Friday, April 18, 2014

5 on Friday

We have a busy weekend ahead with birthdays, Easter, and maternity pictures with my brother, Logan!  It will be a fun weekend!  Here’s 5 things on Friday.

{ONE}: Earrings
This makes me really happy!  I’m not a fashionista by any means, but there are a few things that make me really  happy when it comes to fashion.  This is my #2 – EARRINGS!  You could probably guess my #1 (nail polish).  I’ve really wanted some Stella & Dot earrings, but they’re just too pricey for my liking.  So I did a little research and found that Target carries similar ones for a fraction of the price!  These each were $7.99.  I ALWAYS have on earrings and these are so fun!
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{TWO}: SHOES
I initially went to Target to exchange a pair of shoes I got a while back for a bigger size.  When I went to grab the new pair, I had to really practice some self-control!  I wanted every.single.one. of these.  I already have the nude ones and was there for the red.  See me in my red shoes below.
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{THREE}: Spring
I LOVE Spring.  These flowers are by our mailbox and I’m obsessed with them every Spring when they bloom!  They only last 1-2 months and then the flowers are gone during our ridiculously hot summer!
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{FOUR}: Labeling Eggs
Yes, I said labeling eggs.  This is random, but thought it was good timing for Easter.  I may have already posted about this, but this is how I mark the eggs that are hard boiled.  Once we buy eggs, I tear the top off the carton and store them inside.  If I boil any, I put them back inside but put a smiley face on them so I know which is which.  I use a Sharpie.
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{FIVE}: Easter
Last, but certainly not least, THE most important “holiday” for Christians.  The reason for it ALL.  Jesus was beaten and put through the worst death for YOU and me!  But 3 days later, he ROSE FROM THE DEAD and will return soon to take his followers!  The competitive side of me wants to go back in time and jump in front of the persecutors of Jesus and say, “Really, you thought you could keep Jesus down?!”  Probably not the most loving action tough. :)  I am so thankful He saved me years ago and leads me in this life.  I am lost without Him!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

#oliviaeveryday2014 Week 15


Day 99
Day 99: Had so much fun with my handsome date last Wednesday at the mall!


Day 100
Day 100: What better way to start my day than a free drink and muffin?  I received this coupon since I had to wait for my tea the other day.  Great customer service!



Day 101
Day 101: Raise your hands in the air! #likeyoujustdontcare


Day 102
Day 102: Just pondering life!  This could possibly be my favorite picture of Beckham!


Day 103
Day 103: Dressed for church!  I always do my weekly pictures on Sunday before church and he likes to strike a pose as well now!


Day 104
Day 104: Clearly this 50 degree over cast day calls for sunglasses!  It was an abnormally cold day with no sun in sight, but he sure did rock these glasses.


Day 105
Day 105: Got to hang with this little man today!  Measuring 31 weeks, head is down and a normal size (compared to B).  Praise God!  This sonogram was so detailed and exciting!


A few other memories from the week:

I decided to take B to the mall last Wednesday so he could ride the carousel and play in the kids area!  It was such a fun little date!  First we went to the bank and he started off the day with a blue sucker!

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Then we headed down to the “choo choos” where he had it all to himself, which is how he likes it.  He asks to do this every.single.day!  I also found him reading a book…he’s really into trains and books!
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Then he got to ride the “horsies.”
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Then we had some lunch at Chick-fil-a. 
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Isn’t this how your 2 year old eats lunch?!  Never stops moving…ever!
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Next, we headed down to the kids play area.  The mall was very quiet this particular day and it was really nice not to have to fight any crowds or have lots of kids in this area. 
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There was a train going around the kids area, taking people for a ride.  So of course, we had to ride it…for $4.00 a person…yes including me!  Rip off!  But he loved it and it was fun to watch him enjoy it!
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The rest of the week:

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Hardware store on Saturday…he was mesmerized by this guy.
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I think this is Ryan’s third piece of furniture to put together in the last couple months!  Beckham likes to help!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

29 Week Pregnancy #2 Update–GOOD NEWS

I had my 30 week appt. yesterday (I’m in between 29 and 30 weeks).  It was an AMAZING sonogram and I was able to see so much.  First of all, it’s definitely a boy (last time we couldn’t look).  He is measuring 31 weeks (I’m 29 weeks 3 days).  He has hair, chubby cheeks, and healthy as can be!  I’m so grateful for this blessing.  I know fertility and pregnancy can be very difficult for many and I’m not taking this for granted.  His estimated due date based on the most recent measurements is June 17 (still due though June 29).  He had an empty stomach, so she had to wait until he ate to finish the sonogram to make sure he was eating properly.  So I got to watch him literally “take bites” of amniotic fluid.  His eyes were open at one point and I could see them moving.  It was so cool.  And of course, lots of punches and kicks in my stomach.

And good news, he’s HEAD DOWN!  And to top it off, his head is not abnormally large like Beckham’s was.  For those of you new to my blog, B was breech and had to be delivered by c-section (he came at 38 weeks).  I never want to experience that again if I don’t have to.  She said he was “really far down.”  He still has room to turn, but since he’s that low, he shouldn’t.  I’m getting excited!

This isn’t a very good belly shot, but here I am at 29 weeks.


29 Weeks 1

How far along?  29 weeks
Total weight gain/loss?  21 pounds total (3 pounds this week)
How big is baby?  Size of an acorn squash.  Baby is plumping up which is putting pressure on my digestive system…and pretty much every other “system” in my body.      
Stretch marks?  No.
Sleep?  Officially not sleeping well.  I’m a super hard sleeper and I wake up 1-2 times each night, which when only getting 6 hours is a lot.  I’m tired all.the.time!!!   
Fitness?  None, but I must I must I must!     
Best moment this week?  Seeing little man on the sonogram. 
Miss anything? Really miss having a non-swollen BODY.  Even my lips are swollen.     
Food cravings?  Nothing in particular! 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  No. 
Current Symptoms? Still same symptoms although I did not have as many BH contractions this week. I did start getting that dark line that goes up your stomach.  It’s light and only on bottom half, but started showing up this week.
Belly button in or out? Like before, flat before noon, pokes out a little after noon.  
Wedding rings on or off? Off
Mood?  Up and down!

29 Weeks
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Our Living Room – Come On In Link Up

I’m linking up with Andrea today to show you my family room!  It’s nothing special, but it’s always fun to take a peak inside someone’s house and see how they decorate!  We have a fairly small house (well according to American blogger’s standards), but I like that we can keep it simple and it’s nice and cozy!

I tried taking pics without B in them, but this is life and how our living room is occupied!   Our family room is open to the kitchen!  I love!  I plan on replacing this rug with another I have picked out.  It’s more neutral and modern.
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Our fireplace.  Yep, that is a black cardboard piece against our fireplace.  We were sick of cleaning up the mess when B would get in the fireplace!  So we covered it.  He’s probably fine now, but with another little one soon, might as well keep everything “baby proof.”
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This is the sign I have on the mantle right now.  I don’t actually really like it here with the other d├ęcor, but I placed it up there to take a picture for my shop listing and just kept it there (you can get this sign HERE).  Need an inexpensive way to decorate a big space?  Line 3 tall mirrors together.  I think each one cost $5.00.  I want to do something different with our mantle, but I’m a HUGE mirror fan and love that it takes up the height of this room.
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I just cleaned out the top three shelves of our entertainment piece a few days ago.  I wish I had a before…they were cluttered with junk. 
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This is B’s new pose!  Another view into our family room (from kitchen).
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We spend LOTS of time in here!  I love this room and get compliments often of how it’s cozy and homey!  That is EXACTLY how I want people to feel when they come over (and myself).  I usually keep lamps on in here or the overhead light above the fireplace!  And a candle is almost always burning on the bar!  White carpet…yes, I hate, but re-carpeting or installing wood is NOT in our plans right now!  We professionally clean at least once a year and go through many cans of carpet cleaner! 

Where are the toys?  We have a SMALL playroom (you’ll see soon) in sight of this family room where all the toys are, but we keep a small basket of books and toys underneath our coffee table.  See it underneath the table between the two chairs?

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Just a peak into our house.  This room almost always stays this clean…I promise.  Of course it gets messy, but it’s the one room I clean every day, multiple times a day!  And vacuum every day!  We’re in it all the time and I CAN’T stand when it’s a mess! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monkey Bread Cinnamon Rolls


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I have a lot of recipes to share with you guys, but these quickly came to the top after I ate them on Saturday!  They’re EASY and delicious!  I wanted to make some cinnamon rolls this weekend, but didn’t want to spend the time making the dough (it’s totally worth it if you have time, but I don’t really have that right now).  So, I bought a Pillsbury thin crust pizza dough and planned on mixing up some butter, cinnamon, and sugar and rolling it up inside the dough.  But then I thought, “How about mixing my MONKEY BREAD RECIPE with a cinnamon roll recipe?”  Therefore, Monkey Bread Cinnamon Rolls were born!

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Here’s what you need:
-Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza Crust (in a can with biscuits)
-1/4 cup butter, melted
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-Cinnamon
-tsp of vanilla (I did not use this, but you could)

For icing:
-About 1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
-Splashes of milk

Directions:
Mix the butter and brown sugar together, making sure it’s kind of thick (click HERE to see how thick).  Just add in more brown sugar if it’s too thin.  Roll out the pizza dough.  Sprinkle cinnamon over the dough. Spread the gooey sugar mixture on dough, leaving about 1 inch border.  Roll up the dough from the longest side (so it will be a big, long log).  Cut the log into 1 inch slices and lay in a GREASED round pan (I used an 8 inch round pan).  Bake about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.  I honestly am not sure exactly how long I cooked mine because I just kept adding minutes until they looked about done.  It probably totaled about 15-18 minutes.

*Mine was a super messy process and it still came out great!  Don’t worry if it looks ugly when putting it in the pan.  And the rolls should be touching and may be smooshed together…that’s okay!  Read the tip below so you don’t make my mistake.

IMPORTANT TIP: Do not take out the dough from the refrigerator until you have mixed the gooey cinnamon mixture and are ready to fill!  It’s easier to handle the dough when it’s firmer.  Mine was so sloppy and hard to roll.  They came out great, but would have been much easier, and probably prettier, if I had firmer dough.

While they’re baking, mix together the powdered sugar and milk.  I added about a Tbsp of milk at a time.  It really doesn’t need a lot of milk to make it a nice icing.  I probably used 1 full Tbsp. for 1/2 cup of sugar (I don’t measure).  Once the rolls come out of the oven, let them cool a bit and drizzle the icing all over!

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Holy moly guys!  These were so good!  So good, Ryan even said 2 days later, “Those cinnamon rolls you made the other day were really good,” completely out of the blue!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

#oliviaeveryday2014 Week 14

Day 92
Day 92: Lunch! Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie…recipe on Instagram (@olivia_snyderstellall).  I’m not a big “drink your meal” person, but this is my favorite smoothie!


Day 93
Day 93: Literally the perfect morning – devotional, coffee, and a quiet house.  This was after I dropped B off at pre-school for a few hours, but I’m making it a goal to wake up before Beckham and get in the Word.  I highly recommend this book too.  I’m reading another of hers now called, Life Management for Busy Women.


Day 94
Day 94: Soaking it up.  Love him!  I’m a planner and a thinker…I try and prepare myself best I can and I KNOW that life is about to get crazy with an infant in our lives and I will NEVER get this one on one time back with my first-born!  So I’m soaking up each day until his little brother comes into our lives!


Day 95
Day 95: Chilly Saturday, just me and the little guy!  Ryan reffed majority of this weekend so it was just us two!  He would live outside if he could!


Day 96
Day 96: Drum lessons!


Day 97
Day 97: Just a typical visit to the grocery store with this BOY!  Toy aisle = Heaven for little kids!


Day 98
Day 98: Superhero day at school!  I’ve had a lot of people ask where that shirt is from – Mardel’s (a Christian book store).  Thanks Mimo for the shirt!


More pictures from this week:

Wednesday we went to the library to return our books and get more “choo choo” books.  See that little head peaking out from the shelf?  Yes, that would B playing hide and seek with mommy!  This kid is a runner…a disobedient runner!  He thinks it’s a game when mommy says “come here!” 
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Then we played outside and this little man was looking for the trash man!  I used to be cautious of every little thing he climbed on and then decided to let it go!  Plus, I think it enables creativity, strength, bravery, and lessons learned (if he falls).
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And homemade pizza for dinner.  I wanted to take a picture to share with you guys, but already ate most of it and was too lazy to get up!  I used THIS CRUST as the base!
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On THURSDAY, I was making dinner when I looked outside and saw this!  He was helping daddy pull weeds…love these two!  And I REALLY love the fact that I can cook dinner while Ryan plays with him!
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Dinner – Chicken Tortilla Soup
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About 30 minutes after dinner, this horrible storm rolled in.  B was checking out the rain when I got a tornado warning on my phone that said to take shelter in our city!  Umm, kind of embarrassing that my kid was playing outside when a tornado warning was in effect!  We went inside, turned on TV and sure enough a tornado warning in effect.  We stayed in bathroom until Ryan said it was okay.  It ended up touching down in the city west of us.
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Checking it out after bath time!
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On FRIDAY, we went to Walmart to grab several things I needed.  We got some light up shoes and he’s obsessed!
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Later this same evening, while I was doing the dishes, this happened!  This led to multiple time outs and tantrums!
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But then he was so stinkin cute after bath time!  I spiked his hair and he really enjoyed it!
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On SATURDAY, we were driving and I put my hand back there…he just held it!  I cherish these little moments.
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SUNDAY morning at church, just checking out the puppets!
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We went to Gatti’s for dinner and he ran around the games area forever!  He didn’t even play anything, but loved running around pushing buttons.
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On MONDAY, I had to capture this!  When I change his diaper I pretend like I’m going to “eat him up”, as I call it, and he laughs hysterically..but it’s a different laugh.  I die every time!
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This is a typical afternoon for us…outside!  I usually get in a little reading while I’m out there.  He likes to copy how I’m sitting!  I can’t wait for brother to be old enough to play out there with him!
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Our little week in a nutshell!  We had a fun date yesterday that I hope to have up tomorrow!  Have a great week!