10 on Tuesday

 

Be sure to check out Karli's Blog at Sept Farm to see what she is up to for 10 on Tueday. 

10 Reflections on our Vacation to Stagecoach

1.  A vacation away with Nick without the kiddos is exactly what the doctor ordered ;). We stopped at Boot Barn, Chick-fil-A, and Coffee Bean before heading out for the weekend, so I knew right off the bat we were in store for a great weekend!

2. Luke Bryan can shake it!!! He is our favorite country artist and we were excited to see him again since he was really sick at the last concert we went to with him headlining. 

3. People-watching is beyond entertaining. I was the most dressed female at the festival and was amazed at a). how beautiful everyone was and b). how little clothing people wear, even when it gets cold.

4. Breakfast complete with candied bacon, mimosas, homemade jam, and the husband is AMAZING. I have never been a breakfast girl, but I might convert after that french cuisine we ate. It was refreshing to eat and converse with Nick after church on Sunday and for once I didn't devour my meal in 5 seconds flat.

5. SNOOP DOGG performed at Stagecoach. My Dad has an eclectic taste in music and as kids he would play Snoop Dogg for us, so interestingly enough I was raised on his albums. Sam Hunt performed and said he had two surprises for us. All of a sudden the stage went black and all you heard was "Snooooooooooooooopppppppppppppp", we were freaking out just a little ;). Oddly enough, it may have been one of my favorite parts of our whole vacation.

6. Nick won our tickets by listening to KSON. Despite not having to pay for admission this was still a costly trip for a staycation, but it was worth every penny. Nick listens to me and knows what I do and do not like. Thankfully, he made sure the trip was complete with shuttle service, good food, good drink, good company, and good music ;).

7. I am beyond thankful we do not have a little girl yet. Like I said earlier, I was the most dressed girl there my age. Everyday all I could think about was, "What if I had a daughter and she wanted to go to Stagecoach!?" And how Nick and I would have to secretly go and make sure she was dressed, safe, and all the crazy boys were far far away. We often discussed how we would go about keeping an imaginary daughter safe but also allow some freedom. At the end of the day though all we could say was "Thank god we have boys!" All of my girl moms out there, I give you a lot of credit because I am always a nervous wreck.

8. Carrie Underwood needs an award for Fastest Mom Ever to Bounce Back from Having a Baby. Holy cow! Not only can she sing like a powerhouse but she is beautiful and her body was stunning. I know she is famous and has the best trainers around but I was still stunned.

9. Every mom blogger I follow seemed to be on the baby-free vacation wagon this weekend. I was scrolling through my blog feed and saw countless moms I follow all going out of town just like we were. It was encouraging to me to see that other moms leave their kids too sometimes to reconnect with their spouse and to do something for their marriage. We are always content spending time together at home or going on date nights locally, but there is something magical about getting out of town and doing something out of the norm every once in a while.

10. Mom life and reality came back in full force when we came home to Calvin covered full blown in hives. As soon as we parked the car, Nick was back on the road again to drive Calvin to the pediatricians office only to find out that he is allergic to some antibiotics he was on. He sadly says it hurts to walk but I am thankful I am home to take care of him now. 

Stagecoach was memorable, loud, and adventure-filled. 

Performers we loved in order: Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Snoop Dogg, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton (Nick puts him up ahead of The Band Perry, second to Luke Bryan), Little Big Town, and Dustin Lynch.

Who is your favorite artist? Do you and your spouse like the same style of music? What type of weekend adventures have you done together after having kids?

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 Taking full advantage of nap time. It was 10pm and past my bedtime. 

Taking full advantage of nap time. It was 10pm and past my bedtime. 

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10 on Tuesday

It's Tuesday!  3 more days until the weekend, but who's counting right?1 I am teaming up again with Karli over at September Farm for 10 on Tuesday again.

10 of My Favorite Products for the Boys

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1. Beaba silverware- I love that these are plastic and easy for the boys to hold. The fork is great at picking up food and they are super durable. Beaba silverware is also the only kid utensils that my kids can actually pick up food with.

2. Homedics Sound Machine- Both of our boys have one of these and they are probably my absolute MUST have baby product. They are very portable and easy to travel with and they have a night light on top. We  pretty much owe many hours of sleep to this product and it is often a gift I give for baby showers.

3. Aden and Anais security blankets- My boys love their small blankies for naptime and bedtime. These are thin and breathable and the perfect size. We own probably 6 of these and the boys always have to sleep with their "night nights"

4. Double Bob stroller- We call this our cadillac stroller. It is super hard to pick up and stow away but it steers like butter and has been so helpful for walks, trips to Sea World, and other adventures. It has been worth every penny for our family.

5. Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair- We paid only $20.00 for ours and it is still going strong. We love that it is plastic and easy to wash and it is great to bring on the road or to someone's house. If you click the link you might think this looks cheap and ugly but trust me it is one of the most durable kid items I own ( I threw out the little cheap material cover because it was unnecessary).

6. Nalgene Kids sippy cups- Calvin and Max have not lost these yet, which is surprising because cups in our house are always missing. These cups are durable, hold enough water, and DO NOT LEAK, need I say more?

7.  Halo Sleep sacks- Max still sleeps in a sleepsack and we will keep him in one as long as possible. They make light weight and fleece ones so they can be worn all year round. We have owned probably 5 of these and I cannot imagine any stage of baby life without swaddling or putting our boys in a sleepsack.

8. Nose Freida- This is a pretty gross contraption in theory but it is the only thing that unclogs babies noses. I always seem to get sick after using it on the boys but if it helps them breathe better  it is worth it. Be sure to buy extra filters for them when you purchase this.

9. Tula Baby Carrier-There are many baby carriers out there to chose from and I have had my fair share of carriers over the years. My Tula is the best carrier I have tried by far. It is ergonomically friendly, stylish, and super easy to use. Believe it or not I met a few moms on a Tula facebook group and one mom won me a brand new one and gifted it to me. I had never met her before and she knew I wanted one since I have mild scoliosis and a sensitive back. I was so grateful and still am shocked at her generosity. 

10. Honest Co. Healing Balm- I love Honest Co. and have been using them since Calvin was a newborn. The healing balm is awesome because of its versatility. I use it for eczema, lip balm, callus softener, cuts, rashes, dry skin, you name it. It is a bit oily but since it is made of natural ingredients I appreciate it's consistency. 

 

These are my current favorite products. I could make so many lists (newborn, post partum, toddler, etc.). I would love to hear about your favorite products as well. Also, if you can recommend a good placemat I would appreciate it. I am looking for something that the food sticks on and does not fall off the table.  

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 Church fathers decorations thanks to Nick

Church fathers decorations thanks to Nick

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10 on Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone, only 3 more days until the weekend..... I am linking up with Karli from September Farm for another 10 on Tuesday.  I love being a stay-at-home mom and think it is the best "job" in the world but I often think about other fun jobs I would like to dabble into one day.  My degree is in Communication is pretty broad which can make chosing a career path a little difficult. The list of jobs below are a mixture of ones that are way out of my league and talent and some are ones I truly would love to do.  I wish I knew about more career options while in college and before having kids but you live and learn right?  I am still young enough to make a career shift one day in the future so you never know.

10 Jobs I Think I Would Enjoy

  1. Lactation Consultant- Had I known this was a job or something I would enjoy doing while I was still in school I would have totally got my bachelors in nursing and then became a IBCLC lactation consultant. My breastfeeding success is largely due to my consultants and a few good momma friends. I also had some bad experiences with lactation consultant in the hospitals. My dream would be to help out women in inner cities who might desire to breastfeed but just need the tools and knowledge to make it work. (disclaimer: yes, I know there are so many other factors that can lead to a mom not being able to nurse her baby. I support you if you did or did not breastfeed. I happened to breastfeed and am passionate about, that's it). 
  2. Adoption Agency Consultant- Adoption has been on my heart for a few years now. I feel like this would be a problem-solving job that would be so fulfilling in the end if I could help make a difference in a few kiddos lives. This is also a job that Lord-willing I truly think I want to try out in the future.
  3. Florist- I love and appreciate the work florist do to make something beautiful out of God's creation. I think it would be so much fun to assist in making bouquets and arrangements for weddings and special events. Plus, all the knowledge I would gain on flowers would be incredible.
  4. Bed and Breakfast Owner- Have you seen Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines new B&B? I fell in love with it and now want my own B&B to run. I can imagine the smell of coffee, fresh linens, and some Ray Lamontagne all day long. 
  5. Personal Organizer- I was a nanny for a lady who hired a organizer to help her get things in order in her home. I never knew this career even existed but I think this would top all the other options on here for career paths. I would love the task of de-cluttering someones stuff and helping them live more simply, seriously!!!
  6. Chocolatier - Chocolate is a food group in my mind and growing up I always admired the movie Choocolat. Although I would most likely eat everything I made I wouldn't mind bringing smiles to people with some good old chocolate. 
  7. Judge- This has been a dream of mine since I was 5 years old. I am the oldest child and I am controlling which makes sense why this job appeals to me.
  8. Bar tender for Stone Brewery- Stone only serves beer on draft, wine, and some specialty bottled drinks so not much training would be involved. 
  9. Photographer- I appreciate photographers and their artistic eye and wish so badly I was good at this. 
  10. Professional Dancer- Can I be Val's partner on Dancing With the Stars? 

Are you currently at your dream job? What did you want to be when you were little? Did you get a degree in something you regret or would change?