Feeling fancy... more like feeling cabin fever! Holy snow, Jay has been driving my car to work (it has both car seats) so I have been at home pretty much since last Thursday. Don't even get me started on this past weekend and Leo's birthday party. I am doing a blog post on that since I put so much work into it and hardly any people were able to attend ( stupid snow). Anyways, that isn't what this post. Let's talk about this cute little outfit. This is a great "in between" season outfit for Feb-April.
Jay and I recently snuck away to celebrate an early Valentine's Day shopping at Columbia Center Mall. Can you believe this year Columbia Center Mall is having their 50th Anniversary. Jay and I first headed to lunch at Twigs. Over a glass of champagne at 12:30pm (don't judge) and we started talking about one of our dates in high school at Columbia Center when they used to have a Coldstone Creamery. I remember it was one of the first real "dates" he took me on and I was so nervous as he had picked me up after school and I was in a rush to get ready after soccer practice. It is funny to look back and think those kids (us) would be back in the same place but instead of talking about ice cream and school dances we are enjoying a glass of champagne and talking about our sons 3rd birthday. Crazy how life turns out and I'm so thankful we have those fun memories of us from the past!
So this blog post is all about what I learned last week about being a Mom. Being a Mom is hard. I'm a stay at home mom and I can't tell you how much I still rely on HELP! For some reason there is a lot of guilt for me when it comes to asking for help especially from Jay. This past week was more challenging than normal. Jay was on a 7 day in a row stretch at work, Leo was coming off being sick for a week, Monroe was starting to get sick, I was still not feeling better (I've been sick for a month), it was my birthday week, and we have a billion things on our calendar, And I just needed help.
Ok you know it is bad when I couldn't really find a picture of just Jay and I without kids for this blog post. With little kids it is just plain hard to carve out time for your spouse. What I realize is when Jay is off on a weekend I often pick group social activities over just a date night between the two of us. And when we get babysitters we like to go out with friends. So in 2019 I am making more of a point to have a "date night" at home. Jay has a weird schedule so our date nights often fall on a Tuesday night and not a Saturday but that is what works for us. I am going over some of our favorite things to do for "date night at home".
Ok I swear I'll blog more about things other than food.... but I have the EASIEST recipe that I made up and had to share. This was so good, so healthy (minus some cheese), and so easy. After I had Monroe a girlfriend made us quinoa enchiladas and they were insanely good. I wanted to make something similar but didn't want to take the time to actually make the enchiladas so I kinda just put it all together to make a casserole. The hardest part about this recipe is that is does get a few dish dirty with the crock pot, pot for quinoa, and casserole dish. So the clean up took a little longer than I'd prefer but the end result is a easy healthy recipe for my family so I'll take the 15 minute clean up post meal.
Toddler meals are tough and the older Leo has gotten the more picky he has become. I'm showing off some of our favorite meals that doesn't require me to make 2 different things for dinner. What I've learned is that my toddler personally does better with deconstructed meals. So taking the same meal like spaghetti but separating the meatballs and noodles. I'll quickly go over a week of meals in our house for Leo and what he was having and what we were having. Lunches for us tend to be more peanut butter and jelly, hot dogs, pizza, and other freezer foods. But for dinners I try and not let him have processed food and get him used to eating what we eat.
First time Christmas pajamas family over here!! I begged Jay to do Christmas PJ's and he finally agreed to it. He said no onesies and not to make him look stupid.... I mean you have to have a bit of a sense of humor when the whole family is wearing the same PJ's. This is a Christmas tradition I hope we can continue for awhile... or at least until Leo tells us it isn't "cool" anymore. So I'm showing some of our jammies and giving you some ideas... you might still be able to order yours in time for Christmas.
I may of gotten a little ahead of myself this year with the craft advent calendar. But this year I tried to do something really fun for Leo for Christmas. Each day instead of candy he gets a new "Christmas Activity". I tried to do all crafts then I realized that might be really hard so we had to add in some other activities like seeing Christmas Lights, Visiting Santa, and watching the movie Frozen and Polar Express (which is actually a terrifying movie for children). So I'm quickly highlighting a few of our favorite Christmas crafts and activities.
Monroe is almost 3 months old.... where in the heck did the time go? It makes me so sad that we are kind of out of the newborn phase. Although I miss how little she was I am happy we are to the phase where we have 3 predictable naps and where she sleeps 12 hours straight with no nighttime wake ups! She has really been such an easy baby, she really only cries if she's hungry or in her car seat. With Leo we relied on a lot of movement and bouncing with her we really haven't had to do much. You just lay her down and she falls asleep. I tell Jay on a daily basis, "how did we get so lucky getting such an easy baby"... then he reminds me that she will get us back in her toddler and teenage years. So now this second time Mom is rounding up my all star newborn items that were key with both Leo and Monroe and a few things that I needed to get me through the first month.
Look at me 2 blog posts in one week! Watch I won't get another one up until after Christmas. So this outfit is "extra holiday"! So extra that when we went to the grocery store and to go have a drink last night Jay said maybe you should take off the leather pants it's a Thursday! So I did swap them out for some madewell black jeans but I still love all that is happening in this outfit. The other thing that is amazing about this outfit is that it really is a bargain buy, the hat is from amazon for $9 and the scarf is $11 from amazon. Normally when I order a $9 hat it looks pretty sketchy but this one is really nice and is fleece lined with is perfect for winter (just make sure you order the adult size and not the kid size). So this blog post I'm rounding out some of my favorite festive pieces for the holidays.... and maybe you don't need to wear them all together like I did.