Friday, August 22, 2014

Recent Purchases

Happy Friday! 

Some of my favorite blog posts are "shopping hauls." Color me nosy but I just love knowing what other people purchase! (Just ask Kelsey! I'm forever hounding that woman "where did you get ___?" or "what's your favorite xyz?") There is most definitely a fall/camo/pattern theme going on for me right now. In my defense, it's not going to be summer much longer up in these parts. Our days our numbered. 

Anyway. I went shopping earlier this week in search of something for me and Mally to wear for our family photos. (Although, what we wore ended up being completely irrelevant since Kyle went rouge. He showed up wearing whatever HE wanted...Oh boy!) I didn't end up finding what I was looking for but did grab a few other things that weren't on the list. 

Why I walked through Aeropostale is beyond me. I probably haven't stepped foot in that store since middle school. Sooo glad I did because I scored this oversized camp cardigan for more than 50% off!


I grabbed Mal some skinny jeans from Crazy 8. They were included in the  buy one, get one for $0.08 promo so I think I paid a total of $16. Then, when we got home a package from H&M was waiting for us as well. Mallory made out like a bandit!



one || sweatshirt  two || (similar) two pack leggings three || jeggings four || skinny jeans


Another package that was waiting for us housed a necklace I snagged from GroopDealz a couple of weeks ago for like $5! When Mallory allows, I love a good statement piece. 

The Fox's Tail
I'm still waiting on a couple of online orders to arrive, one from Old Navy and and another from H&M. (I'll be sure to share the real thing on Instagram when they arrive!) Here's what's on the way...


From H&M we are expecting a knit hat for Mallory and a patterned cotton top for mama! I grabbed these with a 40% coupon code. Score! (As I was going through the tops online to find this link there were sooooo many other ones that I need...)


Finally, coming our way from Old Navy is a pair of camo jeggings for Mally and a green canvas utility jacket for me! These were purchased during the 40%/35% promotion they had going on last week. 

I think that'll do it! :)

I hope you have fun things planned for this weekend! We will be spending most of ours catching up on all of the house projects that did not get done this week. Oops!

What have you purchased lately?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mallory's 10 Month Update

Ten Months?! Ten. Months. Old?? That's dangerously close to 11 months which is damn near ONE YEAR OLD. No way!

Way. Here we are with our ten month old Mallory Susan :) The standing thing is now in full swing! She still crawls everywhere she wants to go (quickly I might add) but she really enjoys being on her feet! She still wobbles a ton, so maybe she'll hold off on walking just a littttttttle while longer. ;)



Mallory does NOT have time to have her diaper changed during the day. She has places to go and people to see which makes diapers changes look more like a WWE wrestling match. Thankfully the car seat upgrade seems to have curbed her aversion for being in the car a bit. 1 point for Mom and Dad! We ended up getting her the Britax Boulevard G4 Plus convertible car seat.


Mallory continues to find our dogs, Schatzi and LT to be down right hysterical! She is particularly interested in watching them eat. Not good. Sometimes, she too will grab a handful of dog food and chow down. So gross! Mallory also really enjoys their water bucket. Splashing in the water bucket. Putting things into the water bucket. Dumping the water bucket and splashing on the floor. Whatever the case may be, the water bucket never fails to show Mally a good time.


She still only has 6 teeth. No new teeth this month which is fiiiiiiiiine with my nipples me. What color do you think her hair is? In natural light we usually think it looks pretty red. In public, if I'm holding her people say red, but if Kyle is holding her, they say blonde. Science tells us she will be a strawberry blonde, what do you think?


Mallory is still wearing size 4 diapers and size "yeah, this looks like it will fit" clothing. The Carter's bodysuit she's wearing in these photos is 12 months. She is holding strong at about 21 pounds. We had her in the doctor earlier this month for her first ear/respiritory infection combo. :( She had a panda bear nebulizer and amoxicillin for daysss. [Ps. I think Kyle was more traumatized by the "pink medicine" than anyone. When he got home at realized what she was going to be taking he goes- "Oh helllll no! Do you remember that shit?! F*nasty! When can she start taking the pills?".....}


Mallory really enjoys being outside, especially in the backyard where she can play with the dogs AND try to climb the fence. In addition to grass, dirt and rocks, Mallory is about 60/40 right now breastmilk/solids. She took a step backward in the solids department while she was sick, but she is back on track eating anything we eat. A new development in the food department is that she will not touch "baby food," if we aren't eating it she wants nothing to do with it!


She has been doing a ton more babbling! Mal really has a cadence and expression that make it look like she's trying to tell us something. We expect that one of these days in the not so distant future we will have her first word or two!  (She says dada and mama but not 100% of the time AT the correct person, so we aren't counting it. )


We are hoping to stay busy this month soaking up the last bit of Mallory's first Alaskan summer. We have the Alaska State Fair, camping and fishing on the books. :)

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Day In The Life 2.0

Another lifetime ago Seven months ago, I shared A Day In The Life Of Mallory and I think it's about time I update her online baby book you! As I was skimming through that older post I couldn't help but laugh. I thought we would gain more structure the older she got.. HA! That has absolutely NOT been the case for us. 

baby routine

Have a look...

7:30-9:45am || Mallory wakes up. Your guess is as good as mine. Regardless of the time, Mallory always wakes up in a good mood! :)

9:45-12ish || She explores the house like it's her first time here. I get such a kick out of this time of day. It is when she is the most independent and just does Mallory things. Such a joy to watch! Sometimes she has a snack or two but really isn't into eating when she could be wrecking shit playing. 

12ish-1ish || It's time for a nap! Mallory nurses while I down an iced coffee or four and have a Larabar. Of all the meal replacement bars, these have the most natural ingredients and stay with me the longest. Perfect since "lunch" is a luxury these days. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is my fave!

Back to Mal. "Nap time" in Mallory's case this means we either pile in the car to run some errands or get situated in the stroller for a walk. Read : the kid will only nap in the car or in her stroller.  I just know my parents are loving this since I wasn't a napper either. That karma man...

1ish-4:30ish || We are either out and about or at home, whatever the case may be Mallory is awake and into everything. Generally, she is in a better mood during this time if we are out of the house. She loves to people watch like her parents. If luck is going my way, we will share lunch, if not, her go-to snacks during this time are Goldfish, Veggie Straws, those little yogurt melts, and pretzels.

4:30ish- 6:30ish || Mallory starts to get a little fussy during this time but can hold it together with some interactive play and boob. We like to read books, cook dinner together, play outside with the dogs, chew on paper, etc.

6:30ish-10ish || Kyle usually gets home sometime in this neighborhood. We all eat dinner together then Kyle takes over the parenting gig for a little while. I bathe/run/blog. Sometimes Mal doesn't let this happen, but we try. Mallory frequently falls asleep on Kyle's chest like napping is her favorite activity. Come on kid! Bath time and nursing also happens at some point.


10ish-11ish || We go to bed. Sometimes just Kyle and Mallory go to bed and I stay up to get things done around the house....sometimes.

The gist of this "schedule" is that I kind of roll with whatever Mallory needs/has going on. I know that not all parents have this kind of flexibility in their day, but for now, we do and are both happy and healthy.

I would like to get Mallory comfortable going to sleep on her own around 8:30-9pm when she starts to get sleepy. It would be nice to have a couple of hours to myself each day, but we aren't in any hurry. A friend of mine shared an article called The Wait it Out Method of Sleep Training the other day and it really resonated with me...

What do you think about that article? Does your schedule look like ours?

Catch ya tomorrow with Mallory's 10 month update!

Disclosure : I was not compensated for this post. Larabar did send some samples for me to review. As always, all opinions on this blog are my own. 

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