it dropped from 75 degrees down to 35 degrees and turned into sleet. Once the rain passed, we were hopeful – but it stayed cloudy, cold, and windy.  The sunny, beachy relaxing vacation in Myrtle Beach was now a cold, cloudy “what now?’ vacation.

Money Sucker

Lazy River and Ocean

The hotel we were staying at was on the ocean and had an outdoor pool, grill, hot tub, and lazy river.  When we booked this vacation our airfare was pricey, but we justified it with all the free outdoor activities we would be enjoying while we were there.  Well, you guessed it… we kissed those activities goodbye when the high was 42 degrees with 30 mph winds. So we had to get creative with our activities without completely breaking the bank.  A women in the elevator said it perfectly, “This weather has turned an inexpensive relaxing vacation into a money-sucking stressful one.”

Go explore

Downtown colorful buildings

We stopped the pity-party and put on our thinking caps (more like googling-fingers) and started looking for things to do. It was too cold and windy for any extended outdoor activities. Now, I don’t want you to think we were being babies, we are Minnesota people, we know the cold and it was cold.

cold outside

Our saving grace was wonderful suggestions from others. If you have Instagram or Facebook reach out and ask your friends and followers for recommendations, I got so many great ones from my “Insta” friends, places to eat and see.  Below are a few places we tried out had a great time!  We also mixed in “free” activities too, because things can get expensive quickly! Look up local malls (window shopping and people watching can be a great time!) libraries, boardwalks, and zoo’s (we have a free one here in Minnesota!)

House of Blues 

Vintage Music

Live music and good eats, does it get any better?  Check out times online to see when bands are playing or even pick up concert tickets!  We went to the one in Myrtle Beach, but they have locations in 11 different cities so you may be close to one! The interior and exterior of House of Blues is fascinating in and of itself.

Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing

Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t walking around in shorts and flip flops, but it was fun to visit all the shops and it was free to walk around and see a little bit of North Myrtle Beach (warming up while shopping!)  We also got to see baby tigers brought in from the Myrtle Beach Safari to the Preserve Station at Barefoot Landing.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium

It was entertaining and fun for all ages!  Henry loved seeing the scuba diver swimming with the fish and he even gave her a high five!  It can get a little expensive for a family, but make sure to check with your hotel to see if they sell discounted tickets! We saved over $25 buying our tickets through the hotel!

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

baseball arcade game

We did our best at picking a “nice” day to go to the boardwalk, but it turned out to be extremely windy and only about 45 degrees.  So, we found this awesome arcade and played games for a couple hours, we had a blast!  ‘Baseball’ is only .25 cents and very addicting!  To whoever recommended this arcade to us on Instagram, we thank you!

Go Karts

Go-Karts

Its something we normally wouldn’t do, but we had a blast (I promise this is just a badly timed picture!)  It was Henrys first time riding in a go-cart and he loved it (he thought he was the one driving!)  We took turns sitting out and holding Vivian and after we were all a bit chilly we went inside and played some arcade games.  Our favorite here was ‘Deal or No Deal.’

Headed Home

Molly on the Beach

Of course the day we were headed home it was nice out, which made it harder to leave. There is really “no place like home” and we were all ready to sleep in our own beds again.  You can find this swimsuit here, along with other amazing one pieces!

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03.09.2017

Postpartum Healthy Hair Tips & Tricks

SugarBear Hair Vitamins

A huge thank you to SugarBear Hair for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

 

Before I was pregnant or had kids I didn’t know that postpartum hair loss was even a thing that women experienced.  Quite honestly I had only heard of women talking about “the glow” and how their hair was stronger, longer, and healthier from pregnancy (I think they were all lying, just kidding.) Unfortunately for me I experienced the complete opposite.  I have long hair (and yes, its all my hair, no extensions.) But, long hair does not equal healthy hair.

I dreaded showering and brushing my hair.  I would end up with so much hair in my brush or in my hand it was depressing and most of all, frustrating. And don’t even get me started on those damn baby hairs…  What was I doing wrong? and how could I fix this?  Here are a few tips & tricks on what I did to help with my postpartum hair loss:

 

  1. Take Two SugarBearHair Vitamins a Day

    I take mine right before I brush my teeth at night, its become a great routine.  Plus, I normally have a little sweet tooth at night and these little gummies are tasty.  They help with hair strength, elasticity, stopping hair breakage, and growing longer and stronger hair.  I’ve noticed less hair loss, tangles, and dryness, which were all HUGE problems after having my babies.  You can buy them in one, three, or six month supply.  I highly recommend the three or six months to see full results.  If your curious about the ingredients, SugarBearHair doesn’t keep them a secret, here is a full list of the effective ingredients in every gummy.  SugarBearHair Vitamins

  2. Keep Hair Washing to a Minimum-

    I used to wash my hair once and sometimes even twice a day!  It was drying out my hair and encouraging it to fall out more easily!  Stick to dry shampoo when you need it.  Also, braids and updos work so much better with “dirty” hair, I promise!  If you haven’t read my Quick Beauty Routine I share a secret on how I still shower without getting my hair wet, because no one wants to be smelly.Long Fishtail Braid

  3.  Brush Right- 

    No, not your teeth (even through thats important too!)  Your hair.  Always start at your ends and work your way up.  I can’t stress this enough.  You need to work any tangles you have out at your ends first, if your starting at the top, I can guarantee you’re pulling out healthy hair and causing more hair loss then needed.  Also, find a brush that works works for your hair type.  This is my current favorite and its under $10!Molly and Vivian

  4. Keep up with Trims-

    I have always been awful at this but, it’s a must!  I know when you’re trying to grow out your hair and struggling with hair loss the last thing you want to do is go get a hair cut/trim.  It feels like you’re going backwards, I get it. But healthy, fresh cut ends are the key to preventing breakage and giving your hair the best chance to grow out.

Thea Nike Sneakers & Hair Braided

5.  Give it Time-

Postpartum hair can be a real b*&@#  and sometimes it doesn’t want to go away overnight. Don’t rush it & don’t stress – it will get better!  Once you’re giving your hair the help it needs (using the tips above) give your hair time to change and become healthy again.  In the meantime enjoy that precious bundle of joy!

Mom, Henry & Vivian

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03.02.2017

NOT Your Mother’s One Piece

Spring break is coming up fast and summer is right around the corner! And that means… swimsuit season!  I’m happy one pieces have changed from being “grandma” to trendy and dare I say… sexy.  High cut thighs to give you those model long legs or a killer plunging neckline –  there is something for everybody (punny) to feel comfortable and confident about.

In a week, my family and I are headed to South Carolina for a little rest and relaxation. If anyone have recommendations for things to do or places to eat in Greenville or Myrtle Beach, I’m all ears!  I’m just happy to be in warmer weather, enjoy a little sunshine and of course rock these one pieces I’m sharing with you!

The Leah (Charcoal)

Leah in Charcoal

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Raising Wild (you may have seen them on Shark Tank!)  Two sisters create and design the most amazing swimwear! My absolute favorite is the Leah, but I must admit its a close call next to the Kara. What I’m really excited about is Raising Wild just announced their new spring collection (coming out in a few weeks) is going to feature the Leah in more color options! Its lace up sides give a slimming look to your whole mid section, can I get this in every aspect of my wardrobe?  I also have to mention the quality of Raising Wild is worth every. single. penny.  You’re boobs won’t be falling out, your straps won’t be slipping and your swimsuit won’t be falling apart after a few wears.

 

Siesta Key Monokini (Posey Grove)

Kate Spade Siesta Key Monokini

Kate Spade never disappoints and this feminine monokini proves it.  You can find this beauty at Piper and Scoot and a handful of others too!  This suit brings back a bit of old beach glam making me channel my inner Mad Men.

 

Naomi One Piece

Shop Stevie One Piece

I’m bringing sexy back (pun intended again.) Can we talk about the details on the back of this suit… perfection!  Oh, did I mention it’s under $45!  If you haven’t heard of Shop Stevie, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Out of stock in your size? Head over to Instagram and find a Shop Stevie Rep who may have more available!  Interested in being a rep yourself?  Check it out, here!

 

Prude Jude

Prude Jude Boys & Arrows

I’ve been swooning over this suit for along time, along with pretty much all the swimwear over at Boys + Arrows.  The mid-cut thigh and nude mesh panels make ‘Prude Jude‘ the teaser of all teases.

 

The Day Tripper

The Day Tripper Albion Fit

This suit just screams “beachy vibes!” The citrus print and stripe top compliment each other and your sun-kissed tan.  You can find this babe of a suit at Albion Fit.  Like the print, but the style isn’t for you?  Check out their whole new ‘Citrus‘ line!

 

Starry Midnight Floral

Beach Riot Starry One Piece

High neck and lace plunging details make this suit uniquely stunning.  Check out the open back and cheeky bottom, here.  This feminine, yet dark print mix it up from your “typical” bright and beachy prints.  Ophelia Swimwear has so many swimwear options your head will spin (or your bank account…)

 

Audrey off the Shoulder

Audrey off the shoulder

I’m all about the off the shoulder look this season.  The ‘Audrey‘ is simple and classy,  you can’t go wrong.  You can find it at the Pink Desert for under $40!

 

Kai Lani Tropicana

Kai Lani Tropicana

The double straps and details are eye catching and oh, so sexy.  This suit has the right amount of sex appeal without being tacky.  Want to be a beach goddess?  Check out this suit, at Mermaids Boutique.

 

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02.23.2017

What it’s Really Like with Two under Two

Two Under Two

The Big Announcement

17 months and 13 days.  That’s how far apart Vivian and Henry are, exactly.  I still remember finding out we were expecting baby #2. Henry was about to be ten months old and the Fourth of July was around the corner.  The Fourth of July seems to really stick in my head, we were out on a boat with family and I didn’t want people to be suspicious when I turned down homemade sangria.  We weren’t ready to share our secret until after our first appointment.

pregnant 4th of july

Fourth of July 2015. I was about 5-6 weeks pregnant.

 

At the time, Henry seemed like our “big boy.”  We didn’t see him as little baby anymore, he was standing on his own and on the verge on walking, in our mind he was our little toddler. We were excited about baby #2 and once we got past our rocky first couple appointments we shared our big news!

Here’s where you can find Henry’s announcement shirt.

Pregnancy Announcement

What we didn’t realize is that everyone else still saw Henry as a baby.  So now we were “those people” with a baby, having another baby. Most people thought we were crazy.  I can’t even tell you how many times I heard, “But, Henry won’t be two when the baby is born.”  “Was this a planned thing?”  First of all, if someone announces they are pregnant you have two choices:

1. Say “Congratulations” and be excited for them.

2. Keep your pie hole shut and say nothing at all.

End of story. Unless, you are the father of that baby or the one who is going to be caring for the baby those are your options.

Being Pregnant & Having a One Year Old

 

I think this is for most people having a second baby, but your pregnancy will fly by.  Seriously, it felt like one morning I woke up and was 37 weeks pregnant and our little peanut was going to arrive at any moment. But, with the realization that she would be here any day I started getting feelings of “Holy Shit, this is real. I’m going to have two babies soon.”

During this pregnancy I got a lot of stares, looking back now, I get it.  People are curious, they are trying to do the math in their head, “How pregnant is she? and how old is her baby she is carrying?”  I should have just worn a T-shirt that had it all, “Yes, this was planned.  I’m seven months pregnant.  My baby is 15 months old.”  It would have answered a lot of questions I’m sure.

 

 

 

 

She’s Here

It all became real when she arrived, life was about to get crazy.  Vivian graced us all with her fast arrival on February, 10th (a week before we expected her to arrive.)  We were so excited for Henry to meet his little sister.  I must admit, at some points my “mom guilt” took over and I felt bad that we were cutting Henry’s “only child” time short.  He was very interested in meeting her, but it only lasted a few minutes before he decided playing with trucks in the lobby and running around getting attention from the nurses was more entertaining.

Henry meeting Vivian

 

We went home as soon as the hospital would let us.  I missed Henry, it was the longest I had been away from him.  My heart was SO full and I was on cloud nine.  Our first week home was much “easier” then I had anticipated with my husband taking a few days off and people visiting Vivian reality hadn’t set in yet (I just didn’t know it yet.)

Vivian was born on a Thursday and I believe Derek went back to work on the following Tuesday or Wednesday.   Thats when the panic set in, I was worried.  How was I going to survive the day by myself.  Slowly, I got the hang of hit and we had a schedule down.  But, getting out of the house was a whole different story.  It was hard.  Henry still needed to be carried in any parking lot and carrying a car seat at the same time was difficult.  Again, this brings stares and people trying to do the math.  A full year later and I’m still getting “those” mathematician stares.

Henry and Vivian Napping

I remember the first doctors appointment I had for Vivian, She was two weeks old and Derek had an important meeting he had to go to.  I was on my own and again, I was panicked.  It wasn’t a walk in the park, Henry didn’t listen in the lobby (he wanted to run around) and I had a crying, hungry newborn that wanted to nurse and I wanted to cry too.

Fight or Flight

 

A few times (okay, maybe more) I felt pity for myself.   I felt like I needed more help, I didn’t always want to be stuck at home,  I wanted a few minutes to myself, and even more sleep.  PAUSE.  I want to be clear, when my husband was home he was helpful and when my mom and sister were free they were willing to give me a hand too.  BUT, Monday through Friday 6am-5:30pm felt long when I was alone with the babies.

It didn’t take more then a couple weeks of feeling like it was impossible to get out of the house before I figured it all out.  I figured out how to juggle it all on my own.  If you’re reading this and you are pregnant with your second baby, know you will figure it out too, its like some magic power “us moms” have!   The exhaustion may never go away, but it will be filled in with lots of hugs, snuggles, kisses, and millions of happy moments.  Below are moments where I started to get it “down” I started to feel like I could really handle this two-under-two thing.

 

Looking Back

 

Both kiddos were sick a few weeks ago and we went in to see their pediatrician.  She reminded me that this is the busiest I will ever be.  Even though it may never seem feasible… in a few years I will look back and wonder how I did it.  When I think about it, as a mom with two kids 17 months apart, you just do everything that needs to be done and you don’t think about it until someone brings it up.  Getting in and out of the car and car seats, diaper changes, lots of crying, feedings, lack of sleep, messy house, learning to multitask.  I don’t think anything of nursing Vivian while making Henry lunch and trying to find cartoons he wants to watch until I think about how silly I look trying to do it all at once.  You just do it.

A year later and I’m still surviving, I have even had a few brief moments of baby fever.  Don’t panic, it will be a couple more years until another Budde baby joins our gang.  But, I want you to know I would do it all over in an instant, happily.

 

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02.16.2017

DIY Cake Smash Photos (When you’re not a Photographer)

Vivian Cake Smash

You Don’t Have to be a Professional

As most of you know, Vivian just turned one and I wanted fun pictures to look back on.  It’s a hot trend right now to do “cake smash” pictures, so I decided to try out my own (I am not claiming these are professional quality.)  I did them with Henry too, but  his birthday is in the summer and it was ideal to do them outside!  With Vivian’s birthday in the middle of winter I had to get clever to do them indoors.  My biggest concern was my background, and secondly attractive lighting.  I don’t have a studio or even an area set up for photography, so I made my own with things I had around the house (and so can you!)

**This post is not a knock against professional photographers.  They are talented people and I admire their work and love getting professional portraits taken too!  This is just showcasing another option when your budget is tight or you’re in a pinch for time.**

Supplies

photographer cake smash supplies

Here’s what I used from start to end:

White Bed Sheets– The bigger the better – I used a king, but a queen would work well too!

Tape– I used clear packing tape to hold up my sheet you will see below.

Rug or Blanket– A rug is preferred, pull it up to the sheet to give a seamless look, if you’re in a pinch a blanket could work.

Cake– I was lazy and bought mine, but you can easily bake one!

Props– I used a cake stand I made from a glass cup and plate from the thrift store, $3 banner from the Target dollar spot,  a few flowers for on top of the cake from Trader Joes!  All my props cost me under $15.  (Candy hearts were for bribery!)

Camera– Yes, I have a “nice” camera, but your iPhone will take nice pictures too!  If you’re not blowing them up too big and you have good lighting, your phone can take incredible photos, especially close-ups.

Set-up

photographer cake smash set up

I like to tape my sheet to closet doors, but it is key to have your light coming in from behind you.  Tape the sheet to a wall or closet door that is opposite the wall with a window, this will give your pictures the best lighting.  Try to get the sheet as tight and wrinkle-free as possible and then pull your rug or blanket to where the sheet meets the floor.

 

Taking Pictures

Don’t be afraid to try a little bit of everything.  Different angles and poses and just keep clicking, my favorite shots are the candid ones.  Sometimes the ones you least expect to turn out are the best captures.  Since you’re not paying a photographer for their time, take advantage, change outfits and props as you please!

 

Henry was feeling extremely left-out so he took it upon himself to bring up a spoon from the kitchen to have some cake!

Henry and Vivian Cake Smash

Editing

I use Lightroom editor, it is an expensive purchase if you’re not using it a lot.  There are a lot of free editors out there that are adequate.  My favorite free PC editor is Fotor and on my phone VSCO.

Also, when editing multiple photos from the same shoot I highly recommend creating your own preset or using one from your app to give all the photos a similar look!

 

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02.14.2017

Vivian Turns One

 Time Flies…

I think I’ve heard a million and one times in some form or another that time flies.  “Enjoy it now, they grow up fast.” “Don’t blink, they will be in college!” “It goes even faster with your second baby!”  Now, I’m that person.  One year old, how did that happen?  It feels like just a few weeks ago we were in the hospital meeting Vivian, however, it also feels like she has been a part of our life forever.  On the flip side, I survived a year of two under two (patting myself on the back.)  Here are a few pictures of her as a fresh newborn…

baby feetNewborn Vivianvivian newbornNewborn Vivian Newborn Vivian

Newborn Photos by Meg Cooper

Little Miss Personality…

Vivian is so different from Henry and it’s been fun to see both their personalities come to life.  She is a little lover, she loves to cuddle and give kisses.  She isn’t afraid to get messy and prefers to use her hands when she eats (we are still working on manners. Vivian loves to “talk” and is just now standing on her own.  She is stubborn and refuses a bottle, but loves to nurse (especially in the middle of the night.)  She is our tiny little peanut weighing just over 16 pounds and standing 27 inches tall.  But, she is healthy and that’s all we really care about.

The Big One

This past weekend we celebrated her birthday with lots of cake, ice cream, treats, and good company.  Keep scrolling to see the evolution of her cake eating…

Good Memories

So much has happened over the past year and here are just a few of my favorite moments we captured of Vivian!

 

02.08.2017

Milkmaid Fishtail Braids Video Tutorial

Hump Day, Hair Day

If you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while you know I’m a huge fan of the milkmaid braid style.  It looks like a fancy   and intricate hairstyle, when it’s really any easy look that keeps your hair pulled back and out of the way! Win/win.  To change it up from the traditional braid I wanted to share the style with fishtail braids.  I’ve also added Chloe and Isabel hair accessories to my braid, they are so fun!  If you want to know how I get my milkmaid fishtail braided style check out my tutorial below.

If you want to try my exact hair style you will need the following:

Small Hair Ties 

A Few Bobby Pins

Small Deco Pavé Pin Set

Curling Iron

Hair Spray (optional)

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02.07.2017

Weekly Roundup- Teething Baby, Tired Mom

Cool Digs, Neat Finds

I’ve been really missing summer and warm weather the past few weeks.  Most of all, the lack of in-season fruits that come with the summer.  So, I was pretty excited when Aldi had strawberries and blueberries that were delicious and inexpensive.  If you don’t shop at Aldi yet you need to give it a try!  Their produce is hands down the best I’ve come across when taking price and quality into consideration ($1.50 for a carton of strawberries!)  Vivian is teething and a semi frozen strawberry is a great soother!  Also, here are five ways we use our fruit other then just it eating plain:

  1. In Jello (and a little whipped cream for an easy dessert)
  2. Smoothies (I “hide” spinach in Henry’s too!)
  3. In pancakes
  4. On top of a little (or a lot) of ice cream
  5. Homemade Parfaits

Here is the link for my Nike ‘Thea’ sneakers I’ve been getting questions about!  They are under $100 (originally $140.)  They are so comfortable and honestly perfect for almost any casual outfit!  Bonus points, they are ideal for chasing a toddler around. #stylingmom

We also went and strolled around downtown Saint Paul and visited the winter carnival this weekend.  If your in Minnesota, its a fun, free activity that is family friendly.

Teething Baby vs Everyone

It’s no secret that I’m a coffee lover.  But, this past week I feel like I could have bathed in coffee and still not had enough caffeine to get me through the day.  At the end of everyday I found myself exhausted and wishing there were more hours in the day to get things done.  Anyone else?  Laundry, cleaning up, blogging, family time, cooking dinner, working out, catching up on emails and maybe even sneaking in a shower.

On top of feeling like my list was growing and I wasn’t accomplishing anything, Vivian suddenly has six teeth coming in all at once!  Yes, you read that right, four on the top and two on the bottom, all working their way through at once.  A teething baby is no joke, I feel so bad for her too. She is less interested in sleep and more interested in nursing all night long.  As a result I’m in full zombie mode, which brings me to… Need. More. Coffee.

Also, I still cannot wrap my brain around her being one this week!!!

Vivian wearing Rags to Raches - Teething Baby

…And Then

This is how my weekly roundup started.  Then I read the news that an Instagram friend’s son passed away.  He was right in-between the ages of Vivian and Henry and had the biggest brown eyes.  I suddenly felt horrible for raging about sleepless nights and teething baby, these “problems” were now trivial.  I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child.

My heart aches for this mama, her love for her children oozes through her Instagram feed.   She is honest, kind, and makes every mother feel like they are the best mom in the world.  Some people just see Instagram as a social media app, but to me it’s much more.  I’ve “met” so many amazing people and connected with so many great moms.  This mothers honesty in her journey made me feel like I had known her for decades.  Instagram is a community and I ask that you pray and send positive and uplifting thoughts to this mom and her family during this tragic time.

Molly Nursing Vivian