In other exciting news--- We have a winner for the Willow Crowns Holiday Headband Set!
Congrats! Hope your little enjoys her new stylish headbands!
Thank you to all who entered!
|Fisher Price Stride-to-Ride Lion|
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Stride-to-Ride Walker
We introduced these toys to Aubrey at the beginning of her 9th month when she started showing an interest in standing and holding onto things. She mostly sits on the lion and car and tries to scoot right now but she absolutely love both of them. Both are musical.
She loves touching the lion's nose to make the music turn on. The seat on the lion flips up so she can hold on a walk behind it but at this stage of the game she is more interested on going for a ride. We will help her hold onto the handle while standing but she pushes forward and gets a little hesitant and reaches out for us to help her so this is toy that she will grow into in the next month or so.
The car is awesome! It also plays music- it has two modes: learning mode and play mode. It plays "the wheels on the car," sings the alphabet, teaches numbers, and plays music. There are different noises when you turn the steering wheel, use the blinker, beep the horn, turn the key, etc. and there is a shape sorter in the hood! The seat separates so she can stand behind it and use it as a walker as well but for right now she is mainly using it to sit on and scoot. She has a little more stability on this car as opposed to the lion but she loves both. If you were to pick just one, I'd go with the car because it has all of the bells and whistles.
|1. Hello Kitty McDonald's toy- This is seriously her favorite toy. Go figure, a free toy is her favorite. Also among her favorites- good ol' brown moving boxes! Who said you need to spend a fortune on toys?|
2. Owl Washcloth/Sponge from Target (similar)- We aren't using this as a washcloth but as a teething aide. It is one of the most helpful things for her sore gums believe it or not. I keep it in the freezer and she sucks on it while she waits for the tylenol to kick in. It seems to be the only thing (along with the grape teether) that gives her relief from the painful teeth that are breaking through.
3. Infantino Cart and High Chair Cover- This is the best cart cover! I had another one by this brand that totally didn't work for us because it didn't cover the sides well enough. The sides on this cover have velcro so they stay in place perfectly and this is SO important because my child will put her mouth on anything these days and the last place I want her mouth is on a dirty cart. Unlike many other covers, this one comes with it's own child strap that wraps around the cart for a secure hold. In other words, this is your safest best if you are looking for the best possible way to keep your baby germ free while out shopping or dining. Another plus- there are several fabric loops to attach toys to so they don't fall out. This is a total must-have if you're a germaphobe like me.
|I finally wore my necklace! I ordered this in the beginning of the summer from Groopdealz. It was an impulse buy. I knew I loved it but I wasn't sure how I would like it on myself. I spent the whole summer putting it on and taking it off because I just didn't feel right wearing it. I looked in my jewelry drawer the other day thinking- well, that's it for this necklace, summer is over. Then I decided to try it on with this blue J.Crew top on Friday and-- Bam! I loved it!|
|Little Aubrey at the end of our TarJAY FriDAY trip- sick of watching me look at makeup. And yes, every Friday is TarJAY FriDAY for us; think of it as a momma/daughter date. She seriously loves it there, I don't know if its the bright red carts or what but as soon as we step in that store she is smiling, laughing, and acting silly.|
BTW how adorable is Aubrey's headband? Megan, the designer at Willow Crowns made this. Check out her shop which is filled with all things pretty and cute.
A very exciting giveaway is coming up later this week so stay tuned...
|Speaking of Target, if you haven't hit their dollar bins lately, you should. There are so many great finds in there right now including these labels, gold alphabet stickers, and silver glittered tape. I have no idea what I'm labeling but I'm sure I'll find something.|
|I picked up a holiday dress for Aubrey so I was looking at tights and I found these cuties (at Target, or course). Either pair will match her dress perfectly- I'm so excited for her to wear these!|
Friday was a good mail day. I got this beauty from Very Jane. Can't wait to wear it- it's such a pretty, versatile piece.
|My mom broke out a photo album from when I was Aubrey's age to show me how much I looked like Aubrey. She tells me all the time how she never thought she would be able to see me again as a baby but she feels like she can now when looking at Aubs. Pretty cool feeling. I hope I can experience that one day too.|
|I have a drawer filled with nail polishes but I'm kinda sick of them all so I picked up a couple new shades. Sally Hansen Grey Area and Coin Flip.|
|I finally found the time to give myself an at home mani and I am loving Grey Area- exactly what I was looking for! It's holding up great too. I painted my nails on Friday night and there are no chips so far- after washing a whole lot of baby bottles and painting a room! |
Yes, you heard that right- we painted Aubrey's room in our new house. We're hoping to paint a few more rooms before we move in while everything is covered in plastic and there's no furniture to worry about. It's starting to become real.
Disclaimer: Willow Crowns sent the headband pictured here. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own and are not altered in any way.
How was your weekend?
|Kate Spade -Style-|
|-Top to bottom, left to right-|
Sedgewick Place Paige, Flatiron Sophia Grace Diaper Bag,
Nylon Karen, Park Avenue Beau
|-Top to bottom, left to right-|
All that Glitters Clutch, Cayman Flats,
Catcher Flats, Beacon Court Jeanne
Krysta, Netta,Carlton, Charm
|1. Black & White Tweed Bow Flats by Report|
|2. Coat, Scarf, and Boot Weather|
Old Navy Pea Coat (from last year)- love this color
|3. New iPhone case from eBay|
Aubrey loves it too which is what my goal was when shopping for a new cover. It grabs her attention when I try to take her picture. Win win.
|4. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale|
I missed this beer last year when I was pregnant but I am making up for lost time this year. Here's a little tip: Pour it in a glass and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Pure pumpkin perfection.
|5. The Holidays|
Babies R Us had a First Christmas event this weekend. They're holding them for the next 3 weekends too (depending on the birthdate of your little one). We went and had a great time. Upon arrival we were given a goody bag with a placemat, coupons, a picture frame magnet with Disney magnets (pictured above), a First Christmas onsie sticker (also pictured), a bottled water, and Gerber yogurt- oh and I almost forgot- a $10 gift card! There was a raffle for an adorable New Years outfit and we made a cute little craft (pictured above). It was a fun event and it was a great opportunity to meet other moms and babies that are in the same age bracket. If there's a Babies R Us in your area and your baby's first Christmas is coming up, go- it's worth it! You can find more infer about it here.
Next up on the list- a visit to Santa!
|Our little ghost!|
I made her costume and it was so easy. I just cute out the eyes and mouth from felt and hand-stitched them onto a white onsie and made the tutu using different textured tulle and some elastic. My goal is to make her costumes for as long as I can or as long as she wants me to. The costumes that I remember most from my childhood were the ones that were homemade; they were always my favorite.
at her Grandma's house.
We are wrapping up the construction of our home. Finally! It's been a really long road, too long. There have been a lot of bumps along the way and more surprises (read: money, money, and more money) than we would have liked.
Aubrey was a newborn when we began the construction process and I have to say, it wasn't the brightest of ideas to jump into such a huge project at that time. There's a lot of planning, work, communication, etc. that goes into the whole process and it has been pretty overwhelming. We are so relieved that this project is finally almost over and we will be home for the holidays! We're hoping to move the week of Thanksgiving and we are so excited to get in and get settled.
So that's where I've been... packing, planning, and trying to thrive despite the chaos.
I'm hoping to turn over a new leaf for the new year and get back into blogging more frequently.So here's to new beginnings!