Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Hello hello! Hope you all had a glorious week!

Onward!

1. I am just 1 week from kicking off the Fall version of the 30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge! I’ve been purging/cleaning out summer clothes and getting things put away, but more on that. I’m also planning next week on a new Fall clothes haul video, so stay tuned. If you’d like to catch up with my last challenge, start with this post. But the main launching event is on Thursday! (FYI, can you believe next week starts October???)

2. Fall! Fall! Fall! (Getting tired of hearing about it yet?) I got into a serious Fall mood this week. The weather here in NC was just so nice and cool, that I couldn’t help it. But Monday I went to Trader Joe’s and snagged some yummy pumpkin treats.

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3. And because the weather was so nice, we all snuck out for a hike at the Eno, right by our house.

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4. Yesterday I went over to the Durham Life & Science Museum with a friend and her little boy. We had such a lovely time! And since most of that museum is actually outdoors, we got to enjoy the crisp fall air some more.

5. I’m excited for the weekend. We don’t have much planned this weekend, so hoping it will be nice and relaxing. And maybe I can catch up on some magazine reading and do more planning for Elizabeth’s 1 year birthday party.

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Hello hello! Hope you all had a glorious week!

First up, before we get rolling, I am so excited that we are only 3 weeks away from the Fall version of the 30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge! I’m already starting to go through my clothes to figure out what I’d like to include in the 30 items. If you’d like to catch up with my last challenge, start with this post.

If you are interested in joining in with me, I’ll be kicking off with my choices on October 2! Prepare yourself!

Onward!

1. Seriously, these last two weeks felt like 5 weeks, and I’m pooped. It seemed like every personal event, work deadline, major blog series and church commitment coincided with this week. I’m just trying to get to Friday night, y’all. I mentioned on Wednesday that I was just failing at blogging, left and right. Your comments were just so sweet and encouraging! So thank you! I consider blogging my hobby, but I have so enjoyed making friends through this!

2. I got 2 new shirts from Boden, and I’m just so excited to wear them in the 30×30 challenge! Although, I posted on Instagram that one of them had a not so Mommy Friendly tag. Le sigh…

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3. Elizabeth turned 11 Months yesterday! Yippee! She has decided to celebrate by getting a cold. Poor thing! Which meant she wasn’t enthused about taking her pictures…

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4. It’s finally starting to feel like Fall around here (early Fall, anyway). It’s been cooler and we’ve had lovely rainy days. Even when it was warm, the humidity felt lower. I even got a small glimpse of Fall on one of our walks!

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5. I signed up for the Mug Swap over at But First, Coffee, and was lucky enough to get a chance to swap with the hostess, Kallie! I received mine earlier in the week. She sent me a 2 mug set and some Autumn Tea that smells like Autumn in a mug. Not to mention its a flavored tea that’s a black tea. A rare thing!

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Anyway, that was my week! It felt like a lot of grumbling. Sorry about that! (vacation is coming… vacation is coming…)

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Elizabeth’s 11 Month Update

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Well, my sweet little girl is already 11 months! This time last year, I was waddling around the house. The nursery was pretty much set, I had washed all her clothes, and I was just trying to rest.

Not to mention reading up on how to care for a baby! (I realized I had read tons about labor signs, what it was like to go into labor, etc, but nothing about basic baby care!)

But now we’re just one month away from her big 1 year celebration! I have GOT to get it together and start planning this party….

Here’s what she has been up to this past month!

Height/Weight | I have NO idea what she is. I feel like we haven’t had a doctor’s appointment for so long. (I guess that’s a good thing, right?)

Routine | Elizabeth’s routine is same old, same old.

  • 7:00am – Wake up and bottle
  • 7:30am – Play time!
  • 8:00am – Breakfast time
  • 8:30am – Continue to play or Bath time
  • 9:00am – Morning nap
  • 10:00am – Wake up and bottle
  • 10:30am – Play time! Or errands.
  • 11:30am – Lunch time
  • 12:oopm – Play time!
  • 1:00pm – Afternoon nap
  • 2:30-3:00pm – Wake up and bottle
  • 3:30pm – Small snack
  • 4:00pm – She plays while I start dinner
  • 4:30pm – Dinner as a family
  • 5:00pm – Play time!
  • 6:00pm – Get ready for bed, and a final bottle.
  • 6:30pm – Lights out and asleep!

Sleeping | Elizabeth is going through phases where she seems like she’s dropping her morning nap, but then she goes right back on track. But other than that, she’s quite the sleeper. I sure hope this continues!

Eating | She loves to eat! I’m surprised by how much she’s packing away.  She has 3 meals a day, and drinks about 6 oz. of formula with each meal. I’ve stopped making her formula in a bottle for 2 of those feedings and am instead giving it to her in her straw cup.

I’m thinking we may also try to give her some real, full milk in a few weeks, just to see what she thinks. Truly, I think she’ll gobble that up. Her favorite foods are cheese (sharp cheddar, feta, mozzarella, doesn’t matter), cheerios, black beans, avocado, eggs, and any fruit (except banana). She also tried those veggie sticks recently, and she loved them!

Sizes | I think I have officially packed away all of her 6 month clothes. And all of her 12 month clothes that looked huge on her last month now fit well. I thought I’d be moving her up to size 4 diapers, but I think we’re good for another month.

Milestones | She’s developing a little personality, no doubt about it!

  • She’s gotten so fast at pulling up to stand. But walking isn’t all that interesting to her.
  • Elizabeth loves being upside down. She’ll even do a downward dog type move. Hilarious!
  • She is becoming a little mischievous one. She knows there are things that she shouldn’t do, but she looks right at me, smiles, and does it anyway. A little stinker 🙂
  • I also think she does things purposefully to make me laugh.
  • Elizabeth also knows how to shake her head no. At first, I felt bad because I thought I was saying no too much or something negative like that. BUT I think she just started shaking her head back and forth to watch the world spin, and we started saying “no no no” in response to that. Now, when she hears no, she shakes her head around.
  • She loves to clap!
  • She clearly understands what I’m saying. A few days ago, I had her little stuffed monkey sitting next to her. She was looking at a book and I said “Would monkey like to read your book?” and she placed the book on the floor in front of the toy. Then she patted my leg, which I interpreted as “please read this book to us, Mommy!”. My heart melted.
  • The play tunnel I bought at Ikea has become such a great toy!
  • She waves hello, good bye, and good night.
  • Elizabeth learned how to stick her tongue out this week. It’s hilarious!
  • She loves feeding me her food. It was cute at first, but then I got a half eaten Cheerio in my mouth. Gross.
  • Along the same lines, she can hand things to you if you ask.
  • Her gabbing is intense!
  • She still seems to be a little shy when you first take her to a place with lots of people/kids, but she quickly warms up.
  • Elizabeth had her first “baby sitting” experience this week. I started a new Bible study, and there was a baby sitter there. So I dropped her and ran. Apparently she was a ham the whole time! Yay her!

Now, like last month, she was nearly impossible to photograph!!

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At least we got one decent shot in the bunch 🙂

Here are some of my favorite pictures from over the last month!

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Friday! Yee-haw!

Here’s what we’ve been up to!

1. Our Labor Day weekend was such a fun time! We went up to Virginia Beach to visit my in laws, and then our little niece was dedicated. We also popped over to the beach on Monday. I tried sticking Elizabeth’s feet in the ocean again, since she seems to be enjoying water  more and more. She loved it! Next time, I’m going to have to put her in a bathing suit and a swim diaper.

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2. I seemed to have a hard time getting back into the groove this week. I should have done a lot! But I feel like I haven’t really done anything. Grr.

3. I’m still creeping the Un-Fancy blog and am thinking darn hard about really streamlining my wardrobe and getting it down to the bare basics and absolute favorites. I chatted about this in my latest Favorites video. I’m also toying with the idea of using Stitch Fix. It looks like such fun, and I figure it will keep me out of stores and spontaneously buying things. Have you used Stitch Fix? Tell me what you thought!

4. Elizabeth has really started being funny! I mean she is doing things, purposefully, to be funny! It’s amazing. I wish I could keep a camera on her all the time. I want to savor all these little moments!

5. Today we’re headed down to the mall to spend some time with good friends (Sephora and C. Wonder are on the “visit” list!), and then we have a play date in the afternoon. Should be a busy day!

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Friday Friday Friday!!  And an extra special one because it’s Labor Day weekend! (Right?? This is what happens when you aren’t working in an office, you loose track of holidays)

Hopefully you have fun weekend plans!

1. Last week, the husband came home with a spontaneous Google Chromebook purchase. Nice! I’ve been using it almost exclusively for blogging and consulting work, and it’s fabulous! It’s nice to sit at the kitchen table to do work. The chairs are MUCH more comfortable 🙂

As demonstrated, in action, from one of this week’s Instagram pics:

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2. I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that I hit a bit of a rut, blog-wise. I still feel “ruttish” (new word. Claim it.), but think I figured out why. It feels like I’ve hit a wall with my Amateur Hour period and I need to step up my game. It feels intimidating.  I think that’s what’s causing the rut. It will hopefully shift from rut to motivation!

3. Elizabeth and I spent so much time LAUGHING this week! True belly laughs. She’s learned to clap, which is pretty cute! But she’s also learned to say “mamamamama” in a cranky voice. Sigh…. But back to the laughing. I’m not sure WHY this photo cracks me up, but I can’t stop laughing when I see it! Elizabeth’s face is so funny, and then there is Sophie the Giraffe, perfectly in focus!

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4. We did a little reno on one of our front yard flower beds. And by “we”, I mean our lawn/landscaper guys did it. It looks awesome! All of our mulch around the entire house needed replaced because it had this CRAZY artillery fungus, and it was shooting little black spores all over our house and car! So while the mulch was being replaced, we decided to clean up a neglected bed. There are new roses, camellias, and azaleas. It looks so spiffy! (And am I the only one that loves the smell of fresh mulch?) In the Spring we’ll plant some more annuals, but for now, it’s nice.

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5. Our 5 month old niece is getting dedicated this Sunday! So exciting! I love a good family gathering!!

So that’s it! A bit of a ramble today 🙂 My mind is everywhere!

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