Five on Friday!






Thank you all so much for your advice on my post earlier this week about gifts for Caroline’s first birthday and car seat recommendations! You all are the best.

So this week was a bit of a rough one. Caroline came down with a nasty cold last Friday and it progressively got worse throughout the days that followed before it got better. She had the saddest cough (keeping her up all night), more snot than I ever thought was possible and a fever for 5 days. The doctor said all we could do was ride it out with Tylenol and Motrin (aka liquid gold), lots of snuggles, warm baths, Vick’s Vapor Rub, a nighttime humidifier and frequent snotsucking (Matt’s job). She is finally on the  mend and we are thankful!

On to the good stuff…

– ONE – Yesterday we had our anatomy scan for Baby M2 and are thrilled to confirm the gender! Our parents have already popped their gender reveal poppers and the envelope containing the name has been opened and announced! I can’t wait to share the details with y’all next week! Until then, any guesses on a brother or sister for Caroline?

 – TWO – Last night I hosted Supper Club and it was such a good time. Since we ended late I didn’t have time to write a more thorough recap. Post to come next week. Here is my tablescape…





– THREE – I’m the last one to the party on this one but I just discovered Cookie Butter from Trader Joes and it’s an unhealthy new addiction for me. I seriously need to hide all my spoons.









– FOUR – On Tuesday we celebrated our first snow day! Well, it was mainly just an inch or two of ice, but still counted enough to stay home in pajamas! Even though Caroline was sick as a dog she perked right up once we got outside and plopped her in the snow. I think this was the happiest I’d seen her in five days. She loved it! For those of you who asked about Caroline’s snow suit…it’s the Cosy All-in-One from Baby Boden (Thanks, Grandmom!). This print is no longer available but you can find a similar version here.





– FIVE – I recently discovered the best trick to deep cleaning your towels! The other day I pulled out my freshly cleaned towels from the dryer and they smelled like they had been left in the washer for several days before making it to the dryer. Well, maybe they had but I did re-run the wash before drying them. 


 


Anyway, here’s the tip: Wash your towels in hot water with one cup of vinegar (only). Wash towels in hot water again with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Throw them in the dryer and enjoy your fresh towels!




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  1. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    February 20, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    This post is all sorts of helpful – cookie butter? Check. Fresh towels? Check. Future snowsuit for miss Andi? Check. Hope ya'll have a fabulous weekend! xo

  2. Sydney @ Raising Southern Grace
    February 20, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    Awesome tip on the towels. Ive had that happen before so I will have to try your tip! Looking forward to finding out if its a Miss or Mr. Im saying Mr. Boys are fun!

  3. Kristine {mywesternnest.com}
    February 20, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I love that trick for towels! I seriously am always in awe at the cleaning power of single baking soda and vinegar. I like to spread baking soda across my kitchen sink, dump on vinegar, let it fizz, and scrub. The results are amazing! And so glad you found cookie butter. I feel like my life is divided into 2 sections: pre and post-cookie butter.

  4. Meg ~ Chasing Pink Fireflies
    February 20, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    Great tip about the towels – I definitely need to do this the next time they get washed!! I'm impressed that you already have a name ready to go and can't wait to hear what #2 is and what he/she will be called! Hope Caroline feels better soon! Vick's Vapor rub on the bottoms of the feet always helped my girls when they were babies (not sure where I read this tip) and that amazing (but disgusting) snot sucker!

  5. LHWinstead
    February 20, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    I love finding new wonderful things from Trader Joes – going to have to try that cookie butter out ASAP 🙂

  6. Ashley {Word on the Streets}
    February 20, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Ah!! So excited to find out the gender of baby M2! And I have never tried this cookie butter – we don't have a Trader Joe's! 🙁 🙁

  7. Kristy {Seven Graces}
    February 20, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I have been NEEDING a recipe for my towels. Thank you! I have been too lazy to look at Pinterest. Thanks for keeping it simple. Sounds like I can do this. And your little doll? Adorable! 🙂 Happy weekend!

  8. Jillian
    February 20, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    aww i'm glad caroline is feeling better!! I'm going to guess baby M2 is a BOY! can't wait to find out 🙂 have a wonderful weekend! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  9. Rachel Emily
    February 20, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the advice on getting that smell out of your towels. I will be using that this weekend! Hope you have a great one!

  10. Jessica
    February 20, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    Yay for finding out the gender! I have a sneaking suspicion about it and can't wait to find out if I'm right:) And double yay for a name!:) Eeeek! Sweet Caroline looks adorable in her snowsuit – what fun! And, I have heard that tip about towels, but never known anyone who has tried it. With your recommendation, I will happily be adding this to my to do list. Because even with the best detergent/laundry softeners, towels do tend to get a bit of a musty smell after a while. Thanks for sharing, Christina!!!:)

  11. Paige @ Reasons to Come Home
    February 20, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I will definitely be trying out the tips on towels! With a front end washer, I feel like our towels never smell fresh!

  12. Shannon @ Sweet Tea Sippin' on Mayberry
    February 20, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    I cannot wait to read about Baby M2! So excited for you and your family! As for the Cookie Butter….I have the same addiction with the Biscoff brand cookie butter. I like to think its healthy because it is in a spreadable form and not the actual cookie, but who am I kidding =) Happy Friday!

  13. Christina
    February 20, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    oh my goodness, she looks darling in her snowsuit!!! can't wait to for the gender reveal. have a great weekend doll!

  14. Amanda
    February 20, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    That snow suit is to die for!!! So cute!

  15. Meredith
    February 20, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    we're on our last jar of cookie butter and I'm dying!! Seriously the best stuff ever and my daughter eats it up! Wish we would get a Trader Joe's here in Memphis. Can't wait for the gender reveal!

  16. Sarah O
    February 20, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    Glad to hear baby girl is feeling better. Cookie butter is amazing and I don't buy it because I will eat nothing else until it's gone. Can't wait to find out the gender of M2!

  17. April of A. Liz Adventures
    February 20, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Snowsuit …. LOOOOOOVE. Oh my goodness she is a sweetheart. Okay, I hate to spread bad habits, but can I tell you what's really good? Get some of the plain mini-Hersheys bars that are individually wrapped. Then, use them like the "spoon" in your cookie butter. Seriously out of this world.

  18. Lauren Kate
    February 20, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Where did you find the gender reveal poppers? So cute!

  19. My Life as A Plate
    February 20, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    So exciting cannot wait to hear what you are going to have and LOVE the recipe for cleaner towels, I seriously needed that. I get so frustrated when towels still smell dirty after they have been washed.

  20. Katie @ The Macarthurs Lately
    February 20, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    How fun with the poppers! We're doing a confetti-filled balloon next Saturday for our gender reveal! We have our anatomy scan next Friday! One week! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm guessing brother for sweet Caroline!

  21. Holly
    February 20, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    I use the vinegar/baking soda trick, but I've always used them both at the same time rather than 2 separate washes. It still smells fabulous doing it this way, plus saves time and water!

  22. Karen Chung
    February 20, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I love your table decor from the dinner party, so perfect and pretty!! I'm glad baby girl is feeling better and SO excited for you as you reveal the gender of baby 2!! Have a great weekend!xoxoKaren from LondonHttp://kensingtonwest.me.uk

  23. Kate at Green Fashionista
    February 20, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    YES to all the cookie butter! I picked up the crunchy one at TJ's last week, and it's just as delish with cookie crunchies in it :)Happy Friday!

  24. Tabitha @ Coffee, Wine and Wanderlust
    February 20, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Sorry to hear Caroline was sick! Hope she is feeling better. Love the tablescape!

  25. Hanging with the Hirsts
    February 20, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Cannot wait to hear if Caroline will be getting a baby brother or sister! She looks so adorable in her little snow suit too!

  26. Christy
    February 20, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    I will have to try the towel trick tomorrow. I have a few that smell like that but I haven't left them in the washer. Thanks for the tip. I can't wait to see what baby M2 is. My guess is a baby boy.

  27. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    February 20, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    My kitchen rags have been smelling mildewy and I keep meaning to wash them with vinegar so thank you for reminding me! Have a wonderful weekend can't wait to know the gender. I am guessing it's another little lady!

  28. nelle monaco
    February 20, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    cutest snow suit EVER. the table is so beautiful and cookie butter is my favorite. so addicting. 🙂

  29. Sara @ The Crazy Cozads
    February 20, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Babies in snowsuits are just adorable! Have fun revealing the news of your newest little!! What a joyous occasion!

  30. Georgia Glam
    February 20, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    How CUTE is Caroline?!?! Precious! I'm going to have to try out that towel trick, especially before guests come stay, sometimes our linen closet leaves our items with a weird smell…guess that is an old house for you!

  31. sayyestohappy
    February 20, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    just found your blog today through the link up, excited to follow your adventures! Thanks for hosting!I've heard that baking soda and vinegar trick, I'll have to try that!

  32. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    February 20, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Can't wait to hear about the dinner party – the table scape was beautiful!

  33. Gracie Francisco
    February 20, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Love the towel tip! Also, I'm guessing boy!

  34. Girard Living
    February 20, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Happy to hear that Caroline is feeling much better!! Our household got hit with the bug last week – not fun!! I'm guessing a BOY for your next little one!!! 🙂

  35. ChalkSouthernToMe
    February 21, 2015 / 4:36 am

    Can't wait to hear if Caroline will have a sweet sister or brother! Your tablescape looks perfect too! Xo, Stephanie

  36. Liz | Ellie and Addie
    February 21, 2015 / 4:57 am

    Cookie butter is my favorite thing ever! I haven't tried the crunchy yet!

  37. Brittany Fry @ The 26th of August
    February 21, 2015 / 7:42 am

    Caroline looks so cute in the snow!!! I love the idea of having poppers for the announcement, did you make them or order them from somewhere? My guess is a little brother to be added to the family 🙂 Cannot wait for the reveal!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  38. Christina @ Still Lucky
    February 21, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I need more cookie butter! I've only had it once since TJ's isn't nearby. Love those poppers, can't wait to hear the news!

  39. meg- made
    February 21, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Oh poor baby girl! My Maddie has had a horrible case of that too. The cough is the worst, it just breaks my heart hearing her in such discomfort and knowing there's nothing we can do but love them a little harder. I'm glad she's on the mend now and then looking beyond adorable in her snow suit!! Ohhhh so excited for your gender reveal! I still remember how shocked you were to find out you were having a girl last time, I hope there's another video this time too!!!! xx

  40. BaconBear 4
    February 21, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    GIRL,!

  41. rox
    February 21, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Ummmmm……girl? Someone should get to wear all of Caroline's PRECIOUS clothes / bows / etc.!! 😉

  42. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    February 22, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    That little snow suit is too cute on Caroline!! And what a beautiful tablescape…Eeeeeeeeek – blue or pink?!?! So exciting!! My guess is PINK! x

  43. Chasity Munn
    February 22, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Cookie butter is to blame for my extra 5 lbs :(I'm guessing BOY!!And next time, you can wash on cold with vinegar only, and put it in the prewash container too, and you only have to do it once. I read online that hot makes the smell worse so you have to wash again.www.hautemommyblog.com

  44. Life as a Mrs.
    February 24, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Great tip about the towels! Excited to see and read the gender reveal! I think my vote is: Brother!!

  45. Alexandra Bee Blog
    February 26, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    That picture of Caroline in the snow is THE CUTEST!!! Seriously love the snow suit and her smile!!

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