A Friday Ramble + Love List

We survived! The kids, dogs and I all have beating hearts after our first week alone. Mission accomplished. There is a bit of a learning curve, but we will get there. For instance, I learned that I need to put Michael down when he is sleeping so that I can give 100% of my attention to Mallory during that time whereas I rarely put Mallory down when she was a newborn. I also learned that I can't be two places at once. Weird, I know! For some reason I thought I could, turns out that is not the case. I do need to figure out how blogging is going to work into my day, but I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. Blogging is something I enjoy, not something I HAVE to do if that makes sense, so I don't want to make it feel like a chore. When things got chaotic during this week, I found myself kind of giggling. I love genuinely love being a mom and I feel so lucky to be able to be with them all day, even if I pass the kids to Kyle for a hot second once he gets home. ;)I don't think this adjustment is as intense as bringing the first baby home however. That was a real eye opener!

Anyway. Lets get to the materialistic good stuff!

Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale!!! Shopping lists are posted all over the internet and I have been stalking them like white on rice! This sale is just on point! I snagged these Reeboks, some navy Stacks since my Vans recently bit the dust, this t-shirt (for less than $10!) and a couple of other things that I won't mention because I'm choosing to not incriminate myself online. Ha! Can you tell what I'm doing during those middle of the night feedings? Online shopping! (Sorry about the bank account Kyle! You didn't need anything, right?)

Oh lordy! This Bellange Makeup Brush Set. This company recently reached out to me to review these brushes and I was so excited! My makeup brush system has been in a state of disarray lately and I had been struggling to find what works for me. You see, Mallory enjoys getting ready with me in the morning which is so fun, but it means her grubby little toddler hands are all over my stuff. So, do I want to invest in a collection of expensive MAC make up brushes only for them to end up with peanut butter on them or being used as a toilet bowl cleaner, no. But, I do want my brushes to work well and feel luxurious. Enter Bellange Makeup Brushes! This 10 piece kabuki brush set is available on Amazon for only $28! (Although it is on mega sale right now for only $16.99!!!!) The set includes 
a couple of foundation brushes, a flat top brush, a contour brush, a full range of eye brushes and a makeup bag! The only thing it is missing in my opinion is a big fluffy powder brush... But I went to Ulta and picked up this one, so now we're all covered! I washed mine before I started using them and haven't experienced anything negative! No loose hairs, no breakage, even brushstrokes and it doesn't "steal" too much product. These brushes are outstanding, especially for their price point! Definitely recommend them. Get yours here!

bellange makeup brush set review

bellange makeup brush set review

Finally! I have been not so patiently waiting for this Cara Loren Lipstick T-Shirt to be back in stock on her site. This week the shopping god's answered my prayers and offered me a size large during my daily site check. Probably would have gone for a medium since it is a boyfriend fit tee, but when an opportunity like this presents itself, you just proceed to checkout and do not ask questions!

Can we take a minute to talk about how amazing Alaskan summers are?! Now I know it's not technically summer yet, but in Alaska it kind of is. Up here we go from winter straight into "break up." Break up is when all the snow and ice are melting and things are just gross outside. Once everything dries up, the Alaskans emerge with a vengeance! It is as though everything became green overnight and the seemingly endless amounts of sunshine doesn't hurt anyone's mood. (Currently sunrise is just before 5am and sunset is right around 11pm!) We find ourselves so much more energetic and excited to take on each day, even with a newborn! As I'm sure you've seen on my instagram, Mallory is fully capitalizing on the great weather by spending as much time as possible in our backyard. :) Sooooo excited to start crossing things off our summer activity list! 

Oh! So, somehow my bloglovin' got all messed up. When my mom was here she told me she wasn't receiving emails from Bloglovin' alerting her of a new blog post anymore. I basically just chalked it up to her being old and changing a setting or something on accident. Well, this past week I've gotten a few emails from readers saying they haven't been receiving emails either. (Sorry Mom!) Try following me on Bloglovin' here and please let me know if you are still having issues after you do that.

Ummm, I think that's all I wanted to word vomit at you... We are off to have some family pictures taken today! Eeek!!

Hope you have a great Memorial Day planned! 

Ugh! Well, shit. No. That wasn't the end of the word vomit.. thought I could end this post and successfully avoid hopping up on a soapbox, but I can't. Every year around this time, social media kind of makes me cringe. There is an outpouring of posts/statuses/tweets of people thanking our service members for what they do... I'm certainly not saying it is wrong to thank those who have or who are currently serving in our nation's military. In fact, it's never wrong! HOWEVER, Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died while serving in our armed forces. Memorial Day is NOT to be confused with Veteran's Day which is when we as American's are to specifically honor all veterans. So, this weekend while you are celebrating with family and friends, take a moment and think of those who are without their mom or dad, brother or sister, son or daughter, etc. We owe it to them to know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. 

Michael Robert - 1 Month Old

Our boy is ONE MONTH OLD! I'm not going to tell you that "I can't believe he's already a month old" because that wouldn't be the truth. I think that being on bed rest really was a game changer as far as time measurement goes. It feels like a lifetime ago that I was 36 weeks pregnant, huge and not allowed to do anything! We have been been able to soak up each and every second with Michael and Mallory this month thanks to the grandmas. Both my mom and Kyle's mom have been here helping us transition, which has allowed me and Kyle to worry only about caring for the kids. What. A. Blessing!

Loves || Being bounced, his paci, nursing, noise, snuggling, tucking his hand in my shirt.

Loathes || Diaper changes, gas, clothes being pulled over his head, tummy time and his car seat. 

Clothes || We still have him in newborn clothes and diapers, but those are definitely on their way out. Just trying to get as much mileage out of them as we possibly can!

Weight || When we took him home from the hospital, he had only lost 3oz from his 6lbs birth weight. By his 3 day weight check he had not only recouped the lost weight, but gained an additional 13 ounces! Then, just a week after that he was up an additional pound and a half ish and grew an inch! If I were a betting woman I would say he is about 9lbs at this point, but we don't see the doctor again for another couple of months. 

Diet || Breast milk. Michael nurses for about 45 minutes at a time which seems like forever compared to Mallory who was alllll business at the boob. I'm certainly not complaining though--I love the snuggles! (Well, not so much in the middle of the night, but ya feel me.)

Health || We are so thankful to have had a really uneventful first month in the health department. Mallory did share a little pink eye with him shortly after he got home from the hospital, but that's it! 

Sleep || Ok, so the dude sleeps fine. He wakes up every 3 ish hours to nurse, then generally goes right back to sleep. He seems to be a bit of an early riser, which during this time of year in Alaska (tons of sunlight) is fine by me! Here is where things get weird... he is so noisy! The squeaking, grunting, and snorting are 24/7 and LOUD with him--even in his sleep! I've never seen/heard anything like it! Since he is in our room, Kyle and I find that we are awake throughout the night even when he is sleeping thanks to all of his not so little noises. But hey, better than screaming, right?

Social/Milestones || Because Michael is so young, I'm going to lump these two categories together for now. He prefers to be held whether asleep or awake, but certainly while he's awake so he can study my face. He holds the most intense stare during those content awake times. I particularly enjoy when he notices the lights--brings me back to Mallory's newborn days. She was obsessed! We have started to hear a little bit of his voice through those short baby yells and coos, but those still don't happen regularly.

Baby Gear || Things have been really simple around here in the "gear" department thanks to Mike's ripe age and essentially comatose existence. ;) Regardless, here is what we are using with him without his knowledge. Ha!

newborn essentials

one || two || three || four || five || six || seven || eight 

Umm, I think that's it! Wish me luck as a venture into my first full week at home with two kids alllll by myself. ;)

Read Mallory's one month update here!

Michael's Birth Announcement

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a fun and relaxing weekend! We had to say goodbye to Kyle's mom yesterday which officially means we are on our own! We have been so fortunate to have both mine and Kyle's mom staying with us over the past few months to help me finish out my pregnancy and transition into life with two kids. Now, I apparently have to do my own laundry and cook my family meals...weird. ;)

I wanted to stop by briefly today to share Michael's birth announcement! As you know, I'm definitely a believer in snail mail. I get such joy out of receiving things in the mail that aren't bills or advertisements (hence the online shopping situation in our house) and I really enjoy sending people things. I have made sending physical birth announcements out for both Mallory and now Michael a priority during the first week at home. Hopefully the kids and our friends and family will enjoy having these to look back on.

As always, we used Tiny Prints for Mike's birth announcements. From return address labels to Christmas cards and stationary, we've ordered from them countless times and have always had an outstanding experience. Here's how things usually go down... After I've taken my photos, I hunker down at my computer with a massive cup of coffee and choose my favorite designs and create a few drafts. I LOVE doing this! I get so excited by all of the different card themes and ideas that I could literally do this all day long and never decide on a card. That's where Kyle comes in... Once I have things narrowed down to about ten different options (TEN?!! See what I mean?? Things can get out of hand in a hurry.) I call Kyle over to narrow it down to two or three then I make the final selection. I finally settled on the "Standout Name" design and here it is!

tiny prints review
tiny prints review

As I go through my 956972 card options, Tiny Prints makes it really simple for me to create multiple design drafts. After I enter Michael's birth stats/what I want the card to say, it automatically plugs it in for me for each subsequent design. So even though I have countless drafts, I only had to type everything out once. #lazypeopleunit! Tiny Prints also allows you to change the font style and color which really allows you to make the announcement even more personalized.

I guess after kissing so much Tiny Prints ass I should mention that this is not a sponsored post and Tiny Prints has no idea who I am. I just spend a lot of money ordering things from them and think they've got it going on! OH! They ALWAYS have coupon codes out the ying-yang!

Take a look back at Mallory's birth announcement!