Friday, September 22, 2017

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday! I have soooooooo been looking forward to this weekend because...IT'S MY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND (my birthday is technically Monday)! Hooray! We've got some pretty incredible plans that require me to go pack my bags so I'll get down to it...(apologies in advance for the rambling...I'm a little overexcited today).
one. If you follow me on Instagram you are aware of Caroline's latest sleep regression (Probably not the appropriate term. That's what I'm calling it anyway). You know, the one with the fear of the purple cat hiding under her bed at night?

Side note: I figured out where she got that's from Brown Bear Brown Bear! So I burned all 3 of our copies. Damn you, purple cat looking at me!
Anywaaaay, I posted on my insta-stories about our Zarbees Melatonin gummies and received SO many messages I had to take it down! haha. I got overwhelmed, sorry! And sorry if I didn't respond. But I'm responding now! To answer everyone's question -- YES! THESE WORK! We are on week 3 and Caroline is falling asleep faster now instead of singing and destroying her room for a few hours AND she's sleeping through the night. Although, now that I just wrote that she's guaranteed to be up all night tonight. Amazon prime these immediately.
two. After running out of my favorite Clinique Moisture Surge my friend Laura told me I needed to try Neutrogena Hydro Boost! Her dermatology nurse friend recommended this drug-store hydrating gel to her, claiming it's just as good as some of the super expensive products out there. Anyway, I started using it a few weeks ago and am seriously impressed. If you suffer from dry skin like me, you must must must try this gel cream out. I've also read that Neutrogena Hydro Boost ($14) is a major dupe for the Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Moisturizer ($58). 
three. Every Friday Caroline has ballet and show & tell at preschool. She lives for Fridays. Anyway, there is seriously nothing cuter than watching her pick out her item on Friday mornings to bring to school. Two weeks ago she brought her record player to show off, and last week she was suuuuuper excited to share her makeup kit with her classmates. This age y'all...killing me.

four. On Monday we celebrated McKinsey's 30th birthday (as well as the arrival of her baby boy McCoy)! She's in the black shirt, and yes, it is super unfair that she had a baby two weeks ago but looks like she was never even pregnant! Her mom hosted a martinis & munchies get-together and it was the most fun way to kick off the week! 
five. Something life changing happened to me this week!!! I was offered the amazing opportunity to review 2ULaundry. So, for the first Sunday ever Matt and I did ZERO laundry. Instead we stuffed our dry cleaning, laundry and hang dry items in a few bags and set them on our porch Monday morning for pick-up. On Tuesday evening our clean clothes were delivered back to our porch! I was blown away by the one day turnaround, the cleanliness, the perfect folding of our clothes (including the fitted sheet I tossed in there), the very reasonable pricing ($20-30), the customization options (detergents, etc.) the ease of scheduling, reminders and status updates (done through texts) and the friendliness of my driver who took so much pride in his job. Will I use this service again? YES, especially for our dry-cleaning and all my pesky wash & hang items I rarely wash! The dry cleaning prices are super competitive and run cheaper than our dry cleaner down the street (and now our clothes wont sit there for weeks before I remember to pick them up). Anyway, if you're in Charlotte (includes Waxhaw, Matthews, Huntersville, Balantyne, and more.), Fort Mill or Atlanta, you can read about how the services work here and find the pricing here. Of course I have an amazing referral link for ya too (win-win for us both). Click here to save $15 off your first laundry or dry cleaning order.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

First Day of Fall || Pumpkin Dip

Tomorrow is the first official day of fall and as always I love to re-post my favorite fall recipe -- pumpkin dip! It blows my mind how my original recipe post from 2012 is still the #1 result for pumpkin dip recipes! You can find the printable version of my recipe here.
Caroline made our first batch of pumpkin dip last weekend for a Sunday Funday at Lisa's house. I always forget how unbelievably delicious this dip is. As Caroline and I were pulling out the ingredients for the dip I decided I'd let her pour it all in the mixer together...
And to practice for her future cooking show I took a ton of snaps in SnapChat and loved them so much that I saved them all and uploaded them to iMovie. It was super easy to throw together and is a video I'm so glad we'll have forever!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Toddler Talk

One of my favorite parts of each day with Caroline right now is the first few moments after she arrives home from preschool and begins to recount every good and bad detail of the day with the most animation. She must stand to tell the stories as she is usually too excited to sit, her tiny hands waving around wildly, her dramatic facial expressions rapidly changing and she talks a mile a minute in the sweetest little voice. She is seriously so much fun. Oh, how I love this age and wish I could bottle it up! Anyway, some really funny things Caroline has said lately...

After noticing the pages were torn out of a library book in Caroline's room...
Daddy: Hey, where are all the pages to this book?
Caroline: Oh, they are in the toilet.
Daddy: Why are they in the toilet?!
Caroline. The trash can was full. 

Running into the living room with a cookie to find Thomas...
Caroline: Hey Thomas! Daddy has a surprise...for not you! (laughs and runs away)

While standing by as I reprimand Thomas for digging through the trash can...
Caroline: Yep! That's a "no ma'am," Thomas!

While exiting Caroline's room after scolding her to go to sleep for the 2387234 time...
Caroline: (sobbing) You are NOT being my best friend right now!!!

While buckling Caroline into her car seat and realizing she didn't brush her teeth...
Mommy: Hey, did you brush your teeth this morning?
Caroline: Yes!
Mommy: It doesn't smell like it. I don't think you did.
Caroline: OK, I didn't. But I brushed them yesterday!

Oh, and I'll just leave you with this snapshot from Caroline's recent productive nap ripping up dollar bills she was collecting in her wallet from Grandma...

Find more Toddler Talk here.

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