Monday, January 16, 2017

6 Months with Bennett!

Milestone baby cards c/o | Raccoon rattle c/o Finn & Emma

Baby Bennett turned 6 months on December 28th! I can't believe we've had this little bundle of joy for over a half a year now! A lot has happened since his 3 months update. He started daycare around the time he was 16 weeks old when I decided it was time to start back to work. It was a difficult decision for our family, but in the end we decided it would be best for everyone. I had major mom guilt about going back to work (even though just part time), but I knew I would feel much more balanced and I would appreciate the time I had with the boys so much more!

Shortly after he started daycare, he started getting sick... go figure! He's had a handful of colds, a stomach virus, 2 ear infections and RSV over the past 3 months. Poor guy has been through a lot! We've had some rough nights especially when he's been so sick. I had him sleeping in the rock 'n play for weeks while he was stuffy because he would just cough and gag if I tried to have him sleep flat in the crib. It got pretty scary to hear him cough sometimes. I think the trip to the Dr when he had RSV was the worst. Bill was out of town and both boys came down with nasty colds. Bennett's was so bad that he was coughing and wheezing a lot, so I decided to take him to the doctor that day. Because he was wheezing, the doctor tested him for RSV and sure enough he had it. They supplied us with a breathing machine and I had to do breathing treatments with my 5 month old every 4-6 hours for the next week. It was rough! But, I'm happy to report that he is back to his normal happy baby self now thank goodness!

I think since he's been through so much and started daycare at a young age he has become so easy going! He smiles and giggles all the time and it just makes my heart melt! He really only cries when he's really upset or sick and when he does, watch out! That boy has some pipes! But, it is very rare to hear him cry anymore. He is so squishy and snuggly! He weighed just over 19 lbs at his 6 month check up putting him in the 80th percentile for weight! He was also in the 75th percentile for height and 91st for head circumference! Big boy!

Eating: He is on all formula now. I started weaning from breastfeeding/pumping around the time he turned 5 months. I think we were both ready. I had already started supplementing around the time he was 3 months and he was taking the formula pretty well. I was able to feed him some frozen breastmilk that I had saved for the last few weeks before he turned 6 months. So, I was able to reach my goal of breastfeeding for 6 months which I'm happy with. Currently, he takes 5 bottles a day (every 3-4 hrs) which are each around 6-7 ounces. We also just started feeding him solids. So far he's tried sweet potatoes, squash and a mixture of carrots/squash/pumpkin that he really liked! I'm hoping to start incorporating some green veggies, fruit and oat cereal soon!

Sleeping: His sleeping has gotten SO much better, especially since he is no longer sick (knock on wood). I put him to bed no later than 7:30, feeding him a 7 ounce bottle before bed. He has been waking up anywhere between 5am and 7am in the mornings and I just adjust his schedule around his wake time. He usually takes 3 naps per day that are anywhere between 40 mintues to 2 hours long. I make sure he is not napping past 4:30ish so that he is tired and ready for bed by 7:30. We weaned him from the swaddle around 4 months and he's done pretty well! We used the Halo Sleep sacks at night and for his naps. He pretty much just naps in his crib, but sometimes will in the car seat if we are running errands.

Milestones: So many fun milestones at this age! He can roll back and forth, but he is so top heavy with his head that he will roll almost all the way over and get stuck trying to lift his head lol! I assist him sometimes and he looks at me like 'thank you!' ha! He's also babbling A LOT! Boyfriend has so much to say! And he's so loud! He is most talkative in the morning too when we are all still waking up. My little rooster! He is really good at keeping his head upright and is so close to sitting up. He is able to sit up with some support, but he leans so far forward that he starts to tip! He is really loving the jumperoo and loves to dance to the music! I am convinced that he is teething and about to pop 4 teeth at once which makes for a lot of drool and laundry to clean all those bibs and drenched outfits everyday!

Current Schedule at 6 months:

between 5-7am: wake up, 6 oz bottle
1st nap starts between 8-9am, lasts about an hour
9-10am: 2nd feeding, 6 oz bottle
2nd nap starts between 11am-12pm, lasts anywhere from 1-1.5 hours
around 1pm: 3rd feeding, 6 oz bottle
3rd nap starts around 3pm, lasts about an hour
4pm: 4th feeding, 6 oz bottle
5:30pm: solids feeding around our dinner time
7pm: bedtime feeding, 7 oz bottle
7:30 bedtime

Life has been a little hectic, but so much more fun since he has been with us! I can't imagine life without our little Bennett anymore! He just adores his older brother too and loves to stare at him all the time!

We had such a fun holiday season with the boys and I'm looking forward to all the memories we will make with them this year!!

Happy half birthday, Bennett! We love you so much!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday 5

I'm back again with another edition of Friday 5! 
Here are the top 5 things I'm loving from this week:

1. This Nike sweatshirt. You guys... It's the best! I got mine in grey which just came back in stock (in medium which is what I'm wearing), but they also have different sizes available in black, white and a pretty bright mango color. It also has pockets in the front! The perfect go to sweatshirt this winter! And bonus: It's on SALE!

2. This sweater. Another recent Nordstrom purchase that I am loving! It's lightweight, but still soft and warm feeling. It's so flattering and comfortable. And you can wear it with leggings...SOLD! I got it in the grey color, but now I'm wanting it in black, red, olive...ok every color.

3. More Play-Doh! Yes, Camden is still obsessed with Play-Doh this week! I ordered this shape and colors play-doh kit from Amazon and he loves making all the shapes and naming all the colors!

4. This Is Us. Ok, so I just started watching the first season on and I'm hooked! I'm only through episode 4, so don't spoil anything for me! I'm hoping to get caught up so I can start watching the new season!

5. This book! I know I mentioned it in my 2017 goals post, but I am about half way through it and I can't seem to put it down at night! So easy to relate to and beautifully written!

That's all I got this week! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

8 Ways to Help Organize Your Life in 2017

As part of my goal to SIMPLIFY everything in my life, one of the main tasks to complete this goal is to organize all of our STUFF! I've been scouring the internet and Pinterest for the perfect organization ideas for our family, so I thought I'd share some of my ideas. Hopefully, I can post updates of my organization goals as they are completed! 

Here are my top 8 organization tasks/goals for 2017:

1. Organize the pantry. Purchase some different sized glass jars and label them for baking ingredients such as flour, sugar, rice, salt, etc. Also, get different sized baskets to hold different food items, non refrigerated vegetables. How pretty and organized does the pantry below look?! Buy storage jars here, DIY/printable labels here. Or you can buy printable labels here or chalkboard labels here

2. Create a cleaning caddy and keep up with weekly cleaning schedule. This is one thing that has been on my to do list for a while! How easy would it be to just get a plastic bin with a handle and fill it with all your necessary cleaning supplies. Then, you can just keep it in your cleaning closet/mud room/etc and bring it out when you're ready to do your cleaning. I use this printable weekly cleaning schedule and I hope to stay consistent with it this year!

3. Create a family command center. Pick a place in the house that is easily visible by everyone, but not so obvious (like the mud room, or small wall of kitchen). Hang a monthly calendar to track family events/important dates, weekly menu board, and hanging bins for mail, important paper work, etc. Maybe add hooks with wire and clothes pins or a magnet board to hang children's art. Also, add hooks for keys! We need this so bad!

4. Organize, label and store all important family documents. We currently have a filing cabinet with hanging folders that I label and stuff with important family documents. I almost love the color coded binders (seen below) better! Maybe with folders and pockets to hold smaller documents (like birth certificates, ss cards, etc). How do you store your important family documents?

5.  Create a child memory box for each boy. Get 2 hanging file folder bins and label folders for each year of life. I currently have plastic bins in each of their rooms that I throw any art work, birthday cards, etc in that I want to keep. It would be nice to organize them by year. 

6. Organize kids toys. I already started this process with the ikea shelving and storage bins, but there are still so many toys that don't have a 'home'. I'd like to maybe create a toy closet with plastic bins and baskets labeled like the one below. 

7. This one is huge!! I love this idea for storing all the family's digital photos! Get different colored key ring thumb drives (I love these mixed metal ones), label them by year and keep them all on one ring. Genius! I also need to get better about purging my phone photos and videos onto my computer weekly. 

8. Last but not least, keep up with my Life Binder! I posted about how I created my Life Binder back in June. Since Bennett was born, I fell off the Life Binder wagon and I'm ready to hop back on! 

How do you plan to get organized this year? Have you implemented any of these organization ideas in your home?

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beauty | 5 Favorite Dry Hair Products

I have struggled with dry/damaged hair for a long time. I'm pretty sure it started in high school when I started highlighting/color treating my hair. I have naturally dry hair and skin and it gets even worse in the winter. I've definitely tried a lot of different shampoos, conditioners and products to help smooth out my dry hair and I have finally found a hand full of products that work! Here are my top 5 favorite dry hair products:

1. Morracanoil Blow Dry Concentrate - This was a more recent product that I've started using. It's great because it helps to smooth out my frizz while blow drying my hair. I put a dime sized amount into wet hair after I shower and then blow dry and style as normal. Sometimes I will finish my dry ends with a small amount just to help smooth out any frizz.

2. Morracanoil Dry Shampoo - Ok, I know you're thinking 'How does dry shampoo help dry hair?' Well, the truth is I don't wash and dry my hair everyday. In fact I may only wash, dry and style my hair 2-3 times a week, especially in the winter when my hair is extra dry (because it strips your hair/scalp of it's natural oils). Therefore, a dry shampoo on my roots is a must in between shampoos. I love this one because it comes in 2 different types specific for blonde/light or brown/dark hair. The blonde/light one has a violet tint to it, which also helps to brighten my dark roots.

3. It's a 10 miracle leave-in conditioner plus keratin - I have been using It's a 10 for years now! It's got to be hands down my favorite hair product. I recently started using the kind with keratin added to it and I can definitely tell a difference. I use it right after I shower to help comb through my wet hair and after it's dry to help smooth out the frizz. From the product description, this product replaces lost protein, protects against heat, detangles, defrizzes, adds shine, seals cuticles for extra silky hair, and restores hydration balance... It does so much for such a little bottle!

4. Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner - I change up my shampoo and conditioner often, but currently I am loving this shampoo and conditioner combo. Coconut milk and oil are remedies for so many things including dry hair. This shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair smooth and I just love the scent!

5. Tea Tree Oil Skin and Scalp Treatment - This was a random product find at Target, actually! I've read about how tea tree oil can really help dry scalp problems so I thought I would give it a try since my scalp always gets so dry and flaky in the winter. All you do is massage a few drops of the oil onto your dry scalp areas at night, and in the morning wash and dry your hair as normal. I have done this a few times and it definitely works! My scalp is no longer flaky!

Do you have any favorite dry hair remedies/products? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday 5

Nothing better than a good Friday 5 post, am I right? I haven't done one of these in a while, so I thought I'd bring it back and share with you 5 things I'm loving currently.

1. New black Nike's. I was gifted these for Christmas (thanks Santa!) and I loooove them! They are so comfortable and perfect to wear with my (let's be honest) everyday 'athleasure'. (They also come in a lot of fun colors!)

2. Skip Hop backpack diaper bag. This was an Amazon black Friday purchase last month and I'm so glad I pulled the trigger for this! A hands free diaper bag with two kiddos makes a world of difference when we are on the go!

3. Hunter boots with Hunter boot socks. because I've been wearing them everyday for the past month! It has either been snowing or cold/rain/sleet yuckiness around these parts. The sock inserts help keep my feet warm in these frigid temps too!

4. The crockpot and these crockpot liners have been my dinner savior recently! What's better than having a hot meal all ready for you at the end of the day? I'm planning to post about my favorite crockpot recipes soon!

5. Last but not least... Play-Doh! Camden got some for Christmas and it has kept him busy for a good hour at a time! He is obsessed! I'm hoping to get him a few new tools soon to keep the PD love going. Any mama tips for keeping the toddlers from mixing the colors together? He loves to do that...

What are you loving this week?

Happy Friday, Lovelies!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Goals

Everyone loves to read a good 'goals' post, right? I feel like I write one every year and they all sound the same.... Eat better, exercise more, spend less, yada yada... Well, this year I am going to be a little more precise with my goals. Have you heard of the idea of picking a word for the year? Kate from the Small Things Blog does it. So Does Elizabeth McKnight.

2016 can be summed up in one word... BUSY! I felt so busy and overwhelmed most of the year. Between moving, being pregnant, chasing around a toddler, having our second baby, working, blogging, taking care of the household, etc. I just felt like I was spread very thin. This year I am going to SIMPLIFY my life so I don't feel like I'm barely treading water.

This year's word is SIMPLIFY. I want to simplify everything in my life. Now that Bennett is 6 months, things have gotten a bit easier. He's on a fairly normal schedule which helps. So, now it's all about making my days (and nights) easier by simplifying our routines. If it's a work day, making sure we are prepared for the mornings the night before would help tremendously! Just simply planning ahead for the day would be an easy way to make sure things run smoothly.

I also want to SIMPLIFY the items and decor in our house. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going all 'minimalist' on you here. I still love my 'things' and nick knack decor items (hello Target dollar spot), but I just want to make sure all the items in my house make sense and have a purpose. We've slowly been working on purging a lot of items from our house and it feels so good! You don't really notice how much 'stuff' can accumulate over the course of a year! Especially when you have kids!

I want to SIMPLIFY my wardrobe and really try to create wardrobe capsules for each season. I'm usually pretty good at purging my closet and getting rid of any items I don't wear. I want to put more thought into my wardrobe and accessory purchases to make sure I am investing in pieces I know I will wear and that will last longer than one season.

Another word I want to focus on this year is PURPOSE. I want everything I do, have and say to have PURPOSE and meaning this year. If I'm working, I'm working for a purpose to help my family financially and to allow myself to feel a sense of balance in my life. I want to spend more time with my boys. Not just time, but PURPOSEFUL time... quality time! I want to make sure we are spending less time on our electronics and more time face to face and being interactive.

I just purchased and received this book by Emily Ley and I'm so excited to start reading it!

So there you have it. My word... Ok, words for 2017! What would be your word(s) of the year?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Goodbye 2016

What a year you were 2016... One we will surely never forget! We moved to a new state (while pregnant and with a 1 year old), started updating our new home (while pregnant and with a 1 year old), baby Bennett was born (!!), Camden came a big brother and turned 2, and the adventures of the #rumplepartyof4 began! It was definitely a big year for the Rumple family!

We spent our New Year's Eve at Bill parents house in our PJs watching our Buckeyes play in the Fiesta Bowl (which was a sad way to end the year). We have spent over a week with our families in Ohio and it has been so nice! We have just been soaking up family time and taking it easy before the new year begins. 

2016 was definitely a transitional year for our little family. There were a lot of things that came out of 2016 that I am proud of, but there were also a lot of learning experiences. I have a long list of goals for the new year and am looking forward to sharing them with you all. 

Here are a few of the most popular Lovely Life Styling posts from this year:

In looking at the popular posts from this past year, I am hoping to really start continuing with quality content on the blog this year. The posts will continue to include fashion finds, home decor inspiration and updates, with a sprinkling of my life, embracing motherhood and everyday little victories. If there are any other categories you as a reader would like me to include, please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

I want to thank you all for following along on this crazy ride! I truly appreciate you all for supporting this little cyber space of mine!

I hope you all are enjoying your first day of 2017! 
Happy New Year!