Weekending Vol. 4

Friday was so dreary and chilly but we still bundled up and headed to the library for the morning — I always think it is so funny to see how much Fletcher enjoys this.

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He just looks around at everyone there while smiling and dancing — it’s the cutest!

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Later that afternoon, we headed out for a gallery opening that featured some of Andy’s dad’s artwork.

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Fletcher loved meeting everyone, checking out his grandpa’s submissions, and sitting in the Mac Lab like a big kid! His poor little cheek was SO red over the weekend due to another tooth popping through! His grand total is seven teeth with one more that he is working on.

I just realized I didn’t take any photos on Saturday, but I worked on an illustration project, cleaned up a bit, and went grocery shopping. I decided to switch it up and do the bulk of our shopping at the co-op and it was so fun to find new things for this week’s meals.

We also rented Toy Story 4 that evening and we were not fans at all — I was ready to turn it off halfway through, but we decided to finish it. Wouldn’t recommend it!

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On Sunday, Fletcher and I met up with our friend, Allie, for a coffee date!

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Allie and I chatted about all things psychology while Fletcher did some intense people-watching, which is his favorite activity. Also, our winter gear was in full force this weekend — it was cold and we even had our first little snow!

Upon arriving home, we ate dinner and then I dove head-first into our meal prep for the week (post on this coming soon)! I packed Andy’s lunches for the week, made some snacks, and prepped protein + grain options for us to mix and match.

PS I’m linking up with Lindsay today!

Have you seen any snowflakes yet?
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Friday No. 33

This week literally felt like it was two days long — our calendar has been so full lately, but I must admit, I do love this busy season!

  1. We officially have snow in the forecast and I’m not going to lie — I’m a little excited!

  2. Andy and I took an infant CPR and choking class earlier this week and it feels so good to get that crossed off of our list! I felt like it had been hanging over me for forever since the class we wanted to take kept falling through. We also stopped for ice cream on the way home and it hit the spot!

  3. I’ve been making progress on my October goal of handlettering and have been using random opportunities to practice. I made a few items for friends and am working on Fletcher’s baby dedication invitations this week. Next up will be taking a stab at some Christmas card ideas and also getting ahead on Fletcher’s birthday invitations. I feel like I finally have my own “style” down and it’s been getting easier to crank things out on my iPad. I like to work on these projects while watching TV in the evenings or I’ll sit in the loft with him and letter while he plays with his toys.

  4. I’ve been in the mood for a cozy mystery / thriller book but haven’t been able to find any books that are drawing me in lately. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

  5. I’m thinking of doing an overhaul of a few things around the house — after almost 8 years (next week!) of marriage, some new bath and kitchen towels are needed, ya know?

What are you up to this weekend?
Who is ready for snow?!

Mom Hacks No. 1

I’m no parenting expert, but in the past (almost) nine months of being a mom, I’ve implemented a few things that help our days run more smoothly. I’m always looking for ways to streamline our routines, so feel free to share anything that helps your family in the comments!

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  1. We keep a basket of diapers, wipes, socks, and extra shirts on each floor — making it easier to change him wherever we are rather than going up or down a flight of stairs.

  2. Speaking of diaper changes, we tear baby wipes in half for potty diaper changes — we found that this was enough for a quick wiping and it cuts down on how often we have to purchase baby wipes.

  3. We keep a neutral-colored toy basket in our room. We keep it neutral so it isn’t an eyesore but is still easily accessible. This is an item that we use every day — whenever Fletcher is in our bedroom while I’m styling my hair, getting ready for the day, or even just folding laundry, it’s so easy to grab a few toys for him to play with and then easily put them away once we head to another area of the house. It also helps keep him entertained so that he isn’t as interested in crawling around in the bathroom — what is it with babies and their fascination with crawling near the toilet?

  4. Making our own baby shampoo + body wash not only saves money, but it allows peace of mind knowing exactly what is being used on his skin.

  5. I keep a little bag in the car that houses all of Fletcher’s cold weather gear — his beanie, snow hat, mittens, and winter jacket. Due to safety regulations, it is advised that babies don’t wear their puffy winter jackets while in their carseats, so by having it in the car, it’s always readily available whenever we get to our destination.

  6. I learned this one the hard way, but if you wipe down a highchair before the food dries, it is much easier to clean up!

  7. We replace our bottle brushes at the start of each month but rather than tossing it, I use it to scrub out our toilets and then throw it in the trash. We love these brushes!

  8. We’ve created somewhat of a capsule wardrobe for Fletcher, which makes dressing him so much easier since everything coordinates with each other. His wardrobe is mainly navy, gray, white, and olive green and the patterns we choose are typically gingham or stripes.

  9. I think I’ve mentioned this before in other posts, but we signed up for a grocery delivery service right before Fletcher was born. This was so helpful in those early months of having a newborn while it was so bitterly cold and snowy outside!

  10. If you need to get out the door at a certain time, pack up the car with everything (stroller, diaper bag, your bag, etc.), set the carseat by the door, and then wake your baby up at the last minute. Anytime you have to cut a nap short, every second of extra sleep helps so much!

If you’re a mom, are some hacks that have helped you?

Weekending Vol. 3

It was another full weekend in the books! On Friday, Fletcher and I headed out to pick up a gift for a friend — we didn’t end up finding what we were looking for so we read Halloween books at Barnes & Noble for a bit and then took a peek at the new Christmas ornaments that were just released at Hallmark.

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We ended up going back on Sunday afternoon to pick up this one for Fletcher’s first Christmas since he has a little Pooh bear that he is obsessed with and has loved even since he was a newborn.

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Later that afternoon, we met up with my auntie for a walk at the arboretum — the leaves are just starting to change around these parts and the crisp fall air felt so good as we walked around and chatted. Fletcher ended up napping for a good chunk of the walk — he was so cozy all bundled up in his stroller!

Later that evening, I headed out with two of my neighbor friends for a girls’ night — we went to a local winery and the girl time was just what I needed. I left feeling so refreshed!

The next morning, we headed to a Halloween party hosted by our real estate agents — it was chilly and drizzly but it was fun to dress Fletcher up in a costume (photo to come!) and participate in the activities. We also left with a few pumpkins, so we can cross that off our fall list as well!

Afterwards, we ran a few errands and ended up popping into West Elm. We found the perfect rug for our dining room but weren’t sure which size would look best so we left with the one that was in stock and tried it out at home. We decided that the larger rug would look better, so we ended up taking it back the next day and then ordering the 6x9 ft version since that one wasn’t in stock. It should be here by the end of the month and I’m so excited to roll it out under our table! Then, we just need a centerpiece, artwork for the walls, new curtains, and a new light fixture before our dining room is complete. One thing at a time, ha ha! This whole interior decorating thing has been a lot harder than I imagined — I think we are just really picky with what we put in our home.

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We also swung by the new Restoration Hardware gallery that just opened last weekend.

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Oh my goodness, it was amazing. Three floors of showrooms plus a rooftop coffee bar and full restaurant.

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I wanted to move in, asap!

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The next morning, we hit the road bright and early to our favorite orchard!

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Fletcher got to experience his first hay ride! He was a little unsure at first since he had just woken up from a nap in the car and it was really windy on the hayride.

He loved seeing all of the animals at the orchard!

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Little Gus Gus was all snuggly in his new winter jacket and fuzzy hat!

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It was so fun to return to this orchard with our baby in tow! The last time we were at this orchard, we were just talking about starting to house hunt and now we have a house and a baby — crazy how much can change in just a couple of years!

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I’m thinking this might need to be an annual tradition for us!

Favorite apple orchard treat? This orchard has the BEST apple fritters!
What’s one of your favorite annual traditions?

Friday No. 32

We’ve got a fun weekend ahead of us and I’m looking forward to some sunshine as well — it’s been so cloudy and dreary all week so I’m hoping the weather man is correct when he says today and Sunday are supposed to be brighter!

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  1. We are hoping (weather-permitting) to attend a little harvest party with Fletcher tomorrow and also crossing our fingers that a costume we’re borrowing from my sister fits him! We’re still undecided on what his official Halloween costume will be — I’m trying to convince Andy that we should do a family costume but we’ll see if we can make that happen! :)

  2. I saw Downton Abbey last weekend and it was so good! However, it definitely felt like an episode of the show as opposed to a movie! Also, my bestie and I went to the theatre that we used to go to back in the day (we’ve been besties since I was 13!) and a ticket was like $4.25. I can’t even tell you the last time I paid less than $10 for a movie ticket.

  3. One of my favorite parts of being a mom is dressing Fletcher in little outfits — it’s been so fun to put together different looks for each season! I’ve also realized that I don’t like typical baby clothes and prefer to dress him as a little adult, ha ha. Yesterday he wore jeans, a white long-sleeved tee, his red puffer vest, and a black beanie to his book club and he looked so cute!

  4. A few of my neighbor friends and I are heading out for a much-needed girls’ night this evening! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve been able to attend one of these and I’m really looking forward to it. I know I’ve said this a million times, but I just love our neighborhood so much!

  5. Fletcher and I are also meeting up with my auntie this afternoon and I’m looking forward to catching up with her and enjoying this fall day that is before us!

What is one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?
Do you have any family Halloween costume ideas?