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Peace of Mind

The one thing no one really warns you about becoming a new parent, is the worry you immediately have. People gave me all kinds of advice while I was pregnant, but I don’t remember anyone warning me about the worry. I have been worrying about everything, when it comes to Ada, since the moment she came into this world. I worry about her being too cold or too hot, I worry about her progressing at the rate she should, I worry about her getting enough sleep or getting too much sleep, I worry about my milk being enough for her or that she is getting what she needs from me. I mean, the list just keeps going. But every night, when we put her down in her crib, that was when the real worry would begin.

I worried so much that she would stop breathing… every parents’ nightmare. I would wake up about every 3o minutes to an hour and go check on her. I would hardly sleep when I was in bed, I mostly just stared at the baby monitor all night. I was so relieved when morning came, it meant the night time part of worrying was over. As you know, this isn’t healthy for anyone. I was exhausted and so was Randy. My constantly getting up all the time and watching the baby monitor in full brightness and volume was keeping Randy up as well. Something needed to change.

That was when I came across the Owlet. The Owlet is a relatively new product that uses different technology from all the other breathing monitors on the market. It uses pulse oximetry, which is the same pulse reader as the ones used in hospitals. After showing Randy, he jumped on getting it right away. He was desperate for a good nights sleep too!

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It is just a little sock that fits onto her foot and she doesn’t even notice it. It stays on well, especially since at night she sleeps in footie sleepers. It comes with three different size socks so she can wear it as she grows. Right now, she is in the smallest size because she has tiny little feet! So sweet!

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The sock connects to a base via bluetooth and that base connects over wi-fi to the Owlet app on your phone. It is such a comfort to me knowing that something is monitoring her breathing and heart rate and will alert me if something is amiss. Not only will the base alert you, but your phone will too.This sock as been a lifesaver for us. It has helped me to rest a little bit easier at night now and Randy is finally getting sleep too.

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This sock should be on everyone’s baby registry. I know you can’t depend on technology completely to keep your baby safe, but anything to help me out just a little bit is such a blessing. I can now enjoy bedtime with Ada, instead of dreading it. Here is to peaceful nights! 😉

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August Love List

Fall is right around the corner and I couldn’t be happier! But it is not quite here yet. 🙁 Until then, here is a list of transitional items I love!

1. This perfume from Caudalie smells amazing. My good friend discovered it while she was visiting Paris and I am so glad she shared it with me. It is the perfect balance of sweet and musk. And it helps that Randy absolutely loves it too! 🙂

2. This Crock Pot Beef and Sweet Corn Queso Dip looks delicious! Everything I have made from Iowa Girl Eats has been out of this world good. (If you don’t follow her, I suggest that you do!) I can’t wait to give this one a try this weekend!

3. I bought this gray sweater from Loft and it is the perfect transitional sweater. It is warm enough for those chilly mornings and light enough to keep me comfortable in the afternoons. Plus, the eyelet detail on the sleeve is adorable!

4. As you all know, I have an obsession with Hello Apparel. I just love their stuff! I saw this on their Instagram and I am super excited! It isn’t available until September, but I will be the first in line to buy this one when it becomes available. It will be great for football season, even though I am not a football fan… or any sport for that matter. I feel like Brian Regan when it comes to sports, “Go my favorite sports team! Make a goal, unit, basket!” Anyways, I digress…

5. And last but not least, this utility jacket from Sierra Designs. I bought this jacket in gray (of course, my favorite color!) from the online REI outlet store . I have wanted a utility jacket for a while now, but they mostly come in olive. I love the color olive, it just doesn’t love me. So when I saw this jacket in gray, I just had to have it! 😉 It is a great weight for this transitional weather and water resistant (a plus in my book, since we live in a rain forest!). It is going to be my new go-to jacket for travel. It will be getting it’s first test at the end of the month (more info on that later!).

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and that you are having a good start to your week. Just 3 more days till the weekend!


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July Love List

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful summer! Ours has been so busy! Good, but busy! We are both working full time, I am taking a class for work, organizing and participating in our small group from church, volunteering with our youth at church, Randy volunteers with United Way, I volunteer with our local humane society, all the while balancing our social and family life. Needless to say, we are spread pretty thin. But please note, I am not complaining in any way. We love all that we do. Except maybe that class for work! 😉

Moving onto the Love List of the Month!

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1. If you follow my Instagram feed (@jamamaples), then you have seen how many pictures I have posted of this blue necklace! It has become one of my favorite accessories! It matches just about all of my summer outfits. The colors are vibrant and there is just enough sparkle to be fun. 🙂

2. This happy camper koozie just makes me smile! I love the saying, “happy camper,” don’t’ know why, just do. I guess because I am one happy camper, except the days back in girl scouts. Stacy, you know what I am talking about! Camping as a child was miserable… rained every time! But camping has improved since then and I now love it!

3. I received this “Go Camping” tshirt from ModCloth last month and have been wearing it like crazy. Its super soft, comfortable and cute! What more can you ask for in a shirt? 😉

4. I was hesitant to try out this lipstick because it has an orange base. But I am so glad that I tried it. It is the perfect shade of red for summer. It is bright and cheery and works well with my skin tone (surprisingly)! Reading reviews it is great for pretty much all skin tones! If you want to see what it looks like on me, go check out my July 4th post! 😉

5. This devotional has been fantastic! “Wife After God” has been the most convicting and encouraging devotional I have ever read. Every day has been an inspiration for me to be the best wife I can be; it has helped me in so many ways. This devotional was written by a blogger, Jennifer Smith from Unveiled Wife. This blog is great! Everyday she sends out prayers and encouraging messages. She writes about real issues that everyday wives face. I encourage every wife to read it, you will not regret it!


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June Love List

I’m getting this one out on time! Thank goodness! 😉

 

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1. This Coleman Steel belted Cooler is awesome! I love the retro look and it feels so much sturdier than the plastic ones (our plastic one has seen better days)! They come in several different colors, but the green was my favorite. It perfectly matches our 1945 Coleman lantern that was given to us by Randy’s father! It will come in handy this summer for picnics, BBQs and camping.

2. I love, love, love my new Michael Kors rose gold watch! I have abnormally tiny wrists so finding bracelets and watches to fit is a challenge. This watch is the mini style so the face is a bit smaller, which works perfectly for me. So if you have little wrists or want a watch that is a little bit smaller, than get this one!

3. I just got this dress from modcloth.com. It fits like a glove and I love the vintage feel. It is red, white and blue so I will be sporting this dress on July 4th this year!

4. Along with the dress I got this hat. It is even cuter in person! I plan on wearing it with my new dress on July 4th! Now I just need a pair of red sandals… 😉

5. This is Essie Watermelon and I love watermelon colors. This pinkish-red hue is the perfect color for summer (well, in my opinion)!

I have discovered some new recipes this month that I am loving as well!

This kale and wild rice bowl with honey-balsamic vinaigrette is amazing! I made a few alterations, but nothing major. I added more spinach than kale (Randy prefers spinach) and I added walnuts instead of almonds (because I didn’t have any almonds on hand). But it was delicious! I love Iowa Girl Eats, this blog is my favorite place to go to find a wonderful recipe! I will be making this dish very often!

The second recipe that I tried this month was grilled angel food cake from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles. Now I like angel food cake, but grilling it makes it even better! It tastes similar to toasted marshmallow! Warning: Once you tried grilled angel food cake, there is no going back. 

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I am looking forward to July 4th this year. I cannot wait to share these recipes with my family. What are your plans for July 4th?

 


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Summer Bucket List 2014

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Summer is here! Well, mostly. It isn’t June 21st yet, but the weather is suggesting otherwise! I am more of a cool weather girl, but I do love all the activities that summer offers. Camping, cookouts, stargazing, fresh fruits and veggies – the list goes on. So here is my bucket list for this summer!

  • take a trip – we have one trip planned this summer! 🙂
  • go to the lake
  • camp and hike often
  • go to a summer concert – got one in the books, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly June 22! Eek!
  • eat as many s’mores as possible by the fire
  • read “fault in our stars”
  • eat watermelon often
  • refinish Randy’s childhood chest of drawers and dresser
  • stargaze
  • catch fireflies
  • have a water balloon fight
  • go to a drive-in movie (this will be “try something new” – I have never been to a drive-in movie!)
  • go to the farmer’s market in Boone (they have the best one! 😉 )
  • have a BBQ
  • watch fireworks

I hope you plan to take full advantage of all that summer has to offer this year!

What are you doing this summer?


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Love List for May

I am apparently struggling with getting these posts out on time! Sorry about that! Better late than never… right? 😉

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1. Hello Apparel has the cutest tops and I am loving this one for summer!

2. Yes, more shoes! But in my defense, they were my birthday present! These adorable heels come from modcloth.com. I love the mustard color and the vintage feel.

3. This sunscreen saved my face in the Bahamas. If you have extremely senistive skin, like me, then this stuff is for you! I was able to wear it everyday and my face didn’t break out! Woot woot!

4. This necklace from Ruche is so pretty. Tassle necklaces are the new thing this summer, which I like those too. But this one is fun and romantic all at the same time! 😉 Ruche for the win!

5. I finally tried Chacos and I am a fan! They are comfortable and perfect for all our summer activities. They will be my go-to shoe all summer long!

Summer is right around the corner and I am excited for what it will bring! S’mores by the camp fire, hiking, stargazing, summer trips – oh I can’t wait! What do you have planned for this summer?


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Love List for March and April

So I forgot to do a love list for March. I blame it on all the birthday parties! 😉 Well, this just means that this list can be bigger!

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1. I am in love with these cupcake stands! I just ordered them through decorsteals.com (This website is amazing, by the way, go check it out!) I can not wait to get them! You will be seeing these in my posts in the very near future!

2. I am not much into makeup, but this veil is really good. It absorbs oil, minimizes lines and gives me a flawless finish. I put it on top of my foundation but have used it alone many times.

3. This mop is amazing! It is so nice and easy to use! I love that the head comes off to be easily cleaned in the washer. I also like how small it is. It can clean under furniture and corners so much easier than my old mop!

4. I got my nails done this past weekend I really like this nail polish. I believe it is Strawberry Margarita by OPI, but I like to call it Barbie’s Convertible. It is a fun, pretty color for spring!

5. This has been our favorite dinner as of late; caprese salad. Especially now that tomatoes are in season.

6. This book is awesome! We finished it a little while back and all I want to do is read it again and again; especially the end! I can’t wait till the third book comes out! Please hurry Mr. Sanderson!

7. I love this necklace from Benevolent Jewels. I get so many compliments when I wear it. And this company is really cool, they donate 20% of their profits every 3 months to a charity. So not only do you get a beautiful piece of jewelry, you also get to help others! Now how can a husband get mad at that? 😉

8. These gold polka dot shoes are adorable! Too bad they are limited edition! If anyone finds them in a 6-6.5; let me know asap!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Stay tuned for our Easter weekend post! Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Love List for February

Since Valentine’s Day is just right around the corner, I thought I would share what I am loving this month. I have never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Randy and I don’t really celebrate it, but I am starting to like the Valentine’s festiveness! Especially all the clothes in cheery colors and hearts!

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1. This shirt is adorable! Hello Apparel has cute things for Valentine’s. I will definitely be wearing this shirt a lot this year! I just adore it! The heart pillow is something I am dying to have too!

2. Gold polka dot scarf from Target. I have been wearing this scarf almost daily since New Year’s. It just goes with everything and it adds just enough sparkle to my outfits! Unfortunately, it is a limited edition so it is no longer available! 🙁 (similar)

3. “Penny Talk” from Essie is a beautiful rose gold color. I love wearing this color with my gold scarf.

4. I plan on making one of these cards for Randy this year! It is perfect!

5. Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit chap stick is amazing! I love grapefruit smells for summer and Burt’s Bees is my favorite, so this is a win win! 😉

Maybe these things will add a little bit of extra fun to your Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend; will be writing about mine soon!