Monday, October 9, 2017

37 Weeks Pregnant: Almost there!

How far along? 37 Weeks! I can hardly believe it. 

How big is the baby? Haha I am just laughing about this because I got this app that tells sizes, and it's the weirdest! I changed it from fruit because I didn't know what any of the fruit was (like, how is that helpful?) to "fun and games" and it's even less helpful! Supposedly baby is the size of a tackle box. Sure, thanks.

Maternity Clothes? Yep. Maternity clothes are unfortunately my life. I'm pretty over it. But pretty maternity dresses like this one from PinkBlush help ease the pain a little bit! I love this color of blue, it's so flattering on everyone!

Sleep? Ugh, I don't want to talk about it. But ok, let's do this. With Nathan I slept SO WELL the whole time. It was incredible. This time around? Not so much. I wake up ALL THE TIME. And then it takes me a super long time to fall back to sleep. Alex gets up at 5 to go to the gym and I can never fall back to sleep until like 7, and then I feel dumb for going back to sleep at a normal time to be awake! But I need the rest! Don't judge!

Best moment this week? Finally getting things done! I got the closet in the nursery organized with both Nathan and baby girl's clothes and it looks really good if I do say so myself! And I finally started packing my hospital bag as well. Feeling more prepared!

Symptoms? Less sleep, achey hips, getting REAL tired of bending over to pick things up.

Food cravings? Just cookies all day every day, nbd.

Food aversions? No pasta please!! 

Gender? Girl Girl Girl!!! And I have all the cutest little girl clothes to prove it!

Labor signs? A couple weekends ago I had super consistent contractions for like 5 hours! They were like 10-15 minutes apart, but they stopped when I went to bed. That is what spurred me to action to finally get organized and packed ha ha ha.

Belly button in or out? In and staying in!

What I miss? My body being able to easily move around, and my cute pants.

What I'm looking forward to? At this point, just meeting baby girl!! The anticipation is getting so real!!

I can't believe that we're in the end stretch. I am so excited to meet her and hold her and love on her. I'm also very nervous about Nathan. I know he's going to be the cutest best big brother, but I just don't want him to feel like pushed to the side or anything! He's my little bud, and I hope he knows he is going to stay that way!! Anyway, if any of you have advice about helping your toddler with the transition of a new baby, feel free to give it to me! 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Get Ready with Me!

Something I have always made a priority is getting ready for the day. I knew that with motherhood would come limited time for getting put together in the morning, but I tried to make sure I consistently did it, because for me it really sets the tone for the rest of my day! I'm not talking about getting dressed to the nines with a full face of makeup every single day - there's really no point to that ha ha. For me, getting ready ALWAYS includes washing my face and moisturizing. It USUALLY includes putting a small amount of makeup on. And it SOMETIMES includes doing my hair.

If I've at least washed my face, I feel much better about getting started on my day! I will usually throw on some CC cream, under eye concealer (be gone dark circles!!), a little blush, fill in the eyebrows, and it's not complete without mascara. This process takes less than 10 minutes. If I'm feeling fancy I will straighten or curl my hair, but you better believe that only happens regularly on Sundays. I also put more effort into my makeup on Sundays, but today I'm focusing on a typical weekday for you all!

Yes, a lot of Mary Kay ha ha.. that's a long story, that maybe I will share one day. Until then, this is what I have:

Mary Kay Timewise Face Wash, Moisturizer, and Day Solution - I've been using this stuff for two years now, and I really haven't felt like switching anything up! I definitely see the results I want from their skin care, and I'm not ashamed of it ha ha. In fact, I recommend it highly! I use their night solution, you guessed it, at night, and it is awesome as well.

Mary Kay CC Cream - I love this because it does what it's supposed to, color corrects, and it feels super light on the skin, like you aren't wearing anything at all! PLUS it has sunscreen in it, and I love feeling like my face is protected. My nicer foundation for dates or Sundays is the Tarte Amazonian Clay and I will go to my grave announcing it's the best foundation in the world. Amen.

Under Eye Concealer - I recently got the Mary Kay under eye concealer, and it works GREAT at erasing the dark circles. What it doesn't do is brighten, so for days when I want a little more brightness under my eyes I use the NYX Gotcha Covered concealer in a shade lighter than my normal skin tone. It also works great, but feels a little thicker and creases sometimes.

Brows - Right now I'm using the e.l.f. brow pencil thing, and I'm feeling fine about the results. You can't beat the $2 price either.

Mascara - I am all over the place with mascara, but right now I'm using the Maybelline Rocket Volume and I really like it! At night I put this oil on my eyelashes, recommended by my friend Monica, and it's seriously increased the length and volume like crazy, so this mascara looks awesome on my lashes now haha.

Anyway, here's a blurry picture of what I look like today. Nothing fancy at all, but it helps me feel put together, and ready to take on the day! I'm always more productive if I took the time to get ready.

Let's get ready with some other super cool moms! Click their links below, and remember, if you want to sign up for the next Mommy Style Monday, fill out the form here.

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Monica at It's All About
Erica at Good Job Momma
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

He's TWO!

So, I have this kid named Nathan. 

He's pretty cool.

Like, wayyyyy cooler than you can even imagine probably. No one is on his level.

He just turned two on Sept 13! TWO. I HAVE A TWO YEAR OLD.

I asked him how old he was and he said, "one!" and I had to tell him that he was all done being one! He's two now! He was confused by it for the first day, but now he'll proudly tell you, "two!" 

With Nathan's monthly updates, I never included the numerical stats of his growth because I thought no one cared, and now I'm kind of mad at myself. I've been updating his life in a Promptly Journal, and I don't remember any of the numbers! So you'll have to forgive me if you don't care that Nathan is 26lbs - 25%, 35.5in - 75%, and has a head circumference of 48cm - 50%.

On to the good stuff!

This two year old can talk. your. ear. off. His favorite topic is, of course, vehicles. Every day the first thing he wants to do when he wakes up is, "play cars, mama?" I am an EXPERT at playing cars. Let me tell you how it goes: First, we each get a car. Nathan believes strongly that his cars should each have friends, so when he gets a new car, he immediately picks a friend out for it from his collection. We put the cars on the ground/couch/table facing each other. One car says, "hi!" and the other car must reciprocate. This is followed sometimes with a "how ya doing?" "I'm good! How are you doing?" "Good!" Then the cars will usually crash into each other a few times, every now and then apologizing for their clumsiness.

Is Nathan obsessed with the movie Cars, you ask? Why yes, yes he is. "Lighting Keen" and "Maner" are his favorite characters in the whole world.

Nathan's other interests include kicking balls, playing with the neighbors cat (a.k.a asking it to come here, and then running away from it), face timing his Grammy, PopPop, AbiJake and Via, eating applesauce, and playing hide and seek with his Daddy. 

Nathan is a very sweet soul. He loves sharing things that he loves with other people. If he's enjoying a food or toy, he would like whoever he is with to also have a turn with that food or toy. He's shy at first, but if you show an interest in one of his interests, he will be your friend forever. He's extremely polite - I almost never have to remind him to say please or thank you. In the middle of the night if he needs a drink I'll hear him wake up and say, "Na-Na's water please, mommy!" haha. Oh yeah, he refers to himself in the third person as Na-Na. He's very opinionated, and not afraid to let you know how he thinks things should be done. I get called out for holding my car wrong all the time. He loves playing in water, picking food from our garden, and playing in the front seat of the car. His memory is astounding - when we went on an airplane to D.C. Nathan was telling Alex how to get everything together to get off the plane, and didn't like it when Alex tried doing things his own way instead of mommy's way haha. He helps me find the car in the parking lot. When we go to different stores that we've been to with friends, he always asks about that friend. For example, when we go to Target he wants to see our friend Annie. 

Another thing about Nathan is that he sleeps. A lot. Like, the night isn't completely without 14 hours of sleep, and then he takes a 2 hour or more nap in the middle of the day. And he still goes to bed on time! I am not complaining at. all. I hope he keeps it up when baby sister is here...

Anyway, I could seriously go on and on about how amazing I think he is, but I'll save that for the Promptly Journal haha. If you want to hear more, just email me and I'll give you an earful ;) 

I am so lucky to have him in my life! I don't know what I did to deserve such an awesome kid, but I'm going to do everything I can to help him continue to be awesome. His life is about to be turned upside down with a baby sister in 6 weeks or so, and that makes me really sad sometimes, but I know he's going to be the sweetest big brother and it will be so fun to watch that relationship flourish!

Happy birthday, little sidekick. I sure love ya!
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Favorites Box!

Hi everyone! I have loved doing these fun boxes this past year. It's so much fun to receive mail, and to pick out and send cute things to someone else! We've decided we'll be doing seasonal favorites boxes, so that means we'll just do it once a quarter! Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. So, you guessed it, this box is fall favorites!

I got my box from Kiana and it's so cute!

Kiana's blog is called Glitter and Donuts, so it should come as no surprise that her package included a cute Halloween towel with donuts on it, as well as a glittery pumpkin decoration! I love both, and it's making me want October to come right now so I can keep it all out! (The Count Your Blessings Pumpkin is actually already on display, because that works for the whole season, in my opinion.)

The nail polish came at the perfect time, because I REALLY needed to re-do my toes, and I wasn't loving any of the colors I owned. The red is so pretty! And I love the lipstick as well. It's the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink, and it seriously stays on your lips all day long. I gave Lipsense a couple tries, and I was never super impressed. I felt like it didn't stay as long as it promised, and I also hated having to reapply the gloss to keep it on! This lipstick is one you just put on, and don't worry about for the rest of the day and I LOVED that. Now I want all the colors!

And finally, Kiana's cute little boy Boston sent Nathan that book, and it's Nathan's book of choice at the moment. I pretty much have it memorized haha. It's so cute to hear Nathan say "Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin, mama!"

Speaking of Nathan, I should probably hire him as my artistic director for the blog, because he really knew what he was doing. ;) (a.k.a. he saw me set it up and then told me he could take it from here hahaha)

I sent my box to Jessica from Mason Jars and Lemon Bars, so you should click over to see what my fall favorites were!

If you want to get fun mail, make a new friend, and participate in the Winter Favorites Box, click here - we would love to have you! It will be in December, so you have time to prepare!

Check out what the other ladies sent and received below!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Britt at My Little Sunshines 

And if you haven't signed up for our next Mommy Style Monday post going live on October 2 and would like to do so, click the link here.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

The Caseys go to Washington pt. 2

Alright alright! So, our first night at Abi and Jake's apartment was a roller coaster ride. Nathan was up every hour wondering what the heck was going on with his life. So that was fun. We were up for the day around 9, and we just took it easy for the morning! 

We got ready for church at 1pm, and it was really fun attending their little ward in Virginia! Nathan slept all through sacrament meeting, which was very nice. I wish he would do that here ha ha. 

After church we took a drive to Manassas National Battlefield Park. It was very interesting! It's so crazy to think back to the Civil War and realize that it literally happened in people's backyards. This particular battle was the first one, and they thought it was going to be the only one! They thought for sure one side would win and the conversation would be over. Little did they know it would go on for much longer than that! We had a good time walking the grounds and reading about the people who participated. It's interesting how relevant all of this stuff still is today! I wish it wasn't, but we definitely have a lot to work on in our society. We had some very good conversations about it on the car ride home. 

(Not a gravestone! A marker for something that happened there.)

Haha, just being pregnant! I had to jump in front of the camera for a minute to show you this amazing maternity shirt I got from Pinkblush maternity. It's like a lightweight sweatshirt material, and it has pockets. I could wear it all day every day, and I'm not even kidding. I can't believe I'm 32 weeks, and at the same time, I can't believe I'm ONLY 32 weeks. :)

After taking it all in at Manassas, we stopped for Ice Cream at Moo Thru on the way home. It was absolutely incredible. Abi was like, "I feel like you guys don't love it as much as I do!" because we weren't commenting on it enough haha, but it's just because we were eating it all as fast as we could! 

They had this cute little fake cow thing for the kids to pretend milk, and Nathan was all about that.

When we got home, Alex and Jake made us dinner while Abi and I took Nathan to the little playground to get any final wiggles out. He made some friends, and then the friendship dissolved over a "whose car is whose" issue, so we all took our kids home for dinner and bedtime haha. Nathan slept much better that night, which was a dream for us all. 

The next morning we got ready (after we finally woke Nathan up at 10:30am) and headed out to the Air and Space Museum! We went to this one, which apparently is not the main one? But it's amazing, and I've heard it's a little more technical than the other one. 

We went straight to the top of the tower, and the view was great! But after a few minutes Nathan was requesting to go back down to the airplanes. He knows the good stuff when he sees it. 

This plane said "481" which looked kind of like "ABI" haha

The space shuttle was so cool! I don't always care about seeing every piece in a museum and reading all about it, but this room especially was very well done. It was so fun to read about the different planes and the shuttle and where they had been and what they were designed for. They also had tons of huge terrifying missiles that made me super nervous about the destruction people in this world are capable of. But it was very cool to see the technological advances over the years! I would 10/10 recommend this museum. Nathan loved every minute of it, especially watching the plane simulators! He talked about it for the rest of the day. "Airplane moving, mama!"

We got lunch, and then drove to Jake's sister's townhouse and walked to the metro station. We rode the metro into the city and walked to Georgetown. It's such a cute place with awesome vibes! Abi and I walked over to Zara while Alex, Jake, and Nathan waited in line for cupcakes at Georgetown Cupcakes. Then we all met up down at the waterfront, ate the cupcakes, listened to live music, and let Nathan play in the fountain! I have zero pictures of any of this! (boo.) I was exhausted after all the walking, and having pretty consistent Braxton Hicks contractions, so I wasn't thinking about pulling out the camera I guess, haha. We got Prez Obama burgers for dinner from Good Stuff Eatery and then walked back to the metro station to head home for the night.
Cute boys on the metro.
All in all it was such a good trip! I have always thought of myself as very much a west coast person. I always thought it would be so fun to visit the east coast, but I couldn't imagine myself living there! That has definitely changed haha. I absolutely loved the city and the surrounding areas, and I could totally picture us living there someday! There are actually a lot of job opportunities for Alex if he wanted them in D.C., so maybe we'll have to keep it open as an option for when the time comes. I just love how much there is to do there all the time. And most of it is completely free! I feel like here in Indiana it's just like, "which park should we go to today?" but over there, there are a million other things to do as a family. We'll see what happens! I still wouldn't mind moving back west when the time comes just to be closer to family. But hey, if Abi and Jake stick around in the D.C. area, we'll have family there too! 

So anyway, I'm really hoping we can go back and see everything else there is to see out there! Southwest better have another great deal! Speaking of which, the flight home was just as amazing as the flight there. They let us have pre boarding because I am pregnant, so we got the front row with tons of leg room, we got an empty seat between us again, and Nathan slept the whole way home. I mean, can you ask for anything more?

Have you been to D.C.? Would you want to live there? Why or why not? What's your favorite thing to do there? Just tell me everything! 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Caseys go to Washington pt. 1

So, a while ago, back in June or sometime in early summer, Southwest Airlines was doing some really good flight deals. One of them was from Indianapolis to Washington D.C., and since my little sister was moving just outside of D.C. in August, we decided to book a trip over Labor Day weekend to visit! 

The flight there was amazing. It's the last trip we'll take where Nathan can be considered a "lap child", and we were lucky enough to get an empty seat between us so he really had his own seat! This worked out great, because he fell asleep for the whole flight, and we were able to lay him down comfortably. I love when things work out like that!

When we got to D.C. it was POURING rain. I knew it would be rainy that day, but I hadn't planned on that rain, which was kind of weird, because it rains that hard in Indiana too, so I should have known! We were trying to decide what we wanted to do that day, and we decided that maybe it would be the perfect day to go to the National Mall, even though it was raining, because it probably wouldn't be that crowded! I have two regrets: One is that I didn't change my shoes. I tried to get them all to wait for me so I could change from my flip flops to tennis shoes, but they were moving fast, so I just went with it. I saw another pregnant girl in sandals as well, so I wasn't too embarrassed... My feet were soaked though. The other regret is that I didn't grab my nice camera out of my suitcase either. I mean, I guess it was pouring rain, so maybe it's ok that I didn't bring it, but all the photos from this experience are iPhone photos. I'm sorry!

I was really surprised how excited I got about seeing all these national monuments. Of course I've seen pictures of all of them, and seen the sights in movies, but I just wasn't prepared for how cool it would be to see them in real life! I was especially so excited about seeing the Lincoln Memorial. All the monuments were amazing. And it was very nice to be able to enjoy them without insane crowds, so we don't regret going in the rain.

Funny story: We bought the ponchos off a guy selling them on the street. Alex went up to him and was like, "How much?" and the guy said $5 each, so Alex said he'd take four. I was like, "But Alex! How much is that other guy selling them for??" because there was another guy on the other corner, and OBVIOUSLY a poncho is not worth $5. I'm sure we could have got them for cheaper. But it was too late. It was nice to have them anyway! 

Ok, I feel like a total loser, but my husband, sister, and her husband all thought the same as me, so maybe it's not just me? I totally did not know that the White House was just like, smack dab in the middle of the city. Haha! I thought it was kind of off to the side in a big grassy area like the national mall or something! My mind was blown. Does everyone know it's in the middle of everything? Have I just been the most clueless person my whole life? Anyway, it was super cool to see in person. We didn't stay super long because it seemed like some sort of protest was about to start, and I'm not into that scene. Especially with a toddler. 

We ate lunch at a super yummy sandwich place called Taylor Gourmet, which I totally recommend. The service was super friendly, and my sandwich was absolutely delicious. I never take pictures of food, so this is all I have for you on that topic.

Afterward we drove back to Abi and Jake's apartment, relaxed, and went to Chuy's for dinner. (A Tex Mex place that was pretty good.) 

I was going to finish the trip all in one post, but this is getting incredibly long so we'll have to break it up! 

Tl;dr: Flight was good, it rained, we went to the National  Mall and The White House, ate some good food, and went to bed exhausted.

To be continued! 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Fall Favorites

Happy September everyone!! September is one of my favorite months. I love when the seasons change! We've had some cooler weather in Indiana because of Hurricane Harvey, so it feels like fall is right around the corner, but I'm sure it will go back up to the 80s next week. In Indiana each season gets its full three months, so that's really nice. In Utah I felt like if I blinked I would miss fall!

Anyway, this post is about our fall favorites. I'm actually on vacation in D.C. right now, so I don't have time for a super long post (should have scheduled the post way in advance, right?! whoops.) so I thought I'd just share one of my favorite fall recipes with you.

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
Many many chocolate chips

Set oven for 400. Mix the eggs, oil, molasses, sugar, and pumpkin until creamy. Add in the dry ingredients, mix until combined. Toss in as many chocolate chips as you think you can handle. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

I would make pumpkin treats all year round if it didn't feel weird to be using pumpkin in June haha. I love them all! And I am not ashamed. (What's with people making fun of all us pumpkin lovers??) Anyway, these cookies are soft and chewy and have a great flavor. I got the recipe years ago from the Hey Natalie Jean blog, and when she shut off her blog it made me so sad!! So when she posted the recipe on her instagram a year ago, I wrote that thing down SO FAST haha.

Anyway, I'm super excited for all things fall! Like I said, I love the seasons changing, and fall in Indiana is one of my favorites. The trees!!!!!!! I'll try to take pictures for you.

If you want to be part of the next mommy style monday, click here! We'd LOVE to have you.

Let's see what the other ladies are favorite-ing this fall! Click below:
Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Monica at It's All About
Erica at Good Job Momma
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