Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Camden || 6 Months (Half Birthday!)


<Insert 1 million cry face emojis here>

How did this happen? Half a year already??!

He's starting to look more and more like a little boy than my baby ahhh! 
Please time, can you slow down (as cliche as it is for a new mom to say that)??

I didn't get to a 5 month update on the blog (did a mini one on IG), so a lot has happened since his 4 month update. We have his 6 month Dr appointment on Friday, so not quite sure on weight and height, but we guesstimate he's about 16 pounds when we weigh him at home. I'm guessing he's still around 25 inches long. He is wearing mostly 6 - 9 mo or 6 - 12 mo clothes with the exception of a few 3 - 6 mo onesies and t shirts of brands that run big like Target and Old Navy.

Cam is still sleeping through the night from 7:30ish to 7am. Sometimes he will wake up and talk to himself for a while around 6am, but he's pretty patient and waits for us to get up and feed him. He does however, have night terrors and wakes us up crying in the middle of the night! But, when I run in and check on him he's fast asleep again?? Any other mothers experience this??

Feeding Cam baby food has been such an exciting experience and it's so fun to watch him try new flavors. So far, I've made pureed carrots and sweet potatoes in the Baby Bullet and have a lot stored in the freezer (don't worry, his skin has not turned orange yet ;) ). I bought a few pouches of Ella's Kitchen apples and pears so I could try some fruits with him, but I do plan on making some of my own in the future. I can see how buying baby food can become expensive! I only feed him maybe once or twice a day. I don't push it too much because I know he still gets all his nutrients from breast milk or formula. Maybe I'll write a post about starting solids?? Anyone interested?

 || L I K E S ||

 + nuk pacis (although his Speech Pathologist Grandma doesn't let him have it when she's around)
+ chewing on his hands and really anything he can get his hands and mouth on
+ naps like a champ (down to 3 per day)
+ his lamb lovie (lamby)
+ his new jumperoo
+ books / story time
+ rolling around (can roll both ways now!)
+ scaring mommy and rolling on his tummy in his crib
+ sleeping sideways in the crib
+ taking walks outside in the Baby Bjorn
+ just being outside and seeing the world!
+ eating baby food! We've tried sweet potatoes, carrots, apples and pears. His favorite are by far the sweet potatoes, but really hasn't turned away any food!
+ being tickled by mommy
+ watching mommy drink or eat food. He thinks it's hilarious!


|| D I S L I K E S ||

+ being hungry, over tired or over stimulated
+ skipping naps
+ meeting new people, but getting better
+ gas pains
+ being held or in one spot for too long. he is so squirmy and loves to move around!

That's really it... He's generally a happy baby!


|| M I L E S T O N E S ||

+ started to eat baby food and loving it!
+ rolls over both ways
+ sits up with support, but so close to sitting up on his own
+ bears weight on his legs and likes to stand with support
+ grasps objects with both hands. we got a trainer sippy cup!
+ saying some syllables and vowels (ma, ahh, ooo, eee, etc)
+ found his voice! squeals (more like shrieks) with delight!
+ he has all the symptoms of teething (even had a few rough nights here and there), but no signs of teeth poking through yet.

Camden is in such a fun stage (I feel like I say this every month)! I just love to watch him learn and grow everyday. I feel like his little brain is a sponge right now. Every new thing and experience is so exciting! The past 6 months have been the happiest of my life. This little boy has brought so much joy into our lives. He has the face of an angel and I have to kiss those cheeks a million times a day to feel complete. I can't imagine our life without him now!

*Side note: We are going to Germany/Austria for 10 days in July and leaving Camden with my parents. It's really starting to hit me now how long that really is to be without my baby :( If any moms out there have any advice on how to cope with leaving your babes for vacation/traveling, please let me know!

I plan to post our 5 and 6 month favorite baby products very soon! Stay tuned!

PS - If you are interested in seeing multiple snaps and videos of my days with Cam, my Snapchat user name is LindsayRumple ;)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kate Spade SALE!

Sorry I've been MIA and this is completely against what I wrote about in my last post about saving money (thank you all for your comments as well!)... However, I am not one to pass up a good sale. Especially a Kate Spade sale!

You can get so many items on their website right now for up to 75% off!


Here are some of my favorites all under $100 right now!


And for you moms to be, these adorable baby bags are also on sale!


We had a great weekend with Bill's parents who were in town for his mother's birthday. We grilled some amazing filets and I made twice baked potatoes and broccoli salad. We also grilled some fresh asparagus from their garden! I plan on posting recipes of all my favorite summer grilling side dishes soon!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My First Mother's Day + Good Things

Coming at you a day late with a quick recap of my first Mother's Day and general life thoughts.

Sunday was such a wonderful day. It started with Bill taking the morning feeding with Cam and letting me sleep in, follwed by breakfast in bed. That alone made my entire Mother's Day!


As if breakfast in bed with my little family wasn't enough, he also brought me the most beautiful bouquet of Hydrandeas! I had been talking about getting some for the front porch and took that as they are my new favorite flowers, which they are :)


I just love the way the colorful arrangement brightens up our dark table! Bill also decided that I needed a day of pampering, so he gave me a spa package from Charles Penzone! This was completely unexpected! He is the best hubby! I can not wait to book my 'me' day!

After a relaxing morning, we went to my parents' house for brunch. My parents got Cam a doorway jumper and an excersaucer to keep him occupied! You would have thought it was his birthday or something! It was so nice spending time with my family and our FOUR generations! Yes, my Grandma was there and it is always such a pleasure to see her smile at Camden and vice versa.

Camden also attended his first birthday party! He had a great time! It was all baseball themed. I wish I would have taken more photos!


This weekend really made me start thinking about what's most important in life. I really want to focus more on spending time with my family and friends. I want to feel fulfilled by spending time with my loved ones instead of going to Target and spending too much money on things I don't need.

We started to talk about our plan to move in a few years to a larger home and what we would have to do in order to save enough money. I'm realizing that I spend a lot of frivolous money on things, when that money could be put in our savings account. Living in this 'blogging' and 'IG' world it is hard not to compare lives. I scroll through the endless fashion blogs and instagram pics of girls 10 years younger than me rocking all designer brands everyday. I just can't do that. 

We want to work on making our current house a home. I absolutely love our new sectional! Now we are starting to look at patio furniture and realizing how expensive it is. I know it takes time to furnish a home, so I am trying to be patient. Plus, we are trying to be very smart with our money and not put anything on credit.

When I step back and look at my life, I realize that I have everything I've ever wanted. I have a loving husband that is a great provider and father. We have a home. We are healthy. AND, we have the most adorable little boy! What else do I need?

And now for some adorable baby pictures...


(This guy is obsessed with grabbing his feet!)


I'm kind of jealous of his flexibility! 

That's all for now! Thanks for listening/reading :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Random Thursday Thoughts

Life has been feeling a little random recently, so here are some of my random thoughts:

1 || We got our new sectional yesterday!!! (praise hands!!!) I absolutely love it! It is a light grey color and completely brightens up the room compared to the ugly dark brown (Bill's bachelor period) couches we used to have. I can't wait to complete the room with more decor! Hopefully, I will get it to the point to where I can post some pics :)
2 || I feel as though once you get a few nice pieces of furniture, you want to complete the entire house! Now I want a patio set (which we need badly) and new bedroom furniture... Ughhh... One step at a time!

3 || I got my second Rocksbox yesterday and I wanted everything! I ended up purchasing this Kendra Scott necklace. I've been wanting one for a while and with the discount and $10 shine spend made it unable to say no :) (PSSST - you can still use code: lindsaykxoxo to get your first month's subscription FREE!)

4 || I started making baby food for Cam with my Baby Bullet! He's tried carrots and sweet potatoes and prefers the sweet potatoes :) He has really started to love eating! Can't wait to try new foods with him!

5 || I am so excited for my first mother's day this weekend :) I'm hoping for a relaxing weekend with my little family.

Those are my random thoughts this week!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer Fashion || Shorts

I can't believe how nice it was this past weekend! I am so excited for this time of year! We spent a lot of time outside exploring different areas of Columbus with Cam. I really think he enjoys just looking around at new scenery. We also had a wonderful double date night Saturday at Hudson 29. The weather was perfect to sit outside on their patio for dinner! 

I recently went Spring/Summer shopping and ended up with not 1, but 3 pairs of shorts! I am obsessed with shorts this year. Here are some of my favorite picks:

1 || J. Crew Factory 3" Oxford short - I love these classic fit oxford shorts. I bought a pair in black and have a feeling they will be a staple this Summer. The best part, they are only $24.50 right now! 

2 || J. Crew Zigzag Ikat shorts - I just love the fit and simple pattern of these shorts. Perfectly paired with a white blouse for Summer!

3 || Express pom pom trimmed tulip hem shorts - I love a pom pom hem short! These are perfect to pair with your staple floral blouse and for Summer!

4 || Lush scallop trim shorts - Another fancy trim for shorts... scallop! I love the bright pink color of these too!

5 || Joie 'Lanina' floral print silk shorts (splurge) - I love anything Joie and these shorts are no exception!

6 || J. Crew printed boardwalk pull on shorts - Love the floral pattern and color of these as well in the popular pull on boardwalk shorts style from J. Crew.

Another great shop for Summer shorts is Francesca's Collection!
I just picked up a pair of these pineapple printed shorts and I can't wait to wear them!

Which style of shorts is your favorite?


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rocksbox Review



Have you heard of Rocksbox

I had seen a few bloggers and IG-ers post about it and have been curious about the concept for a while. Well, when Rocksbox contacted me to be an #RBItGirl I was so excited!

Rocksbox is a subscription box for jewelry. It's only $19 per month and you get $10 Shine Spend every month towards your order (pssst - check the end of this post to see how to get your first month FREE)! 

You start online (rocksbox.com) by taking a style quiz. You can also scroll through the jewelry pieces on the website and add items to your Wishlist. Once you have completed the registration, a stylist will send you your first Rocksbox with 3 pieces of jewelry they think you may like according to your style and Wishlist. 

When you receive the box, you will find 3 pieces of jewelry carefully packaged in separate mesh bags inside the box with a card that details the designer, description and price of the item. You can purchase any or all of the items for 20% off the retail price! If you decide not to purchase them, simply send back in the mail by using the handy prepaid shipping labeled envelope.


Here's what I received in my first box.

1 || Perry Street Cicily Necklace - $75 $60

2 || Perry Street Daisy Crystal Earrings - $50 $40

3 || Gorjana Vista Cuff in Gold - $108 $86



Verdict:

1 || I love this necklace! The bright blue color is so fun. I wore it with a chambray top and it was the perfect pop of color. I just don't really have much else to wear it with, so I decided not to purchase this one.

2 || I LOVE these earrings. I'm all about a sparkly chandelier earring. Unfortunately, I have a lot of earrings very similar to these, so I did not purchase these.

3 || I love the style of this cuff. My wrists are on the small size so it's hard for me to wear bangles or cuffs that don't allow for a lot of adjustment. I did not end up purchasing this one.

I thought my stylist did a decent job at picking out jewelry I would like, I just seemed to be extra picky this month!

I'm excited to see what they send me next time!

If you would like a chance to try out Rocksbox for yourself, you can sign up at rocksbox.com and use code: lindsaykxoxo at check out for your first month FREE!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Make Ahead Meals || Breakfasts


One of my goals this Spring is to work on losing the baby weight (it's been 5 months, Lindsay... seriously, get on it!) and working on planning my meals a head of time for the week. I've been pinning recipes that are easy make ahead solutions that can be stored in the fridge for the week. 

A big part of losing weight for me is my diet. I can fall off the wagon pretty quickly with just one binge of Chinese food over the weekend. So, I like to make sure I stay on track during the week. I've been trying really hard not to eat out during the week, and that has helped a lot with not gaining back any weight.

Currently, I've been hovering at about 8-10 pounds away from my goal weight or the weight I was right before I got pregnant. Now that it's starting to warm up outside, I'm hoping to start running again and working out more. I know working out can only take me so far when it comes to losing weight, however. 

So, I've come up with a plan of action to combat my daily cravings by making sure I have healthy, easy, grab-and-go meals ready for me in the fridge during the week.

I will post some of my lunch and dinner options in another post, but this one is all about breakfasts. You see, I'm horrible at eating breakfast. It's either a huge egg, bacon, toast meal on the weekends or none at all during the week (just my typical 2 cups of coffee). That is SO bad! I need to get better!

I recently found this recipe for No Bake Energy Bites and they sounded easy enough to make. Well, I'm here to tell you they are! All you have to do is throw the ingredients together in a bowl, mix and roll into balls... Now, that sounds easy enough!

| I N G R E D I E N T S |

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled (I used crispy rice cereal instead)
1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal
6 Tbsp chocolate chips

| D I R E C T I O N S |

In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until set (I actually cheated here and shaped mine before chilling with damp hands but I think chilling would make it easier to shape them).

Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

These are so easy to grab out of the fridge in the morning and better yet, they are delicious with that morning cup of coffee!

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A few other make ahead options for breakfast are my favorite berry-banana protein smoothies and egg / veggie omelet muffins

For the smoothies, I like to make little freezer sandwich bags with the ingredients in them so I can just grab and throw in the blender with protein powder and almond milk. 

For this, all you have to do is half a banana and put it in a quart sized freezer bag with about a cup of frozen mixed berries and a handful of spinach. Seal and make sure to mark with the date you prepared and place in the freezer. 


(see the recipe for veggie omelet muffins here)

I'm hoping between these 3 options I can keep breakfast easy and healthy during the week!

What are your easy go-to breakfast options?
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