Making Suds & Memories

Monday, September 17, 2018
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When I first knew I was going to be a mother, one of the many things I dreamed about were sink baths in a kitchen full of morning light. Now that dream has become a reality, and it's sweeter than I even imagined. I love the sunshine creeping in as little toes pop through sudsy water, giggles float around like escaped bubbles, and the smell of a fresh babe fills the room. It's motherhood moments like these that I'll hold onto forever and tuck away to reminisce on once my babies are too big to fit in the sink. 

Until then, I'll be bathing my little loves under the kitchen window in the sink. And I'll be choosing the new and improved, inside and out, JOHNSON'S® for gentle use on my babes' tender skin. JOHNSON'S® COTTONTOUCH™ Newborn Baby Wash & Shampoo is fast-absorbing, leaving no unwanted residue behind to help babies' skin less slippery. And you mamas know how slippery a wet baby can be! I am pairing the wash and shampoo with JOHNSON'S® COTTONTOUCH™ Newborn Baby Face and Body Lotion. The lotion was specifically designed for newborn's delicate skin, and the real cotton enables an ultra-light touch to encourage more touch and interaction with baby. The 2-step wash and lotion routine is proven to build a stronger connection between you and baby. We love the duo of wash + lotion so much that we use it on our newborn and our toddler. 

We have also been loving the new redesigned bottles. The enhanced functionality of adding the pump to the top of the bottles to help a mama out when she has full hands makes bath time so much smoother. So not only is it simpler to use for mama, but it's also simpler, gentler products that 9 out of 10 parents would recommend. We love that JOHNSON'S® is 100% gentle, and free of parabens, and phthalates. 

We grabbed our bath time routine essentials at CVS for exceptional savings. Buy 1, Get 1 50% on JOHNSON'S® Baby. And spend $30, Get $10 ExtraBucks. There's nothing like creating memories while having fun, and I hope my girls will fondly remember their sink baths long after they stop taking them. 

Autumn Bucket List Printable

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The fall season is in full swing in our house, and we are giving our best efforts to get the most out of it. Every year seems to go quicker and quicker, so this time around we've made a list of what we want to enjoy this autumn. And since it's sometimes hard to remember all the things you want to do, I've put together our bucket list for you to use too! You can download and print it for yourself by using this link

We are hoping to go apple picking this weekend, but with the impending hurricane we may have to reschedule. We're going to make a last minute decision late tomorrow. Instead, we may be home enjoying fall/halloween movies and munching on pumpkin spice popcorn (all on our bucket list!). We shall see! 

I'm hoping to share our fall home tour in the next two weeks, but until then I hope you can find some inspiration from last year's fall decor

And if you need a fall recipe, check out this one for pumpkin loaf and this one for sea salt + toffee chocolate chip cookies! Of course, if you're looking for the right drink to pair with those, grab this list!

Download + Print the bucket list HERE

A September Evening On The Lake

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
We kicked off our fall bucket list this last weekend with a boating excursion on the lake. Our sweet girl has been talking about boating since we took her last summer. And we knew we wanted another boating adventure before the season ended. So I booked a pontoon months ago, hoping the weather would cooperate for a fall evening on the water.

Low and behold, it's been so rainy in the mountains of Virginia, and all last week the forecast called for rain. But, we crossed our fingers (wanted to avoid losing money based on their cancellation policy) and went on ahead. The blue skies lasted for about 20 minutes until the rain started falling. Fortunately, it really didn't last too long, and the rest of our evening was really great. But, I have to be honest, as pretty as these photos are (thanks to my sister for capturing most of them), I didn't have the best time for the first bit of our adventure. I fight against anxiety, and during that first hour on the boat, with a baby in a life jacket that she didn't like, rain falling, and feeling like I couldn't move (to avoid waking the baby that had finally fallen asleep and settled in her jacket) I was an anxious mess. In fact, I was more than ready to forgo the rest of the trip and head home, getting far away from that lake and the worries. Needless to say, I just wasn't having fun and felt like I was bringing down the rest of the boat too. 

Luckily for me, things turned around once the rain stopped and husband anchored the boat to eat dinner, which gave me the chance to take Quinn out of her life jacket to nurse her. A little food, a free + happy baby, and just a moment of calm was what I needed to let the anxious feelings go and enjoy the rest of our time boating. I handed the babe off to my mom for the last bit, and was able to relax and take in the fun too. I'm thankful we stuck it out through the rain and I stuck it out through the anxiety. What could have been a bummer of a trip, turned out to be sweet quality time together. 

Something To Swoon About Vol. 5

Friday, September 7, 2018
Happy Friday!! I just caught the weather forecast for the mountains of Virginia, and the high tomorrow is 77°. I couldn't be more excited for this unexpected surprise. Even better, the high for Sunday is 67°. FALL. IS. ON. ITS. WAY. 

The downside to this weekend forecast is the chance of rain and thunderstorms. We have plans to go boating tomorrow evening, and I'm praying that all holds off. Greer has been talking about last year's boating adventure since last year, and we are thrilled to get her back on the lake again; the weather just needs to cooperate. I can't wait to see her sweet little face light up. And I think I'm going to attempt to make another video to capture it all. 

What have we been up to lately?
  • On another fall note, I had my first pumpkin scone of the season this morning, and it was delightful. 
  • College and professional football have been playing on our t.v. We celebrated a Hokie win on Monday to kick off the season, and let Greer stay up for the first half. She told us it was boring, but still cheered her heart out (because it's her thing with her daddy). Then she snuggled with me until halftime, where she promptly fell asleep after tucking her into bed. These are the moments I dreamed about when I imagined what motherhood might look like. 
  • Currently, I'm enjoying iced coffee while my big is pretending to bake cookies and my little is snoozing in her seat next to me. 
  • The house smells like autumn.
  • My nails are covered in paint from painting shiplap in our kitchen last night. It's now completely primed. Next up are two coats of paint. 

What are some of our new favorites?
  • This henley has my name all over it. I've been looking for something like it without luck, and this one is perfection, especially for nursing! 
  • These loafers have been my favorite slip-ons for years. So I grabbed the faux leather version for this fall. 
  • I think Greer would super adorable sporting this poncho for fall days. 

What do I have planned?
  • Finishing up the grocery list for next week. I need some good and simple dinner ideas. 
  • I want to look into Weight Watchers to help lose the last 10 lbs of baby weight and get to a healthier/feels-better-to-me weight from there. All tips related to eating based on Weight Watchers points are welcome for this!
  • Filling in our fall calendar. September weekends are totally booked, now on to October!
  • Making our fall bucket list. 

Happy weekending, my friends!!

p.s. Don't forget to try out my Pumpkin Loaf this weekend! And pair it with one of the many Starbucks drinks from this list!

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