Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Favorites

FALL-la-la-la-la!!! Fall is in full swing around here, and I have rounded up some of my favorites for the season!

I don't really like football, unless it is the local high school team. BUT these leg rolls + football leg warmers may make me a fan of the sport! Let's face it...these are the only leg warmers Rowan will ever be allowed to wear!

This fall scavenger hunt for kiddos is so cute! Rowan is still too little to enjoy this, but I am sure he would love to watch his cousins play...or try to eat everything they find. 

Cool weather is great for so many outdoor activities, However, curling up with a book, a blanket, and a baby is pretty sweet. Right now the only books I really read are kids' books. Dracula and A Halloween Scare in Illinois are our top picks for October, but I would like to get Fletcher and the Falling Leaves to add to our collection. 

Express was running a sale on this sweater! It pairs so well with leggings and boots, making it the perfect sweater for fall! 

Fall is the perfect time for chili. We like ours loaded up with sour cream, shredded cheese and Freetos, but this recipe looks pretty delicious (another reason I need a waffle iron)!!! I really want to have a fall party with some of our friends. A chili bar, some cold beer, and a fire pit sound like a good idea to me! Who's in?!

I am still swooning over this nail color from last year. I don't really have time to paint all 10 nails in one sitting, but my half a manicure will probably be Fall in Line.

My list of fall favorites could go on and on, but I will stop there...for now! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Weekend Recap

We had such a beautiful fall weekend! The weather was perfect, and we tried to spend as much time outside as possible. Friday was our town's homecoming. I love the festive spirit of the our community during the high school football season! Everyone was decked out in purple in white. Rowan even sported his Uncle Layton's number! The game was a nail biter. Luckily, the boys were able to whip up some awesome defense and pulled off a win...with seconds left! It is always a fun night cheering on the Panthers! 

Saturday was the homecoming dance, and I got to take some pictures before the big event. My brother is a junior (I know, I am still wrapping my head around that.) and he went to the dance with his adorable girlfriend. I cannot believe how grown up he is! Of course, Rowan had to crash the photo session! He really just went to check out all the pretty girls. He was eyeing up all of their pretty necklaces, and trying to figure out how to get them in his mouth! He is actually a pretty good assistant for these photo shoots...he can get anyone to smile! I mean, look at that face! 

Sunday, Dane went with my bother to he Steelers game, and Rowan and I went to the local pumpkin patch. He got to ride in a wagon, and that made him pretty darn excited. We picked out some pumpkins and some apples and loaded up on kettle corn. Have I mentioned that I love fall?! I think it is safe to say that Rowan is also a fan. He may or may not have tried to eat a pumpkin or two. 

Now, I am going to spend the week enjoying SIXTY degree weather and making crock pot apple sauce. Hope you guys are enjoying fall as much as we are! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Fall

Hooray for the first day of fall! I always look forward to the arrival of cooler weather, pumpkin spice, and crunchy leaves! It really is my favorite time of year. I also love harvest, scarves, and oh birthday (which just so happens to be TODAY!) Yeah, I share a birthday with fall, it is pretty awesome!

Fall holds some of my fondest memories...bonfires, trips to the pumpkin patch, our wedding, and so many more. This is Rowan's first fall, and I am determined to make it special! He took his first ride in the combine earlier this week, and he loved it!

Harvest always keeps us busy. We make a lot of trips to the farm, and the guys spend a lot of time in the field. When I was younger, I remember loading up food with my mom or grandma and having supper picnic-style in whatever field the guys were working in. I hope that we can do that sometime this year! 

One of our favorite orchards is down the road, and I really want to go apple picking. Rowan loves apples, and I think some homemade apple sauce is on my must make list for fall! I found this recipe for crock-pot apple sauce, and I have been wanting to try it! I also want to go to the local pumpkin patch, and we have already planned a trip to the zoo!

I am sure this is going to be a fall that we remember forever, and I can't wait! Let's get this season started!

Thursday, September 10, 2015


How many pictures do you have on your phone? Well, I currently have 2,177...yes, I know I have a problem! Most of the pictures are of a special baby boy. I have tried to delete some, but when Rowan's smiling little face is staring at me from my phone screen, it is really hard to click delete. My favorite pictures usually end up on Instagram, and overtime are compiled in a beautiful little book that is delivered to my door. How, you ask...Chatbooks!

You guys, pictures are my passion. I love them and I treasure every one of the memories that is captured by photographs. Taking pictures is easy, but printing pictures is not always as simple. Well, that is until Chatbooks came into my life! Every time I post 60 pictures to my Instagram account (I can exclude any that I don't want in the book), I get a little notification tell me that my book is ready. The app is really easy to use...actually, the hardest part is waiting for the completed book to arrive.

The books are beautiful! They are just the right size, the quality is great, and I love that they include the Instagram captions. They make a perfect little stack of coffee table books, and Rowan LOVES when we flip through them! It is so important to print pictures, and Chatbooks makes it so easy!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and squishy, baby, picture books are my own!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

8 Months + My Take on Sleepless Nights

I don't know how it is possible, but we have an 8 month old! It is kind of a strange feeling. On one hand, it still feels like yesterday that we were welcoming Rowan into this world, but it is also hard to remember life before he was here! Dane and I are over the moon in love with the little boy that made us parents, and we love watching him grow everyday!

Favorite Activities: eating, NOT sleeping, sitting up, reading books, being outside
Favorite Toys: squeaky cow, stacking rings, and anything with a tag
Favorite Foods: blueberries, butternut squash, and quinoa
Number of Teeth: FIVE

Notice that one Rowan's favorite activities is staying up all night! Well, that wasn't always the case. You know that saying, "Be careful what you wish for?" Well, if you read his 4 month post you could say I had it comin'. We had a 3 month stretch of good sleep, and then BOOM...teeth came, and sleep went out the window. However, I have decided that I am just going to enjoy absolutely every second I can spend with my little guy...especially the seconds in the earliest times of the day, before the sun is even out. Someday, he isn't going to cry for us in the middle of the night, someday he isn't going to want us to tuck him in, someday he isn't going to need us to read him a bedtime story, and when that time comes I am going to miss every 3 am that I am getting to share with him right now! I love that boy to pieces, and he is worth a million sleepless nights...and many more! So, for now I will just live on sloppy kisses and coffee...and probably be sporting some crazy hair.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Snyder Family Vacation

Well, we have been back from vacation for a while now. I have been meaning to get this post up, but life happened, a cold happened, and lack of sleep happened...again! I may have decided that routines are a fairytale. is a little post about our vacation.

Vacation was wonderful, and SOOO needed. It was short and sweet, but filled with family time and memories that we will treasure forever!

The trip started on a Saturday! Coletta, the three kiddos, and I all rode together. This was the Rowan's first long road trip, and I was a little nervous about how that was going to go. He ended up doing great! After sleeping the first half of the trip, Hattie and Rowan jabbered about who knows what until we finally arrived. There was about fifteen minutes of crying at the very end, but I will count it as a win!

We got settled into our temporary homes and let the kids take a nap, and then we all got ready for dinner. The first night was a luau complete with themed food, decorations, music, and games. We had so much fun!

After supper we went down to the beach and put our toes in the sand. Rowan LOVED it! It was the perfect ending to a relaxing day.

Each day was just as much fun as the first. Day two we did some shopping and had a western themed dinner with casino games...and the daddies showed up, which was great! Day three we did some boating and had a little fiesta! We had such a great time, and I could not help but think how incredibly blessed I am to be part of such a wonderful family!

Oh, and did I mention that Rowan slept wonderfully while we were gone?! I guess we are going to have to go on a permanent vacation...gotta do what ya gotta do, right?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Project List

It has been a long time since I have made a project list on here! Actually, the last time I did it, the nursery was still being called a guest room/office. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do it again, and maybe it will motivate me to get some stuff done. You can check out the last list here.

  • Decorate...Am I the only person who has trouble putting holes in new drywall? I have added a decal to one wall, but there is a large empty wall that needs something, and I just haven't figured out what that is. 
  • Find shoe storage
  • Buy new rug (I am planning on picking up this one the next time I am at IKEA.)

Living Room: 
  • Get new window treatments
  • Finish gallery wall
  • Find new furniture - Dane and I have been on the look for new furniture, but haven't found anything that we love yet.
  • Paint the trim
  • Plank one wall (like this) - I can't decide if I want to do this or not...I would love your opinions!

Master Bedroom:
  • Hem the curtains
  • Build a full length mirror
  • Rebuild the closet

  • Finish the trim around the door
  • Change out the outlets and light switch
  • Find a new light fixture/ceiling fan
  • Find a shelf or cart of some sort (I have been looking at this one.)
  • Finish organizing the closet

  • Update the kitchen table
  • Build a shelf behind the stove
  • Repurpose a vanity into a cabinet
  • Replace the countertops
  • Paint the cabinets

  • Finish shelving
  • Touch up paint
  • Find a new hamper
  • Finish trim
  • Replace a few floor tiles
  • Size and frame mirror

  • Finish landscaping in the front yard
  • Clean off back patio
  • Find outdoor furniture
  • Hang lights
  • Refinish fire pit
  • Buy a swing for Row
  • Decorate
  • Repaint mailbox, house numbers, and they all match