Amazon Lately Vol. 1

We’ve had an Amazon Prime membership for a few years now and while I thought it was great before having a baby, I love it even more now that I’m a parent. First of all, I feel like there were so many things we needed the first few weeks after Fletcher joined our family and it was so convenient to pop it into my cart and receive it less than 48 hours later.

I’ve seen a few friends write blog posts covering their recent purchases and always enjoy finding new items that I didn’t even know I needed. feel like we usually go in spurts with ordering things so I thought I’d share what we’ve been ordering recently!

For Fletcher:

Some of the items that we’ve recently ordered for Fletcher include this awesome chair — our chiropractor mentioned that the Bumbo seat isn’t great for a baby’s hips, so we ordered this soft seat that allows him to still move his hips and legs while sitting up.

Fletcher LOVED his sleep sack that he got from the hospital as a parting gift but he has recently outgrown it and it’s fleece so it’s a little too warm for summer. We ordered this new one for him to wear this summer / fall.

We love these glass bottles for him as well — you can also purchase sippy top lids for them once your baby is in their toddler years.

For Me:

I recently ordered this new phone case because I accidentally dropped my iPhone in a public toilet and felt like I needed a new case after that. I tossed my iPhone in a bag of rice for 24 hours and it’s good as new — it was also kind of nice having an unexpected break from being tied to my phone, too!

Fletcher’s pediatrician has me on a high dose of Vitamin D so that it gets transferred to him, so I’ve been taking one of these each evening.

Andy ordered this pitcher for me as part of my Mother’s Day gift. I received a professional-grade blender while working at Life Time, but the threads on the bottom of the pitcher wore out so I was in need of a new one. This blender makes whipping up my shakes each morning so much quicker! I used to use a Ninja single-serve blender but felt like it always took forever and made a mess since it would overflow. I’d end up making my shake in three parts — blending the liquids, then adding the banana and blending, and finally adding ice cubes and blending once more. It was such a hassle while trying to get out the door in the morning.

I’ve also ordered what feels like a million breastfeeding products including this new pump after my Medela one kicked the can, a bunch of extra pump parts for keeping at home and work, this breastmilk + bottle cooler for transporting milk each day, etc.

My favorite purchase relating to breastfeeding is this pumping bra! I originally had this one, but once I dropped the baby weight, it didn’t fit anymore. This new one is adjustable, comes with removable straps, and is a pretty blush color. This is the only way I can get things done while pumping at home or at work!

Household Items:

These fancy little dusters work so much better than a cloth when it comes to dusting our furniture, railings, and baseboards! They trap the dust so well and make it easy to get in tight areas like between the posts of the railings.

We ordered a new dining room table and since it has a unique concrete top on it and we are at the early stages of expanding our family, we decided to get this nifty protector for the top of it.

Our Crock Pot kicked the can not too long ago — I was sitting on the couch holding Fletcher when all of the sudden water started pouring down the center island in the kitchen. I quickly ran over to see what was going on and realized our Crock Pot had cracked and all of the liquid that the chicken was being cooked in was rushing all over the counter and onto the floor. Luckily the chicken had recently finished cooking otherwise that would have involved a lot of sanitizing! We ordered this new one and it’s a little bigger than our old one, which has been nice!

I also ordered this diffuser for my mom’s birthday / Mother’s Day gift a few weeks ago and then picked up a few essential oils (lavender, lemon, and orange) from our local health co-op to go with it.

Linking up today!

What’s something you’ve been loving from Amazon?!

Fletcher's First Memorial Day Weekend

It was a gorgeous MDW over here! Today’s a bit of a washout, but the last two days have been nothing but clear blue skies, tons of sunshine, and 70 degrees.

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On Friday evening, the clouds and rain cleared off to reveal a beautiful evening so we ate dinner outside on the deck and then Andy put out our new American flag that he purchased on the way home from work.

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We made mini pizzas out of these little gems that I picked up from Costco the other night and paired them with salad and watermelon. Side note, the above photo of my trunk was the result of going shopping while super hungry, ha ha!

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We also headed out to the local trail for a walk — it was so refreshing after such a gray, cold, and rainy week!

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We love this trail because it feels like you’re out of the cities and really out in nature.

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The next morning, I headed out to a local garden center to purchase flowers! This activity, paired with the bright sunshine made my heart so happy. Upon arriving, I chatted with one of the gardeners on site to ask about which flowers would be best for my front porch based on sun / shade cover.

After learning some tips and tricks, I walked around and started adding plants to my cart. While shopping, my auntie called me and she ended up joining me at the garden center! It was so fun to catch up for a bit while looking around at the different types of plants!

While I was plant-shopping, Andy and Fletcher headed to the arboretum with my Mother-in-Law and then went out to lunch. Fletcher had so much fun with Grandma!

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Upon arriving home, I immediately started planting. I ended up rearranging the pots a couple times, but am quite pleased with how they turned out.

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Now I just need to keep them alive until the end of the summer. :)

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Later that afternoon, we went on another walk and this time we stopped for an ice cream cone along the way.

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It’s always so fun to see Fletcher’s reaction when we go for walks — he just soaks it all in.

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He got another tooth this weekend so he’s been chewing on all the things lately! Poor little buddy!

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On Sunday, we spent the morning cleaning up around the house before heading out to run some errands and walk around one of our favorite lakes.

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It was Fletcher’s first trip to Home Depot and he slept the whole time! We didn’t really find what we were looking for, so we headed to the lake to walk around.

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On the way to run another errands, we decided to swing by Starbucks for a refreshing drink after our walk!

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Andy ordered their Strawberry Acai Lemonade and it was SO good — literally the perfect summer drink!

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I went with my usual venti iced americano. :)

We stopped at another store to look at their mulch and house numbers selection (we’ve been doing some minor updates to the front of our house since we moved in towards the end of the season last year) but didn’t see anything we loved. I read on the front porch for awhile and then we made dinner before Andy headed out for a bit.

While Andy was out running an errand, Fletcher and I went for a long walk. While Fletcher snoozed in the stroller, I caught up on a podcast.

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Fletcher also got a new seat this weekend and it was all fun and game until he tried to climb out of it. He is constantly surprising us because he just seems so much older than his four months! :)

We’re enjoying a lazy day at home today since it’s pouring rain and we go back to work tomorrow!

What did you do for MDW?
Twist, chocolate, or vanilla cone?

10 Random Facts About Me Vol. 16

For previous posts in this series, click here!

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1. I almost always choose the same color anytime I get a pedicure. I went to a new salon a couple of weeks ago and went with a different color and it feels so weird to me since my toes are usually pastel pink 99% of the time.

2. I know some people are super particular about the way that the toilet paper is set up on the roll — with the top sheet being either over or under the roll. We’ve never had a preference in our house and I never knew that TP roll preference was actually a thing until someone pointed it out to me a few years ago.

3. We also rarely lose socks in the dryer — I have friends that say this happens to them almost weekly but I think it’s because I always check the corners of fitted sheets and the hoods of hoodies. I feel like this is always where socks end up hiding!

4. I’ve mentioned before that I like to get dressed and ready each day and I recently realized that I do the same with Fletcher. It’s very rare that he will stay in pajamas for the day and I typically put a new outfit on him each morning — this probably explains why we do so much laundry these days. :)

5. Summer is the only season that I don’t enjoy the start of because the humidity comes out of nowhere and I’m never ready for it!

6. I’ve been backed into twice in my gym’s parking lot and both times it was not my fault. I’m thinking a lot of distracted drivers must go to my gym.

7. I put salt on almost everything even before tasting it and I recently read that this might be due to low blood pressure. My friend at work used to tease me because I kept a pink Himalayan sea salt grinder from Costco in my desk drawer.

8. I don’t like snickerdoodle or monster cookies but enjoy almost every other variety out there.

9. My socks always have to match because in my mind, they all fit differently.

10. I’m super weird and requested my delivery report from the hospital and read it cover to cover. I found it to be very interesting to read the “behind the scenes” version of what went down!

What are some random facts about you?
Do we have any of the above in common?

Life Lately Vol. 8

Spring is in full-force over here and we have been soaking up every minute of it! I’m doing a life lately post today because I have so many random pictures to share from our last few weeks. Still trying to get back on a regular blogging schedule but between work, Fletcher, hitting the gym, etc. it’s hard to sit down and blog at the end of the day, especially when I’ve been on the computer all day at work.

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My sister and I hit some garage sales a few weeks ago, and I found so many great things for Fletcher! Janie & Jack clothes that were new with tags on, Melissa & Doug toy cars, and tons of Fisher Price Little People playsets!

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We also scored an awesome playmat for his playroom!

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He just loves hanging out up there! He’s also been SO into books and toys lately, so that’s been fun to see him start to “play” and interact with things. He’s also recently found his voice and screeches / talks constantly — especially if we mimic the sounds he makes or read him books.

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Allie came to visit us a few weeks ago and it was so fun to have her meet Fletcher! She brought us lots of goodies and we spent the morning / afternoon catching up.

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I treated myself to a pedicure the other night to get these toes ready for flip flops, sandals, and wedges now that it’s nice outside!

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I recently tried this flavor of kombucha and I think I like it even more than my previous favorite, gingerade! Our local co-op has so many more flavors than the grocery store, so I usually pick up a new one each time I swing in there! They also have a pink lady basil one that sounds amazing — I’ll probably grab that one next time.

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Last weekend, Andy, Fletcher, and I headed to a local park to go for a walk. We swung by Starbucks on the way there for a little treat! It had been SO long since I’ve had a frappuccino and I went with the s’mores one!

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We walked about 3 miles and really enjoyed this park — it’s one that’s kind of off the beaten trail a bit and really feels like you’re out in the woods rather than in the suburbs!

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We’ve also been frequenting the arboretum — Fletcher and I met my auntie there a couple of weeks ago and things were just starting to bloom! We headed back there yesterday and all of the tulips were in their glory and I was living my best life strolling through the gardens with my boys and my favorite cherry almond latte from a local coffee shop!

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Fletcher and I went up to Robertson Ranch not too long ago to bring my mom a birthday gift.

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He’s always such a trooper on the long car rides — we stopped to pick up some ice cream on the way there and he had so much fun looking around the store as we walked around — it was so funny to see him take it all in!

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My parents gave him this little train set and he is obsessed with it! It’s so fun having a little boy that is into all things with wheels and sounds!

We’ve started collecting these Little People playsets for him and he loves looking at them and watching us act out stories with the people!

Alright, Fletcher just woke up from his nap so I’m going to go feed him before we head out for a walk!

Family Date Night

A couple weeks ago, we all headed out for a family date night! It was almost like going on a real date since Fletcher slept the majority of the time. :)

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It was way too gorgeous out to stay inside, so our first stop was to the arboretum for a walk!

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Not a lot was in bloom yet, but it was fun to walk around.

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Fletcher even woke up for a little bit of it and got to enjoy some of the scenery.

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We laughed when we saw this picture because we thought Fletcher looked like Casper the Ghost. :)

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Afterwards, we swung by Chick-Fil-A to grab dinner and then head home to watch our latest favorite show — The Enemy Within. Andy got me hooked on the show, 24, when we first started dating and this new show reminds me a lot of that one!

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My go-to’s at CFA are their southwest salad or the grilled cool wrap! They also have the BEST Oreo milkshakes!

Favorite item at CFA?
Favorite milkshake flavor?