Tuesday, September 29, 2015

why teething jewelry has saved me + a giveaway

necklace: Mama & Little, bracelet: Mama & Little, top: H&M, pants: old Kohls, flats: russia, belt: nordstrom

Brand and I are convinced that Hazel has been teething since she was 3 months old, with all the drool, and constant gnawing on toys we could only assume it was true. But, alas, no teeth popping though. Also, is there such thing as more drool, because really. 

Mama and Little Teething necklaces have become quite the life saver in this house especially with a teething baby -I'm using the term teething loosely, obviously.  I love having this necklace with me when we are out -and especially when we are in a quiet place. It's a nice distraction and it really seems to relieve all Hazel's gnawing needs. I wear my necklace at church -when I need to have a quiet little girl, when we are waiting in lines, and when I nurse her -she is easily distracted and it helps to have something for her to "play" with. 

Mama and Little is such a trendy company who was the first to introduce the hexagon-shaped bead in silicone teething jewelry.  This modern teething jewelry company has so many on trend styles that are perfect for us on the go busy mamas. They have a large variety of color and style options, you'll have a real difficult time picking just one. 


Sunday, September 27, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend

Let's just start with Friday shall we? Brand was at school all day, so it was just the two of us -Hazel and I that is. Sometimes I think that she gets tired of just being around me -I know I would.  We went out with my mom, did a little shopping and had some lunch at Kneaders -my first time and I loved it. Hazel really enjoyed herself and was very excited to be out with all the people. We had dinner with our friends, which was a lot of fun.  I love being with friends, especially the ones that we have. Hazel was quite the trooper, she was way tired -and doesn't fall asleep in loud places, so she was a bit troublesome, but I would be too.  We played and had ice cream with friends and when we got home Hazel was ready to hit the hay, she fell asleep real quick and was out for the night by 830 -earlier than normal, trust me I've tried getting her to bed earlier, it doesn't work.

Saturday Brand studied -story of our lives, so Hazel and I went shopping some more -let me clear the air, when I say shopping I mean looking at things -student budget here.

Our garage door has been broken for just over a week, it's kind of annoying having to open the door manually when we go anywhere. When it got fixed I realized how much I missed having a working garage door, it's interesting how we only miss something when we don't have it anymore. Guess I need to work on being thankful for every day things -like a working garage door.
The rest of the weekend we spent at church and with family.

Have I said how much I love this little girl? and can I say how much I wish I had cute clothes like she has? Seriously though, I don't know what I would do without this girl, and I can kind of remember life without her, but then I'm like ehhh what was it really like?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

kindness from a stranger

 top: Motherhood PostPartum, Jeans: F21, sandals: Target, necklace: c/o Choies

 A few weeks back -on a day that wasn't my best, Hazel and I were walking the mall because it was all I could do to keep her to stop fussing. We were walking the mall and minding our own business, seeing the dogs, watching all the people -you know, normal people watching mall walker stuff. When an elderly gentleman stopped me...

"Can you do me a favor?" He asked excitedly.
"Sure!" I somewhat hesitantly responded.
"Use this money to buy your baby something nice." He handed me $20, smiled, and walked away. 
"Really?!" I surprisingly asked. "Are you sure? Thank you!"

He walked away nodding and I watched as he got smaller in the distance, wondering if that had just really happened. Did that sweet old man really just give me $20 to spend on my sweet Hazel? It was like he was some sort of angel, like he knew I was having a rough time.  And then it got me to thinking and hoping that one day I would be able to do something of this grandeur for a mother with a rough morning. How I hoped I would be able to know how to put that sparkle back into someone's day.

Sometimes elderly people really understand what's going on. And this man, this sweet, sweet man reminded me that we are all here on earth to help each other, to be there for each other when we need help. 

Because this experience was so very sweet I couldn't bring myself to spending the money on just anything. It was about a week before I used it though, I bought Hazel a fall outfit -one I wouldn't have been able to do so, and one that will always be remembered as the kindness outfit. And I'm still looking for a "kindness" book of sorts, just as a sweet memento. 

I'm grateful for that sweet old man, he lit up my day. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

eight months

At EIGHT months Hazel: 

Loves to play chase with mom and dad.

Loves to walk around the house all day

Loves people watching and will screech at you if she wants your attention.

Sleeps on her tummy sometimes.

Doesn't like sleeping in her crib anymore.

Took a two an a half hour nap a few times! 

Loves being outside.

Gives her dad high fives.

Weighs 17 pounds. 

Doesn't mind being on her tummy, but still doesn't want to crawl yet. 


a condensed version of my weekend

This weekend was a good one, it was quick -as it always tends to be, but we got to spend some time with Brand. Friday-day we went to my dad and grandpa's work, Hazel had the time of her life.  She loves when people talk to her, especially if they are talking nice, She is quite the social girl, she loves being out with people, learning new things, she is such a curious little lady. Anyways, she loved meeting all the workers and having people talk nice to her. When we went to lunch Hazel was being silly and waiving to everyone, one guy said: well, it's too bad she isn't very sociable.  Too bad indeed.

The rest of our weekend was filled with toys, the mall, target, and other stores because let's be honest this girl does not like to sit still -she is all about getting out. We played with friends -Hazel always seems to be more interested in her friend's toys, something new I guess, and we took a family nap -first one for the books. I'd say we had a pretty good weekend.

Sometimes I fell like Monday gets here all too quick and really my days just fly by with this new life of mine. Anyways, Happy Tuesday!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

working out after baby - TKO Soft-Grip Jump Rope

Let's face it, after you have a baby your body just isn't the same -at least mine isn't. And for me it's been tough finding time to workout with a new baby -she's not really a baby anymore, but it's still difficult. There is no way I have time to go to the gym, I don't know how other moms do it -I really don't. And when Hazel is taking a nap I've got laundry to do, and other house chores, and mostly I just want to relax. So the moral to this story is, I need a workout that's at home and something that's quick. 

I've found that a workout rope is really a great way to get a quick workout in even if you only have fifteen minutes. There are so many advantages to working out with a TKO jump rope, I love the variety it adds to my workout, I can jump anywhere, anytime, it's a workout for my whole body, and I can adjust jumping to my speed depending on how intense of a workout I want. 

It's also a plus that it has a soft grip and and nine foot rope length -if that's too long you can easily wrap it around the grip. It's nice to be able to mix up my workout with this jump rope and in fifteen minutes I can easily burn 170 calories. 

Also, Hazel really seems to get a kick out of it, or maybe she is just laughing at me? Either way, it's also really great entertainment. Haha! 

This jump rope was provided to me by TKO, but all opinions are my own. 


Sunday, September 13, 2015

today at church she was practically perfect

Some Sundays I feel like I'm just going through the motions. I know I should go to church, and I hope to be able to gain just a bit of something from each lesson, but sometimes it's a hopeless cause. Sweet Hazel is really good at distracting me. And I'm not blaming her because she's a baby and has no idea what she is doing, really, she doesn't. But it's hard to pay attention. Also, is it just me or does everyone else get anxious when it's quiet during the lesson? I go into I'll-do-anything-to-keep-you-quiet mode. So most Sunday's I hope for the best in that she might, just might, let me listen to the lesson for a bit. And let me say that today she was practically perfect. I'm not kidding, she really was. I don't know what it was, maybe she is getting used to this whole church thing, maybe it's a fluke -I'm crossing my fingers that it's not, because it was wonderful.

Sacrament meeting we sat by our friends, Hazel loves my friends she does, it's seriously the best thing to see her give them the biggest smiles. And so, we sat there, Hazel danced -she does this funny dance with her head, it's almost like she's rocking out. She danced, pulled at her socks, watched the people, ate some puffs, flirted with the people around her, and read her quiet book. It was magical. We had a few loud moments -little spurts here and there, but when we left sacrament I was in awe. Wow Hazel, you are doing so good today in church. I told her as we walked down the hall.  We went to the library -I'm the librarian at church, it's a pretty fun time, and then we went to our meeting. All the while Hazel sat there, enjoyed her time people watching, and kept quiet as a mouse.

Sundays are rough because Hazel misses her morning nap, so after I'm done in the library I usually go to the mother's room, nurse her, and rock her to sleep. The rocking to sleep part doesn't always work out because most of the time other moms come in with their babies and Hazel gets all kinds of distracted -she is quite curious. But, today, today was maybe my very favorite. Hazel nursed, and fell asleep in my arms, and I sat there, looking around hoping, reeeeally hoping, that no one would come in.  And no one did, for thirty-five minutes. And for those thirty-five minutes we sat there, she slept and I kicked back in the rocking chair, cool as a cucumber. Tempted to fall asleep myself because of the lack of sleep this week -that's a whole other story. Oh, sweet Hazel. But I just sat there, debating wither or not to go to class, I was just too comfortable to move, and this was just one of those moments I wanted to enjoy. One of those simple moments where I just wanted to sit there, in the dim, cool but smelly mothers room -the smell went away after a while, you know how that works.

And so I decided that it was time for me to get up, and I tried to do it without waking her up, but as fate would have it she woke up, blew a few raspberries and we were off to our next class -where she continued to be perfect.

I love her.

Good night.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015


me: top: Banana Republic, shorts: thrifted, sandals: target (similar)
Hazel: outfit: baby gap, hairbow: c/o Knot Just A Stitch

Watching: Bachelor in Paradise and the news -I'm not kidding, we finally got an antenna and I'm hooked on watching the news!

Crocheting:It's been quiet in the crochet department for some time, but right now I'm working on a baby blanket for a friend!

Anticipating: Brand going back to school. This summer has been nice to have him home, it's nice being with another adult in the house. Boy I'm sure going to miss him when he goes back to school. 

Listening to: Bachelor in Paradise, this show is so dramatic you guys. I mean the crying!

Thinking about: The things I've been able to get done! I've been pretty accomplished this week and I really like the new schedule I have for myself. 

Feeling thankful: To be a mom. I can't say enough about how much I love this job!

Wanting: To go swimming, it's hot, and we haven't been swimming yet this summer.

Enjoying:  Some me time. There was a good portion of time where Hazel would not take naps unless I held her, and like all phases they pass and now I sit her and enjoy some Bachelor in Paradise and blogging time. 

Wondering: What Hazel dreams about, especially when she smiles.

Smelling: I was smelling the fresh rainy air earlier today. This morning it rained and if you were watching the news you would have thought it was the end of the world because it was seriously dramatic!

Wearing: Summer time Bermuda shorts!

Following: My dreams. 

Feeling: Blessed. I have waited so long to be right were I am today and I love every bit of it -even those hard times. 

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