Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Favorites

This was the fastest week ever. Probably because my mom was in town and we were actually fairly busy with running errands and entertaining my two babies - especially my little no-nap ninja. I'm going to miss her so much when she leaves this evening, but I'm thankful she came to visit for the week. Boy I wish her and my dad lived here -- having a second set of hands to help was amazing! :) I'm envious of any mommy who has their parents or their inlaws who live close by -- it's hard not having family down here, but we certainly make do! 
Now that I'm back with blogging, Friday Favorites has returned! Here's a look at some of my favorites at the moment!
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Earlier this week, my mom and I ran to Kohl's since she had a 30% off coupon. We came across this adorable bedtime story collection with all the Disney princesses.  Elizabeth absolutely LOVES books and is so gentle with them. She has numerous books with paper pages and she has yet to rip/throw/damage any of them. It's honestly amazing that a not even 22-month old toddler can handle books other than the typical board books, but I guess I can chalk that up to being a daughter of a reading teacher and a grandchild of a former school librarian! Anyways, the book at Kohl's was slightly damaged and I told my mom to skip out on buying it. When we got home from Kohl's we went onto Amazon and let's just say Amazon Prime for the win! The book was delivered right before naptime, so my mom read a few stories to her and we sent Elizabeth into her room with the book. She looked at it for a few minutes before falling into a peaceful slumber!

2. Our Backyard Pool
I live in Florida but I hate the heat. I hate the sun. I know -- why do I live in Florida, right? Now that it's summer, our toddler needs a place to splash around and cool down. And face it, I need a place for her to burn off some of her energy before her afternoon naps! ;)  A few weeks ago, I went to Target and came across the perfect one. We didn't want a plastic one because I wanted to be able to sit in it with her (and my husband too), so we opted for an inflatable one. My poor husband had to use the yoga ball pump to blow it up, but it's perfect! Elizabeth loves it -- and mommy does too!
3.  Blueberry Hand Pies
Give me alllllll the sweets lately. Ever since I had Katherine, my sweet tooth is out of control. My mom and I were flipping through some of my summer magazines and we came across a recipe for Blueberry Hand Pies and we she made them Wednesday afternoon when my two precious babies refused to nap. They are so good and surprisingly not too sweet! I'll share the recipe next week!

4. Baby Snuggles
Elizabeth wasn't much of a snuggler and still isn't. So when Katherine wants all of mama's attention for snuggle-time, I soak all of it in! I basically snuggle with her all day long. I'm sure it frustrates Elizabeth, but babies are only babies for so long and with how quickly Katherine is growing, I just can't put her down! I had a little less snuggle time this week since Grammy was here, but I have all weekend to have Katherine to myself! ;) 
5. Mommy-Daughter Shopping Dates
It's no secret that I love shopping. So part of my job as a mommy is to pass this love for shopping to my girls. On Sunday, I told my husband I had to run to Target for a few things and said I would bring Elizabeth with me. The main reason I did this was so that him and Katherine could spend some time together. When it's the four of us at home, Elizabeth demands allllll of the attention from him, so it's important that he spends some time with Katherine too.  We had a great time at the store and she ended up with the most adorable Paw Patrol spoon and fork set. This girl loves dogs! :) :) :) Too bad it's going to be YEARS before we get one! I snapped this pic on the way into Target because it's the start of a tradition -- you see my mom and I went to Target every Sunday when I lived in Buffalo, so it's crucial I pass down that tradition! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Father's Day weekend. I'm hoping to make a trip Saturday evening to the beach with my husband and the girls to catch the sunset and if the weather cooperates on Sunday, we are doing a 1-mile Family Fun Walk! :)
Catch you guys next week!  

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