Weekend Recap

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We had a busy and eventful weekend that was filled with family and fun...and a little bit of work. On Saturday we headed east to Indianapolis. I had a wedding to photograph there on Sunday, but we decided to go early and make it a mini vacation. 

We quickly learned that traveling with a toddler is not the easiest thing. About half way through our three hour drive we had to make a stop so the restless babe could burn off some energy. We randomly pulled off at a small town that happens to be home of several of the worlds LARGEST items. We got to see the the worlds largest rocking chair, wind chime, knitting needles, mailbox, pencil...and that was just a few. It was a cute little town and we walked around just long enough to find fudge and wear Rowan out. 

Once we got back on the road, we made it the rest of the way with minimal fussing. Rowan had never stayed at a hotel before, and he thought it was pretty fun. The first thing he did was kick back & relax...and then he "jumped" on the bed. We rested for a bit and then headed into town for a little bit of shopping and dinner. Downtown was buzzing with excitement of the Indy 500 and I found it awesome that a lot of the houses were decorated for the event. 

Saturday morning we enjoyed some breakfast and splashed in the pool before I had to get to work. It was beautiful day, but the wedding was even more beautiful! While I was busy taking pictures, the boys went to some drag races and spent time doing guy stuff. I am sure they had a blast!

After a long drive home and some much needed sleep, we loaded up again and headed to the lake! Sunshine is a must on long weekends, and the lake is one of our favorite places to soak it up. 

In the evening we headed to a little cookout with some family! Rowan had a blast playing with his cousins, we enjoyed some delicious food, and there was a heated game of foursquare + some sidewalk chalk fun! It was the perfect way to bring the weekend to an end. 

Lemon Cookies

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We are getting ready to take off for a small trip, but I wanted to share a little recipe with you today. A few weeks ago, I made these Lemon cookies, and I have really been wanting to make them again. 

Lemon Cookies

½ cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cup flour
½ cup powdered sugar, set aside
8 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Cream together butter and sugar. Whip in vanilla, egg, and YL lemon oil. Stir in all dry ingredients besides the powdered sugar. Form cookies into small balls. Roll each ball in powder sugar and place on cookie sheet. Bake 10-13 minutes.

I sprinkled the cookies with some powdered sugar once they had cooled, and then it seemed like they were gone!  They would be perfect for all of you Memorial Day get togethers...especially if you made them into tiny ice cream sandwiches. YUM! 

Toddler Favorites

Monday, May 09, 2016

Having a toddler is quite an adventure! Now that Rowan is walking, babbling, and eating real food our lives have gotten a lot more entertaining...to say the least. And while some things are much easier, there a few things that have become a bit tricky. Luckily, there are some products out there that make life with a toddler a little less complicated, and a whole lot more fun...if that is even possible! :)

Boon Snug: These silicone, universal lids are amazing. I was kind of skeptical when I ordered them, because we haven't had much luck with "leak proof" cups. These have been wonderful, and I love that they go on almost any cup! They work great with the KALAS tumbler from IKEA (which are another favorite)! Oh, and did I mention that they are dishwasher safe!?

Babylit Board Books: Reading is still one of Rowan's favorite activities. There is a great selection of kids books, but some of our very favorites are the Babylit. They are fun primer books with beautiful illustrations, which this momma loves!

Ubbi: We are still raving about the Ubbi diaper pale! I will admit, I thought that the price was a bit high, but it is worth every penny! I love that it uses regular garbage bags and it blocks the odor so well! Plus, now that Rowan is walking and more curious than ever, the built in lock has really come in handy!

Pajamas: Okay, this isn't really specific to a certain kind or brand, but kid pajamas are the cutest things ever. Maybe it has something to do with Saturday morning snuggle sessions or Rowan's leg rolls in PJ shorts...oh my goodness! Gap always has an adorable selection!

Step Stool: This is a great tool when it is time to start teaching things like hand washing and teeth brushing. I personally love this stool from IKEA, and I am actually planning a little DIY with it very soon! I will be sure to share!

Now, if someone would just come up with some kind of poop detector that would warn me right before Rowan decides to go in the bathtub...because that has happened...twice.

I would love to hear what your favorite products are!

Living in the Moment

Friday, May 06, 2016

The other day I was feeling run down by the monotony that has been filling my weeks. Everyday is the same thing, with the occasional visit to the goats. I have found myself anxiously anticipating the next holiday, vacation, or milestone & have ultimately been wishing time away. Then Rowan and I were cuddling in the rocking chair, like we do every night, and I realized that I didn't want that moment to go anywhere. Time is precious, and babies don't stay babies forever. I love the thought of getting away from the everyday and doing something fun, but we can't live for those moments. Life will pass us by and we will be left wondering what it is that we did. I want to look back and remember the small moments just as much as the big adventures...and everything in between.

Because really...these moments are the best!

Weekend Trip

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sometimes you just have to get away with the girls. Over the weekend I went to Lynchburg, Tennessee to celebrate a friend's bachelorette party. We stayed in a cabin that was awesome, we toured the Jack Daniel Distillery, and we had a great time hanging out. 

The cabin that we stayed in was a renovated horse barn. We stayed in the loft area, complete with windows that looked down into the stalls. And the view! Enjoying the warm weather in a rocking chair on the deck was delightful! 

Saturday morning we went on a tour of the distillery. It was really interesting and our tour guide was hilarious. If you ever find yourself near Lynchburg, you should check it out. I am not really a fan of whiskey, but I still found it very fascinating. 

The best part of the trip was having some quality time with great friends. Laughing, dancing, and making memories to last a lifetime. 

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did! 

FYI...I am pretty sure that we could start a professional packing business! We mastered fitting way to much stuff into very little car space...just sayin'! 

Baby Butt Cream

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Never did I ever think that I would get to use the word butt in a post title! That was kind of fun and exciting...

I have started making Rowan's butt cream. His little tush is so soft and cute, and I really want to keep it that way. Knowing about and being able to pronounce the ingredients in things like diaper cream, shampoo, and baby lotion is really important to us...especially when it comes to Rowan.  So we try to make as much as we can with our beloved essential oils!

I got this recipe from a friend, and it has been incredible. 

Baby Butt Cream

Approximately 4 ounces of organic, unrefined coconut oil
8 drops of Lavender
4 drops of Gentle Baby
2 drops of Tea Tree 

Whip the coconut oil in a bowl or jar until it is a soft texture. Add oils and stir. Store in a glass container. Use at every diaper change or as needed.

Rowan tends to get a little red easily. Applying this at each diaper change has really helped keep his tush as soft as a baby's bottom (just as it should be)! 

Random Saturday Thoughts

Saturday, April 09, 2016

First of all, Rowan found my container of bobby pins and decided to throw them all over the bathroom while I was getting ready. It doesn't matter how many times I sweep or try to pick them up, it seems like they are everywhere. However, I can guarantee that when I really need one they will have all vanished somehow. 

Rowan started a new daycare last week, and it just so happens to be down the street from my favorite little coffee shop! My accountant (a.k.a. Dane) is probably less thrilled than I am about that. 

I am going on a little road trip with my mom this afternoon. I should really drive, but it is so much more fun letting her do it. I wish I could tell you everything that she says while she is trying to get us anywhere, but I am sure that it would offend some people...like anyone who has ever used a blinker properly. (Seriously though, I could write a book!)

I have been thinking up home renovation plans! I know if Dane is reading this he is probably rolling his eyes. It is nothing huge just the kitchen, living room, and front door...oh, and the yard. Okay, maybe it is more than a little. I do have some small projects that I need to get finished before I tackle any sort of renovation. I guess I will start with baby steps.

Did you notice that I gave this little blog a makeover?! I am pretty much in love!

That is all I have for you today! Happy Saturday!