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Pine Nuts & Noses

Ada has always been a little different from other children her age, in a good way, of course. For instance, she has never been one to put things in her mouth or place things in funny places. I have never needed to worry about Ada playing with little toys or things. But that all changed a few nights ago.

Randy was away for business so it was just the two of us. Ada was sitting in her highchair eating a snack while I was chopping vegetables for our dinner. She was snacking on some pine nuts, which she has had dozens of times before. I was watching her occasionally while I was cooking and during one of my checks, Ada had this panic look in her eyes and I saw a pine nut in her nose. As soon as I saw what was happening, I dropped everything and ran to her to pull out the pine nut. But as soon as I got to her, she decided to sniff. And sniff hard. That pine nut went shooting up her nose.

I yanked her from her highchair and was trying to explain to Ada to blow her nose. She obviously had no idea what I was getting her to do because she just kept sniffing. Pulling that pine nut even further into her nose. I tried laying her down on the bed and using a flashlight to see where the pine nut ended up. I couldn’t see it anywhere. So I tried calling Randy, my parents, and my friend to figure out what in the world I should do to get the pine nut out. In my panic state, I decided to take her in to the ER.

Now as a back story, it didn’t help that I just watched a video on FB about a little girl who stuffed something up her nose. The doctor was too scared to try to pull it out because he thought he would just push it up further. Causing them to operate to get the object out of her sinuses. So this video was fore front in my brain… I just knew that the pine nut was too high for anyone to pull out.

On my way to the ER, I heard Ada sneeze a few times but I didn’t stop to check the pine nut, I just kept driving. My friend advised me to call the pediatrician, which was good advice. So glad someone was thinking logically. By the time I got the pediatrician on the phone, I was sitting in the parking lot at the ER. The pediatrician told me to just let it go and to not worry about it. The pine nut will eventually slide through her sinuses, down her throat, and into her belly. I was shocked that is what she suggested. She wanted me to sleep knowing that my daughter had a pine nut her nose! It was going to be a long night.

So I went back home. When we got home and I started getting Ada out of her carseat, I noticed that a pine nut was sitting on her chest. She apparently sneezed it out before we even got to the ER. *Cue huge sigh of relief* I am so relieved that we avoided our first ER visit, at least for now! πŸ˜‰

At this time, my parents returned my call and I explained to them what just happened. They thought it was hilarious and my dad told me that Ada is just like her great grandfather. My dad told me the story of my grandfather placing a dry pinto bean up his nose. And as you know, as dry beans get wet they expand. So the bean expanded and got stuck. They made a tool to help get out the bean and created a funny poem to go along with this story.

“Little Johnny Greene

Up his nose he stuck a bean

Who got it out?

Little Eddie Stout.”

Now if only I could figure out a poem for Ada’s little pine nut incident. Anyways, I am just glad that everything turned out just fine and that I can laugh about it now. Moral of the story… no more pine nuts.


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First Family Vacation

Last week we took our very first family vacation. We rented a beach front condo off the gulf of Florida with our dear friends and had an absolute blast! This was the first beach experience for Ada and it was so precious to watch. She loved the beach! She couldn’t get enough of the water and loved chasing the waves. Every morning she would wake up saying, “Ocean girl! I ocean girl!” Which she then preceded to bring us her bathing suit saying, “Baby soup, baby soup.” Yeah, it was pretty darn cute, even though it was usually before sunrise.

We started every day chasing toddlers around the condo with sunscreen & swim diapers and at the beach by 8:30 am. We spent our mornings playing in the sand and our afternoons in the ocean.

Ada’s favorite thing to do at the beach was for us to hold her, walk about waist deep in the ocean, and jump the waves. She would scream in delight every time a wave hit us. It was so much fun! And being the klutz that I am, face planted the ocean from a surprisingly large wave in the back. Luckily, I wasn’t holding Ada and I didn’t lose my hat & sunglasses (silver lining). After that, I didn’t hold Ada in the ocean any more or venture in waist deep. πŸ˜‰

TheΒ Gathre leather mat was great for the beach, because the sand just falls right off it and there was no need to wash it. It just wipes clean! Great for toddlers & all their little adventures, fyi!

After nap time (for all of us), we would go back out and do all over again. We stayed out until sunset just about every day. It was so great to just unplug from everything, play outside all day, and enjoy the majestic display of God’s creation from morning to night.

We did, of course, leave the beach and explore Destin & Rosemary Beach. The Merchants of Rosemary Beach is so beautiful and I just loved the shops & restaurants. The green space is so beautifully manicured and the architecture is really unique with an old world vibe. My favorite was lunch (shocker!) at Wild Olives where we enjoyed a wonderful cheese platter & wine. But I believe Ada’s favorite was the ice cream shop, Sugar Shak. And just a little note, the people were not friendly and store was not kid friendly. There were all kinds of signs and rules against children in their shop (I mean, it is an ice cream and candy shop. There are going to be kids in there!) and the people were just happy to be alive (insert sarcasm here). But Ada was happy with the end result which was an ice cream cone.Β 

Taking a trip with your best friends is the greatest thing ever, especially when you have littles. Not only do the adults have fun together, but so do the little ones. And having four adults keeping an eye on the kids at the beach makes the day go so much smoother. Plus, you can trade off date nights! Which is what we did to celebrate our 8 year anniversary! We went to the sweetest, most romantic little restaurant ever! It was called, Beach Walk Cafe. We had dinner outside on their porch by candle light and listened to the waves crash in the distance. I felt like I was in a movie, more specifically, A Walk to Remember. The scene where he takes her out to dinner and they are eating outside by the beach… yeah, it was that romantic! I would love the chance to stay at their B&B for a romantic weekend away someday.

Overall, we had a fantastic time with our friends at the beach and can’t wait to go on another adventure with them. But I believe my most favorite thing on this trip was watching the wonder and excitement of my daughter meeting the beach for the first time. This trip will definitely be one that I will always remember. Thank you Florida for an awesome time… until next time.


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Silobration 2017

Move over Disney World, Magnolia Market at the Silos is the new happiest place on earth! I can’t believe that I was lucky enough to visit the Silos during the biggest party of the year – Silobration. It was a crazy, fantastic, whirlwind of fun and it was over in a blink of an eye. I can not wait to go back and experience it all over again!

I went with my mother-in-law for a girls’ weekend and we had the greatest time. In fact, we were so excited to be there that we arrived at the Silos before the sun every, single morning. It was the best time to go because not many people were there and we got to see the Silos all lit up plus a beautiful Texan sunrise. Not a bad way to start the day, if you ask me.

To add to the all ready glorious mornings, we enjoyed sweet cuppin’ cakes (100 points to anyone who can guess this quote) from the bakery and the best cup of joe I have ever had in my life (at the coffee truck, Common Grounds)! The seasonal cupcakes were campfire and pumpkin spice, so I was in heaven! Surprisingly, my favorite was the nutty cinnamon roll…oh my goodness, I still dream about that roll.

 

I am really glad we decided to visit during the Silobration because there was tons of shopping to do at the street vendors. Without the vendors, there would not have been a whole lot to do. Some of my favorite shops were at the Silos – The Jones Market, Little Unicorn, and Gigi Pip. I was so ecstatic to meet the girls behind Gigi Pip! They make my all time favorite hats and they were the sweetest girls ever!

And let’s not forget the food trucks! I mean, could there have been a better place for me to go? Everything I ate was amazing, especially the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich (sourdough bread, bacon, basil, cheese, and avocado)!

The market itself was spectacular! Every nook and cranny was so inspiring and beautiful. You could tell that Joanna had a hand in everything in this store. I wanted it all in my house! Luckily, most of the things in her store are also available online. But seeing her products on display and seeing how she decorated was so much better than shopping online. I can’t wait to get home and order some things for my house!

With it being Silobration, the store was crazy full. It was incredibly hard to move around but the staff are so very helpful and friendly. Even though they checked people out quickly and efficiently, I never once felt rushed or not their number one priority. Their customer service was on point!

The attention to detail at the Silos was astonishing. Brick pavers, hand letter signs, subway title, gorgeous light fixtures, cedar window boxes filled to the brim with cabbage & pumpkins, porch swings, ample seating, photo booths with staff there to take your picture for you, and pumpkins every where you turned. I mean, just wow! They have seriously thought of everything.

We also got to enjoy the concert and saw Chip & Joanna in person! They are honest to goodness, good people. All weekend long, I heard people telling me how the Gaines paid for their trip to the Silos or how they paid for their purchases in the store. And all the finalists in the Chip Starter Campaign got the money they needed to fulfill their dreams. All six finalists! Not only are they generous, they also are unwavering in their faith; which is something that I greatly admire. No amount of money or fame have swayed their hearts on what truly matters. We could definitely use more people like Chip & Joanna Gaines in this world.

We had the most fun at the Silos and it truly is a magical place. If you ever need an idea for a girls’ weekend, Magnolia Market is the place to go! Thank you Chip & Joanna Gaines for creating such a wonderful, beautiful place for all to enjoy!

 


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Halloween Fun

Since it is Halloween month, I have been having so much fun finding Halloween activities for Ada to do. After the pumpkin painting party, she has been talking non-stop about it. (Which makes me feel like mom of year over here!) So I thought I would print out some pumpkins for her to decorate and send to the grandparents.

I ordered more Crayola Kid’s Washable Paint, but this time I got glitter paint. I love the vivid colors and the glitter just makes it so fun. Ada calls it shiny paint then proceeds to sing, “Cause I’m shiny!” (Moana song for those of you who do not know).

After painting, we had a picnic lunch that was pumpkin themed. I cut her PB&J sandwich with a mini pumpkin cookie cutter, served carrots and ranch in a pumpkin bowl and cheez-its (because they are orange and delicious and addicting — oh, why did I buy cheez-its?!). Oh and her orange drink is actually orange Pedialyte (she has been under the weather for the past couple of days).

And to top it all off, an adorable kitty outfit! OldNavy has done it again with their Boo-tique this year. I love all the black cats and Ada’s second favorite animal is a kitty. So she will be sporting this outfit all month long and then some. πŸ˜‰

I hope you are all having as much fun as we are! And that you are celebrating Halloween all month long! πŸ˜‰

Ada’s Outfit: Black Sweatshirt Dress / Black Cat Leggings / Black & White Bow


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Pumpkin Painting Party

Tis the season for pumpkin everything! And since Ada just loves to paint, I figured a pumpkin painting party would be the perfect way to celebrate fall/Halloween. Plus, carving a pumpkin with a two year old sounds like a terrible mess! This way, we can still decorate a pumpkin without all the cleanup. Win, win!

Last week, the weather was perfect for painting outside. I just cut open a large black garbage bag to put over my table to help contain the paint and we used Crayola’s Washable Paint (which is amazing, btw!). I also had colorful Halloween stickers and pumpkin tattoos for the kids to use.

Inside, we had some tasty goodies to enjoy! Apple cider & pumpkin donuts, s’mores cookies, pretzels, apple slices with caramel, and hot apple cider. The kids were definitely running around with a sugar high by the end of the party. But it was totally worth it! πŸ˜‰

I found these adorable party favor bags in the dollar section of Target! I just love the bright colors! I filled the bags with fun size bags of M&Ms and they also got to take home a kitty pumpkin tattoo.

We all had so much fun and I had a blast putting it all together! Ada is still talking about painting pumpkins so it sounds like I need to go pick up some more pumpkins! πŸ˜‰ Happy early Halloween ya’ll!

Party Sources: I found all my Halloween decorations in the dollar section of Target. And I made the paper bats.Β 


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Sunday Funday: Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

To celebrate the first weekend of October, we went to Stepp’s Orchard to enjoy some fall festivities. We walked around the farm, enjoyed the sunflowers, picked out pumpkins, devoured pumpkin donuts, and ate excellent BBQ from a food truck (yay for food trucks!). The weather was perfect – sunny with beautiful blue skies. I just love fall’s blue skies!

The kids had so much fun; running around in large fields, picking flowers, and sitting on pumpkins. But I believe Ada’s favorite part of the day was eating pumpkin donuts!

Ada viewed the pumpkins from a comfortable distance and would eventually get up the courage to touch one with one finger. My poor, cautious girl!

 

I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off October then visiting the pumpkin patch with our dear friends! I hope you are all enjoying all that fall has to offer. Happy October ya’ll!


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Hello Fall + Cleo Madison Review

Happy October! I am so excited that fall has finally arrived! With the arrival of cooler weather, I have been pulling out my fall wardrobe and I couldn’t be happier! And speaking of clothes, I would like to introduce to you all a clothing company that I just adore. They are called Cleo Madison and they specialize in modest, fashionable clothing. Just my kind store! They offer a variety of modest, stylish items – from t-shirts to dresses. I love how everything is super soft and conservative (without looking like a grandma!). You can definitely find the most perfect “mom-uniform” here. πŸ˜‰

Today, I will be reviewing the Camille Striped Tee. I love navy and stripes because it is something you can wear in the summer or in the fall. The fit of this shirt is amazing! It is loose without it looking like a bag and I love how the sides cut up a bit higher. For a fall look, I paired the shirt with a navy utility vest that is my favorite fall staple. And of course, my favorite combo of white jeans and booties.

 

If you are looking for effortless, stylish, comfy looks this fall – check out Cleo Madison. Join their newsletter and get 10% your first order along with free US shipping! Happy shopping ya’ll!

Tee Shirt / Navy Utility Vest (old but here are similar ones: here, here) / White Jeans / Taupe Booties (old but here is a similar pair) / Necklace