Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Boy did this week FLY by! Now that we're getting to the end of summer, I can tell the days and weeks are going by at a much faster pace. Luckily my maternity leave is extended until later this fall so I'm able to stay home and enjoy my babies! 
Since it's Friday, it's time for me to share some of my latest favorites with you! 
1. Toddler Busy Bags
Any mom of a toddler should be all  over these ideas -- they are perfect for keeping your little ones busy while you throw a load of laundry in the washer (or if you're like me and you have to rewash towels for a THIRD time because you kept forgetting they were in the washing machine), make dinner, or nurse your baby.  As a mom of two, a baby and a toddler is no joke -- especially when your baby needs to nurse every 2-3-4 hours. Luckily my sweet Katherine is low maintenance and nurses rather quickly! I try to not let my toddler watch a lot of television so that's where these busy bags come into play! They have ideas all over Pinterest so one that I recently made for a Mom's Night Out Busy Bag Exchange were the Pool Noodle Lacing!
All you need are pool noodles, rope, and tape! Cut the pool noodles (I didn't measure the width -- normally I'm pretty OCD about that but it was late at night, haha), attach one to the bottom of a 2-foot rope, tie it at the end so it doesn't come off, and wrap tape around each end of the rope so it doesn't fray! I put 12 pool noodle pieces into a ziploc gallon bag and BAM! All done! :)
 Here's my sweet Elizabeth playing with them
at a friend's house!

 One of the mommy's in my mommy group
sent me this picture of her sweetie enjoying the activity!
I admit, I don't have a Nordstrom card so I didn't get to buy anything during the sneak peek. But my good friend bought this diaper bag and I kinda fell in love with it when I was at her house yesterday babysitting her sweet Bennett. Only my husband says I can't buy it. Sigh. So now I'm on a mission to change his mind! He claims I have a diaper bag, and I do -- but I want this one. The struggle you guys! I keep telling him all the features -- the main one I like is that it has backpack straps. He still didn't want to hear it. Help me you guys! 
 3. Lularoe Leggings
Please tell me you own a pair or two of Lularoe Leggings. If not, you need to get on that! A friend from Buffalo was sweet enough to mail me a pair when I was going through some serious post-partum complications and it totally cheered me up! I'm actually going to a Lularoe Brunch party tomorrow with some former coworkers and I can't wait to try on some of their other options -- I'm looking for a cute dress or two! 

4. Sleep
I don't know what's going on, and I'll probably jinx it, but my sweet Katherine has officially been sleeping through the night.  We typically don't do dream feeds anymore because we realized that she wasn't hungry enough and we were totally wasting milk.  Normally she goes to bed around 7:30 and usually only wakes up once (anywhere between 3:30-5:30). Of course every night is different, but mama has been able to get some mega sleep lately and I feel more refreshed than ever! Amazing what a good 5 solid connected hours of sleep will do for a mama! But with this smile, I honestly don't mind waking up... just look at her face! 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! I'll catch up with you later this weekend!
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