Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

Last week, I decided to take a much needed break from blogging. We had a death in the family right before my birthday that was pretty unexpected. We also closed on our dream lot last Monday. I left for a work trip Tuesday. And I've been doing a lot of work on an upcoming project that I cannot wait to share with you all. But I am back with a Weekend Wrap-Up. I feel like I haven't done one of these in forever!!

This weekend was all about family time and fun. We didn't have any parties to throw or attend. No real errands to run. Just plenty of time to spend brunching, splashing at the pool, and lounging around watching movies.
 Boston liked the water, despite what it looks like in the picture above, but he would have honestly rather just sat in the pool chair eating Puffs all afternoon.
We ate brunch in the downtown of a small town near us. Oh my goodness. The Crab Stuffed Avocados had to have been one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life! Delicious. After we filled ourselves with those and truffle pizza (I was in heaven) we walked off our food at the local farmer's market. It was perfect.
 Sunday we got some supplies for the boat and brunched some more. Brunch is by far my favorite meal if you can't tell. I think it's probably because it's the only meal where you can have an adult beverage and a coffee at the same time and it's perfectly acceptable. ;P
 And then spent the rest of the day relaxing at home.
It was the perfect kind of weekend.

My Shorts: Target
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Sunglasses: Target
Shirt: Forever 21 (Similar)

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baby On The Go

We are always so darn busy during the week and most weekends and I find that the littlest things help me feel like I have things more "together" when everything around me is so chaotic. One of those things that keeps me sane is "Food Prep Sunday's". This is so key for us. We do a lot of shopping, cooking meats, chopping fruits and veggies, and then throwing them in to-go containers. 

This week we tried out some new Wash or Toss bowls from Nuby that are perfectly portioned to Boston sized meals. It makes it so much nicer to have something just his size so we don't waste food or fill up the fridge with half full containers. And the colors are so fun; I like to mix and match them. ;D

Now on to the Nuby Wash or Toss cups. I was a little nervous about these creating a huge mess since they aren't leak proof. But as you can tell in the picture below they do pretty well when toppled on their side. These are a huge hit with Boston too because he prefers to drink out of straws and gets kinda frustrated on some of the toddler straw cups because the liquid doesn't come out as fast as he would like. He is growing way too fast for mama.

I have a picnic on my Summer Bucket List that we haven't had time for yet... Go figure. But when we do, both of these will be tossed in with the basket of goodies.
Nuby Wash Or Toss Cups: Meijer
Nuby Wash or Toss Bowls: Meijer

XOXO,
Summer Ann

**I received these products in exchange for an honest review.**

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What We Wore Wednesday: Little Arrow Co.

This week we are featuring a shop I have followed from almost the very beginning, Little Arrow Co. I have seen this pretty mama's shop grow so quick over the past few months and it's no surprise because she has got to have some of the most adorable graphic tee's for your cutie. 

When I saw the "Will Pose For Puffs" tee I knew B had to have it. He is puff OBSESSED. And truthfully that is one of the only ways I can get him to sit still for pictures right now. He is all over the place. :) 

Also catching my eye, is her "Posing for the Mamarazzi" shirt which is also fitting because for whatever reason I feel like I need to document everything these days. They just grow way too fast so I am always snapping pics so that I don't somehow forget all of the adorable things he is doing. On that note, a friend of mine gave me some great advice the other day, to take more video because audio is often forgotten as the years go by and those soft and sweet little voices will be such a great memory one day.

Happy Hump Day!!
Little Arrow Co WIll Pose For Puffs Graphic Tee
Little Arrow Co WIll Pose For Puffs Graphic Tee
Little Arrow Co WIll Pose For Puffs Graphic Tee
B's Shirt: ℅ Little Arrow Co.
B's Shorts: Old Navy
B's Shoes: Converse

My Shirt ($9.99): H&M
My Shorts: Target
Necklace (was a gift): Similar

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What To Pack In Your Diaper Bag

Everything you need to know about packing your diaper bag like a pro. Know what to pack, what to leave at home, and how to save space.
Okay, so the actual diaper bag a girl chooses is a pretty personal selection. Dustin just about died when I told him that I had been eying this gorgeous designer diaper bag and really thought I deserved it for all of the aches, pains, nausea, and heartburn I had gone through. When I pulled up that beauty online, I remember him saying something like "You are really going to spend that kind of money on something you literally put sh!t in??" Fair enough. But I explained to him that it would basically be my purse for the next few years so I really wanted to like it. Eventually he caved. But he still can't believe I actually put dirty diapers in that thing. ;P

 I know some of you probably think I am a completely ridiculous and I won't even deny that sometimes I am... But if I had to give advice on what to look for in a bag, I would say find one you love and make sure it has lots and lots of pockets! I am a freak about organization so I love how my bag has a place for just about everything. It makes finding what you need so much easier which is so important since most of the time you are working with only one free hand. 

Okay now on to the contents...
Obviously.
OK so not only do I carry around the regular wipes for diaper changes, I also bring along ones for boogies and ones for toys that get hurled onto the floor. This may be a total "first time mom" thing to do but for now everything pretty much gets wiped. 
I fell in love with these cute little bags the first time I walked into a baby store. We use them in the travel size to hold a spare set of clothes for B in case of a "blowout". And should one occur, the messy clothes can go right in the bag to keep the mess contained.
 I love this brand not only for myself, but for B too since it's alcohol free. Now that he is all over the place, and wanting to grab everything, sanitizer is a must.
I mentioned a few of mine and B's favorites in a post a few months back and they still hold true. Our favorites are the ones that work with these ring links so they can be clipped to the highchair or shopping cart. Otherwise we are picking up toys all.the.time.
Things were really easy when I was nursing and didn't even have to worry about a bottle. But things got a little trickier when my milk dried up and we had to use formula. Thankfully a friend brought over some of those single serve formula packets which made packing for outings so much nicer.  Now that Boston is old enough to eat real food, things are even easier. All we normally pack now are his favorite puffs (for bribing ;P) and a banana or pouch in case we get trapped somewhere without snacks. Otherwise he eats what we eat and loves drinking out of a regular straw.
The surest way to get B to take a nap is to hand him something soft to snuggle up to. So of course we take a soft blanket just about everywhere we go.We love how light weight these are and they take up way less space than some of the thicker ones.
- SAMPLES -
Don't throw those babies away!! One of the best things I did was make a little emergency kit from the samples we got while registering. All I did was get a little bag and packed it with mini diaper rash cream, nipple cream, nursing pads, lotion... really any tester that I received was placed in the bag for emergencies and it takes up way less space than lugging around a full size version.
- OTHER OPTIONAL ITEMS -
- If your child uses a paci don't forget that puppy! B is a thumb sucker now but in the beginning we never left home without a paci.
- Baby carrier/sling. We use this one.
- Shopping cart cover. Our favorite here.
- Nursing cover. I loved this brand.
- Medicines. Tylenol, Motrin, Gas Drops, Teething Tablets.
- Food and snacks for you!

XOXO,
Summer Ann

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hair Tutorial: Braided Faux Hawk Ponytail

This tutorial has been moved to our new blog:
http://alamum.com/mum-mane-faux-hawk-pony/

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Life Is Good

Real Good... And so so so busy. Our days lately have consisted of a lot of work, even more travel, and a ton of fun once the work is done. 

We also are under contract on the most perfect piece of land for our dream home which means each day we spend a little bit of time getting our ducks in a row before closing. We have signed more documents than I care to count. But the fun is really beginning because we had our first meeting with an architect and should have a first round of plans in a few weeks which is so exciting.  And hopefully we will close on the land pretty soon too and really make things 100% official! 

We took Boston and my parents out to look at the land this weekend because we had a ton of rain and we were hoping the creek in our backyard didn't turn the lot into a river. It didn't so looks like we are good to go on that front because I doubt we will ever get more rain than we have the last couple of months. Hopefully.
 In my free time I've been stealing kisses from this busy babe.
 Having dinner dates with this handsome guy.
 
//My Shirt//
 And sneaking in some cuddles when all of the crazy has taken its toll.
 We've also taken advantage of the first sunny weekend we've had in months.
 And lunched with GiGi and Aunt Chi Chi when I needed a little break from working.
Life is so so so good right now and I am very thankful for God's many blessings.

XOXO,
Summer Ann