Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! As always I hope it's been a great week for everyone. We certainly had fall temperatures around here all week but are still waiting for a lot of our leaves to change. We're headed out for our last Airstream adventure of the season until we'll break the Road Toad back out in the spring. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. Maternity pictures: 

My sister took some maternity pictures for us and I'm so happy with how they came out! The boys were really good, for the most part, and we got some cute family shots too. I'm hoping to share more next week and put together some tips for taking pictures with siblings. I really appreciate all of you that took the time to help me decide on what dress to wear. I'm really happy the eggplant color worked out. 

Speaking of pregnancy, I'm 35 weeks today and we had a Dr's appointment this week. Baby boy is breech and has limited time to do some flipping in there. I had two regular births with A and little nugget so of course the thought of not going the route has me a little worried. I'm all for however he gets here as long as him and I are safe, but if there is a chance to have a regular delivery that's my first choice. I turned to my insta stories to ask for some suggestions or if you've ever been in this situation before? I'd love to hear your feedback here or you can head to my stories to weigh in on the conversations over there.

2. I'm sorry, come again? 

In case you missed it, I shared some funny things my boys have said during my pregnancy. Probably not my finest blogging moments because I really put it all out there, but these were too good not to document and with pregnancy brain (it's been real) I wanted to make sure I didn't forget. Have your kids ever said anything funny while you were pregnant?

3. Sweet blogging friends: 

Continuing with the baby talk, sorry if it's not your thing, but I am just blown away by how amazing this blogging community is and the support that we have for each other. It really means so much to me and I am so thankful for each and every one of you that take the time to visit this little space. Sometimes blogging goes even farther than that and you have people that truly feel like they become friends. I was so excited to see this beautiful blanket arrive in the mail from Missy, that she made by the way, and these adorable onsies for baby boy. How cute is all of this?! 

If you aren't familiar with Melissa (Missy) she blogs over at Loving Life Moore and has such an adorable family. She's also pregnant with her third and has two handsome little guys. Her husband is in the military and I seriously cannot give her enough credit for the supermom that she is and all that she deals with. She happened to reach out to  me the day after we found out baby boy has a cleft lip and palate and it was a time when I was really scared, unsure of things, and really just not myself. She had absolutely no idea what was going on because it took me a little while to bring myself to talk about it and put it out there. When she told me she wanted to make something special for him, it felt like God's little way of reminding me to breathe, that everything will be ok, and that baby boy will be so loved. Her generosity and kind heart will mean more to me than she will ever know. Thank you, friend!

4. Fall crafts for kids: 

We had our monthly girl chat link up yesterday and this time we shared some fall crafts or DIY projects. I enjoy doing both but haven't tackled a lot lately which is something I hope to change in the future. I shared some easy crafts to do with your little ones and would love for you to also check out the other great ideas that were shared. You're always welcome to join us the third Thursday of every month for our link up. Next month's topic will be tips for juggling the holiday the season.  

5. Reclaim the night: 

For any local friends around here I wanted to share that our church will be hosting a concert, along with a local radio station, next Thursday 10/30. I love the concept for this. Instead of mischief on the streets there will be a free concert with Josh Baldwin and Betheny Wohrle from Bethel Music. Entry is free and they are asking for donations for missions and local shelters of products that people would normally use on mischief night, toilet paper, soap, etc. It should be a great night and I wanted to pass the link along in case anyone was interested in going. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun.

Fall Crafts For Kids-Girl Chat Link Up

I really wish I had more time on my hands to do crafts and projects with the boys. A loves doing projects, drawing, and using all the glue. But between juggling all of life's craziness, working full time, and everything else that comes into play, it's probably one of the last things on my priority list. 

Over the summer my mom helped us out with the boys and watched them one day a week so they didn't have to be in camp every day. She was great with doing all of these fun arts and crafts with them. She also home schooled me until I was in 8th grade along with my other brothers and sister, so these type of things seem to come natural to her. 

Me on the other hand, I'm searching through Pinterest to get some inspiration and wondering if it will come out as a Pinterest fail or a success.

I was home with the boys for an extra day last week when it happened to be a day that it rained. And rain it did, all.day.long. After going a bit stir crazy, A asked if we could do some projects. I had them go outside for a bit to collect leaves and pine cones and then we put them in front a space heater to help dry them out. Since they both still go down for a nap, I did a little bribing and told them once they woke up the projects would be ready to go but they wouldn't dry out unless they closed their eyes. Mom win, it worked!

While they were napping I got their little table set up, place out the supplies, and had things ready for them when they came down.

They were so excited to see we were making little foxes out of leaves and homemade bird feeders. We've made the bird feeders before and they always end up being a hit so I figured why not go with something we know that works. Although, I did catch them eating the bird seed at one point, mainly the sunflower seeds, and little nugget dug into the peanut butter jar. When I asked him what he was doing? He said, what mama, I'm a bird! Oh brother, never a dull moment with these two.

For the foxes we used...

Googly eyes
Cutout construction paper for the ears (I had one request for a tail)
Glue
Pom poms for a nose

For the bird feeders we used...

Pine cones
Peanut butter
bird seed

I love simple projects that are age appropriate for my guys so they feel accomplished and don't get frustrated. These are both super easy and I love that you can incorporate things from nature and send them on a hunt beforehand to collect the supplies. Everything else we happened to have laying around so it worked out really well.

Now it's your turn to share some crafts or a DIY. I can't wait to see what you've come up with because I can use all the fall project inspiration for myself! Maybe one year I will tackle that wreath.


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Funny Things My Kids Have Said During Pregnancy

I have to say, being pregnant this time around with two little ones has been nothing short of interesting. Aside from the exhaustion and still needing to care for them, house work that needs to be done, and maybe even more messes because they're older now—some pretty funny things have come out of their mouth regarding my growing belly. 

It's been a long time since I shared some of the things they say, so I thought it would be would a good time to document some of these silly phrases here. Now, a lot of this happens to revolve around some humor related to bodily functions, so if that isn't your thing I respect that and I'll see you next post. But if you're up for some little boy "toilet talk" (which we try not to condone in our home) then you might get a kick out of some of this.

I think with this pregnancy I started showing so much sooner than I did before, so feeling bigger has really been from the start. I know my hips have expanded and I'm hoping that with some hard work I'll be back to feeling more like myself next year. Well, A has certainly taken note of that too and really seems to have drawn an attraction to my "big booty" (or is it bootie?) as he likes to call it. In fact, he's made not one but several comments about it. The first one was, wow mama your belly is getting almost as big as your booty. Geez, thanks son I haven't noticed. The one that really stuck out to me was when he asked me, mama, did daddy marry you because you have a big booty? Completely shocked by what he said, the only thing I could mutter out of my mouth was, why don't you go ask your father. As a parent you try really hard not to laugh and encourage these things, but sometimes you just can't help it.

Continuing with the whole booty talk, I'm not even going to try and sugarcoat it or pretend that girls don't pass gas or have to go to the bathroom. I know some people might be mortified by this, but with a house full of boys and very little that embarrasses me, I'm just going to put it out there. Yes, I pass gas (please don't think any less of me). One morning while we were all laying in bed one happened to creep out. It was an odd sounding one and both of the boys shot up from laying down and looked at me. I just kind of smirked and shrugged my shoulders. Little nugget said, mama! I just heard the baby talking to us! My eyes got really big and both Eric and I started laughing. A chimed in and said, yeah I think I heard him say, helllooooo.

Since I'm now 34 weeks, my stomach is really out there and my belly button has started looking a little weird. It hasn't really popped out, but it doesn't look like it did before. Anyway, little nugget seems to think that the baby is going to come out of my belly button and has mentioned that several times.  The other day, A lifted up my shirt and wanted to see my belly. When he saw my belly button he gasped. I asked him what was wrong and he said, mama I think the baby's eye is popping out of your belly. I laughed and told that was actually my belly button. He proceeded to say, well that's disgusting.

There have also been some really cute moments too. Like when we're shopping they'll ask if they can buy things for the baby, or if they see something that comes in threes they'll say the other one is for their brother. Little nugget will remind me that I shouldn't eat sugary things or when I tell him that I can't have things like hotdogs, he'll say, oh right, because what mama eats the baby eats. He's also asked me, mama if the baby's swimming around in your belly will he know how to swim when he comes out? I think that was a logical question.

Like most pregnancies I'm sure a lot of us find ourselves rushing to the bathroom more frequently and constantly having to go. Well, one night I was coming up the stairs and it must have been some extra pressure weighing down on me because in a matter of seconds I had to go. Like right then and there. Of course our dog Coaty was also running up the steps and wanted to cut me off from making it to the bathroom. You can probably figure out that I didn't make it in time. Thankfully it wasn't a full on out disaster, but because I was yelling for the dog to get out of the way, the boys came running over and realized what happened. A few days later little nugget had an accident at school during nap time and we had to bring his nap mat home to wash. We brought it back the next morning and as he was carrying it in and gave it to his teacher he thought it was important to let her know, it's ok that I had an accident, mama had one the other day.

We were sitting around the dinner table one night and somehow the topic of how does the baby eat came up. I think it had something to do with little nugget saying he wanted to feed the baby chicken nuggets and we told him the baby can only have milk until he has teeth and can eat like a big boy. Somehow in a quick downward spiral my boobs and milk were now the topic. It was like a light bulb went off for them. Little nugget asked me if the baby can have chocolate milk? I told him no, not chocolate milk but special milk for babies. I could see A thinking about something and before I knew it I was asked, well if we squeeze your boobs will chocolate milk come out for us? I kind of just gave him this look and told him, no. It definitely doesn't work like that.

Have your kids ever said anything funny during your pregnancy or maybe to a friend that was pregnant? Or maybe you don't have kids but you've witnessed some funny topics. I'd love to hear them so I know I'm not alone. 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope it's been a good week for everyone. It was a short work week for me, which I love, but it always seems to go by in the blink of an eye and they somehow turn into the busiest weeks. There are just never enough hours in a day. Aside from feeling like I didn't have time to do all the things, we did have some time for fun, because that's the important part, right?

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. BYOP party: 

we always have so much fun at our friend's annual BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) party. She's been doing this since before we all had kids and now our oldest little guys are five. It used to be a couples competition when it came time for carving pumpkins, but since then it's turned into more crafts for the kids and a great time to catch up with each other. I attempted to carve our pumpkin with the boys since Eric wasn't able to be there with us. I thought it came out pretty good until one of my friend's came over and said, so what's it supposed to be?! I kind of gave this look and was like, umm it's a cat. The conversation continued by her saying, yeah, I don't see it. I actually thought you were going for the wu tang sign there. I started laughing so hard that this pregnant mama almost had a leaking bladder incident because I thought it was so hilarious. The wu tang sign? First off, how much of a major throwback is that, and my poor innocent cat with the moon off to the side was now unrecognizable. We got a great laugh out of it and I could still crack up just thinking about it. Does anyone else see the cat? I showed Eric and my in-laws later on that night and no one could see it until I told them. Womp, womp.

2. Blaze Jack O' Lantern Event: 

speaking of pumpkins, we headed up to the Hudson Valley NY area for their jack o' lantern event. We went two years ago and loved it. Last year we went to one called Glow in Philly and it just wasn't the same. While it was still good, I think going to Blaze first kind of set some high standards and the one in Philly left us saying, yeahhh we're going back to the other one. Once again it did not disappoint. It's right outside of sleepy hallow and is more family friendly than anything, because we do not do anything creepy or gory over here. It amazes me what they can do with these pumpkins.

3. Checkmate: 

yes, I realize that term is mainly used with Chess but it felt fitting for this picture. Why? I don't know. Chess, checkers, very different, but still both board games. Let's just roll with it, shall we. Anyway, we haven't been to Cracker Barrel in forever and ended up passing one so we decided to stop for something to eat. Of course there was a wait but those rocking chairs outside and a fun game of checkers with my little guy made up for it. Look at his concentration. And can I just eat him up in his sunnies?! His mama taught him well :)

4. Fall Poncho: 

well I was on a roll with putting out one other blog post this week. But you know what, with so much going on in our lives right now I've decided not to put pressure on myself with this blog and just go with the flow. I shared my look in this rust colored fall poncho and some random thoughts that came to mind. I love how so many of you can connect on just random posts instead of always having to be Pinterest worthy, SEO sufficient, and all that good stuff. It kind of felt like the good old blogging days and I hope to just sit down and write and share whatever comes to mind more often.

5. Fall Kids Crafts: 

I took off on Monday since the boys were home for Columbus Day. I had high hopes of taking them to the park, spending some time outside, and what happened? Yup, it rained. Go figure. I tried my best to keep them occupied inside, which is no small task with two energetic boys and mega pregnant mama. I did have them go outside to collect leaves and pine cones which we put in front of a space heater to dry them off.

After they pulled the couch cushions off and set them up on the floor so they could do flips, dancing to Joy by For King and Country a 100 times, I finally got both of them to actually close their eyes for a bit. They woke up ready to go, so we did some crafts. I'll share more about them in detail on Thursday when we have our girl chat link up. This month we're sharing a DIY/Craft so be sure to join us and link up yours this week.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun.

Turtleneck Poncho and Random Thoughts

I had every intention of trying to get this post up yesterday but if you caught my stories then you saw I took off Monday since the boys were home for Columbus Day. My day ended up being all about them, as it should be. I thought about opening my computer after they went to bed but exhaustion set in and a new episode of the OC Housewives and The Good Doctor got the best of me. Did anyone catch Watch What Happens Live after? Haha Andy Cohen telling Tamra, close your legs! I can't.

As I sit here now on my lunch break at work, which is when I try to squeeze all the blogging things in, I can't think of a crafty title or really a creative idea for this post. 

What it really comes down to is, I liked my outfit. That's it. I could try to squeeze some sort of creativity out of me and think of a way to incorporate all of my affiliate links into my post in hopes that some of you will also like this outfit and maybe purchase something. I could figure out if there's a sale going on that I want to bring to your attention and try to entice you even more, but I just can't seem to do it. Not today.

Instead, I just feel like sitting down and typing. Letting whatever thoughts come to mind flow. Taking the pressure off of blogging and just allow it to randomly be me. So if you're up for reading some randomness that really has no rhyme or reason, then I'm excited to have you here and thankful you visit this little space of mine. If you're looking for expert fashion advice or all the styling tips to create that perfect fall outfit, then I can recommend you to some other amazing bloggers. You see, I'm just an average girl, making purchases of things I like, and when I get the chance to have my husband (God bless that man) take some pictures, then I like to share them with you. 

For me personally, I feel like I can relate so much more to the woman wearing something she truly enjoys than something sent to her that she needs to work into a post. That's absolutely not meant to offend anyone or to be mean, I've been there, and I won't never say never. But I also feel that people see through those posts. The authentic feel that someone might try to portray gets striped away. It's still something I try to find a balance with. I made a promise to myself the last few apparel items I received that I would wear them at least a few times before shooting any content for them. I need to see if I really like the look, the feel, the fit, and this way it gives me the ability to truly share an honest opinion with you all. It's such a balancing act because I have so much respect for bloggers that straight up say, hey I loved this shirt, here's where you should buy it, and leave their posts at that. But then I struggle because I would love to see more everyday moments worked into a person's blog, but then does it lose it's touch when you link to what you're wearing? I don't know. Maybe I'm just the one over thinking it.
 
On another note, can I just tell you shopping for maternity clothes has not been easy for me. I recently went to our local mall and both H&M and Old Navy took their maternity lines out of their stores so you can only buy it online now. I usually prefer that, but sometimes you just need to try things on beforehand. Some days I feel like I can confidently rock my growing belly and other days I feel so huge and almost don't recognize who I'm looking at. I know that probably sounds horrible to admit, and don't get me wrong, I'm so thankful for this opportunity and the amazing things my body is doing, but this home stretch has been a little trying. I ordered several different sizes of things from H&M and got nothing more than a good laugh from my husband and I at how ill fitting these items were. The last thing a pregnant woman needs to feel is that there aren't options for her. My inner cheap girl also keeps struggling because I have six more weeks left, six weeks you guys! I have a hard time paying for things for that short amount of time. I'm lucky this post isn't me sitting around in Eric's boxers and a t-shirt. Haha that's probably a sight none of you want to see.

Anyway, I had so much fun planning A's birthday party and now I feel like I need something to work on. We're finalizing our costumes for this year, which aren't anything ground breaking, but I think they will turn out cute. We let the boys decide what they wanted to be this year and then Eric and I worked ourselves into the mix. Of course we had to insert ourselves in there because we plan on getting in family costumes for as long as we can. Is it sad that I already have like the next three years covered as far as some costume ideas once baby boy is here? I also might have his first two birthday party ideas already in my mind. I blame it all on Pinterest. I've been going down a pinning black hole lately. One pin leads to another and before I know it I have these great backyard parties planned out from the menu to the decor (all in my head), that will happen, maybe one day, hopefully, at some point—just because.

So maybe I should mention a little bit about this outfit which was the whole start of this thing, after all. You know, trying to do that whole balancing thing I mentioned. At least with this turtleneck poncho it's not a maternity piece. When I read the description I decided to go with a size small and I loved it in the rust color which is a color I don't really have in my wardrobe (currently sold out). The sizing works for now, but I really don't know how it will be when I'm not pregnant. I know it's supposed to have more of a relaxed look, so hopefully I will love it as much then as I do now. It's no surprise I wanted to wear a hat with it, because, well, I have all the hat fever in the fall and winter months. I almost broke out a beanie over the weekend but then the weather was like nope, I'm still going to give you some warmer days ahead. Then I thought to myself, girl you better slow your roll because you know you are not a fan of winter and you do not want to rush that season to make an early appearance. 

Outfit Details: Poncho Sweater (here) | Jeans (here) | Hat (similiar here) | Yellow Mules (here)
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