Monday, July 28, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! And a random poll.

How is it already Monday again?  I never know where the weekends go.  Thanks to all of you who checked on me last week.  Knock on wood, I think my house is FINALLY healthy again!  I am not quite back to 100% yet but I'm getting there and I'll take it because last week was a rough one for sure.

Our weekend was a good one!  It was filled with lots of family time, a date for Mommy & Daddy, a shopping excursion, lots of play time, and a play date and dinner with the family of Lilly's favorite friend from school.  Because posts are better with pictures, here are a random few from the past few days.

Lills decided that Layla needed a makeover, and for maybe the first time ever Layla was feeling cooperative.  Bless that dog.

Showing off her pretty jewels.

Poor Layla!

C sitting up like a big boy (with a little help from the Boppy to cushion his roll backwards shortly after this photo was taken!)

Daddy's twinsie for reals

His father's child.  Daddy llloovvveees Cheetos!
And now, the random part of this post: I have been feeling claustrophobic towards all of the stuff in our house.  There, I said it!  It feels good to get that off of my chest, HA.  Now that we have a sense of what C likes and what he doesn't like and what we'll need and won't use ever again, it's time for some purging.  With that said, I have some maternity clothes to get rid of as well as some baby stuff and quite a lot of baby clothes as well (probably all girl clothes for now - Lilly had such an obscene amount of clothing that most of her clothes were only worn once or twice, so I've been considering doing a huge online yard sale of sorts but don't feel like messing with eBay or dealing with a consignment store just yet).  Does anyone who follows this blog have any interest in something like that?  I was thinking of creating a separate Instagram account and selling there, but of course am open to ideas and suggestions.  Maternity clothes would be size M and L and baby girl clothes would be newborn up to 2T, various seasons.  And then random baby stuff.  Holler at me in the comments or via e-mail and let me know what you think.

Finally, the part you've all been waiting for: the giveaway winner!  Congratulations to Carrie for winning the $20 shop credit to The Posh Plum!  I urge all of you to check this shop out NOW because it is amazing - in fact, I am headed there myself shortly to look at some accessories for Craft for his upcoming 6-month (!!!!!) photo shoot.  Thanks to Bridget for hooking us up!  Carrie, I'll send Bridget your e-mail so that you guys can be in touch about your credit.

That's all of the randomness I have for now.  Hope your week is off to a great start! 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm alive...barely

A plague has taken over my house, y'all, and it is the WORST. It is hard being a mama in general, but it is even harder when you feel like you got run over by a truck. Luckily, when I'm feeling icky there are a few cuuuuuute faces around here to cheer me up. 





I'm off to bed, but wanted to check in to remind everyone to enter my giveaway!  Hopefully we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly...unless my head explodes off of my body first from all of the pressure. :-)





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY!

Hello, friends.  Happy Thursday!  It's almost Friday, and that is exciting.  AND.  Ya know what I realized?  This week (Saturday, to be precise) marks my three year blogiversary.  I know, it's hard to believe that three years ago I started this blog with the news that Lillian Grace Baum was cookin' in mama's oven.  Time flies when you're having fun, right?  In honor of the Baum Squad's birthday, I thought it would be the perfect time for another review and giveaway.  Y'all don't mind, right?  :-)

Friends, let's talk about one of my favorite Etsy shops: The Posh Plum.  The Posh Plum sells baby and toddler accessories.  The two we've tried are the hair bow:





and the hat:





Bow ties are also sold in the shop, which I have yet to try but am dying to.  Accessories for a certain upcoming "6 months old" photo shoot, anyone?!

ANYWAY, down to serious business.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much we love our Posh Plum accessories.  Not only are they adorable, but the quality is fantastic - they are so durable.  As you can see by the series of bow photos above, Lills is not normally easy on her accessories but these have stood the test of time.  The bows are the perfect size - not too big and not too small. And the HATS, y'all.  SO. CUTE.  I can't even talk about it.  So well-made, and reversible.  I thought I was going to have to bribe fight Lillian and force her to wear a hat all summer, but we are now the proud owners of two Posh Plum hats and Lills loves them both so much that most of the time she refuses to go outside without them.  In fact, when the pink one came in the mail, we had one of our largest 2-year-old tantrums to date when I wouldn't wear Lilly wear her new hat to bed.  Fine by me that she's obsessed, because aside from being functional and protecting L's sweet little fair-skinned face from the sun, they are also adorable beyond words.






The icing on the cake?  Bridgett, who is the woman behind all things Posh Plum, is quite possibly the sweetest person you will ever work with (and seriously adorable).  She takes customer service to a whole new level!  Not only does she turn these hats around pretty quickly, but she is very responsive and so easy to work with.  You'll definitely want to follow The Posh Plum on Instagram, too, because she has flash sales that are amazing!

Because Bridgett is the sweetest, she has agreed to give one of my lucky readers a $20 shop credit.  She's added some new hats recently that are to die for, and it has taken every ounce of willpower in my body not to buy yet another one (I can just see my husband rolling his eyes!).  So, hop on down to the rafflecopter below and enter today!  Contest closes in one week.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That's all for tonight - thanks to Bridgett for her generosity with this giveaway!  Regardless of whether or not you win, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out The Posh Plum.  You can thank me later!




Monday, July 14, 2014

BEST BUBBLES EVER!

Howdy, y'all!  It's your long lost friend Sarah here, dropping in to say hello and tell you about all of the fun that the Baum squad had on Saturday.

On Saturday morning while C was napping, Lillian seemed to be going a little stir crazy.  We had a store credit to Learning Express, so I decided to let Lills pick out a toy or two.  I have a serious love/hate relationship with this store: I love it because it is SO cute and has both normal toys as well as a lot of unique toys that you wouldn't find at the large toy store chains.  I hate it because I want to buy everything in there.  Lilly was in heaven, and we settled on a Melissa & Doug cutting wooden play food set as well as a Melissa & Doug baby doll feeding set for Baby Grace.  I was pretty proud of us for spending the exact amount of our store credit (actually we got a penny back, you're welcome Dan) so I was trying to hurry both of us out the door before we could do any more damage when I saw a cute little display outside.  They had set up a huge bucket full of homemade bubbles and wrote the recipe on the outside, and then they had huge bubble wands for the kids to play with (another reason I love that place - they always have fun interactive displays for the kids!!!).  That technique worked on the Baums because mama snapped a pic of the recipe and marched back inside and bought one of the wands.  I may or  may not also be going back for even more wands on my lunch break one day this week so that more than one person can play bubbles.  Sorry not sorry, Dan.

Anyway, the BEST BUBBLES EVER recipe is as follows:

12 cups water
3 cups liquid soap
3/4 cup light corn syrup

Easiest ever!  I will disclaim here that the type of soap you use definitely matters.  Dan made bubbles before using the above recipe and used Mrs. Meyers dish soap, which is what we use here.  I didn't know he'd used the exact same recipe but had a feeling that the type of soap was what was causing the bubbles to not be quite as awesome, so I stopped and grabbed a big thing of Dawn and the bubbles were the best ever.  I also cut the recipe in half because it made a ton of bubbles.  Either way, it was really easy and everyone enjoyed the fun.  Lilly had a blast, Craft was cackling at L and the bubbles and Layla was chasing and trying to eat them.  We'll definitely be making the BEST BUBBLES EVER to play with again!  I should probably apologize for my horrible photography skills, but Lills was so cute playing in the bubbles that I didn't even think about the shade cramping my photo style.  SBI!








Having a blast watching big sister!
I can't leave without giving you a hint of things to come on the blog this week. Stay tuned, because you definitely won't want to miss this post!


Happy Monday, friends!






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