Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter 2014

Easter this year was so special and lots of fun. Last year we had a wee one who was just starting to crawl.  This year we have a curious, active toddler who loves to explore and keeps us on our toes. 

The week before Easter we had an Easter egg hunt with my moms group.  It was at a local park on a day where the weather was absolutely gorgeous.  This was her first time hunting eggs. We didn't practice at home, just gave her a bucket and told her to put the eggs in it.  She picked it up quickly.  But before she put each egg in her basket/ bucket, she shook it.  I would say Mommy School sensory eggs are to thank for that one!  When we got home she opened all of the eggs, even though she didn't eat any of the candy that was inside. 

The Wednesday before Easter, we went to another Easter egg hunt at our local library.  AG modeled her Simply Made with Love shirt before we headed out.  There were a lot of kids there so it was a little hectic.  She was only able to get about 5 eggs but we still had fun.  They also had an Easter bunny that we attempted to visit.  Unfortunately the screaming started before we even got close to him.  Needless to say, there is no bunny picture this year.

On Thursday, my in-laws flew in for the weekend.  While they were here we did a lot of eating out and  chasing after one active mini. On Friday, we took AG to Sea World.  We all had a great time.  She oohed and awed over all of the animals.  She was pointing at them, saying hi and waving bye and blowing kisses when we left.  She also got her picture taken with Elmo without a major meltdown.  It was a great day!

Easter day was pretty low key. My in-laws flew out in the afternoon, so we decided to have Easter brunch before they left.  Which unfortunately, didn't leave time for us to attend the 10:45 church service.  As soon as AG woke up that morning, we headed out for some donuts.  Our Sunday morning tradition.  When we came home, it was time for her to see what the Easter bunny left for her.  She loved her basket and immediately sat down to start playing with the toys.  I don't think she really noticed the eggs that were scattered throughout the house. We had to give her a little nudge to get her started with the hunt.  It didn't take long before she was running around the house finding all of her eggs.  It was such a sweet moment, one we will never forget.  

I spent the rest of the morning in the kitchen getting ready for brunch.  This part of Easter was hard for me.  Not only because I was standing for hours which was not fun for this preggo who has been having crazy back pain. But because this is the first holiday I have been away from my family.  The first time it wasn't my mom and I in the kitchen, working together to make a meal for the family. Usually while all the boys watch sports, which would have changed to them all entertaining AG this time.  It was hard.  Thankfully we texted all day and had our daily FaceTime chat as well.  Hopefully this will be the only year we will be apart for the holidays.  
Hunting away

Exhausted after it was all over with!

All in all, it was a blessed holiday.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hippity Hop Easter's on it's Way!

Easter is just three days away! I am so excited for the Easter bunny to visit our house this year. Holidays are so much more fun with littles. AG may not be a big fan of the Easter bunny in person, but I know she'll be excited when he leaves this basket full of goodies and a special egg hunt for her. 

Today, I'm linking up with Darci & Sarah for their blog hops,  sharing everything in her basket this year.

I've been on the lookout for basket items for a few months now. I always try to shop well in advance for holidays.  It breaks up the spending and I end up getting the most practical gifts instead of waiting until the last minute and throwing a bunch of stuff in my cart just to check it off the list.  That may or may not have happened once. This year the bulk of her gifts came from Wal-Mart and Target. Lets take a look at what little miss will be waking up to on Easter morning...

A girl can never have enough bows. These bows were just $1 at Walmart, I can't even make them for that cheap! We go through elastics like we go through cheerios around here, so I made sure to stock up on those as well.  I also threw in a pair of sunglasses from the dollar spot at Target. AG is obsessed with sunglasses and surprisingly keeps them on in the car and while we're outside.  

I can never pass up the holiday cups from Target.  AG is still using her Santa cup from Christmas, so it's about time she has a new one.  I also picked her up another Doc McStuffins stethoscope set. She has one and takes it with her everywhere she goes.  With two, I'm hoping I won't have to spend as much time searching for it day in and out! 

Books, Books, Books. Mini is obsessed with books. A few times throughout the day I'll find her on the carpet just reading her books.  I probably read 10-20 throughout a normal day.  Her favorite book last Easter was That's not my bunny!  When I saw That's not my lamb…at Barned & Noble this year I snatched it. I also got her an I love you book, Mickey Mouse and a cute Easter egg book with flaps for her to lift.  

You can't have an Easter basket without a few toys. Most of these came from the dollar spot at Target. She has chalk, bubbles, bath crayons, pick up sticks (which I have a feeling will be a huge mistake) and a  coloring book.  

I finished it off with a few monogrammed dresses from Simply Made with Love. These are my favorite dresses for spring and summer.  

I can't leave you without a picture of the mini this year.
This was taken yesterday for her second Easter egg hunt at the library.
She's getting so big, I can't take it!  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eggs-cellent Easter Savings with Favado App

 This post is brought to you by Favado. All opinions are my own.

Last week, I mentioned that hubs and I were spending more time focusing on where our money is going. One of the number one ways we're doing that is with a budget. After reviewing our spending for the past three months, we realized the bulk of our money is spent on grocery shopping and eating out. The numbers don't lie, I knew we needed to do something about it immediately.

One of the easiest things to do to save money when it comes to grocery shopping is couponing and meal planning. Now, I have never called couponing easy before. I did it a few years ago but found it was too time consuming for me.  Thankfully, things have changed in the past few years. New tools and apps have been developed to make it easier on the consumer. One of those being, the Favado app.

The Favado app is an app you download on your smartphone (Android or IOS based.) It is a fabulous tool that allows you to find the best deals, coupons and savings in your area by comparing prices at your local stores. With Easter this weekend, I'm sure you have a grocery list a mile long. I know mine is! Whether you need some last minute candy to fill eggs for the hunt, ham or all the sides that are going to go with, you can save money using the Favado app. It will help you find the best prices on everything you need for Easter brunch, lunch or dinner.

Still searching for recipes for Easter?  Favado wanted to make things even easier for you by sharing FREE EASTER RECIPES along with a GROCERY LIST! All you have to do is click on the image below. 

Ready to try the Favado app? 
All you have to do is download it here to start saving yourself time and money!
 This post is brought to you by Favado. All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

12 Weeks- Baby #2

**I'm a bit behind on the pregnancy updates this time around.  I have been keeping track of everything, just haven't gotten around to posting it. I'm hoping to keep up with everything for this baby, just as I did with AG**

Week 12

Size: Passion Fruit 

Gender: Hubs and I think it's another girl. 

Movement: Nothing yet. 

Sleep: Crazy dreams.  Some nights are more comfortable than others, thankful for my preggo pillow.  

Cravings: Salad, ice cold drinks (lemonade)

Aversions: S

Symptoms: Exhausted all the time and sick all morning.  I've been hugging the toilet every morning since 6 weeks.  Hopefully there is an end in sight! Also back pain.  I have a feeling it's due to a recent workout, nonetheless it's still a pain!

What I Miss: Wine.  Especially after toddler tantrum filled days!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Our ultrasound next week along with NT testing. 

Best Moment This Week: Seeing AG give kisses to my belly and watching her love on her own baby dolls.  

Thoughts: It's still surreal being pregnant.  Time is going by much faster this time. The beginning was very rough.  From week 6 up until this point I've been very sick.  Most days have been spent on the couch, all day long.  It's been rough taking care of AG, I feel extremely guilty that I can't be the mom I'm used to being to her. Thankfully, around the middle of the 11th week it started becoming better in the afternoon.  Mornings are still rough. I don't do anything for the first 2 hours I'm up. I'm hoping this won't be the case my entire pregnancy.