Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Favorite: uniform

Today I calculated that I've been breastfeeding for about 30 of the last 72 months. That amounts to many midnight feeding sessions and a ton of pumping during my lunch break. With Mason and Marlee I relied heavily on a good nursing cami and a nursing cover however I'm finding that with Taylor I'm often needing "easy access", if you will, and a no-fuss option for quick nursing. Enter, these criss cross tops from Tag Under:
I have three different colors and combined with my nursing tanks are fantastic for this stage of life. I can wear one to work with a statement necklace, black pants, and heels and look professional, or throw one over my nursing cami and yoga pants to lounge around at home without feeling slouchy (never mind if I haven't showered since the day before...)

PLUS, they hide the post-baby pooch and can act as a nursing cover since the front is so open and flowy. Win and win. Tag Under products are made in the USA and are really inexpensive. The criss cross cardigan is $15 with free shipping right now.

Any favorite nursing outfits or tips? I've got at least 6 months to go...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

5 months

It's amazing to me how 5 months could have passed so quickly when I sometimes feel like time stands still. Taylor Mae is still just the happiest baby and so sweet. She loves to give out big, gummy smiles-- especially to her big brother and sister. She is still up twice a night to nurse, is not a huge fan of rice cereal, and her favorite place is in my arms... which is completely okay by me.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 on 10 :: December 2014

{Finding life and beauty in the ordinary things of our day to day}
ten on ten button

Only six on the 10th of this month. Better than nothing, right?
Happy baby

Puzzles with Daddy

Great Grandma Ina's vintage cocktail ring

Tea and sweet reminders

View from outside my window at work

Afternoon indulgence

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gifted: Matt

stocking stuffers: hubby

Stockings are my favorite thing about Christmas morning. I can't remember any gifts my parents gave me for Christmas growing up, but I can tell you that every year in my stocking I looked forward to a new toothbrush, my own tube of toothpaste, and a can of grocery store oysters (you know, in the little tin, sold next to the canned tuna-- we were poor, it's the little things!)

Stocking stuffers are now my favorite things to shop for and I love finding small, meaningful things I think Matt and the kids will find fun. Here is what is going in Matt's stocking this year (and I can share this because if you ask him about my blog he'll respond with, "What blog?" I'm fairly certain he couldn't tell you the name of it or where to find it.)

1. The Incognito Flexible Flask by Vapur, $6.95 at REI. Perfect for backpacking.

2. Stubble & 'Stache's Beard Care starter kit, $54 at Stubble & 'Stache. The men can be pampered with fancy products too, right?

3. A personalized Road ID, $30. Also useful to have while backpacking.

4. Digestive Bitters by Portland Apothecary, $15. For when he has over-indulged...

5. A chocolate orange. One of Matt's favorite holiday treats.

5. Lucky Tiger Muscle Rub, $13 on Amazon. Massage included, of course.

What are your favorite Man Stocking Stuffers?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

We are constantly getting notices that our airline miles are expiring and we can redeem them for magazines. With the random trips we take on various airlines, we never accumulate enough to do anything else with them, so why not? I got my first issue of Cooking Light and was super excited to see the "Fast Weeknight Menus" feature! I'm copying it for this week's meal plan. Each plan comes with a shopping list as well.

Monday: Vegetable Soup

Tuesday: Steak & Potatoes

Wednesday: Mustard Dill Salmon

Thursday: Citrus Chicken

Friday: Pizza & Beer Friday

Saturday: Pork Loin Sandwiches

Sunday: Leftovers

What are you making this week?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Weekend in Pictures

The holiday events have officially begun. Ours started with a pancake breakfast at Mason's school on Saturday.
We don't "do" Santa in our house, but the kids are used to posing for pictures. We told Marlee to tell Santa she wanted skates for Christmas... so when she opens the skates we got her for Christmas maybe she'll think she asked for them in the first place. Genius, right? Haha!
Kali and I took our crew to a local fire station for a Christmas fair.
We enjoyed our community tree lighting, complete with food trucks, train rides, fake snow, and balloon creations.
How was your weekend?

Friday, December 5, 2014

5 things on the 5th

1. There are 20 days until Christmas. I have no idea where November went.

2. Thank goodness for Zarbees Baby Cough Suppressant. It's tough being an infant with a stuffy nose.

3. This dress. Originally suggested to me by Heidi. Styled 7 ways by The Mom Edit. Shopping enablers.

4. Trader Joe's Toasted Coconut Pancake Mix. We cannot get enough of the stuff. Toasted coconut pancakes with blueberries and agave syrup every Saturday.

5. New favorite accessory: scarves by Pink E Promise. A portion of each sale goes to support breast cancer research.

What are your things this month?