Thursday, April 16, 2015

15 Weeks of Rowan

My sweet baby is somehow 15 weeks old! It is insane how quickly time goes by. One second I was headed into the hospital to welcome this little bundle into the world, and the next I am pulling out his nine month clothes! You read that right, he is a weed! Here's the proof! 
































See, I told you he was a weed!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Smiley Baby Phone Case + a GIVEAWAY

Happy (almost) Friday! 

Now that I have a kiddo, I take a lot more pictures…which is pretty impressive, since taking pictures is my job! I have about a bajillion pictures of Rowan’s cute, little face. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am not exaggerating.

Anyway, I have been trying to find fun ways to display some of the pictures I have taken, so they aren’t just in the photo album on my phone or on my computer. I recently upgraded to an iPhone 6 (which I love!!!), and that meant it was time to get a new phone case. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to get a customized phone case. Polka dots, stripes, sparkles, OR Row’s sweet smile...that’s a no brainer for this momma! No other phone case compared!

I had purchased a customized phone case from Shutterfly for my sister-in-law, and I really liked the selection and quality! Plus, it is super simple to design a case that is super, stinkin' awesome! I picked out one of my favorite pictures of my little sugar booger and customized my very own and very favorite phone case! The hardest part was picking out my favorite design. I may have designed about five different cases and held a family vote, before settling on one! The others are still saved to my account, so they may still find their way to my house in a bright orange box. ;)



Here are a few of my favorite cases that Shutterfly has in there selection.



These are just a few of the cases that I love! There are seriously SO many to choose from! I ended up picking the Hello Sunshine Case.




Now, it is time for the super, exciting part...Shutterfly has generously offered to give one of you a free iPhone 6 case! To enter, just leave a comment telling me what your favorite Shutterfly case is...it is as easy as that! I will randomly select a winner on Friday, April 17. Good luck!

This giveaway was sponsored by Shutterfly. However, all opinions are 100% my own. The giveaway is for an iPhone 6 case! One entry per person. 


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Baby Easter Basket

Happy Easter Week!

I am SOOO excited about Easter! This is Rowan's first holiday (besides Valentine's Day), and picking out goodies for his little Easter basket was so much fun! At first, I felt a little stumped...what do you put in a baby's Easter basket?! Sure, he probably doesn't need anything, but I really couldn't help myself. I decided to fill his basket with practical-ish items...or at least things that last longer than Reese's Eggs! Besides, I am sure the bunny will bring plenty of chocolate! :)




I found his basket at Target. I looked at some actual Easter baskets, but I didn't really like the size or color of most of them. Instead, I decided to get one that we could use all year. Besides, we don't have enough storage space to keep a basket that is only used once a year!




Naptime with Theo & Beau and Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms have been on my must buy list for a while. I have been a little obsessed with children's books! These two are so cute, I can't wait to read them to him! They are probably meant for kids that are a little older, but I think he will enjoy them for a long time. He doesn't really care what his books are about, as long as I make some silly faces when I read to him! That always gets me some smiles. 




The ducky rattle that I picked up is not so practical, but SO cute...and perfect for Easter! They even have a matching outfit! I guess I have a little bit of willpower, because that didn't end up in my shopping cart. Can you even imagine the cuteness of a little one toddling around in that?! 

My cool dude loves his sunglasses. I got a couple pair a few weeks ago, and decided to save one pair for the Easter basket. They are affordable and tiny...perfect for an Easter basket!

The little onesie was a bit of a splurge, but I couldn't pass it up! Is their anything that is more appropriate for Easter?! I don't think so! I even washed it, so he could wear it on Sunday!

Now, it is your turn to spill the jellybeans...what do you put in your littles' baskets? 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weekend Recap

We had a very busy weekend that was FULL of celebration and sunshine!

Friday night, Rowan made his big d├ębut as Baby Jesus in The Promise.

Saturday was our sweet, cool nephew's birthday. We spent the early part of the afternoon visiting family that was in town and then went to Hank's party. It kind of felt like a glimpse into a noisy future with my son (who just looked at me and smiled as dodge balls zoomed past his head!) Oh brother! :)

After the party ended, we went to another birthday party! This one was for my baby brother, Layton, who is not a baby anymore! In fact, he turned 16!!! I am still not sure how that happened. I remember when he was a smiley little babe (just like Rowan), and now he is a foot taller than me and driving! AHHH...I need to stop thinking about it, before I burst in to tears! Surely, my little baby won't grow up that quickly, right?!

Anyway, we celebrated with family and great food. Rowan and I took a little nap towards the end (I know, we are party poopers, but we were also just plain pooped!) I think Layton had a great time...that's all that matters, right? 



Sunday was Dane's birthday. Rowan and I made him a big stack of pancakes and sang to him...okay, Rowan didn't really help with either of those, but he did enjoy mommy's singing and decided that he needed to be a part of daddy's birthday picture! 

After church, we went to ANOTHER birthday party :)... I told you it was FULL of celebration. Then we went back out to the farm to relax and go for a walk. It was such a beautiful weekend to be outside! Rowan enjoyed spending some time outside, and he looked pretty cool in his baby shades!



Sunday evening, we went out to eat to celebrate Dane's birthday and a few other wonderful events that took place last week. We finally made it home around 9:00. Phew, I am exhausted just thinking about all that went on! Why can't weekends be just a little longer?

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend...and first part of the week! ;) How is it Wednesday already? 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Promise

On Friday, Rowan played the part of Baby Jesus in The Promise. He did a great job...maybe he will be an actor! ;) Here are some pictures of the show.





I loved seeing that chubby little leg poke out of the swaddling cloth! 




This is the last year of that The Promise will be performed. Several family members, friends, and members of our church have been apart of The Promise, including me. It is such a wonderful production, and it was very special to have Rowan participate. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Feeling Springy

Happy first day of spring!!! The warm weather we had this week was SOOO nice! We have been able to go on a few family walks and spent most of the weekend outside. Rowan is just loving it...and does anything smell better than a baby covered in sunscreen!? I don't think so!

I have been on the lookout for some spring/summer clothes for the little man. He is growing like a little weed, and barely fits in any of his 3 month clothes anymore. The baby boy spring clothes are adorable. Here are a few of the cute little outfits that I have my eye on.


Aren't boy clothes the CUTEST!? I feel like that I'M NOT TIRED onesie fits Rowan perfectly...and I am going to need the matching shirt for myself (especially after the weekend we have planned!)

Enjoy your weekend! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Baby Care Products

Does anyone else feel like buying baby products can be more daunting than picking out a new mascara?! What are the ingredients? Will it make him break out in a rash? Will it get the job done? Does it smell good? There are so many factors to consider! So, I thought I would put together a little review of some of our favorite products. 

Rowan had a very bad case of baby acne when he was born. The doctor suggested using Aveeno lotion to help clear it up. I had planned on using Aveeno products from the get go, so I was glad that was his suggestion. Within a couple of weeks, (it was a really bad case) his baby acne was completely gone. I don't have a single complaint about any of the Aveeno products! We use the lavender scented lotion and soap, every night before bed. It smells amazing, which makes those last minute snuggles so delightful! I don't know that it actually makes him calm down, but it sure helps me! In the morning, we use the fragrance free lotion. We also have the fragrance free soap, but we tend to take baths at night, so we don't use it a lot. Both of the lotions rub in very well, and Rowans skin is always so soft! I highly recommend all of these products!
 
When it came to picking out diaper rash cream, I had no idea what to get. When we were at Babies R Us picking up some last minute things before he was born, I spotted a section of babyganics. I hadn't heard a lot about them, but they were no parabens and the packaging was super cute! (I am a sucker for awesome packaging!) Anyway, I am in LOVE with this product. It works very quickly and there is no scent, which I love! Luckily, we don't have to use it very often, but I am so glad I picked it up! We also recently got some of the babyganics night time lotion and bath wash. It smells like orange blossoms...yum! I love, love, love the Aveeno stuff, but I thought it would be fun to try a different scent occasionally. We haven't really used it, so I can't say how it ranks in comparison. My hope is that we can have a little rotation going on, and I will just keep a little stock of both. 

Okay, so this next product isn't actually a baby care product, but it is great! I had a $20 coupon for Honest Co. so I picked out a couple of small things to try. This hand sanitizer is my new all time favorite. It smells great, leaves my hands feeling soft, and has great packaging...I know, I know, it is a problem! We always keep a bottle of this on Rowan's changing station, and I plan on ordering some small travel bottles to keep in my purse. 

So there you have it...some of our favorite baby care products! 

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own...even when it comes to the packaging.