Monday, November 17, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Have you tried Trader Joe's Guiltless Brownie Mix? You make it with Greek yogurt. That's it. And there are directions on the box for single servings made in the microwave. Yum!

We have some meals planned for the week, and here they are...

Monday: Cheese Raviolis with Marinara (Matt cooked)
Tuesday: Crab Quesadillas
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Meatballs & Spaghetti Squash
Thursday: Quinoa Pizza Bites (meatless, make ahead)
Friday: Slow Cooker Chicken & Mashed Potatoes
Saturday: dinner out
Sunday: Skillet Enchilada Quinoa Bake

What are you making this week?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Kohl's

I am probably the last one to jump onto the Kohl's bandwagon, which is unfortunate because we live near one. Lindsey has been saving at Kohl's for years and it seemed like she was constantly getting coupons.A post this week on the Krazy Coupon Lady about a deal on Melissa & Doug puzzles was the straw that broke the camels back. We are big fans of Melissa & Doug (awesome quality and environmental responsibility) and the deal posted was $14.81 for three puzzles, shipped.

In addition to the coupon codes listed, Kohl's had mailed me a $10 coupon the week before and you can apply up to 4 coupon codes for one transaction. I ended up getting the three puzzles in the photo above, shipped, for $9.64. Three bucks each! There's a small dent in my Christmas shopping with a new puzzle for each kid.

Add to that the 3% I'll get back for clicking on Kohl's website through Ebates and there's another $0.26. Every little bit counts, right? I just got my quarterly Ebates payout, which more than covered the cost of the puzzles. Score.

Are you a Kohl's shopper? What kind of deals do you get there?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

4 months

I cannot believe Taylor is 4 months old already. She is SUCH a happy baby! It is so much fun! She loves to smile (especially at me) and is generous with her big, gummy grins. I can't get enough of her.

At 4 months Taylor weighs just over 13 pounds (30th percentile) and is 25 1/2 inches long (85th percentile.) In comparison, at 4 months Mason and Marlee were both 26 inches long but Mason weighed 15 pounds and Marlee weighed 12. Taylor's feet have already outgrown her 3-6 month sleepers and I can already almost put a palm tree ponytail on the top of her head.

Taylor goes to bed around 7pm, wakes up twice during the night to nurse, and is up around 7am. She goes to daycare with Marlee and loves it there. The other kids adore her since she's the only baby. There doesn't seem to be any jealousy from Mason or Marlee, other than of who gets to spend the most time with their baby sister.

Taylor likes to constantly have something in her mouth (usually her fist) just like Mason did at this age and she is quite chatty, she babbles all the time. She can already roll over both from front to back and back to front and absolutely adores her big brother and sister. We are so, so blessed by her every single day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Photographed: Taylor's newborn session

Little Miss Taylor Mae is 4 months old today. *sob* Seems like a good time to finally share some of the gorgeous photos from her newborn shoot with Mia Hope Photography.

Can you handle these? Makes me want a dozen more babies... just not pregnancies...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Celebrated: Holiday Open House

Here's to celebrating small business, shopping, socializing, and sipping cocktails! We had a house full on lovely ladies on Saturday night. If you couldn't make it, don't worry, you still have some time to shop a few of the vendors.

Thirty-One Gifts has some seriously COOL stuff. I'm a fan, for sure. Does anyone have any favorites? I can't decide what to get with my hostess credits.

Did you know Dove Chocolates does home parties? Three words: Chocolate Martini Shots. Yum.

Nerium was represented, as was Mary Kay.
Stella & Dot is taking orders until November 29th. Here are two thirds of my wish list.
That yellow YAY banner by CM handmade stayed here with me. It will go in the girls' room when we switch sibling shared rooms next year. I'm kicking myself for not snatching up the rest of them.
Gina Bean Handmade had some of the cutest little gift items. Mason was beyond excited about his tooth pillow and I am obsessed with that gorgeous snowflake scarf!

We had a Matilda Jane consultant, The Calligraphy Girl, and Taylor Johnson Photography booking mini sessions.

There was good food, good company, and shopping. It's official, the holidays can now bring it on.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5 things on the 5th

1. Taylor Mae. None of us can get enough of her.
2. Wise words. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my all-time favorites. I'm not sure how, but I haven't ever had this one hit me before.

3. THIS pillow. Everyone in my family needs one for Christmas. I had better get started on some of those projects on my sewing list, stat.

4. A One Line a Day Journal is brilliant. I want one for me and one for each of the kids when they are old enough to write.

5. Holiday parties! The first one of the season for me is coming up this weekend. An evening of shopping, socializing, snacks and spirits in support of small and home-based business.

What are some things on your mind right now?