Friday, November 21, 2014

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!!

- ONE - I survived my first trip to the very Windy City this week! Of course it was record breaking temperatures while I was there (-11 degrees with wind chill) all 3 days. Thankfully I borrowed an awesome puffy coat from a friend because my North Face fleece definitely wouldn't have been cut out for the trip. I wish I could say I did all sorts of fun touristy things while I was in Chicago but the reality is that it was a work trip and I spent most of my time in a hotel ballroom working an event. However, I did get to break away on the first night to have a really fun dinner with my coworkers at RPM (a swanky Italian restaurant by Bill and Giuliana Rancic)!

And I would be remiss not to mention how great Matt did with Caroline on his own while I was away. This was my first time ever spending the night away from her and it was hard but I knew she was in good hands with daddy! Caroline's teachers even applauded Matt for doing so well solo...even though he dressed her in backwards outfits two days in a row. Love him. 
- TWO - And speaking of our little muffin, we just got our Christmas pictures back and they are unbelievable. I'll do a full post soon, but in the meantime...
- THREE - I'm having a hard time deciding on a dish to bring to Thanksgiving this year. Has anyone ever tried crockpot cranberry sauce? If so, what recipe did you use? Or if you have another easy idea I'm open to that too.
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- FOUR - Mamas! I just discovered The Original Orbit Label by InchBug and it has been a complete game changer! Each night Matt and I rotate who puts Caroline down for bed while the other person makes (and labels) all her bottles for daycare. I loathe labeling her bottles. We've been using (rolls and rolls) of washi tape until I stumbled upon these wonderful non-adhesive reusable labels. I had Caroline's full name engraved on a set of pink labels and I love them. They fit around her bottles, sippy cups and a variety of other containers. I am definitely adding another set of these labels to Caroline's Christmas list!
- FIVE - I recently received the cozy Everything You Are Sweater from The Palm Tree Boutique and love it so much that I haven't been able to part with it long enough to throw it in the wash, despite wearing it 2345435423 times so far. Paired with leggings, this top is the perfect fall weekend outfit. The material is a blend of polyester and cotton and I love how loosely it fits (I'm wearing a small here). Love it too? You can get one {here}! And make sure to check out all of the other fabulous items that The Palm Tree Boutique offers! Make sure to use coupon code CCHARM15% at checkout for a 15% discount! Happy shopping!
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Caroline Grace {6 Months Old}

Caroline Grace,
 
In the blink of an eye you are 6 months old. It feels like it was just yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital. This month has absolutely been our favorite yet. Your personality continues to light up the room and your giggles melt me into a puddle. You truly are the smiliest baby! 
 
Every morning daddy scoops you up out of your crib and brings you to bed with us for about an hour before we get up for the day. Those snuggles are the most treasured moments of the day. You are a snuggler and I hope you never grow out of it.
 
We thank God every day that you are happy, healthy and that you are ours! We couldn't be more in love with you, sweet Caroline.

Love,

Mommy
 
6 Month Highlights:
  • Still in size 1 diapers. I think our "stay little forever" wish is coming true! I'd guess you're around 13.5 pounds, maybe. 
  • We retired your wubanub and soothies but still use MAMs at bedtime.
  • You can sit up unassisted and have no interest in crawling yet.
  • You love to say "mmmmm" and "ba ba" but haven't quite put the two together for "mama". Most of the time though you just blow bubbles, babble and smack your lips.
  • You are now obsessed with cups! You love to drink out of the side of our cup so much that we decided it was time to get you your own sippy cup. 
  • You're starting to become uninterested in your milk (7 ounces/5 bottles a day) and are so distracted during feedings. However, you love oatmeal and purees you scarf them down with no problems.
  • You are the smiliest baby ever and were such a ham for school pictures that the photographer featured your photo at daycare for her advertisements.
  • You're starting to reach for us to pick you up. (serious heart melter)
  • This month we celebrated your first Halloween, took you to Blowing Rock and had our first {of many} family photo shoots. 
Let's take a look back at the last 6 months...
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday!

It's been a super busy week! Work has been absolutely crazy and I haven't had much time to blog or catch up on blogs. And things don't appear to be slowing down next week either as I'll be traveling to Chicago for work. I've actually never been to Chicago and I have a legit fear of public transportation in big cities and don't do well with cold weather either so it should be an interesting trip. Anyway, on to my five!

- ONE - Can we talk about how Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? Every year I use The Pioneer Woman's Turkey Brine and swear it's the best brine out there for your turkey. If you've never tried it before you definitely should give it a shot this year. I promise you'll love it. You can find the recipe {here}!


- TWO - And you know what else is exactly two weeks away? Black Friday. And I can't wait! Black Friday is probably the only day of the entire year that I'm a morning person. I wake up with unbelievable energy and am definitely one of the crazies standing outside the mall while it's still dark outside. Would love to know what's on your Black Friday shopping list this year...
- THREE - Some of you asked about Caroline's suction cup toys that we use to keep her distracted at restaurants. They are called Squigz and you can find these amazing toys on Amazon {here}. These toys stick to any flat surface {tables, windows, etc,} and also rattle. Honestly, anything that keeps a 6 month old happy through a quick meal and doesn't require being picked up off the floor a hundred times is worth recommending. Thank you, Aunt Ann!!

- FOUR - The Cheesy Bacon Biscuit Pull Aparts we made for breakfast in the mountains last weekend were so yummy that I wanted to post the recipe for all you bacon lovers...

Easy Cheesy Bacon Biscuit Pull-Aparts
From Picky Palate
 
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons melted butter
One roll refrigerated biscuit dough, 8 count
6 thin slices fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch thick
1 cup Smithfield cooked, crumbled bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and brush a 9-inch cast iron skillet with melted butter. Unroll biscuits from can and place into bottom of skillet. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese, bacon crumbles then shredded cheddar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and biscuits are cooked through. Serve warm.
- FIVE - I recently received the Easy Southwest Kimono Cardi from In Bloom Boutique and love it. This is my first kimono ever and I was a bit nervous about how it would look on someone as short as me but I think it's super cute! And it's comfy. Anyway, In Bloom has graciously offered a $40 shop credit to one lucky reader. Just enter using the rafflecopter below! Also, you can shop all of In Bloom Boutique's cute stuff {here}!
 
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2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!
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