Monday, July 28, 2014

Hopes & Plans {Link Up}

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams and aspirations or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

So, "fail" is a strong word, but the only word that comes to mind when I think of last week's hopes & plans...

|| Meal journal. Ok. Screw it. Clearly it's just not happening right now...

|| Go fishing hehehe! Wait 'til I tell you about this one...

|| Decide on Mallory's next car seatSo narrowing the search down to the brand counts, right? Stickin' with Britax!  

|| Clean/organize/decorate my desk. I did this in my head... be on the look out for a home office inspiration post. ;)

This Week's Hopes & Plans :

one || Clean out my phone.  Apparently 3,121 photos are too many for my iPhone to handle. During the air show this weekend my phone threw up a big middle finger! Message received. Message received. 

two || "catch up." Lately I've felt as though there 9,001 things that I'm behind on. Housework, errands, family, friends, the dogs, maintenance, this blog... Just feeling a little behind on life these days. 

And that's all she wrote. 
What do you have going on this week?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Well, what had happened was...

Happy Friday!! Kyle is putting his foot down so we will be spending the weekend pursing those pesky salmon. I'll be taking my nail polish with me though. Dude's attention span with fishing is unreal

Lets jump right into the Friday festivities, shall we?

one || I sold my soul to Sephora. Ok. Hear me out. So, Mallory and I went in to "browse" since I had a 10% of coupon burning a hole in my wallet. (10% off? Give me a break, Amanda.) While we were in the store, I realized I also had a coupon for a complimentary makeover. Hmmm. Might as well! With a fussy baby in my arms/on the floor/latched on the boob, this poor woman gave me my complimentary make over. To my surprise, I really loved what she did. I forgot eyeliner was a thing. Anyway, long story short, I left Sephora with three new products (10% off, remember Kyle! Which basically means they were free!) and a full face of make up to go with my jeans and tee shirt look for the day. 

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two ||  We are thinking of painting our baseboards. Anticlimactic for you to read? Sorry. We have been talking about doing this for months, but it just seems sooooo labor intensive. YUCK! The baseboards in our home are essentially brown and we would like them to be white. Have you ever done a project like this? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. 

three || My hair is BACK! I straightened my hair this week for the first time in a long time and I just about tipped over. It is officially LONGER than it was before I had cancer!! Take that Big C! [insert inappropriate hand gesture here]

four || Since Mallory started crawling, she has become who we affectionately refer to as our "resident terrorist." She's emptying cabinets, climbing in the refrigerator, dumping the dogs water bowl, etc. Madness I tell you! What happened to my little, immobile baby?!

five || I'm kind of itching to play soccer again. This is something Kyle and I have tossed around briefly over the years, but after getting out on the turf with Mallory today... I think it's time to lace up the boots and get my dusty ass back on the field!

Linking up with :: A Blonde Ambition || Lauren Elizabeth || September Farm


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If you are new to Shelby's blog here are some fun posts to get you started : 

one ||  Air Force bloggers : A fun link up to help you find some other Air Force bloggers!
two || workout plan : You'll want to print these out! They are GREAT!
three || daily devotions : Shelby's reflections on her June reading goal.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Babies can go camping?

Kyle and I don't know much about this whole parenting gig, but we do know that babies are people. "People" don't like to be confined (ie. prison.) I don't know if we are crazy or just really simple minded, but where we go, the kid goes too. To be completely honest, when we sat down to plan our very first camping trip, we didn't even think to not bring the entire family with us. 

After that first camping trip, I took our tent to REI to be restrung. While we (Mallory was in the baby carrier) were waiting, a woman approached us and asked "you go camping with him?!" ["him" of course being Mallory.] I wondered, "Oh shit. Are we dumb for taking her camping? Are we missing something here?" I responded by saying that we did in fact go camping with our 6 month old. 

Kyle and I simply thought that...

If we got chilly and added a layer, we added a layer for Mallory too. 

If we were hungry or thirsty, we assumed Mallory might be too.

If we required sunglasses, then Mallory also wore sunglasses. 


I guess we just don't like to over think things...

Random :: The biggest issue we encountered on that inaugural camping trip was the fact that Kyle only brought a sleeping mat for himself and I slept on rocks. He is really too sweet. THEN to top it off I slept in a $15 Wal-Mart sleeping bag while he curled up in his arctic sleeping bag that conveniently couldn't be shared since it smelled like "ball sack and red vines." Can't make that up. 

Anyway, after a little trial and error we've come up with a packing list for you when you take baby on a camping trip!

camping packing list

one || Food. Even though Mallory was/is still breastfeeding, we made sure to have snacks for her as well so she could eat while we ate "campfire food." If you are formula feeding, don't forget that stuff! 

two || Extra clothes and PJs. We found we used two sets of jammies and three outfits on overnight camping trips. Especially if your kid is a spit up machine like ours, extra clothes are a must! (Full disclosure : I packed the same number of outfits for myself. #SheGotItFromHerMama)

three || Toys/baby entertainment. The toy distraction tactic was employed during campsite set-up and take-down, as well as shortly before bedtime. Crucial. 

four || Baby seating. We failed to bring her Bumbo with us on our first trip and we paid for it! She has a thing for grass/rocks/dirt, which are all in abundance at most campsites. Not having a seat meant we really couldn't put her down. Sucks!

five || Blankets. We used these for Mallory to play on during those fleeting moments when she wasn't in a rock sampling mood. We also ended up putting blankets down under her Bumbo since she still managed to grab handfuls of dirt to eat. And of course, extra blankets are always nice inside the tent.

six || Personal care items. I'm talkin' bug repellent , sunscreen, diapers, wipes, etc. All that and the kitchen sink! 

seven || Baby carrier. If you have and use some kind of baby wearing apparatus or are going to be camping someplace where a stroller is appropriate, bring 'em. We wore Mallory while we fished and explored!

eight || A place for baby to sleep. This is where a Pack 'n Play might be nice. Mallory co-sleeps so this wasn't something we had to worry about. 

The most important advice I can give is to just be laid back. Like anything you do or plan to do with a baby, it is subject to change and that is completely ok! It's only camping...

Ok. What did I forget to include in my packing list? 

Tell me a good camping story!

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